Pearson Learning Design Principles

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Pearson has released a new website on learning design that takes a look at the research science behind how students learn and what works to help them in the learning process.  While in some ways they are trying to “upsell” resources for their textbooks, the resources linked below are a great way to review the research in each of these areas, get some examples for implementation, and do a self-assessment.

They have identified 6 learning design principles:

  1. Foundations
  2. Practices that foster effective learning
  3. Learning environments
  4. The nature of knowledge
  5. Learning together
  6. Moving learning science research into the classroom

Each of these design principles is broken down even further into key aspects of how people learn.  One of the greatest parts of this framework is the release of 43 documents that provide a summary of the research related to it, sample ways to implement it, learner impacts, and a self-assessment rubric so you can assess your courses/practices against the research science.  A white paper for the project is available here.

Below are links to each of the PDF files.   Continue reading

Infographic: Copyright In Education

This infographic provides a good overview of copyright, including copyright, Creative Commons, public domain, fair use, and flow charts on copyright issues.

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Kessler International’s New Academic Dishonesty Survey

Kessler International recently released the results of a new student survey on Academic Dishonesty.  The most revealing parts of the survey were number of student who said they had cheated in school (86%) and the number who said it was OK to cheat (54%).  Additionally, 97% of those who said they had cheated said they had never been identified as cheating.

Kessler’s website privided this summary of their findings:

  • 86% of the students surveyed claimed they cheated in some way in school.
  • 54% of the students surveyed indicated that cheating was OK. Some went so far as to say it is necessary to stay competitive.
  • 97% of the admitted cheaters say that they have never been identified as cheating.
  • 76% copied word for word someone else’s assignments
  • 79% of the students surveyed admitted to plagiarizing their assignments from the Internet or citing sources when appropriate.
  • Only 12% indicated that they would never cheat because of ethics.
  • 42% indicated that they purchased custom term papers, essays and thesis online.
  • 28% indicated that they had a service take their online classes for them.
  • 72% indicated that they had used their phone, tablet or computer to cheat in class.

Another finding was that professors are becoming increasing unethical in the face of pressure to have their students perform well.  Students reported faculty provided exam answers in advance of exams or while students were taking exams, while others routinely curved results because of poor results.  Students also indicated they felt pressured to purchase books that the professor had written in order to complete the class.

The survey was of 300 students at public and private institutions, including online universities.

The results posted are available on Kessler’s site here.

Infographic: Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs

Infographic Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Verbs

Faculty Focus: Tips for Encouraging Student Participation in Classroom Discussions

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This Faculty Focus Special Report puts together some of the best articles from the Teaching Professor newsletter on the topic of student participation and classroom discussion.  The following articles are included in the report.

  1. Assessing Class Participation: One Useful Strategy
  2. Participation Blues from the Student Perspective
  3. Roll the Dice and Students Participate
  4. Those Students Who Participate Too Much
  5. Teaching How to Question: Participation Rubrics.
  6. Student Recommendations for Encouraging Participation
  7. Is There a Place for Games in the College Classroom?
  8. Discouraging Over Participators
  9. Putting the Participation Puzzle Together
  10. To Call On or Not to Call On: That Continues to Be the Question
  11. Creating a Class Participation Rubric
  12.  It Costs to Cut Class

The pdf of the report is available here.

Top 10 Technologies that Will Become Important in Education Over the Next Decade

Top 10 Technologies that Will Become Important in Education Over the Next Decade

As part of their article “Top 10 Education Technologies that Will Be Dead and Gone in the Next Decade”, in CampusTechnology.com, Dian Schaffhauser and Rhea Kelly provided this graphic with the results of 2016 Teaching with Technology Survey about the technologies faculty respondents believe will be important over the next decade.  To see their full discussion of the topic, check out the article here.

Top 10 Education Technologies that Faculty Wish Would Die in the Next Decade

Top 10 Education Technologies that faculty wish would die in the next decade

As part of their article “Top 10 Education Technologies that Will Be Dead and Gone in the Next Decade”, in CampusTechnology.com, Dian Schaffhauser and Rhea Kelly provided this graphic with the results of 2016 Teaching with Technology Survey about the technologies they wish would disappear over the next decade.  To see their full discussion of the topic, check out the article here.

Top 10 Education Technologies that Will Be Dead and Gone in the Next Decade

Top 10 Education Technologies that will be dead and gone in the next decade.

As part of their article “Top 10 Education Technologies that Will Be Dead and Gone in the Next Decade”, in CampusTechnology.com, Dian Schaffhauser and Rhea Kelly provided this graphic of the technologies they believe will disappear over the next decade.  To see their full discussion of the topic, check out the article here.

Podcast: How to Keep Your Teaching Fresh

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Magna publications released this free podcast by Maryellen Weimer called “How to Keep Your Teaching Fresh.”

Mary Ellen Wiemer, PhD, has been the editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter since 1987.  She is a professor emerita of Teaching and Learning at Pen State Burks and won Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching in 2005.

Her published works include: Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning: Professional Literature that Makes a Difference (Jossey-Bass, 2006),  Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice (Jossey-Bass, 2002).

The practices are simple and straightforward. Most importantly, they don’t require a large investment of your time.

Dr. Weimer covers proven practices for:

  • The do’s and don’ts of implementing new teaching strategies
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of new instructional methods
  • Grading listening as part of participation
  • Ensuring students complete the readings before class
  • Reflection methods to help experienced instructors stay fresh
  • Plus, Maryellen gives you an example of an intellectually robust extra credit assignment that will help other students and save you time.

The podcast is available here: http://info.magnapubs.com/maryellen-weimer-on-how-to-keep-your-teaching-fresh