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Three social trends that will influence Education in 2014

Three social trends that will influence Education in 2014 | |

There are patterns within the trend predictions for 2014 that are worthy of paying attention to. There is strong, if not overwhelming evidence that behaviour patterns of students, educators, employees and professionals are moving towards the use of social tools for learning, working and teaching. Collaborating seamlessly face-to-face and at a distance, bringing the human element to virtual interactions, and personalized learning will prevail in 2014; each facilitated by technology. But it’s not going to be about the technology, it will be about making connections by voice and/or visual, contributing to new knowledge, and learning with and from others—all mediated through social media. It will be the behaviours of students, lifelong learners and educators—their use of technology, specifically social media applications that will influence education in the upcoming year.

To date there have been a handful of predictions made by business and education entities about trends that will impact education in 2014; of the few there are common themes. What dominates is the idea that social media will serve users’ [employees, students, educators, administrators, etc.] needs for getting their work done (whatever that may be)—seamlessly and virtually.


Sources for Social Trends Affecting Education in 2014
The following post delves into the three social trends and the influence each will have on education sector. The sources chosen for this article are few, but solid (and are listed at the end of the post). The majority are from the education sector. The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Education Edition Wiki for example, provides excellent insight into educational technology trends for 2014 (and is an interesting read). The majority of the content used for the Horizon Report published each year is generated in this wiki where education experts exchange ideas and engage in discourse. An article from the Nov/Dec 2013 EDUCAUSE Review provided yet another viewpoint on social media in education, suggesting that media ‘is coming of age’. Collectively the sources mentioned here, and the events of the past year provide a window into what we can expect in 2014.


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Why Technology will never fix Education

Why Technology will never fix Education | |
In 2004, I moved to India to help found a new research lab for Microsoft. Based in Bangalore, it quickly became a hub for cutting-edge computer science. My own focus shifted with the move, and I began to explore applications of digital technologies for the socioeconomic growth of poor communities. India struggles to educate its billion-plus population, so during the five years that I was there, my team considered how computers, mobile phones, and other devices could aid learning.

Sadly, what we found was that even when technology tested well in experiments, the attempt to scale up its impact was limited by the availability of strong leadership, good teachers, and involved parents — all elements that are unfortunately in short supply in India’s vast but woefully underfunded government school system. In other words, the technology’s value was in direct proportion to the instructor’s capability.
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10 new educational web tools for Teachers and Educators

10 new educational web tools for Teachers and Educators | |
Today's collection features a list of some useful new educational web tools we have curated from the piles of emails we have received over the last couple of weeks. The purpose is to provide busy teachers and educators with a handy resource where they can access and keep updated of the latest releases in the world of educational technology.
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Important aspects of a good design in aLearning courses

Important aspects of a good design in aLearning courses | |
Always remember that design communicates the message and not the message itself. Instructional design and visual design are the critical components of communication in an eLearning course. When used effectively, these go a long way in delivering high-quality training. The design of an online course should be engaging, learner-friendly and match the objective of the course at the same time.

In this post, we will look at the important aspects of good design in eLearning courses.
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Custom eLearning: 7 tips for aligning learning to business goals

Custom eLearning: 7 tips for aligning learning to business goals | |
Learning and Development function of modern organizations needs to clearly find important links between learning and business objectives of the organization. It is now imperative to align custom eLearning efforts of employees and individual departments towards business success. It is important for the Learning and Development function to create a continual learning process that is beneficial both to the learners as well as to the organization. This builds the confidence and capability of workers as well as improves business results for organizations. The shared tips will help create successful custom eLearning initiatives for corporate training by aligning learning with business goals.
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[PDF] How to use Hashtags on Twitter to grow and market your small business

[PDF] How to use Hashtags on Twitter to grow and market your small business | |

Many people monitor hashtags as a way to keep in the loop on specific topics. Essentially they track what is being said on Twitter, Google+, Instagram and even Facebook to follow conversations that are taking place around those specific keywords. For example, they might track #SuperBowl, #FacebookMarketing, #WeightLoss, etc.

When people are tracking a hashtag that you are using, they are going to find your  tweets and posts. They might also find you by simply conducting a searching on  the social site. For example, they might search Twitter for a specific topic and find  you because of a hashtag that you used that they are searching for!

Hashtags do something called “trend”. What this means is that people are using a specific hashtag so frequently that it starts to “trend”. Trending is something every marketer hopes happens to the hashtag(s) that they are using because when a hashtag gets to a trending status, it gets a TON of attention from other Twitter users.

