AJ OConnell

AJ OConnell

Ed tech content writer, journalist

A.J. writes about edtech and sales for B2B companies. A journalist with more than 15 years of experience, she still pitches and publishes regularly.

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Designed for Diversity: Lessons in Instructional Design at Rio Salado

Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, serves more than 54,000 students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. This interview with Michael Medlock, associate dean of instructional design and technology, explores how Rio designs online learning to serve all its students.

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Tap Your Own Experts: Engaging Faculty in Design Thinking

Many institutions interested in using design thinking start by bringing in consultants. But any institution interested in trying out design thinking may already have all the expertise it needs on campus: its own faculty.

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A Comprehensive List of Blended Learning Resources for Higher Education

A comprehensive list of resources, including blogs, books, conferences, and courses — all of which are designed for instructors seeking more information about blended learning in higher education..

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Seven Blended Learning Models Used Today in Higher Ed

Blended learning, also called hybrid learning, fuses traditional face-to-face classroom teaching with online instruction. It’s a simple concept, but it becomes more complex when you consider that there is no one way to blend learning; online and face-to-face instruction can be combined into several blended learning models.

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What Is Blended Learning in Higher Ed? Six Definitions from Thought Leaders

Blended learning — the hybrid of classroom instruction and online learning — is gaining traction because it has the potential to engage students and improve outcomes and because of a growing awareness that the traditional lecture model has largely been proven to be a less effective. But faculty used to the traditional lecture model may find themselves asking “what is blended learning.”

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More States Are Requiring the ACT & SAT, But What About Test Prep?

The SAT and the ACT have always been high stakes tests for students hoping to get into their college of choice, but in the last year the stakes have gotten even higher — for state departments of educations.

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Technology and Terminology: An Interview with WCET Fellow Niki ...

One challenge for those who are considering bringing adaptive learning into their higher education programs is knowing what, exactly, other professionals and companies using the same terminology are referring to.

This is an issue instructional designer and teacher Niki Bray has been giving a lot of thought to in her role as the adaptive learning fellow for WCET. Her work has involved both researching adaptive learning and educating the WCET community about its benefits, current research, implementation, and adaptive learning technologies. And, as she says, “there’s still no consensus in the field."

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What Is Learning Curve Analysis?

True or false? Two students take a quiz with ten questions and each get half the questions wrong. Both have learned and retained the same amount of material from class.

That seems true to most people. But the answer might not be so simple.