Guest Blog Post: Online Learning – a Perfect Confluence or a Bad Influence?

EdTech4Beginners

It changed the way we shop, work out, eat, learn… it changed the way we live. The way technology affects learning processes has an impressive effect on the overall educational system. increase in student enrolment in online courses from fall 2013 to fall 2014. The benefits of online learning are immense, but there are great advantages that cause students to drop out. The Advantages of Online Learning: The Perfect Confluence.

Lessons and Leadership During the Switch to Online Learning

edWeb.net

Two months after the COVID-19 crisis forced educators across the United States to leave their classrooms and start teaching online, the scope of the changes and challenges have now become clear, and educational leaders have started to identify what’s working and what still needs improvement. Overall, the panelists are optimistic that the transition to online learning will hasten the adaptation of technologies and teaching methods that will better prepare students for 21 st century careers.

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The Case for Online Learning

Leadership Lounge

Online learning has been a part of higher education since the late 1990s. In fact, universities have utilized distance learning for decades, beginning with correspondence and then moving videoconferencing in the late 1980s. As the Internet improved, so did the opportunity to move from point-to-point video-conference delivery of instruction to asynchronous online learning. Now, online learning has become a required element in university program offerings.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

The Hechinger Report

In Illinois, District 428 awarded 73 high school diplomas in 2017, up from 65 in 2013 when there were twice as many juveniles in the system and their average stay was longer. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. Brown liked the shift to online work.

Match Beyond: No excuses meets disruption in higher education

The Christensen Institute

With millions of nonconsumers of traditional colleges and universities in the United States and worldwide—many of them low-income adults with jobs or families—and a traditional higher education model that, increasingly, is both expensive and under financial strain, there has been no shortage of opportunities for disruptive higher education upstarts powered by online learning to emerge. Disruption has been alive and well in higher education for years now.

Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

Edsurge

Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire Investors has acquired NovoEd , a San Francisco-based provider of an online learning platform. NovoEd traces its roots to Stanford University, where engineering professor Amin Saberi and Farnaz Ronaghi, then a PhD student, launched their first online course in 2012. The pair then started the company in January 2013. These online courses are easy to sign up for, yet few students actually stick through and finish them.

Learning Math Should be Fun and Engaging

A Principal's Reflections

Kanchan Chellani, currently a math teacher at New Milford High School , is a strong believer in making the learning process fun, interactive, and meaningful for students. To engage students in her classroom, Mrs. Chellani has utilized a variety of tools to help her develop an interactive, student-centered learning environment. As a result, she has started to create her own online learning modules, using the software Adobe Captivate.

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ThingLink: Design Engaging Learning Experiences

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

12th @4:00 PM CST As an instructional technology facilitator my goal is to weave together digital tools to design engaging, interactive learning experiences that support all learners and encourage higher order thinking. Of course, in order to be useful for teachers, these learning experiences need to be aligned to standards, initiatives and hot edtech topics. ThingLink, an online tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia rich interactive graphic.

Museums, libraries win grants for youth to enhance online learning, community

Educator Innovator

Sixteen museums, libraries and nonprofit institutions have been awarded a total of $150,000 to engage young people in the development of apps, badges, curricula and other tools that will make the online experience more civil, safe and empowering. MacArthur Foundation, administered by Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), and was carried out in collaboration with Facebook, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), and Mozilla.

Adopting a Digital Disruptor Mindset to Transform Education

The 21st Century Principal

This type of thinking limits the view of technology as only being able to enable teaching and learning as we have been doing it under a 20th century, industrial-age school model. Technology then becomes the means to deli ver what is seen as time-honored traditional forms of teaching and learning, such as lecture or heavy use of textbooks. Armed with new technology, they use the capabilities of those technologies to reinvent teaching and learning.

Maker Party and Making Learning Connected mooc to Launch This Weekend

Educator Innovator

After a Department of Education kick-off at the Reimagining Education Conference and initial practitioner learning opportunities by partners Scratch, the Afterschool Alliance, and Mozilla Webmakers, the Summer of Making and Connecting kicks into even higher gear with the launch of Maker Party 2013 and the Making Learning Connected mooc on June 15. The design and spirit of Maker Party is informed by Connected Learning design principles.

