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MOOC on MOOCs? A novel yet pragmatic approach - University World News

MOOC on MOOCs? A novel yet pragmatic approach - University World News | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, or IIT-K, and the Commonwealth of Learning in Vancouver have teamed up againto offer a novel MOOC that is focused on the design of the course itself. Entitled “MOOC on MOOCs: What you need to know about massive open online courses”, it is aimed at addressing the nuts and bolts of designing and running a MOOC.

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Let's get rid of the instructors!

Let's get rid of the instructors! | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

The title of my previous post, Let’s get rid of the instructional designers!, was a tongue-in-cheek reference to a radical view of instructional design.

I think it would be safe to say that the vast majority of us in the L&D profession do not advocate the riddance of instructional designers. On the contrary, they are the experts in a science that is critical to the overall performance of the organisation.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 9, 10:31 AM

Teaching is necessary for learning regardless of the medium used.

 

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Is Twitter Bad For Language? Statistical Analysis Says No (NEW BOOK)

Is Twitter Bad For Language? Statistical Analysis Says No (NEW BOOK) | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

When you want to learn about how people write, their unpolished, unguarded words are the best place to start, and we have reams of them. There will be more words written on Twitter in the next two years than contained in all books ever printed. It’s the epitome of the new communication: short and in real time. Twitter was, in fact, the first service not only to encourage brevity and immediacy, but to require them. Its prompt is "What’s happening?" and it gives users 140 characters to tell the world. And Twitter’s sudden popularity, as much as its sudden redefinition of writing, seemed to confirm the fear that the Internet was “killing our culture.”

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Is the classroom model appropriate for teaching in a digital age?

Is the classroom model appropriate for teaching in a digital age? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Some design models are so embedded in tradition and convention that we are often like fish in water – we just accept that this is the environment in which we have to live and breath. The classroom model is a very good example of this. In a classroom based model, learners are organised in classes that meet on a regular basis at the same place at certain times of the day for a given length of time over a given period (a term or semester).

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The corridor of uncertainty: Take note

The corridor of uncertainty: Take note | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

David Truss (@datruss) started something when he tweeted this photo showing an extreme version of a common phenomenon in classrooms and lecture halls everywhere. The ensuing Twitter discussion then lead to a blog post by David, 4 notes on taking notes.

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4 notes on taking notes

4 notes on taking notes | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

This made me laugh. I saw this image (source unknown) and saved it to my photos on my iPad. Later that day, I tweeted it out and since then it has had quite a response.

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Research into the quality of initial teacher training now published | Coralesce Ltd

Research into the quality of initial teacher training now published | Coralesce Ltd | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Worcester College of Technology (now Heart of Worcestershire College), Kirklees College and Worcestershire County Council working with Coralesce as Evaluator has completed research to explore how to improve the quality of initial teacher education for education and training practitioners. The report ‘Strategies to improve the quality of initial teacher education (August 2014)’ seeks to identify aspects of the quality of initial teacher education delivery for the Education and skills sector that could be improved and propose costed models to address the improvements identified.

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Open badges for education: what are the implications at the intersection of open systems and badging? | Ahn | Research in Learning Technology

Open badges for education: what are the implications at the intersection of open systems and badging?
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Teachers Handbook on Creative Commons and Copyright ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Handbook on Creative Commons and Copyright ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
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400 colleges gain access to free e-text books | Jisc

400 colleges gain access to free e-text books | Jisc | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Jisc offers over 400 colleges free access to a new collection of curriculum focused e-text books through e-books for FE. 
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The corridor of uncertainty: Who loves conference calls?

The corridor of uncertainty: Who loves conference calls? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Even after many years of synchronous video meetings using free tools like Skype and Google Hangouts as well as more sophisticated e-meeting systems like Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate and Webbex I'm constantly amazed that so many people still use the telephone conference call. The conference call lacks all the features available in even the free e-meeting tools on the net; you can't see who's in the meeting, you don't know who's speaking and you can't share any information. Often it's hard to tell who is speaking and when many participants are calling from their mobiles the speech quality can fluctuate greatly.

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The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology

The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology

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EDTC@UTB's curator insight, August 28, 9:12 AM

What part of the pencil represents your response to educational technology?

Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, August 29, 9:35 AM

Great metaphor for understanding the range of understanding that educators have with technology and their use as part of instruction.

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Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’ | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms did not provide new outlets for the discussion of the Snowden-NSA revelations. People who thought their social media friends disagreed with them were less likely to discuss the issues in person and online.
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Mythbusting...

Mythbusting... | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

  Last week I gave a talk to our new staff about teaching.  The night before, I asked the good people of twitter for their input: It caused a bit of a discussion!  So I thought I would elaborate on some of my thoughts.  Some of which have changed quite a lot over the past few years – thanks to engagement with some great colleagues, tweeters and bloggers!

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The corridor of uncertainty: Should we ask students to switch off their devices?

The corridor of uncertainty: Should we ask students to switch off their devices? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

I got a bit of a shock when I read a new article by Clay Shirky, one of the most high profile advocates of the digital revolution, about his decision to ask students to switch off their devices in class, Why I just asked my students to put their laptops away. Up till now such an idea has been dismissed as a sign of the teacher's hostility to technology and that it is the teacher's responsibility to make the class time as engaging as possible to keep students involved and to counter multitasking. However the issue of multitasking and distractions is more insidious and even one of the leading authorities in social media has to take a step back.

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Distractable Me: How to get more done in an interruption culture - Business Record

Distractable Me: How to get more done in an interruption culture - Business Record | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
I’ve spent most of my career working in newsrooms, big, open rooms with lots of noise: reporters conducting
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Malawi app 'teaches UK pupils a lesson'

Malawi app 'teaches UK pupils a lesson' | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

An app designed to help provide a better education for children in Malawi has proved an equally effective learning tool for pupils in the UK. In six weeks, children made the same progress in maths as expected after 12 to 18 months of teaching.

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Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away…

Clay Shirky

I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement. I am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate for internet censor, but I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to refrain from using laptops, tablets, and phones in class.

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Move Over MOOCs, It's Online, Competency Time

Move Over MOOCs, It's Online, Competency Time | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
When massive open online courses, or MOOCs, took the world by storm in 2012, all too often the description of them was accompanied by an adjective: disruptive. The implication? They were clearly disruptive innovations destined to transform learning. Although the three companies most associated with the term MOOC—Coursera, edX, and Udacity—may [...]
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Online education platform EdCast puts universities in charge of their content @insidehighered

Online education platform EdCast puts universities in charge of their content @insidehighered | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

The online education platform provider EdCast, Silicon Valley’s latest contribution to the ed-tech space, wants to be simultaneously massive and intimate, private and public -- and preferably to stay out of the spotlight.

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The UOC establishes itself as one of the most accessible online universities

The UOC establishes itself as one of the most accessible online universities | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Enabling access to knowledge above and beyond traditional geographical and scheduling constraints and regardless of any disability is the guiding premise for all of the UOC's actions to ensure inclusion. According to Maria Galofré, head of the University's accessibility programme, "We have always sought to encourage the enrolment of members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in the university system".

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A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic

A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

The traditional model of teach we’re familiar with is that of the teacher in front of the class, lecturing and assigning homework for students to do once they leave the classroom. The teacher has full control over their learning process. Or do they? Teachers who seem to have full control over their student’s learning often run against the wall of school-day ennui. So, here’s the concept that’s been making a buzz all through the education world these days: Why not flip it?

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Adapting student assessment to the needs of a digital age

Adapting student assessment to the needs of a digital age | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

In this post, I examine the assessment of students as a key component, and how assessment methods need to be adapted to meet the needs of a digital age. This is the last component I’m discussing, but it will be followed by a final post that discusses the value of designing teaching and learning through the lens of a comprehensive learning environment. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/08/30/adapting-student-assessment-to-the-needs-of-a-digital-age/#sthash.yLvDGKwd.dpuf

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Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome'

Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome' | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe.
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What Do Schools Risk By Going ‘Full Google’?

What Do Schools Risk By Going ‘Full Google’? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Google launches new tools for teachers and expands its brand among students.

Kaitlin Morgan says, this year, her school district is going “full Google.”

Morgan teaches U.S. and world history and advises the yearbook at Woodlake Union High School in California’s Central Valley. At Woodlake, “full Google” means a plan to have one Google Chromebook for every two students by the spring, running Google Apps.

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