Developing Agentic Learners

December 10, 2018

 

This is a series of five blog posts on Self-Directed Learning (SDL), which has become somewhat of a vogue term in the present educational context. For example, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills identified SDL as one of the life and career skills necessary to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce.

In the previous post motivational strategies that can promote and sustain SDL were identified and illustrated.

This final post continues with strategy usage, focusing of cognitive strategies, and concludes with a summary frame on facilitating Agentic Engagement in students that enables the collaborative shaping of instructional environments and strategies with educators that best support their self-directed learning.

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Learn the Secrets for Creating Exceptional, Interactive (and Accessible) Online Lessons

November 28, 2018


Learn the Secrets for Creating Exceptional, Interactive (and Accessible) Online Lessons

Educators, instructional designers, curriculum specialists: why create an online course that is ‘meh’ when it’s easy to create online lessons that are definitely “NOT MEH!” No matter what discipline you teach or design for, you want your content to be engaging, interactive and professional-looking. It also HAS to be accessible and employ a responsive-design so your content looks great on any device. These are not “nice-to-haves.” These are requirements! And you’re the one responsible for making it happen! So what is the secret to success?

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Infusing Motivational Strategies

November 28, 2018

 

This is a series of five blog posts on Self-Directed Learning (SDL), which has become somewhat of a vogue term in the present educational context. For example, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills identified SDL as one of the life and career skills necessary to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce.

In the previous post, the methodology for the systematic infusion and facilitation of metacognitive strategies was outlined and illustrated.

In this fourth post, the focus is on motivational strategies that can promote and sustain SDL. Although a whole host of research studies have shown the importance of metacognitive competencies in learning, it is widely accepted that metacognitive knowledge or regulation is not sufficient to promote student achievement. Students must also be motivated to use their metacognitive skills.

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Infusing Metacognition in Teaching & Learning

November 19, 2018

 

This is a series of five blog posts on Self-Directed Learning (SDL), which has become somewhat of a vogue term in the present educational context. For example, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills identified SDL as one of the life and career skills necessary to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce.

In the previous post, an Evidence-based Pedagogic Framework for developing SDL was established (he says hopefully).

In this third post, the methodology for the systematic infusion and facilitation of metacognitive strategies is outlined and illustrated.

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Establishing Your Online Course Design and Teaching Processes

November 12, 2018


For educators interested in teaching online, the question of where to begin is always at the forefront. There are so many resources available and knowing what the first step is can seem impossible. This is the third in a 3-part blog series from Laura Howard, sharing her knowledge and experiences in teaching online from where to start, to making over existing assignments and establishing your own process. The first post focused on 'Where to Start' and the benefits on teaching online as well as resources you may have available at your institution. The second post focused on making over existing content, previously used for face-to-face (F2F) instruction, for online use.

In this third post, Laura dives into some of the challenges that come with online teaching and offers tips for overcoming them. 

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A Pedagogic Framework for Developing Self-Directed Learning

November 05, 2018

 

This is a series of five blog posts on Self-Directed Learning (SDL), which has become somewhat of a vogue term in the present educational context. For example, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills identified SDL as one of the life and career skills necessary to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce.

In the previous post, through a review of the literature, I framed Metacognitive Capability as crucial to the development of Self-Directed Learning (SDL), and potentially the most significant so-called 21st Century Competence.

In this second post I outline, explain and illustrate an Evidence-based Pedagogic Framework for developing SDL. This is the underpinning theoretical rationale for the subsequent posts detailing the strategies to be used and how they work.

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Lesson of the Week Recap

October 29, 2018

Catch a recap of all the amazing lessons YOU, our users are creating!

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Framing Self-Directed Learning

October 26, 2018

 

This is a series of five blog posts on Self-Directed Learning (SDL), which has become somewhat of a vogue term in the present educational context. For example, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills identified SDL as one of the life and career skills necessary to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce.

In this series, I will unpack SDL in terms of what it actually means and entails as a human capability (e.g., the key underpinning competencies) and how teaching/training professionals can best design and facilitate learning experiences (e.g., strategies) to enhance students’ self-directed learning.

In this first post, I’ll deal with the issue of establishing a clear frame on what SDL is and how such capability enhances learning and well-being.

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Doing it Backwards: Making Over Your F2F Content

October 01, 2018


For educators interested in teaching online, the question of where to begin is always at the forefront. There are so many resources available and knowing what the first step is can seem impossible. This is the second in a 3-part blog series from Laura Howard, sharing her knowledge and experiences in teaching online from where to start, to making over existing assignments and establishing your own process. The first post focused on 'Where to Start' and the benefits on teaching online as well as resources you may have available at your institution. This second post focuses on making over existing content, previously used for face-to-face (F2F) instruction, for online use.

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Lesson of the Week Recap

September 28, 2018

Catch a recap of all the amazing lessons YOU, our users are creating!

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