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Coursera: 5 Tips: Learn more effectively in class with Mastery Learning

5 Tips: Learn more effectively in class with Mastery Learning
2013-05-13 17:36:00

Editor’s Note: Want to learn a few tips on how to learn the material in your classes more effectively? Read below to learn about the principles behind Mastery Learning, written by our Course Operations MOOC Pedagogy Specialist, Relly Brandman. What is Mastery Learning? ​ “The instruction is the same as in the conventional class (usually with the same teacher)…The average student under mastery learning was about one standard deviation above the average of the control class (the average mastery learning student was above 84% of the students in the control class).1” In traditional classrooms, students progress through the class regardless of their level of achievement.  In mastery learning classrooms, students must fully understand (demonstrate mastery of) the material before moving on to the next topic.  Mastery learning is about how students navigate through exercises and assignments. In a seminal study by Benjamin Bloom1,…

 

: Teaching a Live Online Class

Teaching a Live Online Class
2013-05-13 07:15:54

Teaching a Live Online Class Teaching in a live online class is all about learning. Every class must cater to students’ learning needs. It’s not enough for a teacher to teach, present, or share information. Students need to be able to use the information in meaningful ways.… Read the rest…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Rapid Development Technology: Crutch or Rocket Pack? by John Sadowski

Rapid Development Technology: Crutch or Rocket Pack? by John Sadowski
2013-05-13 05:01:00

Are we using rapid development tools in a way that makes our eLearning more effective?

 

: 7 reasons MOOCs will work wonders for Homeschoolers.

2013-05-12 10:04:48

Home schooling I am a teacher and mother.These roles are interchangeable and they have become my way of life and guiding light to all inspiration and dreams. That’s why I feel that today’s thoughts about the future of our children are especially poignant on Mother’s Day around the world.… Read the rest…

 

: 7 reasons MOOCs will Work Wonders for Homeschoolers.

2013-05-12 10:04:48

Home schooling I am a teacher and mother.These roles are interchangeable and they have become my way of life and guiding light to all inspiration and dreams. That’s why I feel that today’s thoughts about the future of our children are especially poignant on Mother’s Day around the world.… Read the rest…

 

Udacity: Coffee Break: HTML5 Game Contest Winners

2013-05-10 23:03:00

This week on Udacity's Coffee Break show, tune in to hear Sean and Matt (both fierce gamers in addition to being Udacious course developers) talk about the winning entries in our HTML5 Game Development contest.  We’ve already shared the winning entries, and here’s a more in-depth look into what Sean and Matt enjoyed about Foxes and Shotguns, winner of the Best Overall Game, and Bombergirl, winner of the Most Fun game. If you’re looking for a reason to play, know this: you’ll be in good company, as many of us in the office have lost DAYS playing these games. Happy Friday and Happy Coffee Break! http://blog.udacity.com/feeds/posts/default…

 

Saylor.org: (re)Inventing the free online textbook

(re)Inventing the free online textbook
2013-05-10 22:03:53

“First came free online courses. Now come…free online textbooks” (“Coursera to offer students free online textbooks, with conditions” | WaPo). Call us picky, but the implication that free textbooks are an xMOOC innovation is a bit frustrating, especially coming a couple days before we announced the release of a free-and-open, no-strings-attached college mathematics textbook. Even more [...]…

 

Udacity: New Course: Introduction to Programming

New Course: Introduction to Programming
2013-05-10 20:11:00

We’re very pleased to introduce a new course into the Udacity mix: Intro to Programming, where you can learn Java with Cay Horstmann of San Jose State University, as well as Udacious programmers Cheng-Han Lee and Sara Tansey.  No prior experience is necessary to start learning with us! You’ll learn concepts such as classes, methods and argument passing, loops, and general problem solving skills to start coding up a storm. If Intro to Programming sounds cool, but you’re not 100% sure what programming allows you to do, tune in to hear Cay’s explanation. Hint: you can tell computers to do pretty much anything as long as you speak their language! What's the difference between a toaster and a computer? Now, there are a few languages to choose from, so why Java? Again, Cay has all the answers, and he’ll walk you through four good reasons to learn Java.  Four good reasons to learn Java! Don’t forget, you can also e…

 

Saylor.org: We Love Resources: CK-12

We Love Resources: CK-12
2013-05-10 19:30:34

Want to be able to remix and use free and open textbooks to your liking? Looking to learn concepts quickly with the help of “bite-sized” lessons? Then let’s get started! CK-12 can act as your trusty sidekick, or better yet your vehicle to help you to teach others and learn! CK-12 provides you with tools to [...]…

 

Saylor.org: Q&A with Dr. Wissam Raji, author of An Introductory Course in Elementary Number Theory

2013-05-10 12:46:47

“[T]he subject is presented in a way where no mathematical background is required with the exception of the last three chapters.” “[B]elieve in [your] capabilities. It is not about the school you attend, it is all about the inner will to achieve and passion you have for the subject you are studying.” With our release [...]…

 

Saylor.org: Free Elementary Number Theory Open Textbook Released Under CC BY

Free Elementary Number Theory Open Textbook Released Under CC BY
2013-05-10 12:45:49

We’re happy to announce the release of a free and open textbook, An Introductory Course in Elementary Number Theory, by Dr. Wissam Raji, Ph.D., of the American University in Beirut. Fuller details are here, and be sure to check out our Q&A with the author. Dr. Raji created this text in response to a need for [...]…

 

Coursera:

