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Seeing is Believing: Making Best Use of Your Images in eLearning

Seeing is Believing: Making Best Use of Your Images in eLearning | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Include images in your eLearning that would speak volumes and make lifelong impressions in people’s mind. Don’t produce eye candy.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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We live in the age of the visual. Everyone is looking at a screen. People are inundated by visuals yet want more. Instructors and conference presenters rely increasingly on visuals - from powerpoint slides to short videos. These are frequently added without much thought and make otherwise poor presentations life destroying.

 

All information professionals can use help fine-tuning their visuals. I am not sure that this brief article offers much help. Perhaps the free ebook offers more.  

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Instructional Designer: What Is It Exactly That You Do? - eLearning Industry

Instructional Designer: What Is It Exactly That You Do? - eLearning Industry | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Instructional Designer: What is it exactly that you do? Check this article to find out What I Do As An Instructional Designer.
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A plea for rolling credits at the end of e-leaning programs, and recognition of instructional designers and the field of Instructional Design.  

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It's official, the Tory workfare scheme does not help you get work

It's official, the Tory workfare scheme does not help you get work | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Young job seekers forced to work for 13 weeks unpaid were NO MORE likely to get a job at the end than those who refused to take part.
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Education 2.0 is not only about educational applications of web-based technology; it also addresses the social and economic surround of learning.

 

The entire Education 2.0 complex includes both learning in a web-connected world, and also remunerative employment in the digital economy and how education is linked to work. 

 

Our social goal as educators , needless to say, is not  merely to satisfy ourselves that we are stuffing young people with a lot of knowledge and experience, but. primarily to help young learners get on with their lives and succeed - in a way that contributes to the overall success of our society. . 

 

In 'liberal' societies like the US, the UK and Australia our primary identities are forged via our work attachments. When formal education attainment is made a prerequisite to work, it largely determines what we do,who we become, where we live, who we associate with, where are children go to school, and in turn, what they can achieve in life. In this way education is the masterkey to both identity formation and achievement.

 

Formal education has high direct and indirect costs and they are increasingly born by learners and their families. The result is that those more advantaged  also gain access to better and more heavily subsidized education, and access to better work.


It doesn't surprise me that this reductive reactionary meme - that compulsory unpaid work is the key to employment success - has proved to be completely false.


One problem is that this compulsory assignment prevents people from actually going out finding work and getting hired.   


But a parallel lesson: compulsory formal education and the use of diplomas as job filters have the same result. Locking young people up in treatments that lack any discernible relation to employment - in order for them to earn a credential with no discernible contribution to to work effectiveness is a wast of time and resources and should be made illegal by legislation.


Instead of persisting in phony compulsory work efforts, Tories might try liberating the energies of young people and stop tying their hands behind their backs.  






  

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The Adaptive Advantage: How E-Learning Will Change Higher Ed

The Adaptive Advantage: How E-Learning Will Change Higher Ed | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Higher education is set for a shake up: MOOCs, For-profits, and Competency based learning are changing the way we deliver education, but Smart Sparrow's Adaptive Learning programs could make waves, changing the traditional model.
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Using data analytics to improve the efficiency of online learning is definitely trending. It is getting a lot of attention and the platform designers are featured at more e-learning conferences. Branched program learning has a long history, and using big data and computation to further the relevance and specificity of the branches for specific learners is likely to be an important development. But time will tell: the education landscape is littered with failed technologies.

 

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Online Courses Experiment With Digital Badges - US News

Online Courses Experiment With Digital Badges - US News | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
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MOOCs and some other online education courses come without association to academic credits. Learners will still want to document their learning outcomes and make them visible to others and badges make this possible. 

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Free, accessible online textbooks with info that can be applied to the everyday

Free, accessible online textbooks with info that can be applied to the everyday | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Turn the Wheel aims to democratize education by providing free, easily accessible online textbooks with information that can be applied to everyday life.
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Free online textbooks are a wonderful resource. they tend to be open, accessible and adaptable to many course and studenmt needs. using them can cut through the usurious rates of commercial textbooks and the mandatory stupidity imposed by the likes of the Texas state textbook committee. 

 

My view is that professional organizations of teachers and scholars should take the lead in producing and sponsoring - and validating and certifying - these textbooks in all fields. Authoring costs can in most cases by obtained through the grants economy. Many can be produced for free by treachers and scholars through the peer economy. 

