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Coursera begins to make money | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera begins to make money | Inside Higher Ed | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

The Silicon Valley-based company brought in $220,000 in the first quarter after it started charging for verified completion certificates, its co-founders said. The company also receives revenue from an Amazon.com affiliates program if users buy books suggested by professors.

“It’s the beginning of revenue,” said a Coursera co-founder, Daphne Koller.

The company has 3.2 million registered users, an increase of nearly 700,000 from mid-February. The company was founded in fall 2011 by Koller and her colleague at Stanford University, Andrew Ng. 

The vast majority of users are just dropping in to take free courses, but the company introduced a “Signature Track” to try to put more weight behind the end-of-course awards issued by universities that offer courses through its platform. Users who pay for this have to submit a photo ID of themselves to the company and are also tracked based on their “unique typing pattern” to ensure that people who take tests or turn in assignments are who they say they are. Prices are set around $50 so far.





Via Irina Radchenko
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No suprises here. I think this is a good move. The key will be to have a robust enough accreditation process that it can be recognised in industry. 

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Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective | Kearney | Research in Learning Technology

Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective | Kearney | Research in Learning Technology | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective
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Needing to reference research about mobile pedagogies?  This paper explores enhanced collaboration, access to information and deeper contextualisation of learning as part of learning and teaching using mobile.
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9 Fundamental Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers

9 Fundamental Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Trade tutors in Tertiary education are expected to have an incredible range of skills. Digital skills (as discussed here) is just one small area. There is also understanding 21C teaching practice, being the IT fix-it person, student advocate and mentor, specific trade skills, technical and instructional writer, policy and procedure navigator. and team player.  
I wonder if we fully recognise and value what they do.
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3 Non Negotiables When Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Own Learning (EdSurge News)

3 Non Negotiables When Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Own Learning (EdSurge News) | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Pinterest boasts more than 1,000 ideas about how students can self-evaluate their own learning. My Google search on the same topic offered six million results. Clearly, the resources are plentiful. But just because students can doesn’t mean they will.
Over the course of their education, I estim
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The idea of a chain of safe learning environments is so important - particularly if the learner is confronted with challenges like low literacy. 
Imagine leaving school, struggling with literacy, and being told that the next step is a brave new world of learning in the workplace. Frightening. 
Lets work on making these transitions feel safe for learners. 
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Authentic Learner Pathways | ReGear Learning

Authentic Learner Pathways | ReGear Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
ReGear Learning specialises in Mobile Learning Solutions for your business or learning institution.
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Authentic learner pathways. Lets focus on learning, not funding, to ground New Zealand's tertiary education system. Using learner needs and wants to drive the system will support achievement and counter the long tail of dissatisfaction inherent in the current system. The FLANZ submission to NZ Productivity Commission draft report into new models of tertiary education makes a great point.
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What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs? | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Will classes in curiosity, problem-solving and creative thinking soon be on the curriculum? Our latest report thinks it should.
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We can agree that 21C skills are needed. So, how are these skills developed though changed learning experiences? Are they dependent on changed teaching practice?
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Soil, Food and Society: a free science learning resource | ReGear Learning

Soil, Food and Society: a free science learning resource | ReGear Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
ReGear Learning specialises in Mobile Learning Solutions for your business or learning institution.
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Soil, Food and Society has been developed by ReGear Learning in partnership with New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries and primary sector industry partners. This resource explores where our food comes from. It offers both students and teachers activities and lessons that are integrated with the NZ Curriculum.
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The LMS market glacier is melting

The LMS market glacier is melting | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
The world of edtech is strange and full of apparent contradictions. Venture capital investment has exploded since 2010, hitting an all-time high of $3.1..
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The LMS is a part of the system - not the system. "Schools are no longer looking for just one system to manage the virtual classroom". Institutions are adopting systems where the LMS is  one component. This move is enabling broader adoption of new pedagogical approaches.
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Enabling e-Learning. NZ schools

Enabling e-Learning. NZ schools | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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A great resource for schools and tertiary institutions. Does your organisation have a digital learning community of practice?
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Most Likely To Succeed

Most Likely To Succeed | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
The feature-length documentary 'Most Likely To Succeed' examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in todayʼs innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same.
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This is a must see - particularly for educationalists in New Zealand. Supporting students to study online through legislative changes is a good start. We must be proactive to ensure blended experiences are supported by inquiry and project learning in authentic contexts. Big job.
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Homepage - Adapt Learning

Homepage - Adapt Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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A great authoring tool - but there remains the need for an understanding of instructional design and plenty of time to build the resources. Do we expect our teachers and lecturers to have this time?
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Living, Learning and Earning in the Digital Age: Beyond the Leaving Certificate

Living, Learning and Earning in the Digital Age: Beyond the Leaving Certificate | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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Ongoing study and skills development has been around forever. The ability to study and develop skills anywhere, anytime at reasonable cost; that has now irrevocably arrived through technology, and more recently, a developing awareness of the value of open education. Great time to be involved in learning technologies.
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Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future

Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
As districts across the country purchase technology at a feverish pace, they must ensure they have a solid implementation plan.
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Begin your change process with an agreed 21 century learning and teaching model. This does not have to be set in stone - allow practice to inform the model over time. Support 21 century learning and teaching practice: provide learner and teacher support; resource rich media production; integrate online learning platforms; communicate. Provide devices equitably: do NOT introduce a voluntary BYOD policy.
As an institution leader none of this should be a surprise. If it is  - get professional help.
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21st Century Learning: Themes of Submissions to the Productivity Commission | ReGear Learning

21st Century Learning: Themes of Submissions to the Productivity Commission | ReGear Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
ReGear Learning specialises in Mobile Learning Solutions for your business or learning institution.
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From the themes emerging from New Zealand's Productivity Commission Inquiry into Tertiary Education the more confronting appear to be the growing need for a digitally fluent faculty and the challenge authentic learning poses for traditional delivery institutions.
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It’s All About Design! | teachonline.ca

It’s All About Design! | teachonline.ca | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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For those bringing a course online or reworking an existing online course this is a great article to guide your thinking. The only thing I would add is thinking about constraints - particularly when developing blended courses. 
When bleeding online with traditional teaching you may find you are required to fit to a timetable, or have inflexible spaces for face to face activities. But, constrains can be an opportunity to ask the question "how can the online resources and activities enhance our face to face time?"  
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Three Pillars of Educational Technology | teachonline.ca

Three Pillars of Educational Technology | teachonline.ca | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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An insightful series of articles for anyone looking at the mechanics of online learning. What is not included as a pillar is modern learning and teaching practice. 21C learning pedagogy is moving towards increased responsibility for the learner and different ways of managing the risk to those contracted to deliver learner outcomes. 
We see this in the use of inquiry and project learning and analytics to guide and monitor. 
In my view the pillars might be the the mechanics, the pedagogies and the relationships.
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Study Examines Benefits and Constraints of BYOD Policies -- Campus Technology

Study Examines Benefits and Constraints of BYOD Policies -- Campus Technology | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
A new study examines the affordances, or benefits, and constraints of instituting bring your own device (BYOD) policies in schools.
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The BYOD being discussed here is a substitution technology rather than transformative technology. Fundamentally, learning and teaching practice does not change with voluntary BYOD. What is not discussed is how a teacher might deal with a student who does not, or can't, bring a device.
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Designing a next generation digital learning environment for higher education

Designing a next generation digital learning environment for higher education | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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A reasonable explanation of what future learning environments might look like - in a a higher education context. A few presumptions are made regarding ubiquitous connectivity and digital literacy. 
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Home - FLIPCurric

Home - FLIPCurric | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
The six keys to \'flipping\' the curriculum and assuring the quality of higher education achievement standards and assessment involve getting the following \'right\' (that is evidence-based, relevant, benchmarked, situation-specific and peer confirmed)
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Great collaboratively developed tool for developing programmes and improving the relevance of outcomes for learners and assessment for outcomes. A must engage moment for anyone involved in higher education programme and course development, and design for 21 century learning.
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FLANZ September Newsletter 

FLANZ September Newsletter  | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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COOL schools, learning analytics, the future of education in NZ 2025. All here in the Flexible Learning Association NZ September newsletter.
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Schools, COOLs and Kids | Derek's Blog

Schools, COOLs and Kids | Derek's Blog | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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Good points made. Well considered voice and response. It is time to look at the opportunities and be mindful of the pitfalls.
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Principals criticise online learning plan

Principals criticise online learning plan | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Palmerston North principals are hot under the collar over a new online schooling initiative.
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Blended study is not new. This policy change brings it to the mainstream. While there is potential for private business to offer solutions, schools remain responsible for students education. Schools need to think about the model of learning and support they provide and put the student in the centre of that thinking.
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We just need to deliver the best

We just need to deliver the best | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
OPINION: The model of learning needs to ensure all learners, regardless of the mode in which they learn, get a 21st century education.
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Good to see a balanced, considered discussion of COOL online options for school learners. Keep the focus on quality learning and teaching and most concerns raised lose relevance. 
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Students to learn online from home instead of at school under major education reform - National - NZ Herald News

Students to learn online from home instead of at school under major education reform - National - NZ Herald News | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
School-age students will be able to enrol in an accredited online learning provider instead of attending school, under new Government legislation. - New Zealand Herald
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A school with a vision and an appetite for risk could offer a blended option where rich material and experiences were available online and students came to class for supported inquiry and project work on that topic. Yeah right?
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21st Century Learning and Teaching Practice – White Paper | ReGear Learning

21st Century Learning and Teaching Practice – White Paper | ReGear Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
ReGear Learning specialises in Mobile Learning Solutions for your business or learning institution.
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Increased accessibility and flexibility, supporting independent learner awareness of their understanding of subject matter, and an emphasis on authentic learning experiences are all hallmarks of emerging, people-based approaches to 21 century learning and teaching. But how should teachers treat content and activities  to get the most out of technology and provide for modern learners needs?
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NACUBO: What Could It Look Like in 2025?

NACUBO: What Could It Look Like in 2025? | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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Higher education needs to gear towards accreditation as its core purpose. In this article the more interesting scenario is the rise of adaptive learning systems. Siri-as-your-tutor and responsive analytic systems have potential to support the next development of MOOCs and autonomous learning systems.
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