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A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools

A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
We've needed a strong pedagogical framework for digital tools since the introduction of technology into education. Hopefully this helps.

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The monological form of teaching – Learning is the student's acquisition of this knowledge.Tools – distributing and intermediary tools.

 

The dialogical form of teaching – Learning is seen as the student's development of this inherent basis of knowledge. Tools that support students' problem oriented; simulations and more advanced learning games.

 

The polyphonic form of teaching – Learning is the student's participation in exchange of many different individuals' perception of the world.

Tools that support equal collaboration

 

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Louise Robinson-Lay's comment, December 23, 2012 8:26 PM
Thank you, we all need to move between frameworks.
Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, December 27, 2012 3:10 AM

The framework is based on a distinction between a monological, a dialogical, and a polyphonic form of teaching. The three forms of teaching can be distinguished by their different perceptions of how learning takes place, and by their different perceptions of the relations between subject matter, teacher and student. By considering which form of teaching one wants to practice, one may, on the basis of the pedagogical framework, assess whether it would be appropriate to use a specific tool in teaching.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, December 27, 2012 6:44 PM

changing among 4 different frameworks - interesting and short reading

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

 

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence

 

 

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“The real role of leadership in education … is not and should not be command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility.”

 

Great Talk!

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Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, September 7, 2013 2:58 PM

Worth watching..

Laurent Picard's curator insight, January 22, 2014 12:22 PM

Une vidéo trés intéressante (et amusante) où Ken Robinson parle du système éducatif américain. Mais ses propos s'appliquent aussi au notre...

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You Suck at PowerPoint!

You suck at powerpoint! The power and importance of good design in your presentation.

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Learn from these slides what mistakes you should avoid making so that you wouldn't suck at PowerPoint!

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The Purposeful Pause: 10 Reflective Questions to Ask Mid-Lesson - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

The Purposeful Pause: 10 Reflective Questions to Ask Mid-Lesson - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Much has been said about growth mindset and grit this year and for good reason. When learners begin valuing growth and learning over grades and the production of perfect final works, great things happen. When they’re able to persevere, even through moments of frustration, they typically meet with success. It makes sense that teachers are compelled by these topics, and I’m grateful to those who have brought these conversations to the forefront. Even as people debate their origins and share cautionary tales about interpretation, we’re learning much that can influence practice in critical ways.

For instance, I often wonder if human beings are naturally inclined toward these dispositions. I also wonder how much of what we do inside of schools inadvertently compromises their development. What would we need to do in order to help them thrive–organically?

 

I don’t know about you, but in my experience, the way some schools strive to embrace a growth mindset and coach perseverance feels more a bit more like indoctrination than education. I worry that in the end, we’re reducing beautiful things to buzz words and oversimplified lists of dos and don’ts. I worry that in the end, we’re doing more harm than good.


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"When learners begin valuing growth and learning over grades and the production of perfect final works, great things happen. "

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Gamification Harnesses the Power of Games to Motivate

Gamification Harnesses the Power of Games to Motivate | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Gamification works because our responses to games are deeply hard-wired into our psychology. Game design techniques can activate our innate desires to recognize patterns, solve puzzles, master challenges, collaborate with others, and be in the driver’s seat when experiencing the world around us. They can also create a safe space for experimentation and learning. After all, why not try something new when you know that even if you fail, you’ll get another life?

The surface dimension of gamification is motivation through rewards: Earn some points, top the leaderboard, get a badge, win a prize, and repeat. Behaviorists such as the legendary B. F. Skinner called this operant conditioning, and it does work … to a point. If there’s really no point to the points, users lose interest. That’s apparently what happened to marketing-driven Samsung Nation, one of the most prominent early gamification examples. Today it’s nowhere to be found on the Samsung website.

Shallow gamification can even be harmful, if it’s used to manipulate people toward results that aren’t truly in their interest, or if it suggests that rewards are the only reason to do otherwise intrinsically engaging activities.

The systems that avoid these pitfalls take games seriously. In a good game, the points and the leaderboards aren’t what really matter; the true reward is the journey. Gamification systems that emphasize progression, provide well designed informational feedback, and look for ways to surprise and delight their players can remain engaging for the long haul.

