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This collection started out as a collection of eLearning resources, but it has become clear to me that the central idea is learning - and there are many different channels for that to occur.  This could be better called meLearning or weLearning.
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The Evolution of a Twenty-First-Century Digital Classroom

The Evolution of a Twenty-First-Century Digital Classroom | Learning | Scoop.it
Schools striving to integrate instructional technologies in the classroom can achieve better student outcomes by means of four key building blocks.
Angie Tarasoff's insight:

I like this synthesis of information about the use of technology in classroom settings. What I'd like to do with it is mash it up with the Learning and Technology Policy Framework to see if there's a starting point for a strategy.

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'If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It': Not True

'If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It': Not True | Learning | Scoop.it
Fifteen years later I still find it weird that I sucked down so much nonsense working in the corporate world, lots of it without even noticing. I sat in workshops and seminars and heard the most patently ridiculous garbage shoveled at me and the other participants, year after year for [...]
Angie Tarasoff's insight:

We can measure every keystroke, comma and particle until the measurement overtakes the action and we end up (if we are not already there) spending more time measuring our work than we spend planning or producing it. 

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Questions Are Answers

Questions Are Answers | Learning | Scoop.it
Great questions change everything. Commands invite protection, resistance, and fault-finding. Questions invite collaboration and shared responsibility. There's a great question for every situation....
Angie Tarasoff's insight:


I've made it something of a habit to collect good questions. Here are a few to add to these:


Questions when people are stuck:

  1. If a miracle occurred and this problem was solved, what would you be doing differently?
  2. If you did know what would the solution be?


Other favourites:

  1. Why are you here?
  2. What brought you here?
  3. Where are you going?
  4. What gets you fired up?
  5. How could we mess this up?
  6. What are you afraid of/worries you about this?
  7. What excites you?
  8. Where are you from?
  9. What is so important to you that it's worth fighting for?


I could keep going but I'll stop myself.


What's the best question you've ever been asked?

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Cathexis: The New Social Operating System-Pew Center Research

Cathexis: The New Social Operating System-Pew Center Research | Learning | Scoop.it
Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project gave the broad outline of the era of networked individualism we're living in at a talk at KM World (#kmworld) on November 7. Based on extensive research and now...
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Adding Coding to the Curriculum

Adding Coding to the Curriculum | Learning | Scoop.it
Around the world, students from elementary school to the Ph.D. level are increasingly getting acquainted with the basics of computer coding.
Angie Tarasoff's insight:

Despite a career background in programming, I feel strongly that a myopic focus on teaching coding in schools will not meet long term social needs for an educated population.


There is tremendous value in kids learning how to identify and solve problems in creative ways, but focusing on coding over-privileges one approach. Not every solution to a problem is a technology solution.


Nor do we require all people to be coders.


We also need architects, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, writers, chefs, welders and farmers.


Our education system currently is designed to graduate students who will attend unversity - yet only 20% of students follow this path. In the meatime, here in Alberta, skilled trades jobs go unfilled.


Teach problem identification and problem solving.


And teach that there are MANY ways of doing this.

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Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning

Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning | Learning | Scoop.it
The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used a metaphor of how education should also be evolving, as a movement based on the evolution from Education 1.0 to Educa...
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Connectivism and the modern learner

Connectivism and the modern learner | Learning | Scoop.it
Recently, I read a blog article about connectivism by Debora Gallo. Soon after, I attended a presentation about m-learning by Jan Herrington, in which she too mentioned connectivism. This got me th...
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Connectivism - YouTube

Video Scribe Explanation of Connectivism


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Marina Cousins's curator insight, March 26, 2014 1:19 AM

I liked this video because it revised the key concepts of learning theories.  It also highlighted my journey so far of how I have learnt from the internet.  Up till this course, I was very much learning cardiology from textbooks and now I have discovered the rich resources available from the internet.

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MOOC Infographics - Degree of Freedom

MOOC Infographics - Degree of Freedom | Learning | Scoop.it
A summary of MOOC infographics that highlight important information (facts, stats, etc.) regarding some aspect of massive open online learning.
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What Teachers Want from Educational Technology Tools - Infographic

What Teachers Want from Educational Technology Tools - Infographic | Learning | Scoop.it
The What Teachers Want from Educational Technology Tools Infographic presents what kinds of digital instructional tools educators consider essential to help their students be prepared for college and careers in the 21st century

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Leon Marsden
Angie Tarasoff's insight:

Here's what's missing from this analysis: STUDENTS.


