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The MOOC revolution that wasn’t

The MOOC revolution that wasn’t | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
What happened to the MOOC revolution?

Just a few short years after promising higher education for anyone with an Internet connection, MOOCs have scaled back their ambitions, content to become job training for the tech sector and for students who already have college degrees.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Music while you work

The corridor of uncertainty: Music while you work | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
It's hard to avoid music these days. It's pumped out in every shop, cafe, mall, hotel and gym and often I find it hard to concentrate on what I really want to do; talking with friends or reading if I'm on my own. Many places can't turn off the music because they get sponsored by local radio stations to play that particular station all day long whether the customers like it or not.
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A compulsive audience and a complicit news media

A compulsive audience and a complicit news media | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
When is a distribution method that harms users’ brains no longer an acceptable cost of doing business?
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Myth busted: Older workers are just as tech-savvy as younger ones, says new survey - TechRepublic

Myth busted: Older workers are just as tech-savvy as younger ones, says new survey - TechRepublic | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Tech employees over age 55 are actually less stressed using technology in the workplace, and better at using multiple devices than their younger peers.
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‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning (EdSurge News)

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning (EdSurge News) | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

What does it mean to be human in a digital age? Some people researching education technology might not spend their days wondering how their work fits into this existential question—but George Siemens isn’t "some people."

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Why Today's MOOCs Are Not Innovative -- Campus Technology

Why Today's MOOCs Are Not Innovative -- Campus Technology | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
At the Campus Technology conference in Boston, Stephen Downes explained the difference between innovation and transformation.
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Online learning for beginners: 8. Won’t online learning be more work? | Tony Bates

Online learning for beginners: 8. Won’t online learning be more work? | Tony Bates | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
This is the eighth in a series of a dozen blog posts aimed at those new to online learning or thinking of possibly doing it.
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How people learn in an asynchronous online learning environment: The relationships between graduate students’ learning strategies and learning satisfaction

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between learners’ learning strategies and learning satisfaction in an asynchronous online learning environment, in an attempt to shed some light on how people learn in an online learning environment. One hundred and sixteen graduate students who were taking online learning courses participated in this study. The result revealed that ‘metacognitive strategy’ and ‘time and study environment’ had positive correlations with learners’ satisfaction, while ‘help seeking’ had a negative correlation. The findings of a multiple regression analysis showed that ‘metacognitive strategy’ and ‘peer learning’ led to learners’ satisfaction in an online learning environment. The findings of this study contribute to a better understanding of how successful learning occurs in an online learning environment, and provide recommendations on designing an effective online learning.

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Does Your School have an "Avoid at All Costs" List? | CTQ #CTQCollab

A few weeks back, I shared the story of Carl, a principal friend of mine who was frustrated with the pockets of innovation in his building.

While he knew that good work was happening at all grade levels and in all subject areas in his school, that work was inconsistent.  Some teachers were running with technology integration but ignoring a school-wide reading program.  Others had made PBIS work on their teams or in their classrooms, but did little to integrate the 4Cs into their day-to-day instruction.
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Corruption in higher education: a wake-up call | Tony Bates

Corruption in higher education: a wake-up call | Tony Bates | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Those of us working in online learning are often berated by academic colleagues about the possible lack of integrity in online learning due to issues such as plagiarism, diploma mills, or ‘easy’ qualifications lacking rigorous academic process. Such cases do occur, but having read this document, it seems that the more traditional areas of higher education are prone to far more egregious forms of corruption.
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Augmented Reality and Web 3.0

Augmented Reality and Web 3.0 | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Augmented reality could open up huge potential for education outside of the classroom and enable students to learn and interact with whatever is in their immediate physical environment at any particular time. It could also transform publishing and the way we interact with books and images by enabling us to transform them into interactive multimedia.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 19, 4:54 AM

My article on Augmented Reality from back in 2011.

Vasi Doncheva's curator insight, August 19, 11:15 PM

My article on Augmented Reality from back in 2011.

