The third annual Second Life MOOC (SLMOOC16) will take place from April 1-30, 2016 on WizIQ (click here to access the course). The theme of the current MOOC is “Connecting in Virtual Worlds. Communities of Practice” There is a plethora of communities in virtual worlds promoting education and learning through connecting online via web technologies such as Second Life. The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching around the world through virtual worlds like Second Life, Minecraft or OpenSim. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats. SLMOOC16 is for educators, schools, and public and private businesses that wish to provide training in virtual worlds. Weekly badges and a final certificate of completion will be available for free. There will be 3 learning areas: WizIQ, Moodle for Teachers, and Second Life MOOC areas.
In 2013, Richard Saller, dean of Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences, argued that teaching the humanities online was nearly impossible. “The humanities have to deal with ambiguity [and] with multiple answers,” he said, “My hunch is that the kinds of platforms that are available now ca
The French Revolution from The University of Melbourne. The French Revolution was one of the most important upheavals in world history. This course examines its origins, course and outcomes. This course is designed for you to work through successfully on your own. However you will not be alone on this journey. Use the resources included in the course and take part in the suggested learning activities to get the most out of your learning. To successfully complete this course, it is recommended that you devote at least six hours to every module over the six weeks of the course. In that time you should watch the video lectures, reflect and respond to the short in-video reflection questions, and complete the quizzes. Each week students will be required to read a chapter of Peter McPhee's textbook, The French Revolution. These chapters will be made available in each week. Alternatively, you can purchase the e-book if you wish to keep the textbook once the course has ended.
The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 13th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges, and detailed in succinct, non-technical, and unbiased presentations.
Good teachers work to create personalized experiences for students that motivate them and target their specific learning needs. But teachers can’t do it alone. Digital content and tools that support personalized learning create new kinds of student data that help teachers tailor instruction specifically to students’ needs and interests, and get rapid insight into their learning progress. And as we celebrate Digital Learning Day, what better time to highlight the need for more effective digital instructional tools?
There’s no replacement for the powerful connection between teacher and student, but digital instructional tools provide teachers with valuable information and resources to meet individual needs and track student progress. Teachers are constantly trying to analyze how their students are doing based on many data sources, and new tools that organize data well and provide actionable insights into what individual students need are becoming available.
Christine Ortiz is taking a leave from her prestigious post as a professor and dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to start a radical, new nonprofit university that she says will have no majors, no lectures, and no classrooms.
Many details about the new university are still undetermined, she says, but the basic idea is to answer the question, What if you could start a university from scratch for today’s needs and with today’s technology?
Her venture is not the only effort to create a new kind of college — there’s the Minerva Project, created by a tech entrepreneur in San Francisco, and MOOC providers like Udacity, started by a former Stanford University professor.
When we come across new technologies or digital platforms for the first time in further and higher education (HE), how do we decide what the technology does or should do, and how we can use it to help us?
As an instructional technologist at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, Tom Baer is no stranger to working with faculty who struggle to understand the role of instructional designers. It’s not unusual for him to encounter instructors reluctant to give up their go-to lecture or P
Those of us who use iPads in education were excited to hear about some new features in the upcoming iOS 9.3. It looks like Apple is making an effort in improving how iPads work in the classroom. A common complaint about iPads in schools was that they are difficult to share amongst multiple classes. Now,…
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Owners of an iPhone 6S or an iPhone 6S Plus can record video footage in glorious 4K (that’s a frame size of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels), and it’s also supported on some flagship Android phones. However, it can take up a serious chunk of room — roughly 375MB per minute on your device’s internal memory. For those occasions when ultra high-definition playback isn’t important, or you’re just running out of space, dial down the resolution: on iOS, find the Photos & Camera option in Settings, and on Android open up the Settings panel in the stock Camera app.
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.”
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.
Designing a ‘successful’ MOOC is one thing. Making a MOOC ‘successful’ is something completely different.
Much has been written by far better and more eloquent people than me (here and here and here and here and here) on what makes a successful MOOC – all about interactions, journeys, optimum length, appropriate materials, platform, etc.. But what about making a MOOC successful? To me, there is a difference.
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