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10 Creative Online Presentation Ideas For eLearning Professionals

10 Creative Online Presentation Ideas For eLearning Professionals | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
10 Creative Online Presentation Ideas to ensure that your Online Presentation is not only highly informative, but also inspiring and greatly memorable!

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Some great tips and resources here...

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, August 27, 7:27 PM

Some advise on creating inspirational presentations, with links to specific tools (including Prezi, Aurasma and Powtoon).

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 30, 11:28 PM

Engage your audience.
An online presentation should never be a static activity. On the contrary; the more your audience participates, the more effective it is. Integrate as much interactivity as possible into your online presentation by including scenarios, eLearning games, and drag and drop interactions, always making sure that your navigation system is easy enough to use. 

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How Do You Learn?

How Do You Learn? | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
How we learn influences the decisions we make about how to teach. It often starts with the habit of teaching the kind of course we’d like to take.
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One thing about becoming a distance educator is it forced me to focus on how I learned and how others learned.  The focus immediately became on the learners.  I am glad to see all of education is moving to be more student-centered.  One of the reasons I left business and came back to education is I thought the things I had learned in distance education and online learning could change the F2F classroom.  Sometimes it feels good to see it is making a difference!

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12 Things NOT To Do As A New Leader

12 Things NOT To Do As A New Leader | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
These 12 things will damage a new leader's effectiveness and reputation. Here's the guide to what NOT to do.

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This post has some great advice - we are all leaders to some degree or another - and this provides some good advice on how to handle yourself effectively as a leader.

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Study: Daughters of Working Moms Have More Successful Careers

Study: Daughters of Working Moms Have More Successful Careers | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
By allowing women to balance work and family, employers can help build a pipeline for future female leaders.
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My Mom worked and went to school - I think it always inspired me to see education as a life long pursuit and she was always a leader. 

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Designing Blended Learning with Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

The new Digital Taxonomy incorporates collaboration and edtech to create the best design for virtual training and blended learning.
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Great explanation of how to divide content for chunking in blended learning.

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Going The Distance

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Through good times and bad, during recessions and boom times, one thing has been constant in the world of community college distance education over the past decade: enrollment in online courses has grown faster than overall enrollment at colleges and univ
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"The report also found an oddity: Students who took at least some of their classes online were more likely to earn a credential than students who didn’t take any online courses.

That finding mirrors research conducted by Peter Shea, associate provost of online learning at the University of Albany SUNY. His study of 16,000 first-time community college students found that community college students who take at least some online courses were 25 percent more likely to earn a degree."

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Test Preppers, Take Note: Free SAT Study Tools Could Signal Sea Change

Test Preppers, Take Note: Free SAT Study Tools Could Signal Sea Change | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
The College Board has announced a unique partnership with Khan Academy to make prep materials for the SAT college-entrance exam available for students.
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Another way OER is influencing change on the way school and test prep are being "done."

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Videoconferencing - Guide to Teaching through Videoconferencing


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Helpful resource for videoconferencing teachers

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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"Questions can be extraordinary learning tools.

A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be more important is their ability to ask their own great questions–and more critically, their willingness to do so."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 15, 11:05 PM

How do you teach your learners to ask good questions? This post shares many resources to help you learn new skills that will assist you in teaching others.

The post begins with a visual, the Teach Thought Learning Taxonomy, which is a template for critical thinking that looks at cognition across six categories. This is described in depth.

Additional tools shared include:

* Socratic Discussion which includes a video from Tch (the Teaching Channel)

* Paideia Seminar - "an integrated literacy event built around formal whole class dialogue. The purpose for doing Paideia Seminar is to support students’ ability to think conceptually and communicate collaboratively." There is also a video.

* The Question Game (which was shared previously on this Scoop.it)

* Bloom's Taxonomy

* Question Formation Technique - See the visual at the top, or check out their website at The Right Question Institute. If this is of interest to you they are presenting a workshop in Boston in July. Information on this is available at their website.

