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EPIC 2020 - The end of higher education?

"EPIC 2020, stands for the proposition that the education of the world will change dramatically for the better during this decade. The two movies that follow and this site hope to provide tools that shatter the paradigm that the future will be anything like the past as well as facilitate discussion and accelerate actions to bring about the transformation of the education of the world"

KF: with the rise of the MOOC, open access, badges, personal learning networks and other shifts in the ways people access/create learning opportunities this site offers some challenging vision of what may lie ahead.
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Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors

Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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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The website was redesigned and we disappeared ... This scoop is simply a flag about who's curating... We didn't expect anyone wold ever want to visit us.....
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Why Colleges Must Adjust Priorities in an Online-Centric Future

Why Colleges Must Adjust Priorities in an Online-Centric Future | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
It's time for higher ed to begin preparing for the future, before it's too late.
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How 4 Universities Are Taking Blended Learning To The Next Level [PDF]

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How to beat the e-learning resistance | eWorks Blog

How to beat the e-learning resistance | eWorks Blog | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
How to make your e-learning work

Seven design tips to make the magic happen:

Plan your online program using sticky notes. Use different colours for content chunks, activities, online discussions, and virtual classroom sessions. Think about the learner’s pathway through the program.Write or record your learning materials with the learner in mind. Create a sense of the teacher’s voice reaching out to the student. Avoid using the passive tense and overly informal language.Structure the learning in manageable chunks so that students can feel a sense of achievement and do not feel overwhelmed.Plan opportunities for meaningful collaboration in both synchronous and asynchronous environments at critical stages of the learning.Avoid long lists of PDF readings. Select readings carefully and give students a sense of why this document has been chosen, what they are looking for in the readings and how it relates to the learning activities or assessment. Make them want to read it.Avoid uploading PowerPoint slides unless you can get them narrated by the teacher. In face-to-face sessions PowerPoint presentations should only offer minimal information to support the lecture or teaching moment. It is the stories and narrative that can bring a PowerPoint presentation to life. Slides with a few dot points are not meant to be viewed in isolation from the teacher’s narrative.And lastly, if at all possible, plan for the teacher/tutor/trainer to be online and present throughout the course at significant stages.
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Five Common Pitfalls of Online Course Design - Faculty Focus

Five Common Pitfalls of Online Course Design - Faculty Focus | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Much of what passes for an “online course” these days could more accurately be described as the electronic version of class hand-outs. These courses usually consist of a course description, a syllabus, lecture notes, reading lists, and assignment checklists. In other words, whatever materials a student might have viewed on paper in the past are now read onscreen, and whatever presentations a student might have watched in the classroom are now observed on their screen. Read more Five Common Pitfalls of Online Course Design ›

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Report: The 4 models of blended learning in action | eSchool News | eSchool News

Report: The 4 models of blended learning in action | eSchool News | eSchool News | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Report: The 4 models of blended learning in action
July 8th, 2015
New report explores main blended models and their use

blended-learningA new paper by advocacy and policy org iNacol explores how blended learning is being used in practice and traces its history from 2008 to today. In particular, it takes a close look at the four major blended models and, through case studies, how specific schools have fared in implementing them.

According to iNacol, the paper also delves into the evolution of blended learning, the use of digital content and curricula, and the engagement of students toward higher levels of academic success. The case studies profiled illustrate a variety of blended learning implementations, providing insights for increasing program effectiveness.
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12 Pathways to Blended Learning Engagement

12 Pathways to Blended Learning Engagement | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This article features 12 concepts for maximizing blended learning engagement with your students.

 

Teachers and parents are always looking for the right scenarios to promote blended learning engagement. We see the potential in creating forums and using apps, websites and other virtual tools to promote creativity and higher-level learning.

 

Implementing blended learning takes practice in order to engage students, and allow them to be creative. It requires specific supportive guidelines for the use of technology.

 

The teacher always has a crucial role to play in blended learning situations. Teachers have the power to control the type and level of blended learning engagement. Here are some great ways to do just that.

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Google Classroom Addresses Major Barrier To Deeper Higher Ed Adoption -

Google Classroom Addresses Major Barrier To Deeper Higher Ed Adoption - | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
By Phil HillMore Posts (332) A year ago I wrote about Google Classroom, speculating whether it would affect the institutional LMS market in higher education.

