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Recycling webinars

Recycling webinars | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
I’ve been working with webinars for several years now and recordings of all of them are out there somewhere. Some of them have been watched by several hundred people whilst others sleep peacefully in digital obscurity. I think almost all webinars are recorded and made available for future reference but I wonder how much they are really used and whether we could do something to make them more useful, especially to those who did not attend the live event.
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Post-Truth and Fake News

Post-Truth and Fake News | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Yes, by all means, do something about the fake news that is propagating through Facebook and Twitter. But let's not forget that we have been in the post-truth era for some time (indeed, one wonders whether we ever entered the truth era in the first place).

After all, the rise of the post-truth era is made possible by the failures of the education system to prepare people to identify truth for themselves, and the failure of traditional media to present the news in an honest and forthright manner.
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Ed Tech and the circus of unreason

Ed Tech and the circus of unreason | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
I'd been writing a different blog post - in response to Martin Weller's nice rant about the unenlightenment - but before I could finish it, a deeper darkness had descended. Contributions from our community have made chinks of light, such as Martin's 'Acts of Resistance', Digital Pedagogy Lab's call to 'make space for other kinds…
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Why Students Can't Google Their Way to the Truth

Why Students Can't Google Their Way to the Truth | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Students would be wise to learn the strategies fact-checkers use to evaluate online information, write Sam Wineburg and Sarah McGrew.
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10 of The Best Google Docs Add-ons for Teachers

10 of The Best Google Docs Add-ons for Teachers | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Sandy Bernstein's curator insight, November 4, 2:34 PM

Another great curation of Google Doc add-ons from @jimlerman!

sdoukakis's curator insight, November 8, 3:48 AM
Χρήσιμα εργαλεία που μπορούν να συνεισφέρουν στην εκπαιδευτική διαδικασία
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Digital Research Resources: Periodic Table of Digital Research Tools

Digital Research Resources: Periodic Table of Digital Research Tools | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
This is figure is lays out different digital research tools and resources. It is meant for people looking to discover new tools for research, publication, and dissemination.
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University opens without any teachers

University opens without any teachers | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

They aim to do this by combining an extreme form of "peer-to-peer learning" with project-based learning. Both are popular methods among education researchers, but they usually involve the supervision of a teacher.

They complete a project using resources freely available on the internet and by seeking help from their fellow students, who work alongside them in a large open-plan room full of computers. Another student will then be randomly assigned to mark their work.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 28, 1:09 AM

Fantastic concept.

MONICA LOPEZ SIEBEN's curator insight, October 29, 12:31 PM
Muy interesante esta idea ;)
Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, November 1, 10:08 AM
Can't argue that some walls are coming down in education. Who wishes this happened 20 years age? I do! 
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Making College A Powerful Experience For the Most Marginalized

Making College A Powerful Experience For the Most Marginalized | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Often times people who drop out of college do so not because the academics are too difficult, but because they are managing the rest of their lives at the same time and require more support than most institutions of higher education offer students. Childcare, work, documentation status, and the many “hoops” students have to jump through to get a college degree are often some of the biggest barriers.

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Tools for creating polls and surveys

Tools for creating polls and surveys | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Any internet search will show that there are a huge number of online tools available for the creation on polls and surveys. The ones included here are some of the best I have used and show some of the variety of polling tools available.

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Trevor Corso's curator insight, October 25, 9:35 AM
Some very nice tools in this article for creating polls and surveys.  I've used a few of these and some I am going to check out.
Juan Carlos Avendaño Cuéllar's curator insight, October 26, 4:22 AM
Herramientas para evaluar conocimientos online. Útil para recoger información para sondeos, altas de fichas de inscripción y evaluaciones continuas con los alumnos.
Lydia Brown's curator insight, November 3, 1:21 PM
Eliminate the confusion of choosing the best tools for your business
 
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Underestimated barriers to change

Underestimated barriers to change | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Change is often seen as a threat rather than an opportunity. It demands that I have to rethink the way I work, it will require considerable effort and there's always the risk that I somehow won't manage to adapt or may even lose my job. Those who advocate change already see a clear place for themselves in the new order and an opportunity to succeed. Others aren't so sure there's a place for them and therefore are skeptical. In education we see how difficult it is to change whether that change is about the integration of educational technology, internationalisation or learner-centred pedagogies. There are often lots of inspirational grassroots projects, training initiatives, policy and strategy documents as well as support from top management. Campus buidlings and facilities can be redesigned to foster and support the desired changes but somehow, despite all this, the changes never really take root. Are there hidden forces at work here?
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Rubric for Deeper Thinking About Learning

Rubric for Deeper Thinking About Learning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
We were exploring how to make metacognitive thinking more visible for our students, keeping it aligned with our mandate to keep thinking and learning visible, transparent, tangible, critiqueable and accountable within learning spaces.

