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The Learning House Online College Students 2017

The Learning House Online College Students 2017 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Discover who is studying online. “Online College Students 2017: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences” explores a survey of 1,500 online students.
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Understanding student needs is essential for ongoing program improvement. At UW-Stout we strive for maximum student engagement. This research is valuable to us.
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Behaviors & Strategies for Improving Your Instructor Presence

Behaviors & Strategies for Improving Your Instructor Presence | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Establishing a connection with online learners is a demonstrated strategy for increasing student motivation in online classes (Jones, Kolloff & Kolloff, 2008) and a marker of instructor excellence (Palloff & Pratt, 2011). Employing the the behaviors and strategies noted below is an effective step towards making your online students' learning more relevant and increasing their investment in your class (DuCharme-Hansen, Dupin-Bryant, 2005).
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I dare you to read these lists of behavior and strategy ideas and not find something new.  Great resource. 

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MFaculty's curator insight, March 11, 8:56 AM
This is a very simple process for meeting students where they are and strategically guiding them along the learning path. 
Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 24, 4:17 PM
Good stuff here
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Syllabus: Humanizing Online Learning

Syllabus: Humanizing Online Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Michelle Pacansky-Broc: 

 

"When students relate to an online instructor as something more than a subject matter expert and begin to conceive of themselves as part of a larger community, they are more likely to be motivated, be satisfied with their learning, and succeed in achieving the course objectives (Picciano, 2002; Rovai & Barnum, 2003; Richardson & Swan, 2003). The end goals of humanized online learning are fostered through integrating learners voices, engaging students in the active construction of knowledge, fostering emotional connections, and providing students with choices. Ultimately, humanized learning increases the relevance of content to learners and improves one's motivation to log-in week-after-week."

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There is lots to be learned by just reading the syllabus for this two week online training from Cal-State University Channel Islands!

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 9, 4:38 PM
Learning is often most effective when relational. Developing a human touch to online lessons and instructions is critical for engagement.
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Game On! Explore Games and Learning

Game On! Explore Games and Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Games-based learning, gamification, and game style elements are perfect partners for training, K-12 and higher education courses, and corporate marketing strategies.
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Games engage learners in a way that lectures and tests miss.  Learn more about it all by clicking through the goodies in Shannon Mersand's fine article.

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Live, Online, Free: Hack the Classroom 9/24/16

Live, Online, Free: Hack the Classroom 9/24/16 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Online live event
Saturday, September 24, 2016
8:00 AM-10:00 AM PST

As the world changes and is moving more rapidly, it can feel overwhelming to know what and how to incorporate new technology into your classroom. Hack the Classroom is an exciting online live event designed to inspire and enable you to incorporate new ideas and tools into your classroom so your students can achieve more. The key is to start with just a few small steps.
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Find out ways to take back your own classroom. Raise your teaching spirit for a new year. You are not alone - Go online to find what you need to make your teaching count.

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a-virtual - Claudia M Pagano's curator insight, September 22, 2016 7:40 AM

Find out ways to take back your own classroom. Raise your teaching spirit for a new year. You are not alone - Go online to find what you need to make your teaching count.

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Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class

Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
When I teach workshops about designing the flipped classroom, I always encourage faculty to think carefully about the first five minutes of class. In my lesson plan template, one of the first tasks we discuss when planning in-class time is to prepare what I call a “focusing activity.”
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A routine of instant focus helps maximise every minute you have with your students. When they are with you in class Carpe Diem!

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Student Engagement Strategies for the Online Learning Environment

Student Engagement Strategies for the Online Learning Environment | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Our faculty development unit gathered data from students about how engaged they felt in their online courses.Their comments helped inform our teaching. 
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We teach best practices for online teaching in our Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout. This article gives you a give overview of those practices.

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Luciana Viter's curator insight, March 21, 2016 6:35 AM

We teach best practices for online teaching in our Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout. This article gives you a give overview of those practices.

