tips and tricks for awesome online learning

Great online learning isn’t about technology

Great online learning isn’t about technology

A lot of people think that awesome online learning is all about using the latest whizzy technology. It isn’t. If someone talks at you for 30 minutes, you switch off - whether you’re online or face-to-face. A boring teacher is a boring teacher, whether they’re...

Francesca Maxwell: The benefits of teaching remotely

Francesca Maxwell: The benefits of teaching remotely

Francesca Maxwell is an award-winning artist who has worked with Wes Anderson, Tim Burton and Aardman Animations. She also happens to be an awesome educator who regards online learning as an essential skill for anyone wanting to work in the film industry. In this...

Create the conditions for invention

Create the conditions for invention

"The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge." Seymour Papert High quality learning is active - in other words, it involves the learner doing something. But it's all too easy for a teacher or instructor to...

Environment influences learning performance

Environment influences learning performance

In business contexts, it is generally accepted that the environment can influence the performance of employees and leaders. But the influence of the online environment is often overlooked when it comes to learning. Why is this? A common issue is the sunk cost problem...

Follow Apollo: the power of synchronous experiences

Follow Apollo: the power of synchronous experiences

Imagine watching the 1969 moon landings as they happened.  Knowing that you’re experiencing the same wonder and euphoria as millions of people around the globe at the same time.  No amount of reruns, simulations or documentaries can reproduce the awesomeness of the...

Find the desire paths your learners use

Find the desire paths your learners use

Even if you haven’t heard of desire paths, you’ve seen them. They are the shortcuts across the grass people take instead of the paved paths provided and represent the shortest route between an origin and  destination. In some cases, urban planners have resisted laying...

How to avoid the filing cabinet problem

How to avoid the filing cabinet problem

If you've ever had to put content into a VLE orLMS, you've probably faced the 'filing cabinet' problem. This problem can be explained as confusing content for learning. All too often, educational providers fall into the trap of thinking that online learning = online...

What kind of online course is right for you?

What kind of online course is right for you?

We’re all different. This means that what some people consider to be effective online learning may not work for others. So how do you know whether an online course is any good? To find out, you have to begin by asking yourself what you want from an online course. The...

Ask, don’t tell – it’s all about questions

Ask, don’t tell – it’s all about questions

Use questions. Sounds simple, doesn't it? But all too often, online learning becomes a passive experience based on the transmission of knowledge. This will disengage your learners. Using questions to drive your teaching makes it much harder for your learners to just...