Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learning...
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Emotionally-charged stimuli capture people’s attention immediately. On top of that, the brain remembers an emotional experience better than anything else. In eLearning, you can make this work for you by encouraging emotional response. Many of these tools, such as compelling stories, videos, images, and visually engaging screens can evoke emotion; try to connect emotionally with learners, and they will learn more and better.
Create shocking, impressive or surprising moments that grabs your learner’s attention right away.
From tuition fees to transfer credits, higher education issues provoke strong opinions and it’s rare to find an area of consensus. But one issue where there seems to be agreement is the need for students to acquire a diverse mix of skills and capabilities – not just academic training, but also a variety of interpersonal, professional and workplace skills – to prosper in a challenging labour market and contribute to Canada’s future. Unfortunately, even when students acquire such skills, it can prove difficult to turn them into credentials that are recognized in the job market.
I‘ve had extra time to think over the past couple of weeks. Give me enough flex time, and my mind wanders into thought experiments and musing about education questions and possibilities. This time, thoughts focused upon the idea of un-inventing something. I talk and write about inventions and innovations in education all the time. What about the opposite? That led me to ask the simple question. If I could uninvent in education, what ten inventions would be at the top of my list? If I could go back in time and redirect from the adoption of an invention that dominates contemporary education, which ones would I choose? Below are my tentative answers.
Univent Letter GradesUninvent Credit Hours / the Carnegie Unit / Seat TimeUninvent Bubble TestsUninvent Standard Grade LevelsUninvent Diplomas and DegreesUninvent Common Honor Society CriteriaUninvent the Teacher ClassroomUninvent Standardized TestsUninvent Regional AccreditationUninvent TextbooksConclusion
Of course, I can’t uninvent these ten, and I’m not intending to spend my life trying to eradicate them. Yet, I’m also not going to invest my time and energy in developing them. The most promising practices, models, frameworks and concepts in education today do not depend upon or support any of these ten. As such, if we simply feed and support the good stuff, perhaps we will find that many of thse inventions will find their way into the international museum of the history of education.
We know today’s students will have to create their jobs, not look for jobs. They will compete with others around the globe. They will have jobs replaced by outsourcing and technology if their skills are easily replicated or duplicated. To succeed, students will need creativity, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.
They will need to be able to adapt to change, be resilient and able to work effectively in a variety of environments.
Connected learning brings together all of the various experiences, interests, technology, academics, people and communities that learners are a part of in order to make all of these scenarios and experiences learning opportunities.
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