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MIT Dean Takes Leave to Start New University Without Lectures or Classrooms

MIT Dean Takes Leave to Start New University Without Lectures or Classrooms | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Christine Ortiz, a dean of graduate education, envisions a new kind of college, built from scratch for today’s needs and with today’s technology.
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Tool Review: Head Over Heels in Love with Screencastify | CTQ

In many ways, Screencastify does the same things that YouTube's My Webcam, Screenr and Screencast-o-Matic do.  Users can create recordings -- either directly from their webcam, of their desktop, or of tabs in their browsers.  When recording desktops or tabs, users can also embed their webcam in the bottom right corner of their video -- allowing viewers to see both the desktop AND the presenter at the same time.  

 
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Making a MOOC ‘successful’ | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

Making a MOOC ‘successful’ | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Designing a ‘successful’ MOOC is one thing. Making a MOOC ‘successful’ is something completely different.

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Developing a next generation online learning assessment system by Tony Bates

Developing a next generation online learning assessment system by Tony Bates | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

A non-invasive system that is able to provide a quality continuous assessment model, using proportionate and necessary controls that will ensure student identity and authorship [in a way that offers] accrediting [...]...


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Critics see mismatch between Coursera's mission, business model

Critics see mismatch between Coursera's mission, business model | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Coursera's decision to charge learners in some massive open online courses up front -- viewed by some as inevitable -- has critics asking if the MOOC provider is diverging from its mission of universal access.
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Content Translation tool has now been used for 50,000 articles « Wikimedia blog

Content Translation tool has now been used for 50,000 articles « Wikimedia blog | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Last year around this time, we announced the arrival of a new tool that evolved out of an experiment aimed at making the editing process easier for our users. The tool in question—Content Translation—was initially enabled for 8 languages: Catalan, Danish, Esperanto, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmal, Spanish and Portuguese. Today, 12 months later, this article creating tool has been used by more than 11,000 editors across 289 Wikipedias to create more than 50,000 new articles.

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Bett 2016: 'Students may not always be experts in technology'

Bett 2016: 'Students may not always be experts in technology' | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Introducing technology into teaching and learning is important, but don't lose sight of the 'conservative' values of your students, warns lecturer
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New OER-Based Learning Platform Provides Alternative to Traditional Textbooks -- Campus Technology

New OER-Based Learning Platform Provides Alternative to Traditional Textbooks -- Campus Technology | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
PanOpen is tackling the textbook affordability challenge with a new learning platform based exclusively on open educational resources.
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LMS Predictions: Analysts Look at the Learning Platform Horizon

LMS Predictions: Analysts Look at the Learning Platform Horizon | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
By Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus

January may be just another month on the calendar, but it's also a powerful milestone. The start of a new year naturally causes all of us to think about how far we've come, how far we need to go, and whether we're on the right track. So, what does it mean for LMS vendors,…

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11 Reasons why teachers don't use technology - EnglishUp

11 Reasons why teachers don't use technology - EnglishUp | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
From my experiences with our teachers at EnglishUp and my previous international experience as an edtech teacher trainer, I have always found teachers more than willing to develop their use and understanding of technology.
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The online revival of African languages

The online revival of African languages | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
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On January 5th, 2016, the Algerian government published a new draft constitution. Among provisions to strengthen the democratic
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The ultimate LinkedIn cheat sheet! How to enhance your profile.

The ultimate LinkedIn cheat sheet! How to enhance your profile. | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

LinkedIn facts LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 400 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate of more than two new members per second. There are over 39 million students and recent college graduates on LinkedIn. 

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The corridor of uncertainty: MOOCs and crowdsourcing

The corridor of uncertainty: MOOCs and crowdsourcing | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Crowdsourcing is a method of sharing work between a theoretically unlimited amount of people and allows enthusiasts from all over the world to collaborate on a project. The most famous example is Wikipedia where millions of people have contributed to varying degrees to produce the largest reference work ever and now available in hundreds of languages. Projects like this would be impossible using conventional methods but have succeeded through contributors' dedication and willingness to contribute to a common purpose, without a thought of financial gain. If open crowdsourcing (there are more commercial variations too) can achieve so much could there be implications for massive online learning? Many crowdsourcing projects involve massive collaboration over a limited space of time to achieve a clear objective and the similarities between this and a MOOC are striking.
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So long social media: the kids are opting out of the online public square

So long social media: the kids are opting out of the online public square | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Young people are starting to skip the very public postings of some of social media's original platforms. Why? And where will that leave the companies that rely on our willingness to divulge everything?
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Why Are Universities Fighting Open Education?

