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Online and Distance Learning

Online and Distance Learning | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Online and Distance Learning --
  This blog is about obtaining online training and online degrees. It covers a range of distance courses, including online graduate programs, online PhD programs, and online certificate courses. It has advice, information and personal comments about studying online, information about learning styles, and even includes details of how you can obtain free online learning."

 

NOTE: Some of the articles here link to another "Online and Distance Learning" site with more detail and multimedia. It appears that this site is an abridged version of the other information rich site which I'll post next. 

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Open University Learning Design Initiative

Open University Learning Design Initiative | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The OU Learning Design Initiative (OULDI) started with institutional strategic funding in 2007 and has been funded by JISC under the Curriculum Design programme since September 2008. Our work is focused around several key questions:


>> In what ways can the efficiency and effectiveness of time spent designing learning be improved?

>> How can we capture and represent practice; and in particular innovative practice?


>> How can we provide ‘scaffolds’ or support for staff creating learning activities, which draw on good practice and make effective use of tools and pedagogies?


>> What does a quality design process look like?


Our aim is to develop and implement a methodology for learning design composed of tools, practice and other innovation that both builds upon, and contributes to, existing academic and practioner research. We have been working across several OU faculties and with 4 other universities to pilot curriculum design activities and relevant supporting tools and to contribute to the broader academic work in the subject." -- from the Source


#OULDI #JISC #OER #OpenEducation

 

NOTE: This project has established a history of producing good results and has been working hard to keep up with emerging trends and technologies in support of Open Education and Open Education Resources.

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On Being Able to Find Things & Bamboo DiRT

On Being Able to Find Things & Bamboo DiRT | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"We are still in the midst of a change that is already so familiar that it does not feel momentous—even though, in all likelihood, it is.

 

The availability of information at hand in an instant is now a mundane fact of life. Yet it has immense significance for academics. I can remember when obtaining information necessitated multiple visits to the library, interlibrary loans, photocopying on an epic scale, card indexes, and all of the paraphernalia of search and recall that has now been replaced by a few keystrokes.
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But what is clear is that it becomes even more incumbent upon academics to be able to interpret and communicate information. Thus, a thorough grounding in what are usually interdisciplinary methods has now become an ever-more-important aspect of academe in both the social sciences and the humanities.
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In other words, the traditional academic skills of hermeneutics and indeed rhetoric have become important again, just when they might have seemed to be on the wane, as quantitative and qualitative methods intermingle in an environment characterized by a profusion of data." -- from the Source

 

NOTE: This article with it's citation links to supporting materials is a good resource for pointing out technology can lead us to an emerging convergence of academic or synthetic processes rather than specialized or divergent technology & processes. This is a worthwhile read. As an added source I recommend Bamboo Dirt (DiGITAL RESEARCH TOOLS) wiki for a group sourced list of varied applications and resources for multidisciplinary research purposes. You can find it at: http://dirt.projectbamboo.org/

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The Importance of a Data-driven Infrastructure

The Importance of a Data-driven Infrastructure | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"But beyond the uses which can be made of data, there will also be a need for institutions to address the issue of how they manage such data. The approaches needed in Preparing for Data-driven Infrastructure have been summarised in a JISC Observatory TechWatch report of the same name.

 

The background to the report is the need for institutions to manage their data more effectively and provide greater transparency for institutional business processes, ranging from institutional data such as that being provided in Key Information Sets (KIS), the detailed reporting required for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) through to Learning Analytics as described above.

 

The report highlights approaches which institutions can take in responding to these strategic drivers, including the needs for greater transparency in business processes, in order to adopt a more data-centric approach. The report includes a description of data-centric architectures; an overview of tools and technologies including APIs, Linked Data and NoSQL together with a review of architectural approaches which institutions will need to consider.

 

The report, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence, was commissioned by the JISC Observatory team and written by Max Hammond, a consultant who has worked widely across the higher education and research sectors" - from the Source

 

NOTE: The report can be found here: 

http://blog.observatory.jisc.ac.uk/techwatch-reports/data-driven-infrastructure/

There are other links in this article to the information that Brian mentions. Worth a read.

