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The corridor of uncertainty: Paths to openness

The corridor of uncertainty: Paths to openness | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Martin Weller's new book The battle for open provides an excellent overview of the role of openness in higher education today. It charts the development of the main strands of openness (open access, MOOCs, open educational resources and open scholarship) and suggests that although the MOOC boom has made people more aware of the opportunities of open online education it is a false dawn. Interpretations of openness vary greatly and most MOOCs choose to only focus on free access but maintain full copyright on the material. Major investments of venture capital underpin the mainstream MOOC movement and many academics are concerned about the commercialisation of higher education.
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An Open Education Reader

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A collection of readings on open education with commentary. Created for IPT 515R Introduction to Open Education, a graduate course at Brigham Young University. An Open Education Reader is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Reflections on a course in open networked learning

The corridor of uncertainty: Reflections on a course in open networked learning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Over the last 8 weeks or so I've been a facilitator on a course called Open Networked Learningtogether with colleagues from two other Swedish universities. It is a hard course to pin down since it resembles in many ways a MOOC but has no ambitions of becoming massive. Inspired by the connectivist MOOCs it is open to all who are interested and the content and discussions are accessible even to non-registered learners in a Google+ community though registration is required to contribute. 

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OER Mythbusting! | Busting myths about open education.

OER Mythbusting! | Busting myths about open education. | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

 This site has one purpose – to bust myths about Open Educational Resources! There are two parts – a mythbusting guide and a quick introduction to OER. Both will help you find fast, simple and useful answers to myths, statements and unsupported claims about how Open Educational Resources (OER) do not work or do not suite educational systems and environments. They do.


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Badges for Learning | Beyond New Horizons

Badges for Learning | Beyond New Horizons | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

A couple of months ago I wrote about introducing Badges for Learning onto my class blog to link specifically to my classroom management system both in the online and offline world.

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Educational technology 30 years on: why hasn’t education changed much?

Educational technology 30 years on: why hasn’t education changed much? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

For some inexplicable reason, Routledge, of the publishing group Taylor and Francis, has decided to revive this book I edited in 1984. As a result a copy landed on my desk recently. It is easy to forget how much has happened in educational technology over the last 30 years, and in particular how far the technology has advanced. At the same time, how little has changed in terms of the challenges of using technology to improve the quality of post-secondary education. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/12/04/educational-technology-30-years-on-why-hasnt-education-changed-much/#sthash.r3iNvp8I.dpuf

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The corridor of uncertainty: Whatever happened to the education revolution?

The corridor of uncertainty: Whatever happened to the education revolution? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Every new device or tool it seems is going to revolutionize education. Smartboards, iPads, Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education, Prezi, Minecraft, Khan Academy, flipped classroom - the list goes on. Somehow that revolution doesn't happen despite the appealing arguments of the enthusiasts. In the past such revolutionary technologies came along every second decade or so but today they turn up several times a year. The hype is wearing a bit thin.

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MOOC Evolution and One Poetry MOOC’s Hybrid Approach

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7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom | Edudemic

7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom | Edudemic | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

To educators who embrace new technologies wholeheartedly, digital devices are a powerful tool for creating an engaged and individualized educational experience. To those that are a little more hesitant, digital devices seem more like a quick route to Instagram and Facebook — that is, to distractions that interfere with the educational experience, rather than boosting it.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 27, 4:49 AM

Some useful tips.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 28, 9:51 AM

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Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, December 1, 5:02 PM

Excellent article that gives educators some additional ways to incorporate digital devices into the curriculum.  The author also explains ways to get around using these devices as well.  You have probably heard of learning styles. Did you know there was such a thing as a "distraction style?"

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Ten observations about 1-to-1 educational computing efforts around the world

Ten observations about 1-to-1 educational computing efforts around the world | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
I do not fear computers, I fear the lack of them This year's Global Symposium on ICT use in education in Gyeongju, Korea focused on "Transforming Education with 1:1 Computing: Learning from Practical Experiences in Providing Students with Their Own Individual Computing Devices". Many countries are investing enormous amounts of resources and effort to increase the availability of information and communication technologies (ICTs) across their education systems. So-called "1-to-1 computing" initiat
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The corridor of uncertainty: From awareness to participation

The corridor of uncertainty: From awareness to participation | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Can we please stop using the word "lurker" to describe people who follow online courses but make little or no active contributions? The word has rather negative connotations that have little or no relevance to online learning, but for some reason taking a back seat is seen as a lazy or less honest approach. Active participation is seen as evidence of engagement and passive reception is viewed with suspicion.

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The Webinar Blog: Time To Kill The Webinar?

