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edutagger - K-12 Social Bookmarking - Published

Edutagger is a social news and bookmarking site for K-12 educators...

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Check out Edutagger...does it have potential for your students?

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Kathleen Gradel's curator insight, July 22, 2013 6:35 PM

Check this out...does this have potential for your students?

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University Suspends Online Classes After More Than Half the Students Fail

University Suspends Online Classes After More Than Half the Students Fail | eLearning Biggies | Scoop.it
In January, San Jose State University made a big announcement: It had reached a deal with the startup Udacity to offer college classes for credit online, for a modest fee, not only to its own students but to anyone who wanted to take them.
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What are we learning from these experiments?

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Top 5 Changes in Modern K-12 Education

Top 5 Changes in Modern K-12 Education | eLearning Biggies | Scoop.it
Education has changed drastically over the past few decades. As technology advances, so do the tools used by teachers. Computers, tablets, and even phones bring new and innovative ways to learn.

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Are we with it?

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Floyd Figures's curator insight, July 23, 2013 11:19 AM

Great resources to meet the needs of all students.

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How K-12 Education is Moving Increasingly Online?

How K-12 Education is Moving Increasingly Online? | eLearning Biggies | Scoop.it
Take a look at this infographic below to learn how blended learning is being used in K12 classrooms. (RT @utkarshlokesh: How #blendedlearning is being used in #K12 classrooms.

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It's coming, it's coming, it's here!

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Best Practices: Tips for Improving Your Online Courses in 2013 « Online Learning Update

"As the new year begins, it’s a great time to set new goals for improving our elearning courses. Are your courses lacking luster, engagement, interactivity, or collaboration? How can you take your online courses to the next level? In today’s post, I’m going to suggest some ideas for improving your courses in Moodle and Joule.

Use advanced grading methods. Start using advanced forums. Add videos to increase engagement…."

 

http://www.moodlerooms.com/resources/blog/best-practices-tips-improving-your-online-courses-2013


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Have you polished your course recently? Consider these recommendations anytime.

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5 Ways To Really Connect With Online Students - Edudemic

5 Ways To Really Connect With Online Students - Edudemic | eLearning Biggies | Scoop.it
In this world of increased online education, it's important for students and instructors to really know how to connect with online students.

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Yes, yes, yes. These 5 ways "nail" the essentials. Embedded deep in these ideas is maintaining and promoting the human-ness in all of our digtal connections.

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John Clayton's curator insight, July 1, 2013 2:41 PM

As we start the new NZ semester it is timely to reflect on some basic tips for ensuring our learners have a great blended learning experience 

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Summer Learning Series-Twitter Chats For Learning

Summer Learning Series-Twitter Chats For Learning | eLearning Biggies | Scoop.it
This is the fourth post in my Summer Learning Series. These are short posts with tools, tips and resources for you to try something new this summer or something you can take to the classroom in the Fall.
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Gotta keep learning...

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MOOCs and the Flipped Classroom: Online Learning in K-12 Education

MOOCs and the Flipped Classroom: Online Learning in K-12 Education | eLearning Biggies | Scoop.it
MOOCs enable running a flipped classroom at the K-12 level. By allowing delivery of instruction online and completing homework during class time.
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The puzzle pieces of elearning...

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K-12 « Free Online Courses | Teacher Resources

K-12 «  Free Online Courses | Teacher Resources | eLearning Biggies | Scoop.it
drsastry's insight: while the courses are ready for use as-is, anyone may also reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute their courses to meet local needs.
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Helpful third-party resources?

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Five Things College Professors Can Learn from K-12 Educators - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus

Five Things College Professors Can Learn from K-12 Educators - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus | eLearning Biggies | Scoop.it
Add to your summer reading list - Five Things College Professors Can Learn from K-12 Educators #SNHUCTL http://t.co/Mfx1BdsBVd
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Facilitating Online | Centre for Educational Technology

Facilitating Online | Centre for Educational Technology | eLearning Biggies | Scoop.it

Facilitating Online is a course intended for training educators as online facilitators of fully online and mixed mode courses. The Centre for Educational Technology (CET) produced a Course Leader’s Guide as an Open Educational Resource to assist educators and trainers who wish to implement a course on online facilitation within their institution or across several institutions. The course manual was written by Tony Carr, Shaheeda Jaffer and Jeanne Smuts and was published online and in print in early 2009.

