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Si quieres innovar, rodéate de imitadores

Si quieres innovar, rodéate de imitadores | |

Los científicos cognitivos Robert Goldstone y Thomas Wisdom de la Universidad de Indiana han publicado un estudio en el que muestran cómo los ambientes donde hay un gran número de imitadores y pocos innovadores son más aptos para alcanzar soluciones más eficientes a los problemas planteados.


Para llegar a esta conclusión, los autores estudiaron la dinámica, las ventajas y las desventajas del aprendizaje social (que viene de observar el mundo e imitar a otros). Hoy en día, se suele poner mucho énfasis en ser innovador y buscar ambientes altamente creativos. No obstante, este estudio ha dado como resultado que en los ambientes con un gran porcentaje de imitadores se obtenían mejores resultados que en los de los innovadores.

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Breve historia del Diseño Instruccional

Breve historia del Diseño Instruccional | |
Hemos dedicado varias entradas al tema del diseño instruccional,que se define como una “variante de la tecnología educativa que posibilita la creación de experiencias y entornos de aprendizaje donde emergerán esas actividades instructivas y donde, por tanto, se producirá un aprendizaje eficaz, eficiente y atractivo”. Pero en su origen, el Diseño Instruccional estaba desligado de la tecnología. En este infográfico podemos comprender la evolución de los modelos de Diseño Instruccional, desde Skinner a la era del “BIG DATA”.
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5 tips to apply The Repair Theory in eLearning

5 tips to apply The Repair Theory in eLearning | |
Brown & VanLehn's Repair Theory [1] explores the connection between learning procedural knowledge and making mistakes. These mistakes are known as "bugs". When learners are unable to complete a task or process, they must apply a variety of different strategies, or "repairs", in order to surmount the obstacle. While certain repairs may lead them to the desired outcome, others may result in further errors and incorrect performance behaviors.

According to VanLehn, due to the fact that learners’ bugs are unstable, they may cause "bug migration" [2]. When this occurs, the learner moves between "bugs" because they do not have a solid foundation to build on. In other words, they have developed an effective procedure, but it has flaws or gaps that create even more "bugs". However, as these "bugs" are systematic, they can be identified and corrected. Here are 5 tips that can help you apply the Repair Theory in your eLearning course design and turn every mistake into a learning opportunity.
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Multitasking and the Online Student

Multitasking and the Online Student | |
Multitasking? No problem. Or so I thought. Juggling two jobs, two children, two offices and a husband gives me ample opportunity to stretch my multitasking muscles. I used to brag about how much I could handle at one time. And I always thought that I was saving time by doing multiple tasks at once. However, I’ve learned that multi-tasking actually makes me less efficient in the long run, affects my short term memory and honestly creates quite a bit of stress in my life.
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3 ways technology has changed the Modern Workplace

3 ways technology has changed the Modern Workplace | |
There was lots of paperwork to be dealt with, meetings had to take place in congested rooms with every needed to be physically present there, management had to rely on memos to get something across to the employees, heavy expenses had to be incurred to reach out to the clients, and communication across different hierarchical levels was pretty rare. However, all these operational and communication matters have now been greatly simplified and very much streamlined through the help of massive technological advancements that have taken place over the last decade or so. The influx of new technologies has dramatically reshaped workplaces, which in turn has facilitated businesses in running their affairs more smoothly and performing better than ever.
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Improve your eLearning Design Workflow with the Pyramid Method

Improve your eLearning Design Workflow with the Pyramid Method | |
Product designer William Newton wrote a compelling article some time ago on the tiers of good design and the pyramid they form. But this idea can be applied to more than physical product design; it can be used to create better eLearning courses, as well.

Find the original article here: The Design Process: A Pyramid

Using this same structure, we explore just how the pyramid can help you improve your eLearning design workflow.
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Higher ed systems expanding access to Open-Source materials

Higher ed systems expanding access to Open-Source materials | |
  1. Several higher education systems in the northeast have launched campus-based publishing imprints and initiatives designed to expand open-source and digital textbook production and usage.
  2. The State University of New York and University of New Hampshire systems are encouraging faculty to make broader use of open source publishing for research, teaching titles and learning opportunities to become more familiar with the technology.
  3. Programs that have moved from pilot to campus- or system-wide initiatives have begun to yield student savings — about $148,000 at the University of New Hampshire last year.
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13 critical points to consider in eLearning course design

13 critical points to consider in eLearning course design | |
It is not possible to provide a recipe for excellent eLearning course design, as every single course should respond to specific objectives and meet specific requirements and needs. There are, however, some areas which need to be taken into consideration while designing an eLearning solution, and Instructional Designers should take deliberate decisions regarding every single one of them. Here is the list of questions which I try to ask myself when designing an eLearning course:
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[Slideshare] More Ed, less Tech

In a move to stop the fetishisation of technology for technology’s sake I’ve talked a long while about the issue of focussing upon a ‘Pedagogy first’ approach to the use of technology across the curriculum. I even wrote about it in my recent free publication, ‘More Ed, Less Tech’.


