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Nigel Coutts

Inquiry vs Direct Instruction - The Great Debate and How it Went Wrong - The Learner's Way - 1 views

    There is a debate taking place in the world of education. It is not a new debate but recently it has gathered new energy and the boundary between polite discussion of opposing views and hostility has been stretched. The debate is that between those who are advocates of inquiry based learning and those who believe direct instruction produces the best outcomes. - This article explore how the debate has gone wrong and fails to serve the needs of learners.

Illinois Online Network: Instructional Resources : Pointers and Clickers : Curbing Acad... - 1 views

    How to prevent cheating! Everyone asks me this when I tell them I want to be an online instructor. Good reading.
Rick Patterson

MOOC Mess - 6 views

    Unfortunately, I was one of the students in this course. I was curious to see how this course would compare to some of the courses I'd taken at UW-Stout in e-learning and online teaching (content wise). From the start I felt like the course was very difficult in its instruction to students and it went down hill from there. It seemed as if the instructor was trying to fit the same methodology for a course with 40 students to a course 40,000. I'm certain there are many lessons to be learned. Looking at the bright side, it's likely that some research may come from this debacle and there will be improvements in the methodology of instruction for MOOCs. Currently, a MOOC course feels more like an online self-directed training course rather than an academic course with all the bells, whistles and ENGAGEMENT of a really well designed online experience.
Debi Griggs

Tame the Beast: Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics | Edutopia - 1 views

  • Rubrics are driven by reforms, from standards-based grading to assessment for learning
  • Make sure that the language from column to column is similar, that syntax and wording correspond.
  • Make sure the language is learning-level appropriate.
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  • You have to use the rubric with the students
  • Students should understand that the rubric is there to help them reflect, self-assess, unpack, critique and more
  • You want the rubric to be comprehensible and organized.
  • Pick the right amount so that the criteria flow logically and naturally across levels.
  • with common rubrics that students see across multiple classroom activities
  • Students feel more confident when they go into different classrooms with the knowledge that expectations are the same.
  • The easiest rubrics I have seen are used commonly for practices that all teachers work on, such as reading, writing and 21st century skills
  • The most effective descriptions you can use are specific descriptions
  • Be specific and descriptive
    Suggestions for creating effective rubrics.
Debi Griggs

What Are Some Types of Assessment? | Edutopia - 0 views

  • Today, we know learning requires that the learner engage in problem-solving to actively build mental models. Knowledge is attained not just by receiving information, but also by interpreting the information and relating it to the learner's knowledge base.
  • Standardized tests should not be confused with the standards movement, which advocates specific grade-level content and performance standards in key subject areas.
  • Alternative assessment, often called authentic, comprehensive, or performance assessment, is usually designed by the teacher to gauge students' understanding of material.
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  • Alternative assessments are designed so that the content of the assessment matches the content of the instruction.
  • Effective assessments give students feedback on how well they understand the information and on what they need to improve, while helping teachers better design instruction
Debi Griggs

Designing Courses with a Progression of Learning Experiences | Faculty Focus - 11 views

  • we want students engaged, interacting and learning the content collectively
  • we want these group experiences to teach students something about working with others—how disagreements can be handled constructively, how work can be divided equitably, how the group can influence what individual members do.
  • Perhaps each one focuses on a different skill or each one requires more sophisticated use of developing skills. This means the order in which they’re experienced matters. Each experience should build on what happened in the previous one.
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  • Thinking developmentally means that each of these group experiences should be different
  • Teachers who aspire to develop critical thinking abilities in their students must start with a clear understanding of what it is they want students to be able to do
  • make it possible for students to see that courses are not islands but rather connected territories where what they learn in one relates to what they learn in the other
    Plan courses to build learning experiences within the course and in the sequence of the courses.
Debi Griggs

Planning for Instruction - 0 views

    online module is designed to assist pre-service teachers in developing unit pla
Joe Cilli

UC online instruction pilot sparks excitement, controversy | California Watch - 2 views

