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The revolution in Higher Education and the needs of the New Academic

The revolution in Higher Education and the needs of the New Academic | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The traditional rhythm of teaching a course face-to-face dramatically changes when a course goes online. To this point, we have tried to largely replicate the face-to-face experience online. As eLearning matures, we have begun to see more innovative and divergent designs for courses that depart from the traditional content dispensation models we've used in the past. A possibility for a true shift in teaching identity is open to the faculty member who deeply engages in the creation of new ways to teach online. The way I feel about my online teaching is captured in two words: "exciting" and "relentless." I am excited to be teaching something I know so well in new and different ways, forging new pathways and reaching new audiences. I love the excitement of helping teachers who are in their classrooms on a daily basis. So much of the traditional university teaching experience tends to circle around residential students who are removed from their work contexts and come to the university for a sabbatical learning experience. Even as they take a course they are currently practicing, learners tend to see their face-to-face experience as a retreat from their busy non-stop workday. By integrating the experience into convenient anytime, anywhere learning, I find learners are more in the moment of their context than when they come to campus. This is exciting to me; I feel the experience of impacting real world settings and real practice so much more directly.


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What are Smart Learning Environments?

What are Smart Learning Environments? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Smart learning environments are IoT-based learning solutions, which are seamlessly integrated into our working and learning environment. Smart learning environments are therefore physical environments enriched with context-aware digital devices to improve and accelerate learning. Based on that, they can recommend the right learning content in the right place and at the right time. That’s especially useful for life-long workplace learning. Right now, however, we are only in the initial phase.

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21st Century skills for today’s Students

21st Century skills for today’s Students | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The world is constantly changing and that means that the skill and knowledge we need to pass onto the next generation are always changing as well. What was once necessary for students to know just a few decades ago might now be redundant in contemporary classrooms. So, what should teachers be teaching our kids in high school and at university? Here are some of the basic 21st century skills that can set them up for modern life.

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Data Scientist Skills - Eight skills that will get you hired

Data Scientist Skills - Eight skills that will get you hired | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Data science is an umbrella term that encompasses data analytics, data mining, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, Deep Learning and several other related disciplines. In this post, I have mentioned the necessary Data Scientist skills.

Most of the organizations have now realized the importance of data-driven decision making. Before I move forward let me list down the Data Scientist skills that will get you hired:

  • Statistics
  • At least one programming language – R/ Python
  • Data Extraction, Transformation, and Loading
  • Data Wrangling and Data Exploration
  • Machine Learning Algorithms
  • Advanced Machine Learning (Deep Learning)
  • Big Data Processing Frameworks
  • Data Visualization
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6 digital trends the needs to embrace

6 digital trends the needs to embrace | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The digital learning world is evolving at warp speed, with dozens of new tools and practices introduced every year. Between chatbots, AI for eLearning, and Performance Support Tools, we need to ensure learning technologies are just as cutting edge as edtech and the cybersphere, if not more.

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15 types of Microlearning for formal and informal learning in the workplace

15 types of Microlearning for formal and informal learning in the workplace | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

A lot has been said about the challenge of dwindling attention spans. In fact, a recent study by Microsoft pegs that the human attention span at 8 seconds in contrast to a goldfish whose attention span stands at 9 seconds.

While I don’t necessarily buy the data of this report, the fact is that we all are multi-tasking, we live in a world of distractions, and we have limited attention span. Alongside high pressure at work (often with long hours that compete with our personal time), we need to find the time and do justice to training. In the last 2-3 years, microlearning has emerged as an effective approach that L&D teams can use to address some of these challenges.

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9 simple steps to increase eLearning engagement

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Learning programs have expanded well beyond the traditional lessons in brick-and-mortar schools that require students’ physical presence. This nearly limitless accessibility to learning and continuing education has led to the proliferation of various kinds of online materials devised for students, working professionals, and others who want to acquire new skills and knowledge.

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The Future of Education depends on Social Emotional Learning: Here’s why

Social and emotional abilities are said to be indicators of how well a person adjusts to his or her environment, adapts to change and, ultimately, how successful she or he will be in life. In fact, core development abilities such as conscientiousness, emotional stability, openness and agreeableness can be as or even more important than cognitive intelligence in determining future employment. Despite these competencies being related to consequential life outcomes, it can be challenging for educators to find effective ways to prioritize, teach and assess social and emotional skills.

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[Infographic] How blockchain can disrupt the future of education

[Infographic] How blockchain can disrupt the future of education | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Blockchain has proved itself to be a rising cornerstone in modern business, but a new infographic by Socratescoin shows that it could be revolutionizing the education sector as well.

As reported in the graphic, higher education is looking dire for Americans and even worse for refugees around the world. Some 37% of American adults are weighed down by student loan debt, and 29% of students switch to part time because they can't afford the time or money to attend more. Refugees have an even harder time beginning their higher education—sometimes due to a lack of credentials or not being able to prove their identity.

