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Seeking innovation alignment conversations

Seeking innovation alignment conversations | |
Innovation stands in service to the strategic goals of our organization, or it certainly should!

The first thing is you need to have a solid, thoughtful conversation around the type of strategic emphasis you wish to achieve from your innovation activity, how will it support the organizations strategic direction..

These can be aligned to general strategic needs such as growing market share, differentiation and disrupting adjacent markets, serving the consistent changing and demanding customer needs, or by honing the delivery process, by spotting those and then exploiting them rapidly and effectively. All these become alignment conversations.

Creating clear goals and linking / aligning innovation to those, gives a more agile top-level strategy dialogue as a vital step before you get into the actual innovation concept – delivery stage. Senior executives must establish the manner in which innovation fits within the strategic context established by goals, vision and strategies.
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7 key eLearning trends for 2016

7 key eLearning trends for 2016 | |
If there's something that is quite certain about the future, it's the rise of eLearning. Nowadays we see new online learning options popping out every month and traditional classroom environments are more eager than ever to incorporate new technologies into their curricula. The category of eLearning is itself susceptible to various trends and fashions, so it's only a question of time before we see completely new methodologies and strategies emerge from this powerful field. What's in store for the innovative eLearning methods in 2016? Here are key trends to watch for next year.
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Los PLE en el marco europeo de Competencias Digitales

Los PLE en el marco europeo de Competencias Digitales | |

La competencia digital se ha convertido en un tema de interés para las distintas organizaciones que o bien proveen de formación y/o acreditación, o bien precisan de la incorporación de personal que tiene que desarrollar parte de su actividad con apoyo de tecnologías.

El espectro de modelos de competencias digitales y de certificaciones de dichas competencias es de lo más amplio, desde el modelo que lleva años desarrollando en todo el mundo la Fundación ECDL hasta modelos basados exclusivamente en software privativo, como es el caso de Certiport.

La mayoría de estos modelos, por no decir todos, han dejado serias dudas sobre su adaptabilidad a la realidad en continuo cambio social y tecnológico, especialmente con la llegada de la web social y las oportunidades de interacción, creación y comunicación que nos ofrecen actualmente las tecnologías.

Y es en este punto, de diversidad de opciones pero de inconsistencia a la hora de presentar un modelo razonable, en el que aparece la Unión Europea y el Instituto de Prospectiva Tecnológica.

El Instituto de Prospectiva Tecnológica [ipts], uno de los siete institutos que conforman el Centro Común de Investigación de la Comisión Europea, tiene como misión asesorar las políticas de la UE que hacen referencia a cuestiones socio-económicas o científico-tecnológicas.

Via Lucila Pérez
Lucila Pérez's curator insight, April 24, 2015 3:22 PM

Las competencias digitales deben ser transversales en todos los programas de estudio y en todos los niveles de la educación!

6 tips to engage passive learners in eLearning

6 tips to engage passive learners in eLearning | |
When it comes right down to it, there are two distinct types of learners. On the one hand, there are those learners who seize every opportunity to soak up knowledge and use this knowledge to improve their lives in some way. They actively attend every eLearning event, online presentation and assessment, because they are well aware of the fact that, by this way, they can expand their professional or personal skills.

On the other hand, there are passive learners. Although these individuals acquire the information, they don’t eager to apply it in the world outside the virtual classroom. They might pass every assessment with flying colors and complete every eLearning activity, but they aren’t planning on changing behaviors or using their newly found knowledge to improve any aspect of their lives.

So, is it possible to design eLearning deliverables that engage passive learners in eLearning and help them to achieve all of the benefits that the eLearning experience can offer? Of course it is. Here are some tips to follow.
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El boom del Flipped Classroom

El boom del Flipped Classroom | |
Llevamos un tiempo practicando, desarrollando, investigando, narrando y tuneando la clase al revés. Llevamos también un tiempo exponiendo nuestras experiencias en distintos foros y lugares. Y me sigo sorprendiendo (bueno, cada vez menos) por la atracción que ejerce en el profesorado el flipped classroom. Mitad sorpresa, mitad curiosidad, el caso es que hay una demanda enorme para aclarar qué es y cómo se puede poner en práctica. Hay un boom del flipped classroom que intento reflejar en la siguiente infografía.
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7 brainy ways to boost knowledge retention in eLearning

7 brainy ways to boost knowledge retention in eLearning | |
We remember the scenes and dialogs from some movies long after we have seen them. Some songs continue to haunt us even though we have not listened to them for ages. We can still recite rhymes and poems we learned when we were toddlers. Do you wonder why? Or if you are an instructional designer, have you wondered how you can create such sticky courses? How can you create courses that learners will remember easily and recall effortlessly long after they are back at their workplaces? It is challenging because forgetting is natural.

