2016 Tweets

Here’s a categorized summary of my 2016 twitter feed (@profNancyNelson) …

ACCESSIBILITY
17 Simple and Clear Illustrations All ADD (aka ADHD) People Can Relate To!
http://www.lifehack.org/350789/17-simple-and-clear-illustrations-all-addaka-adhd-people-can-relate-to

While new research shows captioning videos doesn’t improve motivation or learning, it is needed for accessibility
http://www.ifets.info/journals/19_4/1.pdf

ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Academic success starts with Habits of Mind. How can you help your learners establish them?
http://www.learningpersonalized.com/integrating-16-habits-mind/

ACTIVE LEARNING
Check out this ‘Engaging the Active Learner’ Infographic
http://edtechtimes.com/2013/04/23/engaging-the-active-learner-infographic/

A discussion yesterday led me to “is active learning like broccoli?” which takes a look from students’ perceptions
http://josotl.indiana.edu/article/download/1808/1805

6 common mistakes we make (and what to do instead) when introducing active learning
https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1491

A comprehensive list of resources on active learning
http://cte.cornell.edu/teaching-ideas/engaging-students/active-learning.html

An active-learning structure called Thinking-Aloud Pair Problem Solving (TAPPS) increases learners’ problem solving
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/teaching-quantitative-problem-solving-skills/

ASSESSMENT
Beyond Assessment: 3 Other Uses for Socrative
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/07/beyond-assessment-3-other-uses-for.html

Extend your formative assessment tools beyond the norm to help students reflect, discuss and grow
https://www.graphite.org/blog/the-best-formative-assessment-tools-tips-and-lessons

If we were to do this same type of comparison for first year post-secondary learners, what would we find?
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/06/21/481404169/more-testing-less-play-study-finds-higher-expectations-for-kindergartners

An interesting rubric that can be used for any type of creative assignment
https://blueprint.digitalharbor.org/product/maker-rubric-pdf/

We all know about formative and summarize evaluation, but what about confirmative and predictive?
http://minkhollow.ca/beckerblog/2016/08/29/formative-vs-summative-vs-confirmative-vs-predictive-evaluation/

Teaching first year? A few tips to help them get through their first assessments
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/a-dose-of-reality-for-first-year-students-how-we-can-help/

Some ideas on how different types of exam debriefs can help your students improve learning
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/getting-exam-debriefs/

Will assessment scales help your learners understand how proficient they are? Take a look…
http://tiie.w3.uvm.edu/blog/scales-for-assessment/#.WAffrPCs-rU

Is grading interfering with learning? Read how gameful learning can encourage risk-taking, challenge and deeper learning
http://blog-en.heqco.ca/2015/12/barry-fishman-and-caitlin-holman-higher-ed-grading-systems-deserve-an-f/

ATTENTION
Is Attention Residue affecting your (or your students’) concentration and productivity?
More at …
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/01/attention-residue-is-ruining-your-concentration.html

Do you need an attention charter to reclaim your time and attention?
http://calnewport.com/blog/2016/02/16/write-an-attention-charter

New research suggests that attention span has shortened. What does this mean for the classroom?
http://time.com/3858309/attention-spans-goldfish/

BALANCE
Rest, Reflect, Plan, Act! … good advice for all of us as we head into some much needed down time
https://www.learndash.com/rest-reflect-plan-act/

Take time to think about your work-life balance as we begin another academic year …
http://shawnblanc.net/2016/09/learning-not-to-think-about-it/

BLOOM’S TAXONOMY
Bloom’s cognitive domain, Dan Pink’s motivation and educational technology brought together into a useful pedagogy wheel
http://www.unity.net.au/padwheel/padwheelposterV3.pdf

This 3D model of Bloom’s Taxonomy maps the knowledge dimension to the cognitive process dimensions
http://www.teachthought.com/critical-thinking/blooms-taxonomy/3-dimensional-model-blooms-taxonomy

CHEATING
Looking for was to prevent cheating … Read Kathryn’s Teaching Tips 2 and 3
http://engagingourlearners.pbworks.com/w/page/91677801/Teaching%20Tips

New research shows most students really do want to learn and don’t cheat in learning systems
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/01/study-finds-few-students-cheat-system-digital-homework-questions

Should I learn it or just cheat? Help students choose learning by making it easy to access, trust, and understand
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-07-23-how-to-make-learning-easier-than-cheating

COLLABORATION
Twiddla – Online Collaborative White Board That’s Quick and Easy to Use
http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/03/twiddla-online-collaborative-white-board-quick-easy/