The Webinar Blog: Time To Kill The Webinar? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

"It's time to face the facts: The webinar is a tool that's just not effective. Let's put it out of its misery." That is the provocative subhead of an article on www.inc.comwritten by Justin Bariso: "Why It Is Time to Kill the Webinar" I happen to disagree with Mr. Bariso (no surprise, given the way I make a living!). But let's take a look at his arguments and see what has led him to such an extreme conclusion.

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A ‘starter’ bibliography on MOOCs

A ‘starter’ bibliography on MOOCs | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

For the increasing number of students doing Masters’ dissertations or Ph.D’s on MOOCs I have collected together for convenience all the references made in my chapter on MOOCs for my open textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital World.’ However, there are many other publications – this cannot be considered a comprehensive list. Also note the date of this blog post: anything published after this will not be here, unless you let me know about it. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/11/21/a-starter-bibliography-on-moocs/#sthash.fTjjHpzH.dpuf

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The validation challenge: how close is Europe to recognising all learning? | Cedefop

The validation challenge: how close is Europe to recognising all learning? | Cedefop | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
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Beyond the MOOC Model: Changing Educational Paradigms (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Beyond the MOOC Model: Changing Educational Paradigms (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online

Four trends – MOOC-based degrees, competency-based education, the formalization of learning, and regulatory reform – are shifting educational practice away from core tenets of traditional education, indicating not a transient phenomenon but rather a fundamental change to the status quo.

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ICDE » ICDE - UNESCO Policy Forum on open, online and flexible learning calls for actions by governments, higher education institutions and faculty

ICDE » ICDE - UNESCO Policy Forum on open, online and flexible learning calls for actions by governments, higher education institutions and faculty | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Access to, and success in, open, online and flexible learning are key solutions to the pressing development challenges and needs of 21st century societies, emphasizes the November 2014 Bali message by ICDE’s higher education leaders

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Creating OER and Combining Licenses - Full - YouTube

This video is intended to help you choose compatible resources and choose a valid license for your work. Suppose you are developing an open educational resou...
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Rethinking Low Completion Rates in MOOCs – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Rethinking Low Completion Rates in MOOCs – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Completion rates in free online courses are low—to critics, laughably so. But exactly how low are they? The answer might be a matter of interpretation.

Let’s say 79,500 people sign up for a handful of massive open online courses offered by Harvard University. About 44,500 of those people say they are there to complete the course and earn a certificate. About 23,000 say they are there either to browse the course materials or to complete a few assignments. The remaining 12,000 say they haven’t decided what their goals are.

At the end of the course, 10,500 people earn a certificate of completion. So what was the completion rate?

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The corridor of uncertainty: Twitter as a tool for discussion

The corridor of uncertainty: Twitter as a tool for discussion | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
I have been an enthusiastic user of Twitter for almost 6 years now and use it mostly as a channel for sharing links to interesting articles and news in educational technology. I have a wonderful network of people I follow who provide me with useful links and ideas every day and often provide answers to questions I ask. Twitter is used in many ways and although my focus is on sharing interesting content it can also be used for discussions in the form of a Tweetchat. I have either lead or participated in many Tweetchat sessions, especially in recent weeks on an open course I'm helping to facilitate, and I thought I could share some experience and reflections.
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Accreditation of MOOCs. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning

Accreditation of MOOCs. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Higher education institutions face conflicting challenges; they must equip students with up‑to‑date knowledge in fields in which knowledge is constantly being renewed, while they also need to guide students to examine reality through broad-based observation and consider different scientific disciplines.

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The battle for open - Ubiquity Press

The battle for open - Ubiquity Press | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

With the success of open access publishing, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and open education practices, the open approach to education has moved from the periphery to the mainstream. This marks a moment of victory for the open education movement, but at the same time the real battle for the direction of openness begins. As with the green movement, openness now has a market value and is subject to new tensions, such as venture capitalists funding MOOC companies. This is a crucial time for determining the future direction of open education.

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How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom

How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Break-out spaces and furniture on wheels can do wonders to enhance a person's learning experience. Here are six low-cost ideas for creating those environments in the classroom.
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15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic

15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Facilitating discussions between students is one of those things that is infinitely easier when you’re teaching in a physical classroom rather than online. When the students are all in one room, discussions happen more naturally. Facilitating the same type of productive, useful discussion when teaching online is more of a challenge.

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Irmgard Huppe's curator insight, November 28, 5:13 AM

short and sharp collection of a few important pointers

Rich Schultz's curator insight, December 1, 11:54 AM

Online discussion tips!

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NoteBowl social learning platform revolutionizes online learning | ASU News | The State Press | Arizona State University

NoteBowl social learning platform revolutionizes online learning | ASU News | The State Press | Arizona State University | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
NoteBowl is a new and innovative learning management system that may replace Blackboard for connecting students and teachers. see more
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