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[Webinar] Orugas y mariposas de la educación a distancia

3er Congreso Mundial de Educación Superior a Distancia
19 de mayo, 2017
Bogotá, Colombia

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Laptops and Tablets in the classroom: How to integrate electronic devices in the university

Laptops and Tablets in the classroom: How to integrate electronic devices in the university | |
The study, carried out by the researchers José Ignacio Castillo Manzano, Mercedes Castro Nuño, Lourdes López Valpuesta, Teresa Sanz Díaz and Rocío Yñiguez Ovando, concludes that the profile of the laptop user in the classroom is different from that of the tablet user. In the first case, maturity takes precedence, that is to say, they are students who have experience in the use of laptops in pre-university education or who have been at the university for several years: as well as having different socio-economic characteristics like living away from their parents, without having any family member to look after. For their part, tablet users are usually female, they live with their parents and they have just left school.
Edumorfosis's insight:

Emerging technologies were not designed to be integrated into the traditional Education System. It is the educational system that has to integrate with emerging technology. Instead of equipping classrooms or laboratories with technology, they should equip teachers with innovative instructional models of the digital age, and students with new tools of high cognitive levels. Students of this age do not have to adapt to the teaching styles of their professors, they must learn how to adapt themselves to the learning formats of the millennial students.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, Today, 3:20 PM

Emerging technologies were not designed to be integrated into the traditional Education System. It is the educational system that has to integrate with emerging technology. Instead of equipping classrooms or laboratories with technology, they should equip teachers with innovative instructional models of the digital age, and students with new tools of high cognitive levels. Students of this age do not have to adapt to the teaching styles of their professors, they must learn how to adapt themselves to the learning formats of the millennial students.!

La moda de las metodologías didácticas innovadoras

La moda de las metodologías didácticas innovadoras | |
Estoy convencido de que cuantos más y mejores recursos didácticos tengamos más y mejores posibilidades hay de que nuestros alumnos aprendan. De hecho, como puedes ver en la ilustración, las metodologías didácticas de las que disponemos son como la ropa que tenemos en nuestros armario.
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Deberes: hacia una nueva conceptualización para aprender fuera del aula

Deberes: hacia una nueva conceptualización para aprender fuera del aula | |
Últimamente, se está debatiendo mucho sobre los deberes, tanto sobre la posibilidad de poner menos, como de cambiar el tipo de deberes o, incluso, de eliminarlos.

En gran medida, los deberes se encuentran, desde mi punto de vista, anticuados, ya que suelen implicar actividades repetitivas del material teórico visto en clase, sin promover demasiado la reflexión o la creatividad. Un problema que se ve agravado según avanzamos en las diferentes etapas, encontrando, paulatinamente, una mayor teorización de las actividades. Así, pienso que un cambio en la concepción y desarrollo de los deberes podría resultar muy positivo y beneficioso para los alumnos. Sin embargo, cabría preguntarse si las actuales tareas van en consonancia con las demandas y objetivos del propio sistema educativo. Es decir, ¿es posible cambiar los deberes sin cambiar otros aspectos de la educación?
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6 amazing apps that are revolutionizing Modern Education

6 amazing apps that are revolutionizing Modern Education | |

It can be annoying to spot students distracted by text messages while you’re teaching. But in spite of their drawbacks, smartphones and tablets do bring some advantages to the learning environment.


From increased student engagements to expanding learning opportunities outside regular school hours, mobile devices open new doors for modern education. But that’s just the hardware itself. To get the most of your device, the right combination of software is needed to sharpen the minds of your promising students.


In this post, we’ll be discussing some valuable mobile applications that go a long way to simplify the academic process. From those that organize lesson schedules to attendance monitoring and student communications, these apps allow teachers to leverage technology instead of combatting it.

Via Sonina Darder, juandoming
Mark Cottee's curator insight, Today, 7:13 PM
Technology will not replace teachers...but teachers who use technology will.!

Automation: Are we empowering human interaction or displacing it? 

Automation: Are we empowering human interaction or displacing it?  | |
The sales and marketing technology along with the social networking/selling technologies represent a huge amount of the changes that are driving sales and marketing.

