The Top 10
10. When and Why to Consider the Use of Digital Tools for Learning
9. Luminaris Podcast E06: Design Thinking
8. Higher Education Learning Activity Types Taxonomy
7. Guest Post: Expecting Learner Diversity in Higher Education
6. Quick Tips for Connecting with Students
5. Helping Students Develop Multiliteracies
4. Higher Education Learning Activity #13 – Engage in Problem Based Learning/Case Study
3. Meeting Diverse Student Learning Needs with Universal Design for Learning
2. Top Tech Tools for Productivity
1. Taking Risks in Teaching
Insights from the list
I found it interesting that while it was more recently posted, the article on taking risks in teaching was the most viewed post over the course of the year. This is really encouraging to me. It tells me that faculty are eager to try new approaches, tools and resources in their teaching. In many circles, there is an implicit assumption that college and university professors are either 1) mired in a lecture-only approach to teaching; 2) not open to new ideas or approaches for teaching; or 3) focused entirely on their course content with little thought given to their students’ learning.
Interestingly, many of these posts are focused on students’ needs and preferences. The post on connecting with students made the rounds on Twitter to a greater extent than other posts on the site. Two on the list are related to Universal Design for Learning – a framework that helps faculty to plan for the needs of all learners in the classroom. Of all of the posts in the series of learning activities in higher education, the most viewed post is focused upon perhaps the most student-centered approach – problem based learning. The post on multiliteracies encourages faculty to think beyond the learning goals specific to the course content to consider additional skills that might benefit students beyond college (see also 21st century learning design).
Looking ahead to 2016
As I look forward to 2016, I hope to branch out to post content on Luminaris beyond the blog posts. I plan to launch an eBook on teaching strategies in the first quarter of the year. The book will pull together and expand upon the posts on instructional planning and the learning activity types in one place to make these resources more easily accessible. I also hope to create more video content as well. Ideally, I’d like to launch a video-based course on personalized learning in the second half of the year.
Finally, I was excited to see that two of the top ten posts are guest posts. I value providing a platform for colleagues to share their work and ideas related to teaching and learning in higher education. I hope that 2016 will see increased numbers of guest and collaborative posts on the site. If you have an idea for a guest post, please connect with me via the contact form.
I hope you all have a relaxing and restorative break. Try to take some time to think about your New Years teaching resolutions and how you can get off to a positive start in the Spring semester.
What post resonated with you that didn't make the list?
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