Contemporary Learning Design
2.6K views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
The label of
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

You can probably think of 9 others, but this article provides a good reference point.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

The case for Guided Social Learning Experience Design - Centre for ...

The case for Guided Social Learning Experience Design - Centre for ... | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
As classroom training is gradually being replaced by e-learning I have watched as many people have become exasperated with this new experience – something which Nick Shackleton Jones clearly illustrated in a recent ...
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

A useful introduction to the Guided Social Learning Experience phenomenon.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

30 Facts About Gamification in eLearning - eLearning Industry

30 Facts About Gamification in eLearning - eLearning Industry | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
How Can Gamification Improve eLearning? What is the Future of Gamification in eLearning Industry? Check 30 Facts about Gamification in eLearning Infographic!
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by James J. Goldsmith from Eclectic Technology
Scoop.it!

5 Practical Learning Tips Based On How People Do--And Don't--Learn

5 Practical Learning Tips Based On How People Do--And Don't--Learn | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

"There has been a large body of work in neuroscience, psychology, and related fields offering more and more insight into how we learn.

Below are five of the top tips from Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University, who has faced her own learning challenges (failing middle and high school math and science classes), and has made a study of the latest research on learning. She is also offering a free online course, Learning How to Learn, which starts August 1 on the Coursera platform with co-instructor, Prof. Terrence Sejnowski, a computational neuroscientist at UC San Diego and the Salk Institute."


Via Beth Dichter
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

Five practical and sometimes infrequently used ideas to enhance learning.

more...
Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 30, 2014 6:02 AM

Are you interested in learning how to learn? This post provides 5 tips that may help you.

1. Get enough sleep to de-toxify your brain

2. Outwit procrastination with the Pomodoro technique

3. Use spaced repetition to remember key facts

4. Use recall rather than re-reading to see whether you’ve learned the content

5. Vary learning/studying environment

Each of these is explained in more detail in the post.

As teachers we are also learners, and it is never too late to become better at learning. Sharing these five tips with our students may help them become better learners. And if this is a topic of interest to you, consider checking out the Coursera course Learning How to Learn that will begin on August 1st.

Rescooped by James J. Goldsmith from Creative teaching and learning
Scoop.it!

Philippines: Teaching and learning outside classroom walls

Philippines: Teaching and learning outside classroom walls | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

"The Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education teaches basic reading, writing and math skills to disadvantaged students in the Philippines ..."

©


Via Leona Ungerer
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

Learn more about this inspiring program by viewing the short video that is provided.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by James J. Goldsmith from 21st Century Learning and Teaching
Scoop.it!

Outstanding in Your Field: What It Takes to Be a Great Teacher | Part one

Outstanding in Your Field: What It Takes to Be a Great Teacher | Part one | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
What does greatness mean in education? Administrator, author, and educator Ben Johnson ponders the quality of excellence.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Great+Teachers

 


Via Gust MEES
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

Provides some interesting ideas to consider.

more...
Gust MEES's curator insight, July 30, 2014 8:52 AM

Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Great+Teachers


Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 31, 2014 12:56 AM

Here are some ideas on how to be a teaching star in your content field.

Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

Teaching Teaching

Teaching Teaching | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Teachers shouldn’t be learning on the job as they go. (Teaching Teaching http://t.co/SjwtdV0fpZ)
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

From the article:  An inexperienced teacher stands in front of a class on the first day on the job and stumbles his or her way to eventual success. Even in the best-case scenario, students are being shortchanged by rookie teachers who are learning on the job. In the worst-case scenario, a mediocre (or worse) teacher never figures out what’s required to bring learning alive."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

3 rules to spark learning

3 rules to spark learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity.
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

A brief talk on the important role of teachers as the "cultivators of curiosity."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

Top 10 Reasons Why LMS Implementation Fail - eLearning Industry

Top 10 Reasons Why LMS Implementation Fail - eLearning Industry | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Are you planning to implement an LMS or changing over to a new LMS; The Top 10 Reasons Why LMS Implementation Fail is a must read for you!
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

If you are responsible for selecting or managing an LMS, you may find this useful.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

What is Gamification? A Few Ideas.

