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Edulastic Research Academy: Uncommon Knowledge about Common Core?

Edulastic Research Academy: Uncommon Knowledge about Common Core? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The Academy is a one-stop research hub with educational resources, news, analysis, and teaching tips. We’re on a mission to accelerate student learning and help educators with their professional development. Learn the best strategies and tools for crafting personalized formative assessments and meeting the Common Core implementation challenges ahead.

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"There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear" ~Buffalo Springfield

Edulastic proposes to help you gain "...an uncommon understanding of Common Core".  Knowledge and the critical thinking ability to apply that knowledge is power. Since your teaching life is impacted by CC, it's time to dig in and understand more about what's going on. 

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Research: Length of online course and student satisfaction, perceived learning, and academic performance

Research: Length of online course and student satisfaction, perceived learning, and academic performance | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The International Review of Research in Open and Distance LearningAbstract

This research presents findings from a two-part study.  In the first part, graduate students taking online courses were given a course evaluation form.  Student responses from online abbreviated summer sessions were compared to student responses from online full-semester courses. 


Both the intensive and full-semester courses were taught by the same professor and both had identical requirements in terms of assignments and exams.  The independent variable was the length of time taken to complete the requirements, with the dependent variables being satisfaction with the course, perceived learning, and academic performance.  A statistical analysis of the data found significant differences in a number of areas.

Keywords: Online learning; course format; graduate school; course satisfaction; communication;academic performance; five-week intensive course; full-semester course; massed vs. distributed learning; equivalency theory

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In the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout our intensive courses are 8 weeks long. During this time, instructors provide personalized formative assessment on a weekly basis.  We have found this format maximizes learning while providing a manageable time commitment for busy adult learners.

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Referencing and Citation Style Guides: MLA. APA. CSE. Chicago

Referencing and Citation Style Guides: MLA. APA. CSE. Chicago | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Those are the four main styles used when writing professionally or academically. Students will need to use one of these standard styles, so it?s important
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Well researched article on a complex topic.  Think of this as a jumping off point for resources on the major citation styles used in research.  

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Chloe Polledri Mirate's curator insight, August 15, 2014 5:11 AM

Pratique et indispensable

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8 Things You Should Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

8 Things You Should Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

About the data: The edX MOOC data released by Harvard and MIT covered 16 sections of 13 courses from the first year of edX, from fall 2012 to summer 2013. About 475,000 students and about 640,000 registrations are included. Although there were 841,000 registrations in these courses, 200,000 rows of data were deleted by HarvardX and MITx in the de-identification process. De-identification was most likely to remove outliers and extremely active users, which may affect some of the analysis. You can learn more about the de-identification process from the HarvardX and MITx documentation.

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This is an easy to read overview article enhanced with graphics.  The Harvard and MIT moocs have been very high profile. Interesting that so few students view all of the materials. 

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Library@NYP's curator insight, June 20, 2014 10:16 AM

Learn about the latest trends and adoption of MOOCs.

Manuel León Urrutia's curator insight, June 24, 2014 10:28 AM

Remarkable facts extracted from the release of edX MOOC data one month ago. The most surprising: apparently most MOOC learners are male!

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Richard Byrne: Organize Research With Google Slides - YouTube

From Richard Byrne, http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/02/using-google-slides-to-organize-research.html?m=1  How to use Google Slides to organize your research.

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Here's a four minute instructional video from the always clever Richard Byrne.   I could see this as a find blended learning activity.  Have your students create their research notes with Google Slides.  Use this video to show them how to do it. 


Flip that classroom folks! 

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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, June 4, 2014 2:42 PM

This is not outstanding, but does a pretty good job of explaining how to use Google Slides in the research process.  It would be good for teachers to view.  I don't think it's polished enough to use with students.

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Pew Research Report: The Rise of Online Video

A new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds that online video is growing. 78% of online adults watch or download videos online, up from 69% in 2009, and the share of internet users who upload or post video online has doubled from 14% in 2009 to 31% today. Kristen Purcell, report author, explains these findings and the reasons behind them. 

For the full report, visit www.pewresearch.org

Follow the Pew Research Center on Twitter: @pewresearch

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Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems for Massive Open Online Courses | MIT Technology Review

Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems for Massive Open Online Courses | MIT Technology Review | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Not only does student participation decline dramatically throughout the new generation of Web-based courses, but the involvement of teachers in online discussions makes it worse.

