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Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning

Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used a metaphor of how education should also be evolving, as a movement based on the evolution from Education 1.0 to Educa...

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Mobile and Performance Support: Learning & Skills 2013 | LINE

Mobile and Performance Support: Learning & Skills 2013 | LINE | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
John Helmer reports from the Learning and Skills Group Conference and Learning Technologies Summer Forum. June 18th 2013, Olympia 2 London.
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Choosing an LMS Provider: What Matters Most?

Choosing an LMS Provider: What Matters Most? | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
6 Factors for a Successful Learning Platform Choice By Kathleen Waid, Senior Director of Client Services, Expertus If you're an enterprise learning professional, you're no doubt facing unprecedente...
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Global Education Insight

Global Education Insight | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Colleges breaking new ground in distance learning... Global Education Insight http://t.co/kmFYjSoY4M
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Meet PAGES — DOE's Prototype Public Access System | The ...

Meet PAGES — DOE's Prototype Public Access System | The ... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a prototype public access system that is designed to go to publisher's websites. Continue reading »
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12 tech trends higher education cannot afford to ignore

12 tech trends higher education cannot afford to ignore | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
In his keynote for Campus Technology 2013, Case Western Reserve's CIO outlined the tech transformations that every campus should be ready to embrace. (RT @cyberjohn07: 12 tech trends higher education (and K-12?
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The Four Phases of Effective eLearning: an Indi...

The Four Phases of Effective eLearning: an Indi... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"Learning starts with real-world problems. Students should be able to relate to problems and tasks they can handle. Many course developers are guilty of introducing learners to problems that are either irrelevant or too complex.
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Quip Is A Beautiful New Mobile-First Word Processor From Ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor | TechCrunch

Quip Is A Beautiful New Mobile-First Word Processor From Ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor | TechCrunch | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"30 years later and our word processing software hasn't changed, not even to adapt to mobile. That changes tonight with the launch of Quip, a free new word processing app from former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor's new startup" TechCrunch.

 

From Quip.com:

... Quip works on the desktop (PC and Mac), iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android. Wherever you are, whatever device you are using, you can use Quip.
... With Quip, everyone can edit the same version of the document at the same time. There's just one document and one thread that shows the entire history of the document through diffs, not a bunch of attachments with indecipherable titles like “ClientProposal-Kevin-Version3.doc.”
... Quip combines documents and messages into a single chat-like “thread” of updates. You can discuss the document you are editing directly in the thread without having to shuffle back and forth from email to talk about it, and all messages show up in real-time. Your Quip home screen has an inbox, enabling you to easily see the documents that have been shared with you, as well as new edits and messages.
... Diffs are simple visual representations of edits to a document. Diffs get added to the thread every time an edit is made, showing what's changed, who made the change, and when they made it. When someone else edits a document, diffs make it easy to stay up-to-date without re-reading the whole document.
... All the features in Quip work perfectly offline on your phone or tablet. Whether you're on an airplane or in a no-service zone, you can create new documents or edit existing ones, and even send messages. Whenever you have internet connection again, your changes will sync automatically. Even if multiple people are simultaneously editing a document offline, the changes will merge seamlessly.
... Shared folders enable you to easily share documents with a group. Create a folder for your family's recipes or to organize a project for your team. Everyone in the shared folder can add documents or contribute to the documents already in the folder. You can also create subfolders within a shared folder, which can be restricted to a smaller group.
... Use @mentions to reference a person or a document. You can use @mentions in both documents and messages to create a dynamic link to any of your Quip documents or reference any of your contacts. Mentioning a person makes it easy to identify someone within a document, such as when assigning a task. The same @ symbol is used to insert photos and tables.
... Working together is easier when you know whether someone is online. You can see someone's presence in multiple places on Quip — even what folder or document they're in. Your Contacts list also shows you who's online, what device they're using, and what they're working on, as well as when your offline contacts were last online.
... Read receipts appear at the bottom of each document thread. They're an easy way to see who's read your edits or the messages you've sent. You can see who's read the most recent updates, and when everyone is up-to-date, the text will change to “Read by everyone”.
... One of the formatted list options is a checklist, which turns your document from a static piece of paper into an interactive task list. Manage your grocery list with a roommate, your personal to-do's, or your team task list.
... When you're using Quip in a browser, chat tabs enable you to easily view and respond to messages regardless of what document you're working on. When a new message is sent in one of your documents or threads, a chat tab will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen. You can respond inside the chat tab or click through to the document itself.

