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Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design

Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Are you planning and communicating your feedback criteria? Here is our Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design, an infographic to help you plan better assessments.
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Digital Pedagogy - Learning Drives Technology

Digital Pedagogy - Learning Drives Technology | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

On a joint edtech project with a teacher recently, I was told ‘I am happy for you to choose the pictures.’ Whether or not this teacher was intentionally insulting is beside the point – it is not the first time I have heard the digitisation debate seeming reduced to a largely irrelevant aesthetic choice. There seems to be this relatively common misconception about the purposes and processes of digital education. This could be addressed on two levels – resource design and teaching design.

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California's multi-million dollar online education flop is another blow for MOOCs - The Hechinger Report

California's multi-million dollar online education flop is another blow for MOOCs - The Hechinger Report | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

“Reinvent.” That was the giddy catchword of a plan by the University of California to create an all-digital “campus” that would revolutionize higher education by providing courses online for students shut out of the system’s brick-and-mortar classrooms at a time of high demand but falling budgets. Three years later, the Online Instruction Pilot Project has become another expensive example of the ineffectiveness—so far, anyway—of once-vaunted plans to widen access to college degrees by making them available online, including in massive online open courses, known as MOOCs.

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Teacher's Guide to Digital Citizenship | Edudemic

Teacher's Guide to Digital Citizenship | Edudemic | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Concerns of what kids can access online caused schools to teach students about digital citizenship; the idea that we’re interconnected through the Internet.
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Using the Internet to connect students and teachers around the world for 'virtual exchanges'

Using the Internet to connect students and teachers around the world for 'virtual exchanges' | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Almost twenty years ago, the World Bank president was scheduled to visit some schools in Uganda. Around that time, the Bank was exploring the possibility of investing in videoconferencing to connect its offices, and those of its counterparts in government ministries, to each other as a way to promote more regular dialogue (and, it is probably worth noting, to save some travel costs as a result).

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The three biggest (perceived) problems with Open Badges | Doug Belshaw's blog

I once again found myself in an Open Badges session with the good people from DigitalMe today. It was a very positive event overall and some exciting stuff will happen as a result.

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McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Embrace Open Learning

McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Embrace Open Learning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Collaboration combines popular software with powerful analytics to promote personalized learning experiences in schools.
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Fee payments lift MOOC completion rates

Fee payments lift MOOC completion rates | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
A study has found paying a small fee makes students in online courses more diligent.
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Donald Clark Plan B: Sir Ken Robinson: ‘Creative’ with the truth?

Donald Clark Plan B: Sir Ken Robinson: ‘Creative’ with the truth? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Do schools kills creativity? Sir Ken Robinson (we’ve learnt to be wary in the UK of anyone whose first name is ‘Sir’) has achieved saintly status through his three TED talks and RSA animation, on this very subject. It is difficult to go to any educational conference without being assaulted by the accusation that ‘Creativity’ has been sacrificed on the altar of traditional education and schooling. Robinson’s main thrust is that all children are born ‘creative’ and that school knocks it out of them. I'm not so sure.

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Why We Should Flip Education Conferences | Edudemic

Why We Should Flip Education Conferences | Edudemic | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Particulars could change from conference to conference, but the gist of a flipped conference is this: lectures are replaced by more interactive discussions.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Sometimes I just want to learn on my own

The corridor of uncertainty: Sometimes I just want to learn on my own | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Maybe I'm weird but when I'm at a concert and the singer says "come on everyone clap your hands!" or "everyone get up and dance" I instinctively dig in my heels and refuse. I simply don't like being told to enjoy myself or being forced to participate. If I want to I will but I don't like being ordered to.

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Blended Learning: Resource Roundup

Blended Learning: Resource Roundup | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
We've collected resources from Edutopia and the web to help you navigate the possibilities of blended learning, an approach that combines face-to-face instruction with technology-mediated learning.
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5 Ways to Use StumbleUpon in Education | Edudemic

5 Ways to Use StumbleUpon in Education | Edudemic | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a StumbleUpon aficionado or have yet to use this site, keep reading because it has the potential to be beneficial in your classroom.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Not lurking but learning

The corridor of uncertainty: Not lurking but learning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
I'd like to return to one of my favourite topics of late - online participation or the lack of it. Just as it is quite normal to appreciate music without dancing or singing along, we need to accept the fact that many people can learn a lot without actively taking part in discussions and group work. In fact one important phase in learning is a period where you silently observe and listen to those with more experience and tune into the field you are studying.
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Can Games and Badges Motivate College Students to Learn?

