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Culturally Responsive Teaching in Online Classrooms

My recent talk at the Champions of Learning Conference centered on culturally responsive online practices. So what is culturally responsive teaching?

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Open-ended Problem Learning

Often referred to as problem-based learning, this narrative technique is a student-centred approach that either groups or individuals can perform. The focus of the instruction requires learners to solve an open-ended problem using what they already know, as well as their newly-acquired knowledge, about a new topic.

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A Creative Education Avenue for Microlearning

Although microlearning has been referred to as an emergent learning strategy that is ideal for filling knowledge gaps or providing a burst of instruction for a needed skill in a timely manner, one might propose that microlearning is not emergent (Shank, 2018). Looking beyond the hype of the microlearning moniker, it is important to define what type of learning the instructional designers are working to achieve.

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Leveraging Technology for Critical Thinking

The Wall Street Journal reported that many students did not improve their critical thinking skills over their four years of secondary education. For employers looking for a workforce that can quickly solve problems, this is a disappointing statistic that does not bode well for the future. As parents witness the rising costs of tuition and student loans, they struggle to justify sending children into higher education.

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Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is the ability to aggregate, analyze, synthesize and communicate data using technology tools and sources' (Stafford, 2015). The current status of digital literacy shows that students are not receiving an education in an enhanced technology learning environment and that workplace digital literacy is a problem for designers of professional instruction (Jackson, 2013; Leffler, 2015; Milloy, 2015).

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