About 5.4 million students, or 1 in 4, took at least one distance education course during the fall of 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
That said, even the best online programs – like their traditional campus counterparts – have some poor professors. And it can be trickier to identify those instructors in an online course until it’s too late to switch.
The many students beginning a new online course should be aware of these six signs their professor won’t make the grade.
Keeping online learners glued to their screens can be tricky. But once you have them hooked, making the knowledge stick is even more challenging. Distractions, stress, and any number of things can hinder their ability to absorb and assimilate the information. Which is why you must create eLearning experiences that matter and leave a lasting impression. Here are 10 creative ways to boost online learner retention and help them remember the key takeaways of the eLearning course.
Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday:
"The process of designing and implementing project-based learning can be fairly complex. A big part of that complexity is the shift toward inquiry that uncovers learning as you use PBL to flip Bloom’s Taxonomy. With that said, it’s often helpful to break this process down into basic steps to help teachers and schools get started with the caveat that PBL planning and implementation is not a simple, linear process. Readers should keep in mind that some of these “steps” can occur simultaneously as the reality of the messiness of learning and planning for deeper learning kicks in."
Why the brain actually benefits from reflection is a matter of neurology, but the extensive research is clear: Prediction, reflection, and metacognition are pillars for the thoughtful classroom. The questions below were created to be, as much as possible, useful with most students at most ages and grade levels with a little rewording.
Perhaps most crucially, by shifting their reflection from content to thought, students have the chance to put themselves back at the center of the learning process. When they reflect, students reimagine what happened in both 1st and 3rd person–as they were seen, and as they saw through their own eyes. How? A sample response for a 7th or 8th grader might be:
I guess I was most creative today when we were given a chance to create our own metaphors for the ways rain forests help the planet “breathe.” Why? Maybe because it forced me to think about something visually, which meant we could come up with our own answers!
In reflecting, the student had to think both about their own feelings (when they felt something), and how they might be perceived (what others might consider ‘creative’).
Let's do some brainstorming and provide ideas to help a teacher who asks, "How can I get my students to read more? What do you think?
Helen Teague's insight:
A teacher in my online class asks "How can I get my students to read more?" If you are a book lover, student, teacher, parent, and/or supporter of books, kids, teachers, and parents then this post is for you! - Let's crowdsource many ideas to help him! ! Click here to answer: http://tinyurl.com/2ReadMore Thanks friends!!
The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology.
Today's job candidates must be able to collaborate, communicate and solve problems – skills developed mainly through social and emotional learning (SEL). Combined with traditional skills, this social and emotional proficiency will equip students to succeed in the evolving digital economy.
We were exploring how to make metacognitive thinking more visible for our students, keeping it aligned with our mandate to keep thinking and learning visible, transparent, tangible, critiqueable and accountable within learning spaces.
Emotions play an active role in almost all of our decision making. That's one reason why emotional intelligence, the ability to identify, understand, and manage those emotions, is such an invaluable skill.
But how specifically does emotional intelligence help us with our daily tasks? Here are three tips to make sure your next presentation is emotionally intelligent:
1. Don't get anxious. Get excited.
All of us get nervous before a presentation, even if we've done it hundreds of times. So take that nervousness and turn it into something positive: enthusiasm.How do you do that exactly?
Spend those final few moments reviewing your favorite parts of the presentation. Remind yourself why you're doing this, and focus on the value you have to deliver to your listeners.
Now, take that enthusiasm and give a talk that you passionately believe in.
Want to know how to use Mobile Technology In The Classroom? Check 5 effective uses of Mobile Technology In The Classroom.
Helen Teague's insight:
Suggestion #1 (Use Of Audio Recording Feature) has caused me to think about new options for mobile tech. Teachers I recently talked with said that school district policies banning cell phones are an impediment to implementation
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Helen Teague's insight:
A new concept to me--Unlearning is "the process of learning to think, behave or perceive in a new way when there are already beliefs, behaviors or assumptions in place that threaten such progress. These can be at the individual, group or organizational level." Post by Tara García Mathewson
Rewordify.com helps you read more, understand better, learn new words, and teach more effectively.
Helen Teague's insight:
Rewordify allows students to paste a link and get back a version with simpler words and sentence constructions. When students hover over highlighted areas the original, richer text shows up so they can gradually build their vocabulary and familiarity with difficult texts.
“I worry that the superficial way we read during the day is affecting us when we have to read with more in-depth processing,” said Maryanne Wolf, a Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. Post by Mercy Pilkington
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