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MOOC's Could Hurt Smaller and For-Profit Colleges, Moody's Report Says - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOC's Could Hurt Smaller and For-Profit Colleges, Moody's Report Says - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The rise of massive open online courses, or MOOC’s, could improve the financial prospects of leading universities while posing financial challenges to lesser-known institutions and for-profit colleges, a new report from Moody’s Investors Service predicts.

 

The report, released on Wednesday and available only to subscribers of the credit-rating agency, is called “Shifting Ground: Technology Begins to Alter Centuries-Old Business Model for Universities.” It says that offering free online courses will help well-known universities bring in new revenue, heighten brand recognition, and reduce operating costs.

 

The report paints a much bleaker picture for smaller universities and for-profit colleges, however. Regional universities that chiefly attract students from surrounding areas could use MOOC’s to broaden their brand recognition and cut their costs, but they could lose market share to stronger universities over the long term, the report states." -- From the Source

 

NOTE: This report (which requires subscription) makes an interesting point about "the business model for universities." This person's opinion is that the research oriented universities have previously depended heavily upon grants and research funding for helping with basic operations of the institution. There are questions in that community about what is the emerging business model of MOOCs for these communities. Now this study has a look about MOOCs impact on lesser-known or smaller institutions. Is this a case of being first or being definitive or having better customer relationship services with the MOOC communities? Only time will tell.

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Higher Education Megatrends: The Capacity Gap, Assessment, and More | | Blackboard blogs

Higher Education Megatrends: The Capacity Gap, Assessment, and More | | Blackboard blogs | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
In case you missed it: Megatrends in higher education from David Harpool http://t.co/ui9Rms7B #4profit...
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Google Launches Free Tool To Let You Run Your Own Online Courses | Edudemic

Google Launches Free Tool To Let You Run Your Own Online Courses | Edudemic | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
RT @kevin_corbett: GAME CHANGER! Google Releases FREE Tool To Let You Run Your Own #eLearning class! http://t.co/QEeA11vI tip @Edudemic ...
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The challenge of ‘openness’ in small MOOCs

The challenge of ‘openness’ in small MOOCs | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
An interesting discussion on the Pedagogy First course blog has sparked off further thoughts about issues around ‘openness’.  This post is, in part, a response to some of the thoughts posted by Ala...
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How to Create a Culture of Social Learning

How to Create a Culture of Social Learning | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Social learning is taking place all around us – and has been for as long as people have been actively communicating.
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Data Driven Journalism

Data Driven Journalism | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"This website is dedicated to providing anyone interested in getting started with data driven journalism with a collection of learning resources, including relevant events, tools, tutorials, interviews and case studies. The data journalism community and mailing list are dedicated to strengthening the community of journalists, designers, data providers and others, and encouraging collaboration and exchange of expertise.

 

 About our data driven journalism initiative

  The initiative is aimed at enabling more journalists to use data-sets as a source for reporting by providing them with the necessary skills, techniques and tools according to their level of expertise. In order to do so the EJC and its partners will:

  > Provide a series of hands on workshops across Europe and online training sessions with leading data journalists and open data experts to demonstrate how to find, analyse, and create new stories using data-sets.
  > Expand and strengthen an international network of data journalists, designers, developers, and others to encourage collaboration and to exchange knowledge of expertise and best practices with each other.
  > Create a collection of online resources - including interviews, case studies, and tutorials about how data can be used in the newsroom.

 

  If you are interested in partnering with us so as to help achieve these goals or if you have any other inquiries please contact the website editor Liliana Bounegru (bounegru@ejc.net).

 

  This initiative receives partial funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science." -- from the Source

 

NOTE: This site is one of the first I have seen that is devoted to the interpretation and re-use of raw data in articles and reports. As we have more and more information produced as statistics, analytics, and raw data, it will become more important to be able to interpret and communicate the content in a meaningfull way for the audience(s).

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Big Data for Higher Ed – Learning Analytics: Leveraging Education Data [Infographic]

Big Data is effecting all industries, including Higher Ed. Created by @tessedel this infographic explains the uses and benefits of Learning Analytics. Learning Analytics: Leveraging Education Data ...
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moblearn: an agent for change: Mobile Learning Guidelines - essential reading for learning leaders

moblearn: an agent for change: Mobile Learning Guidelines - essential reading for learning leaders | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Those nice folks at UNESCO continue to champion mobile learning. Earlier this year we praised their grass-roots style Mobile Learning Series, and now they have taken that one step further by developing a set of guidelines for policy makers and learning leaders to help them benefit from m-learning." -- from the Source

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Multiscreen Patterns | precious, strategic design & visual language

Multiscreen Patterns | precious, strategic design & visual language | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

  "During the last years, our design studio has been involved in many different projects – from designing mainly websites and desktop software in our early days, to smartphone apps, prototypes for TV interfaces and more recently, applications for tablet devices.

