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3 Things to Consider When Building Your E-Learning Courses » The Rapid eLearning Blog

3 Things to Consider When Building Your E-Learning Courses » The Rapid eLearning Blog | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
3 Things to Consider When Building Your #eLearning Courses - http://t.co/Mic4cOZ9

 

"The difference between effective and ineffective elearning is how you design the learning process.  In this post, I’ll do a quick run through of some ideas centered on instructional design and three things that you want to consider when building your courses." from source: http://www.articulate.com/

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This is a useful link to tips for Instructional Design (#ISD) & #eLearning. Also, if you sign up for an RSS feed of the blog you'll get a digital version of the book seen above. Worth looking into.

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Handshake 8: Learning & PPPs

Handshake 8, Learning and PPPs, studies the strategies of governments, corporations, and not-for-profit enterprises in the vanguard of the most innovative education partnerships around the world.
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This online document about Public and Private Partnerships (PPP) contains quite a lot of important content / information as well as quantifiable charts and analysis in support of the concepts. It is available for download as a PDF or a text document. A read worth taking the time for

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Best Online Time Zone Converters | Technology and Online Tools - Cometdocs Blog

Best Online Time Zone Converters | Technology and Online Tools - Cometdocs Blog | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

With every day, the world is becoming a more and more interconnected and globalized place where information is being shared around the clock.  For work or fun we often need to communicate with people from all around the world. Since the world is split into different time zones, we often need to find out what the exact time in a different country or region. Also, for people who travel a lot, getting the time differences between countries and regions right is a must.


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As more and more people are using video conferencing for teaching and learning. Also as people use apps like Google+ Hangout. Or let's say MOOCs meetups online. It is more important that one can easily figure out the local time zone (time) that the event will take place in, even though it is listed either as GMT, UTC, or in CostaRica

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The Mobile Worker: An Inside Look - Mobile and Wireless | Mobile (Post-PC) in Higher Education

The Mobile Worker: An Inside Look - Mobile and Wireless | Mobile (Post-PC) in Higher Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
There's no denying that mobile products have dramatically altered the ways in which live and work. Far too many of are sleeping with our smartphones. And we're betting that most of you can't even stop working on vacation.
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OER-101: Learn the Basics and Benefits of the Open Educational Resource - Faculty eCommons

OER-101: Learn the Basics and Benefits of the Open Educational Resource - Faculty eCommons | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
OER-101 starts with the basics, namely what makes a resource “open” and the benefits of incorporating Open Education into your learning environment, and is split into five modules or “pursuits.”

 

"With the cost of textbooks and tuition on the rise, the necessity of incorporating Open Educational Resources (OERs) into curricula for all ages and all levels of education is undeniable. Do you struggle with finding high-quality OERs on the web or question whether or not certain resources are actually “open?” Would you like to create your own OER but don’t know how to begin or what steps to take?

 

Maybe you are even asking yourself, “What the heck is an OER?”

 

If you find yourself mulling over these questions or simply have an interest in learning more about creating and utilizing OERs, self-enroll in Open SUNY’s new Open Course on CourseSites. The course, “Locating, Creating, Licensing, and Utilizing OERs (OER-101),” is free and provides a wealth of information on OERs for both novice OER users and those already familiar with the world of the Open Educational Resource." from source: http://facultyecommons.com/

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This is an opportunity for faculty to learn about and inform themselves about the basics and benefits of Open Education Resources. It includes a series on online modules as well as other materials.

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What's New in Digital Scholarship: Twitter philosophies, dying on ...

What's New in Digital Scholarship: Twitter philosophies, dying on ... | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
JR is a project of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and they spend their time examining the new academic literature in media, social science, and other fields, summarizing the high...
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This article provides abstracts of recent works in various fields about use and impact of digital media on society and education. It is a good starting point for thought provoking information.

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2013 Planning Guide for Application Delivery Strategies: Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Information | EDUCAUSE.edu | Virtual Training & E-Learning in the Cloud!

2013 Planning Guide for Application Delivery Strategies: Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Information | EDUCAUSE.edu | Virtual Training & E-Learning in the Cloud! | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Steven Jackson, MBA's insight: "Gartner's 2013 planning guide for application delivery teams outlines trends in mobile, cloud, social, and information initiatives and provides guidance on how to design, develop, and deliver applications that can leverage...
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ADL Mobile Learning Newsletter #134 - 4 February 2013

RT @mobilejson: News articles from the past week on mobile learning from @ADLmobile @judyb http://t.co/ZeAO2L8O #mlearning #mobilelearning #elearning #epss

 

Thanks to @JeromeSimon for this article from ADL with a long list of realted URLs:  

 

"Welcome to the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) weekly report on news and findings of interest related to mobile learning in the military. This newsletter is now open to all. Please subscribe at the bottom of this newsletter.

