Some tweets are now displaying a list of curated links to articles that have embedded the tweet within them. It adds an interesting twist to discovering more about a topic and finding more content from a particular publisher.
I've been slow to catch on to Embedded Tweets. Worth exploring further and looks like these are being ramped up. I am _such_ a basic bread&potatoes Twitter user whose habits have barely changed. Perhaps this will be somethng that spurs me on.
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Review by Martin Weller: 'This is the most thorough, comprehensive and balanced overview and analysis of MOOCs that I have read. This is not surprising since Sir John Daniel has had a long and distinguished career in open and distance learning, including being President of the Commonwealth of Learning and Vice-Chancellor of the UK Open University. He is currently a visiting research fellow at the Korean National Open University and an Education Master at DeTao Masters Academy, China. He thus knows of what he speaks.'
California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a package of bills that would allow college students to choose free online textbooks instead of costly printed ones for common undergraduate courses.... [Further developments in the push for open textbooks. This was a big theme at OpenEd 11 at Utah, so wondering how it may have taken hold by Open Ed Vancouver next month).
The 2012 ESCAR Study of Analytics in Higher Education: Benefits, Barriers, Progress, and Recommendations.
The objectives of this research were to assess the current state of analytics in higher education, outline the challenges and barriers to using analytics, and develop a maturity index to provide a common means of assessing progress in analytics.
Collaboration between EDUCAUSE and the Association for Institutional Research.
Some ijnteresting and usable ideas about the uses of Twitter in teaching and learning avoiding the easy fallback into 'discussion'. Refers and links to an interesting Twitter Adoption Matrix and mentions the OU's SocialLearn.
A take on reflection and eportfolios which happens to be vey timely for me. If you are unfamiliar with the acronym HBR = Harvard Business Review and that blog post to which this refers is also interesting to read. As sounds the book to which this refers.
This post by Lou McGill (bona fide elearning expert without cutting corners) is intended as fun. H812 students (or other readers) may enjoy seeing whether they are getting this being an expert right, or whether there is scope for improvement :-) I can see that in using Blogger rather than Wordpress I have some handicaps to overcome myself ...
The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (www.irrodl.org) is a refereed e-journal that aims to advance research, theory and best practice in open and distance education research.
A special issue just published by the Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society - all about OER and OEP with many familiar names (to me anyhow) writing in this including Anna Comas-Quinn as co-editor. A very strong languages showing - although not exclusively about languages.
There is something about the culture of language teaching that really lends itself to remix and sharing.
'Why is it not widely used yet?' I think that we may be not yet aware of how complex the data will be when we talk about shifting 21st century learning, For example how can we make sense of MOOCs using learner analytics when there are so many variables, including learner agendas?
Comment on a recent paper which throws up lots of recent facts about the nature of the information that is now available to learners and how they might need to approach this. One of my favourite words 'seredipity' - the unexpected. Should we now (routinely) expect learners to be tangling with and tackling the unexpected? Does this have more impact on distance teachers/distance universities as they have often in the past sought for control in order to support learners better. So will losening the corsets of control cause the spine to bend and lose its shape.
The Budapest Open Access Initiative: an international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet reflects on 10 years progress towards OA and offers recommendations for next 10 years.
A nice example of blogging for critical reflection from the University of Edinburgh. Following successful trials starting in 2005, the School of Divinity has used blogging as part of a wider blended learning strategy.
Two comments when I checked and one of these queries the use of blogging and the general remotenes from face to face discussion (and the strangeness of this) for mature students returning to study. Haven't things changed ...
Researchers of Tomorrow is the longest and most intensive research to date on information-seeking practices and research behaviour among doctoral students. It focuses on 'Generation Y' researchers - those born between 1982 and 1994 and involved 17,000 of these from 70 universities.
The OU is No. 10 in the list of top 10 UK universities with the UK's wealthiest alumni. Well it helps that the OU is biggest, and its probably true that many of our millionaires were on the road or arrived before they became an OU student. But it does underline quite how varied the OU student body is ...