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Students publish ed-tech textbook on iBookstore | eSchool News

Students publish ed-tech textbook on iBookstore | eSchool News | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
At Georgia College, educational technology could spawn more educational technology.

 

A group of graduate students at the Milledgeville, Ga.-based campus have used Apple’s iBookstore to publish a video- and image-laden eTextbook filled with information and advice for educators hoping to better incorporate technology in their classroom lessons.

 

The eBook, “Using Technology in Education,” is a student-created textbook available for the iPad and available for free in the iBookstore, which was introduced in January.

 

Nine graduate students in Associate Professor Chris Greer’s Advanced Technology for Teachers course researched, filmed, and photographed the text and images used in the ed-tech textbook, covering myriad topics from social media use in education and document cameras to advances in assistive technology and eReaders.

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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.

 

Use the 'Filter' pull-down menu above to search for topics by keywords.


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Why University Learning Management Systems are the temporary classrooms of today

Why University Learning Management Systems are the temporary classrooms of today | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Be warned, I’m about to torture an analogy. You might want to look away if you’re squeamish.

Growing up in Yorkshire in the 70s and 80s I went to a local high school along with 1800 other kids. To cope with the numbers the local education authority had installed some ‘temporary’ classrooms. They were used long before my  7 years at that school and long after, so it was clearly a new definition of word temporary.

They were cold in winter, hot in summer and damp all year. Nevertheless the teachers made the best of them and they were decorated with student work and made as comfortable as possible.
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Same Time, Many Locations: Online Education Goes Back to Its Origins

Same Time, Many Locations: Online Education Goes Back to Its Origins | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
One of the hottest tickets at the University of Texas at Austin these days is a seat in a face-to-face classroom for an introductory psychology course.

Most of the 1,500 undergraduates who take the course each semester watch the lectures online, but 24 are chosen to attend in person in the studio classroom on the two days a week that it meets.

The course’s professors, James W. Pennebaker and Samuel D. Gosling, work to make it entertaining. Mr. Pennebaker says they present "like it’s a TV show" — think The Daily Show, fake remote newscasts and all.
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Paperless education - The Boston Globe

Paperless education - The Boston Globe | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
“The lecture is close to being dead,” McNulty said. “We’re still needed but it’s more guiding than teaching.”

In the front row, Connor Griffiths, a junior, flipped through his programs and opened Google Slides — an app used to create portfolios and presentations. He had found an example of copyright infringement and quickly built a page that included the details of the legal proceedings, pictures of the people involved, and links to the case.

“This has helped me learn at my pace and in my own way,” Griffiths said, looking up from his computer. “No one is telling me how to learn something specifically, you can kind of explore on your own.”
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Sanjay Sarma Rethinks the Professor’s Role

Sanjay Sarma Rethinks the Professor’s Role | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
S anjay Sarma argues that when it comes to technology, it’s easier to think big than to make small, incremental changes. So as the first-ever director of digital learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he’s aiming to change the culture of teaching there by pushing the lecture model into the margins and using technology to rethink the professor’s role.

Since taking the position, in 2012, Mr. Sarma and his office have made significant inroads. (He also has a new title: vice president for open learning.) Two-thirds of the university’s undergraduates have now taken a course that uses the interactive software that was developed for edX, the nonprofit spinoff of MIT that offers free MOOCs.
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I like the idea that we're now dealing with "Digital Learning" - cuts through so much of the online/face-to-face binary.
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8 strategies Australian Universities are using to develop engaging and interactive online learning courses

8 strategies Australian Universities are using to develop engaging and interactive online learning courses | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

8 strategies Australian Universities are using to develop engaging and interactive online learning courses 


In this report, we take a look at eight key strategies universities across Australia are using to create innovative online learning courses and programs to remain relevant to the digital student.

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E-Learning Journeys: Ban Technology? No, let's ban outdated learning and teaching instead!

