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The Future of Learning, Networked Society - Ericsson

The Future of Learning, Networked Society - Ericsson | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Can ICT redefine the way we learn in the Networked Society? Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share in whole new ways. This dynamic shift in mindset is creating profound change throughout our society. The Future of Learning looks at one part of that change, the potential to redefine how we learn and educate. Watch as we talk with world renowned experts and educators about its potential to shift away from traditional methods of learning based on memorization and repetition to more holistic approaches that focus on individual students' needs and self expression."


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Jeroen Bottema's curator insight, 17 September 2013, 08:12

"Can ICT redefine the way we learn in the Networked Society? Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share in whole new ways. This dynamic shift in mindset is creating profound change throughout our society. The Future of Learning looks at one part of that change, the potential to redefine how we learn and educate. Watch as we talk with world renowned experts and educators about its potential to shift away from traditional methods of learning based on memorization and repetition to more holistic approaches that focus on individual students' needs and self expression."

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, 17 September 2013, 11:34

Maakt de ICT revolutie van ieder kind een Montessori leerling?

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, 17 September 2013, 16:51

Context, as Gregory Bateson pointed out, is the important idea.

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Explaining and Applying Hybrid Pedagogy » Online Universities

Explaining and Applying Hybrid Pedagogy » Online Universities | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: Aug 7, 2012
Source: OnlineUniversities.com
URL: http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/08/explaining-applying-hybrid-pedagogy/
Title: Explaining and Applying Hybrid Pedagogy

 

Abstract/Quotes:
"We cannot separate ourselves from technology that mediates our daily lives; that manages our social lives; that dominates politics; that entertains us; and that helps to educate us. The three part series on Hybridity in education by Peter Rorabaugh and Jesse Stommel in the online journal Hybrid Pedagogy examines the artificial dichotomy that has been established between virtual learning and the traditional or face-to-face model. A successful and transparent blending of these two delivery modes is the future of education.The implications of examining all teaching and learning as happening on a digital/empirical continuum (Rorabaugh, 7 Feb., 2012) as opposed to an either or choice are significant and reveal a probable model for what the future of education holds." - from Source

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Higher education’s destination by 2020

"Today, though, the business of higher education seems to some as susceptible to tech disruption as other information-centric industries such as the news media, magazines and journals, encyclopedias, music, motion pictures, and television. The transmission of knowledge need no longer be tethered to a college campus. The technical affordances of cloud-based computing, digital textbooks, mobile connectivity, high-quality streaming video, and “just-in-time” information gathering have pushed vast amounts of knowledge to the “placeless” Web. This has sparked a robust re-examination of the modern university’s mission and its role within networked society." - Source

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Silicon Valley Firm To Help UVA Expand Online Courses : NPR

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: NPR Morning Edition transcript
URL: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/17/156891653/silicon-valley-firm-to-help-uva-expand-online-courses

Title: (MOOCs) Silicon Valley Firm To Help UVA Expand Online Courses

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"NPRs Claudio Sanchez: "SANCHEZ: In fact, not one of the 16 institutions that Coursera has signed up till now offers academic credit or a degree. Instead, students receive a certificate for completing courses that can last anywhere from four to 12 weeks. Coursera today enrolls 690,000 people in 190 countries and those numbers are growing.

The Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors, who thus far have put more than $22 million into the operation, believe they can make lots of money down the road.

The University of Virginia's vice provost Milton Adams says this is not just about money, for UVA it's a chance to join the ranks of institutions that are using technology to help democratize higher education around the world.
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In a statement, UVA president Teresa Sullivan said: There are still many unknowns concerning online teaching. But this partnership will in no way diminish the value of a UVA. Degree - rather it will enhance its brand." -- from the Source

The Source is an NPR Morning Edition transcription. The original audio is available at this URL too.

 

I note with interest President Sullivan uses the words Degree and Brand in the closing remarks. Branding of Academic Institutions seems to be as important as their contribution to the traditional ideals of "increasing the body of knowledge" or "preparing the future leaders and contributors to a better society."

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The MOOC Model: Challenging Traditional Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

The MOOC Model: Challenging Traditional Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online

 

"Key Takeaways
> A turning point will occur in the higher education model when a MOOC-based program of study leads to a degree from an accredited institution — a trend that has already begun to develop.
> Addressing the quality of the learning experience that MOOCs provide is therefore of paramount importance to their credibility and acceptance.
> MOOCs represent a postindustrial model of teaching and learning that has the potential to undermine and replace the business model of institutions that depend on recruiting and retaining students for location-bound, proprietary forms of campus-based learning." from source: http://www.educause.edu

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MOOCs are controversial when it comes to the business and accreditation aspects of higher education. The value of a degree versus a credential or badge is in debate. How can a remotely controlled educational experience be credible or of quality? Finally, if they are accepted, adopted, and integrated into mainstream academia, what will this mean financially for higher education institutions.

 

On the other hand, in corporate training circles the challenge of MOOCs may be that the content presented may present content or pedagogy that conflicts with the corporate culture. This applies to government agencies as well as commercial organizations.  

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Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Teaching & Technology

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Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.

 

"Hybrid Pedagogy
: combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses for technology and digital media in on-ground and online classrooms.
: avoids valorizing educational technology, but seeks to interrogate and investigate technological tools to determine their most progressive applications.
: invites you to an ongoing discussion that is networked and participant-driven, to an open peer reviewed journal that is both academic and collective." - from Source

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U-Va. takes major step in online education

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Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: Washington Post
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1) Article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-takes-major-step-in-online-education/2012/07/16/gJQAF3YOqW_story_1.html

2) Printed Edition without images, but all on one page:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-takes-major-step-in-online-education/2012/07/16/gJQAF3YOqW_print.html

Title: (MOOCs) U-Va. takes major step in online education

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"Now, opposition is melting away. A compelling body of research has shown that some online initiatives yield improved outcomes at reduced cost, an irresistible proposition.

“We don’t want to be another industry that didn’t see change coming and, because they didn’t see it in time, they’re dead,” said James Dean, dean of the business school at the University of North Carolina, which is known for its online experimentation.
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EdX and Coursera allow top schools to expand their global brand and share their intellectual capital with the world in the manner of academic missionaries. Perhaps as important, the online laboratories allow each institution to cultivate an internal digital culture.

“Simply put, online learning can substantially improve on-campus learning as well,” said Anant Agarwal, president of edX. “The way we educate students really hasn’t changed much in centuries.”

Some educators suggest that the global online platforms offer more flash than substance, and that financial benefits for schools are dubious.

“There’s no income from it. Nobody’s made a case that there will be any income from it,” said Marva Barnett, director of the Teaching Resource Center at U-Va. “Why is this such a desirable thing?”  -- From the Source

Note: There has been discussion about this article on Twitter about where the "compelling body of research" came from or even exists.

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