* Universal Question Stems and Basic Question Stem Examples

This is actually part 2 of a two part post. The first post is A Guide to Questioning in the Classroom.

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Great starting point.  

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, April 17, 7:31 AM

SOME TIMES KNOWING THE RIGHT QUESTION TO ASK WILL GET THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR THE PROBLEM YOU ARE TRYING TO SOLVE!!  IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO ASK YOU MAY NOT GET THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR YEARS BUT THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED!?!

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What Content Curation, Chunking Information and Micro-learning have in common? - eLearning Industry

What Content Curation, Chunking Information and Micro-learning have in common? - eLearning Industry | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
What Content Curation, Chunking Information and Micro-learning have in common? Content Curation, Chunking Information and Micro-learning
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Who Owns Antarctica?


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Blake Joseph's curator insight, April 24, 3:48 PM

With Antarctica being the coldest, driest, and most isolated continent on earth, it is surprising that 51 different countries own pieces of land on it. As of now, the lands there can only be used strictly for scientific research, but I presume that treaty will not be in effect forever. Hidden resources yet to be discovered and future technology and is bound to give us some reason to permanently settle in this barren land someday. Discovering oil or minerals would be a good bet, as it was a leading factor in causing Dubai to form in the Arabian Desert, or the city of Perth in Western Australia. A healthy fishing industry could even help support future economies there. While weather has always been an important factor in human colonization, it does not make a place totally inhospitable. If economies can form in places like Barrow, Alaska and Longyearbyen, Norway, I don't see future  settlements in Antarctica as an impossibility.

Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 25, 5:20 PM

In reality, no one own Antarctica for now. However, it is governed under the Antarctica treaty of 1959.  There are a few reasons why no one has been claimed Antarctica, one being that is has extremely cold temperatures that drop to -122 °F. The continent also has a vast amount of thick ice that is 3 miles deep and covers its surface. In addition, it would be very costly to explore these regions and difficult to build infrastructure and transport food due to the cold temperatures and frozen seas. The Antarctica treaty of 1959 is an international agreement which states that no one cannot own the Antarctica. However, some countries have claimed some part of Antarctica. These designated areas are only to be used for scientific research purposes. Also, since an international agreement has been putted in place, Antarctica cannot be used for military purposes. The agreement also stresses freedom of scientific investigation but prohibits nuclear testing and waste disposal in Antarctica. This research has helped scientists discover new truths about global problems, climate change, and geology. 

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, May 1, 4:16 PM

It will be interesting to see what happens to Antartica as the climate shifts and continues to get warmer.  What is under the frozen tundra?  Will it be something of a natural resource or mineral?  I think this is when the fight will get real about the slice of pie and how much each has.  

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Free download - An Educator's Guide to the 4 C's


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Spending Up, But Marketers Still Have Big Digital Blind Spots

Spending Up, But Marketers Still Have Big Digital Blind Spots | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

A new report from Forrester reveals that — finally — marketers are treating digital marketing as part of their overall strategy, with 50% of the executives it surveyed planning to increase digital spending this year. And those expenditures are now equal to spending on traditional marketing.

But the survey also reveals that while most marketers are talking a good game — with 80% agreeing that their company has the skills required to be successful in digital marketing — their confidence falls apart when they need to get specific, such as their ability to recruit digital talent, collaborating across functional areas, or even aligning to-do lists across the organization....


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So true!  When will they learn that tv style commercials and banner ads taken from magazine ideas are just not productive in the digital world!  Have you EVER really watched an ad before a YouTube video?  I have NOT watched a video I was going to if there is no way to skip the ad.  Why do they think DVR's are so popular - its not just the on-demand its skipping the commercials!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 10, 3:19 PM

Moving into digital but some marketers remain stuck in old thinking according to Forrester.

