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JISC e-Learning Models Desk Study


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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, December 14, 2013 4:59 PM

Totally relate this to MOOCs.  I have been reviewing old papers as I think we often try and recreate something new out of something that we have done before.  If we just practised reflective learning ourselves I think we would dig out some great ideas and we just need to update them (apply what we know today). 

Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education
The many dimensions of Digital Learning - edtech, eLearning, blended, authentic, online
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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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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 e-learning is better than face-to-face learning

Why e-learning is better than face-to-face learning | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Many people still tend to see e-learning as a poor alternative to face-to-face learning.
 
This is often based on poor experiences with uninspiring e-learning courses that simply plonk a slide presentation or PDF onto a web page, with little thought for engagement or interaction.
 
The question still pervades whether, despite the emergence of new digital learning technology, e-learning  can ever be ‘as good’ as the supposed exemplar of classroom learning.
 
The answer is quite simple: e-learning gives us the opportunity to extend learning beyond borders with more benefits than traditional learning could ever offer.
 
Here are four reasons why:
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Skype Meetings - online meetings built for business

Skype Meetings - online meetings built for business | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Skype Meetings
Professional meetings built for business

Easy to set up and join · Powerful collaboration tools · Made by Microsoft

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Start a free meeting - Anyone can join: 

- PowerPoint collaboration and screen sharing.
- Personalized URL to join from any device.
- Video calls with up to 10 people.*

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The complete meetings solution with all the free features plus:
- Office apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and schedule meetings with Outlook.
- Instant message anytime.
- Meeting recording.
- Meetings with up to 250 people. 

 
Getting your team together is as easy as sharing a link.
With one click, anyone can join your online meeting, from any device. You can choose to meet right away, or schedule from Outlook for later. The meeting URL is personalized just for you.

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While built for business it can also serve the needs of digital learning very well.
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Digital Learning Toolkit

Digital Learning Toolkit | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This guide expands upon best practices that could be used in both digital and face-to-face environments to highlight considerations specific to online learning, bearing in mind the following assumptions established by the panel:

Content development for online courses is more time-consuming because in the absence of face-to-face interaction, there is a greater need for creating rich media that stimulates virtual interaction.
Designing online learning activities involves a diverse set of technology and tools; instructors must learn how to use the technologies and integrate them in the online environment.
Topic- and question-driven discussion is more natural in a face-to-face environment, so instructors must intentionally plan for and build in similar engagement opportunities within online curriculum.
Because many online courses draw in learners from all over the world, careful consideration must be given to diverse demographics and backgrounds when developing material.
Learners do not have the benefit of sitting side-by-side with their classmates in an online course; thus, it is easier for learners to feel isolated, and a significant effort must be exerted to make them feel part of a community.
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If we were really serious about educational technology

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If we were really serious about educational technology, we would… show students how to edit their privacy settings and use groups in
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Interesting challenge from 2010 - how far have our attitudes, policies and practices moved since this was published??
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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 | Digital Learning - beyond 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 | Digital Learning - beyond 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 | Digital Learning - beyond 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 | Digital Learning - beyond 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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8 strategies Australian Universities are using to develop engaging and interactive online learning courses

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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! | Digital Learning - beyond 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 | Digital Learning - beyond 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 | Digital Learning - beyond 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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Half of Online Students Would Not Opt for Live Courses -- Campus Technology

Half of Online Students Would Not Opt for Live Courses -- Campus Technology | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
New research into the demographics of online college students found 50 percent of them would probably not choose to attend classes on a physical campus.

By Michael Hart07/20/16
Half of higher education students taking advantage of online instruction said in a survey they either would not or were not sure they would attend live courses even if they were available to them. That's according to the fifth annual survey by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research on the demographics of students who are pursuing online college degrees.

This year's study, entitled "Online College Students 2016: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences," found that while online courses were the only option for half of students, 90 percent of students who had taken live on-campus courses said they either prefer online courses or found them just as satisfying.

"Current estimates place the number of students working toward their degrees online at 3.5 million," said Learning House Chief Academic Officer David Clinefelter. "Institutions of higher learning cannot afford to ignore this population."
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Excelsior LIVE: Nick Fortugno on storytelling for learning

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Nick Fortugno is recognized around the world as a leading game designer, narrative and story expert as well as an entrepreneur of digital and real-world games. The chief creative officer of Playmatics joins the podcast to discuss his upcoming presentation at Revolutionary Learning 2016: Storytelling for Learning.
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How to Do Adaptive Learning Right (EdSurge News)

How to Do Adaptive Learning Right (EdSurge News) | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In the case of adaptive learning, education commentator Audrey Watters gave examples of how things can go badly wrong on her blog. “Serendipity and curiosity are such important elements in learning,” she asks. “Why would we engineer those out of our systems and schools?” More recently, Alfie Kohn provided another summary of the numerous reasons to be skeptical of education technology solutions.

Watters’ bleak future will only come to pass if the algorithms continue to be both naïvely developed and naïvely applied, and moreover, in the case of mathematics learning (the area we both work in) applied to the wrong kind of learning tasks. Almost all the personalized math learning software systems we have seen fall into this category. But there is another way—as our work, and a thorough review by a third-party research organization—has shown.
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Instructional Design, a report by Intentional Futures

Instructional Design, a report by Intentional Futures | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Take a look at the mysterious designers bringing student-centered pedagogy to online learning and higher-ed.
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'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete'

'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete' | Digital Learning - beyond 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 | Digital Learning - beyond 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

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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

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“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 | Digital Learning - beyond 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 | Digital Learning - beyond 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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