Positive Learning Environments – forum discussion summary

One of the forum discussions we have had for course 3250 was on Positive Learning Environments. There was an incredible amount of discussion happening with a ton of great information. Everything from setting ground rules to bringing energy to student feedback was debated. Using humour in the class and creating a positive on-line learning environment was also discussed.
Below are some of the links and resources on the topic of Positive Learning environments.

Barkley, Elizabeth F. (2010) Student Engagement Techniques :A Handbook For College Faculty. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass,

Brookfield, S. (2006). The skillful teacher: On technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom (2nd Edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Carey, J. (2012, Nov 29). 4 Smart Ways to Use Cell Phones In Class. MindShift Retrieved from http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/11/four-smart-ways-to-use-cell-phones-in-class/

Doherty, B. (2012, Jan 25). Tips for Teaching Adult Students. Effective TeachingStrategies. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/tips-for-teaching-adult-students/

Donato, N. (n.d.). A Discussion of a Positive Learning Environment and Classroom Management. Retrieved May 17, 2014, from http://www.clarion.edu/20715.pdf

Edutopia Staff. (2011).Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment. The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Retrieved May 12, 2014, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/20-tips-create-safe-learning-environment-rebecca-alber

Smith, N. (2010, May 4). Teachers Embracing Social Media In The Classroom. Tech News Daily. Retrieved from http://www.technewsdaily.com/421-teachers-embracing-social-media-in-the-classroom.html

Steele, A,, Richards, T. (2012). Student Perceptions of a Cloud Assessment Learning Environment. The Online Journal of Distance Education and E-Learning 2 (1).

Swafford, M., Bailey, S. & Beasley, K. (2014). Positive Learning Environment Enhance Student Achievement. Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers, 89 (5), 32-35

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