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3D Virtual Worlds in Higher Education

3D Virtual Worlds in Higher Education Ramesh SharmaNME-ICT programme (National Mission on Education through ICT) using A-VIEW (Am (3D Virtual Worlds in Higher Education by @rc4u2nv on @slideshare #3dfilm #3dprinting
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Survey Finds Majority of Teachers Do Not Feel Prepared to Use Technology in ... - Business Wire (press release)

Survey Finds Majority of Teachers Do Not Feel Prepared to Use Technology in ... - Business Wire (press release) | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it

Although 90 percent of teachers believe that technology in the classroom is important to student success, 60 percent of teachers feel they are inadequately prepared to use technology in the classroom.


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 30, 11:37 AM

This does not surprise me. And the teacher preferences stated in this article also do not surprise me; it's what those of in edtech PD advocate.

Jeroen Bottema's curator insight, July 1, 2:51 AM

Zie ik het verkeerd, of wordt het percentage docenten dat aangeeft problemen te hebben met de didactische inzet van ICT steeds groter in dergelijke onderzoeken? Of docenten worden 'bewust onbekwaam' of we doen iets goed verkeerd qua opleiden en professionalisering. Zal wel beide zijn. 

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University of the People – The world’s first tuition-free online university

University of the People – The world’s first tuition-free online university | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it
UoPeople is the first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited online university dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education.
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The University of the People is an accredited online university.

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Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily

Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it

“If you really want to create a shift in your business and get the most from your leadership, make these powerful questions part of your daily ritual.”


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www.webconnectagency.com

Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim's curator insight, October 24, 2014 7:52 AM

This is great for everyone. It provides great advice not only for business but in every day life.

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U.S. releases data on distance education enrollments @insidehighered

U.S. releases data on distance education enrollments @insidehighered | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it
RT @BCcampus: U.S. data on distance education enrolments illustrates the difficulty in counting online students http://t.co/l8TqpsUC5m
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Student Blogging: Creating a Rubric ~ Empathic Teacher

Student Blogging: Creating a Rubric ~ Empathic Teacher | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Isgitt

 

"I’m ready to assess my students’ blogs from the first semester.  Does anyone else feel like the first time you assess any new assignment that you’re just trudging through murky molasses?  I’m so slow at the assessment piece right now.


"I’ve been looking around at student blogging rubrics as I try to decide which components a) I’ve actually taught and b) seem to represent my objectives for blogging as reader response.  I know that I should have had a rubric before we even started all of this, but I just jumped into the project with many unknowns.  


"I’ve learned that about the only way to force myself to do something new is to just start doing that thing before I have completely concrete plans.  My apologies to whichever group of students has to do the project first!...


"I’ve been trying to create a rubric, so I’ve been searching the web to see how other teachers are evaluating their student blogs.  Here are four that I like:"


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Marta Torán's curator insight, March 2, 2014 5:29 AM

Sobre la evaluación de los blogs de los estudiantes.

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International Journal of Science: Ijosc, fourth issue

Science Journal
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My latest published research, "Identity in Transactional Environments: In what ways does self-efficacy impact identity?

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Here's Why Teachers Should Not be Digital Dinosaurs in 2014

Here's Why Teachers Should Not be Digital Dinosaurs in 2014 | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it
This year, I won’t tell you what EdTech Apps you should use, or what social platforms you should be on, or the gadgets you should choose. Let 2014 be the year when online teachers set a trend for other teachers to follow!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 3, 2014 2:26 PM

 

Well said ;)

 

Inge Quets's curator insight, January 4, 2014 6:58 AM

If you're a digital dinosaur: be true about it - youngsters will see right through you if you pretend to be something you're not ...

And learn from and with them!

Maddison Halliday's curator insight, October 17, 2014 11:26 PM

A little funny comic along with an article on why teachers should be technologically advanced in today's society. Using technology is key in education TODAY.

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Letting Go of the Reins to Allow for Student Self-Advocacy ~ Education Week

Letting Go of the Reins to Allow for Student Self-Advocacy ~ Education Week | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it

by Starr Sackstein


"Educators can teach students independence by modeling how to assess and then direct their learning, educator and author Starr Sackstein writes in this blog post. She shares her ideas on how to guide students to acquiring these skills and offers links to tools and resources. "The best gift we can offer students is the ability to know what they need, to articulate what they know and how best to ask for help," she writes."


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How one publisher is stopping academics from sharing their research

How one publisher is stopping academics from sharing their research | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it
For-profit academic publisher Elsevier is ramping up efforts to stop academics from sharing their research freely online.
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Dr. Heidi Maston's curator insight, December 21, 2013 11:27 AM

Why did I start "Tools of the Trade: Open Source & Free" in the first place?  Because knowledge should NOT be taken hostage by those who profit from other people's work!  

