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Transmedia and Education: How transmedia is changing the way we learn

Transmedia and Education: How transmedia is changing the way we learn | |

Prominent examples of transmedia for young adults include the related book and app Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral (Penguin, 2012), a mystery about star-crossed teenage lovers told primarily through images—letters, photographs, and texts—which readers can manipulate in the app version. For those who seek it, Chopsticks videos and music clips are available on YouTube. Another example is Andrea J. Buchanan’s Gift (Open Road Integrated Media, 2012), a multimedia young adult novel about Danielle, a high school sophomore with a secret power. It has features such as a soundtrack, illustrations, a companion Minecraft “build-your-own-world” application, and Danielle’s journal.

Jackie Lerch's curator insight, June 13, 2014 1:32 PM

Transmedia - worth my time? Anyone know?
Hacia una educación disruptiva en la era del conocimiento hiperconectado...
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[Infographic] 4 important aspects of audio narration in eLearning courses

[Infographic] 4 important aspects of audio narration in eLearning courses | |
Effective audio narration goes a long way in enhancing the efficacy of an eLearning course by reducing the cognitive load. The modality principle states that the learner can learn better from animations and narration than just animations and on-screen text.

But, how can you see that your online training course is narrated effectively? What are the factors you need to consider to ensure that your elearning course is top-notch? Well, you need to focus on a few critical aspects. Here is an info-graphic that lists them and explains why they are very important.
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eLearning Interactivity: The ultimate guide for eLearning professionals

eLearning Interactivity: The ultimate guide for eLearning professionals | |

Interactivity has been proven to have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the eLearning process. In this article you will find everything you need to know about eLearning interactivity, as well as the most essential ways in which eLearning interactive methods and techniques affect the learning process.

eLearning interactivity is defined as the “dialogue” between learners and eLearning tools through which learners become engaged and involved in the eLearning process. It is a key element of the actual eLearning course design process, and it has proven to be a practice that adds outstanding value to your eLearning course. It involves forms of action or reaction on learners’ behalf, in order for them to achieve results or reach a conclusion. eLearning interactions may include multiple choice quizzes, tests, eLearning scenarios, simulations, animation videos etc, that help learners to deepen their understanding of the subject matter through experimentation, dealing with unpredicted circumstances, or even learning from their mistakes.

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10 essential skills for the 21st Century worker/learner

10 essential skills for the 21st Century worker/learner | |
Here is an interesting infographic from university of Phoenix featuring 10 essential skills for the successful worker.Going through the list we remarked that these skills are important not only for a successful work for successful learners as well. In fact, these skills represent the ethos of the 21st century epoch, an era where knowledge economy and the social capital are so interdependently connected that it becomes extremely hard to decipher the dividing line between the two.

The top 10 skills for the 21st century worker, according this visual, include:
Marinhos's curator insight, Today, 10:11 AM

Pensando bem, são habilidades necessárias há muito tempo.!

[PDF] An ontology for Open Rubric on the web

[PDF] An ontology for Open Rubric on the web | |

While the Internet has given educators access to a steady supply of Open Educational Resources, the educational rubrics commonly shared on the Web are generally in the form of static, non-semantic presentational documents or in the proprietary data structures of commercial content and learning management systems.

With the advent of Semantic Web Standards, producers of online resources have a new framework to support the open exchange of software-readable datasets. Despite these advances, the state of the art of digital representation of rubrics as sharable documents has not progressed. This paper proposes an ontological model for digital rubrics. This model is built upon the Semantic Web Standards of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), principally the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Web Ontology Language (OWL).

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eLearning course evaluation: The ultimate guide for eLearning professionals

eLearning course evaluation: The ultimate guide for eLearning professionals | |

You have spent a great deal of time and money while developing your eLearning course. But how can you know if it is effective? eLearning course evaluation allows you to assess the effectiveness of your eLearning deliverable and to keep improving it in order to offer your learners a powerful and memorable eLearning experience. In this article I will share why eLearning course evaluation is important, when to do it and, most importantly, how.

As an eLearning professional, you need to know if your eLearning course is effective; that is, if it achieves its goals and meets its objectives. In order to determine if your eLearning deliverable works, evaluating it is essential. The evaluation of your eLearning course enables you to assess its quality and effectiveness and, most importantly, understand what did or didn’t work in order to keep it or change it. To grasp the idea of how eLearning course evaluation works, have in mind the following formula:

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We are all open Educational Resources

We are all open Educational Resources | |

Here are some highlights, inspirational moments and ideas from OER15 conference keynotes.


Cable Green called for a movement towards open as default; all publicly funded education and research resources should be openly licensed and available in the public domain. He argued that our ultimate goal should be to transform teaching and learning by moving beyond content-related issues and focusing on the practices of educators that can be achieved with a shift to open resources, i.e. “open practice” / “open pedagogy”.

