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[Infografía] Predictions for 2014

[Infografía] Predictions for 2014 | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Interest in digital badges continues to expand, especially in light of recent successes like the Chicago Summer of Learning. In view of such successes, more people are musing about the future of badges and micro-credentialing. How will this movement impact formal education? I suspect (okay, I just hope) that it will result in the following shifts over the next 3-7 years.

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Microlearning - A small format with a big impact

Microlearning - A small format with a big impact | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

With summer officially here, we’re all ready for holidays, road trips, and family vacations. How do you pass the time when you’re stuck in the passenger seat? My guess is that it’s not taking hours-long e-learning courses. But, if you found a short microlearning course that addressed a subject you’ve been stressing about at work, would you review that?

Microlearning has become a specialty of ours, and not because it’s simply the latest buzzword. It supports a variety of formats, helps reduce information overload, and is ideal for those moments when you’re stuck on a train, in a waiting room, or even in the passenger seat. In the last few months, we presented case studies on microlearning projects at ATD ICE, won an honorable mention for mobile (micro)learning from the International E-Learning Association, and continued to grow our portfolio with the development of microlearning games, branching scenarios, and interactive infographics.

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Is Artificial Intelligence disrupting Higher Ed?

Is Artificial Intelligence disrupting Higher Ed? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The workplace of the future will be marked by unprecedentedly advanced technologies, as well as a focus on incorporating artificially intelligent algorithms of automation to drive higher levels of production with fewer resources. Employers and education stakeholders, noting the reality of this trend, question whether students will be workforce ready in the years to come.

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Automation and Education

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Automation will be a boon or a catastrophe depending on whom you listen to. This paper proposes an overlapping-generations model with endogenous school choice in which the quality of a country’s education system determines how well skill supply can respond to increased demand from automation and subsequently whether automation will be beneficial or detrimental. In this sense, education quality in the model offers a bridge between the optimistic and pessimistic perspectives on automation. In testing the model’s assumptions, the paper finds evidence that educational attainment, cognitive skills, and select noncognitive skills are associated with avoiding automation-prone occupations. Consistent with the model’s predictions, census data indicate that countries have historically relied most on these types of occupations at middle-income status. The model and empirical findings suggest that it is middle-income countries that are most vulnerable to automation if their education systems are unable to affect cognitive and noncognitive skills sufficiently. As a result, automation may herald a much different growth model for developing countries: one in which developing these skills is central.

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Three domains of Educational Technology: Part I

Three domains of Educational Technology: Part I | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

When it comes to technology in our schools, we have to ask the question, “Are we getting a return on our investment?” Sadly, the preponderance of research evidence strongly suggests that not only are we not close to educational technology having a desirable impact on student achievement, we’re probably a lot further away than many people realize. In this three-part series for edCircuit, I’ll first briefly describe current uses of technology in learning environments and why the impact of such use is so low; then I’ll introduce a new area of research-based evidence that is indeed cause for renewed optimism about the state of digital tools in schools.

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Three domains of Ed Tech: Part III

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Given the current zeal for high-stakes testing to measure minimum proficiency, we have to ask ourselves, are our existing learning and assessment tools using processes and products in ways that actually prepare modern students … for the past? Certainly, the skills associated with memorizing content knowledge and accurately retrieving information that is stored in one’s memory are necessary capacities. However, if we limit our conception of learning to simple memorization and recall without explicitly making student thinking and learning visible, then we run the risk of inadequately preparing students for both current and future learning.

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How to conduct an eLearning Needs Analysis

How to conduct an eLearning Needs Analysis | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

When starting a new eLearning project, it’s easy to jump right in and start designing the course. However, it’s important to take a step back and determine what exactly your eLearning course is attempting to accomplish; or better yet, whether or not an eLearning course is needed at all! This is where an eLearning needs analysis comes into play.

While conducting an eLearning needs analysis might seem like some arduous process, it’s actually pretty straightforward. A proper analysis can help you pinpoint and tailor your eLearning content on actual performance needs, rather than knowledge alone.

Here are three simple and practical steps for conducting an eLearning needs analysis.

