Archives for June 2014

7 Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher

The Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher-

  1. You can integrate digital skills into everyday life: digital skills are transferable.
  2. You have a balanced attitude: you are a teacher not a techie.
  3. You are open to using and trying new stuff: find digital tools and explore how they work.
  4. You are a digital communicator: you can use email and social media with ease.
  5. You know how to do a digital assessment: you’re a sound judge of the quality of information, apps and tools.
  6. You understand and respect privacy: you treat personal data with the respect it deserves.
  7. You are a digital citizen: you know how to behave online appropriately and you’ll pass it on to your pupils.

Source: DailyGenius

Do you agree with this list of characteristics for a digitally competent teacher? What additional characteristics would you add to this list? Leave a comment with your ideas!

Abbrederis jerseys selling out

Abbrederis Jersey

As I’ve shared previously, our family is excitedly following my cousin’s journey in the NFL. His Packers jersey appears to be more popular than even Aaron Rodgers or Clay Matthews…not bad for a 5th round draft pick that hasn’t yet even made the team.  Yes, my jersey is ordered 🙂

Full story from WeAreGreenBay.com

Online College Students 2014: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences

2014 Online College Students

11 Key Findings About Online College Students

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2012 approximately 2.6 million students were enrolled in fully-online degree programs, while 5.5 million were taking at least one online course. For institutions to fully understand how to best serve this growing population, it is critical to understand who is studying online and what they are looking for in from their degree program.

The “Online College Students 2014: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences” report, a joint project of Learning House and Aslanian Market Research, shares the findings of the third annual survey of 1,500 former, current and future online students.

Some Key Findings of the Report

Online students are studying further away

Fifty-four percent of students attend an institution within 100 miles of where they live, showing a three-year trend of students increasingly willing to attend an institution farther from home. (In 2012, 80% reported attending an institution within 100 miles of where they lived. This declined to 69% in 2013.)

Cost and financial aid important, but not critical

Although students reported that cost was a primary selection factor when choosing an online degree program, approximately two-thirds of respondents said they did not choose the most inexpensive program. Only 20% said they would not attend an institution if financial aid was not offered, although approximately half said they would need financial aid.

Job placement messaging resonates

When given a choice of 18 marketing messages, the overwhelming favorite was “90% job placement.” This makes sense, given that a large majority of students pursuing an online degree are doing so for job-related reasons.

Transfer credit makes a difference

Approximately 80% of students have earned credit elsewhere, and those students want to bring that credit with them. Having a clearly defined, generous, and easy-to-navigate transfer credit policy can help institutions stand apart.

Download Online College Students 2014: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences

5 Golden Rules of High-Quality Instructional Design

The quality of an instructional design is often gauged on three things: effectiveness, efficiency, and cost. Here are 5 rules that will help you achieve a high-quality instructional design:

  1. It must begin with an end in mind.
  2. It must be student-centered.
  3. It is refined through continuous assessment and improvement.
  4. It follows a well-defined system.
  5. It considers the big picture.

The-Golden-Rules-of-High-Quality-Instructional-Design-Infographic
Source: info.shiftlearning.com, via e-Learning Infographics

What additional rules would you add for high-quality instructional design? Leave a comment with your ideas!

Top Advantages of Asynchronous eLearning

Top Advantages of Asynchronous eLearningvia LeanForward

Asynchronous eLearning Advantages:

  1. Greater Accessibility
  2. Save Time and Boost Productivity
  3. Minimize Disruption to Workflow
  4. Scalability
  5. Eliminate Travel Costs
  6. Simplified Training Documentation
  7. Personalization
  8. Consistency
  9. Free Up Instructor Time

What additional advantages do you see for asynchronous online learning that you’d recommend adding to this list? Leave a comment with your thoughts!