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This week in China Tech: Robots beat teachers in classroom, tencent builds for Blockchain

This week in China Tech: Robots beat teachers in classroom, tencent builds for Blockchain | |

Some big trends have emerged this week in red hot areas like blockchain, artificial intelligence, and edtech. The bottom line seems to be that China is investing in a big way to ensure it remains on the cutting edge when it comes to the technology of tomorrow, whether it's investing billions into AI or leveraging the country's most important social media platform to embrace blockchain. Here are the some of the most interesting tech stories out of China you might not have heard about.

Edumorfosis's insight:

Tal y como hemos mencionado antes, los educadores que solo se dedican a transmitir contenidos serán reemplazados por la IA. Es tiempo de comenzar a llevar a la práctica nuevos roles pedagógicos y heutagógicos...

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Aprendizaje de por vida

Aprendizaje de por vida | |

Lifelong Learning’ o aprendizaje de por vida, es un concepto que se refiere al aprendizaje cotidiano producto de la búsqueda continua, voluntaria y automotivada de conocimiento, por razones personales o profesionales.

El concepto reconoce que el aprendizaje se da a través de la vida y que no está limitado a una etapa específica de esta. De igual manera, no está delimitado un tiempo ni un espacio (escuela, universidad, etcétera) para adquirir nuevos conocimientos, ni para aplicarlos (trabajo).

La educación continua es la modalidad estructurada, dentro de una amplia gama de actividades de aprendizaje y programas, mediante la cual un profesional se mantiene actualizado en su profesión o en algún tema de interés personal. Una de sus principales características es que permite adquirir conocimientos de manera inmediata y práctica.

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¿Adiós al pensamiento crítico?

¿Adiós al pensamiento crítico? | |

Son muchos los que ven claro el silogismo y creen que sí, que los estudiantes han dejado de pensar arrastrados por el predominio de la tecnología. Pero también son muchos los que creen que no. El profesor Enrique P. Mesa, presidente de la Asociación de Profesores de Filosofía de Madrid, es uno de ellos: “Tendemos a creer que los estudiantes de hoy no hacen nada bien y que los de antes eran todos maravillosos, y ni lo uno ni lo otro. Ahora también hay chavales que piensan mucho y bien, exactamente igual que antes”, dice.

Lo que no niega Mesa es que el actual contexto digital supone un foco de distracción que fomenta más la cultura del aquí y ahora, que la de la reflexión y el razonamiento. Eso, unido a la paulatina eliminación de la Filosofía en las aulas, que actualmente solo es obligatoria en primero de bachillerato, puede, en su opinión, terminar llevando a la desaparición del pensamiento crítico.

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6 ways to design engaging eLearning courses

6 ways to design engaging eLearning courses | |

As someone who designs eLearning courses, how do you ensure your content compels the reader to complete the course and derive value from it? We agree – it is no easy feat. While eLearning comes with several benefits, the biggest challenge is to compensate for the lack of human interaction and keep learners engaged, especially those who don’t function as well in a self-paced environment, which is the case in eLearning trainings. Here are the ways to capture your readers’ attention by keeping eLearning courses engaging.

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10 inspirational quotes for Instructional Designers

10 inspirational quotes for Instructional Designers | |

Instructional Designers carry a lot of weight on their shoulders. Not only are they charged with creating memorable eLearning experiences that leave a lasting impression, but they must also ensure that every member of the L&D team has the online training resources they require. Thankfully, there are some words of wisdom to help them stay focused and avoid common pitfalls. These 10 inspirational quotes may be able to give Instructional Designers the boost they need to navigate even the most challenging eLearning projects.

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What makes a great module?

What makes a great  module? | |

When we decide to create an eLearning module for students or adult learners we need to ensure that the content is engaging and will keep the learner’s attention. So what makes eLearning fail?

Captivate is a wonderful eLearning creation tool, but, you need to use it to its full extent to make it attractive to the student. By that I mean you need to use images, audio, video and interactions to keep the learner engaged and wanting to finish the module.

There is a difference in finishing the module and finishing the module and acquiring new information that can be used later for the learner. If you are just going to throw up some images and text then save your money and use PowerPoint or make it into a video.

