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Watch A Great Short Film On The Future Of Technology And Education

Watch A Great Short Film On The Future Of Technology And Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Watch A Great Short Film On The Future Of Technology And Education: We’re still teaching our kids using a 20th-century paradigm, but many visionaries--like the ones in this video--have plans to take our advances in computing and technology and use them to explode the idea of what education can be.

 

  Knowing something is probably an obsolete idea. You don’t actually need to know anything. … It’s the teacher’s job to point young minds toward the right kind of questions. The teacher doesn’t need to give any answers, because answers are everywhere." That’s the explanation for how the foundations of education need to change, given as part of the introduction to this short online film, The Future of Learning. If the past involved the memorization of facts and concepts (because you needed them in your head) the future--where all these facts are available at our fingertips--should involve a new way of learning." from the source: http://www.fastcoexist.com/

 

NOTE: Much of what I read and see on the Internetz about open access and research and education have similar themes with varied perspectives or context. This short film from Ericsson's Networked Society series captured my imagination in a big way. Four take aways for me were 1) tin soldiers: teaching came from the military, industrial assembly lines, commodity products including fast food, and the consumers of the commodity products. Everything and everyone has to be the same -- like standardized testing. 2) Seth Godin commented on how revolution destroys the perfect to enable the perfect, even though it takes time. (OK, maybe some one else said it first. I heard Seth say it first here.) 3) The impact of online education with in time have a world changing impact that the printing press did -- for the individual, the village, the world. Sure we hear that a lot, but stop and think what that really means, the student breaks out of the automaton mold and becomes an individual who thinks for herself. and 4) Online Learning will not necessarily enable the poor but connected learners to be equal to those who have attended the universities in person, but they will have experiences and knowledge to give them a start to grow in ways they never were able to before. Watch this 20 minute film.

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Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business | MIT Technology Review

Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business | MIT Technology Review | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"... Agarwal believes that education is about to change dramatically. The reason is the power of the Web and its associated data-crunching technologies. ...

 

  These ideas affect markets so large that their value is difficult to quantify. Just consider that a quarter of the American population, 80 million people, is enrolled in K–12 education, college, or graduate school. Direct expenditures by government exceed $800 billion. Add to that figure private education and corporate training. ...

 

  Because education is economically important yet appears inefficient and static with respect to technology, it’s often cited (along with health care) as the next industry ripe for a major “disruption.” This belief has been promoted by Clayton Christensen, the influential Harvard Business School professor who coined the term “disruptive technology.” In two books on education, he laid a blueprint for online learning: it will continue to spread and get better, and eventually it will topple many ideas about how we teach—and possibly some institutions as well." from source http://www.technologyreview.com/

NOTE: A broad view of emergent technologies that are just beginning to disrupt the traditional K-12 and Higher Education environment. The author uses citations to link the reader with back up materials in support of his remarks. Considering the source, the MIT Technology Review," it is worth paying attention too.

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Part II: The Mixed Impact of Digital Technologies on Student Research | Pew Internet & American Life Project via @nancyrubin

Part II: The Mixed Impact of Digital Technologies on Student Research | Pew Internet & American Life Project via @nancyrubin | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
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5 Free Tools for Creating Infographics

5 Free Tools for Creating Infographics | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Generally, people don’t have the time or energy to sit and plow through pages or screens of text; they want to be able to ingest information as quickly and easily as possible. With the recent rise of infographics (information graphics), what used to require an avalanche of stats or analyses to dissect, can now be interpreted and relayed into an easy-to-read, fun, and visually appealing schematic – and an excellent content marketing concept. Infographics, when designed well, can be applied to different online sites and social networks.

Summarized at the article are 5 free tools (with links) that allow you to start creating simple infographics or explore the potential of data visualization...


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The Tools Needed To Get You Started in Using Infographics

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Review: LiveScribe's Sky wifi smartpen – a clever bridge between paper and tablet - Images

Review: LiveScribe's Sky wifi smartpen – a clever bridge between paper and tablet - Images | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"LiveScribe's smartpens (can) instantly digitize anything you write in a notebook and send it wirelessly to a tablet or PC as a handwritten / audio note. They can also record the sound you were hearing when you wrote those notes, timecoded to each penstroke, so, for example, you can tap on a lecture note and hear exactly what the professor was saying when you were writing it. The latest LiveScribe pen, the Sky Wifi, has built-in wireless connectivity that quickly syncs your notes, audio and all" from source - The gizmag

 

NOTE:  A great way to capture notes and audio from classes, webinars, or your own random thoughts that pop up while writing on another topic. Only down side is that it take special notebooks to do their magic. The wifi connection makes it much more interesting to me.

