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Flipping Your Course!

Monday March 24, 14

Have you ever thought of flipping a course?

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Exploring Online Teaching

Wednesday March 06, 13

Exploring Online Teaching: A Three-Year Composite Journal of Concerns and Strategies from Online Instructors

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The Four Student Archetypes Emerging in MOOCs

Tuesday March 05, 13

In 2011-2012 as part of the Change11 course (a connectivist course, or cMOOC, facilitated by George Siemens, Dave Cormier and Stephen Downes), the Scottish group Caledonian Academy was given access for surveys and follow-up interviews to help understand the student population in a research study.

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Rethinking the Way College Students Are Taught

Thursday October 11, 12

Research conducted over the past few decades shows it's impossible for students to take in and process all the information presented during a typical lecture, and yet this is one of the primary ways college students are taught, particularly in introductory courses. It may seem obvious that lecturing isn't the best method to get students thinking and learning. Project-based learning and other interactive approaches have been popular in elementary and secondary schools for a long time, and of course the discussion-based seminar is an age-old approach. But lecturing is still the dominant teaching method in large classes at the college level, and also at many high schools - especially in the sciences. Experts say different approaches to teaching large classes can help more students learn, and help them learn better.

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National Federation of the Blind Takes On E-Text Pilots

Tuesday October 02, 12

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has accused Educause, a higher education IT association, and technology community Internet2 of ignoring the "accessibility barriers" that are preventing blind and print-disabled students from fully participating in a major e-text pilot initiative being coordinated by both. In a letter to those organizations and others involved in the Internet2 eTextbook program, NFB President Marc Maurer cited problems identified by the University of Minnesota in an earlier pilot as the reason for NFB's concerns.

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Going Public the UVa Way

Wednesday July 18, 12

"Why does a stationary skater remain stationary?" That's a question that Lou Bloomfield asks his students in the opening lecture of "Physics 1050: How Things Work," which he has taught at the University of Virginia for 21 years. Many physics students think they understand inertia. But they might not actually understand how profound inertia is unless we see it in ... uh, inaction. So Lou stands up on one of those huge lab tables that anchor science lecture halls and places a smaller table on top. On that table he places a crimson tablecloth, a plate, a glass of wine, and a flower vase. Then he whisks the table cloth out from under the items, leaving them intact. It's one of his simpler demonstrations, but it frames and illustrates inertia better than any diagram or sentence ever could. Students never forget that trick.

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Clustering Projects for eLearning Interoperability

Monday July 16, 12

Abstract: Since the beginning of the discipline, eLearning has been about innovation. New software, systems, contents and tools are being created and experimented with and in constant evolution. But when systems, contents and tools become successful and part of the regular infrastructure of educational institutions, interoperability becomes an issue. Systems that are consolidated and regularly used need to be able to interoperate with new ones. And the new tendencies need to fit within the current infrastructure. This paper states how several research and development projects with heterogeneous funding sources and locations worldwide, gathered together to find a solution to this common problem, providing open specifications and standards, plus Free/Libre, Open Source reference implementations.

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