The guide contains the course model, week-by-week learning activities, general guidance to the course leader on how to implement and customise the course and specific guidelines on each learning activity. The latest version of the course manual includes several minor corrections and is dedicated to the memory of our co-author Jeanne Smuts who died on 28th July 2009.

See Facilitating Online: A guide for course leaders for the latest pdf version of the course manual

http://www.cet.uct.ac.za/files/file/FacilitationOnlineWeb.pdf

as well the specimen course site.

https://vula.uct.ac.za/portal/site/1d19c50c-0963-4b1d-bdc7-73ca46a72dd1

The book is also available in print form at no charge. To request copies of the printed book please contact Shirley Rix at

shirley.rix@uct.ac.za.


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Check out this solid resource :)

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Heiko Idensen's curator insight, March 23, 2013 4:50 AM

.. see all the course Material in the library of the online course:

https://vula.uct.ac.za/portal/site/1d19c50c-0963-4b1d-bdc7-73ca46a72dd1/page/9f6afd6b-277a-45fa-82d2-f02d126ccc0b

...

-- or the PDF-File:
http://www.cet.uct.ac.za/files/file/FacilitationOnlineWeb.pdf

...

Contents
List of tables and figures iii
Acknowledgements iv
Introduction 1
Why do we need an online facilitation course? 1
About this guide 1
Section 1. About the course 3
Purpose of the course 3
Course principles 3
Capabilities of online facilitators 4
Course model 4
Course outcomes 6
Specific outcomes 6
Section 2. Advice to participants 7
Requirements of the course 7
Preparing to arrive (Week 0) 8
Section 3. Week-by-week activities 9
Week 1 Arriving 9
Week 2 Conversing 13
Week 3 Facilitating 17
Week 4 Creating 20
Week 5 Applying 23
Section 4. Preparing to run the course 27
Skills needed to run this course 27
Selecting your team 27
Recruiting participants 27
Technology requirements 28
Customising course materials 28
Setting up your online environment 28
Section 5. Implementing the course 31
Week 0 31
During the course 31
Ending the course 34
After the course 34
Section 6. Week-by-week guidance 35
Week 1 Arriving 35
Week 2 Conversing 47
Week 3 Facilitating 57
Week 4 Creating 64
Week 5 Applying 72
Appendices 83
Appendix 1 Opening survey 83
Appendix 2 Online facilitation course model 86
Appendix 3 Capabilities of online facilitators 87
Appendix 4 Course purpose 89
Appendix 5 Course principles 89
Appendix 6 Creating effective summaries 90
Appendix 7 Do’s and don’ts of online facilitation 92
Appendix 8 Why diversity matters 94
Appendix 9 Non-violent communication 96
Appendix 10 Activity design template 99
Appendix 11 Personal development template 100
Appendix 12 Evaluating the course 102
Appendix 13 Recommended readings 104
Appendix 14 Free software 105
Appendix 15 Announcements and updates 106

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10 Careless Mistakes That Will Totally Ruin Your eLearning

10 Careless Mistakes That Will Totally Ruin Your eLearning | eLearning Biggies | 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.

Via Mario Zidar, LLZ Uni Halle, Peter Bryant, Peter Mellow
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Woohoo...I feel like I am vindicated. What a super short list of essential TDLs for all of us who are creating or curating content for others to use online. Thank you!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:15 PM

This is a good infographic which outlines some practical ideas to avoid.

Ra's curator insight, July 11, 2013 5:15 PM

Quick list for the last checks before publishing.

Sara Brechbiel's curator insight, July 15, 2013 10:56 PM

Creating a checklist to avoid these blunders sounds like a nice plan.