Tag Archives: University

Essential English Grammar Updated

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The Essential English Grammar add-on module has been updated! We have updated many of the exercises and activities, and included some new ones too; not to mention this module sports the new Academic-Zone blue theme!

This module is the perfect way to develop fundamental grammar skills. Although this module is great for all students, it was specifically designed with the ESL/International student audience in mind! The module is loaded with ways for students to put what they have learned into practice.

Interested in exploring more? Let us know! Leave a comment or send us an email.

Brock University A-Z Learning Services

Did you know that Academic-Zone is run by A-Z Learning Services at Brock University? Well now you do! Take the opportunity to see what else the A-Z Learning Services team provides to Brock students!

http://brocku.ca/learning-services/faculty-promotion-a-z-learning

This video provides an introduction to the variety of services delivered by the A-Z Learning Services team.

Academic-Zone is one of the many initiatives that Learning Services has put in place at BrockU. But since Academic-Zone operates all online, it can be easily implemented at other institutions. We wanted to make it available to as many students as possible, so we started licencing Academic-Zone externally to institutions across Canada! 

Numeracy-Zone Updated

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!

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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.

Want more information on Numeracy-Zone? Send me an email at academic-zone@brocku.ca!

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.

Academic-Zone Attends Pearson College and Career Readiness Solutions 2013

Two members of the Academic-Zone team are attending Pearson Education’s College and Career Readiness Solutions event which will take place at the Estates of Sunnybrook in Toronto on Friday, May 3rd.

The keynote will be delivered by Laurel Schollen, Associate Vice President Academic-Educational Excellence from Seneca College. Laurel will discuss two projects, the College Math Project and College Student Achievement Project, that are designed to promote student success.

Scott McDaniel of Middle Tennessee State University will be presenting a session on Course Redesign. Scott will discuss the flipped classroom experience, including strategies to encourage students to engage with course content before class.

For more information including the complete agenda and information on the speakers please visit: http://www.pearsoncanada.ca/highered/events/pearson-college-and-career-readiness-solutions-2013

Academic-Zone Attends Symposium on Learning Outcomes Assessment: Practically Speaking

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

Literacy in Learning Exchange Report

The National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) and a coalition of 30 education associations and policy organizations released a report on Wednesday April 3, 2013. The report: Remodeling Literacy Learning: Making Room for What Works is “based on a national survey of educators. Among its key findings are that educators at every level and in every subject embrace responsibility for improving student literacy, but that they need time and support for working together to ensure they can successfully teach the complex literacy skills required by the new state standards.”

The results and findings from the NCLE explain how United States educators are currently working together to meet rising literacy expectations and how best to support them going forward. The key findings are explored in more detail in the report; here is what they found:

  1. Literacy is not just the English teacher’s job anymore.
  2. Working together is working smarter.
  3. But schools aren’t structured to facilitate educators working together.
  4. Many of the building blocks for remodeling literacy learning are in place.
  5. Effective collaboration needs systemic support.

Click here for the full report.

Click here for the report inforgraphic

Click here for more information on the National Center for Literacy Education

 

Academic-Zone Online Module Demo

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Academic-Zone Online Module Demo

 

 

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Academic-Zone Attending 3rd Annual Educational Technology Summit

Academic-Zone Attending 3rd Annual Educational Technology Summit

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:

  1. Redefine outdated teaching models to enhance personalized learning
  2. Bridge the transition gap to post-secondary education
  3. Embrace BYOD and build it into your curriculum to enable new learning opportunities
  4. Get a handle on your performance measurements through data analytics
  5. Improve learning outcomes through the integration of emerging technologies
  6. Secure faculty buy-in with effective professional development tactics
  7. Leverage the interactive value of social media to create a connected classroom
  8. Enable peer-learning and class-collaboration time with flipped classrooms
  9. Source scalable and cost-effective solutions to your education technology deployments
  10. Innovate how you teach and engage students with game-based learning methodologies
  11. Support new learning environments for your students with MOOCs
  12. 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