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The Secret to Highly Effective eLearning - Interactyx Ltd.

The Secret to Highly Effective eLearning - Interactyx Ltd. | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"The landscape of training has changed and continues to evolve. As new methods for delivering information become available, the way we design training must continually be analyzed. It is up to the designers of these lessons to keep pace with not only the technology, but the learners’ needs as well. And as more people are exposed to eLearning and online training, it will become increasingly clear just what a difference a great training system can make." from the source: http://interactyx.com/

 

NOTE: This article presents five reasons or secrets of eLearning and Learning Management Systems (LMS's). This is a blog entry from Interactyx Ltd. which is the publisher of a commercial Learning Management System, TOPYX social LMS. While commercial this article can prove useful in understanding better the value of LMS's.

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SlideShark is the Presentation App to Beat - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

SlideShark is the Presentation App to Beat - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"SlideShark .. is a free (iPhone & iPad app) that handily shows Powerpoint presentations and it displays your notes when you run your slideshow. It’s also a breeze to get your presentations into SlideShark; you can upload them to the SlideShark site, which the app syncs with; or you can grab them from Dropbox or Box." from source The Chronicle


Also See: http://www.slideshark.com/

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Watch A Great Short Film On The Future Of Technology And Education

Watch A Great Short Film On The Future Of Technology And Education | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Watch A Great Short Film On The Future Of Technology And Education: We’re still teaching our kids using a 20th-century paradigm, but many visionaries--like the ones in this video--have plans to take our advances in computing and technology and use them to explode the idea of what education can be.

 

  Knowing something is probably an obsolete idea. You don’t actually need to know anything. … It’s the teacher’s job to point young minds toward the right kind of questions. The teacher doesn’t need to give any answers, because answers are everywhere." That’s the explanation for how the foundations of education need to change, given as part of the introduction to this short online film, The Future of Learning. If the past involved the memorization of facts and concepts (because you needed them in your head) the future--where all these facts are available at our fingertips--should involve a new way of learning." from the source: http://www.fastcoexist.com/

 

NOTE: Much of what I read and see on the Internetz about open access and research and education have similar themes with varied perspectives or context. This short film from Ericsson's Networked Society series captured my imagination in a big way. Four take aways for me were 1) tin soldiers: teaching came from the military, industrial assembly lines, commodity products including fast food, and the consumers of the commodity products. Everything and everyone has to be the same -- like standardized testing. 2) Seth Godin commented on how revolution destroys the perfect to enable the perfect, even though it takes time. (OK, maybe some one else said it first. I heard Seth say it first here.) 3) The impact of online education with in time have a world changing impact that the printing press did -- for the individual, the village, the world. Sure we hear that a lot, but stop and think what that really means, the student breaks out of the automaton mold and becomes an individual who thinks for herself. and 4) Online Learning will not necessarily enable the poor but connected learners to be equal to those who have attended the universities in person, but they will have experiences and knowledge to give them a start to grow in ways they never were able to before. Watch this 20 minute film.

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PowerPoint Killer Prezi Launches New Interface

PowerPoint Killer Prezi Launches New Interface | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
Prezi, a popular alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint and other presentation applications, launched a new version of its interface today. The company, which is advised by Jack Dorsey, also announced that it has passed the 15 million user milestone.

 

For those not familiar, Prezi uses a map-like metaphor for creating presentations instead of a slideshow metaphor. This makes it possible to create non-linear presentations, or presentations that use spatial metaphors for organizing ideas, like mind maps. (...) - by Klint Finley, TechCrunch, October 30th, 2012


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The Emotional Cycle of Digital Interactivity

The Emotional Cycle of Digital Interactivity | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"... I’ve long maintained that phenomena like “social media” are behaviors, more so than channels or applications or types of media inventory, what have you. There are extrinsic factors at play like market movements, various forms of scarcity, supply and demand levers, etc. and there are intrinsic factors like human emotion that are rarely, if ever, discussed when it comes to making investments in these types of ventures. Concepts of haptic or emotional design have been around for a while, but to be clear, I’m alluding to something much more profound." from source: What would the Internet Do"

 

NOTE: This article explores the human interactions of "social media" instead of merely the technology and how the technology works. It is one of the first to begin exploration into the effects of varied social media on our emotions and our emotional relations to others in our research, education and working environments.