CONCENTRATION
Is Attention Residue affecting your (or your students’) concentration and productivity? More at …
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/01/attention-residue-is-ruining-your-concentration.html

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
A good refresher on how to write course and unit outcomes
http://m.wikihow.com/Write-an-Educational-Objective

These 10 things instructors overlook when creating online content equally apply to an in-class lesson
http://www.wiziq.com/teachblog/?p=15589

A nice synopsis of four instructional design models you may find helpful as you start you winter course prep
http://online.seu.edu/instructional-design-models/

DIGITAL RESOURCES
A recent survey finds faculty still not convinced end of the instructional benefit of digital resources
http://www.campuscomputing.net/sites/www.campuscomputing.net/files/GOING%20DIGITAL%20-%202016%20ICBA%20Faculty%20Survey_2.pdf

DISTRACTION
New research shows college students are more distracted than ever
https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/01/20/research-college-students-more-distracted-than-ever.aspx?m=2

There are lots of distractions at this time of year, so check out 5 research-backed tips for better concentration
http://theweek.com/articles/602738/5-researchbacked-tips-better-concentration

Moving away from a the lecture approach helps minimize learner tech-based distraction
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/canadian-university-report/laptops-in-class-help-or-hindrance/article32408443/

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
The periodic table of education technology
http://dailygenius.com/periodic-table/

EdTech trends and technology for the next five years
http://edtechtimes.com/2015/04/01/new-report-gives-edtech-trends-technologies-next-five-years/

How to Integrate Technology without Losing Your Teacher Mind
http://www.middleweb.com/21557/how-to-integrate-tech-without-losing-your-mind/

Bloom’s cognitive domain, Dan Pink’s motivation, and educational technology brought together into a useful pedagogy wheel
http://www.unity.net.au/padwheel/padwheelposterV3.pdf

6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2016
http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/6-ed-tech-tools-to-try-in-2016/

Using instructional technology to engage your students
http://www.emergingedtech.com/2014/09/most-engaging-uses-of-instructional-technology/

An interesting take on the overselling of the use of educational technology in the classroom
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alfie-kohn/the-overselling-of-ed-tech_b_9441396.html?utm_hp_ref=education&ir=Education

Five different things you can do with QR codes in your classroom
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/qr-codes-can-do-that-monica-burns

Technology alone cannot improve student learning
http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/techtank/posts/2016/03/18-technology-improving-student-learning-south-stevens-lettvin

Five things that will help you determine if an ed tech tool is efficient
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-03-23-five-things-about-efficacy-that-should-be-intuitive-but-are-not

Are you ready for virtual reality in your classroom? Read the findings of a recent study.
http://uploadvr.com/chinese-vr-education-study/

Recent study shows that teachers believe EdTech makes learning more fun
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-12-01-who-thinks-tech-makes-learning-more-fun

WRDSB will give all Gr9 students laptops
http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6517843-in-high-school-a-computer-for-every-student/
yet informal student survey confirms more distraction and less engagement
http://www.loyolaphoenix.com/2016/04/38288/

More research on digital distractions in the classroom (see page 5)
http://en.calameo.com/read/00009178915b8f5b352ba

An infographic on creating good social media posts
http://louisem.com/3738/social-media-posts-infographic

New study supports premise that banning devices from the classroom improves student learning
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/05/13/allowing-devices-classroom-hurts-academic-performance-study-finds

EdTech’s 50 must-read higher ed IT blogs
http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2016/05/higher-ed-must-read-it-blogs

7 reasons to consider using EdTech in your classroom
http://eteachershub.com/7-advantages-of-technology-in-teaching/

While new research shows captioning videos doesn’t improve motivation or learning, it is needed for accessibility
http://www.ifets.info/journals/19_4/1.pdf

Moving away from a the lecture approach helps minimize learner tech-based distraction
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/canadian-university-report/laptops-in-class-help-or-hindrance/article32408443/

Five things to avoid when making videos for flipped or eLearning
http://elearninginfographics.com/5-mistakes-in-using-video-for-e-learning-courses/

A look into the future of EdTech … What will be gone, what faculty wish would disappear, and what is coming
https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/11/02/top-10-education-technologies-that-will-be-dead-and-gone-in-the-next-decade.aspx?m=2

E-LEARNING
Use Mayer’s 12 principles of multimedia learning when preparing PowerPoint slides, flipped learning videos or e-learning modules
https://www.hartford.edu/academics/faculty/fcld/data/documentation/technology/presentation/powerpoint/12_principles_multimedia.pdf

