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5 years ago
{{unknown}} {{unknown}} {{unknown}} One of the things I’m noticing in my three online classes is self-pace and direction. Though the classes have suggested timelines and some, like my Organic Chemistry class, follow a traditional syllabus, I find that I can go at my own pace in terms of learning the material. The “self” in self-directed learning cannot be overlooked. The primary goal of taking these courses is to learn. Learning is sometime...
5 years ago
{{unknown}} I am currently stuck between two potential majors: biochemistry and education. Consequently, I decided to enroll in three online classes to help me determine my major. Here are the classes: -Organic Chemistry 1 offered by MIT OPEN COURSEWARE "taught" by Dr. Sarah Tabacco and Prof. Barbara. - Introduction to Family Engagement in Education offered by Harvard through edX. The "instructor" is Karen L. Mapp. - Leading Ambitious Teaching a...
5 years ago
In global education, there is the constant talk of technology as “leveling the playing field.” The instant access to thousands of resources and relatively cheap costs are often cited by NGOs, the private sector and governments as reasons why technology could be the game changer for developing countries. Kenya, already East Africa’s largest economy and as part of its efforts to become a middle income country by 2030, is fast becoming an edtech hub. Innovators and startups in Nairo...
6 years ago
Being a student athlete, especially in college, requires a lot of commitment and discipline. We sometimes go straight from practice to the classroom. At large institutions, being an athlete comes with added pressure from fans, and media due to the publicity. Add to this the commercialization of student athletes and the chorus for paying them continues to increase by the day. Since the NCAA and school administrators don’t seem intent on paying college athletes, fans have taken the initiative and some are crowd funding to pay their fellow schoolmates. Read more
6 years ago
The success of a child at school begins with parentinvolvement. Mayor de Blasio’s administration is training outreach workers to visit parents of children who attend low performing schools in New York City. This program will go a long way to teach parents how to best help their children in order for them to succeed in school. This program is also important because it motivates students to learn more when they know their parents are involved in thei...
6 years ago
LinkedIn is mainly used to connect employers to employees and vice versa. It makes the job searching process easy and fun (sometimes). I attended a workshop last month on how to use LinkedIn for employment opportunities. Below are six steps for anyone who is interested in using it for jobs and internships. Create an awesome profile with as much useful information as possible. I highly advice you don't use nicknames since it doesn't sound professional. Make sure you request people you know and vice versa from your contacts. You don't want to come off annoying to those who you ...
6 years ago
Learning how to motivate students is one of the hardest tasks of an educator. Motivated students tend to be more successful in the classroom. Having a class of motivated students makes time spent in the classroom enjoyable for both students and teachers. Although motivating students is a difficult task, there are five ways to help with the process. Encourage the students by being enthusiastic and constantly praising them for their hard work. Get students involved by providing student tasks and encour...
6 years ago
One of the most enduring issues facing students and professors is freedom of speech on school grounds. This issue came to a head recently at the University of Iowa where a professor came under scrutiny for displaying an effigy based on the Ku Klux Klan robes on campus as part of his class. The professor argued that he wanted capture the reactions of the public. However, many students objected to the effigy claiming they felt unsafe. University of Iowa i...
6 years ago
One of the primary sources of funds for universities is endowment. Endowments take all shapes and financial sizes; it is meant to help universities achieve their mission and make college more affordable. However, a recent increase in endowments has yet to have an effect on tuition. Endowment money is essentially not benefiting the group it was made for: students. The top 10 schools with the largest endowment money sums up to be about $181.2 billion. Although these schools have large ...
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6 years ago
The recent spike in college costs is causing a lot of debate in education circles. Universities often operate under a budget and increase in tuition is often seen as the best way to break even. However, the NY Times is reporting that the pay and benefits for public university presidents are growing. There was a seven percent increase in the median salary of public university presidents for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Heading the qu...