Five kinds of E-learning resources to whet your appetite


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New e-learning software is being developed to support learners and teachers in a myriad of ways. However, just having new learning technology out there does not guarantee improved learning. It is essential that instructors know what technology is available and how to employ it effectively in the classroom if the technology is going to create positive learning outcomes. So, what’s out there?

Let’s start by defining some terms.  Simply stated, e-learning is a sweeping reference to any learning or teaching that is supported electronically. While m-learning, a sub-category of e-learning, generally refers to technology specifically created for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Therefore, a huge number of technologies – from vintage image projectors and new Smartboards inside the classrooms to online learning games and even learning management systems such as Moodle and Blackboard – all technically fall under the e-learning umbrella. Check out this College of Charlson infographic to get overview of current e-learning buzzwords.

The following five categories of e-learning resources exemplify how varied, personalized and creative learning technology can be. Continue reading

Comparing Online Textbook Support and Resources: How do four major publishers measure up?

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E-book and e-textbook sales, as well as sales of conventional higher-education textbooks, are on the rise due to increased college enrollment. Evaluating the online resources and learning technologies associated with prospective college texts has become an imperative, but sometimes daunting task.

Most textbook publishers have stepped up to the plate by providing a number of digital services, e-texts, and online resources to help the users of their conventional text books.  These are tools for both the educators who teach from and the students who learn from those texts.

Many publisher products target educators short of time for preparation by generating pre-made or customized lesson plans and syllabi, as well as tailoring curriculum and even online texts to instructor’s specifications. Opportunities for hybrid or blended courses abound. Text-specific assessments and interactive learning technology for students are also available for many texts. Several companies are even engineering complete online classes which can be accessed directly by students, employed by instructors or adopted by institutions.

Below is a comparison of the learning technology resources available from the science text publishers Pearson, Wiley, Cengage and McGraw-Hill, followed by a brief summary and highlight of each company’s unique offerings. Continue reading

Lewis Dot Learning Resources

Lewis structure for Water

Whether you are a student, trying to master the drawing of Lewis Dot (aka electron dot or electron structure) diagrams for the first time, or a teacher, trying to find some resources to spice up or reinforce your classroom lectures, a lack of Google search results is likely not your problem!  Depending on your search terms, you may get 1,000,000 hits.  With so much information, how do you filter through the results (or even the first page or two) and find exactly what you are looking for without wasting all of your study or class prep-time trying to narrow them down?

That is where we come in. The purpose of this page is to give you a helping hand in finding the best Lewis Dot resources. We’ve identified what we believe are some of the best examples of written, video and learning activities for learning Lewis structures. Each resource type has the potential to improve learning about Lewis dot diagrams in a different way depending on your teaching or learning style and/or students’ needs. Your reactions may be different — so if you disagree with our assessments or think we’ve missed a hidden gem, please leave a comment and share the Lewis dot love, so to speak. Continue reading