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Personalize Learning: Transforming schools with Personalized Learning Experiences

Personalize Learning: Transforming schools with Personalized Learning Experiences | |
Over ten years ago, after earning acclaim for his leadership of an innovative academy within a comprehensive high school, Bob Lenz founded the first Envision school, dedicated to the ideas of performance assessment and project-based learning. More than a decade later, Envision has grown into three Bay Area high schools, a small charter management organization, and an educational consulting division. In this post, Bob describes how Envision Education delivers personalized learning experiences that prepare students well for college and career success.

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[Infografía] Radiografía de un Profesor Innovador

[Infografía] Radiografía de un Profesor Innovador | |

Via Gumersindo Fernández, juandoming
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¿Profesor innovador? 

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Why Millennials understand The Future of Work better than anyone else

Why Millennials understand The Future of Work better than anyone else | |
I call that traditional view, "Big Work," and millennials intuitively understand that's not where the future is. They are, in a sense, the first generation of freelance natives. They’re embracing freelancing in a way no other generation has. And now, they’re the majority of the workforce.

They are generation with markedly diverse interests––they’re into design, tech, activism, the arts, everything. They’ve been told their whole lives that they can and should pursue as many of those interests as they want. The Internet has opened more doors to this generation than any other.

That’s why the idea of a portfolio of work comes naturally to them. They’re doing web design for their mom’s coworkers after they’re done studying. They’re teaching themselves FinalCut and picking up video editing gigs to complement their shift at the bookstore. They’re aiming for a more meaningful work-life, not necessarily what their parents would call a "traditional career."

That natural flexibility positions millennials to take advantage of this new economy without fear. They are the most likely age group to freelance––38% of millennials are freelancing, compared to 32% of all others, according to a national survey conducted last year by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk.

Millennials also expressed by far the most confidence about this new way of working, with 82% of young freelancers saying they’re optimistic about the future of freelancing.
Susan McDonald's curator insight, May 21, 2016 4:18 AM
Although this article is about Millenials and not the current generation of students in our secondary schools, it acknowledges the influence Millenials have on students' ideas about work and possible careers. Millenials are 'freelance natives' and use their networks directly to build and establish businesses. This connected psyche is achieving social change and will enable a 'sustainable independent work economy'. This has profound implications for teaching and curriculum as the most basic role of schooling is to equip students with the learning attitudes and skills they require to make a living and navigate post-school life.
Kristy Williams's curator insight, May 26, 2016 7:45 AM

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How to make infographics work for eLearning courses

How to make infographics work for eLearning courses | |
If you had not been living under the rock (read: away from the Internet), you know infographics are everywhere. They are on websites. They show up on whitepapers. They are in the ads. They are splashed all over newspapers. But of course, there are plenty of good reasons why content creators use infographics. These stunners are also excellent learning tools. Most human beings are visual learners. As eLearning designers, you too should tap into the immense instructional potential of infographics.

But before you blindly jump on the infographics bandwagon and splatter your course with these visuals, make sure that you stock up on information about how they work and when to use them. Badly-designed infographics or placing them out of context can increase the cognitive load of a course. So here's the lowdown on infographics.
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From student to subject-matter expert: The eLearning journey of an Instructional Designer

From student to subject-matter expert: The eLearning journey of an Instructional Designer | |

Becoming an Instructional Designer is not so easy. Today, I will take you through the journey of an Instructional Designer (ID) when he gets onboard an eLearning project.

Only One Degree- Instructional Design

Before signing up for a career in instructional design, you should be aware of the fact that you will no longer belong to the only degree you hold.

Instructional design doesn’t ask for expertise in one subject or area, as its applications are diverse. Working as an ID for over a long period, I had the chance to work on several training programs designed for the staff members of various companies in the automobile, IT, healthcare, electronics and other sectors.

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When are we going to do away with these myths about Online Learning? 7 mistaken assumptions

When are we going to do away with these myths about Online Learning? 7 mistaken assumptions | |
Over the last 15 years, online learning has become a vital part of the American educational system. Thanks to the online offerings from some of the country’s top colleges and universities, students have access to programs and education that they may not have otherwise — and students have responded positively in droves.

