Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:36

Curriculum Alignment Infographic

working on computerAlignment of outcomes, assessments and activities is the base for good curriculum development. Wiggins and McTighe (2005) ensure this by backwards design, Fink (2003) by integrated design and Stiehl and Lewchuck (2011) by course outcome guides.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:56

5 Big Ways Education Will Change By 2020

The Public Domain ReviewSamantha Cole takes a look at how the educational landscape will dramatically change by 2020. As the author points out education systems are notorious for being changed, but this is not sustainable in this modern era of technological innovation.

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Education is changing. There are whispers in meetings that “We have been through this before…” and that may certainly be true. It is also true that we are living in an age where change in education is in part driven by the fast paced world of technological innovation. College (Un)Bound by Jeffrey J. Selingo is a case based illustration of the disruptive forces in education right now. The book is aptly divided into three parts; How We Got Here, Disruption and The Future. The parts are distinct and I will review them as such.

The Public Domain ReviewThis article examines the importance of using context during classroom lessons, and how it's use can lead to a better learning experience for students. Connecting the teaching of classroom concepts to the big picture can help student engagement and lead to better knowledge retention amongst learners.

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Many believe creative inspiration, especially practical and effective innovation, is mostly like being struck by lightning – rare, powerful and mostly by chance. Theorists about creativity, however, suggest rather that creative quantity breeds quality or at least that there are ways and places to increase the likelihood of creativity and innovation just as standing on the highest mountain in an electrical storm increases lightning strikes.

The Public Domain ReviewThis collaborative effort between Bill Gates and The Verge examines how online courses will improve conditions for the world's poorest and most vulnerable by 2030. The video focuses on gender equality and universal access to digital education resources.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 21:32

Connected Learning: Two Case Studies

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Post secondary institutions can no longer afford to continue operating the way that they have operated and are “recogniz[ing] the need to constantly look for new approaches to meet the needs of […] learners and the community in fiscally challenging times” (Lethbridge College, 2014). For many institutions this may mean a deficit budget while the institution undergoes bold restructuring in the manner that they serve students and the community.

The Public Domain ReviewThis article from the Edudemic team examines how educators can get on social media to better connect with their students. They argue that social media is no longer a distraction from the real world, but is the real world.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:42

Connected Learning: What is Connected Learning?

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Due to changing funding models, new technologies, the increasing diversity of the student body and rapid change in industry needs, post secondary institutions are undergoing an unprecedented pressure to respond to multiple internal and external pressures. Educational technology has offered a number of micro system solutions that boast improved student outcomes when employed in the classroom (virtual or real).

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 18:26

Tutorial: Best video integration in Canvas

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What is the best way for your class to submit videos to Canvas?

Using our first tutorial on integrating videos in your classroom as a stepping-stone I will guide you and your students to successfully submit videos into the assignment drop box (within the Canvas LMS) using their PC/Mac or mobile device.