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Virtual versus Classroom Communication - Distance Learning | Bellaonline.com

Virtual versus Classroom Communication - Distance Learning | Bellaonline.com | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Distance learning has been around for a long time, and even though course work requirements tend to be similar for both distance learning and classroom instruction, communication methods have changed. Recently, corporations are beginning to rethink the benefits of providing their employees the option of working virtually because recent studies indicate communicating and knowledge sharing in a virtual environment are less effective than in a face-to-face environment. Are we living in a world where increased mobile technology is actually starting to hinder communication?

Face-to-face communication and learning can differ from virtual communication and learning. Some university instructors use a large movie theater–type classroom environment to conduct their lectures, which is less likely to encourage feedback compared to classrooms with fewer students where interaction is often encouraged. Conversely, in a virtual learning environment, feedback from fellow students on discussion assignments is required to receive a minimum passing grade. Virtual communication can be just as effective, if not more so, because of the fact that students have time to ponder their thoughts and thoroughly compose their views for other students to comment on.

Do you feel communication and learning are hindered in a virtual environment? Below is a list of benefits and challenges students face when choosing between learning in a traditional classroom environment versus a virtual online learning environment. If there are other items you would like to add to either list, please submit your comments on our DL forum.

 

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Empathhic Parenting: Kids who grow up with dogs and cats are more emotionally intelligent & compassionate

Empathhic Parenting: Kids who grow up with dogs and cats are more emotionally intelligent & compassionate | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
1. Compassion: According to this overview of the scientific literature by Nienke Endenburg and Ben Baarda in The Waltham Book of Human-Animal Interaction, 

 

"If there are pets in the house, parents and children frequently share in taking care of the pet, which suggests that youngsters learn at an early age how to care for and nurture a dependent animal." Even very young children can contribute to the care and feeding of a pet — a 3-year-old can take a bowl of food and set it on the floor for a cat, and at the same age, a child can be taught to stroke an animal nicely, maybe using the back of the hand so they don't grab the animal. Supervising kids during the first few interactions is a teaching moment.

 

Later, once they have learned the ropes, their memory and understanding of a life outside themselves will be stimulated each time they interact with the animals. Older kids can be responsible for walking a dog or playing with it in the yard, cleaning out a cat's litter box, or taking veggie scraps from dinner to a rabbit or hamster.

 

A study of 3- to 6-year-olds found that kids with pets had more empathy towards other animals and human beings, while another study found that even just having an animal in a classroom made fourth-graders more compassionate. 


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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, April 29, 2015 11:50 PM

I have heard the claim, especially by equine therapists, that "the horse is the therapist."  I think that applies to virtually all dependent creatures that children (and adults) interact with..  I heard a cute story that dogs were sent to earth to deliver the message of peace.  The dogs ate the message, but are still trying to deliver it. :) -Lon 

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From Learning to Performance: 3 Key Phases Essential for Learning Success

From Learning to Performance: 3 Key Phases Essential for Learning Success | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
This article highlights three key phases needed to turn your learning strategy into learning success.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 26, 2015 1:12 PM

It's funny to me that we see "training" so different from "education" when, in a 21st century digital age, we have to know "how" as well as "why." Actually, I believe we've always needed to know "how" as well as "why."

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8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle — Emerging Education Technologies

8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle — Emerging Education Technologies | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Examples of Applying the SAMR Model can Help Teachers Understand and Embrace it The SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. “SAMR” is an acronym

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Adrian Ziller's curator insight, April 24, 2015 3:32 AM

An interesting read, particularly as the greater learning community often finds it difficult to come up with practical ways to integrate technology in a way that doesn't take a lot of time.

Nick Truch's curator insight, April 24, 2015 3:57 AM

Excellent article sur le modèle SAMR qui donne aux enseignants un cadre pour envisager ce que peuvent apporter les technos numériques à leur enseignement

Anne Solberg's curator insight, May 24, 2015 8:20 PM

#zmeltech examples of SAMR 

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Adding some TEC-VARIETY -100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online - by Curt Bonk


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niftyjock's curator insight, February 10, 2014 1:52 AM

some great resources

olgadiez's curator insight, February 10, 2014 8:20 AM

A partir de diez principios básicos, se seleccionan actividades que permitan acrecentar el compromiso del estudiante online y por tanto combatir la frustración y el abandono. Muy interesante

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 14, 2014 3:31 AM
Adding some TEC-VARIETY -100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online - by Curt Bonk
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Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice

Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

NOW AVAILABLE:

 

Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: 
Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice


Rory McGreal, Wanjira Kinuthia and Stewart Marshall, Eds. May 2013

 

Published jointly by the Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University, Canada (UNESCO/COL Chair in OER) as CC-BY-SA and freely available to all:www.col.org/psOERIRP. Available in PDF and epub formats.

 

This book is one in a series of OER resources published by COL. It describes the OER movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER's significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges. The 16 chapters, written by some of the leading international experts on the subject, are organised into four parts by theme:

OER in AcademiaOER in Practice:Diffusion of OERProducing, Sharing and Using OER

Instructional designers, curriculum developers, educational technologists, teachers, researchers, students, others involved in creating, studying or using OER: all will find this timely resource informative and inspiring.

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Víctor Xepiti Eme's curator insight, May 15, 2013 8:47 AM

"Open Educational Resources (OER) – that is, teaching, learning and research materials that their owners make free to others to use, revise and share – offer a powerful means of expanding the reach and effectiveness of worldwide education. Those resources can be full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, software, and other materials and techniques used to promote and support universal access to knowledge.