In this whiteboard video gamification expert Karl Kapp describes the term gamification, talks about the two types of gamification (structural and content) an...
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

Does a nice job differentiating simulations, game-based learning and gamification. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

Gamification in the Workplace: When Work Becomes a Game, Companies Win - AllBusiness (blog)

Gamification in the Workplace: When Work Becomes a Game, Companies Win - AllBusiness (blog) | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Gamification in the Workplace: When Work Becomes a Game, Companies Win
AllBusiness (blog)
Gamification has been a hot buzz word for a few years now.
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

An overview with examples of successful application of gamification.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by James J. Goldsmith from Eclectic Technology
Scoop.it!

6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns

6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

"When you’re standing in front of a classroom of students who’re not quite sure they even want to be in your class, much less pay attention to what’s being said, things like neuroscience, research studies, and teaching the way the brain learns are an abstraction.

Yet, brain-targeted teaching can engage and excite students because it taps into factors that stimulate the brain, grab the attention, and set the stage for learning."


Via Beth Dichter
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

Six practical suggestions for applying neuroscience in the classroom.

more...
Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 18, 2014 10:13 PM

What if we were able to design our curriculum to support the way the brain learns? Would our students be more engaged in class? Learn about this new model, Teach the Way the Brain Learns, in this post. There is a short discussion about some of the concepts as well as six brain targets, each of which includes a brief neuroscience explanation as well as a "translation" so that you will understand how to implement each target in your classroom.

What are some of the targets?

Brain Target 1: Establish the emotional climate for learning

What does this mean? "Stress impedes learning." Make connections with students and then begin the lesson.

Brain Target 2: Creating the Physical Learning Environment

What does this mean? The physical space impacts our students. Changing the space may help them learn. What changes could you make in your classroom?

Four additional brain targets are provided. You may also want to check out the website Brain Targeted Teaching (http://www.braintargetedteaching.org/) where you will find additional information as well as sample units that utilize this method (and a template to create your own lessons).

Nicole Wallace's curator insight, March 19, 2014 12:57 AM

Great comments in here and how it links to neurobiology.

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, March 19, 2014 12:48 PM
strong>Referencing Beth Dichter's insight:What if we were able to design our curriculum to support the way the brain learns? Would our students be more engaged in class? Learn about this new model, Teach the Way the Brain Learns, in this post. There is a short discussion about some of the concepts as well as six brain targets, each of which includes a brief neuroscience explanation as well as a "translation" so that you will understand how to implement each target in your classroom. What are some of the targets? Brain Target 1: Establish the emotional climate for learning What does this mean? "Stress impedes learning." Make connections with students and then begin the lesson. Brain Target 2: Creating the Physical Learning Environment What does this mean? The physical space impacts our students. Changing the space may help them learn. What changes could you make in your classroom? Four additional brain targets are provided. You may also want to check out the website Brain Targeted Teaching (http://www.braintargetedteaching.org/) where you will find additional information as well as sample units that utilize this method (and a template to create your own lessons).
Rescooped by James J. Goldsmith from Amazing Science
Scoop.it!

New Theory for Synapse Formation in the Brain

New Theory for Synapse Formation in the Brain | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Jülich, 10 October 2013 – The human brain keeps changing throughout a person’s lifetime. New connections are continually created while synapses that are no longer in use degenerate.

 

To date, little is known about the mechanisms behind these processes. Jülich neuroinformatician Dr. Markus Butz has now been able to ascribe the formation of new neural networks in the visual cortex to a simple homeostatic rule that is also the basis of many other self-regulating processes in nature. With this explanation, he and his colleague Dr. Arjen van Ooyen from Amsterdam also provide a new theory on the plasticity of the brain – and a novel approach to understanding learning processes and treating brain injuries and diseases.

