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IDG Connect – Five African countries changing the education sector through tech

IDG Connect – Five African countries changing the education sector through tech | E-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
All over Africa e-learning is catching on, but countries are doing it differently.
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Digital Intelligence & 21st Century Skills

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) has set out what it considers are the key elements for Digital Intelligence in 2016 and encourages education systems to embrace them if we are to have a global workforce for the future and our children effective digital citizens. The report highlights that our children view technology differently, they expect to be connected and they turn to mobile and tablet devices for entertainment. Whilst many adults haven’t embraced such technologies and struggle to adapt, my two year old learnt the phrase “Daddy where’s your ipad?” very early on and is very adept at finding Peppa Pig for his Entertainment.

The WEF model has 8 key themes which as educators we’ll already be familiar with through Internet Acceptable Use policies etc. The two I’m most interested in in this blog are:


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Following Online Safety: an Introduction for Educators, by Jeremy Pearson

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Useful links to satisfy ofsted if compliance is your thing. e-safety has been renamed online safety in a radical DofE innovation. When all is said and done, most useful for box ticking.
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MOOCs can transform education – but not yet

MOOCs can transform education – but not yet | E-learning and teaching | Scoop.it

The invention of the massive open online course (Mooc) is “not the kind of revolutionary thing I think people were hoping for. It’s not a disrupter,” Hennessy tells Times Higher Education, adding that the development of online education in general still has a long way to go before it is in a position to challenge traditional campuses.

 

We’re very good at concluding that we’ve found the silver bullet before we’ve done the test to determine whether it really is a silver bullet,” he admits.

 

The term Mooc was coined in 2008, but it was 2012 that The New York Times dubbed “the year of the Mooc”. That was the year that Mooc providers Coursera, Udacity, edX and FutureLearn were all launched – the former two by Stanford academics (see 'The future is...still downloading', below).


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Now that the hype and histeria are subsiding, the value and positioning of MOOCs in the education ecosystem can be better evaluated for strategic planning.
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The future is...still downloading

 

The hype around massive open online courses “didn’t quite get it right”, admits Rick Levin, chief executive of Coursera, the world’s largest Mooc provider. The idea that internet-based learning would swiftly displace traditional universities, and that a selection of online certificates would replace an undergraduate degree, was “a mistaken idea from the beginning”.

 

But the economist, who spent a record 20 years as president of Yale University before stepping down in 2013, still believes that Moocs can have a transformative impact on higher education: it’s just that the revolutionary scenario predicted by so many might take a “couple of decades” to become a reality.

 

Coursera has accrued 18 million users worldwide since it was founded in 2012 by two Stanford University computer scientists, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. It currently has more than 1,000 courses open for enrolment, delivered by more than 140 educational institutions, including many prestigious institutions within the US and beyond.

 

Levin tells Times Higher Education that Moocs are already having a significant impact in the realm of professional development, with many of Coursera’s existing courses focusing on areas such as business, computer science and data science. But the company has also been expanding into fields such as arts and humanities and language learning.

 

The natural next step, says Levin, is the development of online-only postgraduate degrees. Earlier this year, Coursera started offering an MBA and a master’s of computer science in data science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and it is likely that more professionally focused master’s degrees will follow. Tuition fees on these courses stand at about $20,000 (£15,140), significantly cheaper than the on-campus equivalent. “I think more people will find it convenient to take these degrees online rather than in school,” says Levin.

 

The inevitable next question is whether students will be able to study for undergraduate degrees via Coursera. Levin thinks this will happen. He acknowledges it could inflict damage on “middle- and lower-tier institutions”, but adds, “I don’t see that coming for quite a while yet”.

 

Levin was a proponent of online education long before he took up his role at Coursera in 2014. He pioneered the development of online education at Yale, in partnership with Stanford and the University of Oxford, and went on to set up Open Yale Courses, which offers free access to introductory courses taught by the institution’s academics.

 

For leading universities, online courses will serve mainly to “magnify their impact”, Levin believes. “Now, Yale professors, instead of teaching a 15-person seminar three or four times a year, can teach 6,000 people in one sitting. Some Coursera teachers teach more people in one class on Coursera than they teach in their entire career on campus.”

 

The development of paid-for online degrees represents an evolution of the original open model, says Levin, which offers significantly increased coaching and support for students. Coursera has also recently introduced charges of up to $99 for learners who want to submit assignments on a number of its Moocs. Students who do not pay still have access to the course materials, but do not receive a completion certificate.

