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Transforming Midterm Evaluations into a Metacognitive Pause

Transforming Midterm Evaluations into a Metacognitive Pause | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
By inviting students to reflect on their development, mid-course evaluations become less about what students like and more about what helps them learn.
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Digital Spaces: 12 Best Practices for Multimedia Learning

Digital Spaces: 12 Best Practices for Multimedia Learning | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Design online course content by following best practices to reduce students' cognitive load and prevent the words, pictures, and media from over-stimulating and inhibiting learning.
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Richard Mayer's 12 Principles of Multimedia Learning. 
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Immersive Virtual Reality: Online Education for the Next Generation

Immersive Virtual Reality: Online Education for the Next Generation | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

Imagine watching an avatar teach your online marketing class, or virtually turning to a classmate participating from China for clarification on how you’ll work together to build a sustainable house in VR to later transfer to the real world. Immersive VR has serious potential to change distance education material for the better.

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Looking for ways to engage students? Immersive VR is coming to an online course near you. 
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When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot

When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence has become more widespread in higher education.
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Interesting. What do you think? Helpful or harmful? What if you could gain extra one-on-one time with students by offloading the time required to answer basic questions, repeated semester after semester? 
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How Twitter Changed My Life – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

How Twitter Changed My Life – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
One evening last week, while watching hockey (HOCKEY IS BACK) and scrolling though twitter, I noticed a hashtag that had started to trend: #HowTwitterHasChangedMyLife.
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3 Easy Ways to Embrace High-Impact Learning

3 Easy Ways to Embrace High-Impact Learning | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

Practices from the software-development world can be adapted to disrupt undergraduate education’s "seat time equals learning" model. Such practices could allow educators to create nontraditional experiences within courses or outside the classroom that are short and intensive but still challenging, immersive, and transformative.

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Online Discussion Forums as Assessment Tools - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning

Online Discussion Forums as Assessment Tools - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Classroom Assessment Techniques, or CATs, are simple ways to evaluate students’ understanding of key concepts before they get to the weekly, unit, or other summative-type assessment (Angelo & Cross, 1993). CATs were first made popular in the face-to-face teaching environment by Angelo and Cross as a way to allow teachers to better understand what their students were learning and how improvements might be made in real time during the course of instruction. But the same principle can apply to online teaching as well.Read more Online Discussion Forums as Assessment Tools ›
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Teaching Critical Thinking: Some Practical Points

Teaching Critical Thinking: Some Practical Points | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
We all endorse it and we all want our students to do it. We also claim to teach it. “It” is critical thinking, and very few of us actually teach it or even understand what it is (Paul & Elder, 2013). Research tells us that our students learn critical thinking only after we receive training in how to teach it and design our courses explicitly and intentionally to foster critical thinking skills (Abrami, Bernard, Borokhovski, Wade, Surkes, Tamim, & Zhang, 2008). We have to start by formulating assessable critical thinking learning outcomes and building our courses around them. Read more Teaching Critical Thinking: Some Practical Points ›
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55 AMAZING Facts About Google You May Not Know [#Infographic] – Kevin Corbett – #EdTech

55 AMAZING Facts About Google You May Not Know [#Infographic] – Kevin Corbett – #EdTech | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
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For you trivia buffs...
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7 Important Ways That the Web Has Changed Writing Skill Requirements — Emerging Education Technologies

7 Important Ways That the Web Has Changed Writing Skill Requirements — Emerging Education Technologies | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
The Skills Students Need to Write is Changing in this Web-Influenced World Do a bit of research on the impact that the Web has had on writing, and you will find plenty of articles moaning about millennials and their use
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Microsoft's Speech Recognition Tech Is Officially as Accurate as Humans

Microsoft's Speech Recognition Tech Is Officially as Accurate as Humans | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Microsoft's new speech recognition technology is able to transcribe conversational speech as well as (or even better than) humans. The technology scored a word error rate (WER) of 5.9%, which was lower than the 6.3% WER reported just last month.
Bev Hoerig's insight:
Fascinating technology. They're making progress toward smarter speech recognition tools. Soon, Cortana, Siri and Alexa will be able to hold deep conversations with you...helpful or disturbing?
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Is Anybody Reading the Syllabus? To Find Out, Some Professors Bury Hidden Gems

Is Anybody Reading the Syllabus? To Find Out, Some Professors Bury Hidden Gems | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Professors have long struggled with getting students to read the syllabus thoroughly. Now they are trying different tricks to engage students.
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Great idea--an alternative to the syllabus quiz that many have adopted. 
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Pokemon Go... and Global Success Skills?