> Quip site: https://quip.com/" from source: http://techcrunch.com/

#Quip #editor #CloudComputing #offline #offline-editing #multi-platform #iOS #browsers #Android #smartphone #tablet #laptop #wordprocessor #editor #education #training #groupware #collaboration #chat #versioning #version-control

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The descriptions of Quip's features above pretty much say it all. At first I thought this was built initially for the Mac/iOS platform, but the About page info above made it clear that it functions on other platforms as well. Also, you can use the application offline. Plus it conforms the user interface so that it is appropriate for the device being used whether smart phone, tablet, or computer browser. From the TechCrunch article there are indications that this is just the first of more applications from this group. I will be paying attention to their products, I hope you will too.

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Banyan - Share, Collaborate & Publish Research

"Banyan makes it easy for scientists to share, publish, and collaborate what they are working on. We are building modern tools for the modern scientist.

 

... Research should not be thwarted by an industry run on the privatization of information. Instead, it should be enhanced by open access. Open access allows the knowledge of scientific research to be easily accessible to any audience. The open access movement began 19 years ago with Steven Harnad’s Subversive Proposal. By making published work freely accessible to people, it provides a platform for academics to share their knowledge. This movement has already begun in other countries with mandates for open access in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, and Australia.

 

This movement cannot move forward unless we are willing to take a stand on this problem. Every researcher, librarian, university administrator and funding body should promote open access before this movement takes off. Our goal with Banyan is to give everyone an equal seat at the table. We want to level the playing field of research. We invite researchers to use Banyan to recapitulate scholarly communication and expand the distribution of information."

from source: https://banyan.co/publish

 

#Banyan #Banyan-Publish #Chattanooga #SaaS $#nterprise-Software #CloudComputing #Collaboration #LaTex #GIT #GIT-Hub
#MarkDown #Mark-Down

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This innovative service uses the LaTex authoring system which has been in use for many years by the Scientific and Mathematics communities in order to create complex algorithms for print purposes. Banyan Publish combines LaTEX with the collaborative project with version control using the repository, Git Hub ( https://github.com/ ). In addition Banyan Publish uses Markdown, from Wikipedia: "The language takes many cues from existing conventions for marking up plain text in email. Markdown formatted text should be readable as-is, without looking like it's been marked up with tags or formatting instructions, unlike text which has been formatted with a Markup language, such as HTML, which has obvious tags and formatting instructions. Markdown is a formatting syntax for text that can be read by humans and can be easily converted to HTML."

( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markdown )

 

Banyan Publish is a freemium service that allows a single user free access and then has reasonable pricing for teams and for enterprises. There are growing numbers of online projects that use Git Hub to manage documents as well as application development. This facility along with simplified Markdown will make Banyan Publish a useful tool for many communities, small groups, and enterprise projects

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Chromebooks Gain Ground In The Education Market; But A Majority of Educators Still Prefer iPads

Chromebooks Gain Ground In The Education Market; But A Majority of Educators Still Prefer iPads | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Schools around the world are trading in desktop PCs for tablets, netbooks and increasingly Chromebooks, especially in the United States, new research shows.

 

The unexpected popularity of Chromebooks, which were dismissed when they first came out as stripped-down machines with limited appeal, is a challenge for Apple." from source: http://www.forbes.com/

 

See followup Article too:
"Six Reasons Educators Say They Are Choosing Chromebooks Over iPads, Netbooks And PCs" http://onforb.es/13A4O1B

 

#chromebooks #ipad #eLearning #education #OLPC #Training #Cloud

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ghbrett's curator insight, July 23, 2013 8:43 AM

These two articles are interesting arguments for the Chromebook. I think the Chromebook in features resembles a portable dumb terminal (e.g. VT100) with a graphical user interface. The fact that all apps and content are stored remotely in the Cloud or on a Mainframe means that students are loggin on remotely not locally. This permits multiple students to share the same unit without surrendering control of their data / content. Also, the IT manager in cooperation with the curriculum specialist (e.g., Teacher, Trainer, etc..) can arrange a set of apps and storage space online. Another result of this approach is that students should be able to access their classwork and assignments offline from home or other sites such as public library PC's. Although their comment about iPad related to no key board, I wonder how much the inability to run Flash or Java is part of the problem.