It has come to our attention that some military servers are blocking URLs. Please note that this newsletter is also available via the web at http://ymlp.com/zEv25x and in the newsletter archives at http://research.adlnet.gov/newsletter/mobile." - from the source http://ymlp.com/zEv25x

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Hopefully these new online addresses will allow the military and other federal agencies to benefit from the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) weekly report particullarly related to mobile learning in the military.

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6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Future Business Technology

6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Future Business Technology | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/nOVgyjW6 via @medkh9 (6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ via @D62supt http://t.co/FiJx90Wk
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Mission critical: Training in tight budgets -- Washington Technology

"Sequestration or not, budgets in the defense world are soon going to get even tighter, while current requirements will most likely remain. It will certainly generate a great deal of churn as units attempt to address standing and future requirements. One thing that will stay the same however is the mantra for active duty, reserve and civilian contractors to “do more with less.”

 

The impending debates will wrestle on where to make the needed cuts. Often times training takes a hit. The rationale, while understandable, is actually counterproductive. In fact, stringent operational budgets should call for an increased emphasis in expanding the skill sets of the personnel that stay on staff, because they will be needed to do many more things than before, and do them all well.

 

... To maintain a high degree of readiness when money is tight, the best investment defense agencies and contractors can make is in giving their folks the skills they need to do multiple jobs at very high levels of proficiency." from source: http://washingtontechnology.com

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This article is timely, but also has been repeated many times over the years in different venues. So, whether it's a government agency as this article focuses on or an institution of higher education, ongoing personal development and training is critical. As the article points out, as staff is reduced and not replaced, those remaining will need to have the skills and keep them up to date in order to provide the necessary resources for their client community.

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The MOOC Model: Challenging Traditional Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

The MOOC Model: Challenging Traditional Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online

 

"Key Takeaways
> A turning point will occur in the higher education model when a MOOC-based program of study leads to a degree from an accredited institution — a trend that has already begun to develop.
> Addressing the quality of the learning experience that MOOCs provide is therefore of paramount importance to their credibility and acceptance.
> MOOCs represent a postindustrial model of teaching and learning that has the potential to undermine and replace the business model of institutions that depend on recruiting and retaining students for location-bound, proprietary forms of campus-based learning." from source: http://www.educause.edu

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MOOCs are controversial when it comes to the business and accreditation aspects of higher education. The value of a degree versus a credential or badge is in debate. How can a remotely controlled educational experience be credible or of quality? Finally, if they are accepted, adopted, and integrated into mainstream academia, what will this mean financially for higher education institutions.

 

On the other hand, in corporate training circles the challenge of MOOCs may be that the content presented may present content or pedagogy that conflicts with the corporate culture. This applies to government agencies as well as commercial organizations.  

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Project Aims to Bring PLoS-Style Openness to the Humanities - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Project Aims to Bring PLoS-Style Openness to the Humanities - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Open access isn't just for scientists. Opening up research is an idea that appeals to more and more humanists and social scientists. The trick has been how those fields can support the open sharing of research.

 

Several recent publishing ventures and platforms, including the Open Humanities Press and Anvil Academic, are investigating how to bring more open-access journals and monographs online. A brand-spanking-new nonprofit organization, called the Open Library of Humanities, aims to create a humanities-and-social-sciences version of the successful Public Library of Science, or PLoS ( http://www.plos.org/ ), which in the past decade has established itself as a major presence in open-access, peer-reviewed scientific publishing. Like PLoS, the Open Library of Humanities, or OLH, will be peer-reviewed." - from source: http://chronicle.com/

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This is a significant in that it illustrates just how much the Humanities are moving forward in the open movement as well as expanding their digital footprint. It's role model the Public Library of Science ( http://www.plos.org/ ) has proven it's value with various platforms and channels such as journals, blogs, networks, Hubs, Collection and News Aggregation. So, the Public Library of Humanities should prove a great resource and nexus for the increasing digital resources for Digital Humanists everywhere.

