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Learning, Freedom and the Web

Learning, Freedom and the Web | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

How can the ideas of the open source movement help foster learning? What are the most effective ways to bring learning to everyone? How does openness help the spread of knowledge? Part exhibition catalog, part manifesto, this is a concise, fun-to-read introduction to what Mozilla is doing to support learners everywhere.

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The End Of Multiple Choice? The Quest To Create Accurate Robot Essay Graders

The End Of Multiple Choice? The Quest To Create Accurate Robot Essay Graders | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
What if a computer could accurately grade student essays? It could change the way we test students (and the way they're taught). And a new $100,000 competition is trying to spark auto-grading innovation.
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Will We Need Teachers Or Algorithms?

Will We Need Teachers Or Algorithms? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In my last post, I argued that software will take over many of the tasks doctors do today. And what of education? We find a very similar story of what the popular – and incredibly funny!
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Top 10 Free Online Tutoring Tools for 2012 | Edudemic

Top 10 Free Online Tutoring Tools for 2012 | Edudemic | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The Internet provides a wealth of resources for teachers, tutors, and students to go well beyond classroom learning. Whether you’re a teacher preparing for tomorrow’s lecture, a professional tutor working with one or two students, or you just want to help your cousin in Alabama with some trig homework, these free tools will help you interact with your student(s) sans the confines of the classroom.

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6 Ingredients for the 21st Century Classroom

6 Ingredients for the 21st Century Classroom | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Here are the most important considerations that tech-savvy universities are using to design the classroom of the future.
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Apple's Textbook Venture: What's the Big Idea?

Apple's Textbook Venture: What's the Big Idea? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The latest scuttlebutt on Apple's big education announcement next week: that the company is venturing into textbooks.
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Credentials, Good Will Hunting & MITx

Credentials, Good Will Hunting & MITx | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that the authority to bestow credentials is a core source of value for higher education institutions; it’s also a key means by which the institution protects itself from unwanted...
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5 Free Homework Management Tools for the Digital Student

5 Free Homework Management Tools for the Digital Student | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Keep track of assignments, record lectures and never miss a deadline again with these 5 great web and mobile tools for students.
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25 Universities and Colleges offering Free Courses Online

25 Universities and Colleges offering Free Courses Online | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Carnegie Mellon University : Carnegie Mellon University offers free and open courses for self-learners. Classes are self-directed via written text lectures. Courses are currently offered on biology, media, engineering, statistics, ...


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New international quality label for e-learning courseware

New international quality label for e-learning courseware | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

pprobate is a new international quality label for courseware, an initiative of three organisations: The Learning Agency Network (LANETO), the Agence Wallonne des Télécommunication (AWT) and the e-Learning Quality Service Center (eLQSC).

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BenchPrep Is Codecademy For Any Subject, High School To Med School

BenchPrep Is Codecademy For Any Subject, High School To Med School | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Books are not the best way to learn. To retain knowledge you have to interact with it, and that's where BenchPrep comes in.
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Removing barriers to e-textbooks

Removing barriers to e-textbooks | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

extbooks are a major cost of students (and parents), often exceeding annual tuition fees. E-textbooks offer a potentially low cost alternative model, but there have been a number of major barriers to their use.
This article is a useful analysis of different models for providing textbooks, but also suggest some ways in which to remove barriers to online textbooks. The authors state:

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The Reach of Distance Learning - Room for Debate

The Reach of Distance Learning - Room for Debate | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
My students can complete the majority of their course requirements outside of class, eliminating down time for sickness or vacations. By Shekema Silveri.
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Strategies for Blog-Powered Instruction

Strategies for Blog-Powered Instruction | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Three blog-savvy educators share their best practices for harnessing the unique strengths of blogs to supplement coursework and elevate student learning.
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Technology Is at Least 3 Years Away From Improving Student Success

Technology Is at Least 3 Years Away From Improving Student Success | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Las Vegas—At the very start of the Higher Ed Tech Summit here this week, James Applegate threw out a challenge. Mr. Applegate, vice president for program development at the Lumina Foundation, told an overflow crowd that the United States needed 60 percent of its adults to hold high-quality degrees and credentials by the year 2025.