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JohnThompson's curator insight, December 28, 2013 9:37 AM

This data study seems to be conflicted in its analysis of teacher participation in the online discussions. At one point, the paper states the above but in the conclusion it states, " We showed, for example, that the teaching staff's active participation in the discussion increases the discussion volume but does not slow down the decline in participation." So does teacher participation help or hurt? Read the PDF doc yourself and see what you think. Also, the study needs to provide examples of what passes for discussion topics/threads in the courses that are analyzed. At first glance, it seems those discussions are seriously lacking in many ways to start, as it appears they're more "Q&A" discussions rather than the more traditional discussions that actually invited back-n-forth comments. Might be interesting for these researchers to analyze participation involvement in different types of discussions.

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Google Docs & Research: How-To?

Google Docs & Research: How-To? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

When students are doing research, they sometimes struggle with citing their sources or moving beyond a quick search with Google.com. The Google Docs Research Pane helps to facilitate searching for and citing sources. By going to Tools –> Research, the Research Pane pops up on the right hand side! You can search Google, images, scholar, quotes, and dictionary! By dragging and dropping certain content (e.g. images), not only will the material appear, but a footnote (in MLA, Chicago, or APA format).

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:26 AM

Great one.

Colleen Adam's curator insight, December 17, 2013 3:25 PM

Great tips for how to integrate use of GoogleDocs into research activites to help support ethical use of information.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, December 30, 2013 6:08 PM

What a big help in saving time and achieving accuracy. 

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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

A lot has been written about the digital native since the coining of the term about ten years ago. A lot of what has been originally written by the digital native has been taken as common sense and has been repeated many times in many educational contexts, but until recently the true nature of the digital native has not been explored. Because the myth of the digital native is still alive and well, this article aims to examine the findings that have come out of recent research with regard to digital natives and their true nature, as well as turn a critical gaze onto the assumptions, taken as common sense knowledge, of what the characteristics of digital natives are.

Keywords: Digital Natives, Research, Characteristics, Technology, Availability, Usage
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Student Designed Infographics: Process & Products

Student Designed Infographics: Process & Products | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Last year my students designed infographics for the first time. I enjoyed the process and the products. It was a fun strategy to teach my students crucial research skills while encouraging them to think creatively about how to visually communicate information.


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Infograpics and research skills: a topic make in heaven!

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, December 10, 2013 7:19 AM

Great examples of how students can visually represent ideas - much better than a PowerPoint slide

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, December 10, 2013 9:13 AM

Reading graphic text, creating graphic text - research and project based learning

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, December 10, 2013 4:12 PM

Infographics could be used in Digital Storytelling. . .

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Online Learning and Credential Completion November 26, 2013 By Doug Lederman

Online Learning and Credential Completion November 26, 2013 By Doug Lederman | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

And students who took online courses at a distance were 1.25 times likelier to earn a credential (certificate, associate or bachelor's degree) by 2009 than were their peers who had not taken any online courses. Those who started college with a goal of attaining a certificate (rather than a bachelor's degree) and took online courses were 3.22 times as likely to earn a credential than were students who did not take online courses.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/11/26/study-online-learning-finds-it-helps-not-hurts-credential-attainment#ixzz2mNFmHPUN 
Inside Higher Ed 

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New research offers advice on how to optimize video length for ...

New research offers advice on how to optimize video length for ... | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
We've found some interesting new research which suggests the optimal video length for student engagement is six minutes or less. It's no big surprise that students lose interest in videos that are too long; however, what's ...

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I love it when research confirms the hands on knowledge I've acquired while teaching online.

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Donna Farren's curator insight, November 23, 2013 10:01 PM

I totally agree and think student can be K12 or adult. 

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:48 AM

"Several Studies published recently show similar results; students lose interest in longer lecture videos and become distracted. If lectures are short or broken up by some kind of interaction (such as quizzes), then engagement is far higher."

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Online Learning at Public Universities: Building a New Path to a College Degree - The Learning House

Online Learning at Public Universities: Building a New Path to a College Degree - The Learning House | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

A report of member AASCU member institutions answers how public colleges and universities are managing the growing popularity of online learning.


As online education continues to gain in popularity, how are traditional colleges and universities meeting the challenge? A new joint survey from The Learning House, Inc., and The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) reveals some answers. In the report “Online Learning at Public Universities: Building a New Path to a College Degree,” Chief Academic Officers from AASCU institutions share how their public colleges and universities are currently managing online education needs, overcoming challenges, serving online students and planning for the future.

