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12 Sure-Fire Ways to Make People Hate Your eLearning

12 Sure-Fire Ways to Make People Hate Your eLearning | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

If you’re planning on creating a course take a peak at this list of some of the top things people hate about eLearning...


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55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content

55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content
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bobembry's Life-TIME Investment System © ℠ ::: RLA + Exp

bobembry's Life-TIME Investment System © ℠ ::: RLA + Exp | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"rlaexp.com = Real Life Adventures + Exploration

 

... This page is an introductory brainroad for exploring some of the major aspects of our unfolding knowledge economy and knowledge society.

 

... The purpose of this entire site: preparing for a different world and different future across multiple time spans in one’s life and the lives of those connected to you through time: associates in your organizations across time and parent to child to grandchild. Additionally, every topic can be viewed from several vantage points: a top manager looking at other organization members; organization members looking at each other; citizens looking at organizations and their members; an organization looking for acquisition targets … There are serious implications attached to each of these and they are in the news almost everyday." from source: http://rlaexp.com/

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This very long page prints out to be 60 pages long, but it is full of facts, images, knowledge, wisdom, controversial notions, ideas, excitement, and more thoughtful information than I have seen together in one place for a long time. It is one of those resources that becomes a starting point or at least a side journey for those who are engaged in information technology, communication, collaboration, computing, and applied knowledge.

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Knowledge management presentation McKinsey

"'Knowledge management presentation McKinsey' This Prezi Slideshare from the McKinsey group explains how they use Knowledge Management (KM). They view KM in two forms: Possession based and Practice based. Possession based KM is where 'Knowledge in an entity/object, and can exist separate from people via codification.' Where as Practice based KM is when 'Knowledge is "Knowing" and in in separable from human activity.' The presentation goes on to demonstrate the differences between the two and how Practice based KM is more supportive and productive for ongoing culture of an organization due to it's close contact with those persons who develop and use knowledge both tacitly and implicitly." from source: http://youtu.be/btsTaNQJhW4

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This was a very informative presentation about the two side of Knowledge Management. Over time I have been exposed to Possession and Practice. Intuitively I followed the path of Possession based KM due to my interest in the culture and workforce aspects of KM. This is a brief 10 minute overview, but packs in a lot of good and sound comparisons between the two types of Knowledge Management. I highly recommend it.

 

One additional note: This presentation was developed using Prezi. The designers used the application very well and didn't make the viewer dizzy by spinning, zooming too fast, or using other visual tricks that overwhelmed the content. Again, Well Done!

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Create Custom News Discovery Bots and Collect the Best Content with Ping.it

Create Custom News Discovery Bots and Collect the Best Content with Ping.it | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

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Have a look at Robin Good's extensive comments about Ping.it. They are very helpful and detailed.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 12, 2013 5:24 AM

Opens up a new dimension for news discovery, with lots of options for user customisation. 

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Thanks Robin for your in depth comments!
Robin Good's comment, May 15, 2013 1:44 PM
Glad to be of help GH!
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Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers - Infographic

Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers - Infographic | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Download an 11X17 version of the Developing 21st Century Critical Thinkers Infographic by Mentoring Minds.com.

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Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA's comment, September 26, 2013 9:05 PM
Mathy: Definitely the time to make some changes...
Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA's comment, September 26, 2013 9:08 PM
Diane: I agree, the Flipped Classroom is a great strategy to engage the students!
Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA's comment, September 26, 2013 9:08 PM
Diane: I agree, the Flipped Classroom is a great strategy to engage the students!
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Stampsy - create digital multimedia content

Stampsy - create digital multimedia content | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Stampsy is a sharing platform for people who produce compelling digital media content.

Whether you're a photographer, an editor or an art school student, Stampsy is the place where your creative ideas are shaped into beautiful digital experiences. We call them Stamps and they're a completely new online format for framing your talent and sharing content on the web. At a time of rapidly increasing opportunities for storytelling and visual expression, Stampsy is the place where digital content comes to life.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, May 2, 2013 2:00 PM

Stampsy is a new iPad app for creating digital content. The steps are easy to follow - add images and text to your page using drag-and-drop method. Change colours or fonts, and design the page as you like.

