Facilitating discussions between students is one of those things that is infinitely easier when you’re teaching in a physical classroom rather than online. When the students are all in one room, discussions happen more naturally. Facilitating the same type of productive, useful discussion when teaching online is more of a challenge.
My Turn: Critics of online degrees start from a false premise Concord Monitor Another, increasingly tired notion is that online learning is of inherently poor quality and anyone offering it must be a degree mill.
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An interesting read into the target market online. Meet the C's in developing online resources and engagement rates increase #relevance and #value
Based on the headline and framing of the article, you might be tempted to think that the problem is that lecture is ineffective and that data might be able to fix it. But that’s not really it. (Nor is the problem that students are stupid and lazy, which you might get from the comment section.) Actually I think Samson himself nails the problem:
He is not shy about admitting where teaching falls on the list of priorities for most of his peers: a distant third, after publishing articles and landing research grants. “Instructors want to do the right thing,” he says. “They’re just busy guys, and they don’t sense that the bean-counting is heavily weighted toward the teaching.”
In that one quote, you get everything you need to know about why traditional instructor-centered teaching still reigns supreme on many university campuses, despite mountains of evidence, not to mention anecdotes, that interactive-engagement methods are far more effective. It all boils down to that one word:Priorities.
MIT Team Turns 6.9 Million Clicks Into Insights To Improve Online Education Forbes He designs interactive technologies for online education, with a focus on leveraging collective learner activities to enhance the video learning experience.
Online Education as an Agent of Transformation New York Times For-profit universities latched on early to online learning, rough as it was in the 1990s. The target, as with all disruptive innovations, was customers who wouldn't otherwise ...
Don't Call It a Course Inside Higher Ed As ed tech companies and universities search for the most effective way to teach students online, some have found the term “course” no longer captures what it means to pursue an education.
Michelle Allwright's insight:
This has been the very thing I've just been part if developing. Complete change if mindset!
Trading Advantage is Building World's Largest Online Education Portal; Gives ... DigitalJournal.com Trading Advantage, a leading trading education firm, announced they are building the world's largest Online Trading Education Portal.
This miniature guide, which has sold more than half a million copies, is widely used in teaching and learning, in personal and professional life. It distills the essence of critical thinking into a 24-page, pocket-sized guide. It introduces the interrelated complex of critical thinking concepts and principles implicit in the works of Richard Paul and Linda Elder. This guide is widely used at the college level. It can be used as a critical thinking supplement to any textbook or course.
The Moodle rubric, a system built for criteria-based assessment, explicitly describes the performance expectation for an assignment. The rubrics have several criteria and each criterion has several descriptive levels provided. A rubric identifies several attributes. They include descriptions, performance levels and the criteria.
Criteria take into account the performance aspects that an instructor intends to assess. The description attribute denotes the desired characteristics associated with a criterion. The performance level is a rating scale in rubric used to identify the level of mastery a student has within a given criteria. Each descriptive level has a numerical grade and an instructor can choose the level that answers a given criterion in the best way possible.
Why low completion rates may not matter - We’re used to focusing on completion rates in higher education, but they’re not the only—or even the most meaningful—indicator of engagement in open online courses.
Online education games for Kids, preschool kids, Kindergarten and grade level, elementary students can play games on math and science for fun (Online Education Games For Kids - Enhance Learning Experience http://t.co/Va5anERGSh)...
A global learning community The Star Online THE Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has launched the ACCA Learning Community, an online platform for registered students to connect and learn from their peers in a secure environment.
Kalimat Publishing, Samsung sign e-learning agreement gulfnews.com Sharjah: Taking another step forward towards the use of technology to support education in the Emirates, Kalimat Publishing Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with...
Teaching with technology doesn't have to be scary. It can be quite hard so here's a handy survival guide that should save you at least one headache!
A presentation by the always amazing Shelly Terrell should help. It’s quite literally a survival guide to teaching with technology and I strongly recommend you scroll through each slide. It’s packed with wisdom from a teacher who really gets it.
These Google Plus accounts cover everything from free online video courses to full on learning management systems. There is a lively ecosystem of bloggers, consultants, entrepreneurs, and companies both collaborating and competing to build the future of education technology. This list is not meant to rank any of these Google Plus accounts above the others, but to recommend them all as great sources of information for people who are passionate about education technology.
Telegraph.co.uk Distance learning: study while you work Telegraph.co.uk Courses can also be taken on a flexible basis, which can appeal to students who have pressing commitments outside of further education.
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Workers need to stay current too. Just because your employed doesn't mean that your job remains safe. The flexible learning platform meets this group of learners
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