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EPS technology & the bright shiny object syndrome

EPS technology & the bright shiny object syndrome | |

Using the phrase “EPS Technology” is probably a mistake when you consider Embedded Performance Support [EPS] is not a technology; rather, it is a discipline…that has technology implications. What I’ve experienced over the years is our tendency toward embracing the technology too early and then wind up trying to make our business requirements fit into whatever was purchased…or whatever we got talked into by a vendor.

The actual technology component is known as Electronic Performance Support Systems [EPSS], and in reality, outside of the servers used to deploy it, is a software application. EPSS is not new technology/software; in fact, it has been around since the early 1990’s. Back then, EPSS was “tied to” another business application, meaning there were actual connections to the code of the primary application and the EPSS. Basic intent behind today’s EPSS is similar in it provides contextual support to the user while using the primary application…like SAP, Oracle, SafesForce, etc. That’s where the similarities end.

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Ransomware: Sharp rise in attacks against universities as learning goes online

Ransomware: Sharp rise in attacks against universities as learning goes online | |

The number of ransomware attacks targeting universities has doubled over the past year and the cost of ransomware demands is going up as information security teams struggle to fight off cyberattacks.

Analysis of ransomware campaigns against higher education found that attacks against universities during 2020 were up 100 percent compared to 2019, and that the average ransom demand now stands at $447,000.

Edumorfosiss insight:

Lo mencioné en una reciente conferencia internacional: El próximo virus que impactará al Sistema Educativo será el informático. Las Escuelas y Universidades deberán prepararse para las amenazas cibernéticas...

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DOCENTES: Tutores hoy, Acompañantes mañana...

DOCENTES: Tutores hoy, Acompañantes mañana... | |

Los docentes están encontrando cada vez más dificultades ya no solo por tutorizar a los aprendices, ya que cada vez estos encuentran más información, recursos, otros expertos…en la red y se están convenciendo que esto es mucho mejor que la educación clásica con los “argumentos” de siempre, por tanto, los aprendices están cuestionando la educación clásica, porque están aprendiendo a decidir que materiales, personas,…son adecuados para que ellos puedan realizar sus aprendizajes.

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Emprender & Aprender

Emprender & Aprender | |

Cuando se piensa en el “futuro del aprendizaje”, es obvio que los conocimientos son necesarios para la próxima generación podrían ser diferentes de los que se necesitan hoy en día.

La Educación en Emprendimiento puede ayudar a desarrollar habilidades transversales en un sentido, pero le falta el otro, la educación, los aprendizajes…

De como emprendimiento y formación deben ir de la mano en una nueva sociedad. He aquí los itinerarios posibles para que eso se produzca, por tanto el esquema es complejos, es cierto, pero se adapta a una concepción global del nuevo emprendimiento y de la nueva educaciób, los dos junbtos e inseparables….

Con ello desaparece los compartimientos estancos, las localizaciones a ultranza y aparecen temas colaborativos, pensamiento crítico, redarquías que dan transparencia y confianzo a los procesos, y por encima de todo una Excelencia personalizada que hace que nadie se quede fuera del sistema….miren a ver que les parece, please…

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How teachers are emerging as the tastemakers of collaborative technology

How teachers are emerging as the tastemakers of collaborative technology | |

In today’s fast-changing remote environment, virtual presenting is the new way business and education communication is done. When I say virtual presenting I’m referring to when you share your content in-screen during a video call or recorded video, while maintaining the ability to keep your video presence alongside your content and interact with your visuals versus hiding behind them (similar to how your local weather person operates).

Research shows virtual presentations lead to more engaging communication. Virtual presenters naturally choreograph their movement to go hand-in-hand with the content, and the in-screen content brings to life their talk-track.

Today, there are surprisingly few people even presenting with the screen-share function on video calls. This seems to be because they don’t want to hide behind their content. However, with the ability to virtually present next to your face using tools like Zoom, live video meetings will quickly evolve in 2021 and an unexpected group will decide the tech “winners” in this category: Educators. Here are the roles teachers will play in shaping technology use.

