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Three social trends that will influence Education in 2014

Three social trends that will influence Education in 2014 | |

There are patterns within the trend predictions for 2014 that are worthy of paying attention to. There is strong, if not overwhelming evidence that behaviour patterns of students, educators, employees and professionals are moving towards the use of social tools for learning, working and teaching. Collaborating seamlessly face-to-face and at a distance, bringing the human element to virtual interactions, and personalized learning will prevail in 2014; each facilitated by technology. But it’s not going to be about the technology, it will be about making connections by voice and/or visual, contributing to new knowledge, and learning with and from others—all mediated through social media. It will be the behaviours of students, lifelong learners and educators—their use of technology, specifically social media applications that will influence education in the upcoming year.

To date there have been a handful of predictions made by business and education entities about trends that will impact education in 2014; of the few there are common themes. What dominates is the idea that social media will serve users’ [employees, students, educators, administrators, etc.] needs for getting their work done (whatever that may be)—seamlessly and virtually.


Sources for Social Trends Affecting Education in 2014
The following post delves into the three social trends and the influence each will have on education sector. The sources chosen for this article are few, but solid (and are listed at the end of the post). The majority are from the education sector. The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Education Edition Wiki for example, provides excellent insight into educational technology trends for 2014 (and is an interesting read). The majority of the content used for the Horizon Report published each year is generated in this wiki where education experts exchange ideas and engage in discourse. An article from the Nov/Dec 2013 EDUCAUSE Review provided yet another viewpoint on social media in education, suggesting that media ‘is coming of age’. Collectively the sources mentioned here, and the events of the past year provide a window into what we can expect in 2014.


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Tips for successful EdTech deployment in 2018

Tips for successful EdTech deployment in 2018 | |

Education is modernizing and as the process is quite rapid, some guidelines for the successful EdTech deployment is worth handy for the New Year.

Wherever technology has found its front seat, it is bound to witness disruption and we say so because technology is synonymous to disruption. For a long time, education was one sector which was governed by traditional pedagogical techniques. But in the recent time, due to the integration of technology, things are changing for the larger benefit of the future generation and the society as a whole.

Today, for the long term success of any institution, EdTech has to be a part of any school’s DNA. As technology is advancing, it is allowing teachers to practice advanced learning methodologies thereby eradicating any outdated practices or any bottlenecks faced in the area of education. With so many advantages in its belly, technology integration is surely going to be a major focus in the process of school’s budgeting and planning process for the New Year. So, how should any institution step forward with their EdTech plan in 2018?

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Profesor: Un potencial agente de cambio digital  

Profesor: Un potencial agente de cambio digital   | |

La tecnología educativa está cambiando la manera en que se imparte la educación en las escuelas. Los docentes están llamados a ser agentes de cambio que lideran procesos de la era digital, por ello Mark Gura, educador y promotor del uso de la tecnología para motivar a los estudiantes explica las cinco maneras en que el educador puede ser un agente de cambio digital: 

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Cuando enseño a mis estudiantes, todos docentes en ejercicio,  les planteo muchos de los aspectos que encuentro reflajados en éste artículo!

Gen Z: A look inside its mobile-first mindset

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Millennials have captivated marketers attention for years, but here we shift the spotlight to 13- to 17-year-olds.

In partnership with Ipsos, we explored this generation’s behaviors, tastes, and wants—which all act as bellwethers of future consumer trends. We were surprised to uncover notable differences between ethnic groups. And we found a marked evolution in their digital behaviors.

Today's teens had phones when they were in elementary or middle school, compared to high school or college for their older counterparts. And that shift is already shaping behaviors. Teens are moving from texting to messaging apps and from shopping on desktop computers to shopping on their phones.

While millennials were mobile pioneers, teens are mobile natives. Yet teens are equal parts aware of and wary of their dependence on technology—meaning their online lives are both spontaneous and carefully curated. This report shares new insights to help marketers better understand Gen Z and its members’ behaviors. For additional insights, download our full reports.

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[Infographic] Day Study vs Night Study: What works best

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Explore why studying in the night is better than studying early morning through this expert analysis - in form of an infographic.

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Half of Americans think young people don’t pursue STEM because it is too hard

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When Americans are asked why more students don’t pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), they are most likely to point to the difficulty of these subjects, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. About half of adults (52%) say the main reason young people don’t pursue STEM degrees is they think these subjects are too hard.

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Videolearning: 5 beneficios y 5 consejos

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A estas alturas casi todo el mundo comienza a estar convencido de los beneficios de la formación online, hemos escuchado muchas veces los argumentos:

Disminuye los costes, optimiza el tiempo, permite la organización de las personas en función de sus circunstancias, elimina la barrera de la distancia…; En fin, las 3 B: bueno, bonito, barato….¡¡todo ventajas!! ¡¡O NO!!

