Thursday, 03 September 2015 16:31

Authentic Assessment Explained

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Have you ever wanted to take an idea for a real world object and make it real? Has a lack of know-how, materials, tools, space and time reasons stopped you from not pursuing it? Maybe you just have no idea how to even start!

The Public Domain ReviewThere are many aspects that can affect student retention. According to eCampus news, there are many related to teaching and learning. Using ePortfolios, online/blended strategies, video teleconferencing, and providing mobile access to class materials can all help curb drop out rates.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 15:01

Are We Witnessing the Death of the Textbook?

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Speak to any post-secondary student about the cost of their studies and it won’t take long until the conversation turns to expensive textbooks. The costs of educational textbooks are ballooning, adding to the significant debt and stress that already overbears the student population.  The exorbitant cost has led students to seek alternatives or even to attempt courses without the required texts at all. This has led to a rising chorus of voices to ponder: Are we witnessing the death of the textbook?

The Public Domain ReviewAn article that outlines some of the advantages of flexible learning spaces. The article summarizes the book "Learning Spaces" from Educause.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:25

Best Practices in Online Discussion Boards

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Online discussion boards can be a useful platform in online and blended learning to encourage student participation, collaboration, and deeper learning.  When students use discussion boards to communicate their ideas they can create thoughtful and composed dialogue that unfolds over time into a deeper conversation.