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Let's stop pretending

"I don't think any of my colleagues in Rosslyn would put it this way, but I like to think that the unspoken refrain in this kind of work is:
look --really look -- at what is in front of you. stop pretending that things are otherwise. act accordingly." - from the source ( http://learningcircuits.blogspot.com/ )

 

NOTE: This is a great post. Read it and learn.

  It includes a long list of things we should stop pretending about such as, "Let's stop pretending that content curation isn't already a core competency."or "Let's stop pretending that what you're collecting with your LMS has a lot to show in terms of learning analytics, ROI, or business intelligence."

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Envisioning the future of education technology

Envisioning the future of education technology | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"Why look at education?
Education lies at a peculiar crossroad in society. On one hand it has the responsibility of anticipating real-life skills by preparing us for an increasingly complex world – but education methodologies can only be formalized after practices have been defined. This dichotomy is particularly aggravated when it comes to technology, where fast-paced innovation and perpetual change is the only constant.

This visualization attempts to organize a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the upcoming decades. Despite its inherently speculative nature, the driving trends behind the technologies can already be observed, meaning it's a matter of time before these scenarios start panning out in learning environments around the world." -- From the Source ( http://envisioningtech.com/ )

 

NOTE: This infographic is packed with technology, pedagogy, and prognostication. While some may think it is only K-12, it applies to higher ed, corporate training, and professional development in the coming years.

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The Content Grid v2 [Infographic] | Eloqua Blog

The Content Grid v2 [Infographic] | Eloqua Blog | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The Content Grid v2 picks up where its predecessor left off. Intact is the prescriptive connection between content type and distribution channel. New is the perspective of the buyer, a multi-stage purchase funnel, and a comprehensive collection of KPIs (like they say, “What isn’t measured, isn’t purchased.”). Although v2 contains significantly more information than the original, the new design is infinitely more simple. This achievement is a tribute to the unrivaled design team at JESS3 – and the clarity of client/agency communication that comes only with time and trust." -- from the Source.

 

http://media.eloqua.com/images/The-Content-Grid-v2.jpg

 

NOTE: While this infographic is focused on marketing, it can also be applied to the timeline of developing courseware as well. 

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Gartner's 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Identifies "Tipping Point" Technologies That Will Unlock Long-Awaited Technology Scenarios

Gartner's 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Identifies "Tipping Point" Technologies That Will Unlock Long-Awaited Technology Scenarios | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"Big data, 3D printing, activity streams, Internet TV, Near Field Communication (NFC) payment, cloud computing and media tablets are some of the fastest-moving technologies identified in Gartner Inc.'s 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies.

 

Gartner analysts said that these technologies have moved noticeably along the Hype Cycle since 2011, while consumerization is now expected to reach the Plateau of Productivity in two to five years, down from five to 10 years in 2011. Bring your own device (BYOD), 3D printing and social analytics are some of the technologies identified at the Peak of Inflated Expectations in this year's Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle" - from source

 

NOTE: The Gartner Hype Cycle 2012 is recommended reading from the New Media Consortium.

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Google Group: Learning Analytics

This resource is an asynchronous forum about topics related to "Learning Analytics." There are threads about meetings, questions, products, processes, and tips. If you're interested or have to engage in Learning Analytics, this could be a useful resource.

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Society for Learning Analytics Research

"The Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) is an inter-disciplinary network of leading international researchers who are exploring the role and impact of analytics on teaching, learning, training and development.

 

SoLAR has published a concept paper on Open Learning Analytics (pdf).
http://solaresearch.org/OpenLearningAnalytics.pdf " - from the source

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Learning Analytics Resources | Learning and Knowledge Analytics

"It’s getting to be an understatement that learning analytics are exploding as an area of interest. Attention to data and analytics appeals to a fairly broad spectrum – research, K-12, universities, administrators, and startups.

 

While we are getting dangerously close to hype-level, the quality and breadth of literature on learning analytics and educational datamining is improving as well. A few recent resources that I’ve come across may be of interest:

 

The State of Learning Analytics in 2012:A Review and Future Challenges (.pdf). An excellent report by Rebecca Ferguson, providing an overview of LA as well as challenges going forward.
http://kmi.open.ac.uk/publications/pdf/kmi-12-01.pdf

 

Analytics in Higher Education: Establishing a Common Language (.pdf) Self explanatory by title alone :).
http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI3026.pdf

 

Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics (.pdf). A report by US Dept of Education. Details analytics processes and provides important challenges to consider if the field of LA is to progress.
http://evidenceframework.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/EDM-LA-Brief-Draft_4_10_12c.pdf

 

And finally, last week I presented, "Eli 2012 Sensemaking Analytics," to EDUCAUSE’s online conference on learning analytics. Slides are below:
http://www.slideshare.net/gsiemens/eli-2012-sensemaking-analytics

 

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Learning analytics - Wikipedia

Learning analytics - Wikipedia | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Learning analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimising learning and the environments in which it occurs. A related field is educational data mining." - from the Source

 

TOC:
1 History
2 Criticism
3 Methods
4 Software
5 See also
6 References
7 External links

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Don't Confuse Technology With Teaching

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

Commentary - Aug 13, 2012 - Pamela Hieronymi

 

  "Education is not the transmission of information or ideas. Education is the training needed to make use of information and ideas. As information breaks loose from bookstores and libraries and floods onto computers and mobile devices, that training becomes more important, not less.

