How to Start Curating Content

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Do you spend ages on the web gathering resources for class but have no way to organize them effectively?

Learn how to easily curate information so that it can be easily navigated and shared with students.

Making the Leap: 7 Tips for New Online Learners

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Will this semester be your first time taking an online course? While a syllabus should outline the technicalities and course navigation, the mental leap from traditional instruction to a virtual classroom can be daunting.

Here are 7 suggestions to make the transition easier.

How To Become a Special Education Teacher [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Are you interested in becoming a Special Education teacher? Want to find out more about the Special Ed career path?

Check out this infographic to find out answers to all your questions!

Salary information for Special Education teachers, Job Outlook, Why You’ll Love Being a Special Ed Teacher, Stats by State, How to Become a Special Education Teacher, and much more!

Facilitating Rich Discussion Board Participation

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On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Touro College held a webinar for online faculty and administration as part of a series of webinars for professional development of online faculty. On the webinar, Dr. Gail Bell-Baptiste, Chair of the NYSCAS Education Department, shared tips and tricks for facilitating rich discussion board participation.

Here is a list of discussion board tips mentioned on the webinar. Some of these tips were contributed by the faculty members participating in the webinar.

6 Ways to Use PDF Converter in Online Classes

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PDF conversion tools can help both educators and students present and share their assignments, reports and projects in a universal format that can be viewed on any device without needing to install the native application used for creating the original documents.

Here are six ways online learners and teachers can use PDF converters in online education.

Success Rates of Online vs. Offline College Students [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Are online students just as successful as students learning in traditional classrooms?

The answer might not match with what you’d intuitively think.

According to this infographic from eLearningInfographics.com, the average online student tests in the 59th percentile, whereas the average classroom student tests lower – in the 50th percentile.

Aside from test scores, online college students also save in the financial realm: The average total cost of a traditional degree is a whopping $85,000, whereas the average total cost of an online degree is only about $30,000.

Check out the infographic below for some more interesting facts and stats.

5 Ways to Avoid Common Videoconference Lecture Mistakes

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Are you teaching an online class and meeting with students via videoconference?

Interacting with students via videoconference is a great way to maintain a personal connection and make your online course engaging and interactive. Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Google Hangouts are all great options for hosting your videoconference, but keep in mind that videoconferences can be a disaster if you’re not prepared.

Here are 5 essential tips to keep in mind to avoid common videoconference lecture mistakes.

Get More Out of Google: Tips & Tricks for Online Research [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Do you spend hours researching for a topic, and feel like you’re getting no where?

You’re not alone. According to a recent study, 75% of students couldn’t perform a “well-executed search” on Google to find what they want.

Don’t despair – help is here! Check out this infographic to learn some neat tricks to help you research more quickly and more efficiently.

Learn about how to use operators, file types, and keyboard shortcuts to find what you need. Fast.

How is Wikipedia Redefining Research? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Did you know? Only 25% of students visit the library, but 8/10 turn to Wikipedia for their first source of research.

Wikipedia is an easy go-to site for information, but is the information on Wikipedia accurate? How do professors feel about students using Wikipedia for research? Take a look at this infographic from e-Learning infographics to find out more about the scope of Wikipedia and how students use Wikipedia for research.

15 Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Multiple-Choice Questions

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Multiple-choice questions can often be confusing to students, leaving them scratching their heads, wondering what the professor intended to ask.

In online courses, misleading or ambiguous questions can be particularly frustrating, since professors are not standing by to answer questions while students take the test.

How can professors write multiple-choice questions that will be easy for students to understand?

Follow these 15 Do’s and Don’ts while writing your multiple-choice quizzes to ensure that your tests are effective, straightforward, and leave no room for confusion.

6 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Grades by Mind Mapping

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Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of information? Confused about how all the facts, concepts, and data relate to each other?

For all students, learning new information can be overwhelming. When you’re feeling confused, try creating a mind map to clarify the material. Mind maps are diagrams that visually represent how concepts are related to each other.

Here are 6 ways to use mind maps to boost your grades.

To MOOC, Or Not To MOOC [INFOGRAPHIC]

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MOOCs are hot, but is the sizzle about to fizzle?

This infographic from TopCollegesOnline.org outlines the plusses and minuses of MOOCs, and highlights a surprising statistic about student success rates with MOOCs: According to this infographic, a whopping 93% of MOOC students fail their course!

Visually Organize Your Thoughts With Mind Maps

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Creating a mind map is a powerful way to organize your thoughts in a visual form. A mind map is similar to a flow chart, except that while flowcharts normally proceed in a linear top-to-bottom order, mind maps progress clockwise from the top, and feature radial structures branching out from one central node.

Mind maps show you the relationship between ideas, structuring the information in a way that clarifies what is the main idea and what are the peripheral details. They let you see see the overall picture.

7 Steps to Convert Powerpoints to E-learning Courses [INFOGRAPHIC]

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It’s quite a challenge to convert a traditional classroom course to online format.

If you already have a set of PowerPoint slides prepared, how do you convert that into an e-learning course? You can’t just share the Powerpoint with your students and expect them to assimilate the information.

The following infographic from e-learning infographics lists 7 steps for converting powerpoint presentations into e-learning courses.