The result you'll get is a linear presentation with great visual potential, perfect for storytelling purposes.

There is a small inconvenience though - you will need a Facebook account to use the application.

The app is free. Download it here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stampsy/id582398120?mt=8

 

ghbrett's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:32 AM

Stampsy is an interesting graphic tool currently for the iPad. It has a few necessry tools such as Headline, Text, Images, Colour Palette, Various Fonts, and best of all it is limited to 10 pages. If Powerpoints were limited to 10 pages I wonder how much real information would be lost? No doubt we'd see the important information. Check it out.

Lee Hall's curator insight, May 15, 2013 12:21 PM

Teachers could use this site to help them meet the Common Core recommendations of bringing in technology whenever possible.

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The Future of Learning: The Workplace Learning ...

The Future of Learning: The Workplace Learning ... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
“A revolution is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.” (Wikipedia) I've had such a lot of interest in the new book I'm working on, The Workplace Learning Revolution, that...
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Why do project fail? Top 5 Failure of Project Manager Training

Why do project fail? Top 5 Failure of Project Manager Training | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Different causes of project failure in project management, like coordinator, project administrative, risk taking management and other common problems. (RT @PRINCE2PROJECT: Why do project fail?
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Nice Blooms Taxonomy App for iPad

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Nice Blooms Taxonomy App for iPad | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

As its name indicate, this app provides one of the best planning resource and reference tool for teachers.


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Book review: Leaving ADDIE for SAM: will agile ...

Book review: Leaving ADDIE for SAM: will agile ... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
I have read the book from Michael Allen ( and Richard Sites) with a lot of interest and it is a book that I can recommend to read, it does explain the why and the how of the approach and it contains a lot of practical stuff like examples and check...
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The underlying premise of this post is an ongoing process of using information from each "END" product or process to development a new "START". In other words, the book being reviewed demonstrates an ongoing process of assessment and revision to keep learning resources relevant.

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Three online class types « Lisa's (Online) Teaching Blog

"A draft of another tripartite idea, this time focused on online classes in general, across the board.

 

The McClass

Run inside an LMS, or even better by Coursera or Udacity, and/or offered by proponents of the mass-produced course (U of Phoenix, Ashford, etc), the McClass features recorded lectures, an unmoderated internal discussion (if any), and grading by graduate students, peers or staff (and soon robo-graders). All xMOOCs are in this category, but so are classes created by teams of instructional designers or course developers and “content experts”, but facilitated (I hesitate to use the word “taught”) by less experienced instructors or program coordinators. Sartorial analogy: one size fits all.

 

The sub sandwich class

It’s a six inch or a twelve — you can change the mix of ingredients inside but the options are standardized. Sub sandwich classes are offered by community colleges and universities dependent on a single Learning Management System, the inherent design of which influences (and may determine) instructor pedagogy. Even built on a whole wheat system like Canvas or an in-house product, the defaults of the LMS are easy to adopt without requiring an examination of ones own pedagogy. Hallmarks include dependence on publisher-produced materials, and an internal, traditional moderated discussion of issues, usually lacking a constructivist focus. Quality varies and is partly dependent on the freshness of the ingredients.

 

The artisanal class

Created by the instructor, the artisanal class includes only those elements that help realize the instructor’s pedagogy. The design is developed based on knowledge and experience as an active, independent teacher. The artisanal class may exist inside an LMS, but when it does the LMS is substantially customized, and often external web elements are brought in to replace built-in features (blogs, wikis, etc). Hallmarks include a foundation in free and open or home-made formats, innovative assessment techniques, and a distinct lack of top-down control. Discussion may be distributed or focused on content creation. Flaws add character and provide opportunity for community creativity. Most cMOOCs fit this model, but so do classes offered by public institutions who allow faculty substantial control over the design and deployment of their work." from source: http://lisahistory.net

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This post offers a differentiation of online courses moving from chaos to small group interaction. As I have noted in an earlier post this week, there is growing assessment of the types of and value of MOOCs. 