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8 ways Machine Learning will improve education

8 ways Machine Learning will improve education | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Education is moving away from traditional rows of students looking at the same textbook while a teacher lectures from the front of the room. Today’s classrooms are not simply evolving to use more technology and digital resources; they are also investing in machine learning.

What is machine learning? Machine learning is defined as “a field of computer science that uses statistical techniques to give computer systems the ability to “learn” (i.e., progressively improve performance on a specific task) with data, without being explicitly programmed.” For example, in education, we see machine learning in learning analytics and artificial intelligence.

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Dispelling the misconceptions of Online Education

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We read with interest the recent opinion article, “Online learning isn’t as inclusive as you may think,” originally published by University Affairs in early May. We feel the authors provided a limited perspective regarding online education and online learners. We disagree with several of the authors’ contentions and generalizations, which we outline below. We also direct the authors and readers to sources that may help to address some of the issues the authors raise.

First, the authors suggest online learning provides opportunities to those who might otherwise have been “excluded from or marginalized in higher education.” This is a generalization for which we feel perhaps the wrong words were chosen. At Athabasca University (AU), where we teach, we see no indication that our students come here due to feelings of exclusion or marginalization.

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How can we amplify Student Learning? The answer from Cognitive Psychology

How can we amplify Student Learning? The answer from Cognitive Psychology | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

In the early 2000s, anyone learning about pedagogy might have encountered “learning styles,” a collection of theories that assert people learn differently, coupled with the advice to teach in ways that include visual, auditory, and/or kinesthetic learning.

We know now from rigorous testing in cognitive psychology that learning styles are really learning preferences that do not correlate with achievement (An et al., 2017). It turns out that learning happens similarly in fully-cognitive functioning learners, and it all has to do with brain processes that enable long-term memory. Books about study techniques built around learning science principles have proliferated in recent years (Carey; Sousa; Brown), with some now also tackling the strategies teachers can employ to encourage students to study more effectively (Zakrajsec; Willingham).

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100 Tasks – How to become a Modern Professional Learner

100 Tasks – How to become a Modern Professional Learner | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The following 100 Tasks are based around the 10 principles of Modern Professional Learning. Each task should take around 20 minutes to complete. Then share your own thoughts and experiences too. You will need to log in to access the tasks. SIGN UP HERE.

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Three ways schools can use workflow automation

Three ways schools can use workflow automation | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Workflow automation has taken many professional industries by storm, helping many workplaces reduce the number of tasks they have to perform, along wiht a substantial amount of workload.

Schools, in particular, are starting to see the benefits of workflow automation.

Workflow automation has been shown to reduce many time-consuming administrative tasks like creating and admissions, and permission requests, and even progress reports.

More so, automation frees up time for teachers, administrators, and front office staff to focus on what truly matters: education.

Here are a few ways that workflow automation has changed (and is changing) the world of K-12 education.

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The 5 steps of Instructional Design Thinking

The 5 steps of Instructional Design Thinking | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Training is a big part of any company’s L&D strategy. With e-learning becoming pretty much the norm these days, when a new learning intervention is necessary, designers most often take a look at the material they already have and build on that. It is one of the best features that online learning presents – the possibility to adjust, add and modify according to need.

Yet there are instances when something completely new is required and everything has to be thought of from scratch. It’s of course a great opportunity to come up with something extraordinary but it also poses the challenge of where to start from.

There is a lot of academic literature on the innovation process, how it works and what techniques we can employ to get our brain to create new and different ideas. As far as the design process is concerned, Herbert Simon’s article from 1969 is still very influential today. In The Sciences of the Artificial, the American psychologist described the word ‘design’ as the ‘changing existing circumstances into preferred ones’.

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[eBook] Transforming Learning: Using video for cognitive, emotional, and social engagement

[eBook] Transforming Learning: Using video for cognitive, emotional, and social engagement | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Whether video can be effective for instruction is one of the questions that Transforming Learning: Using Video For Cognitive, Emotional, And Social Engagement sets out to answer, starting out with an examination of cognitive theories of learning and their application in creating effective instructional video. The theoretical aspects of the free eBook are complemented by practical guidelines for the design and development of instructional videos, including a list of software tools that Obsidian Learning uses in its day to day work, and a case study that spotlights the development of a superb communications piece titled “Learning is Life.”

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[PDF] Access and accessibility in Online Learning: Issues in Higher Education and K-12 contexts

[PDF] Access and accessibility in Online Learning: Issues in Higher Education and K-12 contexts | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Accessibility in K-12 and higher education is becoming an increasingly complex terrain to traverse as schools increase online materials and instructional delivery options. This white paper provides an overview of critical terms, legal precedents, and other considerations for course designers, instructors, and administrators as they work to improve the educational experiences of learners with disabilities.

Key questions around accessibility include the following:

 

  • How do national laws that govern disability access apply to online courses?
  • What case law exists to guide online course design and delivery in various educational settings?
  • What issues emerge regarding online course access that might be unique to higher education and to K-12 settings?
  • What issues are shared?


What support do online course designers need in order to generate accessible courses for learners across the life span (from K-12 to higher education)?

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What is Responsive Design — How much are we aware?

