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Collaborative Learning - Skillshare Launches Hybrid Classes, Letting Anyone Join Online Or Offline

Collaborative Learning - Skillshare Launches Hybrid Classes, Letting Anyone Join Online Or Offline | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
When peer-to-peer learning startup Skillshare launched early last year, it very quickly became a marketplace for knowledge, allowing anyone to create classes based on his or her individual expertise.

 

When peer-to-peer learning startup Skillshare launched early last year, it very quickly became a marketplace for knowledge, allowing anyone to create classes based on his or her individual expertise. The idea was to create a platform through which people could come together and learn new skills. But it was limited in that users could only participate in classes that took place in their local area.

 

Now Skillshare is allowing teachers to create classes through which that will be available globally. With the launch of its new hybrid classes, students will be able to take part in collaborative learning through local classes as well as online. While its existing model has proven incredibly successful, with more than 5,000 teachers signed up on the platform, founder and CEO Michael Karnjanaprakorn believes that the hybrid model of learning will make the platform available to a much wider range of students. Since classes are no longer tied to a specific city or geography, practically anyone will be able to participate in a hybrid class.

 

Teachers will also have more flexibility to have more project-oriented classes, rather than lecture-oriented classes that it currently offers. It’s a step toward what Skillshare like to call “collaborative learning.” That is, lessons aren’t dictated to students from a teacher, with students expected to memorize facts verbatim or to execute on projects alone. Instead, Skillshare is seeking to make learning more of a many-to-many experience, with students collaborating on projects, and thus learning from each other as much as they learn from the teacher.

 

The launch of hybrid classes follows the recent introduction of Skillshare’s new “Classroom” tools, which make it easier for students and teachers alike to share notes with one another and to collaborate on various projects. In many ways, the Classroom is at the center of the new hybrid classes, as it was an online extension of classes that were previously being taught offline. And it also helped move forward Skillshare’s collaborative learning agenda, by creating a place where anyone could exchange notes and thoughts.

 

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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 Power of Peer Coaching: 5 Tips to Improve Your Team's Performance

The Power of Peer Coaching: 5 Tips to Improve Your Team's Performance | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Peer coaching appears to be a vibrant business strategy that management and human resources experts are applying to improve employee’s motivation and performance.It’s only for the past few decades
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Microsoft unveils Skype Translator to break down language barriers

Microsoft unveils Skype Translator to break down language barriers | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Microsoft has moved to break down language barriers and make talking to our international friends even more convenient. The company has unveiled Skype Trans...
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Citizen Powered Neuroscience with Project EyeWire - Using Your Neurons to Map the Brain!

Citizen Powered Neuroscience with Project EyeWire - Using Your Neurons to Map the Brain! | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

So armed with all this raw image data and AI, Seung’s team created EyeWire, a game that would crowdsource the intelligence of amateur citizen neuroscientists to map the human brain. To start with, they designed the game to analyze the neuronal wiring of the retina. This would help them understand how vision works, a small step in the larger context of...

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Swarm Robotics: The Future of Collective Intelligence

Swarm Robotics: The Future of Collective Intelligence | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Swarm robotics is a new approach to the organisation of miniature multi-robot systems. It has emerged from the Artificial Intelligence field and from biological studies of swarm behaviour frequently found in nature.  This type of behavior applies a collective form of intelligence, more commonly known as the “hive mind” principle to organize individual members within the group for a purpose.

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The military case for sharing knowledge (Video - TED 2014)

The military case for sharing knowledge (Video - TED 2014) | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
When General Stanley McChrystal started fighting al Qaeda in 2003, information and secrets were the lifeblood of his operations. But as the unconventional battle waged on, he began to think that the culture of keeping important information classified was misguided and actually counterproductive. In a short but powerful talk McChrystal makes the case for actively sharing knowledge.
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Online Learning Marketplace Udemy To Scale Up Internationally

Online Learning Marketplace Udemy To Scale Up Internationally | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

While traditional academic institutions have been putting courses online, via the MOOCs movement powering the likes of EdX and Coursera, Udemy is a marketplace where any individual with skills to sell can create and upload courses. It also offers tools for tutors to build the courses — making it closer to a startup such as Eliademy than the MOOCs giants.

 

Udemy’s educational content is also skewed towards the skills workers need to remain employable, rather than the academic course content offered by many MOOCs. The company also targets enterprises — offering itself as a platform for fulfilling staff training requirements.

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Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making

Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
The trope that the likelihood of an accurate group decision increases with the abundance of brains involved might not hold up when a group faces a variety of factors, researchers report. Instead, smaller groups actually tend to make more accurate decisions while larger assemblies may become excessively focused on only certain pieces of information.
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Zabosu Wants To Turn You Into A Remote-Controlled Human

Zabosu Wants To Turn You Into A Remote-Controlled Human | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
You guys remember the movie Avatar? Where our fearless protagonist would hop into a tanning booth-type machine and then suddenly his Avatar was running..
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Scoop.it Now Helps Big Companies Share Knowledge

Scoop.it Now Helps Big Companies Share Knowledge | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Scoop.it is launching a product aimed at helping large companies share ideas from across the Web both publicly and internally.
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Make Your Social Network A Learning Tool - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity

Make Your Social Network A Learning Tool - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

By understanding how informal networks communicate and collaborate, social network analysis can facilitate more effective learning program design and promote more innovative collaboration.

