Educational Technology

Online calculus class attracts big numbers

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/01/2016 - 00:38

By Jay Panandiker, the Lantern

How many people can take a calculus class? The limit does not exist. Calculus is a class that people take as a prerequisite for dozens of majors around campus and at colleges across the country. One course, titled Calculus One or Mooculus, functions as an introduction to calculus both for those who are new to the subject and those who just want to review concepts. So far, hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in the course on Coursera, an online-education website that partners with universities around the country, and more than 250,000 have participated through the OSU website, said Jim Fowler, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. The YouTube channel also just recently surpassed 1 million views.

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It’s time GW finds its footing in online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/01/2016 - 00:33

y GW Hatchet Editorial

There’s a change in tide for higher education. The way students learn isn’t always in conventional, face-to-face classrooms anymore: More students are taking classes online, especially graduate students. Online learning will probably expand more at GW in a few short years. This fall, GW will reach 99.8 percent of its enrollment capacity. Because this capacity – 16,553 full-time students on campus – was determined as a part of the University’s 20-year agreement with D.C., the school can’t just build another residence hall. To continue enrolling more students and making more money from tuition, the University will need to move more of its programs online.

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Stanford research backs visual math lessons

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/01/2016 - 00:28

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Researchers at Stanford are encouraging teachers to embrace more visual approaches to math, like letting students use their fingers while learning, to support greater math achievement in the long-term. According to eCampus News, new brain research finds people naturally visualize math problems when working on them, and helping students develop skills to improve that visualization can improve learning. These findings challenge modern math instruction that focuses on memorization and abstract thinking, discouraging students from using their fingers to count.

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