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Instructional Design for eLearning: 4 things you need to know

Instructional Design for eLearning: 4 things you need to know | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Instructional Design for eLearning can be a challenge. It’s easy to slap a bunch of bullet points on a slide, tell the learner everything they need to know, add a next button, and call it eLearning. However, it’s not so easy to design an eLearning course that’s interactive, visually stunning, and focused on performance.

If you’re a new eLearning designer, your instructional design experience depends largely on your background. Although some eLearning designers enter the industry with a lot of instructional design experience, if you’re like me, you fell into the world of eLearning with zero experience.

If you’re looking to improve the effectiveness of your courses, here are four things you should know about instructional design for eLearning.

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Is virtual teaching a major threat to teachers?

Is virtual teaching a major threat to teachers? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

When you think of the word education, what is the first word that comes to your mind? Teacher!

Teachers are an extremely important facet of any society as they require to play an extraordinary part in the lives of children during the formative years of their development. We, as students, are being molded in such a way to become a responsible citizen of our country. I personally believe in the fact that quality teachers make the difference—not only in ones’ academic performance but also in their lifetime success. And learning from a passionate, motivating, effective professor will open the doors to a lifetime of opportunity.

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Different learning theories to integrate into a Learning Management System

Different learning theories to integrate into a Learning Management System | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

A learning management system offers companies tremendous benefits when it comes to training employees and developing effective L&D initiatives. One of the many benefits of a learning management system is the fact that you can integrate different learning models and theories into employee training.

learning management systemThe benefits of this include the fact that you can experiment until you find the learning theories that resonate most with your employees. Employees also have the opportunity to customize their learning experience. When employees feel like they’re in control of how they’re learning, retention, engagement, and satisfaction are all improved.

The following are some of the many learning theories and models that can be implemented into L&D through a learning management system.

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Online learning methods in a traditional classroom today

Online learning methods in a traditional classroom today | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Online learning is an approach to learn without physically attending a classroom session. Students can simply use a computing device to attend a live classroom session or access a pre-recorded lecture through the internet, via online learning tools. To enable this, educational institutes or teachers utilize an eLearning software that contains advanced features to simulate an experience similar to that of an actual classroom session. Online learning brings a unique solution to several critical challenges faced by the traditional classroom approach – better accessibility, no geographical constraints, more engaging content, and reduced expenditure for both, students and educators. A US Department of Education Review of online learning marks that eLearning produced better outcomes than face-to-face learning alone. Although more than 63% of educational institutions agree to online learning being a strategic factor in their knowledge dissemination, it is not a full-proof method of ensuring knowledge acquisition. Similar to the traditional classroom approach, online learning too, has its limitations, paving the way for a hybrid classroom. We are shifting towards a hybrid solution that incorporates the successful elements of online learning within traditional classrooms to achieve a near-perfect learning solution. Here are some of the benefits of such a hybrid solution:

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How do you convert traditional training content to microlearning?

How do you convert traditional training content to microlearning? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Many people get hung up on the idea of “shorter” content and their instinct is to “chunk” existing courses into smaller modules. That’s not microlearning. You can’t take a 60-minute eLearning module, break it into six 10-minute modules and expect better results. Rather than get stuck on the first part of the definition, focus instead on the end: “drive behaviors that impact specific business results.” You should be making the shift to microlearning to address the changing needs of your employees and improve your impact on the business, not just to align to a popular trend.

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Are Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality the Future of Education?

Are Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality the Future of Education? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

People learn better through virtual, immersive environments instead of more traditional platforms like a two-dimensional desktop computer: That sounds intuitively right, but researchers at the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland (UMD) have now supported that idea with evidence.

The researchers conducted an experiment using the “memory palace” method, where people recall an object or item located in an imaginary physical location, like a building or town. This “spatial mnemonic encoding” method has been used since classical times, taking advantage of the human brain’s ability to spatially organize thoughts and memories.

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Say goodbye to bullet-point eLearning

Say goodbye to bullet-point eLearning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Many eLearning courses start as a bullet-point ridden PowerPoint. But simply transferring the content from PowerPoint to an authoring tool, like Articulate Storyline 360, isn’t going to magically transform your eLearning. So, what can we do to get away from bullet-point slides? And what do we need to do to take our eLearning courses to the next level?

