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Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Scott Jaschik

 

"Maybe it was inevitable that one of the new massive open online courses would crash. After all, MOOCs are being launched with considerable speed, not to mention hype. But MOOC advocates might have preferred the collapse of a course other than the one that was suspended this weekend, one week into instruction: "Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application."

 

"Technology and design problems are largely to blame for the course's problems. And many students are angry that a course about online education -- let alone one offered by the Georgia Institute of Technology -- wouldn't have figured out the tech issues in advance, or been able to respond quickly once they became evident. Many of the problems related to the course's use of Google Docs to sign up for group discussions."


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Teachers Embrace 'Deep Learning,' Translating Lessons Into Practical Skills | PBS NewsHour | Jan. 30, 2013

Teachers Embrace 'Deep Learning,' Translating Lessons Into Practical Skills | PBS NewsHour | Jan. 30, 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By John Tulenko

 

"Special correspondent John Tulenko looks at some schools that institute real world applications into lesson plans and emphasize the importance of improvement over intelligence. The schools are less interested in testing but rather making sure students have the life skills they need once they leave the classroom."

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, February 6, 2013 9:14 AM

Thanks to Jim Lerman for sharing this PBS video on his Scoop.it site- http://www.scoop.it/t/into-the-driver-s-seat I look forward to future conversatiosn with my peers and pre-service students on the need for authentic learning environments. 

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Free online course providers pair up with credit-bearing exams | Inside Higher Ed

Free online course providers pair up with credit-bearing exams | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Paul Fain

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"Free online courses don’t lead to college credit, at least not directly. But students can use free course content from providers like the Saylor Foundation and Education Portal to study for “challenge exams,” which may be the fastest and most inexpensive way to earn credits.The examinations, like those offered by Excelsior College and the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP), are designed to test whether students grasp the concepts that would be taught in a conventional classroom version of general education courses. In that sense, they combine elements of both competency-based education and prior-learning assessment. Last year, about 18,000 people took Excelsior exams. And 76,000 passed CLEP exams, with 98,000 taking the tests."

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Will the 3D Printing Revolution Produce the Next Apple? | Endless Innovation | Big Think

Will the 3D Printing Revolution Produce the Next Apple? | Endless Innovation | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Dominic Basulto

 

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Now that Apple appears to be losing its innovation mojo, it's time to ask: Is there any company that can ever become the “next Apple”? In order to become the “next Apple,” the company would have to be the undisputed market leader in the technology sector with an unchallenged reputation for innovation, a rabid user base that looks forward to the launch of every new product with anticipation, and a rock star CEO along the lines of a Steve Jobs. There are some obvious suspects out there – Amazon, Google, Facebook or Twitter – but like Apple, these companies may have reached their pinnacle with the most recent Internet boom in Silicon Valley. In order to ever reach the massive stock market capitalization of Apple (on the magnitude of $400 billion to $500 billion), the “next Apple” will need to be driving a completely new trend within the tech world capable of radically changing consumer behaviors in ways we could never imagine.

 

"That’s why the 3D printing revolution – commonly described as the “Next Industrial Revolution” – shows so much promise to produce the next Apple. Over the past twelve months, 3D printing has taken the technological world by storm as innovators figure out how to use the latest additive manufacturing technology to print out everything from small toys to large buildings. There’s now a real sense that 3D printing – once the exclusive preserve of die-hard tech enthusiasts and the DIY Maker crowd – is finally crossing over to the consumer mainstream. It’s now possible to pick up a desktop 3D printer for less than $1,000 – a psychologically important price level that starts to attract all the early innovators who splurged for the first iPhone and the first iPad."

 

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Tips for Online Instructors: Managing Files, Feedback, and Workload | Faculty Focus

Tips for Online Instructors: Managing Files, Feedback, and Workload | Faculty Focus | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Eileen F. Schiffer

 

"Teaching online is a rewarding experience; but any instructor who makes the transition to online education, thinking it will be easier and less time-consuming than face-to-face classroom teaching, is in for a big surprise! Establishing a regular presence in the online classroom, grading assignments and discussions, and maintaining records and notes from term to term are all time consuming – but essential – tasks. Learning to take care of the details of online teaching more efficiently makes it possible to be more effective in your teaching. The following is an abbreviated version of guidance I provide to new instructors about ways to keep their course files organized, students engaged, and workload manageable."