ENGAGING STUDENTS
6 Golden Rules For Engaging Students
http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/student-engagement/6-golden-rules-for-engaging-students/

How to determine if student engagement is leading to learning
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/01/14/how-to-determine-if-student-engagement-is-leading-to-learning/

These student engagement strategies apply equally well to our classrooms
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/student-engagement-how-to-help-students-succeed-in-the-online-environment/

Simple ways to engage learners of any age
http://marshall-minibus.co.uk/blog/32/5_surprising_tips_to_enhance_learning_in_the_classroom

Use this checklist to see if your classroom is one that will engage your learners
https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/12/09/how-to-ensure-students-are-actively-engaged-and-not-just-compliant/

“Engagement and motivation problems don’t stem from the lack of technology as much as the lack of relevance and agency over learning provided to the learner”
https://medium.com/modern-learning/if-engagement-is-the-problem-technology-is-not-the-answer-4d374cf813a3#.b2lvxfmic

Keep student engagement in mind as you plan for next year
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/six-things-faculty-can-promote-student-engagement/

Student suggests relationships, humour, choice, and teacher-pride in accomplishments are key to student engagement
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-engagement-tips-from-student-harley-center

Looking to engage your students? Be a leader and turn your classroom into one of the future
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/european-association-for-international-education-eaie-conference-2016-five-ways-the-lecture-halls-of-2030-will-be-different

A few things we can do to help keep students in our programs
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/09/14/a-telling-experiment-reveals-a-big-problem-among-college-students-they-dont-know-how-to-study/

Interesting ideas on engaging your students (and yourself) by teaching the way a chef prepares a meal
http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/classroom-chef/

EXPERTISE
Some thoughts on the 10,000 hour rule and gaining expertise
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10000-hour-rule-wrong-really-master-skill/

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT
Research shows faculty development efforts can have a positive impact on student learning
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/02/10/new-study-suggests-faculty-development-has-demonstrable-impact-student-learning

FEEDBACK
Research shows an online tool providing accurate, actionable feedback helps students in large classes improve their effectiveness on teams
http://www.heqco.ca/en-ca/Research/ResPub/Pages/Teaching-Team-effectiveness-in-Large-Classes.aspx

Provide actionable feedback using the SE2R approach
http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/10/assessment-3-0-4-simple-words-that-will-revolutionize-learning.htm

Wonder why students don’t incorporate the feedback we give them? Research says we need to train them how to use it effectively
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/comment/can-student-feedback-become-a-two-way-street

FLEXIBLE LEARNING
Check out these resources, developments, and best practices in online, open and flexible learning
http://teachonline.ca/

FLIPPED LEARNING
Three things to leave out of videos for e-learning or flipped learning
http://info.alleninteractions.com/three-things-you-dont-need-in-your-microlearning-video

Have questions about flipped learning? Take a look at these best practices …
http://www.itap.purdue.edu/learning/cdm/supporting/FlippedModel/Flipped%20Classroom%20Best%20Practices.pdf

5 Ways to address student resistance in the Flipped Classroom
http://www.fractuslearning.com/2016/02/04/student-resistance-flipped-classroom/?

An interesting approach that may help you identify activities for your flipped or active classroom
http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/isd/list_activity.html

A good case for flipped learning
http://jonbergmann.com/why_student_centered_learning_is_only_half-right/

Are you meeting these flipped learning checkpoints?
http://flippedlearning.org/cms/lib07/VA01923112/Centricity/Domain/46/FLIP_handout_FNL_Web.pdf

Support your #flipped classroom with the micro-lecture
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/take-your-teaching-online-micro-lecture

How does your teaching rate against these 11 FLIP (Flexibility, Learning, Intention, & Professionalism) indicators?
http://www.emergingedtech.com/2016/06/11-indicators-of-excellent-flipped-teaching-learning/

Some tips on managing learning in the active #flipped classroom
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/blended-flipped-learning/managing-class-learning-experiences-flipped-classrooms/

More ideas on flipping your classroom
http://cte.cornell.edu/teaching-ideas/designing-your-course/flipping-the-classroom.html

3 great strategies for flipping large classes … applications of de Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats have always been a favourite of mine
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/blended-flipped-learning/flipping-large-classes-three-strategies-engage-students/

Research shows flipped learning has a positive impact on learning  in higher Ed
http://educationaltechnologyjournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s41239-016-0022-1

Are you ready for messy learning? How Flipped Learning can get learners active and engaged
http://my.aasa.org/AASA/Resources/SAMag/Dec16/Sams_Aglio.aspx

