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What Exactly Is "Understanding?" And How Do We Assess It?

What Exactly Is "Understanding?" And How Do We Assess It? | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Terry Heick is interested in learning innovation in pursuit of increased social capacity.
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Beyond EdTech

Beyond EdTech | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

OPINION by Shelly Blake-Plock : EdTech does not exist.

 

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How Do We Define and Measure “Deeper Learning”?

How Do We Define and Measure “Deeper Learning”? | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

If deeper learning is the ultimate goal, can it be taught? To a certain degree. But for educators to engage in deeper learning with students, researchers say they must begin with clear goals and let students know what’s expected of them. They must provide multiple and different kinds of ideas and tasks. They must encourage questioning and discussion, challenge them and offer support and guidance. They must use carefully selected curriculum and use formative assessments to measure and support students’ progress.

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Three Things to Unlearn About Learning

"If you’re not feeling uncomfortable about the state of education right now, then you’re not paying attention to the pressures and challenges of technology,” said Will Richardson, a veteran educator, author and consultant, who urges educators to unlearn what they have learned around the concepts of content delivery, competition, and assessment.

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NRC report calls for greater investment and improved efficiency for research universities

NRC report calls for greater investment and improved efficiency for research universities | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

A long-awaited report from the National Research Council, the policy arm of the National Academies, argues that the country cannot maintain its position as a leader in research without sustained investment in its public and private universities.

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An iPad on Legs: Is ActivTable the Next Interactive Whiteboard?

An iPad on Legs: Is ActivTable the Next Interactive Whiteboard? | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

In the race to develop the classroom of the future, tech giant Promethean has taken another step forward with a new product called ActivTable, the first of the company’s products designed especially for small group learning.

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Use Technology to Upend Traditional Classrooms

Schools should use technology to rethink education, not simply speed up what they do now, Justin Reich says.
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Using Social Media to Break Down Silos and Connect - The EvoLLLution | The EvoLLLution

Using Social Media to Break Down Silos and Connect - The EvoLLLution | The EvoLLLution | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Leading universities are turning to internal social networks to break down interdepartmental silos, leading to more communication, more interdisciplinary learning and better results.

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A ‘Disruptive’ Look at Competency-Based Education

A ‘Disruptive’ Look at Competency-Based Education | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

How the Innovative Use of Technology Will Transform the College Experience

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Grand Test Auto

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Researchers are experimenting with innovative uses of technology to "transform assessment from dull misery to an enjoyable process of mastery." They call it “stealth assessment" -- a system in which students would spend their time in the classroom solving problems, mastering complex projects, or even conducting experiments through a technological interface: via interactive lessons and simulations, digital instruments, and, above all, games. Information about an individual student’s approach, persistence, and problem-solving strategies, in addition to their answers, would be collected over time, generating much more detailed and valid evidence about a student’s skills and knowledge than a one-shot test.

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How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content

How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

By Frank Catalano - Instruction that was structured linearly, captured in books that were all-inclusive monoliths with a predetermined progression for a uniform, somewhat “creamy” consistency, is shifting to newer forms of instructional content that are more “chunky,” beginning as a scattered landscape of digital pieces that are then assembled to support full courses

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Technology in the Classroom: Assets and Liabilities | Faculty Focus

Technology in the Classroom: Assets and Liabilities | Faculty Focus | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

After reading the Faculty Focus Special Report “Social Media Usage Trends Among Higher Education Faculty” I was spurred to share a best practice regarding the use of technology in the classroom.  Stephen S. Davis, PhD is the director of faculty development at Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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The Benefits of Making It Harder to Learn - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Benefits of Making It Harder to Learn - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Research suggests that making material harder to learn by, for example, using unfamiliar fonts, "can improve long-term learning and retention." In other words, when students encounter cognitive disfluency, and have to put in more work in processing the material, it may sink in more deeply.

