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The Sharing Economy in Higher Education

By Meg Knight | There’s nothing like a crisis to stimulate fresh ideas and thinking. What was unthinkable previously suddenly becomes more palatable and unusual solutions to problems find traction. Back in 2012, Lisa Gansky highlighted an interesting trend developing in business in her book (and subsequent TED Talk) The Mesh:…
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Let’s Move Away From Binary Thinking in EdTech

Image by GarryKillian on Freepik By Meg Knight | Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Hybrid vs. on Campus Fast vs. Effective The answer always depends on who you ask. Much of the EdTech commentary seems to be stuck in the binary, trying to analyze if the best solutions are this or that.…
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The Value of Cultivating a Deep Listening Mindset

When I accepted the position of Chief Operations Officer for our global team, I didn't appreciate the role deep listening would play in my and our team's success. Deep Listening involves listening, from a deep, receptive, and caring place in oneself, to deeper and often subtler levels of meaning and…
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Media Training and Capacity Building of Lecturers in Rwanda

Written by Michelle Dolphin In July this year, our senior producer, Gert Steyn, and I traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, to provide in-person capacity training to lecturers from the University of Rwanda. At first, we were sure we could facilitate the training remotely, but once on the ground, we soon realized that an…
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The Unexpected Power of a Walk and Talk

The perennial problem of someone in my position with my title is the ability to move beyond the title and access a more fundamental level of communication. Often when I am in meetings with people, there is a subtle but significant power imbalance. The result of this is that the…
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Designing to Empower Learners through PBL

Have you ever faced a problem thinking that you would never be able to solve it as you do not have the skills or competencies to come up with a solution? Have you ever taken a course and come across content and thought “Well great, thank you for telling me…

Stakeholder Tetris

A new aspect of project management In the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new aspects, considerations, and dynamics to the way of life and the way we do business. While some of these we quickly adapted to and others have taken slightly longer to become accepted practice. Fortunately…
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Five Building Blocks to Successful Course Development and Delivery

Course Development: Lessons learned from renovating a house 2021 was a year of home improvement projects in my house. We installed new kitchen flooring, remodeled the basement, and gave our whole house a fresh coat of paint. The process was long, tedious, and messy, but the results were spectacular! So, what…
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Beyond Authenticity

Values that drive good online learning experiences At Construct, authenticity is fundamental to our design and development methodology. More importantly, authenticity is the key that opens the door to our employment of values that serve as a means of extending our understanding of clients' and learners' needs into meaningful…
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Six Tips on How to Delegate More Effectively

Delegation is a key management skill. In principal delegating sounds easy and there are people who can do it so well they make it look effortless. However, passing the baton in a work environment requires trust and effective communication. For some of us, delegation may be the hardest to put…
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Leadership by Stealth

By Meg Knight Leadership can come with a formal title, or it can be below the radar and largely by stealth. How I have experienced and interacted with what it means to be a leader has changed over the course of my career. Initially, I assumed that the people in front…

Mindfulness in the Workplace: Fluffy, Foreign, or Fruitful?

Illustration created by upklyak - www.freepik.com By Kate Lehnerdt Each day we bring a certain amount of energy to work. Some days may be high-energy days, and some days you may feel like you’re running on empty. Typically, this happens on a Monday or Friday! We’ve all had the experience…
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The Future of Quality Learning Design: Values In = Value Out

The post-COVID era has seen more learners shift online, opting for quality blended learning journeys, and with institutions scrambling to meet these increasing demands, the need for good learning design is more crucial than ever. However, creating successful learning journeys, journeys that meet the competitive expectations of an ever-expanding online…
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Augmented Reality and Haptic Technology: Is this the Future of learning?

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Already with our access to information and ability to communicate with massive bodies of other people, we have seen the average human IQ jump 3 points per decade, 15 points since 1970. We…
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Making Learning Memorable

How to Design Better Courses and Improve Learner Retention By Jacques Fourie Memory is a fundamental aspect of all learning since it stores and retrieves learned information. Conversely, learning also depends on memory because stored knowledge in your memory provides the framework to link new knowledge. Subsequently, high-quality learning experiences should…
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Why We Should Humanize the Online Classroom

The impact of the global pandemic was worldwide, causing many people to reach the end of 2020 with a sigh of relief. Teachers, lecturers, and learners were no exception - the impact of suddenly transitioning to a remote teaching model due to government lockdowns and educational institution closures was not…
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How Online Learning Has the Ability to Help Create Job Opportunities in South Africa

By Sone Thasi | A job is not just the daily duties that one performs for a company; it is the very clothes that we wear, the food we eat, the house we call home, and the schools we send our children to. It is our way of making a living,…
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The Power of Prospection: Psychology Lessons for Learning Design

By Richard Mee | What is it that draws a student into learning? Why would they invest time and resources, time away from family, mental energy, into the piece of learning that I produce? Why would they choose one course over another? We invest where we expect the greatest value. The…
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How to Thrive Using Synchronous Learning in Online Courses

By Percy Mkhwanazi | Online education has been growing in popularity and accessibility, especially over the last few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online learning has attracted both students and teachers with its flexible and schedule-friendly format options. These formats can be grouped broadly into two categories: synchronous and…
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Moving Your Courses Online: The Importance of Authentic Tasks

By Seth Crandall | As we transition to designing courses online, the most effective courses will focus on having the learner perform authentic tasks. In other words, focus on tasks and let that determine the content. Are you in a position where you are taking your course or campus online for the…