Welcome to the Educational Technology News site. I have been involved in technology and distance education for over 30 years. Research interests include best practices in elearning and mobile learning. I am currently researching effectiveness of social media for enhancing social presence and teacher immediacy in elearning environments.
"Today it is almost more likely to find companies pursuing eLearning than it is the traditional course in education. This makes good designers of eLearning programs a necessity. As a designer, you want to be able to stand out from the crowd and become known not as simply a good designer, but as a great one. You want your students to be able to learn and to see that they are progressing and you want to be sought out for your knowledge and skill in designing."
"In this article, I will share 5 tips that can help you increase your eLearning productivity today. As they say, there’s no time like the present. So, why not use these eLearning productivity tips and tricks to start making every eLearning design and development moment count when creating eLearning."
"In the summer of 2011, massive open online courses, or MOOCs, appeared seemingly out of nowhere and changed the education landscape forever. In many ways, MOOCs are like the troublemakers in Apple’s legendary “Think Different” ad: You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things."
"One of the most intimidating aspects of infusing technology into curriculum is that educators often believe that they will have to master and then teach their students to use new technology tools before assigning a project. These concerns are understandable as our time for professional development is finite and school curricula are already packed. However, consider the impact if, rather than focusing on new tools, we explored the skills students need to learn and then incorporated the most effective digital resources to accomplish those objectives."
"For a very long time, SCORM was the go-to protocol for tracking and recording elearning. All the major elearning development platforms made it possible to publish to a version of SCORM so that the courses could be uploaded to the learning management system of your choice.
As technology became leaner, the learning industry began to realize that the SCORM specification that we used was falling behind."
"Some MOOC skeptics believe that the only students fit to learn in massive open online courses are those who are already well educated. Without coaching and the support system of a traditional program, the thinking goes, ill-prepared students will not learn a thing.
Not so, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."
The benefits of teaching online? Simple: Flexible hours; work from almost anywhere; greater student diversity; growth industry; more control over what you teach; global network of colleagues; personalized instruction; larger pool of students; easier and cheaper to share content; small investment to get started. But what factors are most important to consider when teaching an …
"Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are oftendescribed as the future of education — or at least a significant part of it. But there may be a significant problem with them: a very small proportion of students who start them actually finish. This poses a serious threat to their legitimacy. Many are beginning to think that if less than 10% of students even complete MOOCs, they must be useless. This worry is largely unfounded, since people benefit even without completion."
"The British Council has created its first massively open online course (MOOC), which it believes to be the largest English language-learning course in the world.
More than 100,000 students have enrolled in the online course offering lessons in the English language, with one-third taking part on mobile devices. The course has enrolled students from 178 countries with the majority of the students from Spain, Burma, and Russia."
"Everyone wants to succeed, especially e-Learning developers. That’s why the trending topic this Thursday is success! Below you’ll find all the tips you need to succeed in the e-Learning world—from course design to the details of your overall training program. Get excited. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
"The cost of higher education is drowning students in debt, but college degrees are increasingly important in careers. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), offering free to low-cost online college classes, might have the solution for students. But how MOOCs might change traditional higher education and post-secondary credentials is less clear."
"In order to deliver a true learning experience through a real-time virtual classroom, alongside best practices such as setting up your system correctly, using your webcam correctly, making sure participants arrive early, prepare the session etc, you should follow these 3 simple tips."
"Even with student demand for more accessible, technology-forward learning environments and the need for colleges to competitively differentiate themselves, the adoption of online learning in higher education has been slow."
"In this idea, Stommel shifts the practice of pedagogy as a vehicle for “teaching” to something more whole–considering the humanities not as a school of thought or academic genre, but rather a reason for being. Humanities teach. The “digital” reaches. Therefore, the digital humanities should reach and teach as a matter of concept and design. That’s what they’re for."
"The article about Spring-Serenity Duvall, a communications professor who banned students from emailing her and lived to blog about it, caught my eye on the same day my own inboxes at two colleges spilled over with bewildered messages from students. Some had been told to purchase the wrong edition of our course text, resulting in their plodding through a chapter on meta-commentary instead of one on contributing meaningfully to group discussions; more simply hadn’t received their textbooks and didn’t know when they would; still others, I suspected, were so besieged by first-week information overload that they needed reassurance from a human who had seemed friendly enough on the first day of class."