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Infographic: Is Social Media Hurting Productivity In Learning?

Infographic: Is Social Media Hurting Productivity In Learning? | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it

"So, you’ve just finished a task or an assignment and figure you deserve a little mental break. Why not check Facebook or Twitter? It will only take you five minutes, right? Wrong. As American students and workers spend more time on the Internet and on social media sites in particular, their levels of productivity are tanking. The average college student might spend three hours checking their various social media sites, but only two hours studying. That discrepancy is reflected in lower GPAs. Workers aren’t faring much better, either."


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academiPad's curator insight, December 31, 2012 2:08 PM

Here we go again... the same charge laid against computer games when they got big, before that to TV, before that to radio, (way) before that to novels and even theater! Media consumption patterns are moving, get over it. Get on with it! Learn how to use the social web to support learning, instead of fearing it will distract from it. After all, the social web has one distinct advantage over the traditional computer games, TVs, radio, novel and theater consumption that feared so many commentators over so many centuries: it operates in more than one direction.

Kalani Kirk Hausman's comment, December 31, 2012 10:46 PM
I believe that part of the concern is exactly what @academiPad's comments note - Social Media is multidimensional in its communication between students, resources and educators. It violates the traditional role of the educator and requires that instructors not only be able to present information but also to interpret it and to manifest this in an interesting manner. This is difficult for many who learned their trade in educational studies whose curriculum was stabilized in the late 1950's and only marginally updated through the years since. It is difficult to expand past what you have been taught and until a new crop of educators build atop this new environment, there will be continued strife and concern.
academiPad's comment, January 1, 2013 12:31 AM
That's a good point raised by Kalani. Maybe it is even deeper than just fear of a new technology, but fear of new relationships and roles. But there is also the answer: let students help each other, and the instructor. In my college class I will adopt a more democratic model this year that seeks to integrate continuous feedback, improvement and peer input through a "user feedback tool" that is normally used by web companies. I agree that there is some initiative I had to show to set up this tool and get the ball rolling, but I hope it will develop an own dynamic based on my students' inputs.
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Learning and Connecting on the Go – How Mobile Technologies are Changing Higher Education

Learning and Connecting on the Go – How Mobile Technologies are Changing Higher Education | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
We sleep next to them. We carry them around with us wherever we go. We use them for social interaction, classroom polls, information gathering, navigation, entertainment, translation, coursework, p…
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Collaboration and Discussion Tools Help Make Online Courses More Social

Collaboration and Discussion Tools Help Make Online Courses More Social | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
California community colleges take part in chatbot tool pilot aimed at getting students to interact and help each other with coursework.
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If your job is at risk, don't wait until the last minute before planning a safe landing.
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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Try Pixiclip for Creating Instructional Videos

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Try Pixiclip for Creating Instructional Videos | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
Last week I received an email from a reader who was looking for a suggestion for a free alternative to Educreations to use on a Mac or Windows computer. The tool that immediately came to my mind wa…
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Machine learning lets computer create melodies to fit any lyrics

Machine learning lets computer create melodies to fit any lyrics | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
AI lends a hand to songwriters by setting their words to a pop song melody. And later, the aim is to get it to create whole compositions with lyrics by itself
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A Siri for Higher Ed Aims to Boost Student Engagement (EdSurge News)

A Siri for Higher Ed Aims to Boost Student Engagement (EdSurge News) | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it

When third-year students in strategy classes at BI Norwegian Business School have a question about their assignments next semester, odds are a robot will provide their answer. A chatbot—a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation—will respond to routine student inquiries a
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The flipped classroom model at the university: analysis based on professors’ and students’ assessment in the educational field

The flipped classroom model at the university: analysis based on professors’ and students’ assessment in the educational field | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
We find ourselves in the era of a new paradigm of education, in which learning ceases to be an internal and individual activity and becomes an activity performed collectively, critically, in participation with others, and online (Siemens, 2005). It is in this sense that the flipped classroom model arises. The present study provides evidence of the model’s efficacy at the university. The study investigates whether the model improves: the teaching and learning processes, the satisfaction in the development of the course, the academic performance of students and the assessment of professors. The method used consisted of an evaluative study and the collection of data from both professors and students. Regarding students, we analysed the following set of data: academic results, the university’s official survey, a questionnaire created and validated for the purpose of this study, and a focus group. Regarding professors, we collected data by interviewing the professors that organized the course. The results were in line with the previous study carried out by Yarbro, Arfstrom, McKnight and McKnight (2014). The study by Yarbro and colleagues, as well as present study, confirmed that the model contributed to: the enrichment of teaching and learning processes, aspects related to the integration of concepts, the role change of professors and students, the improvement of the processes of participation and communication, the integration of the ICTs, the improvement of academic results, and the promotion of student interest in the course.
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What does the imminent arrival of the intelligent campus mean for universities and colleges? | Jisc

