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…

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…

Certificate Growth in Online Learning

An interesting, recent study on online learning trends asks the question “is online learning the future of learning?” Even without any understanding of the growth of this learning mode, most people I think would understand that it will continue to grow. “How much?” is the big question. Will bricks-and-mortar schools someday be haunted ruins from…

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

An important progression of educational thought and practice over the last few years revolves around the idea of “Growth Mindset” vs “Fixed Mindset.” Much of this comes from the studies and book of Carol Dweck called “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.” You can also read an article from last year in Education Week here…

Best Practices for Synchronous Online Discussions

Best Practices in Synchronous Virtual Classes In recent years, the increase in bandwidth and faster computer technology has created more opportunities for e-learning to include synchronous (at the same time) virtual classrooms. Some examples of Synchronous Virtual Learning: – Web Conferences (Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype) – Virtual Live Classrooms (Canvas “Big Blue Button”, Adobe Connect)…