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8 best Quiz-Makers to boost engagement in the classroom

8 best Quiz-Makers to boost engagement in the classroom | |

Their controversial nature: while some educators consider a quiz a childish way to check students knowledge, others reveal its numerous benefits, including but not limited to driving motivation and engagement, reducing plagiarism in academia, creating the right attitude to learning, growing curiosity, and lowering students anxiety.

It looks like quizzes are a must-try ed technique to implement in classrooms so it could help to develop students' research skills, keep them engaged, assess their knowledge and performance, and improve their memory. And yet, it's not that easy for educators to prepare quizzes on a regular basis: due to busy curricula, it's challenging to come up with efficient questions all the time, which, as Jolene A. Kayser writes in her academic paper, “could easily result in burnout.

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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, Today, 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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The missing half of training

The missing half of training | |

The training industry is based on models that were developed for the military. The Systems Approach to Training includes the ADDIE [analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation] model, with variations used throughout industry. Robert Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction inform much of instructional design. Gagne’s early work was in military training. Other models were developed in the second half of the 20th century but they mostly remained in line with their military roots. One model for instructional design that I promote is Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping. It’s a welcome change, but is focused on individual training.

In the military there is much more training than individual, skill & knowledge-focused, course work. There is also ‘collective training’. Collective training is what military units do when they are not on operations. Collective training is run by operators, not trainers, and is informal, social, with an emphasis on simulation. Types of simulation can range from expensive highly technical combat mission flight simulators, to distributed war games, or command post exercises involving thousands of personnel.

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Cómo aprender sin estudiar

Cómo aprender sin estudiar | |

Todos sabemos que estudiando se aprende, pero ¿es la única forma de hacerlo? ¡Claro que no! Evidentemente nos referimos a esa connotación negativa de estudiar: a aquello de memorizar, empollar…

De hecho, en el terreno académico se suele estudiar para aprobar, por lo que finalmente se obtiene un aprendizaje ineficaz. Y eso no lleva a ningún lado.

Todos hemos memorizado inútilmente contenidos para luego soltar la parrafada y salir airosos de un examen. Y me temo que la cosa poco cambia… Bueno, mmmm… También están los que pagan para aprobar. Echa un vistazo a esta promo de la web “Aprobar Sin Estudiar” que no tiene desperdicio

Edumorfosis's insight:

Soy de los que creen que los que estudian solo aprueban, y los que aprenden son los que saben hacer y reflexionar...

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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, Today, 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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Reimagining Higher Education

Reimagining Higher Education | |

FRACTURE lines can be seen everywhere in America’s higher education system, from skyrocketing tuition costs and mounting student debt to a significant mismatch between the skills employers seek and those students possess upon graduation (see figure 1).5 These pressures, coupled with the recognition that the status quo is unsustainable, are, in turn, fueling innovation across the higher education ecosystem. While it’s still early days, we’re beginning to see the emerging outlines of a new landscape for higher education.

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[Webinar] Enabling Learning Ecosystems

[Webinar] Enabling Learning Ecosystems | |

Learning ecosystems are a powerful mindset for transforming learning. This webinar focuses on Sprout Labs’ ecosystems of learning technologies. The session will be a mixture of software demonstration and sharing the learning tactics that our platforms enable.

This won't be a standard software demonstration. It will be organised around the story of a learner, manager, and L&D person who are working in a sophisticated integrated ecosystem that enables them to learn while working.

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