Wednesday, 13 April 2016 19:48

What is Competency Based Education?

Open Educational ResourcesCompetency Based Education (CBE) which was first introduced in education in the 1960’s (Ford, 2014) has recently made a resurgence in post-secondary education, particularly in the United States. A CBE approach breaks the program requirements down into a specific set of competencies that students are expected to ...

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:13

How to study for an exam? Take a day off

The Public Domain ReviewSecond-year University of Toronto student Kourosh Houshmand tackles exam stress, a topic familiar for those who have spent time in a post-secondary institution. Houshmand provides some tips and tricks for those in the midst of their exams, with an overall message of 'study smarter, not harder.'

The Public Domain ReviewMichigan State University has recently been experimenting with telepresence robots with their online students. This has led to an integration of the online and face-to-face streams of the doctoral program in educational psychology and educational technology. This use of telepresence robots has been met positively by students and professors.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 21:26

My Community College Is Joining a University

The Public Domain ReviewRob Jenkins, an instructor at Georgia Perimeter College, explores his institution's merger with Georgia State University and ponders whether this is the future of higher education. In this piece, Jenkins looks at the possible benefits for students at his institution, faculty, and the institution as a whole.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 18:21

Open Educational Resources Video

Open Educational ResourcesOpen Educational Resources (OERs) have already gained significant traction in K-12 education and with the rising cost of textbooks the demand for OER in post secondary is rising. This short video reviews the definitions, challenges and opportunities associated with OERs in higher education.

The Public Domain ReviewLawrence Biemiller fro the Chronicle of Higher Education explores how the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning is using the challenges facing their city (declining population, changing industry, vacant dwellings,etc.) as an educational opportunity for students.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:08

Bringing higher education into the 21st century

The Public Domain ReviewThis commentary article from the Toronto Star profiles the University of Saskatchewan's Ken Coates, who recently published a report calling for a change in our ingrained attitudes towards post-secondary education.

Ted Talks

In his most recent TED talk Sir Ken Robinson promotes a learning revolution, calling attempts to update the education system as continuing to work with a broken system. He argues education in its current form is a linear pathway to post-secondary education, while society depends on a variety of abilities.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 13:56

Tools for Backchannels

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.

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