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Learning Management System as a part of learning ecosystem

Learning Management System as a part of learning ecosystem | |
In my last blog, I had referred to an article by Marc Rosenberg, in his series Marc My Words, in the Learning Solutions Magazine titled, “In Learning and Performance Ecosystems, the Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts”.

Marc has talked about six components of the learning ecosystem, which I divided into two categories –

E-learning curriculum and
Learning Management System.

I spoke about eLearning curriculum in the earlier blog, and in this one I would like to share my thoughts about how a Learning Management System can facilitate the other 3 components of the learning ecosystem.
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Why we need both Science and Humanities for a Fourth Industrial Revolution Education

Why we need both Science and Humanities for a Fourth Industrial Revolution Education | |

The potential automation of many jobs raises some big and tricky questions, but one of these hasn’t received sufficient attention: what is the true purpose of education at a time when machines are getting smarter and smarter?

I’ve spent my career working with some of the brightest engineers in technology and greatest humanitarians at the UN thinking about how we could bring the benefits of innovation to our customers and society worldwide. The latest and most powerful of these is the impending launch of the fifth generation (5G) wireless network, which can handle 1,000 times more data volume than the systems in place today.

As technology evolves, it’s become increasingly clear to me that our education systems are not preparing people for the opportunities that 5G and other Fourth Industrial Revolution breakthroughs will present. Educators, policy-makers, non-profits and the business community need to confront this fact – even if (especially if) this means questioning long-standing practices and trendy assumptions.

As more computers equal or surpass human cognitive capacities, I see three broad purposes for education:

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Using the SAMR Model to frame how to teach with apps

Using the SAMR Model to frame how to teach with apps | |

In response, we’ve taken the popular SAMR model and use it as a framework to understand how to better teach with apps.

This post started as a look at “app workflow”–the patterns of student and teacher interaction, the movement of learning artifacts, the visibility of quality criteria, assessment results, and so on, but we thought it might be better to start with some concrete examples of the movement from basic technology integration–in this case, apps–to that which redefines the learning process entirely.

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Llegó la hora de las habilidades del siglo XXI (Mariana Maggio)

Llegó la hora de las habilidades del siglo XXI (Mariana Maggio) | |

Creatividad, pensamiento crítico, comprensión son algunas de las habilidades que el sistema educativo debe enseñar para cumplir su responsabilidad de "pensar por adelantado". Maggio destaca, en este contexto, la necesidad del codiseño de las prácticas de enseñanza y la urgencia de un trabajo más colaborativo entre los docentes.

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5 actividades de discusión en línea para implementar en un curso

5 actividades de discusión en línea para implementar en un curso | |

Mucho se habla de la importancia de promover el pensamiento crítico y reflexivo en nuestros estudiantes, competencia fundamental hoy en día; se comenta de las muchas actividades que pueden llevarse a cabo en clase presencial con este fin, surge entonces la pregunta ¿Cómo fomentar este tipo de pensamiento pero en un ambiente virtual?.

En mi opinión las discusiones en línea nos permiten desarrollar esta competencia en los estudiantes. Los debates virtuales permiten abordar temas complejos que se pueden analizar y diseccionar desde varios puntos de vista, a través de, un intercambio de ideas entre los participantes, animado y dirigido por el profesor.

Una discusión virtual puede aportar mucho en un curso, entre sus beneficios se pueden mencionar la construcción de conocimiento, desarrollo de sentido de pertenencia al grupo y al curso, colaboración, y por supuesto potenciar el pensamiento crítico y reflexivo.

Se puede argumentar que en los cursos virtuales siempre se coloca más de alguna actividad de este tipo, sin embargo, una de las razones de porqué este tipo de actividades fracasa se debe a la falta de estructura y objetivos instruccionales claros, el hilo de la discusión no tiene una guía clara y mucho menos un consenso al cual llegar. Cuando los estudiantes aún están aprendiendo, una estructura adecuada puede mantener la discusión enfocada y progresiva en cuanto al intercambio de conocimiento, puede terminar en un consenso y dar lugar a conclusiones divergentes que generan una comprensión más profunda del tema.

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3 secrets to successful Instructional Design

3 secrets to successful Instructional Design | |

With so many variables in a learning project, can there truly be a secret to success? Today's beleaguered instructional designer should have a single goal in mind: success. Whenever a project seems derailed, or stale, or too complex, focusing on what matters and creating a sense of clarity among the team go a long way.

