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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Why do so many Moodle courses suck? | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction.


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Nik makes some great points about Moodle - or really putting any content online - there has to be instructional design training, online teaching training or blended teaching training and how to select content for online delivery.  technical training alone is not enough.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, August 1, 2014 5:16 AM

Nik gives some very useful insights and some practical ideas for developing online materials. He has a focus on Moodle, but the ideas relate to any online learning platform.

irene's curator insight, August 4, 2014 11:51 PM

Interesting observation - echoes my own experience

Mikko Hakala's curator insight, August 7, 2014 5:40 PM

Problems and possibilities of Moodle (and other similar platforms) outlined by Nik Peachey:

 

* Why Moodle courses often suck?

Not so intuitive platform to work with, lack of teacher training and skills to create online learning material (I agree with these points), excess security issues.

 

* What to do to improve.

 

* Comment about ready-made courses.

There are various problems, for example these often contain little student-teacher or peer interaction. I agree that the ready-made digital material, in my experience, is not very personalisable (and therefore difficult to teach in an inspired way).

 

* How to develop your Moodle skills?

The post gives 9 links to practical video tutorials (how to create a quiz, add a youtube, etc.). There are also free Moodle platforms to practice.

 

Read more: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/why-do-so-many-moodle-courses-suck.html

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Comparing the Effectiveness of Online and Face-to-Face Credit Recovery in Algebra I

Comparing the Effectiveness of Online and Face-to-Face Credit Recovery in Algebra I | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
This brief compares educational outcomes through the second year of high school for students who took an online credit recovery course and those who took a face-to-face credit recovery course. The authors conclude that online courses must continue to improve to meet the needs of high-risk students seeking to recover credits.
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Both face-to-face and online credit recovery did not seem to have great results.  Lending interest in the blended learning approach for credit recovery.
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This Inspiring TED Talk Celebrates Imperfection as the Key to Success

This Inspiring TED Talk Celebrates Imperfection as the Key to Success | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

True innovation starts with ditching the ideal of perfection.

 

Studies have shown that self-doubt can potentially be a major hurdle to women's success. There's evidence we might not ask for a promotion, apply for a job we're absolutely qualified for or execute on a big idea because we're not as confident in our abilities as men.

 


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Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We're taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A's. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off head first.

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Dané Davis's curator insight, March 10, 5:43 PM

Are we still teaching our girls growing up to avoid risk and failure, while their counterparts are taught to play rough, swing high, and crawl to the top of the monkey bars just to jump off head first?  Are we perpetuating habits that stiffen women in their future success? 

june holley's curator insight, March 14, 8:14 AM

Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We're taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A's. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off head first.

Melissa Ness's curator insight, March 15, 9:12 AM

Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We're taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A's. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off head first.

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Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation

Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A majority of Americans predict that within 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work currently done by humans, but few expect their own jobs to
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Sebastian Thrun: AI Pioneer Seeks Education Revolution

Sebastian Thrun: AI Pioneer Seeks Education Revolution | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report (Infographic)

Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report (Infographic) | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.

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Nice infographic to keep as a reminder while building courses.

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Josi Sierra's curator insight, March 1, 1:57 AM
¿Como implican al alumnado los profes innovadores? Con 10 estrategias pedagogicas innovadoras ;-)
uTOP Inria's curator insight, March 7, 3:14 AM
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/


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How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/


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Carol S. Dweck: Brainology: Transforming Students' Motivation to Learn

Carol S. Dweck: Brainology: Transforming Students' Motivation to Learn | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"In our society, we seem to worship talent — and we often portray it as a gift. Now we can see that this is not motivating to our students."


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Daniel Jäggli's curator insight, March 8, 5:52 AM

Here's a challenge:  Read this research start to finish.

Then think about your beliefs regarding teaching and learning. 

Does this change you?

Jan Ross's curator insight, March 21, 9:35 AM

When students learn to breathe they open a door to self-knowledge.  Imagine learning in middle school that you can grow your brain and maximise your potential? Brainology is a science based approach that works. 

Jan Ross's curator insight, March 21, 9:35 AM

When students learn to breathe they open a door to self-knowledge.  Imagine learning in middle school that you can grow your brain and maximise your potential? Brainology is a science based approach that works. 

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Why many kids are leaving social networks

Why many kids are leaving social networks | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Facebook? Twitter? Meh. Modern teens are opting out of the online public square.


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Very interesting ... especially about the impact it has on narrowing their world views to only people who think like them.  The power of the Internet is to connect people with diverse ideas and to think somehow it has become a tool to close people out with different ideas is startling.

