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TED-Ed Launches Innovative Customized Learning Web Initiative

TED-Ed Launches Innovative Customized Learning Web Initiative | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
It's been a long time since anyone's done anything truly revolutionary when it comes to online video, but leave it to the folks at TED to bu...

 

Each video featured on the site is mapped, via tagging, to traditional subjects taught in schools and comes accompanied with supplementary materials that aid a teacher or student in using or understanding the video lesson. Supplementary materials include multiple-choice questions, open-answer questions, and links to more information on the topic.

 

But the most innovative feature of the site is that educators can customize these elements using a new functionality called “flipping.” When a video is flipped, the supplementary materials can be edited and the resulting lesson is rendered on a new and private web page. The creator of the lesson can then distribute it and track an individual student’s progress as they complete the assignment.

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Brain study reveals how successful students overcome math anxiety | KurzweilAI

Brain study reveals how successful students overcome math anxiety | KurzweilAI | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Using fMRI brain-imaging technology for the first time with people experiencing mathematics anxiety, University of Chicago scientists have gained new how some students are able to overcome their fears and succeed in math...

 

For the highly math-anxious, researchers found a strong link between math success and activity in a network of brain areas in the frontal and parietal lobes involved in controlling attention and regulating negative emotional reactions. This response kicked in at the very mention of having to solve a mathematics problem.

Teachers as well as students can use the information to improve performance in mathematics, said Sian Beilock, associate professor in psychology at the University of Chicago.

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Disruptive innovation — in education | KurzweilAI

Disruptive innovation — in education | KurzweilAI | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
For Anant Agarwal, MITx, the Institute’s new online-learning initiative, isn’t just a means of democratizing education.

 

A decade ago, MIT broke ground with its OpenCourseWare initiative, which made MIT course materials, such as syllabi and lecture notes, publicly accessible. But over the last five years, MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif has led an effort to move the complete MIT classroom experience online, with video lectures, homework assignments, lab work — and a grade at the end.

 

The development of such online-learning tools will be crucial to MITx’s expansion. “How do you put a chemistry lab online?” Agarwal asks. “We’re just getting started here. Figuring out how to tailor the platform for MIT’s many disciplines will require collaboration across all our schools.”

MITx is not just a tool for democratizing education; it’s also a tool for education research. “I want to disrupt how education is done,” Agarwal says — not just online but on campus as well.

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Coursera Raises $16 Million, Strikes Deal with 3 Universities, Adds Humanities Courses

Coursera Raises $16 Million, Strikes Deal with 3 Universities, Adds Humanities Courses | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
During the past two months, two ventures offering free MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) have spun out of Stanford. One is Udacity run by Sebastian Thrun.
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Grades 2.0: How Learning Analytics Are Changing The Teacher’s Role

Grades 2.0: How Learning Analytics Are Changing The Teacher’s Role | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

According to Educause (PDF), learning analytics is “the use of data and models to predict student progress and performance, and the ability to act on that information”. It differs from other pedagogical theories because it focuses on the learner’s interaction with his or her learning environment.


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Repurposing E-Waste Into E-Learning - Core77

Repurposing E-Waste Into E-Learning - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Dand launched ThinkerToys, an initiative to solve these dual problems--massive amounts of electronic waste in landfills in the developing world, and a lack of educational resources for children in those countries. Thinker Toys picks up basic electronic equipment, like keyboards, mice and speakers, none of which need to be modified or brought back to factories. For now, Dand has been using Arduino but he plans to develop low-cost chips, called openTOYS, that make the project more scalable and accessible..
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The neuroscience of Bob Dylan's genius

The neuroscience of Bob Dylan's genius | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
How do we have insights, and where does inspiration come from?

 

Every creative journey begins with a problem. It starts with a feeling of frustration, the dull ache of not being able to find the answer. When we tell one another stories about creativity, we tend to leave out this phase of the creative process. We neglect to mention those days when we wanted to quit, when we believed that our problems were impossible to solve. Instead, we skip straight to the breakthroughs. The danger of telling this narrative is that the feeling of frustration – the act of being stumped – is an essential part of the creative process. Before we can find the answer – before we probably even know the question – we must be immersed in disappointment, convinced that a solution is beyond our reach. It's often only at this point, after we've stopped searching for the answer, that the answer arrives. All of a sudden, the answer to the problem that seemed so daunting becomes incredibly obvious.

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Design Research versus Technology and Meaning Change: A Review |

Recently, a paper was published by Professors Don Norman and Roberto Verganti on the subject of ‘Incremental and Radical Innovation’. The paper consists of a conversation between the two design thinkers upon the role of design research as a driver of innovation. Despite their varied backgrounds, both had similar arguments on the dimensions of design-driven research versus human-centric research and its effect on the interpretation of meanings. Don Norman, in one of his other papers titled ‘Technology first, needs last‘, mentions that despite the genius of many inventors, designers and tinkerers, most products arrive in the market only to fail enormously. As a consequence, he discusses the role of design research as a tool that builds on the skill of understanding the market, technology, design and the user–to gauge the best path for product innovation.

