OPINION: When it comes to liberal-arts education, online learning changes only the tools

The Hechinger Report

Trustees at Wesleyan University, where I am president, have for years been singing the siren’s song to professors about the benefits of online teaching, and usually the answer they get is: “It just doesn’t work.” Related: How do you manage college online — quarantined with eight people?

Colleges Have Embraced Online Learning. Will That Open Remote Teaching Opportunities for Faculty?


Most anticipate the growing centrality of online learning in university life. As a longtime proponent of online higher education, I thought I’d take a stab at imagining a couple of effects digital education might have on teaching and learning in the college classroom.


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Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?


They know that when it comes to learning and productivity, space matters. An entire graduate course at Stanford University explores the principles for designing spaces that support learning. Yet most of our energy has been focused on designing physical learning spaces, even as more teaching and learning shifts online. Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms.

Using Blended and Online Learning to Drive Academic Growth

District Administration

Key considerations for using this learning model effectively District Administration Custom Publishing Group Online and blended learning continue to grow in use as instructional models while redefining the education landscape, creating better academic outcomes by providing students with the personalized attention, support and resources they need, while enabling teachers to spend more time differentiating instruction.

Schools call parents ?co-teachers,? but we have no idea what we?re doing

The Hechinger Report

Not long after, I was allowed to listen in on a professional development seminar with a group of public school principals. They were listing some of the silver linings that have come with the shift to remote learning in the wake of coronavirus.

Is Online Education Good or Bad? And Is This Really the Right Question?

Digital Promise

For the past twenty years, I’ve heard this question asked many times about online education. I would suggest that quality and effectiveness of learning are not tied to “mode” of instruction. In the same way that we can have good (and not so good) traditional classroom courses, we can also have good (and not so good) online courses. Further, re-conceptualizing and converting a traditional classroom course to an online course doesn’t necessarily make it better or worse.

How to balance work and study as a teacher

eSchool News

According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report, 93 per cent of employees would stay at a company longer if their employers invested in their careers. CPD opportunities for teachers might include: : Workshops, seminars and conferences. Online learning. Studying online. Many universities now provide excellent online resources and systems geared towards busy working professionals.

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Tips for incentivizing your teachers team while working remotely

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is all the more significant in an educational context, because teams of teachers are in turn responsible for looking after large groups of students who need to be ushered through the twists and turns of remote learning with aplomb. Teaching Online During #COVID19.

An overview of active Learning.

Linways Technologies

Why does it work so well and how to implement active learning in your classrooms. Active learning is an approach in which students are engaged in the learning process. In teaching-learning, there is a lot of importance in keeping the students involved and engaged in the session.

What’s next? Lessons from the lockdown on traditional education


The biggest shift that we’re seeing is that online education has the potential to drop its “online” part and that more and more people will see it for what it is: simply education. Online learning is student-centered by default, having its own advantages and pitfalls.

Here’s the Syllabus for Your Summer Crash Course in Online Education


You learned how to Zoom, or Hangout, or Team up. You pivoted, shifted and, let’s be real, maybe stumbled into a makeshift version of online education. So this summer might be the right time to learn a little more about online pedagogy. Online classes are often recorded.

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Developing a “National Geographic Explorer” Mindset in the Classroom

Digital Promise

A Socratic seminar? At the National Geographic Society , we are building a free collection of tools and resources to help teachers learn more about their practice, connect with like-minded educators, find quality resources for their classrooms, and receive feedback and recognition for their expertise. Micro-credentials are truly authentic professional learning tools. Micro-credentials are truly authentic professional learning tools.

"How to Help Adolescents Think About the Last Year" - Parenting for Academic Success (and Parental Sanity)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

At the time of writing, boy hadn't met any of his classmates in person, nor had he made a single friend--and so bored he would chat with strangers online even during class time. We are excited to announce that Learning Revolution (and Classroom 2.0 This parent seminar is like no other.

Blended Learning in K8 Schools: Expert Advice from Michael Horn

District Administration

Online learning combined with face-to-face instruction can result in a more personalized learning experience. District Administration, July 2014 Blended learning is constantly growing and evolving, and transforming education to be more of a student-centered environment. This web seminar, originally broadcast on May 13, 2014, featured blended learning expert Michael Horn, who outlined disruptive innovations and the subsequent impact on education.

Make your LMS a social learning platform

Ask a Tech Teacher

Vivek Singh, education professional and contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher, has some interesting ideas on using your native LMS as a social learning platform. I know you’ll enjoy their thoughts: Earliest forms of learning, dating back to the stone-age, involved storyboarding one’s experiences on rocks. We inadvertently learn from our daily social interactions, with most of our informal learning happens through online sources of information.

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How to Successfully Scale Personalized Learning: Six Key Lessons from Effective Programs

District Administration

Strategies for implementing blended and online programs district wide. District Administration, May 2015 Personalized blended and online learning programs have helped many districts provide access to more courses and to improve student outcomes. District Administration Custom Publishing Group. But how do you start a program and then scale it across your school and district?

Closing Math Achievement Gaps for English Language Learners

District Administration

District Administration, May 2015 Using effective strategies to personalize the math learning experience is key to reaching all levels of learners, especially Spanish-speaking English Language Learners who vary in their English language abilities, math proficiency and personal circumstances. The right combination of instructional strategy and technology is key to engaging ELL students. District Administration Custom Publishing Group.

Innovators Worth Watching: Minerva

The Christensen Institute

Slowly but surely, traditional higher education is wading into the waters of online learning. The proportion of faculty that believe online courses can achieve outcomes as good as those in face-to-face courses also increased considerably—but is still only 33%. Many still view online courses as “not as good”—pretty typical for disruptive technologies. While the industry sorts out its feelings about online courses, one institution has gone all-in.