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The Science of Learning (and technology's impact on how we learn)

The Science of Learning (and technology's impact on how we learn) | |

I leaned over the shoulder of a student in the library. She was quietly working with headphones in, and completely focused. What caught my attention is that she would continually lift her phone up over the textbook, and then jot something down on the paper to her left. It was a motion and process that she repeated at least seven times before I headed over to see what was going on.

As I got closer I could see that it was a math textbook, and her paper was filled with equations, problems, and steps. I thought to myself, that sure doesn’t look like my math homework, which was always a mess of numbers and lines and eraser marks from messing up!

What happened next caught me by surprise. Not because I couldn’t believe it, but because it changed the way I viewed math forever. She would pick up her iPhone (or maybe it was an Android) and open up an app. Then flicking over to a clear screen, she would hover the phone over a specific problem in her textbook. What happened next was nothing short of magic. If, per chance, someone had been transported here from even 20 years ago they might not have believed it was possible.

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Learning Producer: Retooling the Instructional Designer

Learning Producer: Retooling the Instructional Designer | |

The skills of instructional design will continue to be important, but the Learning Producer has a wider set of competencies and capacities including:

• UserExperience
• Design Thinking
• Learning Data Analytics
• Curation Ecosystems
• Personalization Strategies
• Workflow and Performance Support
• Integration with Evolving AI & Machine Learning
• Understanding of Brain Science and Cognitive Behavior
• The “LEGO” Model of Content and Experience Development
• Globalization of Learning Resources
• And More…

Edumorfosis's insight:

ID is more than design teaching solutions. I't's about to design new learning ecologies.

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6 expert tips for finding Edtech jobs

6 expert tips for finding Edtech jobs | |

Over the last 20 years, the edtech market has grown to become a billion dollar industry. Edtech companies pay top dollar for talented individuals that can help them take their firms to the next level. This has made edtech one of the most competitive job markets in the education arena. Though the competition is fierce, landing a job in edtech is not as hard as you think. Are you looking for a job in edtech? Here are six tips that will help you land your dream job.

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The difference between Mobile Learning and eLearning

The difference between Mobile Learning and eLearning | |

You might think mobile learning is just classic eLearning on a smaller screen, but it’s not that simple. To start with, the term ‘eLearning’ can be fuzzy enough on its own, depending on who you’re talking to. To some people, eLearning defines the entire field of computer-based training and they see it as a synonym of online learning.

To other people, when they speak about eLearning, they’re talking specifically about our friend, the SCORM-compliant package that’s uploaded onto a learning management system. It’s not for us to say who’s right and who’s wrong – but for the purposes of this article, we’re going with the second definition.

So, what’s the difference between an eLearning unit and mobile learning content?

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Mobile Learning challenges for corporate training

Mobile Learning challenges for corporate training | |

Mobile learning, well, it’s not for everybody. The world has been disrupted, shaken up, and turned upside down thanks to the massive adoption of technology in practically every aspect of our lives. And I am not against it. As a matter of fact, I love it! But this doesn’t mean that squeezing all of your company’s training content into a tiny touchscreen format will solve all of your training woes.

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4 eLearning trends to be wary of

4 eLearning trends to be wary of | |

One of the challenges of eLearning is that while digital technology is ever changing, what keeps people learning remains as unpredictable and elusive as ever. As a result, there are always new ways to attempt to access learners online and new ways to present information. But these innovative methods are not necessarily as effective as tried-and-true ways of teaching. There are dangers when it comes to employing new technology and trends. You have to take care to use them effectively. Just because someone is employing a fancy new technology doesn’t mean they’re using it well. After all, being in a fancy new car doesn’t make you a good driver. And having the auto-brake feature doesn’t mean you’re completely safe from getting in a car accident. The same principles apply to elearning. Unfortunately, technology doesn’t really make teaching easier – just different. You still need to put reasonable effort into incorporating it into the course the way it should be used. Here are some details on what to look out for with the various types of technology trends:

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eLearning Course Development: Here's the perfect Toolkit for the new academic year!

eLearning Course Development: Here's the perfect Toolkit for the new academic year! | |

You must be looking forward to beginning new projects after the summer break. A great eLearning professional knows that being up to date on the latest trends is key. Want to know what my favorite tools for creating eLearning courses are?

