Jane Hart surveys educators to arrive at a ranking of 100 top tools for learning, with comparative listings each year 2007-2011. Past 3 years top tool has been Twitter, up from #11 in 2008. Similar performances from #2 and #3 ranked YouTube and GoogleDocs, but Wikipedia up to #4 from #16 last year. And so on ...
Interesting point: "Hopefully we can avoid the seductive allure of assuming causality between teaching approaches and learning. For instance, a constructivist teaching approach does not guarantee constructivist learning any more than the possibility for deep learning to occur with positivist teaching approaches."
Will MOOClearning ever end? Here's "a project site for thought leaders to collaborate on the domain, practice and community aspects of building a CoP..." For more links of this nature see: http://www.delicious.com/vancestevens/epic
Rita Kop applies wisdom of hindsight (from PLENK 2010) to frame our learning in EduMOOC 2011: The challenges to connectivist learning on open online networks: Learning experiences during a massive open online course...
What is a MOOC? eduMOOC OERu Planning Group - WikiEducator goes with definition from McAuley, Stewart, Siemens and Cormier. 2010, http://davecormier.com/edblog/wp-content/uploads/MOOC_Final.pdf citing in part: "a MOOC integrates the connectivity of social networking, the facilitation of an acknowledged expert in a field of study, and a collection of freely accessible online resources.
Perhaps most importantly, however, a MOOC builds on the active engagement of several hundred to several thousand “students” who self-organize their participation according to learning goals, prior knowledge and skills, and common interests."
EpCoP virtual classroom and resource library, a MOOC starting in August, has this note on it:
David Wiley says:
1. Do I think MOOCs can be effective in supporting learning?
Yes, absolutely. The MOOC is not terribly different from the learning I saw occurring in “Online Self-Organizing Social Systems” a decade ago, which we published an article about in 2002. I thought the possibility for informal learning in these settings was intriguing then. Add the new “Web 2.0 / social media revolution” that has happened since the article was published into the mix, and it’s downright exciting.
From the http://twitter.com/#search?q=edumooc twitter feed, yet another Open Learning Initiative - Dedicated to improving higher education by supplying online interactive instruction supported by learning research.
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