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I have often thought, and said, that to be better at something you must first think like someone sat in your audience. How many times have you given a presentation and thought mid-way through “are they still with me?”. If you’d planned the presentation properly in the first place then you’ve never had this feeling (well done).
Update | 11:08 p.m. Read an article by Steve Lohr on keeping abreast of innovation in the Continuing Education special section . A recent 93-page report on online education, conducted by SRI International for the Department of Education, has a starchy academic title, but a most intriguing conclusion: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” Noah Berger for The New York Times Tyler Kennedy, 9, searches the Web at home in California. The report examined the comparative research on online versus traditional classroom teaching from 1996 to 2008.
Viewpoint 5 Ways We're Diminishing Learning by Assuming Face-to-Face Instruction Is Best It's interesting that face-to-face instruction is still the measure by which all other forms of instruction are evaluated.
I’m in my third year of college now, and by this point I have the hang of determining what constitutes a good class and a bad class. In a good class, I have fun and learn a lot; in a bad class, I don’t have a good time and don’t learn very much. For me, receiving a good grade has nothing to do with whether the class is good or not. My first instinct is to judge a class’s quality on the material: my freshman year, I enjoyed my Japanese classes much more than my English classes, because reading literature and writing papers about it doesn’t excite me nearly as much as learning about Japanese pop culture does. However, subject matter being equal, the biggest influence on the quality of the class, and sometimes the most frustrating, is the teaching style of the professor. Some students just learn better from different styles of teaching than others.
Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my Personal Learning Network (PLN). As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting! Learn With Math Games – “There are Fun Math activities for everyone from Elementary through High School right here.
There is an assumption that a face-to-face interaction delivers a better result than a 'cold' online interaction. But that is not always the case. Last month, I needed to change a number of flights at very short notice. A relation had died and I needed to get home.
Erping Zhu Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
Audience analysis emphasizes the diversity of responses to a given popular culture artifact by examining as directly as possible how given audiences actually understand and use popular culture texts. Three kinds of research make up most audience research: 1) broad surveys and opinion polls (like the famous Nielsen TV ratings, but also those done by advertisers and by academic researchers) that cover a representative sample of many consumers; 2) small, representative focus groups brought in to react to and discuss a pop culture text; and 3) in-depth ethnographic participant observation of a given audience, in which, for example, a researcher actually lives with and observes the TV viewing habits of a household over a substantial period of time, or travels on the road with a rock band. Each approach has strengths and weaknesses, and sometimes more than one approach is used as a check on the others.
Thanks, Lisa. I first found your site a couple of years ago. And, since then you’ve helped me out through emails and your forum. I’ve recently started watching your you tube channel and I can see how invested you are in helping people all over again.
From an understanding of this first step on the sensory pathway , researchers have edged up to analyzing how messages about a sensory stimulus travel through the brain to the cerebral cortex and how these messages are coded. They know that nearly all sensory signals go first to a relay station in the thalamus , a central structure in the brain (named after the Greek word for "couch" because the cerebral hemispheres seem to rest comfortably on it). The messages then travel to primary sensory areas in the cortex (a different area for each sense). There they are modified and sent on to "higher" regions of the brain. Somewhere along the way, the brain figures out what the messages mean.
The most wonderful thing happened to me this year – I lost my job. After several years in full time tech integration, budget cuts landed me back into the classroom. Isn’t that a strange twist of fate?
Soon, online students at Thomas Edison State College won’t even have to be online to complete their course work. Beginning this fall, students at the Trenton-based distance-education institution will have the option of using a 2GB flash drive instead of a course-management system to prepare for and complete their classes. The flash drives are part of the college’s Mobile Learning Initiative, developed after it discovered many of its students — who were stationed with the military or frequently traveling — couldn’t access a course-management system on a regular basis. “When you have students who are constantly on the go, online courses can be a challenge,” said Matt C. Cooper, an instructional-technology specialist at the college and one of the course designers. “We tried experimenting with a CD-ROM, but it didn’t work.
January 18 - Best Practices in Online Teaching: Don’t Assume By: Lori Norin and Tim Wall in Online Education We want our students to learn what we have to teach them. We want them to retain it.