A new acquisition marks the second time in a year that the eTextbook industry experiences a major shift , thanks to a bold move by CourseSmart.
Rebecca Frazee's insight:
"Officials from Vital Source and CourseSmart talked up the potential for bolstering competency-based learning with expanded digital resources — a common theme among educators and technologists who have long pushed for a departure from the traditional credit hour-based model of education."
A five-year experiment among students taking an upper-level undergraduate science course found that the flipped and active model improved student outcomes, particularly among females and students with lower grade point averages.
Designing a blended learning course may seem complicated, but EDUCAUSE hopes to remedy that problem by offering a free MOOC on blended learning courses.
Rebecca Frazee's insight:
A new free, five-week MOOC will help educators design more engaging blended learning courses. "BlendKit2014" marks the first venture into the world of MOOCs for @EDUCAUSE.
Participants of the new MOOC may pursue an official “UCF/EDUCAUSE Certified Blended Learning Designer” certificate for completion of the course if they submit a portfolio of the blended learning materials they develop throughout the course of the class.
BlendKit2014 begins on April 21 and is currently open for registration through the Canvas Network. For more details check out #BlendKit2014 on Twitter.
When I first started teaching online, one of the most frustrating aspects was that I did not have access to an old-fashioned blackboard to give students a visual map of what I was teaching. I felt restricted by the text-based instruction of the discussion board and eventually began creating colorful flowcharts to teach essay structure, for example, or PowerPoint slides to explain the MLA style format.
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