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21st Century Learning is NOT a Program

21st Century Learning is NOT a Program | |

Perhaps the biggest misconception that one can have about 21st century learning is to think of it as a single reform program. 21st century learning is not a singular “thing” that can be plugged into an existing school environment and used as an easy upgrade to improve existing practice.  Learning that teaches children how to think is a process with deep philosophical underpinnings and embraces new findings about how people teach, learn, and get motivated. This challenges educational organizations to incorporate new thinking into the ways in which we view the function and purpose of formal education; it implores us to move beyond draconian practices that are rooted in 19th century assumptions about learning.


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Del expediente académico, al análisis de datos

Del expediente académico, al análisis de datos | |
Con cada revolución tecnológica los líderes disponen de menos tiempo para la preparse y adaptarse a los grandes cambios que se avecinan. En estos momentos nos encontramos ante la inminente llegada de la Internet de las Cosas (IoT). Esto ha generado mayores perturbaciones al sector empresarial y académico, porque se trata de instituciones tradicionales con empleados y estudiantes que aumentan sus niveles de acceso tecnológico. Preparar las próximas generaciones de profesionales, requiere de un pensamiento de diseño que integre nuevos algoritmos socio-tecno-pedagógicos efectivos.
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The changing value of knowledge (Cristobal Cobo)

"The notion of openness in education is usually associated just with resources - whether content or technologies - and initiatives in tis field have often focused too narrowly on the mere generation of those resources, paying little attention to the "social life" of materials and relevant cultural practices.

Open Educational Resources (OER) and, most recently, the so-called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), among other open education initiatives, seem to be reshaping the value of content in Higher Education (HE).

However, it is worth reflecting on the extent to which offering open content may be considered disruptive these days. In this presentation I will argue that we need to go beyond the content-centered focus of OER and look at the contexts of learning, both inside and outside of formal education. That means to better articulate at least three key dimensions: content, containers (platforms,technologies), and context."
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New research shows digital content increases student achievement

New research shows digital content increases student achievement | |
PBS LearningMedia which provides digital learning experiences for students, recently conducted a study that goes beyond looking at the impact of technology on students ability to fill bubbles in old-fashioned tests. Instead, it showed the positive impact of educational media on student achievement.
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Why learning to code can help you land any job

Why learning to code can help you land any job | |

Learning to code has lots of benefits. Aside from the obvious (like being able to build websites and web applications), coding skills can make you stand out when it comes to looking for career opportunities. EVEN for positions that don't involve writing code on the day-to-day. Or at all!

As Skillcrush says: Digital skills are job skills. And that's the truth!

Before diving into all the job possibilities that having coding skills open up for you, let me give you a quick example of how I used my new coding skills to get non-coding jobs.

Instructional designers are similar to technical writers, except that instructional designers focus on creating learning material. Oftentimes this position involves producing some kind of video or documentation and also navigating learning software. And your work could be for internal (within the company) or external use (for customers).

Why knowing how to code will make you better at this job:

This role involves communicating technical concepts to the non-technical. Many instructional designers not only develop scripts and content, but they must also know how to use different e-learning software as well as basic HTML for formatting online content.

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Extrinsic Motivation in online training

Extrinsic Motivation in online training | |
One top priority when designing online training courses is to motivate and inspire employees, but what type of motivation are we really trying to tap into? Not all sources of motivation are created equal. While intrinsic motivation centers on internal factors, extrinsic is all about external rewards. According to Brown (2007), "Extrinsic motivation refers to our tendency to perform activities for known external rewards, whether they be tangible (e.g., money), or psychological (e.g., praise) in nature". Noël Coward, the well known for his talent, style, and wit English composer, once famously said: “If you must have motivation, think of your paycheck on Friday”. There couldn’t be a better way to describe extrinsic motivation.

Opposite to intrinsic motivation which comes from within, extrinsic motivation comes from outside; it is basically the desire to reach a goal that is separate from the activity itself. Extrinsic motivation pushes us to perform a task which we may not particularly like or be interested in, but we stick with it because we know that there will be a reward at the end. The mechanism of extrinsic motivation may sound shallow, and perhaps not as noble as intrinsic motivation, but when you get rewards like money or success out of the picture, it actually makes perfect sense: we clean our desks because we enjoy working on a clean desk, not because we like cleaning. But money and success aren’t impractical motivators either; at the end of the day, payroll, promotion and professional recognition are the immediate or delayed payoffs that motivate employees to try harder, perform better and be more productive. Indeed, extrinsic motivation can be a very powerful force; sometimes, even the most difficult goals become feasible, only because there is something to look forward to at the end. This article explores what every eLearning professional should know about extrinsic motivation in online training deliverables.
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Leading beyond automation