This is why I ONLY publish in Open Source / Open Access journals - people NEED the information and I do not believe money should ever be a barrier to growth! 

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A Delphi Method Study on Triggering Transactional Distance to Improve Students’ Learning: the Instructor’s Rubric 1.1 - UAE Journal of Educational Technology and eLearning

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Check out my latest research in the UAE Journal of Educational Technology and eLearning!

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30 Things You No Longer Need Because Of iPhones

30 Things You No Longer Need Because Of iPhones | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it
Hey kids: This is what your phone used to look like.
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When designing distance education classrooms, content, learning modules for the 'kids' please remember this:  They're not like us.  Watch this video and see how irrelevant your norms are to them.

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Rice University announces open-source textbooks | Inside Higher Ed

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Beat The System With This List Of 40 Free Educational Websites

Beat The System With This List Of 40 Free Educational Websites | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it
According to www.webometrics.info, there are more than 17 000 universities in the world, but getting a degree in many of them is quite costly. Many students around the world(and their families) get into big debts or have to work over sixty hours a week in order to afford an Education. Two thirds of the US college seniors who graduated in 2011 had student loan debt, with an average of over 27 000 USD per person. Reading those statistics I can’t stop thinking about those words from over 30 years ago: With mass education, it turned out that most people could be taught to read and write. In the same way, once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries, where you can ask any question and be given answers, you can look up something you’re interested in knowing, however silly it might seem to someone else. – Isaac Asiov Isaac Asimov died in 1992, but if he could see the opportunities that the Internet is giving us in XXI century he would probably grin from ear to ear. Getting a degree in an university might be expensive, but there are much better options. There are many websites on the Internet that now offer FREE of charge learning materials. Now even very poor people can afford to be better educated than many of Harvard’s graduates, all they need is access to a computer(does not even have to be personal one, it could be the one that the local library offers for public use) Enough with the words, here is a great list of 40 useful links which can help you learn a lot for free:   1. ALISON –  over 60 million lessons and records 1.2 million unique visitors per month 2. COURSERA – Educational website that works with universities to get their courses on the Internet, free for you to use. Learn from over 542 courses. 3. The University of Reddit – The free university of Reddit. 4. UDACITY – Advance your education and career through project-based online classes, mainly focused around computer, data science and mathematics. 5. MIT Open CourseWare – Free access to quite a few MIT courses that are on par with what you’d expect from MIT. 6. Open Culture – Compendium of free learning resources, including courses, textbooks, and videos/films. 7. No Excuse List – Huge list of websites to learn from. 8. Open YALE Courses – Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. Registration is not required 9. Khan Academy – Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science. 10. Zooniverse – Take part in a huge variety of interesting studies of nature, science, and culture. 11. TUFTS Open CourseWare – Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities. 12. How Stuff Works? – More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year. 13. Harvard Medical School Open Courseware The mission of the Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative is to exchange knowledge from the Harvard community of scholars to other academic institutions, prospective students, and the general public. 14. VideoLectures.NET – the title says it all – amazing video lectures on many topics. 15. TED – Motivational and educational lectures from noteworthy professionals around the world. 16. Shodor – A non-profit research and education organisation dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically trough the use of modeling and simulation technologies. Included in this site are instructional resources, software, interactive lessons, explorations and information about workshops for students, teachers and learners of all ages on mathematics and science. Make sure you check Shodor Interactive – a great collection of interactive math, geometry, fractal, probability, algebra and statistics activities. 17. Udemy FREE Courses – hundreds of experts teach on Udemy every month including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, Ivy League professionals and celebrity instructors. Courses include video, live lectures and tools to help teachers interact with students and track their progress. There are many free courses that can teach you business online, law, programming, design, mathematics, science, photography, yoga and many more. 18. Maths & Science – Courses, tests and learning materials about mathematics and science for students from 1 to 12 grade. 19. edX.org – Free courses designed specifically for interactive study via the web, provided by MIT, Harvard, Barkley, Georgetown, Boston University, University of Washington, Karolinska Institute, Kyoto University and many more. 20. iTunes U – Apple’s free app that gives students mobile access to many courses. It offers many free video courses, books, presentations and audio lectures. 21. Liberty Classroom – Owned by bestselling author Tom Woods. Offers some free courses in history and economics, but at the price of one movie ticket a month you can gain access to a lot of useful information. Not completely free, but totally worth it… 22. Drawspace – Hundreds of free drawing lessons. 23. Codeacademy – Easy way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun and you can do it with your friends. 24. Duke U – Duke offers variety of free courses on iTunesU. 25. Scitable – A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetic, the study of evolution, variation and the rich complexity of living organisms. 26. My own business – Offers free online business administration course that would be beneficial to new managers and to anyone who is interested in starting a business. 27. Kutztown University’s free courses – The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s […]
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WELCOME to FREE UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA - FUN CAMPUS