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What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us

What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
New insights about teaching, publishing and intellectual history.
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This is very cool! And an easy way to lose track of time!
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This map shows where 42 of the greatest American novels took place

This map shows where 42 of the greatest American novels took place | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Where did your favorite books happen?

 

Tags: mapping, English.


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This is fun and cool!  Great way to get in cross curricular lessons!

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Employment law grapples with social media

Employment law grapples with social media | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
The recent sacking of an employee over a Facebook post raises employment law issues, writes Michael Coates.
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"Employees need to realise that aggressive or abusive posts can come back to haunt them. Employers and recruitment companies often screen social media sites to see what applicants or employees may be saying. It can reflect on your status at work and be a negative to promotion or being hired."
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Education 3.0--Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences

Education 3.0--Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Education 3.0--Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences

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How to Engage Online Learners

How to Engage Online Learners | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
5 Tips for Great Video Training Sessions BY EMMA KING...
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology to launch half MOOC, half in-person master's degree program | Inside Higher Ed

Massachusetts Institute of Technology to launch half MOOC, half in-person master's degree program | Inside Higher Ed | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

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Interesting way MOOCs are being used -
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Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, October 18, 2015 2:39 AM

MOOCs are getting beyond the hype and experimentation stage. Here is one excellent example of a mature MOOC application by MIT.

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MIT releases Online Education Policy Initiative report

MIT releases Online Education Policy Initiative report | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A new MIT report on online education policy analyzes the current state of higher education and consider how advances in learning science and online technology might shape its future.
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I have heard the term "learning engineer" used before - maybe in the early 2000's when #onlinelearning was really beginning to boom.  But I like the way they use it here: "would have expertise in a discipline as well as in learning science and educational technologies, and would integrate knowledge across fields to design and optimize learning experiences."  I feel like an elearning specialist with knowledge in educational technologies and optimizing learning experiences, people seem to doubt my content expertise.  Either they want me only to design courses with a SME or the teacher wants to put their own course together because they don't believe I have the content knowledge and want me to come in at the end and "fix it up."  And let me tell you - that is not easy to do when you were not in on the design.  I find this report interesting.
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7 Lessons In Persuasion From People Who Get Kids To Eat Veggies

7 Lessons In Persuasion From People Who Get Kids To Eat Veggies | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Trying to win over a tough customer? The FoodCorps knows what you’re going through. Founded in 2009, this organization sends young service members to schools in disadvantaged communities with the goal of getting kids to eat more vegetables.

They have their work cut out for them. "We have a culture that is really great at marketing unhealthy food to all of us and to kids in particular," says Curt Ellis, the cofounder and chief executive officer of FoodCorps. Our bodies love salty and sugary tastes, and kids, perhaps for evolutionary reasons, are naturally wary of new foods.

Some research finds that kids need to be exposed to foods a dozen times before they’ll accept them, which is a problem for lower-income families who can’t afford to waste a dozen servings of kale. "If you have a limited budget to spend on food for your kids, you’re not going to buy foods your kids might spit out," says Ellis.


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The FoodCorps wins over the toughest possible customers. Here's how they succeed, and how you can too.

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Liberty Kinderman's curator insight, March 29, 2:12 AM

The FoodCorps wins over the toughest possible customers. Here's how they succeed, and how you can too.

Disera Doss's curator insight, March 29, 7:15 AM

The FoodCorps wins over the toughest possible customers. Here's how they succeed, and how you can too.

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The FoodCorps wins over the toughest possible customers. Here's how they succeed, and how you can too.

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Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both

Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/

 

 


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Why Is A Virtual Classroom Better Than A Real One? - eLearning Industry

Why Is A Virtual Classroom Better Than A Real One? - eLearning Industry | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

VThe analysis of such situations shows that effective eLearning can take the best from traditional education and even surpass it. Modern learning tools should allow instructors and students to create, edit, and comment on all presented materials. This will encourage discussion and keep everybody updated on the latest news. Webinars and instant messages in chats are especially necessary in the corporate sector, for example when new products are put on the market and the first hands-on experiences are highly valued


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Valid points.  E-Learning has evolved. There are so many tools now and ways to collaborate and communicate online.

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Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, March 11, 12:11 PM

Valid points.  E-Learning has evolved. There are so many tools now and ways to collaborate and communicate online.

Pam Huff's curator insight, March 20, 10:40 AM

Valid points.  E-Learning has evolved. There are so many tools now and ways to collaborate and communicate online.

Valeria Valdiviez's curator insight, April 3, 3:34 AM
Brilliant, as usual.

Brilliant, as usual.

