MERLOT, an organization widely known for its collection of open source, peer-reviewed learning materials now has another invaluable resource for higher education: The Pedagogy Portal.
The Pedagogy Portal was designed for instructors, or anyone interested in instructional design and development. It is similar to the main MERLOT site, but rather than material that can make up the content of a class, the material found here is designed to improve and broaden one’s teaching skills. Also like the main site, everything is open source and peer edited…in other words, high quality and free!
The Pedagogy Portal has been well-received, and was even featured last March on Duke University’s Center for Instructional Technology blog.
If you are an instructor with any questions about teaching, the Pedagogy Portal is a great resource for answers. Here are some of our favorite sections of the portal:
For professors, one of the big drawbacks of distance learning is the potential for a student to cheat on or plagiarize assignments for the class. Unfortunately, students sometimes feel as though they have more room to cheat in a hybrid or online course, since their professor cannot always physically see them.
The Faculty Assistance Center for Teaching (FACT) at Utah State University has put together the guide How to Prevent Cheating in Distance Education. Meant for instructors, the guide gives helpful tips on how to plan and organize your distance learning class in a way that prevents cheating and promotes learning. Here are some highlights:
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported last week that colleges aren’t providing enough hybrid courses, as shown in a recent survey of over 20,000 current and prospective students. Eduventures, the consulting firm that conducted the survey, discovered that although 33 percent of prospective students chose hybrid learning as their preferred format, only 19 percent of current students were actually enrolled in hybrid courses. The gap is attracting attention, and Eduventures believes the lack of hybrid courses offered by colleges is the cause of it.
Hybrid learning has been praised and supported by many in the education world. By increasing the number of hybrid courses offered, colleges could potentially increase student satisfaction while saving money. However, most colleges are still having problems with finding a stable halfway-point between traditional face-to-face and online learning.
Although the report itself isn’t available for free online, the full Chronicle article can be found here.