The Tin Can API (sometimes known as the Experience API or xAPI) is a brand new specification for learning technology that makes it possible to collect data about the wide range of experiences a person has (online and offline). This API captures data in a consistent format about a person or group’s activities from many technologies. Very different systems are able to securely communicate by capturing and sharing this stream of activities using Tin Can’s simple vocabulary.
Digital Collaboration and Classroom Practice presents our findings, including insights on why educators did or did not use Connect; what might have made Connect more useful; and what external tools educators use for similar purposes.
Among our key findings:
Administrators and teachers with school-wide roles used Connect much more heavily than teachers who did not hold school-wide roles.The educators who used ARIS Connect most frequently did so because they felt it was required as part of the NYC DOE’s Inquiry process (in which teams meet regularly to develop data-based strategies for addressing the needs of struggling students).Educators reported a number of obstacles to using Connect, including confusion about its purpose, a lack of training, and technical challenges.Educators use other online tools to fill three basic functions: communicating with students, sharing files, and searching for resources.
The brief delves further into each of these findings, offering lessons and recommendations for NYC and other school districts as they develop new tools aimed at improving classroom instruction.
Digital Collaboration and Classroom Practice: Educator Use of ARIS Connect (2014) Nina Siman, Shifra M. Goldenberg, and Thomas Gold
Moving in the direction of mobile learning? Working to enable your traditional eLearning courses to run on tablets and smartphones? Consider another direction. Unless your eLearning offerings draw rave reviews from your workforce, moving them to a mobile device only makes it more convenient for your employees to access marginally effective training.
Raise the bar on your online training as you go mobile. Produce more effective, more engaging mLearning in a fraction of the time required to develop unengaging eLearning. How fast? How about 8 hours to produce training with 10 distinct learning activities? With built-in addictive learning games, extensive leaderboard capabilities, and the most extensive analytics on the market.
Anyone looking to learn more about comprehensive design can read the book Universal Principles of Design, which features more than 200 descriptions in alphabetical order along with images to aid the explanations. For those interested just in those concepts that are most relevant to eLearning design, this post sums up some of the most important definitions.
The 2014 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education: A Horizon Project Regional Report reflects a collaborative research effort between the NMC and Open Universities Australia to help inform Australian education leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in tertiary education. This report was produced to explore emerging technologies and forecast their potential impact expressly in a tertiary education context. In the effort that took place from January through March 2014, a carefully selected panel of experts was asked to consider hundreds of relevant articles, news, blog posts, research, and project examples as part of the preparation that ultimately pinpointed the most notable emerging technology topics, trends, and challenges for Australian tertiary education over the next five years. View the work the produced the report and meet the expert panel at aus.wiki.nmc.org.
The PC is dying, long live the PC! These headlines have been thrown around for years, as sales of laptops and desktops have continually dwindled downward.
Kim Flintoff's insight:
The implications for learning engagement are significant. Recent data suggests that mobile engagement can potentially target 93% of the world's population. Learning design must shift to accommodate these growing patterns for engagement - instructional design and knowledge of more dynamic mobile platforms will need to become more common. Universities are still a decade or more behind current trends. What will blended and elearning look like in another few years if anyone takes notice of this?
With more and more faculty being asked to teach blended or online courses, the need for faculty training has never been higher. CT looks at tried-and-tested strategies for molding better online instructors.
1) Maximize Your Digital Savvy
2) Be an Active and Engaged Participant
3) Reinvent Your Wheel
4) Include Your Learners in the Learning Process
5) Reassess Assessment
6) Realize It's Okay to Fail
Kim Flintoff's insight:
There really arern't any secrets in here -the best teachers already know and do this - and students intutitively recognise the difference.
Automating services and communication provides students with efficiency related to administrative and tedious tasks associated with their educational experience so they can focus on what educators agree is most important: learning. Further, faculty would be able to focus on the delivery of instruction where it is needed most, rather than leaving the students’ ability to receive and process course content to chance. Adaptive learning technologies, for example, are popping up in a variety of major educational systems as a way to adjust the learning experience to the needs of the individual student in real time, in a highly scalable way.
The vision of the ADL Initiative is to provide access to the highest quality learning and performance aiding that can be tailored to individual needs, and delivered cost effectively at the right time and at the right place.
How can we get beyond the polarization of the digital and the physical, and optimize both local and virtual spaces in ways that will empower students to be effective collaborative learners?
Universities have largely operated in the realm of the physical, while the burgeoning learning ecosystem has largely been virtual. This roundtable will get beyond this binary way of thinking and look at how both sides could interpenetrate the other, blending the best of the physical and vi...
It was just 18 months ago that we were living in the "Year of the MOOC." Massive open online courses—MOOC for short—were supposed to revolutionize the way people learned and deliver high-quality education to the masses. But the idea faced a tough 2013.
The brain is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve by obtaining new knowledge and skills, even before birth. Unfortunately, retaining information can be challenging, simply because instructors and course designers do not always use methods that facilitate remembering. The following seven points look at key principles from neuroscience research paired with tips that will allow course creators to achieve effective eLearning development.
New Compilation of Articles on the Flipped ClassroomApril 16, 2014
Inside Higher Ed is today releasing a free compilation of articles and essays -- in print-on-demand format -- about the flipped classroom. The articles and essays reflect key discussions about pedagogy, technology and the role of faculty members. Download the booklet here.
This booklet is part of a series of such compilations that Inside Higher Ed is publishing on a range of topics.
You know how some days, you feel older than others? I always tend to feel old when I look at education trends and examine just how far technology has come since I was in graduate school (which really doesn’t feel that long ago). Even though I was in graduate school during the late 2000′s, many things still had not made the jump to being technology based. Many things weretech based, but some of the big stuff – like research- had only come about halfway.
While I certainly wasn’t sifting through paper records to find out what library had the books I needed for a lit review, I still had to call the library to order them (they didn’t let you request interlibrary loan online at that time), wait for the physical books to arrive, and then schlep them home to sift through them. I’m sure many of you have the same reaction to this as I do – blech.
The handy infographic below takes a look at how Google has changed student research with a special focus on graduate students. Google is not only the most widely used search engine, but they’ve developed a lot of education specific research tools to help students out. Keep reading to learn more.