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The Happiest Companies To Work For in 2015 - Forbes

The Happiest Companies To Work For in 2015 - Forbes | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Your ready-made New Year's resolution: Be happier at work.
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Assuming that the methodology is valid, happiest employees translates into more enthusiastic, creative and productive employees. Trends here are interesting, as they can signal the changing conditions that make for job satisfaction. Rising industries are more exciting than stagnant or declining ones. Changes in management or culture can rapidly change job satisfaction. But these changes are usually a sign of deeper changes in the competitive landscape. 

 

Education Theorists and Policy Makers can learn something useful from these trends. For example, the satisfaction of STEM workers is worth noting. However, one needs to be careful about reading too much into such trends. Just how many of the workers at these high tech firms are in high tech? 

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Patience.io - Build your own online learning platform. Everything you need to sell online courses.

Patience.io - Build your own online learning platform. Everything you need to sell online courses. | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Easily market your online classes. Build a learning platform, create online courses and sell at your own price. Online education meets ecommerce. Start your free trial today!

Via Skip Boykin
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Another site to assist anyone in building online courses. Create the first course for free. Not clear what advantages this one has over its competitors. 

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Choosing An Online Learning Platform: Which Makes Sense? - eLearning Industry

Choosing An Online Learning Platform: Which Makes Sense? - eLearning Industry | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Choosing An Online Learning Platform: This post examines a few options for choosing an online learning platform!

Via L. García Aretio, juandoming, stevebatch
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#MOOC A good survey of the choices confronting anyone wishing to build an online course. The article could be expanded to include concrete pros anc cons of edX,. Coursera, other MOOC platforms, the logistics of using social media sites like FB. and videoconferencing.A good start in the right direcgtion. 

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Future schools: Books to be replaced by online learning by 2030, global survey predicts

Future schools: Books to be replaced by online learning by 2030, global survey predicts | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
BOOKS will be a distant memory, social skills will trump academic knowledge, teachers will be guides rather than lecturers and set hours at school will be a thing of the past.

Via Becky Roehrs
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Predictions from the World Innovation Summit for Education’s global survey: books and teachers will sharply decline in importance.


"Only a third (of those surveyed) said school buildings would be the primary source of knowledge and within those walls three quarters said the role of teachers would shift from lecturing to guiding students along their own learning paths." 


This is the same idea advanced in my book Education 2.0. Except that I expect these changes long before 2030. 

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, December 6, 2014 7:26 PM

And schools/college buildings may not be needed in the future as well?

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list - see below.  Some have "alw...
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Most of these skills are pretty essential. They are not taught in schools but young people acquire them through use; they don't need teachers or curricula, and they wouldn't learn or use these skills if their behaviors were closely monitored. But the list is not organized around any clear idea of learning. Does everyone need to be able to code? Or is this just another empty idea from the folks who brought you the Apple 2? 

 

Bottom line: before preparing lists about what everyone needs to know, think through the essentials about life in the digital age. WHY does 'everyone' need to know X, Y and Z? 

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Next Generation Online Learning | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered

Next Generation Online Learning | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
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Good review of the current pressure points in the growth of e-learning: the revolt against 'instructivism' and the expansion of the social again emphasized. When the book is written on 2014, 5these will be main themes. 

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MOOCs have had their day - The Australian

MOOCs have had their day - The Australian | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
MOOCs may have run their course, particularly in executive education, says the boss of one of the world’s top business school.
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President of IMD business school declares that MOOCs have had their day. His thinking is a confused mass of ideas. They have failed because: they are ineffective in executive education, because they appeal more to Western people, they are too expensive and don't generate revenue streams, etc. a 'kitchen sink' critique without a coherent argument. 

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A mixed review of blended learning

A mixed review of blended learning | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Does technology always make for a better learning experience?
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Good. Some blowback against 'blended learning.' Like 'hands on,' 'blended is just a slogan. All of the interesting questions and problems come up AFTER the decision to mix F2F and online. Blending in a little of this and a little of that does not create a meaningful educational experience. 

 

Used well, blended education can actually solve a number of pressing problems - like how to improve the didactic component of instruction and create more space for discussion and guided practice, and how optimally to fit the didactic component to learners' crowded school-work schedules. Just moving the lectures online, without forging an effective overall course experience, on the other hand, solves nothing and leaves learners adrift.

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Zero-hours workers 'earn less'

Zero-hours workers 'earn less' | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Workers on zero-hours contracts earn nearly £300 a week less than permanent employees, according to a new report.

