Last year our team produced a free K-12 edtech conference map—and received an overwhelmingly positive response along with requests for a higher-ed version. So for you, dear readers, we are pleased to share our 40-plus picks of higher-ed edtech & innovation conferences you need to know—for e
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This is a helpful graphic when considering conferences.
An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. It has recently been seized upon by educators as a tool to explore our knowledge of student achievement, and ways that such achievement might be improved.
However, in my work, I have found that the notion of developing a growth mindset is as equally applicable to staff and teacher performance as it is to students. This article begins with a brief discussion about the difference between the two mindsets, what that means for education, and concludes with some ideas for how school leaders might seek to develop a growth mindset amongst their staff.
Continuous Professional Development happens best through a daily dripfeed of information (from blog and web feeds) and interactions with other people active in your field (in social networks) – which over time builds up into a large body of knowledge and expertise – almost unconsciously. This is particularly useful way of keeping abreast of the NEW and the NEXT in your field of work – bearing in mind that in the fast moving world the horizon is rapidly approaching.
So why is continuous CPD of this type important?
It helps you to recognize the fact that learning comes not just from intermittent bouts of education but throughcontinuous interactions with people and access to content (both inside and outside the workplace).It allows you to be exposed to new thinking so that you not only keep your organisation up to date with new ideas, but also keep yourself up to date in terms of your own career. After all, there’s no such thing as a job for life!It helps you to recognize that learning comes not just from something that is organized for you, but something you organise yourself – as well as from daily experiences.It helps you to value this way of learning for yourself, and consequently to help build a continuous learning mindset – rather than an intermittent training mindset – in your organisation.
As online and blended learning reshapes the landscape of teaching and learning in higher education, the need to encourage and support faculty to move from delivering passive, teacher-centered experiences to designing active, student-centered learning increases. Our new social era is rich with simple, free to low-cost emerging technologies that are increasing experimentation and discovery in the scholarship of teaching and learning. While the literature about Web 2.0 tools are impacting teaching and learning is increasing, there is a lack of knowledge about how the adoption of these technologies is impacting the support needs of higher education faculty. This knowledge is essential to develop new, sustainable faculty support solutions.
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The article makes some interesting points about the need for community when innovating.
It's no accident that Dante began The Inferno, his allegorical journey through Hell, "Midway upon the journey of our life / I found myself within a forest dark."
Writers (including academic ones!) also often get lost and discouraged midway through their journeys. At Grub Street Writers, where I taught for many years, many writers referred unhappily to having to slog through the "Murky Middle" of their projects.
The posting gives some great advice on not letting time spent on teaching (or anything else for that matter) "expand like a gas" to fill all available space. It is by Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD, president and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.
The Open Educational Resources (OER) movement has grown substantially since the term was first adopted at UNESCO’s 2002 Forum on the Impact of Open Courseware for Higher Education in Developing Countries (UNESCO, 2002). Since then, there has been a significant increase in the development, use and sharing of OER as more and more governments and institutions come to realise their value.
Everybody loves movies. Teachers across all of the disciplines integrate moving images into their classrooms, whether that means full-length theatrical screenings, television episodes, or videos from YouTube. Incorporating movies is a great way to attract student interest, appeal to different learning styles, and diversify classroom activities. Films can also raise their own questions, deepening content-area discussion.
There is a ton of free material on learning how to teach with new digital tools online. That’s one of the best things that ProfHacker writers have been dispensing since its inception. We’ve written about teaching with Twitter, with Wikipedia, creating interactive texts with Twine, even the Creepy Treehouse problem of friending your students on social media. One of the things we haven’t done, though, is offer online courses on digital pedagogy–a new venture the journal Hybrid Pedagogy has taken with Digital Pedagogy Lab!
Curation can boost your profit and help your people grow. It can save millions, reduce frustration, and boost the velocity of information in your organization. It starts in a gallery. You expect the curator of an art gallery to know the collection and to: search out the best items select for the collection authenticate and …
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.