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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Gaming to Save the World!

shutterstock_220109482I watched a couple of TED videos recently about online games that really intrigued me. As gamification continues to make waves in the learning industry, I thought I’d take the time to write about the power of gaming from a traditional gaming perspective.

Granted, I am a recent grad in his 20s, who plays a lot of video games, but I’m certain you’ll find some great nuggets just like I did. Continue reading