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Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Jeroen Boon's curator insight, January 6, 2:21 PM

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

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The Innovation of Loneliness: short film based on Sherry Turkle book 'Alone Together'

The Innovation of Loneliness: short film based on Sherry Turkle book 'Alone Together' | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Above, Shimi Cohen's animated short film, "The Innovation of Loneliness." What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely? Inspired and Based on the wonderful book by Sherry Turkle, "Alone Together." Also Based on Dr.


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I enjoyed near the end of the book when Sherry writes about sending and receiving letters from her mother while she was in college. In comparison, her daughter is studying in Ireland and they communicate almost daily via email, video conferencing. But much of that digital communication is ephemeral, where as the the analog letters have been around for decades. Food for thought.

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Knowledge Management and E-Learning (9781439837252) - book available now

Knowledge Management and E-Learning (9781439837252) - book available now | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Edited by Jay Liebowitz and Michael S Frank:

 

"The book's first part looks at KM practices in e-learning and covers techniques and methodologies. The second part contains several case studies looking at applications of KM to e-learning in businesses, government agencies, and universities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., and Europe. The book concludes with a summary of future trends by experts at these organizations. This book ties knowledge management (KM) with e-learning as complementary approaches, highlighting the leading and emerging work being accomplished in this space. These chapters explain knowledge capture, retention, transfer, and sharing."

http://c69.co/13968517

 


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 7, 2013 4:24 AM

Future trends in KM explored as well!

Ken Keiser's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:08 AM

I will have to look into this book to see whether it meets my needs. My organization has an interest in both aspects of KM and e-learning, for internal purposes as well as our constituents and customers.

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The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now

The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"These aren’t single tools to “try,” but news ways to think about how learners access media, how educators define success, and what the roles of immense digital communities should be in popularizing new learning models." from: source: http://www.teachthought.com/


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Barbara Truman's curator insight, February 28, 2013 5:12 AM

Many of these principles apply to cross-generational learning that can take place all the time, everywhere if we figure out how to make it so. 

ghbrett's curator insight, February 28, 2013 6:21 AM

This is a good article about shifts from traditional modes of learning and training to come in line with emerging trends in teaching and training. It presents a wholistic concept for how a teacher can combine analog and digital processes and concetps to ensure successful experiences for the learner.

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Toward a mobile learning strategy

Toward a mobile learning strategy | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Based on the JISC Mobile Learning InfoKit, with my additional points based on recent developments in mobile learning as well as on our own observations through the Places mobile learning evaluation...

 

... In order for a school or university to strategically implement mobile learning, it must, as an institution:
> put learners at the centre
> ensure staff are on board and kept in the communication and policy loop
> consider cultural implications of employing technology often used for leisure
> consider cultural and other implications of expecting students to use their own equipment in their learning (in BYOD initiatives)
> consider cost including institutional wireless capacity, charging, and furniture in learning spaces
> plan for sustainability" from Source: http://placesmobile.wordpress.com/

 

ghbrett's insight:

This blog post offers a good abstract for the JISC Mobile Learning Infokit. It points to the JISC content as well as other pointers on related works.

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The Importance of a Learning Climate in Corporate Training

The Importance of a Learning Climate in Corporate Training | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Corporate training is a huge industry in this country, and in many ways corporations are embracing employee development like never before. According to the most recent numbers from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), American companies spent over $150 billion on training in 2011 alone. With a national workforce that hovers somewhere around 150 million people, that means American companies are shelling out more than $1000 to provide developmental training for every employee – and they do it year after year." from source: http://www.dashe.com/

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The article poses the situation and then offers a some solutions and rationale for the need for corporate training in any large organization.

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Research for Practitioners: How Expert Designers Design by Angela van Barneveld : Learning Solutions Magazine

Research for Practitioners: How Expert Designers Design by Angela van Barneveld : Learning Solutions Magazine | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The contexts of academic and corporate designers are different—the cultures are different, and the organizational goals and objectives are different. While prioritization of design principles for successful projects in academic versus corporate setting may differ, the actual principles are quite consistent across both." from source: http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com

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This article briefly summarizes a study by Paul Kirschner, Chad Carr, and Jeroen van Merrienboer based on the question: "What do instructional designers actually do when designing competency-based learning environments?" It includes useful information with comparisons of corporate versus academic instructional design based on two experiments by the authors.

