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Practical Extensive Reading: Tips and Resources

Practical Extensive Reading: Tips and Resources | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
Fostering a love of reading in our students is a goal that many language teachers share. We know the lifelong benefits of loving books, especially as many of us learned English - or another language – through reading. The challenge is: how to help our students become lifelong readers?

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 5, 7:31 AM

A nice free short ebook.

Carey Leahy's curator insight, June 9, 3:38 AM
All about consolidation and vocab expansion!
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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
We pair 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” with ideas from students and teachers for how you can use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills.

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Stacy Esch's curator insight, February 24, 9:10 AM
incredible provocative images to work on visual analysis
Sarah's curator insight, June 4, 8:06 PM
This is an excellent website that can be used as a resource for enhancing visual literacy, close reading and visual thinking skills, which are fundamental within the Arts. In the Arts, specifically Visual Arts and Media Arts, it is crucial to be able to read an image, and these photographs and resources within the link can be easily modified to create some simple exercises in reading the artworks. 
Anne-Marie Rocheleau's curator insight, August 19, 11:19 AM

Faire des inférences; promouvoir la discussion

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Faculty Development in the Age of Digital, Connected Learning

Faculty Development in the Age of Digital, Connected Learning | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
To promote awareness across our workplace about how digital tools can be used to improve productivity and learning, we are untethering our faculty development offerings from a closed-off physical space and infusing them with principles of openness and connected learning. Untethered faculty development immerses instructors in digital, connected learning environments that develops their digital literacy over time.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 22, 2016 12:53 AM

It's about time.

Ante Lauc's curator insight, December 26, 2016 2:20 AM
From global we will achieve holistic approach. GAU will become HAU.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 9, 2:05 AM
Faculty Development
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How to teach your students about fake news

How to teach your students about fake news | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
Fake news is making news, and it's a problem. This lesson gives students media literacy skills they need to navigate the media, including how to spot fake news.

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Carol Hancox's curator insight, December 31, 2016 11:36 PM
Digital literacy - students should learn this
Carol Hancox's curator insight, January 1, 12:27 AM
Digital literacy
Teresa Maceira's curator insight, January 2, 12:25 PM

Interesting lesson plan.

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New Media Literacy: What Students Need to Know About Fake News

New Media Literacy: What Students Need to Know About Fake News | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
Sometimes it seems as if educators can’t take on one more responsibility, and yet the scourge of fake news is not something that we can ignore. If we are to help our students to become critical and independent thinkers and responsible citizens, we need to empower them with the tools to take on fake news and other manipulative media.

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Quanah Zimmerman's curator insight, December 29, 2016 2:27 AM

The two best takeaways: "Google isn’t always right" and "Dealing with fake news is the responsibility of everyone."

Carol Hancox's curator insight, January 1, 12:26 AM
Digital literacy
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6 Common Misconceptions About Blended Learning

6 Common Misconceptions About Blended Learning | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
A meta-analysis of more than 1,000 online learning studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education compared traditional in-person instruction, pure online courses and blended instruction. Studies that involved blended learning environments were found to have the greatest impact in improving student achievement.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 1, 2016 10:12 AM

A good basic introduction if you are new to blended learning.

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BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy English Teachers

BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy English Teachers | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
Free printable worksheets and lesson plans for every busy teacher. Find printable worksheets on any topic: vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, writing and speaking!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 18, 2016 1:10 AM

A great resource for teachers.

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How to make a good teacher

How to make a good teacher | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
Teaching is a mass profession: it cannot grab all the top graduates, year after year. When poor teachers are fired, new ones are needed—and they will have been trained in the very same system that failed to make fine teachers out of their predecessors.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 17, 2016 1:21 AM

Not really technology related but still very relevant to learning.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, June 19, 2016 3:26 PM
I utter agreement!!! No more excuses!!
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Ten innovations that have changed English language teaching

Ten innovations that have changed English language teaching | Teacher Education | Scoop.it

English language teaching is evolving all the time, particularly alongside advances in technology. But what changes have had the biggest impact on teachers in recent years?


