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Are MOOCs Really Failing to Make the Grade? | Re/code

Are MOOCs Really Failing to Make the Grade? | Re/code | E-Learning Defined | Scoop.it
Some take it further (the MOOC Racket), claiming that MOOCs are a platform for evangelizing academic rock stars to the detriment of students and teachers, and arguing that educators can't teach tens of thousands of people ...
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Designing Online Learning

Interview with Richard Culatta about the importance of developing interactive online learning. Online learning should connect learners with each other and wi...

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Good learning is a "social activity"... Connectivity is vital.. There must be social interactions rather than "click through" content-based. material ( Richard Cutta).

This is what MOOCS are about too..How do you reproduce a classroom "social space" on-line.. or do you NEED to?? Isn't on-line a different social experience?? It is for me.. By promoting that experience on-line learning will succeed.

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Marina Cousins's curator insight, March 27, 2014 4:02 AM

This video illustrates the importance of interactive online learning.

Nicole Kotoski's comment, April 7, 2014 11:09 PM
Doesn't everyone learn differently? I believe that learning is a social activity and while some may particiapte in all aspects of online learning and it will be a very social practice others may only interact on a 'need' to basis. I agree with Ashley in that each person wil experience a very different social experience! I think the more you put into the experience the more you will take out of it however, in a realistic world people are very time poor and perhaps the peson who interact a 'little' has other needs and priorities. This could be one of the problems with online learning. Are you getting enough out of the experience? Or is it are you able or do you have the time to get enough out of the experience.
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Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros

Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros | E-Learning Defined | Scoop.it

Why have your students work collaboratively? "Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher levels of thinking and preserve information for longer times that students working individually."

This post provides 20 suggestions to help collaborative groups work more effectively. A few are:

* Establish group goals.

* Keep groups mid-sized.

* Build trust and promote open communication.

* Consider the learning process asa part of the assessment.

The post includes links to a variety of resources and each point has an explantion with additional information.


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Channylt's curator insight, April 7, 2014 10:56 AM

Great tips on how to facilitate collaborative learning. Learners that work collaborativley are engaged in their learning and have better learning outcomes. 

Marina Cousins's curator insight, April 10, 2014 8:06 PM

I liked this article, as it highlighted to me the importance of collaborative learning is much better than individual learning.  As I have mentioned several times, the learning and assessment that takes place within my workplace has a strong behaviourist foundation of learning and repeating key words and actions to pass an assessment (it is a very individual approach to learning).

 

Many of my colleagues view this experience of learning & assessment in a negative way.  What are some of the ways to overcome this negative view of learning?

 

After reading this article, I will seriously consider using a collaborative learning style within my workplace (if I get the opportunity).  The advantage of using real world problems or clinical incidents is that it offers the learner the opportunitity to improve their critical thinking skills and problem-solving ability.  

 

Therefore, by using collaborative learning you can apply the following learning theories of cognitivism, constructivism, objectivism.

Hazel Kuveya's curator insight, April 10, 2014 9:22 PM

Keeping the groups at moderate levels will ensure an effective exchange of ideas and participation in all involved, I can echo the same statement that two heads are better than one. It is also interesting to learn that collaborative teams attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer periods as compared to  their individual counterparts., yes the use of technology makes collaborative learning manageable.

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» All about: Behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism: comparing critical features from an instructional design perspective (Ertmer & Newby 1993) ICT in Education


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Cheryl Belbin's curator insight, March 25, 2014 6:03 AM

This was a useful interpretation of a complex paper - neatly explaining a little more about learning theories: behaviourism, cognitivism and constructivism - with elements of instructional design sprinkled throughout.

Karen Barlow's curator insight, March 31, 2014 6:12 AM

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Anthea Arkcoll's curator insight, April 5, 2014 4:54 PM

Concise summary of the theories and how they impact learning approach.

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What is a MOOC?

Written and Narrated by Dave Cormier Video by Neal Gillis Researchers: Dave Cormier Alexander McAuley George Siemens Bonnie Stewart Created through funding r...
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Well this is amazing.. E-learning "on the run" by people who have skills in a certain area and set up a "MOOC ".. This effectively bypasses the expertise of Academics in the sphere of UNDERSTANDING the process of learning.. Is this on-line rote or cognitive, or behaviourist  or what is it!! It must depend on the person running the MOOC.. Do they have any real understanding (or care) about whether or not their students succeed..  This is VERY interesting. I dicovered that arounf 95% of students do not complete a MOOC operated course .. Does this mean this concept which I believe is Transformational is a failure.

I shall research further.

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Using Sakai to Make Students Part of the Instructional Process

UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of Education, Suzanne Gulledge shares her reflections on learning and using Sakai to teach a fully online course.
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Now this is INTERESTING!!  Professor Gulledge talks about her own COGNITIVE DISSONANCE in her E-learning experience and how she 'pushed through" it. This was my experience (and at time of publishing still is!!!).. She talks about making her students  "Critical consumers of information" and that she is a "facilitator"... This is pure cognitive Constructivism ..... Have no idea what Sakai is but will explore it now.

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What is e-Learning and what is it not?