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Helen Teague's curator insight, October 11, 2:49 PM
Don't often see a rubric specifically for metacognition: Rubric for Deeper Thinking About Learning
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, October 12, 10:44 AM
Interesting rubric for self assessment to make metacognition more accessible for our students. Check it out!

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State of the MOOC 2016: A Year of Massive Landscape Change For Massive Open Online Courses

State of the MOOC 2016: A Year of Massive Landscape Change For Massive Open Online Courses | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

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MOOC – Open Badge Network

FREE ON-LINE COURSE

Open Badges – An emerging movement to recognise non-formal and informal learning
Open Badges are growing rapidly. There are deep the implications of this new technology and movement in policy, employment, informal learning and higher education. The three free sessions of this MOOC will guide you through the different aspects of employment, policy and education.
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The choreography of lectures

The choreography of lectures | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Despite all the studies and articles about the inefficiency of lecturing we seem to be addicted to the habit. I freely admit that I don't always practice what I preach but the format and location of most conferences make the traditional lecture almost unavoidable. It's rather amusing how many conferences I've attended on subjects like innovative pedagogy or future learning spaces that are based almost exclusively around lectures and the dreaded panel debates. Indeed I've listened to extremely boring lectures about innovative pedagogy.
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In the age of Trump, why bother teaching students to argue logically?

In the age of Trump, why bother teaching students to argue logically? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Brexit and the US election showed that slogans count for more than facts, and demagogues outrank experts. For universities, it’s a vision of hell
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The truth is in the eye of the beholder

The truth is in the eye of the beholder | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
This week's US presidential election has shaken me to the core. The most powerful man in the world represents the complete opposite of everything I believe in. Living proof that bullying, disrespect, willful ignorance and arrogance get you all the way to the top and to the applause of millions. Many questions are buzzing in my head and no answers. How do we work against bullying in schools when bullying is clearly a winning formula? How will education be affected by world leaders openly showing disdain for scientific research and expert knowledge? Why study hard when a completely inexperienced person can become president? So I started wondering how we got to this stage. Maybe one factor is our love of a good story.
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There is no university of the future

There is no university of the future | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Every time a new educational model is launched or an existing institution builds an innovative new facility we see headlines about whether this is the school/university of the future. This is another aspect of the tiresome either/or rhetoric that surrounds popular discussions of digitalisation; the new model will replace existing models. If we could just replace the definite article with the indefinite article and state simply that this is a school/university of the future the discussion might be more realistic. There is no one model for the future, there will be a wide range of different interpretations from traditional to innovative
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Why Profs Are Spending So Much Time Writing Crap That Nobody Reads

Why Profs Are Spending So Much Time Writing Crap That Nobody Reads | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Professors usually spend about 3-6 months (sometimes longer) researching and writing a 25-page article to submit an article to an academic journal. And most experience a twinge of excitement when, months later, they open a letter informing them that their article has been accepted for publication, and will therefore be read by…

… an average of ten people.
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The plague of fake news is getting worse -- here's how to protect yourself

The plague of fake news is getting worse -- here's how to protect yourself | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
It's time for a new rule on the web: Double, no, triple check before you share. Especially if it seems too good to be true.
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Silence at last!

Silence at last! | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
I've written several times about how hard it is today to experience silence, especially in public places. We're constantly bombarded by music, advertising, traffic and all the bleeps and assorted sound effects from our mobile devices. Now I've discovered a possible refuge from all this noise, a potentially revolutionary gadget called Muzo.
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When worlds collide

When worlds collide | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
We live in an age of paradoxes. We have almost instant access to vast amounts of knowledge and information, the ability to share our thoughts and reflections, create global communities of interest and practice and communicate with people anywhere on earth. This should be the most enlightened period in human history. At the same time, in what sometimes seems to be a parallel universe, there seem to be more superstitions, myths and conspiracy theories than ever before and an increasingly popular anti-factual culture that dismisses science, research and education and prefers to believe in sweeping generalisations, lies and half-truths as long as they fit into a convenient narrative.
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Colleges can embrace analytics to support personalised learning experiences

Colleges can embrace analytics to support personalised learning experiences | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
How far can one go to give personalised learning and careers advice to further education (FE) learners? It is certainly a challenge, given the sheer breadth of the sector.
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You are almost definitely not living in reality because your brain doesn’t want you to

You are almost definitely not living in reality because your brain doesn’t want you to | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Every cognitive bias exists for a reason—primarily to save our brains time or energy. I've spent many years referencing Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases whenever I have a hunch that a certain type of thinking is an official bias but I can’t recall the name or details. But despite trying to absorb the information of this page many time
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Promoting linguistic diversity

Promoting linguistic diversity | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
I follow people on Facebook and Twitter who speak many different languages; some I understand well, some a little and some I don't understand at all. I also post in different languages, mostly English and Swedish, and know that when I tweet in Swedish I only reach a few of my potential audience, the others will just not read it. However once you get used to clicking on the translate button suddenly new communication channels open up for you. The translations are not perfect but a lot better than not understanding at all.
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