CourseKey Blog

28Jun 2016

A Case for Digital Citizenship in Education

What is Digital Citizenship and what does it have to do with education?

When most people think of digital citizenship, they think of cyber bullying, social media and the ability to connect with others from around the world. Many don't think of: 

  • Teaching and learning appropriate ways of communicating online.

  • Understanding that what may seem to be an innocent joke between you and friends can come back to harm your reputation later on.

  • Learning to respectfully communicate your views and engage in conversation with those who hold opposing perspectives.

These simple ideas offer students a useful frame of reference and a mindset that can help prevent them from becoming lost in a rapidly expanding technological age.

Susan Bearden, a music teacher turned education technology thought-leader, witnessed this impact first hand and it has changed the trajectory of her career.

21Jun 2016

Student Engagement Using Video Feedback

When a learning environment enrollment hits a certain threshhold, both the educators and students are in danger of diminising learning outcomes. Many stages of the learning process can suffer as a result. The quality and frequency of student feedback and engagement is one area that has been impacted by growing class sizes. New ideas and methods, such as the video feedback approach are helping to scale traditional learning practices to meet the demands of the modern learning environement.

University of California, San Diego's Tanya Hall, Dean Tracy, and Andy Lamey share their insights and experiences using video feeback to offer a more personal and constructive approach to student engagment in their philosophy courses.

Video Feedback Highlights:

While the UCSD trio teach in the philosophy discipline, many of the ideas are universally applicable to other subjects as well. The findings identify numerous advantages of using video feeback over traditional methods like written comments and note that these methods are "underappreciated and underutilized".

Below are some of our key takeaways from Hall, Tracy, and Lamey's publication: