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Collective intelligence is a shared or group intelligence involving knowledge creation and flow. Pooled brainpower emerges from the collaboration and learning actions of a community of connected individuals empowered by social media, participatory tools, and mobile platforms.
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The 7 Powerful Idea Shifts In Learning Today

The 7 Powerful Idea Shifts In Learning Today | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning |

1. Digital & Research Literacy


Digital literacy is a trend that involves the consumption, comprehension, and curation of digital media. This is directly tied to research literacy, as both digital and digitized data sources serve as primary research resources.


2. Shift From Standards To Habits


The shift from purely academic standards to critical thinking habits supports personalized, 21st century learning through a preceding shift from institution to learner.


3. Game-Based Learning & Gamification


Game-Based Learning aggregates the power of learning simulations, social gaming, emotional immersion, and digital literacy to produce a net effect of transparency and participation on the learner.


4. Connectivism


Through social media, mobile learning, blended learning, eLearning, and other inherently connected learning experiences, it is possible to leverage the potential of interdependence and crowds. This occurs simply through crowdsourced knowledge (e.g., Quora, Wikipedia, learnist), visually through curation (e.g., scoopit, pinterest, MentorMob), and long-term through digital communities (e.g., twitter, Google+, facebook).


5. Transparency


A natural consequence of digital and social media, transparency is the opposite of closed, traditional schooling, where the walls of the classroom are thick and the local teachers and policies govern, judge, and process everything.


6. Place-Based Education 


Place-Based Education complements digital platforms that tend towards globalization. While it is tempting for learners to constantly connect with exotic ideas in equally exotic locations, authentic learning experiences allow learners to self-direct personal change in pursuit of social change–and that starts small, at home and surrounding intimate communities.


7. Self-Directed Learning & Play


Self-Directed Learning is almost certainly at the core of the future of learning. To not allow learners to “play” with information, platforms, and ideas is to ignore the access, tools, and patterns of 21st century life.

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6 Technologies That Will Change Higher Education

6 Technologies That Will Change Higher Education | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning |

The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) have jointly released the tenth NMC Horizon Report 2013 Higher Education Edition. This annual report describes the findings of ongoing research projects designed to identify new technologies that are likely to impact education in the coming years. In years past, crazy new-fangled items like ‘the internet’ and ‘laptop computers’ have topped the lists of would-be technology winners.


This year, the Horizon Report has identified 6 technologies that will change higher education.  The report identifies the technologies, and then separates them into three timeframes (called Horizons) that they think will match when each technology will enter mainstream use. 


Larry Johnson, chief executive officer of the NMC, released a statement about the report, saying,“Campus leaders and practitioners across the world use the report as a springboard for discussion around significant trends and challenges.” This year, “…the biggest trend identified by the advisory this year reflects the increasing adoption of openness on and beyond campuses, be it in the form of open content or easy access to data. This transition is promising, but there is now a major need for content curation.”


The group has identified MOOCs and tablet computing as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon (timeframe of one year or less), games/gamification and learning analytics for the second horizon (two to three years), and 3-D printing and wearable technologies for the third horizon (4-5 years).


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Social Media: Pulse of the Planet?

Social Media: Pulse of the Planet? | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning |

In 2010, Hillary Clinton described social media as a new nervous system for our planet. So can the pulse of the planet be captured by looking at social media activity?


There are many who are skeptical not least because of the digital divide: “You mean the pulse of the Data Have’s? The pulse of the affluent?” These rhetorical questions are perfectly justified, which is why social media alone should not be the sole source of information that feeds into decision-making for policy purposes. But millions are joining the social media ecosystem everyday, so the selection bias is not increasing but decreasing. We may not be able to capture the pulse of the planet comprehensively at a very high resolution yet, but the pulse of the majority of the world is certainly growing louder by the day.

One may think this picture depicts electricity use in Europe. Instead, this is a map of geo-located tweets (blue dots) and Flickr pictures (red dots). “White dots are locations that have been posted to both” . The number of active Twitter users grew 40% in 2012, making Twitter the fastest growing social network on the planet. Over 20% of the world’s internet population is now on Twitter. 

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One In Four Americans Owns A Tablet, Overtaking E-Readers, As Printed Book Consumption Continues To Decline: Pew

One In Four Americans Owns A Tablet, Overtaking E-Readers, As Printed Book Consumption Continues To Decline: Pew | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning |

We’re still waiting to hear from specific companies like Amazon with their latest (non-)numbers on how well their Kindle line of devices has sold over this holiday period, and from the various analysts that track overall device sales and shipments (but we’ve had a few indications that sales will be strong). But in the meantime, some research out today from the Pew Research Center on e-reading sheds some light on how the key U.S. market appears to be moving: specifically, ownership of tablets like the iPad has overtaken ownership of e-reading devices like the Kindle, with the number of people using both continuing to rise.


According to Pew’s ongoing Internet & American Life survey, 25% of respondents — one in every four — now owns a tablet; while e-reader ownership is now at 19%.


Biggest of all is the fact that now one in every three people owns some kind of device — tablet, e-reader or both — for e-reading. That’s more than a twofold rise for tablets over December 2011, when tablets and e-readers were level, with 10% of surveyed respondents said they owned one or the other. This most recent survey dates from November 2012 — meaning that the proportion is likely to rise even further after holiday sales shopping is taken into account.


Unsurprisingly, the rise in tablet and e-reader ownership, Pew says, has had a direct impact on how many people are turning to e-books rather than printed books when it comes to reading. They now stand at 23% of the population aged 16 and older — nearly an identical proportion to the number of people who say they now own either a tablet or e-reading device. A year ago, Pew said that the proportion was 16%.