E-Learning Journeys: Ban Technology? No, let's ban outdated learning and teaching instead! | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This post is in response to an article in the Australian written by Natasha Bita and published March 26, 2016: 'Computers in class 'a scandalous waste': Sydney Grammar head'

Brought to my attention via Twitter by the organisers of Education Nation (a conference being held in Sydney in June), I responded with
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Trump University’s Online Materials Are a Lot Better Than Your University’s Online Materials

Trump University’s Online Materials Are a Lot Better Than Your University’s Online Materials | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The Online Courses for Trump University Were Well-Designed

So here’s what I want to tell you about the online portion of Trump University: It probably puts your university’s online courses to shame. It certainly makes a mockery of what Silicon Valley darlings Coursera and Udacity call courses.
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The Reality Of Virtual Reality: What Are Its Practical Implications For eLearning? - eLearning Industry

The Reality Of Virtual Reality: What Are Its Practical Implications For eLearning? - eLearning Industry | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Virtual reality (VR) is equally as infamous for being incredibly difficult to get right as it is famous for its fantastic prospects. Moreover, it is a concept commonly associated with video games and science fiction, so why are we talking about it in the context of eLearning?
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Vicki Davis & Tom Arnett Podcast: 8 Types of Blended Learning According to Research

Vicki Davis & Tom Arnett Podcast: 8 Types of Blended Learning According to Research | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Blended learning happens when you mix the face to face classroom with online learning. While flipped classroom is a form of blended learning, it is not the only one. Today, researcher Thomas Arnett breaks down the eight types of blended learning and explains how they are being used to improve student outcomes. Listen now.

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Best practices for blended learning from Tom Arnett are presented in this online interview conducted by Vicki Davis. 

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Best practices for blended learning from Tom Arnett are presented in this online interview conducted by Vicki Davis. 

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Blended Learning ist meiner Meinung nach nicht nur ein Motivator für die SuS mal mit anderen Medien konfrontiert zu werden, sondern integriert sie auch in der heutigen digitalen Welt: Immer weniger ist für uns ein Leben ohne Computer vorstellbar - dies muss darum meiner Meinung nach schon in der Schule (v.a. im jungen Alter) implementiert werden. 


Durch das Blended Learning kommt einerseits Abwechslung durch die Medien rein und andererseits ist es wie einen Szenenwechsel für die Schüler, wo sie, obwohl der Inhalt noch der gleiche ist, die Geschichte (Mathe, Geographie, ect.) auf eine andere Art und Weise zusgespielt kriegen und der Transfer bei manchen sogar besser fällt als bei einer Methode zu bleiben. 



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Teaching in a Digital Age | The Open Textbook Project provides flexible and affordable access to higher education resources

Teaching in a Digital Age | The Open Textbook Project provides flexible and affordable access to higher education resources | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Through 12 informative chapters, Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning answers your questions and provides helpful guidance and suggestions on a host of topics including:

How do I decide whether my courses should be campus-based, blended or fully online?
What strategies work best when teaching in a technology-rich environment? What methods of teaching are most effective for blended and online classes?
How do I make choices among all the available media, whether text, audio, video, computer, or social media, in order to benefit my students and my subject?
How do I maintain quality of teaching, learning, and resources in a rapidly changing learning environment?
What are the real possibilities for teaching and learning using MOOCs, OERS, open textbooks?
While understanding and respecting the individual nature of teaching, Tony talks theory, options, best practices, point-by-point strategies - offering clear, practical, and actionable advice and guidance based on research and extensive professional experience in 30 countries.

Pick one chapter or read them all - you will find a wealth of information at your fingertips.

Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning is available as a free, online open textbook which you can read online, download to your tablet or computer, or print, either in sections or as a whole.
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Pixar in a Box

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A collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy. Sponsored by Disney. Questions/Feedback: piab@khanacademy.org
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Free Technology for Teachers: Students Can Compare Maps Side-by-Side in GE Teach

Free Technology for Teachers: Students Can Compare Maps Side-by-Side in GE Teach | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
GE Teach is a great map tool that I last featured about 18 months ago. GE Teach is developed and maintained by a high school teacher in Texas named Josh Williams. We had the chance to meet at TCEA this week and chat about GE Teach.

