Have you ever wondered what determines if an individual is academically and/or professionally successful? One would assume intelligence, time management skills, or wealth are all possible factors… but surprisingly those don’t take the top spot. Angela Lee Duckworth, a psychologist from the University of Pennsylvania, just might have the answer. Check out this 6-minute TED Talk to hear her story.
What are your thoughts?
- Do you think passion and perseverance are crucial for success?
- Do you think there is a more important factor for success?
- Can you think of anyone who embodies this factor?
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Tagged Academic, Angela Lee Duckworth, College, Grit, Intelligence, IQ, Passion, Perseverance, Post-Secondary, Professional, Psychology, Success, TED, Time Management, University, Wealth
I came across an article earlier today on how technology will change education. The article provided insight on how technology has changed almost all aspects of our lives. It goes on to state that education has always revolved around a teacher formally instructing students in a classroom setting, but with the emergence of interactive, adaptive learning software, technology could dramatically change the entire learning process. This relates to my recent post about how online learning allows students to be more self-directed and learn at their own pace, as opposed to an instructor’s pace. Although there are barriers to the use of technology in education, I agree with the author, in that it is very likely the implementation of educational technology will increase and expand sooner rather than later.
What are your thoughts on the use of technology in education? How do you think education will be impacted over the next few years? I will leave you with one quote from the article that really stood out to me and leave the rest of the reading to you,
“We very well may be at the cusp of a revolution in education based on technological change.”
Click here for the full article.
Posted in Best Practices, Innovation in Education, Perspectives
Tagged academics, Education, Educational Resources, Innovation, Innovation in Education, Learning, learning support, Online, Post-Secondary, Resources, Students, Teaching, Technology
The Academic-Zone team is proud to announce the release of Science-Zone: Lab Reports, our first science-focused module! This module is intended to provide an general overview of the key components in a post-secondary level lab report. It covers topics such as introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and abstract. This module has a variety of videos and practice exercises to keep students engaged!
As development continues we hope to create more concentrated Lab Report modules for specific disciplines like Chemistry, Biology, or Physics!
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Posted in Academic-Zone Team, Products
Tagged academic skills, academic support, Academic-Zone, biology, Brock University, chemistry, College, Education, help, instructors, lab reports, Learning, learning resource, Module, new module, physics, Post-Secondary, Resources, science, science-zone, science-zone: lab reports, Students, Support, University
The Academic-Zone team has been working hard to serve your needs better! We recently updated all three of the Numeracy-Zone modules (Calculations, Algebra, and Statistics), and they will be available to all of our users this upcoming school year. The Numeracy-Zone modules are now filled with interactive exercises and activities to keep the learning fun and interesting!
The Academic-Zone modules are dynamic, offering a unique user experience. The interactivity allows information to flow both ways within the module. Students can view the material and concepts, apply their new knowledge directly in the resource, and most importantly, obtain feedback to improve or enhance their understanding of the concept.
Make sure to check back to find out what else is happening with Academic-Zone.
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Tagged Academic-Zone, Brock University, College, E-Learning, educational resource, Innovation, learn, learning support, Math, Math support, Module, Numeracy-Zone, Online educational resource, Post-Secondary, schoole, Secondary, Technology, University
Two members of the Academic-Zone team will be attending the Symposium on Learning Outcomes Assessment: Practically Speaking on April 22 & 23, at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. The symposium gathers post-secondary instructors and educational developers from across Canada to share their experiences and expertise on the assessment of learning outcomes.
The symposium is sponsored by:
- Council of Ontario Universities
- Ontario College Quality Assurance Service
- Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer
- Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance
- Canadian Publishers’ Council
The event will include numerous interactive and in-depth concurrent workshops and visual poster sessions focused on examining the learning outcomes assessment process.
Click here for more on the Council of Ontario Universities and the event
Click here to find out more about the event
Click here for the program schedule
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Tagged Academic-Zone, april, assessment, canada, Canadian Publishers' Council, College, Council of Ontario Universities, Education, event, Innovation in Education, learning outcome assessment, learning outcomes, ontario, Ontario College Quality Assurance Service, Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer, Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance, Post-Secondary, symposium, Team, Toronto, universities, University, workshops
Members of the Academic-Zone team will be attending the 3rd Annual Education Technology Strategies for K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Universities Summit on Tuesday February 26th and Wednesday February 27th 2013. The Education Technology Summit is “an exclusive forum that provides knowledge and insights for education technology professionals and educators on strategies to build 21st Century schools. Attendees will walk away with the tools they need to redefine the education and learning paradigms of their institution.” The conference is organized by Strategy Institute. Strategy Institute has been a facilitator of information sharing for over 15 years. They provide education decision-makers with the knowledge and tools they need to cultivate an engaged and creative learning environment for all Canadians.
This year’s agenda has a bountiful list of education leaders from across North America that will be speaking on education technology throughout the two day event. The main topics of discussion for this year’s conference are listed below.
Source 12 strategies to enhance teaching and learning:
- Redefine outdated teaching models to enhance personalized learning
- Bridge the transition gap to post-secondary education
- Embrace BYOD and build it into your curriculum to enable new learning opportunities
- Get a handle on your performance measurements through data analytics
- Improve learning outcomes through the integration of emerging technologies
- Secure faculty buy-in with effective professional development tactics
- Leverage the interactive value of social media to create a connected classroom
- Enable peer-learning and class-collaboration time with flipped classrooms
- Source scalable and cost-effective solutions to your education technology deployments
- Innovate how you teach and engage students with game-based learning methodologies
- Support new learning environments for your students with MOOCs
- Make the case to fund your technology deployment projects under tight budgets
Click on the following link for more information:
Education Technology Summit Website
Education Technology Summit Online Brochure
Strategy Institute Website
February 21, 2013 in Academic-Zone Team, Innovation in Education
Tagged Academic-Zone, College, Conference, Education, Education Technology Summit, High School, Innovation in Education, Post-Secondary, Secondary, Technology, Toronto, University