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A “Best of” List that Celebrates the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

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By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog -

 

It’s that time of the year when everybody is doing their “Best of 2014” lists, and I have one of my own that I’ve been wanting to do for some time now.


It will not come as a surprise to anyone that in order to prepare The Teaching Professor newsletter each month and this blog every week, I read a lot of pedagogical literature. But perhaps you would be surprised to know there are close to 100 pedagogical periodicals, at least that’s how many I am aware of at this point. When writing my book, Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning, I did my best to find them all and when the book was finished I was quite confident I had. However, the book was out less than a week before I was getting notes about journals I had missed and I’m still discovering new ones. Most of these journals are discipline-based, but there’s a significant number of cross-disciplinary publications as well.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 7, 9:25 PM

Scholarly articles worth tracking down.

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PEW Research: Mobile Technology Fact Sheet

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Key data points on mobile technology from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 14, 2014 11:03 PM

The mobile phone of today is bringing instant (nearly) access to information to EVERYONE (nearly).

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"We aggregate news, research, opinion and info for those working at the intersection of learning, technology, and youth.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 5, 2013 1:43 AM

A great resource that I'm just beginning to dig into. Make sure to check it out if the description above appeals to or interests you.

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An Infographic About Infographics

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A picture is worth a thousand words, and Californian digital marketing agency, Bixa Media, have illustrated (pun intended) by creating an infographic about the importance of… well, infographics.

 

Based on the company’s research and insights, they found that visual data is absorbed 60,000x faster than text and people will only read about 20% of the text on a page.


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The Implications of Brain Research for Distance Education

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Katrina A. Meyer
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
University of North Dakota
katrina_meyer@und.nodak.edu

 

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This article presents information drawn from research on brain processes that impact perception, memory, learning, and understandings about the world. This information is related to the use of interactive video and the Web in distance education through a discussion of how best to enhance learning - or mitigate problems caused - through the use of these technologies.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 2, 2013 8:09 PM

Connection through emotions in an online environment takes some extra effort on everyone's part. For me, personal teaching stories help convey humor, empathy, along with the curriculum content.  


Having a lounge where folks can swap pictures of kids and pets might appeal to our brains limbic centers as well! 

Patricia LeClaire's comment, April 11, 2013 11:25 AM
Developing trust and reciprocal awareness among virtual student teams is essential in effective group formation and performance - particularly in short-duration, high-stakes projects.
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British Journal of Educational Technology - Volume 44, Issue 1 - January 2013 - Wiley Online Library

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 15, 2013 4:18 PM

Free, full text html or pdf article on education tecnnology.  This is a rich research archive! 

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100 Diagrams That Changed the World

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A visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web.


Since the dawn of recorded history, we’ve been using visual depictions to map the earth, order the heavens, make sense of time, dissect the human body, organize the natural world, perform music, and even decorate abstract concepts like consciousness and love.

100 Diagrams That Changed the World by investigative journalist and documentarian Scott Christianson chronicles the history of our evolving understanding of the world through humanity’s most groundbreaking sketches, illustrations, and drawings, ranging from cave paintings to The Rosetta Stone to Moses Harris’s color wheel to Tim Berners-Lee’s flowchart for a “mesh” information management system, the original blueprint for the world wide web.

But most noteworthy of all is the way in which these diagrams bespeak an essential part of culture — the awareness that everything builds on what came before, that creativity is combinational, and that the most radical innovations harness the cross-pollination of disciplines.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 29, 2012 3:20 PM

So often when we understand a concept or the relationship of big ideas, we say "I see!" .  Infographics help us see, and be seeing help us think.  This collection of diagrams have impacted the world we live in.  Take a look, perhaps you'll see...

Patrizia Bertini's curator insight, December 30, 2012 5:59 AM

I see! - goes together with embodied cognition? It seems so... Infographics as a key?

bancoideas's curator insight, December 30, 2012 9:28 AM

Ideas acerca de las ideas que tenemos sobte nosotros/as mismos/as y el mundo que co-construimos

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Theory and Practice of Online Learning

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This book can be downloaded in PDF format.  This is an award winning collectin of articles! 