Three ways to hold students accountable for flipped learning pre-work
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/blended-flipped-learning/ready-to-flip-three-ways-to-hold-students-accountable-for-pre-class-work/

Some excellent thoughts on flipped learning from Tyler DeWitt’s keynote address at FlipCon 2016
http://www.emergingedtech.com/2016/07/flipped-classroom-keynote-tyler-dewitt-vernacular-of-teaching

Check out TEDed, a platform for using video content (yours or others) to build lessons for flipped learning
http://ed.ted.com/

Five things to avoid when making videos for flipped or eLearning
http://elearninginfographics.com/5-mistakes-in-using-video-for-e-learning-courses/

GAMES, GAME-BASED LEARNING AND GAMIFICATION
10 Strategies To Make Learning Feel More Like A Game –
http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/30225/

Want to promote skill development, reflection on new concepts, and deeper learning? Give play a chance!
https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/sep/01/think-play-is-for-nurseries-not-universities-think-again

Is grading interfering with learning? Read how gameful learning can encourage risk-taking, challenge and deeper learning
http://blog-en.heqco.ca/2015/12/barry-fishman-and-caitlin-holman-higher-ed-grading-systems-deserve-an-f/

GROUP WORK
Research has shows an online tool providing accurate, actionable feedback helps students in large classes improve their effectiveness on teams
http://www.heqco.ca/en-ca/Research/ResPub/Pages/Teaching-Team-effectiveness-in-Large-Classes.aspx

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES
What makes learning stick?
https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Science-of-Learning-Blog/2016/01/Science-of-Learning-101-How-Does-Learning-Stic

More Instructional Strategies That Make Learning Stick
https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Science-of-Learning-Blog/2016/02/Science-of-Learning-101-Two-More-Instructional-Strategies-That-Promotes-Sticking

Check out the classroom strategies (listed at the end of the post) that we can tweak to ensure deeper learning
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2016/04/the_myth_of_walkthroughs_8_unobserved_practices_in_classrooms.html

A great explanation of brainwriting, a technique that I often use as a an alternative to brainstorming
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/12/using-brainwriting-for-rapid-idea-generation/

More support for brainwriting as a way to generate more creative ideas
http://www.fastcodesign.com/3062292/evidence/brainstorming-is-dumb

Looking to rejuvenate your classroom? Check out these 32 research-based strategies
http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/instructional-strategies/32-research-based-instructional-strategies/

INTROVERTS
Introverts in your class? Here’s how you can tweak active learning to better meet their needs
https://allthingsacademic.wordpress.com/active-learning-and-the-introvert/

LEARNER-CENTRED
5 ways to make your classroom student-centered
http://www.justintarte.com/2016/03/5-ways-to-make-your-classroom-student.html

LEARNERS
Have you considered adjusting your assessments for the Google Generation. Take a look …
http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/10-ways-teacher-planning-adjust-google-generation/

LEARNING
Strategies that can help students learn new concepts faster
http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-say-this-strategy-can-help-you-learn-anything

5 Simple-Yet-Useful Strategies that may help your students remember more of what they learn
http://www.lifehack.org/351706/5-simple-yet-useful-strategies-always-remember-things-you-learn

What makes learning stick?
https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Science-of-Learning-Blog/2016/01/Science-of-Learning-101-How-Does-Learning-Stick

More Instructional Strategies that make learning stick
https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Science-of-Learning-Blog/2016/02/Science-of-Learning-101-Two-More-Instructional-Strategies-That-Promotes-Sticking

Did you know that laughter can lead to faster learning? Read more here …
http://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/the-secret-ingredient-for-faster-learning-laughter.html

The 4 conditions that supporter deeper learning
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/02/12/4-conditions-that-support-deeper-learning/

Research shows faculty development efforts can have a positive impact on student learning
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/02/10/new-study-suggests-faculty-development-has-demonstrable-impact-student-learning

We can develop learning agility through feedback, experimentation, notation making, connections, and reflection
https://hbr.org/2015/12/4-ways-to-become-a-better-learner

Summary of the top ten takeaways from a meta-study on making learning visible
http://bbullis.edublogs.org/2016/02/13/john-hatties-top-ten-visible-learning-takeaways-number-ten-feedback/

What you already know may prevents you from learning new things … How to deal with resistance to learning …
http://www.fastcompany.com/3056488/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/how-what-you-already-know-prevents-you-from-learning-new-t

How silence can be beneficial for learning
http://www.lifehack.org/377243/science-says-silence-much-more-important-our-brains-than-thought

