eLearning: Goodbye, Isolation! Hello, Social Collaboration!

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Throughout my schooling I had the privilege of being taught by some wonderful teachers. The vast majority of them loved having control of their classroom; no cellphones, no talking in class, no commotion. It made sense; being a good teacher requires dedication, attention to detail, and extensive planning. Any little distraction could spoil a student’s focus. But these teachers also understood how important student collaboration was.  They encouraged us to engage in discussions, share notes, and also offered up friendly competition from time to time. These were the hallmarks of effective learning for me.

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Making Your Content Bearable with the TED Commandments

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Let’s face it: too many people today don’t know how to deliver content. We come off as too boring, too egotistical, or too afraid to step on toes. Fortunately, TED has figured out a way to minimize these issues. Every TED speaker is presented with a list of 10 tips, known as the TED Commandments, which are kind of like the Holy Grail of speech writing (storytelling). The Commandments help speakers talk on a range of issues, and every day over 450,000 people watch speeches on TED.com. Continue reading

Best of September: 5 Things You May Have Missed

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Wake me up when September ends… Wait, you mean this isn’t a Green Day fan blog?! Whoops. Anyway, now that September has come and gone, there’s a lot of content out there for people to sift through. I compiled a few of the more interesting blogs for you all to read, with the topics ranging from how analytics will change the classroom, to what instructors need to know in order to prepare their online courses. Enjoy!

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