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Designing and running a MOOC (in 9 easy steps) | By George Siemens | Aprendizaje 2.0

Designing and running a MOOC (in 9 easy steps) | By George Siemens | Aprendizaje 2.0 | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
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Training turns veterans into entrepreneurs, helps ease transition to civilian life - Detroit Free Press

Training turns veterans into entrepreneurs, helps ease transition to civilian life - Detroit Free Press | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Training turns veterans into entrepreneurs, helps ease transition to civilian lifeDetroit Free PressYoung received training to run his enterprise through a program for disabled veterans at the University of Connecticut, one of many efforts emerging...
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Designing a New Learning Environment | Stanford Online

Designing a new learning environment, a new Stanford free online course!
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Footprints of Emergence

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"It is ironic that the management of education has become more closed while learning has become more open, particularly over the past 10-20 years. The curriculum has become more instrumental, predictive, standardized and micro-managed, in the belief that this supports employability as well as the management of educational processes, resources and value. Meanwhile, people have embraced interactive, participatory, collaborative and innovative networks for living and learning. To respond to these challenges, we need to develop practical tools to help us describe these new forms of learning which are multivariate, selforganised, complex, adaptive, and unpredictable. We draw on complexity theory and our experience as researchers, designers and participants in open and interactive learning to go beyond conventional approaches. We develop a 3D model of landscapes of learning, for exploring the relationship between prescribed and emergent learning in any given curriculum. We do this by repeatedly testing our descriptive landscapes (or ‘footprints’) against theory, research and practice, across a range of case studies. By doing this, we have not only come up with a practical tool which can be used by curriculum designers, but also realised that the curriculum itself can usefully be treated as emergent, depending on the dynamics between prescribed and emergent learning and how the learning landscape is curated." from source International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

 

#Education #Emergence #prescribed #self-organization #digital-footprints #topographic  #curriculum #instructional-design #curation #co-evolution

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Groups and Gossip Drove the Evolution of Human Nature

Groups and Gossip Drove the Evolution of Human Nature | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Altruistic punishment and the spread of information about non-cooperators through gossip appears to be important components of human cooperation (and Robin Dunbar has made the case that gossip may be at the root of human spoken communication). -- Howard

 

"What makes these violations of moral rules so instructive is how societies choose to deal with them. Ultimately, it all comes down to gossip. More than tool-making, art, or even language, gossip is a human universal that is a defining feature of our species (though this could change if we ever learn to translate the complex communication system in whales or dolphins). Gossip is intimately connected with the moral rules of a given society, and individuals gain or lose prestige in their group depending on how well they follow these rules. This formation of group opinion is something to be feared, particularly in small rural communities where ostracism or expulsion could mean death. "Public opinion, facilitated by gossiping, always guides the band's decision process," Boehm writes, "and fear of gossip all by itself serves as a preemptive social deterrent because most people are so sensitive about their reputations." A good reputation enhances the prestige of those individuals who engage in altruistic behavior, while marginalizing those with a bad reputation. Since prestige is intimately involved with how desirable a person is to the opposite sex, gossip serves as a positive selection pressure for enhancing traits associated with altruism. That is, being good can get you laid, and this will perpetuate your altruistic genes (or, at least, those genes that allow you to resist cheating other members of your group)."


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Elliott Masie's Learning TRENDS - Learning TRENDS - 3 Minute Mobile Learning Pulse Survey

Elliott Masie's Learning TRENDS - Learning TRENDS - 3 Minute Mobile Learning Pulse Survey | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

TO: Learning, Training & Performance Colleagues
FROM: Elliott Masie, The Learning CONSORTIUM
Everyone is talking about Mobile Learning. Some of the conversation reflects real projects and innovations. Some is just “Hype” - overstating the current reality of Mobile Learning.

