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Academic blogging: 10 top tips

Academic blogging: 10 top tips | |

Find your authentic blogging voice, harness the power of social media and, remember, only blog if you want to, say the experts...


Academic blogging is a valuable part of the wider ecology of scholarship, with the potential for engagement, outreach and reinforcing academic impact. Although our background is in science, we hope this list of tips will be useful to all blogging academics.


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Which universities are effectively using Social Media?

Which universities are effectively using Social Media? | |

We post a lot of resources here about using social media in the classroom – it is one of the most requested topics, most often emailed about, most popular posts and overall topics in general for Edudemic. How to use Facebook in the classroom. How to use Twitter to boost your professional development. How to use Instagram in the classroom. All great topics – but we shouldn’t forget that the administrative end of schools can also put social media to good use – and they often are! The handy infographic below takes a look at colleges and universities that are using social media, and shows how they’re using it. Keep reading to learn more.

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Do I need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

Do I need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | |

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

Designing a well-organized and professional teaching portfolio can give you an edge in a competitive job market, and help you score high marks on your school's teacher evaluation form. It is, however, a time-consuming endeavor (the average portfolio takes about two to three days of work), and once built, your portfolio will require regular attention. This post will help you decide whether or not a portfolio will serve your professional goals and how to go about designing a professional-looking site that showcases your teaching skills.

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Understanding and serving the Lifelong Learner (part 1)

Understanding and serving the Lifelong Learner (part 1) | |

If you’re a full-time employee, chances are you will pick up new bits of information quite frequently, adding to your knowledge and ability to manage your job’s tasks. However, whilst this may drip-feed knowledge acquisition, it will probably not help you in expanding your broader knowledge, or offer anything of personal benefit outside of the workplace. On the other hand, you may be experiencing a spell of unemployment and feel your skills are either not good enough, not transferable to the work you would like or not up-to-date with the rapid developments that take place in a healthy and fast-moving economy and expanding cosmopolitan culture.

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Using an LMS to navigate the new Mobile World

Using an LMS to navigate the new Mobile World | |

Nobody knows what the future holds but we assume it will be full of gadgets and gizmos.

Can you imagine a world where the desktop computer is obsolete? This reality might not be far off. We are only one decade into the 21st century, yet smartphones have already outsold PCs and over 1 billion Internet connected devices, like tablets, were sold worldwide in 2012. All the while, PC sales have been declining.

When considering this information, it doesn’t take a fortune teller to predict that mobile technology is the future.

Businesses that recognize the importance of this trend are looking for ways to transfer training tools and business operations to mobile platforms. This accommodates the preferences of employees and consumers while preparing businesses for the seismic shift that may occur when the world goes mobile.

For the purpose of this article, let’s focus on why businesses feel the need to accommodate employees with mobile learning options and what they can do to smoothly navigate this new world.

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Combating the dark side of technology (part 1)

Combating the dark side of technology (part 1) | |

My last post on The Dark Side of Technology definitely seems to have hit a responsive chord. Many of us see evidence of this dark side of technology every day in the world around us.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. The same digital technologies producing this dark side also have the potential to produce a world of unparalleled opportunity. But the dark side is the default – if we choose to do nothing, the dark side will take hold in all of its dysfunctional potential. It is up to us to take the steps necessary to turn pressure into opportunity. So, what are those steps?

If we’re going to carve out an alternative path, it begins with us as individuals and then expands out into our institutions and broader social arenas. I’m going to explore three elements of this path – passion, institutional innovation and narrative – that will have to come together if we are to successfully navigate the Big Shift and harness the opportunity it creates. This blog post will focus on the first element – passion – and in subsequent blog posts I’ll layer in the other two elements.

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Teachers guide to creating rich interactive visuals using ThingLink

Teachers guide to creating rich interactive visuals using ThingLink | |

ThingLink is an excellent web tool that allows you to create interactive images online. The images you create can come alive by adding to them text, video, music, and links. ThingLink has also recently rolled out a new feature, which is still in beta, that allows you to add interactive pinmarks to YouTube videos. These pin marks can be links to other videos or websites.

