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.


There are many myths out there of ELLs, myths that are lingering misconceptions of this unique learner demographic. If assumptions are left unchecked, then this can hinder overall academic achievement. By firstly debunking the myths and then looking more closely at the realities of this unique learner demographic, this will provide insight into building the necessary learning supports ELLs require in post-secondary studies. Ultimately, the goal is academic success. How do we meet the student’s needs? First of all, let’s take a look at a few of the common myths that are out there:

The Public Domain ReviewIn this post for Forbes, Barbara Kurshan, senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, explores online learning at the post-secondary level. Kurshan examines the common fault of institutions who assign instructors to teach online with the assumption that the required skills and knowledge are the same as for face-to-face instruction.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 20:25

Tech Tools: Haiku Deck

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textbooksHaiku Deck is an online presentation tool that helps create nice professional looking presentations. Creating a ‘deck’ is essentially creating a series of slides for a presentation. Haiku Deck is cloud based, not requiring a download, besides from downloading the finished product whether in PDF or PPTX (PowerPoint) file. There are three options for those wishing to sign up for Haiku Deck: Haiku Deck Public (Free), Haiku Deck Pro, and Haiku Deck Edu. Details about each plan are listed below.

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