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University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it

University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Publishing openly provides greater exposure, boosts prospects and can lead to more citations, says Erin McKiernan


We spend years teaching our children to share. Yet from the moment students enter academia, we discourage it. Lock up your work in prestigious subscription journals; keep your data close to your chest; compete instead of collaborate – these are the messages transmitted by peers and mentors. These are the tenets of our unhealthy academic culture. We need to change our priorities.

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Open Education = Open Research?  Research behind the paywall vs research delivered by keyword search on Google or Bing?

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 24, 2014 10:50 PM

Sharing our research is important, but forgoing vigor in publishing could be problematic. For example, what makes an open source published article strong? There is a a need to explore something different that allows publication, openness, and vigor.

 

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Research and Global Open Access Initiatives

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PEW Research: Mobile Technology Fact Sheet

PEW Research: Mobile Technology Fact Sheet | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Key data points on mobile technology from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
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The mobile phone of today is bringing instant (nearly) access to information to EVERYONE (nearly).

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Shake up your Point of View: What Online Students Want Compared to What Institutions Expect

Shake up your Point of View: What Online Students Want Compared to What Institutions Expect | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Jeffrey L. Bailie
Kaplan University
jbailie@kaplan.edu


Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine whether a set of instructional practices commonly prescribed to online faculty in the higher education setting were consistent with the expectations of a group of experienced online student participants. Online faculty performance conventions were collected from 20 institutions of higher learning located in the United States. The collective practices yielded three primary domains related to administrative faculty performance expectations in online instruction: Communication, Presence/Engagement, and Timeliness/Responsiveness. Undergraduate participants representing a cross section of colleges and universities in the United States were surveyed to determine their expectations for online faculty as compared to scaled items derived from the lists of participating institutions. The results of this investigation offer practitioners insight into how administrative instructional guidelines relate to the user demands of an informed group of undergraduate online students.

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Shake up your point of view!

Here's an interesting paper published by the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. Spring 2014 - Volume 17 Issue 1



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The Aspen Institute - LEARNER AT THE CENTER OF A NETWORKED WORLD Report

The Aspen Institute - LEARNER AT THE CENTER OF A NETWORKED WORLD Report | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

26 ways to ensure kids have safe & vibrant learning opportunities in & out of the classroom. The Aspen Task Force is here: bit.ly/1oAuCah

 

The digital revolution has transformed almost every aspect of society. No facet of this revolution has more potential than its ability to change the way people learn. The availability of a vast array of knowledge and resources at the click of a mouse or the touch of a screen, together with the ability to connect instantaneously with peers and mentors across the street and across the globe, make possible completely new learning environments and experiences. These opportunities are highly engaging and collaborative, and they are based on learners’ own interests and strengths. Students can truly learn any time, any place and at any pace.

However, our traditional system of education is rooted in a model first developed in the Industrial Age. It assumes that knowledge is transferred from an external source—teachers, books and schools—to a student. Students are grouped by age, and progress is often based on the amount of time they spend in class and not on how much they have learned. In most instances, any learning that takes place outside class does not count for credit, nor is it even formally recognized.

This long-held model is struggling to engage a new generation of students for whom learning is happening all the time—online, off-line, in classrooms, as well as after school, in libraries and at museums. The connected learner can access tutorials, lessons and entire courses online while participating in afterschool programs such as code academies and maker labs.

To maximize these learning opportunities, young people must be fully connected. Students need to connect easily with others who can support their learning and to have the ability to share their ideas widely and safely. They need access to broadband, devices and software as well as to high-quality content and the literacy skills to support their full participation. They need to prepare for the world of bits, networks and entrepreneurship.


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I spent 25 years in k-12 education. The vision described in this report has been in my mind since the early 80's. Now is the time to realize the potential of information technology to engage young minds.

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Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, June 17, 2014 6:14 PM

Important work.  

Good executive summary. 

 

Give to your superintendent and principals.

 

Webinar recording available for viewing.

 

Library created

 

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, June 24, 2014 5:54 AM

Accrediting 'life' experience has always been an issue,though schooling per se is such a small fraction of our lifelong and lifewide learning arena

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Reading and writing strategies for articles from scholarly journals (Peer Reviewed).