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What 100 Experts Think About The Future Of Learning

What 100 Experts Think About The Future Of Learning | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"If you’re an educator, surely you know that technology has and will continue to have an incredible impact on learning. Whether it’s the Internet, innovative learning tools, or teaching technology itself, these two subjects are intertwined. In these talks, you will find essential information for educators concerned with technology." - from the source: https://www.teachthought.com

ghbrett's insight:

This is a good bibliographic style post that has links to 100 resources in topics of where teaching, learning, training, eLearning, and educational technologies are headed. Many of these link are sources from leaders in their respective communities. This is a worthwhile read.

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Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org

Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"With YouTube, Wikipedia, search engines, free chatrooms, blogs, wikis, and video communication, today’s self-learners have power never dreamed-of before. What does any group of self-learners need to know in order to self-organize learning about any topic? The Peeragogy Handbook is a volunteer-created and maintained resource for bootstrapping peer learning.

This project seeks to empower the worldwide population of self-motivated learners who use digital media to connect with each other, to co-construct knowledge of how to co-learn. Co-learning is ancient; the capacity for learning by imitation and more, to teach others what we know, is the essence of human culture. We are human because we learn together. Today, however, the advent of digital production media and distribution/communication networks has raised the power of co-learning to a new level." -- from the source: http://peeragogy.org/
ghbrett's insight:

  This project / living document for co-eLearning will be a site worth participating in or a the least reading periodically. Howard Rheingold, under the "Resources" section has a post about "How to use this Handbook" at http://peeragogy.org/how-to-use-this-handbook/ ;  So be sure to check this out. BTW there is an initial YouTube! video clip by Howard introducing Peeragogy at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDuSpOUtyJE   

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How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century—A Revision | Social Learning Blog

How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century—A Revision | Social Learning Blog | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Even though many Learning and Development organizations find it a challenge to prove training’s effect beyond how learners react to the training and whether they have learned the training content, senior management and business stakeholders are more and more interested in metrics that show the bottom line.

 

According to Donald L. Kirkpatrick’s Revised “Four Levels of Evaluation” model, what we need to do is find out what success looks like in the eyes of these senior managers and stakeholders and let them define their expectations for the training program. Then we need to identify specific metrics to demonstrate and deliver on those expectations.

 

For those of you who are not familiar with the original Four Levels, this is what they are:
> Level 1. Reaction: To what degree did the learners react favorably to the training experience?
> Level 2. Learning: To what degree did the learners acquire the intended knowledge, skills, and attitudes as a result of the training?
> Level 3. Behavior: To what degree did the learners apply what they learned back on the job?
> Level 4. Results: To what degree did the targeted outcomes occur as a result of the training experience and follow-up reinforcement?" - from source: http://www.dashe.com/blog/training-development/

NOTE: Assessment and success factors are usually difficult to identify well. This article with the accompanying chart does a good job in mapping out a process for evaluating the succes factors and ratings of Instructional Design. - ghbrett

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A look at 2013 and beyond

A look at 2013 and beyond | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"Download the white paper to learn:
The biggest change in online training
Why workers need to collaborate and share knowledge
8 trends to expect in 2013 and beyond
And more..." - from source http://learn.gototraining.com
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8 Types of Technology That Will Be Essential in the 2015 Workplace

"If technology continues to evolve at the current rate, the 2015 workplace could look quite different from today's office spaces -- and may even involve less traditional office space with the rise of telecommuting. From a company's hiring process to sharing knowledge with employees, technology has the ability to change the way we all work.

 

What technology will be essential in the 2015 workplace, but doesn't exist yet?" from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

 

NOTE: This short post has 8 thought worthy services and technology that would prove mighty helpful in this digital world that is more complex every day. I like the info for "Learning Academies to Keep Up With New Knowledge" (aka Lifelong Learning).

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Frederic Hohl's curator insight, February 6, 3:26 AM

What your working place might look in 2015?

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Why (And How) Distance Learning Needs To Change - Edudemic

Why (And How) Distance Learning Needs To Change - Edudemic | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
The rise of distance learning has been slow and steady for years now. Things need to change though. Here's a bulleted list of how and why.

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Chromebooks Gain Ground In The Education Market; But A Majority of Educators Still Prefer iPads

Chromebooks Gain Ground In The Education Market; But A Majority of Educators Still Prefer iPads | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Schools around the world are trading in desktop PCs for tablets, netbooks and increasingly Chromebooks, especially in the United States, new research shows.