The ability to enrich images with different media content makes ThingLink an ideal tool to incorporate in your instruction. There are a variety of ways you can use ThingLink with your students and the visual below provides 27 examples of activities that students can do using this platform.

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[PDF] El mercado global del eLearning

[PDF] El mercado global del eLearning | |

Durante siglos, los sistemas educativos de todo el mundo han permanecido inalterables al paso de los años. Para su formalización, simplemente se requería unir los vértices del “triángulo del conocimiento”: un espacio físico —el aula—, unos contenidos — transmisión del conocimiento a través de clases magistrales— y unas herramientas —libros—.

La irrupción de las nuevas tecnologías de la información y la   comunicación ha dinamitado por completo todo este entramado triangular. Ahora las clases puedes ser virtuales, presenciales o una combinación de ambas modalidades. Los libros dan paso a materiales multimedia que se pueden visualizar en tabletas o en dispositivos móviles. El conocimiento es universal y abierto a todo el Planeta y los estudiantes pueden acceder a la formación cualquier día de la semana, a cualquier hora desde cualquier punto. En estos momentos, tal vez estemos asistiendo al período de convivencia del modelo tradicional y del modelo tecnológico o e-learning. Solo el tiempo dirá si se trata o de una transición definitiva o de la consolidación de un sistema mixto.

El negocio del e-learning está transformando de forma acelerada el modelo educativo tradicional al que estábamos acostumbrados. Ya no se concibe como una moda pasajera sino, más bien, como una herramienta que contribuye a la mejora de la eficacia.  En este debate se confrontan posiciones de expertos en calidad educativa y en metodologías formativas que ven en el e-learning el fin del predominio del modelo de clase magistral mientras que otros analistas consideran las herramientas learning como un complemento enriquecedor, nunca como un sustituto a la enseñanza tradicional.

Y mientras este debate se acrecienta, se va consolidando una industria tecnológica educativa cada vez más potente y sobre la que convergen muchos intereses. A través de este informe descubriremos cuáles son las principales magnitudes que envuelven al negocio del aprendizaje on-line, qué zonas del Planeta se configuran como las más dinámicas y con mayor potencial de crecimiento y cuáles han consolidado
un mercado maduro.

También analizaremos las tendencias que van a marcar el futuro de la industria e-learning; la traslación de la formación on-line a los dispositivos móviles, la aplicación de esquemas y modelos para desarrollar videojuegos al mundo educativo o la apertura total
y gratuita del conocimiento a la sociedad global.

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The dawn of a new generation

The dawn of a new generation | |

User-generated content (UGC) is not a novel concept, but most of us in the corporate sector have barely scratched its surface.

Beyond enterprise social networks – which are hardly universal and face substantial challenges of their own – UGC in the broader sense is beset by concerns about content quality, accountability, organisational culture, job security and power dynamics.

And yet… the world is changing.

Notwithstanding either the validity or the importance of our concerns with UGC, the traditional training model is becoming increasingly unsustainable in the modern workplace. And besides, I think most of our concerns can be addressed by a change in mindset, a little imagination, a dash of trust, and a collective commitment to make it work.

To explore the practicalities of user-generated content, the Learning Cafe sponsored a webinar entitled Learner Generated Learning Content – Possibilities, mechanics and chaos? The event was hosted by Jeevan Joshi and presented by myself, Andrew Mazurkiewicz and Cheryle Walker.

My part comprised a proposed solution to a fictional caselet. Both the caselet and the transcript of my proposal are outlined below…

Laura Rosillo's curator insight, July 22, 11:51 PM

El futuro de la formación en la empresa: aprendizaje formal +  contenido generado por los usuarios + red social corporativa.!

