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Four Innovation Trends to Watch in 2013

Four Innovation Trends to Watch in 2013 | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
Will badging go big? Will multitasking be monetized? And other questions for the new year.

 

The OECD economies may be sluggish; America may or may not hurtle over fiscal cliffs; and BRICs may not be growing quite as fast as their champions hoped. But adversity (almost) always creates economic opportunity. Digital media continue to be springboards for global innovation and enterprise. North America's fracking fever has proviked experts (who once feared the world had passed Hubbert's Peak) to predict the US will soon be a net energy exporter. Human ingenuity — increasingly augmented by technical amplifiers — remains the most remarkable renewable resource. So here are four innovation ideas — themes, really — sure to gain significantly greater mind- and market-share over the coming year. What do they all have in common? Individual empowerment.

 

'Badges? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges!'

With apologies to John Huston, yes we do. From Khan Academy to Coursera to edX to the O'Reilly School of Technology, badges increasingly enjoy consideration as human capital's coin of the the realm for online education. Valid and verifiable accreditation is an exponentially growing challenge for virtual educators — and their students — worldwide. What should it mean to employers that someone has successfully completed a core course in Machine Learning or Hadoop? What does an executive education badge from an Instituto de Empresa, an Insead or Hitotusbashi say about the curricular competences of its holder? What badges will dramatically increase a job candidate's hireability or promotability?

 

Linked-In endorsements are lovely, but the demand for meaningful and measurable affirmation and accreditation will have profound effects on both higher and executive education. Badging bandwidth will further expand as the IBMs, Accentures, Schlumbergers and professional societies decide that they, too, want to brand the expertise of their training programs and people. Craft unions and other skilled labor organizations also seem destined to bring badging to their memberships. Will badges require successful course completion? Or will be badges be won by passing a demanding array of standardized virtual tests?

 

Course content, quality and participation won't ultimately determine the triumph of the online educational revolution. The ability to measure and assess real learning and skills acquisition in virtual environments will. Badges — not digital diplomas — seem to be the best and likeliest bet on accreditation's future. What policies and programs is your organization developing around badges? Do your hiring/promotion processes recognize badges? Badges will be key variables in human capital evaluation. Is HR your best badgemeister?

 

Second Screens and Monetizing Multitasking

Attention is no longer undivided. Multitasking rules. Kindle readers tweet commentary about the ebooks and magazines they're reading; folks chatting on their iPhones use their tablets to turn real-time conversations into livestreamed blogs. The mix of device mobility and multiplicity makes people into multimedia 'prosumers;' nobody is doing 'just one thing' anymore.

Hollywood and content creators worldwide have taken notice and readjusted their business models accordingly. Television shows are no longer broadcast — or streamed — to be watched; they're supposed to be tweeted and/or otherwise reengaged. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" invites its viewers to download a 'watchalong' app. Disney 'Second Screen' offers 'playalong' apps for movie classics ranging from 'Bambi' to 'The Lion King.' Bravo encourages and expects viewers of its cult shows to tweet their real-time reactions to the world.

Instead of forcing people to overwhelmingly focus their time and attention on a single screen, broadcasters, sports teams and "appreneurs" increasingly seek to monetize divided attention spans by promoting multidevice engagement. Multitasking has evolved from a distraction and diversion to a financial focus wherever digital content lives. The phenomenon is global: Chinese and Indian yuppies increasingly carry two devices. So do the emerging middle classes in Brazil and Colombia. Monetizing multitasking will be mass media challenge, not a province of the elites.

 

Of course, "second screening" won't be just a consumer behavior. Personal productivity both at home and at work will depend on finding ways to integrate how multiple devices work together to amplify individual performance. Designing for multidevice/multitasiking second- (and third-) screen engagement is in its earliest phases. But the designs it inspires are exactly what Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung, Nokia and Microsoft are looking for.

 

Taking 'Recofriendations' More Seriously

What friends and colleagues "like" is useful to know. But is it enough? While recommendation engines have been fantastically successful for the Amazons and Netflixes, they remain relative underachievers given their technical and algorithmic potential. Both in theory and practice, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Yelp and Reddit have the data and analytics to transform how "likes" get
translated into insight and advice.

 

"Recommenders" that go beyond alerting/notifying you that "friends you know" like this movie or have read that article are emerging. Just as Gmail now begins to suggest "other" people you might send that email to, Facebook, Amazon and LinkedIn will increasingly make recommendations based on your "successful" web behaviors. "Social Reader"-like notifications will give way to more sophisticated reasons and rationales for recommendation. Recommendations will be more like "Here's why..." than "Hey!"

 

Find a particularly helpful answer on Quora? You'll have a recommender suggest who on Outlook/Gmail/Linked-In and/or Facebook should be forward an excerpt. Did you just book a flight on Expedia or enter travel plans on your Calendar? Then your recommender will suggest which friends and/or acquaintances you might wish to contact when you're there. Preparing PowerPoint/Keynote presentations with a few facts a tad fuzzier than you might like? Your recommender offers up names drawn from your social networks of possible "reviewers" for your iffier slides.

