Michigan 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.
Rob 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.
Open 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.
Lawrence 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.
This 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.
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.
In 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.
Before 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).
One 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.