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How To Get Into The 'Flow' In Your Classroom - Csikszentmihalyi !

How To Get Into The 'Flow' In Your Classroom -  Csikszentmihalyi ! | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Katie Lepi:


So just how do you learn to get into the flow in your classroom? The ever-lovely Mia MacMeekin made this handy graphic after watching a TED talk by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and reading his book. I haven’t read the book, but the TED talk is really inspiring. It is not specifically geared towards teaching or education, but talks about how to find fulfillment and happiness through immersion in activities – which he calls ‘flow’. If you’re interested in a bit of his backstory, you can read a bit about him here. Mia has extrapolated the ideas of his TED talk and applied them to the classroom.

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Flow in the live classroom or in the online setting is both an art and a science. Here's a good overview of Flow with an info graphic that captures some of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's thinking. (Don't miss his inspiring TED Talk http://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow

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Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, July 17, 12:17 AM

Remembering when my class and I were 'flowing'. Powerful and important. Keep it alive. All year long, not just at the beginning when the teacher has 'energy'....

After all - in the flow, energy flows!

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A Menagerie of Tools to Promote Student Engagement in Online Courses | The Sloan Consortium

A Menagerie of Tools to Promote Student Engagement in Online Courses | The Sloan Consortium | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"This paper will present a collection of tools that can be effectively used to promote student engagement in an online environment."


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Why games are good for learning?

Why games are good for learning? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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Francesco G. Lamacchia's curator insight, November 21, 2013 11:48 AM

Giocando....s'impara! 

Julio Cirnes's curator insight, November 25, 2013 3:46 PM

Please teacher, more games!

Ryan McDonough's curator insight, July 7, 8:19 AM

Self explanatory visual on the benefits of gaming as a means of learning. Outlined are the rewards, mastery, engagement, intensity, exercise, readiness, and competitiveness. These types of graphics need to be displayed in the classroom. There's always parents who are unsure of how gaming qualifies as teaching. Can't they just sit their kid in front of an iPad all day at home? Well, in the appropriate setting, with the right direction and guidance, games are certainly good for learning. Some people just don't know that from experience yet.

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Keeping Students Engaged in the Online Classroom | Faculty Focus

Keeping Students Engaged in the Online Classroom | Faculty Focus | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By: Ronald C. Jones


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.

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Strong commonsense advice.  To summarize; use the online teaching environment to connect to your students with empathy and compassion.


Do more than the minimum. Be a teacher. 

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Enhancing the Learner Experience: 3 Tips to Make eLearning More Engaging

Enhancing the Learner Experience: 3 Tips to Make eLearning More Engaging | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Would you be interested in 3 Tips to Make eLearning More Engaging?


Many of our clients who are just getting into eLearning give us an enchanting reason for finally abandoning the libraries of presentation decks that they have been building for the past decade or so. They want to find a magical place where they can control and standardize the content, but still have learners engaged enough to care about the topic, remember the content, and improve their on-the-job performance. ELearning can do that. This is that magical place. 


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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, June 28, 2013 5:16 PM

Interesantes consejos para mejorar el interés y lograr mayor compromiso de los estudiantes por los programas e-learning.

Cassandra Gadouas's curator insight, July 4, 2013 8:28 AM

I would use this to teach more about how thoughts create reality.

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Adult Education Research: Where’s the Money?

Adult Education Research:  Where’s the Money? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Interestingly, major American foundations have contributed millions of dollars to innovative delivery platforms such as Coursera and Udacity. As a result, millions have enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), with an average class size of about 50,000. Yet, according to a recent study by Katy Jordon, less than 10 percent of learners complete current MOOC courses, and the majority of completion rates are in the two to eight percent range. Does this sound like effective adult education? No higher education institution would be able to attract applicants if it posted attrition rates of 92 to 98 percent.

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Are MOOCs draining the foundation grant money pool leaving us without significant new research on adult learning?


How can we call a course with 98% attrition effective?

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Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses? | MindShift

Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses? | MindShift | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Less than 10 percent of MOOC students, on average, complete a course. That's the conclusion of Katy Jordan of Open University, who published her analysis, pul

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I've enrolled in several Moocs.  I've yet to finish one. 

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Patricia LeClaire's comment, April 8, 2013 12:50 PM
I've enrolled in two MOOC courses - partly because the topics were relevant to my work, but also to experience a MOOC from the "inside" as both a student and an instructional designer. I was particularly interested in opportunities for interaction (student-instructor, student-student, student-content, student-technology) and collaboration.

In one course, focused on a subject area with which I'm very familiar, students formed virtual groups around mutual interests and professional objectives, developed projects which were evaluated according to clear guidelines, and the projects were made available to all enrollees.. This course also had very active student-generated discussions on focused topics. What characterized this MOOC was the flexibility provided to the students for creating multiple ways to interact and collaborate.

