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Long Road Ahead for Digital Literacy in Higher Ed -- Campus Technology

Long Road Ahead for Digital Literacy in Higher Ed -- Campus Technology | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Higher education institutions today face an increasingly pressing challenge: advancing digital literacy among students and faculty, according to a new report from the New Media Consortium (NMC). “Digital Literacy: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief” aims to “establish a vision of digital literacy and serve as a call to action for higher education leaders across the United States.” Commissioned by Adobe Systems, NMC researchers surveyed more than 450 education leaders, faculty and staff to assess the current landscape of digital literacy in higher ed.

Technology has become ubiquitous in today’s colleges and universities, integrated into “every facet of campus life to enhance course design, course materials and interactions between learners and instructors,” the report noted — yet many students still struggle to use the technologies and tools available to them. A recent Pew Research Center study found that just 17 percent of adult learners are “confident in their ability to use digital tools to pursue learning.” In other words, their digital literacy skills are not keeping pace with the proliferation of technology on campus and in the workplace.
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Top Ten Learning Theories for Digital and Collaborative Learning

Dr David Parsons, National Postgraduate Director at the Mind Lab by Unitec, provides a brief overview of the top ten learning theories for digital and collaborative learning. These include conditioning, constructivism, constructionism, connectivism and communities of practice.
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A sound understanding of the theoretical foundations of your teaching choices assists with effective evaluation, redesign, and adaptation to changing needs of your learners.
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Forget Big Data—Little Data Lets Students Learn at Their Own Pace

Forget Big Data—Little Data Lets Students Learn at Their Own Pace | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
“I don’t know if it’s an age thing, or if they’ve just been taught something over the years,” she said. The sofas were added to give students the freedom to choose where to sit and a chance to move around during the class period. No one dared to try them out until the second week of school.

Ekstrom realized that the students are more likely to have the confidence to try something new—whether it’s a new seating option or a new study method—when they feel they have her support. At the beginning of the school year, her students assemble a sort of homemade textbook, complete with a table of contents, goal trackers, and space to write notes and reflections. Ekstrom uses the notebook to teach students about different note-taking and study methods, and over time, allows them to use whichever method works best for them.
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The article seems to reflect more of a focus on personalisation rather than "data"... the two are intertwined for sure - but personalisation ultimately speaks to relevance, personal agency and autonomy...  not always features of classroom engagement strategies.
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Critical Instructional Design and Acts of Resistance

Critical Instructional Design and Acts of Resistance | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Post once, reply twice: the epitaph for online learning. Post once, reply twice: the fundamental flaw of instructional design.

Critical Instructional Design is new, and as such is grounded in the work of a very few people. I coined the term in January 2016 in an article on Hybrid Pedagogy, but the article -- and the MOOC that it supported -- simply put words to work I’d been moving toward since 1999, when I took my first job as an instructional designer.

At the core, that work was to develop a method for questioning our assumptions about learning and learning environments. It assumes that learning is a liberatory, discursive act of resistance, and that it exists within the context of a world mired in issues of social justice.
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On snow days, this Colorado teacher uses YouTube to keep his class moving forward

On snow days, this Colorado teacher uses YouTube to keep his class moving forward | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

How do teachers captivate their students? Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask great educators how they approach their jobs. You can see other pieces in this series here.


Jeremy Beckman uses a combination of high-tech gadgets and old-school face-to-face communication to connect with his students and their families.


A high school math teacher at Discovery Canyon Campus High School, a Pre-K-12 International Baccalaureate school in Colorado Springs, one of Beckman’s tried-and-true methods for connecting with parents is to attend their kids’ basketball games and band concerts. On snow days, he teaches his AP Calculus class from home via YouTube so the students don’t miss any lessons.

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A Return to Best Practices for Teaching Online -- Campus Technology

A Return to Best Practices for Teaching Online -- Campus Technology | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Technology advancements have made online learning environments seamless, and our daily and nearly continuous exposure to online modes for communication in almost all areas of our lives seems to have made almost everyone comfortable working online. But is the distinction between online learning and campus-based instruction disappearing? And are all teaching faculty necessarily prepared to teach online?

The lines between online learning and campus-based courses might appear to be blurring over time, but it's important to realize that there are, and always will be, differences. Asking faculty to move their courses online may be deceptively simple. That's why co-authors Judith Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad have refined a list of 14 best practices based on core learning principles to help faculty succeed in creating effective online courses.

Here, we've asked Designing for Learning consultant and author Judith V. Boettcher about the development of these best practices and their impact for online learning. [The list of 14 best practices is included at the end of this article.]
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Google Australia launches new digital training platform

Google Australia launches new digital training platform | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Google Australia has launched The Digital Garage, a new free training platform designed to assist small businesses with website creation, online marketing, social media, e-commerce and more.
 
In a statement launching the product, head of Google Marketing Solutions Australia John Ball described The Digital Garage as “a free training platform from Google to help anyone increase their knowledge of all things digital, from website creation and online marketing, to social media, e-commerce and beyond”.
 