It’s still early in the development of gamification as a business practice. In the next stage, expect gamification features to be incorporated more consistently into software and content platforms, the way social media capabilities are today. And look for systems to take advantage of the wealth of behavioral data from user interactions to refine their effectiveness, as online games have done for years. When you see people glued to their phones or their computer screens they just might be learning or doing their jobs.
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edutopia: Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

edutopia: Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases.

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Creating rubrics is always a challenge.  Look here for ideas on assessing Maker projects.

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Creating rubrics is always a challenge.  Look here for ideas on assessing Maker projects. 


Libraries become hives of invention when you promote a maker culture.

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Connected Educators

Interview with educators about the importance of being "connected" in order to be an effective teachers and leaders. Video was created as part of Connected Educators Month

 

 

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Have Mobile Phones In the Classroom Reached Their Calculator Moment?

Have Mobile Phones In the Classroom Reached Their Calculator Moment? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Last week, while reviewing our class syllabus on the first day, I made a decision to do a little experiment. Rather than make the announcement that mobile phones should be turned off during class, I did the opposite. I told my visual anthropology class that unrestricted use of mobile phones in class would be allowed this semester.

Allowing all students to use their devices freely at all times seems very counterintuitive. In fact, even now I am concerned that in spite of my best intentions I will reap the whirlwind. Sometime last month, however, I reached the conclusion that mobile phones in the classroom have reached their “calculator moment.”
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Brain Pathway Rediscovered After 100 Years

Brain Pathway Rediscovered After 100 Years | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Modern magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques are giving scientists unprecedented insight into the inner workings of the human brain. When neuroscientist Jason Yeatman of the University of Washington noticed a large fiber bundle that was unfamiliar to him and did not exist in modern scientific literature, he couldn’t believe he was actually the first person to discover the structure. 

 

It turns out that he was right; the structure had been described before. However, the book that contained the last known mention of the fiber bundle had not been read in over 100 years. Yeatman and Kevin Wiener of Stanford University are co-authors of the paper, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

The structure is now officially named the vertical occipital fasciculus (VOF). It is a tract of white matter that defies convention and connects areas of the brain vertically, rather than horizontally like most other white matter pathways. The pair used advanced MRI techniques and found that the pathway originates in a region at the back of the brain where visual processing occurs called the occipital lobe. Signals then spread out to many other regions in the brain, depending on what is required by the visual input.

 

“We believe that signals carried by the VOF play a role in many perceptual processes, from recognizing a friend’s face to rapidly reading a page of text,” Yeatman said in a press release.

 

The researchers also developed a computer algorithm for other neuroscientists to use that will allow measurements of the VOF to be completed more quickly. Since this structure has been forgotten for so long, there is a lot of catching up to do in learning about VOF’s function and determining if it can be targeted clinically to treat reading or visual disorders. 

 

“To support reproducible research, our lab makes a strong effort to share software and data,” added senior author Brian Wandell of Stanford. “We believe this is a powerful way to ensure that our findings can be both checked and used in labs around the world.”

 

When Yeatman found the structure in the brain and was unable to identify it, he and Wiener started asking colleagues and searching through the literature. They were guided toward old anatomy books, dusting off progressively older tomes until they finally hit pay dirt. 

“Kevin found an atlas, written by Carl Wernicke near the turn of the (20th) century, that depicted the vertical occipital fasciculus,” Yeatman explained. “The last time that atlas had been checked out was 1912, meaning we were the first to view these images in the last century.”

In addition to rediscovering the VOF, the researchers did more work and were able to find out why this structure essentially fizzled out from history. When neuroanatomist Carl Wernicke first identified the structure in 1881, its vertical orientation did not go over well with everyone else. Theodor Meynert, who led the field in his era, vehemently denied that pathways could go any other way but horizontally. Other scientists in the late 1800s had also made sketches of the structure, but inconsistent naming habits and criticism from the top brass in the field ultimately muddled the VOF into obscurity.