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Técnicas de Design Thinking en español para educadores y Caja de herramientas

Técnicas de Design Thinking en español para educadores y Caja de herramientas | |
En Design Thinking en español nos ofrecen amplia información sobre este estilo de pensar y destaca sobre todo, las técnicas para su desarrollo que presentan. Si quieres profundizar en estas técnicas o en le proceso, accede a su web.
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La computación algorítmica dará lugar a la redarquía

La computación algorítmica dará lugar a la redarquía | |

Ni las abejas ni hormigas necesitan jerarquías burocráticas para construir sus colmenas Antonio Delgado (Edumorfosis)

Dentro de nada, pero al decir nada quiero decir ya, la sociedad en red controlará el aprendizaje individual, eso está claro, pero nunca el personalizado y el socializador. Por eso la eduación pasará de lo tradicional, es más, lo va a obviar y tendremos que entrar de lleno en lo INFORMAL, eso es ya una obviedad. La JERARQUÍA de la UNIVERSIDAD será una obsolescencia más, por tanto un sin sentido.

Los medios públicos recuperarán las prácticas de Sócrates, ya ha llegado el momento que la Universidad cambiará, no solo de formato, si no de manera de actuar. Las INVESTIGACIONES Y LAS PUBLICACIONES así como su GOBERANZA. O serán entre todos los que conviven en la misma: docentes, aprendices, comunidades representadas, o no será...

La asistencia de los universitarios se hará como un ágora, es decir, llegarán al campus y hablarán entre ellos, compartirán, intercambiarán, buscarán, establecerán grupos de cooperación y los docentes estarán allí acompañándoles y si llega el momento que los discentes conocen mejor las cosas que los docentes pues mejor, serán los docentes quienes aprendan de los discentes. Señal de que las cosas van bien.

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How to become a lead Learning Designer

How to become a lead Learning Designer | |
Ever wondered how to become a Learning Designer, and what it takes to get there? As part of a new series featured on Learning Now TV, our very own Lead Learning Designer Georgie Cook shares her her journey from Linguistics degree to Graduate Scheme to an Elearning Designer.
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Larry Johnson says mobile devices and social media will revolutionise education

Larry Johnson says mobile devices and social media will revolutionise education | |

Teaching is not sufficiently valued in higher education and universities should be creating more professional pathways for academics who are talented teachers, according to US digital education expert Larry Johnson.

Dr Johnson, who heads the non-profit think tank New Media Consortium (NMC), said universities "need to give priority to hire people who are not just discipline experts but also pedagogical experts".

"Any department needs to have people who are really good teachers as well as people who are really good researchers," he said.

Last week NMC published its 2015 Technology Outlook report for Australian tertiary education which rated three new developments in digitally driven teaching as the current top technology trends in Australian tertiary education.

Via Alfredo Calderon
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[Slideshare] ¿Nuevas pedagogías de la información y la comunicación?

Suárez, C. (2015). ¿Nuevas pedagogías de la información y la comunicación?, en Redes sociales y ciudadanía activa: retos de la educación en la era digital, UIMP. Valencia 2 de junio de 2015.

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10 Twitter classroom ideas for exciting learning

10 Twitter classroom ideas for exciting learning | |
In today’s digital world, we need to embrace technology in the classroom to get kids excited about learning. Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms and can be an exceptional learning tool. It’s important to take note however, that Twitter’s Policy Towards Children suggests that the website is geared towards users age 13 and older.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular Twitter classroom ideas for older students. They are broken down into three categories: Team-Building Activities, Communication Ideas, and Educational Resource Ideas.
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8 tips to measure your online training effectiveness

8 tips to measure your online training effectiveness | |
You may have devoted countless hours to fine tuning your online training strategy and rolling out your new online training courses, but is it really serving your performance goals and objectives? One of the many benefits of online training is that it allows you to collect valuable feedback about its virtues and vices before it is too late. In this article, I’ll share 8 tips on how to measure your online training effectiveness and thus never have doubts about whether your it is really helping your employees increase their performance.
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La tecnología educativa al servicio de las 3 competencias clave para el futuro

La tecnología educativa al servicio de las 3 competencias clave para el futuro | |
Para favorecer estas y otras competencias íntimamente relacionadas, muchas escuelas están utilizando metodologías innovadoras que hacen un buen uso de las tecnologías educativas. Son las escuelas que son capaces de aplicar con éxito conceptos como Project-Based Learning, Gamification, BYOD, Learning Analytics, Flipped Classroom, etc. y hacerlo de una manera totalmente orientada a preparar a los profesionales que necesitarán las empresas del futuro.

