Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:00

The Flipped Classroom

The Flipped ClassroomThe flipped classroom, popularized by Khan Academy, has been gaining increasingly more attention by educators as a way to increase learner productivity and information retention.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:00

Rubrics

RubricsA final and essential component in designing any kind of assessment is a grading rubric, a scoring guide that lists the criteria for the assignment, or the major points on which the student will be graded.

Friday, 20 April 2012 20:15

Design Theory

The Ethics in Collecting Student Data to Improve InstructionAny design activity can be done to different levels of precision. A pencil sketch of a bridge is as much of a design as an engineer’s blueprint is, or a 3-D model is. When you begin designing online and blended instruction it helps to use a tool that matches the latitude of your endeavour...

Friday, 20 April 2012 19:27

Updating your classroom

Learn the different ways to deliver a courseCourse delivery is more flexible now than it has ever been before. Student achievement research shows different delivery methods can be equally effective. In short, good teaching is the result of good instructors. This means the instructor of today not only has choice in what to instruct, they have choice...

Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:10

What is Active Learning?

strategies for actively engaging studentsActive learning ranges from basic reading/listening activities such as guided reading of text or advanced organizers for lectures, to highly physically active activities such as field trips, student demonstrations, role plays and games.

Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:40

Design for Active Engagement

designing your course for active student engagementIf you’re thinking about designing a course, you may be asking yourself “What will be engaging and effective for both my students and myself?” If you’re instructing an established course with set content, you may be asking yourself how much latitude you have as an instructor...

Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:59

Digital Wisdom

Using technology to enhance our capabilitiesDoes technology make us smarter? Or does our reliance on the digital inhibit our mental and intellectual growth? Is the term ‘digital wisdom’ a cruel oxymoron in a digitally dependent age? Or is our relationship to current technologies simply an ongoing progression with our ability to create...

Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:56

In a Nutshell: What is Blended Learning?

In a Nutshell: What is Blended Learning?Blended learning is a term that is thrown around quite liberally. That’s because there isn’t a finite definition of what a blended learning course actually is. In general, blended learning means some classroom components are face-to-face (f-2-f) while some components are online. However, it can be difficult to decide...

Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:35

Teaching Presence

Tips for maintaining presence in an online classroomAs the teacher or instructor of a class, whether face to face or online, you have two primary responsibilities: development of the course and facilitation of the material. The first responsibility includes the design and development of learning activities and assessment strategies.

Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:33

Social Presence in the Online Classroom

Social Presence in the Online ClassroomFor students and instructors, projecting your personality is an important part of collaboration and learning. When you begin delivering instruction online or in a blended format, what can you do to maintain social presence?

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