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Navigating the Waters of Learning Analytics | EDUCAUSE.edu

Navigating the Waters of Learning Analytics | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Navigating the waters of learning analytics (LA) requires steering a careful course between a Scylla and a Charybdis. The Scylla is the gushing view that learning analytics is a magic bullet, a cure for many, if not all, of higher education’s ills. The Charybdis is the view that LA, based on usage data and devoted to efficiency, will turn higher education into an soulless pre-professional training business, no longer interested in discovery, knowledge creation, and critical thinking." -source

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The author attempts to even handily present the pros and cons of using analytics for teaching and learning in higher education institutions. In my opinion I read the opening paragraph given above to say that learning analytics needs to be a delicate balance between "flying by the seat of your pants" (Visual Flight Rules [VFR] / human driven) or else running the institution on "Auto-pilot" (Instrument Flight Rules [IFR] / computer driven).
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EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 3 Recap: Analytics for Enterprise Efficiency and Effectiveness | EDUCAUSE.edu

EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 3 Recap: Analytics for Enterprise Efficiency and Effectiveness | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Thursday, the third and final day of the EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint. Today we heard about enterprise-level activities to support analytics at the University of Washington (UW) and at Arizona State University (ASU). By now, everyone knows that analytics programs depend on good data, and we all know that at most institutions, ensuring appropriate access to reliable data is not trivial. As was noted today, colleges and universities are “loose confederations of guilds” in which people tend to fiercely guard their data." - Source

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EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 1 Recap: What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education? | EDUCAUSE.edu

EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 1 Recap: What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education? | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint kicked off today (July 24, 2012), with the theme “What Does Analytics Mean for Higher Education?” A broad question, indeed, reflected in the wide-ranging comments and discussion, both in today’s webinar and in the many side and back channels of communication." - Source 

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The corridor of uncertainty: Open Scout

The corridor of uncertainty: Open Scout | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
" OpenScout seems to be a sign of a growing movement in providing more accurate and quality assured OER search. The project is funded by the European Commission's eContentplus programme
... Basically you can search for open resources in the field of management training and OpenScout searches for material in a range of quality assured repositories for such material" - from Source
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Cammy Bean's Learning Visions: ASTD LearnNow Day 2 notes #ASTDLN

Cammy Bean's Learning Visions: ASTD LearnNow Day 2 notes #ASTDLN | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

" These are my notes from the morning session of ASTD LearnNow Conference, happening July 25 & 26
... Bob Mosher is starting the day off with some discussion around where do we start implementing these new technologies? "This war is won one project at a time?" - Source


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University of Minnesota releases e-book about academic technology | Inside Higher Ed

University of Minnesota releases e-book about academic technology | Inside Higher Ed | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The (E-book) addresses four overarching topics -- ideas for transforming teaching methods, solutions to specific classroom problems, examples of campus leaders providing direction and support for these efforts, and ways the university is spreading its innovation off campus" - from Source

 

NOTE: there is a link to the PDF version of the E-Book in the article. It is worth reading

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Higher education’s destination by 2020

"Today, though, the business of higher education seems to some as susceptible to tech disruption as other information-centric industries such as the news media, magazines and journals, encyclopedias, music, motion pictures, and television. The transmission of knowledge need no longer be tethered to a college campus. The technical affordances of cloud-based computing, digital textbooks, mobile connectivity, high-quality streaming video, and “just-in-time” information gathering have pushed vast amounts of knowledge to the “placeless” Web. This has sparked a robust re-examination of the modern university’s mission and its role within networked society." - Source

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The New Media Consortium Horizon Project

The New Media Consortium Horizon Project | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

The NMC Horizon Project, as the centerpiece of the NMC Emerging Technologies Initiative, charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, research, creative inquiry, and information management. Launched in 2002, it epitomizes the mission of the NMC to help educators and thought leaders across the world build upon the innovation happening at their institutions by providing them with expert research and analysis.

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The Ultimate Guide To Emerging Technologies | Edudemic

The Ultimate Guide To Emerging Technologies | Edudemic | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 20, 2012
Source: EDUCEMIC blog


URL: http://edudemic.com/2012/07/the-ultimate-guide-to-emerging-technologies/

Title: The Ultimate Guide To Emerging Technologies

Abstract/Quotes:
"Gene therapy? Anti-aging drugs? Neuroinformatics? If this sounds like something out of some Minority Report, you’re in for a surprise. According to a simply amazing visualization by the geniuses at Envisioning Tech, all this and more is coming to your world in the next few decades.