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"Personalising Learning in Teacher Education" by Mellita M. Jones and Karen J. McLean

The meaningful integration of technology in teaching and learning is consistently called for in all sectors of education. Recently it has appeared as a key tenet for achieving what has been termed as personalising learning. Personalising learning, a concept that addresses a range of current best-practice approaches with an added emphasis on ICT and the voice of individual learners, is becoming more prevalent in both general discussion, and in some countries, in policy regarding education. 

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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching :Designing and Orchestrating Online Discussions

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Designing and Orchestrating Online Discussions

 

David L. Baker
Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration
California State University, San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA 92407 USA
dbaker@csusb.edu

 

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This author’s position is that asynchronous online discussions face an array of resolvable pedagogical and course management challenges. Online discussions can transform mere course chatter into a cyber forum of student-centered learning through meticulous planning, designing and orchestrating. After introducing common issues, a literature review summarizes the contributions that online discussions bring to distance learning. The author then addresses pedagogical and managerial issues that plague online discussions with strategies that instructors may readily employ. In the pedagogical realm, these include insights on organizing online discussions, using groups to facilitate interactions, establishing discussion parameters, and ensuring that the course syllabus introduces online discussion details. In the managerial realm, approaches are offered regarding overseeing discussion windows, using icebreakers, assessing student performance, ongoing communications, maintaining an online presence, netiquette, and a variety of other online discussion tips. In support of online instructors, the article weaves in relevant literature with the hard learned lessons from the author’s ongoing attempts to improve online discussions. It concludes by urging instructors to cultivate improvement continuously through candid self-critique supplemented by student feedback.

 

Keywords: Asynchronous learning; distance learning, online pedagogy, online groups; online discussions; and discussion assessment.

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ISTE Infographic: Ready, set, blend!

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The basic cognitive skills needed by previous generations are no longer enough. Students in the conceptual age must also master the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, including creation, metacognition and self-actualization.

“It will require an upgrade to our curriculum, new instructional methods and materials, a new profile of a global graduate and an open mind,” say Smith, Chavez and Seaman.

For ideas about how to re-create your classroom for the conceptual age, including potential classroom setups, blended learning models to mix and match, and a curriculum design process, take a look at the infographic

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 10, 11:55 AM

Big fan of info graphics! 

Suzanne's curator insight, February 11, 7:53 AM

Learning and teaching in the conceptual age.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, February 12, 2:24 AM

How to implement a new classroom and learning paradigm: A nice outline

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Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study


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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:17 AM

A research paper by Zhong, Shah, Sundaravadivelan and Sastry, King's college London, 2013

AnneMarie Cunningham's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:28 AM

See the excellent notes from Robin Good below. Interesting to see more work emerging in this field.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:20 AM

Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study 

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Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review (Part 3)

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Part 3 - Insights and Lessons Learned from the Student’s Perspective This is the third part in the series we've run this week from Franklin Academy Principal

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:38 AM

This is the last of a series of three posts that looked at "teaching and learning with an iPad." This post looks at if from a student perspective and discusses three lessons learned (as well as providing data from this 3-year study). The three lessons discussed are:

* Lesson 1: Organization

* Lesson 2: Timely Workflow and Communication

* Lesson 3: Information Access

Access to Part 1 and Part 2 of this series are available at the end of the post. Part 1 look at the lessons learned from the viewpoint of an administrator. The three lessons discusses in this post are:
* Lesson 1: It's About Work Flow & Connectivity, Not Apps

* Lesson 2: Staff Development and Support

* Lesson 3: Be A Model

Part 2 of the series explored the viewpoint from a teachers perspective. The three lessons in this post discussed:

* Lesson 1: Change of Habit

* Lesson 2: Success is in the Support

* Lesson 3: 1:1 iPads Changing Students Performance

For those whom may be pushing out iPads this year or for those using iPads the information in these 3 posts is valuable, esp. since it covers a 3-year period and the perspectives of the 3 key parties involved.

