March 11, 2014

The New SAT and Educational Inequality

The SAT is changing, and the College Board (the people who make the SAT) is starting a promising partnership with Khan Academy to bring free test preparation for the new exam as well as the current one. We can all agree that giving everyone access to free, high quality test […]
September 2, 2018

Using visuals to tell a story

The human brain can comprehend visual content much faster than text-based content, so choosing visual elements to illustrate a concept is just as important as using high-quality words to explain it. Vivid imagery has the power to spark the interest of learners, motivating them to pay attention and increasing their […]
September 2, 2018

Are Virtual Teams (VTs) the Key to Increased Productivity?

As our work environment evolves to meet the complexities of business, the presence of VTs adds an extra layer to how we engage employees. We feel the impact of VTs in company culture, systems and processes, and even learning and development. According to an August 2017 Gallop poll, 43 percent […]
September 3, 2018

eLearning Demystified

What do adaptive technology, competency-based education, personalized learning, microlearning and the flipped classroom all have in common? They are all terms being used in eLearning today to describe different teaching strategies. At times they can sound like jargon, but each one describes a technique that is being used to meet […]
October 5, 2018

Principles of Assessment

At all levels of education, we need to know what works and what doesn’t. We need to know who has achieved the relevant learning objectives and who isn’t there yet. For these reasons and others, assessment plays a vital role in every educational environment. A good assessment provides information about […]
October 5, 2018

Critical Thinking Is Vitally Important. But What Is It, Anyway?

A recent Wall Street Journal article reported a seemingly paradoxical situation: Employers generally agree that critical thinking is an essential skill for success in organizations, but there is no generally-accepted definition of the term. In related news, studies show that support for teaching critical-thinking skills is quite high, but again, […]
October 5, 2018

Educational Assessment and the Crisis in Higher Education

Imagine an educational program that takes 4 or more years of full-time effort, costs four times the typical annual salary of its graduates, has a 44 percent dropout rate, and produces graduates who often lack the higher-order skills that are essential for organizational success. Would you sign up? Perhaps you […]
October 5, 2018

Is Standardized Testing Killing Creativity?

Ken Robinson is not a fan of the current US educational system. In his popular and often-hilarious TED talks, he makes a passionate, witty, and thought-provoking case that the US educational culture is following the wrong principles. If you haven’t checked out his talks, you probably should, but come back […]
October 5, 2018

Test Critical Thinking? Yes, You Can

If you made a list of the crucial abilities you would want your colleagues to have, critical thinking skills would be near the top of that list. After all, while the knowledge that is required today could be obsolete tomorrow, the value of critical thinking never fades. Unfortunately, critical thinking […]
October 5, 2018

Millennials and Microlearning

Learning, in some cases, has become less about retention and more about immediate application. As organizations strive to reduce the time between learning and applying, microlearning has become a popular technique to use. It allows learners to quickly move through content and then refresh their knowledge as needed while on […]
October 5, 2018

The Thinking Behind the Flipped Classroom

Like many other educational innovations, the flipped classroom began with the recognition of a problem with the traditional way of teaching. To understand the potential benefits of a flipped classroom, then, it may be helpful to understand the problem it was trying to solve.
October 5, 2018

The Promise and Challenges of MOOCs

There’s something to be said for small classes. For many of us, our most memorable and meaningful educational experiences came in small seminars that provided extensive opportunities to interact with the instructor. But not every class is like that. For every student in a small senior seminar, there are many […]
October 5, 2018

Test Critical Thinking? Yes, You Can

If you made a list of the crucial abilities you would want your colleagues to have, critical thinking skills would be near the top of that list. After all, while the knowledge that is required today could be obsolete tomorrow, the value of critical thinking never fades. Unfortunately, critical thinking […]