In the end, MOOCs and online programs primarily help those who are self motivated to learn, and the vast majority of these people would have figured out how to educate themselves, whether in college or on their own, regardless of whether or not online courses are available.
How many times have you seen (or experienced as a learner, or applied as a teacher) an approach to learning that looks somewhat like this? Goodness knows I have. The role of application/performance has always fascinated me in learning design....
Have you ever asked yourself what learning theories you know about and which ones you feel more connected to and apply in your teaching ? Generally speaking, theories inform and guide practice in any content area and a learning theory is a set of concepts on how people learn. It is more or less an investigation of the strategies and the underlying cognitive processes involved in learning. The educational field abounds in learning theories to the extent that it becomes hard to draw clear boundaries between some of them. The graphic I have for you below provides a clear categorization of the learning theories you need to know as a teacher and educator. Check it out and as always share with us your feedback.
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory, zone of proximal development The area of capabilities that learners can exhibit with support from a teacher., Montessori constructivism, Lave & Wenger...
"Today’s writers benefit from an incredible assortment of digital tools from which they can draw inspiration and productivity. Although some writers prefer to stick to old-fashioned pen and paper or even typewriters, there’s a vast population of others that are happy to take advantage of all the new tools out there.
Some of the brightest of these tools can be found on the Apple iPad, and Terry Heick at TeachThought has compiled 16 of them here. Whether students need a place to scribble ideas, organize plotlines, or just find their zen before sitting down to write, these apps have them covered. And you, too."
"Coach My Video https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coachmyvideo-mobile-easy-frame/id499915119?mt=8 is an iPad app that allows coaches to video their players in action to provide feedback on their movements and techniques. With Coach My Video installed you can record a video of your player(s) in action then as you play the video back you can pause it to annotate the the video frame-by-frame. You can draw on the video to illustrate a movement or to point out something that needs correction."
bContext is an app that actively transforms the way ideas are shared by enlivening static documents with audio, writing, and drawing capabilities.
The app makes it easy for anyone (i.e. designers, architects, consultants, teachers, bloggers, journalists etc.) to add visual and verbal elements to transform complex ideas into engaging communications.