Leading beyond automation | |
As we enter the network era, we see that leadership is an emergent property of a network in balance and not some special property available to only the select few. Effective knowledge networks require leadership from everyone – an aggressively intelligent and engaged workforce, learning with each other. Positional leadership, by the authority of some hierarchy, is giving way to reputational leadership, as determined by the myriad feedback loops of the network. To lead in a network, is to learn in a network, as relationships and conditions change. Anyone can show leadership, not just managers or those with ‘high potential’.
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Choosing the right eLearning methods: factors and elements

Choosing the right eLearning methods: factors and elements | |
Many organisations are now transforming their learning and development programs to the eLearning domain. But choosing the right methods for their business based on their needs is still a challenge. Choosing the right eLearning programs depends upon many factors like proper need analysis, target audience analysis, task analysis, topic analysis, and evaluation methods. Apart from these analyses there is the very important principle of Learning Pyramid created by the National Training Laboratories. Choosing the right delivery methods directly impact effectiveness and cost benefit for the organisations.
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10 simple ways to engage in lifelong learning

10 simple ways to engage in lifelong learning | |
Learning is about reaching your full potential and can help you achieve self-actualization, the highest need identified by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. However, traditional education generally has a beginning and an end which culminates in taking tests.

Lifelong learning preserves an individual’s desire to obtain new knowledge outside of the formal education system. Developing an attitude where you constantly learn is the only way to succeed in the dynamic environment which we live in today. There is so much technology at your fingertips which you can take advantage of to help you learn throughout your life. This means you can follow your passion for languages, improve your craft skills and even develop a mobile app using resources you can find online.
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Interactive eLearning: A key component in online course development

Interactive eLearning: A key component in online course development | |
There is no doubt that interactivity is a key component in eLearning. This is truer when you are designing a course for online learning where you have to keep in mind that attitudes and learning levels of the learners will all be different.

Therefore, it becomes critical in eLearning to develop only content which is relevant and how it ties in with what the learner is expected to achieve at the end of it. The main point is that learners will be viewing the information, gather information and make decisions of applying it to their real life situations where applicable.
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10 cosas que llaman la atención de los estudiantes (y cómo aplicarlo en eLearning)

10 cosas que llaman la atención de los estudiantes (y cómo aplicarlo en eLearning) | |
Incluso más que otros tipos de educación, el eLearning debe luchar para atraer la atención de los alumnos: Internet está llena de distracciones y los estudiantes adultos están a la vez más ocupados y más libres para disfrutar de las distracciones. Ayudar a los estudiantes a prestar atención es el interés principal de los educadores, capacitadores y profesionales en eLearning, así que aquí le presentamos algunos de los métodos óptimos para ganar el juego de la atención.
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10 cosas que llaman la atención de los estudiantes (y cómo aplicarlo en eLearning)!

10 tips for effective Problem-Based Learning: The ultimate instructional solution

10 tips for effective Problem-Based Learning: The ultimate instructional solution | |
Problem-based learning (PBL) was first introduced to the field of education in the 1960s by medical education specialist Howard Barrows, who argued that the teaching of medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada should be organized in a way that emulated the reasoning of a skilled practitioner.

Monash University was the second institution to adopt PBL within a medical school environment and continues to apply this within its Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences for the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programs delivered in Australia and Malaysia. More than 80 percent of medical schools in the U.S. now use some form of PBL.

PBL has been adopted in nearly every discipline imaginable, including math, law, education, economics, business, engineering, and physical sciences. In Malaysia, an attempt is being made to introduce a problem-based learning model in secondary mathematics, with the aim of educating citizens to prepare them for decision-making in sustainable and responsible development. Aalborg University in Denmark has created its own “Aalborg PBL model” which combines problem orientation with project organization for enhanced student learning.
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Meet the WizIQ Virtual Classroom in a new avatar

Meet the WizIQ Virtual Classroom in a new avatar | |
Right from picking up a new attire, and buying a car to moving into a new home, and much more, design informs our decisions and experiences at large, so much so that it can make us feel elated or weary. Work space design, on the other hand, can directly affect our productivity. Design governs the choices we make both consciously and subconsciously. Such is the influence of design on us.