¿En elearning todo es bueno? No; no toda la formación online es buena; Ten cuidado con la calidad de lo que eliges; Importante para tener en cuenta: un documento de texto pasado a formato digital NO es formación online, es simplemente eso… un documento digitalizado.

¿Y bonito?… entonces elegimos lo más bonito: mucho colorido, animación, sonido, videos…

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¿Por qué incorporar gamificación en el eLearning?

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Los cambios dinámicos y rápidos que se producen en la educación, generan la necesidad de innovar. Innovar en educación implica implementar cambios significativos en los métodos de enseñanza y aprendizaje, y en su contexto, en los materiales y contenidos que son parte de todo plan de capacitación, y en la experiencia del capacitando.

La innovación puede darse como un proceso de mejora continua, a través de una dinámica incremental que va mejorando las metodologías existentes, o como una innovación revolucionaria, al aplicar un nuevo paradigma. Incluso, como un acontecimiento disruptivo que produce cambios drásticos.

La innovación en e-learning debe darse en el ámbito pedagógico y también en el tecnológico. En este marco, una de las tendencias más fuertes en materia pedagógica es la incorporación de la gamificación a las instancias de formación online.

La Gamificación o Ludificación en educación, consiste en aplicar técnicas, elementos y principios de juegos en los ambientes educativos, para motivar a los estudiantes y de esta forma promover la participación de los mismos en el proceso formativo.

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What online faculty can do to avoid burnout

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With the increase in online classes being offered by higher education institutions and the convenience and flexibility it affords (particularly for adult learners), it is important that institutions hire, train, and retain high-quality, student-centric online faculty. Just like on-ground students, online students need instructors who are passionate, organized, creative, and manage the (virtual) classroom effectively. Unfortunately, from time to time, online faculty can struggle with burnout, which may make them less effective instructors.

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Teaching — It’s about Inspiration, not information (Tina Seelig)   

Teaching — It’s about Inspiration, not information (Tina Seelig)    | |

Teaching is really about inspiration, not information. Effective teaching focuses on why and how, not what. The goal should be to spark each student’s imagination, to find a hook in their heart and mind so that they feel a need to learn the material. The rest is easy, because the student then drives his or her learning. My role as a teacher is to ask provocative questions, and to help the students make a path toward the answers. If they are motivated to find the path, they will carve it themselves. If I have to pull out a mental machete to expose the path, then I haven’t done my job.

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Here's a thoughtful piece on teaching that will remind us all that teaching is a calling.  

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Here's a thoughtful piece on teaching that will remind us all that teaching is a calling.!

10 ways to support the development of your digital learning team in 2018

10 ways to support the development of your digital learning team in 2018 | |

As learning professionals, we create and curate learning but our own skill building is often forgotten about. Ironic, right?

When I first started in the field, I was afraid to build my skills at work. I didn’t have a portfolio outside of work. When it came to being an Instructional Designer, I felt like I was on an island all by myself. I had no idea that there was a whole world of learning professionals out there. I had no idea there were so many resources out there to help develop, well…me.

I’ll never be done learning or developing my skills. I’ve made it my mission to continually share what I’m learning. I’ve also made it a mission to help other learning designers find their passion in the field. Digital learning is my passion and I’ve found a lot of ways to develop my skills in the digital learning space. This article isn’t just for those who lead a team, however it’s always really a nice thing when you’ve got the nod of approval from leaders. As learning professionals we should be demonstrating and advocating for a culture of learning.

Here are a few things you can support your team on, in order to develop their skills in the digital learning space.

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7 EdTech trends to watch in 2018

7 EdTech trends to watch in 2018 | |

Whenever we analyze the landscape of higher education technology, we find a range of trends in various stages of development. There are topics with real staying power, such as learning space design (which has factored into our trends list for several years). Others have evolved over time: Virtual reality made our list in 2016, then expanded to include augmented and mixed reality in 2017, and this year makes up part of a broader concept of immersive learning. And while some topics, like video, have been around for ages, new developments are putting them into a different light.

To help make sense of it all, we asked a panel of four IT leaders from institutions across the country for their thoughts. Here's what they told us.

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University of Puerto Rico must focus on skills needed for recovery

University of Puerto Rico must focus on skills needed for recovery | |

It is certainly uplifting to read about the courage of University of Puerto Rico students who intend to stay and rebuild (“The Fight to Rebuild a Ravaged University,” The Chronicle, January 5). In the short run, however, they will have to build a very different university than the one they had been attending before Hurricane Maria.

Bluntly speaking, educational resources will have to be redirected to providing a large number with essential skills that PR will need to recover. These scarce resources must be used to train those who will provide the basics — healthy food, fresh water, shelter, electricity, clothing, child care, health care, and security. Along with their studies, these students likely will be working part-time alongside skilled craftsmen who are helping the island recover.