One area that I explored as you’ll see from the slides below was the area of incorporating research into good teaching and learning and applying that to how you choose to use technology. In the session I looked for example at the area of spaced learning and with that the idea of low stakes quizzing using free quizzing tools. Using technology in this ‘informed’ way is really important I feel. Not just using it to show off what is capable with the technology but focussing its use in purposeful ways, grounded in ‘what works’ and applying that to the classroom. Links to the Innovation Unit’s research into spaced learning can be found within the presentation.


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Lifelong Learning and the Maker Movement

Lifelong Learning and the Maker Movement | |
The maker movement has received a startling limelight in education in the recent years. To some, it has come across as yet “another” latest hype in education, but arguments for education to enable youth to make and develop basic necessities of life have been made as early as the 19th century by an influential author, no other than Henry David Thoreau. The recent sudden attention to this already established and fundamental principle is partly owing to the prevailing failures of the current school systems that have not been able to adequately prepare graduates with the relevant skills in order to keep up with the changing world of work. Today’s technological advancements have also acted as an essential benefactor to the maker movement, helping to “solve unsolvable problems”, while turning the process of learning into a more tangible and relevant foundation for the future reality (please see “The Maker Movement in Education: A New Global Transformation” by Dr. Paul Kim to learn principles for creating a maker space for education).
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Universidad, conocimientos y trabajo.

Universidad, conocimientos y trabajo. | |
¿Qué elementos debe reunir un recurso educativo de éxito?

Sería muy fácil definirlo: aquellos elementos, de la clase que sean, que hagan que se produzca el aprendizaje que se pretenda, pero no por la parte del docente, sino del discente. Por tanto cualquier instrumento, cualquier herramienta, cualquier metodología… que pueda generar aprendizaje y educación, será buena. Como consecuencia deben ser todos adaptados a las características personalizadas de los usuarios de los mismos, ya que de lo contrario, ¿cómo puede tener éxito algo que no nos gusta o que no nos interesa?… Es por ello que la Educación no puede gestionarse como lo está haciendo ahora, de manera jerarquizada y obligatoria, con formatos de aprendizaje (currículum) homogéneos y estáticos, eso debe cambiar si de verdad queremos tener éxito en la nueva educación 2.0.

¿Hasta qué punto la lógica de las redes sociales se puede trasladar al desarrollo de una asignatura, de una formación universitaria, no a la antigua, si no dentro de un nuevo paradigma?
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Students are demanding the facts about coding bootcamps

Students are demanding the facts about coding bootcamps | |
In 2012 coding bootcamps began offering courses in software development and promising graduates new careers in technology. The schools, now backed by hundreds of millions in VC funding, will educate about 30,000 students in 2016, and rake in just shy of half a billion in tuition fees.

Most schools claim nearly 100% graduation and placement rates. But these claims are mostly unverified and just how schools arrive at them largely undisclosed. Prospective students look to outcomes statistics because it’s the only way to gauge their chances for success — bootcamps don’t have decades or centuries of reputations like colleges.

Students, so far, have been the early adopters, open to risk for the chance of being early. But as with any product wider market adoption depends on continually improving clarity, trust, and proof. This is even more true in coding education where services promising to teach the same skills vary from a $25 per month subscription to Code School to an average tuition of $14,000 at a bootcamp.
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Three tips for equipping and empowering educators

Three tips for equipping and empowering educators | |
At a recent #TxEduChat, one of the questions asked was “How do school leaders go about equipping educators through professional development in a way that leads to authentic empowerment?” That’s a tremendously powerful question, so let’s explore how the strategic application of technology can lead to authentic empowerment.
Edumorfosis's insight:

I think it's better to equip and empower students, not teachers and educative system. 

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¡Las Mejores Herramientas para hacer un Currículum Online gratis!