 

The brains of adult humans are by no means hard wired. Scientists have repeatedly established this fact over the last few years using different imaging techniques. This so-called neuroplasticity not only plays a key role in learning processes, it also enables the brain to recover from injuries and compensate for the loss of functions. Researchers only recently found out that even in the adult brain, not only do existing synapses adapt to new circumstances, but new connections are constantly formed and reorganized. However, it was not yet known how these natural rearrangement processes are controlled in the brain. In the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology, Butz and van Ooyen now present a simple rule that explains how these new networks of neurons are formed.

 

"It’s very likely that the structural plasticity of the brain is the basis for long-term memory formation," says Markus Butz, who has been working at the recently established Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre for the past few months. "And it’s not just about learning. Following the amputation of extremities, brain injury, the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, and strokes, huge numbers of new synapses are formed in order to adapt the brain to the lasting changes in the patterns of incoming stimuli."

 

These results show that the formation of new synapses is driven by the tendency of neurons to maintain a 'pre-set' electrical activity level. If the average electric activity falls below a certain threshold, the neurons begin to actively build new contact points. These are the basis for new synapses that deliver additional input – the neuron firing rate increases. This also works the other way round: as soon as the activity level exceeds an upper limit, the number of synaptic connections is reduced to prevent any overexcitation – the neuron firing rate falls. Similar forms of homeostasis frequently occur in nature, for example in the regulation of body temperature and blood sugar levels.

 

"It was previously assumed that structural plasticity also follows the principle of Hebbian plasticity. The findings suggest that structural plasticity is governed by the homeostatic principle instead, which was not taken into consideration before," says Prof. Abigail Morrison, head of the Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience at Jülich. Her team is already integrating the new rule into the freely accessible simulation software NEST, which is used by numerous scientists worldwide.

 

These findings are also of relevance for the Human Brain Project. Neuroscientists, medical scientists, computer scientists, physicists, and mathematicians in Europe are working hand in hand to simulate the entire human brain on high-performance computers of the next generation in order to better understand how it functions. “Due to the complex synaptic circuitry in the human brain, it’s not plausible that its fault tolerance and flexibility are achieved based on static connection rules. Models are therefore required for a self-organization process,” says Prof. Markus Diesmann from Jülich’s Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, who is involved in the project. He heads Computational and Systems Neuroscience (INM-6), a subinstitute working at the interface between neuroscientific research and simulation technology.

 


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

Some insights on a difficult, but important topic.  Recommended.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

Being bilingual: Parents see benefit in early language learning

Being bilingual: Parents see benefit in early language learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
By Jonathan Damejdame@wickedlocal.comDerek Oliveira needed to find a preschool for his 2-year-old son Logan.He and his spouse shopped around, looking (Being bilingual: Parents see benefit in early language learning.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by James J. Goldsmith from Teaching, Learning, Growing
Scoop.it!

The top ways digital tools transform learning | eSchool News | eSchool News

The top ways digital tools transform learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Results from an annual survey delve into the impact that digital tools have on teaching and learning.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

An interesting study on the impact of digital tools and content.

more...
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 31, 2014 9:12 AM

Coding. Digital tools. Coding. Digital tools. Just sayin' there could be a nifty correlation.


There is more to this, of course, in the way we think about the value of digital tools and how they might actually transform the learning experience. Just having them available doesn't mean there will be transformation.

Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

This Is How to Create Videos in Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This Is How to Create Videos in Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by James J. Goldsmith from Creative teaching and learning
Scoop.it!

A virtual analysis

A virtual analysis | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

"A new analysis of four blended-format courses taught last fall offers practical guidance for faculty members interested in fresh pedagogical approaches ..."


Via Leona Ungerer
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

From the article:  "The pilot study led by the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and released today after months of checks and balances showed that students responded most to lesson structure and execution, placed a premium on person-to-person interaction, and found redundancies between in-class and online instruction."  Worth reading if you are involved in blended learning design, development or deployment.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by James J. Goldsmith from 21st Century Learning and Teaching
Scoop.it!

Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher | Part two

Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher | Part two | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
How can we expect students to aspire to be great if we are not also aspiring for greatness?

