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The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free.


There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career. You can learn interactively at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. It’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. Honestly, what are you waiting for?...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 12, 2015 2:43 PM

Are you a lifelong learner? Here are some great ideas for learning.

Angela Brown-Parker, MBA's curator insight, July 13, 2015 12:54 PM

I recently enrolled back in college to learn a new skill for a career change.   I wish that I knew about these websites.  Would have save me thousands of dollars.

Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, July 15, 2015 6:11 AM

This one looks worth tucking away until I have one of those rainy days I'm always dreaming about!

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Higher Ed Could Reinvent Itself. Here's Why It Won't

Higher Ed Could Reinvent Itself. Here's Why It Won't | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

With the jury coming in on some of the first high-profile MOOC experiments – some successful, some not – the debate continues about whether MOOCs are good for society.

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Can the Current Model of Higher Education Survive MOOCs and Online Learning?

Can the Current Model of Higher Education Survive MOOCs and Online Learning? | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

To survive in a time of rapidly changing technology, colleges and universities need to change their existing business models. Each higher education institution needs to develop a strategy that will take advantage of the opportunities presented by technology-enhanced learning to expand its educational mission and provide flexibility for its students.


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Clarice Bagrichevsky's curator insight, January 19, 2014 5:36 AM

who knows?

Gestión del Conocimiento's curator insight, January 21, 2014 12:27 PM

Analiza el papel de las TICS en la Gestión del Conocimiento.

Sieg Holle's curator insight, January 25, 2014 3:54 PM

Embrace the change

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Want a Harvard Business education? You’ll soon be able to get one online with HBX

Want a Harvard Business education? You’ll soon be able to get one online with HBX | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

The hallowed halls of Harvard Business School are about to open up to the world — virtually, at least. The elite institution is reportedly working on an online learning initiative, called HBX, that would mark its first foray into the world of massive open online classes (MOOCs).

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the school has been working on the program at least since June and will likely offer courses through edX, the non-profit online learning platform created by Harvard and MIT. Harvard already offers more than a dozen courses through edX but none are business school classes.

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20 Places to Educate Yourself Online for Free

20 Places to Educate Yourself Online for Free | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

It seems like these days you can learn just about anything online for free, but of course some of that information is better than others. The good news is there are plenty of reputable places to educate yourself online for free, and here’s a good 20 of them to get you started.

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MOOCs are losing their original worthy goals | Inside Higher Ed

MOOCs are losing their original worthy goals | Inside Higher Ed | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Original MOOCs (oMOOCs) were free, or at least extremely affordable, fully online, well-crafted and contained a lot of interesting pedagogy and instructional design. The target demographic was the underserved, both nationally and internationally. Per Downes, they were "not designed to serve the missions of the elite colleges and universities...." but rather "designed to undermine them, and make those missions obsolete."

Hijacked MOOCs are flagship (institution)-led, starting to cost (increasingly), often hybrid, faculty headshot to camera, tech sophistication layered on, little-to-zero impact on faculty member revisiting / learning? pedagogy (in any format) and not very massive. They're mostly taken by education technologists, already-qualified individuals and Tom Friedman.

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Eight Brilliant Minds on the Future of Online Education

Eight Brilliant Minds on the Future of Online Education | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

The advent of massively open online classes (MOOCs) is the single most important technological development of the millennium so far. I say this for two main reasons. First, for the enormously transformative impact MOOCs can have on literally billions of people in the world. Second, for the equally disruptive effect MOOCs will inevitably have on the global education industry.

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How NOT to Design a MOOC: The Disaster at Coursera and How to Fix it

How NOT to Design a MOOC: The Disaster at Coursera and How to Fix it | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

I don’t usually like to title a post with negative connotations, but there is no way to put a positive spin on my experience with the MOOC I’m enrolled in through Coursera, Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application.The course so far is a disaster, ‘a mess’ as numerous students have called it. Ironically, the learning outcome of the course is to create our own online course. To be fair, there are some good points to the course, but there are significant factors contributing to a frustrating course experience for students, myself included.

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If We Profs Can Be Replaced By Computer Screen, We Should Be

If We Profs Can Be Replaced By Computer Screen, We Should Be | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Although normally a pretty upbeat and optimistic person, I end a lot of my different talks these days with a pretty scary, even dystopic slide:    "IF WE PROFS CAN BE REPLACED BY A COMPUTER SCREEN, WE SHOULD BE.”

 

That gets people’s attention.   And it makes people mad.   My meaning is often misunderstood at first—and that’s what I want.  I want profs in the audience to be outraged that I’m saying they can be replaced by a computer screen.   And, if they think they are not replaceable by a computer screen, I want them to articulate why. 

