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UT Arlington to lead $1.6 million research project focused on digital learning

UT Arlington to lead $1.6 million research project focused on digital learning | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Lab at UT Arlington has been chosen to lead a $1.6 million initiative to connect and support researchers across the country as they examine digital learning's effect on higher education today and in the future.

The new Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. LINK Lab Executive Director George Siemens will coordinate work between UT Arlington and nine additional institutions. Siemens said the aim of the grant is to close a gap that has existed between digital learning research and its impact on practice, as well as amplifying the breadth and depth of research being conducted.

"Contrary to a popular narrative that higher education is not innovating, there is world-­‐leading activity in teaching, learning and technology happening on campuses across the U.S. Unfortunately, this innovation often doesn't make it outside of research labs. With dLRN, we aim to change this," Siemens said.

The new $1.6 million grant is part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Postsecondary Success Strategy, which aims to dramatically increase the number of young adults who complete postsecondary education.

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An LMS Built on Microsoft's Office 365

An LMS Built on Microsoft's Office 365 | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Apple has iTunes U, Google has Classroom and now Microsoft has Edvelop. Granted, the learning management system, which was unveiled on Monday, is developed by Mobiliya and not the technology giant, but it builds on Microsoft's Office 365 suite of productivity software. In a press release, Mobiliya said it will market Edvelop to universities in China and India.

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Former Creative Commons CEO joins EdCast

Former Creative Commons CEO joins EdCast | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
EdCast has made some waves in the last six months with a $6 million funding round and a food MOOC portal developed for Michigan State using its Knowledge Cloud platform. Casserly's experience should serve the company well as it progresses into 2015 and builds on these developments.
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EdX Launching MOOCs with Free Certificates for Teacher Training and AP Prep

EdX Launching MOOCs with Free Certificates for Teacher Training and AP Prep | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

MOOC nonprofit edX has signed on for ConnectED, the White House's program to connect "99 percent" of America's students to broadband and high-speed wireless in schools and libraries and improve the skills of teachers through the use of technology. 

 

EdX partners will offer professional development courses to teachers and AP exam prep courses to students. Both programs will also incorporate free "verified" certificates; courses will be open for registration through edX over the next year.

 

The teacher certificates will be issued for one year to all U.S. teachers who pass one of the teacher training courses. That will be extended for an additional four years for Title I teachers and others in high-need districts. Classes from Boston University, Davidson College, Teachers College at Columbia University and six other universities will train teachers on the use of technology in the classroom, teaching in a blended environment, and learning theory and leadership.

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U Oklahoma's Janux Flips the MOOC

U Oklahoma's Janux Flips the MOOC | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

When University of Oklahoma (OU) students take an online course at their home institution, they could be joined by thousands of learners from all over the world, participating for no credit or cost. In a twist on the MOOC, OU's Janux learning platform makes the university's online courses (credit-bearing for OU students) available to anyone, anywhere.

 

Janux runs on a platform by NextThought, located about half a mile from the university. NextThought already had an early version of the learning platform when it teamed up with OU to create Janux. The company continues to own the platform and develop Janux's functionality, but it works closely with the university on scope and opportunities.

 

OU's Central IT department hosts all content and student data on its own servers. Content curation is principally mediated through the university's Center for Teaching Excellence. Faculty members decide what will be offered on the platform, following selection criteria that include learning impact, innovation, faculty, technology compatibility and brand value.

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Columbia Launches Hybrid Learning Initiative

Columbia Launches Hybrid Learning Initiative | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Columbia University has launched an initiative to turn more of its traditional lecture courses into hybrid learning experiences that would incorporate the use of audiovisual materials, social media, flipped classrooms and real-time feedback from students.

Faculty members will submit proposals to either turn existing courses into hybrid online courses or create new courses. Provost John Coatsworth will announce November 24 which proposals the university will pursue. The proposals that are accepted will receive funding of between $5,000 and $20,000 each and additional support and resources from the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.

According to the formal request for proposals, "A key goal of this fund is to measure the effectiveness of these designs, delivery methods and learning strategies, and to improve instructional delivery and learning outcomes."

