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Learning as a creative activity of connecting resources in communities, learning networks and constructive self-learners * how to include Curation Methods, Tools and Plattforms in Social Learning
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Nuts and Bolts: Inviting Interaction by Jane Bozarth : Learning Solutions Magazine

Nuts and Bolts: Inviting Interaction by Jane Bozarth : Learning Solutions Magazine | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

Try setting up some “learn together” sessions. Last spring, members of Insync Training’s Facebook community realized that the popularity of handheld devices was bringing in a new age of apps for conducting virtual classroom sessions via smartphone and tablet. Organizers invited group members to an online “rodeo” to test out the apps with the explicit caveat: “There will be no instruction, and we cannot troubleshoot. We’re learning, too.” Thirty people came, on their own time and of their own volition, to participate in something pretty much guaranteed to be frustrating. But learn we did. See http://realworkplacelearning.com/2011/07/16/this-is-how-we-learn-the-insync-app-rodeo/.

Help learners become more aware of learning

So much learning is informal and unconscious; often learners don’t think of it as “learning something” but as “solving a problem.” Research from Allen Tough tells us that the typical (in the research, middle-class) adult engages in five self-directed learning projects a year, investing an average of 100 hours in each. The problem is, most adults don’t think of themselves as embarking on self-directed learning projects. They think of it as figuring out how to build a deck, or how to win at World of Warcraft, or how to get the best deal on a new car. They choose their own methods, from Googling, to practicing, to asking Joe the coworker, to attending workshops at the local hardware store.

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Don’t Get Caught With Your Paradigm Down | Mark Brumley

Don’t Get Caught With Your Paradigm Down | Mark Brumley | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
First, all teachers need to know how to teach online. Students are going to be taking more and more online classes as part of their k-12 education. It’s going to happen and we need to be ready. Math class will no longer be an event that happens Monday through Friday at 9:30…it will happen anytime, anywhere. For your next professional development or continuing education credits, seek out conferences and or classes that train teachers to teach online.Next, don’t take my word for it. Read some books (or more likely, download to your portable reader) about the change coming. Here are a few suggested titles. Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton Christensen. The New Division of Labor: How Computers Are Creating the Next Job Market by Frank Levy and Richard J. Murnane. The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life by Richard Florida.Lastly, change your view of professional development from a once in a while event to ongoing, daily growth. If you only attend professional development once a year, your knowledge will be outdated in about a week! To help you with daily growth, I strongly urge you to start a personal learning network, PLN. There are good posts on this site to help you with that. I can tell you, for a fact, that I learn something to make me a better teacher everyday due to social media and my PLN.
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The Ingenious Business Model Behind Coursekit, A Tumblr For Higher Education | Fast Company

The Ingenious Business Model Behind Coursekit, A Tumblr For Higher Education | Fast Company | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

At universities, educational software largely means enterprise-scale, expensive, feature-stuffed "learning management systems ...
Last week, a new alternative was launched--built by students--that looks and works a lot more like the social platforms people actually choose to use in their spare time. The core of the site is a constantly updated social Stream where instructors and students can conduct discussions or easily post rich media. Picture a cleaner-looking Facebook news feed, centered on a single academic theme, or a group Tumblr blog where each picture, question, or video can accumulate its own discussion in the attached comment thread.

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It's really simple. Just try it :-)

http://coursekit.com/


You find here a sample Course for Instructors and students, based on the 5 Core-Elements:

Discussions
Give students a place to share and discuss.

Grading
Accept and grade assignments, hassle-free.

Resources
Share files, articles, books, and links.

Calendar
Manage a more intuitive course calendar.

Community
Put names to faces with student profiles.


Some Reviews:

Coursekit Is Ready for Its Closeup

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Will Coursekit Launch Up-End Blackboard?


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Coursekit Is Ready for Its Closeup


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Penn Students Leave School to Launch CourseKit With $1 Million Seed Round

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Social eLearning: Curatr Review

Social eLearning: Curatr Review | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

A ciritcal first quick review by Vickel Narayan:

"1. The so called Gaming Aspect of Curatr.

It works by collating scores whenever you view a resource and either you like or dislike it ... I was quite disappointed to find out how scoring worked  ...

2. No place for feed on an activity

I have been through a few resources on the account I was given and I couldn't see any place to leave a feedback or to comment on existing content.

3. Content driven - driven both by the teacher and students

Curatr is unfortunately content driven and is limited to Websites, Youtube, Text box (it didn't work for me), Pictures and Audio. This of course assumes that you have created the content before hand and uploaded it to appropriate platform for use. Curatr however allows peers to create or lets say collate contents to help others in class.