Scientists carried out a test on some subjects who had to study textbooks, retain, and recall the information. The results were startling: after a day, the subjects remembered 54 percent of what they had learned and after 21 days, they remembered a paltry 18 percent.

But are you surprised? When we were in school, most of us didn't remember what we learned in the earlier grade.

As instructional designers, you have to create courses that are easy to remember and difficult to forget.
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Introducir las escuelas en el siglo XXI, ¿cómo?

Introducir las escuelas en el siglo XXI, ¿cómo? | |
Con tantos avances de la tecnología, el panorama de la educación está cambiando para siempre y a mejor. Esta infografía muestra cómo el futuro puede ser brillante tanto para los educadores como para los estudiantes, mediante la incorporación de tecnologías y técnicas avanzadas.

La escuelas, la tuya también o la de tus hijos, no puede permanecer anclada estáticamente en un mundo que cambia a su alrededor de forma vertiginosa. Se podrían dar muchas razones, pero basta una: la funcionalidad, esa característica que -según señala el profesor de la Orden- es esencial en todo sistema educativo que quiera responder a las demandas de la sociedad a la que tiene que servir. Esta característica, junto con la eficacia y la eficiencia, constituye el trío de condiciones por las que debe velar todo proceso evaluativo del sistema educativo en general y de la escuela en particular. La pregunta es: ¿son éstas las preocupaciones de la escuela actual?
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Critical Thinking Model 1

Critical Thinking Model 1 | |

Why the Analysis of Thinking is Important

Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or downright prejudiced. If we want to think well, we must understand at least the rudiments of thought, the most basic structures out of which all thinking is made. We must learn how to take thinking apart.

All Thinking Is Defined by the Eight Elements That Make It Up. Eight basic structures are present in all thinking: Whenever we think, we think for a purpose within a point of view based on assumptions leading to implications and consequences. We use concepts, ideas and theories to interpret data, facts, and experiences in order to answer questions, solve problems, and resolve issues.

Thinking, then:

  • generates purposes
  • raises questions
  • uses information
  • utilizes concepts
  • makes inferences
  • makes assumptions
  • generates implications
  • embodies a point of view

Via Deborah Arnold, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 23, 2015 6:25 PM

Great tool for teachers.  We must make students aware of their thinking processes so they can use them strategically and develop them fully

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, April 1, 2016 8:41 PM

Interactive illustrating the critical thinking model of Paul and Elder ("elements of thought")

Learn more:

PaolaRicaurte's curator insight, April 2, 2016 8:34 AM
Everybody speaks about critical thinking, but what does it mean exactly?!

El mundo "mítico de los datos"

El mundo "mítico de los datos" | |
El aumento de la generación y recopilación de datos personales ha creado un ecosistema complejo, meta colaboración veces A menudo combativa, en torno a las empresas, organizaciones de todo tipo y los individuos involucrados en el uso de estos datos. Proponemos quela interacción entre tesis garantiza que entren agentes nuevos en estos procesos: Humano-Interacción de Datos (IDH). Utilizaremos una multidisciplinariedad de facetas para ello, con potentes istrumentos inteligentes de BIG DATA, lo cual nos facilitará la intersección de varias disciplinas, como la informática, la estadística, la sociología, la psicología y la economía del comportamiento.

Via Marcelo Ballester
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[Infographic] Tips to create an effective training plan

[Infographic] Tips to create an effective training plan | |
Training plays a key role in enhancing productivity levels in an organization and also results in enhancing the efficiency of the organization, which in turn fuels its growth. An effective training needs analysis helps you identify the right training program that will benefit your employees to build up their skills and competencies. But, what does it take to provide training of the highest quality to your employees? How important are these skills and competencies to your workforce? How does one create effective workforce training materials? The first step towards developing an effective training program is to have an appropriate plan. But, where do we start from?
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10 tips to effectively evaluate your online training strategy

10 tips to effectively evaluate your online training strategy | |
Companies devote countless hours and resources into researching, developing, and deploying their online training strategy. However, one of the most important aspects of any online training strategy is to know how to properly evaluate its effectiveness. Is it really working and is it boosting performance enough to justify the investment? Here are 10 tips that can help you evaluate your online training strategy.
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What are the fundamental components of Interactive Learning Events

What are the fundamental components of Interactive Learning Events | |
Mankind learns best by example and observation. This is demonstrated in babies who learn every second by observing and imitating the environment and people around them. This fact holds good for adults too. Adults also learn by experimenting on their own and through trial and error. Think of the caveman who discovered fire by accidentally striking two stones together out of sheer boredom.