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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, June 6, 2016 6:50 AM
Well... some other things could be added, but quite rigt in some points... I'm missing the storytelling bit here!
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 11, 2016 7:19 AM
Great resources worth adding to your teaching and learning library.
oscareruiz123@gmail.com's curator insight, June 1, 1:07 PM
As technology evolves we have to evolve too and adjust our techniques so we can take advantage of those.
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Learning Technologies

Learning Technologies | Teacher Education | Scoop.it

Learning Technologies, co-located with Learning & Skills, is Europe's leading showcase of organisational learning and the technology used to support learning at work. And it continues to grow in importance, value and attendance year on year.


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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, February 3, 2016 7:18 AM

collection of presentations on Learning Technologies

Fran Walton's curator insight, February 3, 2016 7:57 AM

Knowledge  for the future, for keeping a-breast of current trends, my my age group.

Mark Cottee's curator insight, February 3, 2016 4:59 PM

Blam

 

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The Simple Human Interactions That Make Learning Possible

The Simple Human Interactions That Make Learning Possible | Teacher Education | Scoop.it

Nothing will ever take the place of one person actually being with another person. Let’s not get so fascinated by what technology can do that we forget what it can’t do. A computer can help you learn to spell “H-U-G,” but it can never know the risks or the joy of actually giving or receiving one. It’s through relationships that we grow best–and learn best.


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Web 2.0 for ELT's curator insight, February 1, 2016 2:21 AM

It is the combination that works best! 

Dinah Galligo's curator insight, February 1, 2016 5:39 AM

Rien ne remplacera jamais les relations humaines !

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, February 1, 2016 6:39 AM

Indeed!!! Soooo true!

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The one thing deeper learning demands | CTQ

The one thing deeper learning demands | CTQ | Teacher Education | Scoop.it

If any single factor is central to deeper learning, it is not the integration of technology but the involvement of teachers who have both pedagogical expertise and a thorough understanding of students, families, and communities.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 13, 2016 1:51 PM

Interesting article with a grounded perspective on the use of technology in education.

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Is the Teaching of Reading Skills Dying in our Schools? | Feature Article 2013-05-05

Is the Teaching of Reading Skills Dying in our Schools? | Feature Article 2013-05-05 | Teacher Education | Scoop.it

 

EDUCATION WEEK QUESTION: Is the Teaching of Reading Skills Dying in our Schools?

Asks Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview M. S., Toronto-Canada

Did you know that READING can keep your mind active and engaged well into old age? Reading is considered one of the best habits that one can inculcate in him/her. It leads one to knowledge! 
The old Good Book says that ‘for lack of knowledge my people perish’. Yes, knowledge is power. Though knowledge comes to us in many forms, it best comes in the pages of a book. However, we won’t know until we read what is written in the pages. Therefore reading is the key to knowledge. It is said that the one who reads is a leader!
As a parent and a teacher by profession I can’t overemphasize the importance of reading to the teaching and learning process.


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Marianna Randazzo's curator insight, July 21, 2013 10:13 PM

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet."

— Lady Montagu, providing advice on raising her granddaughter, 1752

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What Does Connectivism Mean for Education?

What Does Connectivism Mean for Education? | Teacher Education | Scoop.it

The theory of Connectivism provides new insight into what it means to facilitate learning in the 21st Century. Those responsible for teaching and training need to incorporate instructional strategies that match learner expectations and the physical changes that technology has wrought on the human brain.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 22, 1:32 AM

Nice short article on the classroom implications of connectivism.

Oskar Almazan's curator insight, May 23, 8:28 AM
Siemens has done a good job laying out the core principles of Connectivism in his 2004 piece, "Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age."
 
