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How to Use the First Day of Class to Set the Tone for Entire Semester. On top of everything college faculty are responsible for, there’s one that may be easy to overlook or even deem as unnecessary: Teaching students how to be students.

How to Use the First Day of Class to Set the Tone for Entire Semester

Do so at your peril because most students need a little help understanding and practicing the skills and behaviors they need to succeed. One of the most important things you can do as an instructor to help lay the groundwork for this is to provide clear, explicit, and consistent instructions starting with the very first day of class. “I tell my students, you never have to wonder what I am looking for because I will always tell you what I am looking for,” says Mary C. Clement, Ed.D., associate professor of teacher education at Berry College. In the online seminar, 10 Ways to Engage Your Students on the First Day of Class, Clement provided teaching strategies and classroom management procedures that help set the proper tone, maximize the use of class time, and establish expectations for a semester of learning. Five Things to Do on the First Day of Class. Ten Productivity Strategies Online Instructors Can Borrow from Entrepreneurs. Ten Productivity Strategies Online Instructors Can Borrow from Entrepreneurs.

5 Teaching Strategies of Award-Winning Online Instructors. The spring of 2020 has brought a sudden shift for many classrooms into an online setting.

5 Teaching Strategies of Award-Winning Online Instructors

Teachers are trying to adjust their instruction rapidly, and many are doing remote teaching for the first time. Experience matters, and it can be frustrating trying to help our students in this new way with everything else happening right now. Fortunately, a recent study by Swapna Kumar, Florence Martin, Albert Ritzhaupt, and Kiran Budhrani in the open-access journal Online Learning shares the stories of a group of eight award-winning online instructors with a combined 109 years of experience teaching online courses.

Work Integrated Learning » Clinical Supervisor Education Network. Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a term referring to learning programs that are conducted in a real workplace, but are formally integrated into a higher education curriculum.

Work Integrated Learning » Clinical Supervisor Education Network

These take place in courses for a wide variety of professions, from business and accounting, to engineering, law and, of course, health related professions. In the health prfessions, WIL is known by a variety of terms, including work placement, fieldwork, service learning and clinical placement, among many others. What all these have in common is that the learning informs the work undertaken, and the work informs the learning. In many cases, employers see the hosting of WIL placements within their organisations as a duty they reluctantly perform. In the past, it was considered sufficient for students just to be placed in the work environment, with no structure to the learning experience. What are the learning objectives for the students?

Stakeholders have differing expectations of the WIL experience. Creating Teacher Presence in an Online Class. Instructor Presence Online. What are the effects of benign, inappropriate or even toxic student-to-student or student-to-instructor exchanges in online learning communities?

Instructor Presence Online

How do such exchanges affect learning outcomes? It’s a topic that’s had little attention from researchers and educators, but as learning continues to scale-up with online and open communities educators need to be paying attention, examining and addressing such interactions. This post shares highlights from a recent paper, “Would you ever say that to me in class?” Adaptive learning: The best approaches we've seen so far. There is perhaps no hotter segment in ed tech right now than adaptive learning, which adjusts the learning experience based on a student's progress.

Adaptive learning: The best approaches we've seen so far

It becomes more difficult if they're progressing well, and slows down if they need further instruction. The technology has even attracted funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which assembled a diverse coalition of colleges ranging from the University of Texas at Austin to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. It isn't just colleges, either—adaptive learning is benefiting K-12, as well. With positive results coming in for many of the companies producing adaptive learning tools, the growth isn't likely to stop soon. So who are some of the key players? 3 Easy Methods to Create eLearning Videos. Video is fast becoming one of the most popular eLearning formats.

3 Easy Methods to Create eLearning Videos

Thanks to the popularity of sites like Coursera, Khan Academy, and, online learners are demanding modern, video-based courses that work beautifully across computers, tablets, and smartphones. Recent data shows just how popular video is becoming: 21st Century Learning. Did You Know 3.0 (Officially updated for 2012) HD. Edu-Sketch: Personalized Learning Video.

