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AT&T and Udacity partner to create the 'nanodegree', a new type of college degree

AT&T and Udacity partner to create the 'nanodegree', a new type of college degree | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Online education provider Udacity has partnered with AT&T to create a new type of college degree, the “nanodegree.” The vocationally focused nanodegree is designed to be a lifelong learning portfolio that would be widely recognized by the tech industry and far cheaper to obtain. Since last year, Udacity, other online education providers, and Internet billionaires have promised to overhaul the clunky path to a diploma. “We need to take what now exists as a dumb, static document and turn it into a richer, updateable, more connected record of a person’s skills, expertise, and experience,” wrote Linkedin co-founder Reid Hoffman.


Edumorfosis's insight:

El consorcio entre Udacity y  AT&T establecerá un precedente para el surgimiento de nuevos organismos socio-tecno-educativos dirigidos a preparar a los futuros profesionales que requiere el mundo laboral.

Los diplomas o certificaciones serán cosa del pasado. Los nuevos organismos tecno-empresariales promoverán los nanogrados como una nueva oferta académica, dirigida al uso de portafolios electrónicos que demuestran las capacidades, experiencias y competencias. Los diplomas son documentos estáticos y mudos que certifican el cumpliento de una serie de requisitos establecidos por el sistema educativo. Estos documentos no reflejan los avances y progresos a lo largo del tiempo.

A partir de ahora, las cosas serán diferentes. Todo profesional deberá gestionar su Entorno de Aprendizaje Personal, en donde se demostrará lo que es capaz de hacer con lo que sabe. Presentar un diploma de máster o doctorado en una carrera especializada no será suficiente para los patronos de las empresas emergentes. Ahora tendremos que mostrar evidencias...

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Redesigning the goals of a 21st Century Education

Redesigning the goals of a 21st Century Education | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Many have addressed how present and future students should learn. Few have examined what students should learn for the 21st century. The rapid increase in the rate of systemic change around the globe creates an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous world and thus is significantly more unpredictable. Six emerging trends will require a diverse set of individual abilities and competencies and an increased collaboration among cultures.

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15 useful tips to become Self Educated

15 useful tips to become Self Educated | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
People were sent to this world to learn something new on a daily basis.

Though it seems impossible but our brain percepts new information every day: think only about news you watch on TV or listen on the radio. But is it enough for our brain as its capacity seems to be endless? The purpose of each person is to develop and never stand in one place, so self-education is a necessity of the modern world. It is impossible to become an intelligent person without studying, and the more you study the more successful you will become tomorrow. Here we will mention 15 useful tips that will help each person develop and become smarter each new day.
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mLearning: el software escalable

mLearning: el software escalable | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Hay aspectos que tenemos muy claros, o al menos eso creemos, aunque no siempre tenemos claro sus porqué:

  • La educación debe preparar a los estudiantes para que participen activa y constructivamente en una sociedad global.
  • La formación potenciada por la tecnología tiene la capacidad de involucrar a los estudiantes profundamente en su trabajo, conectar con incontables recursos, y les permite colaborar a través del tiempo y el espacio.
  • Las escuelas deben proporcionar una equilibrio en el estudiante, de manera personalizada (inclusiva)y personalizar la experiencia para todos los estudiantes-un principio fundamental de la ruptura de la escuela marco de mejora .. Estamos viendo que es vital ya no solo parea tener en cuenta como llegar a nuestra Excelencia Personalizada, si no para encontrar la ayuda necesaria para conseguirlo, bien a nivel de memorias externas y de retroalimentacion personal o de Inteligencia artificial-.
  • Necesitamos un software escalable pero tambien readaptable a cada situación, por lo que las programaciones deben estar preparadas (abiertas) para que en aulquier momento nos puedan ser útililes, ya no tanto por su calidad estandar (que lo deben cumplir) si no bajo la posibilidad de modificarse y continuar siendo de calidad.
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5 vital truths about Education Technology

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Following are 5 undeniable realities of education technology, as I see them. What do you think? Feel free to weigh in with a comment and share your perspective. – KW
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16 good apps to use with Google Classroom

16 good apps to use with Google Classroom | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Google announced yesterday that Google Classroom is now open for users without G Suite for Education accounts. With this new update Classroom will be available for more teachers and students. We have already published a wide variety of materials, tips and guides on how to make the best of Google Classroom in teaching and learning, check out our archive to learn more. Today. we are sharing with you some of the applications that work with Google Classroom. These apps, featured in Google for Education Products section, will help you add a number of excellent functionalities to Classroom and facilitate your workflow.
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Formación, aprendizaje… con nuevas ecologías!