Pokemon Go... and Global Success Skills? | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Harness the immersive game Pokemon Go to engage your students in the skills required for collaboration, inquiry, written communication, and building culture.
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Activities applicable in K-12 or college classrooms. Consider how this Pokemon phenomenon can be used to build community and engage students in your classroom. 
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How to Humanize Your Online Class 

How to Humanize Your Online Class  | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

What is humanizing? Humanized learning increases the relevance of content and improves students' motivation to log-in week-after-week.

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Excellent infographic about making student connections and having a presence in your online courses. 
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Your next Gogh-to app 

Your next Gogh-to app  | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

Google Arts & Culture app isn’t a replacement for that Intro to Art History textbook from your freshman year of college, but it's a fantastic supplement

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NMC Releases Horizon Project Strategic Brief on Digital Literacy

NMC Releases Horizon Project Strategic Brief on Digital Literacy | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released Digital Literacy: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief in conjunction with the 2016 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference. Commissioned by Adobe, the special report explores the advancement of digital literacy, which is sparking new thinking in higher education about how to best prepare students for the demands of the global technological economy.
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A Return to Best Practices for Teaching Online -- Campus Technology

A Return to Best Practices for Teaching Online -- Campus Technology | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Co-authors Judith Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad have refined a list of 14 best practices based on core learning principles to help faculty succeed in creating effective online courses.
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Interview with Judith Boettcher about the impact of applying these best practices on student learning and engagement. These are key principles to follow as you develop and deliver quality online courses. 
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Do Your Students Take Good Notes? – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Do Your Students Take Good Notes? – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
What do you do in your teaching to facilitate effective note-taking by your students? Do you have specific assignments that involve students’ notes? Do you lecture or facilitate discussions in ways that make note-taking easier?
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13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics

13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Why are infographics so successful?
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Infographics are a great way to visualize data. Two of my favorite tools for creating infographics (and other visually appealing content) are Canva (https://www.canva.com/) and Piktochart (https://piktochart.com/). Both are free and easy to use. 
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Five Ways to Teach Students to Be Learning Centered, Too - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning

Five Ways to Teach Students to Be Learning Centered, Too - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered if your students are as concerned about their learning as you are? Here are five ways to develop more self-regulated learners.
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55 Percent of Faculty Are Flipping the Classroom -- Campus Technology

55 Percent of Faculty Are Flipping the Classroom -- Campus Technology | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Our first-ever Teaching with Technology survey gauged educators' use of the flipped classroom model, blended/online teaching environments and more.
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After the success of Pokémon Go!, what is the future for augmented reality?

After the success of Pokémon Go!, what is the future for augmented reality? | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
With Pikachu and friends earning up to $10m per day, R&D departments are searching for the next phase
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Amazing possibilities with Augmented Reality (AR) technologies in the palms of our hands (smart phones). 
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5 Ways Gamification Can Help Students Develop A Growth Mindset — Emerging Education Technologies

5 Ways Gamification Can Help Students Develop A Growth Mindset — Emerging Education Technologies | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Gamification allows us to enhance our knowledge and enhance our basic soft skills like multi-tasking, collaborating, creative thinking and committing to a goal. In 2002, the word gamification was coined as a way to describe the incorporation of game-thinking and
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Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally

Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Teachers are finding that when they explicitly teach deep reading strategies geared to digital media, students can access and comprehend complex texts.
Bev Hoerig's insight:
While the article targets K12 learners, you can adapt the headings and highlights strategies to any learner, really, because the goal is to help them to be more active and engaged readers. 
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(Student) Blogging and the Fact of Other People – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

(Student) Blogging and the Fact of Other People – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
We often talk to students about ways in which to control their personal privacy. We talk about the repercussions of the over-sharing. We give them tips on how to best control their image within public spaces. We help them form the identity they want to form. However, what we often miss is the discussion about how we talk about others with our blogs, and how what we say may have a direct impact on someone else’s life.
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