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How to build the Next Campus

How to build the Next Campus | |

The next campus is hybrid. Prior to 2020, colleges and universities around the world had started to offer distance learning and invest in the technologies necessary to provide remote course offerings. COVID-19 accelerated this trend dramatically. In the future, students will expect the choice to attend courses and access university services through in-person, remote, and hybrid environments. Not only will these hybrid learning environments provide more personalized learning offerings for students, but they will also provide greater flexibility and access for students from diverse geographic and economic backgrounds.

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The Profile of a Lifelong Learner

The Profile of a Lifelong Learner | |

The Profile of a Lifelong Learner is a research-based “north star” that helps adult educators, workforce development specialists, and employers define, measure, and advance the digital and lifelong learning skills that adult learners need to be successful in the workforce of today and tomorrow.

The Profile of a Lifelong Learner was developed with support from experts in adult basic education, workforce development, community colleges, employer partnerships, K-12 schools, career & technical education, and EdTech. The Profile can be used to help develop curriculum and services to support working learners.

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No more wasted data: Why more companies are turning data into action

No more wasted data: Why more companies are turning data into action | |

All in all, 2020 will go down as one of the most challenging and impactful years in history. It will also be known as one of the most transformative, with companies and individuals adjusting quickly to the new normal in both work and play, with a "socially distant" way of life changing how people interact and communicate.

Even amidst the chaos, we saw an influx of existing technologies finding new industry opportunities, such as videoconferencing tools, streaming platforms such as Netflix, telehealth applications, EdTech platforms, and cybersecurity, to name a few. All of these technologies are powered by one fundamental thing, yet this entity isn't being tapped to its full potential by SMBs and enterprises alike.

That thing is data, collected by companies with the intent to inform business decisions and better understand and serve their customers. However, from what I have seen, more than 80 percent of data that businesses generate goes unused. This will drastically change in the next three years, with the majority of the data consumed being put to use.

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Self-Education, Online Learning, and the Future of Education

Self-Education, Online Learning, and the Future of Education | |

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our society in a host of different ways. As people around the world have adjusted to new ways of working, studying, and socializing, we’re seeing new trends emerge and develop. But what do these changes mean for the way we approach education, now and in the future?

In 2020, FutureLearn commissioned YouGov to undertake a global study to interrogate and explore the future of learning. The main themes of this study were those of personal development and career aspirations, the power of education and online learning, and expectations for education in the future.

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Los Futuros de la Educación

Los Futuros de la Educación | |

La iniciativa de la UNESCO Los Futuros de la Educación tiene como objetivo repensar la educación y dar forma al futuro. La iniciativa está catalizando un debate mundial sobre cómo hay que replantear el conocimiento, la educación y el aprendizaje en un mundo de creciente complejidad, incertidumbre y precariedad.

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Entrevista a Francesc Pedró sobre la Educación Superior y Escolar en Latinoamérica

Entrevista a Francesc Pedró sobre la Educación Superior y Escolar en Latinoamérica | |

Francesc Pedró i García IESALC - UNESCO entrevistado por la periodista Luciana Vásquez , LAREPREGUNTA La Nacion ARGENTINA

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Universidades: Terreno fronterizo

Universidades: Terreno fronterizo | |

Hoy La realidad es que las universidades, los centros educativos, especialmente, están en un momento de impás, un tiempo muy "fronterizo", por decirlo de alguna manera que se entienda, escenarios donde se preveen cambios "disruptivos" y que se mantienen gracias a la inercia que venimos arrastrando según nuestra cultura.


