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Scaffolding Your Assignments for Learning

Hopefully, you had a chance to attend some of the great sessions offered by our colleagues across the world at OLC Accelerate. If you have not had an opportunity to utilize our institutional access, you can still check out the recordings, which will be available for registered attendees for the next year. Contact us for assistance.

Also, be sure not to miss our upcoming workshop on Scaffolding Your Assignments for Learning. While one of the most researched and discussed aspects of teaching and ensuring student success, scaffolding is often overlooked in practice. Fortunately, this repository of research provides an array of resources for improving the scaffolding in your courses.

As a term, "educational" or "instructional" scaffolding traces its roots back several decades. Those who used the concept early on proceeded to modify their definition as they became more influenced by ideas like Vygotsky's "zone of proximal development." For an informative discussion of how this idea has changed and been applied over time, see Instructional Scaffolding: A Definitive Guide.

To gain a sense of the breadth of research and subsequent findings over the last decade, be sure to see A Meta-Analysis of Scaffolding Effects in Online Learning in Higher Education. Looking at online applications specifically from eight countries, the authors found that "scaffolding in an online learning environment has a large and statistically significant effect on learning outcomes."

Finally, as you look to see how you might improve your use of scaffolding, there are several useful points in Scaffolding Student Learning: Tips for Getting Started and How to Be a Better Online Teacher from our friends at Faculty Focus and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you in an upcoming session.


Scaffolding Your Assignments for Learning

Getting your students from Point A to Point Z is tricky in a face-to-face class, let alone an online environment. However, scaffolding can help you get there! Join us for a live review of the principles of scaffolding assignments for student learning, and learn new tips for scaffolding in an online class. Bring your questions or share your ideas in this informal discussion. Join us for our third session on Assessment: Scaffolding Assignments for Learning on December 3 at 3pm.

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