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Jack Patterson, Dennis T OConnor, Gust MEES, Gianfranco D'Aversa, Louise Robinson-Lay, Rosário Durão, Fred Zimny, janlgordon, k3hamilton, molly mullee, Jimun Gimm
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Thanks Jumun Gimm for this pointer!
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Online Educational Delivery Models: A Descriptive View (EDUCAUSE Review)

Online Educational Delivery Models: A Descriptive View (EDUCAUSE Review) | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"...Although there has been a long history of distance education, the creation of online education occurred just over a decade and a half ago—a relatively short time in academic terms. Early course delivery via the web had started by 1994, soon followed by a more structured approach using the new category of course management systems.1 Since that time, online education has slowly but steadily grown in popularity, to the point that in the fall of 2010, almost one-third of U.S. postsecondary students were taking at least one course online.2 Fast forward to 2012: a new concept called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is generating widespread interest in higher education circles. Most significantly, it has opened up strategic discussions in higher education cabinets and boardrooms about online education. Stanford, MIT, Harvard, the University of California–Berkeley, and others have thrown their support—in terms of investment, resources, and presidential backing—behind the transformative power of MOOCs and online education. National media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and The Atlantic are touting what David Brooks has called "the campus tsunami" of online education." from the source: EDUCAUSE

 

NOTE: This is a very useful article full of detailed content about the varied types of distance education. The content is described both with text and graphics. There are at least ten models presented. A worthwhile read.


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U. of Alberta Teams Up With Udacity to Build a Better MOOC - The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

U. of Alberta Teams Up With Udacity to Build a Better MOOC - The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"University researchers who specialize in the area of computer science known as machine learning will work with Udacity to improve the delivery of online classes. Monday’s announcement comes shortly after the upstart provider of free online courses received another $15-million in financing." - from source "The Chronicle"

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#CFHE12 – Establishing the Baseline…

"If one has an involvement in educational technology at all, it is almost impossible not to be confronted by the debates raging as to whether MOOCs are a fad or if they will fundamentally change education. The fact that there is debate about that topic probably means the answer is already “yes” and it’s purely a matter of scale. While some investors have big bets on the survival of xMOOC-based businesses that will not make their revenues directly from learning, one would have to say that the jury is going to be ‘out’ for some time on xMOOC’s in general." from the source www.learnilities.com.au

 

#MOOC #cMOOC #xMOOC #education #elearning #open-access

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Ease-of-use and Usefulness as Measures of Attrition in MOOCs (#CFHE12) « RJ Hogue Consulting

"As I reflect upon my participation in this MOOC (#CFHE12) and the MOOC that just ended (#MOBIMOOC), it occurs to me that MOOC design could be informed by the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). The TAM indicates that the two most important characteristics in voluntary technology adoption are ease-of-use and perceived usefulness (Davis et al, 1989). This can be expanded upon to hypothesize that: if a learner finds it easy to participate in the MOOC and the learner finds the content useful, then the learner is more likely remain a participant. So far, I have seen a lot of the MOOC design focus on the content of the MOOC, and perhaps the structure of the content, but has enough focus been given to the usability of the MOOC?

 

From my recent experience in MobiMOOC and now in CFHE12, I now see that usability of the MOOC has been my biggest barrier to participation, with usefulness coming in a close second." from source: RJ Hogue Consulting

 

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Some adventures with HTML5

Some adventures with HTML5 | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

By me: "A couple of weeks ago I hosted an online webinar for JISC OER Rapid Innovation projects. Here I will attempt to summarise what was said about HTML5."


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The Paradox of Book Reading and Why Culture Is a Matter of Orientation

The Paradox of Book Reading and Why Culture Is a Matter of Orientation | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it


Robin Good: The excellent and insightful Maria Popova has really got me fascinated with this piece she wrote back in June of this year. Entitled "How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read", this writing, inspired by a book by the same name, is good food for thought as it stretches ordinary assumptions about what culture and book readings is in the end all about.

 

As curation is an effort in meaning creation and discovery, exploring different ways to look at how we build our picture of reality and what role books play into this process is, from my personal viewpoint, a very valuable effort.

 

In the end, you may likely disagree with the overall logic but personally, I have found this mental stretching exercise quite valuable and I am thankful to both Maria and the author for making it possible for me to poke with it: "The paradox of reading is that the path toward ourselves passes through books, but that this must remain a passage..."

 

The challenging questions being posed is: "Must we read those from cover to cover in order to be complete, cultured individuals?" and some interesting answers come from the book author himself,  University of Paris literature professor Pierre Bayard, who offers "a compelling meditation on this taboo subject that makes a case for reading not as a categorical dichotomy but as a spectrum of engaging with literature in various ways, along different dimensions".