The Digital Garage, which will be delivered as “bite-size” videos, features 90 training modules covering the aforementioned topics. The Digital Garage will allow business owners to set their own goals as workers undertake the course. Those who complete the course will receive a certificate from Google, supported by IAB Australia.
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The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age

The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it


This qualitative research project by Dr Sonia Livingstone Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE and Julian Sefton-Green  Principal Research Fellow at the Department of Media & Communication, LSE, followed a class of London teenagers over the course of a year to find out more about how they are operating in the online digital world.

 

The study shows how individual students interact (often very differently) with online technology and it examines relationships between home and school identifying some of the (serious) issues and areas of conflict that arise. 

 

"In exploring the lives of these young people within and beyond the bounds of the class and the school, this book offers a rich portrait of young people’s everyday lives. Most simply, we wanted to get beyond the many fearful claims circulating among adults about today’s youth - that they are so immersed in the online world that they cannot concentrate on learning, that they neglect family life, that they disrespect their parents and teachers, even that they no longer establish their own values or sustain a sense of privacy"

 

In a discussion piece in the English and Media Centre blog, Julian writes:

 

" ...attempts to use the media across the boundary of home and school were actually seriously policed, or did not function as intended. SIMS worked really well as a form of digital surveillance while all too often the VLE didn't work or wasn't properly understood by either teachers or students. Mobile phones, which could of course be very useful, were forbidden in school. For all the talk about living in a connected world, the students didn't want teachers or parents to have access to their world and the same was true of the adults."

 

This longitudinal research looks at at experience as well as outcomes, something that is sometimes missing from a great deal of educational research. You can buy the report here or read it free online. The work is shared under a Creative Commons BY NC SA Licence.



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A Timeline of Google Classroom’s March to Replace Learning Management Systems (EdSurge News)

A Timeline of Google Classroom’s March to Replace Learning Management Systems (EdSurge News) | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Over the last two years, Google has taken its popular applications and outfitted them for the classroom. While many schools and districts continue to use existing learning management systems, such as Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle and Schoology, Google’s Classroom platform is increasingly catching teachers’ eyes.

Many schools already use Google’s suite of productivity tools — Docs, Sheets and Slides. What Classroom aims to provide is a way to package these apps together and add features unique to what teachers and students need. In short, Classroom wants to be a lightweight learning management system.
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E-Learning, the Digital Divide, and Student Success at Community Colleges

E-Learning, the Digital Divide, and Student Success at Community Colleges | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The number of students who enroll in U.S. community colleges tends to be inversely related to the economy. When the economy is good and jobs are plentiful, potential (and enrolled) students may put off their education in order to work. When the economy is not strong and jobless rates are higher, students may take the opportunity to learn new skills and continue their education. So the community college enrollment decline that we are seeing across the United States is in part a result of this cyclical pattern. However, in a countertrend, community colleges have seen growth in the e-learning field. In fact, according to a 2015 national distance education survey: “eLearning enrollments have accounted for nearly all student enrollment growth at community colleges during the past eleven years.”1
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Digital dawn: open online learning is just beginning - The Tech Edvocate

Digital dawn: open online learning is just beginning - The Tech Edvocate | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Universities are traditionally seen as exclusive institutions for the few, not the many. But that is changing as a new wave of online courses throws open the doors of academia to all.

Led by world renowned American institutions like MIT and Harvard, this push to democratise learning is being taken up in Australia too.
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Learning Designer: Power Tools for Teachers

Learning Designer. Produced by Xube, this video gives an overview of the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Research Programme's Learning Designer projec
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Curtin Uni IT team pulls itself together

Curtin Uni IT team pulls itself together | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
There was a time when Richard Addiscott scoffed at the idea of working in higher education: “My perception was that it was somewhere to go in the twilight of your career. And that tweed jackets with elbow patches and corduroy pants were the order of the day.”

The stereotypes quickly faded when Addiscott arrived at Curtin University in Perth at the beginning of last year, working as director of IT planning, governance and security.

“It reset my thinking,” the former BAE Systems information security consultant told a Gartner Security and Risk Management summit in Sydney. “It’s one of the most forward thinking, dynamic and complex environments a security professional can work in. And that’s only been amplified since joining. It’s far more competitive than I could have imagined.”

Last year, Western Australia's largest university identified a shadow IT problem caused by a lack of trust between the IT department and the fast-moving innovative business units. Addiscott described it as a ‘trust chasm’. But there's now a plan to fill the gap.
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Revolutionizing education: The virtual future of learning

Revolutionizing education: The virtual future of learning | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

There are monumental changes on the horizon. The future of education is as thrilling as it’s ever been, and although it’s impossible to predict all that is about to happen, we can be certain of some changes. 


Education will provide more opportunity for students to excel as unique individual learners. New technology and ways of thinking will allow for students with multiple learning styles to find their place in the classroom, for re-engineered classroom layouts, and for new paths to graduation through secondary education. 


If we embrace it with the right attitude, the future of education will be more capable and all-encompassing than it is now and than it ever has been.