¡Las Mejores Herramientas para hacer un Currículum Online gratis! | |

Cada día los reclutadores se fijan más en los perfiles sociales de los candidatos, y no solo en redes sociales, sino en distintas webs y servicios que ofrecen la posibilidad de crear currículums vitae online o interactivos. Los currículum online son la mejor forma hoy en día de tener todos sus datos resumidos para la búsqueda de empleo. Los hay de muchos tipos: en forma de presentación, en video, interactivos, alojados en una web, etc. Las herramientas para hacer currículum online permiten hacer un CV diferente, más llamativo y en ocasiones, mucho más completo.

Via Jesus Alvarez desde , Ann
Jesus Alvarez desde 's curator insight, May 7, 4:58 PM
¡Las Mejores Herramientas para hacer un Currículum Online Gratis!!

Feedly, ¿qué es, para qué sirve y cómo se utiliza?

Feedly, ¿qué es, para qué sirve y cómo se utiliza? | |
Según la Wikipedia un feed o fuente web es “un medio de redifusión de contenido web que se utiliza para suministrar información actualizada frecuentemente a sus suscriptores”. Es decir, un feed te permite acceder a todos los contenidos actualizados de una web a la que estés suscrito/a sin necesidad de consultar la página diariamente.

Se suele tender a equivocarlo con RSS (Really Simple Syndication), sin embargo este término hace referencia al formato (que también puede ser Atom o RDF/XML) y no al feed en sí mismo.
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What are Personal Learning Networks?

What are Personal Learning Networks? | |
If you assume students are only learning from eLearning courses, you are failing to leverage a huge part of the learning process.

Ask yourself where do you learn?

Most of us might answer “in a classroom”, but, in reality, the majority of learning comes from other places, like Personal Learning Networks. And these networks are personal, meaning there are no two PLNs that are equal; each of us has a unique range of people we learn from including peers, coworkers, supervisors, experts and other professionals. Today more learners use tools like Google and Wikipedia to acquire new skills and knowledge. They subscribe to personal and professional blogs. Or they ask questions through their social media networks to get the most relevant answers from the members of their PLN.
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​Five ways teachers can use Video Chat in the classroom

​Five ways teachers can use Video Chat in the classroom | |
Unless you work in a Waldorf school where smartphones are banned, chances are you’ve seen your students video chat with friends when their time might be better spent working on homework. Video chat can, however, support classroom learning. It’s not impossible.

Video technology has changed quite a bit in the past 10 years. When my father taught video production at the high school level, he used custom-built desktop computers and always was struggling with the technology. Now every student has a video camera on their smartphone, they can edit video from an app, and video chat is a commonplace activity enabled by Facebook, Skype or other services.

My father needed technical skill when he used video in his classroom, but now the game has changed. Every teacher can take advantage of video, even those who are not technologically savvy. Students are using video for social purposes, and teachers should be using it for instructional gain in the classroom, too.
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Coursera's Koller: MOOCs Provide Lifelong Learning

Coursera's Koller: MOOCs Provide Lifelong Learning | |
In the newest episode of Recode Decode, Coursera President and co-founder Daphne Koller suggested that the digital economy of today requires more than a traditional college degree, suggesting that education should last throughout a person’s lifetime.

“The things you learned in college 15 years ago are no longer the skills that you need for your next job,” Koller said. “Millennials today are expected to change jobs something like every three years. The job that they need next is going to have a completely different skill set than the job that they previously had.”
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Face-to-Face interaction still important as higher ed shifts to digital

Face-to-Face interaction still important as higher ed shifts to digital | |
  • As colleges and universities look to embrace online learning, the role of face-to-face interaction cannot be ignored.
  • However, with the trend towards online learning, traditional brick-and-mortar instruction should do away with the 50-minute lecture, experts say, focusing class time instead on a more interactive, conversational and collaborative approach that highlights engagements that are difficult to achieve online in order to hold students’ attention.
  • More than any other skill, writing still requires quality in-person instruction. With much of the content able to be taught online, writing instruction should get more attention in in-person settings.
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Preparing teachers for success in Plug-and-Play Ecosystems

Preparing teachers for success in Plug-and-Play Ecosystems | |
With over 100 apps to choose from in the EduApp Center, as an instructor using UC Berkeley’s Canvas Learning Management System, I have seemingly limitless options in creating my blended learning course. I can explore the apps I want by category in a product matrix like this one from EdSurge, and simply “plug” them into my institution’s Learning Management System in a custom configuration perfectly tailored to my instructional needs. As Learning Management System designs have moved from all-in-one monoliths to flexible, multi-sided Lego blocks, we have seen instructors and developers at the bleeding edge of this trend create a rich tapestry of learning experiences and tools, showcasing the real potential for plug-and-play to personalize and enhance learning. But has the promise of plug-and-play truly arrived?
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Top 8 eLearning activities online learners love

