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Collaborative and Active Learning in Higher Education Classrooms

Collaborative and Active Learning in Higher Education Classrooms | Higher education | Scoop.it

We often hear of the importance of collaborative learning but through personal observation and through instructor-student dialogue over the years, it seems the concept is often lost on instructors at the university level. While effective collaborative learning can take some effort on the part of instructors and students, there are simple steps that can be applied that will likely generate positive results in relatively little time.

Collaborative learning and growing is synonymous with commons, collective, interactive, and shared spaces. Shared spaces in a physical capacity are foundational elements in establishing collaborative learning. Collaborative learning can also be seen as a data or information commons whereby multiple students are learning together, and sharing their knowledge, points of view, what they know and how, how they reached those perspectives, and what pathways can be pursued as a result of what another student thinks and why.


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Online Learning can work if universities just rethink the design of their courses

Online Learning can work if universities just rethink the design of their courses | Higher education | Scoop.it

Training teachers in how to design their courses is key to re-engaging individual students and holding back the tide of dropouts.

To do this, universities are investing in organisational infrastructure beyond architecturally bold lecture halls to build digital learning spaces and designing data analytics to improve student engagement.

These investments are paying off, generating an estimated A$140 billion each year in direct benefits to Australia’s GDP.

No doubt this is just the beginning, with digital learning featuring at the top of a number of universities’ strategic plans.

This investment in learning design has led to the creation of a variety of exciting new roles. These range from learning designers and engineers, curriculum developers and learning technology support to software developers, graphic designers and user experience experts.


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What will the LMS of the future look like?

What will the LMS of the future look like? | Higher education | Scoop.it

Have you ever become frustrated with your learning management system (LMS)? If so, you are not alone. They are not as easy to use as other educational technology products; however, they are essential for the classroom. Yet, educators are hopeful that developers are already planning the LMS of the future to be more effective.

As technology evolves and education becomes future ready, the LMS of the future will become more than a helpful administrative tool. The LMS of the future will be a hands-on all-access tool for education.


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Students learn more when THEY do the work  

Students learn more when THEY do the work   | Higher education | Scoop.it

A major barrier to innovation in the classroom is teacher exhaustion. I regularly work with teachers who like the idea of trying new teaching strategies, blended learning models, and technology tools, but they don’t have the time or energy to experiment.

When I work with teachers, my goal is to get them to shift their mindsets. Instead of asking themselves, “How can I?” I want them to pause and rephrase the question, “How can students?” This shift in teacher mindset seems simple, yet it goes against most teachers’ instincts. We place a lot of pressure on ourselves to do it all. Unfortunately, that mentality robs students of opportunities to learn.


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Developing and Assessing Competencies

Developing and Assessing Competencies | Higher education | Scoop.it
Though curriculum designers idealize these while making the curriculum, its validity is lost when it comes to assessment. Assessment focus is primarily on knowledge building rather than competency.

It is important to build literary, numeracy and ethical knowledge among students. However, observing without acting will result in failure of the acquired knowledge. Assessing the learnt becomes the prime objective of education.

The prime concern with assessments is the time constraint and the limited number of assessments that could be incorporated within the set time frame. This limitation can be overcome using technology.
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#1 Instructional Design Community | Instructional Design Central (IDC)

#1 Instructional Design Community | Instructional Design Central (IDC) | Higher education | Scoop.it
Instructional Design Central (IDC) provides instructional designers & learning experience (LX) design professionals access to content and resources.
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World-renowned futurist Michio Kaku: This is what higher ed should be teaching students right now - Page 2 of 2 - eCampus News

World-renowned futurist Michio Kaku: This is what higher ed should be teaching students right now - Page 2 of 2 - eCampus News | Higher education | Scoop.it
Soft kills, ease with technologies are some of the most important skills undergrad students should be learning today for the future of tomorrow.
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What is the next generation?

