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What If The Problem Isn't With MOOCs But Something Else?

What If The Problem Isn't With MOOCs But Something Else? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Is this another post about how MOOCs are misunderstood ideas that the critics all get wrong? Not quite. There are problems with MOOCs, but I’m still looking at the conversation about MOOCs in general (continuing from my last post kind of). 

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A Myth for Teachers: Jobs That Don't Exist Yet

A Myth for Teachers: Jobs That Don't Exist Yet | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
About 4 years ago I wrote a post about myths for teachers. This post has continued to grow over time as one of the myths was altered and manipulated and appeared in different forms. It has now reac...
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GoConqr - Changing the way you learn

GoConqr - Changing the way you learn | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
GoConqr is a personal learning environment that allows students & teachers to create, discover and share learning resources. Transform your learning and achieve your goals with GoConqr

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50 Alternatives To Lecturing

50 Alternatives To Lecturing | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

As teachers, when we lecture, we have the best of intentions. We have a concept we want the class to understand, so we stand and explain it to them. We give them background. Offer details. Anticipate and pre-empt common misconceptions. Illuminate the more entertaining bits. Emphasize the nuance.

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The corridor of uncertainty: Lights, camera, action ..

The corridor of uncertainty: Lights, camera, action .. | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
When Ronald Reagan ran for president way back in the eighties there were many sceptics who couldn't accept that a movie actor could lead a nation. Whatever you think of his politics there's no doubt that even if his political background was weak his ability to deliver a message effectively and appeal to the voters was undeniable. As an actor he could play the part in a convincing way and even today he is still seen by many as one of the most popular presidents in history. Much greater politicians with far more ability and knowledge failed to communicate with the voters and struggled to convey a credible message.
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When Actors Replace Instructors as On-Camera Talent -- Campus Technology

When Actors Replace Instructors as On-Camera Talent -- Campus Technology | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
If your school has been producing course videos the same way for years, it may be time to update your technique to make sure students are still watching. Purdue shares lessons learned from an unconventional approach.
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7 Online Learning Myths that University Administrators Believe

7 Online Learning Myths that University Administrators Believe | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Online learning has been hailed as a faster, cheaper way to provide education -- but it doesn't do half of what administrators think it will.   
 
With the help of a few experts, we've compiled a list of major myths that administrators believe, how they match up against reality and why administrators believe them. 
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Why So Many MOOC Videos Are Utterly Forgettable (EdSurge News)

Why So Many MOOC Videos Are Utterly Forgettable (EdSurge News) | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

The participants of #NumericalMOOC will have noticed that we made only one video for the course. I thought that maybe I would do a handful more. But in the end I didn’t, and I don’t think it matters too much.
Why didn’t we have more videos? The short answer is budget and time. Making good-quality videos is expensive, and making simple yet effective educational videos is time consuming, if not necessarily costly.

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European University Association > Trends 2015: the changing context of European higher education

European University Association > Trends 2015: the changing context of European higher education | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

May 07, 2015

EUA has launched the Trends 2015 report, which presents the universities’ perceptions of the changes that have taken place in European higher education over the past five years, particularly in relation to learning and teaching. Based on survey responses of 451 higher education institutions from 46 countries (48 higher education systems), the report outlines the changing context in which higher education institutions operate.

 

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The quality of learning and teaching is receiving increased attention and support by the academic staff and the institutional leadership. As examples, 60% have a centralised unit for pedagogical staff development, and 63% have institution-wide quality assurance policies and processes. The implementation of learning outcomes has continued to progress since 2010, with 64% of institutions responding that these have been introduced for all courses. Institutions are generally positive about the benefits of learning outcomes. It is clear, however, that in many institutions their implementation appears to have taken place without changing in radical ways how curricula, including examinations, are developed. Therefore this area is still a work in progress.


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Achieving diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education needs to be a global conversation.

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Donald Clark Plan B: Is the ‘closed’ mindset of the Open Educational Resources community its own worst enemy?

Donald Clark Plan B: Is the ‘closed’ mindset of the Open Educational Resources community its own worst enemy? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

The promise was of a future where Open Educational Resources would sweep the globe and those pesky publishers would be wiped away by a tsunami of high quality, free stuff. It happened to a degree with Wikipedia, Khan, YouTube, MOOCs, Duolingo but almost in spite of the OER movement. There seemes to have been a bifurcation in OER between lots of publically funded projects that tended to atrophy even die and a successful crop of global successes. I’d argue that this was because of several strains of scepticism, institutional attitudes and a lack of awareness around marketing and sustainability in the educational community. The successes have been those that bucked these trends.

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Neutral version (university references removed) of webinar designed and run for the University of Newcastle, April 2015. Dealing with outcomes from the Jisc-fu…
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The Global Search for Education: Digital

The Global Search for Education: Digital | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Education News - Until parents, teachers, and schools start teaching these literacies, people are going to misuse digital resources. 