Formación, aprendizaje… con nuevas ecologías! | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Establecer estrategias “valientes” de aprendizaje en la Universidad y en la escuela de siempre, es casi una utopía, pero es la única manera de “despertar” a este “muerto viviente” y allá vamos, sea por medio de aprendizajes presenciales o a distancia, especialmente con elearning.

Los nuevos tiempos requieren de unas ecologías cada día más asequibles, más potentes, más adaptables a nuestras necesidades, necesitamos que formen parte de nosotros como algo usual, natural, que no tengamos que hablar continuamente de ellas, si no de nuestras necesidades, cuando consigamos esto, entonces habremos logrado estar preparados para desarrollarnos en cada momento y en cada situación.

Pueden ser muy atractivas e interactivas, como una situación se presenta a los alumnos y luego se les pedirá que responder a ella mediante la selección de una opción de la acción (evaluación). Esto proporciona un entorno de aprendizaje seguro ya que no hay consecuencias para los errores, pero si encima aplicamos SIMULACIONES, el error se convierte en un camino más para aprender ya que tenemos que derivar por medio de la retroalimentación, ya sea analógica o digital, hacia otros derroteros que pueden estar previstos (innovación) o no (disrupción), que a su vez, permite a los estudiantes a obtener una comprensión de las lecciones y luego aplicar sus habilidades en la eterna construcción de ecologías de aprendizaje:
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Aprendizaje-Servicio: Viviendo el compromiso social con la comunidad

Aprendizaje-Servicio: Viviendo el compromiso social con la comunidad | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
El ApS o aprendizaje-servicio es una propuesta didáctica que consiste en la prestación de un servicio a la comunidad al mismo tiempo que se trabajan ciertas competencias (conocimientos, habilidades y actitudes) de los estudiantes frente a una situación real.

De esta forma, se logra establecer una relación bidireccional entre la escuela y los colectivos, organizaciones y grupos que conforman la comunidad a la que pertenece. Los alumnos y alumnas adquieren conocimientos teóricos de las diferentes materias gracias a la aplicación de estos contenidos en proyectos que ayudan a su entorno más directo. Suena bien, ¿verdad?
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Reimagining Education with Technology

Google envisions a future of education that is collaborative, inspiring, and personalized for every student. In this video, Rajen Sheth explores the ways that technology can enable this vision, and he hears from educators and school leaders who are harnessing technology to drive measurable impact for learning.
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3 ways exponential technologies are impacting the Future of Learning

3 ways exponential technologies are impacting the Future of Learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Exponential technologies have a tendency to move from a deceptively slow pace of development to a disruptively fast pace. We often disregard or don’t notice technologies in the deceptive growth phase, until they begin changing the way we live and do business. Driven by information technologies, products and services become digitized, dematerialized, demonetized and/or democratized and enter a phase of exponential growth.

Nicole Wilson, who was Singularity University’s vice president of faculty and curriculum until last year, believes education technology is currently in a phase of deceptive growth, and we are seeing the beginning of how exponential technologies are impacting 1) what we need to learn, 2) how we view schooling and society and 3) how we will teach and learn in the future.
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3 ways exponential technologies are impacting the Future of Learning

This is "Dr. Nicole Wilson: 3 Ways Exponential Technologies Are Impacting the Future of Learning" by Singularity University on Vimeo, the home for high…
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How to introduce critical thinking skills into your classroom

How to introduce critical thinking skills into your classroom | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
This approach to teaching critical thinking (CT) makes use of the ‘descriptive-not-prescriptive’ principle I introduced in this article for Innovate My School. In other words: teach by showing them (the students) what they already do rather than telling them what they should be doing but aren’t. Though I will talk about philosophy sessions, as that is my background, the principles and procedure that you will find outlined here apply to any teaching context where the teaching of CT skills will be of value, whether maths, English or P.E.

Via John Evans, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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¿Que tipos de aprendizaje se debería de estar llevando a cabo hoy?

¿Que tipos de aprendizaje se debería de estar llevando a cabo hoy? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Mi sensación es que los docentes ven a la tecnología como un recurso educativo muy costoso, no en términos de dinero, sino de tiempo. Puede llevar un tiempo considerable para docentes y alumnos familiarizarse con una determinada tecnología antes de poder utilizarla de una manera “inteligente”. También lleva tiempo el establecer las condiciones de logística para acceder a la tecnología de la escuela. Sería pertinente preguntarnos si el tiempo que se requiere en el inicio y la preparación valen la pena en relación a los beneficios educativos obtenidos.

