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Experts Say Class Size Can Matter for Online Students - US News

Experts Say Class Size Can Matter for Online Students - US News | Blended learning | Scoop.it
As an undergraduate pursuing a bachelor's in nursing, Ronda Clark was accustomed to taking online classes with 30 or 40 other students. She checked in to discussion forums as required, but felt she didn't have meaningful interaction with her fellow classmates. "It was a free-for-all," says Clark, a military spouse who lives on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia. "There was little organization." 

So Clark was pleasantly surprised by the family nurse practitioner online master's program at Massachusetts' Simmons College, which she started in 2013. There, her classes had 15 people maximum and all discussions took place in a live video environment.

"A big class could be managed – if you do it well – but any learning environment should be a more intimate environment if you want to learn," says Clark, who plans to graduate in 2015.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 5, 2014 11:34 AM

Just as in the Face to Face classroom, Online teachers have long known that class size is very important.  

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Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently | Blended learning | Scoop.it

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Saga Briggs
Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach education differently?


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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 22, 2014 4:34 AM

tout le problème est de l'intégrer dans les cours. 

Nick van Breda's curator insight, October 22, 2014 11:58 AM

Interesting article. Reflections…. Self worth and achievement seem to be linked together in most of Western Society. We personalise events in our life and then begin to live from our memories, gaining a false sense of identity instead of seeing it simply as a series of skills to learn. 

Takeaways: 

"people who think about their own learning, make a habit of asking questions, use what they’ve learned, teach what they’ve learned to others, and enjoy the learning process on an intrinsic level all become better learners"

"these are all strategies and habits that can be adopted through practice… The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners. So let’s examine which strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run."

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 6, 2015 2:08 AM

WE need to try to do some of these things in out school!

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elearn Magazine: You Think You Know Online Learners? Think Again

elearn Magazine: You Think You Know Online Learners? Think Again | Blended learning | Scoop.it
Did you know that 83 percent of individuals interested in continuing education opportunities took an online course in 2013? Or that 68 percent of your learning audience is over the age of 40?* There's a major shift happening in online continuing education, yet many organizations find themselves tied to an old way of thinking about their content, delivery, and audience. They fail to recognize it's that very shift that demands a keen understanding of their users and how they prefer to learn.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 4, 2014 3:10 PM

Essential Advice:  Know your audience.