We are not yet at a tipping point for reading, however. Reading printed books continues to decline, but it still remains well ahead of e-reading: the percentage that said they read printed books now stands at 67%, down from 72% a year ago.

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What 2013 Will Bring to the Enterprise [Infographic]

What 2013 Will Bring to the Enterprise [Infographic] | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning |

How's that 3-Year Plan Coming?

2013 should bring much of what we've spent the last three years preparing for. In 2010, we were promised that in three years we'd employ better technology, better integration and better governance strategies. Now that 2013 is upon us, how prepared do we feel? How many of us will be pushing back our three-year plan a few years?

If predictions from technology experts are any indication, 2013 will continue to bring more mobile. Along with it, the enterprise will accommodate, with a majority of companies adopting best practices for deploying mobile apps and access across mobile devices.

Additionally, big data seems to finally motivate us to do more than just talk about data. Not only will it bring more jobs, it will force companies to tie multiple systems together in an effort to leverage all that information smarter, faster, better.

If 2012 was about social this and social that, big data, and BYOD, the buzzword of 2013 will be Internet of Things. Though it may have been tossed around a bit this year, all predictions were confident of its presence. With more things on the internet, be it a tumblr meme or an instagram photo, the more connections they will bring with it. More connections means more opportunities for experiences to convert these connections into revenue.

Speaking on customer experience, omni-channel marketing strategies advance the multi-channel experience by making the consumer experience more seamless across all channels and platforms.

Finally, the prosumer comes into his own. Much of the technology innovations of the past decade have made it possible for mere mortals to create, publish and market themselves easily and under-budget. Now it's creeping into the enterprise, making it possible for simple marketers to do what used to take an entire team of agency professionals.
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India looks to have passed the US to become Quora’s top source of traffic

India looks to have passed the US to become Quora’s top source of traffic | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning |

Question-and-answer site Quora is doing well in India after reportedly passing the US as its top source of traffic, as noticed by Next Big What.

According to Alexa, India represents 30.8% of traffic, compared to 21.8% from the US. The UK, Canada and China round out the top five.


Next Big What speculates that the Indian population’s interest in Quora comes from two segments: entrepreneurs and college students. Integration with Facebook is also believed to have spurred adoption in the country. At the end of 2012, there were 71 million Facebook users in India.


Of course, India’s population of 1.2 billion is a strong reason for the high traffic, but China, which has an even larger population, contributes less than 1/10th the traffic that India does, according to Alexa.

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There Will Be More Smartphones Than Humans on the Planet by Year's End

There Will Be More Smartphones Than Humans on the Planet by Year's End | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning |

A prediction for the future of smartphone growth makes some bold projections: By the end of this year, there could be more smartphones on the planet than humans, and by 2016 there could be 10 billion smartphones. That's 1.4 mobile devices per capita.


In its global mobile data traffic forecast, Cisco predicts that a solid chunk of growth will come from the Middle East and Africa, with a compound annual growth rate of 104%, followed by Asia Pacific with 84% growth.


What will people be doing with their smartphones in the coming years? Cisco predicts that by 2016 two-thirds of the world's mobile data traffic will be from videos, increasing 25-fold between now and then. Mobile network connection speeds will increase as well, according to the company.

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Also see: Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2012–2017


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eLearning & Social Media Trends : Infographic

eLearning & Social Media Trends : Infographic | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning |
To stay on top of what is going on in the realm of eLearning and social media, it is important to review the notable trends.
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Looking Ahead at Education - 2013 and Beyond

Looking Ahead at Education - 2013 and Beyond | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning |

No, we don’t really have a crystal ball.. yet… but we are pretty good at seeing emerging themes and based on what we have seen, heard and had a hand in, these are our best guesses for the year ahead.


1. Blended learning opportunities will increase -


The flip will not flop, it will fly. We think that blended learning including the flipped classroom model, will take off this year. Funding cuts and increased demand for choice will raise awareness and the adoption of blended learning will hit the tipping point. And related to this...


2. New technologies will integrate learning regardless of the learners location -


In school and out we will see more integration and cross platform use. Apple will release a universal translator app that will allow us to connect any device to a network   Networked tablets will rule the more privileged classrooms. Mobile learning will be expected and video will be used even more than it is now. The blending or transmedia use of technology will blossom. 


3. Curriculum will improve -


With more and more educators connecting and sharing resources and their own learning and with big data informing analytics educators have more choices and are able to make better sense of those choices in their instructional design. The shift in instructional design to just-in-time, personalization and differentiation will change  the way curriculum is designed. Curriculum will become more agile and responsive and as a result curriculum that doesn’t work will be changed quicker. Ok, this may take a bit more than a year, but it is coming.


4. Increased engagement between community, parents, educators, students -


The education system as we know it is like an ocean liner. It just can’t turn on a dime. Schools on the other hand are more agile, more manoeuvrable. Principals and teachers are taking on the role of engagement specialists and leading from the middle. We see grassroots movements going mainstream with the likes of  TEDxEducation, EdCamps and SXSWEdu leading the way. The hope is that this doesn’t lead to rampant commodification.


5. Social and emotional learning and the importance of attachment takes
hold –


We will see, are already seeing, a more unified and comprehensive approach to social/emotional learning. School boards and districts are beginning to talk seriously about self-regulation, applied empathy, and empathy re-boot projects. The idea that schools are a Village of Attachment is a clear steps toward the ”paradigm shift from a behavioral approach to a relational one” throughout our educational systems. 

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