Most academics look down on the open source encyclopedia, but does it really hinder students' studies?
Despite Wikipedia's drawbacks, students will continue to take advantage of the resource – and the default response of academics to simply advise against using the site is unlikely to have much effect. Lancaster lecturer Dr Catherine Easton says students must develop an ability to analyse the nature of the source material within Wikipedia, adding that the educator should ensure there is "a strong, continuing focus on the need to support academic work with references to acceptable scholarly sources".
Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice
Rory McGreal, Wanjira Kinuthia and Stewart Marshall, Eds. May 2013
Published jointly by the Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University, Canada (UNESCO/COL Chair in OER) as CC-BY-SA and freely available to all:www.col.org/psOERIRP. Available in PDF and epub formats.
This book is one in a series of OER resources published by COL. It describes the OER movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER's significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges. The 16 chapters, written by some of the leading international experts on the subject, are organised into four parts by theme:
OER in AcademiaOER in Practice:Diffusion of OERProducing, Sharing and Using OER
Instructional designers, curriculum developers, educational technologists, teachers, researchers, students, others involved in creating, studying or using OER: all will find this timely resource informative and inspiring.
"Online And Distance Learning Weekly", by Natalie Stewart: a free, online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about online and distance learning - for teachers, researchers and students.
Do you have students with disabilities or special needs? Then you may need an assistive technology: a technology used by an individual with a disability to perform a function that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.
Samantha Thomas, a student, future librarian, and educator at Kutztown University, created this handy collection of assistive technologies that you may find helpful. Some are commonly used with special needs individuals, such as augmentative & alternative communication apps like My Pictures Talk, Look2Learn, and iTalk. Others are general consumer apps, such as Evernote, Google Earth, and Audacity. Listed alongside each app is her assessment of its value as an assistive technology.
Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences).
The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency...
Mehdi Karami, Shahid Madani University of Azerbaijan, Iran Zohreh Karami, Farhangian University of Hamadan, Iran Mohammad Attaran, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The aim of this research was studying the effect of integrating problem-based learning with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on developing content knowledge and teaching skill of trainee teachers. The research design was a quasi-experimental one, and the participants were elementary education trainee teachers of Shahid Bahonar teacher training center of Hamadan, Iran. Two groups were given tests of theory and practice on teaching mathematical concepts at elementary school, and then a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was conducted to compare the pretest-posttest scores. There was a significant difference, in both multivariate and univariate analyses, in scores. The findings suggest that trainee teachers who integrate problem-based learning with ICT in solving a problem may develop more professional content knowledge and teaching skill than those who merely employ ICT.
via Edutopia "Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought or an event." -- Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Educational Consul...
“These lesson planning supplemental tools profiled by Lisa Michelle Dabbs in the following Edutopia article are invaluable. I'm hoping these will be useful to all you creative and forward-thinking educators out there with us!”
These days, Twitter is a powerhouse for marketing, communication, business, and even education, letting people from around the world work together, share ideas, and gain exposure.
It has become a staple at many online colleges and campuses as well, leaving many academics wondering just how and if they should be using Twitter both in the classroom and in their professional lives. So we’ve revised our our original 2009 list to get you started or up to date.
Whether you’re an academic or just interested in building your Twitter profile, keep reading to learn some tips and tricks that can help you take the first steps towards using Twitter for coursework, research, building a professional network, and beyond.
Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
With the rapid changes and increase in knowledge, continuing education (CE) is necessary for every profession. Taking nursing continuing education online is a useful way for nurses to stay up-to-date in their profession whilst continuing with their employment.
Find out more about online nursing continuing education, what's involved in the programs, where you can take them, the improved career prospects, and more ...
Graduation season is upon us, and that means college graduates everywhere are preparing to enter "the real world." But chances are your liberal arts degree, as hard-earned and valuable as it is, doesn't equip you with every digital skill you need.
We've put together a short list of fundamental skills that every college graduate should possess, from simply branding yourself online to learning basic coding. They're guaranteed to increase your overall digital know-how, and you can learn them all on your own.
Early childhood education is usually taken to be the education of children from birth to age 8. This page provides information about online early childhood degrees, what is studied in the programs, where you can study them, and more ...
An online adult education masters degree offers plenty of career options in teaching and training. The programs are based on adult learning philosophy, known asandragogy. In andragogy, learners are assumed to be self-motivated, self-directed, and have accumulated life experiences that need to be accounted for in course design and delivery.
This page provides information on what is studied and where you can study it.