Can Games and Badges Motivate College Students to Learn? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
K-12 educators are well versed in the use of games for learning, so why don't colleges embrace the same kind of fun?
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MIT creates new Online Education Policy Initiative

MIT creates new Online Education Policy Initiative | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Project brings together leaders in learning sciences, social sciences, and cognitive sciences to collaborate on a vision for the future of online learning.

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25 Ways to Get the Most Out of Twitter | Edudemic

25 Ways to Get the Most Out of Twitter | Edudemic | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Educators are harnessing the power of Twitter to bring cutting edge ideas, trends, research, and best practices to use in their schools and classrooms.
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Elegant Lurking

Elegant Lurking | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

One effective way to learn is to use Social Media un-sociably. The traditional term for this is Lurking – hanging around a discursive space online without speaking up. It’s an inherently negative sounding term with connotations of voyeurism and surveillance – a fundamental aspect of not being embodied online. For example, if you attend a lecture but  don’t ask a question you presumably aren’t Lurking because people can see you?

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The corridor of uncertainty: Learning is perpetual beta

The corridor of uncertainty: Learning is perpetual beta | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Jay Cross has written an interesting article, Should Learning Content be in Perpetual Beta? The concept of perpetual beta is several years old now and typifies the innovation spirit behind a lot of the dotcom boom. Beta versions used to be test versions of a product that only a select few could use in order to iron out problems before official release. Only a fully tested product could be sold to customers. However in the rush to keep ahead of the competition companies started releasing beta versions for public use, generally for free, encouraging users to test and give feedback on the faults. Google became very clever at making these beta tests by invitation only and the chosen few felt privileged to be test pilots.
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Should Learning Content be in Perpetual Beta? – Guest post by Jay Cross

Should Learning Content be in Perpetual Beta? – Guest post by Jay Cross | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
What is a "beta version"? "We could take beta off all of our products tomorrow, and we wouldn't actually have accomplished anything...If it's on there for five years because we think we're going to make major changes for five years, that's fine."  Google co-founder Larry Page Beta is the last, still buggy, version of software …
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Donald Clark Plan B: Mortenson’s 'Three Cups of Bullshit'

Donald Clark Plan B: Mortenson’s 'Three Cups of Bullshit' | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Remember ‘Three Cups of Tea’ by Greg Mortenson. It was in the NY Times Bestseller list for 220 weeks and was published in over 29 lnguagesgreat book, beloved by book clubs, a perfect story of heartfelt anecdotes, real schools in rural areas lifting people out of poverty. Except it wasn’t (many of you may know this, I didn;t). His stories turned out to be largely fiction, the money misspent, schools not built and when they were, they failed as they had no on-going support. Underlying this mess was a dangerous premise – that charity-fed schooling solves the problem of poverty.

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Every Teacher’s Must Have Guide to Facebook | Edudemic

Every Teacher’s Must Have Guide to Facebook | Edudemic | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Consider bringing Facebook into your class as a collaborative tool. Why not use the benefits of Facebook to communicate and increase involvement?
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Used Effectively or Simply Used?

Used Effectively or Simply Used? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Beth Holland shared her presentation "Used Effectively or Simply Used" from the ASCD conference 2015 as a slide deck via Twitter. The message from her slides caught my attention... I kept thinking ...

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Lovely reflection by @langwitches on the questions raised by @rbholland in her presentation.

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Hybrid Pedagogy | All learning is necessarily hybrid.

Hybrid Pedagogy | All learning is necessarily hybrid. | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic journal of learning, teaching, and technology that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy.
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What’s the matter with ebooks? In our praise for print, we forget the great virtues of digital formats.

What’s the matter with ebooks? In our praise for print, we forget the great virtues of digital formats. | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Do print versions still have an advantage over electronic formats? Ebook sales may be reaching a plateau but Dan Cohen argues there may be much more dark reading going on than the stats are showing...
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