In my last post I proposed that coursework should foster and expose the connections that exist between topics, subjects, and ideas. Getting students to see these connections begins with thoughtfully constructed classes and assignments. Below are a few class assignments that GOA teachers created that help students to begin to see common threads connecting ideas […]

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Tips, Tricks, & Trends in Instructional Design (Part 2): Designing with the Student Experience in Mind Millions of words have been dedicated to understanding young people. Terms for who they are and what they care about abound: Millenial, Digital Native, Generation Y, etc. While these terms may be memorable, they are not particularly useful when […]

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I had the chance the other day to meet with a Gates Foundation grantee about what at first appeared to be a topic that had little relation to our work as a school – mosquitos. It turns out that efforts to eliminate dengue by introducing the Wolbachia bacteria into mosquitos, which acts to “vaccinate” the […]

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By Eric Hudson, GOA Instructional Designer In my role as Global Online Academy’s Instructional Designer, I recently finished an intensive review of the 20 classes GOA is offering this fall to nearly 300 students. I spent a few hours with each course, immersed in the world the teacher had created, and then I met with […]

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The world of online professional development is like the Baskin Robbins approach to teacher professional growth: there are so many flavors that it is often hard to make a choice. I was excited to join the Global Online Academy team as the Director of Professional Development because I saw the potential in providing high quality […]

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How do we feel when we recognize that we are truly part of a community? We feel acceptance for who we are and what we know, and yet we feel comfortably challenged. We feel that our influence in the community is real, while simultaneously recognizing the influence of others. We feel a shared emotional connection, […]

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“How I’ve adjusted my teaching, or not, for online learning…” Guest blogpost by Glenda Baker Designing learning experiences for students in an online setting has kept me pondering a handful of questions. Here are my favorite four: How can I make the learning sticky? By “sticky” I am thinking of what David Perkins talks about […]

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Today’s educational landscape is a rich and varied amalgam of learning modalities: project-based learning; experiential learning; cooperative learning; online learning. The first three modifiers (project-based, experiential, cooperative) imply distinct teaching methods that fundamentally alter how material is taught and learned. They imply distinct pedagogies. In project-based learning, for example, typically standardized content is learned through […]

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3rd  Summer Teacher Workshop a Success GOA welcomed 30 passionate teachers from around the world at our 3rd annual summer teacher training workshop at beautiful Islandwood in Bainbridge Island, WA. Teachers representing  eighteen of our member schools attended a week-long intensive professional development workshop focused on taking great teaching online. Teachers received advanced training in […]

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Noble and Greenough Student Shares her GOA Experience at NAIS 2013 By Melanie W., Noble and Greenough ’14 Last winter, I was sitting in a class meeting at my school when one of the teachers gave a presentation that piqued my interest. She talked about Global Online Academy, a program available to about 30 schools […]

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