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Create a News Portfolio To Showcase Your Best Content Online with Pressfolios

Create a News Portfolio To Showcase Your Best Content Online with Pressfolios | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it




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Portfolios showcase your artifacts of learning.  

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If you are an author, blogger or journalist and you would like to create an online professional portoflio of your best work, here is a free service that provides a simple, but excellent personal branding and news portofolio service: Pressfolios.

Pressfolio is basically a portoflio site service for writers and journalists who want to organize, store and showcase their best content online.


You provide URLs for the articles and clips you have already published and Pressfolios crawls out to grab its key meta-data and makes it easy for you to integrate it in the free one-page profiler that Pressfolio creates automatically for you.


You can create different sections of your content clips as to organize them according to different topics / industries / issues / years / publishers.


Last but not least Pressfolios automatically helps you create a profile page for yourself to support your content showcase, in which you can list your "professional focus", skills, social networks you are active on, and some kind of text introduction alongside an image of yours and a theme-image that you can also choose for yourself.



Free to use.


More info and try it out now: http://www.pressfolios.com/


Here is a real world example I have put together to fully check Pressolios and its features: http://robingood.pressfolios.com/





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Thanks again for sharing this one too Robin! 

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E-Learning and Online Teaching (Blended) Graduate Certificate

E-Learning and Online Teaching (Blended) Graduate Certificate | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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Are you ready to go back to school?

 

  • Expand the geography of your career.
  • Follow your passion.
  • Boost your salary with new skills.

 

NEW: E-Learning and Online Teaching Career Center

 

About Us: The University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program specializes in highly personalized, discussion-based training in how to teach online. 

 

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Prepare for teaching in blended or virtual online classrooms or training in e-learning settings. Become an effective online instructor.


About Us: The University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program specializes in highly personalized, discussion-based training in how to teach online. 

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Schools rethink discipline, with focus on learning and empathy

Schools rethink discipline, with focus on learning and empathy | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Regional schools are looking at new methods for dealing with troubling behavior, including adopting restorative practices that turn disciplinary actions into learning experiences that promote empathy.

The new approach can break the cycle of misbehavior and reduce the risk of depression and suicidal thoughts by promoting a sense of belonging and safety among students.

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Schools must be safe places. Restorative practices and empathy help create an environment where learning takes place.

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A Video-based Exit Ticket Sparks Engagement | Faculty Focus

A Video-based Exit Ticket Sparks Engagement | Faculty Focus | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The proliferation of low-cost, easy-to-use technology has opened the door for students to discover new ways of acquiring and constructing knowledge and representing their thinking (Bene 2015, iv). After attending an educational technology conference last year, I opted to extend my classroom pedagogy to better incorporate technology and promote active learning.

With my new paradigm shift in place, on the first day of class I asked my statistics students to download an application called Clips (although any video app would suffice). I also invited them into a shared Google Drive where they would upload their soon-to-be created videos.
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Clever idea!  Of course it requires you as the teacher to take a 'tech risk'.  Will it work? Will you go down the rabbit hole of app compatibility weirdness?  Learning something new means taking some risks (something your students do every day they show up).  Will you do it?

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Whispers About Online Learning: 5 Misconceptions | The Virtual Voice

Whispers About Online Learning: 5 Misconceptions | The Virtual Voice | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"Online learning has been around for more than 20 years now, but there are still some messages that have been passed down throughout the years that aren’t exactly the “real” message.

Bottom line: It’s a great idea to try something for yourself before you judge what it may be like! Have you tried online courses yet? Will you be the next??

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Online learning has gained a great reputation over the past 20 years. Still, misconceptions remain. Do any of these ring your warning bell?

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Flawed AEI Report on Online Education: The good, the bad, and the ugly -

Flawed AEI Report on Online Education: The good, the bad, and the ugly - | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
In many ways this report takes a similar approach to the GMU report and a prior one by Caroline Hoxby from Stanford University, which was subsequently withdrawn, in asking important questions but providing flawed analysis to support conclusions. The problems with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) report lie in its description of the history of online education and the 50 percent rule, the usage of data to describe the "supply side" of online, and some misinterpretations of IPEDS data. The flaws are hard to overlook, which is a shame, in that much of the qualitative discussion on online education provides a nuanced set of answers to the questions posed above.
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Research about online learning is like peeling an ever expanding onion.

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9 Key Players You Need On Your eLearning Dream Team

9 Key Players You Need On Your eLearning Dream Team | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Christopher Pappas: "The famous philanthropist and steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie, once said: "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." Seamless collaboration, a strong work ethic, and shared goals are the hallmarks of an effective eLearning project. In order to achieve this, however, you need a carefully selected eLearning team on your side. Each professional must play their part in the process to deliver an eLearning course that exceeds expectations and achieve learning objectives, on time and on budget. Here are the 9 key players of the eLearning Dream Team."

