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10 Tips for Teachers to Deliver Effective and Engaging Online Learning

Created by - Rakesh Kumar

10 Tips for Teachers to Deliver Effective and Engaging Online Learning

As an educator, you know firsthand the incredible challenges you’ve had to manage since the onset of the pandemic. You’ve had to quickly pivot to remote learning and develop an entirely new set of skills almost overnight. And while everyone from teachers to curriculum designers has done remarkably well under the circumstances, the disruptions have nonetheless made clear the need for more resources to help you continue to design and deliver engaging and effective online learning experiences.Online Learning Design for Educators is a new Specialization on Coursera. It was created by subject matter experts at Macquarie University, and it’s designed to help you expand your repertoire of online teaching skills. This is an ideal program for anyone who is designing or delivering online learning experiences, is familiar with face-to-face teaching, and is now adapting to online environments.In a recent post on Teche, Macquarie University’s Learning and Teaching community blog, Professor Garry Falloon (a contributor to the Specialization, and a Macquarie School of Education faculty member) provided a valuable list of 10 tips educators can rely on to help foster successful online learning experiences:Create opportunities for learners to collaborate.Partner with your learners to create ‘active engagement.’Be mindful of the cognitive load for your learners.Provide feedback to your learners.  Create opportunities for synchronous and asynchronous learning.Learn how to use your learning management system or other tools to connect with learners.Create or curate.Discuss and share your audio, video, and infographic prototypes with a colleague.Be vulnerable and transparent and share your learning when it comes to online teaching with your students.Be mindful that learning can occur online and offline, so plan accordingly, support learners to be agile, flexible, and responsive in developing their knowledge and understanding.Professor Falloon’s list provided an excellent framework to follow as you explore new strategies for delivering world-class learning online, and contained within his tips is a wealth of valuable insights about the challenges and opportunities of online education.Among the many issues he touches on is the importance of collaboration and what he terms ‘active engagement’:“Encourage your students to become active in their learning by designing tasks that are motivating and allow students to construct and build content knowledge together of relevance to them, rather than just passively responding to PDF worksheets posted online.”Professor Falloon notes that project and problem-based projects are effective for encouraging beneficial collaboration. He also points out that while project-based approaches allow for a balance of asynchronous and synchronous work: “Teachers need to be highly present both in asynchronous and synchronous tasks. The more the teacher engages, the more the students will engage.”Recognizing that the pivot to online learning is a change for educators as well as students, Professor Falloon encourages teachers to share learnings amongst themselves and to be open with students: “Remote learning is new for most—teachers and students alike. Sharing wins and misses is a great way to bond over this challenging time.”As you continue to explore new strategies for refining and optimizing your approach to online learning, we hope you’ll find this Specialization beneficial. You can enroll for free today with a 7-day free trial. To access assessment tasks and receive certification, you can enroll in the monthly subscription, which is valued at USD$49/AUD$66. The Specialization can generally be completed in approximately three-to-four months.

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Published - Fri, 17 Nov 2023

