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10 Indicators Of Efficient Teaching

10 Indicators Of Efficient Teaching | Innovative Education | Scoop.it

Notice that we didn’t use the more vague “good teacher” phrasing.

That’s an important distinction, because here we’re talking about something a bit more clinical. Not entirely scientific and analytical and icky, but not entirely rhetorical and abstract and mushy either. Something somewhere in the middle–human, efficient, and hopefully happy and sustainable as a result.


10 Indicators Of Efficient Teaching

 

- You make frequent minor adjustments.

- You have access to “good” data.

- You don’t teach, you design.

- You plan backwards.

- You don’t do what you’re told.

- You’re a learning feedback machine.

- You prioritize endlessly.

- You change your mind.

- You see each student individually.

- Your students are changing–all of them.


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Work is life for academics: survey

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Research has found that, in academia, work is life.


For Academic Work/Life Balance: Challenges for theory and practice, sociologists Dr Nick Osbaldiston from James Cook University, Monash University’s Fabian Cannizzo and Christian Mauri from Murdoch University surveyed 155 early- to mid-career academics. The survey found that average working days for these academics were nine hours. Nearly all worked on weekends. The sample was taken from multiple disciplines, from a range of metropolitan and regional universities, and was split evenly between men and women. The research is published at The Australian Sociological Association.


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Infographic: 4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn

Infographic: 4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn | Innovative Education | Scoop.it
“ This infographic illustrates how EdTech changes the way people learn.”
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Denis Lundie's curator insight, August 8, 2014 8:30 AM

Really? 'Disruptive ELearning' - cool! I hope some substance follows soon ...

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From Books to MOOCs? Emerging Models of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 

From Books to MOOCs? Emerging Models of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education  | Innovative Education | Scoop.it
In this volume, researchers in the field of educational technology, MOOC developers and users critically analyse and discuss the current state-of-the-art from different perspectives.
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What do test-optional admissions really look like? - eCampus News

What do test-optional admissions really look like? - eCampus News | Innovative Education | Scoop.it


Institutions at varying levels of test-optional admissions implementation report resounding success across multiple factors.


The number of schools that “de-emphasize” the ACT and SAT in admissions decisions in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Guide (2016 Edition) currently exceeds 200—an indication that the “test optional” college campus could soon become the norm rather than the exception. Institutions like Wake Forest University and George Washington University are openly revealing the impetus behind—and results of—their own test-optional efforts, while smaller schools are also experimenting with the idea of looking “beyond the numbers” and using multiple, non-test-oriented factors when admitting students.


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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 18, 7:59 AM
The US equivalent of letting go of ATAR...
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20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking

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20 Classroom Setups That Promote Thinking

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Anna Hu 's curator insight, April 20, 7:52 PM
Good ideas in this
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Check this out! Thanks to Anna Hu.

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Empowering Teachers to Meet the Digital Native Learners

This paper identifies and describes the challenges higher education is facing on the brink of the knowledge society, and presents one solution through a novel approach to teacher training through a learning program based on authentic, social media assisted learning.

Many researchers see a gap between higher education and 21st century skills.  Although these are the natural skills of digital native learners, they are not being supported in education. 

It is important that teachers acquire the competences needed in 21st century knowledge work and are prepared to fruitfully work with their digital native learners. The School of Vocational Teacher Education at Tampere University of Applied Sciences introduces a novel approach to teacher training by applying the principles of 21st century skills in social media environments. This approach has yielded extremely promising results in a markedly short time.

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Motivating adults: what is andragogy?

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Way back in 2015, I thought it would be relevant to discuss Andragogy and the work of Malcolm Knowles on the subject, in a webinar that I delivered as part of Adult Learners week. The following blog is a summary of the webinar, which covered:

- an overview of Malcolm Knowles and his work on adult learning
- differences between pedagogy and andragogy, and
- the history of the term Andragogy. 


I also considered Knowles’s Andragogical model and the five assumptions he wrote of, to describe the differences between adult learning and traditional classroom models. I find his papers to be some of the most accessible and useful from my studies on adult learning, so as we move through these five assumptions today, I will provide examples of how these have related to my life and work as an online learning consultant – and, more importantly perhaps, a dad.


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Academics: you are going to fail, so learn how to do it better

Academics: you are going to fail, so learn how to do it better | Innovative Education | Scoop.it
Unsuccessful endeavours are a crucial part of academia – use these five tips to make the most of them

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This one has growth mindset written all over it.
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TeachThought: A Diagram Of Pedagogy in the 21st Century

TeachThought: A Diagram Of Pedagogy in the 21st Century | Innovative Education | Scoop.it
We know that thinking in the 21st century seems different. What about teaching? Aside from the presence of dizzying technologies, added pressure for data-based improvements, and a persistent call for innovation, how is teaching different in 2016 than it was in, say, 1984?

Here are a few ideas as a kind of quick overview, with general summaries for each. I’ve added “tags” for each domain so that we can begin to see how existing and emerging initiatives (e.g., personalized learning), trends (e.g., the flipped classroom), and buzz words (e.g., digital footprint) might fit into each.

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How to plan and create true flexible learning spaces

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Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education

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Anna Hu 's curator insight, May 13, 10:23 AM
Making the space suit the learning is important if we want to get out of the industrial model of education
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What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data?

What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data? | Innovative Education | Scoop.it
Schools are measuring students in multiple ways — sometimes making that information public. The potential pitfalls are multiplying, too.