I increasingly wonder if nearly as much thought is being given to the needs of students by Ed Tech entrepreneurs and developers. The emphasis here is on Instructional technology tools, not learning technology.


These things are different, are driven by a different set of problems and perspectives.


Learning technology may be the undiscovered country.


The problem is the business model - learning technologies should meet student needs, but would have to be purchased by someone else: an educator or school district.


More thinking required on this one.

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A framework for interaction and cognitive engagement in connectivist learning contexts | Wang | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

A framework for interaction and cognitive engagement in connectivist learning contexts | Wang | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | Learning | Scoop.it
A framework for interaction and cognitive engagement in connectivist learning contexts
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Brainstorm in Progress: Connectivism, Neuroscience, and Education

Brainstorm in Progress: Connectivism, Neuroscience, and Education | Learning | Scoop.it

"The latest theories about how the brain supposedly works also include huge gaps in our understanding of how the brain supposedly works... The idea is that if we know how the brain is supposed to work, then we will somehow know how we learn."

Angie Tarasoff's insight:

This article is written in two parts - one part is a critical look at neuroscience. (Not critical as in negative, critical as in critical thinking.) When I considered the quotation above, I wondered if there is a way that the brain is "supposed" to work. What about people whose brains are different?


The second part - relating to connectivism was intriguing to me. Relating how the brain stores memories in multiple nodes reminds me of the idea of "storing experiences in my friends." It made me think of the idea of the connectivist network being something of an extension of my neural network.


And if you follow the ideas of quantum physics, this isn't a huge stretch. :)

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Designing for Motivation: Three Theories

Designing for Motivation: Three Theories | Learning | Scoop.it
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“eLearning programs require adult learners to interact with an online platform and understand new information that is essential to their jobs. At time”
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Avoiding Decision Failures: The NASA Challenger Explosion and Groupthink

When alternatives are overlooked because cohesion is favored over individuality, the results can be tragic and lasting.

The top decision-making team responsible for the Challenger launch was very familiar with each other. They had worked with each for many years prior to the mission.


Group cohesiveness in decision-making can be deceiving. Decisions are often made quickly and with high levels of consensus, but this doesn’t always correlate to the BEST choices. When alternatives are overlooked, because cohesion is favored over individuality, poor decisions can arise.


How can you avoid this?
Remember a quick decision doesn’t always mean a great decision. Carefully examine alternatives by bringing together diverse groups of people with varied backgrounds. It is important that the solution is the priority rather than pleasing, or being an appeasing group member. 

Precursors of Groupthink
1. Cohesive Group
2. Insulation from Experts
3. Leader Preferences


This post also highlights 8 symptoms of groupthink including:

  • Inherent Morality
  • Stereotyped Views of Others
  • Self Censorship
  • Mindguarding 

Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
Angie Tarasoff's insight:

This is a tremendous article that discusses decision traps when making decisions in groups.


The precursors and symptoms of groupthink  are polarities - how might you manage the situation when you notice these behaviours occuring?

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 24, 2014 12:38 PM

Following my last post, this is a  large part of a the risky, and at times the lonely business of challenging "strong leader preferences" that led to a tragic, well known outcome in the USA. ~ D

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Why Successful People Have So Many Groups Of Friends

Why Successful People Have So Many Groups Of Friends | Learning | Scoop.it
If you place yourself at the intersection of social groups, you'll have more ideas and more opportunities.
Angie Tarasoff's insight:

This article helps bridge the gap between connectivism as a learning theory and the practice of building personal learning and social networks. While most people may not be interested in the theoretical underpinnings of connectivism, I would say that most people do care about their sense of belonging in professional and personal circles, and the value given and received from those connections. This article makes the topic accessible to a wider audience.

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Connected Learning: Harnessing the Information Age to Make Learning More Powerful

Connected Learning: Harnessing the Information Age to Make Learning More Powerful | Learning | Scoop.it

"This report introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach that uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The report lists four elements constituting connected learning’s emphasis on bridging school, popular culture, home, and the community to create an environment in which students engage in and take responsibility for their learning."


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