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SocialFish | MUST READ: Clay Shirky on Disruption

SocialFish | MUST READ: Clay Shirky on Disruption | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Now, this imminent disruption to higher education that Shirky goes on to describe is not a new topic, at least not in social media circles where we love to discuss the disruption of anything and everything (and, in fact, wrote a book about it).  But the higher education issue is one that I am concerned that not enough associations are thinking about (that I can see).  Associations, most of them anyway, are in the business of professional development for the people in their industries.  Are you positioning yourself to be part of the new world of social learning when it starts to happen overnight?  What happens to the millions of new college graduates in a couple of years who are used to learning online? Will they find the educational resources they need from your association website?  Will it be easy to navigate?  Will they be able to share educational courses, or videos, or quizzes, or anything else with their peers on a topic-by-topic basis?  Will they be able to include their peers, including some who may not specifically be signed up to your webinars, in their learning?  Will they find it easy to conduct online discussions around your educational content with people across the globe and in different time zones?  Will they be able to dip in and out however they please?  Will they be able to get the CE/CME/CPE/CEU and every other continuing education credit they might need in the ways that they need them?" from the source: http://www.socialfish.org/

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For the past decade or more Higher Education, among other industries, has lived in a climate of paradox. This reviewer was on the "Academic Computing" side of the fence where the innovators and free range chickens were exploring new technologies (aka "shiny new toy"), but at the same time making contributions to the corpus of knowledge that the Academy demands. On the other side of the fence were the "Administrative Computing" folk. They represented the business aspects of education. Their reputation was much like a secret society that kept everything locked up and hidden from the world. Since then there have been different attempts to blend libraries with academic computing, administrative computing, and oh yes, telephones and television on campus. Pardon the long prelude, but this article is a refreshing lead into a post from Clay Shirkey on the "imminent disruption to higher education" in general from social media, open everything, ubiquitous computing. And believe it or not, the new digital generation does know where the OFF SWITCH is. The problem is that many of the older generation don't know where the ON SWITCH in.

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eLearning & Social Media Trends : Infographic | E-Learning, Formación, Aprendizaje y Gestión del Conocimiento con TIC en pequeñas dosis.

eLearning & Social Media Trends : Infographic | E-Learning, Formación, Aprendizaje y Gestión del Conocimiento con TIC en pequeñas dosis. | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
To stay on top of what is going on in the realm of eLearning and social media, it is important to review the notable trends.
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Useful Web Tool for Converting PDFs into Word | Learn by fun

Useful Web Tool for Converting PDFs into Word | Learn by fun | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Here is a great online tool which allows you to easily convert PDFs to Word online. 


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While Adobe reader can convert a PDF into a word format, it is always  helpful to have other ways to do the same.

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How to Convert PDF Documents to Excel

How to Convert PDF Documents to Excel | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Knowing how to convert PDF documents to Excel workbooks gives you access to the data your business needs in an easy-to-edit format. Once you know how to perform this conversion, you can quickly ...

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Tips and Advice on how to convert from one file format to another is always helpful. In business, education, and training much content comes in the form of PDF. Being able to transform it into Excel permits the user to perfom analytics or other data functions on the content. A useful article and process to have.

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Podcast: Open Access- an Interview with Dan Cohen

Podcast: Open Access- an Interview with Dan Cohen | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"To follow up on my post calling for a conversation among Russia specialists about open access publishing, I decided to talk to someone who knows the ins-and-outs of the debate: Dan Cohen. Dan is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. He is a big advocate of open access publishing. I thought he might provide some needed information and suggestions about how to think about the potential of open access." from source: http://seansrussiablog.org/

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The author of this podcast includes some of the topics in print and then provides a link to the MP3 audio recording of the interview. Dan, as always, is well informed. This is a worthwhile experience

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Bright future for society journals: The advantages of advanced open access publishing

Bright future for society journals: The advantages of advanced open access publishing | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The open access model has created a range of new opportunities for the dissemination and popularization of scientific research, but many society- or institution-based academic journals continue on a subscription basis.

 

In 2011, the International Society of Hymenopterists (ISH) decided to move their publication, the Journal of Hymenoptera Research (JHR), from a conventional, subscription-based model to open access with Pensoft Journal Systems (PJS 2.0). The two years of positive experience are described in an Editorial in the latest issue of JHR.

 

One of the many positive changes that JHR has been experiencing since the switch is a flexible schedule allowing an unlimited number of published articles per year, as opposed to the earlier restriction of two issues per year. "The open access model and online publication of Pensoft offers a wide range of additional dissemination services", says Dr Stefan Schmidt from the Zoologische Staatssammlung in Munich, Germany.

