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“Flipped classrooms”: You keep using that word...

“Flipped classrooms”: You keep using that word... | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

We can’t help but talk about flipped learning (flipped classrooms, inverted classrooms, reversed classrooms), and that’s not totally our fault. Schools are looking for ways to increase their use of technology, increase student achievement and focus on student skills. Businesses and reform groups are looking for buzzwords and hot topics to include in their headlines so people click their links. Ultimately, flipped classrooms have become embedded in the edusphere.

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My selection of articles, blog posts and news about the use of IT in education
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Intimacy at scale

Intimacy at scale | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

If you want to learn something today the opportunities are almost endless. Whatever the subject area you can find a wide range of free open educational resources (texts, lectures, films, podcasts, tests, simulations) and full courses (MOOCs and other forms of open education) in many languages from universities, colleges, schools and organisations. The trouble is that you need to know where to find them and you need to have the digital literacy and study skills necessary to learn in an online environment. You also need to have the confidence and self-belief to learn independently. People with these skills are the ones who are benefiting from open education today. Those who lack these skills are generally not even aware that such opportunities exist.

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Digital myths, digital pedagogy, and complexity

Digital myths, digital pedagogy, and complexity | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
I’m currently doing some research with Sarah Horrocks from London CLC for their parent organisation, the Education Development Trust. As part of this work, I’m looking at all kinds of things related to technology-enhanced teacher professional development.
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The new nationalism and internationalisation of HE - University World News

The new nationalism and internationalisation of HE - University World News | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
To borrow a turn of phrase from Karl Marx, a spectre is haunting higher education internationalisation and it is the dramatic rise of often xenophobic nationalism now sweeping across many countries – from Trump’s ‘America First’ to Brexit in the United Kingdom to Orban’s proto-fascism in Hungary.

What is the nature of this phenomenon and how will it affect the efforts of universities to internationalise and the global patterns of student and faculty mobility that have emerged in the past several decades? What are the implications for universities and for societies more broadly?
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It’s official - higher education students want staff to be better with digital, not to use more of it

It’s official - higher education students want staff to be better with digital, not to use more of it | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Students have stated their frustration at staff’s inconsistent use of technology, with 22,000 voicing their opinions on the use of digital at their institutions in our digital student tracker report (pdf). 
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Why free is not always best in education

Why free is not always best in education | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

We seem to think that everything on the net must be free and are very reluctant to pay for any service, no matter how good it may be. In education we use a wide range of services and tools in our daily work that are free to use in their basic form. Most of these are so-called freemium services; the basic version is free but if you want more interesting features like personalisation, greater storage capacity or extra functionality then you have to pay. The problem is that the idea of the free internet is so entrenched that few of us ever move on to the commercial version of the tools we use and love so much.

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OERu Micro-Credentials for Macro Impact in Open Online Courses

OERu Micro-Credentials for Macro Impact in Open Online Courses | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
OERu provides affordable pathways for learners to earn micro-credentials and associated academic credit towards globally recognised qualifications. By Wayne Mackintosh, UNESCO/COL/ICDE Chair in OER
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We need to nationalise Google, Facebook and Amazon. Here’s why | Nick Srnicek

We need to nationalise Google, Facebook and Amazon. Here’s why | Nick Srnicek | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Monopoly platforms like Google and Facebook will take over the state – unless the state takes them over first, says the author and academic Nick Srnicek
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Response to World OER Congress Action Plan

Response to World OER Congress Action Plan | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
The following comments were drafted by Joe Wilson and Lorna M. Campbell and submitted in response to the World OER Congress Action Plan on behalf of Open Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.  …
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What to consider before developing an open course

What to consider before developing an open course | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

With the increasing popularity of open education many teachers have started using open educational content in their practice, as it is reusable and accessible to everyone. Open education can take a number of forms such as open access to programs, open access to courses, open educational resources, open textbooks, open research and open data.

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Exploring higher education professionals' use of Twitter for learning - UCL Discovery

Exploring higher education professionals' use of Twitter for learning - UCL Discovery | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
This study draws on the responses of seven higher education professionals working in various roles in higher education in Ireland. Individual case studies illustrate participants’ use of the social networking service, Twitter, for professional learning. Cross-case analysis is used to highlight similarities and differences among cases. There are increasing pressures in higher education to professionalise teaching to provide excellent teaching to students.
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‘Flat-pack’ students need help with isolation

‘Flat-pack’ students need help with isolation | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Providing support for learners on low-cost ‘flat-pack degrees’ is key to expanding international higher education in Australia and worldwide, says Merlin Crossley
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Social soapboxing - the end of Facebook as a meeting place?

