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6 tips to build a thriving Online Learning Community

6 tips to build a thriving Online Learning Community | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Just because you are running your learning program online, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to consider building an online learning community. It’s common for the community aspect of online learning to be ignored as instructors are not seeing their students face to face on a daily basis, but one of the most important aspects in building a great program is forming an online learning community that can provide the help and support that a learner needs.

In this article we will be looking at 6 tips that will help you create an active and engaging online learning community.
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Visual thinking en eLearning

Visual thinking en eLearning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
El objetivo del Visual Thinking o Pensamiento Visual es hacer más comprensible aquello que queremos expresar por medio de la imagen. Formalmente, el pensamiento visual utiliza técnicas de dibujo y de toma de notas que permiten a la persona tratar esa información

Según Víctor Cuevas, el pensamiento visual parte de la constatación de que a una gran parte de las personas, algunos autores hablan de un 60%, usan la vía visual como vía preferente para aprender. Por otra parte, parece que el sentido de la vista sería uno de los más potentes en la percepción del mundo, siendo el responsable de hasta un 75% en la adquisición de la información siendo el resto de los sentidos responsables del 25% restante.
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Potential power of Blogging for pedagogy

Potential power of Blogging for pedagogy | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
It is not just a technology tool that can facilitate teaching and learning, it is also a thread that has the ability to weave together cross-curricular literacies, disciplinary thinking and assessment strategies. This is all in theory however, and more research is still needed to supports these claims of what blogging can do.

The literacy skills that students need in today’s world has been influenced by 21st Century Technologies. The opportunities to communicate, share and obtain information with technology to this magnitude has never been possible before. As a result, it has never been more important for students to learn how to critically analyse and integrate new digital literacies into learning. This includes the use of texts, multimedia, and other forms of social media.

The active use of blogging can help to tie in important information that has been salient for us, and allows us to integrated it into our own previous learning. When we add our reflections, and post, it opens up networks for collaboration, communication, thoughtful inquiry and as a result it consolidates new knowledge bases for us.
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4 simple steps to launch your eLearning YouTube Channel

4 simple steps to launch your eLearning YouTube Channel | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
YouTube is well known for its vlogs, viral videos, and product reviews. However, it’s also an amazing platform for eLearning. Most of your online learners are watching and subscribing to channels on a regular basis. Why not give them the knowledge and skills they need using a social media platform they already use? eLearning tutorials, demos, and task walkthroughs are just some of the eLearning content that you can upload to your YouTube channel. In this article, you will discover the 3 key benefits of creating an eLearning YouTube channel, as well as 4 simple steps you can follow to launch one of your own.
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5 ways to humanize the eLearning experience

5 ways to humanize the eLearning experience | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
eLearning is big. But how big exactly? According to a recent study, “the number of students taking at least one online course increased by over 570,000 to a new total of 6.7 million”. That’s almost a 1000% increase over 10 years. Our hair doesn’t even grow that fast. But despite the increase in students, dropout rates are still pretty high. Something’s not right there. A few years ago, I took an online language course. My motivation during the course? Low. It just didn’t keep me engaged like a real human could in a physical classroom. Of course, this doesn’t mean that online learning can’t be engaging. (Hands up if you ever completely switched off during a “real” class because the teacher was just super boring.) It got me thinking. How can you humanize the eLearning experience? And what comes to mind when we talk about the human experience? Connection, empathy, engagement?

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Innovative university ideathons can help shape the next-generation workplace

Innovative university ideathons can help shape the next-generation workplace | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
When it comes to innovation, most universities today advance cutting-edge change through the powerful and profound science and technology research generated by their faculty members. Clearly, these groundbreaking efforts have altered our world in a multitude of positive ways, so we must keep funding them in order to sustain progress as a society.

But higher education needs to also embrace and implement another thoughtful approach to innovation -- one that’s more student-centric, team-oriented, solutions-focused and cross-discipline driven.

