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About Online & Distance Education

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This curated site aims to highlight articles which may be relevant to those with an interest in eLearning, online or distance education, or those studying for the Open University's Masters in Online and Distance Education (MAODE) qualification.

 

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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.

 

Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work.

 

After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.

 


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Marco Pozzi's curator insight, February 23, 11:27 AM

Molto interessante!!

Deanya Lattimore Schempp's curator insight, February 23, 11:10 PM

from hybridpedagogy.com a new online journal. 

Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, February 28, 2:20 AM

Yes, I agree !

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Infographic of the Week: The Road to Digital Literacy

Infographic of the Week: The Road to Digital Literacy | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it

Digital literacy… Information literacy… Technology literacy… There are so many “literacies” in education these days, but what do they all mean? Probably just what you might imagine—and then some! But besides becoming competent in these essential 21st Century skills, it’s important for you, your students and your colleagues to understand their significance.


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Houseygirl's curator insight, December 31, 2013 12:01 PM

Digital Literacy is an over-used term - what exactly do people mean?

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New survey reinforces the need for innovative technology in schools - Innovate My School

New survey reinforces the need for innovative technology in schools - Innovate My School | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
A survey of more than 1000 UK 13-17 year olds points to a future workforce that is ‘digital first’ in everything it does, and whose digital talents could bring significant economic value to the UK.
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Digital education needs to go mainstream | Latest Industry News | News | Publishing and editorial | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Digital education needs to go mainstream | Latest Industry News | News | Publishing and editorial | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
Finalists and judges at the recent Digital Leaders 50 Awards took the opportunity to speak of the importance of digital education.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Class Central - Find the MOOC for You

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Preparing our Students for Web 3.0 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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A List Of 75 MOOCs For Teachers & Students - TeachThought

A List Of 75 MOOCs For Teachers & Students - TeachThought | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it

"With the rise of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), students from anywhere with an Internet connection, can access free courses facilitated by some of the top educators and experts in every subject area. From mathematics, to computer science, to philosophy, to business design, MOOCs give learners unprecedented access to some of the most valuable knowledge, from some of the most prestigious universities, for free. "

 


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A 6-Step Process For Adding Gamification To Your Classroom

A 6-Step Process For Adding Gamification To Your Classroom | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it

“A 6-Step Process For Adding Gamification To Your Classroom Gamification is the integration of game-like mechanics into non-game “stuff.” For years, schools have been gamified. Points for performance. Points accrue to earn “badges” (e.g., letter...”


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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, November 3, 2013 9:37 AM

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Technology Will Not Replace Teachers

Technology Will Not Replace Teachers | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
Technology can open doors, expand minds, and change the world. That may be true, but it's not the panacea that it's been made out to be. As much innovation as the iPad may bring to the classroom, it's not going to replace a teacher anytime soon.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, October 27, 2013 6:20 PM

So yes, technology is going to play a critical role in the future of education. But not as big a role as that of a teacher.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, October 27, 2013 8:01 PM

Indeed - good teachers are going to become even more valuablem not less. 

Audrey's curator insight, November 3, 2013 2:07 PM

Absolutely true.  Technology is another way to present material which needs to be learned.   Learners will always need someone to explain information found on the iPad in the same way they do with books.

 

 

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Is there a future for distance education?

Is there a future for distance education? | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it

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Need To Explain To Others What Content Curation Is? Use This Visual Collection

Need To Explain To Others What Content Curation Is? Use This Visual Collection | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
What is content curation about? Diagram, charts and infographics to make sense of the curation conundrum

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Curate using this visual map

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This will be helpful to share to those wondering about content curation.

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Curate or be Curated: The Coming Age of the Curation Economy - Huffington Post

Curate or be Curated: The Coming Age of the Curation Economy - Huffington Post | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it

Curate or be Curated: The Coming Age of the Curation Economy Huffington Post So, if you accept the facts behind Rosenbaum's Law -- that the creation of raw content is going to double every two years -- then the nature of consumption is what is...


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University education: at £9,000 per year, parents begin to question its value

University education: at £9,000 per year, parents begin to question its value | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
Guardian/YouGov poll shows more than half think higher education is too expensive but majority say it is best for careers

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10 Ed Tech Stories of 2013

10 Ed Tech Stories of 2013 | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
The most popular stories of the year on the Center for Digital Education's website.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 2, 10:47 AM

The "Maker Movement" is particularly interesting. 

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Amazing Facts about Teachers Technology Use in The classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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What if more women learned to code?

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Video: The Promise of Digital Learning - Getting Smart by Getting Smart Staff - #blendchat, 1:1, BlendedLearning, digital learning, EdTech

Video: The Promise of Digital Learning - Getting Smart by Getting Smart Staff - #blendchat, 1:1, BlendedLearning, digital learning, EdTech | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
Motivating, more data, personalization, self-paced, ownership, equalization, extended time, great teaching, learner profiles and working conditions are the ten benefits of digital learning highlighted in this video.
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25 Important Skills for 21st Century Students ~...

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25 Important Skills for 21st Century Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Teach and tech curated by Luísa Lima (25 Important Skills for 21st Century Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | @scoopit
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5 great Video Clips to Learn more about PLNs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Education 1.0 Vs Education 2.0 Vs Education 3.0 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Closing The Gender Gap In Computer Science - Avatar Generation

Closing The Gender Gap In Computer Science - Avatar Generation | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
The gender gap is finally starting to close in computer science after years of male dominance.

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Top 10 eLearning Industry Trends For 2013 | The Upside Learning Blog

Top 10 eLearning Industry Trends For 2013 | The Upside Learning Blog | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
eLearning is evolving as the eLearning market continues to grow. Here are our predictions of the top 10 eLearning Industry Trends For 2013
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Early Analysis Shows MOOCs Struggle With Engagement

Early Analysis Shows MOOCs Struggle With Engagement | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
Massive Open Online Courses are attracting millions of students, but providers and platforms are struggling with holding their attention to completion.

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A Games Based Learning Manifesto

A Games Based Learning Manifesto | Online & Distance Education | Scoop.it
manifesto for games based learning, serious games and learning simulations. Thoughts for buyers and developers.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 20, 2013 8:05 AM

You know things are getting serious when you have a manifesto. ;)

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The 7 Benefits of Networked Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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