We recognize how crucial the WizIQ Virtual Classroom design is in ensuring that you do your teaching and learning activities seamlessly while feeling great about being in a live class. With that in mind, we have introduced the snazzy new Virtual Classroom design which centers on aesthetics and usability.
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iSpring Pro: Mobile-ready courses and video presentations

iSpring Pro: Mobile-ready courses and video presentations | |

Turn your PowerPoint slides into mobile-ready promo presentations for any device, any platform!

  • Online presentations in HTML5 format
  • Video lectures and e-Learning courses
  • Mobile-ready content for iPads and smartphones
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20 free tools for teachers: Videos, guides and printables

20 free tools for teachers: Videos, guides and printables | |
Anytime, anywhere, teachers like to have plenty of resources to pick from to help them create great classroom experiences to engage their students. We’ve got some wonderful content-packed free tools for teachers to explore. They’re online and ready to be discovered!

There are slideshows, printables, lesson plans, downloadable content and guides, videos, and much more. The sites listed below offer lots of stuff for all subjects and grades, so dive in and see what you can dig up.

Who doesn’t love free tools, especially free tools for teachers? Happy hunting, teaching, and learning!
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Information Services Today: Global Personal Learning Networks

Information Services Today: Global Personal Learning Networks | |
The idea driving the creation of a personal learning network—the ever-changing informal group of people each of us personally and uniquely defines, forms, and turns to in our lifelong learning endeavors—appears to be timeless; I can’t imagine a period of our recorded or unrecorded history during which people didn’t learn from each other informally, beyond the confines of classrooms or other formal learning spaces. And yet, as Holmquist notes at the beginning of his chapter, changes in the technology we use are expanding the pool of potential PLN members from which we can draw tremendously: “The world keeps getting smaller. Technology has challenged the need for physical presence regarding how, when, and where learning, collaboration, and sharing information takes place” (p. 374).
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Copiar y pegar en el proceso educativo

Copiar y pegar en el  proceso educativo | |
Cada vez que brindo conferencias dirigidas a docentes o maestros surge el tema o el gran problema del "copiar y pegar" en las actividades académicas. Siempre los malos de la película son los "docentes de informática, el estudiante, la internet, el smartphone o la computadora personal!", pero los verdaderos culpables somos todos (educadores o maestros) que no utilizamos los controles necesarios para evitar el "copiar y pegar incorrecto". Se hace necesario analizar y redactar correctamente (consultar fuentes y respetar el derecho de autor). De este tema, surge la pregunta ¿en realidad es malo copiar y pegar?, para responder y hablar más del tema se le consulta (vía web) al doctor en E-learning Juan Domingo Farnós (investigador, conferenciante, consultor en e-learning y en Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación) quien responde de la siguiente manera:
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Teachers' guide to the use of Google Voice in Education

Teachers' guide to the use of Google Voice in Education | |
Google Voice is a great communicational utility with huge educational potential. As a teacher, you can use Google Voice to obtain a phone number to use when communicating with students and parents without you revealing your personal phone number. You can connect your Google Voice number with multiple phone numbers (e.g landline number, mobile number, work number) and have incoming calls routed to all of these numbers simultaneously. You can also select a single number to forward all your incoming calls to.

The voicemail features of Google Voice are also wonderful. All voicemails are recorded and transcribed. Only transcription of English messages is available for now.You can set up your voicemail so you get voicemails emailed straight to your Gmail account. Also, voicemails are available as audio files that can be saved and embedded into a website or blog or used in audio editing tools such as Garageband or Audacity to create audio files for classroom projects.

From language teaching to storytelling, Google Voice can be used in a variety of ways with students. We have compiled for you a list of some very good reads to you help learn more about how you can integrate Google Voice in your own teaching. But before that, here are some good video tutorials covering some of the features provided by Google Voice.
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[Infographic] Mobile Learning: 6 steps to make a successful start

[Infographic] Mobile Learning: 6 steps to make a successful start | |
People check their mobile phones 150 times a day. Most of them check phones every one hour. (Source: Mary Meeker, Business Insider Australia)

It is common knowledge that mobile devices have become an integral part of our lives. These incredible gadgets have radically transformed the way we access information. According to Horizon Report, 2011, by 2015, about 80% of people will be accessing the Internet from mobile devices only, with the main focus on education.

The rapid proliferation of mobile devices is compelling the corporate world to adopt mLearning. According to Towards Maturity, 70% of organizations are planning to implement mLearning in the next two years.

