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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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E-learning – from alternative to norm

E-learning – from alternative to norm | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Alastair Creelman, Vice-President at EFQUEL sheds light on why e-learning is no longer an alternative form of education.

The concept of e-learning is in danger of soon becoming redundant. In today’s digital society, where the European Commission forecasts that 90% of all jobs by 2020 will demand digital literacy, any course that doesn’t involve the use of technology may been seen as irrelevant. It’s time to stop seeing e-learning as an alternative form of education and focus on developing new models and structures for education and learning that fully exploit the opportunities of today’s digital revolution.

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Quality and Success Factors of MOOCs

The presentation discusses quality considerations and success factors of MOOCs - a critical review of current discussions and some potentials for Asian-European collaboration

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The Myth of Monotasking

The Myth of Monotasking | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

The title "The Myth of Monotasking" is based on the idea that the brain doesn't know how to monotask, in fact the term "multitasking" doesn't really mean much of anything when you think about it carefully since virtually everything we do as humans involves coordinating multiple cognitive tasks all happening at once


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 23, 5:05 AM

This short article includes a podcast interview.

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Meet Sobrr, the anti-Facebook app

Meet Sobrr, the anti-Facebook app | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Sobrr is a social network where messages and posts disappear, à la Snapchat, after 24 hours.
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A Response to 'OER and the Future of Publishing'

A Response to 'OER and the Future of Publishing' | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to participate on a panel about OER at the Knewton Education Symposium. Earlier this week, Knewton CEO Jose Ferreirablogged about ‘OER and the Future of Publishing’ for EdSurge, briefly mentioning the panel. I was surprised by his post, which goes out of its way to reassure publishers that OER will not break the textbook industry.

 
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Universities focus too much on measuring activity, not quality

Universities focus too much on measuring activity, not quality | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
This meaningless pursuit of 'quality' is transforming academics into part-time administrators
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African Virtual University to launch 29 e-learning centres - University World News

In an effort to provide African learners with greater access to higher education opportunities, the African Virtual University, in partnership with the African Development Bank, is launching 29 new open, distance and e-learning centres in 21 African countries.

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Special edition on research on MOOCs in the journal ‘Distance Education’

Special edition on research on MOOCs in the journal ‘Distance Education’ | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

The August 2014 edition of the Australian-based journal, Distance Education (Vol.35, No. 2.), is devoted to new research on MOOCs. There is a guest editor, Kemi Jona, from Northwestern University, Illinois, as well as the regular editor, Som Naidu. The six articles in this edition are fascinating, both in terms of their content, but even more so in their diversity. There are also three commentaries, by Jon Baggaley, Gerhard Fischer and myself. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/08/14/special-edition-on-research-on-moocs-in-the-journal-distance-education/#sthash.CT8hvMIv.dpuf

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Open access papers ‘gain more traffic and citations’

Open access papers ‘gain more traffic and citations’ | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Open access science articles are read and cited more often than articles available only to subscribers, a study has suggested.
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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, 12:12 PM

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

Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, August 29, 12:35 PM

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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The corridor of uncertainty: Someone to watch over me

The corridor of uncertainty: Someone to watch over me | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

One of the main arguments for online education is that it allows you to study at your own pace. Course material, asynchronous discussion and collaborative tools let you study whenever you want and wherever you are. This works for those who have the necessary self-discipline and study skills but it could be claimed that this flexibility is the Achilles heel of online education. Most people lack the necessary skills to take advantage of online education and as long as those skills are not developed in schools, adult and vocational education this mismatch will continue.

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Is content still important in a digital age?

Is content still important in a digital age? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

The story so far

Chapter 5 of my open textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’ is about the design of teaching and learning, which I am currently writing and publishing as I go. I started Chapter 5 by suggesting that instructors should think about design through the lens of constructing a comprehensive learning environment in which teaching and learning will take place. I have started to work through the various components of a learning environment, focusing particularly on how the digital age affects the way we need to look at some of these components. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/08/23/is-content-still-important-in-a-digital-age/#sthash.7kaOiEbu.dpuf

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Universities at risk of dumbing down into secondary schools

Universities at risk of dumbing down into secondary schools | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

In the current rush to achieve the highest student satisfaction and best positions on university league tables we are at significant risk of dumbing down what’s being taught at universities. At both traditional red brick and modern institutions, there is a serious rift between the general direction of university education policy and what’s actually going on in lecture halls and seminar rooms.

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The corridor of uncertainty: Your book just tweeted

The corridor of uncertainty: Your book just tweeted | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

I always like to find examples of how digital and analogue can interact with and complement each other and that there is not always a conflict between the two. Penguin Books in Brazil have gained considerable media attention recently by releasing a smart bookmark that communicates with you viaTwitter (see article in Springwise, Smart bookmark lets authors tweet at readers who have neglected their novel). The premise is that we are so distracted by social media today that it's easy to start a book and then forget it. Now the book gets a voice in the digital cacophany.

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QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: The Rules of e-Learning: Build with the Community of Learners in mind.

QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: The Rules of e-Learning: Build with the Community of Learners in mind. | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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10 Remarkably Free Digital Tools for Educators and Students

10 Remarkably Free Digital Tools for Educators and Students | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
1) Hemingway Editor This is a free Web-based app that lets you paste in your writing to be analyzed and edited for optimal readability. The app quickly ide

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ExamTime's comment, August 18, 4:35 AM
Have you tried out www.examtime.com? It's a free elearning site with Mind Maps, Flashcards, Study Planner and more tools which allow for collaboration, testing of knowledge and learning in a fun, creative way.
ExamTime's comment, August 18, 4:35 AM
Have you tried out www.examtime.com? It's a free elearning site with Mind Maps, Flashcards, Study Planner and more tools which allow for collaboration, testing of knowledge and learning in a fun, creative way.
Jennifer Lowton's curator insight, August 24, 7:49 AM

Nice list from Ana Cristina Pratas. I'll have to try Hemingway Editor, Zooburst and GIFBoom soon. 

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10 Digital #Health Trends for the Next 20 Years.

The Digital Health Revolution is upon us. Here are the ten trends that will impact each and everyone of us in the coming years to help us live healthier, stron…

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10 Things you Should NEVER Say During Presentations

10 Things you Should NEVER Say During Presentations | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
At our TNW Conferences we see a lot of presentations and I have given a fair share of presentations myself. I often see people making the same mistakes and cringe when I hear the same excuses or basic mistakes when people get on stage.
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