 
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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn

 

 


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Arnie Rotenberg's curator insight, March 2, 1:25 PM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



יפה בן-דרור's curator insight, March 2, 4:10 PM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



Melanie COVINHES's curator insight, March 8, 4:29 AM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



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The NFL's magic yellow line, explained - VOX

"Since the late 1990s, the virtual yellow line has been quietly enhancing football broadcasts by giving viewers a live, intuitive guide to the state of play. The graphic is engineered to appear painted on the field, rather than simply plopped on top of the players, so it doesn't distract from the game at all.

The line debuted during a September 27, 1998, game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. It was developed by a company called Sportvision Inc. and operated by six people in a 48-foot semi-truck parked outside the stadium. 

ESPN was the only network that immediately agreed to pay the steep price of $25,000 per game. Before long, other companies began offering the yellow line to the other networks, and now you won't see a football game without it."


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OK, not much about distance learning here but great STEM resource and just plain fascinating!
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When We Worry About Screen Time, Are We Worrying About the Wrong Thing?

When We Worry About Screen Time, Are We Worrying About the Wrong Thing? | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

The real question we should be asking is not just, how long are they watching? But also, what are they seeing? How is it affecting them? How does what they see challenge their existing beliefs? What sort of cognitive loads and higher order thinking skills do they volunteer themselves for with their online behavior? Do we want them being told a story from a book, or creating their own story in an digital universe where they’re in control? Which one more naturally creates thinking habits and behavioral shifts and skill acquisition that they can transfer to the real world?


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 5, 1:51 AM

Some interesting points.

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Struggling Students Motivate Districts To Add Online Blended Learning -- THE Journal

Struggling Students Motivate Districts To Add Online Blended Learning -- THE Journal | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Most schools providing online or blended learning programs rely on their own district budgets for funding, according to a new survey from Fuel Education.
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We have found several of the attribute they found in the report to be true in our antidotal findings in our K-12 settings. It is nice to have the research behind it.
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MOOCs in 2015: Breaking Down the Numbers

MOOCs in 2015: Breaking Down the Numbers | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"Have massive open online courses emerged from the Trough of Disillusionment to the Slopes of Enlightenment? Wherever MOOCs belong on the Gartner Hype Cycle, one thing is clear: there are more courses and students now than ever before."


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How To Invite Someone To a Video Conference Over Email

How To Invite Someone To a Video Conference Over Email | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Lots of us use video conferencing, either to catch up with friends, or when being interviewed for a job. But how do you invite people to a video conference over email?

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Some helpful tools here. #videoconferencing
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Education myth: American students are over-tested - The Hechinger Report

Education myth: American students are over-tested - The Hechinger Report | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Andreas Schleicher, an international education expert based in Paris, attended a summit at the White House last month, and left feeling frustrated by the anti-testing backlash in this country. “I listened to several presentations. You got this impression, if they would only get rid of tests, everything would improve,” said Schleicher, who oversees the education and skills …
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Heutagogy Explained for Teachers (and Tools That Support It) | LEARNing To LEARN

Heutagogy Explained for Teachers (and Tools That Support It) | LEARNing To LEARN | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
October 20, 2015
Heutagogy is a learning and teaching  approach that is primarily self-directed or self-determined. Unlike the traditional pedagogic paradigm where learning is administered in a controlled environment under the auspices of a ‘knowledge expert’ (teacher) and where learners agency is defined in the logic of conformity and passive adhesiveness to pre-defined instructional guidelines, a heutagogic pedagogy is more learner entered. It is bent on developing learners autonomy and enabling them to take control of their own learning. At its core is the individual empowerment through equipping learners with a variety of skills and competencies to help them with their self-formation.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Heutagogy

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 


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Some good resources here.  Heutagogy is an important element of distance education.  Reviewing these resources is helpful.

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Linda Heiland's curator insight, October 22, 2015 10:31 AM

Provides another level of meaning to making students accountable for their learning!

Iolanda Bueno de Camargo Cortelazzo's curator insight, October 22, 2015 1:24 PM

É importante que os professores se atualizem em relação às novas abordagens de aprendizagem de modo a continuarem o se udesenvolvimento profissional  e auxiliarem seus estudantes. com  estratégias para aprender ,

Tony Palmeri's curator insight, October 24, 2015 10:02 AM

I chose this article because I have not sensed the endorsement of self-directed learning that I experienced, say 10 years ago. However, the author describes different tech tools that support the idea of self-directed learning. Certainly, social media and the availability of knowledge and resources that support it (animations, tutorials, videos) make self-directed learning a more realistic venture.