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Another study showing how poorly contingent workers fare.

 

Contingent workers get fewer paid hours and much lower benefits. 

Firms want to hire only those capabilities they want for their most efficient uses, and only for those precise hours when they need them. 

 

The Internet makes it possible for firms to find workers for contingent work 'gigs' without bearing high transaction costs. As a result, the motivation for firms to employ workers in 'regular-hours' employment has been destroyed.  So there is a dramatic shift to contingent work at every level of the occupational spectrum. 


This situation works well for the few workers with highly adaptive and high demand skills, who can sell their highest value skills to the highest bidder hour after hour. The Internet also makes it possible for them to make themselves visible to employers with immediate demands. For the rest of the workforce, this is a very bad deal. 


Do not count on the capitalist economy to generate more 'regular-hours' jobs. Instead, we need both direct labor action and legislation to stem the rising tide of inequality.









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What Experts Say Is Key To PD For Teachers

What Experts Say Is Key To PD For Teachers | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Effective PD for teachers benefits the students, school and community. Here what leading experts had to say about video and online learning as part of teacher PD.
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 Video is an essential tool in teacher professional development. A teacher education class can 'explain' a particular method or approach, but going beyond concepts to convey what that method or approach means in practice requires a demonstration'. A method is a 'game' and teachers have to know more than the rules - they have to see the game as played, and have to play it themselves. And then they have to see themselves in action - through feedback from others and through visual documentation. 

 

Film was expensive and clumsy, and until recently video also had such limits. But with video-sharing software and YouTube and many other resources, teachers can see recordings of real classrooms where real teachers like themselves are using the methods to achieve the same results they are aiming at. They can be recorded, study themselves in action, and can share their own videos widely and receive feedback from other teachers. 

 

Potentially, video - both for demos and self-observation - is a giant step in moving beyond tried and untrue didactic methods.  

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Craftsy takes online learning to higher level by capturing magic of live classroom experience - InnovatioNews

Craftsy takes online learning to higher level by capturing magic of live classroom experience - InnovatioNews | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
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This article is little more than a pitch for the Craftsy site. Sounds like an interesting company but not much useful information here. 

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Write this down: Taking notes is your most underrated work skill

Write this down: Taking notes is your most underrated work skill | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
How much more could you accomplish if you always had the right answer at your fingertips?
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This is one of the most important work and social skills imaginable. Most work time is invested in a task at hand and the lessons learned - about how to do the task and about the task results - are wasted unless noted. 

 

I keep a running notebook in simple 70 sheet spiral notebooks. I buy these once a year at WalMart or Staples at 'back to school" sales. They are a typical loss leader item at that time and often sell for 7 per dollar - .14 cents - each.  I buy two bucks worth and they last me for the year - and I have enough left over to gift my family and friends. 

 

I keep notes of everything I do. At the start of each work day I make a short numbered list of the various chores of the day and then keep the notebook open and make notes as I work. This has become a habit. 

 

I color code my notebooks. I use a yell marker to indicate the date of the entry and a pink marker to mark the title of each topic. If the topic gets a series of individual notes I put a blue dot next to each new one. At the end of the week I go through and review my notebook and index the book in the inside front cover. The topics keep repeating, so I simply list the topic and then add a key to each date I made an entry. Given that the topics themselves are numbered each day, I also note which number that topic took that day. 

 

I find it much better to take notes by hand. I would love to find a software package that helped me perform the same operations, as that would automate the search. But in fact my method (above) makes searching through my notes quite simple anyway. And there are advantages for memory in actually writing the notes by hand - something about the brain I'm sure. 

I number the notebooks consecutively, and go through about five a year. For my writing projects, I also go through all of the relevant notes and organize them by sub-topic - a process that really helps me remember the hundreds - often thousands - of notes and the online sources associated with them. 

 

This article has good basic ideras about getting started with your own working notebooks. 

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Free online courses in multimedia for teaching and learning | ALISON Blog

Free online courses in multimedia for teaching and learning | ALISON Blog | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
The best free online courses from ALISON in multimedia for teaching and learning.

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Free online courses are a great way to provide education to those who needed it at no cost. I am a big fan of ALISON. It is widely used in countries with a weak secondary education infrastructure. As direct foreign investment moves into Africa and South Asia firms need employees with a range of skills that can be acquired through formal education. ALISON is filling the gap, with courses in basic school subjects, plus high need commercial and technical subjects like bookkeeping and accounting,marketing, sales, computer programming, social media, etc. 

