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The Course Hath No Bottom: the 20,000-Person Seminar

The Course Hath No Bottom: the 20,000-Person Seminar | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Is it possible to scale up and down simultaneously — to create more and more intimate learning experiences for larger and larger groups of learners?
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This is the most insightful piece about MOOCs I have read in a long time.

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EJEL - Current issue

EJEL - Current issue | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
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Some great articles here - including 'The Flipped Classroom, Disruptive Pedagogies, Enabling Technologies and Wicked Problems: Responding to ‘the Bomb in the Basement’ by Maggie Hutchings and Anne Quinney of Bournemouth University, UK.

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Using technology to improve curriculum design | Jisc

Using technology to improve curriculum design | Jisc | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Developing an agile and responsive curriculum to meet the diverse needs of students and employers in the 21st century.
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Interesting Curriculum Design cycle diagram from JISC.

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2015-nmc-horizon-report-HE-EN.pdf

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The annual NMC report on trends in higher education is out. Most useful I think are the links to recently published articles and reports by people and institutions that are leading the way in higher education. 

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HEA Feedback toolkit.pdf

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This is a really useful document from the UK's Higher Education Academy (2013), with findings from research amongst students as to what makes feedback more or less useful, and tips for teachers.

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Storyboarding OOC Week 3: learning outcomes and assessment

Week 3 of the Storyboarding OOC just ended. It was an interesting one, with an initial debate around the question as to whether learning outcomes are really necessary. There was general agreement t...
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Storyboarding for learning design OOC is launched!

Storyboarding for learning design OOC is launched! | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Today is the start of the Storyboarding for Learning Design open online course (OOC). Brenda Padilla, Jeff Stanford and I will be co-facilitating it. I promised in an earlier post that I would talk...
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Infographic: The Optimal Length for Every Social Media Update

Infographic: The Optimal Length for Every Social Media Update | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
The optimal length for social media posts and all other forms of online content. Get best practices for tweets, posts, blogs, and more.
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Reclaiming Personal Learning ~ Stephen's Web

Reclaiming Personal Learning ~ Stephen's Web | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects
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Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’

Howard Gardner: ‘Multiple intelligences’ are not ‘learning styles’ | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
The famed psychologist explains why one is not the other though they are often confused.
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Howard Gardner defends his concept of multiple intelligences by distancing it from the notion of 'learning styles'. He makes some valid points, but I think the chief danger in both domains lies in the implication that teachers should identify the dominant style/intelligence of each learner and tailor their teaching accordingly for that learner. (He actually says as much in his first recommendation at the end of this piece where he advises that teachers should 'individualize' their teaching to the dominant intelligence of each learner.) That is dangerous because it pigeon-holes students into particular ways of learning that might keep them in their comfort zones, when there is no evidence to say that this actually improves learning.

 

His second recommendation, on the other hand, makes sense - 'Pluralize your teaching - teach important materials in several ways, not just one.'

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Professors argue for a new online learning model in Teaching Crowds book

Professors argue for a new online learning model in Teaching Crowds book | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Why learn from a teacher or a tired old formal institution when you can learn from an online crowd? A couple of AU profs explore this question in their new book, Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media.
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Yay! A new book from Jon Dron and Terry Anderson :-)

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A critique of Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences by John White

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http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/1263/1/WhiteJ2005HowardGardner1.pdf
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Students' views on independent learning: findings from an HEA-NUS study

Students' views on independent learning: findings from an HEA-NUS study | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Today I participated in a workshop run by the Higher Education Academy and National Union of Students in York in which they shared their findings from a study on independent learning. The work is n...
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Enhancing the student digital experience: a strategic approach | Jisc

Enhancing the student digital experience: a strategic approach | Jisc | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Supporting institutions to develop digital environments which meet students’ expectations and help them to prepare for higher study and employment
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Intended Learning Outcomes | MIT Teaching and Learning Laboratory

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A useful resource from MIT on how to write learning outcomes for courses

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Wikipedia should be 'better integrated' into teaching

Wikipedia should be 'better integrated' into teaching | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Last year, the University of California, Berkeley became the first higher education institution to hire a “Wikipedian in residence”, Kevin Gorman, to help students to publish academic work on the user-generated online encyclopaedia.
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AFP

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A really useful portal on assessment and feedback from the University of Northampton.

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Sense of community in a blended technology integration course: A design-based research study | Harrison | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Sense of community in a blended technology integration course: A design-based research study | Harrison | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Sense of community in a blended technology integration course: A design-based research study
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The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education

The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Instead of believing in the right/left brain, learning styles, and that we use only ten percent of our brains, we should focus on neuroscience research.
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The Case for Group Work - Blackboard Blog

Students hate group work. They’re vocal about it, too; check out a search for “group work” on Twitter, and you’ll see many, many complaints.
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Applying the Interaction Equivalency Theorem to Online Courses in a Large Organization - Journal of Interactive Online Learning

Applying the Interaction Equivalency Theorem to Online Courses in a Large Organization


Brenda Cecilia Padilla Rodriguez
Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Alejandro Armellini
University of Northampton,
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How to... avoid questionable questions! |

How to... avoid questionable questions! | | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Carole Bower provides top tips on how to write good assessment questions
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This is not new, but a great summary by Carole Bower on how to write MCQs. Thanks to David Kernohan's blog post http://followersoftheapocalyp.se/how-i-got-a-first-on-a-futurelearn-mooc-with-one-weird-old-trick/ which pointed to this.

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Some thoughts about CPD for academics who teach online

Some thoughts about CPD for academics who teach online | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
Introduction I was recently asked by a colleague to make some recommendations for a continuing professional development (CPD) programme for academics who teach online at a UK university, and though...
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Today's blog post was written in response to a request from a colleague.

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elearn Magazine: Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners?

elearn Magazine: Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners? | Learning design for enabling and supporting online learning | Scoop.it
A learning style is supposedly a mode of learning that is most effective for an individual. It supposedly helps to improve learning results. Why does this myth persist? Twenty-five years of research on this and related themes have not provided any form of conclusive evidence that matching the form of instruction to learning style improved learning or even attention.
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