"In the last five years, the social web has been offering myriad tools that support everyday communication, productivity and collaboration. In many cases, such tools are superior in quality and functionality when compared to those previously found exclusively inside the LMS. This phenomenon has pushed staff and faculty to become increasingly aware of the inflexibility of LMSs, despite their continuous central role in the business of colleges and universities. "
With learning technology becoming increasingly more advanced, universities across the country are discovering new and creative ways to implement digital solutions in the classroom. Here are 4 universities using education technology to inspire innovation and education on campus.
For the past few years, Apple has enjoyed a stranglehold on the education tablet market. With the launch of the iPad 2 several years ago, Apple swooped into the education arena, leaving everyone else
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As we leave 2013, it's safe to say that the cost of devices, especially tablets like the Nexus 7 and laptops such as the Chromebook, are making it easier for schools to provide access to digital learning opportunities for more students.
One such crucial step in e-learning development is extracting relevant information out of Subject Matter Experts (SME), which can take up an unnecessary large chunk of the total development time. The article lists ways to ensure that SME interactions are faster and feed-in to the entire process if e-learning development.
How much time do we put into the design of the assessment plans in our online courses? Is most of that time focused upon summative graded assignments that factor into the course grade? Or, do they also include opportunity for practice and informal feedback?
Mobile learning is one of the major revolutions happening around us that demands a shift in the mere thinking of ‘learning’. It requires us to unlearn and relearn some of the traditional notions such as learners’ attention span, learning style/preference, and the new (additional) dimensions to learning. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at the top eight essential competencies that a new age learning designer is required to possess for designing effective mobile learning interventions for today’s workplaces.
A new federal plan will call for the portion of E-rate money devoted to improving schools' and libraries' broadband to rise by $1 billion annually.
Cherisse Gardner's insight:
Federal officials are planning to double support for schools' and libraries' broadband connectivity through the E-rate program, a step that comes amid increasing demands in the education community for faster, more reliable Internet service.
To be an effective eLearning leader, you must be willing and able to understand the world possesses talents, which still remain undiscovered. In each organization, school, or learning environment (be it conventional or unconventional) there are individuals who are unaware of their true skills and abilities. As an eLearning leader it is your job to recognize this and to make your students or employees see their own true potential. You must keep them inspired, focused, and determined to gain as much as they can from the learning process.
Online colleges are like traditional colleges in that they provide some form of lectures, assignments, projects and tests designed to prepare the student for a career in their desired field. However, the nature of the way online schools are structured and delivered differ from traditional colleges and require a different set of skills for succeeding.
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