Most people today live in a world of projects. No matter what we do for a living, work projects are everywhere. And even life outside of work is full of projects. So if the adult life means dealing with many and various projects, and schools are supposed to prepare students for the adult life, shouldn’t they adopt a project-based approach to education?
It can be challenging when students are disengaged from an online course. Making your presence felt, designing team projects, encouraging peer review and publishing students’ work are just four ways to stimulate online learner engagement.
The Flipped Classroom is becoming a serious alternative to the traditional approach to education and is spreading in more classrooms across the world. Nevertheless, despite the continuously burgeoning popularity of the flipped classroom, there are still plenty of misconceptions about it. Here are seven of them and the reasons why all educators out there should overcome them.
As e-learning practitioners, what can we do to improve our instructional design to take cognizance of the fact that emotions play a key role in learning? And can online courses enable students to develop strategies to manage both their and others’ emotions, recognizing that it is also a key life skill required throughout their adulthood both socially, academically and financially.
With all the intricate aspects of running a school or university, combined with limited or strict budgets, professional development for teachers has often been put on the back burner. But if schools want to implement education technology in the classroom successfully, they need to understand that supporting teachers during this process is vital. PD for teachers has to be high up on the priorities list of school leadership everywhere.
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.
Students may be the focus of education and schools may be the providers of education, but the role of the teacher in modern learning organizations needs not to be overlooked. Teachers have to think differently, be strategic, promote innovation, know the system, accept failure, promote a learning culture, and above all, put the student and their learning needs at the heart of their teaching mission.
TPACK stands for Technological Pedagogical And Content Knowledge. The core idea behind it is that a great teacher must perfectly know (Knowledge) the subject being taught (Content), how to deliver it so that a student learns it (Pedagogy) and also how to choose and use the right technology in doing so (Technology). One thing is for sure though: educators can no longer ignore the T part of the TPACK framework.
In this final post of the mini series we’ll explore the technologies available to help turn your face-to-face (F2F) class into an online course. Once you start discovering the many features of a learning management system you will hopefully also find the process of converting your real-world course material into an online course easier.
Instructional design models help you to visualize the learning path of your students. We will briefly explore two instructional design models, give you some insight into how they differ, and conceptually what an instructional design model can add to the process of turning a F2F (face-to-face) class into an online course.