What is e-Learning and what is it not? | E-Learning Defined | Scoop.it
So what is e-learning? Well the dictionary definition says that e-learning, or ‘electronic’ learning, can be defined as ‘learning that is delivered, enabled or mediated using electronic technology ...

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This is a fairly non-insightful definition but covers a "school of the air" situation. What about Social constructivism learning since the "school of the air" students can interact more thourougly with each other ?? 

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Are MOOCs - massive open online courses - the future of education? - The Australian

Are MOOCs - massive open online courses - the future of education? - The Australian | E-Learning Defined | Scoop.it
Are MOOCs - massive open online courses - the future of education?
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This is the nub of it... Are MOOCS REALLY the way of the future.. Third world countries would say yes simply because of the access to their impoverished populations,... Western Countries may disagree for two reasons:

1. Money invested in Universities and learning systems that are profit-driven.

2. The concern that "super Academics" may not give a balanced view and become "rock star" status icons.

 

My view: Education should be available to all and it should be up to the individual to thrive via personal motivation with any means of transferrance of education.  The world would be a better, more tolerant  place with more education. Education in this country is often minimised and sometimes despised as 'girly" or a waste of time when you look at the huge salaries taken by mining workers with low education.

 

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The 10 eLearning Design Principles Infographic

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The 10 eLearning Design Principles Infographic presents 10 simple changes that will improve the layout of your eLearing course.

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This is right up my professional ally. I was a Creative director of an Advertising agency for many years and good design is VITAL to communicationg ANY message. I often see what I term "computer -aided bad design" in posters, newspaper ads  even personal cards such as birthday cards etc.

What happens is the graphic artist is presented with so many choices in font, design layouts etc by computer software that they go "beserk" and break all the rules of effective communication and typesetting.

The younger generation think faster and absord info faster than we ever did but we invented the "70's pop poster" which was diabolical in it's fussiness and lack of simplicity. I will design two posters with the same information and place it on my blogger to demonstrate.. and YOU tell me which one you absorbed and retained the information better..

 

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Channylt's curator insight, March 24, 2014 9:32 AM

Infographics - are a great way for learners to digest information in an engaging and visual way. This is a clever infographic that describes the top 10 eLearning Design principles. 

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12 Reasons Why MOOCs Will Change the World | Social Learning Blog

12 Reasons Why MOOCs Will Change the World | Social Learning Blog | E-Learning Defined | Scoop.it
While not yet proven, a new learning trend that has caught my eye is MOOCs, which stands for “massively open online courses.” As many of you already know,

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From this it appears MOOCS are like lasers were in the '60's: an answer waiting for someone to find the  question!!

Now we see lasers in use everywhere.. MOOCS engage MILLIONS in a collaborative endeavour of learning. This cannot be a bad thing! No matter what the critics say (and they are mostly vested interests in the status quo of university-based learning), On-line engagement and interaction with people motivated to learn can only expand and yield a direction for MOOCS. That direction could be Corporate training (this article denys that), or simply education of people without financial means to attend University courses. This could be the LASER of e-learning once it has been niche-marketed. Imagine that young lady in Pakistan (name escapes me), persecuted by the Taliban for her thirst for education being given access to high-quality academics on-line via a MOOC for free!...That is exciting for the future. 

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Chris Brown's curator insight, July 30, 2013 4:57 PM

Maybe MOOCs would work in Corporate world?

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Who Takes MOOCs? Educated, Employed, First-World Guys. - Slate Magazine

Who Takes MOOCs? Educated, Employed, First-World Guys. - Slate Magazine | E-Learning Defined | Scoop.it
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Who Takes MOOCs? Educated, Employed, First-World Guys.
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This post argues that MOOCS are gender-biased and finance-biased to male, employed and educated persons. No explanation for the lower take-up by females compared to face-to-face and on-line University courses but technological hurdles (lack of internet) are blamed for third world non-pickup. Also a basic understanding of University-level writing/techniques is required which a lot of first-time students in poorer nation will not have. The solution, in my view, is free education FROM THE GROUND UP using on-line methods. In other words Primary right through to University could be handled with MOOCS for poor nations. Now this is interesting to compare with "School of the Air" .. which does, and has done (up to Secondary) since 1951. Was "School of the air" the forerunner of MOOCS??

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The nature of e-learning in Australia

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This post is written by Ryan Tracey The young nation of Australia has a rich history in e-learning. They say necessity is the mother of invention, and so in 1951 the School of the Air was launched ...

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Ok the inteersting part of this is the relevence to Australia.  This site was accessed as part of my initial interest in "School of the Air".

 The author talks about MOOCS and how this will transform Business in the future but is only used by students... I will find out about MOOCS

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Cheryl Belbin's curator insight, March 26, 2014 11:54 PM

Interesting to note the technologies proposed to be most popular for 2013. This article brought my attention to a technology that did not prove so popular - virtual worlds, but one I think has lots of potential especially in the clinical education milieu.

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10 Principles of Successful E-Learning | OEB Newsportal

10 Principles of Successful E-Learning | OEB Newsportal | E-Learning Defined | Scoop.it

Explore the Ten Pedagogic Principles of E-Learning as defined by Anderson and McCormick and see how they are applied through the itslearning platform.


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