Make your courses ones in which learning really matters
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/its-not-about-hard-or-easy-courses/

Technology alone cannot improve student learning
http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/techtank/posts/2016/03/18-technology-improving-student-learning-south-stevens-lettvin

Help create a quality learning experience by incorporating six principles of high-impact learning
https://generalassemb.ly/blog/6-key-principles-high-impact-learning/

Six Things You Can Do to Deepen Student Learning
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/six-things-you-can-do-to-deepen-student-learning/

What we learn from each other … the good and the bad
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/what-we-learn-from-each-other/

Have you overlooked curiosity, a growth mindset, persistence, and the need for effort as ways to enhance learning?
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/enhancing-learning-zest-grit-sweat/

Do you think productive failure is a viable strategy for your learners?
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/prepare-students-fail-so-they-can-learn-report-suggests

Increase learning by understanding four types of mistakes we make
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/11/23/why-understanding-these-four-types-of-mistakes-can-help-us-learn/

Despite no empirical evidence, many swear by Dale’s Cone of Learning/Experience. Here’s why we shouldn’t rely on it, but what’s out there as an alternative?
http://www.willatworklearning.com/2015/01/mythical-retention-data-the-corrupted-cone.html

Research shows that stress when learning can enhance memory formation, but also impede memory retrieval & updating
http://www.nature.com/articles/npjscilearn201611

Research shows that productive struggle (where students figure things out by themselves) improves learning
http://blog.mindresearch.org/blog/research-shows-students-learn-better-when-they-figure-things-out-on-their-own

Some visual learning strategies that can help novice learners become expert learners
https://theconstructionzone.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/using-visible-thinking-strategies-to-develop-expert-learners/

Want insights into the current research on the Science of Learning? Read how you can make your teaching more effective
http://deansforimpact.org/pdfs/The_Science_of_Learning.pdf

Switch up the learning environment to help students conceptualize, personalize, and improve their learning
https://nextthought.com/thoughts/2016/08/improving-learning-by-adding-inquiry

Do courses designed around PP propagate the myth that learning is possible without hard work? If so, what can we do?
http://quillette.com/2016/09/02/why-universities-should-get-rid-of-powerpoint-and-why-they-wont

Clear Goals = Higher Motivation = Improved Learning
https://medium.com/the-mission/how-to-learn-in-2-days-what-normally-takes-6-months-57953ee30da4#.e2c1472dx

This agile approach will certainly help students plan better and may just improve learning too
http://www.knowledgeadvantage.biz/single-post/2014/12/23/An-Agile-Approach-to-Student-Learning

An interesting OpEd piece on how student collaboration increases overall performance
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/opinion/sunday/why-we-should-stop-grading-students-on-a-curve.html

Something to think about … the Self, Student, Teacher, Peer Theory … will improve student learning?
http://factmyth.com/factoids/we-learn-best-by-being-taught/

Let’s think about encouraging student persistence instead of focusing on retention
https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/09/26/how-improve-student-persistence-and-completion-essay

Help learners improve performance and retention using more retrieval & recall of info, and less reading & of studying
http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/10/03/improve-retention-re-teach-less-with-this-learning-technique/

Study of 22k students shows cost of textbooks is negatively impacting access to the resources and overall learning
https://dlss.flvc.org/documents/210036/361552/2016+Student+Textbook+Survey.pdf

Can we use interest-led learning and student autonomy to create an environment that encourages real learning
https://niume.com/pages/post/m/index.php?postID=63387

If we want students to take notes in class, we may have to teach them how!
http://acadoceo.com/a-guide-to-note-taking-for-students/

Use hackathons, innovation, and competitions to implement high-impact learning in your classroom
http://www.chronicle.com/article/3-Easy-Ways-to-Embrace/238111

All hands-on-tasks are not equal. Are yours just busy work or is there real and relevant learning happening?
http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/grecian-urn-lesson/

Insights into how students learn in this age of digital distraction
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/05/498477634/learning-in-the-age-of-digital-distraction

Want to know what the current research says about teaching and learning? Check out this list of evidence-based resources
https://furtheredagogy.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/do-we-need-to-know-about-learning-theory-or-not/

LECTURING
Does this ring true for you … The More I Lecture, the Less I Know if they Understand
http://www.teachthought.com/uncategorized/lecture-less-know-understand

Is lecturing bad or can we tweak it to help ensure learning happens?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mariappan-jawaharlal/is-lecturing-bad_b_11300278.html

