• Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning: The Quest for Authenticity

    By Nicole Schmidt In one of his more philosophical ponderings, David D. Thornburg crafts the metaphor of digital social platforms as campfires, places where humans gather to socialize, to teach, and to connect with others. This symbolism lends itself to a discussion of human nature, and...

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  • Tracking Key Issues in Teaching & Learning: What Matters Most in 2017

    By Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz Since 2011, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) has been tracking key issues for higher education teaching and learning. We solicit input from the full breadth of the teaching and learning community, including faculty members, students, and professionals from the...

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  • What is the Role of Edtech in Creating Student Equity?

    The critical topics of equity and inclusion have surfaced on panels and in community discussions from Silicon Valley to local school district meetings. Exploring the myriad ways in which edtech can serve to help (or hinder) student equity in K-12 education is emerging as a greater priority for...

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  • Project-Based Learning: Necessary but Insufficient

    By Sherre Vernon, Nicole Tempel Assisi, and Jaclyn Vasko The best projects share a set of qualities: Projects align to the content and standards of instruction. Projects are backwards planned, toward a specific outcome, with gradually more difficult, and more independent...

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  • Tanya Joosten: Bringing Rigorous Academic Research to Online Learning

    Online learning is widely employed by higher ed institutions of all Carnegie classifications. It’s no mystery why: online programs benefit students of all demographic backgrounds; they are incredibly cost effective, and they add gravitas to an institution’s commitment to accessibility...

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  • This Month in Next Generation Learning

    In the Words of Students Transforming Rural K-12 Education Through Blended Learning: Student Perspectives, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute “... I thought it was fun just to be able to go and search about these different battles and learning new things you probably wouldn...

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  • Measuring Success of Innovative School Practices

    Authors: Dalia Hochman and Saro Mohammed Both of our organizations—NGLC and The Learning Accelerator (TLA)—support educators working to bring new ideas to schools. We may call these ideas different things such as  “personalized learning”’ or “blended...

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  • 5 Ways that Higher Ed Learning Assessment is Changing

    Author: Bernard Bull   Higher education learning assessment is changing.   Yes, you can still find plenty of college courses in which the only direct feedback that a student gets comes from a midterm exam, final exam, and a couple of papers. Yet, if you look more closely, you...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Are Teaching & Learning Publications a Crystal Ball for Higher Ed?

    Author: Malcolm Brown Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Those of us engaged in support of postsecondary teaching and learning (T&L) face a sometimes bewildering array of possible options and directions. We find ourselves constantly asking questions, such as “should we invest in...

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  • Personalizing Professional Learning for Teachers As Your Organization Grows

    Cornerstone Charter Schools was an early adopter of blended learning, and the charter network’s understanding of personalized learning has evolved over the past four years alongside the ways that our collective understanding of next gen learning strategies has matured. To support a shift...

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