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Noodle Swallows an OPM Competitor

Noodle, an (ever-)evolving player in the competitive space of companies helping colleges take their academic programs online, on Friday announced that it has purchased several key assets of HotChalk, a onetime competitor whose biggest client, Concordia University Portland, announced in February that it would close. Neither Noodle nor HotChalk would share financial details about the transaction, in …

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3 More Tips for Teaching in a Virtual Classroom

In March, due to a sudden, untenable surge in the number of COVID-19 infections, university administrators across the country asked students to vacate their campuses and prepare themselves for a new online learning environment. By the end of August, many administrators had decided to continue to use virtual classrooms. Abruptly forced to pivot from teaching …

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Why Flipped Classes Often Flop

ANDREY POPOV/ISTOCK/GETTY IMAGES PLUS The development of the internet and video-streaming services has prompted many educators to reimagine instruction. Salman Khan began Khan Academy by teaching his cousin and then making videos, which people have watched hundreds of millions of times. At the same time, researchers have recognized that “teaching by telling” is ineffective, and new models …

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Professors Assess Fall Instruction and the Impact on Students

College faculty members finished the fall semester feeling more confident in their online teaching and their institutions’ support for them, but they were also exhausted — and deeply concerned about their students, especially those from groups that are historically disadvantaged in higher education. Those are among the findings of a report released today, “The Impact of …

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Show Them You Care

DRAZEN ZIGIC/ISTOCK/GETTY IMAGES If the pandemic has taught us anything about teaching, it’s that effective pedagogy takes the form of a caring relationship. Students do their best work when they feel empowered, supported and connected in the classroom. As the pandemic rages on and students continue to struggle with isolation, stress and uncertainty, the human dimension of instruction bears …

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The Power of Positive Thinking

ROBERT NICKELSBERG/CONTRIBUTOR/GETTY IMAGES New research draws connections between faculty attitudes and how well they took to online instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With little time to prepare or plan, many instructors found last year’s COVID-19-induced transition to remote learning difficult. But some managed to weather the storm with a positive attitude and a willingness to …

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