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Basecamp Announces Free Accounts for Teachers

Basecamp Announces Free Accounts for Teachers | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Back in 2011, Heather wrote a great post about using the project management web service Basecamp for organizing student research.
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The Future of News Is Not About Facts: It's About Context, Relevance and Opinion

The Future of News Is Not About Facts: It's About Context, Relevance and Opinion | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"News sources can't just give us the facts. They must tell us what those facts mean."


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Robin Good's curator insight, February 24, 2014 4:55 PM



Here's a refreshing look at the future of news that highlights the importance of going deeper into creating value for readers by providing more focus, relevance, context and opinion.

These are the characters that properly define what we now refer to as "curation" when it comes to content and news.


The following passages, extracted from the book, The News: A User's Manual, are by Alain de Botton, and have been excerpted from a lengthy article on The Week entitled "The Future of News".


"News organizations are coy about admitting that what they present us with each day are minuscule extracts of narratives whose true shape and logic can generally only emerge from a perspective of months or even years — and that it would hence often be wiser to hear the story in chapters rather than snatched sentences.


They [news organizations] are institutionally committed to implying that it is inevitably better to have a shaky and partial grasp of a subject this minute than to wait for a more secure and comprehensive understanding somewhere down the line.


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We need news organizations to help our curiosity by signaling how their stories fit into the larger themes on which a sincere capacity for interest depends.


To grow interested in any piece of information, we need somewhere to "put" it, which means some way of connecting it to an issue we already know how to care about.


A section of the human brain might be pictured as a library in which information is shelved under certain fundamental categories. Most of what we hear about day to day easily signals where in the stacks it should go and gets immediately and unconsciously filed.


... the stranger or the smaller stories become, the harder the shelving process grows. What we colloquially call "feeling bored" is just the mind, acting out of a self-preserving reflex, ejecting information it has despaired of knowing where to place.


...We might need help in transporting such orphaned pieces of information to the stacks that would most appropriately reveal their logic.


...it is news organizations to take on some of this librarian's work. It is for them to give us a sense of the larger headings under which minor incidents belong."

 


The call for understanding how much greater value can be provided by curating news and information in depth, rather than by following the shallow, buzzy and viral path beaten by HuffPo, Buzzfeed and the rest of the gang, is clear.


But beyond context and depth, real value can only be added if we accept the fact that going beyond the classic "objective fact reporting", by adding opinion and bias in a transparent fashion, can actually provide greater value in many ways, as Alain de Botton clearly explains:


"Unfortunately for our levels of engagement, there is a prejudice at large within many news organizations that the most prestigious aspect of journalism is the dispassionate and neutral presentation of "facts."


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The problem with facts is that there is nowadays no shortage of sound examples. The issue is not that we need more of them, but that we don't know what to do with the ones we have...


...But what do these things actually mean? How are they related to the central questions of political life? What can they help us to understand?


...The opposite of facts is bias. In serious journalistic quarters, bias has a very bad name. It is synonymous with malevolent agendas, lies, and authoritarian attempts to deny audiences the freedom to make up their own minds.


Yet we should perhaps be more generous toward bias.


In its pure form, a bias simply indicates a method of evaluating events that is guided by a coherent underlying thesis about human functioning and flourishing.


It is a pair of lenses that slide over reality and aim to bring it more clearly into focus.


Bias strives to explain what events mean and introduces a scale of values by which to judge ideas and events. It seems excessive to try to escape from bias per se; the task is rather to find ways to alight on its more reliable and fruitful examples. 


There are countless worthy lenses to slide between ourselves and the world." 


Overall, these ideas offer a truly refreshing look at the future of news and at the relevance that context and opinion could play in transforming this medium from a vehicle of mass distraction to one of focused learning and understanding for those interested. 