Social soapboxing - the end of Facebook as a meeting place? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

I have really enjoyed using Facebook over the years. It has helped me keep in touch with so many people who I could never have kept up with in the days of writing letters or making phone calls. It has also enabled me to get to know acquaintances I have only met briefly at meetings or conferences. I have built up an extensive network of friends, colleagues and contacts using various social media that have enriched my life and work.

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Beall: ‘social justice warrior’ librarians ‘betraying’ academy

Beall: ‘social justice warrior’ librarians ‘betraying’ academy | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers
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Education Can't Solve Poverty—So Why Do We Keep Insisting That It Can?

Education Can't Solve Poverty—So Why Do We Keep Insisting That It Can? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Wages are down and unions are weaker than ever, but still the myth that education can fix poverty persists. Unions are weak. Wage growth is non-existent. Plutocrats have all the power. And yet the myth that education is all we need to finally "fix" poverty persists. AlterNet education editor Jennifer Berkshire talks with historian Harvey Kantor about how the US gave up on the idea of responding to poverty directly, instead making public schools the answer to poverty. Hint: it all starts in the 1960s with the advent of the Great Society programs.
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This is how to stop students dropping out of university

One in ten students drop out of uni in their first year.
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Students and educational technology - it's complicated

Students and educational technology - it's complicated | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

A recurring narrative in educational technology is that students are driving the change. They are using the creative and collaborative opportunities offered by today's social media and demanding that universities and faculty do the same. This is used as a powerful argument by edtech companies when selling their solutions. This narrative is strongly linked to the idea of students as digital natives and is often the reason for institutions rushing head first into hasty and largely unplanned technology projects.

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What If Students Are the Biggest Barrier to Innovation? - EdSurge News

What If Students Are the Biggest Barrier to Innovation? - EdSurge News | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

As Alexandra Pickett worked to bring new technology and teaching styles to New York State University, she faced an unexpected challenge. Pickett, who directs the Center for Online Teaching Excellence, said one of the biggest barriers to innovation has been student resistance.

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More Or Less Technology In The Classroom? We’re Asking The Wrong Question

More Or Less Technology In The Classroom? We’re Asking The Wrong Question | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Neither technophobia or technophilia is the right solution for our students. The real issue is the process of learning.
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Why the culture of ‘free’ is damaging edtech & education

Why the culture of ‘free’ is damaging edtech & education | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Having a constant flow of great free apps is great, but the reality is that any professional company that is developing apps has costs and needs to somehow make money. App developers just like teachers and bankers have to eat and keep a roof over their heads, so any company that doesn’t have a business model for generating income is doomed.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 5, 4:25 AM

A bit of a rant about our attitudes to paying for edtech.

Juanita Amiel Garcia's curator insight, September 5, 11:11 PM

A bit of a rant about our attitudes to paying for edtech.

John Rudkin's curator insight, September 6, 12:45 PM
This is a serious issue...someone pays somewhere!
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Expensive academic conferences give us old ideas and no new faces

Expensive academic conferences give us old ideas and no new faces | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
The ballooning costs of attending high-end academic conferences are excluding early-career researchers. But we need their fresh perspectives
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Choose your own reality

Choose your own reality | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Reality and fact are being rapidly undermined by fake news, manipulated photos and films and now even voice manipulation, photoshopping for voice, like Adobe's Voco project which allows you to make people say things they never actually said. It's getting increasingly difficult to check the validity of a news item, especially when it confirms your own opinions, and this presents an enormous challenge for all educators.

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Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education - Blackboard Blog

Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education - Blackboard Blog | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Our world has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. In 1997 the internet was still in its infancy with only around 119 million users. Distance education – a concept that began in Sweden during the mid-19th century – was only beginning to transition from analog to digital delivery. Today, we live in a much different world where the Internet has not only radically transformed the way colleges and universities teach, but has greatly expanded access to education around the globe. At Blackboard, we are proud to be a part of this journey.
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Presentations – from Yawn to Yay � - Inspiring learning

Presentations – from Yawn to Yay � - Inspiring learning | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Esther Barrett shares her favourite tools and techniques for making your presentation interactive, engaging and accessible for your audience.
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Hundreds of languages are spoken in the UK, but this isn't always reflected in the classroom

Hundreds of languages are spoken in the UK, but this isn't always reflected in the classroom | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Why language diversity should be celebrated in schools.
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