Ilustrar estos conceptos con ejemplos no es sencillo. El siguiente vídeo titulado Bridging Our Future ya es un poco antiguo —casi 3 años— pero creo que muestra claramente algunos de ellos.
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Flippeando los exámenes (II)

Flippeando los exámenes (II) | |

Hemos evidenciado la necesidad de realizar un cambio que promueva el aprendizaje y ponga en un plano secundario a la evaluación, que seguirá siendo importante y necesaria, pero que no tendrá ningún sentido mientras sigamos dando más valor a la foto final que al desarrollo del proceso. Desde este punto de vista, planteo un examen que se parezca más a una situación real que al simulacro ficticio que suele ser. Corresponde a un tema de matemáticas dentro del Ámbito Científico-Tecnológico del programa de Diversificación Curricular, en 3ºESO. La única instrucción es que hay que tratar de resolverlo, pero sin ninguna limitación de las que habitualmente rigen en los exámenes. 

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¿Cuáles son las principales causas de abandono del estudiante en línea?

¿Cuáles son las principales causas de abandono del estudiante en línea? | |
La alta tasa de abandono de la formación virtual es uno de los principales motivos de preocupación de las instituciones u organismos que ofrecen actividades en la modalidad de e-learning o blended learning.

En el artículo “La frustración del estudiante en línea. Causas y acciones preventivas” Federico Borges plantea que todas las instituciones deberían abordar de manera sistemática los problemas más habituales que provocan el abandono de los estudiantes. Se trata de una buena propuesta que permite identificar las principales causas así como algunas de las principales soluciones o medidas preventivas que se pueden implementar.

El autor enumera diferentes factores relacionados con los tres principales actores que intervienen en la formacion virtual (el estudiante, el docente y la institución u organismo que organiza la acción formativa). A modo de resumen éstos son:
Edumorfosis's insight:

Para mí los factores más importantes son estos:

  1. Mal diseño de los cursos
  2. Educadores deben ponerse en el lugar de los aprendices y viceversa
  3. Falta de una cultura digital socio-educativa
  4. Crear repositorios de contenidos en vez de crear cursos multimediales, multidireccionales, multiformatos, multifocales e hiper-cognitivos
  5. Experiencias de aprendizaje individualizadas, en vez de ser personalizadas.
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6 things no one tells you about becoming an eLearning Designer

6 things no one tells you about becoming an eLearning Designer | |
And you want to be an instructional designer?

That's great! You couldn't have chosen a more exciting job. But before you take the plunge, here's a reality check. Take off those rose-colored glasses and learn about the job of an eLearning designer as it really is.
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Enhancing short-term memory: 5 strategies for eLearning professionals

Enhancing short-term memory: 5 strategies for eLearning professionals | |
An eLearning course cannot be truly successful unless it is memorable. Learners must be able to not only complete the eLearning course, but also to recall that information when they need it. To do this, they must first store it in their short term memory banks. But how can eLearning professionals use short term memory when developing and designing eLearning courses? In this article, I’ll discuss the basic principles of short-term memory and I’ll share some tips to help you take advantage of the cognitive processes involved in short-term memory, in order to create eLearning deliverables that really enhance learning.

Short-term memory is, in essence, the gateway to long-term information storage. When we learn new information or acquire new memories, these are first stored in our short-term memory before making their way to the long-term memory. Information that is not reinforced or not worthy of being tucked away for later use is discarded to make room for new concepts and ideas.

Short-term memory is very frequently confused with working memory and many times these two terms are erroneously used interchangeably. Compared to short-term memory, that is just the temporary storage area, working memory is the mechanism that takes place within the short-term memory that manipulates incoming information and “decides” whether it is significant enough to get transferred into the long-term memory, or simply not useful enough and should be discarded. In other words, while short-term memory can be viewed as a temporary storage of information, it doesn’t entail its manipulation or organization; this is what working memory is responsible for. Learning actually takes place only when information is transferred into the long-term memory, and therefore can be retrieved again for future use. Storing information in the long-term memory is created by a conscious effort on behalf of the learners. The aim of eLearning professionals should be both to understand what exactly happens within the short-term memory in order to facilitate knowledge transfer, as well as to provide learners with the proper intrinsic incentives in order to motivate them to get more involved in the learning process.
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[Infographic] How intelligence fits into the workplace

[Infographic] How intelligence fits into the workplace | |
A good IQ is often required for success at work, but more often than not it’s other forms of intelligence that really make or break a team.