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Concerns On Hillary Clinton's New College Compact

Concerns On Hillary Clinton's New College Compact | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hosts a grassroots organizing event at McIntyre Ski Area August 10, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Clinton is on a two day swing through the first in the nation primary state, where she unveiled a college affordability plan. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images) Hillary Clinton’s just announced [...]
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I am not even go into the constant misunderstandings of for-profit educational institutions - BUT to be looking to "restore the integrity" to online learning - I don't understand why people take positions on things they don't understand.  I can't believe she doesn't have one advisor or one person among her campaign crowd who could correct her thinking on online education.  People think - oh well free college is good for everyone, and then distance education will be set back  by red tape and bureaucracy even more.   Don't people realize there are states already doing free community colleges well.  Why do we need a new model?  This is the problem in education and politics - re-inventing the same wheel over and over again.

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Investments in ed-tech companies reach new high in first half of 2015 | InsideHigherEd

Investments in ed-tech companies reach new high in first half of 2015 | InsideHigherEd | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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"Historic High in the History of the Learning Technology Industry

The investments made to learning technology companies in the first half of 2015 were the highest for a half year period in the history of the learning technology industry and exceeds the total amount for the entire year of 2014. In the six month period between January and June 2015, $2.51 billion was invested in learning technology companies across the globe. This is astonishing considering that the total global investments made to learning technology companies for the entire year of 2014 was $2.42 billion, which set a record in the industry."

 

 

 

 

 

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Course Readiness: Tips for getting your course ready to teach online or blended

Course Readiness: Tips for getting your course ready to teach online or blended | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

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Great resource with helpful worksheets!

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Why Schools Need Collaborative Learning Spaces

Why Schools Need Collaborative Learning Spaces | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Creative Commons license image source There are Many Reasons Why Flexible, Active Learning Classrooms Should be Widely Adopted We’ve converted a few classrooms to more collaborative spaces over the last few years at The College of Westchester, and faculty reaction

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This article makes great points about collaborative spaces.  Also I have used the resource referenced from Educause and it is a fantastic resource.  The are helpful spaces for blended learning and for students coming to a physical school to take online classes which we do so much in K12 environments.

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Kim Breuninger's curator insight, July 13, 10:33 AM

Learning is social so let's look at how schools can encourage collaboration as well.

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Allo l'ULg

Rebecca Wilkins's curator insight, July 30, 9:27 PM

If we truly want students to collaborate, we need to create the environment that supports group work.  Changing the physical space is only a start.

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[PDF] Preparing for the Digital Universitiy

[PDF] Preparing for the Digital Universitiy | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

In the field of educational technology 2012 was touted as the year of the Massive Open online course (mooc). While the number of

MOOC offerings have since rapidly increased, the research in this space has been lagging. To help facilitate the development of research and examine the potential of MOOCs in education the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported the massive open online course (MOOC) research initiative (MRI).

Athabasca University, long a pioneer in distance education, was selected as the principal investigator for the grant. The MOOC conversation was largely occurring in the popular media and was focused on the technologies and the large numbers of learners enrolling. Thesheer scale of numbers of students led to bold proclamations of education disruption and a sector on the verge of systemic change. However, from the perspective of 2015, these statements appear increasingly erroneous as MOOCs have proven to be simply an additional learning opportunity instead of a direct challenge to higher education itself. Many of the issues confronting early MOOC development and offerings could have been reduced if greater consideration was given to research literature in learning sciences and technology enabled learning. This report is the final component of the MRI grant.

Additional work in the MRI grant includes research  reports, conference, and a special issue of the International Review of Research in open and Distributed learning. The articles presented in this report provide an overview of research literature in:

Distance educationBlended learningOnline learningCredentialingMOOC researchFuture learning technology infrastructures


It is our intent that these reports will serve to introduce academics, administrators, and students to the rich history of technology in education with a particular emphasis of the importance of the human factors: social interaction, well-designed learning experiences, participatory pedagogy, supportive teaching presence, and effective techniques for using technology to support learning. The world is digitizing and higher education is not immune to this transition. The trend is well underway and seems to be accelerating as top universities create departments and senior leadership positions to explore processes of innovation within the academy.

