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Using Technology to Support Learning

By Arafat Gatabazi | Gone are the days when we would have to sit in a physical classroom not so patiently waiting on the shrill sound of a bell to alert you to the next period of torture. Your concentration wanders, and before you know it, you have no idea what…
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The Future of Online Education

By Levi Tango | In an ever-changing world, it is more important now than ever to have access to information. More specifically, learning information. To have a better learning experience, we must understand how new technologies will aid learning platforms in transforming the way we learn in the future. “The best teachers…
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Work. Life. Balance?

By Wendy Viljoen | We all have to navigate the delicate balance between our work and personal lives. This is no easy feat! To make matters worse, Covid-19 has restricted our interactions with anything and anyone beyond our front doors, and we became accustomed to working from home. The lines between…
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It’s Called Melanin

By Nivashinee Krishnakumar | ‘It’s called melanin,’ I remember my mother telling me as I rested my head on her lap, confused over why I felt as though I didn’t fit in with my neighbors and peers. ‘[Your parents] are from a very hot country, so as a way to protect…
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Kindness Begets Kindness

By Carolyn Taylor | It has been shown that humans are inherently social beings; we’ve created multiple languages to communicate with each other, and our social engagement so often influences our mental and physical health. Living in a time where social isolation has been a key to our combating of the…
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The Importance of Making Your Bed—And What This Has to Do With Online Learning

By Caitlin Moir | On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas and told the approximately 8,000 students that one of the most important things they can each do every day is make their bed. McRaven, a Navy SEAL, was advising a…
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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

By Corlé Venter | Let’s get physical Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores.…
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The Next Generation of Students

By Mikhail Pillay | A Glimpse Into the Future It's the year 2025. You begin your day by drinking your morning cup of coffee in Belgium, visit family in Australia, fight aliens on Mars during your lunch break, and attend live lectures in London—all from the comfort of your office in…
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Rest & Relaxation

By Louis Neilson | As Josh Taylor puts it, in Half•Alive’s song ‘Rest’, “Living busy isn't giving you your worth.” Our goal for this week has been to help our Construct colleagues understand the concept and value of resting more. Relaxation is often misunderstood with a common misconception that rest is a…
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What Barbie Taught Me About Course Design

By Elle Olivier | I never played with dolls when I was a kid. I had dolls, but I didn't play with them. It would frustrate my mom endlessly. I would beg for a new doll, rip open the packaging, put the doll in the dollhouse, and leave her there…
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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…

Accessibility in Online Learning

By Michael Passetti | Education and Technology Education and technology have always influenced each other. With advances in technology, we usually see parallel advances in education, as new technologies are used for educational purposes. A particular historical example of this was the invention of the printing press in 1440, which enabled…
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How Do We Move Courses Online for a Future Beyond COVID-19?

By Melissa Taljaard | Online Universities, remote learning, and online courses are not foreign concepts, nor are they direct results of the recent pandemic we find ourselves in. However, online education demands are high; manufacturing of this product is so ‘hot’ right now that it is being called a driving force…
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Online Learning is Democratizing Higher Education

By Ross Taylor | Higher education is critical to our social and economic success; it empowers people to become capable, well-educated, and skilled citizens who can compete in a sustainable, diversified and knowledge-intensive international economy. The ever increasing demand for quality knowledge has grown to the point where accessibility has become…
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Online Is the New Outside

By Sinethemba Nomatye | For the past year, our lives have changed in a drastic way in which we did not see coming where we had to change the way we live, the way we work, and our daily lives because of the deadly virus called Covid-19. Everything that we used…
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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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Boosted Online Learning Experiences During Lockdown

By Carmenita Oersen | I began my Master’s journey during the year that I saw the world go into lockdown due to Covid-19. This meant no contact sessions, no physical presence on campus, and initial struggles accessing the university’s portals as they restructured for the new “normal” and developed ways for…
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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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Design and Psychology: Why ‘Pretty’ is Not Enough

By Carolyn Taylor | It was the height of 1922 when William Addison Dwiggins first coined the term ‘graphic design’ to communicate his technical abilities to lay out type settings and imagery for the books he published. However, contrary to popular belief, this was not the birth of graphic design. (Cue…
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Why Authentic Learning Matters and How to Cultivate It

  By Firdous Sonia Butoni | “Why do I need to know this?” If you've asked this question during a class you were taking you surely are not alone. One of the implications of education is the disconnect between what is taught in class and what learners encounter in the…