Learning is an imperfect process and perfect pedagogies are an illusion. We will continually be improving on any new teaching practice every time we teach. Highly produced, and edited, educational material lacks a sense of humanness. There is an authenticity or humanness that comes out with imperfection. How are we supposed to prepare students to be lifelong learners if we don’t teach them how to embrace imperfection?
Small classes. High standards. More money. These popular remedies for school ills aren't as effective as they're sometimes thought to be. That's the controversial conclusion of education researcher John Hattie. Hattie has scrutinized more than 1,000 "meta-analyses," looking at all types of interventions to improve learning. He's identified five common ideas in education policy that he says should be looked at with a critical eye.
Two of the brains behind the institutions' edX programs, MIT’s Isaac Chuang and Harvard’s Andrew Ho, have released results of a joint research project that mined the data generated through four years of MOOC activity: 2.3 billion events logged online by 4.5 million participants. The result is the highly readable "HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses."
On campuses today almost every educational interaction leaves digital traces. More colleges and universities are exploring how to better use the trove of data they're collecting on their students to improve teaching and learning. Those and other digital crumbs give technologists the opportunities to examine the processes, practices and goals of higher education in ways that were largely impossible a decade or so ago.
Many say that for education to be truly personalized, the student should get some say in his or her learning, and teachers should be there to guide them — not just push them along based on whatever a computer algorithm determines is best. When students get what they need when they need it, and when they are treated as an individual, it makes all the difference.
In our digital world, where anyone with a little know-how can post unverified stories online and frame them as fact, when solid web design can make an advertisement seem like an article, and the question of what is and what is not "fake news" seems to come up on a daily basis, how do young people — "digital natives" — vet all the information in front of them?
The conventional idea of literacy concerns reading and writing. For generations, we have focused on the reading and writing skills of students through the entire educational process. More recently, though, technology and digital media are changing the meaning of literacy and creating new challenges for teaching and learning.
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