Learn more about how intelligence fits into the workplace.
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TEDxUPRM: Dare to change the world

TEDxUPRM: Dare to change the world | |

TEDxUPRM is a non-profit event that brings together an extraordinary group of people to share their world changing ideas. This daylong event shares the ideas and talents of speakers and performers that Dare To Change The World. The selected speakers will have the chance to share their ideas in the TEDxUPRM stage by giving speech that have a maximum duration of 18-minutes.

  • Dare to change the world with your idea. Take a step and enter a world were you get to inspire and be inspire.
  • By joining the TEDxUPRM team of volunteers  you get to inspire the community that surrounds you and explote your creativity.
  • Be part of a day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking videos and mind-blowing conversations.
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Quizizz: Fun multiplayer classroom quizzes

Quizizz: Fun multiplayer classroom quizzes | |
Quizizz is a fun multiplayer classroom activity, that allows all your students to practice together.
Edumorfosis's insight:

Excelente herramienta web para crear pruebas cortas con dispositivos móviles. Muy similar a Kahoot.

View a Video Walkthrough
  1. Select one of the public quizzes or create your own.
  2. Click "Play" to generate your unique game code.
  3. Ask your students to open and enter the game code.
  4. See students joining on the live dashboard, and launch when ready.
  5. The game begins!
  6. Track live progress of your class on your dashboard.
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RELATEC: Revista Latinoamericana de Tecnología Educativa (Vol 14, núm 1)

RELATEC: Revista Latinoamericana de Tecnología Educativa (Vol 14, núm 1) | |

Los diferentes artículos que componen este monográfico especial de RELATEC nos permiten orientar nuestra mirada hacia los problemas fundamentales que los diferentes expertos desvelan acerca del fenómeno de la formación universitaria en Tecnología Educativa. Las claves ofrecidas en este número merecen una lectura pausada y comprensiva que nos permita seguir avanzando, generando nuevos enfoques y aplicando prácticas innovadoras, que redunden en un cambio radical de nuestros sistemas educativos. No debemos olvidar que la tecnología «no es solo la cosa, sino la cosa y las pautas de uso con que se la aplica, la forma en que la gente piensa y habla sobre ella, así como los problemas y expectativas cambiantes que genera» (Burbules & Callister, 2001, p. 23, cursiva de los autores).

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[Slideshare] Nuevos Entornos de Aprendizaje

Basadas en el concepto de contribución, se benefician del auge que están viviendo en el mundo del ocio en general. En 2014 el número de personas que sigue las redes sociales se ha incrementado en un 106%. Las comunidades y redes sociales son una herramienta excelente para compartir información, aprender, notificar asuntos de interés a nuestros contactos…

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20 steps towards more Self-Directed Learning

20 steps towards more Self-Directed Learning | |
In an article published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researchers Todd Gureckis and Douglas Markant of New York University found that cognitive psychology offers several explanations for the advantages of self-directed learning. For example, self-directed learning “helps us optimise our educational experience, allowing us to focus effort on useful information that we don’t already possess and exposing us to information that we don’t have access to through passive observation.” The active nature of self-directed learning also helps us in encoding information and retaining it over time.
jose antonio gabelas's curator insight, June 2, 11:28 AM

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eLearning designs that pop! The visual aspect of training

eLearning designs that pop! The visual aspect of training | |
Recently I was asked by a good friend of mine to help review one of their new courses. The project was for an important client and they wanted to make sure they had everything exactly right before they submitted.

As someone who has been there before I was only too happy to help. I opened up the file and started working my way through only to find my mind wandering. It didn’t matter what I did, I couldn’t focus on what I was reading. That’s a problem my friends. In fact, it is one of the biggest red flags I look for when I am editing and reviewing content.

Here’s why:

When we as the designers are unable to focus on what we have created, then how do we expect our participants to do it? More so, how do we expect them to learn anything if they can’t even finish reading through the material?

So when I feel myself starting to float away, my first question is “why?” What is it about this material that is making me daydream and why is it so hard to focus?
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[Infographic] 5 tips to transform your PowerPoint to interactive eLearning course

[Infographic] 5 tips to transform your PowerPoint to interactive eLearning course | |
Every organization has a lot of PowerPoint presentations, developed for classroom training programs. These PowerPoint presentations cannot serve as self-paced learning material in the absence of an instructor. So, publishing PPT files as eLearning courses, using rapid authoring tools, doesn’t serve the purpose.

In order to convert them into self-paced online courses, we need to “treat” them with effective instructional design strategies.

Let’s go through the info-graphic below which shares 5 sure-fire tips to convert PowerPoint presentations into highly engaging eLearning courses.
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