These developments could be seen to be raising questions about whether Coursera is remaining true to its core mission, to provide “universal access to the world’s best education”. But Levin highlights that more than 100,000 students who could not afford to pay for certification had their fees waived last year.

 

As for Coursera’s impact in the developing world, around 55 per cent of the students enrolled on its current Moocs are from developed countries – although that proportion is declining. A University of Pennsylvania survey of students on the institution’s first 32 Coursera Moocs, published in 2014, found that nearly 80 per cent of learners already had a bachelor’s degree and 44 per cent had a higher degree, leading the authors to conclude that “the individuals the Mooc revolution is supposed to help most – those without access to higher education in developing countries – are conspicuously underrepresented among the early adopters”.

 

Levin points to research by Coursera staff and US academics, published last year in the Harvard Business Review, which found that learners without degrees in developing countries reported greater benefit from their courses, in educational and career terms, than the more privileged students. “We’re finding really very heartening results…It would be great if we could see more learners in developing countries without a college education, but we are certainly having a disproportionate impact on people of that type,” he says.

 

If Moocs are to have the transformational impact that Levin desires, the key issue of retention will also have to be addressed. It has been observed that Mooc completion rates of, on average, 6.8 per cent, are only slightly higher than the dropout rate for the UK higher education as a whole. Levin argues that this is an unfair comparison, because many people sign up to Moocs, typically free of charge, to explore the course materials with no intention of gaining certification at the end. A much fairer comparison, he says, would be to look at the completion rate for users who complete the first week of a programme and say that they intend to stay the course. On this measure, Coursera’s completion rate is in the “mid-double digits” – but Levin accepts that it needs to improve further.

 

“We are constantly striving to improve the quality of our courses, to pay attention to where people drop out,” he says. “If people are getting through the first two weeks and then dropping off, there is something wrong with that part of the course. Completion rates have been rising steadily, especially over the last few years, as we focus on that.”

 

It is clear that continuing innovation will be needed if Coursera is indeed to live up to the initial hype surrounding Moocs. But, despite launching many initiatives at Yale, Levin admits that the trial-and-error process of evolving an internet start-up is a “new experience” for him.

 

“At Yale, with [its] extraordinary reputation, even with ambitious initiatives there was always time to bring constituencies on board to ‘de-risk’ major changes before we launched them,” he says. “We don’t have that luxury in a start-up; things move fast and we have competition. We need to try things all the time and, if things don’t work, we have to reverse course and try something else.”

 

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Connecting with teachers and students through our new "Meet the Microsofties" program - Office Blogs

Connecting with teachers and students through our new "Meet the Microsofties" program - Office Blogs | E-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
At Microsoft, we’re all in on education. Our mission is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more.
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Try the OneDrive app for Windows 10 on your PC to access all your files - Office Blogs

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Today, we’re releasing an update that brings the OneDrive app to your Windows 10 PC and the Surface Hub.
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May 2016 updates for Get & Transform in Excel 2016 and the Power Query add-in - Office Blogs

May 2016 updates for Get & Transform in Excel 2016 and the Power Query add-in - Office Blogs | E-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Excel 2016 includes a powerful new set of data import and shaping capabilities available under the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.
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Use ClassPolicy from AssistX to help manage the OneNote Class Notebook Collaboration Space - Office Blogs

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ClassPolicy is a classroom management solution that empowers teachers to facilitate learning in the classroom.
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OneNote—the instructional springboard for your classroom - Office Blogs

OneNote—the instructional springboard for your classroom - Office Blogs | E-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
When we were tasked with developing a replacement for all textbooks in our school (a significantly radical move in Ireland) we had no idea the world of opportunities it would open up.
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Are We Too Preoccupied with Teaching Techniques?

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Teaching techniques play a necessary and important role in effective instruction, but too much focus on them sidetracks us from what really matters
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Test drive Office 365 and take your teamwork to the next level - Office Blogs

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Take your teamwork to the next level anywhere, anytime with Office 365 and Windows 10.
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How OneNote Class Notebook supports digital modeling books - Office Blogs

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As we begin our journey of working more collaboratively in Innovative Learning Environments, sharing OneNote Class Notebooks and developing digital modeling books together actively encourages ongoing conversations about effective practice.
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How can we embrace the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

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Professor Klaus Schwab on the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to create a true global civilisation.
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When will education catch up with the fourth industrial revolution?