Todos los centros españoles se encuentran "llenos de docentes que provienen del famoso "baby boom, personas que dentro de muy pocos años tendrán edad de jubilación y eso determina un "tapón" real o no, con la gente que va subiendo y que quiere tomar, por una parte mayores responsabilidades y por otra, llevar a cabo las innovaciones propias de "su sociedad" , una sociedad que se mueve por parámetros muy tecnificados, la llamada "tecnosociedad"

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The origin of Learning Experience Design

The origin of Learning Experience Design | |

In essence, LXD is a combination of two domains: design and learning. However, leaving it at that would be over simplified as both design and learning are broad and diverse domains. That’s why each domain is divided in two parts. This way you end up with four quadrants. Examining these quadrants will offer some valuable insights in the origin of LX Design.

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Learning Experience Design vs Instructional Design

Learning Experience Design vs Instructional Design | |

What is the difference between learning experience design (LXD) and instructional design (ID)? That’s a question I get a lot, especially from instructional designers. There is no short answer to this question, so buckle up!

As a pioneer in the field of LXD, I came across ID after several years of designing learning experiences. When I learned more about ID it became clear to me that there are fundamental differences between the perspectives, skills, methods, tools and results of LX designers and instructional designers. Let me explain some major differences one by one.

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[Webinar] A framework for using Educational Technology

[Webinar] A framework for using Educational Technology | |

This is the recording of a webinar that I hosted on May 14th. The slides are available here

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Más cerca de la Educación Híbrida: Cómo la tecnología transforma el concepto de profesor

Más cerca de la Educación Híbrida: Cómo la tecnología transforma el concepto de profesor | |

Los cambios sistémicos en la educación vienen ya de atrás, cuando el desarrollo de internet convierte el acceso a la información en una cuestión de apenas segundos. Y ahora la tecnología ha demostrado que alumnos y profesores pueden liberarse de la necesidad de compartir tiempo y espacio para las actividades educativas. El futuro es la educación híbrida, y, más allá de la formación básica obligatoria, todas las instituciones tendrán que adaptarse al nuevo escenario, más digital. Si no lo hacen, el riesgo es la irrelevancia, dada la pujanza de nuevos centros de formación alejados de los moldes tradicionales.

¿Perderán los profesores importancia en este nuevo entorno? No, o incluso la ganarán si se adaptan con éxito.

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Working outloud on Evaluation

Working outloud on Evaluation | |

I’m giving myself some open space to think about ‘Learning’ in the broadest sense: consider it some graffiti that i’m spraying over my existing knowledge. This is shared not as a coherent body of work, but rather the things that i am currently most interested in. Today, this concerns evaluation: the ways we measure what we do, in terms of learning programme or experience design. Typically i would view this through a lens of triangulation: choose three out of the following approaches, and triangulate between them. You could choose from ‘observation of behaviour’, ‘self reported learning and change’, ‘co-created stories of change’, ‘formally measured assessments of knowledge’, ‘inferred knowledge’ (e.g. through simulations), and a whole host of others.

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[eBook] The Next Campus

[eBook] The Next Campus | |
The campus is evolving. We are entering an era that emphasizes student experience as paramount and when higher education institutions will prioritize scalability, flexibility, and access to meet student, administrator, and faculty needs.
A hybrid campus provides the insights, analytics, and control to increase efficiency and proactively optimize the campus experience in real time. Building this smart, flexible campus today makes for a smart investment in your institution's tomorrow.
How can security and digitization enable improvements in student, staff, and administrative experience? Higher education institutions can leverage technology investments to drive economies of scale and maximize long-term flexibility. Spaces and systems that are conceived, designed, built and operated with connectivity and security in-mind deliver immediate improvements and returns in student and staff experience and space efficiency.
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Imagining Education in 2031

Imagining Education in 2031 | |

What will education look like in 2031?

In the next 10 years, we need to reimagine the student experience, delivering services and learning where they want, how they want, and in three clicks/interactions or fewer, without students ever providing the same information twice. We need to offer stackable, individualized credentials that allow learners to upskill and reskill quickly.

A decade from now, we won’t be an institution you just attend for a full-time two-, three- or four-year program and credential. We will be an applied institute for lifelong learners, maintaining a membership-like relationship with those we serve. In 2031, the classroom will look nothing like it does today. We will innovatively blend physical, virtual, and experiential learning such that traditional environments will likely take a backseat.