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How colleges are embracing Alternative Credentials

How colleges are embracing Alternative Credentials | |

Welcome to Bootcamps and Badges, and EdTech Times podcast series where we speak with alternative credential providers and experts on skills-based education. This podcast episode is brought to you by work+EDU, an action-based event hosted by EdTech Times.

As alternative credentials become more popular, are traditional learning institutions afraid of going out of style?

Quite the contrary. According to Mark Leuba, Vice President of Product Management at IMS Global Learning Consortium, colleges and universities are stepping forward as emerging leaders when it comes to these new programs.

Listen into our interview with Mark Leuba, in which he tells us the steps higher education institutions are using to adapt to the times and help these alternative credentials make strides forward.

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3 steps to cultivating an effective EdTech Culture in the classroom

3 steps to cultivating an effective EdTech Culture in the classroom | |

Just adding technology to a lesson doesn’t make the lesson stronger or more valuable. Tech tools need to be intentionally integrated into the classroom. Purposeful implementation and continual evaluation of the technology you use in the classroom will help you create a culture in which the use of technology is maximized to create high-quality learning experiences.

Here are three different ways to ensure that you’re cultivating an effective EdTech culture in your classroom—one that promotes both education and fun learning opportunities for your students.

Oscar Carrera's curator insight, October 21, 5:16 PM

Three excellent techniques for all teachers to implement in their classroom!!

67 essential EdTech tools to use this year

67 essential EdTech tools to use this year | |

Technology and education is a winning combination that truly helps teachers. These teaching tools streamline the process, help to manage the different aspects of teaching, and create teaching materials that would almost be impossible to do manually. New EdTech tools are constantly launched, or older versions are upgraded with new features.

With their busy schedule teacher don’t always have the time to research new EdTech tools. To assist teachers, we’ve created a list of essential EdTech Tools.

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Is Social Media an effective tool for learning?

Is Social Media an effective tool for learning? | |

Call it cliché but the first app we usually open on our devices is always Facebook. A status update here, share a post there, Facebook basically owns the majority of our social media life. Everyone who owns an internet-capable device has access to Facebook. And let’s not forget about Twitter where mentions, trending topics and tweets live; the selfie world of Instagram; and of course, the network-building LinkedIn.

Nowadays it’s common for teachers to create a Facebook group where they pool all their class resources and make that group an quasi-LMS. That Facebook group becomes a learning platform for the class. In a strict e-learning sense, that’s not how a learning platform should be. And if I was a student in that class, I’d protest for not using an LMS, because seriously why would you use Facebook as a learning platform? In a loose sense, social media can become a spark for change. It all starts by simply uploading the learning resources to a teacher-created and administered Facebook group. But that’s just the start.

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[eBook] 12 examples that prove Mobile Learning and Microlearning is an essential combination to meet your learning mandate

[eBook] 12 examples that prove Mobile Learning and Microlearning is an essential combination to meet your learning mandate | |

At EI Design, we have been offering learning and performance support solutions for over 16 years now. In the early years, our solutions offered what is now known as traditional eLearning and in 2011, we added the mobile learning solutions practice. In 2015, we added the microlearning-based training practice.

Specifically, over the last 5 years, we have seen a steady increase in the integration of mobile learning as an integral part of most organizations’ training deliveries.

The usage of learners’ smartphones and tablets under the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy has helped mobile learning gain further momentum. The increase in the millennial workforce too has contributed to its wider usage. Alongside, we saw the introduction of microlearning.

Initially, it was used to offer performance support intervention and support to formal training. Over the last 2 years, we have seen it mature to become a mainstream offering that can be used for both formal and informal training.

It is interesting to note that while the demand for short, focused training has always been there from learners, the increased mobile learning adoption has facilitated the usage of microlearning as a mainstream training strategy.

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Teachers embracing EdTech but need more training

Teachers embracing EdTech but need more training | |

A recent study conducted in the USA by Edtech company SAM Labs in conjunction with independent online surveys company 72Point threw up two definitive conclusions. The first, supported by a huge 82% of respondents, who filled out the survey online, was that pupils who regularly use technology in the classroom are better prepared for their future entry into the modern workforce. That can be considered a significant plus for the Edtech industry and its growing influence in the curriculum.

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Better engagement through eLearning Automation

Better engagement through eLearning Automation | |

Students like to be in control of their learning. They want to choose what’s interesting and relevant, and to receive support when they need it and independence when they don’t. More importantly, students perform better in situations that consider their learning styles, preferences, and areas of interest.

