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The Building Blocks of Brain-friendly eLearning Courses

The Building Blocks of Brain-friendly eLearning Courses | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
Here are five foundational elements of a brain-friendly eLearning courses.
1. Emotion

 

2. Repetition

 

3. Creation

 

4. Multi-sensory

 

5. Real context



 



 


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Important considerations when developing online science curriculum. The multi-sensory element especially is important as students need to engage in all forms, not just reading text online.

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myBrainshark - Add your voice to presentations, share online, and track viewing | myBrainshark

myBrainshark - Add your voice to presentations, share online, and track viewing | myBrainshark | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
Free presentation creation, hosting. Add audio to PowerPoint slides, docs, photos to create online videos. Use for e-learning, on-demand webinars, lead generation.
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For those This is a FREE tool with the option to purchase with more features.  If you are looking for a presentation tool to integrate into your LMS, Brainshark has some great features.  You are able to add voice to PowerPoint slides, docs, and photos,  as well as create pod-casts.  Audio may be added via telephone audio, MP3 or  the microphone on your computer.  There is a a Script It area where you can add your content as to not take up space on your visuals.  A suggestion when creating presentations, stick to 8 slides to keep the attention of your audience.  The audio piece should also be short, sweet and to the point.. Remember less is more.  Let your audience know ahead of time the length of the the presentation.

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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
Whether you're the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you're…...

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You can never have enough resources to pull from when working with mainstream or challenged students. 

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Steven Blomdale's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:35 PM

 In schools across Australia there is strong support for linking learning in Technologies with learning literacy skills. Learning in Technologies places a high priority on accurate and unambiguous communication (ACARA, 2013).Implementing digital technologies in learning areas such as English allows special education teachers to facilitate and accommodate the learning needs of students. This is achieved through integrating assistive devices such as the iPad and its applications to develop critical literacy skills needed in the 21st century.  Consequently special education teacher have a better opportunity to develop important General capabilities such as literacy (LIT) to allows student to become literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently for learning and communicating in and out of school and for participating effectively in society (ACARA, 2013).

 

 

This website suggests various applications that can be used on the ipad to assist special needs students. The list of  applications were selected to improve and develop students reading, writing and spelling. They engage the students through making the activities, fun and engaging, which I think is important when teaching special needs students.

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Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs?

Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs? | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it

MOOCs (free online courses that are open to anyone) are more popular than Justin Bieber right now, but why aren't students finishing the courses they signed up for?


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An integral part of any online learning environment is the social synergy created via communication and discussion.  This is where deep reflection and learning take place.  Are students not feeling connected.  Are they collaborating and creating something new with the knowledge they have gained and sharing it with others?  Learning must me meaningful and applicable.

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terrymc's curator insight, October 21, 2013 6:45 AM

Because they are students, and curiosity is free.

Elaine Watkins's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:29 PM

I was one of the 36% of students who completed the Equine Nutrition course. I can tell you why I was able to... It was because there was excellent support from the lecturers, easy to access video lectures, no hard deadlines until the end of the course, meaning there was much more flexibility for people, like me, who work full time and can't always complete quizzes by 6pm each Monday for example. I could do it in my own time, as long as I stayed within the course duration and I found that some weeks I had much more time and could complete 2 weeks worth of readings & quizzes. 

In contrast, I just attempted to complete an Animal Behaviour course, but unfortunately due to hard deadlines each Monday, I was unable to complete quizzes on time and therefore could not achieve the marks necessary to pass, so I gave up halfway through. I have still completed readings and watched lectures, but with no result as the quizzes did not count after the weekly hard deadlines. Obviously many people had the same issue as me, because out of 24950, only

1428 people completed the course.

I believe course designers need to revisit their courses and ensure they are flexible enough for full time workers to do in their own time. 

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Online Video and Podcasts to support alternative assessment electronically

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Building Parent Support for Project-Based Learning

Building Parent Support for Project-Based Learning | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
When a teacher, school or district tells parents, "We're going to do project-based learning," the response may vary. You're lucky if some say, "Great news! Students need to be taught differently thes
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Parent buy in is very important for support from the home front.

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Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
Today's guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.