This is the ideathon, a short, intensive, workshop-like experience that enables students to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Participants work in teams and use design thinking and innovative learning practices to ideate and collaborate on a host of possible solutions. And the best ideathons combine students from many majors – a biology student working together with a linguist, drama student and public policy major, for example. The wider the cross-section of students involved, the more perspectives there will be in the solution process.
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Student Portfolios: A new take on an old tradition

In the age of blended classrooms and digital learning, the popularity of student portfolios has exponentially increased. Digital student portfolios can continue to be used for their original purpose of highlighting work that the teacher or student is particularly proud. Parents will no longer have to take up closet space or secretly dispose of paper portfolios when their children go to sleep (no judgment, parents- I get it).

Using student portfolios as a tool to help increase student learning in addition to showcasing final projects is a relatively new take on an old tradition. Try one of my 5 favorite ways to maximize student learning with portfolios.
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Connectivism: Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching and technology

Connectivism: Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching and technology | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Just like anything else that involves human experience or interaction, the act of learning does not happen in a vacuum. It is at the intersection of prior knowledge, experience, perception, reality, comprehension, and flexibility that learning occurs. In years past, the traditional learning paradigms of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism have been the benchmarks against which the learning process has been measured. What happens, though, when you throw into the mix all the technological advancements that have come about over the last 40-50 years? These theories certainly do not become obsolete by any means, but they do need to be used in a very different way to be able to incorporate the attributes of a 21st century learning environment. In today’s technology-rich society, it has become increasingly important to learn how to learn. Vail put it simply by declaring that learning must be a way of being (1996).
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¿Estamos haciendo eLearning en serio?

¿Estamos haciendo eLearning en serio? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Hace unos días fui invitada a debatir sobre los retos del elearning y de como aún tenemos mucho por avanzar en esta metodología de aprendizaje. A pesar de contar hoy en día con mayores y mejores recursos parece no ser suficiente para garantizar al final, el verdadero aprendizaje que se ajuste a los objetivos del aprendiz y tenga un 100% de satisfacción y resultado. Por otra parte y sin olvidar, que toda mejora que se haga hoy apunte a nuevas formas de aprendizaje que respondan efectivamente a las necesidades actuales y del futuro ante los complejos entornos globales, sociales y económicos. ¿Estamos haciendo elearning en serio?

Si bien es innegable que la tecnología ha permitido solucionar algunas de las barreras de la educación en términos de cobertura, costos y alcance, también es cierto que la mera incursión de ésta, no ha garantizado resolver otras como la motivación, la interacción y la co-creación que vistos en crudo, refieren a asuntos propiamente de la acción social de las personas que intervienen en el proceso. Es decir, que, dejando de lado la tecnología, el gran problema y reto recae en el rol activo, responsable y consciente de aprendices y docentes por un lado, y por el otro, de los modelos y metodologías (pedagogía) que se diseñan donde los contenidos también cobran un papel relevante. Ello contribuye a identificar y dejar de pensar que la tecnología es la única salvación o que al contrario tiene gran responsabilidad en el éxito o no hoy de la educación.

Bajo la anterior premisa podemos seguir profundizando y dividiendo el asunto en 5 elementos fundamentales:
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Luis Estrem's curator insight, June 19, 8:18 AM
Ciertamente las Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación (TIC) en si solas no es sinónimos de e-learning. Se requieren de diversos elementos fundamentales para ello, como por ejemplo, modelos y metodologías, los retos del docente y el alumnado, un aprendizaje activo y multimedio entre otros.
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Maker Education: Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy

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Maker education is currently a major trend in education. But just saying that one is doing Maker Education really doesn’t define the teaching practices that an educator is using to facilitate it. Maker education takes on many forms. This post provides an overview of how maker education is being implemented based on the teaching practices as defined by the Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy (PAH) continuum.
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Luis Estrem's curator insight, June 19, 8:26 AM
Productores de la Educación: Una mirada desde los paradigmas de Pedagogía, Andragogía y Heutagogía (aprender a aprender)
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10 reasons every teacher needs a Professional Learning Network

10 reasons every teacher needs a Professional Learning Network | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
According to Marc-André Lalande, “a Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references. Your PLN is not limited to online interactions, but it is that online, global interactive part that really makes it special. It is personal because you choose who’s part of that group; you choose if you want to lurk–just check out what people are saying–or if you share; because you choose when to do so, and how to do so.”