 

“When we started, it was just for our own knowledge and curiosity,” added Weiner. “But, after a while, we realized that there was an important story to tell that contained a series of missing links that have been buried for so long within this puzzle of historical conversation among many who are considered the founders of the entire neuroscience field.”


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Missing "vertical pathway" link found after 100 years!!
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Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 NMC Horizon Report - K12 Education Edition

Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 NMC Horizon Report - K12 Education Edition | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
A preview of the NMC Horizon Report's interim results for its 2015 K-12 education edition - emerging technologies & trends & challenges in education worldwide

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A guide to ergonomic learning - Visual hierarchy - Learning Seat

Do you want to hold your learning audience’s attention long enough to get your message across?

Well, you might be surprised to know that, according the National Centre for Biotechnology Information at U.S. Natural Library of Medicine, our attention span has dropped from 12 seconds to eight seconds in 2013.

Blame technology, social media or simply the pace of modern living but the fact is, now, more than ever, it’s important to understand your learners, the time pressures they face, and how to command – and hold – their attention.

When it comes to user experience (UX) in e-learning, one the most important things to consider is visual hierarchy. We’ve all experienced our share of frustration and lack of engagement when an interface doesn’t provide us with a clear indication of where to look first because it’s either too busy or too cluttered.

When applied correctly, visual hierarchy naturally directs the learner to view content in the order it was intended to be read. By thoughtfully considering scale, alignment, space, colour and weighting, skilled e-learning designers can arrange course elements in such a way that removes barriers to orientation, and cognition.

The best visual hierarchies help the learner to quickly and confidently navigate content, and promote optimal understanding. On the other hand, weak or poor can leave learners frustrated, and more confused about a given topic than before they even opened the course.

Good visual hierarchy can not only help you to grab and hold your learners attention, it also:

* Influences the order in which the human eye perceived what it sees
* Helps readers to absorb information more quickly
* Makes content easier to understand
* Ensures a more engaging user experience
* Makes your learning investment more effective.

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Authentic Learning: It's Elementary! - Brilliant or Insane

Authentic Learning: It's Elementary! - Brilliant or Insane | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
At first glance, authentic learning may seem like an unrealistic approach for elementary learners, but nothing could be further from the truth. Throughout this year, I’ve had the opportunity to design curricula with numerous teachers who will tell you that in fact, authentic learning is elementary! It all begins by embracing the fact that even our youngest learners have a great deal to teach others.

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Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. “We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform,” said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, March 28, 9:13 PM

Had not thought about movement in the context of word problems + math ... but it makes perfect sense after you read this.

Rachel Benoit's curator insight, March 30, 4:27 PM

Seems obvious to us. What do you think? 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, Today, 9:15 AM

Technology isn't the answer to everything.

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New Vision for Education - Unlocking the Potential of Technology

New Vision for Education - Unlocking the Potential of Technology | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
To thrive in a rapidly evolving, technology-mediated world, students must not only possess strong skills in areas such as language arts, mathematics and science, but they must also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, persistence, collaboration and curiosity. All too often, however, students in many countries are not attaining these skills. In this context, the World Economic Forum has taken on a multi-year initiative, New Vision for Education, to examine the pressing i

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Millennials Are More Scared of the Internet Than Their Grandparents

Millennials Are More Scared of the Internet Than Their Grandparents | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
The Internet is everywhere, and required for almost every job in some way. But a lack of skills has some millennials worried they're not cut out for a new job.

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Are millennials afraid or more aware of the dangers?

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The Virtual Course That Could Change How Students Study Medicine

The Virtual Course That Could Change How Students Study Medicine | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Physicians assistants are highly paid medical professionals who provide a lot of the same healthcare services that doctors do. They take patient histories and perform physical exams, diagnose illnesses and develop treatment plans, prescribe medications and counsel patients. And in surgical settings, they suture wounds and assist with the procedures.


PAs, as they’re known in the industry, typically earn master’s degrees in medical science before practicing. These programs usually last three academic years and include classroom instruction in topics ranging from anatomy to pharmacology. Students also participate in more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations. This training entails a lot of rigorous coursework—education that would, in theory, be hard to deliver outside the brick-and-mortar walls of the 175 or so higher-education institutions with accredited PA master’s programs.