The MASIE Center invites learning colleagues from across the globe to take a few minutes to share your confidential views, hopes, frustrations and projects about Mobile Learning.

Results will be shared at both Learning 2012 and also online at the end of October.


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Blackboard makes a play in online course development | Inside Higher Ed

Blackboard makes a play in online course development | Inside Higher Ed | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

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Online and Distance Learning | A Resource For Students and Staff

Online and Distance Learning | A Resource For Students and Staff | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The ODL site is intended for anyone who is involved in or wants to know more about campus learning and online distance learning (distant learning or distance education).
  In particular, it should be useful to students wanting to study a university or college program, since it has pages about the various programs together with links to schools where they can be studied. The site will also be useful to teachers interested in using new technologies in their teaching, since it has pages on various aspects of ICT in education, and links to teaching resources." From the Source ODL

 

NOTE: This is an information rich site for teachers, instructional designers, and students. It has "how to" tips as well as pointers to programs and institutions utilizing distance learning.

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The Crisis in Higher Education | MIT Technology Review

The Crisis in Higher Education | MIT Technology Review | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"A hundred years ago, higher education seemed on the verge of a technological revolution. The spread of a powerful new communication network—the modern postal system—had made it possible for universities to distribute their lessons beyond the bounds of their campuses. Anyone with a mailbox could enroll in a class. Frederick Jackson Turner, the famed University of Wisconsin historian, wrote that the "machinery" of distance learning would carry "irrigating streams of education into the arid regions" of the country. Sensing a historic opportunity to reach new students and garner new revenues, schools rushed to set up correspondence divisions. By the 1920s, postal courses had become a full-blown mania. Four times as many people were taking them as were enrolled in all the nation's colleges and universities combined." from source http://www.technologyreview.com/

 

NOTE: With this opening, the author goes on to explore current emergent technologies for research and education such as MOOCs, Big Data, Flipping the Classroom, and so on. This is another article from the recent issue of The MIT Technology Review. There are other relevant articles to be found here too. Have a look.
http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/429376/the-crisis-in-higher-education/

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The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"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." from the source

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Chorus: The digital assistant powered by people, not computers

So much work on augmented intelligence is about the technology. This approach appears to combine the social and technological aspects -- truly augmented collective intelligence. -- Howard

 

"Computer scientists are looking to improve on the performance of artificially intelligent personal assistants by devising a way to use the power of a human crowd to chat you instead. The system, known as Chorus, was designed by researchers at the University of Rochester to allow a number of users to act as a single agent that converses with a single end user in real time.

Chorus was made to try and deal with a couple of problems - the limited knowledge base of a single human user, and the often stilted conversational ability of AI that can leave you feeling like you would be better off talking to your dog.

The use of a multitude of human users means that everyone can suggest answers, providing a large pool of possible responses, with the crowd voting to reach a consensus about the best way to proceed."


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Future of learning: obsolescence of knowledge, return to real teaching

Future of learning: obsolescence of knowledge, return to real teaching | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Leading entrepreneurs and thought leaders provide a look at the future of education in a short documentary from Ericsson. It discusses how technology is changing the way students learn as well as what it means to learn and teach in a connected era.

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The future of learning is far more than new devices, digital content and online classrooms. It means potentially rewritten relationships between students and information, teachers and instruction, and schools and society.

In a short documentary released Tuesday, telecom giant Ericsson pulls together observations from leading voices in education technology and entrepreneurship to give a high-level snapshot of what the future of education could look like and how technology is leading it there.

The 20-minute film, called the Future of Learning, which is part of the company’s ongoing Networked Society project, is particularly timely given the momentum behind online education platforms like Khan Academy and Coursera, adaptive learning technology from Knewton and the transition to digital textbooks.


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Understanding Open and the MOOC Ain’t Open

Understanding Open. It has to be one of the greatest professional challenges ahead for institutional leaders and CIO's especially on OER and the MOOC. So, if y (The Higher Ed CIO - Understanding Open and the MOOC Ain?
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Top 100 ranking websites in eLearning and learning technology « Learning Technologies « Now Communications

Top 100 ranking websites in eLearning and learning technology « Learning Technologies « Now Communications | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Last summer we created a bit of a stir when we first published our definitive 100 Highest Ranking Web sites in Learning Technology Chart, so when it came to cooking up our first news nugget of 2012 we thought: why not turn things up a notch?
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A Complete List of Free Online Classes with Certificates from Great Universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

A Complete List of Free Online Classes with Certificates from Great Universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Below you can find a list of free online courses offered by leading universities. Most of these free courses offer 'certificates' or 'statements of completion' issued by the schools.
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GMU - Future of Higher Education

GMU - Future of Higher Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

The Provost and President's office at GMU are hosting a conference regarding the future of higher education.

