2015-06-30 13.01.07 July 24

Five Years of Islandwood

By Lucas Ames, Instructional Designer As June drew to a close, thirty-three independent school teachers from six countries descended on Bainbridge Island for our fifth annual new teacher conference at Islandwood. This event is the culmination of our new teacher training program, which began with six weeks of online coursework where teachers designed and connected […]

Eric Hudson, Director of Teaching and Learning March 01

On Teaching Online, Part V: Global is Local

GOA’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Eric Hudson, is teaching “Advocacy” this semester. Every week, he will blog about his experience designing and facilitating this online course for high school students. You can learn more about the course here. Read Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV. Follow Eric on Twitter @ericgoa. “Global Learning” is a term — like […]

Eric Hudson, Director of Teaching and Learning February 22

On Teaching Online, Part IV: The Power of the Pivot

GOA’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Eric Hudson, is teaching “Advocacy” this semester. Every week, he will blog about his experience designing and facilitating this online course for high school students. You can learn more about the course here. Read Part I, Part II, and Part III. Follow Eric on Twitter @ericgoa. A year ago, I attended a workshop […]

Eric Hudson, Director of Teaching and Learning February 14

On Teaching Online, Part III: How to Haunt

GOA’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Eric Hudson, is teaching “Advocacy” this semester. Every week, he will blog about his experience designing and facilitating this online course for high school students. You can learn more about the course here. Read Part I and Part II. Follow Eric on Twitter @ericgoa. I met with another GOA teacher on Skype […]

Eric Hudson, Director of Teaching and Learning February 07

On Teaching Online, Part II: the Student as Artist and Curator

GOA’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Eric Hudson, is teaching “Advocacy” this semester. Every week, he will blog about his experience designing and facilitating this online course for high school students. You can learn more about the course here. Read Part I here. Follow Eric on Twitter @ericgoa. One of the most inspirational articles I […]

Eric Hudson, Director of Teaching and Learning January 30

On Teaching Online, Part I: How to Begin

GOA’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Eric Hudson, is teaching “Advocacy” this semester. Every week, he will blog about his experience designing and facilitating this online course for high school students. You can learn more about the course here. Follow Eric on Twitter @ericgoa. The first week of Advocacy was both familiar and strange: there was […]

Eric Hudson, Director of Teaching and Learning December 18

Instructional Design as Wayfinding

This is a map of the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, GA As tangled as the map appears, over 95 million people a year manage to find their own way through this maze of walkways and trains and gates and escalators. Why is that? What allows an individual to navigate such a […]

Eric Hudson, Director of Teaching and Learning October 13

The Behavioral Economics of Learning

By Eric Hudson, Dean of Instruction “People, despite their best intentions, do not always make rational decisions, even when it is in their interest to do so, because the circuitry that the human brain engages to reach decisions is hard wired and difficult to alter.” The above insight may seem obvious, but it is essential […]

StudentOrientation October 02

Video Teacher Feature: Orientation and Building Community

Eric Hudson is the Dean of Instruction at Global Online Academy. Eric regularly creates short videos highlighting examples of excellent teaching and instructional design featuring Global Online Academy Faculty. Each member of our faculty currently works for one of our member schools. In this video, Eric highlights teacher approaches to instructional design promoting community building […]

Susan Fine September 29

The Big History Blog: Collaboration and Goldilocks Conditions

By Susan Fine, Instructional Designer 50 kids 5 educators 3 schools 13.8 billion years of history Big History at a glance. What the numbers don’t reveal is the collaboration that our adventure through this modern, scientific origin story has inspired. In many ways, we have what Big History refers to as the “Goldilocks Conditions”: when […]

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