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You have the world in your pocket. Now what? | Bloom's Sixth

You have the world in your pocket. Now what? | Bloom's Sixth | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
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My latest post for the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas.

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Amy Hollingsworth's curator insight, June 2, 9:46 PM

"The take-away is that technology alone can’t solve problems. Simply having access to infinite amounts of information does us no good unless we know how to find the information we need. Having the information we need means nothing if we don’t know how to interpret it, to synthesize it, and to present it in meaningful ways. And even if we do that, new information is meaningless unless others have the context and the means to learn from it, use it, and act upon it."

 

THIS is why I teach science. I work with non-majors Biology students, and they often complain about how they don't like science, they don't understand it, and they don't want to take my course. By the end of it though, they understand why a liberal arts degree includes "a science course with a lab." This teaches them to look at information in a new way. Even though they may not choose Biology as a major, Biology touches our lives every day. We make decisions based upon the information we have, and if we can't understand the vast amounts of information coming at us, we may make bad decisions. I teach students to act on information in new ways.

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Making a great online course, and why high drop-out rates aren't a bad thing

Making a great online course, and why high drop-out rates aren't a bad thing | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
The numbers that really matter are the reviews and ratings.
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For the sake of student-faculty interaction, professor bans student email @insidehighered

For the sake of student-faculty interaction, professor bans student email @insidehighered | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
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I understand the frustration, but I'm not ready to go down this path.

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Using Predictive Analytics and Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education

Using Predictive Analytics and Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
Seven universities are working on a year-long planning project to improve student success thanks to $225,000 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Amy Hollingsworth's curator insight, August 11, 9:26 AM

Should universities use this technology to credential students out of taking courses, or help them build upon what they know? Or help instructors challenge each student, the way they would be at a private university? I'm concerned that some universities are using this to limit time in the classroom - which shouldn't be the school's role.

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Tips to Give Effective Feedback for Online Courses

Tips to Give Effective Feedback for Online Courses | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
Good online courses provide feedback throughout the course. The trick is making sure that it is meaningful and effective feedback.
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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult lear
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Amy Hollingsworth's curator insight, August 11, 9:27 AM

These are things EVERY course should use - not just online courses.

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Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t.

Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t. | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
The United States may have many of the best elite colleges, but over all, our higher-education system has many of the same problems found in K-12.
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Explaining the Research of Connected Learning | DMLcentral

Explaining the Research of Connected Learning | DMLcentral | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
The idea of “connected learning” encompasses a way of theorising and describing the kinds of learning that take place against the grain, as it were, in places where we might not usually expect to find it, in communities where traditionally it is not always recognised, and amongst individuals who frequently appear to be on parallel tracks to those c
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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat - Edudemic | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …
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Ten Tips for Grabbing Students’ Attention With Mobile

Ten Tips for Grabbing Students’ Attention With Mobile | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
Today’s college students arrive on campus with an average of seven devices. Eighty percent of these students will carry and use a mobile phone during every waking hour of the day. So, how do you navigate all of this screen mayhem to reach students where they are…eyes to the screen? That’s the chal
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Amy Hollingsworth's curator insight, May 23, 8:01 AM

This is funny, because I just attended a webinar that said, "email is the only way to communicate. The others are all fluff." Maybe with the 50+ audience, but not with my students!

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How could we use this Dropbox-linked publishing platform for education?

How could we use this Dropbox-linked publishing platform for education? | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
Quartz, the business-news site from Atlantic Media, is experimenting with a new way of navigating the news that is powered by blog pioneer Dave Winer’s outlining software called Fargo, which allows readers to expand and collapse individual points
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Software called Fargo makes publishing of collapsible lists easy and mobile-friendly. I'm planning to experiment with ways to use it for class material.

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Five Mobile Strategies to Help Higher Education Institutions Increase Enrollment

Five Mobile Strategies to Help Higher Education Institutions Increase Enrollment | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
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Technology Defines Much of Higher Education’s New Normal [#Infographic]

Technology Defines Much of Higher Education’s New Normal [#Infographic] | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
Today’s college students have more options than their 1980s counterparts had, but their time is also stretched more thinly across the school day.
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What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education - ScienceBlog.com

What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education - ScienceBlog.com | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
July 29, 2014 Brain & Behavior, Technology The rise of …
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Ed tech promoters need to understand how most of us learn - The Hechinger Report

Ed tech promoters need to understand how most of us learn - The Hechinger Report | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
When Bill Gates was still a teenager, he would sneak out of his family’s house before dawn and ride his bike to a building on the campus of the University of Washington. He had discovered that the university’s huge supercomputers were idle between the hours of three and six in the morning, allowing the budding …
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Geography Plays a Role for Distance Learners

Geography Plays a Role for Distance Learners | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
A new survey shows which states have the most distance learners and the areas where the online option hasn’t taken hold.
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Within Reach: 6 Education Trends Driving Classroom Technology

Within Reach: 6 Education Trends Driving Classroom Technology | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
Report sheds light on trends that are reshaping teachers’ roles, providing a glimpse into the classroom of the future.
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New Government Data Sheds Light on Online Learners - US News

New Government Data Sheds Light on Online Learners - US News | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
One in four college students took an online course in fall 2012, according to government statistics.
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Ten reasons we should ditch university lectures

Ten reasons we should ditch university lectures | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
Students have just one chance to hear a lecture - and mostly it's just someone reading their notes aloud
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This is overly simplistic, but its premise is right: We need to focus on active learning if we want to keep education relevant.

 

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Amy Hollingsworth's curator insight, June 2, 8:02 AM

Amazing insight into the university lecture! This is part of what I'm going to change with my website launch in the fall. I want to do the lecture in 7 minute chunks, and this article suggests two minutes in between to let the students make notes, ask questions, reflect, or do an activity. And teach them to take notes!

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53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts

53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
Find the visual content you need with our complete list of free image sources, offering high-quality images for your blog posts and social media updates.
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Amy Hollingsworth's curator insight, June 2, 9:48 PM

"Where can you find free, good quality images that are cleared to use for your blog posts or social media content?"

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Understanding the why of technology helps make it invisible

Understanding the why of technology helps make it invisible | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
The challenge for educators, especially directors of educational technology, is not to limit how our teachers teach, but to focus on the foundational skills and provide a clear and concrete formula for how different technological devices and applications will enhance these skills in order to give a learner the ability to create a product that will change the world.
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The importance of teaching for the future, not for the past

The importance of teaching for the future, not for the past | Digital learning in higher ed | Scoop.it
ILT - May 2014 Issue
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Mark Prensky makes a good case in this article, despite some forced jargon.

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