5 Elements that Make Your eLearning Courses Effective The objective of an eLearning course is to provide an engaging learning experience to the end user. There are certain elements that make e-learning truly interactive. Let’s take a look at some of them: Learning Objects: Learning objects are all those elements that help create the learning material of a course. Using TeacherTube in the Flipped Classroom - TeacherTube Official Blog TeacherTube Official Blog Social media and online resources have become essential tools for the 21st century classroom. By engaging students through contemporary classroom resources, we not only provide them with career-readiness skills, but also with the opportunity for their voice(s) to be an invaluable part of the learning process. During last week’s #edchat, teachers and educators discussed the important role of student voice in the classroom, and how implementing educational technology can help.
Digital Writing Uprising: Third-order Thinking in the Digital Humanities “The intellectual is still only an incompletely transformed writer.” ~ Roland Barthes, Writing Degree Zero There could be many epigraphs hailing a discussion of digital writing, many pithy observations about its nature, becoming, qualities, mysteries, dilemmas. From Oscar Wilde: “A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.” Virginia Woolf: “We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.” Gertrude Stein: “They thought they were welcome and it did not make any difference.” All these from writers who were writing long before digital writing was good breakfast conversation.
How to Create a Personal Learning Portfolio: Students and Professionals This post explores Personal Learning Portfolios [PLPs], an extension of a Personal Learning Environment. I review briefly PLPs for professionals, but focus on the potential and promise that PLPs hold for our students. I wrote recently about Personal Learning Environments [PLE], Personal Learning Networks [PLN] and the need for educators to develop both as a means to support their professional and personal growth and learning. 6 Types of Blended Learning Blended Learning is not so much an innovation as it is a natural by-product of the digital domain creeping into physical boundaries. As digital and social media become more and more prevalent in the life of learners, it was only a matter of time before learning became “blended” by necessity. That said, there’s a bit more to Blended and “Hybrid” Learning than throwing in a little digital learning. 6 Types of Blended Learning Face-to-face DriverRotationFlexOnline LabSelf-BlendOnline Driver The following infographic takes a different approach to the concept, labeling it “Disruptive,” and even offering an interesting matrix.
Toward a common definition of "flipped learning" - Casting Out Nines We’ve seen a significant ramping up of interest in – and exposure to – the flipped/inverted classroom over the last few years, and it’s been nice to see an uptick in the amount of research being done into its effectiveness. But one thing that’s been lacking has been a consensus on what the flipped classroom actually is. If a professor assigns readings to do before class and then holds discussions in class, is that “the flipped classroom”? I’ve said in the past that it is not (necessarily), but that’s just me. Now, however, a group of educators and others interested in flipped learning are proposing a common definition of flipped learning, and it’s pretty interesting. Their definition of flipped learning goes like this:
Technologies of Text – S12 I. Social Media Engagement Scholars in the field known as the “digital humanities” are, not surprisingly, active online. Many share their scholarship through blogs or social networking sites such as Twitter. In the Digital Humanities Compendium (which drives Digital Humanities Now), you will find lists of notable blogs and Twitter feeds. You must choose at least two blogs and at least four Twitter feeds to follow during our course.
Honest and reliable Open Access Journals in Open and Distance Education As part of Open Access Week, Javiera Atenas has shared the following list of open journals that have good quality control and editorial boards that are respected. If you’re committed to open access publication but also under pressure to publish in high quality journals this could be a place to start your search. OER Hub has papers in (or forthcoming) in several of these.
Adapting Reading Comprehension Instruction to Virtual Learning in Middle and High School Distance learning often requires students to work more independently than they’re used to, so as their teachers, we need to adjust the ways we help them read instructional texts. We know that reading is an act of constructing meaning, so whenever we give students materials to read, we need to provide them with the necessary tools to understand those texts. Distance learning requires us to provide these tools in new ways—and with a greater degree of intentionality—so that we support students as they become increasingly independent. Just as a builder can’t succeed without the correct blueprints, students need to see the blueprint for how they can succeed in our classes.
Two Incredibly Useful Videos on Flipped Learning September 6, 2014 Flipped learning is a learning trend that is gaining in momentum within the education community. Whether this is a new trend or not does not matter here what matters is the fact that web technologies and digital media is increasing the potential of flipped learning beyond measures. Flipped classroom or flipped learning is a methodology, an approach to learning in which technology is employed to reverse the traditional role of classroom time. If in the past, classroom time is spent at lecturing to students , now in a flipped model, this time is utilized to encourage individualized learning and provide one-on-one help to students.There are actually several pluses for using a flipped approach in your teaching: 1- The Flipped Classroom Model 2- Flipped Learning
Electronic Literature: New Horizons For The Literary A visible presence for some two decades, electronic literature has already produced many works that deserve the rigorous scrutiny critics have long practiced with print literature. Only now, however, with Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary by N. Katherine Hayles, do we have the first systematic survey of the field and an analysis of its importance, breadth, and wide-ranging implications for literary study. Hayles's book is designed to help electronic literature move into the classroom. Her systematic survey of the field addresses its major genres, the challenges it poses to traditional literary theory, and the complex and compelling issues at stake. She develops a theoretical framework for understanding how electronic literature both draws on the print tradition and requires new reading and interpretive strategies.