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Andrew Blanco's curator insight, February 5, 2015 11:16 AM

Tips for educators teaching online classes

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Krugman: It's Now 'Possible To Replace People With Machines' | Huffington Post

Krugman: It's Now 'Possible To Replace People With Machines' | Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The rise of machines is in part to blame for growing income inequality, according to Paul Krugman.

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While I generally find myself in agreement with Krugman's interpretations, I think he misses something important in this analysis. Since the advent of the industrial revolution, machines have replaced humans in doing repetititve physical labor. In our current digital age, machines can now replace humans in doing repetitive cognitive labor (such as making travel reservations, flling tax returns, and financial bookkeeping). The formerly white collar workers, who were relatively well compensated, are no longer needed.

 

Capital has always favored machines over humans because they are cheaper and more productive. With the rise of artificial intelligence, machines will soon be capable of doing non-routine cognitive labor as well (Big Blue defeats human chess master).

 

While Krugman isn't wrong, I think (at least in this piece) he lets capitalists (as opposed to capital) off the hook. The greed manifested in the grossly exaggerated compensation packages of some fraction of this population is at least as responsible for income inequality as the march of technology.

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Cognitive load theory and e-learning | ACM Digital Library

Cognitive load theory and e-learning | ACM Digital Library | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By John Sweller

 

"When technology is used to present information to learners, the modality and format of the presentation is frequently changed. For example, written information may be substituted by spoken information and the static graphics associated with hard copy may be replaced by animations. While instructional designers are usually highly cognizant of these changes, there is another, concomitant but less obvious change that occurs. Relatively transient forms of information such as speech or animations replace a relatively permanent form of information such as written text or visual graphics. Frequently, this change is treated as being incidental and is ignored. Cognitive load theory suggests that it may be critical. Limited human working memory results in transient, technology-based information having considerable instructional consequences, many of them negative. Theory and data associated with the transient information effect will be discussed in relation to e-learning."

 

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Science, Storytelling, and “Gut Churn”: Jad Abumrad on the Secrets of Creative Success | Brain Pickings

Science, Storytelling, and “Gut Churn”: Jad Abumrad on the Secrets of Creative Success | Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"On diving head-first into the unknown."

"Since 2004, Radiolab has been sparking a singular kind of magic at the intersection of science and storytelling, redefining not only public radio but also the “role of scientific culture in modern society,”to borrow Richard Feynman’s words.

 

"In this fantastic talk from The 99% Conference, Radiolab mastermind and MacArthur genius Jad Abumrad takes us behind the scenes to explore the tribulations and triumphs of building a novel paradigm from the ground up."

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Ambiverts, Problem-Finders, and the Surprising Secrets of Selling Your Ideas | Brain Pickings

Ambiverts, Problem-Finders, and the Surprising Secrets of Selling Your Ideas | Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"It is in fact the discovery and creation of problems rather than any superior knowledge, technical skill, or craftsmanship that often sets the creative person apart.

 

"One of Pink’s most fascinating arguments echoes artist Chuck Close, who famously noted that “our whole society is much too problem-solving oriented. It is far more interesting to [participate in] ‘problem creation.’” Pink cites the research of celebrated social scientists Jacob Getzels and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who in the 1960s recruited three dozen fourth-year art students for an experiment. They brought the young artists into a studio with two large tables. The first table displayed 27 eclectic objects that the school used in its drawing classes. The students were instructed to select one or more objects, then arrange a still life on the second table and draw it. What happened next reveals an essential pattern about how creativity works:"

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Remote learning course on alien life proves popular - Top stories - Scotsman.com

Remote learning course on alien life proves popular - Top stories - Scotsman.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
FOR stargazing students, it’s a course which is proving to be out of this world.

Classes in “astrobiology and the search for extra-terrestrial life” are among six modules which have seen more than 300,000 new enrolments at Edinburgh University – each taking in lessons from the comfort of their own home.


