This article share five predictions for active learning in 2015. The article is written by the social media strategist for the Echo360 product. Anyone using this product, willing to share their experience?
"Higher education technology businesses can get lost in the weeds after their launch has passed and they’re no longer in the startup or seed funding mode. College administrators and their IT staffs can labor in relative anonymity as they try to improve their learning technology and approaches for students."
"When the subject of the flipped class comes up, many educators see how it applies to academic subjects like math and science education, but don't realize that the methodology has applications in a wide array of other classes. According to a survey of 2358 teachers by the Flipped Learning Network and Sophia Learning (PDF, 1.2MB), 33 percent of those teachers who are flipping their classes are math teachers, 38 percent are science teachers, and 23 percent teach English language arts and social studies. But can you flip the other subjects? Can you flip an elementary classroom? The answer is a resounding yes.
"To flip the non-flippable classes, teachers need to ask this key question: What is the best use of my face-to-face time with students? Since every teacher has a specified amount of time with his or her students per week, we must consider how to maximize that class time. The answer to this question will be vastly different for an elementary teacher compared to a middle school PE teacher compared to a high school English teacher. Though there is no one way to answer this question, there is a "wrong" answer: information dissemination. Lower-level cognitive information should be moved out of the group space and into the individual space where students can consume data at their own pace and interact with the content in a manner that meets their individual needs. And as teachers answer this question, their class will be transformed into a center of learning where students are applying, analyzing, and creating content, rather than simply acquiring information."
Online competency-based education can even out the playing field by taking students to the furthest point possible in their learning experiences, regardless of their starting point, race, geographical location, or family income.
While acknowledging that the whole concept of self-determination – or ‘Google learning’ as it has been called, pejoratively, in certain circles – is fraught with the potential for missing the point, being distracted into rabbit warrens or just getting bad information, we would like to emphasise that this is only a potential.
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Watch this space for chapter and verse, as we will soon be publishing case studies of several recent programmes that feature high levels of learner self-direction.
Learners are changing, learning is changing – and heutagogy can give important clues about rebalancing the burden of responsibilities and permissions in an always-on, networked, instructorless, post-course world.
"An annual report by The Open University said the current key challenge for education specialists is to engage thousands of learners in productive discussions while learning in a collaborative, online environment."
The Future of Lifelong Learning Infographic presents the recent lifelong learning explosion, provides a brief overview of lifelong learning organizations and initiatives and lists some of its societal benefits.
From social media management to to-do lists to file storage, here's an infographic filled with 44 of the top apps to help small business owners. bloggers, and entrepreneurs manage the unwieldy process of building a business.
How do you look for educational videos for your classroom? I guess most of us just Google with the keyword and do little research to find out the appropriate video. However, your work will become little easier if you know some of the amazing YouTube channels.
Here is a big categorized list of YouTube channels that provide quality educational videos regularly.
An MIT task force is re-imagining the future of learning at the school. The overall goal? "We want to enable more time for our students to build things and interact more with their professors and peers," says Sanjay Sarma, task force co-chair.
Edudemic has covered game-based learning and gamification in the classroom on numerous occasions in the past. When learning becomes a game, it’s an enjoyable, effective experience for students and teachers alike. We’ve curated 23 of the best game-based education resources for 2014. If your class hasn’t gotten its game on yet, then now is the time.
How do you engage adult learners? Make them equal partners in the learning process. Minimizing lectures, maximizing engagement, and preparing for the "ubiquitous class" all keep the focus on solving problems (as opposed to absorbing passive content).
Quality teaching can be an elusive topic because of the broad definition of what can make teaching a high quality effort. These are some solid areas to focus on to improve your quality of teaching. How many have you implemented?
Teach your students about the "9 Key Ps" of digital citizenship as you help them acquire both proactive and experiential knowledge of the online world.
I want my students to know the "9 Key Ps" of digital citizenship. I teach them about these aspects and how to use them. While I go into these Ps in detail in my book Reinventing Writing, here are the basics:
1. Passwords2. Privacy3. Personal Information4. Photographs5. Property6. Permission7. Protection8. Professionalism9. Personal Brand