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, May 23, 12:28 PM
Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age George Siemens
Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism are the three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments. These theories, however, were developed in a time when learning was not impacted through technology. Over the last twenty years, technology has reorganized how we live, how we communicate, and how we learn. Learning needs and theories that describe learning principles and processes, should be reflective of underlying social environments. Vaill emphasizes that “learning must be a way of being – an ongoing set of attitudes and actions by individuals and groups that they employ to try to keep abreast of the surprising, novel, messy, obtrusive, recurring events…” (1996, p.42). Learners as little as forty years ago would complete the required schooling and enter a career that would often last a lifetime. Information development was slow. The life of knowledge was measured in decades. Today, these foundational principles have been altered. Knowledge is growing exponentially. In many fields the life of knowledge is now measured in months and years. Gonzalez (2004) describes the challenges of rapidly diminishing knowledge life: “One of the most persuasive factors is the shrinking half-life of knowledge. The “half-life of knowledge” is the time span from when knowledge is gained to when it becomes obsolete. Half of what is known today was not known 10 years ago. The amount of knowledge in the world has doubled in the past 10 years and is doubling every 18 months according to the American Society of Training and Documentation (ASTD). To combat the shrinking half-life of knowledge, organizations have been forced to develop new methods of deploying instruction.” Some significant trends in learning:  Many learners will move into a variety of different, possibly unrelated fields over the course of their lifetime.  Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning. Learning now occurs in a variety of ways – through communities of practice, personal networks, and through completion of work-related tasks.  Learning is a continual process, lasting for a lifetime. Learning and work related activities are no longer separate. In many situations, they are the same.  Technology is altering (rewiring) our brains. The tools we use define and shape our thinking.  The organization and the individual are both learning organisms. Increased attention to knowledge management highlights the need for a theory that attempts to explain the link between individual and organizational learning.  Many of the processes previously handled by learning theories (especially in cognitive information processing) can now be off-loaded to, or supported by, technology.  Know-how and know-what is being supplemented with know-where (the understanding of where to find knowledge needed).
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What students want and how universities are getting it wrong

What students want and how universities are getting it wrong | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
Remarkably, educational policies are usually written by those who are the most removed from actual teaching. That’s how we get the curious disparity between what students want and need, and what university managers think will be good for them.

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Laurent Mabire's curator insight, December 17, 2016 1:49 AM
"students want interaction and personal connection, as well as more use made of mobile devices"
Deb Talbot's curator insight, December 18, 2016 7:15 PM
I agree....#educationsystem needs a shakeup! The old system just doesnt work! Do you agree?
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 10, 1:43 AM
What students want and how universities are getting it wrong
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New Media Literacy: What Students Need to Know About Fake News

New Media Literacy: What Students Need to Know About Fake News | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
Sometimes it seems as if educators can’t take on one more responsibility, and yet the scourge of fake news is not something that we can ignore. If we are to help our students to become critical and independent thinkers and responsible citizens, we need to empower them with the tools to take on fake news and other manipulative media.

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Quanah Zimmerman's curator insight, December 29, 2016 2:27 AM

The two best takeaways: "Google isn’t always right" and "Dealing with fake news is the responsibility of everyone."

Carol Hancox's curator insight, January 1, 12:26 AM
Digital literacy
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Understanding the Role of Achievements in Game-Based Learning | Blair | International Journal of Serious Games

Understanding the Role of Achievements in Game-Based Learning | Blair | International Journal of Serious Games | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
The objective of the current research was to examine whether one potentially effective gaming strategy—achievements—has a positive impact on learning in a game-based environment. An achievement in a video game is a reward or recognition earned by players for an in-game accomplishment. This paper describes a series of studies to evaluate the effects of achievement types on learning in a game designed to teach about health resources.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 30, 2016 4:57 AM

Interesting research.

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Rubric for Deeper Thinking About Learning

Rubric for Deeper Thinking About Learning | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
We were exploring how to make metacognitive thinking more visible for our students, keeping it aligned with our mandate to keep thinking and learning visible, transparent, tangible, critiqueable and accountable within learning spaces.

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Robyn Lockwood's curator insight, October 11, 2016 2:42 PM
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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, October 11, 2016 2:49 PM
Don't often see a rubric specifically for metacognition: Rubric for Deeper Thinking About Learning
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, October 12, 2016 10:44 AM
Interesting rubric for self assessment to make metacognition more accessible for our students. Check it out!