WELCOME to FREE UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA - FUN CAMPUS | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it
FUN is the World First Cloud - Based University and Africa's first tuition-free University dedicated to increasing Access to Education. Unlike other online universities, FUN is completely virtual and free degree awarding institute. We depend majorly on sponsors and donor agencies for Funding for enquiries email us in the cloud: info@freeuniversityofnigeria.org
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Africa's first cloud-based, virtual and tuition-free, not-for-profit university will open on 12 January next year. Called the Free University of Nigeria, popularly known as FUN, it will be dedicated to increasing access to higher education.

FUN is the world's second of its type after the University of the People opened in the United States.

The University of the People is an accredited online university while FUN is waiting for accreditation by Nigeria’s sole-accrediting agency for universities, the National Universities Commission.

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Advantages of Blending Distance Learning and In-Class Teaching

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Combining distance learning and in-class teaching into one course for graduate-level engineering management students has some distinct advantages and challenges.
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House approves open distance learning bill - Yahoo Philippines News

House approves open distance learning bill Yahoo Philippines News HB 4553 provides the admission and other academic policies and requirements, programs, curriculum and course development offerings and requirements for Higher Education Institutions...
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Ridiculously Simple Ways to Create Awesome Custom E-Learning Graphics - E-Learning Heroes

Ridiculously Simple Ways to Create Awesome Custom E-Learning Graphics - E-Learning Heroes | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it

by Mike Taylor

 

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A great demonstration of how to use PowerPoint to create highly effective graphic illustrations. Your students will definitely love to learn these terrific techniques. Be sure to watch the video -- an outstanding demonstration.

 

via Technology & Learning


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e-learning, conocimiento en red: Trends in Massive Open Online Courses [Infographic] #MOOC

e-learning, conocimiento en red: Trends in Massive Open Online Courses [Infographic] #MOOC | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it

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The Learning Circuits Blog: Free E-Book: Understanding Mobile Learning

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"The Learning Circuits Blog: Free #E-Book: Understanding Mobile Learning" http://t.co/zYijSzxEPq

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Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, January 3, 2014 10:35 AM

E-book from 2011 by ASTD - good information for those still wondering exactly what is mobile learning.

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MinecraftEDU - The Virtual School - ClassThink.com

MinecraftEDU - The Virtual School - ClassThink.com | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it

by Karl Rivers

 

"The videogame Minecraft has sold almost 14 million copies and has redefined the term indie game. Now thousands of teachers across the world are using MinecraftEDU in the classroom."

 

"MinecraftEDU is a plugin that turns the consumer version of Minecraft into a true teaching tool. The EDU mod adds ways to funnel students and control activities; adds border blocks to limit students to specific areas; instruction blocks to provide initial questions or problems to solve; and adds tools for class management such as teleporting students to the teacher's location, and muting them — a tool many teachers would like in the real world.

 

"Even if your teachers aren't aware of Minecraft, your students almost certainly are. Minecraft is a cultural phenomenon. It may have been designed as a game but Minecraft is world which engages students in a way that shouldn't be ignored. As with other new technologies that schools are currently wrestling with — tablets, social networks, and blogs etc. — Minecraft is a technology that students are engaged with at home, so why not continue that in school?

 

"In a genuine sense MinecraftEDU takes the rules of social etiquette we expect in the classroom and creates digital alternatives that bring order to a limitless world. Admittedly I've never had to excavate a student who had dug too far underground and had got lost in an ICT class before, but there's still a chance."


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, January 1, 2014 8:28 AM

Gamification works..

jasminekate's curator insight, January 2, 2014 6:43 AM

well its good

 

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The Hierarchy of Digital Distractions

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As our lives become increasingly saturated with digital distractions, how do you know which ones should take priority?
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Leadership Is About Emotion

Leadership Is About Emotion | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it
Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them.
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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? | Dr. Maston on Distance Education & Leadership | Scoop.it

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Gary Carnow's curator insight, December 1, 2013 4:47 PM

Excellent overview.

Vinicius Villaca's curator insight, December 2, 2013 9:47 AM

The big map.

Susan B Spero's curator insight, December 21, 2013 11:04 AM

Great map of learning theory. 

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Tweeting to the Choir: Online Performance and Academic Identity | singh | Selected Papers of Internet Research

Tweeting to the Choir: Online Performance and Academic Identity

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