The Impact Of Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs In eLearning

  Maslow believed that individuals are all motivated by intrinsic factors, rather than tangible rewards or unmet desires. In his pursuit to discover what makes people truly “tick”, Maslow realized that we are all driven by very specific needs. Regardless of our economic status or cultural background, every human being seeks to fulfill more basic needs [...]

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Celebrate Distance Learning!

The Center for eLearning team did a great job at the Celebrate Distance Learning Conference that was sponsored by Florida Distance Learning Association 2015. Mario Toussaint and Dr. Vicki Brown presented Digital Game-Based Learning Design for Optimum Student Engagement in Mathematics and Science. That presentation was followed with Building with Care: How CBAM Enhances Instructional [...]

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Eight Roles of an Effective Online Teacher

Teaching face-to-face and teaching online are both teaching, but they are qualitatively different. In comparison, driving a car and riding a motorcycle are both forms of transportation, but they have enough differences to warrant additional training and preparation when switching from one to the other. The same is true when faculty move from the traditional [...]

By |September 11th, 2015|eClassrooms, eFaculty, eResearch, eTools, Journal Articles, Resources, Tutorials|Comments Off on Eight Roles of an Effective Online Teacher

Five tips for dealing with inappropriate student emails

Set limits and model professional communication Administrators and faculty alike can face the awkward problem of receiving inappropriate emails from students, so Natascha Chtena, a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) doctoral student and TA, offers tips for responding to them gracefully. "About once a week I will open my inbox and be greeted by [...]

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Personal Goals: An Exercise in Student Self-Assessment

This summer I am reading Linda Nilson’s book Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills, which offers instructors a wealth of assignments and activities to help students grow their self-regulation and metacognitive abilities. Teaching students how to learn well on their own and to evaluate that learning is a goal I [...]

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Effective Ways to Structure Online Discussions

The use of online discussion in both blended and fully online courses has made clear that those exchanges are more productive if they are structured, if there’s a protocol that guides the interaction. This kind of structure is more important in the online environment because those discussions are usually asynchronous and minus all the nonverbal [...]

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Does student engagement in self-assessment calibrate their judgement over time?

One of the implicit aims of higher education is to enable students to become better judges of their own work. This paper examines whether students who voluntarily engage in self-assessment improve in their capacity to make those judgements. The study utilises data from a web-based marking system that provides students with the opportunity to assess [...]

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Developing Students’ Self-Assessment Skills

By Maryellen Weimer, PhD I've been rereading some of the research on student self-assessment and thinking about how students develop these skills. They are important in college, all but essential in most professions, but they're rarely taught explicitly. We assume (or hope) they're the kind of skills student can pick up on their own, even [...]

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A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: Raising, Communicating, and Enforcing Expectations in Online Courses

As an instructor new to the online environment, I carefully reviewed the syllabus and the requirements for the course discussions and assignments and incorporated the following ideas from Myers-Wylie, Mangieri & Hardy: a “what you need to know” document that includes policies about late work, formatting, source citations, grading and feedback, and the dangers of [...]

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Linking Online Course Design and Implementation to Learning Outcomes: A Design Experiment

Abstract  This paper reports on preliminary finding from ongoing design-based research being conducted in the fully online Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MTL) program at the University of Illinois Springfield.Researchers are using the Quality Matters (QM) and Community of Inquiry (CoI) frameworks to guide the iterative redesign of core courses in the program. Preliminary [...]

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Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Technology Projects to Decrease Passivity

Passivity still seems to be the norm for most college courses: students passively try to learn information from teachers who unwittingly cultivate a passive attitude in their learners. Technology becomes an accomplice in the crime of passivity. READ THE ARTICLE

By |August 8th, 2014|eClassrooms, eFaculty, eResearch, eTools, Journal Articles, Resources, Tutorials|Comments Off on Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Technology Projects to Decrease Passivity

Getting Started With Gamification

This is the first in a three-part series on Gamifiying Your Instruction. The series is written by Karl Kapp, professor of instructional technology and internationally known author of two books on gamification, both co-authored by ASTD. Imagine you have just been assigned the task of “gamifying” some of your training program. Where do you start? How [...]

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Gamification: Using Game Mechanics to Enhance eLearning

 Maybe you've heard of the term "gamification," and perhaps you're wondering what it is and how it can be applied to eLearning. In short, gamification is the use of gameplay mechanics for non-game applications. Almost as important, as a definition of what it is, is a definition of what it's not. Gamification is not the [...]

4 areas of technology that could transform universities

This year’s British Education and Training Technology Show, known as Bett, took place last month and marked the 30th anniversary of this behemoth of the conference calendar. More than 35,000 delegates packed into the ExCel Centre in East London along with 700 exhibitors hoping to catch the attention of those charged with kitting out their institution [...]

EduCanon: Quiz your students at intervals during a video

Thank you to Judy Somers for this great resource: EduCanon Founded by Ben while teaching middle school science (Teach For America '10), eduCanon seeks to improve student outcomes in disadvantaged communities and beyond by harnessing the potential of technology. The team has relocated to Boston to participate in the LearnLaunchX accelerator. Our belief is that [...]

Flipasaurus

Thank you to Judy Somers for this great resource: Flipasaurus Flipasaurus is the easy way to manage your videos so they will play on all of your students’ devices – iPhone, iPad, Android, etc. Store your flipped classroom videos in your own private Flipasaurus library (read more).

Free mobile learning eBook

Free book increasing access through #mlearning The Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University just released a great free book on mobile learning, edited by the Mohamed Ally and Avgoustos Tsinakos. The digital book consisting of three parts, each filled with great articles all looking at mobile education... (read more)  [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

7 Assessment Challenges of Moving your Course Online

Not all online courses are created from scratch. Many—if not most—are online versions of courses that have previously been taught face-to-face. In these cases, where an instructor or instructional designer is adapting an existing face-to-face course for online delivery, assessments already exist. But to be effective in an online environment, the assessments that worked perfectly [...]

Articulate Storyline – Tutorials

Overview of Storyline to become familiar with the interface Beginning a new Storyline project Inserting and Customizing Slide Content Inserting and Customizing Media Inserting and Customizing Screen Recordings Inserting and Customizing Interactivity Working with States, Triggers, and Layers Applying Animations and Slide Transitions Customizing Your Project Design Working with Variables Inserting and Customizing Quiz Slides [...]

“The rise of a culture of participation” Twitter in the classroom

Excerpt fromedsurge.com: Social media changed how the world works. Pascal Finette of Mozilla referred to this change in a TEDx talk as the “rise of a culture of participation.” Social media organizes political upheavals, unites families whose members span the globe, and connects young people 24/7 with peers in the same room and on other continents. Educators [...]