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Online Grammar Tools

Online Grammar Tools | Teacher Education | Scoop.it

I hope you enjoy these sites and find them useful. If you want more grammar related sites just click the link to see more Grammar links


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DocBiodiv's curator insight, July 25, 2016 10:13 AM
Allez, on révise son anglais et en particulier la grammaire !
Educity Pedagogy's curator insight, July 27, 2016 12:24 AM
I hope one another website to provide study material for banking sector, see it  http://www.oureducity.com/
Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, July 27, 2016 11:29 AM
These sites can be useful for ESL/EFL students.  Videos of grammar explanations and exercises in Grammar Flip can be helpful for independent practice.
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Teacher Feedback for Teacher Trainers

Teacher Feedback for Teacher Trainers | Teacher Education | Scoop.it

As a developing teacher, there are lots of courses you can do and resources that you can access to aid your development, but when you become a teacher of teachers, this often isn't the case. Feedback especially, is an area in which the door is often literally and metaphorically closed and you get little feedback yourself on this area of practice.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 15, 2016 1:27 AM

Useful new site for teacher trainers or those who want to be.

reuvenwerber's curator insight, June 16, 2016 3:54 AM
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David Baker's curator insight, June 16, 2016 10:47 AM
This blog supports an ongoing conversation about the different needs and skills for supporting teachers leaders that are working with preservice teachers. One area we are looking at as a district is how do we create systematic support or training for cooperating teachers. 
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FoxType  - Sentence Analysis

FoxType  - Sentence Analysis | Teacher Education | Scoop.it

Visualise the grammar of a sentence.


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Bronwyn Burke's curator insight, June 16, 2016 4:51 AM
An interesting visual for planning instruction.
António Leça Domingues's curator insight, June 16, 2016 5:58 AM
Análise de construção de períodos de texto.
Marshall Gass's curator insight, June 16, 2016 4:00 PM
invaluable tool for writers. Get it.
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Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report (Infographic)

Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report (Infographic) | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.

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Josi Sierra's curator insight, March 1, 2016 1:57 AM
¿Como implican al alumnado los profes innovadores? Con 10 estrategias pedagogicas innovadoras ;-)
uTOP Inria's curator insight, March 7, 2016 3:14 AM
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/


Melissa Vee Rentchler 's curator insight, March 7, 2016 1:25 PM
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/


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Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration?

Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration? | Teacher Education | Scoop.it

Perhaps instead of focusing our concerns on technology as a wonderful aid to plagiarizers, we should focus on its ability to foster creativity and collaboration, and then ask ourselves (we are the clever adults here) how we can incorporate those elements into our formalized assessments.


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Charli Wiggill's curator insight, February 4, 2016 12:48 PM

Thought-provoking and offering each of us a challenge...

#MIEExpert #MIEExperts

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Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration?
Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, February 21, 2016 8:05 PM

There is a very thin line between plagiarism and collaboration where group assessments are concerned. I also feel that in this digital age, the type of assessments, activities and questions should be re-defined and reworked. I also try to provide "wrappers" in the class especially on ethics. 

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How Metacognition Makes Students Better Learners

How Metacognition Makes Students Better Learners | Teacher Education | Scoop.it
When students learn to reflect meaningfully about their learning, they can participate in a dialogue with the teacher that allows them to work together to determine the actual level of mastery. No longer working in isolation, the teacher can now adequately discuss depth of learning, thereby helping students to communicate particular knowledge that is too often absent from their final products. After students provide the teacher with thorough information about their process, the teacher is in a better position to assess student learning.

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Andrew J Gibson's curator insight, April 4, 2016 10:12 AM

This is probably one of the most fundamentally important areas of education.


Norman René Trujillo Zapata's curator insight, April 4, 2016 11:26 AM

This is probably one of the most fundamentally important areas of education.


Amanda McAndrew's curator insight, April 4, 2016 11:42 AM

This is probably one of the most fundamentally important areas of education.


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How Cultural Differences Drive Diversity in Education Innovation (EdSurge News)

How Cultural Differences Drive Diversity in Education Innovation (EdSurge News) | Teacher Education | Scoop.it

Online learning is big business. Revenues from e-learning are estimated by many to exceed $51 billion by 2016. And while the U.S. and Western Europe currently have the most learners, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America are projected to have the highest rates of growth.

This “melting pot” of learners brings a new level of cultural diversity and cross-pollination to the global education market. It’s also increasing the variety of online learning options available, as different cultures emphasize different aspects of learning and teaching techniques based on their particular norms and values, as well as factors such as infrastructure and socioeconomic conditions.

