By: Marianne Knowles | September 28, 2015
As an editor, part of my job is to make sure that published material is correct. Words that sound alike but have different spellings are a common source of error. Most writers quickly learn the correct usage of who/whom, its/it’s, and their/there/they’re. But some sound-alikes are tricky enough to trip up professionals, too–especially when we’re on a tight deadline or have a cat strolling across the keyboard.
Here’s a list of ten word pairs that I’ve seen used incorrectly in recently-published books, magazines, and authoritative blogs. Have you misused any of these words? You’re in good company! Even editors make these mistakes, sometimes.
By: Margaret Weigel | September 1, 2015
Emotions play a large role in the success of any educational endeavor. We all know the importance of grit -- the stick-to-it gumption behind many stories of success -- but why, exactly, is grit needed in the first place? The emotional landscape that a learner embarks on is less a straight trajectory towards success and more a bumpy arc of successes and shortcomings: I understand; wait, I don't understand; this stinks that I don't understand; I hate this lesson; I'm stupid; I hate math; wait, I think I understand!....
By: Maria Vivas | June 16, 2015
In case you missed it, Jason Gorman, our VP of Learning Experience Design™ Services, led an instructional design workshop in partner with Brandeis University.
By: Margaret Weigel | April 30, 2015
Good design is good business. And Learning Experience Design practices can help organizations, administrators and other stakeholders in the education space to succeed in the highly competitive (and often lucrative) K–12, higher education and workplace development marketplaces.
By: Jim Frey | April 21, 2015
In 1972, approximately 25% of all 18- to 24-year-olds were enrolled in a postsecondary, degree-granting institution in the United States, such as a college or trade school. Forty years later, that figure had soared to nearly 41% and shows no sign of slipping anytime soon. Even more remarkable, this data doesn’t include students pursuing competency-based education (CBE) or MOOCs.
By: Margaret Weigel | April 2, 2015
Smashing Magazine’s 2010 overview of User Experience Design (UX) succinctly captures the spirit of the early web: “We built [user] interaction based on what we thought worked . . . with little to no thought of how the people who would use the website would feel about it.” Times have changed, thankfully, and many modern websites provide users with delightful experiences that exceed their expectations.
By: Jason Gorman | March 16, 2015
We’re moving into a new era of online learning where institutions will need to find ways to create something great in order to successfully compete in the marketplace. Being “great” will mean understanding students’ needs and goals on a deeper level and using the specifics of that knowledge to design learning environments that support and challenge learners. Deeper knowledge of the students and better design translate to investing a little more in the early stages of the process. If an institution uses these insights to boost student enrollment and retention as well as to improve the overall student learning experience, it can see a very real return on its investment.
By: John Marino | March 3, 2015
Using the data and insights gathered by Curriculum Insight, district administrators at Coeur d’Alene School District were able to convince their school board to approve the purchase of new curriculum resources for K–12 math. Curriculum Insight’s data will now be used to convince community members to vote in favor of the levy allowing the purchases. If approved, this will be the first curriculum purchases made by the district since 2008 and create a strong step toward achieving a new set of strategic goals. Coeur d’Alene School District now hopes to reuse Curriculum Insight to gather teacher feedback and constantly assess their curriculum resources to ensure standards and students needs are being met.
By: Maria Vivas | February 13, 2015
There is a way for professors in higher ed to use these powerful networks not only to enhance the classroom experience, but also to engage students in a way that appeals to both their interests and preferred learning style.
By: Margaret Weigel... | January 27, 2015
Learning experience designers use dozens of buzzwords to describe what they do, and our experts decided to come up with some of them just for you.