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Sugata Mitra’s ‘Hole-in-Wall’ project - Why teachers are important for online learning

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By Donald Clark

 

“I wouldn’t take it if you offered it to me for free” said the head of the school I visited  in the huge Katutura Township on the outskirts of Windhoek in Africa. In 2008 some guys turned up started to drill four holes in the wall, installed dial-up computers, and left explaining almost nothing. 

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As we all know, just giving students technology will not be as productive as giving them the tehcnology and guidence in the form of an educator, who knows the big picture.

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Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment

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Welcome! While eLearning has been around for some time now, we are always looking for new ideas and good practice tips in an effort to make our online learning activities more effective.

 

This topic is curated by staff in Learning Environments at the University of Melbourne, along with invited colleagues.
 
Note: These articles are posted around a common interest in MOOCs, to provide information and promote discussion. They do not represent the views or positions of the University of Melbourne.

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Professors Grow Weary of Idea That Technology Can Salvage Higher Education - US News

Professors Grow Weary of Idea That Technology Can Salvage Higher Education - US News | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Some say bringing high technology to higher ed makes it less, not more, efficient.
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I grow weary that we think digital technologies can salvage school at any level. Technologies are tools and must be chosen wisely and prudently.

 

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Educational Designer Job @ The University of Melbourne

Educational Designer Job @ The University of Melbourne | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it

The University of Melbourne is looking for a professional to contribute to the development of high quality learning experiences for students, as well as assist academics to maximize the use of educational technology in their teaching practices. Apply specialist educational design skills and experience to design projects in the repurposing and enhancement of subject based materials for delivery in online and eLearning formats and platforms, on such University initiatives as fully online graduate program development and/or MOOCs.

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Online education divides knowledge into chunks

Online education divides knowledge into chunks | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Like many this past week I have found myself extremely impressed by Vi Hart and Nicky Case’s “Parable of the Polygons.” It is basically an interactive simulation that introduces students to an old game…
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From YouTube to e-books: novel ways to reach students

From YouTube to e-books: novel ways to reach students | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
James Pickering, named 2014’s most innovative teacher at the Times Higher Education Awards, discusses making content accessible. Plus the latest higher education appointments
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Fly or flunk, the great maths dilemma

“I remember seriously thinking about doing something else because maths is such an emotional topic for me and I had lots of really terrible experiences as a child trying to learn maths and understand it that I was really scared …. I got home and had a shower after my first class cause I was just so nervous about the class.” (Annie*, first-year bachelor of education student)
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Online Education, With Great Investment, Can Provide Extraordinary Opportunities for Students and Faculty

Online Education, With Great Investment, Can Provide Extraordinary Opportunities for Students and Faculty | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
In recent months, news has emerged from universities around the country indicating that a significant level of skepticism remains about online education....
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Educating Minds Online

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An outstanding new book provides a road map for truly effective teaching with technology.
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eLearning Project Manager Job @ The University of Melbourne

eLearning Project Manager Job @ The University of Melbourne | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it

A project management job opportunity exists within a growing team at the University of Melbourne. Working closely with learning designers, academics, educational technologists and other eLearning specialist, the eLearning Project Manager will be responsible for the coordination of design, development and delivery outputs for online graduate-level course content. Please see http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/884711/project-manager-elearning for more information or contact Jacqui Williams (jkw@unimelb.edu.au / 03 9035 5683).

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The Flipped, Flipped Classroom

The past years have witnessed the apparition of one of the largest educational revolutions of our time: many prognosticators trumpet how MOOCs and flipped classroom models are one of the most promising educational approaches of the last century. From every walk of life, individuals ranging from politicians to teachers to venture capitalists seem to be thrilled by the new doors opened by those innovations.


Paradoxically, those so-called “innovations” are incorporating none of the educational research produced over the past decades.

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Next online experiments in higher ed focus on flexibility

Next online experiments in higher ed focus on flexibility | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it

Of the various experiments in the works, Bol rated modularization as the most important, and said HarvardX, the university’s branch of the MOOC provider edX, plays an “important role” in that initiative. Last year marked the first time faculty used content created for MOOCs in blended courses on campus, and students generally thought those courses were of higher quality than traditional courses, he said.

 

“This will become ever more a part of lecturing,” Bol said, though he, too, described the plans as a work in progress. “We’re a couple of years out, but we’re on the right path.”

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George Siemens: ‘Students need to take ownership of their learning’

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George Siemens

George Siemens is an internationally renowned and highly respected professor and researcher of technology, networks, analytics, and openness
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EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY PROJECT OFFICER job @ the University of Melbourne

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY PROJECT OFFICER job @ the University of Melbourne | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it

The University of Melbourne is looking for a professional to coordinate, support and manage projects in the area of eLearning and online learning at the University of Melbourne. This position is to act as key bridging contact between University organizational units and stakeholders and external groups, and develop effective working relationships with all stakeholders to facilitate timely and efficient delivery of project goals. 

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How Colleges Can Better Serve Students with Learning Disabilities -- Campus Technology

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Although assistive technologies and other supports can help, too few students who need them take advantage.
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What to Change about Teaching and Learning in 2015 -- Campus Technology

What to Change about Teaching and Learning in 2015 -- Campus Technology | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
As we head into a new year, we naturally consider opportunities for change. Here, CT asks Bowen where educators might place their development efforts for 2015.
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Authentic learning interactions: Myth or reality

Authentic learning interactions: Myth or reality
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What if a college ditched lecture halls, sports and clubs? - The Hechinger Report

What if a college ditched lecture halls, sports and clubs? - The Hechinger Report | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, D.C. – An experiment in higher education uses computers to give every student a virtual front-row seat in the classroom. Classes at Minerva Schools at KGI, a four-year undergraduate program, are conducted entirely through a software program created specifically for the school. During class, there is real-time interaction through the computer between professor and …
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Showcase celebrates Innovations and Excellence in Learning and Teaching | MUSSE

Showcase celebrates Innovations and Excellence in Learning and Teaching | MUSSE | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it

Initiative (LTI) grant holders, followed by the presentation of this year’s Awards for Excellence.

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▶ Stanford Graduate School of Business - Online and Distance Ed Reel - Private - YouTube

A small sample of work from the GSB's Academic Technology Services group. Jan 2013 - Mar 2014
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'Digital is the missing link in higher education' - Telegraph

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Rather than dabbling with MOOCs, universities need to create a new kind of digital degree experience for students, argues deputy vice-chancellor Ian Dunn

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Online to drive campus closures

SOME of Australia’s 39 universities will eventually have to shut down their physical campuses given the prospect of rising low-cost competition from online providers where improving assessment and accreditation means employers may be happy to accept such qualifications, Telstra’s chief scientist Hugh Bradlow said yesterday.
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Activating ‘mindshare’

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A national faculty survey produced by Higher Education Research Institute implies that changes in teaching may be afoot, as lecturers increasingly adopt student-centered and team-based teaching practices. In fact, this recalibration of the pedagogical universe is happening at Harvard, too.
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Tips for Engaging Students in Meaningful Discussions ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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For some research universities, flexibility and modularity influence long-term plans @insidehighered

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.

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Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it

Online competency-based education can even out the playing field by taking students to the furthest point possible in their learning experiences, regardless of their starting point, race, geographical location, or family income.

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Unlike MOOC's, online competency-based education (often shortened to "CBE") stands out as the "missing link between learning outcomes and industry needs". According to the article, "competency-based education has the potential to bridge the widening gap between traditional postsecondary education and the workforce".

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 3, 9:39 AM

This article continues to discuss the issues around Competency-based education and how it is the disruptive innovation in higher education today.