I hope this selection will help your training programs surpass all your expectations and be complete, entertaining, and very pedagogical!

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Teacher training to implement change

Teacher training to implement change | |

Teachers are mandated to attend and they find the entire session not relating or connecting with their work. The presenter generally looks into presenting hard core content based limited examples designed by some elite institutions under controlled conditions. The end result is that the training takes a back step with teachers not feeling satisfied or elated about learning new things.

Teacher workshops are also on the same stage as training. The control conditions set and the workshops conducted do not give teacher an immense satisfaction of achieving the set goals. Teacher training and workshops are either set

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[Video] Entrevista a Pierre Dubuc: Educación en línea

Pierre Dubuc, cofundador y CEO de OpenClassrooms, explica cómo funciona su plataforma y el rol de los profesores y mentores en la educación en línea.

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[PDF] Habilidades del siglo 21: Cuando el futuro es hoy

[PDF] Habilidades del siglo 21: Cuando el futuro es hoy | |
Cada tiempo tiene sus modas. En treinta años dedicados a la educación me ha tocado ver numerosas. Algunas, con el correr de los años, revelan su fuerza más allá del momento, la que viene dada por la solidez de sus construcciones teóricas, por su encarnación en las políticas educativas o, de modo contundente, por las transformaciones que generan. En estos casos, en general, pasan a integrar la historia del campo y son consideradas referentes a la hora de comprender prácticas educativas o de crearlas. Entre las expresiones de la década que transitamos, las llamadas habilidades del siglo 21 configuran una referencia habitual.
¿Cómo saber si se trata de una moda que en algunos años habremos olvidado o de una cuestión clave para pensar la pedagogía contemporánea? No tengo una respuesta a esta pregunta, pero sí agradezco la invitación que recibí por parte de Nilda Palacios y Fundación Santillana para escribir este Documento Básico del XIII Foro Latinoamericano de Educación por el recorrido que me permite compartir con ustedes. Lo que me propongo desarrollar es una búsqueda de sentido, una apertura que nos permita, como docentes, entender el alcance conceptual de lo que expresamos cuando nombramos –o nos nombran– las habilidades del siglo 21.
También, un análisis acerca de las posibilidades que se abren cuando nos referimos a este conjunto de habilidades en nuestras prácticas reales, esas que encaramos cada día cuando entramos en el aula y que son complejas. Y, finalmente, una proyección sobre cómo abordar aquellas habilidades que aún no pudimos reconocer o nombrar pero que seguramente emergerán en las próximas décadas, habida cuenta de los modos renovados en que se construye el conocimiento en la contemporaneidad.
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10 trends for Digital Learning in 2018

10 trends for Digital Learning in 2018 | |

Today, Monday 24 September, I released the Top Tools for Learning 2018 , which I compiled from the results of the 12th Annual Digital Learning Tools Survey.

I have also categorized the tools into 30 different areas, and produced 3 sub-lists that provide some context to how the tools are being used:

  • Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2018 (PPL100): the digital tools used by individuals for their own self-improvement, learning and development – both inside and outside the workplace.
  • Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning (WPL100): the digital tools used to design, deliver, enable and/or support learning in the workplace.
  • Top 100 Tools for Education (EDU100): the digital tools used by educators and students in schools, colleges, universities, adult education etc.
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10 Design Thinking activities to get your group creating

10 Design Thinking activities to get your group creating | |

When John and I wrote LAUNCH, one of our main driving beliefs was around the fact that all kids are naturally creative. We started the book with this short manifesto on the need for creative classrooms:

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The 7 habits of highly effective Instructional Designers

The 7 habits of highly effective Instructional Designers | |

Today's instructional designer is more than simply a course creator. As today's corporations seek to implement a culture of learning, instructional designers need to bring a range of skills to the table.

While designing, building, and delivering courses are still their focus, today's learning and development leaders must be able to manage in complex and uncertain environments, and serve learners with varying skillsets across multiple regions and cultures.

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Why schools should teach the Curriculum of the Future, not the past

Why schools should teach the Curriculum of the Future, not the past | |

Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Automation – no longer the stuff of science fiction movies. Overwhelming evidence shows the shift in what the workforce needs is already underway and that it will continue to grow much larger in the future. All around the world, leaders from government and industry debate the future of work and the changes brought by technology and automation. Despite this, the world is not reacting fast enough to update our system of education.