What is the next generation? | Higher education | Scoop.it
When people use the phrase "next generation," they often mean something as vague as "better than what we have now." The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative used the phrase in its 2015 paper The Next Generation Digital Learning Environment: A Report on Research.1 The title begs certain questions. Next generation of what? What have been the generations so far? What defines a shift from one generation to the next? What drives that shift? These are important questions to answer if we want to see our digital learning environments evolve quickly and in a particular direction. We need to understand what evolution means and how it happens.

In the definitions section of the report, the authors' description of what they mean by "next generation" includes the following:

We have adopted the term next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) for what should come after the LMS [learning management system] era. The term pulls together several key themes. What comes next must be informed by the new learning-centered model that increasingly characterizes higher education practice (hence next generation). It must of course be digital, given that digital technology has become a component of virtually all teaching and learning practice. It must be about learning, since learning ties together learner and instructor. Finally, it must be an environment or ecosystem — a dynamic, interconnected, ever-evolving community of learners, instructors, tools, and content.

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Latest Online College Students Research Shows Changing Attitudes and Expectations of Online Education

Latest Online College Students Research Shows Changing Attitudes and Expectations of Online Education | Higher education | Scoop.it
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Competencias y habilidades para aprender en línea

Competencias y habilidades para aprender en línea | Higher education | Scoop.it
En este artículo de la semana pasada comentamos las características del aprendizaje online, el e-learning, la modalidad formativa surgida como consecuencia del uso intensivo de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación y de Internet. El desarrollo de conocimientos a partir de cursos ofertados en la red es cada vez más común y la oferta de estos se ha incrementado considerablemente a causa de múltiples factores como el desarrollo de la tecnología, la demanda de capacitación continua, o los movimientos a favor de la inclusión social digital.


Ignorar el potencial que ofrece la tecnología e Internet para aprender no es una una buena opción, supone desaprovechar nuevas formas de aprendizaje y perder oportunidades de desarrollo personal y profesional.

Para aprender en la red, bien sea de forma autodidacta, o a través de cursos "formales", organizados por instituciones educativas, empresas, asociaciones de usuarios, etc., es recomendable adquirir unas competencias digitales específicas, que van más allá del uso de herramientas de escritorio (procesador de texto, hoja de cálculo, etc.); esto significa que debemos "aprender a aprender online".

Aprender completamente en línea requiere de habilidades y actitudes específicas, el estudiante online necesita definir sus metas de motivación, gestionar el tiempo y el uso de las herramientas y recursos digitales disponibles para apoyar su aprendizaje.


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Juan J. Baño escribe sobre las competencias necesarias para aprender en línea: competencias tecnológicas para manejar herramientas y, también, competencias actitudinales para seguir esta metodología.


Muy bueno.

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Un reciente estudio: Online College Students 2017: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences, de Learning House, muestra que los estudiantes valoran de forma positiva el hecho de ser parte de una comunidad, así como la interacción con docentes y compañeros. La encuesta la realizaron 1.500 estudiantes de programas universitarios en línea, con el objetivo de encontrar sus preferencias con respecto al aprendizaje en la red. http://www.learninghouse.com/ocs2017/
 
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Además de animarse hay que saber como realizar este tipo de cursos
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How universities are defining the future of VR

How universities are defining the future of VR | Higher education | Scoop.it

Higher education has always been fertile ground for the creation of new, boundary-pushing technology. While VR software and hardware innovation have been, to date, largely the domain of startups and large tech companies, it’s colleges and universities that are using the technology in some of the most interesting ways.

Professors and students alike are exploring the various disciplines where immersive imagery and audio can be impactful, and the adoption rate is only accelerating.

University settings encourage big thinking — What if a search engine could utilize a more perfect algorithm to give more relevant results? What if a social network could redefine how humans interact? What if we could map out the human genetic code? Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality haven’t quite approached these levels of disruption.

But with VR expected to be a $75 billion industry by 2021, according to Greenlight Insights, there’s no doubt that virtual reality will have a big impact. So it’s not surprising that professors and students are delving into all facets of the technology to understand how it will impact us, and hopefully make our lives better.


