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Google+ Hangouts in Online Education: A Capable, Low-Cost Solution by Rebecca Bodrero : Learning Solutions Magazine

Google+ Hangouts in Online Education: A Capable, Low-Cost Solution by Rebecca Bodrero : Learning Solutions Magazine | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

“Effective use of any tool is most typically the result of how it is used, not the fact that it is used. Procedural and logistical aspects should be part of planning for use of a tool such as Hangouts. For example, it’s common knowledge that in-person meetings and small group activities are more likely to be effective when facilitated and driven by purpose. The same principle applies to video conferencing.”

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The Real “Trouble” With Technology, Online Education And Learning

The Real “Trouble” With Technology, Online Education And Learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

It’s probably too early to say whether Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a “tsunami” or a “seismic shift,” but, continuing with the natural disaster theme, the last few months have seen a massive “avalanche” of press commentary about them, especially within the last few days.

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elearnspace › MOOCs are really a platform

elearnspace › MOOCs are really a platform | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

We can officially declare massive open online courses (MOOCs) as the higher education buzzword for 2012. Between Coursera, edX and smaller open course offerings, nearly $100 million in funding has been directed toward MOOCs in that past 8 months. Newspapers from NYTimes to Globe and Mail to publications such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, TV programs such as NPR, radio programs such as CBC, and a few hundred thousand blog posts have contributed to the hype. In higher education, there is joyful abundance of opinions on the topic, ranging from breathless proclamations of their disruptive potential to general dismissal of any value. I’ve captured numerous articles here on diigo.

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Is Brick & Mortar Education Going to be Left in the Dust by Online Learning & Flipped Classrooms?

Is Brick & Mortar Education Going to be Left in the Dust by Online Learning & Flipped Classrooms? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Andrew Maynard, Director of the Risk Science Center at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health raised this provocative issue in his recent article for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies “Online Learning is...
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MOOCs are Marketing

MOOCs are Marketing | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The question is, can they be more? - Earlier this week, Georgia Tech and eleven other higher education institutions announced their participation in Coursera, a company that hosts online courses.
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Four Barriers That MOOCs Must Overcome To Build a Sustainable Model

Four Barriers That MOOCs Must Overcome To Build a Sustainable Model | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Given the hype of national media coverage of massive open online courses (MOOCs), it is refreshing to see more recent analysis looking at important attributes such as revenue models, dropout rates, and instructional design. Steve Kolowich at Inside Higher Ed wrote a revealing and important article looking at early demographic data. Jeff Young at the Chronicle wrote an excellent article about Coursera’s contract with the University of Michigan, along with key insights into Coursera’s and the university’s motivations. Audrey Watters, in response to an article in the Atlantic, asks the tough question of whether we should care about the high dropout rates of current courses offered in this new model.

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Khan Academy: The hype and the reality

Khan Academy: The hype and the reality | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Khan Academy boasts almost 3,300 videos that have been viewed over 160 million times. That’s a heroic achievement.
But, a mathematician says, there’s a problem: the videos aren’t very good.
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Massive MOOC Dropouts: Are We Really Okay With That?

Massive MOOC Dropouts: Are We Really Okay With That? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

I’m starting to get more than a little grumpy about MOOCs, what with all the hype about the revolutionary disruptions and game-changing tsunamis. I’m tired of the mainstream media punditry and their predictions that Stanford University’s experiments with online education (and by extension now Coursera and Udacity) will change everything; I’m tired of Silicon Valley’s exuberance that this could mark the end-of-the-(academic)-world-as-we-know-it – a future that its press, its investors, and its entrepreneurs are all invested (sometimes literally) in being both high tech and highly lucrative.

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The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses

The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

MOOCs are a red herring. The MOOC didn’t appear last week, out of a void, vacuum-packed. The MOOC has been around for years, biding its time. Still, the recent furor about MOOCs, which some have called “hysteria,” opens important questions about higher education, digital pedagogy, and online learning.

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No such thing as a free MOOC : JISC

No such thing as a free MOOC : JISC | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In his recent JISC blog, David Kernohan asks: ‘Why bother paying inflated fees to attend university? …What if you could get it all for free, online?’ Of course, it is tongue in cheek, because as my title above suggests, you don’t get something for nothing.

