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No Instructional Designer? No Problem- Try This Basic Blended Course Design

Course design is an important part of using adaptive learning effectively, particularly in blended classes that bring together both online and in-class instruction. A course may contain valuable content and be led by expert faculty; but it takes deliberate instructional design based in cognitive research and learning science to ensure every student gets a personalized […]

Study Shows Improved Student Outcomes and Satisfaction with Blended Classroom

Although definitions of what blended learning looks like in practice vary from one expert to another, the key components are straightforward: blended learning combines the face-to-face experience of a bricks-and-mortar classroom with the flexibility and opportunity of online learning for the purposes of optimizing the impact of each setting and improving learning outcomes. Thought leaders, […]

Learner-Centered Instruction: A Look At Recent Research on Fixing the Learning Gap

As universities look for opportunities to improve learning outcomes for nontraditional students, to personalize learning experiences, and to close the degree attainment gap, it’s necessary that they consider traditional pedagogies. In addition to data-driven instructional design, which we’ve written about from a number of angles on our resources page, one pedagogical adjustment getting a lot […]

Thinking About Flipped Learning? Advice on How (and Why) to Start

Flipped learning, according to the Flipped Learning Network, moves direct instruction from the group learning space to the individual learning space. The group learning space (i.e. the classroom) then becomes an interactive environment where the educator guides students through applying concepts and engaging creatively with subject matter. Dr. Helaine W. Marshall, professor of education and […]

Compelling Ideas in Active Learning: A Roundup of the Top Research

Over the past two decades, numerous studies have explored the effectiveness of active learning in the college classroom. Active learning uses activities and instruction designed to enhance conceptual cognition; students become enthusiastic participants in their own education. They — not the instructor — control their own learning. More than just a buzzword in education circles, […]

Practical Steps to Bring More Active Learning Into Your Classroom

Integrating active learning techniques into the college classroom doesn’t require a complete redesign of the course curriculum. Quite the opposite. In most cases, it simply means structuring the material so students actively participate in the class through interactive and collaborative exercises — exercises that stimulate higher-level thinking. The role of the instructor, meanwhile, becomes that […]

How Courseware Is Turning Online Classes Into Active Learning Environments

When a college course is designed using principles of active learning, students seize control of their own educational experience. Active learning requires students to not just absorb knowledge through lectures and readings, but also analyze and interact critically with new information. They take knowledge a step deeper by making connections between concepts, often integrating what […]

Activate Learning Through Learning Design – Here’s How

Active learning places the student at the center of the instructional process. Instead of students merely hearing information, memorizing it, and then repeating facts on a test, they scrutinize the learning material through analytical writing, posing and answering questions, group discussions, and problem-solving exercises. Active learning triggers critical thinking skills and demands students be invested […]

How Personalized Learning Can Help Educators Tackle Hard Teaching and Learning Challenges

Today’s college campuses are increasingly populated by students older and more diverse than the traditional student body. As we summarized in The Changing Face of Today’s Student: More Diverse, Older and Requiring More Personalized Learning, these diverse student demographics are on track to continue into the next decade. If they are to succeed, these students require […]

The Changing Face of Today’s Student: More Diverse, Older and Requiring More Personalized Learning

A scan of several studies and surveys reveals a clear picture of how higher education enrollment will change in the coming years. The student body will be more ethnically diverse, more female and less likely to comprise 18-year-olds fresh out of high school. Those demographic trends are on track to continue into the next decade, […]

How Connecting Student Services to Online Learning Can Close the Attainment Gap

When students are the first in their family to go to college, they — like all incoming students —  have great hopes. The unfortunate reality, however, is that first-generation students often don’t graduate. A longitudinal study by the Pell Institute showed that just 11 percent of low-income, first-generation students are likely to attain a bachelor’s degree […]

The Role of Instructional Design in Closing the Achievement Gap

All students start college with high hopes and ambitions for successfully attaining a degree, but reality sets in quickly once students are actually on campus — getting to graduation is difficult. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, just 60 percent of college students complete their degree. Attaining a degree becomes even more difficult […]