Connecting with E-learning (Book Series) Udutu - sign in. GLO Maker. 24 Top Tools for Online Teaching. What are your top tools for learning?

24 Top Tools for Online Teaching

The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies collects responses to this question from learning professionals every year. The result is a list of “Top 100 Tools for Learning,” which runs the gamut from Adobe to Zite. Last month, I posed a modified version of the question during an Inside Online Learning chat (#IOLchat): “What are your top eLearning tools for teaching?” We came up with 24 relevant and diverse suggestions based on our own experiences and use in online education.

I’ve categorized them here as tools for communication, collaboration, proctoring, productivity, and content presentation, but many could be listed under multiple categories. While most of these tools offer free or no-fee account options, some advanced features are only available through a paid subscription. Communication Google Hangouts: Use this tool to host live meetings with video, screen sharing, and text comment capabilities. Collaboration Proctoring Productivity.

eXe. Drupal - Open Source CMS. Over 1000 Free eLearning Resources. Free eLearning Resources for eLearning Professionals.

Over 1000 Free eLearning Resources

PowToon, free business presentation software animated video maker and PowerPoint alternative. Redirecting. Redirecting. Premium Moodle tutorials from beginner to advanced. Effective e-learning for health professionals and students—barriers and their solutions. A systematic review of the literature—findings from the HeXL project - Childs - 2005 - Health Information & Libraries Journal. From a managerial viewpoint, e-learning packages are of poor quality and inappropriate or insufficient for the task.12,14,34,48 Obtaining trainer involvement in and acceptance of e-learning can be a problem.14,17,38,43 Trainers need information and guidance.10,38 Trainers can be reluctant to adopt new systems that disrupt established practices, and can be sceptical of their benefits.18 There is resistance to the need for change in teaching methods, with unclear messages from management and a lack of guidance or good practice.19,23,32,38,50,51,55,56,59,61 Trainers find that packages are of poor quality, inappropriate or insufficient for the task with a lack of standards and they lack information about packages and the time to evaluate them.10,14,17,18,33,38,48,59 There are a number of myths about e-learning which act as barriers to its adoption and affect the way it is used in practice.

Effective e-learning for health professionals and students—barriers and their solutions. A systematic review of the literature—findings from the HeXL project - Childs - 2005 - Health Information & Libraries Journal

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education. The Brave New World of Online Learning: Amy Collier at TEDxStanford. TEC-VARIETY by Curtis J. Bonk and Elaine Khoo. Assessment and Rubrics. Learn more about our Online Courses, Online Certificate Programs, and Graduate Degree A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, group work/cooperative learning, concept map, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects.

Assessment and Rubrics

Quick Links to Rubrics Social Media Project Rubrics. How to Judge the Reliability of Internet Information. 5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn. Helping students learn how to learn: That’s what most educators strive for, and that’s the goal of inquiry learning. That skill transfers to other academic subject areas and even to the workplace where employers have consistently said that they want creative, innovative and adaptive thinkers. Inquiry learning is an integrated approach that includes kinds of learning: content, literacy, information literacy, learning how to learn, and social or collaborative skills. Students think about the choices they make throughout the process and the way they feel as they learn. Those observations are as important as the content they learn or the projects they create. “We want students thinking about their thinking,” said Leslie Maniotes a teacher effectiveness coach in the Denver Public Schools and one of the authors of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century.

“When they are able to see where they came from and where they got to it is very powerful for them.” Service Learning : Teaching and Learning : The University of Western Australia. Enquiries All queries should be forwarded to Aden Date Service Learning Coordiinator. Current service learning units. Connected Learning Research Network. Wikis. Online Learning. Online learning is a general term used to refer to learning experiences that are delivered via a computer network to learners in different physical locations. Online learning is also known as e-Learning, although that is somewhat of an ambiguous term since just about all learning has some level of "e" in it. In addition, we use technology to enhance our work and we don't call it "e-work". We also don't label other types of learning (for example we don't call reading a book "b-learning").