The Role of Education in Society

Cultures that place a premium on education drive competition within the learning marketplace. This goes a step further in countries where academic achievement is viewed as the most important precursor to personal and professional success. In these countries, the educational market is hyper-competitive with immense pressure placed on students to perform.

This view is pervasive in South Korea, Singapore, Japan and other Asian countries where families hold student performance and advancement as core values. South Korea, which ranks only behind Denmark and Iceland in terms of expenditure on education as a percentage of GDP, once scoffed at the idea of online education. Now, it has emerged as a leader in e-learning advancements, with 17 online colleges. Other cultures that prioritize education in society are also rapidly emerging as leaders in the online learning revolution.

The Need for Language Diversity amidst Shifting Demographics

One of the more obvious cultural differences in global online learning is language diversity. As more people assimilate into new cultures, the need to learn multiple languages is driving massive demand for online language courses and tutoring options, with the demand for English-as-a-second-language (ESL) soaring. In an increasingly global world, dozens of languages are represented, and online learning providers now offer courses in more languages than ever before.

Communication and Collaboration Preferences

Differences in how people communicate and collaborate are relevant in traditional and online learning environments. In the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe, students frequently work and collaborate in groups. This empowers students with “lead” roles while teachers facilitate.

In other cultures there is little collaboration, as teachers have historically been the primary authority in all classroom situations. Often, in countries like China, this view stems from the culture’s deep-seeded reverence for the wisdom of elders.

These differences must be acknowledged by educators involved in e-learning. Learners accustomed to group collaboration generally prefer virtual classrooms that enable live, real-time interaction between students. A preference for interdependent learning has led online learning providers to facilitate group collaboration through live chat, interactive whiteboards, breakout rooms and other features. In situations where the teacher prefers to limit group interaction, or cultural norms dictate a teacher-led environment, he or she can establish preferences within the virtual environment. Self-paced video courses are also an option for independent-minded learners.

Economic Needs and Career Advancement

The common belief that education is a path toward career advancement and financial security is still subject to differences.

In India, education plays a key role in economic mobility. New hires typically make less than $1,000 per month. But five to ten years into a career, with the right education, the same employee can earn $50,000. That kind of growth can have a huge impact. And since many Indians can’t afford to take years off work to attend traditional colleges, online learning is becoming the answer.

China, home to almost 70 different online colleges and the world’s biggest economy, is also seeing rapid growth in e-learning due to an increasing demand for highly trained workers. Expect e-learning to grow as the country seeks to stay at the forefront of the global economy.

Technology Adoption and Infrastructure

Access to fast, reliable and affordable broadband technology is a key determinant to the success and growth of e-learning programs worldwide. In this respect, governments have a huge hand in determining its success or failure.

South Korea is the world leader in Internet access and broadband speed—four times faster than the U.S.—and is a key reason South Korea has quickly emerged as a world leader in online education. Africa has seen growth in online learning now that fiber optic Internet connectivity is taking hold in the country. Even the Middle East—a late adopter because of governmental censorship—has witnessed a growing interest in e-learning programs.

As the reach of online education broadens, educators must embrace cultural differences and adapt to the accepted learning practices of each culture rather than expect these cultures to adapt to them. This will ensure educational programs that produce optimal outcomes as students learn in customary ways and in familiar environments. 


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Cultural Infusion's curator insight, August 24, 2015 2:40 AM

Emphasising the importance of cultural diversity in the workforce and how important this is to big business when it comes to increasing their bottom line, multiculturalism is such a valuable resource. 

Luisa Castañeda G's curator insight, March 26, 6:41 PM
Throughtout the years, education has been used as a tool to share general knowledge to the masses, without taking into account learners' individual learning styles and processes. However, recently in language teaching environments, a vast amount of research has been directed at the role that cultural differences play within classrooms. In this matter, technology has been a great facilitator of knowledge, in this case language learning, improving students' learning styles, that in some cases is strongly linked to their cultural background. with the term "e-learning", many learners around the world, build their learning experiences according to the possibilities offered by the web, that match their needs (whereas group-orientated students can easily relate with other learners around the world, much more independant individuals can follow their learning processes according to schedules that meet theirs. )