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Blackboard Collaborate | Recording Tracking

Blackboard Collaborate software solutions offer a social, interactive learning experience with virtual classrooms, online conferencing, instant messaging and more collaboration tools.
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Badges and Moodle (Part 2) | Mark DuBois

Badges and Moodle (Part 2) | Mark DuBois | MOOC | Scoop.it

Perhaps the hardest part of working with badges was actually creating them. I decided to use Adobe Illustrator since it generates vector based images (and I haven’t used it that much in the past). I thought those reading this might like to see the process I went through. If you are curious where I got the idea for the specific form of the badge, it is based on some awards I received in grade school many years ago. I thought they looked particularly neat and tried to duplicate them in Illustrator. You will note that I did not include a photo of the original award because I can’t find them at the moment.

 

I did refer to a number of sites on the WWW for reference from time to time. Yes, Google and Bing are my friends when it comes to learning something new. Unfortunately, I did not keep track of all the sites I referenced. Yes these steps are an accumulation of my research and i should have kept better track of which sites helped me along the way. I encourage those reading this to take better notes when they are working on their projects.


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20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture

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20 Tips To Promote A Self-Directed Classroom Culture

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JennaMRyan's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:25 PM

TeachThought provides a list of 20 tips to promote a self-directed classroom culture.  They say a great classroom culture needs to be a place in which:

Safe Place to FailEncourage CuriosityGive your students a voiceUse tiered responsibilityFoster peer supportConsider natural consequencesConfidence buildingModel how to learnDon’t impose limitations

10. Use real life examples of perseverance

11. Teach students how to set manageable goals

12. Teach students how to overcome disappointment

13. Reward attitude, not just aptitude

14. Believe in their abilities

15. Accept the mess

16. Offer reflection after the project is over

17. Give immediate feedback

18. Give both short and long-term assignments

19. Identify obstacles and negative beliefs

20. Let go of the idea that students success reflects on you

 

To me, the only way to establish classroom culture is for it to be self-directed.  Culture is something that is hard to put your finger on because it really is intangible, it is something that has to be taught, transferred, and supported by everyone in the room.  These suggestions are great guidelines for how to think about student success and believing good things for your class.  Some practical suggestions I would like to use for sure, are peer support and giving students a voice.  I believe kids are more inclined to become passionate learners when they feel like they have a voice in what goes on in the classroom.

Lauren Yachera's curator insight, March 7, 2014 1:12 PM

Really insightful tips that help to promote a self-directed classroom culture. I came across a few that I never really considered before: making the classroom a safe place to fail, and considering natural consequences. Both of these go together hand-in-hand when it comes to students attitudes towards not doing as well as they may have expected. Students need to know that it is okay to fail (sometimes, not all of the time!) and that they can bounce back from it. They cannot be afraid of failure; if they are, they may never try new things. It's important to build a nurturing and supportive classroom, where the teacher acts as a neutral supporter (rather than an angry, disappointed one) that encourages the student that everything will be okay. We have to help them if they don't do well, not hurt them even more.

Sophia Vitilio's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:06 PM

I personally really liked these tips and will definitely be using some of them in my future classroom.  I actually really thought it was different and liked that one of the tips was to make it a safe place to fail.  This is because I feel like everything about school is always about getting good grades and students feel ashamed to get a bad grade, especially a failing grade. This makes it very important to create an environment where it is okay to fail.

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MOOC: Badges as New Currency for Professional

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“We believe that badges offer a promising approach to addressing a vexing challenge – getting under and un-employed Americans into high-paying, unfilled jobs,” said Anne Derryberry, one of the course designers and facilitators.

 

The WICHE Cooperative for Education Technologies (WCET) has announced that they will co-host a massive open online course (MOOC) to examine the growing interest in using badges to document knowledge, skills and competencies when working toward attaining high value professional credentials. Sage Road Solutions LLC, Mozilla, Blackboard Inc., and WCET have collaborated to produce a 6-week shared learning experience that will be offered via Blackboard’s MOOC platform. The MOOC will broaden understandings about approaches to earning high value credentials that benefit institutions, content providers, employers and individuals alike.

 

The “Badges as New Currency for Credentials” MOOC begins on September 9 and concludes October 14, 2013. It will feature a weekly live session Mondays at 2PM ET for the duration of the course. To register for this free, open course, please visithttps://badges.coursesites.com/.


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A Bright Future Full of Promise: Asynchronous Pipelines in Scala ...

A Bright Future Full of Promise: Asynchronous Pipelines in Scala ... | MOOC | Scoop.it
Heather Miller shows how to perform asynchronous programming in Scala and Java with composable pipelines using the Futures and Promises API.
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MOOC Verses DOCC

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It was only a matter of time before massive open online courses (MOOC) were challenged to see online learning in a new light.

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Jeroen Bottema's curator insight, August 26, 2013 3:11 AM

"It was only a matter of time before massive open online courses (MOOC) were challenged to see online learning in a new light. Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) has a different approach to how students should learn through online education and the role of the instructor. Where MOOCs facilitated the traditional sense of teaching, having one instructor who values the topic they teach. DOCC has expanded this idea to include many instructors, experts, and guest lecturers from various regions to teach the students."

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MOOC Design Principles. A Pedagogical Approach from the Learner’s Perspective

MOOC Design Principles. A Pedagogical Approach from the Learner’s Perspective | MOOC | Scoop.it

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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, August 25, 2013 7:36 PM

a good read, when you want to embark on designing a MOOC.