Or maybe not. Soon, an aspiring PA might be able to complete nearly all this coursework online—and through an Ivy League to boot: Yale.

Yale announced earlier this month that it’s partnering with 2U, Inc.—a firm that helps selective nonprofit universities develop virtual degree programs—to launch its online PA initiative. The project is still pending approval by the accrediting commission for PA schools and from various state licensing agencies. But if it gets the green light, it would likely be the country’s first fully online PA degree. (Some programs are considered "hybrid" and entail a combination of on-campus and online coursework.) It would also become Yale’s first fully online master’s program and join the university’s existing on-campus PA program, which was launched in the early 1970s.

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Last chapter of Teaching in a Digital Age now published | Tony Bates

Last chapter of Teaching in a Digital Age now published | Tony Bates | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

by Tony Bates

 

"Section 12.7 is really a summary of the main points in the book, which I reproduce below as the key takeaways from the book.

I will do a separate post on Scenario G, which provides a possible future scenario for teaching in a digital age.

The book is by no means finished. I need to do some serious editing, but the book now exists in a form that can be used immediately for supporting faculty development, or for teachers and instructors interested in improving their teaching."

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Kevin Carey talks about his new book, 'The End of College' @insidehighered

Kevin Carey talks about his new book, 'The End of College' @insidehighered | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

A growing number of books about higher education's ills have hit the market in recent years. But few have drummed up the attention, both positive and negative, that Kevin Carey's has received.

Carey directs the education policy program at New America, a Washington-based think tank. His book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, came out earlier this month.

The End of College takes the long view in diagnosing a higher education business model that Carey says is desperately flawed. He goes back centuries to describe how colleges developed scattered and disjointed missions. Carey also looks forward, to how information technology could help birth a more affordable and meritocratic form of higher education.

His book has generated loads of coverage in the news media, including a somewhat positive review in The Washington Post by Janet Napolitano, the University of California system's president. And several of Inside Higher Ed's bloggers have been critical about his assertions. We sent some questions about the book to Carey via email.

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Gordon Pask's Adaptive Teaching Machines

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“Adaptive learning” might be one of the latest education technology buzzwords, one that’s often uttered alongside that other popular adjective “personalized.” But, like much in ed-tech, the concept is not new. (And like much in ed-tech, the “History” section for the Wikipedia entry on “adaptive learning” is woefully incomplete.)

The earliest teaching machines – those built by B. F. Skinner and Sidney Pressey, for example – were not adaptive. They did promise “personalization” of sorts by allowing students to move at their own pace through the lessons, but that path was quite rigidly scripted. The machines only responded to right or wrong, allowing students to proceed to the next question if they got the previous question right. And the point, particularly of machines designed around Skinner’s theory of “operant conditioning,” was for the student to get it right, that is to maximize the positive reinforcement. As Paul Saettler writes in his 1968 book, A History of Instructional Technology, “Effective Skinnerian programming requires instructional sequences so simple that the learner hardly ever makes an error. If the learner makes too many errors – more than 5 to 10 percent – the program is considered in need of revision.” These machines could not diagnose why a student got an answer wrong or right; again, according to behaviorist theory, the machines were designed so to make sure students got it right.
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A Very Good Resource of Educational Posters for Chemistry Teachers

A Very Good Resource of Educational Posters for Chemistry Teachers | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Here is an interesting resource we want to bring to your attention. Compound Interest is a blog by Andy Brunning, a chemistry teacher in the UK. Andy creates and shares a wide variety of educational posters and graphics on everything related to chemistry and chemical reactions. We spent sometime browsing Andy’s collection of graphics and we found them really worth mentioning here.

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3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial - Create a Flipped Video Lesson with TedEd - YouTube

This entry in the "3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip" video series shows how easy it is to 'flip' any YouTube video with the structured tool set provided at ed.ted.com. These lessons can be public or private, and the easy to use tools let teachers add associated content, a brief quiz, and online discussions associate with the video that is the focus point of the lesson. TedEd is totally free, and teachers get summary feedback on lesson views, quiz results, discussions, etc.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 11:59 AM

Learn how to build a video lesson in just three minutes. Good ideas don't have to be complex. Take advantage of TedEd features to keep your flipping classroom rolling! 8-)

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Tutoria de sólo 3 minutos para elaborar una clase o varias a partir de vídeos. Nosotros ponemos el enfoque metodológico y los objetivos didácticos, TeEd pone la aplicación en la que encajar todo ¡Magnífica!

