Every Educator Needs a Teaching Philosophy What Is Yours?

Teaching PhilosophyAs an educator, what would you want to say about yourself if you were asked to explain your teaching philosophy?

You may be surprised, and perhaps you are included in this category, with the number of educators who either do not have a teaching philosophy or cannot articulate clearly and concisely provide (without the use of clichés or generalizations about teaching) any indicator of their own beliefs about learning or teaching. Over the past few weeks I have been interviewing faculty for adjunct online teaching positions and many of the candidates I’ve spoken with have not developed a clearly defined philosophy statement or never thought it was needed. While that does not automatically disqualify them from a teaching position it does not help them provide a true representation of what could be expected if they were teaching a course.

Every educator needs a teaching philosophy statement. This is a summary that allows someone else (especially a recruiter or someone in a position to hire new faculty) to develop insight into their teaching and instructional strategies, methods, and practices. I’ve seen two different approaches used for those educators

Online Schools Assessing the Flexibility

Online SchoolsThe common notion floating around seems to be one that online learning is meant only for students with special needs or for those facing issues with traditional learning environments. This however, couldn’t be further from the truth. Although there may have been a few incidents where online schooling may not have lived up to its potential, rejecting the entire concept of e-learning solutions certainly cannot be justified. Studying online has a lot of potential advantages over old-school systems that can be leveraged to derive immense benefits for students nationwide. Online solutions have already displayed their potential in helping schools improve their graduation rates over the course of the last few years. Students’ grades too, have shown remarkable improvement. Overall, employing technologically advanced solutions have contributed significantly to the endeavor targeted at keeping kids in school and helping them graduate.

Online schools offer students a lot more flexibility and room for independent learning. This is a major advantage for students studying in higher grades. They can work on their course curriculum without the necessity of adult supervision, which offers them more autonomy in terms of varying the pace of

Benefit of Blended Learning Solutions

Blended Learning SolutionsResearch conducted by us on adult learning styles, has shown that a combination of public or in-house courses with review sessions which occur at least two weeks after the initial session and on-line review courses in between training, is the most effective method for workplace courses and training. In addition, it is important to provide a variety of learning models in each public and in-house course, since the on-line review sessions are not as flexible regarding teaching styles.

For public and in-house courses, the instructors must be prepared with teaching methods that include multimedia, such as PowerPoint presentations with both audio and visual elements. They must also include interpersonal, interactive, observational, small group and large group activities and discussions; rotating these appropriately for the time frames and topics to be covered.

No one activity should last for longer than 20 – 30 minutes, especially in a course that lasts less than 4 hours and no one style should be dominant for more than half of any course. This approach to teaching adults, who always have multiple learning styles,

Methods of E-Learning

Methods of E-LearningThe word “method” implies a scientific approach, which, in relation to the e-learning industry, has not always been fair so far. The matter is not so much in the youth of the sphere, but in its constant evolution and the emergence of new forms. Therefore, for the description of the approaches in e-learning, it is better to use the usual words as “type”, “variety”, or the word from the sphere of art – “genre”.

Genres, which are just methods of e-learning, help to describe the variety of e-learning materials using understandable words.

Overview of e-learning methods – what genre to choose?

The methods divide e-learning into groups by a primary way of supplying/perception of the information material. Each type may also include other elements, just like in movies: action films contain elements of comedy, thriller and horror. We distinguish the following types of e-learning:

1) Textual (“to read”). They are historically the first and up to the present day the most common. They are books, which differ from their paper relatives by comfort of navigation, interactivity and ability to be updated without republishing. They

Distance Education Then and Now

Distance EducationPeople are gradually waking up to the realization that high school degrees aren’t really what they used to be and getting a job based on that isn’t going to cut it as it once did. This has prompted them to explore options such as distance education that are being touted as the future of our education system. Whether it’s a college application or a promotion you’re gunning for at work, online learning platforms offer you the best possible solutions in terms of flexibility and convenience when you’re looking for an opportunity to get ahead academically. Participants have the option to schedule their classes as per their own convenience and in different formats depending on their personal needs. This in turn, allows them to work around their own schedules and vary the pace of their learning process according to their own learning capabilities. With technology revolutionizing our lives in unimaginable ways, maybe it is time to accept online schools for the boon they really are.