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Operationalizing to stay Agile: The beginning of a discussion

Operationalizing to stay Agile: The beginning of a discussion | |
Nimble, agile, entrepreneurial—all adjectives we use to define our continuing education/extended education units. But what does that mean in an era that requires all of higher education to be agile in order to meet the needs and wants of students looking for accessibility, affordability and flexibility? How can we continue to be out in front as proactive leaders providing the services and education needed by our communities while many of us are working with very lean teams?

At Brandman University’s School of Extended Education, we have taken this challenge to mean that we need to look internally and externally and continue to evolve to ensure that we are able to serve with exceptional customer service as we develop new programs, foster new partnerships and explore new ways to create revenue streams. How are we working leaner and stronger? We started by looking internally to determine how to operationalize for efficiency while not sacrificing effectiveness:
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[Infographic] 10 proven tips for efficient LMS administration

[Infographic] 10 proven tips for efficient LMS administration | |
A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application that helps deliver online training programs. An LMS can also be used to track, document and report learners’ process.

In order to track the learner’s progress, various activities need to be performed by LMS administrators. For example, when a new employee needs to be trained, the LMS administrator has to add the information of the staff member in the LMS, assign the specified courses to him, track his progress, generate the required reports and submit them to training managers. Likewise, there are many other activities that need to be performed by an LMS administrator.

It is easy to perform these activities in an organization with a few employees. But, it takes a lot of time and effort to ensure effective LMS administration in a company with a large workforce. Here are 10 tips to make the LMS administrator’s life easy.
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Quick guide to becoming an eLearning Pro

Quick guide to becoming an eLearning Pro | |
Nowadays, technology has taken the world by storm. It has invaded every sphere of our life, including our personal as well as professional areas of expertise. However, the advent of technology as a means to enhance the development of the educational process has been a relatively slow but steady process.

At the same time, the implementation of technology in the realm of education has facilitated the overall learning process in more ways than one. Thanks to the various products of technology, the modern classroom environment has evolved way beyond the traditional chalk-and-blackboard system of education – and participants are now ready to foray into uncharted territory.

A number of educational institutions are making dedicated efforts to implement technology inside classrooms as well as in corporate scenarios to be able to make a difference in the learning and training processes. And e-learning is a perfect example of a smart fusion of education and technology that has immense potential to benefit students. The growing popularity of this process of digitized communication has triggered a demand for expert professionals in this field.
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[Video] Continuous Learning (Charles Jennings)

[Video] Continuous Learning (Charles Jennings) | |

An animated explanation of the concept of Continuous Learning by Charles Jennings and the Fuse creative digital arm. 

Charles Jennings has been working in the learning and development field for over 40 years. In this video collaboration with Fusion Universal UK he explores the technological and mindset changes required of L&D to properly enable continuous learning.

What organisations really need are tools that allow them to capture expertise and knowledge easily and to share it just as easily and Fuse is a great tool to do that”  Charles Jennings

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WhatsDue: Never miss a due date

WhatsDue: Never miss a due date | |

WhatsDue is a free service (available for Android and iOS) that enables teachers to create and send due date reminders to their students. Students receive the reminders as push notifications on their iOS and or Android devices.

Here's how WhatsDue works. First, the teacher registers for a free account on the WhatsDue website and creates a class or classes. Each class is assigned its own unique join code. Teachers then invite students and parents to join the class through the join code. Once students have joined the class they will begin receiving due date reminders on their mobile devices.

Teachers can create multiple classes and schedule multiple reminders for each class from one dashboard on the WhatsDue website. Students opening WhatsDue on their iPhones or Android phones will see reminders of approaching due dates and past due dates.

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The emergence of Reflexive Collective Intelligence

The emergence of Reflexive Collective Intelligence | |
According to our model, human collective intelligence emerges from natural evolution. The lower level of quantic complexity translates into a higher level of molecular complexity through the atomic stabilization and coding. There are no more than 120 atomic elements that explain the complexity of matter by their connections and reactions. The emergence of the next level of complexity – life – comes from the genetic code that is used by organisms as a trans-generational memory. Communication in neuronal networks translates organic life into conscious phenomena, including sense data, pleasure and pain, desire, etc. So emerges the animal life. Let’s note that organic life is intrinsically ecosystemic and that animals have developed many forms of social or collective intelligence. The human level emerges through the symbolic code : language, music, images, rituals and all the complexity of culture. It is only thank to symbols that we are able to conceptualize phenomena and think reflexively about what we do and think. Symbolic systems are all conventional but the human species is symbolic by nature, so to speak. Here, collective intelligence reaches a new level of complexity because it is based on collaborative symbol manipulation.
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The power of Mobile Learning – part 1

The power of Mobile Learning – part 1 | |
Mobile isn’t a fad; the uptake is undeniable and the ubiquity is obvious. Given that you can no longer ignore mlearning, the question is what are you going to do about it? The short answer is that you need a mobile strategy, but to get there we need some context.

