Make the classroom collaborative

We’re highlighting “Catering to the 21st Century student” week here on eCampus News as part of our monthly topic week series throughout the year. Step two of catering to today’s students is to ensure your classroom is not only tech-enabled, but allows for efficient and useful collaboration. Below are just a few articles we believe can help college and university faculty implement the best technology and practices to guide student collaboration:

*Editor’s note: Be sure to check back every day for another list of helpful topic articles on how to recruit and retain students. Wednesday’s topic: Successful online strategies. Check out Monday’s topic: Tech empower your campus.

8 considerations for social networks in classrooms

social-media-writingThere is perhaps no better example of disparity of opinion than the views that teachers espouse on using Social Networking Sites (SNSs), such as Facebook or Twitter, in the classroom. Although far less controversy exists in higher education than in K-12, the use of such platforms can still present challenges for students and faculty in college and university settings. Bringing SNSs into the classroom has the potential to enhance some of the more desired elements of college classroom experiences, such as collaboration, motivation, networking, technology savvy, and expansion of content discussion beyond the classroom walls…Read the article.

20 new facts about Flipped Learning in higher ed

flipped-learning-factsAs with all types of popular learning models that have the potential to be nothing more than a flash in the pan, it’s important to conduct thorough research on the model’s real potential. And according to a 2014 research and case study review, there are roughly 20 new things higher education faculty and leaders should know about Flipped Learning. The report, “2014: Extension of a Review of Flipped Learning,” conducted by George Mason University with the support of Pearson and the Flipped Learning Network (FLN), reviews current relevant research—both theory and empirical evidence—to learn more about Flipped Learning’s growth in education, and its effects on student learning faculty teaching…Read the article.

10 Apple apps for classroom organization

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As curriculum becomes more interactive and the classroom becomes better technology-enabled, more opportunities become available for interaction…and chaos. But thanks to these 10 Apple apps, educators and students with Apple devices can help keep classroom work better organized. From incredibly interactive gradebooks to in-class personal assistants, and from file aggregators across devices to real-time formative assessments, these apps have even the most meticulously organized educator covered…Read the article.


How ‘collaborative learning’ is transforming higher education

students203Welcome to higher education circa now, where on many campuses, the stale, passive lecture model is being replaced by a more dynamic way of teaching and learning—one in which students and instructors collaborate in a give-and-take fashion to “make meaning together,” says Tony O’Driscoll, a professor of business administration at Duke. Today’s students have come of age in a world where they are constantly connected with friends on Facebook, and they use this and other social media tools to make sense of their shared experience together. Now, colleges are using similar technologies to engage students in course content in ways that resonate with a generation accustomed to a new way of learning…Read the article.