Use technology to catch students before they fall

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 09:00
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As learning continues to take place online, supporting students with their learning and staying connected with them are important. Online learning can be overwhelming when a lot of content and tasks are being posted in cyberspace. A certain level of self-motivation and discipline is needed to stay on track with learning. It is imperative to find ways to help students keep track of their progress and get to know how well they are doing.  

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Working remotely with no face-to-face contact is a challenge for many students. May Lim and Li Siong Lim of the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) explain how educators can use technology to identify and help struggling students before they fall behind
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Working remotely with no face-to-face contact is a challenge for many students. May Lim and Li Siong Lim explain how educators can use technology to identify and help struggling students before they fall behind

How to manage your busyness to avoid burnout

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 09:00
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Overwork and stress are growing issues among academics, particularly following the sudden transition to online teaching. Erin Wilson talks through how she manages her busyness to avoid burnout
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Overwork and stress are growing issues among academics, particularly following the sudden transition to online teaching. Erin Wilson talks through how she manages her busyness to avoid burnout

Seven steps to help students stay engaged online

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 09:00
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As faculty prepare online courses, many are asking crucial questions: how do students learn online and how does this differ from what happens in class?  

There is some good news: the same psychological processes are at work in the classroom and online. In a recent review of the research, e-learning expert Will Thalheimer found that where the teaching was the same, the learning was the same.  

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While the same psychological processes are at work online as in the classroom, it is much easier for students to disengage when learning remotely. Here are seven well-researched steps to help students stay focused on their online courses
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While the same psychological processes are at work online as in the classroom, it is much easier for students to disengage when learning remotely. Here are seven well-researched steps to help students stay focused on their online courses

Designing online assessment to prevent academic misconduct

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 03/02/2021 - 09:15
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When it comes to academic misconduct, higher education institutions generally take a reactive approach, with retributory measures for those caught. But with plagiarism sharply on the rise as more learning moves online, this clearly is not working. 

However, there are positive steps that we can take to minimise it. 

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Traditional proctored exams rarely work when teaching online so instructors must rely on careful assessment design to minimise the opportunity and temptation to cheat, explain Patrick Harte and Fawad Khaleel
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Traditional proctored exams rarely work when teaching online so instructors must rely on careful assessment design to minimise the risk of cheating, explain Patrick Harte and Fawad Khaleel

Online alone is not the answer – how to design remote courses with accessibility and inclusivity in mind

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 03/02/2021 - 09:00
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Disabled students have long campaigned for accessible online learning. Progress was slow, and there was significant resistance. Things changed when national lockdowns in many countries forced all learning online in a matter of weeks.  

Old myths and excuses had to be swept aside to enable the student cohort to complete the academic year in 2020 and while the context may not have been ideal, it represented a significant positive step forward.  

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Digital accessibility is crucial in online teaching, says Amy Low. Here, she outlines what universities need to consider when designing inclusive online courses

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Digital accessibility is crucial in online teaching, says Amy Low. Here, she outlines what universities need to consider when designing inclusive online courses

Sage on the screen? Lessons in using technology to enhance learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 09:10
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Engagement and interactivity are crucial to positive learning outcomes. If students are not engaged and participating then they are less likely to succeed in their studies, or find much joy or enlightenment in their experience, and we have failed in our roles as educators.  

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It’s time for the sage to step down from the stage, according to Steve Davies who shares simple steps to ensure technology enhances learning outcomes
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It’s time for the sage to step down from the stage, according to Steve Davies who shares simple steps to ensure technology enhances learning outcomes

Boosting student employability through virtual experience

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 29/01/2021 - 09:12
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After the upheaval of Covid-19, many questions remain unanswered about the future of higher education.

One that we can start to answer to is how universities can ensure that students are “work ready” – or rather “career capable” – and how they can develop their employability through virtual experiences.

The pandemic has meant that almost all universities have been forced to shift to virtual learning. But many were unprepared to maximise the potential for delivering experiential learning online.

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From digital industry projects to virtual internships, there are plenty of options for enhancing employability online, but it is how students reflect upon and learn from their experiences that is important, as Dino Willox and Laura-Anne Bull explain
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From digital industry projects to virtual internships, there are plenty of options for enhancing employability online, but it is how students reflect upon and learn from their experiences that is important, as Dino Willox and Laura-Anne Bull explain

The lecture is dead, long live the lecture: Redefining higher education in a digital age

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 28/01/2021 - 09:00
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Lecture limitations 

Until recently, there has been one constant in the delivery of teaching in higher education that no longer sits comfortably with what we know about student learning: lectures. 

While lectures might have changed slightly due to technology, it has been a process of substitution rather than redefinition: from chalkboards to overhead projectors to PowerPoints and now, accelerated since the Covid-19 pandemic, to online. 

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The move to online teaching is a chance to redesign higher education delivery to reflect the way students learn, replacing traditional lectures with more interactive material, as Kylie Readman, Garth Maker and Astrid Davine explain
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The move to online teaching is a chance to redesign higher education delivery to reflect the way students learn, replacing traditional lectures with more interactive material, as Kylie Readman, Garth Maker and Astrid Davine explain

Virtual exchange: supporting online collaboration to benefit all learners

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 27/01/2021 - 11:00
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Student collaboration has always been integral to the learner journey. But now, as the pandemic has limited opportunities for face-to-face discussions, such interaction must take place online.

Remote learning, aided by mediation that technology can offer, has made online collaborative learning in 2021 more important than ever, particularly for students wishing to study abroad or learn from different cultures. 

So how can universities support greater online collaboration? 

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Virtual exchanges enable group work and collaboration between students in different locations, but studies show varied learning gains. Irina Rets and Bart Rienties use their research to examine how instructors can design and manage virtual exchanges to ensure everyone benefits
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Virtual exchanges enable group work between students in different locations, but studies show varied learning gains. Irina Rets and Bart Rienties use research to examine how instructors can manage virtual exchanges to ensure everyone benefits

Evolution not revolution: strengthening student services online

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 26/01/2021 - 09:21
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As debate continues over online versus on-campus teaching, many in higher education argue the “distance-learning revolution” hasn’t taken hold because online learning just isn’t as good.  

This attitude highlights why many colleges were disoriented when they had to quickly evacuate in 2020. It underscores a serious problem: many academics perceive digital education as encroaching on the traditional collegiate experience.   

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Digital technologies are more than a short-term emergency tool; they provide an opportunity to enhance student support services long after a return to campus, explain Steven Goss and Amy Greenstein

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Digital technologies are more than a short-term emergency tool; they provide an opportunity to enhance student support services long after a return to campus, explain Steven Goss and Amy Greenstein