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Higher Ed

The posts in this category address various subjects the educators and students of Higher Education can find useful and informative.

Professional Development for teachers

Professional Development for teachers and ed-tech

Higher Ed, K-12

With all the intricate aspects of running a school or university, combined with limited or strict budgets, professional development for teachers has often been put on the back burner. But if schools want to implement education technology in the classroom successfully, they need to understand that supporting teachers during this process is vital. PD for teachers has to be high up on the priorities list of school leadership everywhere.

TPACK framework

Educators can no longer ignore the TPACK framework

Higher Ed, K-12, Teachers

TPACK stands for Technological Pedagogical And Content Knowledge. The core idea behind it is that a great teacher must perfectly know (Knowledge) the subject being taught (Content), how to deliver it so that a student learns it (Pedagogy) and also how to choose and use the right technology in doing so (Technology). One thing is for sure though: educators can no longer ignore the T part of the TPACK framework.

Turning your face-to-face class into an online course

Turning your face-to-face class into an online course [Part 1]

E-learning, Higher Ed, K-12, Teachers

So you’ve decided to make the leap and convert your face-to-face (F2F) class into an online course. A daunting job, even for the most tech-literate and motivated of teachers. Breaking down this project into smaller steps, and following each one with patience and tenacity will yield a great e-learning course, which will stand you — and your students — in good stead for many semesters to come.

self-directed learning in the classroom

Supporting self-directed learning in the classroom

Higher Ed, K-12, Teachers

“Self-directed learning” is a major catch-phrase of 21st Century educationalists, and undeniably a critical skill in the labor markets of the future. However, the classroom culture we have created and inherited is not designed around self-direction, and tends more towards compliant consumption. But there are ways to support self-directed learning in the classroom.

future of education

Campus vs. Online: Where is the future of education located?

E-learning, Higher Ed

Where is the future of education located? Will brick-and-mortar campuses survive the online invasion? With students having serious alternative options to higher education and demanding that their various learning needs be met, a growing number of HE institutions will probably adopt a blended or hybrid approach to delivering education and become more flexible.

The role of rubrics in performance-based education

The role of rubrics in performance-based education

E-learning, Higher Ed, K-12, Teachers

Student assessment should be based not only on their knowledge (which could be acquired through rote learning and bound to be forgotten), but also on the skills students learn and how they apply what they know in the context of practical tasks. The role of rubrics in performance-based education is to help teachers create assessment that is both student-centered and standards driven.

4 Cs of education online

How can we address the 4 Cs of education online?

E-learning, Higher Ed, K-12, Teachers

Lauded as the 21st century’s “critical skills”, communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity have become buzzwords among educators, and it is quite easy to see why. Educators have turned their focus not only to imparting facts to their students, but also to developing the critical intellectual skills that denote and also inspire deeper more productive learning, self-motivation and other such values.

accessibility in e-learning

Designing for accessibility in e-learning

E-learning, Higher Ed, K-12, Teachers

Plenty of students live with some form of disability, and they need not be excluded from online learning. Course creators should keep in mind some guidelines and law requirements when designing online learning materials. Accessible e-learning design is simply good design. Healthy students won’t even notice it, while those with a disability or another will be happy to be able to access your courses without major problems.

PROs and CONs of competency-based education

The PROs and CONs of competency-based education

Higher Ed

The PROs and CONs of competency-based education is pretty balanced. Making the transition to this kind of approach to education raises quite some challenges to all major stakeholders. But the advantages that promise to come along are also luring. While some are afraid of the many things that can go wrong, others are convinced that competency-based education will eventually become the norm.

competency-based learning

Competency-based learning: the ultimate student-centered education

Higher Ed

Going to college and getting a degree seems almost impossible for students who also have work and family commitments. Competency-based education puts more control in these students’ hands by moving away from the time-to-class standard measurement of learning, focusing on the actual mastery of new skills and allowing an incredible degree of flexibility.

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