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When Paradigms Collide | Envisioning Online Learning

When Paradigms Collide | Envisioning Online Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Note: In this post and others to follow, I depart from observations about online trends, instructional technology, and even strategic planning, to focus on the essential issue of teaching and learning. We are in the midst of a “paradigm shift” in teaching and learning at all levels of education, with significant implications as to how instruction will take place in the future. These posts will focus on the anticipated changes and what they bode for the academy.


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D., michel verstrepen
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 2, 2013 12:23 PM

It is not about colliding as much as it should be about bumping together, but the combination of resistance and the overwhelming desire to run others over makes this challenging.

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16 Tactics for Building an Audience via Social Media

16 Tactics for Building an Audience via Social Media | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This Thanksgiving-shortened week's posts all spring from something I'm thankful for: two recent social media strategy training presentations for non-profit organizations.

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NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

"Today, the New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition at a special panel session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2013. This tenth edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

 

 "This year’s NMC Horizon Report identifies massively open online courses (MOOCs) and tablet computing as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less. Games and gamification and learning analytics are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; 3D printing and wearable technology are seen emerging in the third horizon of four to five years"

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Holding Education Hostage by Diane Ravitch | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Holding Education Hostage by Diane Ravitch | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Diane Ravitch

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"Diane Ravitch writes in The New York Review of Books: Many researchers and testing experts have cautioned that evaluating teachers by the test scores of their students—called value-added assessment—is fraught with problems. Linda Darling-Hammond, a prominent scholar at Stanford University and one of the nation’s leading authorities on issues of teacher quality, has written that the measures say more about which students are in the classroom than about the competence of the teacher. The National Academy of Education and the American Educational Research Association issued a joint statement saying the same thing. Those who teach students with disabilities, English-language learners, and low-performing students are likely to get smaller gains in test scores than those who teach students from affluent homes in well-funded schools. Using test scores to rate teachers will penalize those who teach the students in greatest need. Over time, teachers will avoid the students who jeopardize their jobs and their reputations. This will be harmful to the students who need talented and experienced teachers most urgently. Across the nation, as districts put into effect the “reform” that Secretary Duncan wants, the consequences have been counterproductive.

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As Digital Learning Draws New Users, Transformation Will Occur : Education Next

As Digital Learning Draws New Users, Transformation Will Occur : Education Next | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michael B. Horn

 

"The growth of online, or digital, learning presents real opportunities for transforming the nation’s public-education system to enable it to customize an education for each child and boost student achievement dramatically and affordably. Whether digital learning will fulfill its potential remains to be seen. The policies and regulations that govern online providers will certainly matter.

 

"There are real disagreements over what set of policies would best enable digital learning to achieve its potential. It may be some time before a sufficient track record exists so that the current regulatory issues can be resolved. And there is another significant question to be addressed as well. As new policies and regulations governing digital learning are adopted, should they apply to the rest of the education system?"

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My Valuable, Cheap College Degree | NY Times

My Valuable, Cheap College Degree | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Arthur C. Brooks

 

"With costs rising and returns falling, a degree for $10,000 makes a lot of sense.

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The 5 Questions Every Company Should Ask Itself | Fast Company

The 5 Questions Every Company Should Ask Itself | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
“One does not begin with answers,” the legendary business consultant Peter Drucker once said. “One begins by asking, ‘What are our questions?’”The notion that questions may at times be more valuable to a business than answers is counterintuitive.
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Great set of questions for educatinal organizations as well as for businesses.

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Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds

Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Tests now being designed for the common standards are likely to gauge deeper levels of learning and have a major impact on classroom instruction, according to a study of the common assessments released today."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 3, 2013 9:56 PM

The Common Core testing is rapidly approaching and this article discusses a research paper that was just released by UCLA's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards & Student Testing. 

They state that "the assessments hold a lot of promise for improving teacher practice and student learning" and that "the test-making projects face key financial, technical, and political challenges that could affect their success."

