Mentor Tip: Hey Brain, Don’t Think So Hard!

Recently, I started learning Python with my mentor, Pat Barton. Now, my current bag of programming tricks contains Perl, PHP, and MySQL, among others, so programming concepts are not new to me. I’ve got a little leg up on newbies, but I found myself falling into the same trap I did when I was a …

Mastery Learning Increases Skills Retention

Greetings, dear readers and welcome back to our celebration of National Distance Learning Week.  This week we’re focused on the three keys to effective teaching and learning in online education: connecting, building, and the subject of today’s post, mastery. Mastery learning, from the work of Benjamin Bloom, is an approach to learning that requires students …

Building and Distance Learning

Welcome to the third in my series of blog posts in honor of National Distance Learning Week.  On Monday, I began with a brief introduction to distance learning, highlighting its continual growth and innovation over time.  Yesterday’s post explored one of the three keys to effective distance education– connections – and how the O’Reilly School …

Making Connections and Distance Learning

Welcome back, readers! In celebration of National Distance Learning Week, we here at the O’Reilly School of Technology (OST) blog are having a conversation about effective teaching and learning in today’s distance education. Yesterday, a brief introduction to distance learning. Here’s a short recap of that: Distance learning is part of the educational process that …

Unlocking the True Power in Distance Learning

As you may know, this is National Distance Learning Week. Sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), its purpose is “to celebrate and create greater awareness of distance learning, and to recognize leaders and best practices in the field.” Distance education organizations such as the USDLA, the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), and …