The amount of time and money one can save on traveling is another reason why distance education is slowly being adopted as viable alternatives

Why Online Education Is More Convenient Than Traditional Learning

Online Education Is More Convenient Than Traditional LearningAnyone who is born after the 1990’s will take the internet for granted. The 24/7 access to all the knowledge of absolutely every type of information is a blessing. Definitely, the invention of the internet and its rapid evolution in our daily lives has also exposed us to malicious virus, spam emails, pop-up ads and a number of different ways to waste our time. But generally, internet has been regarded as one of the most impactful and positive innovations in the current history. The internet has not only reshaped the society, but also reshaped humanity.

It is sad, but our culture has always struggled to reconcile our previous practices with the current technologies. Businesses and corporations are learning the importance of big data and IT departments. Universities are also keeping up their pace with growing demand for research, IT and computer courses. And with the evolution leading towards connected and busy – but inspiring lives on a restricted budget we have urbanized the most competent tools to maximize both money and time. Online education is the newest trend for distance learning and

9 Imperative Benefits of Digital Education Platforms

Digital EducationWhat Is A Digital Education Platform?

A digital learning platform is a software ecosystem with tools that gives learners, teachers, parents and administrators access to common communication tools, information, and resources, not only within the school but outside it as well. When used correctly, it can significantly minimize expenditure on IT and administration, reduce teacher workload, and enhance learning and teaching experience.

For years, printed textbooks have been used, but today some companies have made the intensive efforts to shift from print study materials to digital tools in the form of digital educational platforms. With this change, content has become more interactive and engaging, and the advantages are obvious.

It includes tailored learning technologies ingrained around a digital textbook and can be personalized by faculty to fulfill the requirements of the specific class. They can be easily used on any device and usually involve problems, games, and quizzes to keep students interested and engaged in the topic. Not only these platforms are economical for students to get it, but, when compared to lugging around books, they’re extremely convenient to use online.

Digital Education: An Adaptable

Choosing The Right LMS Software For E-Learning Success

LMS SoftwareLMS software has evolved over the last decade from their initial administrative purpose of managing learners to an all-encompassing purpose of managing learning. This shift entails the online training software to take up diverse responsibilities – content development using e-learning software, content delivery, student evaluations and assessments, creating digital repositories, providing an interactive platform for collaborative learning and much more. To successfully deliver as per expectations, LMS Software is moving away from a course-centric focus to a definite learner-centric approach. Many organizations choose to implement LMS software within their organization but often have to ask themselves a lot of questions. Here are some pointers that will help you drive your e-learning initiative with the most appropriate LMS software:

    • The most important parameters one should keep in mind while selecting LMS partner: There are certain drivers for each learner group and if one knows ‘what one wants’, the selection is simple. Each LMS system has its own strengths, but these cannot be well utilised over the learning needs of different industries. For instances, a LMS system which is rich in audio-visual stimulus should do well for a manufacturing or

How To Make Your Online College Experience A Success

Online College Experience A SuccessEducation has been revolutionized by online learning. There is an increase in the number of schools offering distance learning programs every day and the convenience this kind of learning brings about makes it preferred by a large number of students. You can earn anything, including a degree from accredited colleges online. But this kind of learning requires dedication and commitment to be a success and the choices you make and the approach that you use will determine how successful your online learning experience is.

1. Decide that online learning is best

Online learning unfortunately is not for everyone. Considering that there is no face to face interaction with classmates and teachers, you must be a self-motivated and driven person to be a success in the end. Physical classrooms fit some people better, but if you are comfortable with independent learning then an online college might be just good for you.

2. Keep in mind online does not mean faster

One common misconception is that online learning offers a faster learning experience. Just because you

Implementing Online Learning

Online LearningImplementing Online Learning

Three Hour Tour – or Marooned on a Pacific Isle – It’s up to you

Thanks to cable TV, just about everyone is familiar with the story of Gilligan’s Island. How a misfit band of castaways leaves harbor on a three hour tour anticipating a pleasant afternoon sailing the South Pacific but instead is forever marooned on a deserted Pacific island. We’re amused by their antics, but then it’s always funny when it happens to the other guy instead of us.

