The short period of time spent in class could be used for so much more than taking notes and listening to a teacher’s monologue. The classroom should be a space of collaboration and interactivity where students can clarify the aspects of the lesson they don’t understand by discussing them with their peers and teachers. This is what the “flipped classroom” means.
Beauty lies in the smallest of details. A great course design will support your message in many subtle ways. After clarifying a few things regarding colors and fonts, this post offers a few tips on how the layout of a lesson/page should look like, for maximum engagement on the part of your students.
Fonts are like flowers at a wedding. If there aren’t any, everybody notices; if they’re there, nobody will remember them the next day. A bad pair of fonts can steal the show in your course. Students will find it harder to focus on your message when you use an ugly font. Or more. But if you use the exact same font all over, they’ll get bored. Find out how to identify and pair fonts to get a beautiful online course.
Too many teachers focus on the educational part of their courses and simply forget about, or even ignore the visual part. This post is the first in a three-series about how to create beautiful courses. It is all about how to chose a great color theme and pair colors.
Too many teachers focus on the educational part of their courses, and simply ignore or forget about making them beautiful as well. Don’t get me wrong, the educational part of online courses is very important and should receive its due part of focus. But there’s more to an engaging course than great content: great looks. Some design principles can come in pretty handy when creating online courses.
We’re 16 years into the new millennium, yet the standard classroom seems to be stuck into a long-gone past. Even though most teachers do their best in delivering 21st century instruction, the traditional classroom doesn’t seem to be an ally. On the contrary, the stiff rows of desks, and the teacher area vs. students area hinder the learning process rather than support it.
Virtual Reality has taken by storm the education field, and why wouldn’t it? It’s a great tool to engage students and its benefits are far more numerous than its shortcomings. It can be used for almost every teaching subject and the student engagement that it creates it’s immeasurable. Perhaps in the future LMSs will have some built-in VR courses.
Although the use of technology in the classroom has increased significantly during the last years, there are still educators that struggle with it, that feel left behind, and don’t know how to include it in their instruction. The worst part is that there are some teachers that completely refuse to use any educational technology.
Low-achieving students were used to be classified as lazy, distracted, restless, or simply slow learners. But there are more than one type of struggling students, and as we get to know more reasons behind their problems, we can better understand which part of learning is a challenge for them and how to address it.
From being a distracting gadget to becoming a valuable learning tool: that’s the short story of the use of smartphones in the classroom. Instead of making students switch off their phones, teachers should embrace the available technology and think of new ways to use these instruments to gain their students’ attention, keep them interested, stir their desire to learn, and support their learning actions.