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Beyond the LMS | OERSverige.se

Beyond the LMS | OERSverige.se | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Open Educational Resources, Personal Learning Environments and Digital Learning Ecosystems

16 October 2013, 15.00 – 16.00 CET
Place: Webinar in Adobe Connect. How it works
Language: English
Free of charge. Registration required!

Learning management systems (LMS) like Moodle, Blackboard, It’s learning, PingPong, Fronter etc, are now widespread in almost all universities and colleges. At the same time many are already working with other more open types of learning environments based on social media. In Estonia this development is already underway and we are pleased to welcome Mart Laanpere, Tallinn University, who will present an overview of current work there.

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The Bleak View Of The World’s Problems (Or: They’re all going to have to die.) | Ian Welsh

The Bleak View Of The World’s Problems (Or: They’re all going to have to die.) | Ian Welsh | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
So then, the simplest gloss of humanity’s problems is that the world’s problem is humans.

We have clear threats to our existence, threats which at the least will credibly kill hundreds of millions to billions of people. We have known about these problems for a long time (recently a friend told me about learning the science of climate change in 70s high school) and we have done nothing.

Well, not nothing, in most respects, we made it worse. When we did do something, we did what we knew was not enough.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Open, free and safe - a tough combination

The corridor of uncertainty: Open, free and safe - a tough combination | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Once upon a time there was an optimistic view that many of us subscribed to. After the end of the cold war we thought that the world would now be a safer place and that democracy and international cooperation would flourish. Then came the internet offering us global networking, the free exchange of ideas, a multi-cultural meeting place where we could collaborate and learn from each other. Platforms and tools were developed to facilitate free and open networking and we developed exciting concepts like social networking, the wisdom of the crowd, crowd sourcing, open education, MOOCs and so on. What could possibly go wrong?

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The corridor of uncertainty: Accessibility as default

The corridor of uncertainty: Accessibility as default | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Over the last couple of years I have become increasingly aware of accessibility issues in online education. I admit to previously not giving much thought to how people whose hearing, sight, physical mobility or cognitive abilities are different to my own, interact with digital media. However by meeting and discussing with people involved in this area, I have gained a few insights into accessibility questions and a whole new world has opened itself to me.

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What are the expectations of disabled learners when participating in a MOOC? - Open Research Online

What are the expectations of disabled learners when participating in a MOOC? - Open Research Online | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are making low cost learning opportunities available at large scale to diverse groups of learners. For that reason, MOOCs need to be accessible so that they can offer flexibility of learning and benefits to all. In order to direct efforts towards developing accessible MOOCs, it is important to understand the current expectations of disabled learners. Analysis of data from MOOC surveys that support disclosure of disability provide quantitative information such as the proportions participating in MOOCs; their reasons for participating, and the types of MOOCs they prefer.
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The corridor of uncertainty: How inclusive are your networks?

The corridor of uncertainty: How inclusive are your networks? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

We all live in filter bubbles, no matter how hard we try to widen our horizons. Information in languages we don't understand are automatically filtered out and we tend to rely on a limited number of trusted sources and contacts even in academic work. There are many studies on citation bias showing that authors of articles in scientific journals tend to cite sources in their own country or in culturally similar countries.

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The corridor of uncertainty: Open distance learning is thriving in Pakistan

The corridor of uncertainty: Open distance learning is thriving in Pakistan | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
The more you travel the more you learn that the world is so much more complex and fascinating than you could ever grasp by staying at home
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LTHEchat – The story of a Community of Practice through Twitter

LTHEchat – The story of a Community of Practice through Twitter | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

The original idea for an ongoing tweetchat for professional development came from Dr. Chrissi Nerantzi. The idea emerged through the success of the #BYOD4Lchat, a daily feature of the 5-day openly-licensed course Bring Your Own Devices for Learning (BYOD4L), first offered in January 2014 and based on flexible, distance and online learning (FDOL)

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TU Delft Students Can Earn Credit For MOOCs From Other Universities — Class Central

TU Delft Students Can Earn Credit For MOOCs From Other Universities — Class Central | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

With 66 courses in subjects spanning business, engineering, and social sciences, and over 1.7 million enrollments to date, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a powerhouse MOOC producer.

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Group vs. Collaborative Learning: Knowing the Difference Makes a Difference

Group vs. Collaborative Learning: Knowing the Difference Makes a Difference | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
All collaborative learning is done in a group (or at least pairs), but not all group work is inherently collaborative. The trick is to structure the activity in a way that makes students work together to be successful.
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These countries are best at preparing kids for the jobs of the future

These countries are best at preparing kids for the jobs of the future | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
This is where children are learning the 'soft skills' to be able to compete with robotic jobs.
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The complexity of the flipped classroom

The complexity of the flipped classroom | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Like many popular concepts, the flipped classroom model suffers from having a catchy name that invites over-simplification and the aura of being some kind of miracle cure. The idea of devoting classroom time to active learning and discussion rather than passive consumption is not new but the flipped classroom is about the application of digital media to offer pre-recorded lectures, demonstrations and instructions as preparation for the classroom collaboration.

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CO-LAB’s Conclusions and Recommendations

CO-LAB’s Conclusions and Recommendations | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Embedding collaborative learning within the education system is a process that takes time.
CO-LAB recommendations aim to provide a systemic approach to support the widespread implementation of collaborative learning across schools, at all levels of the system: policy, teachers’ training, school and classroom.