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Education has the unique and unassailable opportunity in our society to prepare us for such a change.
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XuetangX: A Look at China's First and Biggest MOOC Platform — Class Central

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XuetangX just crossed 5 million learners, adding over 1 million students in the last 2 months
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[PDF] The paradox of classroom technology

[PDF] The paradox of classroom technology | E-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Learners’ use of digital tools and other technology to support their learning in our K-12 systems continues to be sporadic and often not observed despite the proliferation of use outside of school. Based on an analysis of three years of direct classroom observations in K-12 schools across 39 states and 11 countries, AdvancED found there are still relatively few classrooms in which the use of digital tools and technology is a regular part of a student’s school experience. In more than half (52.7 percent) of classrooms direct observations show no evidence students are using technology to gather, evaluate, or use information for learning; two-thirds of classrooms show no evidence of students using technology to solve problems, conduct research, or to work collaboratively.
 
Trained and certified observers conduct classroom observations as a part of AdvancED’s continuous improvement process which could include STEM Certification, accreditation, readiness and/or diagnostic review. Each observation lasts a minimum of 20 minutes during which observers use the learner-centric eProve™ Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool® (eleot®) to gather data focused on the activities learners are engaged in, their discussions and interactions, resources they are using for learning, their behaviors and dispositions during the learning process, etc. Observers rate each of the 30 eleot items on a four-point scale where 4 = Very Evident, 3 = Evident, 2 = Somewhat Evident and 1 = Not Observed

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While numerous surveys suggest that the pervasive use of tablets, smartphones, laptops and digital education content in the classroom is expanding and changing the role of teachers, the AdvancED study found little evidence of technology being used by students to strengthen learning in classrooms today.

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6 common misconceptions about Blended Learning

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Currently, some type of online learning opportunity is available to students in 48 of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C. In fact, research confirms blended learning is on the rise: more than half (54 percent) of low-income Americans say they would be more likely to send their child to a school that offered blended learning and nearly 70 percent of school districts now offer blended learning models in their schools.

A meta-analysis of more than 1,000 online learning studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education compared traditional in-person instruction, pure online courses and blended instruction. Studies that involved blended learning environments were found to have the greatest impact in improving student achievement.

This study and additional research shows blended learning has some notable benefits, including:

Students have access to the best of both worlds to support individual learning styles.The combination of live, interactive, face-to-face instruction along with digital content and personalized learning strategies helps increase student learning.Digital content can be more flexible and dynamic than traditional textbooks.The ability to watch instruction multiple times, stop, pause and rewind is beneficial for many students.Because students are not confined to a physical location, blended learning expands the walls of the classroom by allowing students to continue learning outside of school hours.
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Assessment for learning using OneNote Class Notebooks - Office Blogs

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OneNote is a central location for all teachers’ resources, allowing them to access a wide range of educational resources, while the OneNote Class Notebook allows for collaboration between students, an array of different tasks and assessment...
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Using OneNote Learning Tools in the foreign language classroom - Office Blogs

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I successfully implemented OneNote Learning Tools in my teaching and gained a significant impact in language acquisition. This tool supports all of the aspects I have marked as important and crucial when teaching foreign language.
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Teacher Only spaces, Collaboration Space lockdown, subgroup creation and more with the new Class Notebook API updates - Office Blogs

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The new updates to the OneNote Class Notebook API allow for top requested scenarios such as Teacher Only section groups, Collaboration Space lockdown, permissioned groups within the Collaboration Space and Content distribution APIs.
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The Impact of Interactivity and Video on Learning by Erika Trautman : Learning Solutions Magazine

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Interactivity, including gamified apps, crowdsourcing, and interactive video, is an important strategy for gaining and maintaining interest, improving learning, and even fostering employee understanding, conviction, and loyalty.
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Modern document libraries in SharePoint - Office Blogs

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SharePoint continues into its new, intelligent and untethered future with the rollout of modern document libraries.
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New forms of student creativity in class with OneNote and Minecraft - Office Blogs

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At St. Andrew’s College, OneNote is central to the school’s pedagogy. —Read more from Wilj Dekkers on how he uses OneNote in the classroom.
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Marc My Words: From Content Creation to Content Curation: The Importance of Curation by Marc Rosenberg : Learning Solutions Magazine

Marc My Words: From Content Creation to Content Curation: The Importance of Curation by Marc  Rosenberg : Learning Solutions Magazine | E-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Knowledge doubles every year, and the shelf life of that knowledge gets smaller all the time.
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