La tecnología puede también conectar a los docentes entre sí. Desafortunadamente, muchos docentes trabajan aislados y pierden de este modo la oportunidad de aprender cosas valiosas que quizás ocurren en el aula de al lado, puerta de por medio, y ni hablar de intercambiar buenas ideas con aquellos que están aún más lejos. Bransford et al (1999), del National Research Council (Concejo Nacional de Investigación), llevaron a cabo una amplia revisión sobre las mejores prácticas en la educación.
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A new way to curate digital learning

A new way to curate digital learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Many L&D teams are rightly sceptical of digital learning vendors who offer thousands of content options. They know that people won’t have the time nor the inclination to search through endless learning categories to find the resources they need. Offering choice a good thing. But if there’s too much choice, people can easily get lost in a mountain of content.

What’s needed is a new way to curate content, by focusing on the challenge that individuals are facing. When people speak to their family and friends, they don’t say “my team need a project management course”; they say “it’s chaos at work and no one knows what they’re doing.” They air the ‘problem’, not the solution. Learning content should be curated to address specific problems: if this is the challenge you’re facing, these are the resources you need.

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WISE@Madrid: Imagining the Future of Education

WISE@Madrid: Imagining the Future of Education | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

We have embraced the profound changes of the digital age and we are exploring the further dazzling disruption of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, yet education often remains unchanged and seems largely disconnected from these dramatic developments.

Life-long learning has become crucial. As technology replaces human roles, big data, artificial intelligence and smart living create new workforce paradigms and require new skills. Imagining future jobs calls for a reimagined, renewed education today.

How can education systems transform themselves to anticipate the future? What tools and innovations will be the real change-makers? What role should higher education, technology and entrepreneurship play in shaping change?

The WISE@ Madrid Forum explored new narratives of change, and ways for rethinking tomorrow’s education to better prepare learners as effective, empowered and fulfilled individuals able to contribute to their communities.

The Forum more particularly explored the following topics:

  1. Emerging tools and successful experiences for system level change
  2. The role of higher education in preparing learners for future jobs
  3. New entrepreneurship and twenty-first century skills for smarter, happier societies
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Technology and explanation in modern education

Technology and explanation in modern education | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Educators aim to equip students with an understanding of the world, its fragility, & opportunities, by teaching them various common subjects like math, language, or science. By learning various subjects simultaneously, integration between them and relativity to the world outside of academia can sometimes get lost in translation. Luckily, this is where effective explanation comes in, and thanks to 21st-century technology there are plenty of ways to explain just about anything.

Topics like health, history, geography, music, etc. are often integrated on the web, whether lessons are on the same video hosting site, LMS system, or free online academy. So, the emerging approach of blended learning is becoming more bound by technological glue per se, and tools that provide a broad spectrum of knowledge intake or creation and allow for a wider range of application opportunities are becoming more and more popular.
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Popularity of videos as learning solutions

Popularity of videos as learning solutions | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
The other day, I was narrating a story to my kids and they promptly demanded to watch the same story on YouTube! Last week I was explaining my mom the recipe to cook white sauce pasta and she asked me to share the recipe video instead :-) That’s the popularity of videos as learning solutions we all are witnessing today.

I am sure it’s been a long time since you opened a user guide or a troubleshooting guide, right? And it must have been even longer since you shared a book with someone. But… if I ask you to recall, when was the last time you shared a video, your answer will probably be "Today", right?

We all love watching videos! With superfast internet connectivity and easy availability of a reservoir of videos, each one of us prefer watching a video over reading textual information. Most of us are almost addicted to watching TED talks and the how-to type of videos. Those who are fond of cooking, enjoy watching recipes than referring to notes or recipe books. Khan academy videos are popular amongst the high-school students as well as professors. The entire population across globe is going crazy for video-based content.

So, what exactly do we mean by using videos as learning solutions? Isn’t that what we have always been doing? Why this sudden rise in the popularity for videos? Why Learning and Development teams prefer videos over eLearning modules these days? Let’s find the answers.
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5 tips to increase eLearning productivity

5 tips to increase eLearning productivity | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
You know what it’s like: Those times when you just DON’T want to do something, but unfortunately that something is THE thing that has a rapidly looming deadline, and you just have to fight your inertia and get it done.

We all have days like this at work, and we certainly have them when it comes to dealing with our Learning and Development programs. After all, it may sometimes seem that training is an additional task on top of your people’s workload, and therefore it becomes much more possible for them to relegate it as a task in their mind, which leads to that feeling of sluggish reluctance once they actually have to sit down and do it.

Of course, learning and development are a crucial part of the professional personality, so it’s important that everyone’s approach to them remains engaged and vital. But how can you keep eLearning productivity up? What hacks can you use to ensure your staff look with fresh eyes at your training and progression plan?

Here are 5 eLearning productivity tips to help out:
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The Blockchain Revolution and Higher Education

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What will be the most important technology to change higher education? In our view, it’s not big data, the social web, MOOCs, virtual reality, or even artificial intelligence. We see these as components of something new, all enabled and transformed by an emerging technology called the blockchain.