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Smithsonian Video Series  

Smithsonian Video Series    | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access presents “Explore with Smithsonian Experts,” a free video series for educators and students. The series features subject matter experts presenting on a variety of educational topics to help students develop academic research skills. Students are able to get first-hand knowledge from specialists who have spent years researching a particular topic. Each expert works with one of the Smithsonian’s various institutions throughout the country, and introduces students to new ways to observe, record, research and share information. The series focuses on using museums as a core resource for formal and informal learning for students preparing to enter postsecondary education programs and 21st century careers. 

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Demystifying the MOOC

Demystifying the MOOC | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses haven’t changed the world of education. The average user is a white American man with a degree already. But that doesn’t mean they’re failures.
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Berklee College hits the high notes as other colleges fall out of tune

Berklee College hits the high notes as other colleges fall out of tune | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Berklee College of Music in Boston is quietly churning out impressive numbers in all facets of its operations, from revenue to enrollment to returns on its $321 million endowment.

 

This September, Berklee broadened its enrollment reach with the launch of its first-ever online degrees in music business and music production. Hisey said the programs have around 240 students today and are on track to exceed expectations with approximately 300 enrollees by year end. Rather than cannibalizing Berklee's traditional pool of on-campus applicants, the online offerings have enabled the school to connect with, a previously unreachable community of students ranging from teenagers to octogenarians.

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U Nebraska Team Develops Wearable Tech Curriculum

U Nebraska Team Develops Wearable Tech Curriculum | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

A National Science Foundation grant is giving $1 million to the University of Nebraska to develop a curriculum that will help students learn about the science behind wearable technology, and stir their interest in engineering. Students will use conductive thread, LED lights, sensors and other components to learn about developing high-tech garments. The research team said it hopes the activities will help the students learn basic principles of engineering design, including electricity and circuitry that can then be used to create LED-encrusted bracelets and other apparel.

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Kaltura Unveils Video Creativity Suite

Kaltura Unveils Video Creativity Suite | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Kaltura's new Video Creativity Suite includes tools for capturing, creating, recording, uploading, editing, annotating, segmenting and adding calls to action to videos. One of the tools included in the Suite is the company's personal capture tool, Kaltura CaptureSpace. With CaptureSpace, faculty and students can create multi-source video recordings from anywhere using a computer, tablet or smartphone, and then upload the videos to the Kaltura Platform for publishing in a learning management system (LMS) or in the Kaltura MediaSpace social video portal.

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Corporate Training Gets an Online Refresh

Corporate Training Gets an Online Refresh | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
MOOC operators like edX, Udemy Inc. and Coursera are finding steadier, and possibly more substantial, earnings opportunities in a well-established market: corporate training. For a fee, companies can access existing online courses or create their own, with perks like user analytics and separate study groups for employees. The move marks a new chapter in the groups' continued search for a business model, as the corporate offerings may subsidize their less lucrative courses for the masses.
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Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education | WIRED

Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education | WIRED | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

According to Anant Agarwal, MIT computer science professor and the CEO of edX, effective uses of the MOOC model are only beginning to take shape. Enrollment in edX courses has doubled over last year, and he believes we’re on the verge of an era he calls MOOC 2.0. “We’ve been growing as others are throwing in the towel,” he says of edX.

This week, a team of researchers out of MIT, Harvard, and China’s Tsinghua University—all schools that offer MOOCs—released a study showing that students who attended a MIT physics class online learned as effectively as students who took the class in person. What’s more, the results were the same, regardless of how well the online students scored on a pre-test before taking the class.

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Helix Education puts their competency-based LMS up for sale -

Back in September I wrote about the Helix LMS providing an excellent view into competency-based education and how learning platforms would need to be designed differently for this mode. The traditional LMS – based on a traditional model using grades, seat … Continue reading →
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For some research universities, flexibility and modularity influence long-term plans

For some research universities, flexibility and modularity influence long-term plans | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Some of the country’s most rigorous research universities have a new obsession: flexibility. As the institutions contemplate a more modular future, experiments with blended learning may provide an early glimpse at their plans. Through strategic visions and partnerships, institutions such as Duke and Harvard Universities and the Georgia and Massachusetts Institutes of Technology are laying the groundwork for curriculums that will be delivered through a combination of face-to-face instruction, blended courses and distance education.

