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10 Careless Mistakes That Will Totally Ruin Your eLearning

10 Careless Mistakes That Will Totally Ruin Your eLearning | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
It’s part of your job as an eLearning course developer to polish up your material before you hit publish. A single error speaks volumes. It tells learners you’re in a hurry to even check the course or think you don’t care enough about details.

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Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors

Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors | Digital Learning - beyond 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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LearningOS: The Now Generation Digital Learning Environment

LearningOS: The <em>Now</em> Generation Digital Learning Environment | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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An overbuilt learning management system encumbers learning with too many features and options that require too much time to learn, customize, and perhaps disable.
The LearningOS is a thin system that gathers information about learning through data that is enhanced by external tools to create an ecosystem for learning.
Thought experiments, interactive discussions with colleagues and workshopping ideas at conferences can help shape the manner in which we proceed, the technologies we develop, and the approaches to implementation that we take in achieving the LearningOS.
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10 Practical Strategies to Integrate Technology in Your Classroom

10 Practical Strategies to Integrate Technology in Your Classroom | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Using technology in class should always be motivated by a real need to optimize students' learning and to enhance your teaching. Every time you want to digitize a teaching task ask yourself the following  questions: what are the added advantages of integrating technology in this task? And what are the alternative plans if things did not go as planned? The purpose is to make sure your use of technology is pedagogically sound and that it aligns with your own teaching goals. There are actually several ways to integrate technology in your classroom from collecting students feedback to grading paperlessly. In today's post, we are sharing with you this handy visual that features10  good examples of how you can put technology to serve your teaching. This visual is based on Marcus Guido's blog post "25 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom". We have done little bit of tweaking (with permission) on Marcus original list and ended up with the list below.
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Naked in the Garden: Privacy and the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

Naked in the Garden: Privacy and the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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By defining NGDLE Privacy Interoperability Standards, we elevate our stewardship of learning data to more fully support the next generation of students as they cultivate their digital learning environments.


Whether an institution's NGDLE looks more like a meticulously designed garden, a patchwork of community plots, or a field of native flowers and grasses, designing privacy requirements into interoperability standards helps ensure alignment with institutional and personal privacy values.


A crosswalk between the various elements of multiple privacy frameworks categorizes related concepts from these distinct schemes into five broad themes that offer the basis for an NGDLE Privacy Interoperability Standard.

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Under the Hood of a Next Generation Digital Learning Environment in Progress

Under the Hood of a Next Generation Digital Learning Environment in Progress | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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A first-year experience course at the University of Notre Dame offered the opportunity to develop and test a next generation digital learning environment. 


As a guiding framework for the digital architecture of the new FYE course, the design team followed the five dimensions of an NGDLE described in an ELI report to close the gaps between current learning management tools and digital learning environments. 


The FYE course required innovating beyond the supplemental course-level learning management system to create a more holistic NGDLE in order to fully support the teaching, learning, and student success missions of the program. 


Because they used an open-source LMS, they had a flexible hub with a campus support staff that could quickly, inexpensively, and safely begin to innovate at scale without high vendor cost or long development times.

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Shaping the Educational Technology Innovation Ecosystem

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Moving beyond "one size fits all," Next Generation Digital Learning Environment research is a call to action for greater personalization of educational experiences built on a technology foundation seamlessly integrating existing and emerging digital technologies and products.


An ecosystem of open-standards–based interoperable digital products shaped by the education community enables integration at low cost and is rapidly becoming a reality through the work of the IMS Global Learning Consortium.


IMS Global Learning Consortium member institutions are putting in place key features of the NGDLE by leveraging new releases of the Learning Tools Interoperability, Caliper Analytics, and Digital Microcredentials standards.


Now is the time for higher education institutions to develop a digital learning leadership strategy that enables their priorities into the future, leveraging and supporting the open standards movement.

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Key Takeaways Moving beyond "one size fits all," Next Generation Digital Learning Environment research is a call to action for greater personalization of educational experiences built on a technology foundation seamlessly integrating existing and emerging digital technologies and products...."
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In Real Life: Content Is Holding L&D Back

In Real Life: Content Is Holding L&D Back | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Content is a big consideration for organizations that are trying to evolve their learning and performance strategies. Most L&D teams, especially in large enterprises, aren’t starting from scratch. You’ve likely spent thousands of hours and tens of thousands of dollars building your content library. You’ve pieced together customized curricula that map to job codes across the company. You’ve even categorized your library based on the HR-approved competency list. Sure, half of this stuff was designed pre-2010, but it’s your content. You want to make the most of it! So, if you start to explore new strategies or technologies, you have to consider what may happen to all of that content.

