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What is a Knowledge Avatar?

A Knowledge Avatar is your knowledge represented in a digital entity.

A Knowledge Avatar can be right here, on this Website, with a bot that helps students navigate, answers their questions, and helps students learn Socratically.

In the near future, a Knowledge Avatar may also live in a physical robot, a virtual reality world, or as an augmented reality character.

Learn how to create a Knowledge Avatar here. It's easy!

Gaming the System: EscapEDX

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Like most of my teachers growing up, when I started teaching in 1998, I relied heavily on practice drills and textbooks. Not surprisingly, I struggled to keep my students engaged. Why couldn't I get these kids to love learning as much as I did? Then I remembered. When I was their age, I spent most of my time daydreaming and doodling in class.

Just as I was beginning to recognize the problem, the late education luminary, Sir Ken Robinson, had already discovered the solution. As early as my first year of teaching, Robinson realized that to encourage greater engagement in schools, the world's Industrial Era teaching model would have to go. Rather than moving all students in herds on the same assembly line designed to produce compliant workers, Robinson called for personalized curricula that targeted individual interests and skills.

I soon realized that I didn't develop a love of learning until I graduated from college. Only then could I choose to learn anything I wanted on a whim, work at my own pace, pick my learning materials, or change "course" if I lost interest. Only then did I start to love learning.

It’s ALL a Process – Why the Writing Process helps EVERYONE

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As a child (growing up with two English teachers as parents), I had a pretty easy time writing. Most of the time, I would get an assignment and sit down as soon as possible to take care of it. Usually, I could just start writing and come up with enough material to complete the assignment. As I got older and the projects became more complicated and involved, I began to find myself coming up short – both in terms of pages and ideas. I needed to find a system that would allow me to make sure I had sufficient material to produce the paper as assigned before I began it in earnest. I wanted to avoid wasting hours writing, only to have to start all over again with a new topic that might (or might not) work.

The Emergence of Learning Engineering

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Learning Engineering is an emerging field that applies science, technology, and pedagogy to produce the most effective learning experience. It is an approach to teaching and learning that focuses on engineering or designing an environment to encourage, motivate, and enhance learning. Learning Engineering is student-centric and focuses on the tools, processes, and situations that a student needs to master content rather than what the institution needs to measure its progress.

Equity Crowdfunding During a Pandemic

Community funding

As small businesses come to grips with the impact of the Pandemic and their ability to survive, some will determine a need to raise funding. However, many of the usual sources of risk capital are sitting on the sidelines until they are certain that the market has bottomed out. And, after throwing band-aids of money haphazardly at the small business community, the federal government is locked in partisan politics that provide no insight as to where, when or how economic recovery programs may be funded.

Workforce Housing Recipe for Economic Recovery Project

As communities look to recover from the COVID Pandemic, a good starting point is to build new housing for local workers.

Prior to the Pandemic, a shortage of six million low-income housing units was already a crisis.  With 30+ million newly unemployed, the need for economical housing is soaring.  Addressing this key community challenge presents an opportunity to create jobs now.


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