 

Well today Google announced a new Google Classroom API that directly addresses the limitation in bullet #1 above and indirectly addresses #4.

The Classroom API allows admins to provision and manage classes at scale, and lets developers integrate their applications with Classroom. Until the end of July, we’ll be running a developer preview, during which interested admins and developers can sign up for early access. When the preview ends, all Apps for Education domains will be able to use the API, unless the admin has restricted access.

By using the API, admins will be able to provision and populate classes on behalf of their teachers, set up tools to sync their Student Information Systems with Classroom, and get basic visibility into which classes are being taught in their domain. The Classroom API also allows other apps to integrate with Classroom.

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Blended Learning and the Teaching Profession [Infographic]

Blended Learning and the Teaching Profession [Infographic] | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Here's a great infographic and video showcasing why teachers should explore the benefits of blended learning.
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Is blended learning an inescapable reality for today's learners?

Is blended learning an inescapable reality for today's learners? | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Blended learning is generally and loosely defined as 'l…

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" (...) Blended learning is generally and loosely defined as ‘learning that takes place partly aided by the use of online resources’. Under this definition, it seemed obvious to me that the learning that most children experience in the Western world is, whether we approve of it or not, blended, especially if you consider the learning that goes on outside of school. Think of the way children learn new tricks for Minecraft on YouTube, for example. (...) "

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Designed to Engage by Diana Oblinger

Designed to Engage by Diana Oblinger | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The future of higher education is more than a digital replica of yesterday's campus or even today's classroom. The building blocks of our future higher education institutions are physical and virtual; they are human and technological. By combining these capabilities—the best of both the traditional (the campus) and the digital (computing), we can build colleges and universities that are designed to engage, thus bringing us closer to achieving the mission and goals of higher education.

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Leaders discuss taking online learning from an alternative to a “must” - eCampus News

Leaders discuss taking online learning from an alternative to a “must” - eCampus News | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Advocates say going online in higher-ed allows for educator collaboration, competitive advantage.

online-teaching-learningUntil recently, online learning has been viewed as either solely for those interested in adult education or as a branding tactic for innovative institutions.

And though online learning is still one of the most accessible ways of providing quality postsecondary education to those with diverse backgrounds and commitments, the popularity of blended learning models, and recent trends in cross-institutional collaboration, online learning is experiencing rapid implementation in today’s colleges and universities.
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Utilizing Blended Learning To Encourage Critical Thinking: An e-Learning Solutions Perspective

Utilizing Blended Learning To Encourage Critical Thinking: An e-Learning Solutions Perspective | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Critical Thinking Can Help Learners Learn and Retain Better in e-Learning Solutions. Utilizing Blended Learning To Encourage Critical Thinking.

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Diana Oblinger: Pick 3 emerging trends in higher ed IT. How will they affect the future? - YouTube

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1) Immersive and interactive learning.

Fluid intelligence

Assess via ongoing formative assessment

 

2) Analytics

Dashboards, early alert systems.

 

3) Credentialing

Redesign credentials including all you learn during your life

 

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The Art Of Giving Feedback In eLearning | LEARNing To LEARN

The Art Of Giving Feedback In eLearning | LEARNing To LEARN | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
When using advanced eLearning authoring tools we are sometimes tempted to follow a mechanistic approach to designing feedback. It is easy to use templates or just to copy and paste automatic feedback comments in quizzes. 

 

However, we should remember that proper feedback can be a very influential mechanism with an ability to improve people’s competencies. To use the full power and potential of feedback in eLearning we need to spend much more time on designing it and just forget about doing simplified work on it


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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 19, 9:03 PM
When using advanced eLearning authoring tools we are sometimes tempted to follow a mechanistic approach to designing feedback. It is easy to use templates or just to copy and paste automatic feedback comments in quizzes. 


However, we should remember that proper feedback can be a very influential mechanism with an ability to improve people’s competencies. To use the full power and potential of feedback in eLearning we need to spend much more time on designing it and just forget about doing simplified work on it.