Must read. Rightful. Insightful. 9/10



Full article: http://theweek.com/article/index/256737/the-future-of-news 


Reading time: 10':20"






Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 25, 2014 2:36 PM

El futuro de las Noticias no es sobre los Hechos, sino sobre contexto, relevancia y opinión.

Catherine Pascal's curator insight, March 3, 2014 5:12 AM

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[Some] academics are down on MOOCs. Business schools aren’t

by Patrick Clark, Businessweek Academic leaders are increasingly skeptical of MOOCs, so why are top business schools increasingly warming to the online learning model?
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What Makes eLearning Awesome Infographic

What Makes eLearning Awesome Infographic | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
eLearning is more popular today than ever before. In fact, it’s been estimated that around…
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Hybrid Pedagogy | What is Hybrid Pedagogy?

Hybrid Pedagogy | What is Hybrid Pedagogy? | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Hybrid Pedagogy | [What is Hybrid Pedagogy?]

: combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses for technology and new media in education.

: avoids valorizing educational technology, but seeks to interrogate and investigate technological tools to determine their most progressive applications.

: invites you to an ongoing discussion that is networked and participant-driven, to an open peer reviewed journal that is both academic and collective." 

 

from source: http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/

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Interesting investigation and mash-up of various pedagogies.

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Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubrics for Tea...

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Cindy Rudy's insight: I have posted this before but it is worth sharing once again.
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Lightspeed Systems Cloud Filter Allows Safe Mobile Learning Worldwide - PR Web (press release)

Lightspeed Systems Cloud Filter Allows Safe Mobile Learning Worldwide - PR Web (press release) | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Lightspeed Systems Cloud Filter Allows Safe Mobile Learning Worldwide PR Web (press release) By extending learning beyond the school walls and providing limitless opportunities for students to access educational content, technology is changing the...
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Curate Your Own Wiki-Guide with the Wikipedia Book Create Tool

Help:Books - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are almost no limits when creating books from Wikipedia content. A good book focuses on a certain topic and covers it as well as possible. A meaningful title helps other users to have the correct expectation regarding the content of a book.


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See Robon's comments below for an in depth analysis. Thank you Robin

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Angela Watkins's curator insight, January 24, 2014 11:34 PM

Curate Your Own Wiki-Guide with the Wikipedia Book Create Tool | @scoopit via @k3hamilton http://sco.lt/...

 

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Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:16 AM

Robin Good's insight:

 

 

Few people know that it is actually possible to curate Wikipedia content into custom print books or PDF / OpenDocument ebooks that contain exactly the content you want in the order you specify.

 

Once you are logged into Wikipedia you simply activate the Book Creator Tool and then, from that moment on, everytime you visit a Wikipedia page you can click and add it to your curated Wiki-Book.

 

There is also a dedicated wiki page where you can manage the pages you have collected and you can reorganized and sort them any way you want, eliminating the pages you don't need.

 

Unfortunately there is no integrated way to edit and further customize the content of those pages for your own use.

 

PDF versions are freely downloadable by anyone, print book versions are paid.

 

N.B.: The price for print books depends on the number of pages, starting with US$ 7.90 for books up to 100 pages. 10% of the gross sales price goes to the Wikimedia Foundation. Books are perfect bound, printed in the dimensions 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch (216 mm x 140 mm) and contain a table of contents, your chapters and articles, licensing information next to an index.

 

More info about printed versions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books/Frequently_Asked_Questions ;

 

Free to use.

 

Learn everything about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books ;

 

Video tutorial: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Enwp_screencast4.theora.ogv ;

 

 

MCLibrarianRMIT's curator insight, January 27, 2014 10:04 PM

It's worth keeping in mind that some 'publishers' try to sell books based entirely on Wikipedia content. 

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2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond

2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
iTunesU, MIT's Opencourseware, OpenLearn, and MOOCs are early prototypes, but content quality in the future will be greatly improved in terms of pedagogical and media design to accommodate online learners.