Nearly one third of all students in higher education have taken courses via the Internet. That’s more than 6 million people, ranging from students who take a single class to those who have earned their entire degree without setting foot in a traditional classroom.

Despite online learning’s popularity, though, there are still some who question the value of online education. There’s still a perception in some circles that online learning is somehow “less than” taking classes in on campus, and that the education isn’t as rigorous as it could be. Online learning can be as rigorous (sometimes even more so) and as in-person learning, and while it is certainly different, this doesn’t mean it can’t work well.

The quality of instruction or lack thereof, is just one of the pervasive myths that surround online learning. If you are considering an online program to further your career, but aren’t sure, do not let these myths cloud your thinking.
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How to get involved in the eLearning Community

How to get involved in the eLearning Community | |

The e-Learning Community is a great place to learn from e-Learning experts and users. Get involved in the e-Learning community today with these 5 tips.

The e-Learning community is an awesome place to be. It’s where you’ll find passionate e-Learning developers, training leaders and industry thought leaders, all sharing what they’re learning with each other. And since e-Learning should be personal, interactive and engaging, why not get involved with this growing community?

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12 eLearning related tools you may not know

12 eLearning related tools you may not know | |
We often labor away using the same tools and techniques we’ve always used. This is one way to get in a rut. It’s helpful to take a break and stop to see if there are better tools that will make our jobs easier, more fun, or provide inspiration.

Here are a few you may not know about. It was difficult to find categories for all of these tools, so they are listed in alphabetical order. Add your favorite little-known tools in the Comments section.
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Transformación | |

Las primeras  revoluciones  comenzaron a producirse  en el ámbito personal. La revolución silenciosa  de cada uno en su intimidad, contagiosa por compañeros y aulas. La revolución educativa empujada desde la insatisfacción  de saber que lo que haces como docente en el aula tiene poco recorrido y que deseas cambiar. Atreverte a salir de la zona de confort; cambiar  creencias sobre lo que es aprender y enseñar; entrar en procesos de formación (compartida, de auto y heteroformación) , aprender “con y de otros” y derivar hacia una didáctica mestiza en lo teórico y lo práctico, ha constituido el gran salto,  la primera revolución educativa: la innovación de ámbito personal. La innovación “por dentro” para poder continuar el proceso.

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Identidad en un mundo digitalizado: La piel que habito

Ponencia Innaugural de las II Jornadas Educar para el uso responsable de Internet por Linda Castañeda
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[PDF] Evidence of Learning: The case for an Integrated Competency Management System

[PDF] Evidence of Learning: The case for an Integrated Competency Management System | |

The ability of individuals to present their evidence of learning should be a hallmark of our society’s increasing orientation toward lifelong learning and transparency of capabilities. In practice, executing this vision requires a farranging systemic effort within individual institutions and across stakeholder communities.

Evidence of Learning: The Case for an Integrated Competency Management System for Students, Higher Education, and Employers is Tyton Partners’ initial white paper on evidence of learning (EofL) opportunities and challenges for postsecondary institutions and other EofL stakeholders.

This first publication identifies critical integration gaps that exist within the EofL, hindering the development of a well-functioning system that meets the needs of students, institutions, and employers. The EofL framework serves as a guide to help stakeholders evaluate points of systemic friction and opportunities for advancement. College and university leaders can use this framework to consider how programs and point solutions that are currently disconnected might benefit from more explicit alignment; we believe postsecondary institutions are uniquely positioned to encourage more coordination across the EofL framework.

Our second publication will highlight the supplier landscape that supports and enables the EofL concept across students, institutions, and employers. A supplier taxonomy is introduced to establish a common vocabulary for the diversity of providers and their solutions that facilitate EofL instructional, assessment, and presentation activities. A set of innovative suppliers is highlighted in each market segment, and a broader index of companies and organizations is provided as a resource for college and university leaders.