6 Ways Higher Education Institutions Can Drive Skills Development for the Workplace of the Future

Created by - Rakesh Kumar

6 Ways Higher Education Institutions Can Drive Skills Development for the Workplace of the Future

For more insights on the role of higher education in bridging the skills gap to prepare 375 million skilled workers by 2030, read the full report “Developing Skills and Evaluating Pathways Into Jobs: A Vision for 2030” from Emerge Education and Coursera.More than ever, the job-relevancy of students is tied to the skills they learn in their studies. However, students face a job and skills landscape that is constantly evolving. Businesses are betting big on emerging technologies and digitization, yet nearly 46% of companies do not have the right skills within their existing workforce to fully utilize them.Higher education institutions have an opportunity to ensure their curricula reflects the skills needs of the labor force. According to a recent Gallup and Strada Education Network research report, only 34% of college students feel adequately prepared to face their jobs, and 89% of employers feel that college grads are not job-ready. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, states that there is a “mismatch between the skills that are coming out of colleges and what the skills are that we believe we need in the future.” In its latest report, “Developing Skills and Evaluating Pathways Into Jobs: A Vision for 2030,” Emerge Education and Coursera examine how the relationship between higher ed and industry can evolve to better enable pathways into the workforce.As featured in the report, here are six best practices higher education institutions can put in place now to build the skills needed for the workplace of the future:1. Play your part in communities of practice A fragmented skills landscape is the result of limited collaboration and inefficient knowledge sharing between professionals and educational providers, such as higher education institutions. By building and participating in communities of practice, education and industry can develop standard competencies and similar language for a more consistent understanding of the skills needed.2. Wake up to microcredentials Academic qualifications are years behind employer skill demands, and employers often struggle to understand the core skills demonstrated by academic qualifications. Embedding skills-oriented digital badges in existing courses can start an employability or skills passport for learners to build on even after they leave formal education. As part of ongoing curriculum review, faculty members could identify industry-relevant credentials aligned to existing learning content for every course. 3. Act on data in curriculum decisions Institutions still underestimate the disconnect between education, learner skills proficiencies, current industry demand, and future skills requirements. It can be difficult to consult with employers at scale on curriculum design, and businesses themselves often don’t know which skills are required for their digital transformation. More data-driven decisions are needed. Using benchmark data can help educational institutions better understand industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more. Institutions can then audit curriculum to identify new opportunities for employer involvement in placements, projects and assessments. The result of aligning programs with market opportunities is that students will get the education they need to be prepared to thrive in a competitive job market.4. Get serious about digital roles The most successful colleges and universities are investing to build their capacity for digital expertise internally. While all staff need some level of digital literacy, only certain roles require people to become digital experts. Institutions need to invest in learning technology professionals with specific skills in designing, procuring and implementing edtech, and training other staff to use it effectively. The Association of Learning Technology provides information on the changing needs of institutions, the growth of this role, and examples of how institutions are investing right now.5. Track learning in real-time Generic learning objectives assess the same critical skills over and over again across different levels. However, tracking learning with a variety of data points can provide meaningful, granular insights into learner progress and outcomes in real-time. For example, the University of Northampton uses changemaker goals on graduate employability as part of a toolkit to inform learning outcomes. 6. Be ready for tomorrow’s jobs While most institutions already have an employer engagement strategy, all should have a specific segment that focuses on emerging industries and future jobs to ensure that colleges, universities, and employers work together to better prepare for and respond to rapidly evolving circumstances. Creating partnerships with local enterprises can act as a hub for this process and ensure a consistent understanding of the skills landscape.

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Published - Fri, 17 Nov 2023

Basics Of Indian Slide Guitar

Created by - Rakesh Kumar

Basics Of Indian Slide Guitar

This course is for beginners wishing to learn the Indian slide guitar, also known as Mohan Veena or Hindustani Slide Guitar. Students pursuing this course will not only learn to play the Mohan Veena / Hindustani Slide Guitars, they will also learn to play the acoustic guitar. By the end of this course, students will be able to render a Bollywood classic song, an English song on the acoustic or play any one of 5 basic ragas on the slide guitar or Mohan Veena.

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Published - Fri, 17 Nov 2023

Top Dancing Styles and Their Benefits

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Top Dancing Styles and Their Benefits

Tap your feet with the beats of music. You can summarize the rhythms of the world in a single activity – dance.Where there is rhythm, here is dance too. You can find rhythm everywhere, be it soft beats of the heart, the swirl of leaves, or the splash of water.Dance is the way to express all of your emotions! People are expressing themselves through dancing since the genesis of time.Some dance forms have their roots that go back epochs; others are born in the contemporary world.All the dance styles have its own style. But, they are united by their shared goal of expressing and celebrating human the body and mind.Dancing is, no doubt, the best form of artistic expression.It is beautifully said by the English Ballet Master John Weaver that“Dancing is an elegant, and regular movement, harmoniously composed of beautiful attitudes, and contrasted graceful posture of the body, and parts thereof.”

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Top Dancing Styles and Their Benefits
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Tap your feet with the beats of music. You can summarize the rhythms of the world in a single activity – dance.Where there is rhythm, here is dance too. You can find rhythm everywhere, be it soft beats of the heart, the swirl of leaves, or the splash of water.Dance is the way to express all of your emotions! People are expressing themselves through dancing since the genesis of time.Some dance forms have their roots that go back epochs; others are born in the contemporary world.All the dance styles have its own style. But, they are united by their shared goal of expressing and celebrating human the body and mind.Dancing is, no doubt, the best form of artistic expression.It is beautifully said by the English Ballet Master John Weaver that“Dancing is an elegant, and regular movement, harmoniously composed of beautiful attitudes, and contrasted graceful posture of the body, and parts thereof.”

