Tag Archives: online learning

As college students change, so must instruction. But is the answer online classes?

The 18-year-old college freshman is an endangered species.

Today, three in four undergrads are considered “non-traditional” students. They may work while taking classes. They may have started families or served in the military. Or, as is often the case at my institution, the University of Utah, they may have done missionary work for as long as two years after high school.

The on-campus model doesn’t work for this growing group of students. They can’t raise families in dorms. And morning classes aren’t compatible with full-time jobs.

Some new entrants to the college marketplace believe they can deliver an education entirely online. But the evidence suggests otherwise.

Read more at the Atlanta Journal Constitution…


What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock

Link to articleThe hype around the free online courses called MOOCs has drawn millions of students, who are all essentially part of a teaching experiment of unprecedented scale. These days, researchers are increasingly checking in on that experiment.

A new report, released on Thursday, seeks to answer the question “Where is research on massive open online courses headed?”

Read more at the Chronicle of Higher Education…

Who’s Taking MOOCs? Teachers

link to article at The Chronicle of Higher EducationIn free online courses offered by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, teachers are increasingly the students. A study by the two universities has found that teachers are enrolling in their MOOCs in high numbers.

The study examines data from some one million MOOC students who enrolled in courses at edX, the nonprofit learning platform started by Harvard and MIT. Some one-fifth of participants answered a survey about their background in teaching, and 39 percent of them said they were current or former teachers.

Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education…

What Monsters Lurk In Your LMS? Audrey Watters on Education Technology

Education technology is a term loaded up with venture-capital-funded hype men and a longer, more tangled history than those folks usually acknowledge. Over the past several years, few journalists have been as critically and historically minded in their coverage of ed tech’s complex story than Audrey Watters, the freelance journalist who writes Hack Education. Her blog is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand the history of education and technology, or even just marvel at the farcical repetitions of ed tech hype cycles.

Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education…

Thanks to Dr. Ilse Mason for her recent Innovation 20/20 Series presentation and discussion!

Innovation 20/20 with Dr. Ilse Mason

Online Walking: From Oxymoron to Reality

Traditionally, physical education courses take place in a face-to-face setting and because of their nature, present unique challenges when transforming them into an online format. In this presentation, I will share how an online walking course was created and elaborate on the role of technology in this course.

8 Skills You Must Have To Become an eLearning Master

If you were to ask what the top must-have skills to becoming an e-learning master are, you would more than likely get a wide variety of answers. Being able to design instructional, online training courses requires some very definite skill sets. However, there are actually a few specific skills that are integral to mastering the creation of online e-learning courses.

Read more at: http://blog.talentlms.com/8-skills-become-elearning-master/#sthash.wPfHZuR7.dpuf

Top 5 Online Learning Skills That Online Instructors Should Have

Online learning programs must pay as much attention to quality of instructors as they do to the technology. This article reminds us some critical online instructor skills.

One of the most neglected areas of online learning is the skills of online instructors. Like face-to-face instructors, online instructors need strong formation in content, instruction and assessment. But since they are teaching through technology, they also need formation in other areas (managing online learners, technology skills). These areas include:

Read more at elearningindustry.com…

Call for Participation – Fall 2014 Academies

ITT Fall 2014 Faculty AcademiesThe Innovation in Teaching and Technology initiative is happy to announce the continuation and expansion of the ITT Faculty Academy. We will be offering two faculty academies in both the fall and spring semesters. The faculty participation stipend has also been increased to $500 (for travel, materials, etc.) to support up to 10 faculty in each academy.

Please follow the links below for more details about these Academies and instructions for how to apply.

Fall 2014 Academies.

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