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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.
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Affordable Online learning has taken off these days. On the internet training prevails in almost any subject, and students leap at the opportunity to learn from house. With the increase in Online Course available for students, this also indicates more possibilities for professors to grow their occupations by coaching online. Teaching an internet category can be very different from in-person instruction
Discover how giving students more responsibility in shaping their own curriculum can lead to more active participation.
Discover more than 60 articles about about E-Learning and Online Teaching research!
Udemy is a website that enables anyone to teach and learn online. Udemy tries to democratize online education by making it fast, easy and free to create online courses. Ninety percent of the courses offered are free to take. Check out the variety of courses at their website.
For this month, I have chosen cartoons from Bill Watterson‘s Calvin and Hobbes and two of Matt Groening’s categorizations of teachers that a reader of an earlier post put me onto. These...
"I tweeted yesterday an interesting news item in Erik Robelen’s blog in Education Week that a few states (Oklahoma, California, Massachusetts) are seriously looking into some sort of assessment of creative thinking as part of the whole 21st century skills/entrepreneurship movement. I think it is a great idea, with a lot of potential for leveraging change.
Now, of course, the naysayers are quick to say that you cannot measure creative thinking. This is silly: here is a rubric for doing so..."
"e-Learning has been using this ‘show, don’t tell’ approach for a long time. However, although scenarios and interactions go a long way to involving the learner in the course, I think we need to pay greater attention to the different styles of learning. You’re probably familiar with Fleming’s VAK/VARK model of three ‘types’ of learners: visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. He makes the argument that some learn best through visual aids such as diagrams, others through discussion, and other by physically carrying out tasks. Although I think this is too ‘neat’ a categorisation of learners, as a mixture of learning types is more stimulating than a single format, I find this model useful for considering all the different elements that make up a good course."
"The Department of Education released a draft report about big data and education today. It's called "Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics," a title that's unlikely to win any converts to the notion of a data-curious* view of learning. Part of what's going to get stuck in the craw is that phrase "data mining," I reckon."
Do we really understand what data mining? This post links to an interview that may help you understand this question. It also looks at the how data mining practices might be used in education, along with learning analytics around questions such as (and all quoted from the article):
* What sequence of topics is most effective for a specific student?* What student actions are associated with more learning?* What student actions indicate satisfaction, engagement, learning progress, etc.?* What will predict student success?*When is a student falling behind and/or at risk for not completing a course?
Facebook is moving back to its roots in education with this morning’s big announcement of custom groups for schools called, not surprisingly Groups for Schools. While I’m dubious about how, if, and why individual teachers may want to use the service… it’ll be great for entire schools who don’t have the budget or resources to build their very own online community.
So here’s the deal: Facebook will let you have an area of the site where anyone with your school’s or district’s .edu email address can get in and participate. It’s basically the same model that Mark Zuckerberg used to launch the site many moons ago.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) represents the best things about the Internet … and sometimes the world, for that matter. With the click of a button you can be inspired, educated, encouraged, wowed, or entertained by speakers from all walks of life.
ESOL Courses - English language lessons for students of English as a foreign language and young learners. Practise your English skills using our free listening activities, video quizzes, reading exercises and games.
Welcome to the Google Apps Education Training Center. This is an online learning environment dedicated for educators and students to learn how to effectively use Google Apps in an educational context.
"Will the move toward virtual and “blended learning” schools in American education repeat the mistakes of the charter-school movement, or will it learn from them?... Finding ways to define, monitor, and police quality in this brave new world is one of the central challenges in realizing the potential of digital learning."
When times were tough, training departments slashed budgets by replacing face-to-face instruction with online reading. They failed to follow through with the discussions, practice, social processing, and reinforcement that makes lessons stick. It didn’t work. Most eLearning is ineffective drudgery. ~ Jay Cross
Last night I had an interesting, 21st Century choice to make: read my newest e-book, Net Smart, by Howard Rheingold , or watch Rheingold’s webinar on connectedlearning.tv .
I stopped and thought about how I wanted to learn about technology and education.
Nik Peachey: Getting students to do speaking homework has always been quite a challenge, but for those students with smartphones we can now get them using free apps to practice and develop their speaking abilities. This speaking tasks requires the download of a free app called the VTR2 Video Recording Teleprompter from http://vrt2.com/.
This has amazing potential for online tutoring and flipped classrooms. ~ Dennis
As the leading thinkers and do-ers meet this week at the third annual Digital Media and Learning conference, Spotlight talked with DML2012’s keynote presenter John Seely Brown, self-proclaimed “chief of confusion,” and one of the most enlightening thinkers on nearly any topic.
Asking questions is a great way to enhance the learning process both in school and later on in life. Unfortunately the human fallacy here is that we sometimes don't feel the need to truly think before we ask these questions, which can lead to frustration, disappointment, and resentment—everything except learning the knowledge we seek—when we don't get the answer we were expecting. There is definitely a science behind asking smart questions, and this article lays it out rather nicely.
Please note, I scooped this last night but was told the link is not working. This time I am going to the original site, although I located it via the Committed Sardine but out through the 21st Century Fluency Project and the image is from their post.
Visually see the differences between asynchronous e-learning and synchronous e-learning practices.
Joyce Valenza reviews a variety of online tools help you create "professionally produced specimens" focused on slide narration tools and screen capture tools. She covers five narration tools: SlideRocket, My Brainshark, Present.me, Movenote, and HelloSlide, and three screencasting tools: Screenr, Screencast-o-Matic, and Jing. Links to all are provided.
Are you looking for videos to use for presentations and lessons related to technology and media literacy? If so, this wiki may lead you to some great resources. The videos are divided into the following categories:
* Conversation Starters
* 21st Century Learning
* Copyright, Copyleft & Remix/Mashup Culture
* Influence of Media on Society
* History of Technology & Media
* Social Networks & Identity
* Mashups, Stop Motion, Animation & Short Films
* Public Service Announcements & Political Messages
* Cyberbullying & Internet Safety
The site does state that "these videos are of varying quality, cross several genres, and are of varied suitability for classroom use."
We’ve come up with a few handy ways to use the content discovery site to actually benefit teachers, students, and education administrators. After all, that’s what Edudemic is all about!
Despite polarized views on the technology, there are some teachers using QR codes in education in some very inventive and innovative ways...
Free unlimited questions and responses for teachers and educators who want to bring online quizzes or smartphone trivia into the classroom.