 

Simply put, recommendation engine technology will be repurposed to better align what you're digitally doing with which particular friends/colleagues/acquaintances would likely be most interested in learning about it — and vice versa. As with multitasking above, "recofriendation engines" may prove as valuable for professionals seeking a productivity boost as for people looking to go beyond "notifications" and tweets for engaging friends. Will there be battles and skirmishes about the privacy implications? There always are. Otherwise, what's not to "like?"

 

Fed Up Entrepreneurship

Critics harshly declare Ben Bernanke's Federal Reserve hates savers and retirees. Certainly, equity investors believe the Fed's low interest rate policies make the stock market a better bet for higher returns. "The [Fed] has created an environment where there is no effective alternative to stocks," Omega Advisors CEO Leon Cooperman told CNBC the week before Christmas. "...Half the stocks in the market are now yielding more than fixed income. You have to go back to 1958 to see that kind of condition."

Controversies about the efficacy of the Fed's policies at stimulating economic growth notwithstanding, Bernanke's declaration that interest rates will be kept low until unemployment rates dramatically improve signal a profound shift in the investment environment. Investors looking for higher returns will increasingly look to more innovative alternatives.

 

Will lower interest rates make venture capital a more appealing option? Preliminary data suggest not. According to a PriceWaterhouse Coopers preliminary review, 2012 venture funding has actually declined. "Investment for the first three quarters of the year was $20 billion into 2,661 deals, a level well below this point last year, making it likely that 2012 will fall short of 2011 in terms of both dollars and deal volume," the PwC release asserted.

The numbers don't lie. However, a slower-growth economy and near-zero interest rates strongly suggest that entrepreneurs may find it easier to make the case that their ventures — even on a risk-adjusted basis — might be worth serious consideration. Entrepreneurship as an "alternative investment" may hold growing appeal to institutional investors seeking "growth stories" and diversification options.

 

While everyone, of course, looks for the next Google and Facebook, the reality is that globally, innovation opportunities in bio/nano/info-technologies continue to emerge. Who would have picked hydraulic fracturing as a disruptive business/technology breakthrough in 2002?  How angel investment, corporate venturing or institutionalized venture capital innovatively responds to Fed policy remains to be seen. But the relative paucity of returns on more traditional investments and the increasingly appeal of innovation opportunities suggest that there may never be a better time to be a charismatic entrepreneur with a scalable prototype.


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To watch implies reacting. These kind of thought enables a reader to create for 2013 and after.

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Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning

Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
As schools become more savvy about blended-learning tactics– the practice of mixing online and in-person instruction -- guidelines and best practices are emerging from lessons learned.
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There’s no dishonor in having a disability - Steven Claunch

There’s no dishonor in having a disability - Steven Claunch | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
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Inspiring video to help overcome those with disabilities - essentially all of us in various ways.

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Personal Learning Networks for Educators: 10 Tips | Getting Smart | Diigo

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Helpful ideas For starting to develop your personal learning network.

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This Is How Teens Are Using Social Media - Edudemic

This Is How Teens Are Using Social Media - Edudemic | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
Want to know how teens are using social media or at what age they started connecting online? This new timeline visual is a must-see.
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How are iPads Used in Schools? Some Real Life Examples - EdTechReview (ETR)

How are iPads Used in Schools? Some Real Life Examples - EdTechReview (ETR) | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
From elementary schools to universities, Apple products are transforming the learning experience, making it more interactive, immersive, and engaging. Let us see how some schools effectively use iPad in the classroom.

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Tiago Martins's curator insight, July 22, 2013 1:30 PM

Matéria muito interessante a respeito de Tablets nas escolas

Soledad Olaciregui's curator insight, July 22, 2013 3:42 PM

Ideas innovadoras para aplicar la tecnología de una manera eficiente en las aulas.

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Flip Your Class with Google Hangouts

Flip Your Class with Google Hangouts | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
If you have a Google account, then you can use Google’s Hangouts to create your presentations, host them on Youtube and flip your class, all for free.
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Free method for adding video presentations for your students.

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How To Use An iPad To Add Voice Comments To Grading

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5 Ways To Support Teachers Skeptical Of Technology - Edudemic

5 Ways To Support Teachers Skeptical Of Technology - Edudemic | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
As more schools move to a 1:1 or BYOD format, it becomes increasingly important to support teachers - all teachers - effectively make that transition and to support them in that process.
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13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About

13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
Web-based tools continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be hard to determine which resources are worth spending time exploring.
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It these tools live up to their descriptions, they should be very useful for both teachers and students.

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The 5 Interactions Of A Robust Blended Learning Model

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5 Online Discussion Tips For Students - Edudemic

5 Online Discussion Tips For Students - Edudemic | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
Students are online all day long. Here are a few ways to keep them civil: just a few online discussion tips for students to keep the conversation going.
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Best Online Collaboration Tools 2012 - Robin Good...

