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Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors

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The diverse team of eLearning advisors provide elearning workshops, send out periodic newsletter, provide customised consultation, support the eScholar program and more.

 

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Is Technology Being Integrated Effectively?

Is Technology Being Integrated Effectively? | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In many cases, there seems to be a tendency to water down expectations when it comes to integrating technology.  

During a recent presentation on digital pedagogy for deeper learning I asked attendees to discuss then share out on TodaysMeet how they were effectively integrating technology in their classroom, school, or district.  There was an emphasis on describing in detail what effective use of technology meant to them.  As the results poured in there were a few consistent responses that stood out. Most attendees flat out stated that they or their schools/districts were not effectively integrating technology. Others confessed that they weren’t sure what effective use constituted.  Many of the remaining responses centered on just a listing of tools that were being used as a measure of effectiveness. 
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[PDF] The digital talent gap: Developing skills for today's digital organizations

[PDF] The digital talent gap: Developing skills for today's digital organizations | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The shortage of digital skills in the current marketplace is unprecedented. It is estimated that over 4.4 million IT jobs will be created around Big Data by 2015; however, only a third of these new jobs will be filled. Martha Lane Fox, the UK’s digital inclusion champion, believes over 16 million people in the UK lack the basic digital skills to fully benefit from the Internet. Even Millenials are a matter of concern. In a survey comprising over 800 middle to upper management executives from over 50 industries, nearly one in five Millenials in the modern workplace are perceived to be lacking in analytical skills.
 
The reasons driving this skills shortage are not hard to identify. The usage of mobile, social and analytical tools is permeating the length and breadth of every function across the organization. Unlike the past, the impact of these digital technologies and tools is felt not just in the IT department. This means that the magnitude of training and re-skilling thatis required is enormous. Moreover, each new technology cycle has brought forth new requirements and these cycles are increasingly getting shorter. Employees must now refresh their skills more frequently if they wish to stay relevant in this rapidly changing digital environment. The head of India R&D Labs of software firm SAP succinctly states: “The shelf life of a software engineer today is no more than that of a cricketer – about 15 years. The 20-year-old guys provide me more value than the 35-year-olds do.
 
Organizations are beginning to recognize the magnitude of the problem. Our own research with the MIT Center for Digital Business has revealed that 77% of companies considered missing digital skills as the key hurdle to their digital transformation. Digital leaders or ‘Digirati’ a are already investing in digital skills and reaping significant benefits in comparison to other companies (see Figure 1). On average, ‘Digirati’ are
26% more profitable than their industry competitors.
 
This skills shortage is creating a ‘war for talent’, where companies have to compete for the best talent with new categories of players. Unlike in the past, the hunt for the best talent is no more limited to localized skills in certain departments. In this case, the talent war is manifest across the entire organization. The important questions are: Do organizations include digital skills as a key component in their workforce plans? Are HR departments equipped and skilled to bring innovative solutions to bridge the digital skills gap? How are Digiratis developing digital skills?

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The Human Resources Function is Not Actively Involved in Digital Skills Development - An added challenge appears to be the fact that HR is not in the driver’s seat when it comes to steering digital skills development. We found that only 30% of organizations have mentioned HR as being actively involved in skills development. So, the question remains who is managing the transformation of skills if it is not HR? In over 60% of the companies we surveyed, it was the senior leadership, IT division, functional teams and employees who were spearheading digital skills development .
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“It is no longer sufficient that you think of your job as doing what you have constantly done for many years. If you have that mindset long enough then software will be developed to do what you do making you redundant.” Terry Harrison, past President of INFORMS and Professor at the Penn State University.
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Teaching like a champion: blended learning edition - Christensen Institute

Teaching like a champion: blended learning edition - Christensen Institute | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Last week, I spoke with a friend who helps schools launch blended-learning programs about what she sees as the biggest barriers inhibiting program success. Her answers were intriguing. First, she suggested that schools need to ensure that teachers, students, parents, and administrators all have a shared vision for why blended learning would be good for their students before getting into the “what” and “how” of a program. But after developing this shared vision, one of the biggest challenges, she noted, was helping teachers trust their students.

By definition, blended learning gives students more control over the time, place, path, or pace of their learning. But for experienced teachers in a traditional classroom setting, it can be difficult to imagine a class operating successfully when students have a high degree of autonomy. My friend noted that teachers often worry about students surfing the web when they are supposed to be working or not showing up to school at all if their blended-learning program affords them flexible school hours.
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11 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2017 -- Campus Technology

11 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2017 -- Campus Technology | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Five higher ed leaders analyze the hottest trends in education technology this year.