There is, of course, a reason you’re looking for new ways to modernize your L&D practices. No, it’s not your content’s fault, but your content may be a symptom of a larger problem that continues to stifle many L&D teams. The more courses we have and the more topics we cover, the better we can explain our value to business stakeholders. Or at least we thought that was how it worked. We’ve fallen into the trap of associating our value as L&D to our content. But the workplace isn’t school—even if we do throw around the term “university” all the time. We’re no longer judged by seat times, completions, and test scores—even for compliance topics. In real life, the only content that matters is content that has a measurable impact on business results.
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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration

The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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The N^2GDLE Vision: The “Next” Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

The N^2GDLE Vision: The “Next” Next Generation Digital Learning Environment | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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by Phillip Long and Jonathan Mott

Is it possible to have the best of both a networked learning environment and an adaptive learning model implemented in the same system? The authors share their vision of the "next" next generation digital learning environment, the N2GDLE.

Two years ago, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative published its widely cited white paper The Next Generation Digital Learning Environment: A Report on Research. The authors' objective was to "explore the gaps between current learning management tools and a digital learning environment that could meet the changing needs of higher education." In doing so, they joined a long line of critics and reformers who had similarly observed that the learning management system (LMS) had been "highly successful in enabling the administration of learning but less so in enabling learning itself."1

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Blended and Hybrid Environments are Driving the New Global Movement in Education

Blended and Hybrid Environments are Driving the New Global Movement in Education | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Today’s global employers are searching for employees that have specific skills. Those skills may not be the same needed in 10 years though. In 2009, the US Department of Labor estimated 65% of today’s school children would eventually be employed in jobs that have yet to be created. The number is far higher today. The influx of technology is what has changed the shape of education forever. For this reason, schools must create opportunities for students to engage in higher level thinking skills and experience 21st century skills while using technology. Most schools are emphasizing 21st century skills to be taught to their students. It is in almost every mission statement. According to a study done by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (2016), employers want leadership skills as the prime attribute of future employees. The ability to work in teams is second on the list with 78.9% looking for the skill. This is followed closely by 70% who want good written communication skills and 70% want employees to have problem solving skills.

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The technology revolution transforming education

The technology revolution transforming education | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

A  revolution is happening in education. The instigator? Technology.

Just as workforces around the world are being transformed by devices and the cloud, so too are our classrooms – from kindergarten all the way to university research labs.

In May 2017 in New York, Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, spoke about the transformative power of technology in education. He said that when used in the right way, digital transformation can address one of society’s most pressing challenges: democratizing educational opportunity.

Many schools see digital transformation as specific to the technology itself, but computers, electronic whiteboards and electronic books are only tools. To truly reap the benefits of digital transformation, schools and universities must recognise that students today learn differently than generations before them. Rather than replacing curriculum, technology can enhance it, leading to deeper student engagement and boosting important skills like creativity and collaboration that students will need in tomorrow’s workforce.

These skills are especially important in Europe, where there are expected to be 750,000 vacant jobs in the ICT sector by 2020 alone (The European Commission).

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This technology will dominate higher ed within 5 years - eCampus News

This technology will dominate higher ed within 5 years - eCampus News | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Like many other industries, much of the change occurring in colleges and universities is driven by the rise of mobile devices, the consumerization of IT, and higher customer expectations. With so many educational choices both on-campus and online, institutions have had to set aside their aversion for change in order to meet the digital desires of a new generation of students and compete on a global scale. But what will higher ed’s strategic digital efforts look like in the future?
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Learning from Brain-machine Interfaces - DML Central

Learning from Brain-machine Interfaces - DML Central | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
“Neurotechnology” is a broad field of technical research and development focused on the human brain. It includes advanced brain imaging but also new and emerging “brain stimulator” systems that may have the capacity to influence neural activity. The possibilities of neurotechnology have begun to attract educational interest, raising significant concerns about how young people’s mental states may be manipulated by brain-machine interfaces.
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International Perspectives on Next Generation Digital Learning Environments