The first thing to consider is what constitutes a mobile device? While most folks recognize them when they see them, it’s important to make a couple of distinctions. The first distinction is the nature of a mobile device. Some early research by Palm (maker of the Pilot, the first broadly successful mobile platform) suggested that mobile devices were used many times a day but for short periods of time, versus a laptop which instead was used only a few times a day but for longer periods. This pattern of usage is important to consider when looking at mobile solutions.
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[Infographic] 2015 Mobile Learning Trends

[Infographic] 2015 Mobile Learning Trends | |

The 2015 Mobile Learning Trends Infographic explores what role mobiles are playing in shaping up the workplace learning scenario. These trends with mobile learning are evidence to the fact that we are on the brink of a new era of learning – through the mobile device.

  • Flash to HTML5
  • Device agnostic design approach
  • Mobile app analytics
  • Multi-screen usage
  • Responsive web development for multi device consistency
  • Bite sized learning for performance support
  • Mobiles as devices for competency based learning
  • Gamified mobile learning and assessments
  • Geo-Location sensitive learning
  • Augmented Reality for mobiles
  • Social mobile learning
  • Wearable devices

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Vamos hacia la transdisciplinariedad, la narración transmedia y el transhumanismo

Vamos hacia la transdisciplinariedad, la narración transmedia y el transhumanismo | |
La eduación nos conduce a tiempos pasados, uniformizados, cerrados y por tanto aislados, en cambio los aprendizajes, nos llevan a una mentalidad abierta, a un mundo de diversidad, un lugar donde las diferencias sumen y donde los aprendizajes representan este cambio….

Por tanto cuando algunos investigamos lo hacemos mirando todos estos asptectos, ya lanzamos nuestras ideas hace mucho tiempo y van siendo recogidas, por ejemplo Udacity, Cousera, EDX…escogieron los microaprendizajes, algo que ha hecho que las Universidades, como dice muy bien Kurzweill “ya no tengan sentido en la actualidad ni en el futuro”, y no porque hayan que desaprecer perse, sino porque su papel nlo hacen otros, con mejor calidad y a menor precio, por tanto…..

Pero eso hay que explicarlo bien, porque no quiere decir que la gente que esta en la universidad deba desaprecer, no, sino que debre readaptar su rol, eso por supuesto, pero hacerlo sin miedo y con todo el convencimiento del mundo.
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50 great EdTech tools for teachers and educators

50 great EdTech tools for teachers and educators | |
Looking for some powerful EdTech tools to try out in your class or probably use for your professional development? This Symbaloo web mix created by Amy has you covered. The collection has around 50 wonderful educational tools and except for Knowable, an application we didn’t know before, all of the rest have been already reviewed here in the past. And if you ask us about our top 10 from this collection we would mention the following :
Marinhos's curator insight, Today, 10:14 AM

São possibilidades.Mas que acabam não tendo sentido na escola brasileira por conta da  barreira da língua.!

Teachers: Embrace Twitter for professional development

Teachers: Embrace Twitter for professional development | |
I created my first Twitter account in 2008. Four years later, I finally made the commitment to using Twitter during an edtech conference, where I found myself frantically tweeting, retweeting, and refreshing my feed as I tried to take it all in. Honestly, up until I used it at that conference, I thought Twitter was just another social media blackhole. But through essentially constant use for those few days, I began to see Twitter as an excellent resource for educators and an invaluable tool for professional development – one of the best out there. So, for you teachers wondering about all the hype…I promise, Twitter is worth it.
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mLearning will assist instructor-led traditional classroom training

mLearning will assist instructor-led traditional classroom training | |

Traditional classroom training consumes more time, but, face-to-face interaction is possible. The trainer and the participants can share a common platform and goal, and this can create rapid developments as far as the training program is concerned. Nevertheless, e-learning training methods have their own benefits. It is a pragmatic fact that short e-learning modules offer easy referring facility to the employees, and this facilitates the final execution process. When e-learning methods are applied, the entire training program becomes enjoyable and effortless; employees can undergo the training process using their own time and space!

One of the main practical flaws of traditional classroom training is that the partakers may forget the real essence of the covered topic within a short period. Hence, they will have to go back to the learning process once again, which will be more or less difficult and thus, they will be compelled to gather the information from their ‘classroom notes’, which they might have created in a slipshod manner. Obviously, this will cause imperfection during the implementation period. However, if connected e-learning modules are attached to the traditional classroom training courses, the partakers will be benefited. It will be very easy for them to refer such e-learning modules, which can be made available in different formats like ‘videos’, ‘tips’, ‘how to guides’, or ‘podcasts’. The training participants can use them in a relaxed manner, whenever they need to know the matter concerned in-detail.