The second MOOC focused on topics that were highly technical and mostly how-to with little discussion of why-to. Interaction among students was considerably less, and I was unsuccessful in either forming or joining a group (virtual or F2F local) to expand my understanding of context and implementation issues. While the content was interesting ( I particularly liked the video lectures and animations), I found it a much more isolating experience and did not complete the course.
ManufacturingStories's comment, April 8, 2013 8:33 PM
Pat, thanks for sharing those first hand experiences. Very valuable insights!
Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:02 PM

This blog post does discuss some reasons why students enroll in MOOCs, but doesn't really talk much about why they drop out. 

 

One big reason - FRUSTRATION.  When a learner gets stuck and can't get individualized meaningful feedback, it creates a failed learning experience. I think we discount how important those personal encounters are in helping learners.

 

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Engaging Ways to use Moodle

Engaging Ways to use Moodle | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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Dominique Parrish's curator insight, April 6, 2013 6:22 PM

My institution has just moved to Moodle this presentation has some really practical tips to engage students in learning using this LMS

Chris Legg's curator insight, May 21, 2013 5:49 AM

Some moodle usage ideas

Pablo Prada's curator insight, July 5, 2013 2:46 AM

¿cómo puedo enganchar a mis estudiantes para que usen Moodle?

guia de practicas herramientas de la plataforma moodle para involucrar activamente a mis estudiantes

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15 Ways to Engage Students and Prevent Online Drop-Outs

15 Ways to Engage Students and Prevent Online Drop-Outs | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Engaging students in a meaningful way can be challenging. Add a virtual element and it may seem almost impossible.
But did you know that engaging students online may be easier because of the various forms of communication tools available. The trick is to have an understanding of online behavior and to present information in a way that triggers meaningful conversation.
Here are some tips that may help you along the way:

Read more: http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/features/15-ways-to-engage-students-online-and-prevent-drop-outs/#ixzz2DOUSMvUO

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How do I know that all of this was real? : The dark side of being a digital stranger in an online learning environment – Part 1 | Peter Bryant

How do I know that all of this was real? : The dark side of being a digital stranger in an online learning environment – Part 1 | Peter Bryant | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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I want to have a look at the darker side of the digital strangers and online learning in this post. I argue that online disinhibition can have significant impacts on the effectiveness of online learning, the motivation of participants and ultimately on the wider processes of social interaction and connectivity.

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Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students' Reading Habits - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students' Reading Habits - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Denver — Data mining is creeping into every aspect of student life—classrooms, advising, socializing. Now it’s hitting textbooks, too.

CourseSmart, which sells digital versions of textbooks by big publishers, announced on Wednesday a new tool to help professors and others measure students’ engagement with electronic course materials.

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Best Practices in Online Teaching for Student Engagement | Teaching and Learning Initiative

Best Practices in Online Teaching for Student Engagement | Teaching and Learning Initiative | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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Many theorists predict that online education will gradually surpass traditional classrooms in the role of educating students in higher education....


The growing trend toward online education is self-evident through the increasing popularity of online universities such as University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, Strayer University and many others. Economic trends have forced more and more disenfranchised individuals out of the workforce and into a situation of needing to achieve a higher education to improve their chances for employability; many of the students in these online colleges and universities are students over 25, with families, and some with full- or part-time jobs.

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How to create interactivity in online training | TechRepublic

How to create interactivity in online training | TechRepublic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Laura Summers

Online learning needs to be more than just page turning.


While taking a course on how to create a secure commerce network, Mike scrolled through Web page after Web page. He found himself getting bored and wondering how he was going to remember all this new information. When was he going to be able to apply what he was reading?


Mike’s story is a prime example of ineffective online training that doesn’t engage the learner. Imagine, instead, an online course that mimics a real computer network where Mike can work through a Web-based simulation to diagnose a network problem. In this scenario, he is applying his new skills in a real-life context. Then, imagine an online learning community where Mike can talk to experts in the IT field, access job aids, and e-mail questions to a course mentor or tutor.

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Russell Taylor's curator insight, January 7, 2013 5:43 AM

Some great advice and guidance listed here - read and learn!

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Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems for Massive Open Online Courses | MIT Technology Review

Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems for Massive Open Online Courses | MIT Technology Review | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Not only does student participation decline dramatically throughout the new generation of Web-based courses, but the involvement of teachers in online discussions makes it worse.

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JohnThompson's curator insight, December 28, 2013 9:37 AM

This data study seems to be conflicted in its analysis of teacher participation in the online discussions. At one point, the paper states the above but in the conclusion it states, " We showed, for example, that the teaching staff's active participation in the discussion increases the discussion volume but does not slow down the decline in participation." So does teacher participation help or hurt? Read the PDF doc yourself and see what you think. Also, the study needs to provide examples of what passes for discussion topics/threads in the courses that are analyzed. At first glance, it seems those discussions are seriously lacking in many ways to start, as it appears they're more "Q&A" discussions rather than the more traditional discussions that actually invited back-n-forth comments. Might be interesting for these researchers to analyze participation involvement in different types of discussions.

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Student Satisfaction in blended, distance and online learning environments

This video is about Student Satisfaction in online learning. Many SS findings are directly applicable to student engagement.


