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Self-Directed Learning: The Core of Successful MOOC Participation

Self-Directed Learning: The Core of Successful MOOC Participation | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As MOOCs continue to develop, we must identify challenges learners face as MOOC participants, specifically for learners accustomed to the face-to-face classroom—many of them disengage in MOOCs as the course progresses because online education has shifted the learner’s role into unfamiliar territory: online students are now more accountable for their own learning, time management, and motivation to complete coursework.
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Self-directed learning is the answer... is the question Why Moocs?

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"She Didn’t Teach. We Had to Learn it Ourselves.”

"She Didn’t Teach. We Had to Learn it Ourselves.” | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog


So, the criticism is one of those backhanded compliments. The teacher is making students figure out things for themselves. They are doing the hard, messy work of learning. This is a style of teaching that promotes learning, but that’s not how students see it. Based on experiences in lots of other classrooms, they have come to believe that “good” teachers tell students what they need to know. If a teacher makes the students come up with examples when she has a perfectly good list she could be giving them, that teacher is not doing her job



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Terrific article. Maryellen Weiner brings great perspective to a problem all online instructors must resolve.  How do we move our students from dependency on getting the 'right' answers from the teacher, to self-directed learners willing to put in the effort to think and learn. 

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Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age

Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Is the one-size-fits-all, top-down classroom a misfit for the Digital Age? 

 

Standards-based education is ruining the way educators teach and children learn. Education should not be about teaching to the next level in education and vocation and yet, that is exactly what our current school system is designed to do.

 

Our goal should be to foster a love of learning for learning sake. Learning is not something that we should force onto our children to ensure they go to college and get a good job. True learning is intrinsically motivated and the reward is knowledge.

 


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Bianca Partyka's curator insight, March 31, 2014 2:39 PM

I also think there is no limit to using technology in the classroom. I think every student learns differently and integrating technology in the classroom can help students find new means of studying that works well for them. I agree that teaching students to test them all the the same level is not the way to go about it. I think that it is "destroying our youth" and causing them to be high anxiety. 

ykn.espresso's curator insight, April 19, 2014 8:22 PM

Owning the experience of discovery, especially as it pertains to learning about a situation or topic, results in a deeper understanding of the situation. 

Nick Sigrist's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:19 AM

Leaning towards the digital age is very important for education, because students have recently begun to center their lives around such devices like iPads, computers, and phones. This article explains the slow advances towards the use of computers and other devices that not only make our lives easier through communication, but can also do so very well through education.

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15 Ways To Become A Better Self-Learner - Edudemic

15 Ways To Become A Better Self-Learner - Edudemic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
For many curious folks, their impassioned yearning to soak up as much of the world’s wonders as possible completely transcends the boundaries of a traditional classroom.
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Online learning will teach you to become a more independent learner. Learning online also delivers a better understanding of technology. All this is in addtion to the specific curriculum you are studying.  


Sometimes it helps to spell out just what it takes to be an independent learner. (I'm guessing you didn't learn this in high school, or even college.)

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Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org

Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

*Self-learners: largely self-directed learners who take it upon themselves to find useful ways to learn.


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, 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.

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Academic Earth | Online Courses | Academic Video Lectures

Academic Earth | Online Courses | Academic Video Lectures | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

American Universities are offering education to the world at no cost other than the time and attention of the learners.  Those with the hunger and the horsepower have a way to feed their minds.


Academic Earth offers free access to video courses and academic lectures from leading colleges and universities.


Berkeley

Columbia

Harvard

Khan Academy

Maryland

Michigan

MIT

Norwich

NYU

Princeton

Stanford

UCLA

UNSW

USC

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Information Investigator 3 by Carl Heine on Prezi

What if every student (and educator) was a good online researcher? I know, you don't have the time to teach information fluency skills. What if you could get a significant advance is skills with just a 2 -3 hour time commitment?

 

Here's a great Prezi 'fly by" of the new Information Investigator 3.1 online self paced class. Watch the presentation carefully to find the link to a free code to take the class for evaluation purposes.

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The Role of Educator in a Networked World by Stephen Downes

In this presentation I revisit the 'role of the educator' discussion I offered last year for the same course, offering a point of view stressing a new approach...

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Slideshare: This Approach:-emphasizes openlearning and learner autonomy


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Information Investigator 3.1

Information Investigator 3.1 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Our newest self-guided course is designed for students in middle school through college and staff development. The three hour experience includes performance assessments and interactive tutorial challenges.

 

Information Investigator 3.1 is the third in a series of assessment-tutorial packages that may be incorporated within a class, library orientation or independent study.

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Competency-based education arrives at three major public institutions @insidehighered

Competency-based education arrives at three major public institutions @insidehighered | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The Wisconsin System’s “Flexible Option” is the most extensive and established of the programs. Its five competency-based, online credentials, which range from a certificate to bachelor’s degrees, are designed mostly for adult students with some college credits but no degree. And they are offered by the system’s two-year institutions, its extension program, and the Milwaukee campus -- not the Madison campus with the lake and the 80,000-seat Camp Randall Stadium.
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As a graduate of a competency based masters program at Western Governors University I can attest to significant self-directed learning skills needed to earn a 'competency based' degree. 