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Mobile Learning in Higher Education: Mobilizing staff to use technologies in their teaching

Mobile Learning in Higher Education: Mobilizing staff to use technologies in their teaching | |
Almost everybody has a mobile device of some sort or another, be it a laptop, a tablet, or a phone. The latter two are often carried around by their owner and used anywhere and anytime. The use of smart phones and tablets for social interactions is very common amongst students. They will read books, have conversations, check email, and post to Facebook while having a cup of coffee or traveling on a train. The mobility and connectedness of these devices allows for use in a variety of places. Such pervasiveness cannot be ignored. Higher education faculty should not only be familiar with the sorts of activities that work well using mobile devices, but also aware of the strengths and weaknesses of mobile learning.

In 2010, the faculty at the University of Technology, Sydney received a grant to develop teacher expertise with emerging mobile technologies. We thought carefully about how we would involve the staff and get them enthusiastic about learning to teach in ways that exploited the use of mobile devices. The process of developing the staff subsequently became the topic of interest and we have since used this model of learning with teacher educators and school teachers.
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Evidence of Learning Framework: Beneficial for Students, Institutions, and Employers

Evidence of Learning Framework: Beneficial for Students, Institutions, and Employers | |
The traditional approaches to measuring and sharing an individual’s learning no longer match the expectations of students, employers and higher education administrators. Transcripts—the official record for what a student has learned—simply do not capture or communicate an individual’s capabilities and understate skills such as critical thinking, teamwork and problem solving. But while employers are placing more and more value on these foundational, lifelong skills, few institutional measures effectively capture them.
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How the Activity Learning Theory works

How the Activity Learning Theory works | |

This is number 8 in my series on learning theories. My intention is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education. In the last post we examined the various educational theories of John Dewey including experiential learning.

In this post, we explore the work of Yrjö Engeström on Activity Theory. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please refer to the original work of the theorist. Activity Theory (AT) originated in Soviet Russia from the work of Vygotsky and Leont’ev on Cultural Historical psychology and Rubenstein and others on related neuropsychological perspectives. It is a complex theory which draws on a number of disciplines and it has far reaching implications for education. The Scandinavian school of thought that has developed around Activity Theory is arguably the most referred to in the literature and is largely based on the work of Yrjö Engeström.

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[Infographic] Why Responsive Design should be one of your top priorities

[Infographic] Why Responsive Design should be one of your top priorities | |
We've now reached the point where over half of online adults today surf the web on anything other than a traditional computer. Of online adults today, over 80% use a smartphone and 50% have a tablet. With this in mind, it's important that websites offer legibility and maximum usability for smartphone and tablet users.

It's plain and simple: responsive design is a step in the positive direction for your customer service strategy. If a potential customer cannot navigate your website from their phone, you may have lost them forever.

In addition, it's also good for SEO-- aka, Google recommends you do it too.

Still not convinced? Check out these stats below that reveal why it's time for sites to maintain responsive design.
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Why Content Curation + Content Creation is a winning content strategy

Why Content Curation + Content Creation is a winning content strategy | |
Content. Content. Content. There’s no denying the fact that content is the leader of the online marketing pact right now. Now don’t get me wrong. It’s important. But the truth of the matter is that content has always been what great marketing was built on. Package it up. Call it something new. Do what you want. But when it comes to succeeding online, your content is the cornerstone of your strategy.
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Week 4

Content curation, the value adding process, is getting more and more popular with businesses on social media since content creation is too difficult, time consuming and costly. Content curation is presenting, organization and sharing content that is relevant to you and the business. What I am currently in the process of doing is content curating for my marketing class. I find this technique a lot easier than having to come up with everything on your own. This is the same thing for businesses. Instead of having to make up everything from scratch and always have to think hard about what they next post will be about, they usually find something that they like, share it and comment on the source either with an opinion, question, etc. Businesses can also increase and better their relationships with their customers through content curation because of the personal feel that comes along with it. Also, they can increase engagement and involvement on the posts where is can become a two-way conversation between customers and the business. Throughout this class, I have come to realize how important conversation is for business on social media. This gets companies noticed and talked about later on. If I commented on one of Nike’s posts and found that it would be appealing to one of my friends, I would tag him/her in the post in order for them to see and comment on it as well. Then, we would talk about it later when we saw each other. Therefore, it builds relationships with one another and with the business. If done correctly, the article states that businesses can increase traffic, leads and sales and giving the image of being a thought-leader. This means that businesses are taking the time to reflect on meaningful posts and comment in a way that will appeal to their general audience.