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How to Effectively Evaluate E-Learning

How to Effectively Evaluate E-Learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Being able to ascertain the quality of a learning module helps to ensure the highest return-on-investment and perpetuates a positive perception of the value of online learning.
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Technology is the Answer to Educational Reform

There may be potential to keep some aspects of the education system intact and make the transition to technology-based learning gradually and mostly painlessly. The first step in doing this will be to move technology to the center of education rather than keeping it as the peripheral piece that it currently is. The time has come to add technology to our curriculum as a core subject. This would represent the first step in patching the foundation of the education system and strengthening its structure so that it could support the rapid growth and change that is characteristic of institutional change in the information age. Strengthening our foundation through technology would stabilize the system and prepare it to move forward. From that point the natural course of technological innovation will take over and lead education in directions we can’t currently even imagine.


Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012

The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012 | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
An opinion piece about the state of e-learning in Australia from the perspective of Australian organisations and the e-learning industry.
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Online learning, teaching and misleading opinions

A couple of pieces in the New York Times and Washington Post have attracted some attention over the past couple of weeks for their descriptions of online and blended-learning environments–and both have made the mistake of assuming that just because one experience is a certain way, that all experiences in these environments are that way. As I have said countless times, just because an experience is online or blended, does not make it necessarily good or bad, just as just because an experience is in a “traditional” face-to-face environment does not make it good or bad.

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FindOnlineEducation.com Releases List of Top 16 People Changing Online Education Forever

FindOnlineEducation.com Releases List of Top 16 People Changing Online Education Forever | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
FindOnlineEducation.com, a portal for students around the world seeking the latest in free and affordable online education course information, tools and in-depth research, today released its list of 16 People Changing the Landscape of Online...
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10 New Ways Twitter Is Changing The College Lecture

10 New Ways Twitter Is Changing The College Lecture | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Continuing our theme of using Twitter in education this week, we bring you a look at the ways Twitter is causing the current lecture model to evolve. The following analysis is brought to you by our content partners over at Online Universities.

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The Average Online Student: A 33-Year-Old Female Hoping to Advance Her Career

The Average Online Student: A 33-Year-Old Female Hoping to Advance Her Career | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

We can say six million students are now taking at least one online course, but do we know what those students look like? According to a new survey, the average student is a white, 33-year-old female with a full-time job that pays around $65,000 per year. She’s likely studying business — the most popular field of study — in hopes of advancing in her current career.

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Universities on the Defensive: What is it we do

Universities on the Defensive: What is it we do | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Ian Bogost’s piece (linked below) on Georgia Tech’s involvement in Coursera is biting and to-the-point.  ”The fundamental problem isn’t one of cost containment, it’s o...
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Teaching and learning in the Cloud

Teaching and learning in the Cloud | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Around 60 instructors from across the district spent three days learning more about the county’s new learning management system...
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UC Berkeley’s Online Education Strategy: A Model for Change

UC Berkeley’s Online Education Strategy: A Model for Change | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
By Jim Shimabukuro Editor In response to the explosive trend in higher ed toward open online courses (OOCs), Berkeley’s executive committee for online education published* the university&#821...
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Casting the NET Over Global MOOCs

Casting the NET Over Global MOOCs | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Global MOOCs, Enhanced Media and The Media Psychology Effect...
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Berkeley to Offer Free Online Classes on EdX

Berkeley to Offer Free Online Classes on EdX | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The University of California, Berkeley, will be offering two edX courses, contributing new open-source technology and heading a soon-to-be-formed consortium of universities joining edX.
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The Ed Techie: Innovating Pedagogy report

Here at IET in the OU, a bunch of us, led by Mike Sharples, were asked to produce an annual report on how changes in teaching and learning (related to technology) were changing the current landscape. The initial idea was...

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Fifty of the best ed-tech products for colleges and schools

Fifty of the best ed-tech products for colleges and schools | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Here are the results of our 2012-13 Readers’ Choice Awards, which recognize the educational technology products and services that have had the greatest impact in our readers' schools.
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Constructivism and Online Learning

Constructivism and Online Learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
My notes from: Huang, H. (2002). Toward constructivism for adult learners in online learning environments. British Journal of Educational Technology. Vol 33. No 1. 27-37. Online learning requires a...
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