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Learner-Centered Instruction: A Look At Recent Research on Fixing the Learning Gap

As universities look for opportunities to improve learning outcomes for nontraditional students, to personalize learning experiences, and to close the degree attainment gap, it’s necessary […]

Thinking About Flipped Learning? Advice on How (and Why) to Start

Flipped learning, according to the Flipped Learning Network, moves direct instruction from the group learning space to the individual learning space. The group learning space […]

Practical Steps to Bring More Active Learning Into Your Classroom

Integrating active learning techniques into the college classroom doesn’t require a complete redesign of the course curriculum. Quite the opposite. In most cases, it simply […]

Compelling Ideas in Active Learning: A Roundup of the Top Research

Over the past two decades, numerous studies have explored the effectiveness of active learning in the college classroom. Active learning uses activities and instruction designed […]

How Courseware Can Turn Online Classes Into Active Learning Environments

When a college course is designed using principles of active learning, students seize control of their own educational experience. Active learning requires students to not […]

Activate Learning Through Learning Design – Here’s How

Active learning places the student at the center of the instructional process. Instead of students merely hearing information, memorizing it, and then repeating facts on […]

The Changing Face of Today’s Student: More Diverse, Older and Requiring More Personalized Learning

A scan of several studies and surveys reveals a clear picture of how higher education enrollment will change in the coming years. The student body […]

How Personalized Learning Can Help Educators Tackle Hard Teaching and Learning Challenges

Today’s college campuses are increasingly populated by students older and more diverse than the traditional student body. As we summarized in The Changing Face of […]

How Connecting Student Services to Online Learning Can Close the Attainment Gap

When students are the first in their family to go to college, they — like all incoming students —  have great hopes. The unfortunate reality, however, […]

The Role of Instructional Design in Closing the Achievement Gap

All students start college with high hopes and ambitions for successfully attaining a degree, but reality sets in quickly once students are actually on campus […]

How Personalized Learning Can Help Close the Attainment Gap

Significant effort toward closing the degree attainment gap has focused on creating defined pathways for students, as well as degree-planning and advising programs. For example, […]

Online Course Design: A Roundup of Tips, Strategies, and Best Practices

Simply delivering a traditional course via the internet is not enough for today’s students. Online learning needs to actively engage students if higher education leaders […]

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