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Unlocking the Potential of Online Learning Spaces: Interview with Clarence Fisher

Our featured educator this week is Clarence Fisher, a fulltime teacher residing in a rural community. Even from Here is a reflection of his belief that geography is irrelevant on our hyper connected globe, and aims to paint a picture of what a truly connected class could look like. When…

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Sep
4

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25 Ways to Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation

In the context of learning, intrinsic motivation is motivation that stems not from external factors like grades and status, but rather from genuine interest and ambition. Like altruism, it assumes no reward. But – like altruism – it is difficult to corroborate. Even if Sally, your best student, completes the…

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Aug
26

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The Secret to Student Retention: 25 Lessons to Be Learned from Online Programs

Note: The following article is written based on studies conducted by US-based Universities. Unfortunately, we cannot find similar information for providers in Australia, but the lessons learned should be applicable locally. With students spread across 47 states and a dozen countries, you might expect the University of Illinois at Springfield…

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Aug
21

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The Gift of Failure: 50 Tips for Teaching Students How to Fail Well

What if, when students failed, teachers praised them? In the business world, the world of entrepreneurship, failure remains inevitable but so does success if you keep plugging away at your goal. Embracing this in education teaches students to learn that mistakes lead to success. Science teachers probably understand this concept…

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How Google Glass Can Be Used In Education

Click here for a larger version. Click here for a larger version. View the full image here Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing such as shoes or…

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Aug
13

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Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning And 7 Tips To Use Them Right

Catherine Lacey, a student at the University of Western Australia, is a Level 40 Hero in biology.  That’s her ranking on OpenStudy, where she spends up to 30 hours per week answering homework questions posed by students around the world. Hero is the hardest badge to attain on the site,…

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Aug
5

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50 Reasons Why Online Learning Deserves Respect

Online learning is on the rise. According to a 2013 report by the Babson Survey Research Group, over 6.7 million postsecondary students were enrolled in at least one online class in 2011, compared to only 1.6 million in 2002, and 62 percent of the schools surveyed now award degrees entirely…

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Educating Innovators: 25 Ways to Prepare Students for a Changing Job Landscape

In a world where knowledge is readily available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know. As Thomas L. Friedman highlighted in his recent Op-Ed column for The New York Times, the high-wage, middle-skill jobs that have sustained multiple…

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Creativity Is Declining Among Teenagers, With One Exception (And What It Says About Our Education System)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New research from the University of Washington Information School and Harvard University has found that some aspects of creativity — such as those employed in visual arts — are gently rising over the years, while other aspects, such as the nuances of creative writing, are declining. Along with a team…

Are Today’s Graduates Work Ready? Employers Don’t Think So

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The cost of higher education has been climbing steadily over the past ten years, and ideally this would translate into highly skilled, work-ready graduates hitting the job market. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and according to a recent report by Chegg, just 50% of students feel prepared for the…

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