GE Teach has gone through a bunch of iterations over the years. It is now built on the Google Maps API. On GE Teach students can compare two maps side-by-side. Students can select from gallery of map layers to compare side-by-side in GE Teach. In addition to comparing maps students can still use the drawing and measuring tools that you would typically find in Google's My Maps tool.
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'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete'

'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete' | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

'In the past I have always said that a computer could never replace a teacher, because learning was based on relationships. Today, I am not so sure' 


One undeniable fact about teaching is that teachers not only need to be masters of content within their subject area, but they must also be masters of education as a subject. Another undeniable fact is that neither of those subject areas looks the same as when any teacher first mastered them.

One effect of the integration of technology into our society is that change in almost everything is happening at a pace never before experienced by mankind. As much as some people may yearn for the simpler times of the past, life will continue to move forward as the natural order of society requires.

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Online and eLearning Summit

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- Enhancing Learner Experience and Engagement through Digital and Mobile Technologies

Online learning is becoming a massive driver of change in the way tertiary institutions attract and retain prospective and existing students.

Enhancing the learner experience by developing interactive online and digital content has become a primary focus for universities.

With this in mind, Online & eLearning 2016 will address the issues surrounding limited funding, resource and time constraints to meet ever-changing student demands for flexible learning, including how to:

- Improve communication between academics and education developers to optimise limited resources
- Enhance the learner experience and increase engagement

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The Defining Characteristics of Emerging Technologies and Emerging Practices in Digital Education

The Defining Characteristics of Emerging Technologies and Emerging Practices in Digital Education | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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This chapter seeks to establish a common understanding of the terms "emerging technologies" and "emerging practices" as a step toward more meaningful conversations and inquiry.

More Info: Veletsianos, G. (2016). Defining Characteristics of Emerging Technologies and Emerging Practices. In G. Veletsianos (Ed.), Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning: Foundations and Applications (pp. 3-16). Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.
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E-Learning benefits higher education students with disabilities

E-Learning benefits higher education students with disabilities | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA: A report from Curtin University and the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) has found access to technology and flexible teaching methods, along with how disclosure of student’s disability is managed, can help students with disabilities to gain higher education qualifications.

Dr Mike Kent from Curtin’s Department of Internet Studies and lead researcher, said students with disabilities were under-represented in tertiary education with 6.4 per cent of Open Universities Australia (OUA) students having a disability.

“We surveyed 356 Open Universities Australia students and classified them into eight categories of disability – Intellectual disability, mobility disability, hearing disability, learning disability, vision disability, acquired brain, and intellectual disability,” Dr Kent said.

“44.9 per cent of survey respondents reported a intellectual disability (an unexpectedly high incidence), 39.2 per cent of survey respondents cited medical impairments and 25.3 per cent of survey respondents had mobility disabilities.
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Online Learning

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Introduction


Technology has opened up a world of opportunities for online learning.[i] Many students now keep track of their coursework, read and watch educational content, and submit assignments through their schools’ online learning management systems (LMS). In addition, students have access to a broader range of classes and content areas through virtual classrooms and online distance learning. Outside the school setting, children informally learn from educational video games and online content, while people of all ages master new subjects in free massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Some forms of online learning translate the traditional class structure into the digital realm, while others open up new methods for communication among educators and students. In synchronous learning, an educator and their students gather online at the same time in a virtual classroom. Asynchronous learning does not require that students and instructors be online at the same time, opening up the possibility of self-­paced and personalized learning tailored to individual students. Blended learning combines face-­to-face instruction in a physical classroom with online learning activities.
Like the technologies that enable online learning, research on the topic is still fairly new, particularly when it comes to evaluating the outcomes of online learning. The section below highlights key findings from the emerging research on online learning.