 

Although the initial article is brief, it serves as a good starting point which gives six examples why the educators are switching to Chromebooks. It's good food for thought as we continue to move into the Cloud (e.g., Mainframe like enviornments.)

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Seven steps to the perfect story

Seven steps to the perfect story | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

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This is a very good infographic that offers the viewer a very useful visual process for creating stories in various media appropriate to the content and audience. 

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Lauren Scime's curator insight, July 25, 2013 4:46 PM

I would have to call this the "Joseph Campbell Lite" Infographic - still, a useful resource if only a reminder of the classic monomythic storytelling recipe.

Mervi Rauhala's curator insight, July 30, 2013 4:59 AM

Clever infographic!

 

John Thomas's curator insight, February 12, 2014 9:07 AM
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Choosing a New CMS Checklist

Choosing a New CMS Checklist | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Choosing a New CMS Checklist:

According to a new white paper, the first-generation CMS (1994-2004) was basically a brochure. Its pages were static and adding content was usually done by a webmaster, which limited new content. The second-generation CMS (2003-2010) had more dynamic websites, but was still not equipped to handle mobile content and maintenance costs were very high. The third-generation CMS (present) focuses on social, mobile, and cloud by making it easier to create content, integrate with social channels, and support new innovations.

 

So what should government agencies be thinking about as they select a new CMS? Below are a few considerations each agency should be thinking of, but for a complete check list, be sure to download Acquia's white paper: A Practical Guide to Selecting a CMS.
" from source: http://www.govloop.com

 

#CMS #ContentManagementSystem #GovLoop

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GovLoop is a Knowledge Network for Government, but also a great resource for people engaged in teaching or training online whether for an organization or corporation. This is a timely piece because as Amy points out, the current Content Management Systems are a moving target. Also, the post points to a number of resources to support her recommendations as well as links to more information about the processes. If you like this article and its resources, it may be worthwhile to you to go back to her first two posts on the topic.

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The use of concept maps for knowledge management: from classrooms to research labs - Springer

The use of concept maps for knowledge management: from classrooms to research labs - Springer | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Using #ConceptMaps for #KnowledgeManagement: from #classroom to #ResearchLab #HigherEducation #AnalyticalChemistry http://t.co/fuIHKHxVwV
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eLearning Strategies for Mobile Technologies

Social learning is a popular training technique. Quickly evolving mobile technologies make this learning experience possible.
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Center on Education and the Workforce -

Center on Education and the Workforce - | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications and workforce demands.
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educational-origami - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy ...

educational-origami - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy ... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
educational-origami - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy on eLanguages curated by KiwiBelma (educational-origami - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy | @scoopit http://t.co/dBP8Ad3eAP #edtech #edtechnz #elearning #edchat...
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UMUC creates pathway to earn credit through MOO...

UMUC creates pathway to earn credit through MOO... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
The University of Maryland University College has created a path for students to earn academic credit for learning through "massive open online courses." (UMUC creates pathway to earn credit through MOOCs | @scoopit
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20 Eye-Opening Stats You Probably Didn't Know About Mobile Learning

20 Eye-Opening Stats You Probably Didn't Know About Mobile Learning | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Still not convinced Mobile Learning is something your organization should evaluate? Consider these eye-opening statistics published by different organizations such as ASTD, iPass, Towards Maturity and Ambient Insight. Data from their most recent surveys reveals some interesting facts that you might be interested in.

 

We’ve collected these facts about mobile learning to make the case for why all of us (consumers and eLearning professionals alike) need to take notice of the implications of mobile in the learning industry. "

from source: http://fluency21.com/

 

#mLearning #smartphones #tablets #wireless #collaboration #statistics #teaching #training #working #instructional-design #instruction

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The list of twenty statistics about Mobile Learning come from reports by well known research companies, eLearning and Instructional Design organizations. The information covers a broad range of mobile platforms and how they are being used not only for training and education, but also for collaborative work. This article has many links to original sources that serve to provide the reader more in depth detail about the topics. This is a good resource in addition to being informative itself.

