Five Tips for Success in Your Online Course

You’re enrolled in a self-paced, online course. Where do you start? How will you maintain focus? One really important thing to remember about this style of learning is that the self-motivation and self-direction required to complete the course are excellent life skills that will be of benefit to you far beyond your “school” days. So while you’re learning … Continue reading Five Tips for Success in Your Online Course

Using Digital Tools to Preserve and Share Historic Spaces and Traditions

Yesterday, three members of the Hekademia and Virtual High School teams had the privilege of visiting Cranbrook, a private K-12 school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. This school is set in a 320-acre National Historic Landmark campus and has been described as “the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America.” The grand campus is full of … Continue reading Using Digital Tools to Preserve and Share Historic Spaces and Traditions

3 Things I Wish I’d Known Before College

When I went to high school, my goal was to be accepted into a post-secondary program of my choice. Then in university, my goal was to graduate and then enter the workforce. To be honest, I struggled through my first year of university. In reflecting on my experiences, I wonder what my high school teachers … Continue reading 3 Things I Wish I’d Known Before College

Part Two: Technology As a Conduit for Critical Consciousness

Some may wonder if online learning is conducive to critical pedagogy and if transformative education can be accomplished in the virtual classroom. The answers in both cases is yes: online education supports and encourages curiosity and critical inquiry. This blog indicates how such learning can transform the process. As outlined in my previous blog post, … Continue reading Part Two: Technology As a Conduit for Critical Consciousness

Algorithms Are Only As Intelligent As the Humans Behind Them.

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.

Let’s Start a Collabor-nation!

The science of mathematics has developed through collaboration. Every theorem, statement, and axiom builds upon the work that other mathematicians have done. With this in mind, new theorems that we develop today relate to the work mathematicians have done across time, back to the earliest mathematician, Euclid, who documented his calculations. If humans had not collaborated, … Continue reading Let’s Start a Collabor-nation!

Social Media’s Role in the Virtual Classroom

Although social media are still in their infancy, they will continue to redefine how we communicate. The profound impacts of social media can be felt everywhere–from our small social circles to the world-at-large. This democratization of information has given everyone a voice (worthwhile or not) in shaping and contributing to culture. We no longer only … Continue reading Social Media’s Role in the Virtual Classroom