Tag Archives: Resources

Exploring Different Ways to Teach Math

Math. It’s a word that strikes fear into many students. Whether or not you’re a math major, at some point you may have to use math in post-secondary. For example, Sociology students are required to take a course on statistics, but it may have been years since they’ve taken a Math course.

At Academic-Zone, we approach this challenge with our online Numeracy-Zone module. The module is broken down into four topics: Calculations, Statistics, Algebra, and Equations & Lines. Mathematical concepts are explained using real-life examples and the module’s easy-to-navigate design allows students to explore based on their own needs and interests.  Math is learned through doing, and our modules provide students with many opportunities for practice through interactive exercises and quizzes.

There are many different ways to effectively teach math. One approach is through the use of games. In an article on Forbes, Stanford Mathematician, Dr. Keith Devlin, explains why video games are the perfect way to teach math. He explains that math is not something you know, but rather an activity that you do. He argues that games encourage students to do, by providing challenges and rewards.

What are your thoughts on the use of games as a tool for teaching math? What other strategies do you use to teach or learn math concepts?

Check out the full article on Dr. Keith Devlin here.

Third-Year Brock University Aboriginal Student, Biological Sciences

Colton Clause Biological Sciences Student at Brock University

Colton Clause
Biological Sciences Student

Hi, my name is Colton Clause. I am a third-year student in the Biological Sciences program at Brock University. I am also a student peer/mentor working in Aboriginal Student Services. I commonly see students coming into our office having questions on essay writing. Working hand-in-hand with Learning Services, the Aboriginal Student Services staff was able to create the Aboriginal Module of Essay Zone.

I am asking any Aboriginal students to comment on the effectiveness of the Aboriginal Module of Essay Zone. We are currently in the process of re-working the content to better fit the needs of students. This feedback will help us develop a better working version suited to an Aboriginal perspective. In your feedback, please reflect on our current information: whether it was relevant, beneficial, or if significant aspects are missing or not explained.

Our hope is that we can maintain our status as student-driven literacy support and continue to deliver accurate information about essay writing through an Aboriginal perspective.

Technology Will Change Education

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.

Technology can help in solving problems in face-to-face classes

This is a very interesting article! The post showcases an instructor’s strategy of creating YouTube videos as online resources for her students. She discusses the benefits and setbacks of providing an online lesson to students. The post compares the pace of teaching face to face to the pace of teaching online or online resources. When teaching face to face, the instructor typically sets the pace of the lesson based on personal preference, timeframe, and students’ note-taking speed. An online resource or lesson, however, allows the student to control the pace through pausing and resuming. I believe students often have a hard time keeping up with professors.
Academic-Zone sees the benefit of self-directed learning and provides students with online resources that allow them to work at their own pace and improve their academic writing skills inside and outside the classroom. What are your thoughts? For more reading on this topic, check out the original article.

New Module Annoucement – Science-Zone: Lab Reports

Lab Reports

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!

Got an idea for product development? We’d love to hear it! Send an email to academic-zone@brocku.ca!

Blog Update: Products Tab

Check out the Products tab at the top of the page for some fresh information on the suite of Academic-Zone modules! The tabs include tons of information on the major and add-on modules and we’ve even included screen shots! Make sure to check it all out!


Let us know if you would like any additional information on the site by leaving a comment!

You can always send us an email too! We’d love to hear your opinion 🙂

Top 99 Online College Student Resources

Check out Top 5 Online Colleges.org‘s list of online college student resources. The organization has listed what they believe to be the top 99 online college student resources. I really like how the resources are broken down into categories: General Online Learning, Continuing Education, OpenCourseWare, Tools & Supplies, Videos, Podcasts & Webinars and College Preparation. Students are able to break down what they are looking for by type of resource, and then choose from a list of top resources in that category- allowing for easy access and navigation to the topic of choice.

I have listed the #1 resource in each of the categories below, but make sure to check out the full article for more details and links to the other resources.

General Online Learning- Khan Academy
Continuing Education- findCE.com
OpenCourseWare- MITOpencourseware
Tools & Supplies- Evernote
Videos, Podcasts & Webinars- TeacherTube
College Preparation- CLC College Prep

Click here to view the full article.


Steve Wheeler’s Three Things About Learning For This Generation

Steve Wheeler’s Three Things About Learning for this Generation

I read another very interesting article from fellow blogger and noted e-learning expert Steve Wheeler. He is an Associate Professor of learning technology in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society, at Plymouth University.

To view the blog post click the title or click here. This article focuses on three things that Steve thinks we need to know about learning for this generation. These three things are:

  • Learning needs to be personalized
  • Learning needs to be social
  • Learning needs to be globalized

Steve notes that learning must be differentiated because one size definitely does not fit all. Everyone learns in a different way, and personalized learning allows for a stronger connection to the material being taught. Academic-Zone avoids the “one size fits all” aspect of online resources through its interactivity, helping create what can be described as a personalized experience. Social interaction is also very important in the learning process. Steve notes, “Much of what we learn comes from contact and communication with others.” Through the use of video and audio clips featuring students and educators our modules deliver a very interactive and social learning experience. Globalization is the last topic discussed in this post. It is important to create a global learning community. “Students who share their content online can reach a worldwide audience who can act as a peer network to provide constructive feedback. Teachers can crowd-source their ideas and share their content in professional forums”. This is the reason Academic-Zone is available to other institutions. We want to share our resources to enhance education across the board.

The tools and devices students choose, and the pathways they decide to take are in many ways beginning to challenge the synchronised and homogenised approaches we still practice in schools, universities and organisations”

Academic-Zone is bridging the gap between traditional learning and innovative learning practices. As a result, Academic-Zone has a community of engaged and empowered student learners and supported educators making significant strides in developing academic success throughout the field of education.


Is School Actually Meeting The Current and Future Needs of Our Learners?

Is School Actually Meeting The Current and Future Needs of Our Learners?

I was reading the blog on the Canadian Education Association’s (CEA) website and came across a great post called “Is school actually meeting the current and future needs of our learners?” The post discussed the need for innovation in education, and how the use of technology can engage today’s students in learning. The article is definitely worth a read! The post relates very well to Academic-Zone. Academic-Zone is bridging this gap with our online educational resources. Academic-Zone was designed to meet the needs of today’s students and support teaching initiatives, using technology to its advantage.

To read the full article click the title or here

For more information on the Canadian Education Association check out their website: www.cea-ace.ca

Technology in the Classroom

See what Brock students have to say about technology and its place in the classroom!

Academic-Zone offers the supplemental online education to help you achieve success in the classroom.

For more student feedback on Academic-Zone click on the link: http://academic-zone.com/testimonials.php

What do you think about innovation in education?