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Stanford Daily | Vice Provost John Mitchell discusses online education initiatives

Stanford Daily | Vice Provost John Mitchell discusses online education initiatives | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

John Mitchell, the new Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL), recently sat down with The Daily to discuss his position and plans for the office. Mitchell is the Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in the School of Engineering and was announced as the new VPOL in August.

 

Mitchell’s responsibilities include coordinating experiments in online education with members of Stanford faculty, liaising between schools to establish a set of best practices and allocating seed funding to faculty for projects relating to online teaching and education.


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Personalized Learning eWorkshop

Personalized Learning eWorkshop | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Institute @ CESA #1 designed the Personalized Learning e-workshop to:

 

> Help you understand the need for transformational (not incremental) changes to learning and teaching

> Introduce you to a personalized learning model developed by the Institute @ CESA #1

> Provide insights and examples of personalized learning strategies from practitioners who are implementing elements of the model

> Explain our unique regional approach to achieving transformation at scale and let you know how you can stay involved


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MOOCs

An interview/discussion with Dave Cormier and George Siemens on MOOCs, to be used in the Open University open course, on, erm, open education.

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The Brief History Of Teacher Education - An infographic | Edudemic

The Brief History Of Teacher Education - An infographic | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"If you’re reading this, you’re likely well versed in what it takes to become a teacher. Either you became one yourself, oversee teachers, or work alongside them … you already know teachers are miracle workers.But how did they get that way? How did teachers learn their craft? If only there was some sort of quick overview of the past, present, and future of teacher education. From the past (in 1834, Pennsylvania became the first state to require future teachers to pass a test of reading, writing, and arithmetic) to the future (the projected job growth of elementary and middle school teachers is 17%), there’s a lot to see."

 


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A New Pedagogy is Emerging…And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor

A New Pedagogy is Emerging…And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Fantastic post that summarises where we are now in terms of teaching and learning and the impact of new technology.  It looks at the triggers for new methods of teaching and learning and som of he key elements that are contributing to this change e.g. blended learning, collaboration and the use of multimedia and open educational resources.  Includes links to case studies

Essential reading".


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How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic]

How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Hurt

 

"Most of us turn to the internet when we are looking for resources to use for a presentation, report or article. The internet holds the key to so many robust resources.

 

"Yet how many of these resources can you legally use for free? How many of them can you adapt?

 

"That’s where Open Educational Resources (OER) can help. Here’s an infographic from the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (at the University of Texas at Austin) that can help."

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Que recursos educacionais licenciados pode usar legal e gratuitamente?

Os Open Educational Resources (OER) podem ajudar [ Ver Infográfico].

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Online Educational Delivery Models: A Descriptive View (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Online Educational Delivery Models: A Descriptive View (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Quite a useful and informative descriptive typology of the topic. Well done! -JL

 

By Phil Hill

 

"Although there has been a long history of distance education, the creation of online education occurred just over a decade and a half ago—a relatively short time in academic terms. Early course delivery via the web had started by 1994, soon followed by a more structured approach using the new category of course management systems.1 Since that time, online education has slowly but steadily grown in popularity, to the point that in the fall of 2010, almost one-third of U.S. postsecondary students were taking at least one course online.2 Fast forward to 2012: a new concept called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is generating widespread interest in higher education circles. Most significantly, it has opened up strategic discussions in higher education cabinets and boardrooms about online education. Stanford, MIT, Harvard, the University of California–Berkeley, and others have thrown their support—in terms of investment, resources, and presidential backing—behind the transformative power of MOOCs and online education. National media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and The Atlantic are touting what David Brooks has called "the campus tsunami" of online education.3

 

"Unfortunately, a natural side effect of this new interest in education and educational technology is an increase in hype and in shallow descriptions of the potential for new educational models to replace the established system. All too often, the public discussion has become stuck in a false dichotomy of traditional vs. online—a dichotomy that treats all online models as similar and that ignores blended or hybrid approaches. This false dichotomy is even more evident now that discussions are spilling into national media forums. But in fact, as my colleague Molly Langstaff has described, educational technology is interacting with innovative educational courses and programs to create not only new language but also multiple models for delivering education.4"

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Live from the First iPad Summit | Powerful Learning Practice

Live from the First iPad Summit | Powerful Learning Practice | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Carey

 

"I recently had the privilege of attending the first iPad Summit hosted by Ed Tech Teacherat Harvard Medical School. The conference brought together over 500 educators and experts from around the globe to consider one digital tool — the Apple iPad. The conference was one of the most innovative and exhilarating experiences I have had as an educator.