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Fundamentals of Modern Instructional Design

Fundamentals of Modern Instructional Design | Higher education | Scoop.it

We aren’t designing courses or classes anymore. We’re designing learning campaigns. Shifting your perception helps you create learning experiences that better accommodate all the times our learners potentially need our content.

 

Unlike courses, campaigns connect the dots between all of the resources for a single topic, so learners can define and follow their own learning pathways. Learners engage with the content based on their desired level of subject mastery. Not every individual needs to absorb and participate in every resource.

 


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Todo lo que debes saber sobre licencias para el uso y publicación de recursos online

Todo lo que debes saber sobre licencias para el uso y publicación de recursos online | Higher education | Scoop.it

Desde la creación hasta la difusión de cualquier material que encontremos en la Red, hay que tener en cuenta la legalidad, el respeto a los derechos de autor y las licencias de uso en cada caso. Te explicamos en qué consisten estas licencias, qué opciones existen y cómo debes actuar en cada caso, tanto para utilizar recursos de Internet como para poner a disposición de otros docentes tus propios materiales.


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Online Instructor Jobs Require these 5 Skills

"So, you’re very much interested in become an online instructor. You’ve attended quite a few webinars and took some instructor-led online courses. You’ve been fascinated at how these online facilitators do their job, and you want to become one too. You’ve searched the web for online instructor jobs and find that there are quite a lot of them."


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Higher education's push toward lifelong learning

Higher education's push toward lifelong learning | Higher education | Scoop.it

Now, the college is in the process of reorganizing its continuing-education division to build ongoing partnerships with companies to keep it current on industry trends and operate training programs responsive to and in sync with the labor market. The alliance with Infosys is a good example of this new strategy as the college works with the company to figure out how the school can help in recruiting and training 500 workers who will make a median salary of $79,000.

The problem with many existing workforce-training programs, Alssid said, is that employers, colleges, and local workforce boards responsible for doling out federal funds “all operate separately, calcified in their own silos.” In this new economy, he added, “those worlds will blend together.”


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Creative Know How: Competencies for student success in a world of change

Creative Know How: Competencies for student success in a world of change | Higher education | Scoop.it

Creative Know How covers a wide range of skills, from those that have always been important (e.g., communication with others) to the ability to work in tandem with highly intelligent machines in ways that serve humanity, where even the questions to be asked are far from clear. Daniel Pink, when asked what he believed was the most important skill in today's environment, responded: "My first instinct is adaptability. You need to be able to change and adapt. I think people have difficulty with that. Dealing with ambiguity has become profoundly important today."1 For this reason, we invite you to keep your eye out, when reading this article, not just for the mastery and craftsmanship involved in the Creative Know How competencies but also for the spirit of innovation and improvisation with which they are approached.


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[PDF] Ten principles of Effective Online Teaching

In the previous article, I introduced the need to effectively define and communicate for instructors what it is expected in the online classroom. This is based on the premise that, for many instructors, the online teaching and learning environment is different from the face-to-face educational setting. Often, instructors teach in the face-to-face setting the way they were taught. That is, they use similar in- structional strategies as instructors as those they engaged in as learners.
This can be a good thing if they ex- perienced sound instructional strate- gies during their formative years. Most would agree however, that our own learning came in educational settings that were sometimes less than optimal. So, many instructors end up repeating the same mistakes as their professors. Now, overlay the new dynamics of the online classroom.

What we know about teaching in the classroom, good or bad, may not translate well online with somewhat complicated technologies, new social orders, and media-rich resources. Without express guidance on what is expected of the online instructor, they are left to “figure it out,” leading to frustrated students and probably a less than desirable teaching experi- ence. The “10 principles” of online in- struction were developed by Penn State’s World Campus to specifically define the performance expectations of the online instructor. This document attempts to create an ex- pectation of the core behaviors of the successful online instructor, and serves to clear the air on how the in- structor can be most effective in teaching their online course.
 

