In a flipped setting, where teachers are organizing their content for students to use any time, it is important for that material to be presented in a way that is as engaging and relevant as possible. I use Schoology and Google Classroom to organize and curate my flipped lessons, assignments, and all my supplemental material. Both of these tools organize information as a list, forcing my students to scroll through a long list of posts and files to get to the one that they need. It struck me this year that I was still organizing my content linearly, listing files in Schoology or providing posts in Google classroom that follow in much the same way my traditional classroom ran. It showed a stepwise progression through the curriculum and that does not need to happen in a flipped environment. Traditional classes are bound to a linear format because a teacher can only teach one lesson at a time. Lessons in a flipped setting are recorded, and because of that, the videos can be watched in any order and don’t need to follow any particular prescribed order as long as the integrity of the learning goals are maintained. Traditional linearity didn’t make any sense to me, and once I saw it, I couldn’t unsee it.
Russian university scientists improve undergraduate results with interdisciplinary problem-based learning.
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Integrating professional competencies within the academic curriculum is a challenge faced by all HE institutions. Project-based learning, with its emphasis on developing competencies through 'real-world' collaboration, is gaining favour as a possible pedagogical solution.
This article shows how a team of Russian academics successfully combined the principles of PBL with technology-enhanced learning, as part of an interdisciplinary approach.
Recently, I’ve been working with higher education (HE) research sector bodies to explore the experiences of a group of UK higher education institutions as they forge ahead in their efforts to implement open access (OA).
It probably goes without saying that education has been significantly impacted by the surge in educational technology (or edtech).
When most people think of edtech, images of mobile apps and Google tools come to mind.
Video streaming platforms (YouTube) in education is pretty common nowadays. So much so that we hardly even think of it as “edtech” anymore but rather just part of the educational environment.
The reason edtech has surged in popularity is multifaceted.
One one hand it offers educators a great way to present information and ideas to students to help maximize learning retention. It adds another component to learning, often requiring learners to apply what it is they have just been taught.
However, the other side of the equation is that edtech offers an economical incentive to classrooms and educational institutions.
Electronic books, elearning, edtech apps and the like all cost less than traditional instructor-led classrooms.
Students often prefer these various methods of learning because it gives them more flexibility in their schedules. As such, more and more schools are rolling out distance learning programs that rely heavily upon these tools.
To get a sense of the impact edtech is having on the traditional educational landscape, reference the infographic below created by FatWalet.
You can see that there are real cost benefits to edtech, and in a world where the cost of education is a major barrier it only makes sense that programs like this are becoming more frequent.
It helps to make higher education more accessable to those who might otherwise be unable to take the on-site courses. At the same time it helps these schools and universities reach a larger audience and build their brand.
Social media and higher education pedagogy have enjoyed a chequered relationship, with significant debates about the efficacy of social media as a site of learning, the manager/host of an individual’s learning trajectory and as a tool of facilitating
Having a good list of bookmarks that will help you through college is absolutely essential for surviving modern college life. If, in the old days, college students could do with just a library to do their studying at and a friend who’s a junior or senior to tell them how everything works, these days that won’t be enough. Whether it concerns dorm life, methodizing your studies or managing your emotional state, you can’t do it without building a support system for yourself.
You can now build video lessons on MoocNote by using videos from your Dropbox or Google Drive account. This is a huge enhancement for teachers who work in environments that block YouTube. It's also great for anyone who has made his or her own videos and wants to add interactive question elements to them.
The latest version of MoocNote includes an option for creating groups or classes. You can create public or private groups with which you share your video lessons. You can arrange all of your videos into courses then share those courses with the group. If your course is a work in progress, you can add to it as needed and everyone in your group will see the additional content as you add it.
Finally, students no longer have to create accounts on MoocNote in order to view lessons that you make public. If you make your video lesson public, anyone can view it. If you want to keep your video lesson private, students will have to register to view it. MoocNote now supports using a Google Account to log-in.
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