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The Importance of Student Buy In for the Use of New Technology and Teaching Methods

Saving Socrates

I resented the unstructured weekly meetings my students attended with school counselors and advisors and the almost monthly color war or spirit centered full school event. I found those meetings turned into venting sessions where students were given the ability to complain about anything they disliked. Furthermore, I found these meetings had an almost contagious effect among students creating animosity and inspiring grievances from even the most copacetic student.

Restorative circles, online wellness rooms and grief training: How schools are preparing for the Covid mental health crisis

The Hechinger Report

More and more, schools are recognizing that academic learning may at times have to take a back seat to alleviating those challenges. We’re going to have to embed social-emotional learning within every single subject we teach, every minute that we’re with the students.”

Global digital tribe

Learning with 'e's

It is tribal because the global online community exhibits many of the characteristics of traditional, territorial tribal practice. Social media, the most social of all modern technologies, provided us with shared virtual spaces where we could ''meet''. Membership of digital clans can be volatile, as has been demonstrated in the sharp rise and decline of once popular tribal online spaces such as Bebo or MySpace. Finally, learning should be situated.

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Flipped Classroom: How many hours does an instructor REALLY put into teaching

Connecting 2 the World

Likewise, while on paper the "flipped classroom" may look like it is less work for the instructor because the "students are teaching themselves", like online learning, in fact, the instructor's role requires a lot more time commitment, often outside of anyone else's view. I have always taught using a style in which I take the content (which I am familiar with) and modify it to meet the needs of a particular class. I'm writing my blog instead of preparing for my class today.

With blended learning, plan on change

The Christensen Institute

As schools continue to join the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory —the largest database of blended-learning schools—we are observing some important data trends that highlight how schools are approaching the blended-learning implementation process. In the past six months, we have seen at least a dozen schools that have shifted from using a single model of blended learning to using multiple models that have either joined the BLU or updated their BLU profiles.

Lessons from a school without walls

The Hechinger Report

There are no classrooms but rather a series of contiguous, multipurpose spaces arrayed around the central stairs, which themselves double as social meeting areas or lecture seats. Graduate student Louise Tidmand, who is studying personalized learning at Denmark’s Aarhus University.

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Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. As I told its team, offering courses from the top universities online and claiming that at last, anyone anywhere can access the best learning in the world isn’t correct. Putting these courses online often makes them worse.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

NEW ORLEANS — A few years ago, with little fanfare or announcement, the New Orleans education system began a massive experiment that’s reshaping how kids learn across the city. Many charter networks here, including Crescent City Schools, Firstline, ReNEW, and KIPP, have embraced an educational philosophy known as “personalized learning.”. Supporters in New Orleans say that, so far, personalized learning has been transformative. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

More schools are online than ever before – but it’s far from perfect

The Hechinger Report

When teachers don’t know if a program will crash midway through class – or work at all – they are often hesitant to use online programs to enhance lessons. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. Today, 68 percent of districts say they meet that benchmark – a major increase that reveals just how many schools now see the value in improved internet connections. Is technology necessary to personalize learning? Read more about Blended Learning.

Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Nik Peachey

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Given the state of many of these courses, it’s no wonder that drop out rates for online learning are so high. Moodle has been around now since 2002 and research carried out in 2013 showed that more than 7.3

Coding outside the lines: CoderDojos get kids psyched about programming by turning them loose

The Hechinger Report

The freedom to mess up, repeatedly, is a core appeal of this club known as CoderDojo , a loosely-connected global network of coding workshops for kids ages 6 to 18, including this Boston outpost that meets in the borrowed offices of the tech company LogMeIn. Whelton’s notoriety made friends and classmates eager to learn more, and so he started an after-school coding club. But, I want to know, what is he supposed to learn?”. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Beneath the facade.

Learning with 'e's

Personalised tools lead to personalised learning, and the impact of this should not be underestimated. For many in today''s technology rich, rapidly changing, networked society, personalised learning has acquired more value than anything that can be offered by organisations. Bates (2009) reinforced the view that generic, academic knowledge is no longer enough to meet the needs of the networked society: ". The Pedagogy of Lifelong Learning.

