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Strategies needed to widen student access and success - University World News

Strategies needed to widen student access and success - University World News | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

An international study into higher education participation has revealed unequal representation across socio-economic groups in several countries. The review of six nations will inform an access and student success strategy being developed for England, and among other things recommends alternative entry requirements and bridging programmes, and more inclusive learning and teaching.

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Confirming what we already know. Money supports academic success through family support, living environment, state of mind, intergenrational attitudes, personal health, security and resources such as IT and transport.

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A 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning - Part 1 | teachonline.ca

A 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning - Part 1 | teachonline.ca | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

Online learning is no longer seen as novel or innovative – it is one of the tools available for teaching and learning and is in widespread use

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An article worth reading - I wonder, though, if the view fails to recognise the struggle lower socio-economic groups have with access. Devices and connectivity underpin the thinking here, yet in my experience I see learners most in need struggling to afford connection costs. Yes they can come to the institution or go to a library but that is not anywhere, anytime.

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Making the most of data is everybody's responsibility

Making the most of data is everybody's responsibility | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
A recent report shows the potential for learning analytics in higher education, says Jisc chief executive Paul Feldman
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In perfect world - yes. The challenge in the sector is that the cost of introducing and supporting integrated analytics systems impacts on the budget for teaching resources. For smaller institutions the costs may outweigh the benefits. Fortunately the technology continues to develop - things are likey to be different again in five years.

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The Next National Education Technology Plan (EdSurge News)

The Next National Education Technology Plan (EdSurge News) | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

Highlighting “leadership” is one of the most notable changes. The 2016 NETP devotes an entire section to leadership and to “creating a culture and conditions for innovation and change.

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The priority of leadership applies equally  in New Zealand. Leadership and collaboration are required to apply, support and measure our education technology initiatives. Parallel with the Productivity Commission's 'review and advise' report due in 2017, the sector needs to accept the mission-critical nature of Ed Tech and support emerging leaders.

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Applying The Subsumption Theory In eLearning - TalentLMS Blog

Applying The Subsumption Theory In eLearning - TalentLMS Blog | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
This article is based on Ausubel's theory and explains how to apply it in eLearning, by creating engaging courses and making them memorable.
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The same approach is often taken when writing fiction: say what happened up front, support the reader to apply what they know, let  the reader make connections (show, not tell), and confirm at the end (ahh, satisfaction)

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Frameworks for mobile learning | Jisc

Frameworks for mobile learning | Jisc | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

In order to move from academic theorising about mobile learning to operational and successful use frameworks are necessary.

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A good update of Jisc's Frameworks for mobile learning. Important to have a reminder up front that the framework needs to be informed by  the Pedagogy 

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Preparing Students To Produce Digital Content - eLearning Industry

Preparing Students To Produce Digital Content - eLearning Industry | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Preparing Students To Produce Digital Content: Check 6 Points To Consider When Preparing Your Students To Produce Digital Content.
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Imagine digital resources where the lesson suggestions guide teachers and students to produce both individual and collaborative digital content that can be shared with their learning community.

That is the Soil, Food and Society resource for 8-12 year olds. http://plantssoilandsociety.org 

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Why two colleges are allowing themselves to shrink rather than 'chase volume' | Inside Higher Ed

Why two colleges are allowing themselves to shrink rather than 'chase volume' | Inside Higher Ed | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

We made “the decision to protect quality rather than chase volume,” which means Wagner was ready to “get smaller if we had to,” says Richard Guarasci, Wagner’s president of more than 13 years.

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Take control ITP's. A focus on quality and strategic curriculum portfolio is the way to find independence from fluctuating trends in student enrolments.

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Leading Strategic Planning at Colleges and Universities: The President's Job | Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Leading Strategic Planning at Colleges and Universities: The President's Job | Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Recently, a faculty colleague from another university asked if I thought it appropriate for the chief information officer to chair the university's strategic planning committee and would it not be more appropriate for a faculty member to be the chair.
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Without a comms/engagement component leading strategy is like carrying water in your hands: all you get is wet hands with nothing to sustain the organisation.

