Four Ways to Turn Online Exploration Into Lifelong Learning

| June 30, 2019

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Educators play a pivotal role in encouraging student curiosity and fueling the momentum necessary to cultivate passionate, lifelong learners. Here are four key ways that schools—equipped with the right tools—can guide students along their learning journeys.

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Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College is a 2-year vocational, professional, and liberal arts college in central Iowa. DMACC has six campuses in its district. The college offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs, and it constantly seeks new program and course offerings. Among other initiatives, DMACC is developing a leadership program under the auspices of Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society. DMACC has seen enrollment growth for several years because the quality of its offerings is available at the lowest tuition and fees in Iowa.

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Rethinking assessment practices

Article | August 25, 2020

In the fourth blog in the series from contributing authors to Advance HE’s recent publication, On Your Marks: Learner-focused Feedback Practices and Feedback Literacy, Senior Lecturer in Education, Dr Rachel Shanks, shares her thoughts on how assessment tasks and marking could reflect online professional practice.

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Classroom Culture in an Age of Distance Learning

Article | August 25, 2020

In these times of uncertainty, students look to the adults in their life to provide a sense of comfort and stability even if they seem to be worry-free. While teachers and administrators quickly adapt curriculum and instruction to maintain a high quality of learning as schools around the world close, it’s important for us to remember that beyond academic growth, the classroom is a vital space for students to socialize and feel like they belong. Here are a few principles to keep in mind as we implement distance learning to make sure students still feel the strong sense of community we have worked so hard to build in our physical classrooms. Read on to learn how to put these principles into practice:

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How Immersive Technology Champions the Four C’s of Learning

Article | August 25, 2020

Using Google’s virtual reality tour creator, Google Maps Street View and VR headsets, students with disabilities were able to tour downtown Danvers at their own pace in preparation for a real-life walk around the area as part of a life skills class. It was a “low-stakes opportunity to practice critical life skills,” Jeff Liberman, the district’s technology director, tells The Hechinger Report. “VR allows students to go places and see things virtually without actually having to go there.” Beyond applications in assistive learning, the use of immersive technologies such as VR and augmented reality continues to grow in K–12 education.

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Factors to Consider When Preparing for E-Learning

Article | August 25, 2020

When faced with unexpected school closures, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools has a backup plan in place: digital learning days. Since 2017, the district has been using digital tools to continue instruction and communication when inclement weather days, natural disasters and other emergencies force them to close their buildings. Yet adopting e-learning — also called remote learning, distance learning or cyber days — wasn’t an easy feat. From network and connectivity issues to teacher training, the district had a lot to work through to deliver instruction online and provide alternative assignments for students who lacked devices or internet access at home.

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Spotlight

Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College is a 2-year vocational, professional, and liberal arts college in central Iowa. DMACC has six campuses in its district. The college offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs, and it constantly seeks new program and course offerings. Among other initiatives, DMACC is developing a leadership program under the auspices of Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society. DMACC has seen enrollment growth for several years because the quality of its offerings is available at the lowest tuition and fees in Iowa.

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