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Donna Fry (@fryed)'s curator insight, January 18, 2014 6:42 AM

In 2020, people won’t be talking about online learning as such. It will be so integrated with teaching and learning that it will be like talking today about whether we should use classrooms. 

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 21, 2014 11:21 AM

Educación 2020.

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The end of MOOCs and the future of education - Ubyssey Online

The end of MOOCs and the future of education - Ubyssey Online | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
The end of MOOCs and the future of education Ubyssey Online Around two months ago, Coursera competitor Udacity shifted their focus from higher education to corporate professional development through the Open Education Alliance, a circle of industry...
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The Effective Use of Maritime CBTs in a Learning Management System (LMS ... - Maritime Professional (blog)

The Effective Use of Maritime CBTs in a Learning Management System (LMS ...
Maritime Professional (blog)
This is the second in a short series of articles regarding the use of Computer Based Training modules within a Learning Management System.
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Workforce training program charts best career paths - nwitimes.com

Workforce training program charts best career paths - nwitimes.com | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Workforce training program charts best career paths
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Ready NWI, a workforce training initiative, is putting on a career and technical education program at 3 p.m.
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Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org

"The editors of the Peeragogy Handbook are delighted to announce that the revised, second edition of the Handbook (“Version 2″) will be published on Public Domain Day 2014 (1 Jan. ’14). The Handbook is the world’s first book to present Peeragogy, a synthesis of techniques for collaborative learning and collaborative work. Itself the result of the techniques it presents, this version features a new Foreword from the Internet pioneer and collaboration thinker, Stanford University educator, and founding editor of the Handbook, Howard Rheingold.

 

The Handbook has drawn praise from leading Peer-to-Peer theorist Michel Bauwens, Research Director of the Free/Libre Open Knowledge Society (a project at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (IAEN) national university in Ecuador, with support of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Human Resource and Knowledge): “Rheingold and a great team of collaborators have preceded the rest of humanity in exploring the new dynamics of technologically-enhanced peer learning,” said Bauwens." -- From Source: http://peeragogy.org

 

#peeragogy #peer-learning #collaborative-learning #opensource

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It was an intense and exciting project to be part of the editorial team. This Handbook is an outstanding resource for any one interested in using existing and emerging online technologies for peer and collaborative learning. It is online now at Peeragogy.org

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Jeroen Boon's curator insight, January 6, 2014 5:21 PM

Learning by p2p networks is important for disruptive innovation and also accelation of innovation. We live in exponential times!

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New issue: IRRODL, Vol 15, No 1 (2014)

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (www.irrodl.org) is a refereed e-journal that aims to advance research, theory and best practice in open and distance education research.
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Miles MacFarlane: Understanding and Creating Professional Learning Networks

As part of a self-directed professional learning community, teachers at RMC in London, Ontario undertook the exploration of a range of social media tools. Th...

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No room for sloppiness in online classroom

by Mike Sharples, the Conversation When your classroom is a global one, filled with well-informed online learners, they don’t cut you much slack, The Conversation reports.
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The Unhangout Project

"Unhangout is an open source platform for running large scale online un-conferences. We use Google Hangouts to create as many small sessions as needed, and help users find others with shared interests.

 

Think of it as a classroom with an infinite number of breakout sessions. Each event has a landing page, which we call the lobby. When participants arrive, they can see who else is there and chat with each other. The hosts can do a video welcome and introduction that gets streamed into the lobby. Participants then break out into smaller sessions (up to 10 people per session) for in-depth conversations, peer-to-peer learning, and collaboration on projects. UnHangouts are community-based learning instead of top-down information transfer." from source: https://unhangout.media.mit.edu/-

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This is a great example of working within the limitations of a technology. Google Hangouts limit participants to 10 per hangout. Plus they us a landing page as a shared lobby where participants can chat with each other. The UnHangout facilitators can use this area to make announcenments and then point the participants to the small groups for further discussion.

 

This site links to Github code for the open source materials and documentation of the project.