And it all starts with education. If we want each of these incredible (some scary, some not) technologies to actually happen, we need to make sure every student and teacher sees this visualization. Seriously. Show this roadmap to a student contemplating a degree in science or math and they’ll be pretty inspired. Who wouldn’t want to be the person who discovered a way to build a SPACE ELEVATOR?! That’s right. That’s one of the emerging technologies."

NOTE: This is an infographic that projects the emergence of particular technologies up to 2040. Some will be applied in learning situations, others to the workplace, and others are scientific advances. The diagram is a PDF which is easier to read when enlarged.

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Update: There is an online interactive version of this infographic that pop's up info-bites about the topic as you mouse over the items. Got to: http://envisioningtech.com/envisioning2012/
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How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses - College 2.0 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date: July 19, 2012
Source: Chronicle for Higher Education
URL: http://chronicle.com/article/How-an-Upstart-Company-Might/133065/

Title: Inside the Coursera Contract: How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses

Abstract/Quotes:
"Coursera has been operating for only a few months, but the company has already persuaded some of the world's best-known universities to offer free courses through its online platform."

"The contract (with the Univ of Michigan) reveals that even Coursera isn't yet sure how it will bring in revenue." -- from the Source

NOTE: This article begins to explore more in depth the operational aspects of Coursera: it's funding model, who is / are the target clientele, who gets paid royalties, who owns the content, and so on.

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The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education

The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Published Date: July 18, 2012
Source: The Atlantic magazine - online
URL:
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/07/the-single-most-important-experiment-in-higher-education/259953/

Title: The Atlantic: The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education

Abstract/Quotes:
"A dozen major universities announced that they would begin providing content to Coursera, an innovative platform that makes interactive college classes available to the public free on the web. Next fall, it will offer at least 100 massive open online courses -- otherwise known as MOOCs*-- designed by professors from schools such as Princeton, CalTech, and Duke that will be capable of delivering lessons to more than 100,000 students at a time."
* Massively Open Online Courses

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It appears that Coursera is catching on like wildfire. Recently NPR, the Washington Post and the New York Times all had stories about MOOCs. I have not given much thought how these would apply to corporate traingin other than a channel to share "obsolete lessons" with disclaimers and the prestige of being part of such an organization like Coursera.
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Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education? - Forbes

Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education? - Forbes | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: Forbes - online
URL:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/07/17/is-coursera-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-traditional-higher-education/

Title: Forbes - Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education?

Abstract/Quotes:
"Could high-quality MOOCs eventually do to traditional colleges and universities what Craigslist has done to classified advertising in newspapers and what Wikipedia has done to encyclopedias? In other words, could Coursera and its ilk replace a $250,000 college degree and decimate the world of brick-and-mortar colleges and universities? Coursera doesn’t even have any plans to give degrees yet, or any revenue model. But along with Coursera, there are several other big, prestigious players who have launched successful, high-quality online courses, including edX, a joint venture of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Udacity, founded by Sebastian Thrun of Stanford. What might all this mean 10 or 20 years from now?
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According to the Times, this fall the University of Washington will offer credit for its Coursera classes in exchange for a fee, and some extra assignments and work with an instructor. That can only spread." -- from the Source

NOTE: This article from Forbes explores the impact of Massive Online Open Courseware (MOOC), some basic information how they work, and some of the providers of MOOCs.

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U-Va. takes major step in online education

U-Va. takes major step in online education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: Washington Post
URLs:
1) Article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-takes-major-step-in-online-education/2012/07/16/gJQAF3YOqW_story_1.html

2) Printed Edition without images, but all on one page:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-takes-major-step-in-online-education/2012/07/16/gJQAF3YOqW_print.html

Title: (MOOCs) U-Va. takes major step in online education

Abstract/Quotes:
"Now, opposition is melting away. A compelling body of research has shown that some online initiatives yield improved outcomes at reduced cost, an irresistible proposition.