4. Difficult user interface

I initially found the user interface difficult to use. I couldn't make out where I was going and what I was meant to be doing or looking at first.

Where's the Pedagogy?

The burning question, what was the pedagogical underpinning for Curatr? You couldn't really say social constructivist .... maybe a beginnings of something bigger to come? The only bit I would say that would very least be called social was creating or collating resources that you found useful for others in class to use. ..."

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ShowMe - The Online Learning Community

ShowMe - The Online Learning Community | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
ShowMe is an open online learning community where anyone can learn and teach any topic.

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Answering the question that you’re about to ask «

Answering the question that you’re about to ask « | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

We’re happy to announce the newest addition to the Grockit social learning platform: Grockit Answers, a tool for hosting timely Q&A discussions around web videos. We started by designing this for our own videos, but quickly decided that it could have more impact if we expanded our scope a bit. So as of today, Grockit Answers works with any video hosted on YouTube or Vimeo.

There’s a wealth of educational videos available online, but the primary mode of interaction among viewers — short-form commenting — doesn’t do much to enhance or facilitate learning. When you’re trying to grok a challenging lecture from an AI course at Stanford or an open talk at MIT, you need more than comments. You need a way to ask a question about a particular point that confused you, or ask for a clarification or maybe a useful reference on something mentioned in the video. You really need a Q&A site, and you need to be able to attach each of your questions to a particular time in the video. You need Grockit Answers. Here’s a quick video clip (live Q&A discussion here). Feel free to ask questions about this video on Grockit Answers.

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Can 35,000 People Learn Anything from an Online Class? | MindShift

Can 35,000 People Learn Anything from an Online Class? | MindShift | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

This summer, Stanford University announced its plans to make three of its introductory computer science classes available for free to the general public. The classes — Machine Learning, Introduction to Databases, and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence — were to be taught by Stanford faculty and held online in conjunction with the regular on campus courses held during this October to December term.

The news of Stanford’s online experiment generated an immense amount of interest, with more than 130,000 signing up for the A.I. class and roughly 50,000 registering for the Machine Learning and Databases classes.

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40 Most Awesome iPad Apps for Science Students | Best Colleges Online

40 Most Awesome iPad Apps for Science Students | Best Colleges Online | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

With a great selection of apps focused on everything from word processing to keeping in touch with classmates, the tablet computer can be an invaluable tool for learning — no matter your age. Science students haven’t been left out, of course, and there are a wide range of applications offering help with chemistry, biology, astronomy and even the math that comes along with certain fields. If you’re a college student looking to supplement your science studies, these apps are some of the best for learning, sharing, researching and just plain having fun.

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Your iPad can also be a valuable research tool. Pull up these apps to do a little scientific reading for your next project.
Science Glossary

Wolfram Alpha

Papers

PLoS Reader

PubMed on Tap

Kindle

Math Ref


Miscellaneous
Look up science myths, do some popular reading or debunk your science-phobic friend’s arguments with these helpful apps.

Mythbusters HD
Science Illustrated
Popular Science
Skeptical Science


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Personalization And Analytics: The Future Of Education?

Personalization And Analytics: The Future Of Education? | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

Education startup Knewton, which learns from students and makes personalized lessons for them, has teamed up with Pearson, one of the country’s major curriculum designers. Together, they’re trying to create a new system where we can measure that students are learning what—and how—is best for them.

The deal signals both the increasingly important role that analytics will have in mainstream curriculum content—and the pivotal role that Knewton wants to play across the full education spectrum, from elementary to post-secondary education. "We want to power everyone’s content," says Ferreira simply. It’s a Google-class ambition.

 The Pearson-Knewton alliance is starting with college-readiness materials. "Students [using these materials] tend to be weaker and so personalization has a magnified effect on the results," notes Tobin. But the MyLab series (which includes products such as MyMathLab,MyReadingLab, MyWritingLab, and MyFoundationsLab) is already migrating to high schools. Pearson began actively marketing the products to high schools about two years ago. Although Tobin declined to offer adoption numbers, he says growth has been strong.

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Learning with 'e's: 7 skills for the successful e-tutor

Learning with 'e's: 7 skills for the successful e-tutor | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
It's an adaptation of Stephen Covey's self-help book: 'The seven habits of highly effective people' and I'm glad the TES has herded these ideas into a teaching context.