Best Online Collaboration Tools 2012 - Robin Good... | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
This is a collaborative mindmap originally started during the LearnTrends live online event on November 16th 2008.
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A plethora of collaborative tools identified on this mind map. 

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5 Free Online Courses For Social Media Beginners - Edudemic

5 Free Online Courses For Social Media Beginners - Edudemic | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
Looking to boost your social media skills? These free online courses from Modern Lessons will help you get started!
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Might be helpful guides for those getting started with social media tools.

Tools include twitter, pinterest, learnist facebook and youtube

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MOOCs and The Change of Higher Education

MOOCs and The Change of Higher Education | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
The American writer H. L. Mencken once said that there is always a well-known solution to every human problem: neat, plausible, and wrong. MOOCs look neat, are plausible and... too many get it wron...
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Thoughtful analysis related to the use of Moocs and the changing nature of postsecondary education

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#MOOCs Show Gap in Prior Learning Assessment - Interview with George Simens

#MOOCs Show Gap in Prior Learning Assessment - Interview with George Simens | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:48 PM

"The following interview is with George Siemens, associate director of the Technology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. As Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continue to grow in popularity, a debate has surfaced over whether these courses should be worth academic credits. In this interview, Siemens sheds some light on the debate, shares his thoughts on how MOOCs stack up against traditional lectures offered by universities and explains how the debate is more far-reaching than the acceptance of this new educational medium."

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A good interview!
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"The following interview is with George Siemens, associate director of the Technology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. As Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continue to grow in popularity, a debate has surfaced over whether these courses should be worth academic credits. In this interview, Siemens sheds some light on the debate, shares his thoughts on how MOOCs stack up against traditional lectures offered by universities and explains how the debate is more far-reaching than the acceptance of this new educational medium."

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A Visual Guide To Online Learning - Edudemic

A Visual Guide To Online Learning - Edudemic | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
While online learning is nothing new, traditional education is being disrupted by online education. Here's a guide to the modern digital student and how they're changing.
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Curate, Review, Find and Discover The Best Educational Apps with EdShelf

 

 


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This looks like a good way to organize your apps, and to find new apps

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Rick Bessey's curator insight, August 15, 2013 8:46 AM

More a place holder for now.  Haven't read the article, but looks promising.

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's comment, August 15, 2013 8:56 PM
herramientas para aprender a curar información aplicadas al ámbito escolar, bastante recomendable esta práctica.
MeeMetICT's curator insight, October 6, 2013 5:34 AM

Heel veel apps voor het onderwijs zijn hier te vinden. Duidelijk gerangschikt en met commentaar.

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Increasing Interaction in Online Learning Environments

Increasing Interaction in Online Learning Environments | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
Focusing on the qualities of effective online teaching, here are a collection of real strategies to increase interaction in online learning environments.

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Maria Persson's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:27 PM

Must read if you are new to online teaching and learning and essential if you can about student retention and the quality of your teaching.

Teresa MacKinnon's curator insight, September 15, 2013 2:23 AM

useful insights to share with #cmc #oie 

Teresa MacKinnon's comment, September 15, 2013 2:23 AM
many thanks for sharing this, really useful :)
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Sage on the Stage : Education Next

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Interesting contradiction to current views related to teaching and learning

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The 20 Top #hashtags In Education

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Blackboard Partners with Mozilla to Support Use of Digital Badges - SYS-CON Media (press release)

Blackboard Partners with Mozilla to Support Use of Digital Badges - SYS-CON Media (press release) | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
Blackboard Partners with Mozilla to Support Use of Digital Badges SYS-CON Media (press release) Course topics will include badge system design and implementation, funding and policy implications, and generating ecosystems of learners, educators,...
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Freedom from Wasted Training: The e-Learning Bill of Rights

Freedom from Wasted Training: The e-Learning Bill of Rights | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
Ethan Edwards proposes an e-Learning Bill of Rights as a means to refocus our attention and dedication for the core reason we engage in training.
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Concise reminders to keep in mind when developing e-learning experiences.

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The Teacher's Guide To Digital Citizenship - Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Digital Citizenship - Edudemic | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
Digital citizenship is important to understand for today's students, staff, and teachers. Microsoft has just unveiled a free curriculum that gives great tips and ideas on teaching digital citizenship and creative content.
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The World’s Largest Repository of Free Online Learning Tutorials » The Rapid eLearning Blog

The World’s Largest Repository of Free Online Learning Tutorials » The Rapid eLearning Blog | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
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I have learned much from  the Rapid eLearning Blog for several years. It contains very good information on how to make Powerpoint more inter-active and engaging. The videos are most informative with clear illustrations and directions.

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Teaching Toddlers to Tweet? Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students

Teaching Toddlers to Tweet? Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students | Trends in e-learning | Scoop.it
Let me begin this post by saying, "I agree."

I agree that students should have recess and play outside.
I agree that young children need to interact in a face-to-face setting.
I agree that it is dev
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