 

"This conference was unique: It didn’t focus on pedagogy or broad tools or philosophy. Instead, participants gave all their attention to a single piece of technology and how it might be applied in the realm of education. Speakers came from a broad array of backgrounds and experiences: school administrators, educators from shared platform classrooms, educators from 1:1 programs, technology coordinators, educational consultants, and educational researchers. They shared their experiences, successes and failures, and visions for the future.

 

"The keynote speaker was Tony Wagner, Ph.D., Harvard professor and author of Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World. (The photo above is from the book cover.)

 

"Wagner highlighted the themes of the conference: we must change the framework of education to reflect what our students need in the world today. Tools like the iPad allow educators and students to be creative, flexible, and innovative in ways never before seen. The same-old-same-old approach in education has only been driving the failure of the American educational system. If we want different results, we need to do something different."

 

Good links here to additional information on what looks to have been an excellent conference. -JL

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Free Online Courses to Be Evaluated for Possible College Credit | NY Times

Free Online Courses to Be Evaluated for Possible College Credit | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Photo of Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, founders of Coursera, taken by Ramin Rahimian.

 

By Tamar Lewin

 

"While massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are still in their early days, the race has begun to integrate them into traditional colleges — by making them eligible for transfer credits, and by putting them to use in introductory and remedial courses.

 

"On Tuesday, the American Council on Education, the leading umbrella group for higher education, and Coursera, a Silicon Valley MOOC provider, announced a pilot project to determine whether some free online courses are similar enough to traditional college courses that they should be eligible for credit. "

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Putting Learners in the Driver’s Seat With Learning Analytics via @pgsimoes

Putting Learners in the Driver’s Seat With Learning Analytics via @pgsimoes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I read something disturbing this week from Inside Higher Ed, Measuring Engagement with Books … “The big buzz in higher ed is analytics,” said senior vice-president of marketing Cindy Clarke, ...

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Learning Analytics is a MUST in 21st Century, considering the mass of Data, BIG DATA:

 

http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/putting-learners-in-the-drivers-seat-with-learning-analytics/

 

 

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The 20 Best Blogs About Mobile Learning - Online Colleges

The 20 Best Blogs About Mobile Learning - Online Colleges | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Many bloggers in the education world adore exploring mobile technologies to unlock their full potential as learning tools.


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Co-browsing: Share and Co-Navigate Any Web Page in Real-Time with Ve.rbatim.com


Robin Good: Ve.rbatim.com is a free web-based co-browsing tool which allows you to co-navigate with one or more people any web page, while being able to see the mouse cursor of your partner when desired.

 

The web app is very easy to use. You just click on "Start a sesson" on this page http://ve.rbatim.com/ and the new page that opens up has a URL that you can share with anyone you want to cobrowse with.

 

On this page you have an additional address bar in which you can input any url you want to cobrowse. An integrated text chat area is made visible by clicking on the large down arrow visibile on the top right side of your screen.

 

Free to use.

 

Check this video: http://youtu.be/XgeTWHSjhTQ

 

Google Chrome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mjiigdnknfcmjgaapnimjbmopdfbkech

 

Try it out now: http://ve.rbatim.com/ ;

 


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Curating Conference Video: Key Collections of Memorable Talks And Videos From Web Design Conferences

Curating Conference Video: Key Collections of Memorable Talks And Videos From Web Design Conferences | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it


Robin Good: Problem: "...with so many conferences that are out of reach for one reason or another, how does one catch the highlights from the conference that won’t fit into a 140 character tweet?"

 

Solution: The Smashing Magazine has just published a valuable  selection of curated design conference collections of video recordings and presentation clips presenting the best of those events.

 

"A number of sites have sprung up collating all of this wonderful content. Each with their own take on curating a library of conference videos."

 

This curated collection of collections comprises 35 online resources that have been designed for this very purpose: helping you discover the best talks, presentations and interviews from unique conferences and events.

 

 

Curation at work. 8/10

 

Full curated collection: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/11/09/useful-tech-talks-videos-web-conferences/

 

 

 


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Google Docs New Integrated Research Tool

Google Docs New Integrated Research Tool | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Learn more about a powerful new integrated research tool available in Google Docs


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To DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) or to DREAM (DRop Everything And Make)

Part of Manny Vega’s mosaic mural Espiritu will be a piece that features The Trickster, a mythical creature that shows up across time and cultures. As a mosaic, Vega is afforded the ability to insert actual dominos and dice in his rendition of a modern-day Trickster, who gets around via skateboard. The dominos and dice are physical manifestations of the hustle, of the gamble, of the games today’s Trickster uses to entrap us. This physically-realized aesthetic and referent would not be possible in any other medium.