The education technology forecast for 2017 could perhaps be described in a single word: change. "We're now on an exponential pace of technological change," said Daniel Christian, adjunct faculty member and senior instructional designer at Michigan's Calvin College. "Several technologies continue to converge, new forms of human-computer interaction are gaining visibility and traction, and more. The next few years will be interesting indeed!"

We asked a panel of five higher ed leaders from across the country, including Christian, to assess education's top tech-related trends for the coming year — from artificial intelligence to Generation Z. Here's what they told us.

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Reimagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education: A Supplement to the National Education Technology Plan

Reimagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education: A Supplement to the National Education Technology  Plan | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This document is an outgrowth of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP).The NETP presents a shared vision and call to action for transformational learning enabled by technology at all levels of our education system. Building on the work of leading educa-tion researchers; state, district, school, and higher education leaders; teachers; developers; entrepreneurs; and nonprofit organizations, the NETP recommends actions that would enable everywhere, all-the-time learning and ensure greater equity and accessibility to learning opportunities over the course of a learner’s lifetime. While the concepts, recommendations, and examples in the NETP are applicable to higher education and postsecondary learning, they draw extensively from P-12 frameworks and rely heavily on its terminology and promising practices, but are not primarily applicable to the complex context of postsecondary learning or devote specific focus to its promising practices.
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Lim, C.P. & Wang, L.B. (Eds.) (2016). Blended Learning for Quality Higher Education: Selected Case Studies on Implementation from Asia-Pacific. Paris, France: UNESCO.

Official Full-Text Publication: Lim, C.P. & Wang, L.B. (Eds.) (2016). Blended Learning for Quality Higher Education: Selected Case Studies on Implementation from Asia-Pacific. Paris, France: UNESCO. on ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists.
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Next Generation of Online Education: “Learn by Doing” in a Digital World

Next Generation of Online Education: “Learn by Doing” in a Digital World | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Gone are the days of digital textbooks and lectures. There are approximately 2.7 million students enrolled in online courses in the U.S. and new technologies are now available that allow these students to experience personalized “learning by doing.” From virtual manipulatives for algebra to digital ultrasound simulations for career health courses, adaptive technology is evolving to offer online instruction that engages and motivates students at a deeper level.
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What will Higher Ed IT Look Like in 2020? – Optimal Partners Blog

What will Higher Ed IT Look Like in 2020? – Optimal Partners Blog | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The future of Higher Education is a popular topic of discussion among academics and administrative staff alike. But, while there are plenty of differing positions about what will facilitate the most important changes in the next few years, there seems to be a consensus that technology will be leading the charge.

In an attempt to get a better grasp of what to expect in Higher Ed IT in the next 4 years, Optimal Partners is collaborating with eCampus News to survey CIO’s and other IT decision makers at a wide range of universities in the U.S. and ask them about the status of Higher Ed IT.
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Teaching in the machine age: How innovation can make bad teachers good and good teachers better - Christensen Institute

Teaching in the machine age: How innovation can make bad teachers good and good teachers better - Christensen Institute | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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As scientific understanding and artificial intelligence leap forward, many professions—such as law, accounting, animation, and medicine—are changing in dramatic ways. Increasingly, these advances allow non-experts and machines to perform tasks that were previously in the sole domain of experts, thus turning expert-quality work into a commodity. With new technologies displacing workers across many fields, what will be the likely impact on the teaching profession? Will machines replace teachers?

Despite the hype and fear, machines are unlikely to replace teachers anytime soon. Rather, they are poised to help overcome several structural barriers that make it difficult to ensure that an effective teacher reaches every student.

School systems face a number of challenges, including teacher shortages, a lack of clear methods for developing high-quality teachers, and teacher burnout and attrition, to name a few. And even the best teachers struggle to address the diverse learning needs of their students or find time to focus on developing students’ deeper learning and noncognitive skills amidst pressures to cover core instruction.
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Technology Can Make The Learning Process More Transparent -

Technology Can Make The Learning Process More Transparent - | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The additional benefit for using tools like these is that you can take what you hear and learn and the next day in class anonymously share some ideas to get the discussion going.

Even if you try to keep things anonymous, you will have the students who immediately fess up and say “yeah that’s mine,” because that’s just what the students do, which is okay because they are willingly sharing what they said.