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8 Online Games for Inspiring Students

8 Online Games for Inspiring Students | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Eight brilliant online games that can engage, inspire and equip students with the tools and ambition to approach a whole host of exciting careers and paths.

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5 Ways To Really Connect With Online Students - Edudemic

5 Ways To Really Connect With Online Students - Edudemic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
In this world of increased online education, it's important for students and instructors to really know how to connect with online students.

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John Clayton's curator insight, July 1, 2013 2:41 PM

As we start the new NZ semester it is timely to reflect on some basic tips for ensuring our learners have a great blended learning experience 

Kathleen Gradel's curator insight, July 21, 2013 12:14 PM

Yes, yes, yes. These 5 ways "nail" the essentials. Embedded deep in these ideas is maintaining and promoting the human-ness in all of our digtal connections.

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I Came, I Saw, I Learned...: Free eBook: 68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity

I Came, I Saw, I Learned...: Free eBook: 68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"Covered among the tips:

Creating engaging content

Creating an engaging interface

Using interactivity to drive engagementUsing media and visual design effectively

Using games for learning

Measuring engagement and learning"

 

You can download a free eBook.


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Merrill on Instructional Design

This is a brief introduction to Dr. Merrill's thoughts about instructional design.
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Here's a video lecture from David Merrill a long time pro in ID.   He reminds us to show, not tell, and to offer quality opportunities for quality application.  Motivation (based in learning) Plus Substance is the key.  

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John Seely Brown on Motivating Learners (Big Thinkers Series)

Published on Mar 6, 2013

Innovative thinker John Seely Brown, known for his ideas for merging digital culture and education, shares lessons educators can learn from surfers, gamers, and artists on how passion and competitive hunger can drive intrinsic motivation.

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Tracy18's curator insight, March 19, 2013 6:46 AM

Such an inspiration and a very insightful man. We have been stuck in a 'Teacher says so' learning environment for generations and a shift is occuring whereby students are embracing change and using technolgy in a constructivist manner to further their own education, students are embracing change much more readily than teachers who still seem reluctant. 

Sample Student's comment, March 25, 2013 10:42 PM
I first discovered John Seely Brown when completing my M.Ed - http://people.ucsc.edu/~gwells/Files/Courses_Folder/ED%20261%20Papers/Situated%20Cognition.pdf. This view on learning rang, and still rings truth as one of the core theories that underpin my beliefs. It is timeless. In an age where learners' contexts are often more deterministic than the classroom, the interdependence of activity, culture and concept is, as you point out so well, a fundamental principle of social constructivism. In the age of technology, as information becomes so available to all, our learning cultures have shifted to one in which the learner is empowered to lead their own learning. And so this model, presented before the age of social technology, still predicts, anticipates, and explains learning.
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Test and Assess – be a curator!

Test and Assess – be a curator! | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
A key component to this process, which is tied directly into active assessment strategies, is synthesizing or making sense of the information gathered. Sense making can be writing a blog post using the links (like this post) or summarizing the key points in a presentation. Gathering and collecting specific content points is the beginning, and creating the theme is where an individual demonstrates their analysis and evaluation of the content included in a post or presentation shared. Kanter wrote, “Content curation is not about collecting links or being an information pack rat, it is more about putting them into a context with organization, annotation, and presentation.”   
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This article will help you understand how curating relates to both Bloom's taxonomy and the Engagement Pyramid proposed by Charlene Li and Jeremiah Owyang.


For those who must plan to standards, this article will give you great theoretical backing for teaching and using curation in your classroom. 


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Bronwyn Desjardins's curator insight, December 27, 2012 5:19 PM

I agree. Education used to be about finding the information. With potential access to everything now, the focus should be on making sense of it and finding connections, drawing correlations and making conclusions - to become thinkers.

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Six Ways to Get Your Online Students Participating in the Course | Faculty Focus

Six Ways to Get Your Online Students Participating in the Course | Faculty Focus | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Have you ever worried about the level of participation in your online courses? Perhaps you have difficulty encouraging students to interact with one another, or maybe you find student responses to be perfunctory.
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The Six Ingredients That Make eLearning Courses Relevant

The Six Ingredients That Make eLearning Courses Relevant | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
If you want to create engaging eLearning courses you should start considering one main factor: relevance. This means creating compelling courses that speak directly to your audience.


In eLearning, creating relevant and meaningful experiences for your target audience has always been the best way to capture learners. On the contrary, if your learners have no interest in your course, the information you have sent will convey very little value and success...

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Quest Atlantis Immersive Learning Environment

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has granted more than $1.8 million to the Indiana University School of Education to expand the immersive le...

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New Presentation Tool Lets You Easily Keep Students Engaged

New Presentation Tool Lets You Easily Keep Students Engaged | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

From Prezi to Google Docs to PowerPoint, there's no shortage of ways for teachers to put together a dynamic presentation. But Klowd wanted to take a different approach to help improve the presentation experience for both the person at the front of the classroom and in the back row.


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