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Mobile Learning for Language Teachers: Resource...

Mobile Learning for Language Teachers: Resource... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Find resources here, http://Bit.ly/ELTLINKs (Mobile Learning for Language Teachers: Resources & Lesson Plans | @scoopit via @paul_brighton http://t.co/EM19geF7A3)... (Mobile Learning for Language Teachers: Resource...
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10 (Free!) Stock Photo Resources for eLearning ...

10 (Free!) Stock Photo Resources for eLearning ... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
With limited time and money, free stock photos can be a life-saver for your online course. These are 10 free resources for stock photos. (10 (Free!
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To Get the Most Out of Tablets, Use Smart Curation

To Get the Most Out of Tablets, Use Smart Curation | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
How might efforts to curate benefit from the portability and ubiquity of mobile devices? Tools like Evernote and GoodReads allow for easy and valuable curation. But the harder questions are pedagogical and curricular.

Via Nancy White
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There are a numbers of tablet apps for iOS and other operating systems that can enable sharing, creating, and implementing projects in a mobile learning environment.

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Nancy White's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:23 PM

What a wonderful concept - curating things we percieve to be beautiful. Howard Gardner is such an amazing thinker!

 

I also love the term "relevance portfolio" –this is exactly what I think will be a stepping stone towards personalized learning through content curation.

Connie Davis's curator insight, July 1, 2014 1:28 AM

Curation is an interesting topic that I had never considered previously. I need to look into this further. Any suggestions would certainly be welcome.

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eLearning Brothers and Lodestone Create a New Concept in eLearning Training

"eLearning Brothers and Lodestone have partnered to provide a new twist in eLearning training. For the first time, eLearning developers can receive software training and over 20,000 eLearning assets in one offering at the same price as training alone.

 

The courses incorporate eLearning templates into the workflow for hands-on learning and practice. Developers have access to over 20,000 files during and after training. This allows them to jump start development, deconstruct the files, and put newly learned skills to immediate use.

 

“Most learners attend an eLearning software training course and feel overwhelmed when they return to the office,” said Josh Cavalier, CEO of Lodestone. “Now eLearning Brothers and Lodestone have created an immersive experience that combines the software training with the efficiency and speed of professionally designed template files.”
from source: http://www.broadwayworld.com/

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Immersion has long been successful for learning foreign languages. It remains to be seen how well it works in this case. The large library of functional files should certainly be helpful to quickly develop eLearning modules. The pricing is $300 per year for unlimited access to the template libraries. Considering the possibilities, this price should not be too daunting.

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HTML5 instrumental for Mobile Learning?

HTML5 instrumental for Mobile Learning? | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Mobile learning has emerged as a solution to many challenges faced by educators. HTML5 has enhanced the performance of mobile learning and opened new opportunities to experiment.

Via Rory Chalcraft
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Recently I was speaking with a friend. The topic of platform neutrality came up. She said that is one reason why HTML 5 in becoming more important. Also, for iOS HTML 5 solves the FLASH problems. So, have a look and learn.

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Elearning On Tablets – What, Why & How? - TrainingZone.co.uk (blog)

Elearning On Tablets – What, Why & How? - TrainingZone.co.uk (blog) | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Elearning On Tablets – What, Why & How?
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Talking to customers recently, I have observed an emerging trend where tablets are being seen as a dedicated device for learning.
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Higher education partners with Hollywood to produce a MOOC | IBL ...

This is what happens when MOOCs, marketing and mass media collide: AMC, the cable television channel, is using a MOOC to promote a popular series, “The Walking Dead” . The channel has partnered with the University of ...
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The Path from Executive Education to Corporate Innovation « The ...

The Path from Executive Education to Corporate Innovation « The ... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
While many institutions and programs I've worked with excel at providing executive education programs with a clear impact, these are more the exception than the rule. For many, I'd say that the time has come for a change.
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