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MIT management professor Tom Malone on collective intelligence and the “genetic” structure of groups

MIT management professor Tom Malone on collective intelligence and the “genetic” structure of groups | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Do groups have genetic structures? If so, can they be modified?

Those are two central questions for Thomas Malone, a professor of management and an expert in organizational structure and group intelligence at MIT's Sloan School of Management. In a talk this week at IBM's Center for Social Softwa…
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Gooru Adds a Collaboration Option for Building Resource Collections With Your Colleagues

Gooru Adds a Collaboration Option for Building Resource Collections With Your Colleagues | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Gooru is a service designed to help teachers create and share collections of educational videos, texts, and images.

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'The Next Tsunami' examines our short-term memory about disasters

'The Next Tsunami' examines our short-term memory about disasters | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
"It seems that the more 'advanced' a society becomes, the shorter its memory," suggests geologic oceanographer Chris Goldfinger late in Bonnie Henderson's riveting "The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast." "Native Americans not only have a memory of the last Cascadia earthquake 311 years ago, they have a memory of the explosion of Mount Mazama about 7,600 years ago. We, on the other hand, can't remember much that happened before Twitter and Facebook."
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New: Google Launched Google Educator Groups (Great Learning Platform for Teachers)

New: Google Launched Google Educator Groups (Great Learning Platform for Teachers) | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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KPCB Internet Trends 2014

The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report includes: 1. Key Internet trends showing slowing Internet user growth but strong smartphone, tablet a...
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The Collective Intelligence of the Web

The Collective Intelligence of the Web | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
NASA showed us how to harness the collective intelligence of large groups of people in order to solve problems.
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Re-imagining Informal and Social Learning

Re-imagining Informal and Social Learning | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Micro-learning, micro-content, Learning Flows, and mlearning are some of the current and upcoming trends in the world of learning and development. They all have a common denominator—they require very little “at-a-stretch” time commitment from learners/users. And learning design – driven by these principles – lend itself to informal and social learning as well....
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Brazilian Students Are Learning English By Video Chatting With Elderly Americans (Video)

Brazilian Students Are Learning English By Video Chatting With Elderly Americans (Video) | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
In a pilot project that just makes so much sense it's crazy that no one has thought of it before, a language school has started teaching its students to speak English by having them video chat with lonely, elderly people.
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Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication

Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teachers make, collect..
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How Microsoft Created A Virtual Assistant That Could Blow Siri Away

How Microsoft Created A Virtual Assistant That Could Blow Siri Away | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Microsoft explains how Cortana was created and what makes her so different from Google Now and Android.
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Does the secret to social impact measurement lie in algorithmic data?

Does the secret to social impact measurement lie in algorithmic data? | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

The principles used to predict someone's credit score or music taste can be used to predict social outcomes, according to a data expert speaking at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford.

 

In a sector increasingly being driven towards measuring its outcomes, Jason Saul's product, created with the assistance of a musicologist at Pandora, uses former learning on social projects to assess how likely it is that social programmes will have desired results.

 

The Impact Genome Project, expected to be available at the end of the year, has a database of 78,000 "outcome data points" and will analyse the result of what would happen when these points are put together in different combinations.

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Mightybell: a 'smarter' social network for groups and businesses - Fortune Tech

Mightybell: a 'smarter' social network for groups and businesses - Fortune Tech | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Mightybell starts with large groups called "communities," which are organized around topic, purpose, course or profession. Each community has a subset of groups called "circles," where users can read and post content and talk to other users who are also interested in that particular topic...
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Limits of Social Learning | Social Physics

Most of our learning takes place implicitly, by observing other people. This is especially true for social and cultural norms – things that are based on collective approval, rather than empirical facts. If you want to find out which restaurant to eat at, or what kind of joke is socially acceptable, your friends and family are a good source of information.  When you poll your circle about a question, bad quality answers filter out and approved answers rise to the top.

 

But when it comes to solving complex problems, it seems social networking has its limits, as our new experiment shows. In our experiments, we equally divided 100 volunteers into five social networks. Then we asked them questions that did not have obvious intuitive answers (in fact, the intuitive answer was wrong). For example, if I tell you that a bat and a ball cost $1.10 together, and the bat costs $1 more than the ball, how much does the ball cost? The answer that will jump at you is 10 cents, but the correct answer is 5 cents (think about it).

 
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It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Learn

It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Learn | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

The report,  Just In Time: Beyond-the-Hype Potential of E-Learning, covers how identifies the "seismic and structural shifts" in our society and work place that are demanding that organizations and reinvent themselves and re-imagine their futures. It can be summed in a tagline: "It's not what you know, but how you learn." The report discusses the implications of “just-in-time learning”—being able to access information easily and inexpensively at the precise moment of relevance. What's most interesting to me is how these trends and technological developments in e-learning will impact sectors beyond education, particularly how it will change nonprofits, both individuals, inside the workplace, and networks of organizations working together to solve social change issues...

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Coming Soon, Maybe: 'Knowledge Pills' That You Eat To Automatically Learn Anything

Coming Soon, Maybe: 'Knowledge Pills' That You Eat To Automatically Learn Anything | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab, appeared on stage in Vancouver at TED's 30th anniversary event last night and made a number of predictions about what technology will do over the next 30 years. 

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