Alexandria Yaxley's curator insight, March 22, 2016 4:44 AM

We teach best practices for online teaching in our Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout. This article gives you a give overview of those practices.

Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, March 23, 2016 7:47 AM

This article gives you an overview of the online teaching practices on the Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout.

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Virtual Seniors: Older People Are Making Friends & Learning

Virtual Seniors: Older People Are Making Friends & Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Each week, the Virtual Senior Center offers some 30 online classes to homebound clients, from tai chi and exercise to contemporary history discussions and gallery talks with museum curators, as well as music appreciation and singing — even Mandarin. Participants use a simple touch-screen computer to join in, as well as to Skype, play games or use the Internet.
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If you teach online you know how real and connected the virtual classroom can feel.  At the Virtual Senior Center, people are leaning to reconnect with the world. 

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Sharp online student has smart advice for Blended Teachers

Sharp online student has smart advice for Blended Teachers | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Editors' Note: We asked San Jose high school sophomore Audrey Mullen to share how she and her peers actually use various edtech tools and how they really feel about their teachers’ blended learning approaches. The result is a straight-from-the-source playbook that no blend ed teacher--or entrepreneu
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Shift your point of view and get a better understanding of your students!

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, October 6, 2015 1:40 PM

I don't like the snide tone of this article, but the advice is dead on! 

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, October 7, 2015 6:57 AM

Extremely realistic, and honestly useful for us teachers!!!!

NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, October 7, 2015 2:49 PM

This insightful student says a lot about facilitating a blended class.

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Dropouts & Moocs: Researchers explore who is taking MOOCs and why so many drop out

Dropouts & Moocs: Researchers explore who is taking MOOCs and why so many drop out | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Researchers are trying to understand why the vast majority of students fail to finish free online classes and who is signing up for the classes to begin with.
One widely quoted dropout figure for students in massive open online courses is 90 percent. The number would be staggeringly high for a traditional class and has been used to cast doubt on the promise of MOOCs.
The number is simple to come up with: take the number of users who register for a course and compare it to the number still participating at the end. But is it fair?
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If attrition rates are the measure of an online class then MOOCs fail.

However, attrition is just one measure (and not the best measure) of a massive open online class.

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John Bostock's curator insight, June 26, 2015 9:07 AM

About time we stirred the MOOC pot again - some interesting discussion following the article itself.

Carol Hancox's curator insight, August 3, 2015 8:43 PM

If attrition rates are the measure of an online class then MOOCs fail.

However, attrition is just one measure (and not the best measure) of a massive open online class.

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Storyboard That - Free Trial for Teachers

Storyboard That - Free Trial for Teachers | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom
From first grade to graduation Storyboard That has engaging class activities for your classroom.
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Looks like a clever story-board system with an affordable site license for teachers and schools. The teacher trial allows you to test things out. They also offer a free account.  Worth considering! 


These are the folks that provide Photos for Class, the great database of open source images that come with a built in attribution. 

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 29, 2015 9:32 PM

Cool. Incredibly easy to use. Another creative tool with appeal.

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George Siemens: Dual Layer Mooc? Interesting Spin.

George Siemens: Dual Layer Mooc? Interesting Spin. | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
You recently launched the DALMOOC, which you created with a focus on improving the social experience of learners – can you tell me a bit about the structure and format you have chosen?

We call it a dual layer MOOC, but we don’t mean that in a binary sense, it’s more like saying there are two pathways to take. You can either take a structured pathway – the way that you see with a lot of MOOCs that are run, say, on Cousera or edX – and that’s a heavy teacher focus with guidance. As in, you click through to the next level.

We’ve created a second level that we’re calling more of the ‘social layer’ and we’re basically asking students to engage with one another and to create artefacts that reflect their understanding and to share those artefacts.