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Online learning - the road to credibility

Online learning - the road to credibility | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

With the abundance of online education, including MOOCs, it is easy to assume that global online education is already established and recognised. However, an article by Christopher Ziguras in University World News, Will global online higher education ever take off?, suggests that online education is still struggling to gain credibility in many countries and that the numbers of students taking online courses in countries other than their own is actually rather small. Certainly there has been a massive growth in online education in recent years but it's not as international as we may think.

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The corridor of uncertainty: Learning to live with edtech skepticism

The corridor of uncertainty: Learning to live with edtech skepticism | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

We all have a tendency to read articles and research that support our own preferences and ideas. We may try to achieve a healthy balance, but somehow any research that criticises our own standpoint is just a little harder to accept. Cognitive bias is always a factor and pure objectivity is extremely hard, if not impossible.

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Why Professors Doubt Education Research | EdSurge News

Why Professors Doubt Education Research | EdSurge News | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Lauren Herckis, an anthropologist at Carnegie Mellon University who has studied the culture of ancient Mayan cities, is turning her focus closer to home these days—exploring why professors try new teaching approaches, or decide not to.

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Spam-Driven Pollution of Academic Communication – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Spam-Driven Pollution of Academic Communication – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Academic conferences and journals are important institutions. It’s a serious matter for them to be corrupted. And many unscrupulous operators are actively working to corrupt both.
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How to Build Meaningful Online Communities

How to Build Meaningful Online Communities | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my continued frustration with the LMS and how it does not tend to foster community or discussion. And while I offered my thoughts about what was wrong about the LMS, I did not offer any suggestions for how to address the issues I had identified. So that’s what we are going to do today.

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Inclusive Citation: How Diverse Are Your References? – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Inclusive Citation: How Diverse Are Your References? – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Look at the reference list for your latest few articles or presentations. How many of the people you are citing are people like you, how many people different from you? How many are dominant (white, male, straight, you name it) and how many are marginal in some way? If you’re active there, look at your recent Twitter interactions, how diverse are those? Now look at your blogroll, the authors you follow regularly (if you don’t read blogs). How diverse are they? Why does this matter?
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When Schools Overlook Introverts: Why Quiet Time is Important for the Learning Process

When Schools Overlook Introverts: Why Quiet Time is Important for the Learning Process | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
As the focus on group work and collaboration increases, classrooms are neglecting the needs of students who work better in quiet settings.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Is technology making us hyper-social?

The corridor of uncertainty: Is technology making us hyper-social? | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

Our relationship with digital devices, especially mobiles, is a complex one. We love them and use them constantly to communicate, find information and organise our lives. At the same time we are aware of our over-dependence and have a nagging feeling that we have possibly gone too far. We worry about our children's technology addiction and propose banning mobiles from school, the one place where they could learn to use those mobiles more wisely.

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You're not addicted to your smartphone. You're addicted to socializing

You're not addicted to your smartphone. You're addicted to socializing | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
New research suggests we might be glued to smartphones because of our evolutionary need to socialize.
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Digital Education Policies in Europe and Beyond: Key Design Principles for More Effective Policies

Digital Education Policies in Europe and Beyond: Key Design Principles for More Effective Policies | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it

This report offers policy-makers in digital education evidence on how, at the national or regional level, policies can be designed and implemented to foster digital-age learning. The presented findings are the result of a mixed methodological design comprising four parts: desk-research on digital education policy, the identification of national and regional policies worldwide, six in-depth case studies, and an expert workshop. 

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Has the meaning of “blog post” changed? – The Curious Creative

Has the meaning of “blog post” changed? – The Curious Creative | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
Naturally these types of intense periods of blogging attract some discussion about the relevance of the blogging format. As well as the habit forming / repelling nature of writing every day for 28 days.

I enjoyed hearing from Aaron Davis as he shared some ideas about this in his post Sustainable Blogging. It is also good to read through the comments from Kathleen Morris and Bill Ferriter as they contribute some further thoughts.
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Flipped Classroom Research: From “Black Box” to “White Box” Evaluation

Flipped Classroom Research: From “Black Box” to “White Box” Evaluation | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
The flipped (or inverted) classroom model has gained increasing interest among university teachers in recent years. In the flipped classroom approach, students are encouraged to watch short video lectures as preparation for class, and classroom time is dedicated to more active forms of learning. In this editorial, we provide a thumbnail sketch of the origins and concept of the flipped classroom followed by a summary of the contributions to this special issue, which highlight the importance of considering a range of individual as well as contextual factors when implementing and evaluating the flipped classroom approach. Based on this observation, we propose and briefly discuss realist evaluation as a promising approach to evaluating educational interventions and for advancing our theoretical understanding of the flipped classroom. We argue that realist evaluation provides an analytical framework for posing the next generation of questions about the flipped classroom and we encourage scholars to address the questions: “How or why does the flipped classroom work, for whom, and in what circumstances?”

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Why An LMS Is Not A Community - Teaching Academia

Why An LMS Is Not A Community - Teaching Academia | Corridor of learning | Scoop.it
One of the biggest struggles I often face is how to have sustained, high-quality discussions in an online context. I know I am not alone here. Now, I know I can force the issue with students. I could require them to post X number of times in a given week, or I could require
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