 

Prof Bayard writes: "As cultivated people know (and, to their misfortune, uncultivated people do not), culture is above all a matter of orientation. Being cultivated is a matter not of having read any book in particular, but of being able to find your bearings within books as a system, which requires you to know that they form a system and to be able to locate each element in relation to the others."

 

Maria Popova further synthesizes his thought by writing: "Literature becomes not a container of absolute knowledge but a compass for orienteering ourselves to and in the world and its different contexts, books become not isolated objects but a system of relational understanding...".

 

Insightful. Thoughful. 8/10

 

Full article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/06/15/how-to-talk-about-books-you-havent-read/

 

 


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Zuckerberg's Grand Vision Is Under Threat

Zuckerberg's Grand Vision Is Under Threat | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway

As Facebook becomes some a powerful, ubiquitous platform, we need to weigh to pros and cons of relying upon Facebook as a primary partner or platform for our work.

 

Ken

 

Facebook can be an unreliable and even dangerous partner.


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Coursera

Coursera | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

  "We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.

  Through this, we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in." - from the source: Coursera

NOTE: Coursera is one of the emerging online services for providing higher education courses. At present 33 higher education institutions are participating with Coursera to provide content for the courses. The site is worth a visit to see the diversity of available courses. It is informative about the processes involved to either take a course or create one from classroom materials.

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5 Instructional Shifts to Promote Deep Learning

5 Instructional Shifts to Promote Deep Learning | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

Students develop transferable knowledge and skills as they engage in learning experiences that require them to construct knowledge. 

 

To facilitate these types of deep learning experiences, an adjustment in traditional instructional practices is necessary.


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Design lessons with flexible learning paths

The concept of Universal Design for Learning suggests that teachers should design learning experiences to provide students with multiple means of engagement, representation and expression. Access to multimedia can provide students with flexible learning paths to meet many unique learning styles. Resources can include video, audio, text and images to provide students with information in a variety of flexible formats. Introduce students to digital tools with supports to meet their special learning needs and empower them to become independent learners. Choose learning platforms that provide students with opportunities to express their learning in a variety of ways and level the playing field for all learners.


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misscrawleymfl's curator insight, March 17, 2013 3:19 PM

This links to flattened classroom idea discussed last week MEd

Mounds View High School's curator insight, January 15, 2:35 PM

Interesting ideas to make our classrooms more student driven. 

Jeffrey Miles's curator insight, March 17, 11:20 PM

I like this infographic about how to help students access higher level thinking skills

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Please feel free to explore my other Scoop.it Topics which are related in my mind's crossed eyes:
> Open Research & Learning : http://www.scoop.it/t/open-research-learning
> Education Tech & Tools : http://www.scoop.it/t/data-fewmets
> Distance Learning Archive : http://www.scoop.it/t/distance-ed-archive
> Tinkering and Innovating in Education: http://www.scoop.it/t/tinkering-and-innovating-in-education
> Visualize: problem solving and innovation : http://www.scoop.it/t/visualize-problem-solving-and-innovation

 

>> Archive of my Scoops from all sources plus Scoops that I have not posted to other social sites. In an effort to lessen the sense that I am spamming people, I am beginning to post more of my Scoops from all sections on my blog at http://ghbrett.org  Soon I hope to get some advice on doing a better job of archiving the content into the topical sections on the site as well.

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Rollable, foldable e-devices coming | KurzweilAI

Rollable, foldable e-devices coming | KurzweilAI | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"What if a tablet screen were a paper-thin plastic that rolled like a window shade?

   

  University of Cincinnati researchers have now announced experiment verification that such “electrofluidic imaging film” works. The breakthrough is a white, porous film coated with a thin layer of reflective electrodes and spacers that are then subjected to unique and sophisticated fluid mechanics in order to electrically transport the colored ink and clear-oil fluids that comprise the consumer content (text, images, video) of electronic devices." from source: http://www.kurzweilai.net

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Chorus: The digital assistant powered by people, not computers

So much work on augmented intelligence is about the technology. This approach appears to combine the social and technological aspects -- truly augmented collective intelligence. -- Howard

 

"Computer scientists are looking to improve on the performance of artificially intelligent personal assistants by devising a way to use the power of a human crowd to chat you instead. The system, known as Chorus, was designed by researchers at the University of Rochester to allow a number of users to act as a single agent that converses with a single end user in real time.

Chorus was made to try and deal with a couple of problems - the limited knowledge base of a single human user, and the often stilted conversational ability of AI that can leave you feeling like you would be better off talking to your dog.

The use of a multitude of human users means that everyone can suggest answers, providing a large pool of possible responses, with the crowd voting to reach a consensus about the best way to proceed."