According to analysis of 750 occupations by the McKinsey Global Institute, 51% of job activities are highly susceptible to automation – and that’s through adapting currently demonstrated technology alone. It’s also important to note that these activities span jobs across industries as well as skill and wage levels. This indicates that automation is much less likely to lead to the mass unemployment predicted by alarmists but is almost certainly going to necessitate the redefinition of most occupations and requisite skills.

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10 tips for EdTech Entrepreneurs

10 tips for EdTech Entrepreneurs | |

EdTech entrepreneurs all set out with good intentions; to better education. While noble, these intentions are met with many obstacles and failure is easy. Only 14% of teachers use digital curricula weekly. So while the doors of opportunity seem open, the market is saturated with products that never make their way into the classroom. If edtech entrepreneurs are to flourish, they need to address the fears that educators have about technology while pushing innovation. Below are 10 Tips for EdTech Entrepreneurs

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What are the Pros and Cons of EdTech in the classroom?

What are the Pros and Cons of EdTech in the classroom? | |

No matter how much value edtech adds to your classroom, there will always be skeptics hovering close by. On the flip side, if you’ve never been an edtech supporter, it’s likely there are educators in your district advocating for an online math tutorial or digital textbook.

If you’re looking to educate yourself on the widespread edtech debate, we’re breaking down arguments that parents, teachers, students, and policy makers on both sides have contributed to recent conversations about classroom technology.

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The largest internet company in 2030? This prediction will probably surprise you

The largest internet company in 2030? This prediction will probably surprise you | |

Online learning taught by robots could be widespread by 2030.

According to Futurist Thomas Frey, in 12 years it’ll be a big deal when students learn from robot teachers over the internet. It’s not just because the technology will be that sophisticated, Frey says, but because the company responsible for it will be the largest of its kind.

I’ve been predicting that by 2030 the largest company on the internet is going to be an education-based company that we haven’t heard of yet,” Frey, the senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute think tank, tells Business Insider.

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iEducation: Methods for learning outside the classroom

iEducation: Methods for learning outside the classroom | |

When we were kids, we all probably had a point when we do not want to go to school. Learning inside a four corner room can be boring and tedious, and we knew it even then. But what if learning could follow you to your home, and could be done on your own time and at your own pace. Would it still be effective?

The explosion of the internet was followed by the inception of many applications and web-based technologies. One of the technologies that emerged in the early days of the internet was LMS or Learning Management System, a software technology application that facilitates learning through planning, implementing, tracking and assessing digital learning materials. Many LMS platforms are available in the market today, and vary depending on the nature of business you have, be it commerce or education.

In recent years, eLearning has been heavily compared to traditional education in terms of effectiveness and sustainability. Research on LMS effectiveness, conducted by the National Library of MNIH in 2016, showed that e-learning has the same effectiveness as traditional learning methods. The researchers based their findings on the difference in student’s performance, where scores were almost the same as those of traditional learning environments.

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Who will train us for the million net jobs AI will create?

Who will train us for the million net jobs AI will create? | |

AI and smaller-scopes levels of automation continue to replace more tasks impinged to human labor before now. It should not feel sudden. It is a result of a deliberate and documented process spearheaded by technology centers like Silicon Valley and their relentless quest to add immense amounts of value, over the course of decades. It seems not everyone got the memo. Millions of people in jobs no human is supposed to be doing today or soon enough watch as their skills turn obsolete. In another predictable warning sign, a recent report by Gartner (see press release) forecasts that AI will continue to wreak havoc at varying rates depending on the industry. Even if by 2025 the net job surplus could reach the millions, doubts remain on the jobs and fields it will benefit, and to whose expense.

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No one has figured out succesful, sustainable Microcredentialing

No one has figured out succesful, sustainable Microcredentialing | |

Since the introduction is degrees, education faces an ongoing battle against its own evidence. For reasons exceeding my understanding and our scope, everyone settled on academic credentials, which by definition attest to what a person did to learn, not the actual outcomes of the learning. As a result, a credential is only valuable as the surrounding social and institutional infrastructure can deem it to be. Only exceptional fields and circumstances value skills over diplomas, with the consequences we’ve all learned to shoulder.

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