Mahara is an open source ePortfolio and social networking web application. It provides users with tools to create and maintain a digital portfolio of their learning and social networking features to allow users to interact with each other.
Effective article for explaining why we shoudl curate, As Steven Rosenbaum staes in his book Curation Nation,
“Curation replaces noise with clarity. And it’s the clarity of your choosing; it’s the things that people you trust help you find.”
What type of curation shoudl we do?
The 5 Models of Content Curation:
Aggregation: The gathering and sharing of relevant content. It releases the individual worker from needing to seek out the content.Filtering: Instead of simply aggregating content, filtering shares only those resources that are most relevant and valuable.Elevation: Recognizing a larger trend in the sea of seemingly less-important content.Mashups: Merging two or more unrelated pieces of content to form a new message.Timelines: Organizing random pieces of content in chronological order to show the evolution of an idea.
With the rise of the blended learning model of education, video is becoming an increasingly important medium for instruction. The essential components of blended learning - such as flipped classrooms, MOOCs and “Bring Your Own Device” programs - are facilitated by video instruction to ensure the personalization and flexibility of a digitized education system.
How are you currently engaging students in your classroom? What’s working, what’s not, and what’s missing? In today’s blog, we introduce Moodle badges, a feature designed to add reward and recognition to your classroom.
Tim Hopper's insight:
Good outline of how to get started with Badges in a course. Have not been able to get this goign yet but in time I am sure this will become a tool in higher education classes.
A website to support Reflection in Education K-16 The following technologies can support reflection: web logs (‘blogs’) as reflective journals, wikis as collaborative websites, digital storytelling/podcasting, Twitter and social networks.
By Ken Steele Six predictable and long-term demographic, economic, technological and political trends mean that the majority of Canadian universities will
Tim Hopper's insight:
Ken Steele presetned at UVic recently. Here is a blog by him on Six predictable and long-term demographic, economic, technological and political trends that mean the majority of Canadian universities will face challenges that they cannot address through increasing numbers to off-set falling funding. How does the ePortfoio process fit into this challenge as it offers ways to make learning more meaningful, personal and inter-connected. What is the purpose of universities and how do our assessment practices enable theses purposes?
Bloom’s Taxonomy is a useful tool for assessment design, but using it only for that function is like using a race car to go to the grocery–a huge waste of potential.
In an upcoming post we’re going to look at better use of Bloom’s taxonomy in the classroom, but during research for that post it became interesting how many variations there are of the original work. While a handful of the charts below only show aesthetic changes compared to others, most are concept maps of sorts–with graphic design that signifies extended function (power verbs), detail (clear explanations), or features of some sort (Bloom’s Taxonomy tasks by level).
One subject that we have not covered much at e-Literate lately is the market position of Moodle. Given the significant LMS market changes over the past two years, it might be worth considering how institutions are adopting and using Moodle.