"I argued yesterday that authentic learning is a vital part of education in the 21st Century. The need to create learning opportunities that are grounded in reality, and form a concrete basis for real world transferable knowledge and skills has never been more important. We also need authentic assessment for learning. Too often in school classrooms around the world the delivery of content is abstract, disconnected and decontextualised. Students are then regularly tested on their recall of what they have 'learnt' and graded as successes or failures. But exactly what is their success or failure? And what does this process of assessment teach students about the school system? ."
"Teachers are constantly searching for new ways to promote good learning. If those ideas can also encourage creative thinking, they are even more welcome in the classroom. Technology can provide some of those creative solutions. Here are just five ideas for using technology to support learning, while promoting creative thinking, and I'm sure that with a little thought you will be able to adapt them to your own subject area."
As an online instructor, I can fulfill the minimum requirements of the university regarding interacting with students, or I can create a learning environment that facilitates student engagement in the classroom. Students enroll in online classes because of the need for scheduling flexibility, work-life-school balance, costs, and convenience. Although online learning holds many advantages, the potential drawbacks revolve around the lack of personal interaction between the instructor and student, as well as the student-to-student contact. Keeping students engaged in the course is a vital function of an effective instructor.
"For the past ten years, Richard Mayer and his colleagues at the University of California at Santa Barbara have conducted a series of controlled experiments on how to best use audio, text, and graphics to optimize learning in multimedia. Six media element principles can be defined based on Mayer’s work. What follows is a summary of these principles along with supporting examples, psychological rationale, and research."
Many people love learning new facts and finding out new things. But were you aware that there are plenty of things that you are not aware of, especially in the e-learning space? (E-Learning: Did you know.
Richard Walker and Wayne Britcliffe will be presenting a framework for assuring quality in the delivery of distance learning courses to delegates at the Association for Learning Technology’s annual conference (10-12 September, Nottingham). The framework was developed by a working group of the University’s Distance Learning Forum and is available in hard copy format and in an interactive format as well, and has just been released by the University under a creative commons licence to the HE sector.
Testing, especially any sort of standardized testing tends to get a bad rap. Teachers complain that they spend too much time teaching to a test. But assessments do have value, and an important place in our learning structure. By measuring what students are learning, we as teachers can look at how we are approaching different subjects, materials, and even different students. The handy infographic takes a look at different types of assessments and their attributes and questions. Keep reading to learn more.
Use your voice to give students feedback about their papers in Google Docs. I've only played with this a little bit so far, but I'm really excited to be able to use Kaizena to give my students feedback this year. Being able to add links to resources and reuse those links for other students is so helpful. If you have questions I'm on twitter @JenRoberts1 and the guys who make kaizena are @kaizenaFB if you have feedback for them, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The school year is upon us. It’s quite literally the time for teachers, students, parents, school administrators, and everyone else to begin spending the vast majority of their day at a school. Whether it’s college, high school, middle school, or elementary levels, it’s school time. That means teachers need to be up to speed and ready to rock the classroom. In order to do that, we thought it’d be useful to know about the most popular teacher tools that we’re hearing about. We’ve assembled a list of the basic and popular tools that we’ve seen used in modern classrooms around the world. They may not be the most cutting-edge but, instead, you can rest assured that they’re tried and tested.
"All of my classes, regardless of student age or demographics – elementary gifted students or graduate students, begin with ice-breakers and team-building activities. I recently developed a passion for using students’ mobile devices to do so as this devices have become natural and personalized extensions of students’ “selves.”"
Are you interested in improving your eLearning? These 5 techniques will help you leverage the power of Mind Maps and encourage you to utilize online Mind Maps in particular. Follow these tips to transform your eLearning using online Mind Maps.
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