Active Learning in the Online Classroom: Examples and Ideas
MARCH 2, 2015
Someone recently told me that they heard of an approach where all the boring content delivery lecture material is put online so that more active learning can take place in the classroom. They then asked me if this was the best approach for online learning? What they were describing is blended learning or the “flipped” classroom approach. Do you have something to add? If so, leave a comment below.
MUST READ: Teaching in a Digital Age
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
Ok - full disclosure. I'm a big fan of Dr. Tony Bates. won't go into the details why except to say, you'll be a fan of his soon. Check out his bio if you want to know more). The reason you will be a fan of his is because you are going to read his book Teaching in a Digital Age. Don't go to Amazon, Chapters, Barns & Noble, or Walmart to find the book. The book is free. See why I am a fan of his?)
Your TOP 5 Favourite EdTech Tools for Online Education
JUNE 5, 2013
I was asked recently to do a presentation about educational technology tools for online education. Before I rolled right into my Top 5 Favourite Tools, I made sure I spent some time encouraging my audience to consider the criteria for selecting the tools first. These are the criteria I use: Criteria 1. Choose a tool that allows your distance students to study anytime, anywhere. Criteria 2.
Must Watch: The best Prezi of the Year!
DECEMBER 9, 2011
No small accomplishment for what started as a collaborative effort from a World History teacher (Burvall) and a technology specialist (Mahelona), both from Hawaii. No wonder the resulting prezi made Educational Technology scholars, academics and practitioners from around the world rub elbows that early in the morning on October 19 2011. There you go! If so, leave a comment below.
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
Research Summary 2016 Learning Technology Study: Summary of Top Findings The technology employed to deliver Learning and Development has grown increasingly varied and complex. The cloud, social tools, mobile technologies, and other advances have created a host of opportunities for. new learning experiences – so much so that technology has become the top L&D priority.
The Big Current Issue in Educational Technology - how to fix it?
MARCH 7, 2013
She asks my opinion on what the “biggest current issues or controversial topics are in relation to Educational Technology”. There’s no magic bullet in the educational technology realm so there are always ‘issues’. The absolute biggest one in my opinion is how quickly educational technology changes. The problem with educational technology is that despite all the benefits it has to offer, it represents yet another topic that teachers are now expected to become masterful at. Otherwise, the educational technology element may turn out to be a useless bell or whistle.
Should I buy books about technology in education? Answer: NO!
JANUARY 10, 2011
I received a great question over the weekend asking if I could “ help finding a good book about technology in post secondary education ” and I had to take a couple of days to think about it. have some fantastic books on the shelf about Instructional Design but I have very few about Educational Technology. Technological tools and strategies change faster than print.
Undergraduate Students and Technology 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC]
OCTOBER 11, 2013
The Educause Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) have released their Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology for 2013. They surveyed over 100,000 undergraduate students at more than 250 college/university sites in 14 countries. The full text of the 49 page report can be found here. What do you think about this information? Does it resonate with you in your profession
How To Teach Online - MOOC - Week 1
SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
How will you overcome the fear of learning in the open and the frustration of using new technology? The MOOC for How To Teach Online (#tomooc) has begun. Naturally, the 1st week’s activities are pretty general. They have questions for learners to answer on their blog, so I’ll do it below: What is your intention for this course (why are you here)? What issues do you think are important? How will you contribute? How would you like to see community develop among participants? These types of courses are new for most people. In fact about 90% don’t even participate. Learning is fun.
Week 1 Teaching Online is Critical - A Recipe for Making the Connection with your Learners
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
It''s a very important topic in technology-mediated distance education. Connecting with Learners is the topic of Week 2 for the Teaching Online MOOC. Setting the tone from the beginning is an effective way to close the transactional distance between the instructor and the students, who many never meet each other physically during the semester. How do you do it effectively? Part 2. Part 3.
Educate the Mobile Generation: Convert WORD documents to ePub and MOBI
AUGUST 5, 2011
It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to conclude that Mobile computing in the hottest trend in technology since electricity was invented. You’ve seen the headlines and heard the buzz as much as I have: smartphones are taking over the planet, e-books are selling like hotcakes, and, tablets like the iPad are cannibalizing laptop and desktop computer sales. then downloaded a free copy of Calibre.