As the focus on personalizing learning increases, more opportunities have become available for personalization with technology. Learning Management Systems are increasingly offering support for concepts like personal learning paths, and even integrations with third-party systems through tools like Zapier, or even marketing automation tools like Infusionsoft.

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Preparing students to lose their jobs (and Faculty to keep theirs)

Preparing students to lose their jobs (and Faculty to keep theirs) | |

A recent study reveals that young people today could have as many as 16-17 different jobs in 5 industries.

As the rate of technological change becomes exponential, the future of work requires adapting to change, recognizing job failure as a norm, and (since we are living longer) a longer career arc in which to experience many different and uniquely distinct careers.

Are most institutions of higher education preparing students for this reality?

According to the recent report by the Foundation for Young Australians, The New Work Mindset (a study built upon the Future of Work research studies of both the McKinsey Global Institute and the World Economic Forum), young people today could have as many as 16-17 different jobs in 5 industries:

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De la inflación educativa y las desigualdades sociales

De la inflación educativa y las desigualdades sociales | |

En una entrada pasada reflexioné sobre el número de universitarios en el sistema educativo español, planteando que, más que un número excesivo, lo que existía era una flagrante desproporción dentro de la Educación Terciaria a favor de la Universidad y en contra de los Ciclos Formativos de Grado Superior (ver aquí). Sostuve, además, que no era partidario de afirmar que el número de universitarios era demasiado elevado porque el mercado de trabajo no ofreciese empleos cualificados a todos ellos. Quisiera ahora extenderme algo en estas cuestiones, reflexionando especialmente sobre su relación con la desigualdad social y educativa.

El número de universitarios provoca acalorados debates. De un lado, los hay preocupados por el efecto que un sistema más selectivo y de menor volumen tendría sobre la desigualdad en el acceso a la Universidad; y de otro lado, los hay que se preocupan por el creciente nivel de subempleo de los egresados universitarios dada la muy específica demanda de profesionales muy cualificados de nuestro mercado de trabajo. En tanto que no es sencillo quitarles la razón a unos o a otros, el debate sobre el número de universitarios es difícil de resolver.

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1er Congreso Virtual Multidisciplinario: Tecnología e Innovación

1er Congreso Virtual Multidisciplinario: Tecnología e Innovación | |
La Universidad Virtual CNCI tiene el placer de extender la fecha de recepción de contribuciones para participar en el 1er Congreso Virtual Multidisciplinario: Tecnología e Innovación, que se llevará a cabo los días 4, 5 y 6 de diciembre.
Envía tu contribución antes del 15 de noviembre a y no pierdas la oportunidad de participar en un congreso 100% virtual en tiempo real. 
Consulta la convocatoria adjunta e inscríbete en:
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7 best self-directed learning habits

7 best self-directed learning habits | |

People are captivated by the stories of individuals who eschewed traditional education yet still became titans in their field. Bill Gates, Ellen DeGeneres, Anna Wintour, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller; none of them has a college degree, but they have all achieved fame and a level of success few can match. How did they do this? They are self-directed learners.

Nowadays, self-directed learning is less of a cultural curio and more of an economic necessity. New knowledge accumulates so quickly, and industries change so rapidly, traditional education paths can't keep pace. Unless your specialty is the pottery fashions of Ancient Greece, chances are your diploma is out of date before the ink dries. (Even then, you never know when some newly discovered Pompeii will upend terracotta paradigms.)

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Can technology transform education?

Can technology transform education? | |

The popularity of smart devices has encouraged many schools and universities to use portable devices as a learning tool. This allows schools to move away from more traditional learning methods, some children find difficult to engage, with and creates a more interactive learning experience on a device pupils are likely to be familiar with.

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The Future of Education: Online, free, and with AI teachers?

The Future of Education: Online, free, and with AI teachers? | |

While it might not get a lot of investor attention, education is actually one of America's largest markets.

The U.S. has 20 million undergraduates enrolled in colleges and universities right now and another 3 million enrolled in graduate programs. Those undergrads paid an average of $17,237 for tuition, room, and board at public institutions in the 2016-17 school year and $44,551 for private institutions. Graduate education varies widely by area of focus, but the average amount paid for tuition alone was $24,812 last year.