Maria Sara de Lasa's curator insight, March 30, 10:59 AM

how to exploit TEd ed wit youTube videos

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Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment

Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

“ Formative assessment is an important tool teachers can use to target students' learning needs. When teachers know what students know (or don't know), they can better adjust their teaching to meet the kids right at their level. These digital formative assessment tools can help you do the job.”


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Tom Perran's curator insight, March 28, 8:05 AM
Lots of good choices here! Most are free!
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What makes an effective MOOC learner?

What makes an effective MOOC learner? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Is effectiveness in the eyes of the provider identical to effectiveness in the eyes of the learner?

What do employers see as effective learning?

 

Are some learners more "qualification effective" and others more "growth effective"?


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5 great Formative Assessment Strategies for teachers

5 great Formative Assessment Strategies for teachers | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Formative assessment strategies in the classroom provide both teachers and students with invaluable information about what students understand, and what they don’t. These ungraded assessments are valuable guides for students to help them enhance their performance, and they also help teachers determine if further instruction is necessary.

When formative assessments are used consistently, and effectively, neither teachers nor students are surprised by their final grades.

Some formative assessments can take just a few minutes, while others require longer periods of time. The following are 5 great formative assessment strategies for teachers.


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"Effective and engaging" is the key to formative assessments. Here is a good summary of five formative assessment strategies. One more I would add would be Kahoot! 

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Are You An Analog or Digital Leader?

Are You An Analog or Digital Leader? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
By Abhijit Bhaduri and Bill Fischer Changing mindsets begins with you! The only mind you can be sure of changing is your own, and the only way that you can demonstrate this mindset change is through your behaviors. If you aspire for your organization to be faster, more innovative, less afraid [...]

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Digital Leader!  Yes.

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añada su visión ...

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How to Make Infographics Work for eLearning Courses (Tips & Tricks)

How to Make Infographics Work for eLearning Courses (Tips & Tricks) | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

"But before you blindly jump on the infographics bandwagon and splatter your course with these visuals, make sure that you stock up on information about how they work and when to use them. Badly-designed infographics or placing them out of context can increase the cognitive load of a course. So here's the lowdown on infographics."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 26, 11:11 PM

Infographics seem to be everywhere today, and educators are taking note and using them with students. This post provides information on the use of infographics for elearning, but the same concepts apply to face2face learning. The post is divided three sections that include:

* When to use infographics

* When NOT to use infographics

* 6 tips to create effective and stunning infographics

Additional resources are included in the post. If you are designing or revising a course and have not made use of infographics that post may provide you with ideas on how to best incorporate this form of visual learning into your curriculum. And if you currently use infographics check it out to learn more.

jane fullerton's curator insight, March 29, 10:26 AM

Awesome resource for a quick how to tutorial on infographics!

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Peer Grading in a MOOC: Reliability, Validity, and Perceived Effects | Distance-Educator.com

Peer Grading in a MOOC: Reliability, Validity, and Perceived Effects | Distance-Educator.com | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Peer grading offers a scalable and sustainable way of providing assessment and feedback to a massive student population. However, currently there is little empirical evidence to support the credentials of peer grading as a learning assessment method in the MOOC context. To address this research need, this study examined 1,825 peer grading assignments collected from a Coursera MOOC with the purpose of investigating the reliability and validity of peer grading, as well as its perceived effects on students’ MOOC learning experience. The empirical findings provide evidence that the aggregate of student graders can provide peer grading scores fairly consistent and highly similar to instructor grading scores. Student survey responses also indicate peer grading activities to be well received by a majority of MOOC students, who believe it was fair, useful, beneficial, and would recommend it to be included in future MOOC offerings. Based on the empirical results, this study concludes with a set of principles for designing and implementing peer grading activities in the MOOC context.
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