Instructional Design. Learning theory: models, product and process. Photo by Antenna on Unsplash Contents: introduction · what do people think learning is? · learning as a product · learning as a process · experience · reflective thinking · making connections · committing and acting · task-conscious or acquisition learning, and learning-conscious or formalized learning · the behaviourist orientation to learning · the cognitive orientation to learning · the humanistic orientation to learning · the social/situational orientation to learning · the constructivist/social constructivist orientation to learning · further reading · references · how to cite this article See, also, What is education? Over the last thirty years or so, ‘learning’ has become one of the most used words in the field of education.


Conceptions of effective teaching in higher education: extending the boundaries - Teaching in Higher Education - Volume 12, Issue 1. This paper examines university teachers’ conceptions of effective teaching. It reports a small illuminatory study of eight teachers. Blended Synchronous Learning - Uniting face-to-face and remote learners through rich-media real-time collaboration tools.

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. Learning Analytics. Learning analytics don't just measure students' progress – they can shape it. As a society, we assess what we value. Within education, we use metrics and grades to give students a sense of what "good" looks like and how they can achieve this. That's the aim.

In practice, we end up assessing the knowledge and skills that we are able to measure, and setting aside others that we value. The development of learning analytics – data collected from students' online footprints showing how or when they study – gives us an opportunity to change this practice. SAMPLE Discussion Participation Rubric. Student Motivation and Engagement. Critical thinking in the Online Classroom. This is part 3 in a 3 part series discussing the concept of ‘presence’ in online learning communities.

I’ve been writing about online presence in this series and though complex, it is best understood by the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model, a framework of three dimensions that work together to create what I call a complete learning experience (though the creators of the model call it an ‘educational experience’ where all three coincide (Garrison et al., 2000). In part one, I reviewed instructor presence and part two, social presence.

Using Rubrics to Grade Online Discussions - ELC Support. A rubric is a scoring scale used to evaluate a student's work. Rubrics spell out to students exactly what is expected of them, and they list the criteria instructors use to assess students' work. Rubrics also help instructors by providing guidelines for more objective grading. The Methods and Means to grading Student Participation in Online Discussions. This is the final post in a three-part series on how to create effective discussions in an online environment in the context of courses for credit. In this post I’ll share how to grade and asses students contributions in online discussion forums – the final yet essential step that solidifies and reinforces student learning.

Getting the Mix Right Again: An Updated and Theoretical Rationale for Interaction. Online courses - access to free and private courses on OpenLearning. Storyline - Online Training Software. Activities: Create. Free to Learn Guide/Index of OER Resources - CC Wiki. Open Educational Resources.

Open_Education_Resources_Evaluation_Rubric-1.docx. Free photos for education. Trello. Presentation Software that Inspires. Presentation Software. Improving student assessment. The issue Effective assessment has greater bearing on successful learning than almost any other factor.

Increasing student numbers are adding to marking workloads for staff and students express more dissatisfaction with assessment and feedback than with any other aspect of their learning experience, according to the National Student Survey (2011). How technology can help Technology can enable different, new and more immediate methods of assessment, helping to reduce staff workloads whilst improving the quality of assessment and feedback for students.

Resources Looking ahead Our new Assessment and Feedback programme, which runs to August 2014, is focusing on large-scale changes in assessment practice supported by technology, with a view to delivering information on tangible benefits and transferable practice. Student Experience & Academic Standards » New Ways of Giving Feedback. Medicles: Bitesize Self-Assessment in Medicine. Pebble Learning Home.


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Creating a platform to enable the fluid and continuous exchange of ideas and information. Can the use of devices such as Glass add pedagogical value (Video 1)? Studies of e-portfolio implementation (videos and toolkit) Two online resources providing guidance on large-scale implementation of e-portfolio tools in UK further and higher education are available to supplement the 2008 JISC publication, Effective Practice with e-Portfolios. JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. Constructing Learning Outcomes. Selecting Technologies. Choosing the Best Technology. Case studies for flipped classrooms at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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