Category: Discussions & Debates

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.

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!

Incentives and Training

Training faculty

A new academic fairy tale goes something like this.

Once upon a time there was a great faculty member who had been lecturing to her class for 25 years. She was smart, entertaining and interesting. One day, the president of her university told her they were going to flip the classroom. In a flash, she placed much of her material online, along with interesting videos and other material and, in class, she cleverly led the discussion among students, always making sure to speak far less than her students.

The reality? It doesn’t always work out that way.

Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Successful Online Student?

Distance learning is great form of education – it allows you to have a flexible schedule, learning material whenever and wherever you want. But online learning is not right for everyone. Do you have what it takes to be a successful online student?

Here are 8 questions to ask yourself before signing up for an online course.

Profile of an Online College Student [INFOGRAPHIC]

What is a typical profile of an online student? What motivates students to take online courses? Which skills are necessary to succeed in taking an online course, and what problems do students typically encounter in their studies?

Take a look at this infographic from Online Colleges.com to find out.

What are the Benefits of Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning?

When students listen to a lecture together in a classroom, they are engaged in synchronous learning; all students are participating in the learning process at the same time.

In an online course, synchronous learning is no longer a given. Professors can choose whether to offer synchronous learning, asynchronous learning, or a combination of both.

Read on to find out some of the benefits of synchronous learning and asynchronous learning.

How Can Colleges Play a Role in Creating the Next Generation of Global Citizens?

With so many technological devices at our fingertips, the world has become a much smaller place; people of all different cultures can come in contact with each other at any time of day or night, regardless of timezone or location.

Given the diversity of interactions that occur in today’s globalized society, it is essential for people to develop an attitude of tolerance for, and appreciation of cultures, religions, and perspectives that differ from their own.

In an article on TheGuardian.com, Patrick Blessinger and Olga Kovbasyuk suggest that higher ed institutions should play a role in preparing the next generation of adults to be upstanding global citizens.