An innovative use of Mind Mapping in education

An innovative use of Mind Mapping in education | |

It is no secret that a Learning map is based on a mind mapping technique. There are numerous studies available providing evidence of why mind mapping is so effective for all sorts of activities. Majority of them could be applied also on a Learning map.  Learning map is actually a version of a mind map used as a teaching aid for designing an online interactive learning content.However, for providing maximum efficiency of a Leaning map we must design it properly. In this post I’ll show you how.

Learning map is a graphical representation of a topic that is designed in a way to allow better understanding of the subject matter and increase recall. It’s a common source of learning activities. Student can watch videos, micro lectures, different documents etc. Learning map is also very interactive, because it can include quizzes, discussion boards and other assignments.

The full potential of a Learning map is provided by assigning students to create their own Learning maps to review their understanding of the topic and to build long-term memory. It is up to the student how deep his exploration of a Learning Map will be. The learning path he takes is completely self-controlled.

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Gamified LMS: An upcoming motivation strategy

Gamified LMS: An upcoming motivation strategy | |

For every motivation strategy, there is a list of heuristics for improving quality. A strategy is successful only if implemented correctly. The impact of a learning motivation strategy should ideally improve achievement and participation in learning activities. E-learning environments have long provided an “edutainment” flair to learners. The multi-media features and the degree of control over the e-learning environment has made this medium a more preferred method of accessing learning materials. At Talent LMS, we are all about implementing quality and user-centric services.

Learning is a life-long endeavor. Innovation and learning are inseparable. But learning is automatic for only a select few. A greater part of learning communities need motivation. Gamification has proven to be a successful motivation strategy – if done the way the community wants! Most adult learners exercise intrinsic motivation – they need few external stimulants and rewards to learn. Gamification may apparently seem like an extrinsic motivation strategy (rewards, badges, points, etc) but it is much more than that. If gamification features are placed optimally, they can serve as intrinsic motivators! How? Boosting learner confidence, morale and return on educational investment.

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2014 survey shows again that company training/eLearning is the least valued way to learn at work

2014 survey shows again that company training/eLearning is the least valued way to learn at work | |
Here are the results of the 2014 Learning in the Workplace survey taken by over 1,000 respondents worldwide*, who rated the importance (value/usefulness) of 10 different ways of learning in the wor...
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Making learning more connected

Making learning more connected | |

Teachers know that the classroom is a complex ecosystem and that they constantly draw from the best of various models at any given moment in their teaching in order to tailor instruction to the needs of their students; plus, many models overlap to the point that teachers could be adhering to several of them simultaneously. And so, as I set out to talk about Connected Learning with educators, I kept wishing that it didn’t have a name that sounded so impressive and self-contained, and instead could just be called A Vision for Learning that Encompasses Many of the Best Practices You Already Implement in Your Classroom but Maybe Introduces You to Some New Strategies. Not as catchy, but more accurate.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 22, 4:34 PM

To be connected means to share a common experience. It is not about sameness but about similarities in those experiences. This has a John Dewey quality. I paraphrase but essentially community is a space where we communicate things we hold and come to hold in common.!

[Hangout] Entre lo ideal y lo real: aprendizaje basado en proyectos

Hangout para la formación inicial de profesorado de Educación Permanente. A cargo de Fernando Trujillo Sáez.
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Becoming an Instructional Designer: Networking and Portfolios

Becoming an Instructional Designer: Networking and Portfolios | |

Breaking into any field, especially if you are fresh out of a learning program, is difficult. But if you take time to build your networks of contacts, you are bound to fare much better than someone who doesn't network. Networking is what will "spread the word" around for you, and open doors of opportunities that you would never otherwise be aware of.

Join as many networking communities as possible, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google Plus. The latter is considered ideal for professional networking. Attending Instructional Design seminars, workshops and conferences is great for in-person networking.

Seek membership of professional associations, such as American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), Chief Learning Officer (CLO), Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT), and International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), for additional networking and link-building opportunities.