In the learning process we need different cycles of scaffolding – there are times when you come across a new idea completely and you can’t really create and socialise around it effectively because you just don’t know anything. So, there may be a cycle by which the learner follows a traditional structure or pathway but as soon as they become more confident they move into social and more emerging formats. In a way they’re oscillating between these two elements of the MOOC: structure and linear versus emergent and social.
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The actual title of this article is: "

George Siemens: ‘Students need to take ownership of their learning’

I focused on Siemens design of multiple pathways through a MOOC.  His description of the design as "oscillating between these two elements of the MOOC: structure and linear versus emergent and social." triggers some interest. 


Social engagement in any online class is a precious and memorable experience. 

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ExtensionEngine's curator insight, November 29, 2014 7:34 AM

"A lot of what’s wrong with MOOCs stems from how they emulate traditional classrooms" - @gsiemens

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, November 29, 2014 7:35 PM

Dual layered MOOC.  I do see the obvious benefits. 

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Overcoming the Motivation Challenge in eLearning: 5 Things You Can Do

Overcoming the Motivation Challenge in eLearning: 5 Things You Can Do | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Motivation in eLearning can best be described with a U-shaped curve: novelty and enthusiasm produce high drive at the beginning, but it drops off sharply thereafter, only increasing when the end of the course is in sight. It is up to you to boost and maintain your students' motivation throughout the course, so that they will get the most out of it. Unless they have the motivation to focus and sit through the entire course, they learn nothing at all.

Though every student responds differently, here are some fundamental guidelines you can use to keep your learners motivation levels high from that first splash to the finish line.
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Engagement is the name of the game. These 5 tips apply to the traditional classroom, mobile learning, blended classrooms and 100% online classes. 

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, October 29, 2014 11:07 AM

Creating bite-sized learning lessons is key..

Donna Farren's curator insight, October 29, 2014 11:22 AM

Interesting and reassuring to know ideas I was learning 10+ years ago in graduate school are still the foundation of good elearning.

Bob MacKie's curator insight, October 29, 2014 12:54 PM
4. Engage students with each other is particularly important. Groupwork may not be initially greeted enthusiastically but online collaboration is the future. Often trepidation is replaced by appreciation of new found colleagues with a common interest.
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Interactive Video – Key Tools For an Immersive Learning Experience

Interactive Video – Key Tools For an Immersive Learning Experience | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
In this article, we will walk you through the features of some of the interactive video tools that can take learning experience to a different level. Also we have included, at the end, a feature comparison table for the various tools.
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This tool review article should spark some ideas on how to make your videos more effective. 

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Terry Smith's curator insight, June 9, 5:18 PM
This article is a good summation for those who are interested in creating their own interactive videos. I have some exposure to H5P but less familiar with the others.  Interactive active videos are a great way to wed content and student engagement.
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How to Humanize Your Online Class (Infographic and slideshow)

How to Humanize Your Online Class (Infographic and slideshow) | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Humanized learning increases the relevance of content and improves students' motivation to log-in week-after-week. When students relate to an online instructor as something more than a subject matter expert and begin to conceive of themselves as part of a larger community, they are more likely to be motivated, be satisfied with their learning, and succeed in achieving the course objectives (Picciano, 2002; Rovai & Barnum, 2003;  Richardson & Swan, 2003).
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Click through to a great infographic with a powerful presentation slideshow feature.  These are ideas that EVERY online teacher should know. 

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Nathalie Ferret's curator insight, March 21, 8:38 AM
"Very thorough guidelines" ...
Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 24, 4:30 PM
Nice infographic :)
Daniel Collins's curator insight, July 10, 12:15 AM
An infographic with some great ideas the online teacher can try with their courses.
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School Isn't The Movies: How To Unlecture Video Instruction

School Isn't The Movies: How To Unlecture Video Instruction | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Videos can be a great way to deliver content learning to students. But how do you leverage video instruction to maximize learning? After all, school isn't the movies.
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The author makes a great point: encouraging students to take notes while watching a video is pushing them toward inefficient multi-tasking.  Better to build in a pause with a thought provoking question!