  • no limit on enrollment
  • Online students who tune in to the live screencast of the face-to-face class can instantly write in questions that the teaching assistant will then ask the instructor
  • “I want my course to be free.”
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  • take steps to ensure UC Berkeley students in the online course get the full experience of UC’s flagship campus
    A couple of things caught my eye with this article 1. No limit on enrollment size, really? 2. I like the live screencast and ability to interact with the live class 3. If the course is free, why would anyone enroll at UC Berkeley? I know the obvious answer to number 3, but are we looking at a shift in education where individuals are formally educated without a formal degree. Isn't that the idea behind
Lisa Lomasney

Collaborative Learning CSE - 6 views

Collaborative learning career pathways Ibest shared content instruction student success

Jodie Banyas

Why Wikis? Student Perceptions of Using Wikis in Online Coursework - 4 views

    This article is from the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching and discusses the uses and limits of Wikis.
Anna Johnson

Teaching with Technology - Web 2.0 and Instruction - 1 views

    Website for Vancouver Island University and the VIU Teaching & Learning Centre. Contains a nice overview of Web 2.0 and many useful links to additional sites.

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    First year Spanish lessons linked to grammar and vocabulary activities. Two levels of access: free and premium. Teachers affiliated to public and private institutions can purchase the premium side and then offer in to their students. Good grammar activities but not so good for vocab The side has a teacher and an instructor side
Larry Spicer

Learn English - 2 views

    Very comprehensive site for materials related to teaching ESL on line. A very useful site both for students and teachers.
Larry Spicer

LIPA Learning Services | Categories | Electronic Resources - 1 views

    Excellent reference site for many useful tools for classroom enrichment.
Lisa Hudson

A Review of Preparing Educators for Online Writing Instruction - 0 views

    A book review that doesn't necessarily agree with the idea that online ed is fundamentally different from regular classes. Find some theory and some application.
Jen Pfeffer-Dittes

Teaching Strategies: Online Teaching - 5 views

  • Teaching Strategies: Online Teaching Online Course Design
  • The following resources provide guidelines for creating an online course, best practices for teaching online, and strategies for assessing the quality of online education.
    Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, Here is a large collection of links to further reading in best practices for teaching online.
    This web page is full of links from a variety of major universities. The links cover all areas of online teaching - from questioning, to instructional strategies, to best practice for online teaching. Great source for anyone looking to research effective online teaching.
John Popke

Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder - 3 views

  • Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Learn more about Audacity... Also check our Wiki and Forum for more information.
    • Brenda Karls
      This is something I'd like to look into for usage in a Spanish language classroom
  • Changes and Improvements: A hover tooltip is now provided if the Mixer Toolbar input selector cannot control the system slider for the selected input More intuitive behavior when moving and resizing labels by dragging Export Multiple: new option to use a numerical prefix before existing label or track names New Equalization preset "Inverse RIAA", with new button to invert other curves New Preferences choice for "System" language which is used on first run instead of asking user to choose language
  • Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.
    Free recording web tool
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    This site has a free download where you can record audio and podcast your lectures.
    Open source software for recording and editing oral activities in the online delivery of FL instruction. Students download it and can record oral activities and saved them. They can also upload it to a CMS to share with peers and instructor. It is important to remember to save in a format that will be recognizable. Students can create a single project by adding and editing different individual files in a single one.
    Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. (Taken from
    Open source software for recording and editing oral activities in the online delivery of FL instruction. Students download it and can record oral activities and saved them. They can also upload it to a CMS to share with peers and instructor. It is important to remember to save in a format that will be recognizable. Students can create a single project by adding and editing different individual files in a single one.
    Audacity is an awesome (and free) tool for basic recording, editing, and playback. I use it to record my choral rehearsals, record individual singers during private lessons, and create practice tracks that can be posted online so students can learn and/or reinforce their part in a piece of music we are rehearsing in class. The interface is relatively simple and the options for the music classroom (or even the general education classroom) are numerous! 
Angela Hoistion

Instructional Strategies for Online Courses - 5 views

  • priately designed and facilitated by knowledgeable educators. Because learners have different learning styles or a combination of styles, online educators should design activities that address their modes of learning in order to provi
    Overview of multiple instructional strategies
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    This web page goes through all of the components that a facilitator should consider while instructing an online course. It highlights the different combinations of learning styles and how to consider addressing all learner's needs.
    U of Illinois resources promoting effective online instruction
    ION is a terrific resource. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    "Instructional Strategies for Online Courses "
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