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8 best Quiz-Makers to boost engagement in the classroom

8 best Quiz-Makers to boost engagement in the classroom | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

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 EdTech predictions for 2019

6 EdTech predictions for 2019 | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

To summarize an amazing year of teaching and learning and to look forward to the year ahead here are my predictions for technology in schools for 2019:

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4 eLearning trends for 2019

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2019 is already here, and that means it’s high time to see what lies ahead for the new year. Some top eLearning experts shared their opinions on how they see the future of digital learning.

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3 expert tips on how to create engaging eLearning content

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A recent eBook from the eLearning Guild, 68 Tips for eLearning Engagement and Interactivity, brings together some of the top training industry experts and compiles their advice in one comprehensive guide. Here are three highlights of the advice you can find in the eBook and that you can apply to your own eLearning programs.

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eLearning Trends 2019: From the trenches

eLearning Trends 2019: From the trenches | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The Gurus, known and unknown, are intently gazing into their crystal balls and making interesting predictions. While these articles are certainly very informative and talk enthusiastically about frontier learning technologies and practices, we see things a little differently. From the Trenches talks about what’s actually happening in the minds and pockets of L&D managers across the world, the shifting priorities and changing paradigms in corporate training. Changes that we have been seeing and have been a part of for the last 18 years. During the last year itself, we have worked with 74 companies, across 25 countries, producing 850 courses in 7 (product & sales, compliance, process, safety, new employee orientation, and leadership) subjects.

Here are the 5 trends we see that are here to stay.

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Tendencias educativas que triunfarán en 2019

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Blockchain, Visual Thinking, Realidad Virtual y Aumentada o Escape Room. Descubre las tecnologías y metodologías educativas que son tendencia para este año. La transformación de los procesos de enseñanza es imparable debido a la puesta en práctica de metodologías activas y tecnologías que quieren cambiar las aulas. ¿Cuáles son las tendencias educativas llamadas a triunfar este 2019? ¡Las descubrimos!

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Strategies for integrating SEL and Personalized Learning

Strategies for integrating SEL and Personalized Learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Education must respond as the traditionally perceived “soft” skills become increasingly critical to future success. Personalized, competency-based learning and social-emotional learning (SEL) go hand-in-hand in recognizing the unique skills, experiences and interests that a student brings with them into the classroom, and in supporting educators in helping students make meaningful connections to what they’re learning.

An intentional focus on social-emotional learning – developing a learner’s capacity to manage emotions, practice empathy, solve problems, make responsible decisions and maintain healthy relationships – benefits all learners, no matter their experiences or needs.

Personalized learning environments should strive to integrate social-emotional learning into every aspect of the school and classroom culture. When done well, these learning environments exhibit the following best practices:

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Design Learning Experiences – Not Instructional Presentations 

Design Learning Experiences – Not Instructional Presentations  | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

It’s been a solid 13 years since I started my career as Instructional Designer Trainee fresh out of college. I have had the privilege to work alongside some of the most popular names in the eLearning industry and the transformation that has undergone in the industry has been phenomenal. I remember when the Word document was the all-powerful tool, the template for the storyboard with its neatly structured boxes/placeholders to add on-screen text, voiceover text, and instructions for the graphic designer all fine-tuned. My, my, how have things changed! Word to PowerPoint to Epic Editor, Lectora, and the all-powerful Storyline; the entire ecosystem has evolved to make eLearning innovative and interesting. It is almost like ‘plug and play’ now! If you are clear about the content you want to feature, the images and animation you wish to use, then eLearning authoring tools give you the flexibility to view SCORM-compliant output with ease. Now if that isn’t phenomenal growth, what is??

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Expert insights on being an Instructional Designer

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We examine the importance of Instructional Designer in an evolving eLearning. Including an interesting info graphic with an soundbite from the practitioner.

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The making of a Microcredential

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Degrees and professional certifications are valuable, but in many scenarios it’s important and cost effective to have a way to showcase granular skills. Microcredentials—also known as digital credentials or digital badges—are competency-based methods of demonstrated learning that do just that. For instance, a badge may show achievement in Java programming or project management, which can help a candidate land a job promotion or earn a classroom grade.

At Penn State University Libraries, we’re embracing and rethinking microcredentials. We see them as an opportunity to extend our reach and deepen students’ engagement with information literacy—and we see librarians as best positioned to evaluate these essential skills.

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Practical approaches to determine the ROI of eLearning - Using Kirkpatrick’s Model of Training Evaluation

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This free eBook, Practical Approaches to Determine the ROI of eLearning - Using Kirkpatrick’s Model of Training Evaluation, focuses on providing practical approaches and tips for organizations to measure the effectiveness of their online training. It also features a case study that demonstrates how businesses can improve the ROI on their training spend by using these approaches.

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6 tech writing tips for Instructional Designers

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Instructional Designers need a wide variety of skills today to meet the demands presented by the myriad of available delivery options. But while the focus is often about effective usage of the hottest new tools and technologies, there is one skill that is often forgotten.

That skill is writing.

While some may think that the era of texting and IM’ing have lessened the need for perfect prose, the opposite is true. Because people are now scanning text more than reading it, there has never been a more urgent need for clear and concise writing.