One way we can move away from boring, static lists is by converting it to a click-and-reveal activity. This blog will show you how we used Articulate Storyline to transform this:

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Makerspaces: Engaging students through Creativity and Coding

Makerspaces: Engaging students through Creativity and Coding | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Over the years, I’ve had the chance to see the freedom that the creative process allows. Boosting student confidence through creative opportunities has become my secret weapon in encouraging student engagement and skill building. As a makerspace director and advocate for the maker movement, I’m passionate about the range of opportunity that a creative space gives students.

An effective makerspace is more than fancy gadgets and a focus on STEM. In fact, I believe there’s no specific formula to follow when implementing one. One of the goals of any makerspace should be to instill the maker mindset in students through a series of creative experiences while simultaneously building 21st-century skills.

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Trump's plan to merge the US education and labor departments has merit

Trump's plan to merge the US education and labor departments has merit | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

For decades, Republicans have attempted, and failed, to abolish the US Department of Education. Former president Ronald Reagan was the first to try to take an axe to it in 1981, just two years after it was established by his democratic predecessor Jimmy Carter in 1979. Last year, House Republicans tried again.

Now the Trump administration has announced the latest idea to kill the agency, this time by merging it with the Department of Labor. As first reported by Education Week, the plan is part of the White House’s goal to shrink the federal government by eliminating what it considers inefficient or unwanted programs. Education professionals, already traumatized by the hostile approach of education secretary Betsy DeVos, are reacting with understandable horror.

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La sociedad actual y las nuevas formas de aprender

La sociedad actual y las nuevas formas de aprender | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

La sociedad en la que vivimos reclama nuevas formas de aprender más afines a nuestras formas de vivir y de entender el mundo.

Seguramente uno de los principales problemas que podemos observar en las aulas hoy en día es la dependencia del libro de texto que algunos profesores parecen tener. Cuando hablas con los padres tienen la sensación de que está prohibido salirse de lo que dicta el libro, incluso de que el profesor no esta capacitado o no tiene ganas. A menudo la sensación del profesor es la de no tener tiempo para adaptar sus materiales a su grupo-clase, con sus características específicas.

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Three domains of Educational Technology: Part II

Three domains of Educational Technology: Part II | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The dawn of organized learning systems loosely corresponded with the advent of the industrial age. Employability and job success in the industrial epoch were marked by process memorization, task accuracy, isolation, and a near robotic focus on efficiency. Assembly line workers typically performed a single task in an often long and complicated sequence. They were also held to high standards of productivity and error mitigation in order to maximize profits, whether the context was a mill, a rug factory, or an auto plant.

The type of learning that was designed to prepare learners for the industrial workforce was marked by factual knowledge memorization and the swift and accurate recollection of those facts. Learning systems of the past privileged learning surface knowledge and the rehearsal of that surface knowledge. Teachers told students what knowledge was, and what knowledge was important to learn. Students dutifully practiced, rehearsed, and memorized that knowledge for the all-telling performance on high stakes, summative assessments.

The trouble is this: if surface level knowledge is not deeply consolidated into one's permanent memory, it degrades. Swiftly. Does this sound a lot like modern learning systems? It should. Far too many of today's learning systems resemble organized games of Jeopardy.

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ISTE announces new platform to review Tech Tools

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The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is launching a new community-driven review platform that gives educators insight into which tools, technology and apps will best meet their learning objectives. ISTE Edtech Advisor, available free to all ISTE members, will allow educators to confidently find and share information about the tech tools they use, discover new tools and apps, and access reviews, ratings and input from a trusted community of tech-savvy educators. Educators count on peer feedback when selecting edtech tools, but it can be difficult to secure reliable recommendations. Edtech Advisor, powered by LearnPlatform, with a database of over 5,000 tools, allows ISTE members to access detailed reviews and feedback from peers. The Edtech Advisor provides data-driven insights to help determine a product's potential to transform learning and identifies contexts where the tool has been most successful.

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3 common misconceptions about eLearning

3 common misconceptions about eLearning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Whenever I’m at a conference, at work, or online, I often find myself interacting with folks that have a lot of misconceptions about eLearning. Usually, these misconceptions “show” themselves when someone is trying to explain why eLearning isn’t effective, or when someone has a very narrow idea of what eLearning should look like.