Reading and Writing Strategies for articles from Scholarly Journals (Peer Reviewed) presentation created by: Karen Hornberger Library Media Specialist Palisa...
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Short and well written slide show packed with wise advice. If you're in high school or graduate school these tips will save you stress and improve your  comprehension and the quality of your writing.  (Includes complete transcript of the presentation).

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, May 2, 2014 7:27 AM
Reading and writing strategies for articles from scholarly journals (Peer Reviewed).
Stephanie Roberts's curator insight, June 11, 2015 9:52 AM

Strategies for showing simple steps for researching.

Eric Coreas's curator insight, April 4, 2016 12:29 AM
This is actually a power point on strategies for reading and writing articles from Scholarly Journals. The writer is actually a high school student and lists steps on how to do this. She writes mainly the basics on how to do this. The information she gives is pretty accurate as well. Nonetheless this writer did a god job in listing these steps because they can come in handy for people who struggle with things like this. The writer’s audience would be anyone who struggles reading and writing these articles and would like to learn the basics. The writer’s main point is to teach the reader these strategies that way they can use them when dealing with this. I think even if the this is written by a high school student it comes from a credible source because this power point has over 10,000 views. The student did a nice job in presenting these strategies.
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iNACOL-Transforming-K-12-Rural-Education-through-Blended-Learning.pdf

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A Menagerie of Tools to Promote Student Engagement in Online Courses | The Sloan Consortium

A Menagerie of Tools to Promote Student Engagement in Online Courses | The Sloan Consortium | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"This paper will present a collection of tools that can be effectively used to promote student engagement in an online environment."


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30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning: Call for Proposals

30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning: Call for Proposals | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

We invite you to submit your proposal(s) to present at the 30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning. Learn more about the presentation formats by selecting Presentation Types:.

  • Lead an in-depth interactive workshop.
  • Present a session on the planning and management of distance education/training programs.
  • Share your research and expertise.
    Distill essential knowledge/skills.
  • Demonstrate your successful course and/or training materials to others.
  • Guide discussions with your colleagues. 


August 12- 14, 2014 Madison WI

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#MyZeitgeist: 2013 Student Challenge |

#MyZeitgeist: 2013 Student Challenge | | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

To look back at every triumph, tragedy and trend, Google creates an annual Zeitgeist, a summary of the biggest events of the year as seen through the eyes of the search engine. This year, NewsHour Extra partnered with Google to offer you, the student, the opportunity to create your own Zeitgeist by compiling the events that have made the biggest impact on your own life using the storytelling tool Meograph.

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Here's a terrific way to promote 21st Century research and publication skills. 

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Does a professor's intervention in online discussions have the effect of prolonging discussion or cutting it off?

Does a professor's intervention in online discussions have the effect of prolonging discussion or cutting it off? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
 Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
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Food for thought here.  If you're looking for a research question this might get you started.  Be sure to read the follow up posts.  Be thinking about the quaity and intent of the professor's interventions.

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European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning

European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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Maria Guillily's curator insight, November 26, 2013 1:43 PM

In Kropf's viewpoint connectivism is arguing for the inclusion of engaging interactive online materials to drive learning and instruction.  Kropf points to a number of examples of student engagement including the use of podcasts, Second Life, and mobile learning.  One such example illustrates the use of Second Life in an MBA program to improve 'teamwork efforts and experiences with commerce".  Connectivist instructional design will hopefully continue to elevate the discourse and utility of online materials in education.

 

TELLS library's curator insight, November 26, 2013 7:30 PM

Professional Reading:

Connectivism

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Why Content Curation Is Disruptive

Why Content Curation Is Disruptive | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The power of curation’s feedback loops is why to curate more than you create AND why the best ratio may be as high as 90% curation to 10% creation.


by @Martin (Marty) Smith on @ janlgordon's curatti.com


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I've found curation to be a perfect blend for my interests and talents. There was a time when I had hundreds of bookmarks buried in my browser.  Searching for information is my research field, my hobby, and my personal disposition.  


Curation brings everything together for me.  Using a platform like scoop.it makes curation a much more social experience as well. 

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ELISA TANGKEARUNG's curator insight, November 21, 2013 10:36 AM

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Bonnie McEwan's curator insight, November 22, 2013 12:47 PM

Another point in favor of curation over origination is that is it generally less time consuming. You can be a real player in the curation area and still have enough time to spend on client work and other tasks.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, November 22, 2013 1:44 PM

This is so true. I often get immediate support and responses to content I have curated #curation#socialmedia

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