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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.

artificial intelligence the best sidekick for teachers

Is Artificial Intelligence the best sidekick for teachers?

E-learning, Teachers

Artificial Intelligence is the perfect sidekick of teachers. AI can do things that teachers can’t, like working 24/7, never forgetting anything, having no bias and being scalable. If we mix these characteristics with those of teachers, we get better instruction and more personalized learning experiences.

technology can boost student creativity in the classroom

How new technology can boost student creativity in the classroom

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

Children are creative and their imagination is limitless. But traditional and standardized education has the tendency to hinder creative thinking and imagination in students. To prevent this from happening, educators and the education system have to nurture students’ imagination and creativity through various techniques, that often include new technologies: gamification, video creation, or flipping the classroom, to name just a few.

Measuring success of online education

Measuring success of online education

E-learning, Higher Ed, K-12

Successful online education means offering personalized learning experiences to students, which will impact schools’ metrics, which will adapt and impact the employment world metrics. Of course, all stakeholders must work together, and take into account each other’s needs when setting their success metrics — which is obviously easier said than done; but not impossible.

Making progress in learning with gamification

E-learning, Gamification, Higher Ed, Teachers

For students to be engaged and motivated during an online course, e-learning professionals had to find creative solutions. One that stirred the learning waters and generated a lot of buzz in the e-learning arena is gamification – including gaming principles and mechanics in a non-gaming context, aka learning materials. At first glance, fun games are weirdly associated with the serious nature of learning. But playing games trigger some subconscious reactions in learners’ brains, which keep their interest high for longer periods of time and make them want to play more and more.

interactive videos in the classroom

The impact of interactive videos in the classroom

E-learning, K-12, Teachers

The use of interactive videos in the classroom promises a lot — higher engagement rates, better retention rates, a more exciting learning experience — thanks to it including the biological characteristics of the short attention span and the high level of energy children have. However, it is still far from being the norm in online learning, and especially in most schools.

working students

How e-learning can benefit working students

E-learning, Higher Ed, Students, Teachers

Working students have their hands full balancing work, school, and their personal lives. The last thing they need is to be held back by compulsory attendance and other inflexible rules some universities still apply. E-learning comes as a breath of fresh air, as it allows busy students to build their careers without neglecting their education. Find out how exactly e-learning can benefit working students.

self-directed learners

Motivating students to become self-directed learners

E-learning, Teachers

Teachers continually face the challenge of keeping their students engaged and motivated. And let’s face it. Digital learning has lost a bit of the so-called “personal teaching touch” because most of the learning, teaching and exams are done online and there’s less physical interaction. In traditional learning, teachers can directly monitor student progress and class standing, and address any concerns if there are any. 

make e-learning fun

6 Easy ways to make e-learning fun

E-learning, Gamification, Teachers

E-learning, for some, can be boring if they just stick to the “rules”. You know like, not expanding the already-existing e-learning concepts and techniques instructors and educators already know. It can be boring if educators just, for example, don’t maximize the features of the LMS they’re using such as integration to cloud storage services, or use collaboration tools to increase engagement from students. There are of some things that everyone needs to know, teachers especially, in order to upgrade your e-learning

Are MOOCs really dead?

Are MOOCs really dead?

E-learning, Higher Ed, Students, Teachers

MOOCs have been considered for a very long time a great way of learning, because they are useful, diverse, surrounded by communities and mostly free. However, lately MOOCs have faced several challenges and criticisms such as its heavy reliance on user-generated content which creates a rather chaotic learning environment, and the mere fact that digital literacy is almost always a prerequisite if someone is going to take an open online course. But are they really dead? Let’s discuss the yes and the no.

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