active learning

I came across a super example of exactly the opposite of the dull narrated slides - a truly rich, interactive, and engaging piece of e-learning content. There are principles at work here that anyone involved in creating instructional content for adult learners can and should learn from.
Here is a good read for those of us interested in using Web 2.0 to enhance student learning. Check it out at
If you teach in an ABE program in Minnesota, you're probably aware that there has recently been an upsurge of interest in expanding Distance Learning (DL) opportunities for adult learners in our fair state. While certainly not all distance education is computer-based, a good portion of it is, and that portion is likely to increase in the coming years. In my technology training role, I get to have a seat at many of the tables where the discussions about DL policies are happening. It was at once such table, many months ago, where I got a particular bee in my bonnet.
I recently read an absolutely fantastic book called "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School," by Dr. John Medina. So much of the information in this book is relevant to teachers--and in many cases, confirms what savvy practitioners have seen for years in their classrooms--that I have been inspired to (re)share it with the world.


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