Hablar de excelencia, tal como lo define la Real Academia, es hablar de una cualidad que implica una superior calidad o bondad que hace digno de singular aprecio y estimación, que brilla y que sobresale sobre los demás. Trasladado este término al ámbito del e-learning, hablar de excelente es etiquetarlo como “ejemplar”, es decir, que presenta unos estándares que sobresalen del resto. Este concepto de “excelencia” ha sido fácilmente difundido sobre todo porque se trata de un lenguaje asequible. Pero a pesar de la extensión de su utilización se plantean dos problemas a la hora de hacer tangible el concepto de excelencia cuando tratamos de conferirlo a algo concreto.
Although performance support has been in discussions, many proposals for performance support solutions continue to stay on drawing boards due to their inability to persuade the budget managers. Ever wondered about structured insights into creating a persuasive business case for performance leaders that can win the desired funding from their finance counterparts? Performance leaders and budget managers often conceive performance support as a learning tool or intervention.
To be able to achieve expected business growth, business leaders now have to be more focused on increasing productivity. Unlike traditionally, business leaders will now have to take charge of evaluating and making informed decisions in investing in performance support solutions. Performance leaders first need to understand the critical differentiation between learning and performance support solutions. The goal of elearning or learning interventions is learning and the objective of performance support solutions is performance.
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.
Self-driving cars were just the start. What's the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what's next for machine learning — and human knowledge.
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an innovative, systematic teaching method that promotes student engagement through deep investigations of complex questions. Put simply: It’s learning by doing.
At its best, the PBL focuses on imparting specific knowledge and skills while inspiring students to question actively, think critically, and draw connections between their studies and the real world.
PBL can vary from one school to another, and even from one project to another. Its defining characteristics, however, remain constant. The PBL model:
Is organized around an open-ended driving question or challengeIntegrates essential abstract academic content and skills into the project developmentRequires inquiry to learn or create something newRequires critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication (a group often called "21st-century skills")Allows student voice and choiceIncorporates feedback and revisionResults in a presentation of the problem definition, process, and final project
The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment. This guide makes sense of the available research and provides suggestions for practical use.
ClassBadges is a free online tool where teachers can award badges to students for accomplishments or academic mastery. Through your teacher account, you can award badges customized for your classroom or school. Badges can easily be aligned to academic goals or associated with existing school awards.
A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who:
raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and preciselygathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectivelycomes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standardsthinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need becommunicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.
To educators who embrace new technologies wholeheartedly, digital devices are a powerful tool for creating an engaged and individualized educational experience. To those that are a little more hesitant, digital devices seem more like a quick route to Instagram and Facebook — that is, to distractions that interfere with the educational experience, rather than boosting it.
¿Utilizas el ABP en tus clases? ¿te has parado a pensar que cada actividad que diseñes o diseñen tus alumnos puede ir orientada a trabajar distintos niveles cognitivos?. Además de los niveles taxonómicos “clásicos”, ¿conoces los distintos tipos de aprendizaje?. Este gráfico nos puede ayudar a conectar todos estos elementos.
A Master List of 1,100 Free Courses From Top UniversitiesWhile you were eating turkey, we were busy rummaging around the internet and adding new courses to our big list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,100 courses from top universities. Let's give you the quick overview:
In our previous reports we covered the growth of massive open online courses, where tens of thousands of people join courses offered free to access online. Some early MOOC experiments were based on a pedagogy of connectivist learning, connecting many people and their ideas in a loose online network that enables them to learn together. While this approach harnesses the power of many voices and technologies, it is difficult to manage at large scale and requires learners to know how to navigate the web resources and engage with their peers.
More recent MOOCs have taken an instructivist approach, with course materials created by a university and delivered by video and text. While this allows the learner to control where and when to learn, pausing and reflecting on the material, it can be a lonely experience. There are forums where learners can discuss the course and some people may get together in scheduled meetings, but there is more that can be done to engage people as active learners, sharing their ideas and discussing their different perspectives as they learn online.
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