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World of Warcraft and online facilitation | eWorks Blog

World of Warcraft and online facilitation | eWorks Blog | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Rita Chiu is a learning designer with ten years’ experience as a gamer. It’s through gaming that she developed her online facilitation skills.
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ELI Course: Looking for the Pedagogy in Blended Course Design | EDUCAUSE.edu

ELI Course: Looking for the Pedagogy in Blended Course Design | EDUCAUSE.edu | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The proliferation of blended/hybrid initiatives and resources is heartening and furthering a delivery model that is reaching maturity. However, there is still much to be examined about what organizations promote as models for designed blended courses and how these models are enacted by practitioners. Research in this area has historically focused on learner traits, grades, faculty/learner levels of satisfaction, and/or levels of learner engagement (see Dzuiban, Hartman, and Moskal 2004 and Nagel 2009). But blended learning is more than a simple "flip" of the classroom because it requires careful planning and cautious implementation and may even be transformative for both learner and instructor.

This session will present the findings from a series of studies examining blended best practices, pedagogical practices, and learner preparedness. There is indication that while alignment through an integration of online and face-to-face components is a priority, in actuality courses are location-driven and typically based on pedagogical templates. Most reports advocate a learner-centered approach, yet the variation in approaches indicates that learners must be prepared to adapt to different course designs in ways that acknowledge underlying requirements of the blended format. The presentation topics will include research findings and patterns present and absent across these areas. The session will address mission directly by sharing a range of pedagogical strategies and best practices that are directly aligned with learner success through the axiomatic use of technology to support and facilitate learning.

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The role of personality in education

The role of personality in education | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This is one of those posts where I don’t have a firm conclusion, I’m just thinking some stuff through. I’ve been thinking a bit about what the role of personality is in eduction, particularly online and distance ed. In my own institution, The Open University, there has been a long tradition of removing the personal from teaching material. While the course materials we produce are written in an accessible manner, they are not imbued with one person’s personality. Although one academic may write them, they go through multiple reviews, and editing. Course units are often attributed to the “The Module Team”, or “written by X on behalf of the Module Team”. The idea is that this is an objective view, created through collaboration to distill clear teaching material. The trouble with making them based around a personality is that this can be a barrier to accessing the content, if you don’t respond well to that particular personality (but the opposite is also true, it can be a boost if you do like that person). When I joined the OU removing myself from the writing was one of the difficult aspects of learning to write distance ed material, while still keeping it engaging and not too ‘dry’. I mean, who wouldn’t want my personality stamped all over their units on Artificial Intelligence, right? (don’t answer that).
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Moodle Launches Free Cloud Hosting for Educators -- Campus Technology

Moodle Launches Free Cloud Hosting for Educators -- Campus Technology | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Moodle today announced MoodleCloud, a service that allows anyone to deploy the Moodle learning environment for free — with no installation or hosting charges. Intended for individual classes of up to 50 users and other small learning environments, MoodleCloud provides the latest version of Moodle software (2.9.1), including integrated Web conferencing, delivered via Amazon Web Services.
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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, July 17, 10:02 AM

Great open source resource for teachers who either wish to host courses themselves or just have their own private "course playground".

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How will the NBN improve education? | the iiNet Blog

How will the NBN improve education? | the iiNet Blog | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is expanding all around Australia, covering new locations every day. The network delivers dependable internet connectivity at tremendously high speeds.

It’s already revolutionising daily life, making a positive impact on the way business gets done and increasing the capability of streaming and other online services. Another area in which the NBN’s benefits will have an extraordinary effect is in the field of education.

During the planning process of the NBN, an entire chapter of the NBN proposal was dedicated to how the system would create new educational opportunities. The report details numerous examples around the world of efficient and dependable broadband services providing new frontiers for teachers and students alike.
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Student Engagement with Blended Learning: 9 Unique Ideas

Student Engagement with Blended Learning: 9 Unique Ideas | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
These 9 strategies for blended learning are certain to help you engage students quickly and consistently.