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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory, zone of proximal development The area of capabilities that learners can exhibit with support from a teacher., Montessori constructivism, Lave & Wenger...
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Competency-based education may get a boost

     Competency-based education could be a game-changer for adult students. Yet despite the backing of powerful supporters, colleges have been reluctant to go all-in because they are unsure whether accreditors and the federal government will give the nod to degree programs that look nothing like the traditional college model.

     This may soon change, however. Southern New Hampshire University is poised to launch a $5,000 online, competency-based associate degree that would be the first to blow up the credit hour. Adding to the momentum might be a “Dear Colleague” letter the U.S. Department of Education plans to distribute this week. Observers predict that the letter, a form of regulatory guidance, would give accreditors and colleges some clarity about the department’s stance on competency-based education, and would increase confidence that those programs can be eligible for federal aid.

 

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The challenge of coherence

Slides from a recent presentation at which George Siemens asks:  "How do learners develop a nuanced and deep understanding of how concepts are related when learning occurs in fragments?"

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CAEL Report on Competency Based Programs

This paper examines the current state of competency-based postsecondary education in the U.S., profiling the various types of competency-based, or competency-focused, models that currently exist, the extent to which these programs assess for student competencies or learning outcomes, and the extent to which these programs operate outside of a credit-based system.

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Blended Learning: Introduction

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Posted on "Tomorrow's Professor" list - Introduction to the new book, Blended Learning: Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy, edited by Francine S. Glazer.

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Understanding Mobility and its Impact on Learning -- Campus Technology

Understanding Mobility and its Impact on Learning -- Campus Technology | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Students' world of interaction, communication, and exploration is increasingly mobile and as that begins to pervade education, so the expectations of students are changing regarding their learning. Instructors must also change how they integrate the use of the technology in their models of instruction. Teachers should be encouraged to develop different mindsets of understanding of the technology and how it changes things for instruction.

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EPIC 2020 Prophesies the Death of Universities

EPIC 2020 Prophesies the Death of Universities | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
EPIC 2020, the movie, is a dramatization of the technology trends that in the remainder of this decade will eliminate college tuition and degrees. New innovative business models in online learning will generate revenues...
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Essay on the changes that may most threaten traditional higher education | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on the changes that may most threaten traditional higher education | Inside Higher Ed | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

By William Durden -- Imagine the moment when [anywhere, anytime] completion exams permit a person to assemble learning from a variety of academic institutions and life experiences to complete a degree. At that moment, the monopoly of institutions over source and cost loosens, and the student gains control of how knowledge is to be gained and at what price. At that moment, the sources of learning are severed from credentialing. At that moment, American higher education is radically changed.

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Barriers to competency-based education may be lifting, panel says | Inside Higher Ed

Barriers to competency-based education may be lifting, panel says | Inside Higher Ed | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Competency-based higher education’s time may have arrived, but no college has gone all-in with a degree program that qualifies for federal aid and is based on competency rather than time in class. Colleges blame regulatory barriers for the hold-up. The U.S. Education Department and accreditors point fingers at each other for allegedly stymieing progress. But they also say the door is open for colleges to walk through ...

 

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6 steps to teach any skill | Knewton Blog

6 steps to teach any skill | Knewton Blog | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

To teach something successfully you need to know three things. 1) The material, 2) The student, and most importantly 3) The learning process. Most people who fail at teaching fail because of #3.

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My daughter, poster child for 21st Century learning

My daughter, poster child for 21st Century learning | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Ken concludes– "if we provide more “guide on the side” instead of “sage on the stage,” teaching them more about how to fish for what they need and less about feeding them a morsel at a time, we will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. These children want to learn."

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Scientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired'

Scientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired' | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Discovering the brain's power to change may be neuroscience's biggest—and most promising—contribution to education.
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Peabody, Vanderbilt Brain Institute launch nation’s first doctorate in educational neuroscience

Peabody, Vanderbilt Brain Institute launch nation’s first doctorate in educational neuroscience | Thinking on Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Peabody, Vanderbilt Brain Institute launch nation’s first doctorate in educational neuroscience. Vanderbilt is launching the country's first doctorate in the emerging field of educational neuroscience.
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