Plan, communicate, listen - it is a cycle at any level of leadership.

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Here are the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015

Here are the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015 | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Over 2,000 learning professionals from around the world from both education and enterprises contributed to the 9th Annual Survey of Learning Tools. Very many thanks to all those who took the time t...
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Moodle. Number 15 on the list. Down three from 2015.

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Three’s A Party: Tin Can API, Learning Record Store, And Your Learning Management System - eLearning Industry

Three’s A Party: Tin Can API, Learning Record Store, And Your Learning Management System - eLearning Industry | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
What are the benefits for your business of combining Tin Can API, a Learning Record Store and a Learning Management System? Is this the future of eLearning?
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Once again Capitalism provides a solution for those with some ready cash. Good news for those with cash to pay for a Learning Record Store account. Difficult for students on the breadline. Once you start you have to keep the account going.

That said, the LRS would not have been invented if there was not some money to be made. Thanks Capitalism - I think

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New approach needed to deliver on technology’s potential in schools - OECD

New approach needed to deliver on technology’s potential in schools - OECD | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Data and research on education including skills, literacy, research, elementary schools, childhood learning, vocational training and PISA, PIACC and TALIS surveys., Schools have yet to take advantage of the potential of technology in the classroom to tackle the digital divide and give every student the skills they need in today’s connected world, according to the first OECD PISA assessment of digital skills.
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Education first - technology in support. The OECD says "Building a deep conceptual understanding and higher-order thinking requires intensive teacher-student interactions, and technology sometimes distracts from this valuable human activity." Lets not go to far Ed techies.

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How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival

How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
7 Skills Students Will Always Need by Jennifer Rita Nichols Ed note: This post has been updated from a 2013 post. As educators, we constantly…
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New Zealand curriculum's Key Competencies are this list. These might be the skills , but if you want to know how to integrate them into your teaching and learning practice then you need to go to the NZ curriculum http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Key-competencies/Tools

 

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The Big Benefits of eLearning Infographic | PulseLearning

The Big Benefits of eLearning Infographic | PulseLearning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
In our latest infographic we review the 5 BIG Benefits of eLearning.Did you know 40% of people have access to the internet around the globe today?In 1995, it was less than 1%. The figure increased tenfold from 1999 to 2013 and will only increase in the future.The Big 5 Benefits1. Time Savings. eLearning Saves time as it can be accessed anywhere, at any time, resulting in cost savings. Additional time usually spent on Face to Face Training can be re-directed immediately into business tasks and op
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Not sure about the cost saving angle. If you have some Minions to rework your material then sure. Otherwise, it will be a few years before you get payback.

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Cloudschool | A free teaching platform

Cloudschool | A free teaching platform | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Cloudschool is a free teaching platform. It's the easiest way for teachers to create and deliver lessons.
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The issue for organisations is trust. Trusting the web interfaces is no problem. The issue lies in trusting the security of data and service. Depending on a faceless .org for your teaching and investing time and effort to build lessons is okay until the funding dries up.

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A chance for education leaders to shine | ReGear Learning

A chance for education leaders to shine | ReGear Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

The formula is clear and not unexpected: a shared vison, strategic implementation, adequate resources and robust infrastructure. The challenge is managing risk in New Zealand’s punitive funding environment. 

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The next two years will have a significant influence on New Zealand's Tertiary Education Strategy (2019-2021). What the sector does and says now will inform our future.

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Unlocking the digital potential of graduates: addressing the ‘employability gap’ through technology | Jisc

Unlocking the digital potential of graduates: addressing the ‘employability gap’ through technology | Jisc | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
It’s in the news at the moment: students struggling to find work, struggling to even afford to attend colleges or universities, universities considering refunding fees if their graduates can’t find work, questions about the value of a university education and the value for money that courses offer.
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As well as providing benefits to learners there is an edge in a competitive market in embedding digital competencies in learning and teaching. So why are we not doing more of this? Is it about the skill-set of our tutors and lecturers?