It is our somewhat axiomatic assessment that in order to understand how we should design and develop learning for the future, we need to first take a look at what we already know. Any scientific enterprise that runs forward on only new technology, ignoring the landscape of existing knowledge, will be sub-optimal and likely fail. To build a strong future of digital learning in the academy, we must first take stock of what we know and what has been well researched.

During the process of completing this report, it became clear to us that a society or academic organization is required to facilitate the advancement and adoption of digital learning research. Important areas in need of exploration include faculty development, organizational change, innovative practices and new institutional models, effectiveness of teaching and learning activities, the student experience, increasing success for all students, and state and provincial policies, strategies, and funding models. To address this need, we invite interested academics, administrators, government and industry to contact us to discuss the formation of an organization to advocate for a collaborative and research informed approach to digital learning.


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How to Avoid Being a Helicopter Professor

How to Avoid Being a Helicopter Professor | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Some faculty hover above students like helicopter parents hover over their children, but students need a proper balance of challenge and support.
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More and more students are used to receiving supports from teachers in K-12 so that when they reach higher education they are expecting the same level of support.  It is indeed a balancing act to let students become self-directed and this article gives some good tips.

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Top 5 free online logo maker tools - TechieGIG

Top 5 free online logo maker tools - TechieGIG | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

I have got a few free online logo maker tools that are awesome ones to design professional logos. I am still trying out few of those tools and trying different designs to get a final logo for my blog.

 

During my Hit & Trial efforts, I have a collected list of few online logo maker tools that I would like to share with you so that you can use them whenever there is any requirement....


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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, June 1, 5:17 AM

I am still trying out few design tools and trying different designs to get a final logo for my blog.  Try these ...



KellyLynnetteDesigns's curator insight, June 2, 1:08 PM

Awesome tools to speed up the logo design process!

Vickens Moscova El Moscova El Bey's curator insight, June 6, 4:16 PM

Similar to Canva DEmocratization of Graphic arts..now anyone can do it that has time....

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Embedded Videos in PowerPoint Aren’t Playing?

Embedded Videos in PowerPoint Aren’t Playing? | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
BrightCarbon provide a quick and easy solution to the issue of videos not running in PowerPoint.

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This is a fantastic and handy tool if you are ever sharing power points with embedded video!  Thanks to those who made it and shared it!

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, May 19, 2:05 PM

The article gives some useful tips how to deal with this rather common issue in PPT presentations.

John Jung's curator insight, May 22, 11:39 PM

great idea of sending test file with diff formats of embedded videos to make sure the host computer can run them!

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Developing digital literacies | Jisc

Developing digital literacies | Jisc | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Provides ideas and resources to inspire the strategic development of digital literacies - those capabilities which support living, learning and working in a digital society

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Live and Lucrative? Why Video Streaming Supremacy Matters

Live and Lucrative? Why Video Streaming Supremacy Matters | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Meerkat and Periscope are the latest in socially connected apps that let users broadcast live video from their smartphones. But will they last?
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This is really interesting - I immediately went to download both apps and they are not available on Android - so limited availability.  But video is where things are at.  Yahoo is playing a live concert every night.  You can see most sports live streamed on devices from apps.  I even heard the Major League Baseball Commissioner say yesterday in an interview that by the end of the summer they want people to be able to watch games on the device of their choosing.  Video is a "lean forward experience" and apps like these are going to make an entry at some point.

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9 Free Video Conferencing Web Apps — No Registration Required

9 Free Video Conferencing Web Apps — No Registration Required | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
There's a problem with traditional video conferencing clients. Though they are in abundance, they're only remotely useful if all parties are collectively using the same client. Popular services such as VoxOX, ooVoo, IMO and, of course, Skype and Google Hangouts all have this problem, thus putting a damper on quick collaboration. One "solution" to this is…

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Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, April 14, 6:50 PM

Good collaborative  tools for small groups

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#Justiceforpete, Biddy Martin and Amherst Humor | InsideHigherEd.com

#Justiceforpete, Biddy Martin and Amherst Humor | InsideHigherEd.com | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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How ironic to find this today after my earlier share - I give Biddy a lot of credit!

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