Moving away from a the lecture approach helps minimize learner tech-based distraction
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/canadian-university-report/laptops-in-class-help-or-hindrance/article32408443/

MENTAL HEALTH
Rigour or intolerance? Promoting mental health in the classroom
http://chronicle.com/article/Are-You-Being-Rigorous-or-Just/236341/

METACOGNITION
Do you have your students reflect on what & how they’ve learned? Use metacognition as an end-of-term self-assessment
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1214-how-and-why-you-should-have-students-assess-themselves

If students think about how they think, they can improve learning and how they apply that knowledge
https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/08/10/the-role-of-metacognition-in-learning-and-achievement/

MIND MAPS
Want students to integrate new knowledge more efficiently? Read these tips on using mind maps in the classroom
http://insideteaching.grad.msu.edu/using-mind-maps-for-learning/

MOTIVATION
Bloom’s cognitive domain, Dan Pink’s motivation, and educational technology brought together into a useful pedagogy wheel
http://www.unity.net.au/padwheel/padwheelposterV3.pdf

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students
http:/www.cultofpedagogy.com/student-motivation/

Motivate your learners with six simple techniques
http://info.alleninteractions.com/six-achievable-effective-techniques-to-enhance-learner-motivation

ONLINE LEARNING
Students believe online learning should complement not replace in-class learning
http://www.ousa.ca/2016/04/12/ousa-releases-online-learning-policy-paper

Check out these resources, developments, and best practices in online, open and flexible learning
http://teachonline.ca/

PBL
A wonderful graphic that shows the difference between doing a project and project based learning
http://www.newtechnetwork.org/services/resources/doing-projects-vs-project-based-learning

Project-based learning with authentic tasks helps prevent students from graduating without soft skills
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/life-at-work/for-todays-grads-developing-soft-skills-key-to-landing-a-job/article30611588

The three major challenges educators face when implementing PBL (and what they could do to avoid them)
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-08-01-why-do-so-many-schools-want-to-implement-project-based-learning-but-so-few-actually-do

When using authentic learning activities such as PBL, focus on framing and reflection as well as the actual task
https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/09/14/dont-leave-learning-up-to-chance-framing-and-reflection/

Project-based learning and authenticity encourage critical thinking, foster engagement, and instill passion in learners
http://esheninger.blogspot.ca/2016/11/critical-thinking-in-21st-century-and.html

PEDAGOGY
Bloom’s cognitive domain. Dan Pink’s motivation, and educational technology brought together into a useful pedagogy wheel
http://www.unity.net.au/padwheel/padwheelposterV3.pdf

PRODUCTIVITY
Is Attention Residue affecting your (or your students’) concentration and productivity? More at …
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/01/attention-residue-is-ruining-your-concentration.html

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Looking for ways to improve your own learning? Make high-quality connections a priority
https://hbr.org/2016/01/we-learn-more-when-we-learn-together

Are you a teacher who puts your own learning last? Use passion projects to improve your teaching practice
http://hacklearning.org/passionprojects/

Have your established your own Professional Learning Network? Maybe it’s time …
http://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/10-reasons-every-teacher-needs-professional-learning-network/

RESEARCH
Research shows an online tool providing accurate, actionable feedback helps students in large classes improve their effectiveness on teams
http://www.heqco.ca/en-ca/Research/ResPub/Pages/Teaching-Team-effectiveness-in-Large-Classes.aspx

Summary of the top ten takeaways from a meta-study on making learning visible …
http://bbullis.edublogs.org/2016/02/13/john-hatties-top-ten-visible-learning-takeaways-number-ten-feedback/

SOTL Research shows flipped learning has a positive impact on learning in higher Ed
http://educationaltechnologyjournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s41239-016-0022-1

More research on digital distractions in the classroom (see page 5)
http://en.calameo.com/read/00009178915b8f5b352ba

The disconnect than can exist between research and what actually happens in the classroom
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-16-why-research-fails-in-the-classroom

New research shows most students really do want to learn and don’t cheat in learning systems
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/01/study-finds-few-students-cheat-system-digital-homework-questions

What effect will these survey results on digital consumer behaviour have in our classrooms?
http://www.edisonresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/The-Infinite-Dial-2016.pdf

Research shows that productive struggle (where students figure things out by themselves) improves learning
http://blog.mindresearch.org/blog/research-shows-students-learn-better-when-they-figure-things-out-on-their-own

Want insights into the current research on the Science of Learning? Read how you can make your teaching more effective
http://deansforimpact.org/pdfs/The_Science_of_Learning.pdf

