Weird Insights into Intrinsic Motivation in Students


Here is a link to the abstract for a recent study on student motivation:   “The intrinsic motivation of students to learn is related to their epistemological beliefs.”   The researchers hypothesised, “students with more sophisticated beliefs that knowledge is personally constructed, complex, and evolving, (would have) higher levels of intrinsic motivation.” Their findings were the…

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Characteristics of excellent online instructors


Here are some characteristics of Excellent Online Instructors: 1. Visibility – the excellent online instructor can establish presence and is present frequently in the online environment. 2. Compassion – defined by openness, concern, flexibility, fairness, and honesty — the excellent online instructor expresses sincere positive regard for students and delivers student-focused, student-centered instruction. 3. Communication…

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Common Core Reading: The High Achievers


Here is a great piece from NPR on Common Core. It really demonstrates a change in focus from memory and skill development to deeper, more meaningful levels of learning: Common Core Reading  

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Four Crucial Factors in High-Quality Distance Learning Courses


This Faculty Focus article confirms the industry best practices and four factors for quality online courses: course design, content, instructor, and support systems..  To learn more about the important components of online course delivery visit: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/distance-learning/four-crucial-factors-high-quality-distance-learning-courses/

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Creating a Presence in Your Online Course Using Threaded Discussions


Teaching online courses requires engagement and interaction with the learners to help develop and expand their learning.  Here are some best practices for Teaching Online using the Threaded Discussions: 1. Check the Discussion frequently, respond appropriately, and stay on subject. 2. Provide a little background on yourself in the discussions.  Learners appreciate learning more about…

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An Intern’s Recommendations for Moving Instructors Towards Active Learning Strategies


Jason Davis interned at WPCC under Terry Doyle as part of his grad work towards an MA concentration in Community College and University Leadership/Teaching at ASU. One of the essay questions on his comp exam asked him to make recommendations to improve the learning outcomes for instructors who had stagnated in the lecture modality. He…

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Educational Leadership


While we may typically address educational leadership from the programmatic and institutional levels, the classroom instructor is also a leader. This article developed by the Taskforce on Developing Research in Educational Leadership addresses how effective leadership can help to create a culture that enhances learning: What We Know About Successful School Leaders

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Incorporating active learning into the online classroom


Faculty Focus shared an informative article about different strategies that instructors can use to incorporate active learning in the on-ground and online courses: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/incorporating-active-learning-online-classroom/ How many of the techniques mentioned are you already using?

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Humans Need Not Apply…


“We are on the cusp of a revolution in the workplace.” We’ve heard this line before… when steam engines were introduced to replace animal labor when assembly lines increased output from factories when computers helped gain control of data and processes when robots took over certain aspects of production and maintenance, helping increase speed and…

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