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EdTech startup add-on-gyan launches 21st century skill learning platform - Kidovators

EdTech startup add-on-gyan launches 21st century skill learning platform - Kidovators | |

Bengaluru based education-technology startup which has created programs and curriculum for K-10 schools in diverse areas such as STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Arts and Mathematics), Logical Thinking, and Entrepreneurship, has today announced the launch of KidovatorsTM – India’s premier 21st century skill learning platform.

KidovatorsTM has been backed by impact investor Gray Matters Capital through its edLABS initiative that provides very early stage funding to ‘visionary edu-preneurs’ to help build breakthrough solutions that address education gaps, 21st century skills and future of work for the Indian mass market.

Through this platform, school students of Classes IV to IX can acquire skills such as Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking and Complex Problem-solving by participating in gamified challenges and by availing online continuous learning programs geared towards inculcating core competencies necessary to create the workforce of the future.

Edumorfosis's insight:

Las startups ya comienzan a verse en el escenario educativo.

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Only tech skills aren’t enough - Students must possess these core skills for the Future of Work

Only tech skills aren’t enough - Students must possess these core skills for the Future of Work | |

And so we see educators and parents doing all in their power to make sure that kids today are prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. However, how exactly do we define these set of skills is one thing that leaves us in a state of conundrum. Students today are already exposed to the latest technology and on top of that a lot of parents are making sure that their kids are familiar with multiple languages not just to speak with humans but with the machines as well, so we see students learning code.

But sadly, it seems nothing is enough! After a short period, we are introduced to something even better and so again the (vicious) circle starts! A few days before, I came across this amazing piece of information that speaks of the must have skills to prepare students for the future. But, what is different is that it talks of skills that will be required in every profession and is not just limited to technology. The skills mentioned are essential for one and all to survive in the coming times.

Dr. Tony Wanger brings forward they key skills children must learn at school in order to face the work challenges of tomorrow. The following points talks of the skills and bring forward the opinion of the experts from the industry on the importance of the respective skill.

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How to integrate with Sociabble

How to integrate with Sociabble | |

A few months ago, we had the pleasure to host a webinar with our friends at Sociabble (If you missed it, you can catch up here). At that time, we announced our exciting partnership to make curation an essential piece of your employee advocacy / social selling initiatives.

Today, I’d like to show you how both platforms work together, so you can start enjoying its benefits and make your social selling strategy more effective asap. Here we go.

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Herramientas docentes para la competencia digital

Herramientas docentes para la competencia digital | |

Como dije en otras ocasiones, ser profesor hoy tiene sus complejidades y exige un preparación que no se limita al conocimiento de una materia, siendo esto lo primero y principal (dicho sea de paso, pues se olvida demasiado).

Esto supone que en las Universidades y en particular en las Facultades de Educación hay que tomarse muy en serio la formación de los futuros maestros. Pero para poder hacerlo es preciso ayudar a sus propios profesores a mejorar y actualizarse pedagógica y tecnológicamente. Me viene a la cabeza una vez más el modelo TPACK, que puede ser una buena inspiración de por dónde avanzar.

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The growing use of Transcreation in eLearning

The growing use of Transcreation in eLearning | |

30 years ago, you could probably get away with terrible, stilted translations that weren't checked for authenticity and not tailored to the target international audience. As the world gets smaller, however, that’s not going to cut it.

eLearning is a fast growing industry, and as people interact with each other across borders, it’s becoming essential that not only the language be accurate and precise, but the usage of the language be appropriate to the target location and culture.

You thought that translation was all about the grammar? Think again. People who want to succeed in the global eLearning world across international markets need more than just grammatically accurate translations. They need translation plus content that targets the local culture plus native messaging. Taken together, this new phenomenon is called transcreation in eLearning.

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¿Qué es esto de la tercera misión? - Universidad, sí

¿Qué es esto de la tercera misión? - Universidad, sí | |

Existen muchas definiciones de tercera misión. En mi opinión, la tercera misión abarca todo aquello que no es primera o segunda misión (algo obvio, pero útil). Es la misión de lo que hemos estado definiendo como lo informal (ver aquí)

¿Acaso se trata de una especie de cajón de sastre? No, porque guarda cierto orden. Los elementos que ordenan las tres misiones son la obligatoriedad y la formalización. Si una universidad no tiene obligación de hacer una actividad y para ello tiene pocos requisitos formales, entonces esa actividad es de tercera misión.

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6 claves para ser un buen tutor online

6 claves para ser un buen tutor online | |

Cuando alguien afirme que nuestro curso online es “frío”, aburrido, … podríamos identificar fácilmente que en numerosas ocasiones el origen de tal valoración puede recaer en algún aspecto relacionado con el rol que acoge el tutor online.

Deberemos analizar si se está llevando a cabo de forma satisfactoria en nuestro proyecto e-learning, por lo que es aconsejable revisar nuestro modelo en busca de soluciones.

