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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.

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

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

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.

Don’t forget about pedagogy when chasing technology

Don’t forget about pedagogy when chasing technology!

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

The children who go to school today will surely engage with unforeseen technologies in their future. It is schools’ ultimate job to prepare students for the future, so adopting technology in the classroom might not be such a bad idea. Deciding to adopt technology in their schools, choosing the right ed-tech and supporting teachers in using it are the three most important challenges school leaders must overcome.

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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