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The impact of work and life experience on learning: A conversation with Peter Smith

By Amy J. Hilbelink / May 31, 2022

Oftentimes, when we consider the current, traditional higher education experience, we neglect to give thought to whether our institutions are providing the necessary resources to all learners. Are we truly helping those from under-served populations, or those who want to attend college, but can not find the time or money to attend? Are higher education institutions addressing these concerns, or are the traditional institutions leaving it to those who are outside of academia to figure it out? Who is best suited to helping learners learn? » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: INTERVIEW

Micro-credentials: An interview with George Ubachs

By Dilek Şenocak, Şeyda Kır / February 11, 2022

This interview with George Ubachs conducted by Dilek Şenocak and Şeyda Kır focuses on the concept of micro-credentials and their impacts on higher education and online learning. Ubachs is Managing Director of The European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), which is one of the pioneer university networks for open, online, and distance higher education in Europe. He is also coordinator of the European MOOC Consortium (EMC). In this interview, he discusses his experiences on benefits of micro-credentials from different perspectives, possible challenges in implementing micro-credentials, and how micro-credentials support equity and inclusion in education. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INTERVIEW

On the Growing Curve: An interview on gaming to learn with G2A's CEO, Bartosz Skwarczek

By Alison Carr-Chellman / May 21, 2021

An interview with Bartosz Skwarczek, CEO of G2A, includes an examination of a recent survey of U.K. and U.S. teachers regarding perceptions of games as a learning and curricular tool. Interview results are shared as well as a review of the resulting G2A Academy aimed at teacher training for building skills to utilize games in the classroom. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INTERVIEW, K-12 BLENDED AND ONLINE LEARNING

Interview with Dr. Janet Zadina: Applying educational neuroscience research to instruction and elearning

By Les Howles / May 31, 2020

In this interview Dr. Janet Zadina discusses her work as an educational neuroscientist bridging brain research and pedagogy. She provides insights and advice on how instructors can design more learner-centered course experiences and use online technologies more effectively through a better understanding of neuroscience research related to learning. This interview spans a range of topics including contributions of brain research to learning science, common neuromyths, emotions and learning and how the digital information environment is impacting our brains and learning. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INTERVIEW

An Interview with Peter Smith on His New Book

By Amy Hilbelink / October 31, 2019

The future of higher education is one in which adult learners who continue to learn on the job will receive both credit and respect for their informal learning. In this interview Dr. Peter Smith of the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) discusses his life work and new book. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INTERVIEW

How to Teach Online: An interview with Dr. Angel Pazurek

By Suzan Koseoglu, Aras Bozkurt / August 14, 2019

This interview, which is about online teaching, was conducted with Angel Pazurek by Suzan Koseoglu and Aras Bozkurt. Pazurek is a senior lecturer and graduate faculty member in learning technologies at the University of Minnesota. She teaches and works on digital literacy, social media, online teaching and learning design, and research methodologies for learning technologies. In this interview, she discusses her experiences with online teaching by drawing attention to issues such as teaching philosophy and designing for the learner experience. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INTERVIEW

Be Motivated and Motivate: An Interview with John M. Keller

Special Issue: Paradigm Shifts in Global Higher Education and eLearning

By Hasan Ucar, Alper Tolga Kumtepe / July 22, 2019

In this interview, we talked with John M. Keller, a prominent professor emeritus of educational psychology and learning systems at Florida State University, about learning motivation within the paradigm shift in global higher education and eLearning. Dr. Keller explains how technological opportunities in learning environments affect today learners' motivation and volition. He also shares opinions on the obstacles in motivating online learners and motivational challenges facing online instructors. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INTERVIEW, HIGHER EDUCATION

Mindful Online Teaching and Learning: A Conversation with Tiffany Guske

By Melissa Venable / March 28, 2019

The 34th Annual Distance Teaching and Learning Conference featured a unique kickoff thanks to a mindfulness exercise led by Tiffany Guske. In calling all attendees to set an intention for their time at the conference, she helped them establish the foundation for a meaningful and productive experience. This post-conference interview with Tiffany provides a more in-depth look at the concept of mindfulness and specific strategies for applying this approach to our online teaching practice. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INTERVIEW, HIGHER EDUCATION