This article argues that every business strategy needs content creation and curation due to several benefits. They are right; a balance between the two strategies would make an interesting social media plan. It would get boring if the business were always doing one or the other because there would be no variety and it would not be attractive to many customers. This way they are covering all their bases and appealing to a larger demographic.

I use content curation in my everyday life (e.g. share a post while commenting on it for friends and family to see) and hardly ever create my own content (e.g. post a status about what I am doing today). I usually find content creation boring over content curation since it is not talking about me and appealing to more friends and family or they can relate more to the post.!

Micro-Learning as a workplace learning strategy

Micro-Learning as a workplace learning strategy | |

In today's time-crunched, attention-deficit and multitasking world, micro-learning seems to have cropped up as a possible solution to corporate learning and personal development. However, what exactly is micro-learning remains a bit of an elusive concept with different people defining it in different ways. Should it be something that takes less than 5 minutes to consume? Can a 10-minute learning byte be defined as micro-learning? Would a commoncraft-style video be considered micro-learning? Is an infographic summarizing and presenting data and text micro-learning? In my earlier posts, I have written about the possible roles it can play in formal, informal and incidental learning. I have briefly explored the possibilities of transition from courses to micro-learning in the context of workplace learning. Wikipedia has a good definition of the concept:

Micro-learning can also be understood as a process of subsequent, "short" learning activities, i.e. learning through interaction with micro-content objects in small timeframes.

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MeetingWords: Realtime collaborative text editing

MeetingWords: Realtime collaborative text editing | |

MeetingWords is a simple text editor for the web.

Your text is saved on the web, and more than one person can edit the same document at the same time. Everybody's changes are instantly reflected on all screens.

Work together on meeting notes, brainstorming sessions, homework, team programming and more!

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The 4 Cs of Brainstorming: Tips for Instructional Designers

The 4 Cs of Brainstorming: Tips for Instructional Designers | |
The very word conjures up images of a brain caught in a tornado, doesn’t it? When I started out as an instructional designer (ID), that’s exactly how I felt in brainstorming sessions—caught in a whirlwind of ideas and concepts, sometimes uncertain of how to express my ideas clearly and confidently. Now it’s one of my favorite parts of my job. How did I go from feeling like an apprehensive Dorothy spinning around her house on her way to Oz to being eager for opportunities to brainstorm? I like to break it down to four Cs, which I’ll share with you in this article.

IDs are often engaged to brainstorm and develop new solutions as part of a larger team composed of engineers, creative artists, project managers, and even salespeople, especially since e-learning has changed so radically to embrace new modalities. With such powerhouse players at the table, an awesome, cutting-edge solution is almost inevitable! Like pushing against the wind, this powerful team may include a diversity of strengths and personalities that can be somewhat challenging to the ID. To me, the key to successful brainstorming is understanding how you can emerge as a leader and hold the banner of instructional integrity high, while still allowing others to shine. And that’s exactly what these four Cs of brainstorming are designed to help you do.
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Custom eLearning Content: A powerful tool

Custom eLearning Content: A powerful tool | |

eLearning has redefined the learner, but the learner has to define eLearning. With more ways to access knowledge than ever before, anybody with an internet connection can now be a student in practically any chosen field. And custom eLearning content is one of the most powerful tools in disseminating information to your organization’s communities and audiences.

Finding the right way to create and produce eLearning programs is an adventure that’s based largely on the tremendous diversity of the human being. Different people in different fields have different learning styles. You wouldn’t, for instance, use the same eLearning style to train both plumbers and urologists. While both groups work with tubes and pipes, the two are about as similar as “lightning” and “lightning-bug.” The same sort of diversity also exists in the material itself.

Given the enormous flexibility of the eLearning world, it’s no surprise that modules vary from very low-end slide presentations all the way up to highly interactive, technical productions that include bells and whistles worthy of the latest electronic games franchises. And it’s easy to think that the effectiveness and quality of an eLearning program are directly linked to fancy features.