International Perspectives on Next Generation Digital Learning Environments | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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How can higher education institutions worldwide support transforming educational needs with the right tools at the right time?
Next generation digital learning environments must meet the requirements of evolving learning methodologies, the realities of the new life-long student demographic, and constantly evolving hardware and software technologies.
New, openly defined, and evolving models, standards, and data formats for capturing and sharing educational knowledge in programmatically accessible ways will stimulate the emergence of new educational businesses and services.
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The Academic Library and the Promise of NGDLE

The Academic Library and the Promise of NGDLE | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Academic libraries support institutional goals for student success and have embraced the use of correlation research to demonstrate connections between library services and resources and student learning, retention, completion, and postgraduation success.
Recent correlation research has revealed promising connections between academic libraries and student success; however, data difficulties seem likely to stymie continued work in this area.
To further their research and maximize library contributions to learning, librarians should prepare for next generation digital learning environments and learning analytics initiatives on their campuses by reading about related topics, engaging with library colleagues, and consulting campus partners.
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Shifting the paradigm: making digital learning the norm

Shifting the paradigm: making digital learning the norm | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
As an educator, making the transition to digital can be an exciting but challenging (even frustrating) experience.  Just because you host your slides on a Digital Learning Environment doesn’t mean you are providing a digital learning experience.  Will your students absorb information more effectively just because they have read it on screen rather than on paper?  As yet, there is a lack of conclusive evidence on whether online reading accommodates more in-depth comprehension of material.  Digitising your learning resources will not necessarily improve the learner’s experience.
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10 Reasons the Listicle Is Effective for Digital Pedagogy

10 Reasons the Listicle Is Effective for Digital Pedagogy | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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The listicle retains the nostalgic orderliness of the beloved book while ushering in the brevity necessary for teaching and learning in the information age.


Students can use the listicle to synthesize information, organize information, and prioritize course tasks.


The broad pedagogical power of the listicle helps students by enhancing their reading, researching, writing, and digital-media skills.

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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News

A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushing back on these generational generalizations, noting that assumptions regarding their attitudes, hobbies, and abilities are hurting them academically. One of the biggest misconceptions students at last week’s New Media Consortium’s Summer Conference (NMC) brought up was the idea that millennials are digital natives.
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The NGDLE's Relevance to Community and Technical Colleges

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Today, the typical learning management system serves as little more than a virtual resource storage site, facilitating access to material rather than inspiring and enhancing the actual learning process.


In contrast, the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment focuses on personalization, tool integration, and content exchange, thereby serving as a launch pad for new learning experiences.
Because it is standards-based, NGDLE eliminates interoperability problems that often plague higher education institutions.


One such institution is the Kentucky Community and Technical College System; its encouragement of faculty innovation has resulted in successful tool use and teaching approaches — as well as a mash-up of tools that is straining the limits of its existing LMS.

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Moodle Community Platform to Offer Closer Ties to OER, Crowdfunding Mechanism -- Campus Technology

Moodle Community Platform to Offer Closer Ties to OER, Crowdfunding Mechanism -- Campus Technology | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Martin Dougiamas, the founder and CEO of the Australian company that drives development of the open source learning platform Moodle, does not mince words about the conflict he sees between open and proprietary developments in educational technology and in society at large. 

"There is a bit of a war going on around the planet right now," Dougiamas said in his opening comments to a recent Future Trends Forum video chat hosted by futurist Bryan Alexander. "We find ourselves at the vanguard of people who believe in openness, who believe in social good and social justice. On the other side of the fence, as you have in your country right now, there is a corporate takeover of the government. There is an increasing effect of very large, wealthy organizations focused on profits and increasing the inequality gap and focused on commercializing public services."

