Considering the learning

Over these holidays I've had more opportunity to sit and chat with folks, hear their stories, and listen to the lessons in these. One shared reminded me of the importance of keeping options open. This gentleman, now in his 70's, recounted some of his early college experiences with me over a cup of coffee. Aspring to become a mechanical engineer, he had pursued several routes for his degree. His first was the obvious, seeking training where his GI Bill monies could be used. He also desired to att...
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Connecting the learner through instruction and media

A few years ago, I was in the midst of working through my doctoral coursework. Each semester brought two classes and the mass of readings and assignments. This particular spring semester of 2004, I encountered one of the toughest professors during my doctoral program. Known for her emphasis on perfect academic writing skills, she taught us how to improve and expand our writing abilities; a skill much needed in the academic profession. She also built these requirements into the assigned readings ...
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Reflections of..the way life used to be

Universal design for learning (UDL) helps us focus on how we infuse good instructional approaches and technologies to maximize the learning process. I remember my early experiences in very traditional classrooms that were steeped in tradition -- lots of long lectures, reading texts with the instructor in class, meaningless overheads, and tattered handouts that were difficult to read (let alone interpret). As a very visual and hands-on learner, I longed for the experiential approach and the oppor...
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