 

"We learn so much sitting beside writers as they work in our workshops each day.  Two years ago I gave up my spiral notebook I used to keep records of writing conference conversations for a digital system.  Saying goodbye to my spiral notebook with tabbed sections for each student was easier than I anticipated.  The time was right.  More and more often I found myself wanting to do more than record handwritten snippets of evidence, thought, and conversation.  More and more I found myself wanting to take pictures of student work or record student voices.  More and more I found myself wanting to link to digital pieces students were creating.  More and more I seemed to have a device in my hand instead of a pen.  After learning about Evernote I decided to see if I could use it as a tool to record notes from across the day.  I found myself enjoying the seamlessness of Evernote. It seemed Evernote was a tool to allow me to capture the learning journeys of the young writers in my classroom.

 

"To begin I created a notebook for each student and then placed them in a class stack.  Each time I confer with a writer during writing workshop I use Evernote.  Before I begin our conversation I glance through the last few notes, watch the work the writer is doing, and wait for an appropriate moment to chat.  For me, it has worked to create a new note inside the student’s notebook each time I have a conference with a writer.  My conferences are often structured like this:"

 

 

 


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Another way to document student writing electronically using Evernote.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:47 AM

A well documented description of how one teacher has developed her own method to maintain digital notes for all her students in Writers' Workshop by using Evernote.

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Manage Your Online Reputation

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This is a must read and do to manage your reputation online.

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A Step-By-Step Guide To Keeping Students Focused While Using Technology - Edudemic

A Step-By-Step Guide To Keeping Students Focused While Using Technology - Edudemic | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
Technology can be quite distracting for teachers and students alike. Here's a guide to keeping students focused while diving into technology.
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25 Things Successful Educators Do Differently - InformED

25 Things Successful Educators Do Differently - InformED | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it

If you are interested in thoughtful leadership and not a product this blog may be of interest to you.  This particular article grabbed my attention.  I apply these principles to online facilitating.

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Infographic: 12 Changes Coming To The Future Of Learning

Infographic: 12 Changes Coming To The Future Of Learning | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
The future of learning is exciting, filled with innovative ideas, and no one in their right mind knows more than that. Anyone who says otherwise is pulling your leg.

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This is our future.  As educators we need to embrace technology in order to create differentiated platforms for student learning.

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How (NOT) to Facilitate Classroom Discussion

Someone doesn't know how to ask compelling questions to stimulate exciting and productive exchanges

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 27, 2013 4:40 PM

How much of your high school eduction does this classic video clip evoke?


Bernd Meyer's curator insight, July 27, 2013 8:47 PM

Classic.  Why does it have to Economics?

Dave Barry's curator insight, July 30, 2013 10:48 PM

Buhler. Buhler... Anyone?

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The Quick 5-Steps Tutorials for Moodle

The Quick 5-Steps Tutorials for Moodle | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
New to Moodle? Here are some quick 5 steps tutorials to get you started.
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The Building Blocks of Brain-friendly eLearning Courses

The Building Blocks of Brain-friendly eLearning Courses | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
Here are five foundational elements of a brain-friendly eLearning courses.
1. Emotion

 

2. Repetition

 

3. Creation

 

4. Multi-sensory

 

5. Real context



 



 


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It's all about engagement and creating an environment for learning.
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Hanna Coleman's curator insight, July 2, 2013 4:49 PM

Important considerations when developing online science curriculum. The multi-sensory element especially is important as students need to engage in all forms, not just reading text online.

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Edmodo Training Videos by Russell Stanndard

Edmodo Training Videos by Russell Stanndard | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
Edmodo is free and offers you a simple virtual learning environment where your students can share ideas and collaborate together. It has a very similar interface to Facebook and so your students will pick it up easily. What's more, students to do need provide their emails. It is really easy to create a group and then invite your students to join the group. You can create separate groups for each class you teach. What is more amazing is that it is free. You can create quizzes, polls, add up important dates to the calendar, run discussions and share links, videos, articles etc.

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This is  a FREE LMS and does not require students to provide an email address.  You are able to upload documents, videos, MP3s, pictures and links to websites.  Edmodo is user friendly and a great way to introduce students to an online learning environment.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 4, 4:37 PM

Here's an articulate and professionally produced series of training videos that will help you hit the ground running with Edmodo.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, October 11, 2:22 AM

If you decide to use Edmodo, this is a great place to start.

Character Minutes's curator insight, October 11, 10:23 AM

Great to have some instruction in how to use Edmodo..