 

  Working for all those devices was interesting and challenging. Not just because of the diverse screen sizes and input methods, but because we learned in our user research how different the contexts are in which these gadgets are used.

 

  ... To make these scenarios more tangible for ourselves and to communicate them better to our clients, we started documenting patterns we noticed. These patterns and associated examples were the core of many workshops we did in various constellations: with brand managers, advertising professionals and design students.

 

  Today we like to share this part of our research work: patterns for multiscreen strategies. It’s been a handy reference when discussing solutions for digital products and services. We hope you’ll find them useful too." - from the source

 

NOTE: This is an interesting article about planning for using content on multiple screen sizes or multiple platforms. There are two links: 1) to analog (paper) templates that can be used to design layout for that size screen and 2) User patterns that can help identify users in varied scenarios. A worthwhile read for anyone considering designing content for laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

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OAD: Open Access Week Events

OAD: Open Access Week Events | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

ALERT: "Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research." from the Source, Open Access: Week

 

NOTE: Have a read and see what you can do to celebrate the upcoming Open Access Week.

 

http://www.openaccessweek.org/

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Cloudworks

Cloudworks | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Cloudworks is being developed by the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University. It is part of the Open University Learning Design Initiative (OULDI) project and is funded by both the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and The Open University. ...

 

What is it? Cloudworks is a social networking site for finding, sharing and discussing learning and teaching ideas and designs.


Core concepts. There are two key concepts associated with Cloudworks - the notion of 'Clouds' and 'Cloudscapes'.


Clouds. A Cloud can be anything to do with learning and teaching. Each Cloud is 'social' in that it is possible to have a conversation around the Cloud. A Cloud could be: a short description of a learning and teaching idea, information about resources or tools for learning and teaching, detailed learning designs or case studies of practice or a question as a starting point for a discussion.


Cloudscapes. Clouds can be aggregated into 'Cloudscapes' associated with a particular event, purpose or interest. For example you can have Cloudscapes associated with a conference aggregating Clouds about conference presentations or tools and resources referenced. A Cloudscape can be set up for a workshop where Clouds might include workshop resources, tools or activities. Cloudscapes can also be more general for example to stimulate debate about a particular teaching approach. Clouds can be associated with more than one Cloudscape."

-- from the Source

 

#OER #JISC #OULDI

 

NOTE: This is an exciting project that combines the Big Data of Clouds with Open Educational Resources and social media. It should prove to be a valuable asset to folks in education and training.  A MUST HAVE resource.

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Florida Ponders Opening an Online-Only Public University - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

"Florida is considering creating a new state university, just months after Gov. Rick Scott defied the university system's board by signing legislation to turn a satellite campus into the state's 12th public university. Under the new proposal, the board itself would oversee the planned 13th university, which would have neither a campus quad nor a football team. The potential campus would be entirely online.

 

This past July, the system's Board of Governors hired a consulting firm to determine the feasibility of creating "OnlineU."

 

An online university is not the only option being explored, says Frank T. Brogan, the system's chancellor. The consulting group, Parthenon, will also consider the possibility of building a systemwide "portal" for universities to offer existing online courses to students on other campuses in the system. Such offerings are now available only to students enrolled at the university where the course originates." - from the source

 

NOTE: This is the first instance I know of where a State Government is essentially betting on the MOOC bandwagon. I wonder if there are others. If you know of any please leave a comment. Thanks.