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Mind Mapping software for visual thinking | Seavus DropMind®

Mind Mapping software for visual thinking | Seavus DropMind® | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Mindmapping and concept mapping can be powerful infotention and think-know tools. I have not tried this one myself yet. -- Howard

 

"DropMind® is intuitive and creative mind mapping tool that helps you think, manage and share your information and ideas. Visualizing thoughts and information and presenting them in a manageable format can help you set your priorities easily, organize your daily work effectively, and make smarter decisions faster.
DropMind® integrates with MS® Office, MS® Project, Google Apps and more.
It's 5 times less expensive than MindManager® for individual users.
On a corporate level the cost savings with DropMind® are more than 10 times higher.
It's nearly identical to MindManager® which enables users to easily switch and start working with DropMind® immediately."


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I will give it a test run :)
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Videoconference, Meet and Collaborate with Up To 25 People with Watchitoo Playground

Videoconference, Meet and Collaborate with Up To 25 People with Watchitoo Playground | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it


Robin Good: Watchitoo Playground is a low-cost, high-quality alternative video conferencing and collaboration tool allowing up to 25 participants to video chat and collaborate online.

 

Watchitoo meetings can be fully integrated and embedded in any web site and the service integrates document, screen, and link-sharing capablities while being 100% web-based.

 

Additional features include white labeling, event recording, live moderation, support for a broad range of document types, HD video quality, audio-bridge and analytics.

 

Playground is available in a free version as well as in a more powerful version starting at super-low rate of $3.80/per user/ per month.

 

 

Find out more / features: http://watchitoo.com/what_is_watchitoo

 

Sign up: www.plground.com

 

 

 

 


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We can do much better than rely on the self-fulfilling impact factor: Academics must harness ideas of engagement to illustrate their impact | Impact of Social Sciences

We can do much better than rely on the self-fulfilling impact factor: Academics must harness ideas of engagement to illustrate their impact | Impact of Social Sciences | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Impact Factors are a god-send for overworked and distracted individuals, and while Google Scholar goes some way to utilizing multiple measures to determine a researcher’s impact, Jonathan Becker argues that we can go one better. He writes that engagement is the next metric that academics must conquer." from source: LSE


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U.S. Department of Education: Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics

"...Higher education institutions are beginning to use analytics for improving the services they provide and for increasing student grades and retention. The U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan, as one part of its model for 21st-century learning powered by technology, envisions ways of using data from online learning systems to improve instruction." from source US Dept of Education

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INDICE

 

List of Exhibits .............................................................. iv
Acknowledgments .......................................................... v
Executive Summary ............................................................vii
Introduction .......................................... 1
Personalized Learning Scenarios ........................................... 5
Data Mining and Analytics: The Research Base ............................. 7
Educational Data Mining ............................................... 9
Learning Analytics................................................................. 13
Visual Data Analytics........................................ 15
Data Use in Adaptive Learning Systems ...................... 17
Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics Applications ....... 25
User Knowledge Modeling ......................................................... 28
User Behavior Modeling ............................................................ 29
User Experience Modeling ........................................................... 30
User Profiling ........................................................................ 32
Domain Modeling ...................................................................... 33
Learning System Components and Instructional Principle Analysis....... 34
Trend Analysis ............................................................................ 35
Adaptation and Personalization ........................................................ 35
Implementation Challenges and Considerations ................................. 37
Technical Challenges........................................................................ 38
Limitations in Institutional  Capacity................................................... 40
Privacy and Ethics Issues ........................................................ 41
Recommendations ............................................. 45
Educators ...................................................................... 46
Researchers and Developers ...........................................49
Collaborations Across Sectors .........................................50
Conclusion .....................................................................51
References.................................................................... 53
Selected Reading........................................................... 59
Selected Websites ........................................................ 63