Accessible, Inclusive Education: A Moral and Legal Imperative Webinar Recording

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The recording for the recent Accessible, Inclusive Education: A Moral and Legal Imperative is now available from Inside Higher Ed.  For more information on this webinar and the presenters check out this post.

Recording and Slide Deck.

The recording is located here.

The slide deck is available here.

Article: Indiana U Expands Active Learning Initiative

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This article has good overview of Indiana University’s Mosaic Active Learning Initiative.  The expansion brings 14 more Mosaic Fellows, which are

“faculty who, over the course of an academic year, teach in Mosaic classrooms, share approaches to active and collaborative learning, engage in research related to active learning classrooms, and contribute to the development of learning spaces across IU.”

The IU Mosaic site is here.

Webinar: Accessible, Inclusive Education: A Moral and Legal Imperative

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This is a webinar by Inside Higher Ed and Blackboard on accessible, inclusive education.

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Accessible, Inclusive Education: A Moral and Legal Imperative

Institutions across higher education are seeing an increasing emphasis on the expectations established in accessibility laws and rulings that have been handed down by the Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights. As online programs grow and understanding of student needs increases, institutions need to provide both content and tools for learners with varying needs.

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Infographic: Generation Z: The Next Generation Learner

Generation Z has different preferences and expectations for learning than previous generations that may cause you to rethink your recruitment and retention strategies.  American Student Assistance has provided this infographic with some insights into Generation z.  A PDF of this infographic is available here.

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Infographic: Emerging Social Trends Among Millennials

Schools are using the power of social networks to attract potential students, interact with current students and stay connected with alumni. American Student Assistance has released this infographic with some social media insights that may help schools interact with their students in a more positive way.  A PDF of this infographic is available here.

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Guardian: More University Students Are Using Tech To Cheat In Exams

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The Guarding released the results of its investigation into cheating at British Universities.  Through freedom of information requests, the Guardian gained access to records on academic dishonesty.  The data is not complete as several universities reported no cases of cheating.

Overall, they found a 42% rise in cheating cases involving technology over just four years ago: 148 cases in 2012 to 210 cases in 2016.  Twenty-five percent of those students used electronic devices to cheat.

The worst offenders were students at Queen Mary University of London, with 45 instances of cheating.  Two-thirds of those cases involved technology.  They report that experts say the numbers are probably much higher, as some electronic devises being used–like mini camera and micro earbuds–are highly sophisticated and hard to detect.  The Guardian reports they found multiple websites that marketed electronic devices for cheating to student.  Micro earpieces for example could be had for $13.99 (or 11 Euros) on Ebay.

The full story is here.

Thomas Mennella, “The Hidden Costs of Active Learning”

Mennella gets right to the point in the opening of his article: “Flipped and active learning truly are a better way for student to learn, but they also may be a fast track to instructor burnout.”  He continues:

I am an active learning college instructor and I’m tired.  I don’t mean end-of-the-semester and need-some-sleep tired.  I mean really, weary, bone-deep tired.”

His foray into active learning began when his school became an iPad institution, with all incoming freshmen getting iPads.  He continues on discussing the workload that this change has brought as he has implemented active learning and a flipped classroom.  It provides an interesting perspective of someone who supports the pedagogy, but things other things in the institution have to change to support the change in pedagogy.

The full post is here.

Instructional Design 101 Series, Part VII

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Cengage Learning had make the second post in a new series called Instructional Design 101.  This second installment is “What Can You Do For Me?” The focus of the post is why instructional design is so important, especially for online classes.  While the series is used to market their Instructional Design (ID) Team, it looks like it will contain some useful information of the basics of working with instructional designers or to inform faculty on how to do the ID work themselves.

This link will take you to the current post, as will show additional posts as they are released: http://blog.cengage.com/tag/instructional-design-101/

10 Major Trends in Blended Learning

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Dearmbox Learning has released a white paper called Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends.  It looks at the dominant trends in the moving target that is blended learning.

A major influence that is driving this change results from acknowledging the reality of the way we live today. We can no longer ignore the ubiquity of technology—we must to welcome it into our classrooms and learning activities. To inspire engagement, we need to keep pace with students who operate in an increasingly mobile world where information and communication are accessed 24/7 through smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

That is combined with the need to address the learning styles, backgrounds, and differing needs of students in classrooms with 30 or more students in them.  That includes moving from a lecture centered model combined with memorization and repetition to a learner-centered model with “active learning strategies and learning guidance.”

The blended learning trends covered in the white paper are:

  1. The deeply student-centered learning experience
  2. Soaring numbers of digital learners
  3. Supporting standards and higher-order thinking skills
  4. Realizing benefits for both teachers and students
  5. Data-driven instruction to personalize learning
  6. Personalized learning accompanied by a lean, blended, iterative approach
  7. Productive gamification
  8. The mobile world is where learners live now
  9. BYOD is here and key to active three-screen days
  10. More broadband, please!

For a more in-depth look into these trends, read DreamBox Learning full report here.

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.

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