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Island School The Island School, a public school in New York City, embodies passion-based learning. By Kimberly Vincent We hear a lot about “passion-based” learning, and although in theory it sounds ideal, there are many factors to consider in building an education system around something as intangible as passion.
Increasingly, educators globally are transforming their classroom using Skype to create powerful, authentic, motivating learning experiences for their students. From connecting with classrooms in other locations to learning about each others’ culture to connecting with content experts – educators are extending learning beyond classroom walls.
For all the #edumooc'ers out there, I apologize that most of the references in this piece are of academic nature, and therefore are not in the public domain. Below are key excerpts from a synthesis paper I wrote about design research. I see now that the methodology that I propose would also easily apply to the development of online learning – in fact, I actually use this methodology somewhat informally as I design and re-design various iterations of one of the online courses that I teach.
July 6, 2011
Flickr: Nina Hale By Amanda Stupi Competition. The word conjures images of people pushing and shoving, trash talking, the exulted winner standing above a field of downtrodden losers.
University of Phoenix student Trevor Hansen studies at his Salt Lake City home Thursday. Mike Terry, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Trevor Hansen plops down in front of his small oak desk, flips open his silver laptop and starts emailing his classmate about a project due Monday. There's a motocross poster on the wall, a snowboard in the corner and a framed picture of him pushing his niece on a swing on the top of his desk. The 25-year-old Salt Lake City resident just got home from an eight-hour workday and will be leaving for a softball tournament in about an hour, but he has a little bit of time to work on his online class. "It's really convenient," Hansen says of finishing his bachelor's in finance degree online.