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, August 25, 2013 7:37 PM

 

The debate around Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is much more focused on the social, institutional, technological and economical aspects than on the need for development of new pedagogical approaches that provide consistent guidance on how to design for this emergent educational scenario. A new understanding of knowledge production and learning challenges the core of learning design, demanding innovative and appropriate approaches to teaching and learning.

 

 

Sharrock's curator insight, August 29, 2013 10:27 AM

This insight is powerful: 

Ana Cristina Pratas's insight:

"The debate around Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is much more focused on the social, institutional, technological and economical aspects than on the need for development of new pedagogical approaches that provide consistent guidance on how to design for this emergent educational scenario.

 

A new understanding of knowledge production and learning challenges the core of learning design, demanding innovative and appropriate approaches to teaching and learning. We present a set of learning design principles drawn from the learner’s perspective. They focus on empowering learners in networked environments for fostering critical thinking and collaboration, developing competence based outcomes, encouraging peer assistance and assessment through social appraisal, providing strategies and tools for self-regulation, and finally using a variety of media and ICTs to create and publish learning resources and outputs."

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4 Downsides to MOOCs | LearnDash

4 Downsides to MOOCs | LearnDash | MOOC | Scoop.it

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Robert Farrow's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:07 PM

Nothing new here, but some figures may be useful for #oerrhub

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The Basics of Self-Directed Learning for Teachers

The Basics of Self-Directed Learning for Teachers | MOOC | Scoop.it

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Tibshirani's curator insight, March 3, 2013 7:04 PM

Very important to reflect and evaluate own learning.

JoAnn Delaney's curator insight, August 6, 2013 12:06 PM

Move your Ss towards self-directed learning. #mschat #21stedchat

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27 Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning

27 Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning | MOOC | Scoop.it

"So I'm trying to better understand how people learn--not now they're taught in terms of teaching strategies, but more so learning strategies--only not really strategies...Learning actions, or cognitive actions."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 19, 2013 10:04 PM

How can we help out students become more self-directed in their learning? What tools can we provide them with to help them become self-directed learners (using 21st century tools and skills)? 

This post provides a list of 27 actions. The post states:

"The big idea is that these kinds of “brain actions” are not only the kinds of tasks you can use to create assignments, but more importantly are the kinds of acts that promote inquiry-based understanding. So rather than start with a topic–fractions, metaphors, or racism–you can simply insist on the cognitive action itself. Learners can choose topics of their own, or you can offer a range of topics."

With that as a background five of the actions are listed below. There is additional material in the post as well as another 22 actions.

* Challenge something

* Test the validity of a model

* Study the relationship between text and subtext

* Critique something

* Transfer a lesson or philosophical stance from one situation to another

JoAnn Delaney's curator insight, August 6, 2013 12:08 PM

27 cognitive actions #edchat #21stedchat

Don Berg's curator insight, July 10, 2014 3:53 PM

Interesting how much of challenge it is to distinguish between teaching and learning. That is one of the obstacles to getting self-directed learning to become a mainstream feature in schools.

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Java Concurrency (&c): Lightweight Asynchronous Sampling Profiler

Java Concurrency (&c): Lightweight Asynchronous Sampling Profiler | MOOC | Scoop.it
Lightweight Asynchronous Sampling Profiler for Java. A more accurate approach. http://t.co/CyN2gjTHmU
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What You Need To Know About Self-Directed Learning

What You Need To Know About Self-Directed Learning | MOOC | Scoop.it

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Victoria Collins's curator insight, May 13, 2013 7:38 AM

What an insightful graphic! So true.

Tracy Hanson's curator insight, May 13, 2013 9:30 AM

It is the foundation of NGGE.

Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, May 18, 2013 1:16 PM

To thrive in the 21st Century Knolwedge Economy, people must embrace self-directed learning.

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USM Lifelong Learning Center to hold Back-to-School Bash ...

USM Lifelong Learning Center to hold Back-to-School Bash ... | MOOC | Scoop.it
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a “Back-to-School Bash” from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Peck House/Asbury Annex, 3601 Pearl St.
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MOOCs Directory

"Regardless of your personal opinion on the value of these Massive Open Online Courses, the current reality for many low income, and underserved student populations in the US, and globally is that these free open courses from some of the world's leading experts is a  partial win of the "Educational Access Lottery". Partial because winning the full lottery would require adding free broadband access, and credit options for their MOOCs courses. "


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Dr. Susan Bainbridge's curator insight, August 22, 2013 4:55 AM

Extensive listing of available MOOCs.

Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, August 22, 2013 9:36 AM

Via Susan Bainbridge - extensive listing of available MOOCs.

Pieter de Vries's curator insight, August 22, 2013 12:02 PM

Know where to go ...

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Education Technology Trends – Part I – Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Education Technology Trends – Part I – Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | MOOC | Scoop.it
ProgrammableWeb.com keeps you up to date with web mashups and APIs: what's new, interesting, useful and important. Hundreds of mashups and APIs. Contribute, search, view, and chart them.

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Lifelong Learning: Philosophy Session for Adults : SelfDesign

Lifelong Learning: Philosophy Session for Adults : SelfDesign | MOOC | Scoop.it
SelfDesign Vancouver Learning Center is offering a philosophy session with Dr. Barbara Weber for SelfDesign Learning Consultants/Mentors and SelfDesign parents. When? Thursday, September 19 1:30-2:45.
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