They relieve us of many of the tasks that used to take lots of time, enabling us to focus that time on engaging customers and colleagues. They help us in better understanding our customers, markets, and what’s happening, so that we can engage customers with more relevant insights on more timely bases. They enable us to extend our reach, beyond our local geographies to the global community. They help us create greater value for our customers, our people, and our communities. They help us create deeper relationships with our customers and colleagues, hopefully creating deeper meaning in each of our lives.
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New report examines use of Big Data in Education

New report examines use of Big Data in Education | |
While "big data" is helping researchers better understand why some students seem to thrive while others don't, a growing backlash by parents and policymakers could hamper research efforts. On one side are concerns about "privacy breaches, hacking, the use of data by commercial software developers for marketing purposes and the possibility that sensitive information ... might limit future opportunities for students," as a new report from the National Academy of Education explained.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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8 excellent web tools for creating educational video tutorials

8 excellent web tools for creating educational video tutorials | |
For those of you asking about video lesson tools, below is a collection we published a few months ago featuring some of our favourite tools in this regard. You can use these tools to create instructional videos and tutorials in a simple and easy way without the need for an advanced technology knowledge. All of these tools are web based, no software download is required.
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Global Collaboration Projects

Global Collaboration Projects | |

It was wonderful that Julie Lindsay, author of The Global Educator, and Linda Ullah who designs global projects and online courses were our guest hosts for the May 22nd, 2017 #plearnchat. Here are quotes from our guest hosts.

Linda Ullah @Linda_Ullah
"Globally literate people understand diversity, culture/language allowing them to live/work together in peace.
Give students the opportunity to become aware of and appreciate each other’s cultures."

Julie Lindsay @julielindsay
"A modern learner is connected, communicates reliably and “flattens” walls to enhance learning.
A global education leader has many guises - a teacherpreneur, an outlier, a learning concierge - less hierarchy, agile leadership."

The questions on the back cover of The Global Educator helped us consider more questions. How do we navigate these new waters of networked learning? What model can be developed for globally connected learning that will support classroom teachers, education leaders and higher education? So using these questions and more, we came up with this big question:

"What can educators do to guide learners to connect and grow as global citizens?"

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10 reasons to use Learning Apps

10 reasons to use Learning Apps | |
Employee training has made some impressive leaps over the last couple of decades. With the internet came the possibilities of eLearning. From there, learning technology providers and training managers worked together to improve engagement and get better results. Gamified learning platforms made learning fun again and social functionality ensured that learning would never be lonely again!

Now we’re in the midst of another seismic shift in the way we perceive training. It’s becoming less important for learning managers to create clunky eLearning units and push them out to learners every few months. Now, online learning is taking a different, leaner, more collaborative shape and mobile technology is right at the heart of it.

Although robust Learning Management Systems will still have their place, we’re about to see a new beast taking over the market. The age of the learning app is dawning and there’s never been a more exciting time to be a learning manager. Here are just a few reasons to add a little ‘appiness to your training!
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This technology will dominate higher ed within 5 years

This technology will dominate higher ed within 5 years | |

Like many other industries, much of the change occurring in colleges and universities is driven by the rise of mobile devices, the consumerization of IT, and higher customer expectations. With so many educational choices both on-campus and online, institutions have had to set aside their aversion for change in order to meet the digital desires of a new generation of students and compete on a global scale. But what will higher ed’s strategic digital efforts look like in the future?

Via Bobbi Dunham, juandoming
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Are apps becoming the New Worksheet?

Are apps becoming the New Worksheet? | |

We need to be free to experiment and manipulate the electronic and digital materials of our education in the same way we used to experiment and play with the more traditional ones. There are affordable ways for students to experience and experiment with electronics such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino. There are programs, like Scratch, that introduce students to the basics of programming. (Hopscotch is a great app for the same thing). As students get more advanced, they can use resources like GitHub so that they can take work that has already been done and manipulate and change it for their own purposes.  We can encourage students to use Markdown language to create simple text documents so they can more accurately and closely control what their work looks like and why it looks the way it does, as well as more easily transfer it across platforms. And we can teach them the basics of HTML and CSS in order for them to manipulate their own webpages.