And if it does come down to a right or wrong kind of question and that student is in fact incorrect, that’s an even better lesson–a better example for the other students in the classroom to show that it’s okay to answer something and to be wrong.
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The Call To Action: Refining Educational Technology’s Place in Teacher Preparation Programs

The Call To Action: Refining Educational Technology’s Place in Teacher Preparation Programs | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In our innovative classrooms across America, students are using technology in ways that were unheard of just ten short years ago. In a small elementary school in Northwest Baltimore, students use their Makerspace to create 3D printed materials, learn to code and engage in other making activities. In another school in Philadelphia, a student fulfills his senior capstone project requirement by creating a “Smart Beehive” that uses sensors and a camera to track the health of a bee colony.


While there are some schools of education that prepare pre-service teachers to excel in these types of technology-rich environments on their first day of in-service teaching, there is still room for growth in our teacher preparation programs as a whole, particularly as more schools shift towards digital learning.

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Top 10 Education Technologies that Will Be Dead and Gone in the Next Decade -- Campus Technology

Top 10 Education Technologies that Will Be Dead and Gone in the Next Decade -- Campus Technology | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The technologies that exist in classrooms today won't necessarily be the same ones that are around in 10 years. In particular, the days of desktop computers and laptops are numbered, according to educators in Campus Technology's 2016 Teaching with Technology survey. The survey polled faculty members across the country about their use of technology for teaching and learning, their wish lists and gripes, their view of what the future holds and more.

In an open-ended question, respondents were asked to predict what education tech would die over the next decade. Desktop computers were mentioned by 29 percent of the 408 people who suggested anything at all. That type of tech won hands-down by a margin of nearly 2-to-1 compared to the next most popular choice: clickers, referenced in 16 percent of the votes.

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TOPkit - Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit

TOPkit - Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit (TOPkit) website is a comprehensive resource that provides the postsecondary community with the essential elements required to ensure a very high quality online faculty development program, including a sample course that may be imported into any learning management system and then customized. The links below walk you through a three-step process for planning, developing, and evaluating your program along with supporting resources.

While this initiative is Florida funded and Florida focused, it is not Florida exclusive and we invite you, our colleagues around the world, to explore the TOPkit website and actively participate in its accompanying community of practice.

To learn more about this site and its contributors, please read About Us.
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Report: Millions of students reveal surprising online learning trends - eCampus News

Report: Millions of students reveal surprising online learning trends - eCampus News | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
New study reveals that collaboration is still not a prevalent online learning habit; mobile phones have yet to be used for serious learning.
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Choosing between teachers and technology | Brookings Institution

Choosing between teachers and technology | Brookings Institution | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Research consistently shows that effective teachers are the most important school-level factor influencing student outcomes. It therefore comes as no surprise that many education reform efforts focus on supporting and improving the teaching profession. At the same time, technology-focused initiatives continue to gain momentum in education—as seen through the White House’s ConnectEd Initiative and the more than 3,100 superintendents who have signed the Department of Education’s Future Ready pledge to increase student access to quality digital learning.

In the competition for scarce education dollars, these two advocacy camps sometimes conflict, especially if technology seems to be a play for cutting teacher jobs. But teachers and technology are only at odds when advocates from the respective camps fail to see technology’s critical role in complementing high-quality teaching.
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12 districts honored for their innovative digital curriculum transition strategies

12 districts honored for their innovative digital curriculum transition strategies | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
At the Learning Counsel’s Annual Gathering and National Awards event, twelve leading districts were recognized for their vision and innovation in integrating digital curriculum and technology into their teaching and learning process. Attendees at the event included top education executives from around the U.S., who gathered to acknowledge exemplary progress and discuss how innovation, technology, and school and classroom remodeling is pushing the education envelope—all in the name of better outcomes for our youth.

“The Learning Counsel is helping education leaders chart a course that includes actionable data and current trends,” said Janell McClure, the director of Digital & Multimedia Learning from Cobb County School District. “These awards share incredible examples of innovative thinking. The knowledge we’ve gained at this Gathering event will guide our work as we continue to strive for excellence in teaching and learning through digital platforms, tools, and practices.”
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Educause Announces Top IT Issues, Trends and Tech Report for 2017 -- Campus Technology

Educause Announces Top IT Issues, Trends and Tech Report for 2017 -- Campus Technology | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The top 10 IT issues for 2017, reiterated in today's report:

Information security;
Student success and completion;
Data-informed decision-making;
Strategic leadership;
Sustainable funding;
Data management and governance;
Higher education affordability;
Sustainable staffing;
Next-generation enterprise IT; and
Digital transformation of learning.
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How to Avoid the 17 Deadly Sins of Flipped Learning Technology Selection

How to Avoid the 17 Deadly Sins of  Flipped Learning Technology Selection | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Nothing can kill a flipped learning program more quickly than the selection of expensive, complex technology that is poorly suited to flipped learning. Education technology graveyards are littered with the remains of tools, programs, and gizmos that teachers couldn't or wouldn't use. If teachers, administrators, IT staff and school districts had only known how to identify the best and simplest technologies for flipped learning. Now they can.