If the story had been true, the reality would have been far from amusing. Someone would be responsible for everything that had gone wrong. That someone would be asked some very tough questions. Was the ship sound? Was the crew competent? Why didn’t anybody know a Pacific storm was brewing? These questions lead to a couple of important conclusions. For the trip to be successful you must first understand and respect the challenges of sailing on a very large ocean and then plan the tasks and resources necessary to meet the challenges and succeed.

Although online learning has been around for

Practical Reasons That Have Made Digital Education More Proactive

Digital EducationNo sooner than a child steps into the third year, the prime concern of every parent and a guardian is to provide high quality education to the kid. Till the mid ’60s, preparatory and Montessori schools used to admit a child aged just three years before there was a change in the policy. The new rule stipulated that the minimum age for a child’s admission must be five years and not below it.

Thus the playschools emerged while crèches turned out to be a boon for working parents in a nuclear family. Simultaneously, progressive and innovative modes were witnessed on the academic front while educationists realised the gravity of the issue.

As a result, the monotonous modes of teaching of yore with no element of live attraction or recreation gave way for novel methods that included games which prompted every student to evince more interest in studies. And in late 80s with the advent of ICT (information and communication technology), education became a more integrated affair.

Upto the high school level, it was renamed as the K-12 (kindergarten to XII standard) segment with syllabi having ample

How to Diagnose Your Students’ Needs

Your Students' NeedsThe two most common reasons that a person will see a doctor is that there is an immediate health concern to be addressed or a routine checkup is needed for preventative maintenance purposes. A doctor will generally not have any preconceived ideas of what that patient needs unless there is an established history of care and treatment for that patient. By listening to the patient and conducting an examination, the doctor looks for symptoms and/or makes an assessment of the patient’s current condition as compared to a normalized standard. From that point a diagnosis is made and next steps are taken as needed. The most important aspect of this type of care is the relationship established between the doctor and the patient, and the patient’s trust that the doctor will know how to address his or her needs.

Now consider an instructor, either one who teaches in a traditional classroom or one who teaches online. Do students view their instructors in a similar advocacy role? More importantly, what perception do students have about the role of an instructor?

For a traditional classroom, students evaluate their instructors

How Did I Manage To Get A Good Score In My IELTS

Good Score In My IELTSI applied for IELTS for the first time in 2012 and got a very low band score. It was very sad for me but I didn’t give it up. I registered for it for the second time in 2013 and but again managed to get only 4 bands. The result was certainly not convincing. It was not enough for me to get admission into the University of my choice. After getting failed two times, it dawned on me that something was missing. My English was good but still something was not working as required.

What did I do to pass IELTS?

I concentrated more on my English. I knew it but I spent more time on enhancing it. Please, let me make it clear that English is not my native language. It is my second language. For two months I learned and improved it. After learning and improving new things, I shifted my attention to gaining some extra knowledge on this international test. I searched on the internet and got almost all the details about it.

Top Advantages and Benefits of Getting a PMP Certification Course

PMP Certification CourseIf you are a professional then you already know how important it is to have specializations to be able to progress your career. One of the most popular certification courses is PMP and it has gained immense popularity over the years enabling professionals to make the most out of their project management skill set and helping them advance their career quite well. Let’s take a look at the top advantages of getting this course and how it can make you a better professional.

Stand out from the crowd: One of the best advantages of getting a PMP certification course certificates that you can stand out from the mainstream crowd quite easily. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to handle projects much better thanks to the rigorous course contents that can help boost your managerial skills to a great extent and help you lead teams much better and execute projects very efficiently. It also adds value to your resume and having a specialization can be a testimony to what you are capable of as a project manager.

Increasing Learning Transfer in eLearning

Learning Transfer in eLearningIT’S NOT JUST ABOUT INSTRUCTION

What is the point of learning? Why do organizations and individuals invest significant time and resources in educational opportunities each year? Though many people have surely endured trainings that felt so irrelevant and meaningless that these very same questions came to mind, in reality the purpose behind most learning investments is to influence a desired outcome or change. Whether the desired result is progress toward subject mastery required to earn a degree or employee performance improvement to impact a company’s bottom-line, achievement of that outcome relies on newly-acquired knowledge being applied in context(s) outside the learning environment. In other words, for instruction to fulfill its purpose beyond the classroom, learning transfer must occur.

Achieving effective learning transfer is actually pretty hard to do, though, even in well-facilitated face-to-face instructional settings. When you take instruction fully online, real knowledge transfer can be even more difficult to attain. And, too often, when eLearning participants fail to master and apply new skills, the online environment itself is blamed for the failed learning transfer rather than the instructional design.