As for this graphic? You can thank Sylvia Duckworth, who always does a great job sharing simple sketch notes to help teachers. (She also took our 12 Rules of Great Teaching and created a predictably wonderful graphic to supplement the text, among others.) We’ve taken her graphic and provided starting points for each ‘reason’ a teacher need a PLN.
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Luis Estrem's curator insight, June 19, 8:28 AM
La colaboraciones son claves el desarrollo de nuevos procesos y formas de aprender.
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Caminando hacia la innovación pedagógica

Caminando hacia la innovación pedagógica | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Los procesos de innovación son capaces de generar nuevos conocimientos (saber didáctico profesional) y están mediados por procesos de sistematización (investigación de, para y en la acción) que representan en gran medida la condición de los procesos formativos. La innovación educativa tiene sus protagonistas, descúbrelos y deja que se manifiesten. Vivimos en otra sociedad, muy distinta a la del siglo XIX o a la del siglo XX. Los cambios sociales, económicos, culturales en que está inmersa la humanidad tensionan los modelos de educación que se han recibido como parte de la tradición de la sociedad industrial. Cada vez se hace más evidente que se requiere un nuevo paradigma educativo que pueda acompañar los nuevos paradigmas que surgen en las demás áreas de la sociedad. Innova!!!!!
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What is Digital Citizenship?

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Digital citizenship is a hot topic amongst educators and district leaders these days. In the last few years, many districts, specifically those who’ve implemented 1-to-1 or BYOD policies, are being increasingly mandated to incorporate digital citizenship lessons into their curricula. But what exactly is digital citizenship? As an educator how are you supposed to combine all of the potential lessons around teaching a student how to use technology appropriately and be a responsible, safe, digital citizen on the internet, into one class?

As one of the founders of a social, e-portfolio tool for students, I first heard the term digital citizenship three ago at an ISTE conference. Teachers were approaching us asking if we had lesson plans to use our platform to teach digital citizenship. I remember thinking, digital citizenship?!? That’s something you teach kids in school? Being three years ago, let me stress that these teachers were the amazing early adopters bringing technology and social media to the classroom. Early on, they recognized how important it is to prepare students for a future where technology is everywhere and educate students how to navigate the internet, using it as a positive tool.
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The importance of Learning Styles in eLearning

The importance of Learning Styles in eLearning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Styles and guidelines are essential to all forms of instruction. This fact is not debated, but what is certainly questioned is the effectiveness of existing learning styles and their utility. A paper on the Concept and Evidence of Utility of Learning Styles by Harold Pashler, Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer and Robert Bjorg, details the evidence validating the success of existing methodologies of teaching and learning. This search leads them to find little or no certainty of a specific method, and to suggest that contrary to popular belief, learning styles cannot be effectively suited in general learning environments.
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10 great web tools for creating Digital Quizzes

10 great web tools for creating Digital Quizzes | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Over the last couple of years, we have reviewed a wide variety of educational web tools to use to create digitally based quizzes. Below is a collection of some of the most popular quizzing tools we have covered so far. Be it a flipped, blended, virtual or even traditional classroom, the tools below will enable you to easily create interactive quizzes, questionnaires and polls to share with students in class. Have a look and share with us your feedback.
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5 excellent Rubric making tools for teachers