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Online learning calls for new set of skills

Online learning calls for new set of skills | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"... what should we be doing to prepare for the future (NB: of online/distance learning)?
  Improving digital literacy among university staff and students through professional development for staff and embedded, scaffolded learning for students would be a useful starting point.
  Most important, our thinking needs to shift. We need to think beyond traditional notions of higher education being tied to bricks and mortar and think more expansively about how it can be undertaken from anywhere, including by international students. We also need to shift our thinking about educators away from the "sage on the stage" to the "guide on the side" and commit to providing resources and support to help them adjust." from the source: The Age http://www.theage.com.au/

 

NOTE: This article presents a number of the emergent technologies for education as presented in the New Media Consortium's Horizon Reports. The paragraph above is a critical point and potential barrier to the successful implementation of online/distance courses along with social media, cloud computing, and other such emergent technologies. We live in a time when "Professional Development" is either having funding cut or else is avoided due to cultural biases. Institutions, professors, and teachers who do not adopt the new digital literacies are bound to be left behind with their yellowed notes of old in person class materials.


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10 Reasons You Should Do Digital Writing Month - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

10 Reasons You Should Do Digital Writing Month - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Digital Writing Month (affectionately known as DigiWriMo) is a unique challenge. This MOOCish, course-like thing asks participants to write 50,000 words during the 30 days of November. Brought to you by the minds behind the mini, meta-MOOC, MOOC MOOC, this new adventure promises to be a wild exploration of how learning and writing happen online. The event will bring together teachers; high school, college, and prospective students; and local, national, and international participants. Inspired by National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), DigiWriMo will crack the lid off what it means to write online." from source "the Chronicle

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The research library: scalable efficiency and scalable learning

"As research libraries are being reconfigured in a network environment, two important trends are emerging. The first is to accelerate the sharing of infrastructure, either through collaborative services or with third party providers. The second is to engage more deeply with the research and learning processes of their campuses. As research and learning processes themselves change, the research library has to respond and this makes being responsive and open to learning very important." -- from source Slideshare

 

NOTE: Lorcan has been a leader of emergent trends of academic libraries for a long time. His writings are always thoughtful and provoking.

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Multilitteratus Incognitus: MOOCs, demographics, and wrangling the edtech

"Yesterday morning I was catching up on some #cfhe12 blog posts by Bryan Alexander (who I have not seen in a MOOC in ages), a blog post about defining MOOCs by Rolin Moe, and my colleague Rebecca who writes about the ease and usefulness in MOOCs" from source Multilitteratus Incognitus"

 

NOTE: This article includes responses and rebuttals to the blog entries he mentions above. Each topic provides good examples pro and con of MOOC's. The full article by Rebecca has already been added to Scoop.it - Digital Fewmets

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Google+ for Nonprofits

This presentation from V3 Integrated Marketing's Shelly Kramer and Community Organizer 2.0's Debra Askanase as part of SocialFish's ThinkTank Summer 2012 eLearn...
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The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 list is revealed | Learning in the Social Workplace

The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 list is revealed | Learning in the Social Workplace | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

Tweet TweetThis year’s Top 100 Tools for Learning list (the 6th Annual Survey) has been compiled from the votes of 582 learning professionals worldwide – 55% working in education, 45% ...
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This year’s Top 100 Tools for Learning list (the 6th Annual Survey) has been compiled from the votes of 582 learning professionals worldwide – 55% working in education, 45% working in non-educational organizations.

The top tool for the 4th year running is Twitter, with both YouTube (2nd) and Google Docs (aka Google Drive) (3rd) retaining their places for the 3rd year in succession.


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Overcoming Hurdles in Your Content Curation Process - Content ...

Overcoming Hurdles in Your Content Curation Process - Content ... | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

The biggest hurdle to content curation is also why it is valuable to your blog's community – there is so much information to read through and digest out on the internet. To do well at curation, you need to process 20, 50 maybe ...


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Creative Classrooms: Rethinking How We Teach and Learn | eLearning

Creative Classrooms: Rethinking How We Teach and Learn | eLearning | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"What are ‘Creative Classrooms’ and how can they be successfully implemented? Stefania Bocconi and Panagiotis Kampylis work at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, and have been researching how to innovate teaching and learning practices at a system level. They co-authored an article with Yves Punie on this topic, recently published at eLearning Papers." from source: elearningeuropa.info

 

NOTE: This article is a good synopsis about current and emergent innovations in teaching and learning in particular in Europe. There are leads to other resources. A worthwhile read.

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