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More old (but precious) gold from Chris Pappas. Have you worked with a dream team?  (I have and do!)

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Instructional designers weigh in on benefits and drawbacks of team sizes and shapes

Instructional designers weigh in on benefits and drawbacks of team sizes and shapes | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
“Inside Digital Learning” talked to numerous instructional designers and digital learning leaders on different-size teams for this article; most said they’re optimistic that institutions are starting to understand the importance of instructional designers as online programs expand.
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Team work and building instructional design teams... what a concept? Great to see higher education slowly drifting into the real world!

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Instructional Design Portfolios – 23 Well-Built Samples

Instructional Design Portfolios – 23 Well-Built Samples | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Every seasoned Instructional Designer should consider making an elaborate portfolio of previous projects. Narcissistic inclinations aside, a well-balanced representation of your courses and projects may bring along a plethora of future benefits.
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Novice or seasoned, an instructional designer need a portfolio. Here are some examples and some guidelines that can help you get your online presence looking good.  

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15 Assistive Technology Tools For Students With Disabilities

15 Assistive Technology Tools For Students With Disabilities | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
One tool to help students with disabilities even in the face of a special education teacher shortage is assistive technology. Today, assistive technology can help students with certain disabilities learn more effectively. Ranging in sophistication from “low” technologies such as a graphic organizer worksheet to “high” technologies including cutting-edge software and smartphone apps, assistive technology is a growing and dynamic field. Several areas of assistive technology and sample products may be found in any given classroom, making a difference in how students of all abilities learn.
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Tools to do the job we all love: teach!

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75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in the Classroom

75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in the Classroom | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
There is no shortage of strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. We’ve compiled an extensive list of 75 digital tools, apps, and platforms that can help teachers and students use formative assessment to elicit evidence of student learning.
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Admit it. You can always use new ideas on how to provide formative assessment for your students. It doesn't matter if you teach grade school or graduate school, some of these tools will apply to what you do. 

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With so much emphasis put on high-stakes, high-pressure summative assessment, it's always useful to consider other ways of checking that learning has occurred. 
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6 Little-Known Rewards Of An Instructional Design Career

6 Little-Known Rewards Of An Instructional Design Career | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Christopher Pappas: "You probably know that Instructional Design is a rewarding career path with a brightly projected outlook. After all, the eLearning industry is growing by leaps and bounds, as organizations begin to realize its cost-saving benefits. However, there are some hidden rewards to this career path that aren't widely publicized. In fact, some of these lesser-known benefits keep Instructional Designers in the field for years. Read on to find 6 of the best reasons to begin your Instructional Design career."

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Many of the graduates from UW-Stout's Instructional Design Graduate Certificate Program have left traditional teaching in search of the bright new career Christopher Pappas describes in this timely article.

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Challenges for Computational Thinkers: Robotics, Coding, Makerspaces – A Combination Approach

Challenges for Computational Thinkers: Robotics, Coding, Makerspaces – A Combination Approach | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Tools, Tips, and fascinating articles about putting your hands on coding, robotics, making, and thinking. 

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Curious about the origins of coding, robotics, computational thinking and makerspaces?  Great articles click here. 

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EdTechs and Instructional Designers—What's the Difference? | EDUCAUSE

EdTechs and Instructional Designers—What's the Difference? | EDUCAUSE | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Both edtechs and instructional designers (IDs) work with computer systems and programs, yet their actual duties differ from traditional IT tasks. The resulting confusion over what edtechs and IDs do—and how the two roles differ—is rampant, not least in the sector that needs them most: higher education.
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Where do you fit? (Or perhaps... where would you like to fit?)

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Enroll Now: EDUC 765: Trends and Issues in Instructional Design

Enroll Now: EDUC 765: Trends and Issues in Instructional Design | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

100% Online: This 8-week online instructional design course provides an introduction to learning theory, instructional design models, and the instructional design and development process.

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Take this course as a stand alone learning experience, or apply it to the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate certificate. 

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6 Little-Known Rewards Of An Instructional Design Career

6 Little-Known Rewards Of An Instructional Design Career | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Get a Free PDF Download! Get the Free eBook How To Kick-Start And Boost An Amazing Instructional Design Career to learn lesser-known rewards of an ID Career
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Want to break in or upgrade your existing skills? Many of the graduates from UW-Stout's Instructional Design Graduate Certificate Program have left traditional teaching in search of the bright new career Christopher Pappas describes in this timely article.
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Instructional Design Portfolios – 23 Well-Built Samples

Instructional Design Portfolios – 23 Well-Built Samples | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Nifty portfolios speak volumes for Instructional Design pros. Browse efficient templates, learn how to differentiate, and come up with a creative response.
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Want to be an instructional designer? You have to SHOW what you KNOW.

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Automation, education, and the future of work: a reading list

Automation, education, and the future of work: a reading list | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As it turns out, the future of work conversation is inherently a future of education conversation.