Are you planning to jump on the mLearning bandwagon? Well, here are 6 steps to get started with mLearning in an effective manner.
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[Infographic] The Mobile Learning Landscape 2015

[Infographic] The Mobile Learning Landscape 2015 | |
Widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets has fuelled extensive interest among learning professionals about the use of mobile devices for training delivery. What is the state of mobile learning in 2015? Is growth underway? Are obstacles being surmounted only to give way to new stumbling blocks? Or is mobile learning accruing the sort of success stories learning professionals have hoped to see?

To explore those questions and other elements of mobile learning, ATD and i4cp sought insights from learning leaders and professionals worldwide in The Mobile Landscape 2015: Building Toward Anytime, Anywhere Learning. Their views, experiences, and strategies offer valuable guidance and examples for those just beginning the mobile learning journey.

ATD and i4cp found that 34 percent of organizations have mobile learning programs. Even among organizations not actively leveraging mobile learning, interest in its potential has—and does—run high. The numbers of learning professionals with mobile programs in development or under serious consideration have consistently matched figures for those in use.
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Backchannel Chat: Safe secure classroom discussions

Backchannel Chat: Safe secure classroom discussions | |
Backchannel Chat is designed for educational discussions, it provides all the tools an educator could need to facilitate online discussions.

Easily control and moderate your classroom discussions in realtime. Our modern web 2.0 styled chat rooms will engage and transform your classroom.

Backchannel Chat is a class discussion tool that was designed from the ground up to support teachers. Backchannels are great for increasing participation in classroom discussions and for informally assessing your students’ knowledge.

Teacher can control all aspects of the discussion, you can remove messages and prevent students from posting, if the pace of the discussion is overwhelming and key messages are lost you can take control and lock the room so that only you can add content.

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[Infographic] Want to gain expertise in Instructional Design? 4 things you need to learn

[Infographic] Want to gain expertise in Instructional Design? 4 things you need to learn | |
Every Instructional designer needs to have good knowledge of standard instructional design models like ADDIE or Gagne’s nine events. These models facilitate the development of learner centric eLearning courses. But, it is not easy to remember all these concepts and apply them at the right instant of time to develop a successful eLearning course.

So, how can you overcome this problem?

Well, you need to concentrate on four things which will remind you of the ideas behind these principles and help you make good online courses. Let us see what they are.
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7 tips to beat short attention spans in eLearning

7 tips to beat short attention spans in eLearning | |
Even if learners are excited about their eLearning experience and can see the true potential in learning the subject matter, they may not be able to concentrate on one thing for too long. There are, however, certain ways that eLearning professionals can beat short attention spans when designing eLearning courses in order to increase knowledge retention and steer clear of cognitive overload.
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8 contexts for listening, speaking and telling stories with mindmaps

8 contexts for listening, speaking and telling stories with mindmaps | |
Continuing on from last week’s article about mindmapping for exams, today’s post is all about using mindmaps for listening, speaking and fluency development. The more we listen, the more we prepare our hearts and minds to speak.

Why is it important to question how we teach listening and speaking and why do we need to keep experimenting with open-ended activities?
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5 tips to develop custom eLearning that improves employees’ performance

5 tips to develop custom eLearning that improves employees’ performance | |
Knowledge is not enough. Your employees might be provided with a flawlessly design for the online training course, but this doesn’t mean that they will automatically be able to use the imparted information. When you are offering your employees an online training experience, your main concern is how they will apply the knowledge to improve their skills by motivating them to perform better. Effective online training means facilitating the application of knowledge, as it is directly linked to performance improvement. But which is the most effective approach to performance-focused online training? Undeniably, custom eLearning development. Why? Because only an online training course especially designed for your employees can really reflect your company’s needs and specific performance issues you want to address.
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Working out loud 101: Some thoughts

Working out loud 101: Some thoughts | |

I think John Stepper's description of "working out loud" is still the best:

Working Out Loud starts with making your work visible in such a way that it might help others. When you do that – when you work in a more open, connected way – you can build a purposeful network that makes you more effective and provides access to more opportunities.

Here's a nice comic strip style graphic illustrating the 5 key elements of "working out loud". I am not sure who has created it and hence couldn't give the right credits:

The elements of "working out loud" need to be broken down into implementable steps to help someone get started with actually putting it into practise. I am typically confronted with the following questions when I tell someone that they should start "working out loud"...I have inserted my responses below each question. I have tried to keep them concise.

Cristina Reyes's curator insight, May 24, 1:20 AM

It´s an inspiring way to work!