Category: Key Concepts

The Development of Online Education

Online education is often thought of as a current phenomenon. However, in reality, this mode of education has been in development for over two centuries. With today’s technology, we are at a monumental juncture in the field. Check out this…

What is Instructional Scaffolding?

Instructional Scaffolding

Instructional scaffolding (also known as educational scaffolding) refers to the process of supporting students as they work to achieve educational goals that they would be unable to accomplish on their own.

Just as construction workers add temporary scaffolding to buildings, teachers can use instructional scaffolding techniques to put temporary “props” in place as students “build up” their skills and knowledge. Eventually, once the student has been sufficiently trained, the scaffolding can gradually fade away and be removed.

What is Rhizomatic Learning?

Rhizomatic learning is a perspective on learning that has been promoted in the past few years by Dave Cormier, a teacher at the University of Prince Edward Island.

In botany, a rhizome is the term used for the stem of a plant, usually found underground, whose roots spread out in many directions. With this image in mind, supporters of rhizomatic learning believe that learning is a multi-dimensional process that has no defined beginning or end. Learning is a complex, chaotic process, in which each student independently chooses his or her own path.

The rhizomatic learning perspective is based on the premise that teachers cannot possibly know or cater to students’ individual needs, interests, and contexts.

What is a HyFlex course?

HyFlex course

Which is better – online learning, or face-to-face? Torn between the two? Try a HyFlex course.

A HyFlex (hybrid-flexible) course is a course that allows each individual student to choose whether they want to attend class online or in person. Students can choose their preferred method of learning on a daily basis; they can attend some sessions online, and other sessions in the classroom.

Making Sense of Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Heutagogy

We all know that pedagogy refers to teaching methodologies, but have you ever heard of heutagogy or andragogy?

While pedagogy refers to teaching strategies used for any type of individual (usually children), Andragogy refers to teaching strategies specifically designed for adult learners. The third word, Heutagogy , is the study of self-directed learning.

Gaining an Audience for Class Blogs Through QuadBlogging

A class blog is a great online forum for students to post thoughts, discussions, and multimedia content related to what they’re learning in class. But without an audience to visit and interact with the blog, it’s difficult for students to feel motivated enough to post and maintain the blog.

Enter QuadBlogging, a creative practice that was devised by David Mitchell in 2011. QuadBlogging refers to a system in which 4 classes join together to form a “Quad.” Each week, one class’s blog becomes the focus blog, and the other 3 classes visit and comment on that blog. Thus, after a 4-week cycle, each class has had a turn to become the focus blog, and their work has been viewed and appreciated by the other classes.

Learning Analytics: Leveraging Education Data [INFOGRAPHIC]

Learning analytics refers to the practice of gathering and analyzing data about student performance in order to improve and personalize the learning experience for each student.

Take a look at this infographic created by Open Colleges to find out how learning analytics can be used, what its limitations are, what is holding it back from becoming more popular, and how it can affect the future of learning.