If the hallmark of 20th century learning was access to a college education, the 21st century will emphasize frameworks that support lifelong learning. Education is no longer a linear process with the endpoint of a single diploma, but a continuous and fluid process that should help us adapt to changing technological, economic, and social conditions.
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Don't be afraid of the future... be aware of the possibilities!

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Darling-Hammond: Testing Won’t Make America No. 1 in Education

Darling-Hammond: Testing Won’t Make America No. 1 in Education | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
If America wants to be the world leader in education, then it should look to other countries as a model for success, says Linda Darling-Hammond, a leading educational researcher, in her Thought Leader session Thursday at the AASA national conference.

Countries such as Finland and Singapore have been among the highest-scoring countries in international comparisons. Unlike the United States, these countries provide broad support for children’s welfare, said Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute in Palo Alto, Calif.
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AMEN.

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Guide to accessibility practices aims to help institutions develop formal policies

Guide to accessibility practices aims to help institutions develop formal policies | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Champions of accessibility awareness have made strides in highlighting that all students, not just those with disabilities, benefit from multiple, flexible options for learning materials. A recent uptick in high-profile lawsuits alleging failure to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act has motivated many institutions to think carefully about how they work with students.
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Schools want to do the right thing when it comes to accessibility. That desire makes it to the front burner when lawsuits start happening.  This guide might help your school take care of business before the temperature (and the legal bills) get to high. 

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Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning

Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The intent of this document is to supply educational teams content that will provide support for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services for students with disabilities enrolled in online and blended learning environments.

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Fresh from Michigan Virtual Learning: 

Deschaine, M. (2018). Supporting students with disabilities in k-12 online and blended learning. Lansing, MI: Michigan Virtual University. Retrieved from https://mvlri.org/research/publications/supporting-students-with-disabilities-in-k-12-online-and-blended-learning/ 

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Top 50 Math Sites and Apps | Tech & Learning

Top 50 Math Sites and Apps | Tech & Learning | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Throughout the last few years I've compiled quite a few lists of my favorite sites/apps for a variety of subjects.  Mobile learning and BYOD (bring your own device) is making it easier for students to learn, especially in the subject of math.
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Math Teachers, All Teachers: Dig in to find the right tool at the right time. 

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Academic freedom is essential to democracy

Academic freedom is essential to democracy | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Since higher education is, by definition, an environment where new knowledge is produced and consumed, it follows that the freedom to engage in intellectual inquiry is essential to the purpose of higher education, to the mission of higher education institutions and to the professional duties of those individuals involved in teaching, learning and research processes.
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Freedom carved in stone erodes slowly.  Freedom made of bits and bytes, may not be so enduring.

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Self-Directed Learning: Developing Agentic Learners

Self-Directed Learning: Developing Agentic Learners | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
This is a series of five blog posts on Self-Directed Learning (SDL), which has become somewhat of a vogue term in the present educational context. For example, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills identified SDL as one of the life and career skills necessary to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce.

In this series, Dennis Sale from Singapore Polytechnic, will unpack SDL in terms of what it actually means and entails as a human capability (e.g., the key underpinning competencies) and how teaching/training professionals can best design and facilitate learning experiences (e.g., strategies) to enhance students’ self-directed learning.
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Developing Agentic Learners --  Sounds like an apt coined phrase. Just found this jewel on Michael Barbour's Virtual School Meanderings site.  Thanks Mike, You're the best!

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OER Survey and Adoption Growth: It pays to check source material -

OER Survey and Adoption Growth: It pays to check source material - | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Nearly one-quarter of faculty that teach large enrollment introductory courses report that they are using OER in some fashion, with more of these faculty responding that use OER as supplemental rather than as required materials. The rates are lower across all faculty, with 13% reporting using OER as required course material in at least one of their courses.

These numbers represent a large increase over those in previous years, with the overall faculty rate of required OER use climbing from 5% two years ago to 6% in 2016-17, and then making a large jump to 13% this year. Given the sometimes vague understanding of the OER and its licensing, care must be taken in interpreting these results. Are faculty lumping any free resource into the OER category, even those that are not licensed as OER? Based on previous results we have to assume that there is some level of over-reporting in these figures of OER use; we just don't know how much of an impact this is having.
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OER = Open Educational Resources -- Want to induce a bit of sticker shock?  Take a look at text book prices. Then begin thinking about student debt. Then take a deep breath and explore OER.

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10 Tips for Effective Online Discussions | EDUCAUSE

10 Tips for Effective Online Discussions | EDUCAUSE | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
These tips can help educators ensure that online discussions are engaging and beneficial for postsecondary students.
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If just one of these 10 tips lands right on you, it's worth the scanning time investment. 

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Transitioning from Teaching to Instructional Design 8-8-18

Christy Tucker,  tells (and shows) you how she made the move from teacher to ID.

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Here's one designer's journey from middle school music teacher to busy instructional designer. 

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