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Promoting Manufacturing in the USA to individuals, families, communities, educators & government through social media.
Here's a source for community and shared passions regarding the future of manufacturing. Innovations, ideas, future dreams. A rich resource to consider!
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scrible is launching a brand new Student Edition with new features and perks for any student with a ".edu" email address.
The power research features of this online social bookmarking system make me sit up and take notice:
Capture citations in a snap and create bibliographies with a single click.
Compile your annotations from multiple articles into a simple summary or robust report.
Interestingly, major American foundations have contributed millions of dollars to innovative delivery platforms such as Coursera and Udacity. As a result, millions have enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), with an average class size of about 50,000. Yet, according to a recent study by Katy Jordon, less than 10 percent of learners complete current MOOC courses, and the majority of completion rates are in the two to eight percent range. Does this sound like effective adult education? No higher education institution would be able to attract applicants if it posted attrition rates of 92 to 98 percent.
Are MOOCs draining the foundation grant money pool leaving us without significant new research on adult learning?
How can we call a course with 98% attrition effective?
Recent surveys of teachers about their attitudes toward technology.
Just how do teachers feel about technology?
The vast majority use it--but still wary, according to a four-page report, “Technology and Effective Teaching," released in April 2012 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (Here's a downloadable version.)
Based on a survey of 400 teachers from across the U.S., the report found that 67% of teachers use technology in every class and 85% use it every day. Their goals are clear--to help their students learn--but they remain skeptical “because there is little, widely accepted proof that technology tools provide real value for student learning.”
I've been working with Ed-Tech for over 30 years. Teacher attitudes have been slow to change. It's good to have lived long enough to see the results of change!
The report is the third in a series of large-scale, nationally representative surveys by the Foundation about young people’s media use. It includes data from all three waves of the study (1999, 2004, and 2009), and is among the largest...
Full text research reports from 1999, 2004, 2009
Educators are well aware of the shortcomings of relying on crowd-sourced content for authoritative information, yet the fact that Wikipedia continues to reign supreme as a top match in Turnitin suggests that students don't see things the same way. In short, what constitutes "research" for students today has come to mean "Googling."
This page includes an archive to a webcast on this topic.
Gaining access to turnitin's resources is a little clunky but worth it. The webinar is 30 minutes long and worth the time. The related SEER resource is also good.
The tenth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States.
Fullmtext research report available here.
Phd resources, theses, writing, pointers
Here's a database of PHD theses and dissertatiions. A good way to do some primary source research.
This page features innovative uses of online collaboration tools (OCTs) for teaching and course management. You can browse the full list or use the search criteria to find the examples most relevant to you. Click on any title for a full description or use the Links to watch short videos of faculty describing their teaching strategies and see examples. For a summary of practical recommendations for effectively implementing OCTs in one's teaching, see CRLT's Occasional Paper No. 31: Teaching in the Cloud: Leveraging Online Collaboration Tools to Enhance Student Engagement.
Here's a database of research articles and videos curated by the University of Michigan about learning and teaching. Lots of thought about Google Apps. Solid resource!
The teachers who instruct the most advanced American secondary school students render mixed verdicts about students’ research habits and the impact of technology on their studies.
Some 77% of advanced placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers surveyed say that the internet and digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on their students’ research work. But 87% say these technologies are creating an “easily distracted generation with short attention spans” and 64% say today’s digital technologies “do more to distract students than to help them academically.”
Full report can be read online or downloaded as a PDF.
Free, full text html or pdf article on education tecnnology. This is a rich research archive!
A visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web.
Since the dawn of recorded history, we’ve been using visual depictions to map the earth, order the heavens, make sense of time, dissect the human body, organize the natural world, perform music, and even decorate abstract concepts like consciousness and love.
100 Diagrams That Changed the World by investigative journalist and documentarian Scott Christianson chronicles the history of our evolving understanding of the world through humanity’s most groundbreaking sketches, illustrations, and drawings, ranging from cave paintings to The Rosetta Stone to Moses Harris’s color wheel to Tim Berners-Lee’s flowchart for a “mesh” information management system, the original blueprint for the world wide web.
But most noteworthy of all is the way in which these diagrams bespeak an essential part of culture — the awareness that everything builds on what came before, that creativity is combinational, and that the most radical innovations harness the cross-pollination of disciplines.
So often when we understand a concept or the relationship of big ideas, we say "I see!" . Infographics help us see, and be seeing help us think. This collection of diagrams have impacted the world we live in. Take a look, perhaps you'll see...
I see! - goes together with embodied cognition? It seems so... Infographics as a key?
