Trends Support Need to Improve Student Readiness
In the annual Distance Education Survey Results published by Instructional Technology Council, trends support the need to address improving student readiness and retention. SmarterMeasure learning readiness indicator is in line with these goals. Measuring personal attributes like time management and procrastination, learning styles, life factors, reading rate and recall, technical competency, and typing speed and […]
Engaging Students and Teachers in the Classroom
Challenged with meeting the expectations of their 21st century learners, teachers are constantly trying to find ways to make their instruction more engaging in order to ultimately increase student achievement. Districts are also striving to increase teacher efficiency through organizational and planning tools, including aligning content with state learning standards. For ideas of what you […]
Life Factors Section Coming Soon!
For the past eight years we at SmarterServices have been doing a good thing. Now we are preparing to do a great thing. Our SmarterMeasure learning readiness assessment (formerly known as READI – Readiness for Education At a Distance Indicator) has been helping students understand things that internal to themselves that impact their ability to […]
Free Book for Online Learning
Cyberschools is an online blog about conversations on e-Learning and is offering a free digital edition of their newly published book Cyberschools; An Education Renaissance by Glenn R. Jones. Originally published in 1996, Cyberschools explained how the fusion of technology and education would transform the way we learn. Jones anticipated the global boom in distance learning […]
Alabama Leads in Distance Education
Alabama is making great strides in education! Through the Alabama ACCESS Distance Learning Initiative, all high schoolers are able to access courses via video conferencing that were once not available. In the recent press release, Mr. Reggie Smith III, President, USDLA Board of Directors and chair of the awards committee, noted that, “The work of Governor Bob Riley […]
14 Habits of Top College Students
Professors’ Guide LLC, compiled a list of the 14 habits of top college students. Read the full article here. Have a scheduled. Divide up the tasks. Are organized. Hang out with smart friends. Don’t kid themselves. Manage their feelings. Challenge themselves. Are consistent-and persistent. Are open to feedback. Ask when they don’t understand. Aren’t too […]
Amber Icke and Yolanda Columbus from Texas A & M University recently did a presentation at the TxDLA conference about lessons they had learned while implementing the open source learning management system Moodle. Below they each say a few words about online learners and the most important elements in an end of course evaluation system.
Green. Is there any other color that carries so many iconic meanings? Today is St. Patrick’s Day and thus it is fitting to discuss the color green. Are you green with envy? Seeing green? Going green? Do you have a green thumb? References include being envious, needing money or being greedy, have a knack for growing plants, […]
Join the Online Club
Some institutions are creating online clubs to foster communication, comradery, and professional growth for online students; perhaps bridging the gap of social interaction and the virtual classroom. In a recent article, from Inside Higher Ed reports show over 70% of students who join these virtual social clubs do so for professional reasons. Partially geared towards […]
Measuring Student Readiness
See what Roy Bartels, from Western Texas College had to say about measuring student readiness and how they currently use READI.