Researchers still grapple with measuring quality in for-credit MOOCs Dive Brief: Two researchers have recently published a paper analyzing how massive open online courses stack up in the Quality Matters rubric, which was designed for traditional online courses, finding all of the MOOCs studied — two each from Coursera, edX, and Udacity — failed to meet the minimum standard for quality. According to eCampus News, none of the courses performed well on Standard 7: Learner Support, which may not be a surprise as this standard speaks to acknowledgement of student support services, accessibility services, and course-level objectives that make more sense for credit-bearing courses, and MOOCs are only now starting to be offered for credit. Researchers expect colleges that want to offer MOOCs for credit can add learner support elements to the courses and meet the Quality Matters bar, but they urge institutions to consider where MOOCs differ from other online courses more broadly as they grapple with the question of credit. Dive Insight:
Matching Edtech Products With Neurological Learning Goals The word edtech refers to educational technology that includes online learning activities through games, websites, computer-assisted instruction, and other virtual resources. If you're looking for edtech to meet specific goals or carefully evaluating products for use at your school, here are some suggestions to guide your decisions. This post can help you make a list of what you want from edtech digital tools that will best suit your goals and that are most consistent with neuroscience research correlations about how the brain most successfully processes information.
Cognitive Load Theory - Learning Skills From MindTools.com Helping People Learn Effectively © iStockphotorweisswald Have you ever been on a course where the trainer went through his material so quickly that you barely learned a thing? Or maybe the content was so complex that it went completely over your head? In this article, we'll look at Cognitive Load Theory (CLT). 8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On Robert Marzano and John Hattie have both reviewed research into what teaching strategies make the biggest difference to students’ results. While they used different methods and terminology, they agreed on these 8 powerful strategies. Strategy 1: A Clear Focus for the Lesson John Hattie highlights how important it is for you (and your students) to be clear about what you want them to learn in each lesson. According to Hattie, teacher clarity is one of the most potent influences on student achievement.
8 higher ed thought leaders share words of wisdom at SXSWedu In one of the first sessions of SXSWedu 2016 in Austin, a group of higher ed thought leaders shared words of wisdom on everything from innovation and the evolution of the space to issues of affordability and changing demographics. Speaking in seven-minute presentations, the federal officials, university administrators and others had plenty to say. Three ongoing sets of innovations “We have the best colleges and universities in the world, but as a system, we’re radically underperforming,” U.S. Learning in Depth “Learning in Depth” is a simple though radical innovation in curriculum and instruction designed to ensure that all students become experts about something during their school years. Each child is given a particular topic to learn about through her or his whole school career, in addition to the usual curriculum, and builds a personal portfolio on the topic. To the surprise of many, children usually take to the program with great enthusiasm, and within a few months LiD begins to transform their experience as learners. The program usually takes about an hour a week, with the students working outside school time increasingly.
Mastering Assessment Language: Trusty Tips and Tools The formative assessment rubric is an amazing and revealing tool. They are made all the more effective by carefully considering the language we use. Mastering assessment language is an art form in itself. Like all other art forms, it takes time to perfect. Proper formative assessment tells us what students have learned. It shows what areas need improvement, and reinforces the learning process. The future of Educ - CEO of edX How do we best educate the students of tomorrow? What we teach our children - and how we teach them - will impact almost every aspect of society, from the quality of healthcare to industrial output; technological advances to financial services. Our Global Agenda Council experts join the debate to offer various visions of how education may evolve, and how governments, educators, employers and students will need to adapt to keep pace with the bewildering array of possibilities that will shape all of our futures. The impact of technology Rapid and dramatic developments in technology, the internet and online learning have outpaced projections from just a few years ago. And while the concept of internet-enabled study is hardly a new phenomenon, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) could be the spark that ignites significant changes in the way the world teaches and learns.
Hattie’s analysis of inquiry-based teaching In his influential book Visible Learning, John Hattie presents his synthesis of over 800 meta-analysis papers of impacts upon student achievement. On a number of occasions teachers and teacher-librarians have told me that when they have advocated for inquiry learning approaches at their school, their senior administrators have not been supportive, citing Hattie’s research as showing that inquiry learning is ineffective. As someone who sees inquiry learning as powerful, higher order, authentic learning, I was dismayed at this news.
Meet the Robin Hood of Science by Simon Oxenham The tale of how one researcher has made nearly every scientific paper ever published available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world. On the evening of November 9th, 1989, the Cold War came to a dramatic end with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Four years ago another wall began to crumble, a wall that arguably has as much impact on the world as the wall that divided East and West Germany. The wall in question is the network of paywalls that cuts off tens of thousands of students and researchers around the world, at institutions that can’t afford expensive journal subscriptions, from accessing scientific research. On September 5th, 2011, Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan, created Sci-Hub, a website that bypasses journal paywalls, illegally providing access to nearly every scientific paper ever published immediately to anyone who wants it.
Being Mindful of Cultural Differences Rusul Alrubail , Writer/Edutopia Community Facilitator/Chief Education Officer at The Writing Project Posted 01/13/2016 7:01PM | Last Commented 05/31/2016 5:02AM When teaching a diverse group of students, whether they are English language learners or English speakers but have a different cultural background, it’s important to be mindful of the cultural differences in students’ behaviour. Recognizing and being able to distinguish these cultural differences allows the teacher to form a safe environment for all students. It’s important to recognize and understand these differences to be able to implement culturally responsive teaching and pedagogical practices in the classroom to ensure the success of every student. Here are some of the cultural differences that you might notice in student behaviour
A Passport to Global Citizenship Infographic Student Infographics A Passport to Global Citizenship Infographic A Passport to Global Citizenship Infographic As children of the 21st Century grow up with the technologies that—once upon a time—were considered science fiction, they don’t find the ability to video chat with someone in a different country to be groundbreaking at all; in fact, they don’t know a world without this wide-reaching ability to communicate almost instantly. The Passport to Global Citizenship Infographic discusses the importance of teaching students about the power of the technology they use, and how they can become citizens of a global community.
Why Twitter is a Teacher's Best Friend As a beginning teacher, there were times in the classroom when I was so steeped in day-to-day routines that I isolated myself from the rest of the world. The daily grind kept me just at the surface, wondering if I was ever going to get it under control. I was stuck. Not moving forward. Free eBook: 129 Tips on Using Technology in Virtual and Physical Classrooms In this free eBook from The eLearning Guild, experts provide 129 tips for educators and designers who want to make the best use of these technologies. Technology has expanded the meaning of “classroom” to include any physical or virtual space for formal learning. For educators and designers trained and experienced with the physical classroom, however, virtual classrooms can be daunting. How do you engage students you can’t see?