How To Improve Student Learning Online: Idea #1

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Design online learning with weekly practice routines that requires students to engage in internalizing, applying, & evaluating their own understanding of each key concept.

Weekly Practice Routine

1. Internalize

It’s not about YOU teach, or your lectures and stories. It’s about ME the student. Why should I give a …. about YOUR boring concept?

Unmotivation student- “School Sucks”

How can an online student personally look into themselves to want to be motivated learn a key concept? How an online student see what’s in it for them when they “get” this key concept?

If you want online students to learn a new concept, first you have to internalize the concept in each student.

2. Apply

Think about it. The reason a student must be able to internalize a key concept is so they can learn to apply the concept to a problem or issue that is meaningful to THEIR lives …or other meaningfully “assigned” practice.

To get students to WANT to understand a key concept they must first see the PERSONAL VALUE in applying the key concept to real problems or issues in their OWN lives. Create practices where students apply key concepts to their actual life experiences. Engage. Ask questions! Get in the game!

3. Self Evaluate

Practicing self evaluation requires guts and grit. Practicing self evaluation requires lifelong practice and humility. To be a reasonable thinker, we must practice self evaluation everyday of our lives to fight off the wild ego from lying and fooling us into thinking our thinking is just wonderful. Students need to practice self evaluation as much as they can get it. Feed the beast!

Self-assessment is an integral part of educated thinking: it would unintelligible to say of a person that he is thinking in an educated manner, but is not skilled in evaluating his thinking. In the same way, it would be unintelligible to say of a student that she is learning a subject wll but does not know how to evaluate her learning.


A remix of 30 Practical Ideas. Based on CrItical Thinking Concepts and Principles by DR. RICHARD PAUL & DR. LINDA ELDER.


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