 

The unexpected popularity of Chromebooks, which were dismissed when they first came out as stripped-down machines with limited appeal, is a challenge for Apple." from source: http://www.forbes.com/

 

See followup Article too:
"Six Reasons Educators Say They Are Choosing Chromebooks Over iPads, Netbooks And PCs" http://onforb.es/13A4O1B

 

#chromebooks #ipad #eLearning #education #OLPC #Training #Cloud

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ghbrett's curator insight, July 23, 2013 5:43 AM

These two articles are interesting arguments for the Chromebook. I think the Chromebook in features resembles a portable dumb terminal (e.g. VT100) with a graphical user interface. The fact that all apps and content are stored remotely in the Cloud or on a Mainframe means that students are loggin on remotely not locally. This permits multiple students to share the same unit without surrendering control of their data / content. Also, the IT manager in cooperation with the curriculum specialist (e.g., Teacher, Trainer, etc..) can arrange a set of apps and storage space online. Another result of this approach is that students should be able to access their classwork and assignments offline from home or other sites such as public library PC's. Although their comment about iPad related to no key board, I wonder how much the inability to run Flash or Java is part of the problem.

 

Although the initial article is brief, it serves as a good starting point which gives six examples why the educators are switching to Chromebooks. It's good food for thought as we continue to move into the Cloud (e.g., Mainframe like enviornments.)

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Commonwealth of Learning - Quality Assurance Toolkit for Open and Distance Non-formal Education

Commonwealth of Learning - Quality Assurance Toolkit for Open and Distance Non-formal Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"This Quality Assurance (QA) toolkit will be a useful resource for non-formal education and training (NFE) policy makers, programme managers, in-field staff and researchers working through governmental, non-governmental and community-based organisations, development assistance agencies and funding bodies. ... Quality assurance (QA) systems applied in educational contexts are generally concerned with inputs ... In this toolkit, we propose a different approach: the evaluation of the programmes’ outcomes, outputs and impacts." from source: http://www.col.org/
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This report in PDF format covers a level set with definitions of their terminology, case studies of different teaching/training communities, and the elements with a framework for quality assurance processes of education/training. The report was issued in May 2012. It is worth a read, especially the Fourth Section on the QA processes and framework.
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Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling

Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Meograph helps you easily create, share, and playback beautiful stories in context of Where and When.

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This application seems to be a tool to create mashups (combined multimedia information) that can be used for storytelling in education, training, or information sharing.

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Javier Arana's curator insight, February 15, 2013 7:10 AM

Unas herramienta interesante.

Hector Rosero's curator insight, February 15, 2013 12:22 PM

It's a great tool for to tell stories.

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SecArmy after exploring virtual, live training at Fort Sill: Training cost-effective, crucial | Article | The United States Army

SecArmy after exploring virtual, live training at Fort Sill: Training cost-effective, crucial | Article | The United States Army | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Secretary of the Army John McHugh was briefed on how the Fires Center of Excellence uses different training environments to be more cost effective after a visit here, Feb. 6-7.

 

"The depth of training capability they have, really from initial entry [training] right into pre-command, is impressive," said McHugh. "And the way in which they take care of our Soldiers is equally impressive."


This was McHugh's first visit to Fort Sill.

 

"If you look at our challenges with respect to training into the future, the development and utilization of simulators here at Fort Sill is instructive to people like myself," said McHugh"" from source: http://www.army.mil/

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This is a good example of how the US Army is taking advantage of various learning envrionments such as simulations, virtual reality, collaboration, distance learning, eLearning, and other emerging technology. 

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3 Things to Consider When Building Your E-Learning Courses » The Rapid eLearning Blog

3 Things to Consider When Building Your E-Learning Courses » The Rapid eLearning Blog | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
3 Things to Consider When Building Your #eLearning Courses - http://t.co/Mic4cOZ9

 

"The difference between effective and ineffective elearning is how you design the learning process.  In this post, I’ll do a quick run through of some ideas centered on instructional design and three things that you want to consider when building your courses." from source: http://www.articulate.com/

ghbrett's insight:

This is a useful link to tips for Instructional Design (#ISD) & #eLearning. Also, if you sign up for an RSS feed of the blog you'll get a digital version of the book seen above. Worth looking into.

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The MOOC Model: Challenging Traditional Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

The MOOC Model: Challenging Traditional Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online

 

"Key Takeaways
> A turning point will occur in the higher education model when a MOOC-based program of study leads to a degree from an accredited institution — a trend that has already begun to develop.
> Addressing the quality of the learning experience that MOOCs provide is therefore of paramount importance to their credibility and acceptance.
> MOOCs represent a postindustrial model of teaching and learning that has the potential to undermine and replace the business model of institutions that depend on recruiting and retaining students for location-bound, proprietary forms of campus-based learning." from source: http://www.educause.edu

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MOOCs are controversial when it comes to the business and accreditation aspects of higher education. The value of a degree versus a credential or badge is in debate. How can a remotely controlled educational experience be credible or of quality? Finally, if they are accepted, adopted, and integrated into mainstream academia, what will this mean financially for higher education institutions.

