Can Online Education Make Us Better Teachers?

December 8, 2015

Can Online Education Make Us Better Teachers?

The Synapse

  • There are now over 50 years of research on learning from a wide range of fields. Yet it’s surprising how little of this research makes it into the face-to-face classroom.
  • Heavy use of lecture continues despite decades of research showing the superiority of active over passive learning. We continue to confuse content coverage with learning. Could online education be able to bring learning research to bear on teaching?
  • Online education has technical affordances and limitations that can steer us away from teacher-centered practices and toward practices focused on empowering, challenging, and motivating students.
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Keywords: online education, learning, teaching, research

10 Innovative Learning Strategies for Modern Pedagogy


  • The report, Innovating Pedagogy 2015, produced in collaboration with SRI International, proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.
  • In short, these ten innovations are: Crossover learning, learning through argumentation, incidental learning, context-based learning, computational thinking, learning by doing science (with remote labs), embodied learning, adaptive teaching, analytics of emotions, and stealth assessment.
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Keywords: pedagogy, innovation in education, learning

How Data From Your LMS Can Impact Student Success

Campus Technology

  • In this article, higher ed IT leaders share eight ways to make the best use of the data coming out of the campus learning management system (LMS).
  • The Oral Roberts University issued Fitbits to on-campus students and Garmin vivofits to online students as part of the "whole person" philosophy. The data generated by those activity trackers drizzles automatically into the university's D2L gradebook in time for settling up midterm grades and finals.
  • That's the way a lot of the best analytics work in higher ed right now: Small streams of data pour into and out of the learning management system to tell administrators, teachers and students things that can make a difference in their decision-making.
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Keywords: learning management systems, LMS, analytics

How to Make Sure That Project-based Learning is Applied Well in Schools


  • Now that project-based learning (PBL) is becoming more popular, the doubters and haters also have surfaced. A recent anti-PBL message is that PBL is a kind of mindless education dressed up by technology and devoid of the ‘wisdom’ taught in traditional schools.
  • This is a serious charge. And it’s false. But it should also be a warning to PBL advocates. The approach is gaining in popularity, but it’s not being done particularly well in many schools.
  • So, how to invent and deliver projects that retain the full power of PBL? Here are five big ideas.
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Keywords: project-based learning, PBL

The Overwhelming Power Of ‘Place’ In Learning


  • If we assume that education is, in part, about “career readiness,” then one overarching goal of learning might be for each learner to understand not just how to “get a job,” or even how to work, but rather how to work well, and how to decide what their work might be
  • Critical learning + time = personal change + time = social change. Thinking carefully about the idea of place, especially in light of a connected planet, reveals some takeaways for learning that might be worth thinking about.
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Keywords: learning, teaching, career readiness

Why and How to Automate Your Teaching

Inside Higher Ed

  • These last few weeks of the semester are a great time to look back over what you’ve accomplished. In particular, now’s the time to take stock of what worked in your teaching and what didn’t—not simply from a pedagogical point of view, but also with regard to your personal productivity.
  • One way to streamline teaching? Automate it. By automating certain aspects of teaching, we can spend less time managing organizational challenges and more time on the tasks that really matter. Here are three areas of your teaching that you can automate to increase your effectiveness in the classroom.
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Keywords: teaching, automation, techniques

Mark Zuckerberg Is Betting Tech Can Address Educational Equity. Is It That Simple?


  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced they'll be investing nearly all their fortune, some $45 billion, in good causes.
  • The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is making one main bet: Technology can broaden access to quality education. Particularly through personalized learning.
  • So far, so good. Just one problem. Over the last two decades, educational technologies, including personalized learning, have closed few divides, even when they're free. Instead, they've opened up a new one: the digital divide.
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Keywords: education, philanthropy, technology, Facebook

Two Simple Mindful Meditation Exercises For Teachers

The Guardian

  • Teaching can be hard, and reports tell us those in the profession feel under increasing pressure. Mindfulness can help teachers reduce stress and boost confidence. Clinical psychologist Erin Olivo shares her handy guide for getting started.
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Keywords: mindfulness, meditation, teacher wellbeing

Increasing Engagement in Online and Blended Learning (Dec 9)

Conferences and Events
TransformingEDU CES 2016 (Jan 6-9)
FETC 2016 - Future of Education Technology Conference (Jan 12-15)
Bett (Excel London) (Jan 20-23)
TCEA 2016 Annual Convention and Exposition (Feb 1-5)
SXSWedu (Mar 7-10)
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