Wednesday, 14 October 2015 20:25

Backchannels: An Introduction

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

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.

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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:

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As post-secondary institutions begin to diversify, more and more attention will need to be paid to supporting ELLs in higher education. ELL demographics range from international study students to immigrant refugees. The students come from varied ethnic, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, and levels of proficiency in English. Because students are limited by their English ability, such as minimal English skills and academic preparedness, this will make the path to higher education all the more challenging.

Thursday, 03 September 2015 16:31

Authentic Assessment Explained

Learning Lab

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!

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.

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, 08 July 2015 15:09

Makerspace, Creation for Community

Learning Lab

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!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

Web Tools Infographic

working on computerThe following list is intended as a guide for users who may want to use some of the following online applications for their educational or professional work. Each of the web tools have links to their respective websites that have resources and tutorials on how to use them.