 

On the other hand, in corporate training circles the challenge of MOOCs may be that the content presented may present content or pedagogy that conflicts with the corporate culture. This applies to government agencies as well as commercial organizations.  

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IVMOOC: Information Visualization

IVMOOC: Information Visualization | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

This course provides an overview about the state of the art in information visualization. It teaches the process of producing effective visualizations that take the needs of users into account.


Among other topics, the course covers:
> Data analysis algorithms that enable extraction of patterns and trends in data
> Major temporal, geospatial, topical, and network visualization techniques
> Discussions of systems that drive research and development.

ghbrett's insight:

This course begins next week, but looks to be an interesting overview of Information Visualization and how it can be found and utilized for research, education, and training. It should prove to be worth the time to participate.

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The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data - Brian Solis

The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data - Brian Solis | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"... The human algorithm is part understanding and part communication. The ability to communicate and apply insights internally and externally is the key to unlocking opportunities to earn relevance. Beyond research, beyond intelligence, the human algorithm is a function of extracting insights with intention, humanizing trends ad possibilities and working with strategists to improve and innovate everything from processes to products to overall experiences.

The idea of the human algorithm is to serve as the human counterpart to the abundance of new social intelligence and listening platforms hitting the market every day. Someone has to be on the other side of data to interpret it beyond routine. Someone has to redefine the typical buckets where data is poured. And someone has to redefine the value of data to save important findings from a slow and eventual death by three-ring binders rich with direction and meaning."
- from the source: http://www.briansolis.com
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NOTE: This article is in parallel with the increasing number of citations about the need and development of curation in the digital environment by people. This means that while computers can gather, mine, sort, and roughly analyze Big Data, there still is a need for a human interface / filter. These people are necessary not only for research or corporate environments, but also libraries, instructional design, and assessment analytics of eLearning ecosystems.

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NOTE: This article is in parallel with the increasing number of citations about the need and development of curation in the digital environment by people. This means that while computers can gather, mine, sort, and roughly analyze Big Data, there still is a need for a human interface / filter. These people are necessary not only for research or corporate environments, but also libraries, instructional design, and assessment analytics of eLearning ecosystems.

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Instructional Design Documents

Instructional Design Documents | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"...“DesignDoc” is a formal outline of what will be developed for a course, as in an Instructional Design Document. This document can be used to map out what will be developed and is often used as an agreement of work to be done before development starts. My experience has been that every workplace has its own version, requirements, and format, but the elements are pretty consistent." -- from source: http://mvenable.wordpress.com/

 

Note: This is another posting from Dr. Venable's blog. Although it is from way back in 2010 the information is still quite relevant. She presents an extensive outline of the elements mentioned above. Plus she includes links to resources and reading materials that support her check list for developing Instructional Design projects. It is a good starting point for new instructional designers. and may provide new insights for more experienced instructional designers.

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Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

"Overview of the historical factors leading to the development of massive open online courses, and discussion of what this history can tell us of the sustainability of MOOCs in the future. For audio and video please see http://www.downes.ca/presentation/304" from Slideshare c/o Stephen Downes http://www.downes.ca/

 

NOTE: The slides alone are useful and informative. Stephen Downes has also included a link to the Audio/Video version of this presentation too. This is a thoughtful and well done presentation about distance learning, the emergence of Massive Open Online Courses, and what the future may be.

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Datavisualization.ch - Selected Tools

Datavisualization.ch - Selected Tools | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Datavisualization.ch Selected Tools is a collection of tools that we, the people behind Datavisualization.ch, work with on a daily basis and recommend warmly. This is not a list of everything out there, but instead a thoughtfully curated selection of our favourite tools that will make your life easier creating meaningful and beautiful data visualizations." from source: http://datavisualization.ch/


NOTE: This site includes pointers to visualization with related images (visualization products). Topic areas include: maps, data, and charts. In effect it is a directory of tools that the staff of Datavisualization use in producing their content. Datavisualization describes itself as: "the premier news and knowledge resource for data visualization and infographics." This page is well done, the information resource for each tool is presented in a novel rotating tile of the image. A worthwhile resource.

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