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(E-)Learning Strategy for the Future

Teemu Leinonen, an Associate Professor of New Media Design and Learning at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, documents his three-pronged approach to reforming education for the future. Firstly, he highlights the importance of incorporating a wide variety of teaching methods into the classrooms. Next, he hones in on the importance of online learning and sharing teaching methods with other educators. Finally, and most bluntly, Leinonen writes, “Get rid of all the stupidity.” While his ideas may seem blunt and at times, radical, Leinonen hopes they will inspire educators to take learning and teaching into the future.

Using Class Preparation Assignments (CPAs) to Inform and Stimulate Class Discussion

Student Preparedness Incorporated into the Course Design author Lynn Gillette (Nicholls State U.) describes a surprisingly effective way to improve students preparing for class. Her course design involves informal writing assignments (CPA) tied into a definitional grading system. Through references to literature and detailing her own experiences, this article is for anyone looking to ensure students are better motivated to prep themselves for your class.