Have you seen what’s trending on Facebook? How about what’s trending on Twitter or Instagram? With seemingly infinite information sources but only finite time, it may be hard to conceive of doing in-depth study of academic subjects. Yet the reality of our short-attention-span world is actually key to understanding the coming learning trends in higher ed. Educational institutions are eager to capitalize on students’ new learning styles. Microlearning The underlying aspect of the latest trends is microlearning, or learning implemented in small, objective-driven chunks. A larger lesson is divided into its smallest components so students can learn each one quickly and usually independently. The content may be delivered in videos, podcasts, short articles, infographics, and other formats that can be absorbed in minutes. So instead of setting aside blocks of hours to master a full skill set, students spend minutes mastering each detail and then move on to the next step. This supports retention: small nuggets of information are easier to remember and recall when needed. Higher ed institutions are jumping on this type of learning, [...]
Children love video games. In our increasingly digital world, we can leverage their use for instructional purposes. Here are four tips for educators and curriculum developers to use digital games in the classroom. Games as motivational aids Research has shown that video games help in promoting learning and motivating students. A study at NYU found that gaming encourages students to become more engaged about their learning, and to become confident about their skills. Games have an inherent motivational element, as they mostly contain leaderboards and built-in competition. This will eventually lead to progress in their learning. Use them to enhance instruction When selecting games to enhance instruction, make sure that the game you are using fits with your subject’s requirements, the needs of your students, and the skills they will need to develop to complete a lesson. The key is to use games to help you plan curricula that engage students and support learning, and are not merely an end in themselves. Don’t reinvent the wheel Don't spend your time developing new video games to teach [...]
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Most higher education professionals agree that quality matters when it comes to student learning opportunities. But did you know that quality matters is more than just a casual consideration? Quality Matters is actually an established process that provides educators with a systematic approach to sound course development. In light of this, make sure your courses meet the Quality Matters standards by following these steps. Write Effective Learning Objectives Effective learning objectives are the cornerstone of meeting Quality Matters standards. So what makes an effective learning objective? Learning objectives should be: Clearly written Measurable Coincide with learner prerequisites Create Supportive Activities and Assessments Activities and assessments in your course should directly align with your learning objectives. Make sure that students can clearly see the connection between what they’ll learn, how they’ll learn it, and how that learning will be measured. Choose the Right Instructional Materials and Technology Much like your course’s activities and assessments, the instructional materials and technology you choose should align with the course learning objectives. When all of these elements work together, [...]
Thanksgiving is not only a time to savor the bounties of the season, but also a time to pause and reflect on the things we are grateful for. At A Pass, it gives us a chance to think about our company’s core values and how they align with what we love most about our jobs. We are incredibly grateful for the rich experiences we enjoy through our work. One of the perks of educational content development is being able to interact with interesting clients and work on some truly exciting and meaningful projects. These experiences help us see the world through multiple perspectives, all while we are engaged in creating valuable content. Here’s how we live by our company’s core values and what our leadership team has to say about what they love about their jobs and what they are grateful for. “As the founder and CEO of A Pass Educational Group, I have the opportunity to do a great deal of traveling and to meet with some very interesting people. Just today, in Israel, I [...]
Micro-credentialing is a great way to improve professional development within your organization. It demonstrates a commitment to employee growth and sets your organization apart from others. As a matter of fact, it’s a great way to build your organization by investing in your team! Let’s take a look at what micro-credentialing is, its benefits, and steps to start your own program. What Is Micro-Credentialing? Micro-credentialing programs support and improve professional development. Team members complete competency-based activities related to their roles. Upon successful completion, learners may receive digital badges, certificates, or even continuing education credits. This allows your team to demonstrate skills and set key milestones for their growth. Further, a little healthy competition can be viewed as a great motivator! Now that you know what micro-credentialing is, let’s look at some ways that it can benefit your organization. What Are the Benefits? A robust micro-credentialing program can help you attract the best talent. Here are just a few of the ways that micro-credentialing can benefit your team and organization 1. It’s Self-Paced Busy professionals often find [...]