Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:07

Netflix And The Fracking Of The University

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The Public Domain ReviewRyan Craig, author of 'College Disrupted,' examines the fracturing of higher education. He argues this is occurring as a result of an increasing perception that the benefits of a degree do not outweigh the costs and employers' dissatisfaction with the preparedness of university graduates.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 13:56

Tools for Backchannels

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full classroom of students on computersIn a recent article on Lethbridge College Learning Connections we explored the concept of backchannels. Backchannels are essentially open lines of communication through the means of technology that allows for students to interact with the course content, communicate with each other, and provide feedback for the instructor/facilitator, all during a traditional instructional period.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 21:59

Who's Benefiting from MOOCs, and Why

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The Public Domain ReviewThe Harvard Business Review reports a new study shows that those who those who take the time to complete a MOOCs are benefiting in their career and education.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 20:25

Backchannels: An Introduction

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a child working on a computerBefore the emergence of mobile devices and social media, student 'backchannel' communications were limited to whispering and passing notes. And, just like texting today - these in-class activities were viewed by faculty as detractors from learning and were curtailed as much as possible. But what if 'backchannel' communication could be used to enhance learning? This, say proponents, is the potential of a secondary "real-time conversation in parallel with the formal presentation" (7 Things).

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 15:47

How to Make Learning Matter to Online Students

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The Public Domain ReviewOne of the core premises of "Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning" is to make learning matter to students (Brown, Rodediger & McDaniel, 2014). This article examines how the principles in "Make it Stick" can be applied to online learners. Explore strategies on how to make learning meaningful for adult learners.