Another Problem with Online Courses

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E-learning (left page) (Photo credit: mushon)

How online courses boost college completion but lower actual learning
‘The availability of online learning is doing some really strange things to California’s community college students: It’s dramatically increasing their persistence to a degree, but it’s lowering how often they finish each course with a passing grade.

‘[Over the long term, students taking 60 or more credits are much more likely to get a degree when they take classes online.

‘But, as for completing and passing each individual course, the report states, “We find that online course success rates are between 11 and 14 percentage points lower than traditional course success rates.” Bummer…’
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Lectures Are Boring and Ineffective, Too, Study Finds
‘Are your lectures droning on? Change it up every 10 minutes with more active teaching techniques and more students will succeed, researchers say. A new study finds that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use more stimulating, so-called active learning methods.

‘“Universities were founded in Western Europe in 1050 and lecturing has been the predominant form of teaching ever since,” says biologist Scott Freeman of the University of Washington, Seattle. But many scholars have challenged the “sage on a stage” approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, arguing that engaging students with questions or group activities is more effective…’

van Gogh Determined to be a Painter in his Late Twenties
‘On Think Jar Collective, creativity author Michael Michalko examines the work ethic of artist Vincent van Gogh. He persistently labored on his craft every single day; creating over 2000 sketches and paintings within a decade. He understood that improving your skills through hard work furthered your ability more than having talent and not employing it.

‘Vincent van Gogh did not resolve to become an artist until his late twenties. His cousin, a successful artist, even suggested van Gogh choose a different profession because he possessed no natural talent. It was through sheer work and perseverance that he became the artist that we know him as today.

‘Here are the key lessons Michalko learned from van Gogh:

Harvard Group Gives Up on Satanic ‘Black Mass’ After Protests
But who are to be sacrificed?
‘A Satanic ritual that was set to take place at the Ivy League university has been moved to an undisclosed location off-campus after the event caused an uproar.

‘The event, labelled a “Black Mass,” was being hosted by the cultural club at the Harvard Extension School.

‘After protests about the demonic demonstration, which was scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, the group looked for an another location, including the local bar “The Middle East,” but all negotiations fell through, the club said…’


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