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The Art of the Discussion Prompt | IDDblog

The Art of the Discussion Prompt | IDDblog | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Discussions are sometimes called the engine of an online course. Discussions provide an opportunity for students to engage with the course content, with each other, and with you—the professor—simultaneously, which means they have a lot of potential for meaningful learning and high retention.

There is no guarantee that students will really apply themselves by just creating a discussion. What you get out of a discussion assignment depends on what you put into it. Here are some tips for writing your discussion prompt, selecting your settings, and participating in the discussion.

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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, March 21, 2015 9:45 PM

good design advice on structuring discussions. Follow these principles to create better discussions in your online or blended classes.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 21, 2015 10:04 PM

Dialogue and conversation have different feels than discussion which is about winning one's argument.

 

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Doug Ward's curator insight, March 22, 2015 7:47 PM

Good advice.

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Top 10 eLearning Resources You May Not Have Thought Of - eLearning Brothers

Top 10 eLearning Resources You May Not Have Thought Of - eLearning Brothers | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
If you're designing an eLearning course, you need to keep the entire process as organized as possible. Stay focused with these 10 eLearning resources.

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ChristopherBell's curator insight, March 5, 2015 7:42 PM

Looking for some great elearning resources!  Here you go.

MindEdge's curator insight, March 12, 2015 12:11 PM

A few innovative tools for mounting and communicating your learning content. #edtech #elearning #onlinelearning 

Beret Furuseth Hagen's curator insight, October 1, 2015 3:41 PM

Rescooped from Dennis O'Connor's Scoop It magazine, this article offers some helpful online tools to enhance your eLearning course

 

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Research: How Video Production Affects Student Engagement

edX recently commissioned a study of nearly 1,000 videos, segmenting them out by by video type and production style, and discovered this among their other findings:

Shorter videos are more engaging. Engagement drops after 6 minutes.Videos with a more personal feeling are more effective than high-fidelity studio recordings.
Videos in which the instructor speaks quickly and with high enthusiasm are more engaging.Khan-style tablet drawings are more engaging than power point slides.
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Research: How Video Production Affects Student Engagement

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Bronwyn Burke's curator insight, September 2, 2014 5:29 PM

Perfect detail for our new adventure.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 4, 2014 4:23 PM

An interesting study from the EdX people on using videos in an online course. 

KB...Konnected's curator insight, September 6, 2014 12:49 AM

Good to know.

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7 Brain-based Tips for eLearning Success

7 Brain-based Tips for eLearning Success | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

The brain is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve by obtaining new knowledge and skills, even before birth. Unfortunately, retaining information can be challenging, simply because instructors and course designers do not always use methods that facilitate remembering. The following seven points look at key principles from neuroscience research paired with tips that will allow course creators to achieve effective eLearning development.


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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, May 1, 2014 11:48 PM

Must read.

Siegfried Holle's curator insight, May 2, 2014 1:57 PM

food for thought

Iris Velasquez P's curator insight, May 3, 2014 8:44 AM

Muy interesante y útil.

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Reviving Threaded Discussions: Strategies to Enhance Virtual Conversations | IDDblog

Reviving Threaded Discussions: Strategies to Enhance Virtual Conversations | IDDblog | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
No matter how you decide to frame the assignment, it’s important to ensure that the discussion is meaningful and not busy work. Some of the most effective discussions foster students’ creativity, ability to solve problems, make decisions, collaborate, and conduct research. Interestingly enough, this type of engagement is similar to what students experience with K-12 educational technology via ISTE’s NETS standards for students. Continuing to build on this framework at the collegiate level is essential.

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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, March 19, 2015 2:08 AM

This post provides an excellent overview of the best approach to discussion design process with a list of question types.

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 19, 2015 9:42 AM

Yes please. Discussions groups can be very good or very frustrating. It does take some effort to plan it out, ask the right questions and make the activity relevant. 

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 29, 2015 11:20 AM

short, quick read about making discussions threads more engaging. 

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ISTE Infographic: Ready, set, blend!

ISTE Infographic: Ready, set, blend! | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
The basic cognitive skills needed by previous generations are no longer enough. Students in the conceptual age must also master the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, including creation, metacognition and self-actualization.

“It will require an upgrade to our curriculum, new instructional methods and materials, a new profile of a global graduate and an open mind,” say Smith, Chavez and Seaman.

For ideas about how to re-create your classroom for the conceptual age, including potential classroom setups, blended learning models to mix and match, and a curriculum design process, take a look at the infographic

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 10, 2015 11:55 AM

Big fan of info graphics! 

Suzanne's curator insight, February 11, 2015 7:53 AM

Learning and teaching in the conceptual age.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, February 12, 2015 2:24 AM

How to implement a new classroom and learning paradigm: A nice outline