This book, initiated by the UNESCO/COL Chair in OER, is one in a series of publications by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) examining OER. It describes the movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER’s significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges. The 16 chapters, written by some of the leading international experts on the subject, are organised into four parts by theme:

OER in Academia – describes how OER are widening the international community of scholars, following MIT’s lead in sharing its resources and looking to the model set by the OpenCourseWare ConsortiumOER in Practice – presents case studies and descriptions of OER initiatives underway on three continentsDiffusion of OER – discusses various approaches to releasing and “opening” content, from building communities of users that support lifelong learning to harnessing new mobile technologies that enhance OER access on the InternetProducing, Sharing and Using OER – examines the pedagogical, organisational, personal and technical issues that producing organisations and institutions need to address in designing, sharing and using OER"....

 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:48 PM

This looks like it might be a good only with a thorough read.

Julio Vizcarra's curator insight, May 17, 2013 10:30 AM

La investigación sobre educación abierta sigue adelante.

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UK: Digital literacy moving up the agenda | BCS.org

The importance of digital literacy has been high on the list of skills needed for the 21st century since even before talk that it be included as a necessity with the ‘three r’s’. But its profile is getting higher along with its importance to UK PLC.

 

The Guardian recently ran an item encouraging universities to ensure that their students are fully equipped with digital literacy skills. They define the phrase as being used ‘to cover everything from grasping the basic functionality of a computer / tablet / smartphone, to mastering the sophisticated techniques and attitudes needed for online collaboration and communication through social media.’ They also correctly noting that it is ‘Widely understood to be essential to success in the workplace and modern life.’

 

To reinforce the message a study by Oxford University, as reported by the Daily Mail, noted that the estimated 300,000 children without internet access in their homes are in danger of feeling ‘shut out of their peer group socially and also disadvantaged in their studies as so much of the work set for them to do at home required online research or preparation.’

 

These reports show an increasingly positive view of technology as used by children, which is so often portrayed in a negatinve light by the media.

 

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do.


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LET Team's curator insight, December 13, 2014 8:45 PM

Are we ticking all the boxes SHC?

Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, January 3, 2015 5:58 PM
#enseñanza
CTD Institute's curator insight, January 30, 2015 11:29 AM

This posting in the Jackie Gerstein blog, suggests 20 relevant skills young peeple should know. The suggestions come with links to website for how tos.

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IMS, Mozilla Partner on Digital Badges for Education

IMS, Mozilla Partner on Digital Badges for Education | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
IMS Global and the Mozilla Foundation will be working together to develop a digital badge-based system of education credentialing.

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Trends | How Technology is Changing the Classroom

Trends | How Technology is Changing the Classroom | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 25, 2015 4:11 PM

My pick for Infographic of the Week. 

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, April 28, 2015 4:33 AM

La technologie change notre enseignement. Voici quelques chiffres.

Carla Kessler's curator insight, May 22, 2015 10:36 AM

Many articles have been written on technology in education. This one summarizes it neatly in an accessible visual format. 

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CreativeCommons-Infographic

CreativeCommons-Infographic | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

A good summary/overview of CC licenses and use for photos.


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Sarah johnstone's curator insight, May 19, 2015 4:57 AM

Great infographic - clear and helpful rules for CC Licences for photo sharing on the net. �� Check it out! 

Philip Williams's curator insight, July 13, 2015 6:06 AM

Clear and v helpful for newbies.

L2_S2S's curator insight, December 14, 2015 5:57 PM

A great visual overview of CC licenses.

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George Siemens: ‘Students need to take ownership of their learning’

George Siemens: ‘Students need to take ownership of their learning’ | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
George Siemens

George Siemens is an internationally renowned and highly respected professor and researcher of technology, networks, analytics, and openness
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Virtual versus Classroom Communication - Distance Learning | Bellaonline.com

Virtual versus Classroom Communication - Distance Learning | Bellaonline.com | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Distance learning has been around for a long time, and even though course work requirements tend to be similar for both distance learning and classroom instruction, communication methods have changed. Recently, corporations are beginning to rethink the benefits of providing their employees the option of working virtually because recent studies indicate communicating and knowledge sharing in a virtual environment are less effective than in a face-to-face environment. Are we living in a world where increased mobile technology is actually starting to hinder communication?

Face-to-face communication and learning can differ from virtual communication and learning. Some university instructors use a large movie theater–type classroom environment to conduct their lectures, which is less likely to encourage feedback compared to classrooms with fewer students where interaction is often encouraged. Conversely, in a virtual learning environment, feedback from fellow students on discussion assignments is required to receive a minimum passing grade. Virtual communication can be just as effective, if not more so, because of the fact that students have time to ponder their thoughts and thoroughly compose their views for other students to comment on.

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How Are Wikis Really Being Used in the K-12 Classroom?

How Are Wikis Really Being Used in the K-12 Classroom? | Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Social media usage at the K-12 level has exploded over recent years, with some 40% of teachers saying they use blogs or wikis in the classroom. More social media, so the argument goes, means better communication, more collaboration, more learning opportunities.

But what does wiki usage in the K-12 classroom really look like? How are teachers and students using them? And are these online learning opportunities equitably distributed across different socioeconomic populations?

This article proivdes answers to some of the questions based on research by Justin Reich. Links to his report and white paper are also included.


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