Teachers are under a lot of pressure to perform and achieve good results, and it's not easy for them. They need all the help they can get. The seven habits listed by TES are:

(1) They build confidence, (2) they are not afraid to make difficult decisions, (3) they develop others, (4) they are good communicators, (5) they are non-conformists, (6) they thrive in the company of others and (7) they see the big picture

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Rhizomatic Learning – Why we teach? » Dave's Educational Blog

Rhizomatic Learning – Why we teach? » Dave's Educational Blog | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

Rhizomatic learning is a way of thinking about learning based on ideas described by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in a thousand plateaus. A rhizome, sometimes called a creeping rootstalk, is a stem of a plant that sends out roots and shoots as it spreads. It is an image used by D&G to describe the way that ideas are multiple, interconnected and self-relicating. A rhizome has no beginning or end… like the learning process. I wrote my first article on the topic ‘rhizomatic education: community as curriculum’ in an article I wrote in 2008.
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What does successful learning look like?

the rhizome pertains to a map that must be produced, constructed, a map that is always detachable, connectible, reversible, modifiable, and has multiple entryways and exits and its own lines of flight. (Deleuze and Guattari 1987, 21)

 

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Social Learning fills the empty barrels of Enterprise 2.0.

Social Learning fills the empty barrels of Enterprise 2.0. | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
2.0 technologies are enabling technologies that connect us with each other, facilitating communication and collaboration.
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"Openness has to be the way forward”

"Openness has to be the way forward” | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

As Associate Professor in Learning Technology at the University of Plymouth (UK), Steve Wheeler convenes the University's e-learning research network and co-ordinates technology mediated learning for the Faculty of Education. He serves on the editorial boards of ten international journals, writes his own blog and tweets regularly. We talked with him about what the future will bring for learning.


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Open OLAT - An open letter to the OLAT community

Open OLAT - An open letter to the OLAT community | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

From all the reasons I explained above, the closed state of the project is the most relevant to us. All the other reasons can be explained by this single one. During the last year frentix hoped that the closed state of the project would be only of temporary nature and eventually the community would be involved again. In the last months and weeks it became more and more obvious that this will not happen anytime soon.“frentix is now leaving the olat.org community and continues the OLAT development as an independent project called OpenOLATTherefore frentix is now leaving the olat.org community and continues the OLAT development as an independent project called OpenOLAT which is hosted at openolat.org. OpenOLAT will be compatible data wise up to OLAT 7.2.1. We might add compatibility with 7.3 as well, but this is not our priority. Feature wise it is compatible with 7.2.1 but it does not include the code formatting introduced with 7.2. This means that existing code patches for 7.1 or lower can be applied with minimal effort.

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» The Flipped (or Social) Webinar Learning in the Social Workplace

» The Flipped (or Social) Webinar Learning in the Social Workplace | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

You have probably heard about The Flipped Classroom where the traditional classroom model has been flipped on its head, so that students watch videos as homework and then apply the concepts in the classroom. If you haven’t, Dan Pink explains it in his piece in The Telegraph, Flip Thinking – the new buzz word sweeping the US:

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Curatr: Create a social learning experience

Curatr: Create a social learning experience | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
Curatr is a tool that allows you to assemble learning objects to create a social learning environment. You can use the platform to create a social learning game.

The technology (or what are my powers?)

Curatr comes in free and less free versions which have more features. You can read more about the features of Curatr here.

What motivates you?
Curatr is built on the idea that intrinsic motivation is a vital part of learning experiences (despite the fact that the site itself often refers to extrinsic motivators like level markers and points). Intrinsic motivation is the idea that you will engage in an activity because you want to do it (in game speak, because it’s fun). Perceptions of autonomy, competence, and relatedness (social interactions) are important drivers when it comes to engaging in activities that are more complex than simple behaviors, i.e., most of the activities you probably want your learner to engage in.

The platform is set up to allow learners to:

dive into content according to their personal preferences
explore level challenges
demonstrate mastery and
interact with other learners
For an overview of what Curatr looks like to a learner, view the video below. (Part 1 provides a general discussion of important concepts relating to motivation.)

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more resourses about curatr:

Curatr Youtube-Channel

Tips & Tricks


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a critical review by Vickel Narayan
 

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Jane's Pick of the Day: Curatr - a new social learning, collaboration and exploration platform

Jane's Pick of the Day: Curatr - a new social learning, collaboration and exploration platform | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

"Curatr touches on a number of key emerging themes in E-learning - social, personalisation, gaming - and helps to bring them together into a handy bit of software that instructors can use in a range of different styles to bring online learning up a notch. We also advocate using just about any digital asset as a learning object, so hopefully this could be a cost effective solution to bringing E-learning to a wider audience."