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Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
There needs to be some positive acceptance that young people are going to use this technology. I don't think that just denying it is reasonable. I also don't think an extended period of removing technology is likely to be helpful. I think that it is reasonable to take technology "time outs," to have environments and maybe even times where the family interacts with each other and not the outside world through texts. It's sort of a return to the dinner table as a place where you learn how to engage in face-to-face, meaningful contact. Put your tech aside. You can return to it afterwards.

And I think to lead by example is critical because we now know that parents are as guilty as their kids in pulling out a phone during a dinner conversation and texting. I think that that is really critical just to say it has to be balanced and we're going to practice how to balance it as a family.
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Robots likely to be used in classrooms as learning tools, not teachers

Robots likely to be used in classrooms as learning tools, not teachers | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
While students enjoy learning with robots, research finds that teachers are more sceptical – worrying about their job security and technical capabilities of robots.
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The article looks at "robots" but ignores the more significant developments around "bots", cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, EDM, predictive analytics, and the rest of the digital ecosystem that will become - has already begun - part of the teaching process. Teachers will increasingly be asked to draw upon interactions, consultations and evaluations with the likes of IBM Watson to find educational solutions for their classes.
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How do children use the internet? We asked thousands of kids around the world

How do children use the internet? We asked thousands of kids around the world | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The developing world is waking up to the internet. We need to know how new generations of children use it.
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Digital Literacy: New NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief

Digital Literacy: New NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This project was launched because there is a lack of consensus across the field about how to define digital literacy and implement effective programs. A survey was disseminated throughout the NMC community of higher education leaders and practitioners to understand how digital literacy initiatives are impacting their campuses. The NMC’s research examines the current landscape to illuminate multiple models of digital literacy — universal literacy, creative literacy, and literacy across disciplines — around which dedicated programs can proliferate a spectrum of skills and competencies. These initiatives have the potential to generate more excitement around learning for students, especially as their growing fluency enables deeper connections with others and equips them with a new lens to critically evaluate the world around them.
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Digital Education Survey | Deloitte US

Digital Education Survey | Deloitte US | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Explore emerging trends in digital education technology
Digital transformation is impacting the education ecosystem, both inside and outside of the classroom. Examine findings from the Digital Education Survey.
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Open badges | Joyce Seitzinger | TEDxRosalindParkED

Open Badges. Because learning is learning wherever it happens. Joyce Seitzinger is an education technologist and learning designer with 15 years experienc

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Why edtech can’t grow as much as healthtech

Why edtech can’t grow as much as healthtech | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Although edtech overall has seen quite a few successes in the past years, the global uptake of truly innovative educational technology at universities is still limited. The higher-ed market is traditionally characterized by long sales cycles, many stakeholders with various interests and lack of synergy of technology initiatives. While many startup companies use universities as their launching pads for their innovations (a famous recent example being Snapchat), comparatively few of them develop technologies to enhance actual university functions — learning and research — but instead use universities as socially cohesive environments where launching an app is easy.
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Why the Next 10 Years of Educational Technologies will Smash the Last 10 – UKEdChat.com

Why the Next 10 Years of Educational Technologies will Smash the Last 10 – UKEdChat.com | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

When you think about the advance of technology in society in the last decade, the progress has been phenomenal – just take a look at these examples to see how far we have come in such a short space of time. Now, think about education. Think about the technology in your school ten years ago – perhaps a computer suite with an unreliable bank of PC’s; CD-ROMs; discs; slow, irrelevant programs; staff scared of using IT; and so on.

OK, we concede, there are some schools where this is still the picture, but the future of Educational Technologies are a lot brighter, and here is why we think that the next ten years of tech will be staggering. Belt up, and prepare for the voyage…

The Next Generation of Teachers 


Portability


The Speed of Innovation

 
Relevance


Creativity


Reliability


Connectivity


Costs


Simplicity


Acceptability

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Transforming the way we communicate & collaborate: Curtin IT Services

cits.curtin.edu.au/tcit See how Curtin IT Services is playing a part in forging a new and flexible digital experience for our staff, students an
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Weaknesses of online and face-to-face learning

Weaknesses of online and face-to-face learning | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Learning on smartphones is often not thought about in terms of how we live, one expert tells L&D Professional.
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Tackle teacher shortages with online learning | Christensen Institute

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning | Christensen Institute | Digital Learning - beyond eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The new school year is underway, but districts across the country are still struggling to fill hundreds of teaching positions. These teacher shortages are proving especially acute in certain subject areas like special education, science, and mathematics. And particular regions, like rural districts, where it’s difficult to find qualified teachers, are also especially strained. Districts in Oklahoma, for example, one of the hardest-hit states, are still trying to fill more than 500 teaching vacancies—despite eliminating more than 1,500 teaching jobs in the past year, according to the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.


These chronic shortages, in turn, tend to limit the coursework that students can access. For example, two in five high schools don’t offer physics, according to a recent Education Week Research Center analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The numbers are worse in some states than others, with nearly 70 percent of high schools in Alaska and Oklahoma not offering the subject.

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