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Best Practices in Distance Education - 10 Principles of Effective Online Teaching.  Here's a solid foundation for your teaching practice.
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Here's what students say about online education - eCampus News

Here's what students say about online education - eCampus News | Higher education | Scoop.it
Cost continues to be one of students' biggest concerns when it comes to making decisions about online education, according to a new survey.
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Theme 2017: Learning Uncertainty | OEB

Theme 2017: Learning Uncertainty | OEB | Higher education | Scoop.it
Uncertainty is the defining characteristic of our age. Can we learn to live with it? Can we accept it, manage it and even thrive on it? We live in an age of acceleration. We are in the midst of a sea-change - a profound, transformative shift in knowledge, experience and perception. It is a new era defined by technology, globalisation, information and, above all, uncertainty. 
Our uncertainty is born of the rapid and continuing change around us. Technology is already developing faster than we can learn the skills we need to use it. Information is the world's most valuable commodity. Demographic change, political turbulence, economic challenges and environmental threats confront us. There has always been uncertainty but this is different. We are facing the end of stability. Are we ready for this new era? Are businesses, governments and societies really prepared for our uncertain future?
Can we live with uncertainty? Could we benefit from it? How can we use volatility and instability to our advantage? How can we weather the storms? How should universities, colleges, schools and workplaces adapt? What should employers do now to plan for the flexible workforce they will need in the future? 
Can we learn uncertainty? Is it a language or an equation, a philosophy or a science? How should it be taught? And how can we learn uncertainty when the future of learning itself is uncertain?
OEB 2017 is about acknowledging uncertainty and preparing for it. It is about how transformative education, training and learning can equip businesses, organisations and individuals with the skills to survive and prosper in our new era.
 
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World-renowned futurist Michio Kaku: This is what higher ed should be teaching students right now - eCampus News

World-renowned futurist Michio Kaku: This is what higher ed should be teaching students right now - eCampus News | Higher education | Scoop.it
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Latest Online College Students Research Shows Changing Attitudes and Expectations of Online Education

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The 10 Most Important Work Skills in 2020 – Top Ten Online Colleges

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How to modernize eLearning for Mobile Adoption

How to modernize eLearning for Mobile Adoption | Higher education | Scoop.it
The number 1 reason companies want eLearning modernization is for mobile learning (mLearning) compatibility, but if you want to modernize eLearning for mobile you need to know it takes more than just changing formats. The Instructional Design itself must be modernized for the characteristics of the mobile learner.

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[PDF] Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition

[PDF] Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition | Higher education | Scoop.it
What is on the five-year horizon for higher education institutions? Which trends and technology developments will drive educational change? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions? These questions regarding technology adoption and educational change steered the discussions of 78 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition, in partnership with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This NMC Horizon Report series charts the five-year impact of innovative practices and technologies for higher education across the globe. With more than 15 years of research and publications, the NMC Horizon Project can be regarded as education’s longest-running exploration of emerging technology trends and uptake.
 
Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in educational technology profiled in this report are poised to impact teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher education. The three sections of this report constitute a reference and technology planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists. These top 10 highlights capture the big picture themes of educational change that underpin the 18 topics:
 
Advancing progressive learning approaches requires cultural transformation.Real-world skills are needed to bolster employability and workplace development.Collaboration is key for scaling effective solutions.Despite the proliferation of technology and online learning materials, access is still unequal.Processes for assessing nuanced skills at a personal level are needed.Fluency in the digital realm is more than just understanding how to use technology. Online, mobile, and blended learning are foregone conclusions.Learning ecosystems must be agile enough to support the practices of the future.Higher education is an incubator for developing more intuitive computers. Lifelong learning is the lifeblood of higher education.
 
 

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Poor digital leadership will see universities struggle to attract students

Poor digital leadership will see universities struggle to attract students | Higher education | Scoop.it
A survey of 1,000 16-24 year olds, commissioned by Jisc, found that three quarters (75%) of higher education students surveyed believe that having staff with the appropriate digital skills is an important factor when choosing a university. 99% of students think that technology is becoming increasingly important in education, while 62% believe technology keeps them more engaged.

These student survey results further reinforce the findings of a recent report published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Jisc titled rebooting learning for the digital age. In the report both parties call on university leaders to embrace new technology to meet the challenges faced by the higher education sector.

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