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self-directed learning

Will your students be workplace ready

Will your students be workplace ready?

E-learning, K-12, Teachers

It is easy to forget, amid the near mania associated with college admissions and acceptance, that many students do not have the aptitude or indeed funding to attend college, and will need to work directly after 12th grade. It is rewarding to know that when focusing on developing workplace skills like teamwork and problem solving we are not only creating employees, but ultimately well-rounded adults.

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.

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.

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.

deep learning

Supporting students achieve deep learning

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

In order to succeed in deep learning, students have to understand the class material and they have to know why it is important for them to learn all the information and how it will aid them later on in their lives and their careers. To further improve this, special attention needs to be paid both to the content itself and the teaching method.

paying for online courses

Things to know before paying for online courses

E-learning, Students

Enrolling in a paid online course can be a hard decision to make. Before typing in your card number and make an impulsive buy — there are millions of courses out there worth of your time and money — here are a few things to know before paying for online courses.

Personalizing the learning experience

Personalizing the learning experience

E-learning, Students, Teachers

While the concept of personalized learning is a rather old one — teachers have sought to craft instruction to meet individual student needs for generations — the explosion of “smart” technology has only recently begun to make its presence felt in classrooms. Technology and BYOD play an important role in the development of personalized learning. Thanks to all the technological advances, creating the environment for customized learning experiences doesn’t seem like an effort of gargantuan proportions (as it was in the past) but rather a manageable task.

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