One solution that may help is to take a few principles from the world of Technical Writing, where writing skills are paramount to job success. Here are 6 technical writing tips that can make you a better Instructional Designer.

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Compliance training best practices – Knowing is not enough, we must apply

Compliance training best practices – Knowing is not enough, we must apply | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Creating a professional development program is a complex process, especially when it involves policies in place to keep people physically and emotionally safe – such as compliance training. Here are some compliance training best practices to keep in mind if you’re interested in developing a spectacular program for your employees.

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How to remake your classroom and inspire Hands-On Learning in the new year

How to remake your classroom and inspire Hands-On Learning in the new year | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Over the past decade, Making has transformed education with its emphasis on innovation, collaboration, and hands-on problem solving. Along the way, new tools have evolved to help teachers ignite creativity and tackle real world challenges. EdSurge has shared these educators' stories—as well as those of students who tinker and take risks, build confidence and develop resilience.

No longer confined to a corner space in the back of the library, Making activities are finding their way into lessons on history and biology, literature and language.

We’re now watching another transformation as Making itself moves from the periphery of learning into the heart of K-12 programs. No longer confined to a corner space in the back of the library, Making activities are finding their way into lessons on history and biology, literature and language. Most exhilarating of all are the skills, mindsets and deep learning practices sparked by Making activities.

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EdTech should complement good Pedagogy, Not attempt to replace it

EdTech should complement good Pedagogy, Not attempt to replace it | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The newest generation of EdTech is downright amazing; it’s no wonder that various education stakeholders might be a little excited about its potential to transform education. However, EdTech works best when it is thought of as a tool to achieve a specific instructional objective and not as an end in itself. In other words, EdTech should complement good pedagogy, not attempt to replace it.

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Learning vs Earning: The number one trend for 2019

Learning vs Earning: The number one trend for 2019 | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The transition from one calendar year to another is when you see all the “trend” articles predicting what are going to be the hot developments to watch in 2019, whether the trends are about learning, training, development, HR or other related fields. Buried within many of these articles is one trend that I think is the most important of all: Learning opportunities are becoming as or more important than just salary as job seekers look for their next place of employment. That’s why I call it learning vs earning. It’s not that money isn’t important – it obviously is – but the desire to continue learning has become much stronger than anyone could have foreseen in previous times.

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Interactive eLearning: Make it a priority in 2019

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The reason interactive eLearning should be a high priority in 2019 is because it turns out to be a highly effective strategy for boosting the kind of real learning your company needs to achieve. Knowledge retention rates can serious skyrocket from the usual 5-30% to a range of 50-90% when interactive eLearning is done right. If you go the extra mile by creating realistic environments in which they can immediately apply the content, this further helps with long-term knowledge and skill retention as well as speeds learning up thanks to making them use higher-order thinking skills instead of mere rote memorization.

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Can MOOCs predict the Future of Online Education?

Can MOOCs predict the Future of Online Education? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The best use of massive open online courses (MOOCs) may be in providing instruction that leads to online professional degrees—not the extension of basic college education to U.S. and international learners who do not have access to existing higher-education institutions. That conclusion is spelled out in a forum titled “The MOOC Pivot” published in the January 11 issue of Science. Co-authors Justin Reich and José Ruipérez-Valiente argue that low student retention and enrollment declines in MOOCs mean that their applications and effects differ significantly from the enthusiasm that accompanied the launch of the edX platform in the spring of 2012. The researchers use data provided by HarvardX and MITx—edX’s founding partners—from their courses offered from 2012 to May 2018; they argue that MOOCs “will not transform higher education and probably will not disappear entirely either.” Instead, they predict that the field will coalesce “around a different, much older business model: helping universities outsource their online masters degrees for professionals.” Their prediction seems to strike a blow at the heart of edX’s mission: to ensure access to quality education for learners around the world.

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Cuando disrupción pasó de “destruir” a ser un proceso de construcción

Cuando disrupción pasó de “destruir” a ser un proceso de construcción | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Después de un articulo publicado en 2004 a raíz de una conferencia que se iba a desarrollar y que hablaba del “fin de la enseñanza y el nacimiento del aprendizaje” como manera de hacer las cosas, lo cuál significó un cambio radical, ahora lo llamamos disruptivo, ya nada a vuelta ser como antes y aún será muy diferente porque no solo cambiamos el paradigma, sino que la sociedad quiere otras cosas que seguramente ni siquiera se llamarán educación, por lo que el papel de cada uno de los intervinientes será otro, eso si, a lo mejor será otra tipología de personas, actuaciones y como no, de conexiones…

Todo ello nos lleva a una serie de actuaciones que los que ahora nos llamamos docentes, en el mejor de los casos, para nosotros evidentemente, deberemos desarrollar:

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When you think about the future, What’s your time horizon?

When you think about the future, What’s your time horizon? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

When you think about the future, how far out in time are you imagining? When does the future “begin” for you? That point in time is something Futurists call a time horizon. At KnowledgeWorks, our foresight work typically has a time horizon of 10 years, such as the case of our newest comprehensive forecast, Forecast 5.0: Navigating the Future of Learning.

