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4 Design principles to keep in mind when creating online courses
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4 Design principles to keep in mind when creating online courses

E-learning, Teachers

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.

the use of smartphones in the classroom
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Smartphones in the classroom: friend or foe?

Gamification, Higher Ed, Students

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.

Pokemon Go be part of the classroom
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Can Pokemon Go be part of the classroom?

K-12, Students, Teachers

Pokemon Go is an AR game that made millions of people to go outside and interact while playing the game. The number of active players and the engagement rates are astounding. What if teachers use it in their instruction? Can Pokemon Go be part of the classroom?

Handwriting vs typing
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Handwriting vs typing in the learning environment

Students

Children should know how to write by hand — more than their names — as well as how to type. There’s no reason to support one activity in the detriment of another. A lot of students take notes with pen and paper, and use their laptops / computers to turn in their assignments and take tests. It can be done. Both writing and typing are channeling the same core skills: the formation and communication of thought.

flipped classroom
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Bending the rules of the flipped classroom

Flipped Classroom

Flipped classrooms are the bread and butter of e-learning and have defined the education landscape in the past few years or so. But sometimes we still feel there is that sorely-lacking element which could increase student engagement practices or even augment different learning techniques to enhance the learning experience. Learning after all, is a continuum.

Is SCORM still relevant
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Is SCORM still relevant?

E-learning, Teachers

I’m positive that at least 70% of the people in the e-learning space created or used at some point a SCORM package, whether it was a full class, a lesson, an assessment, or a simple presentation. SCORM has been used at a large scale for quite some time now, but as e-learning technology advances we have to wonder if it’s still relevant for e-learning users.

make e-learning fun
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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

compelling digital story
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Crafting a compelling digital story

E-learning, Teachers

Teachers will oftentimes start delivering their lessons using stories as frameworks. Stories have always perked our minds and caught our interest, because they allow us to create an emotional connection. We always have that story that gives us an “aww” feeling, that story that makes us feel all sorts of emotions, whether they’re positive or negative emotion. Digital storytelling is another step in storytelling.

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