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La inteligencia colectiva y los educadores (Pierre Levy)

La inteligencia colectiva y los educadores (Pierre Levy) | |

Pierre Levy comenzó su exposición recurriendo a un enfoque histórico para argumentar que para comprender la situación actual es necesario conocer lo que sucedió antes. Para ello describe un proceso evolutivo en torno a la manipulación simbólica para el cual establece cuatro etapas. Cada una de ellas se caracterizará por un nivel de complejidad y sistematización mayor y se vinculará a una serie de características sociales y culturales. Levy identifica a cada una de estas etapas como una revolución cultural.

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Ignite Teaching: Students collaborating on multimedia projects

Ignite Teaching: Students collaborating on multimedia projects | |
Ignite Teaching is a free iPad app that students can use to collaborate on the development of multimedia projects. Through Ignite Teaching teachers can create project titles that they share with students through an invitation code. Students then join the project and build slides that include pictures, text, and video. Students can work on their contributions to the project at their own pace. When they are finished working on the project, students submit their work and their teacher can see it in his or her account.
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Multi-device eLearning: Custom or Tools?

Multi-device eLearning: Custom or Tools? | |
At the recently concluded LSCON 2015, I delivered a session on ‘Learning in a Multi-device World’ that covered the areas of design & development, testing, and delivering multi-device learning. Post the session, a visitor at our booth posed me this question: “At my firm, we are very keen to develop multi-device learning and we believe it will add great value to our learning function. However, we are not sure whether to use readily available tools or to get it custom developed. How do we decide?”

So, how do we really decide? What are the relevant and key factors to consider? The decision has a significant impact on the overall objective you want to achieve in addition to having an impact on the budget, go-to-market (timelines and effectiveness), and the eventual success of the initiative. Arguably any approach could be short or long term. Thus, it doesn’t have a very permanent impact and can be changed later on, as the factors vary.

Let us look at the key factors to decide. Most of these factors are based on my own interactions with the people I meet, our current customers, and from the impressive array of projects my team delivers for our customers.
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The power of eLearning templates

The power of eLearning templates | |
eLearning templates are useful tools for online course developers as they can help drive user engagement and enable trainers to present a course’s content in the most captivating and professional way. eLearning template benefits include:
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[Slideshare] Data, todo sobre el ecosistema de Big Data

Con una cantidad de datos importante de los clientes, de sus obligaciones, “lo que buscamos es, en primer lugar, centralizar esos datos, poder mirarlos y poder extraer conocimiento, extraer información de esos datos traducir ese conocimiento e información en nuevos servicios, en mejores servicios para nuestros clientes, etc.” Por ello la aplicación más importante de Big Data es extraer información de nuestros clientes a partir de lo que hacen, ya no es hacer una encuesta, salir y preguntarle al cliente que le gustaría, sino realmente ver, por ejemplo, cómo utiliza su cuenta, qué tipo de movimientos hace, qué tipo de vida tiene, y tratar de darle a ese cliente un mejor servicio. El valor de los datos 01 Marco Bressan, Chairman & CEO BBVA Data & Analytics, nos cuenta en esta entrevista en BBVA Innovation Center que el objetivo principal de su departamento es capturar valor de los datos que tiene el banco. En este sentido, el responsable de BBVA Data & Analytics destaca la parte de inteligencia comercial que se consigue para poder dar ese mejor servicio, que es fundamental. Y, además, ese conocimiento de los clientes, a su juicio, es el que “nos permite evaluar mejor al cliente de cara a productos que tenemos, como puede ser dar créditos o prevenir el fraude, por ejemplo”.

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[PDF] Las plataformas LMS

[PDF] Las plataformas LMS | |

Las plataformas LMS son espacios virtuales de aprendizaje orientados a facilitar la experiencia de capacitación a distancia, tanto para instituciones educativas como empresas. LMS es el acrónimo en inglés de Learning  Management System, que podría traducirse como sistemas para la gestión de aprendizaje. Este sistema permite la creación de «aulas virtuales» donde se produce la interacción entre tutores y alumnos.  También se pueden hacer evaluaciones, intercambiar archivos y participar en foros y chats, además de otras muchas herramientas adicionales.

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Rethinking learning spaces in a digital age

Rethinking learning spaces in a digital age | |
The purpose of a university is to foster togetherness and sociability, so that students can meet their fellow entrepreneurs, scientists and colleagues in a space that encourages collaboration.

Another inspiration for the hub was a wish to break down the traditional square forward-facing classrooms with a clear front and hierarchy, and move to a corner-less space, where teachers and students mix on a more equal basis.

In this model the students work together around shared tables, with teacher as facilitator and partner in the voyage of learning, rather than ‘master’ executing a top-down model of pedagogy.

The goal was to create a space that promotes accessibility, serendipity, and connectivity on a human scale.
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