 

Many of the universities exploring these options were leaders of the movement to create MOOCs or open course materials that could be used to teach students at institutions other than their own. Now they are exploring how they can find multiple uses for the same content, including teaching their own students. MIT is considering plans to break down courses into small modules that can be rearranged for personalized learning. Georgia Tech is considering creating a “continuum of learning" that would allow graduates of the university to return for “short bursts” to apply new concepts to the degrees they earned years or decades ago.

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MOOCs at UNC benefit students, professors alike

MOOCs at UNC benefit students, professors alike | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

More than 230,000 students from more than 180 countries have enrolled in MOOCs, offered by UNC since July 2013. UNC economics professor Buck Goldstein, said he learned how to facilitate and communicate with his large lectures better. “Probably the biggest lesson of this semester has been that we can use techniques from the MOOC to make on campus class better,” he said.

Goldstein said online education is an important part of higher education and that MOOCs are just one component of it. “MOOCs are just one little tiny data point in a much bigger thing, which is online education, and the impact it’s going to have on higher education and continuing education.”

Funding for MOOCs at UNC has decreased, but the University will continue to create two or three new courses a year.

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How 6 higher ed institutions are continuing to approach MOOCs

How 6 higher ed institutions are continuing to approach MOOCs | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Several higher education institutions that recently launched MOOCs are reviewing their successes, failures, and costs. Many are either launching new rounds of free online courses or considering new MOOCs, largely for their perceived promotional benefit — and perhaps even for credit. Here's a look at what 6 institutions have done with MOOCs, and what they are planning or considering for their next steps.
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Beyond the MOOC Model: Changing Educational Paradigms (EDUCAUSE Review)

Beyond the MOOC Model: Changing Educational Paradigms (EDUCAUSE Review) | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Four trends – MOOC-based degrees, competency-based education, the formalization of learning, and regulatory reform – are shifting educational practice away from core tenets of traditional education, indicating not a transient phenomenon but rather a fundamental change to the status quo.
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News Analysis: Potential CS50 Partnership Could Model Future Collaboration | News | The Harvard Crimson

News Analysis: Potential CS50 Partnership Could Model Future Collaboration | News | The Harvard Crimson | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Yale faculty planned to vote Nov 6 on a proposal to adopt a version of Computer Science 50: “Introduction to Computer Science I” for the fall of 2015, potentially bringing to New Haven the intellectual content of Harvard’s most popular undergraduate course. The arrangement, if approved, could also lay the foundation for a new model of inter-university curricular partnerships in an era of institutional experimentation with online education, faculty and experts in the field say.

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Chegg partnering with Blackboard

Chegg partnering with Blackboard | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Chegg's self-directed learning solutions are coming to Blackboard Learn thanks to a new partnership between the two companies. Specifically, Blackboard will integrate Chegg Study, Chegg Tutors, and Chegg Career Center.

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Flipped Classrooms: Annotated list of resources

Flipped Classrooms: Annotated list of resources | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Phil Hill compiles a list for a good starting place for balanced, non-hyped descriptions of the flipped classroom concept.

 

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Coursera adds marketing chief

Coursera adds marketing chief | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Former Disney and eBay executive Kurt Apen will fill the newly created position.
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State of the US Higher Ed LMS Market

State of the US Higher Ed LMS Market | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Phil Hill shares his most recent graphic summarizing the LMS market in the US. Notably, there is a growing area of “Alternative Learning Platforms” that includes University of Coursera, Phoenix, edX and OpenEdX, 2U, Helix and Motivis (the newly commercialized learning platform from College for America). Also note that Canvas remains the fastest-growing LMS, and has now overtaken market share in the US from Desire2Learn (now rebranded as Brightspace).

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5 ways to work video into the learning system

5 ways to work video into the learning system | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

A large part of implementing an institution-wide video strategy is creating procedures for incorporating the medium into courses—specifically, into learning management systems that can serve as a campus video repository for video and other course material. The following are five best practices for effectively integrating video into course collections at the campuswide level.

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U. of Florida Online considers how to sell studying online to high school graduates

U. of Florida Online considers how to sell studying online to high school graduates | Electronic Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

How do you tell high school students they’re going to attend -- but not actually go to -- college? It’s a conversation the University of Florida is having with potential students, parents and school counselors about UF Online, the institution’s degree-granting online arm. Now facing its first full academic year, UF Online is hitting its course development and enrollment targets, but it has so far attracted few first-time-in-college (FTIC) students.

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