Technology has always been a part of our lives and learning experiances. It is about time that educational institutions start harnessing the potential the internet, web 2.0 tools and social media have to empower and connect learners across the globe.
A long time ago, back when we still used the phrase 'web 2.0', I proposed an idea for a tool called "9 step" which sequenced online resources together, with connecting narrative. My proposal was that you can learn anything in...
VideoMatthew Peterson is co-founder, Chief Technical Officer, and Senior Scientist at the Mind Research Institute. He's also the creator of ST Math, a unique game-based math curriculum for elementary and secondary schools that uses “neuroscientific,...
Robin Good: Excellent guide to digital curation resources by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.. It includes alphabetically organized lists of digital-curation related resources from academic programs to file formats, guidelines, organizations, blogs, and a very rich list of digital curation software tools.
From the site: "This resource guide presents selected English-language websites and documents that are useful in understanding and conducting digital curation. It is also available as an EPUB file (see How to Read EPUB Files)."
In 2009, the University of California finally decided to offer online education with a system-wide initiative called UC Online. Based on an article in the Chronicle that echoes a previous article in the Daily Californian, we learn that just three years later, UC Online is facing significant hurdles to survive the pilot phase and establish a sustainable online option. After raising just 1/8 of the promised private funding that would have avoided significant internal UC investment, UC Online has already borrowed $6.9 million from the system and is facing expenses of $7 million budget over the next year. Despite plans for 20 courses as of January 2012 for current UC students, UC Online has just eight courses available this fall (although only three are listed today). As the pilot expands in January 2013, there are serious questions about the feasibility of enrolling the thousands of non-UC students needed to avoid additional budget shortfalls.
The skills I have mentioned here are essential to every teacher (and student) using technology in class, at home, or for professional development purposes. It also contains the best web tools that you can use to better hone in the targeted skill under which they are featured.
The Conversation web site is currently half way through a series of invited posts entitled “The Future of Higher Education”. It has been a disappointing series so far in that five of the first six posts have focussed on MOOCS and the sixth has been a general post on equity in online learning. Now MOOCs are an important development but the future of higher education is bigger than MOOCs and the questions are much more fundamental. Here are are some questions that I think this series should be addressing..
"Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.
"Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially.
"Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that?
"Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible."
Inside Higher EdThe Academic TwitterazziInside Higher EdMany academic conferences, and even individual sessions at those conferences, have associated Twitter hash tags — often suggested by the conference organizers themselves.