Fri, 17 Nov 2023

Basics Of Indian Slide Guitar
Basics Of Indian Slide Guitar
This course is for beginners wishing to learn the Indian slide guitar, also known as Mohan Veena or Hindustani Slide Guitar. Students pursuing this course will not only learn to play the Mohan Veena / Hindustani Slide Guitars, they will also learn to play the acoustic guitar. By the end of this course, students will be able to render a Bollywood classic song, an English song on the acoustic or play any one of 5 basic ragas on the slide guitar or Mohan Veena.

Fri, 17 Nov 2023

6 Ways Higher Education Institutions Can Drive Skills Development for the Workplace of the Future
6 Ways Higher Education Institutions Can Drive Skills Development for the Workplace of the Future
For more insights on the role of higher education in bridging the skills gap to prepare 375 million skilled workers by 2030, read the full report “Developing Skills and Evaluating Pathways Into Jobs: A Vision for 2030” from Emerge Education and Coursera.More than ever, the job-relevancy of students is tied to the skills they learn in their studies. However, students face a job and skills landscape that is constantly evolving. Businesses are betting big on emerging technologies and digitization, yet nearly 46% of companies do not have the right skills within their existing workforce to fully utilize them.Higher education institutions have an opportunity to ensure their curricula reflects the skills needs of the labor force. According to a recent Gallup and Strada Education Network research report, only 34% of college students feel adequately prepared to face their jobs, and 89% of employers feel that college grads are not job-ready. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, states that there is a “mismatch between the skills that are coming out of colleges and what the skills are that we believe we need in the future.” In its latest report, “Developing Skills and Evaluating Pathways Into Jobs: A Vision for 2030,” Emerge Education and Coursera examine how the relationship between higher ed and industry can evolve to better enable pathways into the workforce.As featured in the report, here are six best practices higher education institutions can put in place now to build the skills needed for the workplace of the future:1. Play your part in communities of practice A fragmented skills landscape is the result of limited collaboration and inefficient knowledge sharing between professionals and educational providers, such as higher education institutions. By building and participating in communities of practice, education and industry can develop standard competencies and similar language for a more consistent understanding of the skills needed.2. Wake up to microcredentials Academic qualifications are years behind employer skill demands, and employers often struggle to understand the core skills demonstrated by academic qualifications. Embedding skills-oriented digital badges in existing courses can start an employability or skills passport for learners to build on even after they leave formal education. As part of ongoing curriculum review, faculty members could identify industry-relevant credentials aligned to existing learning content for every course. 3. Act on data in curriculum decisions Institutions still underestimate the disconnect between education, learner skills proficiencies, current industry demand, and future skills requirements. It can be difficult to consult with employers at scale on curriculum design, and businesses themselves often don’t know which skills are required for their digital transformation. More data-driven decisions are needed. Using benchmark data can help educational institutions better understand industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more. Institutions can then audit curriculum to identify new opportunities for employer involvement in placements, projects and assessments. The result of aligning programs with market opportunities is that students will get the education they need to be prepared to thrive in a competitive job market.4. Get serious about digital roles The most successful colleges and universities are investing to build their capacity for digital expertise internally. While all staff need some level of digital literacy, only certain roles require people to become digital experts. Institutions need to invest in learning technology professionals with specific skills in designing, procuring and implementing edtech, and training other staff to use it effectively. The Association of Learning Technology provides information on the changing needs of institutions, the growth of this role, and examples of how institutions are investing right now.5. Track learning in real-time Generic learning objectives assess the same critical skills over and over again across different levels. However, tracking learning with a variety of data points can provide meaningful, granular insights into learner progress and outcomes in real-time. For example, the University of Northampton uses changemaker goals on graduate employability as part of a toolkit to inform learning outcomes. 6. Be ready for tomorrow’s jobs While most institutions already have an employer engagement strategy, all should have a specific segment that focuses on emerging industries and future jobs to ensure that colleges, universities, and employers work together to better prepare for and respond to rapidly evolving circumstances. Creating partnerships with local enterprises can act as a hub for this process and ensure a consistent understanding of the skills landscape.

Fri, 17 Nov 2023

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