 

 

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7 education technology topics in 2012 that will be hotter in 2013

7 education technology topics in 2012 that will be hotter in 2013 | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

The year put a spotlight on a number of terms that educators should be familiar with by now. Here are seven ed tech topics that everyone should know by heart, because they are bound to play even bigger roles in 2013:

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An insider's guide: what it's really like to study a MOOC

An insider's guide: what it's really like to study a MOOC | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
While the academic commentariat has been debating the challenges and opportunities of MOOCs, not many have looked at the first-person experiences of students.

As an empirical researcher, and having studied at four Australian universities, some of which pride themselves on their online and distance courses, I thought I’d enroll in a MOOC to gain a student perspective.
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I’m in the Mood for MOOCs

I’m in the Mood for MOOCs | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
Now we might be heading into a golden age of virtual education, where high-quality courses are available to everyone and not just those who can afford US $40 000 a year for tuition.
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The future of MOOCs

The future of MOOCs | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
Love them or loathe them, the fact remains: MOOCs have arrived, and they are here to stay.

Moreover, I submit they are yet to wreak their full vengeance on the education industry. When I look into my crystal ball, I foresee that MOOCs will rock our world, and they will do so in 15 ways…
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Stephen Downes: ‘This is the next era of learning’

Stephen Downes: ‘This is the next era of learning’ | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

In this guest post, Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher for the National Research Council of Canada and pioneer of major e-learning developments – such as MOOCs, syndicated learning and the concept of connectivism – introduces us to the next generation of learning technologies: ‘learning and performance support systems’. Launching in beta this month, the technology is expected to take the online learning experience to a whole new level.


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2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond

2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

In 2020, people won’t be talking about online learning as such. It will be so integrated with teaching and learning that it will be like talking today about whether we should use classrooms. In fact, we may be talking much more about classrooms or the campus experience in 2020, because of online learning, and how it is changing the whole way that students are learning. There is likely to be heated discussions about the role and purpose of campuses and school buildings, the design of classrooms, and who needs to be there (teachers and students) and more importantly what for, when students can do so much of their learning online – and generally prefer to, because of the flexibility, and of their control over their own learning. The big changes then are likely to be on-campus, rather than on-line. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/01/12/2020-vision-outlook-for-online-learning-in-2014-and-way-beyond/#sthash.ERP8bf5A.dpuf

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Personal Learning Environments as Enablers for Connectivist MOOCs

This paper presents how platforms initially designed to enable the construction of personal learning environments can help teachers and learners to aggregate th

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 19, 2013 3:38 PM

We need to find balance in the formal and informal ways that learning is organized.

Frederic DOMON's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:05 AM

Le PLE ou EPA (Environnement Personnel d'Apprentissage) est l'élément de base du social learning. Il permet se mettre en place des routines utiles au développement de l'apprenance. 

Les Moocs actuels n'offrent que peu de possibilités de les utiliser alors qu'ils devraient être construit comme des meta-ple

Pedro Demian's curator insight, December 21, 2013 4:43 AM

Las plataformas se convierten en las aulas del futuro con la ventaja de que te permiten organizar tu tiempo, acudir a ellas en el momento más inspirado o relajado, etc

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10 Emerging Educational Technologies & How They Are Being Used Across the Globe

10 Emerging Educational Technologies & How They Are Being Used Across the Globe | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

The NMC’s latest research efforts, the NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition and the NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition, were released this spring, and together highlight ten emerging technologies that will impact education over the course of the next five years: cloud computing, mobile learning, learning analytics, open content, 3D printing, MOOCs, virtual and remote laboratories, games and gamification, tablet computing, and wearable technology.

As an educator, you have probably heard about many of these technologies, if not all of them. But the Horizon Report project pushes the discussion into fresh territory, predicting a timeframe for their implementation into mainstream education and presenting an impressive list of institutions and individuals who are already using them in every discipline imaginable.

- See more at: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2013/07/29/10-emerging-educational-technologies-how-they-are-being-used-across-the-globe/#sthash.xzXrmRH4.dpuf

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Online universities: it's time for teachers to join the revolution

Online universities: it's time for teachers to join the revolution | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

One way Moocs have changed education is by increasing access. Moocs make education borderless, gender-blind, race-blind, class-blind and bank account-blind. Up to now, quality education – and in some cases, any higher education at all – has been the privilege of the few. Moocs have changed that. Anyone with an internet connection can have access. We hear from thousands of students, many in under-served, developing countries, about how grateful they are for this education.