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How to Chunk Content for eLearning Infographic

How to Chunk Content for eLearning Infographic | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
The How to Chunk Content for eLearning infographic gives a good idea of what is content chunking and why it is useful.
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Dr. Helen Barret has provided a web page with links to presentations and support materials.  Some of the topics include Alternative Assmt. and Electronic Portfolios.  There are also videos and podcasts available.

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UW-Stout E-Learning Professor to receive Sloan national online teaching award

UW-Stout E-Learning Professor to receive Sloan national online teaching award | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it

Susan Manning works in a virtual world.Since 2007 she has taught exclusively online for University of Wisconsin-Stout. It makes perfect sense: she teaches classes on the subject of online teaching.

"For me, the world of work has always been online," she said.
 With no need to be on campus, Manning lives in Aurora, Ill. She has never been to UW-Stout, although she is very much a part of it because of daily interaction with students, faculty and administrators.

She will be representing the university in person, however, Thursday, Nov. 21, when she receives one of the highest honors available in her field, a national Sloan Consortium online teaching award.

"I'm very honored and excited to receive such a prestigious national award," said Manning, who cited administrative support from UW-Stout as a key to her effectiveness as an online instructor.

The award will be presented at the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Florida. Manning and a professor from the University of Vermont will receive the award. The Sloan Consortium is regarded as the leading professional online learning society.


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Dr. Manning is expert in her field.  I have taken courses through UW Stout and had the priviledge of sitting under her instruction for one course in Instructional Design.  If you are vacilating on  becoming an online instructor my recommendation is to sign up at UW at Stout.  You will not regret making this institution your choice.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 19, 2013 12:44 PM

Susan teaches the Instructional Design for E-learning course in our E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate as well as the  Instructional Strategies and Assessment Methods course in the Instructional Design Certificate program. 


She is part of an exceptional group of dedicated online teachers.  I've worked with Susan since she began that the university and I can personally attest to her generous professionalism and exceptional skills.  


She makes me proud to be an online teacher! 

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timeanddate.com

timeanddate.com | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
Current Time Worldwide (World Clock) and Calendars for countries worldwide both online and for printing. Find the best time for web meetings (meeting planner) or use the Time and Date Converters.
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Great tool to have when needing to collaborate across time zones.  Other features include:  World clock, calendar, weather, sun & moon, timers, calculators, apps & API and free fun.

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The Five Components of a Successful Online Faculty Development Program

The Five Components of a Successful Online Faculty Development Program | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
For institutions with geographically dispersed faculty who are teaching online, faculty development takes on a new level of importance.

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Developing and sustaining any type of professional development is crucial on all levels in education.

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10 Free Online Courses For Technology Novices - Edudemic

10 Free Online Courses For Technology Novices - Edudemic | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
If you're scared of technology or at least a bit unsure about how to use it in your classroom, then these free online courses will help you out.
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Novice or veterans may benefit from this information.

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Education World: Why Digital Badges?

Want to recognize 21st-century skills? Legitimize kids' out-of-class learning with these Web-based credentials.
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Welcome to Plagiarism.org, your source of information on plagiarism and best practices for ensuring originality in written work.
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This may be worth bookmarking for reference and for use by students.

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The Four Phases of Effective eLearning: an Indispensable Guide for Instructors

The Four Phases of Effective eLearning: an Indispensable Guide for Instructors | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it

"Learning starts with real-world problems. Students should be able to relate to problems and tasks they can handle. Many course developers are guilty of introducing learners to problems that are either irrelevant or too complex. Try to avoid this by starting with a simple problem and moving towards complex yet manageable tasks. Also, make sure that students see tangible benefits from having these problems solved. Consider these questions when you create activities surrounding the problem."


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This is a practical guide to use to design your website visually.  Click into the original source and you will be able to download the guide.  It's a 40-42 page PDF document.

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A Bloom's Digital Taxonomy For Evaluating Digital Tasks

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A Bloom's Digital Taxonomy For Evaluating Digital Tasks
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This is a great chart to refer to when evaluating Digital Tasks using Bloom's Digital Taxonomy.

 

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MOOCs To Bring Personalized Learning, Big Changes to K-12, Ed. Professor Predicts

MOOCs To Bring Personalized Learning, Big Changes to K-12, Ed. Professor Predicts | E-Learning and Assessment | Scoop.it
Ten-minute videos on a single topic, a personal feel, and frequent "retrieval feedback" are just some elements of massively open online courses that could soon come to high school classrooms, said Scott Garrigan of Lehigh University.
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