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The Flipped Learning Process visually explained

The Flipped Learning Process visually explained | |
After yesterday’s post on “Flipped Learning Resources” one of our readers emailed us this beautiful visual outlining the six main steps involved in the creation of a flipped classroom. These steps include: planning, recording, sharing, changing, grouping, and regrouping. Read the graphic for more details on each of these steps.

As a refresher for those who are not yet familiar with the concept of a flipped classroom. Flipped learning or Flipped classroom or is a methodology, an approach to learning in which technology is employed to reverse the traditional role of classroom time. If in the past, classroom time is spent at lecturing to students , now in a flipped model, this time is utilized to encourage individualized learning and provide one-on-one help to students, and also to improve student-teacher interaction. While the instructional or teachable content is still available in class, however this content is mainly designed in such a way to be accessed outside class which is a great way for struggling students to learn at their own pace.
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Five key elements of Personalized Learning

Five key elements of Personalized Learning | |
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) defines personalized learning as “tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs, and interests—including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when, and where they learn—to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.”

In a resource available from iNACOL, the organization notes that Scott Benson, former Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, identified the following list of key attributes for a personalized learning model (2013):
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Differentiating and individualizing can build greater success for students.


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[PDF] Evidence of Learning: Understanding the Supplier Ecosystem

[PDF] Evidence of Learning: Understanding the Supplier Ecosystem | |

In the past several years, record amounts of investment capital have financed new companies serving – and targeting – US colleges and universities. These efforts often seek to enhance or shift established practices and processes, injecting innovative models and ideas into the existing postsecondary landscape. Across the Evidence of Learning framework, the diversity of stakeholders and unmet needs has, not surprisingly, spurred an expanding number of suppliers striving to bridge these gaps. Entrepreneurs, established companies and organizations, and community initiatives and associations offer disparate visions for how the Evidence of Learning concept may evolve and come into practice more fully, creating a cacophony of options for those advocating a path forward.

A Tyton Partners project created in partnership with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “Evidence of Learning: Understanding the Supplier Ecosystem,” discusses the role of suppliers in this complex system, with a particular emphasis on seven markets composed of companies and organizations that are partnering with students, institutions, and employers in complementary and competitive ways.

This publication furnishes postsecondary leaders with market mapping and analysis that provides perspective on the Evidence of Learning ecosystem and the positioning of companies that their institutions may be engaged with or evaluating. It also provides insight to company executives and investors active in the markets or looking for a point of entry.

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[Infographic] 4 tips to develop an incredible eLearning course

[Infographic] 4 tips to develop an incredible eLearning course | |
How can you develop a wonderful eLearning course that imparts instruction of a very high quality and “glues” your people to the screen? What does it take to create a top-notch online course that delights your learners? Well, you need to focus on 4 critical aspects to make a first rate eLearning course that delivers excellent learning experiences to your staff members. Let us see what they are and why they are very important.
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Disrupting the classroom

Disrupting the classroom | |
Disruptive innovation is not a new concept. Education conferences buzz with discussions around this theory; schools and districts are anxious to hear how others are implementing these practices. So are we. We polled SmartBrief on EdTech to find out how far down the road they are with their disruptive approaches.

Online learning leads the way in this category. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of respondents are in schools and districts that offer distance learning to their students on a full-time or individual course basis. Twenty-one percent of respondents have students taking online courses full time; 38% have students taking individual online courses.

Personalized learning also found merit among EdTech readers. Nearly half of respondents (46%) are in schools are districts that have adopted or are moving toward a personalized learning model. Fifty-four percent of respondents acknowledge the value of this approach but are not able to implement at this time.

Flipped learning and social media as an instructional tool are rolling out at slower paces. Roughly one-third (32%) of respondents are practicing flipped learning; 68% of respondents, though, consider this a novelty approach and not a priority at this time. Thirty-five percent of respondents have integrated social media into classroom practice; 65% do not use it as part of instruction.

Here’s a complete look at the findings:
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