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Enhancing and Impacting the Online Classroom Environment with Infographics

By Hanadi Hamadi, Frederick R. Kates, George Raul Audi, Samantha A. Larson, Malcolm M. Kates / April 30, 2019

An infographic is a type of picture that, if done correctly, blends complex data with understandable design. College students today are inundated by visually stimulating screen-based environments. Infographics utilize that environment to enhance the process of summarizing educational material. Data visualization can provide students with multiple dimensions of competency including searching, systematic thinking, and effective interdisciplinary teamwork. » [Full Article]
TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Engaging Learners in Online Environments Utilizing Universal Design for Learning Principles

By Aleksandra Hollingshead, Davin Carr-Chellman / February 15, 2019

Learner engagement in any instructional environment, including online, is critical to ensuring meaningful learning outcomes. Researchers discuss engagement as a complex construct consisting of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral domains. In e-learning, student engagement is difficult to achieve. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional design framework focused on overcoming barriers to learning and providing learners with multiple ways to engage, receive instruction, and express learning. This framework is based on a premise of variability of all learners and designing learning that is flexible and systematically planned. » [Full Article]
TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Online Classroom

By Christy M. Rhodes, Steven W. Schmidt / November 30, 2018

The concept of culturally responsive teaching has long been associated with the traditional, face-to-face classroom. However, the growth of distance education has meant that traditional classrooms are being replaced by online courses, and educators who were used to teaching in face-to-face classrooms now find themselves in a very different situation of teaching online. Culturally responsive teaching is important in all classrooms, and it can be done online. This article examines basic principles of culturally responsive teaching in the context of elearning. It focuses on practical ideas for instructors interested in developing their own culturally responsive online teaching skills. » [Full Article]
TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

The Rise of Learning Engineering

By Ellen Wagner, Jodi Lis / August 7, 2018

The Industry Connections Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering (ICICLE) was formed in 2017 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as a community-driven platform across sectors to advocate and support the development of the professional and academic disciplines of learning engineering. This article is an invitation to participate. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION, DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Better Assessment

By Clark Quinn / July 13, 2018

Linda B. Nilson provides the rationale for, and mechanisms to achieve, a better approach to assignments. Utilizing competencies, criteria, and a refocus of ownership, she argues for a systematic change, illustrated with many examples. There has been an ongoing search for criteria to improve assessments, and this is a cogent call about why and how to do it. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Four Questions to Ask When Using YouTube in the Classroom

By Christopher Drew / February 20, 2018

With the rise of the flipped classroom concept, videos from platforms such as YouTube are increasingly being embedded in education courses. Teachers use videos they find online not only as stimulus materials, but also because they can explicitly teach concepts to learners. This article proposes teachers reflect on the pedagogical value of such videos before using them as educational materials. Based on constructivist principles that emphasize active learning and critical thinking, four simple questions are presented for teachers to ask about videos that are designed to explicitly teach before selecting them as tools that do teaching their courses. » [Full Article]
TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

A Fundamental Look at Cultural Diversity and the Online Classroom

By Karen Milheim / February 28, 2017

Understanding the unique differences between online and traditional classroom environments, and how culture manifests itself within each setting, can help shape a positive educational experience for students. The purpose of this article is to provide a broad overview of how cultural diversity can influence the online classroom. The author suggests ways instructional professionals can work towards improving the online learning experience for culturally diverse student groups with respect to communication, course design, and acknowledgement of differences. » [Full Article]
TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Freirean Principles for E-learning

By Davin Carr-Chellman / December 29, 2016

Learning is a transformative process as much for the e-learner as for the more traditional learner. In the process of helping our students grow, the transformative potential of our work can be enhanced by humanizing, participatory, and emancipatory methods. These methods, as portrayed in this article, have foundations in the work of Paulo Freire and are presented here to give specific guidelines for e-learning applications of Freire's ideas. » [Full Article]
TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Gamification Is Simply Bells and Whistles

By Guy Boulet / November 14, 2016

Gamification has become the latest buzzword in the learning community. It is the addition of game mechanics elements to learning content in order to motivate learners. But, most claims about the efficiency of gamification of learning are theoretical. Various studies have demonstrated gamification relies on extrinsic motivators, which may work in the short term but have negative impacts on the long term as it undermines students' intrinsic motivation to learn. Gamification is nothing more than bells and whistles: It is fun at first, but it quickly becomes annoying. » [Full Article]
TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING