Jared Stein

Recent Posts

Four Essential Elements of Student-Centered Learning

Jul 7, 2015
By Jared Stein

I’ve taught in college and university, and I’ve worked with first-grade readers, so when I was asked to teach 8th graders at a local jr. high last month, I thought, “No big deal.”

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CATEGORY: Canvas

I Love SCL: Student-Centered Learning

Jun 9, 2015
By Jared Stein

Just like Joan Jett, I love rock 'n' roll. Some of the things I love about rock music are the same things I love about learning. Rock music is collaborative—everyone brings different skills and abilities, yet all learn from each other while creating something greater.

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CATEGORY: Canvas

Announcing the 2015 Canvas Grant Winners

Apr 2, 2015
By Jared Stein

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? How about innovation or education? While we might still be scratching our heads over the chicken and egg mystery, at Canvas, we believe that innovation in medicine, technology, and other various industries starts with innovation in education. Finding new solutions to improve student learning is essential for establishing the next generation's innovators. That's why we launched the Canvas Grants program two years ago, to help those who have groundbreaking ideas turn them into reality. The program awarded 10 people in the category of K-12 with $5,000, and six winners in the higher education category $10,000.

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CATEGORY: Canvas

Categorizing and Comparing LMS Course Designs

Jan 23, 2015
By Jared Stein

I read a lot of novels. I watch a lot of films. Sometimes I watch films based on novels (though never the other way around), and one thing I've learned is not to make the mistake of comparing a film to the novel it's based on. They are different media used by different artists and require different techniques. Sometimes what works on the page simply won't work on screen. This is why it's OK that Bladerunner's characters act differently from those in Philip K. Dick's novel, that Dr Strangelove is a comedy, and that The Hobbit is stretched across three really, really long movies1.

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CATEGORY: Higher Education

An LMS for Traditional Revolutionaries

Dec 5, 2014
By Jared Stein

One of the lessons that I learned from my days helping faculty improve their teaching with technology is that making teaching and learning effective is hard work. That's no startling revelation I'm sure, but it is an important reminder that if we want to see education change for the better, it's not going to be easy.

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CATEGORY: Higher Education

Learners Need More Than a Magical Voice

Oct 2, 2014
By Jared Stein

As we've explored the problem of lossiness in learning I've reflected on times and places where learning is lost in my own life. For example, I travel a lot, and that means I'm frequently driving around unfamiliar cities in rental cars listening to my phone's “Magic Voice” direct me to my destination. As you can probably imagine, this gets pretty tricky in cities like Oxford in the UK, where street naming conventions are alien to me, and the twisting, narrow layout of city streets is based as much on ancient fortifications and oxen herding paths as on anything intended for cars.1

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CATEGORY: K-12, Higher Education

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Jared Stein

Recent Posts

Four Essential Elements of Student-Centered Learning

Jul 7, 2015
By Jared Stein

I’ve taught in college and university, and I’ve worked with first-grade readers, so when I was asked to teach 8th graders at a local jr. high last month, I thought, “No big deal.”

read more

I Love SCL: Student-Centered Learning

Jun 9, 2015
By Jared Stein

Just like Joan Jett, I love rock 'n' roll. Some of the things I love about rock music are the same things I love about learning. Rock music is collaborative—everyone brings different skills and abilities, yet all learn from each other while creating something greater.

read more

Announcing the 2015 Canvas Grant Winners

Apr 2, 2015
By Jared Stein

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? How about innovation or education? While we might still be scratching our heads over the chicken and egg mystery, at Canvas, we believe that innovation in medicine, technology, and other various industries starts with innovation in education. Finding new solutions to improve student learning is essential for establishing the next generation's innovators. That's why we launched the Canvas Grants program two years ago, to help those who have groundbreaking ideas turn them into reality. The program awarded 10 people in the category of K-12 with $5,000, and six winners in the higher education category $10,000.

read more

Categorizing and Comparing LMS Course Designs

Jan 23, 2015
By Jared Stein

I read a lot of novels. I watch a lot of films. Sometimes I watch films based on novels (though never the other way around), and one thing I've learned is not to make the mistake of comparing a film to the novel it's based on. They are different media used by different artists and require different techniques. Sometimes what works on the page simply won't work on screen. This is why it's OK that Bladerunner's characters act differently from those in Philip K. Dick's novel, that Dr Strangelove is a comedy, and that The Hobbit is stretched across three really, really long movies1.

read more

An LMS for Traditional Revolutionaries

Dec 5, 2014
By Jared Stein

One of the lessons that I learned from my days helping faculty improve their teaching with technology is that making teaching and learning effective is hard work. That's no startling revelation I'm sure, but it is an important reminder that if we want to see education change for the better, it's not going to be easy.

read more

Learners Need More Than a Magical Voice

Oct 2, 2014
By Jared Stein

As we've explored the problem of lossiness in learning I've reflected on times and places where learning is lost in my own life. For example, I travel a lot, and that means I'm frequently driving around unfamiliar cities in rental cars listening to my phone's “Magic Voice” direct me to my destination. As you can probably imagine, this gets pretty tricky in cities like Oxford in the UK, where street naming conventions are alien to me, and the twisting, narrow layout of city streets is based as much on ancient fortifications and oxen herding paths as on anything intended for cars.1

read more