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Anna Hu 's curator insight, June 7, 7:16 AM
Good article showing some perspective on the possible bad use of data
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9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us | Innovative Education | Scoop.it

Synopsis
A list of things that we don’t really want to talk about in education. Here are nine of them:

1. We know that most of our students will forget most of the content that they “learn” in school. 
2. We know that most of our students are bored and disengaged in school.
3. We know that deep, lasting learning requires conditions that schools and classrooms simply were not built for. 
4. We know that we’re not assessing many of the things that really matter for future success. 
5. We know that grades, not learning, are the outcomes that students and parents are most interested in. 
6. We know that curriculum is just a guess. 
7. We know that separating learning into discrete subjects and time blocks is not the best way to prepare kids for the real world. 
8. We know (I think) that the system of education as currently constructed is not adequately preparing kids for what follows if and when they graduate.
9. And finally, we know that learning that sticks is usually learned informally, that explicit knowledge accounts for very little of our success in most professions.


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New report gives hope to time-poor teachers

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Are you a time-poor teacher? A new survey shows how using technology can change that.

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The survey found that 80% agreed that technology made their job easier and saved them around three hours per week in marking and planning time.

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Building an effective learning environment | Tony Bates

Building an effective learning environment | Tony Bates | Innovative Education | Scoop.it
Conclusions
The learners must do the learning. We need to make sure that learners are able to work within an environment that helps them do this. In other words, our job as teachers is to create the conditions for success.
There are no right or wrong ways to build an effective learning environment. It needs to fit the context in which students will learn. However, before even beginning to design a course or program, we should be thinking of what this learning environment could look like.
Technology now enables us to build a wide variety of effective learning environments. But technology alone is not enough; it needs to include other components for learner success. This is not to say that self-managing learners cannot build their own effective, personal learning environments, but they need to consider the other components as well as the technology.

 

Questions
What other components would you add to a successful learning environment?
Could you now design a different and hopefully better learning environment for your courses or programs? If so, what would it look like?
Is this a helpful way to approach the design of online learning or indeed any other form of learning?


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7 Qualities That Promote Teacher Leadership in Schools

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Empowering teachers to lead and learn from other teacher-leaders can improve the learning experience for students.

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1. The joy – and urgency – of learning

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Two large forces are driving fresh interest in the way people learn and why they learn. The first force is the rise of the internet and its disruptive potential
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12 Things That Will Disappear From Classrooms In The Next 12 Years -

12 Things That Will Disappear From Classrooms In The Next 12 Years - | Innovative Education | Scoop.it
Marfeel

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Some domes should already be gone and there are some great links in here also.
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7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab

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Here's what Harvard students learn about how to create an environment where innovation thrives.

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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

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These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.

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The Future of Learning — Learning {Re}imagined — Medium

The Future of Learning - Learning {Re}imagined - Medium

was recently invited to give a keynote talk at Windays 16, a Microsoft sponsored event hosted on a beautiful island near Poreč, Croatia. The event brought together representatives from the business, education and government communities in Croatia to consider the future of work, the Croatian economy and the role of education. 


After my talk I was invited to give the following interview which is 9 minutes long where I discuss my thoughts on the future of learning, schools, the misuse of EdTech and the need to reimagine assessment and testing. A full transcript follows the video:


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Dewey emphasized the immediacy of context for children and learning. It was not about far-off, distant goals.
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Personalized Learning: Creating a Relevant Learning Culture for the Next Generation

Personalized Learning: Creating a Relevant Learning Culture for the Next Generation | Innovative Education | Scoop.it
Personalized learning – where students take ownership of their learning and collaborate with instructors to design an education plan that works for them – is enticing education leaders as a way to transform the traditional education model, increase student engagement and improve achievement.

But while personalized learning is certainly promising, a recent CDE survey of 215 IT leaders in K-20 education shows the concept has not been widely implemented in K-12 or higher education. Just 20 percent of K-12 respondents and 15 percent of higher education respondents reporting having created a personalized learning culture.

This Special Report helps educators understand what personalized learning is (and what it is not), identifies innovative approaches to personalized learning and provides potential solutions to the challenges institutions face on the path to personalized learning.

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How Education Innovation Will Change Your Classroom

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With all the talk about virtual reality, wearables, makerspaces and big data, it can be hard to visualize what your classroom is going to look like in a few years. The good news is that you and your school will be heavily involved in creating a space that uses technology to help students learn and keeps them engaged — and that helps you do your job better.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest technology trends and how they’re leading to education innovation.

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What metrics don't tell us about the way students learn

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A big push is under way in higher education to measure how students are learning and how good lecturers are at teaching them. Universities can track how much time a student spent on a learning module or how often they accessed a journal article or online book. Some universities are starting to use these “learning analytics” to study how students are accessing data. But that is currently all they can do – because of the limits of using this kind of “big data” to measure the effectiveness of teaching and learning.

In the UK, the government has confirmed plans to measure teaching excellence at universities in England via a new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The Queen’s Speech revealed that a new Higher Education and Research Bill will be introduced to take forward regulation around the ideas set out in the higher education white paper.

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Effective teachers for all classrooms? It’s time for teacherpreneurs - Global Education & Skills Forum

Effective teachers for all classrooms? It’s time for teacherpreneurs - Global Education & Skills Forum | Innovative Education | Scoop.it

There are at least six sound reasons for this bold brand of teacher leadership:

- Researchers have proven that students learn more when their teachers collaborate in deep and authentic ways;
- Principals alone cannot address demands of 21st-century learning and accountability;
- Top-performing nations invest in teachers as leaders;
- The most effective teacher evaluation systems are driven by master teachers;
- Teachers trust their teaching colleagues more than anyone else to help them improve their practice; and
- Large percentages of teachers are interested in leading without leaving the classroom.


The benefits of hybrid roles

My nonprofit organization, the Center for Teaching Quality, supports an Internet-based community of 9,000 teachers in the CTQ Collaboratory. We have seen firsthand the powerful ways in which teachers can connect, ready, and mobilize themselves in their students’ best interest.


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