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Stephen Downes: The MOOC of One: Personal Learning Technologies - YouTube

What will it happen after the MOOC? How will they influence the next generation technology? Stephen Downes, who built the world's first MOOC software, descri...

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Stephen Downes: The MOOC of One: Personal Learning Technologies

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‘Partly self-made niches’? Student-only spaces in an LMS | Pettit | Australasian Journal of Educational Technology

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).

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How to Market your LMS Internally

How to Market your LMS Internally | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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.

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The corridor of uncertainty: Skimming and diving - the art of reading

The corridor of uncertainty: Skimming and diving - the art of reading | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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.

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Twitter EDU

Twitter EDU | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
This is it. My one-stop-all-you-need-to-know-guide to Twitter.

It's the why and the how to get you started, to move you beyond the initial frustrations, and to create a fantastic learning network.
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Martyn Cooper's curator insight, April 12, 10:44 PM

Making use of Twitter in learning 

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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading
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13 Megatrends in MOOCs

13 Megatrends in MOOCs | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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.

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Resources to Help Students Be Successful Online in Three Areas: Technical, Academic & Study Planning

Resources to Help Students Be Successful Online in Three Areas: Technical, Academic & Study Planning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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..

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Finding the Right LMS Fit - ASTD

Finding the Right LMS Fit - ASTD | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Are you tasked with selecting a learning management system for your organization’s training needs? Here’s what you need to know to find the perfect solution.
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Are university rankings the tip of the iceberg? - University World News

Are university rankings the tip of the iceberg? - University World News | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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. 

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Tales of the Undead…Learning Theories: The Learning Pyramid | ACRLog

Tales of the Undead…Learning Theories: The Learning Pyramid | ACRLog | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

“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.

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92 % happy

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European InfoNet Adult Education

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. 

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The corridor of uncertainty: Feeding the blogs

The corridor of uncertainty: Feeding the blogs | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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. 

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SAMR Ladder- A Wonderful Graphic for Teachers

SAMR Ladder- A Wonderful Graphic for Teachers | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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Martyn Cooper's curator insight, Today, 2:32 AM

Good info-graphic on teaching:

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LMS Metaphors

LMS Metaphors | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Blackboard/LMS is like a -

giant filing cabinet

closet filled with attractive, well organized, clothes

lifeblood to us,

like a Web course in a box

shark learning management system eating smaller sharks so it can survive and thrive

large thermonuclear device

framework that handles all the learning procedures

blank canvas tattoo

It seems there are whole papers written on metaphors for Blackboard.

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From MOOCs to Dragons | Inside Higher Ed

From MOOCs to Dragons | Inside Higher Ed | Corridor of learning | Scoop.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.



Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-beta/moocs-dragons#ixzz2ywaJrjYm ;
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Hits & thoughts ain't evidence - The Ed Techie

Hits & thoughts ain't evidence - The Ed Techie | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
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:...
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Martyn Cooper's curator insight, April 12, 10:41 PM

Good OER work from my colleagues at the OU

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About Us | Rockyourpaper.org

About Us | Rockyourpaper.org | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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.

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How Will Students Perform? Depends on Teachers’ Expectations

How Will Students Perform? Depends on Teachers’ Expectations | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
How do expectations influence students' achievement? A look into research old and new that shows the role of teachers' expectations influences outcomes.
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The Opening up Education initiative is coming to Slovenia

The Opening up Education initiative is coming to Slovenia | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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.

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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.
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Blogs and wikis in formal higher education: examples of open education

Blogs and wikis in formal higher education: examples of open education | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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

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Flipgrid - for short video discussions

Flipgrid - for short video discussions | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
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.

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Silverback Learning's curator insight, April 6, 8:00 AM

Interesting

Sally Tilley's curator insight, April 6, 4:56 PM

A handy tool to share discussions and create 'buy in' on relevant issues, thank you for sharing!

Ángeles GUTIÉRREZ's curator insight, April 14, 10:15 AM

Los profesores crean redes de preguntas y los alumnos responden a  través de videos.

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Personalized Learning, Flipped Classrooms, Video Watching: Last Gasps of the Old Education -- THE Journal

Personalized Learning, Flipped Classrooms, Video Watching: Last Gasps of the Old Education -- THE Journal | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
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.
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Martyn Cooper's curator insight, April 4, 2:02 AM

Bringing education up to date - slowly!

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Study: Laptops Aren't the Best Way to Take Notes

Study: Laptops Aren't the Best Way to Take Notes | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
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.

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