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CAST: Free Learning Tools

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As part of its barrier-busting mission, CAST offers a number of robust (and free) learning tools. These tools, designed and tested as part of CAST’s research projects, help educators, parents, and students experience the power of flexible learning environments.
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'I Love My Label': Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech

'I Love My Label': Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
“Indie ed-tech” posits a different narrative than one where venture-funded MOOCs are, as Clay Shirky put it, the “lightning strike on a rotten tree.” Indie ed-tech offers a narrative that draws on a history of how new technologies shaped indie music in particular. This history might suggest something about what new technologies can and do offer teaching, learning, and research – one that isn’t about doom and disruption (unless we’re talking doom and disruption for those corporate ed-tech executives who want to control the learning playlist).
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Another critical campus area now moving to the cloud - eCampus News

Another critical campus area now moving to the cloud - eCampus News | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Cloud-based virtual labs could become key for universities looking to save money and improve student learning.
In an innovative move, faculty from colleges and universities are working with a tech company to create fully mobile, real-world, cloud-based virtual labs.

Why? Because as Virginia-based IT solutions provider Aeronomy explains, harnessing cloud infrastructure to help alleviate strained funding is critical for one of STEM’s most invaluable resources: the lab.
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iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework - iNACOL

iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework - iNACOL | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In recent years there has been a dramatic rise in interest and early adoption of blended learning to improve the educational experiences of students. A great amount of work has been done to codify approaches, with tools and resources emphasizing the structural components of new models, such as the configuration of physical learning space, use of time, distribution of staff, and applications of technology. While there is widespread recognition that great in person teaching remains essential within these structures, there has been less exploration of the human factors and effective practices that make them successful.


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The future of education

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Technology is bringing an ever connected world to students everywhere – from popular gaming program Minecraft being readily available to primary school children, to The New School’s innovative courses branching out beyond merely asynchronous communication, these are examples of some of the best ways tech and teaching are being brought together.

 

Technology has the power to transform how people learn. In a world where students now have unimaginable opportunities, it’s clear that the use of technology is now key to education.

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US professors aren’t getting any more accepting of online learning—but students definitely are

US professors aren’t getting any more accepting of online learning—but students definitely are | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Online education comes with plenty of drawbacks. The cons tend to amplify when schools try to integrate e-learning into a broader bricks-and-mortar college experience: Students are said to get bored, learn less, or absorb only a portion of the intellectual atmosphere they’d find in physical classrooms.

Despite all that, online learning as part of university programs—also known as distance learning—has managed to wrangle more than a decade of continuous growth, according to an annual update from the Babson Research Group, which has tracked online education in the US since 2002. That’s even as higher education enrollment in the country in general is dropping.

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The LMS In The Age of Learning Engagement - Grovo

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In May 2014, Corporate Learning Network sat down with enterprise learning professional Chris Rosso for a conversation on the future of workplace learning. It was an area of considerable expertise for Rosso, who at the time led training for over 50,000 employees on one of the world’s best proprietary learning management systems. He was slated to be the keynote speaker at “NextGen LMS,” Corporate Learning Network’s upcoming expo. If anyone saw the future coming, it would have been him. But when asked what the ‘next generation’ of the LMS might actually be, Rosso balked at the question.

“For me it’s a misnomer, to be quite honest. I guess I have a big question around, is there a future for the LMS? I almost want to rephrase the question: what’s the next generation of learning technology?”

For the rest of the interview, Rosso detailed his plans to swap his existing LMS—which he had been integral in building—for a more powerful kind of technology. Something that would be able to curate content and serve as a system of record “without constraining us to a learning management system.”
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How to Make History Exciting

How to Make History Exciting | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
One professor is borrowing a method from Harvard Business School to engage students and inspire better decision-making skills.
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