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Tweeting to Learn: Extending social classroom learning via Twitter

Tweeting to Learn: Extending social classroom learning via Twitter | |

As a social networking platform, Twitter can be a place for rich, informal learning for individual academics.[1] But can it have an equally valuable role in deepening what happens in college classrooms?

For some adult students, Twitter already has a place in their personal or professional lives, as they use it to:

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Understanding and serving the Lifelong Learner (part 2)

Understanding and serving the Lifelong Learner (part 2) | |

This is the conclusion of a two-part series by Richard Gentle discussing the importance of understanding and serving non-traditional, lifelong learners in the postsecondary space. In the first part, Gentle discussed some of the characteristics of non-traditional students and shared his thoughts on the challenges of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model. In this article, he suggests a few strategies institutions can put in place to better serve this population.

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[Slideshare] Design thinking

Presentación a modo de resumen del contenido del documento de la Comisión de Innovación de la Fundación EXECyL sobre Design Thinking. Dicho documento es exclusivo para miembros de la Fundación.

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3 ways to plan for diverse learners: What teachers do

3 ways to plan for diverse learners: What teachers do | |

Teachers aiming to differentiate learning in their classroom can focus on content, process, and product in giving students opportunities to grow and shine as individuals.

Differentiated Instruction (DI) casts a spell on educators as to how it meets all students' needs. The skillset required to differentiate seems mystical to some and incomprehensible to others in this environment of state standards and high-stakes tests. Where does one find the time? The reality is that every teacher already has the tools to differentiate in powerful ways for all learners. Some elements were revealed in my two previous articles, regarding myths and assessment fog.

The DI elements were first introduced to me in How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms by Carol Tomlinson, and my understanding later deepened thanks to my friend and mentor, Dr. Susan Allan. The core of differentiation is a relationship between teachers and students. The teacher's responsibility is connecting content, process, and product. Students respond to learning based on readiness, interests, and learning profile. In this post, we'll explore the teacher's role for effective planning of DI, and in the next three posts, we'll look at how students respond.

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Introduction to Google Classroom

Introduction to Google Classroom | |

With the recent announcement of Google Classroom, school districts and educators across the country that are currently integrating Google Apps for Education into their classrooms are awaiting the opportunity to gain access to Google’s workflow solution. While there are currently a number of workflow solutions and approaches within Google Drive that classroom teachers can take that range from manual organization and file / folder sharingto advanced automation with tools such as Doctopus, Google Classroom provides a viable option that strikes a balance – blending tight integration with Google Drive, an intuitive interface and advanced features that experienced Google Drive users are looking for.

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4 Tips for Flipped Learning

4 Tips for Flipped Learning | |

As interest in flipped learning continues to grow, so does its adoption among the educational rank and file. By moving entry-level information outside the classroom -- typically (but not exclusively) through self-paced, scored videos -- teachers can reframe learning so that students spend more instructional time engaged in deeper discussions, hands-on applications and project-based learning. With a focus on more direct contact between teachers and students, greater application of basic concepts, and increased collaboration between learners, flipped learning provides yet another outlet for 21st century teaching.

No doubt, making this kind of change can be intimidating. Before teachers flip out, here are four tips to make the transition smoother -- and more impactful.

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5 predictions about Educational Credentialing in 2024

5 predictions about Educational Credentialing in 2024 | |

I am doing a bit of consulting later in the week, and one of my tasks is to make a few predictions about education in 2024. My part of the day is focused upon alternate and micro-credentialing. With that in mind, here are five predictions. I don’t necessarily like all these outcomes, but based upon the trends, I see many of them as highly likely, especially as they relate to adult and continuing education; and education for trades and regulated professions. What do you think? As you read this short list, you may be surprised about how much does not seem to be directly tied to credentialing. That is because, at least in much of American higher education, credentials and assessments tend to shape and direct much education practice.