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What do distance learning institutions need to improve further?

It goes without saying that online education is the future of gaining all the needed knowledge, for every nationality, every social group of people and for (What do distance learning institutions need to improve further?
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Twitter / jennifersparrow: Great graphic representation ...

Twitter / jennifersparrow: Great graphic representation ... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Great graphic representation of the conversation #EDUsprintpic.twitter.com/wvK22mCnsx

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While the Diagram is a bit small, it still has good ideas.

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13 Reasons Your Brain Craves Infographics [Infographic]

13 Reasons Your Brain Craves Infographics [Infographic] | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
This is downright spooky. It's an interactive infographic all about why your brain craves infographics. Food for thought!

Via Gust MEES, Jim Lerman, Ally Greer
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As the old saying goes: "A picture is worth a thousand words." This also reminds me of Malcomb Gladwell's book, "Blink." Amazon: http://amzn.to/13AalVQ

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Caroline Price's comment, July 16, 2013 5:56 AM
Draw pictures!
Andrea Remmert's curator insight, July 31, 2013 1:41 AM

It's all about images now. 

Bruce McDuffee's curator insight, August 20, 2013 2:53 PM

It's important to keep in mind your audience and how the ideal prospect likes to consume content.  Scientists or engineers for example my consume or respect different media than consumers of clothing or electronics.

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Versal

Versal | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Are you inspired to create amazing interactive courses, but don’t know how to code?

 

Versal is a simple (open) publishing platform with everything you need. Add text, videos, images, quizzes and interactive learning gadgets and bring your expertise to life.

 

We’re currently in beta, so you may encounter an occasional hiccup. More features are on the way. Have an idea? We'd love to hear it.

 

... Beyond video. Beyond slide decks. Versal brings interactivity to online learning through customizable exercises called “gadgets.”

 

Drag and drop gadgets – simulations, charts and so much more - right into your course, no coding required." from source: https://versal.com/

 

#edtech #course-authoring #authoring #education #training #ISD  #OER

#Open

 

Twitter: @Versal - https://twitter.com/versal

Foundation: https://versal.org/

Blog: http://blog.versal.com/

 

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Here is a new startup, Versal. It is an Online Learning authoring tool with modules that allow an author, teacher, trainer, or anyone to build "courses". Currently it an open platform.  I'm sure that if what they suggest is true, then it could be a model for a MOOC or online education platform. It was just announced on Google+ today with it's own circle and moderated communnity. The circle conversation can be found at: http://bit.ly/13yfk9y

 

I will be curious to hear how this application will scale up. Also, how it is currently managed and will this lead to another freemium web application that gets you hooked and then charges as your repertoire grows. Or when your audience expands beyond a few tens of participant to a few thousands. We'll see.

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Curate, Organize and Visualize Large Data Collections with TreeMap

Curate, Organize and Visualize Large Data Collections with TreeMap | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"TreeMap provides an easy, yet extremely powerful means of creating beautiful treemaps for analytical and presentation purpose. Importing data from a wide variety of file formats (including of course Excel), as well as connecting to databases (such as MySQL and SQL Server) is a breeze... and it scales to big data." from source: http://www.treemap.com/


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This is another post where I recommend that you scroll down to have a look at Robin Good's great commentary. I can not beat his for details. His Scoop.it site is: http://curation.masternewmedia.org/  Thanks Robin!

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ghbrett's curator insight, July 18, 2013 9:07 AM

This is another post where I recommend that you scroll down to have a look at Robin Good's great commentary. I can not beat his for details. His Scoop.it site is: http://curation.masternewmedia.org/  Thanks Robin!

Jenifer Rettler's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:15 AM

If you are looking for additional visualization tools for displaying data, TreeMap v. 3.0 offers a classic tree map layout as well as others, like squarified variant, circular, tag cloud and voronoi.

malek's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:54 PM

Interesting tool, give it a try