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Dissertations on MOOCs published in 2014 | George Veletsianos

Dissertations on MOOCs published in 2014 | George Veletsianos | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

1. Congratulations to the following seven individuals who completed a doctoral degree in 2014. 2. It s always interesting to explore literature outside of peer-reviewed journals to explore how early career colleagues are thinking about a topic..

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Porto Declaration on European MOOCs

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During the HOME conference Mapping the European MOOC Territory held on 27 November 2014 in Porto, participants discussed and agreed the text of a declaration about MOOCs and the opportunities they present in Europe.

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Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Writing useful comments on students’ work can be a fine art. And for instructors who put a lot of effort into crafting a critique, there’s always a substantial risk students will skip the written feedback and go right to the grade.


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» Is Blogging worth it for the aspiring academic? Virtual Canuck

» Is Blogging worth it for the aspiring academic? Virtual Canuck | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

After spending most of yesterday catching up on blogs, Facebook posts, twitter and linked in, I began to wonder if it was worth it and how I would I would measure the value (in academic terms) of my day. First of all I should note that the day was a pleasant one, with a few good articles uncovered, a joke or three, time wasted trying to find closed articles mentioned in open repositories, a few new slides for upcoming keynotes, updates on a number of colleagues, some interesting conference to keep in mind and a great of peripheral knowledge that I have no idea if it will ever have any use.  But was it worth it??

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Dale: Smart Phones Belong in Schools -- THE Journal

Dale: Smart Phones Belong in Schools -- THE Journal | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
"This is where our schools are. This is where our world is going," according to Warren Dale, technology facilitator for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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Indonesia plans to replace Textbooks with Tablets

Indonesia plans to replace Textbooks with Tablets | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
The Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture announced that it will replace physical textbooks with tablets and ebooks in the coming years.
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Intellectual Property Rights In eLearning - eLearning Industry

Intellectual Property Rights In eLearning  - eLearning Industry | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

eLearning professionals are increasingly creating educational materials that are offered on a wide scale, globally. With this dynamic frontier of content delivery, emerge questions and concerns about intellectual property rights among content developers and providers. Questions such as who owns the digital materials and content that I create and post online? What are institutional or organizational limits of ownership to my e-materials and digital products?, Can I patent my work and what are organizational implications? 

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What’s a Chromebook, anyway?

What’s a Chromebook, anyway? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
We're sure you've heard talk of dirt-cheap Google computers within the last year. Chromebooks, as they're called, are in a league of their own. So what's a Chromebook anyway?
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Reflecting on 2015 | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

Reflecting on 2015 | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Yes, it seems strange to ‘reflect’ on 2015 already, but here I go.

I am not going to join many other and write about my predictions for learning technology in 2015, or wax lyrical about developments over the past few years and where we’re heading. I’m just going to use my experiences as a Learning Technologist and my insider knowledge [wink wink] from collating and editing The Really Useful #EdTechBook – I’ll outline some of these ‘observations’.

- See more at: http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/edtechbook/reflecting-on-2015/#sthash.10NAKj9N.dpuf

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How to Use Social Media as a Learning Tool in the Classroom | Edudemic

How to Use Social Media as a Learning Tool in the Classroom | Edudemic | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Social media is an ingrained part of today’s society. Our students are constantly on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and likely many sites we’re not hip enough to know about, and by reading this blog, you’re interacting with social media at this very moment. If you want to bring the “real world” into the classroom, consider integrating social media into your lessons.

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Koller, Thicke, and Noble: The "Blurred Lines" Between Traditional Online Courses and MOOCs

Koller, Thicke, and Noble: The "Blurred Lines" Between Traditional Online Courses and MOOCs | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
or, Of Small Deltas, Honeypots, and Brand Inversion What's the difference between a MOOC and a "traditional" online course? It sounds like the setup for a bad joke, but trying to find a reasonable 

answer to this question is no joke.

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UNESCO launches Open Access Curricula for Researchers and Librarians

UNESCO launches Open Access Curricula for Researchers and Librarians | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
"Within the overall framework of UNESCO Strategy on Open Access to scientific information and research and to take forward UNESCO’s leadership role in diffusing knowledge amongst its Member States, UNESCO has developed a set of manuals to facilitate capacity building of library and information professionals and researchers."
Via Andreas Link
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The validation challenge: how close is Europe to recognising all learning? | Cedefop

The validation challenge: how close is Europe to recognising all learning? | Cedefop | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
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6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning -- Campus Technology

6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning -- Campus Technology | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter may be ubiquitous, but there are many other social media tools out there that can enhance teaching and learning. Here, three educators share their favorites.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Making feedback more personal

The corridor of uncertainty: Making feedback more personal | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Online education is often accused of being impersonal self-study with predominantly text-based communication that lacks the intimacy of meeting teachers and fellow students face-to-face. The discussion forums of many courses are indeed rather impersonal with many students and teachers opting not to show photos of themselves. The teacher may provide recorded lectures but generally there is very little personal contact in such environments; face-to-face contact is missing and students seldom hear the teacher addressing them directly. 

