When you think of e-learning, you might not associate it with paper and pencil, but many students also now use different new tools in addition to their course content for learning online. An alternative to the traditional method that is gaining popularity in education is the use of whiteboards, or non-permanent surfaces, to replace pencil … Continue reading Three Ways to Use Whiteboards to Enhance E-Learning
Automated learning pathways are currently a hot topic in discussions on education because those pathways have the potential to personalize learning and provide timely intervention for students. With automated pathways, also known as adaptive learning, the instruction changes based on the students’ current levels of understanding. In some cases, adaptive learning is teacher-directed. In this … Continue reading Algorithms Are Only As Intelligent As the Humans Behind Them.
Teachers have long understood Socratic instruction to mean that the teacher asks questions and the student answers, learning through further questions and mentorship. However, as John Smallwood reminds us, those who use the term “Socratic” can forget that such teaching takes place in the form of dialogues, often in a one-on-one situation. Today’s online teaching … Continue reading Redesigning Learning for Learners
If “one size fits all” doesn’t work for clothes, why do we expect it to work for teaching? If students learn by building knowledge from previously acquired concepts and experiences, we can expect that we will need to be prepared to teach by introducing multiple analogies and ways of explaining new concepts. As teachers, we … Continue reading One Size Fits All? Hardly.