2013-05-10 00:21:00

Editors note: We are happy to share this guest post from Sankalp, a student who recently completed Calculus: Single Variable and received a Verified Certificate and completed the College Credit Recommendation Exam. A new session of the course starts on May 24th - You can learn more and sign up here. Hi, I’m Sankalp. I am 17 and I live in Mumbai, India. I have been learning online, through videos for quite a few years, and have seen almost all the modern inflection points in online education. I have genuinely completed 2 MOOCs on Coursera (lurked through many, that’s the beauty of this platform!), Introduction to Mathematical Thinking (Stanford, Prof Keith Devlin) and Calculus: Single Variable (UPenn, Prof Robert Ghrist – incl. Signature Track and proctored exam for ACE CREDIT). Here is my journey and perspective: History – “Those good old days - learning begins” Giving some stress on my memory, I recall that my journey began when I was in 8th gr…

 

Saylor.org: PSYCH 101-EXC: Our Newest Credit Pathways Course!

PSYCH 101-EXC: Our Newest Credit Pathways Course!
2013-05-09 14:39:01

Want to take a PSYCH course for credit? Interested in the general history of psychology and the nature vs. nurture debate? Then consider your needs and desires fulfilled (including your sub-conscious ones)! PSYCH 101-EXC is our newest course and it’s also a pathway to credit through Excelsior College. This course is complete with optional apps, readings, and video [...]…

 

: How I used WizIQ to Flip a Tour to NYC

How I used WizIQ to Flip a Tour to NYC
2013-05-09 13:43:22

Several weeks ago, I took a group of students to NYC(New York City). One theme, among many, that occurs regularly in my classroom, is the role that race and power play in the history that we learn. This theme comes up in my online classroom because it comes up in society.… Read the rest…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: EMEA Reporter: Serious Gaming Solves Talent Management Issues by Nic Laycock

EMEA Reporter: Serious Gaming Solves Talent Management Issues by Nic Laycock
2013-05-09 05:01:00

Talent shortages are becoming a feature of life for many companies and many industries. The need is great, but qualified replacements are hard to find and hard to keep. A company in Holland provides serious games to help develop talent and to help identify the best candidates. Read about it here!

 

Khan Academy: Thank you, teachers!

Thank you, teachers!
2013-05-09 00:12:00

I recently passed by a sign that said “I teach. What’s your superpower?”, and was reminded of the teachers that have been superheroes in my life. There were a few precious teachers who encouraged a shy little girl to love learning, changing the course of her life forever.   In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to superhero teachers, including the 30,000 teachers across the world that are using Khan Academy in their classrooms, and changing the lives of students. We salute you as you endeavor to provide more personalized, mastery-based and interactive learning experiences for your students.  Thank you for putting in the long hours, for giving it your heart and soul, and for being a role model and an inspiration to students to be lifelong learners and explorers.  …

 

Udacity: Tickles and Psychology

2013-05-08 21:41:00

This summer, Udacity and San Jose State University are offering online courses for college credit in a couple exciting subjects. Today, we want to take the time to tell you about one course in particular - Intro to Psychology.It involves snakes, babies, sea lions, jello brains, sense olympics, and it may help you answer the age-old question, “Why do I DO that?”Susan Snycerski and Greg Feist of San Jose State, and Udacity’s very own Lauren Castellano, are teaming up to bring you a (sometimes literally) breathtaking overview of psychology in its many facets. Take a journey with them through all the major psychological concepts and principles, learn to critically evaluate psychological research, and gain a more in-depth understanding of human thought and behavior. Basically, if you’ve ever been curious about the way your brain works, or the way other people’s brains work, this is the class for you! The deadline to enroll for college credit with San Jose…

 

Udemy: Course Promotion: How to Get More Students to Never Stop Learning

Course Promotion: How to Get More Students to Never Stop Learning
2013-05-08 19:57:40

Did you see the Never Stop Learning campaign we launched Monday? Because of instructors like you, people on Udemy are landing better paying jobs, jumpstarting new careers, exploring their hobbies, and starting their own companies. What does this mean for you as an instructor? Now is a great time to invite your friends and followers to join you on Udemy. You can let followers know that you’re offering a discount on your course(s) to encourage them to #NeverStopLearning.   STEP-BY-STEP... Continue reading »…

 

edX: What We've Learned from Teaching MOOCs

What We've Learned from Teaching MOOCs
2013-05-08 18:46:00

By Armando Fox and David Patterson MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses for the uninitiated, have taken the education world by storm. As with any disruptive technology, there are bound to be some pitfalls along the way. How can instructors new to MOOCs successfully navigate teaching a MOOC? We’ve recently finished teaching BerkeleyX CS169.1x and CS169.2x, Software as a Service Parts I & II, on edX. Here are some tips from our experience that will help you make the most out of your MOOC. HAVING A RERUN PLAN IS BETTER THAN BEING PERFECT Leonardo da Vinci said “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” You will always find ways to improve your material, but remember, you can always revise your lecture recordings later—this Fall we will revise our lectures for the third time. Balance your desire to perfect the material with the need to juggle all the other commitments most faculty must manage. Another perspective is that you need feedback from MOOC students befor…

 

Saylor.org: The new look!

The new look!
2013-05-08 17:02:07

Today we unveil a (slightly) new homepage. In brief, we’ve split up our courses into: “Saylor University” – our core courses “Saylor K-12″- our newly-unveiled, long-talked-about pre-college courses “Saylor Professional Development” – our PD Area of Study split up into its three constituent parts These changes also will be reflected in the forums, currently taking [...]…