Among the many ideas explored in Forecast 5.0 is the notion that we are dealing with an accelerating rate of change due to many factors but mainly driven by the exponential advances of digital technology. During a recent webinar my colleagues and I held on the forecast, one of the participants asked why would we look 10 years ahead and not consider a shorter time horizon if the rate of change is accelerating? This participant rightly pointed out that technology will be quite different even three to five years from now.

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Designing Intelligent eLearning

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In a highly competitive industry, how does one stand out from the rest of the crowd and continue to generate new business and develop successful eLearning solutions? At Origin, we are headed towards a decade of excellence in eLearning and continue to serve our key clients with the same vigor and passion that we had on day one.

The three pillars that define our work are captured in the following words – Innovate | Ideate | Synergize.

We were among the early adopters of new-gen technologies and integrated Augmented and Virtual Reality solutions in some of our eLearning projects. The all-conquering smartphone and the rise of mobile learning was a trend that our core team believed would eventually become mainstream. This has now come true and the number of organizations investing in mobile learning solutions and learning apps is steadily increasing. In this blog post, we list down the best practices that we have adopted in creating effective and engaging eLearning solutions.

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[PDF] Innovating Pedagogy 2019: Exploring new forms of teaching and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers

[PDF] Innovating Pedagogy 2019: Exploring new forms of teaching and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
During the past year, new approaches to education have often grabbed the headlines. A university in London trialled the use of hologram lecturers who could appear to talk to students in many rooms at the same time. A school in China announced that it was using facial recognition software to monitor student attention in class. Facebook designed an online learning programme, which prompted students in New York to walk out of a classroom where it was being used. Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, announced his intention to create a string of schools where the child would be the customer. In an interview in Wired magazine, artificial intelligence (AI) expert Sebastian Thrun said: “With AI, we could turn people into instant experts... You don’t have to spend 10,000 hours learning something. Just imagine you could become a world-class doctor in one day.” Although all these approaches seem new, they are rooted in limited understandings of education.
 
Although they are presented as exciting, they have a depressing ring to them. Each one presents learning as something to be consumed, as a set of facts and skills that must be transferred from experts to learners. Learning is not presented as an enjoyable or stimulating activity. The role of the teacher is overlooked, or presented as something that will in future be simulated by a machine. The role of the learner is reduced to that of a customer or a consumer.
 
Online learning specialist Stephen Downes takes a different view. In his roadmap for teaching and learning in the digital age, he argues that, in the education system of the future, “the core of learning is found not in what is defined in the curriculum, but in how teachers help students discover new possibilities from familiar things, and then from new things.” This is the view that we have taken while compiling this report. Technology can help us to do new things, rooted in our understanding of how teaching and learning take place. Learning can be playful, wonderful, a way of understanding and making sense of the world.
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8 tips for launching your eLearning YouTube channel

8 tips for launching your eLearning YouTube channel | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

If you're looking to grow your eLearning brand and teach tips and tricks to other professionals, launching a YouTube channel may be a worthy option for you to consider.

With users and watch time steadily increasing year over year, YouTube videos can be a powerful tool to tell your story and spread your message. Especially in the world of eLearning where many products and tools are heavily visual-based.

Just do a quick search and you'll find that tips, information, and advice about eLearning is a very underserved niche on YouTube. There are a few good channels out there. But with a vetted strategy and a bit of planning, there is a surplus of opportunity to grow your eLearning brand on YouTube.

But just like any venture, launching a YouTube channel is a challenging task that requires careful planning and continued attention.

Before you get started, check out these eight tips:

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EdTech Decision-Making in a world of uncertainty

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According to Elliott, when uncertainty is discussed in EdTech, the word "change" inevitably emerges as a common theme. He says, "When we look at school administrators, everybody talks about change; they reference articles about change. They post graphics about the need to change. But we are so risk-averse to change in school systems. It's not just at the classroom level. There is risk aversion all the way up to superintendents and school boards.

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The process of producing App Tutorials

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Consider that what is required to create quality video tutorials relies on three key parts much like a three-legged stool. The first article in this series, Update To Creating a Quality eLearning Home Office Studio, covered the hardware and working environment. The second article, Recording Professional App Training Videos, demonstrated using software tools to record screens and voiceovers.

This last installment, the third leg of the stool, is the most challenging and the most important. With careful planning and a consideration for design, you can optimize the execution of a video making project. Lack of planning can result in re-recording, poor quality, disjointed flow, and lots of wasted man-hours. I would venture to say that LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) spends an unusual effort in planning. This ensures that the actual act of recording and production is effortless. Competing, lower-cost education video training providers haven't figured that out. Yet.

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10 killer examples of Mobile Learning to boost employee engagement and performance

10 killer examples of Mobile Learning to boost employee engagement and performance | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Mobile learning is acknowledged as a key training delivery format by organizations across the world. It is used extensively as a modern training approach that is learner centric and facilitates an ongoing consumption of smaller bytes of learning instead of one large chunk.

Let us see how mobile learning can be used to drive higher employee engagement and performance.

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