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Higher Ed CIOs Can't Ignore MOOCs Or Politics -- InformationWeek

Higher Ed CIOs Can't Ignore MOOCs Or Politics -- InformationWeek | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Now more than ever, a higher education CIO's job hinges on both surviving the academic politics of the institution and mastering bleeding-edge technologies.
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5 Characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to Learn at Work

5 Characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to Learn at Work | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
From the results of the Learning in the Workplace survey and my analysis of how smart workers use social media to work and learn today, 5 key characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn ...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 19, 2013 11:01 AM

We need to create those environments where learning is ongoing and flows with social interactions. Etienne Wenger's work on communities of practice provides examples of how things do happen and how we learn.

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Digital Humanism — Technology + Liberal Arts

Digital Humanism — Technology + Liberal Arts | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Digital Humanism


. . . Technology has bequeathed to the liberal arts a new, more expansive life. But the liberal arts also have lessons to bequeath, and we ignore them at our peril.

 

. . . We are in the midst of a great sea change. Humanists are swimming, and occasionally sinking, in an embarrassment of informational riches. The hierarchies that historically made the liberal arts possible are crumbling. Like it or not, technology is the driving force in a new, digital humanism

 

. . . If we take from the liberal arts one guideline on how to inhabit an increasingly non-analog world, it should be this digital humanities mission statement: 'to remain aware of the uncertain, varied, unruly terrain of human existence even as that existence gets represented in digital form.'" from source: https://medium.com/technology-liberal-arts/

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ghbrett's curator insight, May 19, 2013 5:56 PM

This blog post while focused on the Digital Humanities can be applied to many other disciplines that traditionally did not engage with computers. Well, there are always exceptions, but the use of information technology, communications, and computing were not pervasive.

 

I remember way back when the Macintosh first came out. I was supporting academic computing for the University of North Carolina System which included the contract for microcomputers. I have a Masters of Fine Arts and so when I planned a visit to one campus I called the Dean of the School of the Arts. I explained I'd like to show her this new computer that supported drawing, typography, and foreign language much better than anything else we had. A new first for the Arts. She wasn't interested. She said that the only computer she needed was between her ears, a pencil in her hand for output, and paper to draw on. Times have changed. A sub-text of this tale is that Technology continues to change for better and sometimes worse. It is important to keep an open mind. It is also important to listen to both sides of discussions about the applications and their value. At the moment I feel deja vu with Cloud Computing and the olde days of Mainframes in glass rooms. What would you do if you couldn't access all the Google apps and services for a week or a month? Some say no problem, others would suffer.

 

As the author of the blog says about a digital humanities mission statement, "to remain aware of the uncertain, varied, unruly terrain of human existence even as that existence gets represented in digital form." Keep your eyes open, look for opportunities, and watch your back. Thanks to @verbagetruck for the reminder.

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TLN key links

TLN key links | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Key site links (The Future of America is Between the Ears #education #abcworldnews - http://t.co/YlBBxUco3y)
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6 Alternatives To Bloom's Taxonomy For Teachers - TeachThought

6 Alternatives To Bloom's Taxonomy For Teachers - TeachThought | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
At the end of the day, teaching is about learning, and learning is about understanding. And as technology evolves to empower more diverse and flexible…

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Beyond Collecting and Sharing: Twitter as a Curation Tool

Beyond Collecting and Sharing: Twitter as a Curation Tool | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

 

 


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See Robin Goode's comments below! Excellent.

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Andreas Kuswara's comment, June 11, 2013 9:22 PM
I supposed twitter can be used or any tool can be used for anything,but some tools are made with certain intended affordance by the creator that would make the tool less effective for certain functions. curation in a way is capturing things void of time (i probably drawing too much from museum), while twitter is fast pace timeline of interactive (or one way) discourse.... they seems to be inherently different.

i'm just automatically sceptical when 'one tool can be use for all' theme appear. but it is an interesting suggestion.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, June 11, 2013 9:33 PM
Many people learn one tool and then move on to others. I like to analyze each and use the best features of that particular 2.0 project. I use twitter as a push tool to share info for the most part.
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MakerBot and Robohand -- 3D Printing Mechanical Hands

A short film about using a 3D printer and a long distance collaboration to create a simple and effective robotic hand for children and adults.

