An interesting look into the MOOC world. MOOCs have some some amazing pluses and some real pitfalls. What they are doing is raising the profile and real potential of online learning and the amazing opportunity online learning environments will bring to humanity. Education is now going through what music, publishing and retail have experienced in finding its way in an online world. How do we keep it real? How do we make it personal? What a great time to be on this ride!
By interspersing online lectures with short tests, student mind-wandering decreased by half, note-taking tripled, and overall retention of the material improved, said Daniel Schacter, the William R. Kenan Jr.
“What we hope this research does is show that we can use very strong, experimentally sound techniques to describe what works in online education and what doesn’t,” said Szpunar. “The question, basically, is how do we optimize students’ time when they’re at home, trying to learn from online lectures? How do we help them most efficiently extract the information they need?
“At the very least, what this says is that it’s not enough to break up lectures into smaller segments, or to fill that break with some activity,” he said. “What we really need to do is instill in students the expectation that they will need to express what they’ve learned at some later point. I think it’s going to be a very sobering thought for a lot of people to think that students aren’t paying attention almost half the time, but this is one way we can help them get more out of these online lectures.”
BusinessWeek.com columnist Carmine Gallo reveals the techniques that have turned Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, into one of the world’s corporate presenters. There are some helpful nuggets that will add punch to your next agency pitch.
This is a great model for any presentation. The author here is looking at it from an advertising/selling perspective, but what it is actually about is creating relationship between the presenter and participants. This is just as relevant in a learning environment.
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