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How Can Neuroscience Inform Online Adult Education? | The EvoLLLution - 3 views

  • In terms of adult online education, these translate into the following pedagogical strategies: Make use of the inquiry model, supporting learners in conducting their own research and synthesizing their discoveries. Include video and/or audio clips from a variety of experts addressing relevant issues. Or include activities in which learners conduct interviews with experts and share insights learned. Present learners with complex problems via simulations, case studies, role playing, or game-based challenges. Invite learners to write, audio record, or video record their responses to assigned activities. Allow learners to select topics of interest within the scope of the course and to complete assignments based on actual projects related to work or life. Reduce anxiety and stress by including some flexibility in the coursework deadlines. Include graphics, video, or animation to illustrate processes or sequences of events. Provide visuals displaying examples and non-examples of concepts to be learned. Ask questions that require careful observation. Provide learners with opportunities to reflect on their learning and explain how it integrates with their work and/or lives. Offer learners access to online communities of practice to extend learning opportunities beyond the course.
  • Clemons (2005) suggests providing adult learners with the following to maximize learning: (1) steady encouragement, (2) engagement as active participants in learning, (3) occasional elements of surprise or novelty to maintain attention, (4) appropriate humor to relieve anxiety, and (5) activities that encourage interactions.
  • According to McGuckin & Ladhani (2010), online education should reinforce adults’ experiences as well as challenge them to extend learning. Collaborative learning activities providing stimulating discussions and/or complex problem-solving can provide such challenges as well as promote a personal and connected learning environment. In addition, adult learners solidify their knowledge by teaching others; involve learners in group and team projects and allow them to contribute to feedback via peer and self-evaluations.
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  • Weimer (2012) encourages three types of activities to develop metacognition and prepare independent, self-directed learners: (1) time and environment management to prepare for learning; (2) reflection and mental questions to monitor self-learning; and (3) use of mental questions or provided rubrics for self-evaluation of new knowledge and skills.
  • “The brain boggles the mind.

Introduction to Crafting Questions for On-line Discussions | Penn State Learning Design... - 3 views

  • You can investigate how to use questions to achieve specific learning outcomes, guide the discussion process, and provide meaningful feedback to your students.
    This is one I really need to study. The On-Line lesson requires a better 'hook' with which to catch student interest.
    Crafting questions for online discussions- by Penn State
    Designed to learn how best to design questions, facilitating and engaging students in online discussions.
Tricia Rohloff

Online Professional Learning Communities | - 4 views

    • Tricia Rohloff
      Great visual
    Learn about PLC's - what are they, research into them, and how to create your own
Jessica MKE

Toward constructivism for adult learners in online learning environments Huang 2002 ... - 2 views

    Per Moodle discussion post this week
Nancy Woodward

Administrators' Views on Factors Influencing Full-Time Faculty Members' Participation i... - 3 views

    Lesht and Windes explored, through a survey administered at five universities/colleges in Illinois, the factors that motivate and deter faculty to participate in online teaching. The first motivating factor was survival. Many colleges find that if they are going to survive in today's economy, they need to institute online classes and faculty at the colleges find they need to teach them as part of their course load. Another factor is that students are demanding online and hybrid classes in order to meet their needs and faculty need to adjust to this demand to retain students. Other factors identified included stipends that are often added for teaching online, flexibility for the faculty, seeing peers that are enjoying/successful at teaching online and improvements in technology. Pedagogical factors that deter faculty from teaching online include the amount of time required to convert a class to online and uneasiness with technology. Perceptions that still remain also deterred faculty from teaching online classes. These include the perception that online classes are inferior to face-to-face classes and that online classes are not a "good fit" for the college. The final area that deters faculty is support. The needed technology support is not always available and this causes frustration for the faculty. Finally, the authors explored "disruptive innovation theory" as a factor that encourages faculty to teach online. These factors include things like the current economic environment, enrollment declines and the need for students to work while attending college. The authors concluded flexibility is the key to attracting and retaining students and faculty recognize this as important and therefore want to teach online to meet their students' needs.
Michelle Altenberger

