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The future of Social Media

...the future of social media may lie in more focused and niche networks and communities – communities which can link our online and off line activities and enrich both. But such communities will have to be developed from the bottom up. And in this context the issue of design will involve much more than cool tools and applications – or indeed encouraging us to follow ever more ‘friends’.
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Explore a New Learning Frontier: MOOCs

Explore a New Learning Frontier: MOOCs | eLearning | Scoop.it
“As educational technology is becoming more mainstream through social media and mobile devices, there is a rising interest to find methodologies that build upon these new technologies to enhance the learning and teaching process. MOOC is one of these emerging formats. A MOOC can boost your institutional, corporate, or NGO knowledge, if you are open to its innovative approach.”
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Social Media, Google + and the Golden Eggs with MOOC

Social Media, Google + and the Golden Eggs with MOOC | eLearning | Scoop.it
What is social media, Google + and technology’s role in MOOC?
What sort of MOOC model would be useful for online learning?
Is MOOC suited for the education and learning of any subjects and topics?
What would be the future MOOC like?
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Using a Skills Hierarchy to Organize eLearning Content

Using a Skills Hierarchy can be a very useful tool for a complicated job that requires numerous skills and tasks to be taught. For our curriculum, we were tasked with a complete re-write, which provided us the opportunity to “start from scratch” and really do a deep dive into all the skills necessary for the job and ultimately how they should be taught. Using this approach resulted in our representatives being better prepared for the job, knowing that each skill built on the previous one. At the end of the day, this exercise laid a solid foundation for this curriculum re-write.
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Lurking is Not a Static State

Lurking is Not a Static State | eLearning | Scoop.it
The questions going through my mind were:
1. Do people learn when lurking?
2. Is it an indicator of the value of the content being generated on the platform?
3. When does lurking change to participation?
4. What can community facilitators do to turn lurkers into participants?
5.How is lurking different from non-participation?
6. Finally, are lurkers considered as community members?
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10 Reasons Teachers Love Blended Learning

10 Reasons Teachers Love Blended Learning | eLearning | Scoop.it
1. You teach students ready for your lesson;
2. Motivate hard to reach kids;
3. Focus on deeper learning;
4. Extend the day;
5. Extend the year;
6. Achievement analytics;
7. Advanced diagnostics;
8. Teaching in teams;
9. Earn more;
10. Work at home.
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Do Your Learning Objectives Match Strategies and Outcomes?

Do Your Learning Objectives Match Strategies and Outcomes? | eLearning | Scoop.it
“The problem with most learning objectives is that they tend not to relate to anything anyone will actually be able to do in this world.” Roger Schank, Lessons in Training, Learning, and eLearning.
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Mainstreaming eLearning in National Policies: How can we make change happen?

Mainstreaming eLearning in National Policies: How can we make change happen? | eLearning | Scoop.it
This paper is based on a dialogue that summarises and responds to Workshop 08 of the Digital Agenda Assembly: Mainstreaming eLearning in National Policies, which took place on June 16th, 2011. It explores new ideas regarding how to make change happen by asking: do we have concrete ideas on how to introduce change in our educational systems? The workshop generated debate on issues related to both policy and practice in order to involve stakeholders from the educational sector in a discussion on the best strategies for improving learning environments.
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Does e-learning require a new theory of learning?

There is a growing number of texts about e-learning, but most of them address only the problem of how to teach (‘e-teaching’). Few address the social implications of elearning; its transformative effects; or the social, multimodal and technical interplay that affords and directs e-learning, and which is currently reshaping educational practices. In the light of such developments, the research question that needs to be asked is ‘does e-learning require a new theory of learning?’
This theoretical review sits within the field of education, particularly technology- enhanced learning. But the notion of ‘technology-enhanced learning’ implies that learning exists, and is somehow ‘enhanced’ by technology. The line taken in the present article suggests otherwise: that learning and technology are reciprocal and coevolutionary.
In a previous work, in the Handbook of E-Learning Research (2007), Caroline Haythornthwaite and I identified the gap in theoretical perspectives on elearning: “what has been lacking in the literature is a work that emphasizes key theoretical frameworks that underpin the field, addresses the complex interplay of technical, social, and organizational aspects of e-learning endeavors, and the relationship between research, theory, practice and policy.” Such gaps in the field have provided the starting point for the present article, with its particular emphasis on whether e-learning requires a new theory of learning; or whether it requires merely an extension and ‘application’ of contemporary learning theories.
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Grupo vs. Red

Grupo vs. Red | eLearning | Scoop.it
Adaptación del original de Stephen Downes en el que se identifican las principales diferencias entre Grupo y Red. Original en: www.flickr.com/photos/stephen_downes/252157734/in/set-721...

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Multi-Generational Learning in the Workplace — Janet Clarey

Blog post by Janet Clarey that reviews the current thinking on generational use of tech to learn. This is relevant to the EPIC debate on the future of the Training Unit.
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5 Ways to Improve Bad eLearning

Using time constraints is wise. If you are an elearning designer or developer, I don’t think you’ll have any trouble making this claim. So, point to the lack of time for revision and then recommend some or all of these five simple ways to improve the bad elearning.
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LMS for Virtual Worlds Released

LMS for Virtual Worlds Released | eLearning | Scoop.it
Educators who work in virtual worlds, such as Second Life, can now use a hosted learning management system (LMS) designed specifically to work within that virtual environment.
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ICT for inclusive learning: the way forward

ICT for inclusive learning: the way forward | eLearning | Scoop.it
This conference aims to promote discussion of inclusive learning in Europe while providing networking and collaborative opportunities for VET and continuing education professionals, providers of e-learning, social partners and policy makers in LLL and related fields; in addition to members of the E-RURALNET Network.

The conference will focus on the role of ICT in increasing access to LLL, in particular continuing education in territories facing the risk of education exclusion due to geographic remoteness, social disadvantage or poor facilities. Improved access to inclusive learning would facilitate economic development and enhance quality of life in rural areas.
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3 Keys for a Successful #EPortfolio Implementation

E-portfolios can be used to do more than just demonstrate student progress toward standards. They can also allow students to show who they are as individuals, while also providing a means for tracking a student's growth from kindergarten all the way through high school and beyond.
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eduMOOC: Online Learning Today... and Tomorrow

eduMOOC: Online Learning Today... and Tomorrow | eLearning | Scoop.it
The Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois Springfield is launching a Massive Open Online Class (MOOC) on “Online Learning Today, and Tomorrow.” It begins June 27, 2011 and runs for eight weeks.
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Implications of Silence for Educators in the Multicultural Classroom

There are a number of ways of dealing with silent students in multicultural classroom setting. For instructors of international students, it is important to note cross cultural perspectives in course readings and grading the classroom discussion.
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