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Will online ever conquer Higher Ed?

Will online ever conquer Higher Ed? | |

The latest data on the nation’s college and university enrollment shows that online is steadily climbing its way up to more than a third of the student population—as face-to-face continues to plummet. That’s a surprising turn in the long-time arc of academic population growth.

If online weren’t in the picture, on-campus enrollments, as reported in the most recent U.S. Department of Education 2016 results, would have fallen by more than 1.5 million between 2012 and 2016, says Jeff Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group, who has been tracking the country’s virtual education lifeline for 15 years. “Without digital, higher ed would be in far worse shape than it is now,” he adds. “Distance ed is saving higher ed.”

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4 ways Universities are driving innovation

4 ways Universities are driving innovation | |

The digital revolution is not only here, it is accelerating every day. Advances in automation, the digitisation of information, unprecedented access to data and the democratisation of knowledge are transforming every sector of our economy – from healthcare to transportation to energy and beyond. The scope, scale, and ubiquity of these disruptions is truly unprecedented.

According to data from a recent McKinsey study, a dozen technologies, including genomics, energy storage, and automation, will drive major economic and societal transformation in the next several years. With a potential economic impact between $14 trillion and $33 trillion a year in 2025, the value of these emerging technologies could constitute one third of global GDP.

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Breakout Rooms — Future of online learning through collaboration 

Breakout Rooms — Future of online learning through collaboration  | |

Technology has played a big role in improving people’s everyday lives. It has upgraded almost all aspects of human existence — from complex activities like how we interact with each other and how we do our work, to the mundane tasks like shopping and cooking.

The benefits that technology has brought to us today is tremendous. Industries such as healthcare and transport are rapidly advancing. Learning and education are also not exempt; with both also having been revolutionised by technology. The propagation of online learning, learning apps, and interactive breakout rooms are clear indicators that tech has, indeed, not only elevated human lives, but transformed institutions as well.

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All power to the learner: Social Learning and more

All power to the learner: Social Learning and more | |

Remember when media and networking were things in their own right, before they became synonymous with ‘social’? The fact that tech allows us such easy access to media and our networks in everyday life has changed how we consume information and entertainment, how we keep in touch, and how we present ourselves to the world.


And now we’re adding that word ‘social’ in front of learning too. In fact learning socially is natural and fundamental to the human experience – we don’t need technology to facilitate it. But, just as the phrase ‘social media’ creates a certain amount of pressure to ‘join in’, having tech available to make it easier just sharpens the sense that social learning is something we should be doing.

In many respects we’re only scratching the surface of the opportunities opened up by the ease and speed of access to digital learning and resources, not least by the untapped potential of technology-enabled social learning.

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A vueltas con la gobernanza de las universidades

A vueltas con la gobernanza de las universidades | |

En el Año Nuevo celebramos la luz que vence a las sombras. Por ello, en 2018 mi deseo es contribuir a construir una universidad más innovadora, más digital, más responsable, más comprometida y más transparente y participativa. Un deseo que aglutina distintas áreas en una única ambición: la de promover el cambio en el modelo de gobernanza de las universidades.

¿Por qué es tan importante la forma en la que se diseñe y ejecute la gobernanza dentro de las universidades? ¿Cuál es el efecto real sobre la calidad universitaria? La literatura sobre política universitaria señala que el éxito en las universidades radica en modificar su gobernanza y adaptarla a los cambios y transformaciones del entorno. Por tanto, la respuesta a la pregunta anterior, en mi opinión, es clara. Dichos modelos darán lugar a “buenas” o “malas” prácticas universitarias; y conviene apostar por modelos que den lugar a buenas prácticas.

Aunque el término gobernanza tiene muchos matices, voy a referirme a la gobernanza universitaria como la manera en la que las universidades se organizan internamente. Existe un acuerdo bastante generalizado de que existen cinco modelos de gobernanza universitaria: modelo de gobierno por profesores, modelo de gobierno corporativo, modelo de gobierno basado en la confianza, modelo de gobierno centrado en partes interesadas y, por último, un modelo de gobierno mixto.

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How corporate LMS uses Chatbots to offer an imperative experience

How corporate LMS uses Chatbots to offer an imperative experience | |

Digital learning involves content delivery in personalized learning environments, gamified approach and online collaboration. It has helped employees interact with the educators irrespective of their time and location. In today's digital era, use of online Learning Management Systems (LMSs) is evolving with the blend of artificial intelligence and personal touch that a trainer offers. The emergence of messaging apps, scope of artificial intelligence, wider reach of cognitive technologies and automation has driven the chatbot trend. Learning & Development companies have discovered ample ways in using chatbots which can be embedded with e-learning courses.

Edumorfosis's insight:

Los Chatbots también hacen su entrada al ámbito educativo...

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