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When virtual animations are teaching, can they make an emotional connection?

When virtual animations are teaching, can they make an emotional connection? | |

Studies have shown that students learn better from instructors displaying positive emotions—in other words, an upbeat lecturer is more effective than someone delivering in monotone. But when video lessons are led by computer animations instead of live instructors, how much do their simulated emotions matter?

That’s the subject of a research project at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Researchers have created a series of video lessons—some delivered by humans and others by animated digital characters—to see whether students notice the difference, and how it matters.

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[PDF] The Future of Learning Report

[PDF] The Future of Learning Report | |
At FutureLearn, we continue to pursue our mobile-first strategy, making offline learning a top priority and ensuring our user experience is universally accessible. Powered by our world-class university and industry partners, we’re always working to produce a broader selection of free and open courses – for anyone, anywhere.
Learning is for life, and life can sometimes get complicated. We’re building more routes into education, giving learners the option to progress their career, explore a new industry, or simply learn for fun. From standalone courses to learning pathways, the content is interesting but challenging and focuses on developing knowledge and in-demand skills. Every learner builds their personal study journey by choosing courses that are meaningful to them, their career, and their future.
Education is a shared experience. We want to connect more people so they can learn together. We don’t want a world of studying alone. Instead, we want to connect learners and broaden their perspectives to include new cultures, approaches, experiences, feelings and concepts. This passion for collaborative learning is deeply ingrained in our courses as it powers positive interactions, experiences, and results. The future of learning is togetherness – global learners in a global society.
Of course, we all share significant challenges. But education helps us to fix them – it equips us with the tools we need to make our world a better place. That’s why we want to continue partnering with amazing organizations and universities, creating inspiring content, and helping as many learners as possible to make their future goals and dreams a reality.
Our learning is infinite. The skills we need are lifelong. #ThisIsFutureLearning.
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Here's why EdTech is enhancing the education experience

Here's why EdTech is enhancing the education experience | |

As we embark on a new year against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to live in an extraordinary age of mass school closures and distance learning. Despite the challenges that remote learning has presented for students, educators, and parents across the globe, the learning community has demonstrated great resilience and innovation in the face of disruption.

Education Technology has emerged during this period as an indispensable tool for many schools, enabling students to not only continue their education, but thrive with the additional flexibility and personalized support that many online learning platforms provide.

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Laval Virtual welcomes Higher Education students into its Virtual World

Laval Virtual welcomes Higher Education students into its Virtual World | |

NEOMA Business School is the very first school in Europe to leverage this innovative platform. They partnered with Laval Virtual to create their own virtual campus within the Laval Virtual World.

This new digital campus creates a sense of closeness, encourages natural reflexes in group situations and recreates the spontaneous atmosphere that is lacking from videoconference platforms
– Alain GOUDEY, NEOMA Business school

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A decade of Digital Transformation

A decade of Digital Transformation | |

With a focus on improving collaboration, sensemaking, and knowledge sharing in teams, communities and networks, I have had the privilege of working with a wide variety of clients.

Ten years ago I tried to convince senior federal public servants of the importance of social media and how they would have to change their relationship with citizens. This presentation fell on deaf years. I had much more success working with Dominos in incorporating personal knowledge mastery into their leadership training.

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Benefits of eLearning for Learners (2021 Edition)

Benefits of eLearning for Learners (2021 Edition) | |

The benefits of eLearning are numerous, and despite all my best efforts, one article was not enough to highlight all of them. That’s why I decided to selectively pick out the most important benefits of eLearning. Explained benefits set eLearning apart from other learning methods.

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What is Learning Experience Design (LXD)?

What is Learning Experience Design (LXD)? | |

Learning experience design (LX design) is the process of creating learning experiences that enable the learner to achieve the desired learning outcome in a human centered and goal oriented way.

Now let’s break things down into smaller parts: experience, design and learning. These parts are quite self-explanatory and together they tell a lot about what LX design really is about.

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