5 excellent Rubric making tools for teachers | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Rubrics are scoring charts used to assess and evaluate a particular learning or teaching activity. As is explained in this guide, rubrics are helpful for both teachers and students: teachers can use them when designing lesson plans and grading assignments; students can use them to make sure they meet the learning expectations and requirements of an assignment or project work. Rubric making should not be a complicated task, it should only speak to the core requirements of a given task while channeling focus to the learning outcomes. There are a wide variety of web tools and mobile apps teachers can use to create rubrics. Below is a collection of some of our favourite applications. Check them out and share with your colleagues.
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Classroom innovation

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The 21st century with its revolutionary changes in information and communication technology has put new pressures on the higher education system for the development of special skills and competencies among students. The Indian higher education system is one of the largest with respect to student enrolment, next only to China and the US. While the last three decades have seen a huge increase in the provision of higher education in India, the quality of education imparted by our colleges and universities has often been a matter of concern.

Behaviorism is the predominant theory on which most of the teaching and learning processes have been based since the 1960s. Its basic premise is that behaviour can be predicted and controlled and if teachers provided the correct stimuli, students will learn. However, after years of implementation, behaviorism could not produce the desired effects within the complex context of the classroom and teachers were also left feeling cheated by a system that blamed them for students' failure to learn.
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5 teaching techniques in the Virtual Classroom

5 teaching techniques in the Virtual Classroom | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Teaching and learning are a fast changing form. Technology has opened doors of learning wide, and as a result the classroom, the learners, and the instructors are all changed beings today. It cannot be denied that learners today differ in competence and motivation levels at all learning platforms, be it a classroom or an eLearning module. The exposure to newer technologies has led to a gap between the levels of teaching or instruction that a learner expects and what the instructor is able to impart. In such an environment it becomes difficult to attract and sustain the learner’s interest in the subject matter. Traditional classroom teaching requires a board for the teachers to demonstrate. Other teaching aids like charts, graphs, or flash cards are also used. Keeping these time tested dictates in mind, the virtual classroom has been created, using the internet or intranet as the link. This “classroom” is similar to a traditional classroom of schools and colleges. The difference is in its methodology of imparting the same course of teaching; while the teacher probably still uses a board (a digital whiteboard, in this case), he or she has the choice of using a number of aids to make the lesson more lively and interactive.
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Writing project features mTechnology, Team-Based Learning

Writing project features mTechnology, Team-Based Learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Teaching first-semester freshmen presents some unique challenges. You are teaching them not only your subject, but also how to be college students. One of the best strategies I have found is to begin with a collaborative project that asks them to research their new home: the campus.

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I designed this project for a composition course, but it can be adapted to any discipline because its primary outcomes are teaching students how to collaborate, think critically about their audience, develop 21st-century literacy skills, and communicate effectively.
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Ready to launch: Re-envisioning the preparation of students for online learning

Ready to launch: Re-envisioning the preparation of students for online learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
One of the most important questions a university must ask in welcoming new students is how they will orient or onboard incoming cohorts to ensure that the tools, resources and information required for success are adequately provided.

Most traditional face-to-face campuses provide varying iterations of a student welcome, ranging from a few hours to a multi-day event. The University of Arizona is no exception, conducting dozens of orientations over the summer to help residential freshmen acclimate to the university environment, as well as transfer student events catered to those coming from a community college. In Fall 2015, we launched our first fully online undergraduate degree programs. The traditional model of orientation clearly wouldn’t work and so UA Online had to think quickly about what to do for its new fully online students.
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Comprehensive guide to Concept Mapping

A concept map is a diagram or graphical tool that visually represents relationships between concepts and ideas. Most concept maps depict ideas as boxes or circles (also called nodes), which are structured hierarchically and connected with lines or arrows (also called arcs). These lines are labeled with linking words and phrases to help explain the connections between concepts.
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Flipping the office Telepresence Model

Flipping the office Telepresence Model | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
MIT Sloan Executive Education programs are rooted in a shared learning experience — participants gather on campus to learn from our faculty and each other, build professional relationships and take part in the MIT ecosystem. We experiment with virtual delivery in select programs, but the underlying principle remains the same. How can we offer all the benefits of presence to remote participants without compromising the experience of learners co-located in our classrooms? Who would benefit from this technology the most?