I’ve always seen assessment as a bit boring until I started to recognize how it has become the most powerful aspect of many education environments. Change or add a given assessment or evaluation practice and you can quickly see a transformation in an entire system. Look at the conversations about Common Core in K-12 education. It was when the use of assessments started to take root that the debates become most intense.

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Designing eLearning to maximize the working memory

The brain is a complicated machine, capable of creating extraordinary works of art, solving complex problems, and feeling the deepest of emotions. At the same time, our brains function on a daily basis taking on more mundane and routine tasks that are just as important as building bridges or writing books.

In eLearning, one of the most important brain functions to consider is the working memory, one of the more everyday functions of the brain. In short, the working memory is what we use to perform efficiently and effectively in our daily lives, including learning.

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The rise of Competency-Based Education

The rise of Competency-Based Education | |

Higher education is currently experiencing what is arguably the most extreme period of change of its entire history. Although over the past centuries, higher education has progressively become available to larger numbers of people, what goes on in the classroom has largely remained the same. Professors stand in front of classrooms and give lectures, sometimes to hundreds or even thousands of students, who are expected to absorb it all and then apply their knowledge to writing papers and taking tests.

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Why Instructional Designers should draw

Why Instructional Designers should draw | |

According to graphic designer Von Glitschka, his industry (graphic design) has: “become creatively lazy over the last 20 years when it comes to the creative process… Instead of spending the necessary time working out concepts by drawing out the ideas and thoroughly exploring the visual possibilities in a drawn form, they instead immediately jump on the box.”

Hearing Von Glitschka’s assertion made me wonder about the instructional design industry. Certainly, instructional designers have a creative process. I wonder if we have also become creatively lazy? Are we doing the best work we can be doing? Can drawing save us?

In a previous blog post, we explain why designers will rule the world. I believe that the best among those designers—including instructional designers—will be those who draw.

“We can’t call ourselves designers if we don’t draw. Drawing is the language of design. Putting pen to paper opens up cognitive challenges and innate problem-solving skills that mouse and keyboard do not. (In fact, the argument can be convincingly made that reliance solely on keyboard and mouse automatically inhibits our most important designer abilities.) All designers should draw all the time, for precisely the same reason that storytellers should talk.

Drawing is the way that our hands talk, and our hands – just like our mouth – are our outward-facing tool for expressing what we see in our mind. Drawing is how we explore the visual. Drawing is how we conjure, explore, and test visual ideas.”
- Dan Roam

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¿Educación?...a lo mejor significa ....(pónganlo ustedes!...) EDUCACIÓN DISRUPTIVA.

¿Educación?...a lo mejor significa ....(pónganlo ustedes!...) EDUCACIÓN DISRUPTIVA. | |

Ellos nos marcan el camino y ¿sabeis que ocurre? Bien, todos lo tenemos claro: paro, corrupción recortes sanidad, educación..en fin una sociedad que ya nadie queremos, pero ¿qué hacemos? Pues nada, mejor dicho, mucho, ya que lo que decimos en privado, en público, en cualquier lado…”no cambiemos nada” “que no entren otros que no quieren los partidos políticos, los banqueros…”….

Somos increibles, la verdad, ¿por qué no damos la oportunidad a los que saben como construir otra sociedad?…por otro lado si no se lo permitimos, seremos los responsables de la destrucción de lo que conocemos por sociedad, la nuestra…

Con todo ello somos una sociedad que hemos demostrado muchas veces que sabemos levantarnos, pero esta vez es diferente, no podemos levantarmos para mejorar lo que ya existe, ahora es otra cosa, necesitamos ser “rompedores” pero no para destruir, sino para crear algo nuevo y por poner un ejemplo con la educación, tenemos un extraordinario gráfico que a todos nos encantará pero que realmente nunca hemos usado, y es de eso de lo que estoy hablando, de utilzar unos caminos diferentes a los que hasta ahora ni nos habíamos ni imaginado:

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