The truth is these misconceptions about eLearning stem from an individual’s’ inexperience or fear of eLearning. And frankly, I don’t blame these folks for having these misconceptions. It’s likely they’ve experienced eLearning that truly is bad, ineffective, or misused. And it’s these negative experiences that have shaped their misconceptions about eLearning.

Here are three common misconceptions about eLearning that most people get wrong.

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How to conduct an eLearning Task Analysis

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Before starting development on a new eLearning project, it’s important to make sure you’ve collected and analyzed all the information used to justify the creation of an eLearning course in the first place. One of the ways you do this is by conducting an eLearning needs analysis to determine the root cause behind the gap in performance and whether or not eLearning (or any learning intervention) is the right solution. Another method of analyzing the learning need is by conducting an eLearning task analysis.

An eLearning task analysis is a process of analyzing a specific task to determine how it’s completed, step-by-step. While this might seem pretty straightforward, a task analysis can get pretty detailed. When done correctly, a through task analysis will be broken down into procedures, primary tasks, and subtasks.

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Personalized Learning: How to start building in under 1 hour

Personalized Learning: How to start building in under 1 hour | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Personalized learning is the #9 eLearning trend for 2018.

But what exactly makes learning personalized? Is it a “Netflix for learning” approach, where a system recommends training based on consumption? And does it require fancy software and access to a ton of data to get started?

Personalized learning expert JD Dillon thinks you can actually get started in a better (and easier) way… A way to start a conversation in your organization about personalized learning… Then implement 3 additional easy and actionable next steps to move your organization further along. In fact, the strategies he talks about can each be done in under an hour!

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21st Century Skills have always been "Needed" Skills, but now we need them more than ever

21st Century Skills have always been "Needed" Skills, but now we need them more than ever | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
  • Communication is changing fast (my 7-yr old daughter and I just exchanged Snaps while I am in Chicago and she is outside of Philadelphia in different time zones, with real-time interaction).
  • Collaboration has evolved to a point of instantaneous feedback loops (my colleague and I are on a shared Google Slide presentation changing and adding to slides for this week’s presentation in real-time, able to modify and go back to old versions if need be.
  • Critical Thinking has become a necessity in order to not only solve big problems, but every day issues (we know teachers learn best from other teachers, but it is increasingly harder to get teachers into each other’s room due to sub shortages and other factors.
  • Creativity is a part of our everyday lives. No longer reserved for the few, we must all be creative and innovative in order to do our daily work (with all of the great work currently happening in my school district, I’m working with a small team to create an innovative and simple way to share out the stories of teaching and learning with our community!)
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Can we design learning environments geared for maximum motivation?

Can we design learning environments geared for maximum motivation? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

What can we learn from human psychology about designing learning environments geared for maximum motivation?

Let’s start by identifying core human motivations using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs. Psychologist Abraham Maslow studied human motivation as a whole, rather than the discrete pockets of motivation prior studies had identified. Maslow’s Hierarchy is depicted as a pyramid, with the base of the structure housing the most basic needs and more rigorous needs building on top of those. Maslow referred to the first four levels of the hierarchy as deficiency needs, which is to say each lower-level need must be met before moving on to the next level. Should any lower-level need become deficient in the future, people will work to correct the deficiency before moving forward.

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ISTE announces new platform to help educators share reviews of tech tools

ISTE announces new platform to help educators share reviews of tech tools | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is launching a new community-driven review platform that gives educators insight into which tools, technology and apps will best meet their learning objectives. ISTE Edtech Advisor, available free to all ISTE members, will allow educators to find and share information about the tech tools they use, discover new tools and apps, and access reviews, ratings and input from a community of tech-savvy educators.

Edtech Advisor, powered by LearnPlatform, with a database of over 5,000 tools, allows ISTE members to access detailed reviews and feedback from peers.

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Better together: Why networks are the Future of Learning

Better together: Why networks are the Future of Learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The new thing in education is working in networks. And there’s good reason because the demands of the work have outstripped the toolset. We’ve (probably) reached a point of maximum complexity where more teachers are shooting for broader aims but with old constraints and inadequate tools and supports. The answer is working together in informal and formal networks.

The global momentum around deeper project-based learning is undeniable. The widespread attention being paid to social and emotional skills is encouraging and productive. More youth are gaining access to powerful learning in and out of school.

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