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Interview with Noah Geisel, @SenorG: Motivate with Digital Badges!

Teacher Reboot Camp

I had used badges for my online learning conferences, but hadn’t quite used badges with students, yet. In my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions , each mission is accompanied by a digital badge and also students complete a mission to design a badge to recognize their peers’ achievements or leadership. Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning , The 30 Goals Challenge , or Learning to Go.

COVID-19 response: setting district teams up for success

The Christensen Institute

For advocates of K–12 online learning, the massive move to virtual schooling precipitated by COVID-19 might seem like a boon. High-quality virtual learning takes more than just going online. As schools shift to online learning, I worry that many students will be bored, frustrated, and harried by technical difficulties. Rather than duplicate their guidance, I’d like to step back a level from the “what” of virtual learning to the “how.”

District transformation: Help us discover the keys to success

The Christensen Institute

This post describes research I will conduct over the coming months to better understand how school districts can successfully transform mainstream instruction using blended learning. The book’s key finding was that online learning would disrupt traditional K–12 classroom instruction as schools, teachers, parents, and students took advantage of the technology’s ability to address students’ individual learning needs.

As Traditional Colleges Grow, Online OPM Relationships Shift

Wisewire

That’s how much Georgia Tech’s online master’s of computer science degree cost when it launched through MOOC-provider Udacity in 2014. The low figure and big name of the university offering it raised eyebrows across higher ed at a time when much of online education was seen as a watered down and commoditized version of on-campus instruction. The ongoing effort to scale is changing the way colleges bring online education to market. A cool $6,630.

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Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve. In 2013, when we published our hybrids paper , Clay Christensen, Michael Horn, and Heather Staker predicted that the Station Rotation would remain the most popular blended-learning model at the elementary school level for years to come.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Regardless of your districts approach, now is a time to facilitate the student centered learning that Project Based Learning makes possible. I have some powerful online interactive workshops and webinars that can be used to engage learning in this new environment.

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Preparing Teaching Candidates for Blended and Online Environments

Fractus Learning

There is a growing need for today’s pre-service teachers to be equipped with skills and competencies for blended, online, and technology-rich teaching and learning environments. As teaching candidates progress through teacher education programs, they should be exploring , evaluating , and applying methods and tools for effective instruction in the dynamic learning environments that exist in today’s K-12 schools. 2013; Kennedy & Archambault, 2012a ).

Maha, the Path to OER-Enabled Pedagogy, and Technological Determinism

Iterating Toward Openness

While the term “open pedagogy” appeared with some frequency on my blog for a number of years ( Google site search link ), I believe these posts show the important contours of how my thinking evolved: What is Open Pedagogy (2013), where I first “introduce” (more on that below) and define the term. ” It looks like it was also around this time that I first learned that the phrase “open pedagogy” had been used before by others (more on this below).

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Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

It is titled Experiences in Self-Determined Learning and can be found at [link]. Self-determined learning or heutagogy is fast gaining interest from educators around the world interested in an evidence-based approach to learning. Grounded as it is on brain research and extensive research into how people learn self-determined learning is particularly popular among those interested in innovative approaches to learning. Learning Environment. 2013).

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. ” Also, schools also have online spaces where students work and collaborate. ” When bricks and clicks combine into a powerful learning experience for students, we have an effective blended classroom. This blog post is sponsored by PowerSchool Learning.

4 Items on Instructure’s To-Do List After the Sale of the Canvas LMS Provider

Edsurge

The learning management system provider—best known for its Canvas product popular among colleges—is officially under private equity ownership. To meet the expectation of demands is priority,” Benson says. “I They have to learn how to listen to their customers again.

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10 districts that have seen big blended learning success

eSchool News

Edgenuity highlights schools, districts implementing blended learning. As schools and districts try to better meet the needs of students with different learning styles, blended learning programs are becoming increasingly popular. Because blended learning combines face-to-face instruction with personalized online learning, students have some degree of control over their learning pace and how their content is delivered and consumed.