Some great comments about finding balance or the 'sweet spot' rather than the persist demand for "productivity (do it fast), learner satisfaction (do it right), predictability (do it on time, every time), and motivation (keep doing it)". While each of these things are important, most things aren't that straight forward in an unpredictable and changing world where we are still working out what is 'right' (whatever that means)!!
Is it time for you to measure the effectiveness of your training programs? If you’re not sure where to start, these Top Ten Training Metrics can help.
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The second major shift emerges with the uptake of the social networking sites and participatory technologies. Now, we no longer talk about a single literacy but multiple literacies. Literacies take many forms and encompass a varied body of social skills and cultural competencies. In their popular white paper "Confronting The Challenges of Participatory Cultures" Jenkins et al talked at length about the development of these new literacies and how they come to shape the new learning forms that take place in the virtual space. According to Jenkins et al, these new literacies involve several social skills that are developed through collaboration and networking.
Does this depend on the student segment, learner preferences, type of learning e.g. f/t undergraduate experience (and desire to be part of a community) vs p/t professional development (just give it to me fast and painlessly because I have more pressing issues to deal with)?
Yet active learning in the virtual environment is no different than learning in face-to-face classrooms; we can apply the same definitions to online learning communities. The goal is to encourage students to dialog, write, think and evaluate no matter what learning environment the student occupies. If we consider Bloom’s Taxonomy of cognitive development, we want students to employ skills that go beyond the entry-level skills of knowledge and comprehension.
There is online learning ... and then again there is online learning. This of course requires appropriate teacher:student loads. Why some training organisations will allow near to empty classrooms and then expect online facilitators to manage a virtual stadium is beyond me!
Numerous studies have demonstrated that students retain little of our lectures, and research on determining the “average attention span,” while varying, seems to congregate around eight to ten minutes (“Attention Span Statistics,” 2015), (Richardson, 2010).
Click here to edit the titleAnaheim, CA (February 11) -- Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition in a special session at the 2015 ELI Annual Meeting. The 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. This report is also the first NMC publication made possible in part through crowdfunding efforts.
In his recent visit to India, Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, has his agenda clearly defined. He is eyeing a larger share for edX and is targeting the high school segment in India. He is also keen on capturing the professional education segment through the edX platform. "In order to create content for these new segments, edX is looking at forging alliances with IITs, IIMs and other institutes," he tells Prachi Verma in an interview.
An interesting conundrum. More and more free quality content … and an agenda to increase course fees for the ‘traditional’ accredited market. It will be interesting to watch consumer patterns over the coming years!
As I’ve been working with the Foundation over the past 6 months I’ve had the occasion to review a wide variety of elearning, more specifically in the vocational and education space, but my experience mirrors that from the corporate space: most of it isn’t very good. I realize that’s a harsh pronouncement, but I fear that it’s all too true; most of the elearning I see will have very little impact. And I’m becoming ever more convinced that what I’ve quipped in the past is true:
Quality design is hard to distinguish from well-produced but under-designed content.
Well worth the read. The blog does articulate the challenges in developing good eLearning. "Quality design is hard to distinguish from well-produced but under-designed content." I would have to agree. All that is shiny is not necessarily quality!
Starting a search on one device and completing it on another continues to gain popularity. Sometimes the search will begin on the desktop and the sale will be carried out on the smartphone. I do it all the time. Evidently, according to data released Wednesday, I'm not alone. Surprisingly, although men are typically known for being more tech savvy, women will jump from one device to the next when shopping more often -- especially during the holidays.
Drawbridge looked at device ownership, demographic, and activity trends of consumers falling into more than 100 categories of holiday shoppers to draw an outline of the habits of a typical cross-device holiday shopper. The research found that cross-device holiday shoppers who visit gaming, utilities, entertainment, social and style and fashion sites are four times more likely to be female. When men use more than one device, they are more likely to visit entertainment, dating, gaming, utilities, and sports sites.
Rather than dabbling with MOOCs, universities need to create a new kind of digital degree experience for students, argues deputy vice-chancellor Ian Dunn
Sue Walsh's insight:
Similar to the 'Student Success Advisors', I have piloted Student Advisor models in the past with measurable success. Improved student satisfaction, higher completion rates and reduced learner frustration. The bottom line result of this also improves, particularly if there is a link between funding and completion.
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