Looking to rejuvenate your classroom? Check out these 32 research-based strategies
http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/instructional-strategies/32-research-based-instructional-strategies/

SoTL
A great suggestion for getting a wider audience for scholarly publications
http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/using-video-and-audio-to-share-our-scholarship/62690

To make Ed research work for you ask one question, follow the science, tap into practitioners , & study the history
https://www.tes.com/us/news/breaking-views/how-make-education-research-work-you

Are you feeling the same about your learners & career as your peers? Check out the latest Faculty Focus survey
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/reader-survey-finds-unprepared-students-persistent-problem/

Results of a new Teaching with Technology survey discuss its use, prof’s wishes & gripes, and ideas for the future
https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/10/12/55-percent-of-faculty-are-flipping-the-classroom.aspx?m=2

Want to know what the current research says about teaching and learning? Check out this list of evidence-based resources
https://furtheredagogy.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/do-we-need-to-know-about-learning-theory-or-not/

STUDENTS
Think about it … These are the kids who will be in our classrooms in the next few years
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/magazine/the-minecraft-generation.html

STUDENT SUCCESS
Look outside the classroom if you want to prevent student dropouts
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-12-19-want-to-prevent-college-dropouts-look-outside-of-the-classroom

Three “soft” skills that researchers believe are indicators of student success
http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar16/vol73/num06/The-X-Factor-in-College-Success.aspx

STUDYING
15 research-based study tactics that would work for students and teachers alike
http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/the-big-study-habits-guide-based-on-the-latest-brain-research/

Study tips you may want to share with your students
http://success.oregonstate.edu/learning-corner/learning-college/concentration-distractions

TEACHING
5 powerful ways to save time as a teacher
http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/40hour/

This advice from students to faculty is something we should all heed
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/faculty-development/new-faculty-orientation-features-advice-from-students/

Principles of Effective Teaching
http://headguruteacher.com/2016/01/10/principles-of-effective-teaching/

Small changes you can make to ensure the first 5 minutes of class are more effective
http://chronicle.com/article/Small-Changes-in-Teaching-The/234869/

Becoming a Better Teacher: Articles for New and Not-So-New Faculty
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/becoming-a-better-teacher-a-sampling-of-articles-for-new-and-not-so-new-faculty/

An explanation of why we might be so slow to change the way we teach
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/why-are-we-so-slow-to-change-the-way-we-teach/

Have you considered adjusting your assessments for the Google Generation? Take a look …
http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/10-ways-teacher-planning-adjust-google-generation/

Key components required to build an effective learning environment
http://www.tonybates.ca/2016/02/22/building-an-effective-learning-environment/

Ten innovations that explore ways of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive, engaged world
http://teachonline.asu.edu/2015/12/ten-teaching-trends-innovating-pedagogy-report/

If you move away from a teacher-directed classroom will you lose control of your class or fail to cover the content?
http://www.blendedlearners.com/?p=269

Feeling stressed as you near the end of term? Some strategies to avoid stress, anxiety and burnout
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/positive-strategies-avoid-stress-burnout-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers

Improve your teaching with small changes … before class and during and last 5 minutes
http://chronicle.com/article/Small-Changes-in-Teaching-The/235583

Want to become an expert teacher? These 4 rituals will get you on your way
http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2016/03/expert/

I love this idea … a worst lecture competition to demonstrate what not to do
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/the-worst-lecture-ever/

5 ways to make your classroom student-centred
http://www.justintarte.com/2016/03/5-ways-to-make-your-classroom-student.html

Ditching the lesson objective could have good results for higher education too …
https://www.tes.com/news/tes-magazine/tes-magazine/your-objective-shouldnt-be-share-lessons-aim

Want to keep growing as an educator? Take a look at this mantra for an innovative educator …
http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/6875

Is it time to break away from the lecture? New study shows it’s not helping learners develop problem solving skills
https://news.ok.ubc.ca/2016/12/14/lecturing-likely-not-effective-for-developing-problem-solving-skills-in-students

Three personalized-learning strategies that good teachers use
http://chronicle.com/article/Reaching-Students-in-the-Back/236411

A good reminder to plan your courses based on what students really need to know
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/backward-design-forward-progress/

Want to positively influence your students? Read more here …
http://chronicle.com/article/What-Makes-a-Good-Teacher-/236657

Some sobering thoughts on the professor-student relationship
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/just-visiting/being-afraid-students

Things to avoid if you want to be creative in the classroom
http://www.inc.com/lolly-daskal/8-bad-habits-that-destroy-your-creativity.html