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Flipped Classroom Full Picture: An Example Lesson-Jackie Gerstein

Flipped Classroom Full Picture: An Example Lesson-Jackie Gerstein | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

As I describe in The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture, I believe, as Chris Dede does, that the problem with the flipped classroom is that the major focus is on the didactic presentation of information, that it is still at the center of the learning experience. The flipped classroom, given that it is currently getting so much press, provides an opportunity to change the paradigm of learning, whereby learning–by-doing, the experiences along with the understanding and application of those experiences become core to the learning process.

The following lesson describes a type of flipped classroom. This lesson did not center around the content media, in this case the Slideshare, but on the students’ personal experiences, interactions with other students, and acquisition of tangible life skills.

See also:

User Generated Education
Education as it should be – passion-based.
The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full PictureA Technology-Enhanced Celebration of Learning

 A Technology-Enhanced Celebration of Learning 


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Study: Online Education Continues Growth - US News and World Report

Study: Online Education Continues Growth - US News and World Report | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

While online enrollment increases, the pace has slowed.
The study, "Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011," reports that more than 6.1 million students took at least one online class during fall 2010—a 10.1 percent increase over the year before. An online class is defined in this survey as a course where more than 80 percent of all content is delivered online, and there are typically no face-to-face meetings with instructors.

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21st Century HowTo Guide For Teaching-People - un knol de Gust MEES

21st Century HowTo Guide For Teaching-People - un knol de Gust MEES | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
A practical guide for teaching-people (teachers, professors, educators, instructors...) on How-To teach (coach) learners on a modern way with tools from the 21st Century and also with newest 21st Century Education knowledge. Information about 21st Century Learning and Teaching. Adapting the concept of education to the digital age, the 21st Century. Save lots of costs by FREEWARE and OpenSource programs as well with academic licences. Education could change the world, use Internet to share your knowledge for FREE and give opportunity for everyone to learn.
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100+ Google Tricks for Teachers | TeachHUB

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers | TeachHUB | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google has to offer?

From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar ...


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Will · "My Teacher is an App"

Will · "My Teacher is an App" | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
So I hope no one minds if I continue to try to document the ways in which “education” is being reframed in this country at the peril, I think, of losing everything that is best about schools and teachers and classrooms.
If you’re not up to speed with these reframing efforts, the above titled article in the Wall Street Journal this morning should do the trick. The canary is singing in full throat. And let’s not make any bones about it: the Journal has a vested interest in making the type of online learning it describes successful as it owns a large stake in many of the vendors trying to occupy the space.

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Rhizomatic learning – Response for day 2 and 3 » Dave's Educational Blog

Rhizomatic learning – Response for day 2 and 3 » Dave's Educational Blog | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

In his critique is of the negative responses to the question “Why do we educate students?”. He notes that there were no responses that said ‘for learning’. I will note that many people in the session suggested that were positive: for innovation, creativity… stuff like that. Here is a link to the slide if you would like to make your own judgement. We were trying to get to the reason behind it… the thing that drives the ‘kinds’ of things we teach. It’s entirely possible that in doing so… we were focusing too much on the negative. A good lesson for all of us… focusing on the negative does not forward a discussion.

Educating for Nomads was being posited as a goal FOR THE EDUCATION SYSTEM


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Rhizomes and networks « Connectivism

The truths of which the masses now approve are the very truths that the fighters at the outposts held to in the days of our grandfathers. We fighters at the outposts nowadays no longer approve of them; and I do not believe there is any other well-ascertained truth except this, that no community can live a healthy life if it is nourished only on such old marrowless truths.
—Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People (1882/2000, IV.i)
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Designing for learning – a case for understanding collaboration

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To begin, I think unpacking the notion of collaboration and collaborative learning is worth some deliberation. While collaboration is often deemed as working together for common purpose it is often confused with the notion of cooperation. The subtle difference between the collaboration and cooperation is nuanced in the way collaboration is perceived by some practitioners – “I give, you take; you ask, I share.” Collaboration has deeper meaning and application and I have written on this previously. However, does collaboration have different meanings and applications between disciplines? It is appears easy to contrive an answer that addresses this question and I am left thinking even deeper into that regard following Camille’s mention of Geert Hofstede during the session. But what exactly is that culture of collaboration that is worth exploring? Perhaps we could start exploring what is proposed by Geert Hoofstede Hoofstede and Evan Rosen. I used Rosen (2007) in arguing for a case for collaboration in my research but Hofstede’s (1984) perspective on culture’s consequences provides fodder for crafting a stronger argument for a culture of collaboration in education and online learning. Thereby advancing an understanding of a culture of collaboration that help make sense of effective learning designs in the ‘flat’ digital and ‘muddy’ terrain of learning in this digital connected world.
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