“We live in a world now where anybody can ask any question anywhere and get thousands of answers within seconds, but it is up to the questioner to determine which of those answers are legit, which are false, which are intentionally misleading.” — Howard Rheingold

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Vanity Metrics: 4 Ways Bloggers Can Fake Their Influence

Vanity Metrics: 4 Ways Bloggers Can Fake Their Influence | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

“Vanity Metrics” is a term that’s ruling (and rocking) the influencer marketing space right now. The term refers to any form of followers or engagement that have been purchased to boost one’s perceived clout or influence. In other words, you can literally buy your way to social media stardom with the click of a ‘BUY NOW’ button.

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The corridor of uncertainty: MOOCs at the movies

The corridor of uncertainty: MOOCs at the movies | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
You've seen the movie now do the MOOC ... This was the heading of a post I wrote back in 2013 and now the prediction has come true. I proposed that film companies could cooperate with universities to produce short open courses providing deeper insight into the topic of a new movie. A movie based on a famous novel could spark interest in studying the author's works and a MOOC could offer the right level of study for the newly inspired learners. We underestimate the power of popular media to awaken interest in a subject and we should take the opportunity to build on that enthusiasm and curiosity. That casual interest could develop into academic studies or a career.
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In 5 years, 80 percent of the whole Internet will be online video

In 5 years, 80 percent of the whole Internet will be online video | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
This one crazy statistic explains everything about the Internet industry.

Video is eating the Web.

Already, we know that Netflix accounts for one-third of Internet traffic at peak hours. Toss in YouTube, and that figure rises to roughly half of all bandwidth consumed. But even that's small potatoes compared with what's coming. In five years, 80 percent of the entire world's Internet consumption will be dominated by video. That number will be even higher in the United States, approaching 85 percent.

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: The 3 Things Digital Classrooms Really Need

My first experience with technology in the classroom was the good ol' Apple IIe and endless hours playing Oregon Trail and Math Blaster. That evolved to an after school coding club in high school where I learned how to make a square and a flower using BASIC. I got my first personal computer as a freshman in college (1998) and finally got Internet at home when I came home at the Holidays the same year.

And look at where learning is today...

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PhD: is the doctoral thesis obsolete?

PhD: is the doctoral thesis obsolete? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Should the foundations of a 21st-century academic career still be built on the traditional model?
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The first global overview of quality models in online and open education - Quality models in online and open education

The first global overview of quality models in online and open education - Quality models in online and open education | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
State of the art and recommendations

This study carried out on behalf of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)  is for:

institutional leaders responsible for quality in online, open and flexible higher educationfaculty wanting to have an overview of the fieldnewcomers that want to develop quality schemespolicy makers in governments, agencies and organisationsmajor educational stakeholders in the international community

It is a must read for any person concerned with quality in online, open and flexible higher education.  

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A Simulive Webinar Suggestion

A Simulive Webinar Suggestion | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

In the past few years, I have seen more webinar vendors add a "simulive" capability to their products. Yes, that's a terrible word, but we're already dealing with a technology referred to by smashing together linguistic roots improperly, so why not one more?

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Work Smarter: Using Tech Tools to Promote Reading and Writing Workshops (EdSurge News)

Work Smarter: Using Tech Tools to Promote Reading and Writing Workshops (EdSurge News) | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

To many educators, personalizing reading and writing instruction sounds like an impossible and, oftentimes, lofty dream. But with our culture’s ever-increasing dependency on text, especially as we transition to digital media, online reading, and electronic communication, it’s more important than ever to help our children become fluent readers and writers.

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The corridor of uncertainty: Fragmented reality

The corridor of uncertainty: Fragmented reality | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Whenever a new scandal breaks involving celebrities or politicians you hear the accused person claiming that their comments were taken out of context. If we had only heard the full conversation or read a previous article we would have realised that their intentions were good even if one small quote could be misinterpreted. The problem is that today we only hear the sound bites or choice quotes and almost no-one has time to check the context. If you make a statement, give a lecture, take part in an interview or panel debate you can never know which string of words will be picked up and take on a life of their own.
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EDUCAUSE looks beyond the (current) LMS environment: is it a future we want? | Tony Bates

EDUCAUSE looks beyond the (current) LMS environment: is it a future we want? | Tony Bates | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE has published a very interesting white paper that:
explores the gaps between current learning management tools and a digital learning environment that could meet the changing needs of higher education.
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What, Why, and How to Flip Your Classroom

What, Why, and How to Flip Your Classroom | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
The flipped classroom model is here to stay. This model, although not a golden bullet, puts the student firmly into the educational process. Think back over the last few years that you have been teaching or learning about teaching.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, May 7, 8:52 PM

Lots of reasons why you should flip your classroom

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Stanford Video Discussion Group Tool Leads to Improved Outcomes -- Campus Technology

Stanford Video Discussion Group Tool Leads to Improved Outcomes -- Campus Technology | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Stanford University is testing out the use of small group video discussions to see what impact it has on learning outcomes for people in massive open, online courses. So far it looks like scores on exams and assignments go up for participants.
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8 ways to prevent cheating in the digital age

8 ways to prevent cheating in the digital age | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Cheating on assignments and exams has become easier than ever in the digital age. Fortunately, digital tools and some classroom strategies can help keep plagiarism and stealing answers to a minimum while encouraging collaboration.
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