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Dial up the Dynamics: Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Dial up the Dynamics: Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Developing critical listening and speaking skills is an essential element of a student's higher-education experience. However, verbally presenting one's ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing. As online course offerings increase, institutions have an obligation to ensure faculty are empowered to teach with tools that enable students to learn out loud. These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments.
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Online teachers who use audio and video to connect with their students get better results. Asking your students to use audio and video tools to express their understanding dials up the dynamics of online teaching. Don't let accessibility concerns stop you! Go for it.

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Research: Video Production and Engagement: Guidelines for the Talking Heads

Recently Juho Kim, a Ph.D. student at MIT, Rob Rubin, the VP of Engineering at edX, and Philip J. Guo from the University of Rochester  How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos at the ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S).

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This research should help all online teachers lighten up and step up to the power of video technology in the online classroom. 

 

My KEY take away: "Videos produced with a more personal feel could be more engaging than high-fidelity studio recordings."

 

Use your excitement about your subject create presence and engagement in your online classes.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, September 10, 2016 6:47 PM

Interesantes resultados y recomendaciones que surgen de un estudio realizado a partir del análisis de la data recogida de la observación de 6.9 millones de sesiones de videos por parte de estudiantes de cuatro cursos edX y de entrevistas con equipos de producción de dichos videos. Se midió el nivel de interés (engagement) que estos videos provocaron en los estudiantes de manera indirecta a través del tiempo en que estos permanecían observando el video. Aún cuando esta no es ni siquiera una buena medida para comprender el impacto de estos contenidos multimedia en el aprendizaje de los alumnos, el estudio brinda algunas interesantes luces sobre como deben producirse estos videos para fines educativos y conseguir al menos que los estudiantes no se aburran rápidamente con ellos.

Roberto Aníbal Arce's curator insight, October 12, 2016 9:52 PM
Para nuestros cursantes de edición de video
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 14, 2016 1:16 AM
Research: Video Production and Engagement: Guidelines for the Talking Heads
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Simple Twist Improves Engagement: Mini-Scenarios for Assessment

Simple Twist Improves Engagement: Mini-Scenarios for Assessment | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Scenario-based learning often means complex branching or simulations, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. You can use mini-scenarios to make your assessments more relevant and valuable. One of the big advantages of using mini-scenarios is that they’re fast and easy to build. You don’t need any special tools; any tool that can create a multiple choice question can be used for mini-scenarios.
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A simple twist on the typical multiple choice question can improve engagement.  Try it?

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steve batchelder's curator insight, March 16, 2016 3:19 AM

A simple twist on the typical multiple choice question can improve engagement.  Try it?

Ines Bieler's curator insight, March 16, 2016 3:54 AM

A simple twist on the typical multiple choice question can improve engagement.  Try it?

Andrew J Gibson's curator insight, April 4, 2016 8:59 AM

A simple twist on the typical multiple choice question can improve engagement.  Try it?

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Maryellen Weimer: Active Learning: In Need of Deeper Exploration | Faculty Focus

Maryellen Weimer: Active Learning: In Need of Deeper Exploration | Faculty Focus | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

WeWhat we next need to know about active learning won’t be all that easy to figure out, but it’s time we moved from generic understandings to the specific details.

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Do you think active learning is easier to assess online or face to face. (You know where I stand on this one!)

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Online Labs: the time is now

Online Labs: the time is now | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Even as online courses proliferate on campus, those programs face a challenge: How do you give students access to high-octane software and big data sets they need for their classes when they can't simply walk into a computer lab on campus and log in?
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Preparing your students for the real world actually means going beyond the conventional hands on lab. Using the current power tools in the cloud preps them for their future.  

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Are long winded lectures educational mal-practice? Time to pay attention to the research.

