Interactive Classroom Ideas (to save your students from more lectures)

The Lecture Doth Persist Lectures, either in-class or by video, have their place in education but still too lofty a place. If they are too long they can become a waste of time and the format itself kills student interaction. Why do we persist in the lecture as primary means of teaching when research suggests there…

4 Popular Learning Myths debunked

What you believe about your students directs your actions towards them. What do you believe? Is it true? As teachers, we need to be careful that we are following best practices in our classes, online and off-line, and this includes these four popular myths about learning: Students will learn more if they are taught in a…

Research Shows That Online Learning Works, So Let’s Move Forward

Many people are suspicious of online learning. Their main concern is wondering if it actually “works.” (These same people often do not apply this same question to face-to-face, lecture-based instruction, but that is a topic for another time…). Studies are showing that online learning generally does work. That is, we can meet learning objectives as…

The 6 Best Practices of Online Learning – Minds Online / Michelle Miller

There is a high degree of overlap in online and face to face best practices. In the following presentation, I use the Six best practice for learning as outlined by Michelle Miller in the book, “Minds Online.” She draws from the following best practice lists to create a comprehensive 6 best practices that could be…

The Power of Peer Feedback – the Story of Austin’s Butterfly

We know that good feedback (formative assessment) in self-regulated learning increases success (see Formative assessment and self‐regulated learning: a model and seven principles of good feedback practice: Studies in Higher Education: Vol 31, No 2 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/citedby/10.1080/03075070600572090?scroll=top&needAccess=true#.WEF25TH_nOc.twitter  among others). This video “The Story of Austin’s Butterfly” is an excellent example of this process with peer feedback. The specific…