 

These services include data publishing and automated export of "atomized" content, that is, separate parts of the articles - like species descriptions and images - to important scientific databases and global aggregators." Amongst these platforms are the Encyclopedia of Life, the wiki Species-ID, and the Plazi Treatment Repository." from source: http://www.eurekalert.org/

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This articles points to further study about the positive aspects of Open Publishing.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 8 Things to Know about Creativity ( Cool Poster ) | eLearning and eTeaching

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 8 Things to Know about Creativity ( Cool Poster ) | eLearning and eTeaching | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 8 Things to Know about Creativity ( Cool Poster ) on eLearning and eTeaching curated by WebTeachers (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 8 Things to Know about Creativity ( Cool Poster ) | @scoopit...
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12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Apprentice

12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Apprentice | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
In the world of academia, Google search engine does not always serve the purpose because most of the time its search results are not exact .
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As this article points out there is often an advantage to having multiple sources when researching or looking for topics and information about those topics. This should provide to be helpful.

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Defense.gov News Article: DOD, USDA Partner in ‘Win-win’ Distance Learning Program

"A new education program offers a “win-win” approach to helping military community members further their careers while aiding the Defense Department’s family support and child and youth development services, a Pentagon official said.

 

Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, children and youth, explained the Military Academic Advancement Program to the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service.

 

... Thompson said the Defense and Agriculture departments are partnered in the new initiative, which offers graduate-level distance education opportunities through a consortium of land-grant universities.

 

The program is open to military spouses, veterans, service members and civilians serving the military community, she said. Thompson explained MAAP allows such students to enroll in any of the member universities in specific distance-learning programs and take courses offered through other schools in the program." from Source: http://www.defense.gov/news/

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This is an exciting inter-agency activity that will coordinate with a group participating universities for offering graduate-level courses. These distance learning programs actually lead to degrees and certificates such as a 36-credit hour master's degree in family and community services. The ability for the ever mobile, transient military community members to participate in a distance education program that doesn't care where you are physically is very important and a wonderful opportunity.

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A Must Have Graphic on The Elements of Thought ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | GENERAL STUDY SKILLS

A Must Have Graphic on The Elements of Thought ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | GENERAL STUDY SKILLS | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
Academic Skills 's insight: An infographic looking at elements of thought mapped to intellectual standards. Questions on each element to promote analysis.
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Research for Practitioners: How Expert Designers Design by Angela van Barneveld : Learning Solutions Magazine

Research for Practitioners: How Expert Designers Design by Angela van Barneveld : Learning Solutions Magazine | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The contexts of academic and corporate designers are different—the cultures are different, and the organizational goals and objectives are different. While prioritization of design principles for successful projects in academic versus corporate setting may differ, the actual principles are quite consistent across both." from source: http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com

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This article briefly summarizes a study by Paul Kirschner, Chad Carr, and Jeroen van Merrienboer based on the question: "What do instructional designers actually do when designing competency-based learning environments?" It includes useful information with comparisons of corporate versus academic instructional design based on two experiments by the authors.

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Post University - The Evolution of Distance Learning in Higher Education

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Post University - The Evolution of Distance Learning in Higher Education

 

About this infographic:
"Distance learning in the U.S., now often referred to as online education, has evolved tremendously from its humble, early reliance on "snail mail' to its modern delivery system rooted in digital innovations. Its impact on higher education has been more than 120 years in the making, with the pace of development accelerating dramatically in recent years.

 

We should celebrate this vibrant history, and more important, learn from it as we continue to make strides in how we use distance learning and online education to better meet student and employer needs, improve our curricula, and enhance learning.

 

Here's a look at where we started, how far we've come, and what it tells us about the future of distance learning and online education. We also added a few predictions on what's next, and invite your input as well." - from source: http://www.evolution-of-distance-learning.com/

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This is an interactive InfoGraphic that begins with 1892 and moves up to current state of Distance Learning. A worth while read.

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Five Types of Social Media Influencers

Five Types of Social Media Influencers | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
What makes a good influencer? “Influence” is a concept difficult to evaluate since it refers to both subjective and objective values, resulting in a measurement of:

Via Ken Morrison
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In a Distance Learning Situation the roles in this matrix may be more diffused than found in a local or face to face situation. But as the previous poster pointed out, it does present a good starting point to consider how people in a collaborative (social) project can or do participate.

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Liza Loop's curator insight, January 23, 2013 9:16 PM

This looks like a good model for future oriented teaching roles.

Vicky Wason's comment, January 24, 2013 12:58 PM
I will share this matrix with my business students at the University of Utah and get their comments. Thanks for sharing.
Neli Maria Mengalli's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:30 AM

Influencers on social media are either passionate individuals who turn out to be specialists or professionals involved who use Web 2.0 tools as part of their work. They take advantage of their presence on social networks for personal gain or as representative (or ambassador) a brand, company or organization.