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The Importance of Authenticity Inside and Outside the Classroom

August 31, 2014


Do our teacher training courses offer authentic tasks with an audience for our work? See why it’s important in Dr. Jackie Gerstein’s latest Blog post.

Originally posted on User Generated Education:

I teach graduate educational technology courses at Boise State University to mostly in-service teachers.  One of them is Integrating Technology Into the Classroom.  It as a course with a project-based learning framework.  Learners are given a series of course projects and asked to develop learning activities for their particular content areas and grade levels.  Examples include developing a video library and associated lesson for their content area; developing a lesson for their content area that uses social media, etc.

This morning I received the following communication from a co-instructor:

Jackie, I thought you would want to know this.  I teach 514.  I ask each student to reflect on a “best learning experience” and this semester I have a student in 514 who wrote the following:

My experience of EDTECH 541 stands out for me as the best experience I have had in learning. I say this for many reasons, and…

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A 7-Step Typography Lesson for First-time eLearning Developers

August 29, 2014

Despite the utility of multimedia in eLearning, images and even videos can only go so far: the core source of information remains text. Accordingly, a basic knowledge of typography is a must for any eLearning designer. Good typography enhances readability, encourages information processing, creates a visual hierarchy, and even engages readers’ emotions.

Have you ever wanted to start a blog, but didn’t know how?

August 1, 2014


Have you ever wanted to start a blog, but didn’t know how?.

A great Blog post on how to get started with Blogging.

Studies Confirm the Power of Visuals in eLearning

July 10, 2014

We are now in the age of visual information where visual content plays a role in every part of life. As 65 percent of the population are visual learn


Blogging Resources

July 4, 2014


Some time ago I was asked to do a presentation on Blogging in the Classroom and I curated a rich collection of resources on the topic. I recently revisited the Livebinder that I had created and realized (after a few edits!) that it was still a valuable  collection with lots of useful information for teachers new to Blogging. There’s links to research, rationale, student and teacher blogging ideas.

So, here it is!

You have a Class Blog – Now what?

June 19, 2014

You have a Class Blog – Now what?.

Speaking Exchange

May 10, 2014

Watch and enjoy! Much to be learned from this idea. Thanks to @gcouros for this!


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