Are long winded lectures educational mal-practice? Time to pay attention to the research. | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Numerous studies have demonstrated that students retain little of our lectures, and research on determining the “average attention span,” while varying, seems to congregate around eight to ten minutes (“Attention Span Statistics,” 2015), (Richardson, 2010).
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One thing is clear: It's time to get off the long winded soap box and pay attention to the research.


This piece is addressed to traditional faculty struggling to break their long lecture habits. As such it applies directly to online faculty who retained their long lecture habit when they moved to the virtual classroom.  


Recent research from EDx (Harvard and MIT) indicates that a short, 6 minute, talking head lecture from an enthusiastic teacher is highly effective.  See Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement: http://blog.edx.org/optimal-video-length-student-engagement/


It is difficult to give up long held assumptions about our teaching practice.  One benefit of the 'disruption' caused by online learning is having a database record of teaching effectiveness. As teachers we need to keep the lectures short.  If we've got more to say - chunk it!

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Scott J. Simmerman's curator insight, September 1, 2015 9:47 AM
And this has a LOT to do with employee engagement and with leading change or organizational improvement. Those lecture-type talking head meetings and events simply do not effectively communicate. More inter-activity and participative involvement are needed to improve impacts. Does anyone actually remember ANYTHING from High School???
Sue Walsh's curator insight, September 1, 2015 11:28 PM

The challenge before us!!

Bruce Hopkins's curator insight, September 6, 2015 12:34 PM
I totally agree. The kids of today are not going to pay attention to a long lecture. 15 minutes videos in a play list is much more effective for inducing learning that 2 hours droning on.
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Why Online Students Succeed

Why Online Students Succeed | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Brian Fleming:


Improving online student success can be overwhelming, but findings from a recent Eduventures study suggest that it is not as complicated as it seems.

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Bottom line: back to basics... online teaching basics that is. 

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Is Praise Undermining Student Motivation?

Is Praise Undermining Student Motivation? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The failure of praise
Research has found that praise can actually undermine performance and self-esteem in many contexts. One study found that praise for intelligence leads to the belief by the recipient that their intelligence is fixed, and thus not something that they can influence through action or effort (Dweck, 2007). This is critical because intelligence is in fact malleable, and improved by taking risks. Students grow when they try something difficult that might lead to failure. Because failure is one of the most important tools for learning, growth requires a mindset that embraces challenge and the potential for failure.
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I teach veteran teachers how to do something new.  My students are masters of their content. Most arrive with significant teaching skill and a good deal of anxiety at being out of their comfort zone. 


Any yet they persist. They take the RISK of failing and turn the opportunity into new learning.  


Of utmost importance in this article is the sound, research backed advice on how to give more effective feedback.  Indeed specific feedback trumps general praise.  This is an excellent and thought provoking read! 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, January 10, 2015 7:28 PM

"Positive and negative feedback are tied to objective standards of excellence, and give the message that the goal of education is to reach standards of excellence, not gain teacher approval." And there you have it.

Lisa Jones's comment, January 11, 2015 8:27 AM
http://www.aft.org/periodical/american-educator/winter-2005-2006/ask-cognitive-scientist. Check out this article on praise. I found it to be very interesting and the parameters for praise given here are some good practices to follow when giving praise. It can be done with without undermining student motivation. Don't let "titles" get in the way...call it praise or feedback...we all need and instinctively give one form or the other. Both articles are a great read!
Simon Awuyo's curator insight, January 16, 2015 2:26 AM

Praise is an incentive. Every one likes to be praised for work well done.

It enhances performance.

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Chilean Students invent mobile monitoring system to collect biomedical data

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Learning is Global.  Entrepreneurship and the recognition of talent can change the world (one idea and one student at a time). 


Hear it from the source: http://vimeo.com/78736943


This is a feel good story. 

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University of Wisconsin Stout: Interested in online teaching and learning?

Information about our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.