Today’s Awkward Zoom Classes Could Bring a New Era of Higher Education


Most colleges and universities in the United States are conducting classes either partly or fully online. But the pandemic has now forced this change; forced the entire landscape of higher education to embrace the technologies of online learning. So what have we learned so far?

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Spotlight on Altus Schools and an antidote to online credit recovery

The Christensen Institute

There was no classroom space per se, but instead the open floor plan was divided in subtle ways into a variety of well-thought-out types of spaces—from those dedicated to individual work to other spaces for small-group and one-on-one work; and from small breakout rooms for seminars to still other spaces tucked away for students to embark on virtual reality experiences, design for 3D printers, or do science labs.

A trend to watch: teaching classes from one campus to another

Bryan Alexander

How can colleges and universities share courses online? ITEM: Over the past several years a group of small colleges, members of the Council of Independent Colleges ( CIC ), experimented with sharing upper-level humanities seminars with each other. This year a new cluster of CIC upper-level humanities seminar cross-campus teaching has begun. All faculty felt more comfortable with online learning pedagogy.

?Are We Recreating Segregated Education Online?


Online courses helped kick off a movement promising that your zipcode no longer had to determine the quality of education you received. A single mom in middle America could learn to code from Google instructor. Unless we carefully examine where we put the paywalls and how we cultivate diverse student bodies in our online learning experiences, we risk transposing the same patterns of inequity that have plagued in-person education into our digital classrooms.

Tips and Ideas for Teaching Digital Citizenship in a Hybrid Classroom

Graphite Blog

Our classroom environments continue to shift during the pandemic, often with both in-person and remote students learning together. Collaborate and build community Apps and other online learning tools can help all students contribute to class discussions during hybrid learning.

Implementing education technology by pursuing technology education: Professional Development ideas for educators


As a result, educators must stay on top of trends and pursue ongoing learning in technology. How to learn more about edtech options. When it comes to professional development for educators, it’s vital to learn about the edtech options available. Enroll in an online program.

Alabama community college overhaul improves the odds for unprepared students

The Hechinger Report

The revamped program combined co-requisite courses — essentially one-hour workshops or seminars that give students additional time to practice basic skills — with a tiered placement model that sought to reduce the overall number of students placed into developmental education programs.

COLUMN: Isolated in dorm rooms or stuck at home, some freshmen wonder if college is worth it

The Hechinger Report

Fogel, 18, can recite a list of typical college experiences she has missed out on: study groups, small seminars, office hours with professors, parties, football games, a chance to meet new people from around the world. Fogel decided to go home early, and later learned a coronavirus outbreak forced her entire floor to quarantine. In preparation, she quit her job at a Sonic Drive-In and packed for dorm living – only to learn that she wouldn’t be going anywhere after all.

Insights from a blended-learning teacher

The Christensen Institute

I’ve written in the past about how teachers can benefit from blended learning, but these benefits are much more compelling when they are described by teachers themselves. In this post, I share some insights from a recent interview with Amy Carlson, a blended-learning coach at Highline School District in Seattle. In the interview, Amy explains how blended learning revolutionized her approach to teaching and empowered her to engage more deeply with her students.

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. But as the movement against seat-time learning grows, more schools nationwide will be grappling with grade levels, deciding whether to keep them or to hack through thickets of political, logistical and cultural barriers to uproot them. There’s so much behind music to learn.”. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

Video Assignments Are the New Term Paper. How Does That Change Teaching and Learning?


This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. Unsurprisingly, we increasingly learn from digital video. The realm of informal learning is well represented on YouTube—from DIY instruction to guerrilla recordings of public speakers. More colleges are using it for online learning, since it can make students and instructors more present to each other than most other media.

Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019


“What’s the completion rate for your online courses?” It’s depressing shorthand for skepticism about online education in general. Yet, the fundamental problem with this line of questioning is that it inaccurately conflates access to online learning content with access to a course experience. They explain that they either come to MOOCs with specific learning goals that they selectively pursue or are simply not motivated to earn a certificate.


Facing uncertain futures, high school seniors weigh tough college options and alternate paths

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In recent weeks, Willen has been speaking with seniors and their families to learn more about their decision-making process while keeping a close eye on the schools rapidly changing responses. Are those colleges going to be open, or will they be at home starting online?

Teachers Are Anxious and Overwhelmed. They Need SEL Now More Than Ever.


At the end of March, our team at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence , along with our colleagues at the Collaborative for Social Emotional and Academic Learning , known as CASEL, launched a survey to unpack the emotional lives of teachers during the COVID-19 crisis.

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PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Regardless of your districts approach, now is a time to facilitate the student centered learning that Project Based Learning makes possible. I have some powerful online interactive workshops and webinars that can be used to engage learning in this new environment.

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Giving Thanks: The Top EdSurge Contributors of 2016


But there’s hope—the Stanford researcher completed a 500-paper lit review with professors Linda-Darling Hammond and Shelley Goldman to identify five actionable tips to provide equitable digital learning opportunities to low-income students. Educators and Administrators—From the 'Instruct' Newsletter Adaptive learning. Personalized learning. Blended learning. Amy Ahearn, senior innovation associate at +Acumen , thinks Slack could add a human touch to online courses.


How to Keep Student Minds Open to New Worldviews Even When Campus Is Closed


But it also threatens the psychosocial learning students do in college, as well as the opportunities for personal development that so many of them seek. Among the hallmarks of in-person higher education that students might lose in a semester or entire year without ordinary campus encounters are chances to learn from and build relationships with people who are different from them. Moving Interfaith Online So … what do we do now?