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Online learning can work if universities just rethink the design of their courses

Online learning can work if universities just rethink the design of their courses | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
It’s no longer acceptable to upload video lectures to a website and call it a course. We need to start redesigning courses from scratch to find new ways to engage students.
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"Don’t be afraid to integrate tools that let learners create and share" is a simple but challenging statement. The power shift is significant and takes a grounded yet forward-thinking lecturer to apply.

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Productivity Commission to examine new models of tertiary education

Productivity Commission to examine new models of tertiary education | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Finance Minister Bill English and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce have asked the Productivity Commission to review new and emerging models of tertiary education.
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Nations are coming round to the impact of technology on education and realising  there are opportunities for those who front-foot their approach. This follows UNESCO's call to see education as a common good and to recognise that a sustainable approach is essential. (UNESCO: Rethinking Education, 2015)

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Is the education sector ready for BYOD?

Is the education sector ready for BYOD? | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Find out how Australian schools are managing the influx of innovative mobile devices.
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The multiple fronts of change in Ed Tech requires whole-of-organisation planning. Software as a service, BYOD, student management systems, data management and security, wifi capability, T&L content, staff capability, policy settings and student information all have to be included in a dynamic self-aware change process.  So, no problem. 

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Top schools revolt

Top schools revolt | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
They were "forced" into multi-million dollar classroom makeovers, which they say are putting kids in boxes.
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Stupid headline. Good discussion here about how to support, control, and focus students through the use of technology and the learning environment. Unsaid is the point that teaching is changing and that technology is a driver for some of this change. 

Breakout spaces become more engaging when students are enabled to learn through access to information and applications that gamify or socialise.

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Digital disruption and academia: Are we ready for Uber-versities in 10 years?

Digital disruption and academia: Are we ready for Uber-versities in 10 years? | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
The photographic, media, telecommunication and taxi industries have all experienced the pain of digital disruption but academia has so far been immune. That may be about to change.
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I think this is still some way off. This is about employer attitudes to qualifications. The knowledge is there, The ability to show a record of learning is there. What remains is the market recognition of equivalence. Employing someone is not a taxi ride.

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Paper or Tablet? Reading Recall and Comprehension

Paper or Tablet? Reading Recall and Comprehension | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
What effect do digital devices have on our digital brains? To uncover the influence on learning of using digital tablets for reading, the Coast Guard Leadership Development Center conducted an experiment to ascertain differences in recall and comprehension between tablet and paper readers.
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Digital devices are very distracting. Without practice and discipline sustained concentration can be impossible.

With educational texts some things make it easier. Good writing, clarity of task and reminders that sustained concentration is required.

For youth the problem is really serious. Not because our kids can't concentrate. But because our education resources are designed to pander to short concentration times.

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Online Program Development in an Era of Rapid Institutional Change (Part 1)

Online Program Development in an Era of Rapid Institutional Change (Part 1) | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

Aligning online offerings to the institutional mission is a critical and necessary step to ensuring that online offerings actually serve a need and differentiate themselves from those created by institutions.

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The flagstone is understanding the strategic goals of the institution. All activity should support those goals. The challenge often centres on ensuring your operations staff know the strategy and feel supported to act towards the institution's goals.

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The impact of mobile in the digital era of education

The impact of mobile in the digital era of education | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
The digital era of education has rendered fact memorization useless. It's now time to exploit the most efficient learning behaviors with the help of mobile.
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Communication, education and information technologies must be considered as a group if educationalists are to bring a successful strategy to bear.

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FutureLearn, The free learning revolution

FutureLearn, The free learning revolution | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
FutureLearn is the UK's platform for online courses, with nearly 70 partner universities and institutions, from the British Museum to UCL
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These are high quality courses. If the financial model is certification then it will need 100s of thousands of students to just break even. Therefore, there can only be a few of these enterprises in the world. have we reached saturation already?

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