NASP - Cybersmart Cyberbullying Curriculum - 1 views

  • NASP is pleased to partner with CyberSmart! to bring to educators and parents the CyberSmart! Cyberbullying Awareness Curriculum, a positive and empowering suite of K-12 lessons provided free to schools. These materials can facilitate prevention of cyberbullying at the classroom level, and help provide outreach to families and the community.
  • We encourage NASP members to share CyberSmart! Cyberbullying Awareness Curriculum with teachers and administrators in your schools as part of your ongoing efforts to promote bullying prevention and school safety. They offer an excellent opportunity to provide a positive, practical resource that can benefit the entire student body at no cost to you or the district.
  • CyberSmart! develops training and resources that foster 21st century skills to increase student engagement and prepare students to achieve in today's digital society.
    Access to the CyberSmart! Cyberbullying Awareness Curriculum, a positive and empowering suite of K-12 lessons provided free to schools. These materials can facilitate prevention of cyberbullying at the classroom level, and help provide outreach to families and the community.

Online psychology can make you a leader - 1 views

    If you are holding a leadership position in your work place, you must stay positive and encourage your team to perform well.
Waunita Scott

Teach Outside the Classroom - 7 views

    A variety of resources for transitioning from traditional face-to-face instruction to online teaching for novice and seasoned educators

Why Do you opt for Part time University study courses - 1 views

    The benefits and advantages associated with part time university study makes it a popular and sought after option amongst working professionals.Read this article and know your answer.

Distance courses in UK that gives an edge to your career - 3 views

    This year the academic world is planning to introduce more professional courses so that the students can benefit from the courses. The UK distance learning institutions are providing overseas students professional courses so that they can take up some of the demanding professions in future.
Rick Patterson

Predictions for Online Learning in 2013 - 15 views

    "modern" online learning just turned 18 - and it's all grown up (I think).

Is online education needed in childhood? - 2 views

    Online education providing lots of facilities for students & professionals. This education system caring good & bad effect on our society, so do you think online education is appropriate for children?
Bobby Barr

Online Learning Management System - 0 views

    SkyPrep is cloud based LMS that gives you all the tools you need to create online courses. Add training material and create tests , then track learner progress.
Marie Cristobal

Effective Online Facilitation - 6 views

  • managing 'the communication of others online' (Coghlan 2001).
  • Collison et al. (2000, Chapter 5) divides skill sets for online facilitation into 'basic and general netiquette' to establish functional and effective online programs, and second level skills, that is the ability to employ 'advanced dialogue strategies' for deeper level learning and more effective outcomes.
  • Each stage calls for different e-moderating skills requiring participants to master certain technical skills and steps learners through a logical process of induction before deeper level interactions occur. Students learn through participation and engagement. Motivation is the key, and so is the provision of a conducive structure and environment.
    I found this very interesting and provides a variety of resources for effective online facilitation.
Travis Gibson

Travis Gibson Search Engine for PLE's - 3 views

    I've created a search engine for PLE resources for education.
Jennifer Fyllingness

Google Custom Search - Small Tourism Businesses - 4 views

    This is my custom search engine that I created for EDUC 760 eLearning for Educators. It focuses on small tourism businesses and their use of the internet as a training tool.

Stanford's Online High School Raises the Bar - - 2 views

    This article is about how colleges and universities are getting into the high school education business via online "high schools" operated under their name but not necessarily with their staff. Tuition is $15,000 plus.  
Kim Jablonski

Google Custom Search - Online Courses in Secondary Schools Search Engine - 5 views

    This customized search engine was created for those looking for information about the effectiveness and prevalence of online schools or classes in a high school setting. This search includes, government, commercial, non-profit and news sites that have covered this topic. Some results will be research based, while others will be more anecdotal.
    I found a lot of interesting - and also very important - reading on this topic with your search engine. Thank you.
Phyllis Bickford

The Technology Source Archives - Online Drop Rates Revisited - 2 views

    Online drop rates at University of North Carolina
Phyllis Bickford

Why online learners drop out_Workforce.pdf - 4 views

    A look at online class dropout rates in the corporate world.
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    What contributes to this high dropout rate and what are some of the solutions?
    As instructors, what can we do to mitigate some of these reasons for dropouts?
    Discussions are an important design element to lower dropout rates even in classes that are not normally a discussion based class. Computer applications courses are a good example of this.
    How large of a learning curve is there before the student can become proficient to participate in the course and start on the real learning objectives.
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