Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects from Coursera. Class Central Course Rank #1 in Subjects > Business & Management #1 in Subjects > Business & Management > Professional Development This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines.
We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects. Using these approaches, no matter what your skill levels in topics you would like to master, you can change your thinking and change your life. This course is also available in Portuguese. What is Learning? Discovery Education unveils Math Techbook. Dive Brief: Discovery Education on Thursday announced the launch of its new Math Techbook.
The latest in the company's line of digital textbooks, the Math Techbook emphasizes real-world connections to subject matter while promoting conceptual learning and providing students with built-in tools that include a graphing calculator, matrix solver, and more. Has online higher ed stopped growing? Dive Brief: The most recent figures available from the U.S.
Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics show that the number of students taking online postsecondary courses in the U.S. has essentially stopped growing. The figures are from data for the fall 2013 term, and they show the first ever lack of growth in online courses, according to Phil Hill, an education technology consultant who writes the e-Literate blog. The year-over-year change in students taking at least one online course was 1.4%, or a growth to 5.52 million from 5.44 million, considered to be statistically insignificant in part because of colleges and universities that changed how they reported the data during the year.
Dive Insight: As Hill points out, this could become a big story if other data supports the same conclusion, especially considering that so much analysis of higher education assumes that online enrollment and course numbers will grow larger and larger. Recommended Reading. Splitting professorial duties in flipped classrooms raises questions. Dive Brief: As video lectures in flipped classroom settings become more commonplace, they raise the question of whether in-classroom professors should be sidekicks to video-lecture star professors.
One such situation is at Brigham Young University, where Norman Nemrow, a retired accounting professor, still has his renowned video lectures headlining introductory accounting classes while another professor handles the live-classroom teaching, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. When teaching a class with a video professor, the live professor has to be able to keep his or her ego in check while bridging in-class teaching to the video professor’s material.
Dive Insight: Do the advantages of having a celebrity lecturer who can excite and connect with the student audience outweigh the downsides? Recommended Reading The Chronicle of Higher Education: When a Flipped-Classroom Pioneer Hands Off His Video Lectures, This Is What Happens. Personalized learning comes to EdCast with Cerego partnership.
Dive Brief: EdCast and Cerego announced a personalized learning partnership Tuesday at TransformingEDU 2015 in Las Vegas.
With the partnership, Cerego's memory management tool for personalized learning will be incorporated into EdCast's Knowledge Cloud platform for MOOCs (massive open online courses), SPOCs (small private online courses), and credit and certification courses. The two companies previously collaborated on the Ebola Education Portal for medical and academic experts. Dive Insight: EdCast, a startup in the Stanford StartX accelerator, clearly isn't resting on its laurels after getting off to a good start in 2014.
With Cerego's personalized learning expertise, EdCast's products and services will likely become that much more valuable, and worth keeping an eye on as 2015 progresses. Recommended Reading. About. Achievements.
Verified and Shared. Credly empowers the recognition of lifelong achievement by offering the leading platforms for verifying, sharing and managing digital badges and credentials. Thousands of organizations, including the New York City Department of Education, Adobe, SUNY, University of Central Florida, Dallas Museum of Art, MoMA, EDUCAUSE, Instructure, Training Magazine, Yale University, Harvard, the YMCA of Greater New York, Smithsonian, and NMC, use Credly to make achievements visible. Giving and Earning Credit Where Credit Is Due. Ozobot aims to introduce young students to coding. Dive Brief: Southern California startup Evollve wants to introduce young students to the concept of coding a sequence of commands using its robots, Ozobot.
The company eventually wants the tech powering the $50 robots to work with a number of programming languages, and a new version to be released this year is set to incorporate Google's Blockly to allow users to code commands. While the robots are primarily designed for fun and games using the included apps and other software, Evollve sees an opportunity to address the current push for coding education in a fun way. Dive Insight: For young students especially, coding can probably be a little intimidating at first. While this isn't meant to help students become fluent in C++ or Python, for some of them, seeing a tangible visual outcome for the commands they've entered may make the initial concepts easier to digest.
Recommended Reading. The Knowledge Economy is Broken (Part 1 of 3) 12 Companies Transforming Education To Watch Next Year. Thot Cursus. EdTech: Technology and Higher Education.