  Educators are coaches, personal trainers in intellectual fitness. The value we add to the media extravaganza is like the value the trainer adds to the gym or the coach adds to the equipment. We provide individualized instruction in how to evaluate and make use of information and ideas, teaching people how to think for themselves." - from the source

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Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Teaching & Technology

Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Teaching & Technology | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.

 

"Hybrid Pedagogy
: combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses for technology and digital media in on-ground and online classrooms.
: 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

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Amazon.com: Head First Mobile Web (9781449302665): Lyza Danger Gardner, Jason Grigsby: Books

Amazon.com: Head First Mobile Web (9781449302665): Lyza Danger Gardner, Jason Grigsby: Books | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

" Mobile web usage is exploding. Soon, more web browsing will take place on phones and tablets than PCs. Your business needs a mobile strategy, but where do you start? Head First Mobile Web shows how to use the web tech- nology you’re already familiar with to make sites and apps that work on any device of any size. Put your JavaScript, CSS media query, and HTML5 skills to work, and then optimize your site to perform its best in the demanding mobile market. Along the way, you’ll discover how to adapt your business strategy to target specific devices.
    (1) Navigate the increasingly complex mobile landscape
    (2) Take both technical and strategic approaches to mobile web design
    (3) Use the latest development techniques—including Responsive Web Design and server-side device detection with WURFL
    (4) Learn quickly through images, puzzles, stories, and quizzes

 
  We think your time is too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Mobile Web uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep." - from the source

 

NOTE: This book is a common sense approach to preparing web apps and content not only for today's mobile environment, but also how to plan for the unknown future devices and environment. It does expect one to have some knowledge of web programming, but I did not find it over whelming. This is a worthwhile read.

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Today: SCORM Basics webinar with @RemoteLearner - August 8th 2:00 PM EST

Introduction to SCORM standard and functionality, SCORM advantages and disadvantages, SCORM design no-no's, and SCORM troubleshooting.


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Free online course: IPR For Educational Environments

This is a free online course about Intellectual Property Rights for Educational Environments. It is primarily aimed at people in higher education designing online learning resources but is also appropriated for academics working in HE staff development.

via Nicoleta Tecu


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OER Repositories & Directories

OER Repositories & Directories | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"I thought I’d kick off my new “State of OER” research by compiling a list of all the available OER repositories -- a sensible place to start. I thought about just compiling everything in a long list-like blog post at first, and then, as one is wont to do when projects seem big and call for collaboration, I started a Google Doc, where I started jotting down the names, the URLs and a brief description.

  But it quickly became apparent that that’s an insufficient way to track these sorts of things – and I’d go even farther to say that it’s probably part of the problem that OERs face right now in gaining more widespread adoption

  ... Tomorrow’s post (Aug 23, 2012): some stats gleaned from these sites on what topics are available, how are they licensed, and what format are they in. Coming soon: a look at how educators and organizations are using OER (if so, how, and if not, why not)." -- from Source - http://www.hackeducation.com/

 

NOTE: This is a good article with links to OER resources as well as outlining a work plan of the author to develop her research and share the results. A worthwhile read.

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The Emerging Revolution in Game Theory - Technology Review

The Emerging Revolution in Game Theory - Technology Review | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Rethinking Prisoner's Dilemma strategies is a big deal because of the huge body of work, but you can't get more prestigious than Freeman Dyson. --Howard

 

"The world of game theory is currently on fire. In May, Freeman Dyson at Princeton University and William Press at the University of Texas announced that they had discovered a previously unknown strategy for the game of prisoner's dilemma which guarantees one player a better outcome than the other.

 

That's a monumental surprise. Theorists have studied Prisoner's Dilemma for decades, using it as a model for the emergence of co-operation in nature. This work has had a profound impact on disciplines such as economics, evolutionary biology and, of course, game theory itself. The new result will have impact in all these areas and more.?


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Students in Free Online Courses Form Groups to Study and Socialize - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Students in Free Online Courses Form Groups to Study and Socialize - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"As enrollment has rapidly increased in free online classes, also known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC’s, students are increasingly forming groups, both online and in the real world, to study and socialize.

 

Whether aiming to make the experience more personal or to learn more about the possibilities of free online education, the students are seeking out various ways to connect with classmates." -- from Source

 

NOTE: the article goes on to give a couple well explained descriptions of different ways the groups are formed or used and which technologies they use to create their groups.