Add all of those up, and America's students are paying more than half a trillion dollars each year for their education! And that doesn't even include the interest amassed for student loans, the college-branded merchandise, or all the money spent on beer and coffee.

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Top 20 EdTech companies to watch

Top 20 EdTech companies to watch | |

Each year, the world of EdTech grows and new companies emerge ahead of the pack. Here are the movers and shakers we’re excited about at the moment:

Oscar Carrera's curator insight, October 21, 5:15 PM

These are great EdTech companies who can provide excellent tools and resources to K-12 schools!!

How EdTech tools and platforms are helping create a skilled workforce

How EdTech tools and platforms are helping create a skilled workforce | |

We’re extremely fortunate to be living in the digital age - where everything is just one touch away from us. Today, we have an untapped ocean of knowledge in the form of the internet. So much so that education and technology have coupled to give rise to something extremely effective - education technology, fondly known as EdTech. EdTech, or Online Education, goes beyond the realms of secondary, post-secondary, and tertiary education. There are courses for a variety of things including professional skill enhancements and other non-academic subjects.

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Cambiar las conversaciones para cambiar la Educación  (Andrea Girádez)

Cambiar las conversaciones para cambiar la Educación  (Andrea Girádez) | |

¿Has pensado alguna vez en cuánto tiempo pasamos conversando en las instituciones educativas? Desde Infantil a la Universidad, la conversación es el recurso básico para relacionarnos, aprender, hacer proyectos o avanzar. Todos creemos que sabemos conversar puesto que, de hecho, ya lo hacemos. Pero entre nuestras conversaciones cotidianas y una conversación eficaz hay mucho margen de mejora.

La propuesta del taller se plantea de manera interdisciplinar desde la convergencia, y al mismo tiempo, la diversidad de los recorridos vitales y profesionales de la proponente: la educación, la expresión artística y la sociología. Un planteamiento holístico que pretende no separar las disciplinas En este taller, partiendo de los resultados de investigaciones y experiencias sobre el tema, pondremos en práctica algunos de los principios y técnicas del coaching en educación y reflexionaremos sobre el impacto que puede tener un cambio más o menos generalizado en la manera de pensar-nos y comunicar-nos

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Why Edtech needs a bit of humility and caution

Why Edtech needs a bit of humility and caution | |

EdTech holds the potential to be extremely versatile and beneficial in the classroom. In many cases, it can create better outcomes and deepen the learning experience for students. Other programs are designed to help educators with classroom management. These digital tools can be a wonderful addition to a teacher’s toolbox, but not all products are useful. Too many programs and tools are designed to be flashy and marketable instead of catering to the teacher and student needs.

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11 EdTech Incubators focused to change education forever

11 EdTech Incubators focused to change education forever | |

The role of incubators and accelerators is much wide now and it has gone beyond the four walls of the corporate start-up office to reach out, add value and contribute to the wider business ecosystems.

Across the globe, Incubators and accelerators have played a decisive role in shaping start-up networks by offering them the necessary educational, mentoring and funding opportunities for current and future diverse founders.

There may have been many business incubators around the world but it’s just the few that focus on education technology. And, it is only in the recent past that there has been a major growth in the number of these highly-focused incubators. Part of this is due to the increased attention to genuinely help education. One of the reasons why incubators are also thriving is simply because edtech is a solid investment and education technology market is expected to grow at tremendous level.

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8 innovative ways to apply Content Chunking in compliance online training

8 innovative ways to apply Content Chunking in compliance online training | |

Content chunking improves knowledge retention and prevents cognitive overwhelm. This makes it a valuable strategy for complex compliance online training content that is difficult to remember, such as regulations, company policies, or work-related procedures that ensure employee safety. Here are 8 non-traditional content chunking methods that you may want to consider for your compliance online training course.

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Can top corporations help transform Public Education?

Can top corporations help transform Public Education? | |

Every government is backing the idea of large scale efforts that yield useful lessons for relatively quick whole-system reform.

There is a dire need to adopt new ideas and strategies which assist the system to move forward in performance and most importantly to raise the bar and close gaps for all students. It is a fact that student achievement levels have changed very little in the past two decades and this facts haunt time and again whenever one speaks of education reform today.

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