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2 Potential Scenarios For Online Professional Development - Edudemic

2 Potential Scenarios For Online Professional Development - Edudemic | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

The big news of the day is that Coursera is offering online professional development. I love the idea of Professional Development MOOCsand think it has a big place in the world of education. I think teachers could (and will) learn a lot in online courses dedicated to pedagogies, flipping classrooms, and other PD lessons. The Coursera-run PD will do gangbusters business, attract lots of attention from VCs and news outlets (MOOCs = sexy) for good reason. It’s useful

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Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace | TechCrunch

Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace | TechCrunch | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Educators knew the online revolution would eventually envelop the physical classroom, but a torrent of near-revolutionary developments in the past month are proving that change is coming quicker than anyone imagined. In just 30 days, the largest school system in the U.S. began offering credit for online courses, a major university began awarding degrees without any class time required, and scores of public universities are moving their courses online.

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What MOOCs Will, Won't, and Might Do - Edudemic

What MOOCs Will, Won't, and Might Do - Edudemic | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

What MOOCs Won’t do:

1) Won’t revamp higher education as we know it. “I just don’t think that’s in the cards, Struck says.

2) It won’t kill the lecture completely.

3) Won’t democratize knowledge the way some think it will.

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MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles

MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

"Why most of what currently excites the ed-tech world is hot air: MOOCs, Learning Analytics and Open Education Resources, amongst other fads.

It is impossible to make progress with a cogent argument for how education technology will transform education while most of the community accepts as self-evident half-baked notions of “independent learners” and “21st century skills”, believes that creativity is possible without knowledge, or that testing is a dirty word."


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, January 3, 2013 9:11 AM

And so Crispin Weston goes on to attack MOOCs, Learning Analytics and Open Educational Resources. After discussing each bubble, including why it is destined to pop, he discusses the question of what is needed to make the innovation that each bubble foreshadows, last.

 

Weston makes several sensible observations, such as "an academic education is not equivalent to a trip to the public library, digital or otherwise", or learning "analytics is predicated on 'big data' but in education, big data will not exist until we sort out the current failure of interoperability", or with Open Education Resources "the quality of the resources themselves and the pedagogies they represent are poor." However, these observations lead to incoherent arguments, in the case of Learning Analytics to downright insinuating ones. His arguments do not attempt to represent the complexity of the situation that surrounds each of these educational innovations. Rather they serve one purpose, portraying the innovation as a bubble. 

 

Weston's arguments lack subtlety to the degree that there seems to be an agenda underlying them, and indeed there is one. It is that research should be taken out of the hands of academics and public funding bodies to make place for "proper R&D that is commercially-funded and responds to market requirements." There is of course nothing wrong with companies getting involved in R&D. Indeed, in EU framework projects always commercial parties participate in the research consortia that are set up. But it is too simplistic to portray research done by companies as proper and all the rest as improper.

 

With Weston I have my doubt and worries about MOOCs, Learning Analytics and OERs. They have bubble-like qualities in that researchers and educational administrators seem too uncritically adopt them. Uncritically adopting technological innovations in education actually happens quite often. And industry has more than once played a dubious role in this, see what Todd Oppenheimer in his Flickering Mind writes about the money that was wasted on the introduction of computers in K-12 education. The conclusion should be that a discussion about innovations such as MOOCs, Learning Analytics, Open Educational Resources, e-Portfolios, Serious Games, Adaptive Learning systems should never be guided by political agendas such as boosting commercial research. There is enough to worry about as it is. What really gets me worried is the idea that the venture capitalists that fund the MOOCs are going to determine the destiny of Higher Education; precisely because they think commercially and respond to market requirements only.

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Four Infographics About 2012′s Top Trending Education Technology Topic – MOOCs

Four Infographics About 2012′s Top Trending Education Technology Topic – MOOCs | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
MOOCs have been a very hot topic throughout 2012, and the momentum keeps building. A key development in the latter half of the year has been increased effort by many colleges to determine how to offer credit for completed Massive Online Open Courses. All the attention that MOOCs have been getting has also led OnlineColleges.net and others to produce a few infographics that focus on this popular education technology
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For the Future Student, Higher Education Will Be Redefined

For the Future Student, Higher Education Will Be Redefined | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
Not too far in the future, students may be faced with an entirely different set of choices than they do today. No longer may a four-to-six-year commitment to a highly esteemed institution be the fastest way to a fruitful career or a rich network. With online education quickly gaining momentum, the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is not only shaking up higher education to the core — its value, its status, its cost — the movement is also changing how young people envision their education and their future.
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The rapid rise of MOOCs shakes up the debate on online education

The rapid rise of MOOCs shakes up the debate on online education | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
Liorenc Valverde: “I'm not sure that the American MOOC model can be easily exported to Europe. What we have to do is learn from experience and design and develop the best model for the specific characteristics of the European Higher Education Area.”
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