Active Learning Spaces: Lessons Learned in the United States

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Lesson 1: Put Students at the Center

One important lesson confirmed at the ELI Annual Meeting is that the student experience must form the starting point for innovating classrooms. During the conference, Liv Gjestvang (Ohio State University) and Jennifer Sparrow (Pennsylvania State University) outlined the three most important qualities demanded of current students in relation to the ever-changing labor market:

  • Students must think creatively and divergently.
  • Students must possess digital literacy.
  • Students must have the social skills to function well in teams in different cultural settings.1

To develop these skills, 21st-century students benefit greatly from active learning. As is perhaps expected, they are the target group, with the highest usage of educational spaces. It is therefore important to create educational spaces where students can develop creativity and learn from each other through active education. The active learning space provides students with variation and flexibility in educational modes. Instead of just listening passively to the instructor, they can be more actively involved in discussions, projects, and the lecture itself, which generates more in-class energy and shifts the overall dynamic from teacher-centered to student-centered. During our visit to the University of California–Irvine (UCI) campus, a representative reported that students even use the available active learning classrooms outside of scheduled lectures.

Many institutions give students the opportunity to provide input on learning spaces. For example, McGill University prepared its work plan with five principles for the design and implementation of learning spaces based on the National Student Survey for Student Engagement, a survey of students from 1,450 US institutions.2 Including students in the planning stages, as well as in the implementation of, active learning spaces also helps to ensure that these spaces match students’ goals and needs, which further influences academic impact.

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Preparing Faculty for HQ Online Programs

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At a large urban institution in the heart of North Philadelphia, Temple University’s College of Public Health faced a contemporary problem: How can we keep up with the student demand for high-quality online programs if our faculty aren’t ready? There’s a simple answer: We can’t! So we decided to get our faculty ready and give them the tools to be successful in the online space, whether it’s their first class or their fourteenth. Here’s how we did it.

Scaling Up Online

Like other institutions, we’ve experienced a steady uptick in the number of faculty delivering courses online. Temple’s College of Public Health alone has seen a more than 50 percent increase in online classes within three years, partially due to the creation of seven new fully online graduate programs. With the explosion of new online courses came the need for faculty trained to teach in the traditional classroom to adapt their methods and styles to the online environment.

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Can Virtual Reality Capture The Experience Of Being In A Museum?

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What makes an engaging learning experience? | eSchool News

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An engaging learning experience in which students are fully immersed in the content is driven by six variables, according to new research.

The State of Engagement 2019 report, from edtech SaaS provider GoGuardian, features insight from hundreds of students, teachers, school leaders, and IT administrators to identify the specific factors contibuting to an engaging learning experience.

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Research has demonstrated that an engaging learning experience increases students’ attention and focus and motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills. Additionally, engaged students typically have lower rates of delinquency, substance use, and depression.
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Online programs fueling boot camp sector’s growth in 2019

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Dive Brief:

  • Growth in online programs is expected to drive gains in the boot camp sector this year, according to an annual survey from Course Report about the market for non-college boot camps.
  • More than 23,000 graduates across 110 boot camp providers are expected for 2019, a figure that is up 50% year-over-year. Online programs are expected to grow at more than three times that pace to reach 5,519 graduates in 2019 across 14 providers. Course Report counts only full-time, synchronous programs toward its online tally.
  • Boot camps are increasingly looking to companies and colleges as partners, with the latter often including credit-bearing options, Liz Eggleston, co-founder of Course Report, told Education Dive in an interview.

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Online MBA for $24K

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Boston University‘s Questrom School of Business has partnered with edX to create the BU Questrom Online MBA, a fully online Master of Business Administration with a total tuition cost of $24,000. The program will be the first online MBA available on edX.

The $24,000 price point reflects the business school’s social mission to “expand access to a top-tier business education throughout the world,” according to a news announcement. As Susan Fournier, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, noted, “Digital business is all about scale. The online MBA market is price elastic, with degree offerings ranging from $11,000 to $132,000, with a median price of $75,000. We expect tuition for online MBA degrees to drop to get to scale. We decided to be in front of this trend.”

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Uneven Standards In Online Education

 

David Brodosi A new report has provided SWOT analyses of seven regions around the world related to digital and distance education. The bottom line: While online learning is on the rise everywhere, programs and courses show great unevenness because of a lack of standards.The project, led by the International Council for Open and Distance Education, was kicked off in 2016 when ICDE sought senior leaders from around the world to run task forces that would examine the quality of online learning in their regions. This was undertaken to help address the United Nations’ fourth “Sustainable Development Goal”: “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.”

The project examined the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to quality in “online, open, flexible and technology-enhanced education” in seven broad regions:

  • Africa;
  • Arab region;
  • Asia;
  • Europe;
  • Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • North America; and
  • Oceania.

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Google’s expanded college search helps you explore fields of study

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YouTube shuts down music companies’ use of manual copyright claims to steal creator revenue | TechCrunch

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YouTube is making a change to its copyright enforcement policies around music used in videos, which may result in an increased number of blocked videos in the shorter term — but overall, a healthier ecosystem in the long term. Going forward, copyright owners will no longer be able to monetize creator videos with very short […]
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New Grading, Plagiarism Detection Tool

David Brodosi This week, Google introduced Assignments, a revamp of its Course Kit toolkit (in beta last year), designed to streamline the process of collecting and grading student work.

  • Instructors can assign files and automatically send each student a copy;
  • Instructors and students can attach a variety of files to assignments, including Docs or Word files, spreadsheets, presentation slides, digital portfolios, Colab notebooks and more;
  • Any file type can be reviewed without leaving the grading interface;
  • Instructors can use Google Docs to comment and leave suggestions on student work, and grading work is automatically saved; and
  • A comment bank allows instructors to repeat the same feedback for multiple students.

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