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Questions to the Field: Integrating OER and Free Resources in Adult Education

Last month at a meeting with distance learning adult educators from around the country, I had the opportunity to present on OER integration and share CrowdED Learning’s SkillBlox initiative. My copresenter from Pennsylvania walked through the evolution they have gone through with their GED distance learning program, and how that led to a model strategy for integrating free and open education resources into their curriculum.

Pennsylvania uses Canvas LMS to organize learning resources from their "anchor resource" as well as free and open resources

4 Pillars of Science Success

Friends, 
I invite you to view this TED talk by Freeman Hrabowski, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on the Pillars of Science Success in College. What I found interesting in his speech is not the academic prep alone, but the emphasis is on the culture we create in our classroom. First, he emphasizes high expectations. Then, he emphasizes building a sense of community with students, providing labs experience and research opportunities for students, and faculty interested in science need to engage with the students.

My office has started a 'step-challenge' but who has access to my data?

Friends, 

As I begin this discussion, I just received a Fitbit, downloaded the app associated with the project on my phone, and then synced the phone and the Fitbit. Now, the number of steps I take daily, my sleep habits (potentially), exercise habits, and pulse rate are uploaded to the cloud. This information could be readily available to my employer. 

Department of Labor: Ticket-to-Work Webinar

  • Date: 
    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
    Location: 
    Online webinar

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Training Administration (ETA) is moderating a webinar on Wednesday, September 12th from 1:00 to 2:30 PM EST on the following topic: “Ticket to Work Program: An Aligned Mission with WIOA”. This webinar will highlight new streamlined processes in place to operationalize Ticket to Work and the different partnership models available, including Partnership Plus. 

Professional Development from AALPD: Evidence of change in teacher practice and student outcomes

Join the AALPD Short session on September 13 at 4 pm EST. Join Dr. Rebecca S. Wagner, the Professional Learning Opportunities Project Director in PA as she presents: Evidence of change in teacher practice and student outcomes.

Help! Grammar topics that require knowledge of parts of speech....

Hi Everyone,

Newbie here! I teach a biweekly community-college ESL class. Most of the students speak at an intermediate level, with writing and reading perhaps a bit lower than that.

Looking for Teachers to Share their Health Literacy Stories with the Field!

Hi Everyone,
 
Happy Fall! It's always bittersweet to see Summer end, but Fall is often an exciting new beginning, especially for those who teach and learn! 
 

Teaching Collocations

Hello colleagues, An important component of teaching language is collocation. For those who may not be familiar with the term, collocation refers to words that are used together. CO means together and LOCATION means place, so COLLOCATIONS are words that are used together in the same place (i.e., in the same utterance or sentence) to communicate. For example, we use the word strong with coffee but not with soda.

Offering learners choices for reading

Hello colleagues, The only way to get better at reading is to read. There is no substitute for extensive reading! Accordingly, I have always been interested in finding ways to support learners to read more outside of class.

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