Allowing students to use their mobile devices for learning at school used to be a wild idea. But let’s face the fears surrounding BYOD and follow those that already achieved wonderful results by allowing students to bring their own devices to school and use them for their learning. So, I invite you to place the next three myths about BYOD in the classroom right next to dragons, flying horses, and the treasure at the end of the rainbow.
In the third blog in our series on higher education challenges, exploring how innovative colleges and universities are addressing them, we’ll look at funding. I’ll look specifically at the non-profit college sector that must increasingly seek out non‐governmental sources of revenue either to replace lost or inadequate funding or to acquire support for new research initiatives, programs, equipment, buildings, staff, and student assistance.
An LMS for Higher Education brings in plenty of benefits for university administration and faculty members, but most of all, for students. Being able to access various learning materials, to enroll in self-paced courses and competency-based ones, to contact the person of need at the moment of need and to have a bird’s-eye view over their own progress are just five of the benefits an LMS can give HE students.
It’s not all doom and gloom in higher education when it comes to completion rates – there are great many colleges and universities that are taking their responsibilities seriously enough to implement expensive, and time consuming programs. It must also be acknowledged, though, that high schools must do their bit and ensure students arrive on their first day of college better prepared than they are today.
It is in a way appropriate that the higher education space mirrors and also reveals the broader challenges faced by the society of the day. The skyrocketing costs of attending university lead to exclusivity and lack of access, but there are innovative solutions that can override this trend.
A learning management system for schools provides more than an organized manner for teachers to deliver lessons and manage student outcomes. New features are developed constantly in order to meet the learning needs of students, from kindergarten to high school, and beyond. Using an LMS to deliver the digital part of blended learning is a great way to equip students for the 21st Century world.
A general concern with the notion of 3D printing in the classroom is that it seems a rather expensive way to stimulate student interest. And while that is not particularly false, using a 3D printer in instruction can also provide a new context for learning, and allow students to practice not only interdisciplinary skills, but also a fair amount of problem solving and critical thinking.
Back-to-school time is often a hectic time for families; kids and parents alike are trying to get used to a very different routine than the one they were on during the summer. Making sure the entire family is on a good routine will help the process go more smoothly and reduce stress and anxiety at the same time. Keep reading for some great tips on how to get your family on a healthy routine this school year.
Today we will further that exploration via a few definitions mooted by pedagogues over the years, each of which offers a useful insight into how the role of instructor needs to change in environments were content and information is freely available, but where collaboration, creativity and critical thinking needs to be ever more actively, and explicitly encouraged. The networked learning environments will only expand and grow.
Enabling interaction, collaboration and social learning online is perhaps the most difficult, and yet most important, part of teaching online. To truly create a dynamic, interactive, social and collaboration-rich online learning environment requires a redefinition of what it is to teach. So how do the practices of the educator change in networked environments, where information is readily accessible? Read on to find out.