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Michelle Nimchuk's curator insight, June 5, 12:53 PM

9 Great strategies to incorporate in a blended learning environment.

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Эти 9 стратегий для смешанного обучения помогут вам заниматься со студентами  быстро и последовательно

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Forget the notebook, you'll be wearing virtual reality goggles at uni soon

Forget the notebook, you'll be wearing virtual reality goggles at uni soon | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Virtual reality goggles and mobile learning are just a few ways technology will change education.
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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, June 12, 2:26 AM

...ambitioniert ;)

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EDUSUMMIT2015 - Bangkok

EDUSUMMIT2015 - Bangkok | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
EDUsummIT is a global community of researchers, policy-makers and educators committed to supporting the effective integration of Information Technology (IT) in education by promoting active dissemination and use of research.
EDUsummIT

EDUsummIT is organised in association with prominent international and national organizations actively promoting the use of IT in education, including: the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Kennisnet (The Netherlands), the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) WG 3.3. (Research on Education and Applications of Information Technology), the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), and the Teacher Development and Higher Education Division at UNESCO.
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7 Myths and Facts About Online Learning

7 Myths and Facts About Online Learning | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Now that the number of students taking at least one online course has surpassed 6.7 million it’s high time we dispel the myth and discover the truth about online learning. Via: www.myeducation.com

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ChristopherBell's curator insight, May 14, 10:47 PM

Awesome stuff to share with parents and graduating seniors!

Carlos Godoy Rodríguez's curator insight, May 15, 1:13 PM

7 mitos y realidades sobre la formación online.

 

Mito nro. 1, no se puede obtener un empleo acreditando un diploma logrado mediante aprobación de cursos en línea.  Reaalidad: 62% de los profesionales de RRHH creen que los diplomas obtenidos por cursos online son equivalentes o mejores que los logrados en universidades tradicionales.

 

Mito nro 2, sólo universidades de dudosa reputación ofrecen programas que se imparten totalmente en línea. Realidad: el porcentaje de instituciones que ofrecen programas completamente virtuales se ha duplicado en la última década hasta alcanzar 62.4%.

 

Mito nro. 3, los programas virtuales contribuyen con el aislamiento de sus estudiantes. Realidad: los cursos distribuídos en el formato presencial tradicional pueden también incentivar el aislamiento.

 

Mito nro. 4, obtener un diploma en línea es tomar el camino fácil. Realidad: si bien es cierto que el formato eLearning es más flexible, ello no significa que los cursos dictados en ésta modalidad sean menos rigurosos.

 

Mito nro. 5, "Tengo todo el tiempo del mundo para culminar mi curso online". Realidad: si intenta retrazar indefinidamente el cumplimiento de las tareas asignadas en un curso online, muy problamente, no superá ese curso. La procastinación no funciona el mundo real ni en el virtual.

 

Mito nro. 6, usted no aprenderá mucho tomando cursos vía eLearning. Realidad: investigaciones recientes indican que no hay diferencias significativas entre los resultados de aprendizaje por estudios virtuales y el método presencial tradicional.

 

Mito nro. 7, puedo hacer fraude en los programas de formación online. Realidad: muchas escuelas online han implementado sistemas de protección antifraude. Algunas otras exigen la realización de exámenes presenciales a sus alumnos. ¡ El gran hermano siempre está observando...!

Ellen Comito McKeown's curator insight, July 22, 6:16 PM

A great, visual way to explain the value of online education.

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Preparing Teachers for Blended and Online Environments

Preparing Teachers for Blended and Online Environments | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
There is a growing need for today’s pre-service teachers to be equipped with skills and competencies for blended, online, and technology-rich teaching and learning environments. As teaching candidates progress through teacher education programs, they should be exploring, evaluating, and applying methods and tools for effective instruction in the dynamic learning environments that exist in today’s K-12 schools.

At Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, faculty in the School of Education have developed pathways to help teaching candidates gain experience exploring, evaluating, and applying methods for online and blended instruction. Elementary, middle grades, and secondary teaching candidates at Lenoir-Rhyne University have the option of pursuing a track in blended or online learning as part of their teacher preparation program. We believe that graduates from these programs are better equipped to meet the needs of today’s learners and adapt to changing teaching and learning environments.
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That engaging with online and blended strategies is seen as optional in teacher training seems to me problematic in itself.  The articles suggests some approahces to engaging preservice teachers -in these areas - I suggest that ubiquity is probably the next big step.

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Preparing for the Digital University


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Edgar Mata's curator insight, May 15, 9:02 AM

Historia del aprendizaje a distancia hasta el aprendizaje digital.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, May 15, 3:55 PM

Preparing for the digital university: a review of the history and current state of distance, blended, and online learning


Athabasca University,

University of Edinburgh,

University of Texas Arlington,

University of South Australia

Risto Suoknuuti's curator insight, May 17, 3:59 AM

This is the possibility and nesessity to the value chaine of knowledge.