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Great+Teachers

 

 


Via Gust MEES
more...
Gust MEES's curator insight, July 30, 2014 8:55 AM

Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Great+Teachers


Silverback Learning's curator insight, July 30, 2014 12:19 PM

There are so many resources available to educators today. Great teachers are great learners too.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 30, 2014 9:07 PM

I did not want to be a great teacher. I wanted to be a teacher.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

Harvard Open Courses for Free | Open Learning Initiative

Harvard Open Courses for Free | Open Learning Initiative | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Take free Harvard online courses through Harvard Extension School's Open Learning Initiative. Course videos feature Harvard faculty.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

Utopia series: the schools of the future | Philosophers' Mail

Utopia series: the schools of the future | Philosophers' Mail | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Learning in the future http://t.co/Fgd3AQ8HoT
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

From the article:  "We hear that studying literature might help the imagination or that knowing some history will make us more capable of understanding current societies. But these pieties don’t generally rise above the level of generalisations – and are not explored with thoroughness in the actual curriculum. We do not assess courses and classes as we should – according to the help they really do provide in the task of being a good adult."

 

Many interesting points of view shared.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

Instructional Design Models and Theories - eLearning Industry

Instructional Design Models and Theories - eLearning Industry | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
At the Instructional Design Models and Theories article you will find 33 Instructional Design Models and Theories. A New IDM Will Be Added Every Week!
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

Good background information from industry guru Christopher Pappas.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by James J. Goldsmith from E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching
Scoop.it!

The evolution of computers in the classroom

The evolution of computers in the classroom | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
The proliferation of tablets maybe the most revolutionary addition of technology in the classroom, but the path was paved with other tools. PostTV took a detailed look at some of the milestones in classroom technology from the past several decades:

Via Dennis T OConnor
more...
Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 21, 2014 4:54 AM

I've lived this timeline. Tablets are another stop on the Oregon Trail of Tech I've seen come and go.  


Indeed, tablets are so two hours ago... I'm surprised this timeline misses a little development called mobile learnig. 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 1, 2014 5:41 PM

This is an interesting time line and history. Where innovations in digital technologies were spaced out over years now impactful ones are emerging yearly. Somehow the pace does not seem to be slowing. What that means in School is an important and ongoing question.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Training Aspirants's curator insight, August 7, 2014 5:06 AM

Training Aspirants started with a motto to provide quality and effective online training for the students. We will provide both online Training as well as Corporate Training. We make sure for a right class size in order to make online sessions most interactive across the Worldwide with the best instructors.


For Details Visit: http://www.trainingaspirants.com

Call Us: US: 001-713-900-7669

US: 001-630-974-1794

India: 091-779-985-5779

Mail Us: mail@trainingaspirants.com

Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

Is that whole gamification thing really over? - Information Age

Is that whole gamification thing really over? - Information Age | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Information Age
Is that whole gamification thing really over?
Information Age
Gartner is forecasting market penetration at a measly 5% to 10%.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by James J. Goldsmith
Scoop.it!

Creative Role-Play Encourages Deeper Science Learning

Learning how the body works becomes an adventure as sixth grade students embark on a biology-based narrative journey at game-based learning school Quest to Learn.
James J. Goldsmith's insight:

An encouraging success story.  Watch it.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by James J. Goldsmith from Eclectic Technology
Scoop.it!

Learning and the Brain- A few quick facts

Learning and the Brain- A few quick facts | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
What do we and don't we know about the brain? It used to be that we thought we knew it all. Well, maybe not all. But, over the last couple decades new research reveals and debunks some of our previ...

Via Beth Dichter
more...
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, October 12, 2013 1:56 AM

Thanks for this valuable reference.

Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, October 12, 2013 4:52 AM

Η γνωστική ψυχολογία και οι νευροεπιστήμες έχουν αναδείξει τη σημασία των γνωστικών και μεταγνωστικών δεξιοτήτων  που λαμβάνουν μέρος στην μνήμη εργασίας, στην πορεία για τη  μάθηση.

Mary Cunningham's curator insight, October 13, 2013 12:05 PM

This is part of the post on infographics as well, but is interesting enough to have a link just in its own.