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15 Ways to Engage Students and Prevent Online Drop-Outs

Since we began, over 700 000 Australians have studied with Open Colleges in vocational and professional courses that all offer flexible study options. People today are busier than ever and combining study with your real life is less of a challenge than it used to be, with so many of us now online. It’s not 1900 anymore; people don’t spend 60 years in one job with a gift of a gold watch upon retirement. Our students are seeking to improve their lives, increase their employment options or to study for a new career entirely. Some people simply choose to study areas they’ve always wanted to know more about. It’s a flexible and affordable way to study

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6 Favorite Teaching Online Activities by Lindsay Clandfield Our E-Moderation Course is coming up November 15th and will be taught by the international author and speaker, Lindsay Clandfield. Today's guest post features 6 of his favorite online activities which you can find in his book, Teaching Online! Photo by Flnz The following are my favourite six activities that I use regularly when teaching online courses. By online, I mean here that both myself and the students are doing the activity 100% online and at a distance from each other (not in a computer room together, or me using a connected IWB in class). 1 My window, my world

Two New Apps That Are Great for Recording Audio Interviews This week I tested two new apps for recording audio interviews. Both of these apps can be used by students without creating any kind of new online accounts. Neither one is entirely perfect, but they're both quite good. Opinion is a free iPad app for creating short audio recordings. To record simply open the app and tap the big red recording button at the top of the screen.

Teacher's Guide on The Use of Podcasting in Education What is a Podcast ? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary a podcast is a " digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the internet for downloading to a personal audio payer." in other words, it is a digital audio file that is created, shared and heard. Podcast can also be in the form of videos streamlined online, however, video podcast is known as vidcast or vodcast. Educational Uses of Podcasts Podcasts can be used for several educational purposes. Here are some of them : 1- Recording for this you will need a microphone and an audio recording software like the ones mentioned below. Blackboard Collaborate Start Session Optionally, you can pre-configure your computer and test your audio using one of our Configuration Rooms prior to your session. Please visit our "First time Users" section in the Support Portal to view configuration rooms for Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing. Note: When joining a Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing session for the first time you will see a Security Dialog. Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing is asking for you to run this application without a verification of its digital signature. Due to the dynamic abilities of our software we are unable to sign certain application files.

Top 10 Free Training Courses for Online Teachers Are you a “face to face” classroom teacher considering shifting to online education? Or are you an online teacher interested in the latest technology to make your online courses more effective? For example, some online schools offer free training modules to help campus-based teachers learn how to transition to cyber-classrooms. Other organizations offer tips on designing online classes and teaching with technology.

Nicky Hockly's six favourite teaching online activities Back to school with another guest post! I’m starting up the guest sixes here with half a dozen of the best activities for teaching online. These come from none other than one of my great mentors, Nicky Hockly. Nicky co-founded The Consultants-E, an online consultancy specialising in education and trained me as an emoderator over seven years ago. I now do the occasional course for them as a trainer, and can really say they are a great bunch to work with.

What impact? 5 ways to put research into practice in the 1-to-1 classroom Technology in the classroom has had a long and chequered history. Traditionally, the debate around its utility has been dominated by bouncy edtech evangelists in one corner, promising technology-fueled educational transformation, and by staunch technology sceptics opposite, reminding us all that, as far as they can see, said transformation is yet to manifest itself after decades of digital technology use. The resulting, often acutely polarised debate usually ignores altogether how technology is actually used in our schools to support the daily business of teaching and learning and how teachers and learners continue teaching and learning using whichever tool gets the job done, because, for most of us, technology is neither the problem nor the solution, it is just an option.

Teaching With Podcasts Home › Professional Development › Strategy Guides Strategy Guide Podcasts are serial recordings, posted regularly online. Robert Rozema describes a podcast as "a blog in audio form" (31). Basically, producing podcasts is the technology-based equivalent of oral storytelling. As Diego Stands Trial, Show Your Support for Open Access UPDATE 06/30/2015: The hearing has been postponed and will proceed in October. Thanks to everyone who helped us raise awareness today. "Access to knowledge is a global right." These are the words of student Diego Gomez, who begins his trial in Colombia today, and faces eight years in prison for posting a scientific paper online to share with his colleagues. Diego's plight highlights three important issues:

Four stages of competence - Wikipedia In psychology, the four stages of competence, or the "conscious competence" learning model, relates to the psychological states involved in the process of progressing from incompetence to competence in a skill. History[edit] The Four Stages of Learning provides a model for learning. It suggests that individuals are initially unaware of how little they know, or unconscious of their incompetence. Teaching Online: The key ingredients Friday, 8 October 2010 - 10am GMT RECORDING: In this highly practical webinar we look at online language teaching. We consider tools and techniques, and share tips from our own online teaching experience. We will also look specifically at two key ingredients often sadly missing from the online learning scenario: interaction and communication.

What skills, habits and strategies do skilled learners have that other learners may be missing? This article identifies twenty-five skills that teachers should try to cultivate in their students. by dt4lt Oct 12

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