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Around the Corner @MGuhlin Cobbling Together an LMS: Towards Self-Directed Learning

Around the Corner @MGuhlin Cobbling Together an LMS: Towards Self-Directed Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

...cutting-edge learning environments that allow learners to be self-directed are where it is at. I sense a mountain of resentment when I'm told to learn something, to use ONE technology (e.g. paper-n-pencil, computer, iPad, whatever) but when I'm invited to explore, to make my own connections with a text, with ideas, I'm inclined to blog it, to curate content, to do more with various devices.


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I can learn anything I want to learn... Pinned on the wall above my computer.

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6 Amazing Places To Learn New Skills Online

6 Amazing Places To Learn New Skills Online | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
A list of the top places to learn new skills online: web design, list building, graphic design, photography, etc.
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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:17 AM

Excellent recommendations here for places to get free or low cost courses to enhance your online skills. Educators need to stay current and not rely on others to do the lifting. Time to look over these sites.

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, October 9, 2013 2:54 PM
Great tips.
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Learning to learn: asking questions and taking names

Learning to learn: asking questions and taking names | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Ally Greer:


There are such things as stupid questions.


Just kidding, there aren’t. (Got your attention, though, right?)


I don’t care how many times we were told this growing up – I always find myself thinking, “Don’t ask that, that’s dumb. You should know that.” Well, guess what? Like I talked about in my last post, so many people of today’s world are in a perpetual state of learning. There is always something that seems obvious to one person that another person might not have ever thought about. The whole reason that conversing with others can be so amazing is because everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn. Why we view this as being stupid and not as an opportunity to extract new information is beyond me.


Don’t be afraid to keep asking.

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Asking and answering questions quickly becomes the foundation for lifelong learning. Ally's insights reveal a young mind that's already addicted to learning (foreever).  A great read. 

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Mindy M Walker's curator insight, June 20, 2013 3:46 PM

Worth going through this post. If you don't know - learn - how to ask questions, you won't keep learning. Agreed - there are no stupid questions.

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12 X 12 Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

12 X 12 Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

This is a mother lode of free courses offered online by many of the top universities in the country.  Mostly video archives of lectures which isn't the most effective or interesting way to learn.  Still, great teachers with teaching stories, from top universities shouldn't be missed. 


After all, folks around the world have this access.  Hungry minds will find a way to learn.  ~ Dennis

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On-Demand is the Future of Online Learning | Mindflash

On-Demand is the Future of Online Learning | Mindflash | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

As a university online teacher I think of the facilitated online learning community as the gold standard of  e-learning.  At the same time the convenience and ability to scale provided by on-demand training can't be denied.    


On the corporate side of the e-learning pie, on-demand learning has long been an acceptible approach.  On the academic side, on-demand doesn't sit right with many online instructors.  One tool doesn't fit all.  But on-demaind will fit some situations. ~ Dennis


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The On-Demand World


The future of learning will not contain very many classes at scheduled dates and times. They will be on demand. No one rushes home to turn on the television to watch a favorite program — we don’t even do that for live sports anymore. Just record it, show up late and start from the beginning. Not only do I get to attend my son’s track meet AND watch the game, but I get to fast-forward through the commercials. Imagine if your trainees could attend your training session, but could fast-forward through the breaks and the dead time between discussions. They could finish a three-hour class in 90 minutes.

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Uniting Online Learning and Self-Directed Learning – A New Relationship

Uniting Online Learning and Self-Directed Learning – A New Relationship | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The concept of self-directed learning has long fascinated researchers in the field of education for quite some time. Becoming a self-directed learner is found to be most important as we develop into adults. It is often cited as being one of the most important functions of education. However, research has shown that there needs to be a readiness for self-directed learning that comes with maturity.


Prior research suggests that in order to be successful in an online learning environment, one must have a technical readiness and a self-directed readiness (Guglielmino & Guglielmino, as cited in Piskurich, 2003). However, with the rapid growth of virtual schooling and states now requiring virtual credits to graduate high school, it is more important that students are successful in an online learning environment.
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Foster Self-Directed Learning In Adolescents Through E-Learning

Foster Self-Directed Learning In Adolescents Through E-Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

While adults vary in their readiness for self-directed learning that seems to be needed for success in the environment in which we live, adolescents are less ready for this type of learning. As previously mentioned, self-directed learning is one of the primary functions of education. Providing 21st century skills is also a primary goal of education. There is a definite connection between preparing learners to become more self-directed as they mature and providing learners with 21st century skills. One way both can be achieved is through e-learning. In addition, the relationship between e-learning and self-directed learning is cyclical. In order to be a successful e-learner, one must also have some self-directed learning abilities. Can self-directed learning be fostered in adolescents and achieved through e-learning programs? In exchange, will learning to work in a virtual environment help adolescents become more self-directed as adults?

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