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A Culture of Collaborative Inquiry: Learning to Develop and Support Professional Learning Communities

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Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: To better understand how to support secondary teachers’ engagement in collaborative inquiry, a group of 12 professional development providers deliberately set out to use the same processes and structures in their development and implementation of a PD model. This research examines what this group learned about fostering and sustaining a culture of collaborative inquiry and considers how this can inform PD providers’ support of teachers’ engagement in a collaborative inquiry cycle.

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The Shift From Cohorts to Competency - Digital Learning Now

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 31, 2013 10:18 PM

What would happen if education shifted away from the cohort system that is used to one based on competency? This report looks at this issue in depth. The page that is linked to includes a full report, an executive summary, a link to the infographic (of which part is shown here), and a link to download the infographic. 

Perhaps the first question to ask is what is competency education? 

"CompetencyWorks defines competency education as a system of education, often referred to as proficiency or mastery based, in which students advance upon mastery. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students. Assessment is meaningful and serves as a positive learning experience for students. Students receive timely, differentiated support tailored to their individual learning needs. Learning outcomes include the application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions."

For a quick overview check out the infographic, which discusses:

* Why Competency?
* What's Wrong with the Current System?

* 10 Design Choices

* 10 New Capabilities of a Competency-Aligned System

* What Does Competency Education Mean for Students?

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A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools

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We've needed a strong pedagogical framework for digital tools since the introduction of technology into education. Hopefully this helps.

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Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, December 27, 2012 3:10 AM

The framework is based on a distinction between a monological, a dialogical, and a polyphonic form of teaching. The three forms of teaching can be distinguished by their different perceptions of how learning takes place, and by their different perceptions of the relations between subject matter, teacher and student. By considering which form of teaching one wants to practice, one may, on the basis of the pedagogical framework, assess whether it would be appropriate to use a specific tool in teaching.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, December 27, 2012 6:44 PM

changing among 4 different frameworks - interesting and short reading

Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, December 28, 2012 5:46 AM

The monological form of teaching – Learning is the student's acquisition of this knowledge.Tools – distributing and intermediary tools.

 

The dialogical form of teaching – Learning is seen as the student's development of this inherent basis of knowledge. Tools that support students' problem oriented; simulations and more advanced learning games.

 

The polyphonic form of teaching – Learning is the student's participation in exchange of many different individuals' perception of the world.

Tools that support equal collaboration

 

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Vol 24 No 1 (2012): The potential of a game based learning approach to improve learner outcomes (HTML) | Diigo

Vol 24 No 1 (2012): The potential of a game based learning approach to improve learner outcomes (HTML) | Diigo | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Whilst some critics may argue that games have no place in the classroom, in this article I argue that student achievement can benefit from building on the technology skill of the young people, allowing them to address real-life challenges within the safety of the virtual worlds of games. The young people of today play video games for entertainment and relaxation, and they are skillful at manipulating the virtual worlds that they inhabit during the games. Examples from classroom research illustrate how the use of video games in teaching and learning has the potential to change the way that we teach and improve the learning outcomes for the students by enabling them to experience real life examples. Teachers can harness these experiences and interests to engage and motivate students by taking advantage of the dynamic and interactive features of these digital games, thus enabling engagement in learning activities. This article highlights some of the issues and challenges facing teachers considering the use of game based learning in their classroom.


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Charting a Research Course to Deeper Learning | Chris Lehman

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Walk the halls of nearly any school and you are certain to find projects that, though colorful and well-intended, are either plagiarized directly from sources or are filled with regurgitated facts formed into the shapes of paragraphs. Even more concerning, walk up to any of the creators of those posters or essays or booklets and ask, “Can you tell me about your topic?” and a great percentage of them will look at you as if you are out of your mind (imagine a typical pre-teen look of disgust here).


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Connecting the K-12 Classroom to the 21st Century | DMLcentral

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In the video below, Justin Reich describes the ability of online learning environments to record and retain real-time learning interactions between teachers, students and peers, and to open up possibilities for new forms of K-12 assessment. Here are just a few highlights from the video, but the full interview (below) is flush with analytical insights from this former social studies teacher.

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