Offering it to people with distance and mobility challenges seemed like a good place to start. We wanted to make a selection of our programs available to people who may not even consider enrolling otherwise — even though they and everyone in the room would benefit from their participation. To help us find the right candidate for the pilot, we brought in disability diversity expert Sean Driscoll. Sean is the founder of BBsquared, a consultancy that advises organizations on diversity, equality and inclusion initiatives.
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Definitivamente, la tecnología NUNCA reemplazará a los educadores. Los que sí los reemplazarán son aquellos profesionales que sepan apropiarse de la tecnología para co-diseñar de manera auto-organizada nuevas ecologías de aprendizaje hiperconectadas. La virtualidad y presencialidad dejarán de ser dimensiones separadas, sino partes de una misma realidad educativa universal. La universidad que conocemos no desaparecerá en los próximos 10 o 20 años. Solo que poco a poco desaparecerán las personas que la necesitan. Los roles de los aprendices ya no serán los mismos de antes. Ahora los veremos más en otros contextos no-formales e informales en los que se aprende a través de trabajos en ambientes reales.

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Aprendizaje “incierto”… así aprendemos!

Aprendizaje “incierto”… así aprendemos! | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Como decíamos: los aprendices no solo deben intervenir en la creación de cualquier escenario de aprendizaje que ellos necesiten, quieran (controlar todo el proceso, hasta su valoración-evaluación- del proceso, elementos,…… si no en actividades de aprendizaje constructivistas que ayudarán a crear y dar un sentido de comunidad necesaria para la participación del estudiante en un entorno de e-learning, m-learning, learning,…. Podrán utilizar, o no, los principios de diseño instruccional de forma sistemática y conscientemente incrustar proyectos constructivistas del aprendizaje en cualquier escenario basado en la web. Las actividades como foros de discusión, webquests, y los rompecabezas que agrupan todas las relaciones de acogida de alumnos por profesor y alumno-alumno que involucra a los estudiantes en un entorno en línea.
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7 cosas que deberías saber sobre los Makerspace en educación

7 cosas que deberías saber sobre los Makerspace en educación | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Un makerspace es un espacio físico donde la gente se reúne para compartir recursos y conocimientos, trabajar en proyectos, hacer networking y construir cosas. Los makerspaces proporcionan herramientas y el espacio en una comunidad – una biblioteca, un centro comunitario, una organización privada o la escuela. Asesores expertos pueden estar disponibles pero a menudo los principiantes reciben ayuda de otros usuarios.
El makerspace – a veces referido como un hackerspace – se asocia a menudo con campos como la ingeniería, ciencias de la computación, y el diseño gráfico. El concepto emerge de la “cultura maker”, asociado con la revista Make y las ferias de makers que promueven. Esta idea de un espacio de colaboración para los esfuerzos creativos ha cuajado en la educación, donde la combinación informal de laboratorio, taller y sala de conferencia forman un argumento convincente para el aprendizaje a través de la práctica y la exploración. En el terreno, el makerspace está siendo adoptado por las artes, así como las ciencias, y una nueva energía está construyendo alrededor de los esfuerzos de colaboración multidisciplinares.
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[Infographic] Next Generation Learning Platforms

[Infographic] Next Generation Learning Platforms | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Next generation schools are creating powerful learning opportunities for students. With digital conversions well underway in K12 schools, a variety of instructional tools including learning management systems (LMS) are being adopted. The Next Generation Learning Platforms Infographic outlines the desiredplatform features. It also provides a product snapshot for each of the fourteen platforms featured. Moreover, the infographic identifies a few decision making tips that schools and districts can follow as they research platforms. As technology creates more change, so will the platforms that are supporting the most powerful learning, adapting to meet the needs of schools, students, teachers and families. While there may not be one learning platform that does it all, informed decisions are critical for schools and districts.
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