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Google Unveils Open Source Online Education Software

Google Unveils Open Source Online Education Software | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Online education startups such as the Khan Academy, as well as new efforts by MIT, Stanford, and Harvard have helped spur interest and add legitimacy to the notion of remote learning. Now Google is lending its brainpower to the rapidly growing space by releasing a tool called Course Builder, open source software that is designed to let anyone create online education courses.
The Course Builder project came by way of another program Google ran earlier this year called Power Searching With Google.
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According to the introductory video (below) presented by Peter Norvig, director of Google Research, usage of the software won't require high-level programming skill, and should be accessible to anyone with the ability to build and maintain their own website.
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In addition to offering a new platform for empowering educators, the effort is also a unique opportunity to connect with Google's research team. Over the course of the next two weeks Google plans to directly interact with Course Builder users via Google Hangouts. The Course Builder support site is already live and the free software download has already received its first update. For those unsure about their level of skill as it relates to the possible use of the software, Google's Course Builder Checklist offers a reassuring primer on exactly what to expect and how to get started." -- from the Source

 

NOTE: Google now has joined the MOOC business with a growing set of tools based on its base of Google Apps, Google Plus, and the search engine. A key element is simiplicity in that "usage of the software won't require high-level programming skills." This will prove to be interesting for education and professional development training for global corporations / government agencies.

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Top 5 Tips for Choosing Mobile Computers

This white paper (linked to in this article)  from Intermec explains the top 5 tips for how to choose the best mobile computer for your organization.


Dozens of manufacturers offer hundreds of devices in thousands of configurations, but only one may be best suited for your particular environment and workforce. Rather than trying to stay on top of all the products that are being introduced and discontinued, the technologies and features being added, plus available peripherals and software, enterprises can quickly cut down to a few viable options by following five basic tips:
  1) Consider the environment and the user
  2) Stick to industry standards & certifications
  3) Simplify support
  4) Require flexibility
  5) Pay attention to power

 

This white paper explains these tips and how they can be applied to assist the enterprise mobile computer selection process.

 

NOTE: This abstract has a link to a white paper with more detailed information for choosing the right mobile computer for your organization type.

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ACSC launches new distance learning program - Air Force Link

ACSC launches new distance learning programAir Force LinkThis comprehensive distance learning transformation is designed to enhance critical thinking skills and improve the educational value of professional military education for mid-grade officers...
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Augmented reality and mobile learning: the state of the art - Open Research Online

The top stories on Augmented reality from TweetMeme.
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UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning: Inviting input into d...

Presented at the mEducation Alliance Symposium 2012, Washington DC, 6 September 2012 (UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning: Inviting input into d...)...
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The MOOC Survivors - Inside Higher Ed

The MOOC Survivors - Inside Higher Ed | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
The MOOC SurvivorsInside Higher EdAs the MOOC buzz continues to reverberate across higher education, the question of which subjects and populations these massive open online courses are best-suited to remains a mystery.
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Open Strategies in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges

Open Strategies in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Last week (11-13 April), I attended the DEANZ 2012 (Distance Education Association New Zealand) conference  in Wellington, where I gave a presentation titled: “Open Strategies in Higher Educa...
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Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses ...

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses ... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Tools these days come in three flavors

  > Geared toward e-learning developers and instructional designers
  > Geared towards the masses
  > A combination of both

 

Authoring Tools for developers

 

The biggest problem facing the industry in the past few years are the lack of course authoring tools for e-learning developers and instructional designers.

 

Sure, you can use the extensive list of tools on the market, but for those who want real power and complexity ala from the days of Authorware, pickings are slim."  - from the Source

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Hybrid Pedagogy's MOOC MOOC – A MOOC to Learn About MOOCs » Online Universities

"The Goal of MOOC MOOC
While the idea of a MOOC MOOC may seem confusing, it really isn’t. It was designed by the creative minds at Hybrid Pedagogy to explore the concept of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) by allowing educators to participate in a MOOC about MOOCs.

 

The writers on the Hybrid Pedagogy site have been openly critical of the MOOC concept in the past, particularly Jesse Stommel in The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses. I have also been critical of MOOCs in my Education Unbound post MOOCs: More Hype than Hope! Therefore, I had a preconceived notion that a MOOC about MOOCs hosted by Hybrid Pedagogy would have a negative slant. If it did, however, that was not at all obvious in the way the course was designed, presented, or facilitated. Overall it was a fair and thought provoking exploration of the potential and limitations of the medium. A serious attempt to make sense of a delivery method for learning that has received a lot of press and seems, for the moment at least, to be one of the ways that people are looking to reform education so that it is more accessible and more affordable." - from the Source

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