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Archive for the ‘Adult Learning Principles’ Category

Learner Engagement Soars! Read All About It!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

I can hear myself say it…Any questions?

From Elliott Masie’s Learning Trends blog: 9 seconds – The number of seconds between the time an instructor asks a question and the next sound that they make! Unfortunately, most teachers ask, “Any questions?” and, in less than 3 seconds, start to speak again.” It takes a learner many seconds to recognize that you have stopped teaching and asked for a question, review what you said, evaluate what they would like to ask, formulate the question, raise their hand and then ask it! Not possible in 3 seconds!! Masie suggests to extend your wait time to at least 9 seconds in order to give learners a chance to formulate a question and respond.

Storytelling as a Teaching and Learning Tool

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Have you taught a class and had someone ask, why is this important to me? Stories are a means of engaging students, and can create a memorable way to process new information. The following link will take you to a posting by Connie Malamed, an eLearning, information and visual designer, with a Masters Degree in Instructional Design & Technology. Connie has posted 10 reasons why stories are important for learning.

Click here to read the posting

Geek Speak

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

This isn’t a new question. Should I use jargon in my presentations, classes, etc.? Even when we believe that we know our audience, I think that this short, humourous video answers the question once and for all.

Mobile Learning and the Inverted Classroom

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

I recently attended the 2011 Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT); a yearly event at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, KS []. Below are some notes from a session presented by Tracy Newman, Educational Technology Analyst at JCCC, on inverting the classroom to improve synthesis of new information by students.

Problem: Accessibility of Help

Students need help with assimilation of new information before they do homework; however, teachers are busy delivering the lecture during class time.

Solution: New approaches to Transmission

• Deliver new content via a short video tutorial or a podcast prior to class. Students arrive at class and are ready to apply what they learned.
• The video lecture is the homework; lecture time is now freed up to review the homework, answer questions.
• Provide students with a study or notes guide to complete while watching the video or podcast.
• Provide harder examples in the classroom allowing knowledge to build.
• Quiz at the beginning of class on material from the homework.
• Students as teachers: students reteach the material from homework to a small group.

Mentioned in the session and available on SlideShare: Inverting the Classroom, Improving Student Learning.

“Instead of teaching by telling, I am teaching by questioning.” – Eric Mazur. Science. 323, 50-51. 2009.

-Rebecca Brown