This one-hour, free course was created to empower you with the ability to avoid the 17 biggest mistakes educators routinely make when choosing flipped learning technology. When you're done you'll have the ability to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly in flipped learning technology. You'll also receive a certificate to prove that you've been trained in this vital skill.
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Next Generation of Online Education: “Learn by Doing” in a Digital World

Next Generation of Online Education: “Learn by Doing” in a Digital World | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Gone are the days of digital textbooks and lectures. There are approximately 2.7 million students enrolled in online courses in the U.S. and new technologies are now available that allow these students to experience personalized “learning by doing.” From virtual manipulatives for algebra to digital ultrasound simulations for career health courses, adaptive technology is evolving to offer online instruction that engages and motivates students at a deeper level.
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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Blended Learning for Quality Higher Education: Selected Case Studies on Implementation from Asia-Pacific

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Blended Learning for Quality Higher Education: Selected Case Studies on Implementation from Asia-Pacific | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The rapid advancement of technologies and their ubiquitous use in our daily lives have dramatically changed the way knowledge is created and disseminated. As a technology-enhanced pedagogical approach, blended learning – the deliberate combination of online learning with face-to-face classroom-based learning – provides higher education institutions (HEIs) with the opportunities to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. While many of these opportunities have been well-documented in the literature, implementing and scaling up blended learning courses pose enormous challenges for HEIs in the Asia-Pacific region.

To address these challenges, UNESCO Bangkok in partnership with The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) launched a two-year project to build the capacity of HEIs for blended learning. One of the outcomes of the project was this book by a team of blended learning experts and leaders in the region. Blended Learning for Quality Higher Education presents a framework and self-assessment tool developed from a holistic view of building institutional capacity to drive, sustain, and scale up blended learning. It incorporates case studies from experienced HEIs in the region to demonstrate how the framework and its dimensions could be operationalised, and how the gaps identified in the self-assessment exercise could be addressed.

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Is a virtual education the future for K-12 students?

Is a virtual education the future for K-12 students? | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Virtual education expert details six ways these schools are better than traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms.

Modern technology connects us and allows communities to share resources in unprecedented ways. Virtual education leverages these connections to provide everyone, regardless of geographic location, access to experts and high quality learning experiences. As technology has improved, virtual education has evolved to become a tool that helps close gaps in high schools and colleges.

Quality online learning programs provide rigorous curriculum, meaningful teaching resources, and access to specialized programs, such as industry training for students, schools and teachers.
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Learn Online Marketing - Free Training Course From Google

Learn Online Marketing - Free Training Course From Google | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Free online marketing training to get the digital skills you need to grow your business, your career. Free courses from Google to become a digital expert
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Are outdated computers reverting students to a prehistoric era?

Are outdated computers reverting students to a prehistoric era? | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
3 reasons why there’s an increased need to get rid of keyboards and move to pen-based computers for today’s students.

If today’s educators continue to encourage the use of keyboards instead of digital ink and paper, they run the risk of being a ‘pager’ teacher in a smart phone world, holding on to a past that has outlived its usefulness and limits students’ cognitive potential…at least, that’s what human history and recent research is telling us.
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Designing a next generation digital learning environment for higher education

Designing a next generation digital learning environment for higher education | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This presentation was given at the RMIT University Learning and Teaching Conference 2016 held on the 24th and 25th of October in Melbourne.

The presentation describes some of the key concepts involved in designing and creating a next generation digital learning environment.

Once you start the video you can navigate the interactive transcript below to skip to the parts that you think might be vaguely interesting.
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How chatbots will change the face of campus technology - eCampus News

How chatbots will change the face of campus technology - eCampus News | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In the first few months of the new semester hubbub, what if there was an assistant at the beck and call of students to help them navigate the college process? While the campus faculty and staff are likely too busy during those first few days to answer all the questions on students and parent’s minds, chatbots – akin to Siri, Cortana, and Alexa – could provide the ideal digital assistant to make not only these first few days run smoothly, but also the student’s entire time on campus.

With campus technology already sorely outdated (an EDUCAUSE survey from 2013 found that the average age of student information management systems is over 13 years) AI and chatbots could be the catalysts that finally bring campus tech into the modern era.

From applying to college, to arriving on campus, declaring a major, signing up courses and eventually graduation, there are a multitude of ways bots can help to streamline the process, maybe as soon as next semester.
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