 

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Harvard University Puts Course Syllabuses on Vimeo @simplyzesty

Harvard University Puts Course Syllabuses on Vimeo @simplyzesty | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Harvard University has taken an innovative approach to producing course syllabuses, producing videos of professors speaking in detail about the syllab...


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maxOz's comment, January 14, 2012 2:36 AM
Jenny, Hope you are having a nice break, Happy 2012, x Michele
Jenny Pesina's comment, January 14, 2012 2:39 AM
Thanks, Michele - great to see Harvard's material on Vimeo!
Jenny Pesina's comment, January 14, 2012 2:39 AM
Hope you are a lovely break too, Michele, cheers!
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Blackboard launches learning analytics pilot

Blackboard launches learning analytics pilot | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Blackboard Inc. has partnered with several colleges and universities that will test-drive its new solution for learning analytics, the company announced on January 10. The institutions will pilot the new solution – Blackboard Analytics™ for Blackboard Learn™, and provide feedback to the company.

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Park University Aims to Become Leader in Global Online Education

Park University Aims to Become Leader in Global Online Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Park University named Charles Kater its new associate vice president for distance learning as part of plan to reinvigorate its online programs.

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Apple Aims to Take On the Textbook Market

Apple Aims to Take On the Textbook Market | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Apple is expected to launch a much anticipated foray into the textbook market at an event in New York next week. The company sent invitations to reporters for an event at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York on Jan.
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Professor's Classroom iPad App Debuts at Consumer Electronics Show

Professor's Classroom iPad App Debuts at Consumer Electronics Show | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

A professor from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is trying to turn the iPad into a new kind of classroom tool that lets students draw on a shared canvas.The new iPad app is being shown off this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by a company called LectureTools. The company grew out of a project created by Perry Samson, a professor of atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

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Research publications on Massive Open Online Courses and Personal Learning Environments

Research publications on Massive Open Online Courses and Personal Learning Environments | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

People interested in Massive Open Online Courses will probably be aware of the research by Helene Fournier and me on Personal Learning Environments and MOOCs. We carried out research in the MOOC PLENK2010 (The MOOC Personal Learning Environments Networks and Knowledge that was held in the fall of 2010). The data collected on this distributed course with 1641 participants has been massive as well. Its analysis has kept us and some fellow researchers busy over the past year. The research has resulted in a number of publications and I thought it might be useful to post links to all of our journal articles, conference papers and presentations that were published in relation to PLEs and MOOCs in one space. Each publication looks at the data from a different perspective, eg, requirements in a PLE, self-directed learning, learner support, creativity.

 

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Gonick essay predicting higher ed IT developments in 2012 | Inside Higher Ed

Gonick essay predicting higher ed IT developments in 2012 | Inside Higher Ed | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

This series of annual Year Ahead articles on technology and education began on the eveof what we now know is one of the profound downturns in modern capitalism. When history is written, the impact of the deep economic recession of 2008-2012 will have been pivotal in the shifting balance of economic and political power around the world. Clear, too, is the reality that innovation and technology as it is applied to education is moving rapidly from its Anglo-American-centered roots to a now globally distributed dynamic generating disruptive activities that affect learners and institutions the world over.
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/01/06/gonick-essay-predicting-higher-ed-it-developments-2012#ixzz1ivZVu54c
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Can We Sustain Open Initiatives?

Can We Sustain Open Initiatives? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Will "open" win versus "closed" and/or proprietary systems? Can it win?
I'd love to be able to say "of course it will" with the same sort of conviction and assuredness that I can when it comes to a Shakespearean comedy ending in marriage or an episode of House concluding with a medical diagnosis and life-saving cure. But life is stranger than fiction (or something like that), and I'm not sure who's writing the script when it comes to the future of open initiatives in education or what their view of a happy ending would even be.

 

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KnowU & MyEdu: Two Approaches to Social Media in Higher Ed

KnowU & MyEdu: Two Approaches to Social Media in Higher Ed | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Higher education is working hard to find the best ways to integrate social media into its practices. We've approached it from a number of angles: marketing, community building, student support, and...
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Educational Outliers – Applying Gladwell’s Theory Online

By Justin Marquis Ph.D. In science, an outlier is on occurrence or data point that falls outside of normal expectations.
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