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It’s likely that most universities will be conducting classes online in the fall. That doesn’t mean learning will suffer. (Shutterstock)

The 7 elements of a good online course

Research shows few differences in academic outcomes between online and face-to-face university courses. A professor who's been teaching online for years offers advice on good online courses.
The general idea of personalised learning is where teachers help students understand key concepts through individualised learning and group work. from shutterstock.com

Gonski’s vision of ‘personalised learning’ will stifle creativity and lead to a generation of automatons

Many rely on David Gonski's ideas to shape the future of education policy. But his recommendation of personalised learning is a scripted, rigid version of education that will take us backwards.
The big spending provinces in Canada did not necessarily get the best Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) standardized test results. (Shutterstock)

Canadian schools spend more as enrolment and test scores fall

Research shows that the provinces vary widely in their ability to produce academic results for money they spend, and PEI shows the most efficient results.
Students, parents and teachers participate in a school choice rally in Jackson, Mississippi. Rogelio V. Solis/AP

Charter school cap efforts gain momentum

A number of states are considering laws to put charter school growth on pause, saying they drain resources from public schools. A school finance expert explains the logic behind the efforts.
Some charter school operators make profits by leasing space to themselves at unusually high rates. By Ilya Andriyanov from www.shutterstock.com

Charter schools exploit lucrative loophole that would be easy to close

Charter school operators have been capitalizing on lax laws that let them lease building space to themselves at above-market rates. A simple ban could end the practice, two education scholars argue.
Language tests are an important factor in determining whether international students are admitted to universities. Shutterstock

We all put too much emphasis on test scores

Policy-makers use language test scores to determine who gets into universities or can immigrate. But there are problems with using single test scores to make such important decisions.

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