Many faculty and instructors have not yet “bought into” the use of OER. They continue to make extensive use of published textbooks and require their students to access proprietary and costly materials. There are four basic reasons for this reluctance:
According to a survey by Babson (2014), most faculty and instructors have never heard of OER – it’s a “new thing” about which they know very little.
When faculty and instructors look at what materials they require their students to use, they look for a track record of proven use and quality – many OER resources, though seen to be of high quality, do not have the track record of use.
In general, faculty and instructors do not take into account the cost of textbooks and related materials when making their course content decisions nor do they look at the total cost of study to the student.
It takes time and commitment to search for and find appropriate OER.
Global educators, wake up to online collaborative learning and be the dragon that roars! Why do more educators not take their learning global? Why is online global collaboration practiced by outliers and not embedded into the curriculum by more educators? Join Julie Lindsay who has over 20 years of classroom experience connecting learners to the world for authentic global experiences, as she shows how imperative it is for our young learners to know how to learn with the world, not just about it. Featured is the Connect with China Collaborative - a new learning experience that aims to connect learners within China to those beyond. http://www.connectchinacollaborative.... http://flatconnections.com http://theglobaleducator.net
Julie Lindsay is an Australian author and educator and the founder and CEO of Flat Connections. In this conversation with Jane Nicholls she discusses how as a connected educator you are able to bring those world connections, those global connections into the classroom. Julie also stresses the importance for Global Educators in turn to support connected students.
The just released Gonski 2.0 report identifies the priority for Australian schools to equip every child to be a creative, connected and engaged learner in a fast changing world. The report recommends an increased emphasis on teaching general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. One capability common to all curriculum frameworks is ‘intercultural understanding’.
Interesting - and will this mean Edmodo will not be blocked in China? It usually is not, but now being controlled by a Chinese company should secure passage. I wonder if this will mean the end of the free version of Edmodo?
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Feedback is an essential part of learning, especially when we want to improve our practice and attain high professional standards. And the best form of feedback is right there in front of us in our classrooms.
Students have valuable insights into classroom teaching and how it might be improved. After all, no one observes us more than they do.
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n a recent Teacher article, two schools discussed their differing policies on mobile phone use during school hours. Here, we look at a range of studies that have explored the positives and negatives of allowing mobile phones to be used in class.
As Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs become more widespread, questions are being raised about the benefits of allowing students to actively use mobile phones as learning devices in school. Over the past decade, several studies have taken a closer look at student and educator perspectives on the issue.