What does the imminent arrival of the intelligent campus mean for universities and colleges? | Jisc | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
Share your thoughts on how universities and colleges can exploit the potential of the internet of things and artificial intelligence.
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Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

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The new book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains In A High-Tech World makes the case for managing the tsunami of digital distractions to aid how we learn, absorb information and live.
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Explore in Docs, Sheets and Slides makes work a breeze — and makes you look good, too

Explore in Docs, Sheets and Slides makes work a breeze — and makes you look good, too | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
Explore uses Google smarts to help you create amazing presentations, spreadsheets and documents in a fraction of the time they used to take.
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Learning from student expectations of higher education: a study in a public university in Malaysia

Learning from student expectations of higher education: a study in a public university in Malaysia | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
This study looks at the expectations of undergraduate students in one public university in Malaysia with regard to the introduction of the Accelerated Program for Excellence (APEX). The university has undergone major transformations, which consequently influence the expectations of students. This paper uses two sets of data: data collected through six focus group interviews and data from responses to a series of open-ended questions. These open-ended questions were part of a bigger survey consisting of 275 undergraduates, but only responses related to the open-ended section were included in this analysis. Student expectations can be categorized into expectations related to educational qualification and their projected future; teaching, learning and assessment; and information technology and communication. We suggest that universities need to take into consideration students’ realistic expectations and manage unrealistic expectations. We also argue that universities need to be cautious in viewing students as consumers in order to function as institutions that generate and disseminate knowledge to students.
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Understanding student engagement with social entrepreneurship: a case study of the University of Northampton

Understanding student engagement with social entrepreneurship: a case study of the University of Northampton | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
The development of skills for social enterprise is a key learning outcome in UK higher education. Using semi-structured interviews and questionnaires with students at the University of Northampton, this study aimed to examine the key factors that impacted upon student engagement with social entrepreneurship. The study showed that while levels of engagement were generally low, there were significant opportunities to improve these levels. A range of psycho-sociological factors (e.g. behavioural intentions, fears of debt, and awareness), as well as socio-demographic factors (e.g. gender), were found to have impacted upon student engagement with the concepts. Recommendations for increasing engagement including improving awareness, being mindful of terminology used, access to funding, and the need for greater cross-faculty working are suggested. While this is only a limited case study, the implications of the findings for wider UK HEIs such as provision of adequate funding and support, and the need to address key concerns such as student perceptions of links between grants and loans to debt, and limited awareness of social entrepreneurship, are also discusse
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Mixed Methods Research

 Introduce and definitions  Historical & philosophical roots of MMR  Authorities & publications in the field  Terminologies, notation system & visuals  Purposes  Research designs & typologies

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The Fast Track Impact Magazine

The magazine for researchers who want to be more productive and achieve real-world impacts from their research.
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Nine things all PhD students should do at least once

Nine things all PhD students should do at least once | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
Doctoral study can seem like a 24-7 endeavour, but don't ignore these other opportunities, advise Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman
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How bees inspire swarm-based artificial intelligence | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

How bees inspire swarm-based artificial intelligence | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
How bees inspire swarm-based artificial intelligence - Experts have found that the hive-mind can help develop smarter, more effective AI.
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How to be an Unplugged Artist

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Blog about the work by computing by professionals, academics and students in Northamptonshire.
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Flow theory

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The film looks so 80's now but the song is as fresh as ever! "Engagement" is a buzz word currently in education, with companies and managers trying to convince us that measuring learner engagement using physical devices such as heart rate monitors can be used to prove learning is happening in formal education contexts. Thankfully…
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What does the imminent arrival of the intelligent campus mean for universities and colleges? | Intelligent campus

What does the imminent arrival of the intelligent campus mean for universities and colleges? | Intelligent campus | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
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Digital tools for researchers

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Find out how digital tools can help you: ———————————– Explore the literature (back to top) Here is a collection of digital to…
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What Higher Education Can Do to Unleash Innovation

What Higher Education Can Do to Unleash Innovation | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
WSJ Leadership Expert C. L. Max Nikias says that higher education needs more dual appointments to foster the kind of collaborative research needed to keep up with technological advances.
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Risk-taking quotes to inspire business leaders

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22 quotes from IT and business leaders on facing risks, opportunities, and challenges.
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Evaluating a careers award in higher education

Evaluating a careers award in higher education | Teaching and Learning in HE | Scoop.it
‘During the course of the programme my attention shifted and deepened – I was more interested in developing myself as a person’
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