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Balancing the use of social media and privacy protection in online learning

Balancing the use of social media and privacy protection in online learning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Instructors and students need a private place to work online. Instructors want to be able to criticize politicians or corporations without fear of reprisal; students may want to keep rash or radical comments from going public or will want to try out perhaps controversial ideas without having them spread all over Facebook. Institutions want to protect students from personal data collection for commercial purposes by private companies, tracking of their online learning activities by government agencies, or marketing and other unrequested commercial or political interruption to their studies. In particular, institutions want to protect students, as far as possible, from online harassment or bullying. Creating a strictly controlled environment enables institutions to manage privacy and security more effectively. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2015/01/27/balancing-the-use-of-social-media-and-privacy-protection-in-online-learning/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tonybates+%28Tony+Bates%29&utm_content=Netvibes#sthash.Sb2iKtQT.dpuf

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The Flow Theory In The Classroom: A Primer

The Flow Theory In The Classroom: A Primer | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

This is number 6 in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. In the last post we examined the work of Craik and Lockhart on Levels of Processing theory. In this post, we explore the work ofMihály Csíkszentmihályi on Flow Theory. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please refer to the original work of the theorist.

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Edudemic's Guide to the Flipped Classroom for 2014 | Edudemic

Edudemic's Guide to the Flipped Classroom for 2014 | Edudemic | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

For the past few years, Edudemic has covered the rise of the flipped classroom and its subsequent evolution. Each year, we find that more teachers are testing this new learning strategy and creating new ways to improve current methods.

While some teachers are trying it out for the first time this fall, others who used the flipped classroom method in 2013 are making changes to build on their lesson plans for the 2014-15 school year. Read this brief guide to learn why flipped learning is an increasingly popular choice, and review a few steps for teachers wanting to try it out.

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How do MOOCs compare?

How do MOOCs compare? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

There are tens of thousands of Massive Open Online Courses available. Their proliferation increasingly requires some means to differentiate types, to standards, and by review. Undoubtedly branding will have a role to play: it being easier to choose because the subject is delivered on a known and  trusted platform, such as Coursera, Udemy or FutureLearn..

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Facebook Banishes Hoaxes From The News Feed

Facebook Banishes Hoaxes From The News Feed | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

“I declare all my Facebook photos are copyrighted” “Free Southwest Flights”, “Bigfoot spotted”. This is the kind of crap gullible people share on Facebook, until enough friends point out these are fake they delete them. Now the company’s getting proactive by reducing the News Feed visibility of hoaxes.

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
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Seeking the unique pedagogical characteristics of text and print

Seeking the unique pedagogical characteristics of text and print | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

This is the first of several posts on the unique characteristics of different media, for my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. I’m starting with text, because it is – or perhaps more accurately, has been – fundamental to the development of academic knowledge. However, writing about its unique pedagogical features is rather like asking a fish to describe water. We are so immersed in text in academia that it is hard to imagine studying without texts to read and learn from. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2015/01/14/seeking-the-unique-pedagogical-characteristics-of-text-and-print/#sthash.p6EyE0Fm.dpuf

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The corridor of uncertainty: Are MOOCs really about rebranding?

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What's the difference between a MOOC and a regular online for-credit course? That's the question asked by David Wiley in a post entitled Koller, Thicke, and Noble: The “Blurred Lines” Between Traditional Online Courses and MOOCs. Most people would answer that scalability is the key feature of a MOOC with tens of thousands of participants signing up for the most popular courses. 

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Ease of use as a criterion for technology selection in online learning

Ease of use as a criterion for technology selection in online learning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

I felt myself cringing as I wrote this section for my book on ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’. Talk about do what I say and not what I do, especially the part about spending a small amount of time in properly learning about a technology before using it. I was almost half way through writing this book, before I worked out that ‘Parts’ were in fact introductions to ‘Chapters’ and ‘Chapters’ really were sections of chapters, in Pressbook terminology. I also didn’t work out until this week how to actually publish it once it was available in html format.  Oh, that’s what this button is for! - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2015/01/07/ease-of-use-as-a-criterion-for-technology-selection-in-online-learning/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tonybates+%28Tony+Bates%29&utm_content=Netvibes#sthash.qNHifa6G.dpuf

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The corridor of uncertainty: Paths to openness

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Martin Weller's new book The battle for open provides an excellent overview of the role of openness in higher education today. It charts the development of the main strands of openness (open access, MOOCs, open educational resources and open scholarship) and suggests that although the MOOC boom has made people more aware of the opportunities of open online education it is a false dawn. Interpretations of openness vary greatly and most MOOCs choose to only focus on free access but maintain full copyright on the material. Major investments of venture capital underpin the mainstream MOOC movement and many academics are concerned about the commercialisation of higher education.
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