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10 Ways to Inspire a Love of Learning

10 Ways to Inspire a Love of Learning | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
By Carri Schneider - 10 recommendations for being intentional about inspiring lifelong learning based on experiences from our family.

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 6, 11:40 AM

Amazingly, if students love learning, grades seem to follow. Reversing the paradigm from grades equal learning to LEARNING equals grades.

Robert Dart's curator insight, April 8, 3:46 AM

Learning can, and should be fun :)

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The Eight Principles of Connectivism (Visual)

The Eight Principles of Connectivism (Visual) | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
This infographic outlines the learning theory pioneered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 16, 2014 7:39 PM

Have you wondered what connectivism is? This infographic, using information from Stephen Downes and George Siemens provides this definition for connectivism:

"...the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to connect and traverse those networks."

What are the 8 principles? They are listed below but you will find much more information in the infographic.

1. Learning and knowledge rest in a diversity of opinions

2. Learning is the process of connecting specialized nodes

3. Learning may reside in non-human appliances

4. Capacity to know is more important than what is currently known

5. Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning

6. The ability to define connections between concepts is important

7. Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities

8. Decision-making is a learning process as information can change and what is viewed as correct one day may be incorrect the next

The second part of this infographic focuses on What Does an Online Connectist Course Look Like?

There is much information to be found in this lengthy infographic. It also includes a list of works consulted.

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30 Ideas To Promote Creativity In Learning

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30 Ideas To Promote Creativity In Learning

 

By Miriam Clifford, opencolleges.edu.au

This post has been republished from a 2012 post.

The concept of teaching creativity has been around for quite some time.

Academics such as  E. Paul Torrance, dedicated an entire lifetime to the advancement of creativity in education. Torrance faced much opposition in his day about the nature of creativity.  Creativity was considered to be an immeasurable, natural ability.  Torrance called for explicit teaching of creativity.  He advocated that it was skill-specific, requiring intentional instruction.  His life’s work ultimately led to the development of the Torrance tests and gifted programs throughout the world.


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How To Get Started With Visual Learning In The Classroom

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Humans thrive on visual stimuli, and interaction. We don’t want to hear about the latest tablet, or even read an article about it. We want to see it for ourselves. More than that, we want to experience it for ourselves. We want to press all the buttons, test out the apps, and personalize every feature. …

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 11, 2014 10:10 PM

Research tells us that visuals are an important element of learning, and that when visuals are used in classrooms, yet many classrooms are based on text. This post looks at three areas:

* Bringing Active Learning Back to the Classroom - How much of the time are the learners in your class actively participating as compared to passively listening?

* Embracing Visual - Visuals help many learners understand complex subjects. Experts in many fields can look at images and quickly learn complex information. Are you teaching your learners visual skills?

* Retrieving Practice - "By combining visual training with active learning, students can go from novice to expert in far less time than with traditional study methods."

As many of us prepare to return to school embracing visuals and teaching our students how to interpret visuals has the potential to promote better understanding. This post provides some great pointers and you will find a link to the original research.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 12, 2014 10:10 PM

Seems like a good idea.

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Three good resources for learning about different cultures | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Three good resources for learning about different cultures | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it


"Here are three new – and good – additions to one of my most popular “Best” lists: The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:..."


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Beyond MOOCs: Sustainable online learning in institutions

Beyond MOOCs: Sustainable online learning in institutions | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Link: Beyond MOOCs Sustainable Online Learning in Institutions (PDF)

 

Link: Beyond MOOCs Sustainable Online Learning in Institutions (MS Word .docx)

 

Executive Summary:

The key opportunity for institutions is to take the concepts developed by the MOOC experiment to date and use them to improve the quality of their face-to-face and online provision, and to open up access to higher education. Most importantly, the understanding gained should be used to inform diversification strategies including the development of new business models and pedagogic approaches that take full advantage of digital technologies.


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Illustrative Chart on Project Based Learning Vs Problem Based Learning | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Illustrative Chart on Project Based Learning Vs Problem Based Learning | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Project based learning and problem based learning are two didactic approaches to learning that are often used interchangeably to refer to the same thing: engaging students in authentic learning activities. This truism does not always hold true. In a learning task that is problem based, the focus is on finding solutions to the  problem posed  through applying learned strategies and in so doing the process of arriving at the solution is, in and of itself, an integral part of the overall learning taking place . Whether a learning activity is authentic or not does not really matter from a problem based learning perspective because often times 'fictitious scenarios' are purposefully designed to provide learners with a contrived environment to work on their ill-structured problems.


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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:30 AM

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Top 10 Essential Web Tools For Project-Based Learning - Edudemic

Top 10 Essential Web Tools For Project-Based Learning - Edudemic | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Blending the traditional textbooks with innovative web tools that inspire collaboration will be the wisest thing you’ve ever done for your students.

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Digital literacy 'as important as reading and writing' - Telegraph

Digital literacy 'as important as reading and writing' - Telegraph | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Considering the importance placed on digital literacy in many career roles, the new 2014 curriculum seems a step in the right direction – but does more still need to be done?

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14 ways to add value when curating content

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Thinking of adding value should be the first stage in curation, PKM, or any professional online sharing.

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John Thomas's curator insight, February 5, 2014 6:27 AM

Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It

SyReach's curator insight, July 7, 2014 4:53 AM

SyReach Notes now offers a full coverage of personal KM needs: Seek with integrated watch module and search engines, Sense with note and article edition, linking and knowledge building. Share by email or publish to Scoop.it selected resources linked to your articles!

Joe Matthews's curator insight, September 29, 2014 3:01 PM

Really thought provoking

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How To Write Aims and Objectives for eLearning Courses

How To Write Aims and Objectives for eLearning Courses | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Aims and objectives can sometimes be incredibly confusing but every eLearning course needs to have them. Here's an explanation of what they are, why they're needed and a simple way to write aims and objectives for eLearning courses.

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Reconnecting Information Literacy with Lifelong Learning

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Somewhere along the line, information literacy became a set of academic, information problem solving skills, and its connection to lifelong learning got lost. Way back in 1974, Paul Zurkowski coine...

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Curation as learning in information literacy - Irish library blog

Curation as learning in information literacy - Irish library blog | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

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Article argues that curation is not a new concept for libraries since Librarians select, organise and preserve information. Further, the article argues that content curation involves higher order skills and the ability to appraise sources effectively in order to sieve through large volumes of information. Above all, the article discussess the concepts, aggregation, distillation, elevation, mash-ups and chronology.