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Teaching with wikis: improving staff development through action research | Benson | Research in Learning Technology

Teaching with wikis: improving staff development through action research | Benson | Research in Learning Technology | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Teaching with wikis: improving staff development through action research...

 

This paper reports on the use of action research in a case study involving two iterations of an online workshop implemented at two universities in late 2007 and early 2009 to prepare teaching staff for using wikis for student group work and assessment.

 

Workshop participants were immersed in the experience of collaborating in a wiki as learners and then reflected on this experience as teachers. Experience of the pilot workshop suggested a need for more orientation, potentially by introducing a blended learning design.

 

The second iteration highlighted a need to develop the orientation session further and increase support strategies throughout the workshop, suggesting the value of offering it at faculty or department level if no “reward” is available for participation. Outcomes from the two cycles illustrate the value of action research for iterative improvement of this staff development model and for implementing the scholarship of teaching and learning to develop and share professional knowledge in this emerging area.

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Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively

Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Turns out that brainstorming--that go-to approach to generating new ideas since the 1940s--isn’t the golden ticket to innovation after all.

 

But the idea behind brainstorming is right. To innovate, we need environments that support imaginative thinking, where we can go through many crazy, tangential, and even bad ideas to come up with good ones. We need to work both collaboratively and individually. We also need a healthy amount of heated discussion, even arguing. We need places where someone can throw out a thought, have it critiqued, and not feel so judged that they become defensive and shut down.

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Why Do Some People Learn Faster?

Why Do Some People Learn Faster? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The physicist Niels Bohr once defined an expert as “a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” 

 

The Moser experiment is premised on the fact that there are two distinct reactions to mistakes, both of which can be reliably detected using electroenchephalography, or EEG. The first reaction is called error-related negativity (ERN). It appears about 50 milliseconds after a screw-up and is believed to originate in the anterior cingulate cortex, a chunk of tissue that helps monitor behavior, anticipate rewards and regulate attention. This neural reaction is mostly involuntary, the inevitable response to any screw-up.

 

The second signal, which is known as error positivity (Pe), arrives anywhere between 100-500 milliseconds after the mistake and is associated with awareness. It occurs when we pay attention to the error, dwelling on the disappointing result. In recent years, numerous studies have shown that subjects learn more effectively when their brains demonstrate two properties:

 

1) a larger ERN signal, suggesting a bigger initial response to the mistake and

 

2) a more consistent Pe signal, which means that they are probably paying attention to the error, and thus trying to learn from it.

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How Real People Will Use Windows 8 . Intuitive?

http://www.lockergnome.com/ - My dad tries Windows 8 for the first time. Dad uses Mac OS X for the first time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeeOkHjV7nM Win...
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Wanted: pioneers - comment - TES

Wanted: pioneers - comment - TES | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

FE Colleges used to be like the Wild West. After the pioneers blazed new trails, settlers behind them would ask, "Is it safe yet?" When the pioneers said it was, the settlers would follow, benefiting from the pioneers' risk taking. But futurist Joel Barker thinks that in the 21st century, settlers will be at the highest risk. When the followers ask, "Is it safe out there?", the pioneers will reply, "Sure, but there's nothing left for you."

 

The Association of Colleges, too, if its current conference programme is any indication, seems uninterested in what Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of the Open University, calls a "growing crisis of relevance in our colleges". Interestingly, the Open University's £12 million, Department for Education-funded teacher CPD project, Vital, is raising the skill levels of schoolteachers. But FE colleges are not allowed access to the resources. So why isn't the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) doing the same for colleges?

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Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To | KurzweilAI

Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To | KurzweilAI | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Why do the smartest students often do poorly on standardized tests?

 

Dr. Sian Beilock, an expert on performance and brain science, reveals in Choke the astonishing new science of why we all too often blunder when the stakes are high. What happens in our brain and body when we experience the dreaded performance anxiety? And what are we doing differently when everything magically “clicks” into place and the perfect golf swing, tricky test problem, or high-pressure business pitch becomes easy?

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Examples of hybrid online learning from Ontario

Examples of hybrid online learning from Ontario | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Judith Tobin of Contact North has been collecting examples of innovation in online learning from the 20 universities and 24 colleges in the Ontario post-secondary system. These are being posted continuously into Contact North’s Educator and Trainer portal. The aim is to share best practice and encourage further innovation and best practices across the system.

 

 

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Go for a Good Walk or Swim Every Day to get Smarter

Go for a Good Walk or Swim Every Day to get Smarter | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
This week, The New York Times gave us some good news. According to an article by Gretchen Reynolds, a decade of research by neuroscientists and physiologists shows fairly convincingly that exercise can make you smarter. She writes:

 

Using sophisticated technologies to examine the workings of individual neurons — and the makeup of brain matter itself — scientists in just the past few months have discovered that exercise appears to build a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhance cognitive flexibility. Exercise, the latest neuroscience suggests, does more to bolster thinking than thinking does.