Thus, any instance/situation can impart learning and such instances/situations are referred to as learning events. In the context of eLearning, a learning event refers to any event developed to facilitate learning. This includes the content along with its organization, visualization, presentation strategy, assessments used to reinforce learning and the feedback provided. While these elements are common across all eLearning courses, the fundamental blocks of interactive learning events are context, challenge, activity, and feedback.
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8 ways to develop Critical Thinking skills with EdTech

8 ways to develop Critical Thinking skills with EdTech | |
New educational technologies, or edtech, are revolutionizing the classroom by improving learning efficiency and efficacy. Used wisely, edtech can help students develop vital critical thinking skills by changing the fundamental paradigms of education. Here are eight specific ways edtech can help students develop their critical thinking faculties:
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5 strategies to promote Situational Leadership Skills

5 strategies to promote Situational Leadership Skills | |
n the ever-changing economic climate, businesses must stay flexible and ready to meet any and all challenges head on in order to be successful. Especially in a family business, leadership skills are key to ensuring that a company can respond quickly to changes and readily adapt to them. The most effective business leaders don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach; they are the ones who choose a leadership style that helps them to efficiently achieve the company’s goals. If the goal is to build an organization that is flexible and adaptable, a situational leadership style may be the way to go.

Situational leaders approach things on a task-by-task basis. They identify the employees’ commitment, willingness and ability to get the job done, and then they adapt a specific style of leadership for that person or team to achieve the highest level of productivity. This style of leadership requires that managers be observers and that they have a keen sense of what drives people, but they also need the right foundation, framework and support in order to truly be effective.
Tom George's curator insight, April 26, 2015 12:21 AM

A great article with some actionable tips.!

[eBook] El nuevo paradigma de la Educación Digital

[eBook] El nuevo paradigma de la Educación Digital | |

Los expertos coinciden en afirmar que el modelo educativo actual está desfasado para la era digital y debe enfrentarse a una importante transformación. Esta nueva era es compleja y requiere una educación flexible que potencie nuevas competencias, se trata de que permita sacar lo mejor de uno mismo y dote de las habilidades necesarias para desenvolverse en una época de cambios continuos y vertiginosos, en la que se impone el  aprendizaje continuo.

En este eBook hemos reunido algunos artículos de nuestros expertos sobre las nuevas tendencias en educación, como la gamificación, la integración de las TIC de forma holística o la importancia de fomentar la creatividad y los entornos colaborativos en la educación.

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[Slideshare] La Educación Basada en Proyectos o cómo construir Centros Educativos del Siglo 21

Ponencia presentada en la clausura de las XXIV Jornadas del Fórum Europeo de Administradores de la Educación "Innovando a través de proyectos. Organización, liderazgo y compromiso", celebrado en Oviedo (Asturias) los días 19 y 20 de septiembre de 2014
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3 key stages for successful eLearning development

3 key stages for successful eLearning development | |
We see a lot of movies, TV soaps and dramas. But, how many of us know what it takes to create an entertaining program? It is a long process with several steps involving many people. Similarly, to produce a top-notch online course, we need to follow a well-defined process. In this blog, we will look at the 3 stages in which an eLearning course is made.
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How to create a meaningful eLearning experience: 6 tips for eLearning professionals

How to create a meaningful eLearning experience: 6 tips for eLearning professionals | |

The more meaningful find the learners an eLearning experience, the better becomes their knowledge retention. In this article, I' ll share 6 effective tips to create meaningful eLearning experiences that will make your audience to fully engage in your eLearning courses and get the best out of it. 

Undoubtedly, there is a very common way to learn something: Repeat, repeat, and then repeat some more. But who wants to sit through a monotonous and tiring technique like rote learning, when learners are given the opportunity to deeply understand and quickly memorize a topic by relating it to knowledge already stored in their brains? This is exactly what meaningful eLearning is about: The eLearning process through which new knowledge emerges when a potentially meaningful concept or proposition is related to learners’ previous knowledge, so that they can successfully store it in their long term memory. It sounds ideal for eLearning professionals, doesn’t it? In this article I'll reveal 6 tips to create meaningful eLearning courses, so that you will be able to offer your learners powerful, effective, and meaningful eLearning experiences.

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Two key advantages of a Flipped Classroom

Two key advantages of a Flipped Classroom | |
Flipped classroom is a learning and teaching trend that is gaining so much in popularity due mainly to the raise of web technologies and the proliferation of web 2.0 tools that facilitate communication and collaboration on a larger scale. And while some teachers have already started experimenting with the new concept, others are still skeptical and wary about whether to make the move or not. For those of you who are still not sure about the potential of flipped learning and what benefits it has over traditional instruction, this page packed full of resources on flipped learning is a definitely a good place to start with.
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9 tools for making Infographics in the classroom

9 tools for making Infographics in the classroom | |
Creating great infographics need not be a chore, no matter if you’re a teacher or a student. Taking information and presenting it in an artful and visually appealing way has never been easier, thanks to Web 2.0 tools.