Technology in the Classroom – Hindrance or Help?
MAY 10, 2010
Our world would come to a standstill without technology, so why are we even asking the question if it would be more of hindrance than help in a classroom? The fact is that technology is good when used in the right way, but when you don’t know how to use it or if you use it for the wrong purposes, then it is more a destructive weapon than a constructive tool. When it comes to the school classroom, there’s a reason why technology should be restricted. Again, the answer to these questions lies with the people who use and benefit from (or lose through) this technology.
Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough
They want their knowledge fresh, highly-rated, and delivered on technologies they prefer. Mobile technologies to deliver information when and where learners want it – and on their platform of choice. success to critical Key Performance Indicators. • The technology to deliver continuous learning, coaching and evaluation, while leveraging your LMS investment. Start your engines.7
Implications for Online Learning - 2012 Canada Copyright Reform
AUGUST 10, 2012
It is important to note that unlike my last post on the subject of Copyright Reform in Canada that this document by Contact North also explains five Supreme Court of Canada decisions that took place in July 2002 that contribute towards an expanded definition of "Fair Dealing", technology neutrality and a strong endorsement of end user rights. Hot off the presses! Refreshing!
Is ‘Simple’ a four letter word in eLearning? Are bells & whistles blinding us?
JUNE 3, 2011
Simple designs that demonstrate consistent and logical links between the objectives of the course all the way through to the types of assessments presented to the learner while using appropriate technology to support these logical linkages can avoid the ‘cognitive overload’ phenomenon that overwhelms some learners. tools, more textbook publisher resources, etc. Should it be “more is better”?
From World of Warcraft to Second Life – Teaching Science with Immersion and Excursion
JULY 16, 2009
I recently attended the SLOAN-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning in San Francisco. It was an intense conference with many fantastic talks. One particularly interesting talk was done by Mary Anne Clark , a Professor of Biology at Wesleyan University in Texas. Mary Anne’s husband would constantly try to convince her to play WoW with her.
Is Google good for education? Take a LitTrip or explore an Art Museum thanks to Google
MARCH 4, 2011
Using the Google Street View technology, students can explore museums and access high resolution images of artwork. Ben Daley, Chief Academic Officer and COO at High Tech High, has recently posted a lovely list of 24 Google products that have an application to the field of education. However, there are many on this list that are new to me. It won a Microsoft Education Award in 2010!
5(+1) Biggest Mistakes in Online Education
DECEMBER 2, 2010
He goes on to caution us that 21st century technology should not replace the requirement for student-instructor interaction. The presentation is a good reminder that educational models that put the learner first, the instructor second, and the technology third are models that are congruent with long proven educational concepts. Have a look at the slides below. Why or why not?
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
Digital Age 6 Problem One: Training Is Not Evolving With the Digital Age One of the biggest issues still facing training effectiveness today is the lack of technological. struggling to meet the technological demands of today’s learner. best with technology and this is especially true when it comes to the most unique generation of. By using technology, organizations.
Use Twitter to Increase your GPA!
NOVEMBER 5, 2010
Together these findings suggest that social media and technological supports for the classroom student may be beneficial to junior students. Twitter experimental group). Also, he showed a significant increase in student engagement (as measured by the National Survey of Student Engagement tool ) in the Twitter experimental group when compared to the non-Twitter control group.
Are you better than Steve Carell at using technology in the classroom?
FEBRUARY 8, 2010
Specifically, it is a class on the topic of integrating technology into the face-to-face classroom. Be cautious about using technology in the classroom; do not use technology for technology’s sake. Be sure that the use of technology in the classroom serves a specific goal to move you towards accomplishing a course or lesson objective. It’s very funny stuff!
Nursing Simulation in Second Life
MARCH 7, 2008
Many schools are using technological tools to delivery nursing education; especially in the area of nursing simulations. If you want to be a nurse then you need to go to school. came across one particularly interesting example of this just today. John Miller, a Nursing Professor, at Tacoma Community College in Washington is spearheading a nursing simulation hosted within Second Life. Yikes!