 

There’s apparently a lot to be gained from a simple daily walk (assuming it checks out with your doctor). And, as the [accompanying] video below shows, the gains goes beyond cognition itself:

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E-Learning: Confusing Terminology, Research Gaps and Inherent Challenges by Sarah Guri-Rosenblit and Begoña Gros

This article, by Sarah Guri-Rosenblit and Begoña Gros, discusses the promises and drawbacks of e-learning in higher education, the gaps in relevant research and challenges in maintaining a student-learning-centred focus in a technology driven environment.


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Can images stop data overload?

Can images stop data overload? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
With more and more of us feeling overwhelmed by the constant stream of information we have to deal with at work, could data visualisation provide an answer?

In a lab in Sussex a group of people have had their brainwaves scanned while completing a series of tasks, individually and in groups, to see if data visualisation - presenting information visually, in this case a series of mind maps - can help.

The results showed that when tasks were presented visually rather than using traditional text-based software applications, individuals used around 20% less cognitive resources. In other words, their brains were working a lot less hard.

As a result, they performed more efficiently, and could remember more of the information when asked later. Working in groups, they used 10% less mental resources.

The research was carried out by Mindlab International, an independent research company that specialises in neurometrics - the science of measuring patterns of brain activity through EEG, eye tracking and skin conductivity, which tracks emotions.

"The key reason we do the work that we do is that most of our decision making, yours and mine, goes on in the subconscious, or auto pilot or whatever we call it. Our cognitive brain can't actually deal with the bombardment of messages that are streamed to our bodies constantly all the time," says Duncan Smith, Mindlab International's managing director.

Individuals and groups had their brainwaves monitored as they completed tasks using visual mapping software compared with traditional applications

 

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Isaac Asimov Imagines Learning in the Digital Age … and Gets It Quite Right (1989)

Isaac Asimov Imagines Learning in the Digital Age … and Gets It Quite Right (1989) | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZmFEFO72gA

It features Asimov and a younger Bill Moyers talking about education and scientific progress, and it doesn’t take long for Asimov to start describing the revolution in learning we’re seeing unfold today. Imagine a world where computers, internet connections and websites let people learn when they want, wherever they want, and how they want. Suddenly technology democratizes education and empowers people of all ages, and, before too long, “Everyone can have a teacher in the form of access to the gathered knowledge of the human species.”
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Cloudworks, a place to share, find and discuss learning and teaching ideas and experiences.

Cloudworks, a place to share, find and discuss learning and teaching ideas and experiences. | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

An Open University initiative, it's an interesting centralised [cloud based] resource for people to share all manner of learning, research, teaching related ideas, experiences and information.

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The Learning Generalist: The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules)

The Learning Generalist: The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Think Small (Iterations, Action Maps, Storyboards, and Mini-Modules) | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

 As you will notice in the above representation of the model, the issues are:

 

Too much time gets spent in upfront design and planning when all of this is quite likely to change.

Customers get to see working elearning pretty late in the process - as a consequence we run the risk of an endless cycle of amendments.

Actual deployment takes months from actual initiation of the project - this delays learner feedback, which is key to evolving the training content and increasing effectiveness.

 

Can we reduce flab in our analysis and design phase? Can we create more opportunities for customer feedback? Can we release working elearning quicker, to harness learner feedback sooner than later? I believe the answer is a resounding "Yes!"


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Throwing muses

Throwing muses | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Imagine: How Creativity Works. By Jonah Lehrer. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 304 pages; $26. To be published in Britain by Canongate in April; £18.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk
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Bill's Design Talks: Is it time to rebrand Design Thinking? - Core77

Bill's Design Talks: Is it time to rebrand Design Thinking? - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Is it time to rebrand Design Thinking?

 

Bill Moggridge's salon for the Cooper-Hewitt has always been a place for lively conversation on a range of interesting topics from a tribute to Eva Zeissel to how design can offer solutions in an urban metropolis. Bill and the guests at his Design Talk last Thursday night passionately discussed the relevance, efficacy and even the branding of Design Thinking.

 

Panel members included Helen Walters, a design journalist and Core77 columnist, Fiona Morrisson, the former Director, Brand & Advertising for Jet Blue and Beth Viner, an Associate Partner at IDEO, all of whom had different kinds of opinions of and experience with Design Thinking based on their backgrounds. Walters was the most outspoken of the bunch, but this isn't the first time she's been vocal on the subject. In a piece she wrote for Fast Co. Design called "Design Thinking Isn't a Miracle Cure, but Here's How It Helps," she questions the reliability of the term 'Design Thinking.'

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Dr. Reggie Watts on innovation and out of the box thinking

Dr. Reggie Watts proposes some new, revealing insights on innovation and out of the box thinking in a new world of challenges for the organizational producti...
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An interesting experiment in so-called intuitive interfaces

http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2012/03/08/pc-to-mac-or-mac-to-pc-have-you-changed/ - I've said it many times: There's no such thing as a perfect operating ...
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