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By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teachers: 3 Tools to Get Students Collaborating in Online Courses

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Online education has boomed this past decade. Students around the world—such as Masters Students in the Johns Hopkins School of Education—can now attend classes while sipping a latte in the campus coffee shop or anywhere else they can access the Internet, as a bulk of their classes are now online.

The downside, of course, is they may never meet their fellow classmates.

While online education is making learning more accessible, it can also alienate students from their peers. These virtual classrooms often lack academic conversation, collaboration, and debate—all of which push student thinking, and are an important part of the learning process.

Here are three ways to foster collaboration, encourage student-to-student interaction, and create a classroom community with your online class.

By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Learnist and Other Tech Tools Making Textbooks Extinct

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As a college student, I learned to wrap my textbooks covers with a brown paper bag in order to keep the book looking new. This is a skill my own children will never learn.

They will never wait in line to sell back a 40-pound stack of books, and won’t have heavy boxes of outdated editions to move out of their dorm rooms.

The textbook is quickly becoming extinct. Emerging is a new wave of classroom technology that’s redefining what school looks like, and how we learn.

By Aaron Quigley | Friday, August 29, 2014

Texting in Class? Go Right Ahead

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It’s back-to-school time, and that means shopping for paper, pencils, a ruler, and the various other tools of academia.

One surprising item popping up on school lists around the nation is an Internet-ready mobile device, such as an iPhone or iPad. Classrooms as young as kindergarten are working mobile applications into their curricula, hoping the technology can aid instructional pedagogy and increase student engagement and achievement. At the same time, these devices are helping teach students technical skills that translate to their future careers.

By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Design Mobile Learning Rapidly in Captivate 8

Adobe Captivate 8 First Look

Last week, Adobe launched a new version of Captivate 8, which adds an array of mobile learning tools on top of the already robust elearning software. The new release also includes a completely redesigned workspace with easy-to-navigate menus and better use of tool-bar real estate. The result: You can quickly create beautiful theme-based elearning content without ever touching code.

What’s new in Captivate 8

The new mobile features include responsive project designs. You can start with a responsive template to create projects that adapt to desktops, tablets, and mobile devices, all from a single file. Then turn on touch gesture support so learners can swipe between slides, double tap for a table of contents, or even pinch to zoom as they move through the elearning.

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