Speaking from his home in Perth, Australia, Dougiamas said he has started to refocus Moodle's activities to do a more effective job of spreading openness — particularly in education. "Education affects every other thing that human beings do on this planet, so it is important work."
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There’s Nothing Personal About Big Tech and Education

There’s Nothing Personal About Big Tech and Education | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Computers should amplify and extend authentic, meaningful learning experiences, not be used to achieve rote learning and test preparation. The new disciples of Edtech are, ironically, advocating for content delivery systems that are no better than the traditional textbook that they proclaim disdain for in pseudo-enlightened voices. If we want learners to thrive, learning needs to be personal. Nothing makes learning more personal than an inspiring, caring teacher. It therefore follows that if we want teachers to be inspiring and caring, we also need to provide them with the context and culture in which they can thrive. Learners — both students and teachers — must be placed at the centre of any change agenda in education. Personalization is not personal. But a caring teacher and tech proficiency are not incompatible: in fact, they go hand-in-hand. Informed and intelligent arguments about the motivations of tech conglomerates are no justification to deny students the tools they need to become empowered learners.
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"Personalization is not personal. But a caring teacher and tech proficiency are not incompatible: in fact, they go hand-in-hand. Informed and intelligent arguments about the motivations of tech conglomerates are no justification to deny students the tools they need to become empowered learners."
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Next Steps for the NGDLE

Next Steps for the NGDLE | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Since April 2015, when the original EDUCAUSE report on the next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) was published, the idea has decidedly taken off. I believe we are still talking about the NGDLE two years later because the framework captures the imagination without limiting the scope of what the next generation environment could be. In fact, the universe of future environments has expanded since 2015 as various elements of next generation environments (e.g., analytics, adaptive learning, and social networking) have grown — both in number and complexity. The power of the NGDLE is its richness, not its specificity, as the wide-ranging articles in this issue of EDUCAUSE Review make clear.
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Students and Faculty Talk about Personalized Learning

Students and Faculty Talk about Personalized Learning | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Teachers and students share the value of personalized learning tools and models.


While there is a lot of reporting, analysis, and industry excitement surrounding personalized learning, we don’t often get to hear directly from real students and teachers about their experiences with it and why they find these tools and instructional models valuable. Mindwires’ new video series, which received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to fill that gap. The series features five 30-minute case studies (broken into 10- or 15-minute episodes) of various colleges and universities, ranging from urban community colleges to large public universities to elite New England liberal arts colleges. A number of these institutions, though not all, received grants from the foundation to deploy and evaluate the potential of adaptive learning in high enrollment, undergraduate general and developmental education courses. The goal of this program was to better understand the potential of such courseware to improve student success and provide value to institutions as well as to rigorously measure the effectiveness of such instructional innovations across a diverse set of campuses across the nation. All of the episodes feature thoughtful students and faculty reflecting on what it means to personalize learning and what they are learning from technology-enabled personalized learning on their campus.

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Blended learning is like a green smoothie

Blended learning is like a green smoothie | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

University of Western Australia’s pro vice-chancellor (education innovation), professor Gilly Salmon, included a very modern analogy in her EduTECH presentation. 


“You know when you put vegetables in a blender to make a smoothie, you whiz it up, and it tastes really bad? Blended learning is a bit like that. You need the right ingredients to make it work.” 


And for her, the most crucial ingredient is the mobile phone, which she describes as the low-cost “holy grail”.

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The Missing Link in Educational Technology

The Missing Link in Educational Technology | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
But we need someone (or several someones) in the gap. This is the missing link. You don't have to call it 'Informatics'. You could call it something like 'Educational technology coordinator', or something more creative. The key is to have these skill sets on your team.

This will allow your IT department to:

Create a platform that is 'open for academic innovation' 
Create a culture of experimentation. 
Create opportunities for teachers to try things, and share their findings. 
Move security and the complexity of managing data, applications, workflow, reporting, etc. into the network. 
Get the computer out of the equation and focus on helping your teachers develop the skills, competencies, literacies and knowledge today's learners need.
If you don't, there is the strong possibility that the IT department will be relegated to a maintenance function - keeping the services running at the lowest possible cost, but not called on for innovative ideas or having a relevant voice in the organization.
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The Disruption of Digital Learning: Ten Things We Have Learned

The Disruption of Digital Learning: Ten Things We Have Learned | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Over the last few months I’ve had a series of meetings with Chief Learning Officers, talent management leaders, and vendors of next generation learning tools. My goal has been simple: try to make sense of the new corporate learning landscape, which for want of a better word, we can now call “Digital Learning.” In this article I’d like to share ten things to think about, with the goal of helping L&D professionals, HR leaders, and business leaders understand how the world of corporate learning has changed.
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Good stuff! Thanks to Kim Flintoff.