Thoughts about Online Learning Environments
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Amid coordinated effort to transform higher ed with Coursera, some faculty remained in the dark | Inside Higher Ed

Amid coordinated effort to transform higher ed with Coursera, some faculty remained in the dark | Inside Higher Ed | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
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I just don't know. It looks like moocs are moving more toward a for profit model but does that really help the quality of the course itself to ensure that learning has happened.?

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Caps on Data Use Dim Online Learning's Bright Future - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Caps on Data Use Dim Online Learning's Bright Future - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Educators believe new online courses could make higher education more available and affordable for all. But what about people who can't afford the Internet?
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This is definitely a problem, especially when one of the areas of emphasis is in getting education out via a distance means in hard to reach places.

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Student Engagement in the Online Classroom - Do Your Job Better - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Student Engagement in the Online Classroom - Do Your Job Better - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
A veteran online instructor offers tips for keeping students interested and active.
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Engagement is so important in online learning environments. No slacking. ;) Good overview of things that could help with the creation of social presence in your online course.

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Using Video in e-Learning: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know

Using Video in e-Learning: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Not that long ago using videos in e-learning was pretty prohibitive due to the costs associated with it. Fast forward a few years and with everyone having access to video-cameras on their smartphon...
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Rather than thinking television production kind of video, I think flip camera video would be a more cost effective way to go. And shorter is better usually, give attention span concerns.

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Presence Pedagogy

Presence Pedagogy | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
I have written about the concept of presence in the online classroom before ( What Makes Online Courses Different – Presence). I came across this interesting article today – Presence Pedagogy...
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The idea of having Core Principles of Presence Pedagogy makes sense. Being there in an online course is such a buzz topic in online learning, however, how can faculty development for online courses be provided to ensure the instructors understand there is pedagogy for creating presence in online courses?

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Problem-based learning: Using Case Studies in the Classroom

Problem-based learning: Using Case Studies in the Classroom | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Case studies are often used in business schools, law schools, medical schools and in the social sciences, but they can be used in any discipline when instructors want students to explore how what t...
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Using case studies as part of a PBL based curriculum is a good strategy. But remembering that PBL is an overarching instructional strategy to implement throughout a course rather than just a one time exercise is important.

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Jump Off the Coursera Bandwagon - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Jump Off the Coursera Bandwagon - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
The start-up company is capitalizing on a lemming-like rush among elite colleges, but all it offers is the massification of education.
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I think there is something to the crowd versus the learning community when it comes to whether or not MOOC education is/could/will successfully transfer learning.

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Online Education: Non-Profits Fight Back? - OnlineDegrees.org

For-profit universities used to dominate the online education realm, but now non-profits are fighting back with competitive distance offerings.
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I wonder if identifying who the online student is would increase non profit interest and enrollments in online education.

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18 Ways iPads Are Being Used In Classrooms Right Now - Edudemic

18 Ways iPads Are Being Used In Classrooms Right Now - Edudemic | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
iPads are quickly becoming a popular and powerful educational tool for classrooms. Beyond the immediate benefit of engaging students, iPads can improve education efficiency and standards.
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Clive on Learning: Do instructional designers need to know about what they are designing?


I remember many years ago being told of the important difference between process and content. It was applied in that context to managers, the inference being that management is a process that can be applied to any domain. In other words, if you’re a good manager, then you can do a good job wherever you’re asked to apply your skills, whether that’s a school, a hospital, a retail chain or an engineering company. I was always sceptical, but I got the idea.

 

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Online Learning, Only Better - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Online Learning, Only Better - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Imagine the possibilities if more experienced educators got on board.
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Boosting a First-Time Online Adult Student’s Self-Esteem | Faculty Focus

Boosting a First-Time Online Adult Student’s Self-Esteem | Faculty Focus | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
As professors, we all have seen first-time students who are so nervous that they do not even know where to begin, let alone how to achieve their educational goals.
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Adult students' interest in online education is flat, study finds | Inside Higher Ed

Adult students' interest in online education is flat, study finds | Inside Higher Ed | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Colleges will have to compete on the quality of their online academic experience, said Garrett. And learning outcomes -- more tangible evidence of learning and return on investment -- will also become more important in the jostling of a tighter online market.

 

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Who Are You? Putting Faces on Virtual Learners | Faculty Focus

Who Are You? Putting Faces on Virtual Learners | Faculty Focus | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
One of the first and most difficult tasks an online instructor faces is how to establish the presence of a learning community.
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Yes yes and yes. Students and instructors need to have a face and personality in their online course and figuring out ways to do build this interaction is important for everyone resulting in community building in the course.

 

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Online Courses Could Widen Achievement Gaps Among Students - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Online Courses Could Widen Achievement Gaps Among Students - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
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I think this important to consider because online learning is not for all students and pushing students to take online courses may not be the solution for them or be offering a quality course.

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Tips for Online Instructors: Managing Files, Feedback, and Workload | Faculty Focus

Tips for Online Instructors: Managing Files, Feedback, and Workload | Faculty Focus | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Teaching online is a rewarding experience; but any instructor who makes the transition to online education, thinking it will be easier and less time-consuming than face-to-face classroom teaching, is in for a big surprise!
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Some helpful tips about managing all your curriculum in online courses.

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Instructional Design Basics: Designing A Timeline | Upside Learning Blog

Instructional Design Basics: Designing A Timeline | Upside Learning Blog | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Instructional Design Basics: Designing A Timeline - For Beginners in the field of Instruction Design (ID). Learn why to use Timelines In eLearning.
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Timelines are these things everyone knows what they are but looking at how to better utlize them in ID is somethingt to consider. And how to use them to appeal to the visual learner especially.

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State of the E-Learning Industry [INFOGRAPHIC] | WPLMS

State of the E-Learning Industry [INFOGRAPHIC] | WPLMS | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
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When looking at popular forms, this begs the instructional design question, of how to design online curriculum to successful utilize these forms into an LMS, especially if the LMS is not friendly to using these kinds of media to begin with?

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Professors & Social Media (Infographic)

Professors & Social Media (Infographic) | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Source:  BestCollegesOnline.com
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Interesting to see what social sites faculty are using for what.

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Does it pay to know your type?

Does it pay to know your type? | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Companies, agencies and colleges love the Myers-Briggs personality test. Many psychologists don’t.
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What kind of impact does it really have on online learners?

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Objectives for change of heart

Objectives for change of heart | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
It’s hard enough to craft good operational objectives to address desired performances (what you want people to do to accomplish particular organizational outcomes). But what about objectives ...
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Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students' Reading Habits - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students' Reading Habits - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it

CourseSmart, which sells digital versions of textbooks by big publishers, announced on Wednesday a new tool to help professors and others measure students’ engagement with electronic course materials.

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Digital Curation: Alternatives to Storify - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Digital Curation: Alternatives to Storify - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it

About a month ago, students in my course on “Writing in Digital Environments” began experimenting with Storify, a social media curation tool we’ve covered before here at ProfHacker.

As part of their work for the course, the students have been using Twitter since the semester began. As a homework assignment, students were given the task of analyzing (and presenting) their Twitter activity.

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"How to Teach Adults": A Free, Beautiful E-Book

Most adult educators are untrained. This free, beautiful e-book gives everything you need to be a successful adult education teacher.
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20 Augmented Reality Experiments in Education

20 Augmented Reality Experiments in Education | Thoughts about Online Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Social learning is a subset of augmented reality - technology intersecting with traditional learning management to help users gather, interact, and learn.
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