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The Ultimate List of Blog Post Ideas [Infographic]

The Ultimate List of Blog Post Ideas [Infographic] | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Looking for inspiration for your next blog post? This infographic from Digital Marketer outlines 58 ideas for content that can help boost your online presence.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Roadmaps for online learning

The corridor of uncertainty: Roadmaps for online learning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
There is no shortage of trend reports and guides on the future of online learning but sadly too few institutions who are using them as a base for their strategic planning. The challenges ahead for higher education are complex and require new approaches and innovative solutions in a sector that is so deeply rooted in tradition and history. This tradition coupled with the high level of respect and credibility that university qualifications still command makes it all too easy to think that a business-as-usual strategy is the safest course to plot.
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Create a Website with the Best Website Builder - Bookmark

Bookmark.com is a website creation tool for non-technical people. Our simple, drag-and-drop technology makes creating a professional website fast, easy an

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"A Honeypot For Assholes": Inside Twitter’s 10-Year Failure To Stop...

"A Honeypot For Assholes": Inside Twitter’s 10-Year Failure To Stop... | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
For nearly its entire existence, Twitter has not just tolerated abuse and hate speech, it’s virtually been optimized to accommodate it. With public backlash at an all-time high and growth stagnating, what is the platform that declared itself “the free speech wing of the free speech party” to do? BuzzFeed News talks to the people who’ve been trying to figure this out for a decade.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Giving it all away

The corridor of uncertainty: Giving it all away | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
I found a nice testimony to the power of sharing in a post by a Swiss photographer called Samuel Zeller, Giving my images for free. He shares many of his best photos on a site called Unsplash and makes them freely available for copying and reusing under a Creative Commons CC0 license (public domain, author waives all rights). This may seem insane to many people when he could try to sell these images but his post makes a very strong case for the power of sharing.
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Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Developing critical listening and speaking skills is an essential element of a student’s higher-education experience. However, verbally presenting one’s ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing. As online course offerings increase, institutions have an obligation to ensure faculty are empowered to teach with tools that enable students to learn out loud. These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments.
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Digital badging spreads as more colleges use vendors to create alternative credentials

Digital badging spreads as more colleges use vendors to create alternative credentials | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
More colleges are issuing digital badges to help their students display skills to employers or graduate programs, and colleges are tapping vendor platforms to create a verified form of the alternative credentials.
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8 Ways To Facilitate Meaningful Online Discussions In eLearning - eLearning Industry

8 Ways To Facilitate Meaningful Online Discussions In eLearning - eLearning Industry | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Wondering how to create Meaningful Online Discussions in eLearning? Check this article for 8 ways to facilitate Meaningful Online Discussions In eLearning.
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Awareness of OER Low, Faculty Willing to Try -- Campus Technology

Awareness of OER Low, Faculty Willing to Try -- Campus Technology | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
A new report from Babson College examines the attitudes, opinions and use of open educational resources among higher education faculty.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Online learning - where now?

The corridor of uncertainty: Online learning - where now? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
At this time of year my news feeds dry up as most people in the business take their summer break so maybe it's a good time for me to take stock and reflect on the status of online learning today and speculate on future developments. I've been working with online learning for around twelve years now and whilst there has indeed been significant progress in some aspects we still get bogged down in the same discussions and preconceptions as we did when I started in 2004. Here's a list of recurring themes on this blog that I'm really getting tired of discussing (in no particular order).
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How edtech should react to the next Big Thing

How edtech should react to the next Big Thing | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
This week has all been about Pokemon Go. Inevitably there are pieces about Pokemon Go for education. This happens with every technology that makes a popular breakthrough. I’m not going to comment on Pokemon here, I’m sure it’s fun, and it does raise lots of interesting sociological questions about Augmented Reality and physical space intersection.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Pokemon and source criticism

The corridor of uncertainty: Pokemon and source criticism | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

It's maybe a sign of the times that in a summer of conflict, terrorist attacks and political turmoil, millions of people are running around searching for virtual cartoon characters. I admit I find it hard to relate to Pokemon Go, just as the first wave of Pokemon in the mid-nineties escaped me, but one positive result of the trend is that it will be much easier to talk about augmented reality from now on. AR is already being used in education, simulation, tourism and gaming but Pokemon will push it into the mainstream and I expect to see a boom in the field in the coming year.
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Student surveys are a waste of everyone's time

Student surveys are a waste of everyone's time | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
My students have to answer 25 questionnaires a year and they are sick of it. Here’s a question: why are universities so obsessed with pointless data?
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