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Putting Personality into Online Teaching | EDU News

Putting Personality into Online Teaching . By Michael Keathley.
This post is a bit embarrassing for me as it involves a bit of confession. About 12 years ago when I was forced to add online courses to the English, humanities, and foreign language departments I chaired, one of my first thoughts was vain and self-absorbed. Perhaps like many instructors who evolved their teaching artistry in an era where the “sage on the stage” turned into the coach on the side, I truly believed my students needed to be motivated and inspired by the dynamism and energy I brought to our learning team face-to-face (F2F). I wondered: How can I do this in a virtual class? How can a course be reduced to just black font within a white computer window?
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Children with internet access at home gain exam advantage, charity says


Via The Guardian:
The e-Learning Foundation says pupils whose families have a computer are likely to achieve a higher grade A million children’s exam results will be on average a grade lower than their peers this year because they do not have internet access at home, according to a leading charity. The e-Learning Foundation says that children without access to a computer in the evening are being increasingly disadvantaged in the classroom. Research suggests that 1.2 million teenagers log on to revision pages every week and those using online resources were on average likely to attain a grade higher in exams
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Teachers must think internet-first


Via The Guardian:
Giving everyone digital skills is a key factor in tackling long-term unemployment, argues Martha Lane Fox Last week, the CBI pressed the government to apply the same rigour to tackling long-term unemployment as it has shown to reducing the deficit. The scale of the challenge certainly warrants such a focus. In the UK, 2.46 million people are unemployed; 5 million people of working age are on benefits and 2 million children live in households where nobody works. These statistics carry a huge economic and social cost: for society and government, for families and for the individual.
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No escape from turning up to class


Via The Guardian:
Enthusiasm for virtual learning is limited, say Ofsted School inspectors yesterday dampened ministers’ hopes that tens of thousands of students would soon be logging on to online classrooms. Ofsted said many schools and colleges in England were reluctant to embrace new technology which enables teaching and learning to continue online and out-of-hours
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Which? panel questions brain training claims


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Evidence for games is weak, says Which? report
Experts say they are no better than a crossword People who spend money on “brain trainers” to keep their minds agile may get the same results by simply doing a crossword or surfing the internet, according to research published today. A panel of experts, including eminent neuroscientists, found there was no scientific evidence to support a range of manufacturers’ claims that the gadgets can help improve memory or stave off the risk of illnesses such as dementia …
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Designing eLearning

Facilitating an online environment has its own set of characteristics and challenges. 

When designing online learning, it’s more important to drive it from the learning challenge rather than the technology perspective. You also need to design for student activity rather than delivery of content. Unlike a classroom setting, all the materials need to be prepared and structured in advance.

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