Teaching techniques are essential but not the essence of good teaching
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/preoccupied-teaching-

Looking for ways to give your students more autonomy in how they show mastery? Try an infographic
https://1minutecpd.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/163-infographics-and-visual-ideas-with-easelly/

Ways to help your students persist when they don’t get the concepts
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1440-4-simple-ways-to-help-them-persist

Innovation and awe can create better, more meaningful learning experiences for students
http://esheninger.blogspot.ca/2016/06/inspiring-students-bringing-awe-back-to.html

Why faculty are an important part of the higher education experience
http://halfanhour.blogspot.ca/2016/07/the-importance-of-faculty-in-higher.html

If you’re a teacher who did well in school you may need to read this
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/three-perspectives-invigorate-teaching/

10 things students want all teachers to know
http://www.justintarte.com/2016/07/10-things-students-want-all-teachers-to.html

Contrary to popular belief, teaching is a tough job! Here are some helpful anti-burnout strategies
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-careers/avoiding-burnout-self-care-strategies-faculty/

8 fundamental ideas about teaching and learning practice that have a solid basis in evidence
http://wordpress-ms.its.deakin.edu.au/acds-tlcc/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2016/07/ACDS-stem-principles-WEB.pdf

A prof’s knowledge of their subject is key for student learning, but let’s not forget good teaching techniques too!
http://www.learningspy.co.uk/psychology/dr-fox-teaches-us-importance-subject-knowledge/

How would you measure up if your students assessed you against these characteristics of an effective teacher?
http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/20-observable-characteristics-of-effective-teaching/

Do your students know what they’re supposed to do or do you just assume they do?
http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/academic-risk-taking/

Will the switch in workplace learning to “just enough, just-in-time, and just-for-me” find its way into post-secondary education?
https://hbr.org/2016/10/how-learning-and-development-are-becoming-more-agile

Moving away from a the lecture approach helps minimize learner tech-based distraction
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/canadian-university-report/laptops-in-class-help-or-hindrance/article32408443/

Want to know what the current research says about teaching and learning? Check out this list of evidence-based resources
https://furtheredagogy.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/do-we-need-to-know-about-learning-theory-or-not/

THINKING
Messy Situations Make Us Uneasy, But can improve our thinking …
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/02/16/messy-situations-make-us-uneasy-but-can-improve-our-thinking/

TOOLS
This Passnote app helps you provide specific steps for improvement to your students via e-mail
http://www.itap.purdue.edu/studio/passnote/

6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2016
http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/6-ed-tech-tools-to-try-in-2016/

Twiddla – online collaborative white board that’s quick and easy to use
http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/03/twiddla-online-collaborative-white-board-quick-easy/

Beyond assessment: 3 other uses for Socrative
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/07/beyond-assessment-3-other-uses-for.html

A tool for online collaboration
http://boardthing.com/

Five different things you can do with QR codes in your classroom
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/qr-codes-can-do-that-monica-burns

I haven’t seen this mind mapping tool before … Try it out
https://coggle.it/

Check out Quizizz … another potential formative assessment #tool
http://quizizz.com/

Some alternatives to ExplainEverything (my current favourite screen-casting/whiteboard app)
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/12/12-tools-for-creating-flipped-lessons.html

A new way to capture and share presentations for your flipped classroom
https://presentio.us

PollEverywhere now has surveys that allow participants to answer at their own pace
http://www.polleverywhere.com/blog/create-first-poll-everywhere-survey

Think you know about all the social media tools for academia? Check this A to Z list …
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/a-z-social-media

The Answer Pad looks like a pretty powerful student response system that handles far more than just multiple choice
http://theanswerpad.com/

Send activities to students’ mobile devices and get feedback, reactions, questions, and responses immediately
http://versoapp.com/

Formative … a more flexible way to give frequent and formative assessment
https://goformative.com/

Ever thought about curating your own reference page on the subject of your choice? Check out this education-related Zeef example
https://instructional-design.zeef.com/tmiket

This might be a fun way for your students to review facts in your course
https://www.pairprep.com/

TurboNote looks like a useful Chrome extension that lets you take notes while watching online videos
http://www.turbonote.co/

Add value to your courses with explainer videos
http://spongeuk.com/2016/09/short-informative-focused-the-secret-ingredients-of-explainer-animations/

Check out TEDed, a platform for using video content (yours or others) to build lessons for flipped learning
http://ed.ted.com/

Ever thought of using Kahoot for teaching new content … it’s called Blind Kahoot’ing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwGE758uWuc

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