Before you dive in, here are some quick tips:

Collect your data. If you have been collecting data, compile it all in a spreadsheet.
Decide the best way to present your data (flyer-style, bar charts, line charts, Venn diagrams, histogram, scatter plot charts, flow charts, timelines, etc.).
Design a rough sketch so you don’t end up flying blind.
Pick your app and get to work!

Now that you’ve got basic tips on how to get started, it’s time to get creative. Here are 9 great tools to help you get started creating great infographics.
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[TED] Learning (Re)Imagined (Graham Brown-Martin )

Learning (Re)Imagined: How the connected society is transforming learning. Graham is a huge believer in the fact that education will only change by getting more people involved.In this engaging and witty talk packed with images and quotes, Graham discusses his research in Learning (Re)imagined and some of his key conclusions around transformation and learning that include context, environment, engagement, technology and the future.

Graham Brown-Martin is the founder of Learning Without Frontiers (LWF), a global think tank that brought together renowned educators, technologists and creatives to share provocative and challenging ideas about the future of learning. He left LWF in 2013 to pursue new programs and ideas to transform the way we learn, teach and live. Graham spent 2 years researching, travelling, writing and editing video to create the transmedia work, Learning {Re}imagined published by Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

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Edunoor: Create virtual learning courses

Edunoor: Create virtual learning courses | |

The company has created several teleconferencing solutions each tailored to various levels in the educational work industry (medicine, lawyers, psychology, business, accounting) to target the needs of each segment separately. Our company has also created both an online solution that can be used by users online plus a dedicated solution that can be installed on the side of the client. With the diversity of our products and the customization of our services we think that we can address all the issues facing online teleconferencing right now. 

EduNoor has developed several solutions to make the learning experience easier and available for everybody. Its first solution is called EduNoor Direct which is a platform allowing teachers and students to meet each other and schedule online meeting to hold virtual classes. This peer-to-peer solution allows tutors and students to have immediate online video/audio sessions with whiteboard sharing, file sharing, presentations and attendance recording. EduNoor Direct also uses graphs to discover courses/tutors and rate them to other friends. EduNoor Direct will make private tutoring easier, more convenient and available for both tutors and students regardless of their locations. EduNoor Direct can integrate with payment solution to allow payments between tutor and students.

EduNoor has also developed EduNoor Virtual Center. It is a solution allowing any teaching center or university to extend its presence beyond its physical location. The solution will allow those institutions to offer online courses either to their current students or students in other locations. EduNoor Virtual Center will allow for students to attend real sessions online. Students can access the website with all of its materials available for download.

EduNoor University will extend over EduNoor Virtual Center and will allow for advanced course management, advanced quizes and more dynamic course materials. All of the solutions integrate seamlessly with facebook and twitter allowing users to share their teaching/learning experience on social networks.

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Google for Education: Education on Air

Google for Education: Education on Air | |

What are the skills of the future?
In this panel, the Economist Intelligence Unit “will share findings from their ‘Skills of the Future’ report where they surveyed business leaders, teachers and students to examine how skills taught in education systems around the world are changing and evolving”.

Inspiring learners with the power of storytelling
This is a keynote by actor, director and author Levar Burton in which he will “discuss the influence of storytelling on his personal life and explain how storytelling engages those around us and impacts learning”.

Making change happens
In this keynote, Lisa bell, founder and CEO of FutureThink, will “provide three practical, actionable suggestions you can try at school or any work place” to start an innovation revolution.

Transforming learning with technology
In this panel, several high-tech district leaders will get to share with you their approaches to improving teaching and learning using technology.

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, April 24, 2015 7:04 AM

añada su visión ...!

Creating eLearning designs that fit

Creating eLearning designs that fit | |
A couple weeks ago I had the privilege to travel to Shanghai to speak at the Online Learning China Summit presented by the Leadin Group in partnership with Training magazine. It was great to be able share design ideas with training specialists from all over China who are at various stages in implementing e-learning solutions within their organizations.

I don’t know if this should be encouraging or disheartening, but the industry there is struggling with many of the same issues we do here in the United States: frustrating authoring tools, IT departments controlling training decisions, SMEs who demand too much content in courses, challenges of applying gaming principles to e-learning designs, and, of course, avoiding boring training. It’s important that we share progress around the globe to bring the whole field forward.

While the conference was wonderful and enlightening, I’m writing about a different lesson I learned while in Shanghai. In planning for my trip I had read about the custom tailor services that are readily available in Shanghai. I was intrigued, so with some trepidation I went to the fabric market area to see if I would be brave enough to commission some clothes.
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