“We don’t want to be another industry that didn’t see change coming and, because they didn’t see it in time, they’re dead,” said James Dean, dean of the business school at the University of North Carolina, which is known for its online experimentation.
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EdX and Coursera allow top schools to expand their global brand and share their intellectual capital with the world in the manner of academic missionaries. Perhaps as important, the online laboratories allow each institution to cultivate an internal digital culture.

“Simply put, online learning can substantially improve on-campus learning as well,” said Anant Agarwal, president of edX. “The way we educate students really hasn’t changed much in centuries.”

Some educators suggest that the global online platforms offer more flash than substance, and that financial benefits for schools are dubious.

“There’s no income from it. Nobody’s made a case that there will be any income from it,” said Marva Barnett, director of the Teaching Resource Center at U-Va. “Why is this such a desirable thing?”  -- From the Source

Note: There has been discussion about this article on Twitter about where the "compelling body of research" came from or even exists.

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On the Horizon: The Power and Potential of Analytics | EDUCAUSE.edu

On the Horizon: The Power and Potential of Analytics | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"We are at a crossroads where we can, as described by Marc Parry in College Degrees, Designed by the Numbers, “massively change the likelihood of graduating” for students through a comprehensive analytical capacity that takes student success building blocks as the key performance indicators.  We are able to better tailor and customize instruction to the individual learner.  We will be able to use adaptive technologies to better guide students on successful academic pathways.  Don Norris and I have been working on a toolkit for building organizational capacity in analytics.  We have determined that institutions can better manage the student pipeline; eliminate impediments to retention and student success; utilize dynamic, predictive analytics to respond to at-risk student behavior; evolve learner relationship management systems; create personalized learning environments; engage in large-scale data mining to illuminate pathways to student success; and we can extend student success to include learning, workforce and life success.  This is what is on the horizon in the power and potential of analytics." - source

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This article does a good job of going deeper into to the impact or changes that analytics can and will bring to higher education. The author states "the future of analytics promises to be both a sustaining and disruptive innovation for education." Then she goes on to give examples of both themes. This is a helpful introduction into this new tool for higher education administration.
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EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 2 Recap: Analytics for Teaching, Learning, and Student Success | EDUCAUSE.edu

EDUCAUSE Analytics Sprint, Day 2 Recap: Analytics for Teaching, Learning, and Student Success | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The focus of today’s Sprint activities moved from general issues for higher education into the area of teaching and learning, an area that seemed to strike participants as either the most or the least reasonable place to apply analytics. On the one hand, teaching is the core mission of every college and university, and if using data in new ways can benefit an institution’s teaching, who wouldn’t support that? On the other hand, the magic of learning depends on subtleties and dynamics that can’t be reduced to numbers, doesn’t it?" - source

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Enterprise Analytics: Taking Business Intelligence in New Directions

"All indications point to analytics as being a force in helping the institution achieve its goals in major areas by measuring progress and taking steps to make corrections. Susan Grajek, vice president of data, research, and analytics at EDUCAUSE, noted that analytics is an investment in the future success of institutions. Campuses that align their governance structures, enterprise needs, and IT are on the right track." - source

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A Curated and Searchable Collection of the Best Free UI Design Elements: UICloud

A Curated and Searchable Collection of the Best Free UI Design Elements: UICloud | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Robin Good: UICloud is a curated collection of some of the best user interface elements, available under a Creative Commons license. The collection which includes already over 20,000 designs provides an easy-to-use search engine as well as a set of browsable categories to easily find specific UI designs. 

 

Another great example of how useful it can be to have someone that picks, collects and organizes sets of valuable items otherwise scattered all over the web.

 

N.B.: Anyone can submit design elements to UICloud, but each new submission is reviewed, evaluated and, if accepted, appropriately categorized, by human reviewers. See: http://ui-cloud.com/submit/

 

Curation at work.

Try it out now: http://ui-cloud.com/

 

 


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Language Labs - Contextual Thesaurus

Language Labs - Contextual Thesaurus | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: 2012
Source: Microsoft Labs
URL: http://labs.microsofttranslator.com/thesaurus/

Title: Contextual Thesaurus

 

Abstract/Quotes:
"This is a prototype Contextual Thesaurus developed by Microsoft Research. Actually, it’s quite a bit more than that: it’s an English-to-English machine translation system that employs the same architecture that the Microsoft Translator uses when translating different languages. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first large-scale paraphrasing system anywhere." - FAQ from source

 

NOTE: This thesaurus creates interesting visual topical map that is based on each word of a 4 to 8 word phrase. Some do not make sense, while other connections transform the way a person might rephrase their writing.

