Is Online Education Aligned with Creativity?

By Andy Sky | Let’s face it; there is a lot of negative stigma surrounding creativity and how it is perceived as ‘soft’ or ‘secondary.’ People have biased ideas that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers are more prosperous for the modern economy. But where does this idea originate from? “It…

Bridging the Global Gap During COVID-19

By Victoria Hekking | Being on the Culture Committee for a widely spread company with team members worldwide can often be as daunting as exciting. Until recently, our Culture Committee at Construct was very regionally focused. Though we have one team that spans all three of our main offices, most of…

Why Quality in Learning Deserves Your Attention

By Nora Elsberry | Have you ever heard of the Missing Tile Syndrome? Coined by one of my favorite commentators,  Dennis Prager (,1), he explains that in life, we all tend to “focus on what is missing instead of on what is present” (,2). Do you dream of buying a Ford…

Effecting Change Means Leaving Credit Behind

By Cara O'Malley | “There is no limit to the greatness you can achieve if you don't care who gets the credit.” This was a quote my dad shared with me over and over again growing up. I didn't quite understand it for the longest time. Not caring who gets credit?…

Leadership in a Time of Crisis

By David Casey & Meg Knight | Successful leadership in a crisis situation is a matter of both mindset and a specific set of actions. While it is a challenge, it also represents an opportunity to exhibit the values that your company considers important. It’s a chance to show the values…
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Moving Your Courses Online: The Importance of Authentic Tasks

By Seth Crandall | Are you in the position where you are taking your course or campus online for the first time? Perhaps you’ve been debating and cautiously probing at it like you would a mysterious plate of food, reluctant to take the first bite. As we take stock of the…
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The Power of Empathy: Why We Need it Now More Than Ever

By Katie Bradford | I believe in the power of empathy. On a day-to-day basis, it’s one of the primary tools in my toolbox as a manager and leader on my team. When I see struggle - whether it’s solving a complex problem for a client or the personal struggle of…

Why Optimism Makes a Difference at Work

By Armando Peña | Bobby McFerrin’s chirpy lyrics to “Don’t Worry be Happy” encourage us to look at life from an optimistic perspective, even when things might not be going perfectly. In truth, seeing the world in a positive light does not mean that we will be naive about the challenges…
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How EdTech is Supporting Africa’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery

By Meg Knight | “Chaos and uncertainty breed Opportunity.” According to, Bruce Whitfield, this is nowhere more clear than in the current situation on the African continent. Africa is facing not only a medical crisis, but also an educational crisis. With the forced closure of most educational institutions, this has been brought into…
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Four Things I’ve Learned About Working With SMEs in Higher Education

By Pasqua Lawrenson | Have you ever wondered how to create a world-class online program? The answer is that it takes a team, and one of the most influential people on that team is the Subject Matter Expert (SME). An engaged SME that is open to learning can do wonders for…

The 5 Principles of “Marie Kondo-ing” Online Education

By Richard Mee | In these crazy times where the world has shifted to becoming dependent on remote learning, I have been thinking about the way that we approach developing online learning; start by imagining a clear picture of what our learning outcomes are. We can quickly throw a course together,…
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What is Quality Learning: Applying Construct’s Quality Dimensions Framework

By Sarah Polhill | “As learning and teaching evolve to serve new and different needs, it is crucial for us to continually consider what guiding concepts for education will be essential and most effective for this stage in time. For this reason, we, at Construct, are committed to recognizing this “new…
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It’s All Evolutionary

By Victoria Hekking | Consider how many great things in life often evolve to be “great,” but do not start perfectly. Things change to better suit their times, and if they don’t, they either cease to exist or are replaced by something superior. This pattern of evolution is present in our everyday…
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Changing as a Leader During COVID-19

By Meg Knight | Being a COO for the globally distributed workforce of an education technology company during the pandemic has required me to pivot my leadership style and has brought different leadership skills to the fore. I have moved from spending much of my time doing urgent tasks to now dedicating…
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Working From Home: How Can I Make the Most of My Time?

By Armando Peña | Working at home can be a challenge but also a benefit that can save you money and help you do more things that you normally would not be able to do. With the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) many schools, workplaces, and businesses have gone from face-to-face interaction…
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Keep Calm & Continue to Work: How to Maintain a (Remote) Team Mindset

By David Casey | On Friday, March 13th, all of our teams at Construct were physically working at offices across multiple global geographies.  The following Tuesday a remote working business continuity plan kicked in company- wide in response to COVID-19. Sustaining operations, continuing to be productive, and delivering on milestones, all…
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Keeping it Human: What COVID-19 is Teaching Us (Again) About Learning

By Jessy Polzer | My mom messaged me yesterday. I hear a lot more from her these days. A local plastics manufacturing company near my hometown jumped right into the fray, prototyping and producing critical ,,PPE (because I know that acronym now) for our local hospital in under 48 hours. They’ve…
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Free Apps and Extensions for Online Learning

By Sarah Polhill & Victoria Hekking | At Construct, we integrate a variety of resources into the courses that we create in order to facilitate better collaboration and interaction between educators and learners. We worked with our team of learning experts to make a list of some of our favorite learning…
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Teachers, You’ve Got This!

By Robin Van Dusen | What is it about teaching that is so hard? For years I couldn’t put my finger on it, and even now the simple answer is that it’s everything. This school year I finally left my teaching job. Like other teachers, I would entertain the idea of leaving…
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What Do Canvas And Dried Pasta Have In Common?

By Carl Dawson | "It goes without saying that last week was challenging. Repatriating staff across the USA and the Middle East from universities that implemented social distancing was the main priority as our business continuity plan kicked in. The next challenge was how to best focus our hundred plus staff around the…