I think this is the approach we need to take when thinking about digital literacies. What are the affordances of the medium that—if we took advantage of—would result in compositions that could do and be things otherwise not possible? A few of my grad students took to defining contemporary literacies last semester. Some of the results are here. Doug Belshaw, of the Mozilla Foundation, is writing a white paper on web literacies right now, and he is looking for input. What do you think these affordances are that we should be attending to in schools today?


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Planning and designing technology-rich learning spaces

Planning and designing technology-rich learning spaces | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

You may have been given a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to plan and design a technology rich learning space. It may be a refurbishment of an existing space or a new build. You want a space that will be inspirational for learners and others, yet practical in that it must meet the multifarious needs of a variety of users. And is it possible to future-proof for tomorrow’s technology? So where to start? That is where our ‘Planning and Designing Technology-Rich Learning Spaces infoKit can help you.

 

 


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Developing Digital Citizens by Dr. Alec Couros

Slides from a recent presentation....

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Learning in a digital age: Myth and reality

A keynote speech to the eLearning 2.0 Conference, held at Brunel University, London on 8 June 2012.


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elearn Magazine: Disruptive and Transformative Education: Designing learning in the digital age

elearn Magazine: Disruptive and Transformative Education: Designing learning in the digital age | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Allison Miller

 

"The Internet is changing how and when people can access information and is transforming and disrupting how education is designed and delivered. New approaches to learning are threatening traditional educational values by de-institutionalizing and de-formalizing education as we know it. These new approaches support the prediction that education is as "susceptible to tech disruption as other information-centric industries such as the news media, magazines and journals, encyclopedias, music, motion pictures and television [1]."

 

"The New Media Consortium's global digital educational meta-trends highlight some of the disruptive changes already happening in education [2], such as:

 

-Emerging global and collaborative educational business models of whatever, whenever and wherever learning.

-Creating and consuming rich media through mobile and cloud-based delivery, which is refining our notion of literacies.

-Acknowledging the role of informal and self-directed learning, which is redefining who can accredit educational experiences.

-Increasing openness of content, data and resources, and changing practices for online ownership and privacy."

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2U teams with top schools to to show there’s more to online ed than MOOCs | GigaOm

2U teams with top schools to to show there’s more to online ed than MOOCs | GigaOm | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ki Mai Heussner

 

"2U (formerly 2tor) is partnering with 10 top U.S. universities for a new online learning program for undergraduates that aims to create the online equivalent of quality offline education, with small classes, live instruction and teacher-student interaction. "

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Stanford School of Education course tackles challenges of digital learning | Stanford News

Stanford School of Education course tackles challenges of digital learning | Stanford News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By. R.F. Mackay

 

"Amid all the hyperbolic proclamations that massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are poised to take over the educational universe, dispassionate and well-trained minds are needed to assess just exactly what is going on with digital and online learning and what we can reasonably expect.

 

"Funny how the Stanford School of Education reached that same conclusion. Throughout this academic year, a 1-unit course called Education's Digital Future (EDF) is bringing together students, faculty and professionals from Stanford and its community to study how digital education works and which models work better.

 

"Start with the graduate students of the School of Education, then add students from around campus, faculty and local K-12 teachers. Mix in software developers, venture capitalists, policy experts and anyone else who cares to walk in to join the Tuesday conversations in the CERAS building.

 

"It's more than a course: It's a website, a hub, a potential movement. And it's way more than technology."

 

Numerous excellent links in this piece. -JL

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PKM as pre-curation | Harold Jarche

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By Haorld Jarche

 

"The most important part of personal knowledge management (PKM), in my opinion, is the need for active sense-making. Merely seeking and sharing information does little other than create more noise online. Sense-making takes time, discipline, and effort.

 

"One strength of PKM is the “manual” nature of sense-making activities. The act of writing a blog post, a tweet, or an annotation on a social bookmark all force you to think a bit more than clicking once and filing it to an automated system. Other sense-making routines, like my weekly review of Twitter favourites and creating Friday’s Finds, can encourage reflection and reinforce learning.

 

"Sense-making, or placing information into context, is where the real personal value of PKM lies. The knowledge gained from PKM is an emergent property of all its activities. Merely tagging an article does not create knowledge. The process of seeking out information sources, making sense of them through some actions, and then sharing with others to confirm or accelerate our knowledge are interlinked activities from which knowledge (often slowly) emerges."


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Handbook of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge koehler_mishra_08.pdf

Handbook of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge - koehler mishra


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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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6 Hot Trends in Educational Technology [#Infographic]

6 Hot Trends in Educational Technology [#Infographic] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Where does your school stand when it comes to adopting the latest classroom innovations?

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2012/11/6-hot-trends-educational-technology-infographic

 


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