ELEARNING DESIGN BEST PRACTICES

Making Online Education Attractive

Online EducationAll over the world, the numbers of people in school at the different levels takes pyramidal shape. There are huge numbers at the elementary, but as they progress, the numbers decrease, leaving just a few in higher education. In the United States, some 65 million students were expected to enroll from K to K12 in the fall of 2015. In the same period, it was expected that 20.2 million would be attending Colleges and Universities. It is estimated that 25% of fresh high school students in the U.S.A are not able to graduate. For fresh students who enter colleges or universities 1 out of 3 are likely not make it to second year. This dropout out rate hinders national development, because many people do not receive the full training they need to be functional in society. National development would be hugely fostered, if more adults receive education, in order that they become functional in society.

I am not saying that all adults who were not fully educated are not playing important roles in society. There are very prominent individuals in society who dropped out of school at some

6 Tips For An Effective eLearning Course

eLearning CourseThis article talks about some instructional design tips that will be helpful in designing effective custom eLearning courses. In other words, these tips are the features of a good eLearning system. Read on.

Use meaningful images

No matter how much design experience you may have you can’t ignore the fact that images impart an emotional impact. All you have to do is use the right images for supporting your content. For instance, you can use a relevant series of images rather than bullet points. Similarly, you can use photos instead of clip art images. In short, you should opt for powerful images that will trigger the emotions of the people.

Template

Templates should be free of distraction. It’s not about decoration only. The sign of an effective design is that it spurs on the learners to pay more attention to the content instead of the decoration. The worst thing you can do is distracting the learners. Instead, you should get rid of all the components that are not relevant. When designing a template, it is a good idea to stick to the important elements and

Getting Your Organization Ready For E-Learning

E-LearningToday, Learning has become a need of almost every organization. Companies allocate good proportion of budgets for training and development of employees majorly through online learning courses. But, there are many professionals who do not consider workplace learning as a business relevant activity. Before initiating learning through an e-course within the organization, it is important to ensure that this initiative should be considered as a business activity and it should be aligned with the business objectives.

Any learning initiative would be funded by business leaders only if, it is business relevant and supports an organization achieve its goals. And, once the budget is allocated to any learning activity, then it becomes a business activity. For example if learning department of an automobile company wants to develop an e-course to train their internal sales force as well as their dealer sales personnel, then the top management would fund this initiative because it will fulfill an immediate business need of the company. This means that the activity is business relevant; hence it’s a business activity.

Once a learning activity is accepted as

Top Tips For Finding A Great Business Course In London Online

Great Business CourseEvery year thousands of people come to London to take professional training courses, in topics as varied as human resources and accounting right through to teamwork or leadership skills. As a hub for business and finance – and in 2015 London ranked as the most powerful city in the world – there is little surprise why this metropolis is a big draw for people from around the globe.

In fact, the most recent statistics – dating from the 2014/2015 academic year – put the number of international students in the UK as a whole at 436,585. Of these, University College London has the highest number of international students per institution, with over 20,000 international students following higher education programmes there.

With that said, these figures do not include all the professional training courses that there are available, and it is fair to say that thousands more embark on the task of finding a business course each and every year. If you are one of those people who is wishing to do so, here are some tips for finding

Need for IBPS Exam Preparation Coaching Classes

IBPS Exam PreparationGiven that bank jobs are one of the most sought-after jobs in the country due to various perks and benefits offered by them (like job security, high pay, easy work culture etc.), these days every graduate dreams of landing such an opportunity. Not only the candidates from the commerce stream but even the medical/nursing, arts, and science students are applying for the various bank jobs and thus, attempting competitive exams like IBPS CWE Exam or SBI Bank Exam. Obviously, such candidates are not so proficient with banking and financial terms or solving mathematical questions.

Moreover, the various bank exams demand much more than just the knowledge of financial jargons or Maths. They include subjects like Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude etc., which definitely demand thorough preparation. In fact, even commerce graduates are not proficient in such subjects. Hence, it becomes essential for the bank job aspirants to take up bank coaching programs for SBI or IBPS Exam Preparation.

Benefits of bank coaching for IBPS Exam Preparation

Well, intelligent bank job aspirants may think “Why should I go