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American Society for Training & Development

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"ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development professionals. ASTD's members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 120 U.S. chapters and with more than 20 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers.

 

Started in 1943, in recent years ASTD has widened the profession's focus to link learning and performance to individual and organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues." -- from the source

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On the Horizon: Learning Analytics | The New Media Consortium

On the Horizon: Learning Analytics | The New Media Consortium | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Education Edition will be released in February and will provide insight on learning analytics and its impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. The good news is that you don't have to wait until then to learn more. In collaboration with our partner NERLA, we put together a series of workshops and a webinar that explored the vast potential of learning analytics.

 

Couldn't make these live events? We've got you covered with our Learning Analytics collection in iTunes U, which features full recordings and other helpful, free resources." - from the Source

 

2012 NMC Horizon Report:
http://www.nmc.org/publications/horizon-report-2012-higher-ed-edition

 

iTunes Learning Analytics Collection:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/nmc-horizon-connect-learning/id489707147

 

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elearnspace › What are Learning Analytics?

elearnspace › What are Learning Analytics? | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Learning analytics is the use of intelligent data, learner-produced data, and analysis models to discover information and social connections, and to predict and advise on learning. EDUCAUSE’s Next Generation learning initiative offers a slightly different definition “the use of data and models to predict student progress and performance, and the ability to act on that information”. Their definition is cleaner than the one I offer, but, as I’ll detail below, is intended to work within the existing educational system, rather than to modify it. I’m interested in how learning analytics can restructure the process of teaching, learning, and administration." - from the source

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Learning and Knowledge Analytics - Analyzing what can be connected

Learning and Knowledge Analytics - Analyzing what can be connected | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"This site is devoted to learning and knowledge analytics – a growing area of interest to educators, administrators, and entrepreneurs.

 

Starting January 2011, this site will serve as the starting point for an open course, offered to support the Learning and Knowledge Analytics 2011 Conference. The course is facilitated by George Siemens (TEKRI, Athabasca University), Jon Drown (SCIS, Athabasca University), Dave Cormier (University of Prince Edward Island), Tanya Elias (Athabasa University), and Sylvia Currie (BCcampus)." - from the source

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Social Learning Centre

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"The Social Learning Centre is a global online professional community for learning professionals (in both education and the workplace) to support their ongoing professional development by learning from their peers as well as leading industry practitioners and thought leaders from around the world.

 

Here are some of the activities that we offer:

>> Free introductory webinars on a variety of themes
>> In-depth workshops on a range of topics related to emerging developments in learning and development.
>> Other free online activities based around discussion groups and past events, including a number of on-demand learning materials" - from the source

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This looks like an interesting group from UK as most fees are cited in pounds not dollars. Of further interest is the list of free webinars and for a fee workshops seen at http://sociallearningcentre.co.uk/workshops-webinars/
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Explaining and Applying Hybrid Pedagogy » Online Universities

Explaining and Applying Hybrid Pedagogy » Online Universities | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: Aug 7, 2012
Source: OnlineUniversities.com
URL: http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/08/explaining-applying-hybrid-pedagogy/
Title: Explaining and Applying Hybrid Pedagogy

 

Abstract/Quotes:
"We cannot separate ourselves from technology that mediates our daily lives; that manages our social lives; that dominates politics; that entertains us; and that helps to educate us. The three part series on Hybridity in education by Peter Rorabaugh and Jesse Stommel in the online journal Hybrid Pedagogy examines the artificial dichotomy that has been established between virtual learning and the traditional or face-to-face model. A successful and transparent blending of these two delivery modes is the future of education.The implications of examining all teaching and learning as happening on a digital/empirical continuum (Rorabaugh, 7 Feb., 2012) as opposed to an either or choice are significant and reveal a probable model for what the future of education holds." - from Source

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Mobile Learning Resources

Published Date: 10 August 2012
Author: Judy Brown
Source: 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning
URL: http://emerginged.com/index.html
Title: Learning in hand with mobile technology

 

Abstract/Quotes:
"Mobile devices continue to proliferate and revolutionize online teaching and learning. Judy Brown will provide a glimpse of current devices and their applications for effective instruction/training. She will share her vision of how these devices and apps will evolve to meet future learning needs. With the prediction of over 40 billion apps downloaded in 5 years, the relevant question will shift from, “Will these be used?” to “How do I efficiently find and use or build apps to extend learning?” -- the source

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"An infographics on learning styles and theories."

"An infographics on learning styles and theories." | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"An infographics on learning styles and theories."


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MOOC MOOC: A MOOC on MOOCs

Starting August 12, 2012, Hybrid Pedagogy, an online journal of teaching and technology, will host a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) designed specifically at looking carefully at this new pedagogical approach.

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