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ICTlogy » ICT4D Blog » Personal Learning Environments and the revolution of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development

ICTlogy » ICT4D Blog » Personal Learning Environments and the revolution of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Developmental psychologist Lev Vygotsky defined what the person or a student can do — or the problems they can solve — as three different stages:

What a student can do on their own, working independently or without anyone’s help.
What the student can do with the help of someone.
What it is beyond the student’s reach even if helped by someone else.

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How Accurately Do Students Track Their Participation?

How Accurately Do Students Track Their Participation? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Grading participation presents a number of challenges. If instructors rely on their sense of who participated, how often, and in what ways, that can be a pretty subjective measure.
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Current/Future State of Higher Education - An Open Online Course

Current/Future State of Higher Education - An Open Online Course | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In countries around the world, the transition to knowledge and service economies occurring rapidly. Competitive countries are no longer only those that have an abundance of natural resources, but also those with a highly educated populace. Higher education is increasingly recognized as a vehicle for economic development [1].

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How Video Platform Craftsy Is Acquiring 1,600 Paying Students Per Day

How Video Platform Craftsy Is Acquiring 1,600 Paying Students Per Day | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Craftsy offers online video tutorials for a range of crafts.
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A Free Online University Tests the Waters

A Free Online University Tests the Waters | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Students worldwide get university education and broader perspectives.

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First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model

First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Interesting look inside a humanities mooc run by Coursera.

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Alec Couros: Edtech MOOC, January 2013?

Alec Couros: Edtech MOOC, January 2013? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"During my sabbatical year (July 1/12 to June 30/13), I plan to focus on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as one of my key areas of research. To do so, I’m considering planning, organizing and facilitating a semester-long MOOC focused on educational technology starting January 2013."

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Update on the free University of the People

Update on the free University of the People | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Report on the current state of the free University of the People:

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The Reimagination of Publishing

The Reimagination of Publishing | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Last Friday I did a presentation at The Project [R]evolution conference in Auckland, New Zealand. I presented on a topic I've been writing a lot about recently: the reimagination of publishing.
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New E-Learning Strategy available for consultation

New E-Learning Strategy available for consultation | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The E-Learning Strategy 2012-2015 draws on the UCL Council White Paper 2011-21 and the Institutional Learning and Teaching Strategy 2010-15, but has also been informed by input from UCL students and staff, a review of current and emerging themes in the use of technology to enhance learning, and research into e-learning practice and provision at a sample of top-100 global universities.

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The Myths of Online Learning - Forbes

The Myths of Online Learning - Forbes | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
More than one-third – six million – of all students in higher education took at least one online course in the fall of 2011. Yet despite its growing popularity, online learning continues to be seen in a negative light by politicians, regulators, and some members of the academic community, especially faculty.

There are six commonly heard myths that are often used to denigrate this form of instruction.


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Udacity and Online Pedagogy: Players, Learners, Objects

Udacity and Online Pedagogy: Players, Learners, Objects | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
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Twitter as a Serendipitous Learning Space

Twitter as a Serendipitous Learning Space | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Following the paper on “Serendipitous Learning: Recognising and Fostering the Potential of Microblogging” which was appeared in the February 2011 Issue of the FORM@ARE journal, I have s...

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As ed tech heats up, Desire2Learn raises $80M in its first VC round

As ed tech heats up, Desire2Learn raises $80M in its first VC round | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
After more than a decade of going it alone, Canadian online learning company Desire2Learn is accepting its first round of venture funding - $80 million from New Enterprise Associates and the venture arm of OMERS, one of Canada's biggest pension...
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Into the Future With MOOC's

Into the Future With MOOC's | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In the spring of my freshman year in college, I took "Principles of Microeconomics" in Lecture Hall 1, a 400-seat auditorium. The professor was an economist and thus possessed a certain perspective on human nature. On the first day of class, he explained that our grades would be based on two midterms and a final. If we skipped the first midterm, the second would count double.

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The 20 Best Books About EdTech Today

The 20 Best Books About EdTech Today | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

We've put together a list of some of the best edtech reads out there, from essential texts on the subject to cutting-edge research.

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Study: Dumb Robots Cause Students To Learn More Quickly

Study: Dumb Robots Cause Students To Learn More Quickly | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Students learn faster when learning from robots that make mistakes.

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Khan Academy, Coursera Partner with Crowdsource Platform Amara

Khan Academy, Coursera Partner with Crowdsource Platform Amara | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In an effort to allow more students the opportunity to be able to access and understand the courses available through Coursera and the Khan Academy, these two organizations are now partnering with Amara, which is a crowd source subtitling platform which works with volunteers from all over the world who translate content from one language to another. While universities are offering their courses to platforms such as Coursera, these are often in English and this means that only a limited number of students can benefit from them; with the assistance of translators, however, there is no telling how many will be able to take advantage of these online offerings.

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The 2 Hottest Educational Social Networks You’re Not Yet Using

The 2 Hottest Educational Social Networks You’re Not Yet Using | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The world of edtech is abuzz this week thanks to a smattering of exciting news. First, we had Stanford creating an entirely new position and office for online learning. Now something that signals a seismic shift in the edtech world.


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3 Reasons why Students Don’t Participate in Online Discussions

3 Reasons why Students Don’t Participate in Online Discussions | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
‘Why don’t my students participate in online discussion forums?’ I’ve received numerous comments [questions] like this one, about the lack of student participation in online discussion forums from ...
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Connectivism: Is It About formal or informal (non-formal) learning? Or both?

Connectivism: Is It About formal or informal (non-formal) learning? Or both? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"Although my intention is to make things simpler, I want add one more term before tackling the formal and informal divide. I want to distinguish between learning that is intentional and learning that isn't."


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Gamification – Is that the strategy that will lead you to the promised land?

Gamification – Is that the strategy that will lead you to the promised land? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Gamification: that involves applying game design thinking to non-game applications to make them more fun and engaging. Gamification has been called one of the most important trends in technology by...
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Interview | A Wikipedia for Education

Interview | A Wikipedia for Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In a small, mountainous Asian village with no electricity, amongst a curious group of middle schoolers, Kim Jones carefully revealed an iPad she had brought along on her trip. For nearly all of the...
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School’s Out, Forever: EdX Online Classes Change How People Learn

School’s Out, Forever: EdX Online Classes Change How People Learn | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
EdX Online Classes: A new online education program changes how people learn. College students can take online classes from home with edX.
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