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Here are the top ten articles for the Distance Learning Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Using Facebook Groups to Collaborate
Countless universities have already produced a university network page to share campus events, highlights, and photos of those events. The group feature allows university educators to create a private group as a companion tool for their course.

2. Online Lectures on YouTube
Today, educators who have traditionally taught in a classroom are being compelled to use new technologies that assist the teaching process in a virtual setting. The goal for instructors making this transition, is to shift from teaching on-campus to teaching online as seamless as possible.

3. Women and Social Media
Women have the desire to learn and grow, so much so that the number of female college students in the United States exceeds the number of male students. Women have also surpassed men in the number of bachelor’s degrees earned, and their achievements in master’s and professional degrees are not too f

4. Why is Social Media so Alluring?
Social media offers many valuable capabilities beyond sharing a great selfie. It is a newly evolved form of socialization, and what once appeared to be a fad, is only gaining momentum.

5. Peer-to-Peer Learning with Skype
Today, teachers’ roles are changing from instructing students to facilitating learning. Learning activities that promote group interaction are used as teaching strategies to broaden knowledge bases in classroom environments.

6. Mind Mapping
To collect ideas that may pop into your head during various times, carry a pocket-size notebook and pen or cell phone to record your ideas, the construct a mind map to help organize your thought process.

7. A Critical-Thinking Mindset
No matter what level of education people achieve, chances are they have, or will eventually come across, the term “critical thinking.” Critical thinking is a process in which an individual questions the reasoning behind a particular claim or decision.

8. Writing a Thesis for an Essay
An important part of an essay is the thesis. Write your thesis keeping these points in mind so that it will guide both you and your readers through your argument on the topic.

9. Characteristics of a Motivated Instructor
According to Robert Wlodkowski’s book Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults, there are five characteristics an instructor must exhibit to motivate students: expertise, empathy, enthusiasm, clarity, and cultural responsiveness.

10. Standardized Assessments
Today, it is a common practice for educational institutions to promote the use of learning and teaching measurements; as a matter of fact, it has become a requirement in most schools. Many methods are used to measure the success of student learning.



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