 

MORE INFORMATION makerbot.com/robohand robohand.blogspot.com

 

MAKE A ROBOHAND thingiverse.com/thing:44150

 

 

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This shows how a home 3D printer from Makerbot is able to rapidly prototype and even create working products that help people survive. 3D printing is often associated with corporate design or art or other things. This is the first case I have seen a 3D printer used to improve mobility and physically aiding people to have more normal lives.

 

Keep in mind this is a good model that communities, agencies, maker space participants should follow. We have many veterans returning from the current and recent "police actions" over seas who need prosthetic supplements. Get cracking folks! Tinker! Make! and let's help each other.

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Mashable has another version of the story at: http://mashable.com/2013/02/13/robohand/
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Twitter / GardnerCampbell: The Apprentices of a Digital ...

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This article from the @nytimes is indicative of a growing need and recognition that the current academic path thru academia may not be the only valid direction. Corporations are looking for employees with more varied experience in addition to specific skills. Evidently Enstitute is one such learning experience where these multiple modes are taught or integrated into the curriculum

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Why U.S. News Ranks Online Programs for Veterans

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To be included, online programs have to offer a range of benefits to people with military experience. (Why U.S. News Ranks Online Programs for Veterans: To be included, online programs have to offer a range of ben...
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Message to the Dickinson Board of Trustees | Digital Humanities at Dickinson College

Message to the Dickinson Board of Trustees | Digital Humanities at Dickinson College | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Among faculty there is a growing realization that the internet, technology, and social media are not just things that distract our students, give them short attention spans, and allow them to do superficial research for papers—though the internet enables all of those things. New digital tools can actually help us do our jobs better, help us teach and do research more effectively. But how, exactly? That’s the question that hangs over all the many discussions regarding technology and education in a liberal arts college setting. The answers are discipline specific, and vary even from class to class in a given subject. But I think there are three broad benefits. In the liberal arts college environment, academic technology can
... 1. Develop students into public scholars.
... 2. Show publicly what the liberal arts can do.
... 3. Enhance collaboration and sharing among scholars.
... The Dickinson-based projects listed on the DHAC website are doing these things in various ways. We are among the most active liberal arts colleges in the country in this realm, which is reflected in our winning the Mellon grant. But there is a lot more to develop. The Mellon grant allows for a postdoctoral fellow, and this will be extremely helpful in nurturing new projects and pedagogical techniques that will arise organically out of what we already do. " from source: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/

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Chris Francese has done a great post about Information, Communications, and Computing (ICT) can do to not only improve the learning and research experience of students, teachers, and researchers. Chris has also succinctly described is critical in our Social Media | Overloaded Information Super-Dooper Information Highway. Let me close with another quote from Chris's post: "What liberal arts students learn to do is contextualize, analyze, and present information. These are things the internet really needs, and we can provide, a real social benefit that is consistent with our mission."

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4 Popular Screencasting Tools Being Used In Edu...

4 Popular Screencasting Tools Being Used In Edu... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
We've selected a few that we know to be some of the most popular screencasting tools in use today by teachers, students, and many others. (4 Popular Screencasting Tools Being Used In Edu...
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Technology makes higher education accessible to disabled students

Technology makes higher education accessible to disabled students | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Sponsor's feature: Instead of lugging heavy textbooks about, disabled students now have the option of e-textbooks that present content in a variety of ways to suit the reader (RT @laclau: RT @juandoming: Technology makes higher education accessible...
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The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism

The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
We spend so much time in education trying to make things better. Better policies. Better technology. Better standards. Better curriculum. Better instruction. Better assessment. Better response to assessment data.
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