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Methods to create more interesting lectures and seminars, collect feedback, and help students to master difficult subjects in a self-responsible way.
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Methods for Training Scrum

Scrum is currently one of the most common frameworks to manage software projects. However, Scrum is applicable to research projects as well. We are even using elements of Scrum to manage our household. To learn how Scrum works, it is best to experience it yourself.

When preparing an interactive training session on Scrum, these exercises and resources may save you a lot of preparation time.

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How to use videos to support a training session?

How to use videos to support a training session? | Academis - Make Training more Fun | Scoop.it

A couple of months ago, Pedro Fernandes suggested spicing up a training session by showing a brief video clip at the beginning. Since then, I have been using videos in several training scenarios. In this article, you find three scenarios described.

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What is Education? Defining and Changing The World With a ...

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What is Education? How do you get a great one (and change the world in the process?) ... On the day of the presentation, he walked to the pulpit and asked, “Who in this room believes that they're going to change the world?
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The Twist in the Tale

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I recently came across the following terrific commercial from Guinness. If you have not seen it, watch the clip before reading further.
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Online learning: Campus 2.0

Online learning: Campus 2.0 | Academis - Make Training more Fun | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses are transforming higher education — and providing fodder for scientific research.

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Recipe: Memory

Recipe: Memory | Academis - Make Training more Fun | Scoop.it

Write 10-15 concepts on cards. Place the cards upside-down on a table/whiteboard. Trainees take turns in uncovering a card and explain whatever is written there. This way, you can either repeat content, or collect existing knowledge. In any case, do not comment on the answers.

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Book Review: Telling Ain’t Training (Stolovitch, Keeps)

Book Review: Telling Ain’t Training (Stolovitch, Keeps) | Academis - Make Training more Fun | Scoop.it
Telling Ain’t Training is an outstanding book for trainers and educators on how to develop effective training. Published by the American Society for Training & Development, this is the best book that I’ve found in this speaking niche.
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Spice up your lecture with Multiple Choice Questions

In this podcast, you can learn where Multiple Choice Questions are useful in teaching, and how to put them into practice. Find more on www.academis.eu
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#MOOCs and the Mechanization of Education: Widening the Gap Between the Haves and Have-Nots

#MOOCs and the Mechanization of Education: Widening the Gap Between the Haves and Have-Nots | Academis - Make Training more Fun | Scoop.it
Greg Graham teaches writing at a midwestern university. This appeared November 8, 2012 on his blog  Sebastian Thrun left his tenured teaching job at Stanford University after 160,000 students signe...

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Pedro Fernandes's curator insight, March 9, 2013 5:10 AM

I disagree with these views. MOOCS have undeniable advanytages precisely in the reach that they offer. And  MOOCS do not necessarily make face-to-face learning disappear. The statements are biased and generalized without support. Plausibly, in literature and some humanities MOOCS are not readily applicable and will produce weaker and delayed impacts. My personal opinion is that MOOCS complement traditional learning methods. Instead of opposing, traditional academics gain a lot more from taking immediate and affordable if not free advantages. Many MOOCS explored as an oppportunity to insert high quality lectures and learning materials in existing traditional courses, are a factor for quality improvement, not a threat.

Volkmar Langer's comment, March 10, 2013 7:09 AM
@Pedro Fernandes - Thanks for your comment, i totally agree!
Jordi Villà i Freixa's curator insight, March 15, 2013 2:26 AM

MOOC are another nice tool for the learning process. They are useful in the sense they expand our view of the process of transferring knowledge. They are not a threat, but a complementary opportunity to learning. Their use/abuse is what will determine its utility, as occurs with mobile devices or e-books.

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NetClick - Instant student feedback

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With NetClick, you can make your existing slide content interactive.

Upload your presentation. Your slides will be synchronized on any connected students' mobile displays. Get instant, visual feedback on what part of a slide is confusing. Students can indicate exactly what part of diagrams, pictures or text they want to discuss — in an instant!


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:04 PM

NetClick enables you to make your presentations interactive which is perfect for getting student feedback instantly. This is extremely useful when you are explaining new things or demonstrating objects or textual content.

 

The service is free for teachers if students pay $5 per semester but there are some other licence options.

Todd Wright's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:24 AM

Looks like this might be worth checking out. Solid research beind the use and results.

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7 Fabulous iPad Apps to Create Short Animated Lessons for Your Flipped Classroom

7 Fabulous iPad Apps to Create Short Animated Lessons for Your Flipped Classroom | Academis - Make Training more Fun | Scoop.it

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John Rudkin's curator insight, January 16, 2014 3:29 AM

Great choice.....

Gilles Le Page's curator insight, January 19, 2014 2:41 AM

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add your insight...

 
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MOOCs: the C***** word is the problem!

MOOCs: the C***** word is the problem! | Academis - Make Training more Fun | Scoop.it

Donald Clark writes about misconceptions in MOOC idea, in particular the C letter 'course'. He proposes a compelling alternative.

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The Failure of Udacity

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George Siemens,
elearnspace,
November 18, 2013
George Siemens's take on a Fast Company article describing a Udacity "pivot", which I echo, is that Udacity has admitted its failure.
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The Evolving use of Badges in Education

The Evolving use of Badges in Education | Academis - Make Training more Fun | Scoop.it
Rewards as a Way to Motivate Students to Learn Today’s schools commonly use grade-based evaluations where students get rewarded for the knowledge they gain.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
Kristian Rother's insight:

Allso see http://badg.us/

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Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, June 16, 2013 11:16 AM

Using virtual badges as a reward for learning provides motivation, boosts confidence and provides supports for collaborative learning through positive social interactions. 

Moushira Issa's curator insight, June 16, 2013 5:04 PM

Get recognition for learning that happens anywhere. Then share it in the places that matter.

Paula Iaeger PhD's comment, June 18, 2013 9:43 AM
This is one application of badges that cross generations and circumstances. When workers are offered recognition for the training they receive, there is a desire to know more. A simple certificate might help but a digital badge for its transportability is much better. In a classroom grades of course have their place but what I like is that the natural curiosity is rewarded when a badge is voluntarily pursued. Badges celebrate extra effort, not mediocrity and a just-get-by mentality.
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How to Master the Demonstration Speech

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The demonstration speech is one of the fundamental types of presentations. Demo speeches are ubiquitous. They are assigned to students in high school and college. They are a staple in corporate and other adult training environments.

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Flip Charts 101: Basic Tips to Use This Lonely Versatile Tool

Flip Charts 101: Basic Tips to Use This Lonely Versatile Tool | Academis - Make Training more Fun | Scoop.it
When I was in high school, every teacher used an overhead projector regularly. Many years later, I can’t recall the last time I saw one used as meeting rooms are increasing equipped with digital projectors to display PowerPoint and Keynote slides.
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Outdoor exercise. Randomize and explain what you learnt so far

Repeating in a carrousel explained in detail on: http://www.academis.sites.djangoeurope.com/blog/posts/recipe-repeating-carrousel/

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Organizing a Panel Discussion

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Good conferences and good teaching thrive on interaction. Naturally, presentations are not very interactive. Giving some room for discussion might be a good alternative. In practice, this can be done as a moderated panel discussion.

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RHETORIC: The Public Speaking Game

RHETORIC: The Public Speaking Game | Academis - Make Training more Fun | Scoop.it

Public speaking. The mere thought of it can set hearts pounding! And yet, being able to communicate one's ideas in public is an important and sought-after skill. RHETORIC: The Public Speaking Board Game™ can help you become a better speaker.

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