Top 8 eLearning activities online learners love | |
What's not to love about eLearning? It gives EVERYONE the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base, build their skills, and achieve their learning goals. Best of all, online learners can engage in interactive and entertaining eLearning activities when it fits into their schedules. But what is it about eLearning courses that has online learners head over heels? If you know the answer to this, then you have the power to create amazing eLearning experiences that stick, and that appeal to a broader audience. Here are the top 8 eLearning activities online learners love in eLearning, so you can integrate them into your eLearning course design.
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5 tools and strategies that support Personalized Learning

5 tools and strategies that support Personalized Learning | |
Personalized learning is something that many teachers strive for, but it can be easier to want it than make it happen.

Personalization is best created at the learning model and curriculum level rather shoe-horned in after the curriculum is done, but when you’re given lemons you play the hand you’re dealt when in Rome, because birds of a feather may not come back unless you set them free.
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Un aula en condiciones óptimas mejora hasta un 25% el rendimiento de los alumnos

Un aula en condiciones óptimas mejora hasta un 25% el rendimiento de los alumnos | |
Con el avance de la nueva escuela y la implantación de nuevos métodos pedagógicos en colegios e institutos, las aulas catalanas han empezado a eliminar filas de pupitres, tarimas y encerados. Desaparecen, poco a poco, las pizarras, la mesa para uso exclusivo del profesor y aquellos ordenadores situados al fondo de la clase. Para acabar con las poco polivalentes aulas actuales, el siguiente paso deberá ser la modificación de la iluminación, de los colores de las paredes, de los sistemas de climatización y hasta del número de enchufes por aula. Así lo constatan pedagogos y arquitectos, que subrayan que cada vez existen más evidencias científicas del efecto positivo que tiene la calidad del entorno educativo sobre los alumnos. Una de las investigaciones más recientes –y más exhaustivas también- es la que ha realizado la universidad británica de Salford, que ha concluido que unas buenas condiciones ambientales en el aula pueden mejorar en hasta un 25% el rendimiento escolar de los jóvenes.
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Modern Learning: 6 reasons why learning has changed forever

Modern Learning: 6 reasons why learning has changed forever | |
There was once a time when you learned primarily while sitting in a room, listening to a lecture, and perusing assigned readings in paper textbooks. Now, in modern learning environments, the information and skill-acquisition paradigm has evolved to incorporate technology, and a plethora of knowledge sources can leave learners feeling overwhelmed. Add to that the instant nature of Google searches and the multitude of ads that accompany them, and the result is knowledge-driven consumers who struggle with patience and focus. Reaching the modern learner requires an understanding of how they interact with the world and their preferred avenues for accessing information.
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[PDF] The human factor: The hard time employers have finding soft skills

[PDF] The human factor: The hard time employers have finding soft skills | |
Foundational or “soft” skills occupy an unusual position in the debate over America’s workforce. Employers say these skills are hard to find, but they are also notoriously hard to define.
Soft skills are called crucial and then treated dismissively in the next breath, as if these were abilities any child should have. “Works well with others” is a cliché on a school report card, but businesses grind to a halt when employees can’t meetdeadlines, treat customers with respect, or waste time scrambling to properly format a document.
In this report, we try and define these skills based on what employers actually demand in job postings, and measure how difficult they are to find in the job market. Essentially, we have let employers speak for themselves. A skill requested in job ads across almost every industry and occupation, regardless of its actual requirements, is clearly a baseline qualification in the job market. And when employers demand a skill in a way that’s out of proportion to the traditional definitions of what a job requires, it’s likely that skill is both important and hard to find.
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Hya: Editor de audio en línea y gratuito

Hya: Editor de audio en línea y gratuito | |

No es necesario  instalar un complejo editor de audio en nuestro equipo si sólo realizamos tareas de edición básicas de forma ocasional, en estas casos puede ser más que suficiente acceder una herramienta en línea que cubra nuestras necesidades.

Un buen ejemplo puede ser Hya. Se trata de un editor de audio totalmente basado en la web, de uso gratuito que puede utilizarse directamente desde una ventana del navegador con independencia de cual sea nuestro sistema operativo, no es necesario por tanto descargar ni instalar nada.

Via Ramon Aragon, Wilmer Ramírez, Miguel Morales, Ann
Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, May 16, 1:55 PM
Une alternative à Audacity. Pour les collègues d'espagnol.