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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. Teaching and Learning in Virtual Worlds
Schools such as Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Stanford have developed university tours within SL for potential students to visit the campus virtually. This is a great first step that introduces SL to students, allowing them the opportunity to learn about it firsthand.

2. Teaching with Wordpress
Many marketing tools today allow users to incorporate a variety of social networking applications; Wordpress is one of these tools. It can provide users with a great launching pad to begin conceptualizing their eMarketing strategy, and it can be used as a great companion tool for class projects.

3. Consider Your Audience
There are specific characteristics that create an effective classroom learning environment such as collaborating with fellow students, engaging students to question the instructor, and using technology to retain students’ interest.

4. Social Media for Visual Learners
I am an individual who thrives on learning new things, but one subject I find completely intimidating is math. While many of my fellow classmates could qualify as “mathletes,” math has never been included in my repertoire of skills.

5. Teach Political Science with Twitter
Using Twitter in a classroom requires careful planning to ensure that incorporating it into the course syllabus will optimize the learning experience. Twitter delivers access to numerous real-time current events that can be a valuable instructional tool.

6. Teaching with LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a global social media service designed for professional networking with business colleagues or future prospects. Think of LinkedIn as a progressive method of discussing your work background and exchanging business cards, minus the actual cards.

7. Teach Marketing with Pinterest
Years ago, marketing ideas were presented using large presentation boards, drawings, or images and an impressive narrative to add a bit of reality to how the product may be viewed by others. Do you remember the hit television series Mad Men that is set in the 1960s?

8. 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.

9. How Rubrics Help Assess Learning
In academia, a rubric is a scoring tool that identifies criteria related to a particular assignment or learning objective. It is what both teachers and students use to ascertain the requirements for meeting a particular grade expectation.

10. 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.

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