OK, it’s not the most sonorous word ever, sounding more like a college football strategy than a transformative technology. Yet, sonorous or not, the blockchain represents nothing less than the second generation of the Internet, and it holds the potential to disrupt money, business, government, and yes, higher education.

The opportunities for innovators in higher education fall into four categories:

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[Webinar] How to create a higher education online course: best practices

Hi and welcome to this discussion of how to develop an online course using backward design principles. We'll use my own course as an example, Marketing Principles. I am a professor of marketing...but in the online environment I call myself a facilitator, tour guide, and content curator!

In today’s session we’ll review some of the key planning components to developing and refining a course. Hopefully you'll be able to get some useful ideas for your own course (marketing or otherwise!). Thanks to the wonderful guidance provided by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) facilitators, students, and mentors, who all helped to enhance my knowledge of instructional design best practices.
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Getting Right Skilled: 21st Century Online Education

While universities must prove they can graduate employable students, coding is quickly becoming the new “black.” With today’s job market in a constant state of technological flux, learn how schools are keeping up through competency-based education and unique tech-driven partnerships.
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[Webinar] When High Tech becomes Hot Tech: Educational Technology Showcase

In this webinar, we will learn how to bring your course content to life in engaging and meaningful ways. Discover the latest educational technology products and strategies to improve student experience by bringing teaching to life and fostering a community of learning within the classroom.

This session will demonstrate a showcase of educational technology platforms that you can use to enhance your Canvas content. Learn about the latest developments in the ed tech community and discover a world of free and cheap (with educator discounts) resources. Also, learn about some of the more professional platforms and interactions that are available through licensing. You will come away from this webinar both informed and inspired.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover various ed tech platforms and resources that you can use in your courses
  2. Learn how to integrate ed tech tools into Canvas
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Future of Learning Event

Technological progress and innovation is shaping the world of learning and, in turn, the future we will create.

Join us for the next installment of Singularity University’s ongoing Which Way Next? series, dedicated to the powerful technological and social trends poised to change our lives. On November 5th, we invite you to an evening of co-creation and imagination, featuring an interactive workshop and a panel discussion on The Future of Learning. We will explore the changing landscape of how we teach and learn in the information age.

As part of this investigation, we bring together thought leaders from the community to discuss current issues, including:

  • Critical skills adults and youth need to thrive in the 21st century and beyond
  • The impact of exponential technologies on the way we teach and learn
  • The role of startups, governments, schools, and communities in the evolving landscape of education
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5 reasons your learning should reflect a university

5 reasons your learning should reflect a university | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Just when you thought your university days were long behind you, some organizations are learning that the co-ed life is the way to go for training and development. And why not? Google Academy has seen extremely high rates of success for its Google Ad Academy and GE schools employees on leadership skills via its Crotonville campus. But these universities probably look a little different from the institution that gave you your diploma. By understanding just what makes a corporate university so successful and appealing to learners, you could have employees graduating summa cum laude from your next training initiative, too.
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How to record Skype and Google Hangout video calls

How to record Skype and Google Hangout video calls | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

At TechSmith, we’re always looking for ways to improve our video content for our viewers. One great way to do that is to include customers or subject matter experts in our videos. The only problem? Time, distance, and budget constraints make it nearly impossible to visit everyone in person. Although with technology like Skype and Google Hangouts, we don’t have to. Instead of traveling on site, we can capture interviews in video calls then bring those recordings into the videos we create.

 

Recording Skype, Google Hangouts, or any digital video communication can be a useful way to interview subject matter experts and customers. The footage you record can be used in a variety of ways: marketing videos, internal presentations, market research, etc. Using quotes from experts in customer-facing videos has worked well for us here. (We’ll talk a bit more about permissions for this type of video at the end of the post.)


Via Karen Loftus, steve batchelder, Juergen Wagner, Ines Bieler
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This should come in handy. Thanks to Mark E. Deschaine. 

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A new architecture for the university Campus of the Future

A new architecture for the university Campus of the Future | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
As schools innovate and transform what teaching and learning look like on their campuses, the design of academic buildings is likely to change in dramatic ways as well. Classrooms and lecture halls may, over time, fade away and become relics of our educational past.

Bryant University, a private university located in Smithfield, Rhode Island with academic programs that integrate business and the arts and sciences with a global perspective, offers a glimpse of what the future of campus design could look like. Its new Academic Innovation Center (AIC) opened just this past fall.

The Center provides spaces for innovative and interdisciplinary teaching and learning where students can learn in novel formats, develop and prototype new products and services through a design-thinking approach, and collaborate. The goal is to bolster students’ capacity for innovation and creativity.
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