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Communities of Practice

Communities of practice are an effective way to enhance online learning and self-directed learning by creating a classroom community of practicing the skills they learn and learning directly alongside peers. These communities can increase student satisfaction and retention (Leong, 2011) in e-learning programs.

Leong, P. (2011). Role of Social presence and Cognitive Absorption in Online Learning Environments. *Distance Education* , *32* (1), 5-28. doi: 10.1080/01587919.2011.565495


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Differentiated Learning

Differentiated learning is a philosophy of teaching that involves the idea that a teacher should avoid only teaching one way to the entire class. Instead, each student needs to be engaged in different ways based on their preferences, strengths, and weaknesses.


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Individual Education Plan (IEP)

An individual education plan is a document that schools use to accommodate students in the classroom and document these accommodations (e.g. extra time on tests), if the student has a disability on file with the school.


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Instructional Design

Instructional Design is the planning, development of, and creation of educational materials and curriculum by a Curriculum or Instructional Designer.

Using principles of differentiated learning, universal design for learning, and other methods, an Instructional Designer and/or an Educator develops lesson plans, assessments, and materials for their course, which may be online or in person.


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Learning Management System (LMS) AKA Learning Management Software

A Learning Management System, or LMS, is a platform or software used to deliver educational content to students. Using an LMS allows interactions like displaying lesson content, building exams and activities, and interactive discussions to be conducted online.

There are many different LMS platforms, including:

– D2L
– Thinkific
– Blackboard
– Canvas
– Acorn
– Google Classroom
– Moodle
– Schoology
– Edmodo
– 360Learning
– Cornerstone


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Self-regulated learning

Self-regulated learning involves students building and using strategies such as metacognition, time management, and critical thinking in their learning in a classroom. These strategies are strongly correlated (Wong, 2018) to more success in an online education environment.

Wong, J., Baars, M., Davis, D., Van Der Zee, T., Houben, G., & Paas, F. (2018). Supporting Self-Regulated Learning in Online Learning Environments and MOOCs: A Systematic Review. International Journal Of Human-Computer Interaction
, 35 (4-5), 356-373. doi:10.1080/10447318.2018.1543084


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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Universal Design for Learning is a methodology for structuring lesson planning and classroom management around equity and accessibility to that all students can feel included and supported by classroom activities, assignments, and the overall process of learning. UDL’s components, Engagement, Representation, and Action & Expression are based off of the neuroscience of learning.


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