Eighty-nine students were provided with a student-only live-voice space in a Learning Management System (LMS). Would they use it and, if so, would they feel sufficient ownership to create what Havnes (2008) described as “partly self-made niches”? In this study, a substantial proportion of respondents reported that they used the space not only for social support but also for key aspects of peer-learning. They reported that these student-only sessions gave them freedom to explore module-topics in new ways, and to share professional practice. Some disliked the lack of structure, but many valued the freedom to vary the focus and pace of their sessions. Several interviewees reported setting up sessions at short notice – for example, via Twitter – to meet their immediate concerns and requirements. A number of respondents valued these sessions as distinctive from, and complementary to, their tutorials in the same live-voice environment. The paper links these findings to debates about whether peer-learning should be explicitly organised, and about how education can disrupt itself as advocated by Bass (2012).
In the knowledge economy, modern and capable LMSs have proven themselves indispensable for the proper dissemination of knowledge inside an enterprise or organisation. But settling on one and getting your learning material deployed, however challenging, is only half the battle. The next step, convincing your employees and colleagues to take advantage of it, is equally important, and, unless you are prepared, it can be a real hard sell.
Are we really forgetting the art of reading? We are if you follow the media discussion that has been going on for several years now. The problem is that we have all become so used to skimming, scanning and zapping from site to site and channel to channel that we find it increasingly hard to simply read a book. This is the gist of an article in the Washington Post, Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say, which reports on concern from researchers that the art of deep reading is being lost in the blur of multitasking.
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) like the ones offered by Coursera, edX, and Udacity have been around for about two years now, and over the past year or so, I have written about how they have evolved and the impact they have had on corporate training. Now, after several ups and downs, MOOCs are starting to find their place, and it turns out that place is much larger than could have been anticipated: MOOCs aren’t just disrupting how training is delivered; they are changing how companies interact with their employees and others on a much grander scale.
This post features a collection of carefully selected resources for students learning within online environments; it's geared to leaners and educators seeking resources for just-in-time learning for technical, academic and study skills required to learn efficiently and successfully in a for-credit or open online course..
After a decade, it's clear that rankings have, controversially, fired a shot across the bow of higher education and their host governments. They may have started out being about informing student choice but, in today's highly globalised and competitive world, they have become much more about geo-political factors for nations and higher education institutions.
“If I have to sit through YET ANOTHER freaking ‘professional development’ session based on these cockamamie theories, I am going to pluck my eyeballs out and throw them at whatever charlatan the administration hired to conduct said session.”- professor on an online academic forum discussing learning myths, including the pyramid.
Some educational myths just can’t be killed. Case in point: the learning pyramid.
A fresh research report reveals great results for Norwegian non-formal learning. Courses in NGOs provides both high learning outcomes and high social benefits. 92 % of participants would recommend the courses to others. – This level of satisfaction would be a dream scenario for many commercial providers, says project manager in Oxford Research Rune Stiberg Jamt. The report summarizes research on the non-formal courses offered by Norwegian Study Associations and their NGO member organisations . The research has been carried out by Oxford Research during 2013, on demand from the Ministry of Education and Research.
The first of April is the one day of the year where most people have a high level of source criticism. You really have to check your sources and question everything. Most of the jokes are easy to spot but one that nearly caught me out was Steve Wheeler's farewell to blogging, Goodbye. Steve is one of the most prolific and most read edtech bloggers and the idea of him quitting blogging is rather hard to swallow. However he made a very convincing case; describing how blogging was affecting his private life and causing such stress that he could no longer justify it.
It used to be that medieval and renaissance maps placed sea monsters and dragons in those seemingly dangerous and unexplored places where seafarers were best to avoid. This is why “here be dragons” is a shorthand expression for stumbling into uncharted territory.
I want to suggest that we may all soon be swimming with those dragons as the second generation of digital learning technologies undergirding MOOCs become ever more commonplace and utilized.
This week we've been populating the impact map for the OER Research Hub. The impact map (http://oermap.org/) has been developed largely by Rob Farrow and Martin Hawksey, and features lots of Hawksey-goodness. You can do the following on the map:...
Rockyourpaper is a platform for researchers and students to discover and manage relevant research articles in an affordable way. Lack of access to cutting edge research articles because of its exorbitant cost is a major problem for millions of students and researchers, especially in the emerging world.
Research is one of the main drivers of economic growth in any region. For example, two biggest economies US and China are also the largest publishers of scientific papers. Restricted access to cutting edge research articles has severely affected new innovations and discoveries from these regions, slowing their development and sometimes even restricting access to basic knowledge that could push their realities further.
Slovenia will be the first country to implement a national-level version of the European Commission’s Opening up Education initiative. Opening Up Slovenia will be launched at the OCWC global conference in April 2014.
Raths, D. (2014) An e-portfolio with no limits Campus Technology, March 2 This is an article on a project by the University of Mary Washington, Virginia, that enables all students to create their own academic web presence through the provision of a university-wide blogging platform. The article provides some good examples of student work done through this project, particularly in history. A recent development at UMW has been the creation of a community site that aggregates the activity of the project, including sites created and content published. The article also provides links to similar projects at Emory University and Davidson College. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/04/04/blogs-and-wikis-in-formal-higher-education-examples-of-open-education/#sthash.NWgonsI2.dpuf
Flipgrid is simple: Teachers create grids of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Flipgrid boosts community and social presence in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms.
The dominant educational model in the United States is still "education as acquiring stuff." Even when modern technologies are used to support this model, the hordes of unemployed and underemployed students — OUR children — are proof that this model is broken and ineffective.
Technology solves a lot of problems but handwritten notes are still more effective.
In the race to fill classrooms with laptops, tablets and electronic devices of all shapes and sizes, tried-and-true study methods are still hanging on. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, a new study suggests that using old-fashioned pen and paper to take notes is more effective than using a laptop keyboard, despite the latter's speed advantage.