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This Is How Students Are Using Smartphones - Edudemic

This Is How Students Are Using Smartphones - Edudemic | Learning Systems | Scoop.it
How do students typically use a smartphone? Do they just Instagram, Tweet, Post, Poke, Like, Snapchat, and Circle their friends all day long? Is it just text messaging or something more?
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This gives a slight peek into what may soon be a challenge to online course content delivery - mobile learning as mainstream. 

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Time for Change: MOOCs and Learning Technology - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity

Time for Change: MOOCs and Learning Technology - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity | Learning Systems | Scoop.it

During the past year we’ve all seen the explosive growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, produced by organizations such as EdX and Coursera. These new businesses started developing expert-led courses that cover typical university or college-level topics like introduction to computer science, psychology, history and many more.

The demand for MOOCs stems from an enormous appetite for branded, high-quality education among students around the world who cannot afford expensive private education. These courses are now used by professionals and more senior people to learn new topics as well.

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When MOOCs became available, I couldn't help myself but to explore them as a student. My first class was an introduction to HCI by Stanford, and even though I'm studying HCI at a graduate level at DePaul, I had tremendous curiousity about the Stanford course, the professor and what other things I can learn from this "supplementary" course, as I saw it. Needless to say, I was very impressed with the delivery quality and the professor took full advantage of the platform. The drawback? Huge, and I mean HUGE discussion boards impossible to read with any kind of thoughtful care for interacting; many dead ends and countless "chatter" from people trying to network. This article mentions that MOOCs can be worked at one's own pace, but this is not true for most of them out there. In fact, there are hard deadlines and once those are past, it is hard to catch up with everyone else and participate.

 

In my opinion, the massive delivery is the easy part, the part that we have seen evolved through years of online course delivery. This part has been clearly mastered in MOOCs, and it shows. The hard part, the fascinating part, is the true connection with the knowlege building bits that are presented. True assesment of new knowledge acquired is the true challenge with MOOCs. Massive peer reviews are an attempt, and knowledge applications without a thorough review can give a sense that there is accomplishment, but it is hard to measure the quality there too. Overall, I can see how MOOCs are changing delivery of quality content for learning at a global scale, but I cannot see yet if the results are measurable enough to be seriously trusted. This article mentions "accredited learning" for corporate training through MOOCs, I'm curious about the model of assessment that is planned and how that differs from self-paced courses that have been delivered before for corporate training? Interesting times indeed.     

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Analyzing a LMS for a device-agnostic content strategy

Analyzing a LMS for a device-agnostic content strategy | Learning Systems | Scoop.it
In this post, I will analyze the key features that LMSes should display in order to facilitate a device-agnostic content strategy that can respond to today´s learning environments.

Via Mayra Aixa Villar, THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*
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App Center Gives One-Click Access to Canvas LMS Extensions - T.H.E. Journal

App Center Gives One-Click Access to Canvas LMS Extensions - T.H.E. Journal | Learning Systems | Scoop.it
App Center Gives One-Click Access to Canvas LMS Extensions
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Instructure has formally launched a new tool that allows users to add third-party extensions to its flagship LMS, Canvas, with a single click.
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Course-Management Companies Challenge MOOC Providers

Course-Management Companies Challenge MOOC Providers | Learning Systems | Scoop.it

"Two software companies that sell course-management systems, Blackboard and Instructure, have entered the race to provide free online courses for the masses. On Thursday both companies plan to announce partnerships with universities that will use their software to teach massive open online courses, or MOOC’s. The companies hope to pull in their own college clients to compete with online-education players like Udacity and Coursera."


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Moving Outside the LMS: Matching Web 2.0 Tools to Instructional Purpose | EDUCAUSE.edu

Moving Outside the LMS: Matching Web 2.0 Tools to Instructional Purpose | EDUCAUSE.edu | Learning Systems | Scoop.it

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What considerations support the decision to either augment or replace an institution’s existing learning management system (LMS) with a cloud-based, Web 2.0 technology tool to support students’ learning? The use of instructional technologies should be evaluated against a backdrop of pedagogical objectives, and students’ selection of tools to support their learning can result in a more collaborative, constructive, and authentic learning experience. Instructors must balance the benefit of introducing new technology tools into the curriculum with the additional load—for instructors (supporting the tool) and students (learning the tool).This paper describes the experiences of an online graduate program in instructional technology at Georgia Southern University (GSU) and the program faculty who have chosen to move beyond the LMS.


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The Race is on to Segment for MOOCs: To the Victor Go the Spoils

The Race is on to Segment for MOOCs: To the Victor Go the Spoils | Learning Systems | Scoop.it
MOOCs have emerged as a disruptive force in  ‘traditional’ higher education.  A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course allowing unlimited student enrollment through the internet.
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How Google Glass Is Changing Medical Education

How Google Glass Is Changing Medical Education | Learning Systems | Scoop.it
VideoMedical education, from traditional medical school to the field training of paramedics, is about to fall under the influence of Google Glass.  Today, high tech training simulation is mainstream.
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MOOCs are Not the Future of Higher Ed | LearnDash

MOOCs are Not the Future of Higher Ed | LearnDash | Learning Systems | Scoop.it

The higher education industry in the United States is ripe for some big changes, and some would contend that the MOOC phenomenon could end up being the new standard. Personally, I am hesitant to claim that any “one” thing could be the answer to today’s problems, but I have no issues in saying that MOOCs may be the catalyst that higher education so desperately needs in order to keep up with today’s increasing consumer demands.

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Good article just to start thinking about this a little more instead of making assumptions that in some ways either idealize the MOOC or believe it is an entire paradigm shift in higher education. If you have the chance, I suggest taking a MOOC, interact with your classmates from around the world and get some really neat insights yourself. Even better if you can teach one and ask the motivation questions that you really want to know. 

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Blackboard Validates Mozilla Digital Badges -- THE Journal

Blackboard Validates Mozilla Digital Badges -- THE Journal | Learning Systems | Scoop.it
Mozilla's Open Badges initiative has received the official nod from educational technology company Blackboard, which has integrated digital badges into its learning management systems Blackboard Learn and CourseSites.

Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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How to Choose the Right Learning Management System

How to Choose the Right Learning Management System | Learning Systems | Scoop.it
Ed-tech experts say many schools and districts don't have a good understanding of how to choose and evaluate the different systems available.

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Open for Learning: The CMS and the Open Learning Network | in education

Open for Learning: The CMS and the Open Learning Network | in education | Learning Systems | Scoop.it

The course management system (CMS) reinforces the status quo and hinders substantial teaching and learning innovation in higher education. It does so by imposing artificial time limits on learner access to course content and other learners, privileging the role of the instructor at the expense of the learner, and limiting the power of the network effect in the learning process. The open learning network (OLN)—a hybrid of the CMS and the personal learning environment (PLE)—is proposed as an alternative learning technology environment with the potential to leverage the affordances of the Web to dramatically improve learning.


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