Quickly and Easily Create a Historical Timeline Handout
APRIL 21, 2011
I know that this blog talks about educational technology and that the readership often examines these postings to receive tips on how to use new tools for learning. But sometimes, I am compelled to write about an old tool particularly if the old tool can be used quickly and easily to create something useful. So if you have never used Excel before you can still accomplish this task easily.
Are your managers ready for a world without formal performance reviews?
solution that combines best-in-class learning design, content and technology to. SETTING. EXPECTATIONS: My team members are clear on. their roles & responsibilities. 2. DELEGATING: I eﬀectively identify tasks that. others can take on to develop their. capabilities and free my time for. more strategic activities. 3. COACHING: I support my team members by. challenging and encouraging them.
How do I learn to teach online?
SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
It has four major sections: 1) trends and issues in online learning, 2) examples technology in action in online courses, 3) a brief overview of 25 emerging e-Learning tools that you can use in your teaching, and 4) additional resources for the online teacher. Tags: e-learning tools handbook technology teaching Some think it’s exactly the same as teaching in the classroom.
Are you a Tech-Savvy Teacher?
JANUARY 22, 2010
Twitter : I have learned so much by watching other people's Twitter post on the subject of Educational Technology. love looking at what web pages people in the field of Educational Technology are bookmarking. Have you ever been asked if you are a tech-savvy teacher? Probably not. Have you ever wondered to yourself if you are a tech-savvy teacher? Always check TeacherTube out as well.
Twitterfall - letting the web work for you
MAY 26, 2009
Type keywords into the search box that you want to monitor such as ‘education’, ‘edtech’, or ‘technology’ and click the checkboxes beside each. Why reinvent the wheel? If you need to use the Internet to do research on a particular topic, you can leverage other people’s research efforts using social media tools (i.e. the stuff of Web 2.0). One example is Twitterfall. So here’s what it does.
Pay Attention to Teaching With Cellphones
NOVEMBER 19, 2008
Since your students already know how to use this technology, why aren't you using it to teach? Did this technology-enabled research activity contribute positively towards student learning? The Jordan School District in Sandy, Utah, produced a provocative presentation in April 2007 on TeacherTube entitled â€œPay Attentionâ€. It's a nice video that runs about 7 mins and 40 secs. 2007).
New research explores the common myths and realities around the 70:20:10 learning model
learning with technologies that A) empower. technology of today will clearly link learning to. Supporting through technology 25. of technology in learning” (44% vs 64%). Those adopting 70:20:10 are more likely to use technology to deliver across all phases of the model: Supporting learning in the workflow: 2x more likely to use performance support tools. In-Focus.
Technology Training Videos for Teachers
AUGUST 12, 2009
Let’s face it, whether you are a teacher, instructional designer, teaching assistant or multimedia developer, the shear amount of new tools being released on the Internet makes it difficult to stay up to date with what’s new and what can apply best to your specific discipline. He runs a great site called teachertrainingvideos.com.
Mobile Technology: Bigger than the Internet and the PC combined
JULY 24, 2009
Mobile technology is going to change your life and the change has not really begun yet. Tags: mobile technology cellphones learning That's the take home message from Elliot Soloway (Professor, Univ. of Michigan) and Cathie Norris (Professor, North Texas Univ.). This amazing new resource is available 24/7 in the palm of your hand.
Why are you re-inventing the wheel? Use these education videos!
JULY 13, 2011
Some particularly interesting ones from my perspective were the Physics of the Bike , the Periodic Table of Videos project , and of course the very funny bit that Technology is Awesome but Nobody is Happy. Almost every day something comes across your Twitter feed which is a golden nugget. perfect little resource, tool or story that can help you in your practice of being an educator.
eLearning – do we know what the heck we are doing? Are we in a rut?
JANUARY 19, 2011
Trent Batson, executive director of The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning , has just published a thought provoking article in Campus Technology (dated 19 Jan 2011). As a practitioner in the field of eLearning I read Trent’s article with great interest. Many of the points he touched upon really rang true to me. Why do I do this? Leave a comment below.
