Studies have shown that in instructor-based courses, note-taking promotes learning. Some authors even suggest that this skill is a prerequisite for effective acquisition of knowledge (Bauer & Koedinger, 2006; Kauffman, Zhao, & Yang, 2011). The same benefits have been found in online environments, although there are certain advantages and disadvantages specific to virtual spaces.
It’s official. People like bullet points. At least that’s how I explain the popularity of last month’s article Talk This Way: Tips to Recording Good Quality Audio Narration. (Either that or something to do with the content.) Speaking of content, you may recall that one of the tips included on the list referred to the importance of writing a good, conversational script for your audio narration.
“And remember, honey: if you’ve got it, flaunt it!” my aunt would chirp enthusiastically at me during just about every family event throughout my teens and early twenties. Although this mantra worked on occasion, it pretty much flopped years later when I did my first audio narrations for an online course. I quickly realized that just because I had a good clear speaking voice, this didn’t mean that it sounded good as digital audio.
Collaborative learning is the act of distributing the responsibility of learning to the students. Despite that this instructional method has been widely researched and advocated throughout the professional and serious academic literature, the form of teaching is also enriching the genre of the old light bulb joke: • Q: How many collaborative learning teachers does it take to change a light bulb?