What is Responsive Design — How much are we aware? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Over the years, the word ‘Responsive Design’ has been gaining momentum in the eLearning industry. However, do you know what responsive design means in an eLearning course? And what are the best tools available to develop a responsive eLearning course? Well, through this blog, I will highlight a few aspects that will help you know more about responsive eLearning design, and the responsive features offered by various authoring tools.

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Elements of engaging eLearning design

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A skyscraper that reaches out to the stars can only be constructed if it has a strong foundation that goes deep into the earth. Similarly, engaging eLearning Design is the foundation of an ideal and effective eLearning program. In this blog post, we examine some of the key elements of engaging eLearning Design.

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Supplementing your knowledge through Online Communities and Forums

Supplementing your knowledge through Online Communities and Forums | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

How can you further develop a skill you have learned? How can you clear your doubts and get answers to your questions? How will you constantly stay updated in your industry?

With so many resources available in today’s digitized world, where is the right place to look?

Well, there is one popular place—online communities and forums.

Online communities and forums provide learners with a platform to share their thoughts, have healthy discussions, get feedback, clarify their questions, and learn new, industry-relevant information. It provides an avenue for like-minded people to connect and share knowledge.

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[PDF] What is Blockchain? Understanding the technology and the revolution

[PDF] What is Blockchain? Understanding the technology and the revolution | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The blockchain is powerful technology that enables Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, and other virtual currencies to be open, anonymous, and secure.

The code also empowers countless innovations beyond cryptocurrency. The blockchain is a database of details about every Bitcoin transaction. Often referred to as a “public ledger,” the log contains metadata about when and how each transaction occurred. The ledger is publicly accessible through APIs and torrent sites. To prevent tampering with current and past transactions, the database is cryptographically secured. Encryption allows developers to trust the transaction history and build applications from and around transaction information.

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[PDF] Democratizing Digital Learning: Theorizing the fully online learning community model

[PDF] Democratizing Digital Learning: Theorizing the fully online learning community model | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The integration of digital technologies at institutions of higher education are profoundly influencing formal learning on a global scale. Social-constructivist models of fully online learning are well-positioned to address the demands of government, and economic and social-development organizations for civically-engaged individuals with strong problem-solving, critical-thinking and collaboration competencies. With an established record of performance at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canada, the Fully Online Learning Community (FOLC) is one such model.

This paper theorizes FOLC as a response to several problematics, including (a) the aforementioned demand for greater educational focus on higher-order competency development, (b) the deficiencies of distance education and MOOCs as learning models, and (c) a quest for new learning models that strengthen deliberation skills and deepen democratic experience. As a divergent fork of the Community of Inquiry model, FOLC describes collaborative learning as a symbiosis of social and cognitive interactions amplified through effective use of synchronous and asynchronous digital affordances. Furthermore, it models democratized learning communities that reduce transactional distance between learners and educators, incorporates authentic assessment, and encourages negotiated technology affordances and cognitive outcomes while distributing responsibility for constructive criticality.

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Haciendo el Aprendizaje Basado en el Pensamiento

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El aprendizaje basado en el pensamiento (TBL) es un modelo de enseñanza que ha reemplazado el aprendizaje basado en la memorización de textos escritos en muchas escuelas de España. En el TBL, se produce un giro en el que los estudiantes se convierten en el centro del aula, mientras el docente guía y promueve su aprendizaje activo, en contraste con el tipo de aprendizaje pasivo que tiene lugar cuando éste se basa en la repetición y la memorización.

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) through Virtual Reality: Is this the future of education?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) through Virtual Reality: Is this the future of education? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Increasingly, education isn’t all about maths, sciences, and languages. In fact, as forward-thinking educators know, the future of work will demand flexible, culturally fluent, emotionally intelligent workers. That trend is already being felt: for the last 20 years or so, the jobs that have grown the most, whether we consider wages or employment prospects, demand pretty advanced interpersonal skills to complement other talents.

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7 unexpected benefits of Globalizing Online Training

7 unexpected benefits of Globalizing Online Training | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Globalizing online training requires you to adapt its contents to suit the needs of an international audience. Thus, you will need to translate your online training program to various languages and research the backgrounds of your audience. Globalizing online training will also require you to give localized examples that corporate learners can relate to. You must customize your graphic elements and respond to local requirements, such as licensing. Going global may seem like an uphill task but there are numerous benefits that you will gain. This article discusses 7 major benefits of globalizing online training.

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Knowledge filters revisited

Knowledge filters revisited | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The concept of filtering sources of knowledge has informed the personal knowledge mastery framework for many years, as explained here in knowledge filters (2011). Recently, a “CBC News investigation found that a YouTube channel devoted to putting misleading headlines on TV stories from other stations is getting recommended more often than many mainstream news outlets.” Given the current general election in Ontario, this could be a concern for our democratic processes. But the real culprit is that our society — especially elected officials, educators, and businesses — has done little to promote real media literacy. We need better information, knowledge, and opinion filters, and nobody will give them to us. We have to create them ourselves.

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