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
Karl Kapp, a respected expert on the convergence of learning and technology, defines gamification as “a careful and considered application of game thinking to solving. learning environments, where game elements can be combined with technology to deliver. perfect combination of science, technology and fun. Canada’s world-renowned technology hub, Waterloo, Ontario. system.
e-Learning Acupuncture: Technology, Colleges and Community Online Conference
DECEMBER 20, 2007
skip to main | skip to sidebar e-Learning Acupuncture Erics ramblings, experiences and random thoughts about e-Learning, distance education and Educational Technology. Thursday, December 20, 2007 Technology, Colleges and Community Online Conference I live in Canada and these days everywhere I look, I see snow. Technology in the Classroom – Hindrance or Help? Are educat.
Dissection: What's a PLN?
JUNE 11, 2010
Skip Via , an Instructional Technology professor at the University of Alaska, has createda nice 5 minute video that thoroughly explains the purpose of a PLN, what a PLN is, and he outlines exactly the tools he uses to make his PLN. Have you heard this term - PLN? Personal Learning Network. It's becomming a mainstream word in the field of education. I'll do the same for you here. TweetDeck.
STOP and THINK: What inspires you?
APRIL 9, 2010
Many teachers need to learn more about the ever-changing realm of instructional technology so that they can better formulate ways to leverage it as a motivating factor for students. It's an online chronicle of some of the tasty tidbits that inspire me from an educational technology perspective. I've got emails that I haven't even read from 3 days ago! That's what my week has been.
2009 Edublogs Awards
NOVEMBER 30, 2009
This is our chance to nominate and celebrate 'the achievements of edubloggers, twitterers, podcasters, video makers, online communities, wiki hosts and other web based users of educational technology.' The 2009 Edublog Awards are open for nomination! Nominations close December 8th, 2009.
7 Secrets for Measuring Training Program ROI with People Analytics
The progression toward People Analytics has been one based on technological advances. Only within the last several years has it become both economically and technologically feasible. Analytics platform must first be deployed by your technology team, and then connectors will. 7 Secrets for. Measuring. Training Program. ROI with People. companies believe that. outcomes and solve.
Text messaging in your teaching
MARCH 24, 2009
Specifically I mean we are not in an age where cell phones are new technology and we train and then deploy new ideas. Cell phones are not new technology to the average North American high school or college/university student. Note: Please welcome this guest post by Scott Morrison – Instructional Designer at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. Image credit: here.
Technology, Colleges and Community Online Conference
JANUARY 28, 2008
Is YouTube changing how we live?
AUGUST 5, 2008
technologies from an Athropological perspective. found the talk to be very interesting and despite the fact that I am in the field of educational technology, this talk opened my eyes to a few broad scope issues that I have never considered. I learned through my twitter feeds that Micheal Wesch has another video (see posts on his previous videos here and here ).
Who are your students?
MARCH 3, 2008
Do you really know who your students are and the challenges they face with education? If you answered 'yes' to this question then you are most likely in the minority. Check out this excellent video made by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University. Very thought provoking! Check out this posting I made a year ago on another of his videos
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
such as using technology to support structured. what we’re doing and share the technology. own programs using the technology you. 1 kineo.com email@example.com 312-846-6656 Hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since the term “eLearning” entered the corpo- rate learning lexicon. And just in the last five years, the velocity at which new solutions have entered.
Connectivism is about you!
JULY 29, 2008
technologies like social networking are major players in the development of this learning theory. This course will help participants make sense of the transformative impact of technology in teaching and learning over the last decade. Are you in EdTech or the Online Education field? If so, this blog posting will interest you. Clearly, recent advances in Web 2.0 WOW - 1200! Will you?
JULY 29, 2010
They asked me some interesting questions about what inspired me to start this educational technology blog, about how the current generation of students differs from previous generations, about how technology can impact education, about obstacles in integrating technology in education, and about the possibilities of having 100% online classrooms. Last month, the kind folks at Udemy: The Academy of U asked me if I they could interview me for their blog. Of course I said 'yes'. All great questions that we have all thought about at one point or another.