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Innovating Pedagogy | Open University Innovations Report #1

Innovating Pedagogy | Open University Innovations Report #1 | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. The first report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education." - from the Source

 

NOTE: Similar to the horizon reports this series will look closely at new media and emerging technology that will impact education and training.

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Four Barriers That MOOCs Must Overcome To Build a Sustainable Model - e-Literate

Four Barriers That MOOCs Must Overcome To Build a Sustainable Model - e-Literate | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Given the hype of national media coverage of massive open online courses (MOOCs), it is refreshing to see more recent analysis looking at important attributes such as revenue models, dropout rates, and instructional design." - from source

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Mobile Learning | Allen Communication - Corporate Training

Mobile Learning | Allen Communication - Corporate Training | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Archive of posts dealing with mobile learning.


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Storyboard ing for e-learning: Challenges and tips | E-Learning Academy

Storyboard ing for e-learning: Challenges and tips | E-Learning Academy | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 21, 2012
Source: e-Learning Academy blog

URL: http://www.elearningacademy.com.au/blog/2012/07/storyboarding-elearning/

Title: Storyboarding for E-Learning: Challenges and Tips

Abstract/Quotes:
"The storyboard is a representation of content, visual design, interactivity, navigation, narration etc in soft copy form. For examples of storyboards, check out Connie Malamed’s blog. Storyboards are used by the instructional designer (ID) to:
> Gain agreement with the subject matter expert (SME) on the design approach of the e-learning course
> Provide instruction to the e-learning developer on how the course is to be authored into a multimedia format." -- from the Source

NOTE: This article begins with a diagram as the base for the topic and then provides tips and links to resources. There are other resources provided in the comment section at the bottom of the blog article.

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Despite rumors, creditialing still an impasse for universities offering MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed

Despite rumors, creditialing still an impasse for universities offering MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Published Date: July 18, 2012: (MOOCs) Without Credit
Source: Inside Higher Education blog
URL:
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/07/18/despite-rumors-creditialing-still-impasse-universities-offering-moocs

Title: (MOOCs) Without Credit

Abstract/Quotes:
"Even as traditional universities have embraced massive free courses, those institutions have drawn a line on the matter of offering credit. Some professors send a letter of recognition to students who succeed in the free, online versions of their courses, but the universities have refrained from offering those students course credits that count toward the completion of a traditional degree. So far the only way students might redeem their success in MOOCs for formal college credit is by seeking validation through prior-learning assessment apparatuses."

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A response to the NY Times article with some more details about the operational issues around MOOCs for Universities.
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Top Universities Test the Online Appeal of Free

Top Universities Test the Online Appeal of Free | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 18, 2012
Source: New York Times
URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/education/top-universities-test-the-online-appeal-of-free.html?_r=1&ref=technology

Title: Top Universities Test the Online Appeal of Free

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"A few months ago, free online courses from prestigious universities were a rarity. Now, they are the cause for announcements every few weeks, as a field suddenly studded with big-name colleges and competing software platforms evolves with astonishing speed. ...

Ramin Rahimian for The New York Times, "Online classes have been around for years. What is new is how some top colleges now are throwing open the doors digitally. ...

In a major development on Tuesday, a dozen highly ranked universities said they had signed on with Coursera, a new venture offering free classes online. They still must overcome some skepticism about the quality of online education and the prospects for having the courses cover the costs of producing them, but their enthusiasm is undimmed." -- from the Source

NOTE: This is a follow up on the MOOCs article in New York Times from July 17th with more detail.

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U.Va. Enters Agreement To Distribute Courses Online

U.Va. Enters Agreement To Distribute Courses Online | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: Univ. of Virginia - press release
URL: http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=19116

Title: (MOOCs) University of Virginia Enters Agreement To Distribute Courses Online

Abstract/Quotes:
"U.Va.'s agreement with Coursera, announced today, has been in the works for several months. Both the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Darden School of Business have been carefully evaluating options that could result in thousands of students having online access to world-class instruction from U.Va." -- from the Source

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