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Monday, April 30, 2012

TLT Group - If It Ain't Broke, Improve It!

Tenth issue, Volume five

TLT Group TGIF 5.1.2012               
From TLT Group World Headquarters
Steve Gilbert recently revisited a piece from 2004, "If it Ain't Broke, Improve it: Thoughts on Engaging Education for Us All"*. Here's an excerpt we thought might interest you:
"...Our colleges are not broken. Our faculty members and other academic professionals are not failures. tools and media are making it possible... to provide education that is much more than a delivery system for all those who deserve more....  The most important challenge facing higher education today is not technological, not political, not managerial, and not financial, although those are all important factors. The biggest, most important challenge is educational. Lifelong learning isn't only for "them." It is for all of us; and lifelong professional development is an important part of it, for now and for the foreseeable future. All of us involved in higher education need to use the wisdom, knowledge, and skills that we have as educators to design and implement educational responses to these new educational challenges..."
*"If it Ain't Broke, Improve it: Thoughts on Engaging Education for Us All"  Steven W. Gilbert, Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) Volume, Issue - Date:  Volume 8, Issue 1 - February 2004, Sloan-C, the Sloan Consortium, 15 pages. 
More from the TLT-SWG Blog:
Our colleges aren't broken, our faculty aren't failures. With new tech we can provide (not merely deliver) better education for all who deserve it.
Sedentaristic courses shorten lifespan, reduce end-of-life quality? More for seated students than standing instructors?

Building Community in Online Course” Archive, Slides, Polls, & Chat Transcript

Teacher’s recap & advice to online students re week's work: voice + email + word cloud [VIA FREE EASY APPS & LMS]

Simplest way to record and share audio via Internet?!

"...e-books and nonlinearity don’t turn out to be very compatible." - Lev Grossman

Strategies for Overcoming Student Resistance
Friday May 4, 2:00 pm EDT....Free to all.
Registration for May 4

Leader:  Anton Tolman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Behavioral Science, Director, Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, Utah Valley University
There are several interdependent elements that affect students’ readiness to learn and that shape their desire to engage in the classroom.  However, being aware of these forces is only the first step in ramping up student motivation to learn.  Using the Integrated Resistance Model, this session will explore ways that faculty can assess the various elements in order to determine where their students are and will describe some strategies that faculty can implement to help students to overcome their resistance and become active participants in their own learning.  The session will also focus on methods to encourage student willing participation in collaborative group work.  

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Encourage. Enable. Engage.


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