They also reference a variety of resources, including one new to me called the Depth of Knowledge Levels (DOK), which provides four levels (the link to the DOK is at http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/sia/msip/DOK_Chart.pdf):

* Level One is recall

* Level Two is skill/concept

* Level Three is strategic thinking

* Level Four is extended thinking

The link to this DOK reminds me of Bloom's Taxonomy with verbs to help you understand each section as well as activities based on the level. The question that remains to be answered is if the tests being created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will reach these levels, and according to this report it appears that will have "the more lengthy, complex performance tasks being crafted by the two groups...seemed likely to assess skills at DOK Level 4."

The post also discusses some of the issues that remain, including cost and time of testing, cost of scoring, dealing with accomocations, and "Managing the "shock to the public and to teachers' instructional practice" that the tests' increased intellectual rigor will demand."

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 4, 2013 12:59 PM

How do you test creativity and innovation using "set" core standards of evaluation? Creativity and innovation require a certain amount of willingness for failure and risk taking. How does training for common core test "standards" assist that higher level goal?

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Emergent learning and learning ecologies in Web 2.0 | Williams | The Intl. Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Emergent learning and learning ecologies in Web 2.0 | Williams | The Intl. Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Roy Williams, Regina Karousou, Jenn Mackness

 

This article describes two paradigms or collections of theories – the prescriptive and the emergent. Within these two categories are a number of different theories. (Glen Gatin)

 
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California’s Gov. Brown blasts state, federal education policy

California’s Gov. Brown blasts state, federal education policy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Valerie Strauss

 

"California Gov. Jerry Brown smacked state and federal education policy in his State of the State Address Thursday, calling for more local control of school issues and saying, “I would prefer to trust our teachers who are in the classroom each day, doing the real work – lighting fires in young minds.”

 

"He  proposed a new local control funding formula that would distribute supplemental monies to school districts “based on the real world problems they face.”

 

“Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice,”  he said.

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Love in the Age of Data: How One Woman Hacked Her Way to Happily Ever After | Brain Pickings

Love in the Age of Data: How One Woman Hacked Her Way to Happily Ever After | Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"Reverse-engineering the algorithms of romance, one picky data point at a time.

"The question of how love works has bedeviled writers and scientists for centuries. But how do the dynamics of romance differ in the age of online dating? In Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match (public library; UK), digital strategist and journalist Amy Webb— one of the smartest people I know — takes us on her unexpected journey to true love, in which she sets out to “game the system, using math, data, and loopholes” to find the man of her dreams. If it sounds predictable and contrived, rest assured it’s anything but.

Amy writes in the introduction:

 

"I realized that we’ve all been going about finding our matches the wrong way. Whether we’re dating in the real world or online, we’re relying too much now on hope and happenstance. And these days, algorithms, too. We don’t allow ourselves to think about what we really want in a partner, an then we don’t sell ourselves in order to get it."

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Competency-Education-Infographic

Competency-Education-Infographic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Robert Farrow, juandoming, Juan Jesús Baño Egea, Juan Antonio Ortiz Caturani, michel verstrepen
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Lorena Betta's curator insight, January 31, 2013 8:34 AM

Competencias Digitales

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:04 PM

From very early in my life, possibly in my elementary school years, but certainly by the time I was in high school, I've felt that the age-based grouping of children for education was ineffective, holding some students back, while forcing others ahead before they were ready. Even without digital learning techniques, I believe that students, all students, benefit from a system that takes each individual's learning styles and needs into account, recognizing mastery (or competency, as it's referred to in this infographic) as the basis for placement in each subject. The advent of digital learning systems provides the means for making such a process easier and more cost-effective than ever before, and I hope that our schools, regardless of whether they are brick & mortar or via the Internet, will continue to explore ways to help every child learn in the way that works best for them.

Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, July 27, 2015 4:57 PM

I don't think about competency in exactly this way...but this conversation is a fabulous one to be in.

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Time for an evolution

Time for an evolution | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I have several presentations coming up related to my learning environment design framework, and I think it's time to spiff it up a bit. When you work with a framework for a long time, your experien...

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The Implications of Brain Research for Distance Education

The Implications of Brain Research for Distance Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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.