If you don’t know yourself how to do any of this, learn alongside your students. Show them how to be lifelong learners by modeling that practice for them. Engage in the larger communities of practice that exist outside the classroom walls, and help make your classroom into a microcosm of those communities. Be process-driven, rather than strictly results-driven, so that students can feel comfortable experimenting. We also need to be more comfortable assessing and evaluating this kind of work, an assessment that is driven by the students’ needs and not the needs of the institutional drive for more data.

Via Miloš Bajčetić, Ines Bieler
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Breaking stigma of Online Education 

Breaking stigma of Online Education  | |

It is time to stop asking if online learning is as “effective” as traditional face-to-face learning. The question has been asked and answered. Asking it over and over again will not yield the responsive, localized, and collaborative answers we need to facilitate meaningful education for an increasingly diverse body of learners.


Teaching and learning work best when faculty, instructional staff, and students are invested and engaged. What is often lost when we ask the “effective” question is that investment and engagement are modality-independent qualities. The educational ecosystem teachers and students need in the decades to come must involve both online and face-to-face expressions. Tethering “effective” teaching and learning to a particular modality restricts the strategic implementation of research-driven pedagogy across college and university offerings.


To support my claim, I pursue two points. First, online education is growing, and this growth poses no substantive risk to student learning. Second, a logic of legitimacy drives the stigma that bars integration of online learning into higher education’s core mission.

The “effective” question is rooted in fear of disruption. We need to recognize and acknowledge continuity instead.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 25, 7:06 AM

" “Effectiveness” is, in the end, built on a shaky premise, that traditional face-to-face teaching is monolithically consistent. We know it is not. A well-designed and carefully delivered online course will facilitate more meaningful learning for more students than a poorly designed 300-student lecture section. The real problem educators and administrators face is how to leverage the considerable historical legitimacy of the university to destigmatize online learning and continue producing relevant and useful educational experiences for their students.


Faculty, administration, and instructional support staff should work together to encourage student-centered design at each stage of the curricular and course development process, regardless of educational modality.


They should also recognize that it is the urgent responsibility of all constituents invested in college and university teaching and learning to make visible the good work being done right now in developing online educational experiences across higher education and to provide space for continuing faculty investment and experimentation.


Online education aspires to more than the predatory neo-liberal nightmare its harshest critics make it out to be. While there are many questions yet to be answered, online education is promising, effective, and vital to the health of contemporary college and universities. "!

What to do when your course has too much content

What to do when your course has too much content | |
Sometimes creating an e-learning course is like packing for a trip: it’s easy to keep adding, adding, adding … until your e-learning “suitcase” is bursting at the seams. And guess what? Most learners go numb when slide after slide is stuffed with text and images and ideas. The volume of content overwhelms their drive to “unpack” key messages buried in all that information. And when learners can’t focus on what’s important, how will they ever apply what you’re trying to teach them?

Content overload, at both the slide level and the course level, is one of the most common e-learning mistakes. What can you do to avoid it? Here are few ideas to consider.
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6 essential Online Course creation tools for awesome courses

6 essential Online Course creation tools for awesome courses | |
You think you have what it takes to create an online course, huh? It won’t be easy. Creating courses takes skills in videography, instructional design, animation, screencasting, video editing, and that’s to say nothing of the skills needed to deliver or promote a course to students.

Luckily, there is one aspect of creating an online course that’s simple: Getting the equipment. In fact, you may be surprised how far you can get with the online course creation tools you already own.
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15 of the best apps for teachers in 2017

15 of the best apps for teachers in 2017 | |
Every teacher knows, or quickly learns, that their job is much much more than teaching. Lesson planning, classroom management, communication, and keeping records are just some of the things that require hours of extra work, but can be simplified through the use of some very user-friendly apps. Here are some of the best apps teachers are using in 2017 to enhance their teaching, stay organized, and communicate better with students and families:
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Compliance is not the end goal of education

Compliance is not the end goal of education | |
Is compliance a bad thing to teach in education? Not really. In some ways, people have to be compliant. Think of tax season. You have to be compliant with the rules that are set out by your government. As educators, there are times that we have to be compliant in our work as well. You have deadlines that you have to meet (ie. report cards). Compliance is not a bad word, but it should not be your end goal in education. My belief is that we need to move beyond compliance, past engagement, and onto empowerment.
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6 digital tools to engage students

6 digital tools to engage students | |
Are you looking for some new ways to keep students engaged through the end of the school year?