Ideas acerca de las ideas que tenemos sobte nosotros/as mismos/as y el mundo que co-construimos
6th Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online LearningA conference devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online Las Vegas, Nevada April 9-11, 2013
I enjoyed attending this symposium. The size was just right, about 800 with a wide variety of presentations and ideas. This site provides you with a strong archive of those presentations.
I always ask myself what is one strong 'take away' from all this exposure to emerging tech. Honestly, very little of what I learned was new, but I was struck by the prediction that Gesture Based computing would be a major part of the near future.
One more interesting technology to track!
Who should be taking online courses? Are online courses equally appropriate for all students? Can any content be taught in an online format or do some kinds of material lend themselves to mastery in an electronic environment?
Her review is based on 20 studies published since 1999. She found that researchers used a wide range of definitions for persistence. She opted for this straightforward description: persistence is “the ability to complete an online course despite obstacles or adverse circumstances.” (p. 30) The opposite of persistence is attrition, which she defined as “withdrawal from an online course.” (p. 30) Based on her review, she identified the following factors as being related to student persistence in online courses.
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Game mechanics like rewards and feedback loops are gaining ground in digital life and many experts think they will spread widely to key domains like education and health by 2020. Others worry about a darker side.
Full text research report can be read online or downloaded via pdf.
The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (www.irrodl.org) is a refereed e-journal that aims to advance research, theory and best practice in open and distance education research.
Tom Sherrington believes teachers should be engaged in research about education. Here, he discusses the impact action research projects have had on staff and students at his school
With millions of new users jumping into Cyberspace and thousands of schools hopping on this latest educational bandwagon, the question is whether on not all the sound and fury signifies meaning. Does "surfing" the Net lead to insight, truth and value, or is the Internet experience more akin to "Trivial Pursuit?" Does the typical user skim along the surface collecting trinkets and entertaining pictures, or does the Internet serve a deeper and more valuable purpose?
Journal of Online Education, 2007By Laura Sevika Douglass617firstname.lastname@example.org Boston Av.Somerville, Ma., 02144
Abstract:Online courses are gradually becoming a central aspect of education, from high schools to major university doctoral programs. As online courses are embraced to serve curriculum that focuses on spirituality and wisdom traditions, questions arise as to how the teacher can encourage contemplative online learning environments. This paper is an effort to outline ways in which the body, social isolation, identity and aesthetics in online education can be approached mindfully.
Katrina A. MeyerAssistant Professor, Department of Educational LeadershipUniversity of North Dakotakatrina_meyer@und.nodak.edu
This article presents information drawn from research on brain processes that impact perception, memory, learning, and understandings about the world. This information is related to the use of interactive video and the Web in distance education through a discussion of how best to enhance learning - or mitigate problems caused - through the use of these technologies.
Connection through emotions in an online environment takes some extra effort on everyone's part. For me, personal teaching stories help convey humor, empathy, along with the curriculum content.
Having a lounge where folks can swap pictures of kids and pets might appeal to our brains limbic centers as well!
No Simple Solution for Improving Students’ Research and Critical Evaluation Skills
The ability to locate, evaluate and accurately utilize complex information, often referred to as information literacy, is a critical skill for success in school, work and life. A new study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) recommends colleges and universities implement institutional information literacy strategies to help students develop these skills. While the study examined several different models for teaching information literacy, on their own none proved significantly advantageous, and the authors suggest multiple approaches may be required.
At last count I have 126 articles tagged research. Many of these articles will lead you to online journals.
The aim of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results. Our mission is to provide practitioners in online education with knowledge about the very best research in online learning. Papers emphasizing results, backed by data are the norm. Occasionally, papers reviewing broad areas are published, including critical reviews of thematic areas. Papers useful to administrators are welcome. JALN is published 4 times a year, and entire issues are published from time-to-time around a single topic or disciplinary areas. Calls for papers for special issues include specific due dates, but general submissions are accepted year-round. . The Journal adheres to traditional standards of double-blind peer review, and authors are encouraged to provide quantitative data; currently JALN's acceptance rate is 25%. The original objective of the Journal was to establish ALN as a field by publishing articles from authoritative and reliable sources. The Journal is now a major resource for knowledge about online learning.
Free access to a significant archive of research papers about online teaching and learing... start browsing today!
The iNACOL K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Database Project was created to be a central location for references to the growing body of research in the field of K-12 online and blended learning. We invite you to participate in the creation and evolution of this database. Search for reference entries or create an account in order to submit references for inclusion in the database.
This database is deep, and continues to grow. An essential resource for k-12 research about online and blended learning.