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Why I Created A Virtual Teaching Assistant Using GoAnimate - Edudemic

Why I Created A Virtual Teaching Assistant Using GoAnimate - Edudemic | digital media |
I teach a practical application of information technology and information literacy for personal and professional productivity at a university and a community college. Every semester it was the same thing. My undergraduate students did not have their homework completed. I would ask, “Why?” They would gave me a whole host of reasons: They had to …

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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Tässä on hyvä teksti, joka käsittelee sitä, miten opettaja voi ottaa opetuksensa lähtökohdaksi sen, mitä opiskelijat jo osavat ja hallitsevat. Tämä opettaja otti käyttöön ELAn = Electronic Library Assistant. 

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How laptops interfere with learning - Washington Post

How laptops interfere with learning - Washington Post | digital media |
Washington Post
How laptops interfere with learning
Washington Post
Many researchers have suggested that laptop note taking is less effective than longhand note taking for learning.
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Tässäpä on mielenkiintoinen artikkeli siitä, millä tavalla läppärin käyttö voi jonkun tutkimuksen mukaan heikentää käsitteellistä oppimista, koska läppärillä tehdään muistiinpanoja enemmän sanasta sanaan. Perinteisissä muistiinpanoissa sen sijaan ajatellaan ja muovataan omin sanoin. Jos näin on, niin tässähän on pysähtymisen, ajattelemisen ja kehittämisen paikka yhdessä opiskelijoiden kanssa.

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The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out | Todd Tauber - Quartz

The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out | Todd Tauber - Quartz | digital media |

If they do that, they’ll see that digital learning needs to become much more mobile, personal and social. .. Mobile content, then, needs to be “bite-sized,” visually stimulating and interactive. … Taking a cue from Twitter and LinkedIn, education online also needs to do a better job leveraging peer interaction and collaboration. … mixes short videos and frequent assessments with facilitated group projects, asynchronous collaboration and innovative tools designed specifically to drive participation. 


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Artikkelin kirjoittaja pohtii, miksi niin monet ilmoittautuvat online-kursseille, mutta joko jättävät kurssin kesken tai eivät edes aloita sitä. Yksi syy hänen mukaansa on se, että kurssit ovat samoja vanhoja - vain siirrettynä digitaaliseen muotoon. “education lags 30 years behind most of the world, and 50 years behind Silicon Valley.” Kursseissa ei oteta huomioon sen kummemmin teknologian kuin sen käyttäjien muuttumista viimeisinä vuosina.  Lainaus puhuu puolestaan.

Hän tekee myös ehdotuksia asioista, joihin pitäisi kiinnittää huomiota ja joita pitäisi muuttaa, jotta tämän sukupolven digitaalisen median käyttäjät saataisiin innostumaan online-kursseista ja opiskelusta. Mielenkiintoista luettavaa.

Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, March 24, 2013 2:50 AM

Although the title might suggest otherwise, this is not the familiar rant about the large drop-out rates of MOOCs. Sure, it serves as the starting point, but Todd Tauber quickly moves on into a more positive mode. Describing current online offerings through MOOCs as an 'assembly line model' with loss of student attention as the corollary, he points out that it takes mobile, personal and social learning to keep students involved.

I am glad to see such a nuanced view by someone who describes himself as a business developer and strategst. The massive numbers of people enrolling in MOOCs indicate that lots of people are motivated to learn. How come so many drop out? Sure, a large fraction may perhaps be bound to drop out, but MOOCs thus far seem to have forgotten the lesson that open universities have learnt over the last few decades (see among others Tony Bates on this: ) about making online learning more engaging. Interestingly, as Todd points out, apparently the university of Phoenix has learnt this lesson too, as the final quote in the above, about group projects and collaboration suggests.

Grea, this could be the start of an evolution towards better onlin learning, as Todd hopes. But please, heed the lessons learnt in the past. I already referred to Tony Bates. At the risk of sounding boastful I also want to point out one of my own achievements. In 1998 already, I co-lead a project at the Open University of the Netherlands that already had small groups of students collaborate asynchronously on authentic assignments (Westera, W., & Sloep, P. B. (1998). The Virtual Company: Toward a Self-Directed, Competence-Based Learning Environment in Distance Education. Educational Technology, 38(1), 32–37.). What I have always remembered about this attempt at innovating online education is the unprecedented motivating effect it had on the participants. (@pbsloep)

verstelle's curator insight, March 24, 2013 6:28 AM

Indeed a misleading title and intro. After that it reads as a convincing look into the near future, where the best online learning experiences will be extremely expensive to produce and offered by commercial universities and publishers.

Ainsley Stollar's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:52 AM

This talks about different types of learning and how our generation uses digital learning to obtain knowledge instead of using books. It also talks about how education needs to link peers together in order to further them in their learning. This relates because it is trying to make people feel the need to learn again instead of just memorizing information and letting it go when it's no longer needed.