Here are 6 tools that I have found to be quite helpful as this school year winds down. More importantly, these are also some of the student favorites, in no particular order.
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El aprendiz autónomo (nueva cultura)!

El aprendiz autónomo (nueva cultura)! | |
“En su sentido más amplio,” aprendizaje autodirigido “describe un proceso por el cual los individuos toman la iniciativa, con o sin la ayuda de los demás, en el diagnóstico de sus necesidades de aprendizaje, la formulación de objetivos de aprendizaje, identificar los recursos humanos y materiales para el aprendizaje, la selección y aplicar las estrategias de aprendizaje, y la evaluación de los resultados del aprendizaje. “(Knowles, 1975)
Elementos del aprendizaje autodirigido
El Aprendizaje autodirigido se basa en los siguientes elementos:

Estudiantes toman la iniciativa de buscar una experiencia de aprendizaje
Toman la responsabilidad y la rendición de cuentas para completar su aprendizaje (evaluación y formación)
Tienen una legibilidad de aprender
Ellos fijan sus propias metas de aprendizaje
Se involucran en el aprendizaje
Ellos evalúan su aprendizaje
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Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science

Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science | |
Tech companies, and increasingly even non-tech companies, are struggling with the fact that there are not enough trained data scientists to fill market demand. Every company has their own strategy for hiring and training, but Airbnb has taken things a step further — running its own university-style program, complete with a custom course-numbering system.

Data University is Airbnb’s attempt to make its entire workforce more data literate. Traditional online programs like Coursera and Udacity just weren’t getting the job done because they were not tailored to Airbnb’s internal data and tools. So the company decided to design a bunch of courses of its own around three levels of instruction for different employee needs.
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Are Tech & Learning compatible?

Are Tech & Learning compatible? | |

If we were to do a survey of ten educators who claim to be edtech-users and six of them base their claim on power point lectures alone, and two use tech to send digital worksheets to their students, and the final two educators have students using tech apps for collaboration, curation, communication and creation of content, we could confidently claim that Edtech is not having a great effect on learning. It would be effective for probably less than 20% of the students. The next obvious question would be, how much of an effect is tech having on learning in the classes of those final two educators alone? I imagine the resulting percentage would be a much more positive influence than the other classes, but we lump everyone together.

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Nueve claves para transformar la enseñanza

Nueve claves para transformar la enseñanza | |

Dentro de una constante reinvención de la educación, tenemos la necesidad extraordinaria de buscar un sistema educativo que no se defina solo por las escuelas, las aulas y las pruebas, sino que busque ir más allá de los límites del contexto educativo actual y de los espacios físicos que ocupan las clases. Hoy valoramos hasta nueve claves para perfilar nuestra forma de enseñar hacia una educación más moderna recogidas de un artículo de TeachThought.

Via Ramon Aragon
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Collaboration, Cooperation, Integration

Collaboration, Cooperation, Integration | |
Collaboration, cooperation, integration. Valuable concepts in education and in social organisations where people need to work together to achieve goals. Neither new nor original, though today, with wider approaches of how to actually achieve these processes. 
In the classroom, ClanEd (which I already have mentioned here ) is a valuable tool for both teachers and learners, regardless of subject matter or level. Not only can it be used as an ePortfolio, but also as a teaching/learning space, with features which allow collaboration and cooperation among its users. 

Via Nik Peachey, Ines Bieler
Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 25, 11:07 AM

Interesting article with some useful links.!

Using Social Media in eLearning

Using Social Media in eLearning | |

Most of us have social media accounts. We post 140-character tweets about our favorite brands. We tag our family and friends in photos on Facebook. We talk about our food and show off that amazing sunset photo from the other night on Instagram. Snapchat allows us to use photos and videos to tell our personal stories with text, stickers, filters, and in other ways.

We make social media our own, and it’s tailored to our interests, belief systems, and experiences. Social media is also a vital tool in eLearning courses, as these sites can further students’ understanding and provide insight, such as in the following ways.

Via Marta Torán
Marta Torán's curator insight, May 24, 3:50 PM

Aprendizaje social. Las ventajas de utilizar los medios sociales.