*E-learning safes time and energy

E-learning had becomes quite popular over the years as people discover that they can complete college, work training and all sorts of other learning directly from the comfort of their home. However, not many people know that they can use the same techniques that educators use for creating efficiency in their everyday work environment. This […]

*What exactly is self-directed learning?

The formal learning process that we all go through in acquiring  a set of knowledge or skills can be quite complex and contain many different types of activities including research, lectures, group work etc. In most cases these activities would be directed by an instructor who will present the course content and from there the […]

Embracing mistakes and learning from them.

We all have the experience of making mistakes during exams, when completing homework at school and in making day to day decisions. Even as we recall these past mistakes some of us can easily revisit that unpleasant feeling that we once felt with those mistakes, as though it just happened yesterday. This apparently is due […]

*Introverts thrive in the online learning environment

After watching Susan Cain’s presentation in this TedTalk, I realised that time is one of the main success determinant for introverts for all their endeavours including learning. As an instructor, I have had introverted students in my classroom and these students are often very quiet. These students are quieter than others in the classroom not […]

How well do adults learn under time pressure?

Through studies in neuroscience we know that active learning occurs when the brain cells called neurons receive information in the form of signals through branches called dendrites. This information is then sent to other neurons through the root like nerve cells called axon, where chemicals called neurotransmitters are fired through a gap called synapse. Trillions […]

*Measuring Adult Motivation for Learning.

Since the early nineteen hundreds there have been many studies on human motivation resulting in many interesting theories. From what I can tell, these theories originated from fields such as psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology and possibly many other fields of study, but applied widely in the education or learning fields as well. Take for example […]

*The practicality of “less is more” in education

Jessica wrote an inspiring article on “empowering students” in her blog. In there she highlighted the notion of “less is more” for empowering students to achieve their best where less direction and less control by the instructor will provide students with the opportunity and freedom to “explore, create, fail, recover and move within their own […]

*Converting Drupal 7 core site from XHTML to HTML 5

Even before HTML 5 was released in the fall of 2014, web developers have been actively using HTML5; especially for rolling out new websites. Web developers were encouraged to do so by W3C organization (with caution of course). Not only that, it was necessary for business! Various mobile devices already supported HTML5 and businesses want […]

*Lesson planning : Informal Assessment

Feedback is essential in helping students assess the depth of their own knowledge and in order for them to adjust their own learning strategies. Informal assessment techniques can be a valuable tool for generating timely feedback for the students. Each Informal assessment technique comes with its own benefits and drawbacks and must be applied properly […]

*Lesson planning : ideas and examples for online courses

The seven step process of instruction is a great reference material with regards to effective lesson planning however some of the steps are not suitable for online lesson planning. This is because, the interactive nature of the face to face classroom is different in the online environment. Therefore step 3 and 4 of the seven step […]