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Formal and Informal Learning Spaces Part 3: Space, The Final Frontier and a Call to ActionI work in an office where people collaborate, share information, solve problems, and laugh. At times, it can be unpredictable and loud. Though it’s not a typical office, I think our workspace was designed with purpose-to enable teamwork and collaboration.

Thursday, 22 November 2012 08:00

Creating a Culture of "Can" | Edutopia

Google Launches Free Tool To Let You Run Your Own Online CoursesAs an instructional designers one of the most common questions I get from instructors is 'how do I motivate my students so they want to learn, not just get the grade?' The article "Creating a Culture of 'Can,'" by Terry Heick provides some solutions to empowering student learning.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 08:00

Introduction to Universal Design

Introduction to Universal DesignUniversal instructional design is a method whereby space is reconfigured and constructed to create a learning environment that is generative and allows students with disabilities to be effective participants in the classroom.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 08:00

Formal and Informal Learning Spaces: Part 2

Formal and Informal Learning Spaces: Part 2In the first part of their research project, Whiteside, Brooks and Walker explored how formal (classroom) spaces influence instructor and learner behaviour. In the second part of their research project, they explored how informal environments influence student learning.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 08:00

Beyond a Brick and Mortar Education

Beyond a Brick and Mortar EducationAs the internet continues to become more prevalent in our daily functions, we need to make choices that extend beyond the boundaries of a classroom and decide which instructional strategies and teaching methods will most appropriately help our students master the skills and knowledge required to be successful 21st century learners.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:00

Formal and Informal Learning Spaces: Part 1

Formal and Informal Learning Spaces: Part 1Do classrooms influence instructor and student behaviour? Can learning spaces be designed to enhance student learning? These are questions that Whiteside, Brooks, and Walker explore in their essay “Making the Case for Space: Three Years of Empirical Research on Learning Environments”.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 08:00

Spaces for Learning

Spaces for LearningIf education is our aim, we—the instructors—need to monitor how we can improve our classrooms so they align with best practices in learning space design, current educational research, and learner-and-instructor expectations.

Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:00

A Quick Guide On Blooms Taxonomy Apps

A Quick Guide On Blooms Taxonomy AppsIt's hard to deny that mobile technology has the ability to revolutionize education, but how you use the tools is more important than just introducing the tools in your classroom. Check out "A Quick Guide on Bloom's Taxonomy Apps for IPad."

Monday, 13 August 2012 08:00

Learner-Centered Strategies for Adults

Learner-Centered Strategies for AdultsDo you learn differently now than you did as a child or youth? Andragogy, or the theory of adult learning, outlines the needs of adult students. Considering andragogy while designing learning can lead to a more engaging and learner-centered environment.

Monday, 06 August 2012 08:00

Applied Research

Applied ResearchApplied research is an ever-growing field of inquiry that evades a fixed definition, but it is identified by the practical application of information to solve a problem. But how does it differ from pure research and why is it important?