E-learning is important for Africa, but critics have their doubts.
E-learning is both a technological and a social innovation. At its best, it can address problems within a particular social context.
As 90-year-old Thumekile Mthiyane proves, you’re never too old to learn or try new things.
It's common knowledge that children are voracious learners but the famous cliche suggests that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. This simply isn't true.
Attrition rates are high for part-time and online students, but it’s important we keep providing these modes of study.
We should accept a modest level of attrition so we can keep providing opportunities for part-time and online students, who might not otherwise be able to study.
The classroom of the future.
The future of education is in the clouds.
English language minority students can struggle to express themselves authentically in online courses if they are new to the conventions of Western discourse and written academic style.
The discourse and structure of online learning can exclude English language minority students. Techniques such as video chats, "safe houses" and content-focused grading can support their success.
Inflexible online assessment policies are inappropriate for working students.
Universities need to better accommodate student employment to improve the retention of online students.
Online education can work just as well in Africa.
Even though online learning has finally come into its own in higher education internationally, East Africa appears reluctant to embrace it fully.
Paper or tablet?
With the surge in e-books and digital devices, one concern has been whether students are learning as much. Research shows that some crucial elements of learning are indeed being lost.
What do students miss when they access the Internet only through mobile devices?
A third of families living below poverty level access the Internet only through their phones. And young people from these families get access to few learning opportunities.
It’s no longer acceptable to upload chapters from a textbook onto a website and call it a course.
It’s no longer acceptable to upload video lectures to a website and call it a course. We need to start redesigning courses from scratch to find new ways to engage students.
Elaborated feedback is most effective. Professor Layton game provides complex tasks where students receive hints to adjust their strategies.
Parents and teachers need to be aware of which types of feedback actually help students learn.
How well do students learn when a lesson is mainly in PowerPoint?
Henrik Berger Jørgensen
Slideshows, when designed right, can be a useful part of online instruction. But they shouldn’t be the main, or the only, method of instruction.
Online learning is now a little wiser and more sustainable.
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How Massive Open Online Courses are maturing into useful tools.
University in your pocket?
The way schools and universities teach and test has to keep up with the way young people are processing information.
Beware what a click could trigger.
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Lecturers need to flag up graphic material with their students before they click on it.
Low-income teens are unable to participate in social media conversations of their wealthier peers.
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With low-income kids unable to participate in the social media conversations of their wealthier peers, a new form of digital inequity is emerging.
Tablets can be a novel reading experience for parent and child.
A recent US survey commissioned by the children’s books publisher Scholastic found that 65% of 6-11 year olds prefer to read print books even when e-books are available on tablets. In the UK, a National…
What is a Small Private Online Course? And how is it different to a MOOC?
If you have studied an online course at a university over the past couple of decades, you’ve probably already experienced a SPOC, or Small Private Online Course. SPOC is a new term for an old concept…
People argue over whether learning should take place online or face-to-face, but does it have to be one or the other?
Ever since the invention of the printed word, academics have been arguing about the proper place of technology in teaching. On one side are those who I’ll call the traditionalists who insist on the primacy…
Getting practice in early.
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Online learning has been around for more than 30 years, but recent excitement around Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has brought it fully into the public eye. In schools, online learning used to be…