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I haven't tried these courses myself yet, but they seem promising.

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Online Learning Is About Activities - eLearning Industry

Online Learning Is About Activities - eLearning Industry | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
What online learning means and what can be considered true online learning. Here is an attempt to define online learning plus online learning activities.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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"Learning starts when you add to information the opportunity to challenge your knowledge and experiment or practice in a way or another. This is why the shortest definition sums up to “online learning is about activities”."


Good. This definition places the emphasis where it belongs - on learning! Learning itself is an activity that consists in many sub-activities: scanning, drilling, trying, practicing, selecting, organizing, summarizing. Learning is not 'being presented with knowledge'. Learning is not 'being taught'. Learning comes from doing - from 'experimenting and practicing.'


But the article is fatally flawed in suggesting the the ends of learning are predefined skills. That is sometimes true to a minor extent. We set out to learn how to do X and nothing else, and if successful we learn how to do X. 


But in action we rely upon, and test, many assumptions about connections in the world - about what will happen if we do something. The world being unforgiving, these assumptions are often false. When we are in action, the world reveals much to us. We learn not just X, but also Y and Z. And sometimes we also learn that X is not worth learning at all and we scrap it.


The ends of learning are rarely predefined. We set out to learn something, and in the course of that we learn many other things. Ultimately, the end of learning is growth in capability but not in narrowly defined capabilities.  

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If Freire Made a MOOC: Open Education as Resistance - Hybrid Pedagogy

If Freire Made a MOOC: Open Education as Resistance - Hybrid Pedagogy | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
Openness can function as a form of resistance both within and outside the walls of institutions. But open education is no panacea.
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A must-read article calling for a "critical digital pedagogy" and laying out some principles for critical practice in the design on online learning and MOOCs. Uncompromising. The starting point for further reflection.

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Moocs could do for skills what iTunes did for music - Independent.ie

Moocs could do for skills what iTunes did for music - Independent.ie | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
LAST week Ireland Inc was presented with a golden opportunity to use its unique position to lead the world in combining the future needs of business and education.

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A vision of how Tata consultancy services (TCS) can organize and coordinate the entire Irish Higher Educational space around MOOCs. The MOOC-centric system will provide instruction, tutoring, assessment, remediation, preparation for jobs all in one package.  It will use BIG Data analytics to fine tune everything. It will draw continual data from industry about specific skill sets needed in the economy, and will coordinate existing courseware from the nation's entire university system with new courses that can come on stream rapidly. Learners will get precisely what they need; industry will get precisely what it needs.


The article is self-serving - the author is also author of the book   'Tata: The World's Greatest Company'. 


The vision is also flawed, in assuming that individual learners and their own visions and goals add no additional high value information to the system. Everyone is channelled into a complex but mechanical switching circuit getting them into the 'right' education and the 'right' job - regardless of their own visions. Potentially, a highly manipulative technical system.

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How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader

How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
An exercise to help you understand your behavior.
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The idea here is that philosophy has 'cash value' in the executive suite. The author gives you a few prompts based on the teachings of the great philosophers. Example:

 

Nietzsche: How will I direct my “will to power,” manage my self-interest, and act in accordance with my chosen values?

 

Pretty silly. 


I think I was among the first 'philosophical counselors'. I developed the 'love of wisdom' seminar series in 1983, and offered counseling to workshop participants for an additional fee. But it was nothing like that! We actually read core philosophy texts and mined them for personal meaning. 

 

From my perspective, reflection is valuable only if it is reflection on action that points forward to subsequent action situations. We learn by doing and undergoing. Thinking in advance may help us in 'dramatic rehearsal' - but the real learning does not occur in rehearsal but in action - which never proceeds the way we imagine it will. 

 

 

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How did I create an online course with Learning maps? | The Edynco blog

How did I create an online course with Learning maps? | The Edynco blog | Education 2.0 | Scoop.it
An example of designing online course using Learning maps http://t.co/zd3ysmmwXH via @EdyncoTeam #instructionaldesign #onlinecourse
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This is an authoring tool for simple short courses, based on mind maps. The author makes a mind map of a topic, then adds visuals, voice over lectures, quizes, you tube videos. The course can then be embedded into a web site or shared privately with 'groups' via email. Some may find this interesting. Very limited 'free' version, + paid version with unlimited use at $90 per year. 

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