Why Are Universities Fighting Open Education? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
A Tired Argument Over Software Patents Is Holding Up Common-Sense Reforms In December, over 3,000 of you rallied in support in support of a proposed Department of Education (ED) policy that would make ED-funded educational resources a lot more accessible to educators and students around the world.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Swedish MOOC report is published

The corridor of uncertainty: Swedish MOOC report is published | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Sweden has been rather late in reacting to the MOOC boom and only in the last two years have a handful of universities started offering courses both on the major MOOC platforms Coursera and EdX but also more home grown channels. Last spring the government commissioned the Swedish Higher Education Authority the task of writing a report with recommendations on how MOOCs could be promoted within the framework of Swedish higher education, outlining opportunities as well as barriers. I was invited to join the reference group for this report and on 27 January it was time to publish the report with an accompanying seminar for invited guests in Stockholm. The report is at present only available in Swedish so I will provide here a summary of the main findings as well as adding my own comments and conclusions.
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European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning

European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
The European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning are written for individuals and institutions responsible for the initiation, development, implementation and operation of validation arrangements.

The ambition of the guidelines is to clarify the conditions for implementation, highlighting the critical choices to be made by stakeholders at different stages of the process

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There is no Open in MOOC

There is no Open in MOOC | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Coursera's announcement to add Specializations to its roster of educational packages comes with a new price in many cases, as noted in Carl Straumsheim's 1/29 piece at Inside Higher Ed. To sign up for Michigan State University’s How to Start Your Own Business, for example, budding entrepreneurs have to pay $79 up front for the…
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Open Courseware Provider League Table

Open Courseware Provider League Table | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Open Courseware (OCW) is a term used for core teaching materials used in graduate and undergraduate university classes made openly available online by universities at no cost. Open Courseware may include text-based documents, audio and video files, lecture notes, podcasts etc

The league table not only reflects the quality of the materials on offer, but also a number of other factors such as Assessment, Accreditation and the user experience.


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2016 and all that...

2016 and all that... | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

There are always predictions at the start of a new year. Many of them are about new technologies. The Horizon report has a monopoly on this for education, using a virtual round table of 'experts' to whittle down all the possibilities into one or two trends that they think will be prevalent in education in the next one year, 2-3 years and 4-5 years. The problem with this approach though, is that you get predictions based on what that small group of experts in really interested in. Predicting the future is fraught with difficulty because the future hasn't happened yet. It's imaginary. But it's on the way...

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The corridor of uncertainty: The distraction society

The corridor of uncertainty: The distraction society | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

We live in a world where distraction is default and uninterrupted concentration a luxury that few are able to find. I'm writing this in a cafe with rather irritating and hard to ignore music in the background (it's almost impossible to find a silent cafe) as well as screens showing brightly coloured adverts and the usual billboards and logos on everything. Add to this the siren's call of my mobile buzzing to alert me to a new e-mail, text or update and it's clear that you need enormous willpower to shut out the distractions and really concentrate. We've become so used to distractions that we don't even realise their effect.

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Donald Clark Plan B: 10 ways online learning can make you a BETTER teacher

Donald Clark Plan B: 10 ways online learning can make you a BETTER teacher | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Time and time again, when dealing with teachers and academics, who have been seriously involved in online learning, I have found that they gained enormously from the experience. They become better teachers.

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The corridor of uncertainty: Credit for peer review

The corridor of uncertainty: Credit for peer review | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
As researchers gain more visibility by publishing articles in open access journals and expand their networks through social media and research communities it's time the reviewers also received more public recognition. Peer review is the foundation of all scientific research but those who do the work get little reward for their efforts apart from a thank-you e-mail from the publisher.
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Confessions of a MOOC professor: three things I learned and two things I worry about

Confessions of a MOOC professor: three things I learned and two things I worry about | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
A scholar who has taught 250,000 students worldwide through the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) reflects on the changes that these courses are bringing. Should all those in higher ed be worried?
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Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network

Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Giant academic social networks have taken off to a degree that no one expected even a few years ago. A Nature survey explores why.
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