Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. One thing that MOOCs enthusiasts seemed to forget is that.

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When Personalized Learning Is a Logical Fallacy

Edsurge

Personalized learning is not a product you can buy — it’s a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies. Personalized learning, adaptive learning, potato, potahto.

PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

Learning with 'e's

''Students should be at the centre of learning'', declared Stephen Downes , ''because there is no other place they could possibly be.'' Downes was speaking at the ELI 4th International Conference on e-Learning and Distance Education held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?

Edsurge

Has the MOOC revolution come and gone? Or will the principles of the MOOC movement continue to influence higher ed? On Tuesday, April 10 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? How many MOOCs have you signed up for and how many have you taken?” Many admitted their completion rates were unimpressive, which may be representative for MOOC users overall.

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How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age

Edsurge

You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Well, unless you count the students in MOOCs, those free online courses, which are offered through a different division of the university. Yet during that same period, another part of the university, HarvardX, has been running MOOCs, massive open online courses. How do you differentiate what you're doing at the Extension School from MOOCs? They've produced about 100 MOOCs.

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What Does ‘Personalized Learning’ Look Like? Video Series Aims to Go Beyond Hype

Wired Campus

An education blog whose authors believe there’s too much hype around “personalized learning” technology has posted a series of video case studies about the trend, hoping to help get beyond overheated rhetoric. ” Distance Education IT MOOCs

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. To give you a sense of how this works: The first two years of the degree program focus on mastering foundational skills and competencies so that students learn how to learn effectively and attain an associate’s degree.

MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 2 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

Here is my Unit 2 reflection for the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change. Unit 2 focuses on the development of your PLN (Professional Learning Network) and becoming a "Connected Educator". What do you see as the most important advantages of adding social media tools to your personal learning network? I also think that by connecting with my peers through Facebook , we have developed more personal connections as well.

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Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning.

The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” according to Xinhua News. English AI looks like all the other talking heads sitting at a news desk, but the English-speaking anchor isn’t a person.

Leveling Up Language Learners’ 21st-Century Skills with Minecraft

Edsurge

Fast forward a few weeks; Minecraft kept finding its way into my classroom. How could a game featuring so little language drive this much language learning? In my experience creating projects in Minecraft and running after-school clubs, expert players are always keen to help their novice peers learn the essential skills. We then paired up, and the newbies learned gameplay tips and tricks, most of which was conducted in English. Language Learning and Minecraft.

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Scaling Practice-Based Coaching through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University recently scaled access to professional learning content for educators by taking advantage of the Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) format.

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Kids Teaching the World

The Principal of Change

My whole career I have been open to learning from kids, but they were usually in my class and school. Now I can learn from them any place, anywhere, and at any time, on so many topics. A few things: Learning and sharing are not limited by age.

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4 Ways to “Jolt” Yourself Toward Meaningful Change

The Principal of Change

And then we wonder why things look the same in the classroom. One of the things that I truly appreciate is all of the amazing educators on Twitter sharing glimpses into their classrooms and professional learning days, making great things happen as the norm in their schools, not the exception.

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False frontiers

Learning with 'e's

In education, the common objective is usually to learn specific content, skills or competencies within defined areas. Ostensibly, learning is an individual goal, and each student does tend to learn in their own way, using their own favoured approaches and tools.

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My Top 5 Posts from 2017

The Principal of Change

One thing that I have learned about blogging is that it is a beautiful way to see your growth over time. Learning, not only teaching, is part of the job. So to share a little bit of my learning over the year, I wanted to highlight five posts that were read the most from my blog in 2017.

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A Visual Cheat Sheet For Education Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

And lately, education has had its share of innovation, whether it’s showing up in your local public school/K-20 classroom or not. Perhaps this is old hat for you, but there may be a teacher still understanding how to implement technology in the classroom. Virtual Classrooms.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. FC – Flipped Classroom ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ).

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Honoring Unique Student Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

While many districts, schools, and educators understand the need to shift to a culture of personalized learning, many others still struggle to transition fully from the one-size-fits-all approach and truly change instruction. The latest research and evidence from the field of neuro and learning science provide some explanation for this challenge, explaining just how complicated learning actually is. Learn more about the Learning Differences micro-credential stack here.

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The Year in Podcasts: Top EdSurge On Air Episodes of 2018

Edsurge

MOOCs are No Longer Massive. Once upon a time, free online courses known as MOOCs made national headlines. So we talked with Dhawal Shah, founder and CEO of Class Central, who has been tracking MOOCs closely ever since he was a student in one of those first Stanford open courses, about how MOOCs have evolved. The Problem With an ‘Engineering Model’ of Personalized Learning Listeners were also curious to hear what’s up with another buzzword, personalized learning.

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Course Round-Up: Summer Learning for Educators

MIND Research Institute

Looking to learn something new this summer? Maybe you want to develop your personal learning network on social media, read a few new books , or take a course alongside other educators. Integrate Technology In The Classroom. Deeper Learning

7 Lessons Learned From Implementing Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Lauren Acree is the Policy and Personalized Learning Lead at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. When I was a teacher, I valued every day in my classroom. These day-long sessions often left me inspired to make changes in my classroom practice.

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ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.

Edsurge

In addition, the organization has announced a new platform to review technology tools and a framework for implementing edtech in the classroom. ISTE has an amazing conference and we get incredibly positive feedback about it, and if we could somehow make that last 365 days a year, everybody would be happy,” says Joseph South, chief learning officer at ISTE, noting that his charge is to help lead the expansion.

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Disruptive technologies in Education industry

EdSense

AI and Machine Learning together can create powerful applications that will prepare students and teachers for 21st century curriculum. This helps set a learning pathway and ensue each child is able to deep learn a concept and be on par with the rest of the class.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

Today, Gaggle provides our Safe Classroom Learning Management System and Safety Management products for Google Apps for Education or Office 365 to millions of students who are creating, collaborating and sharing in a safe environment. ” Lesson learned #3: Don’t chase trends.

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“I may be one teacher but I’m no longer going to stay silent about the things important to my country and world of education. I love my students and as I look at children everywhere, I want them to have teachers who love teaching and who love them.” – Vicki Davis, USA

Daily Edventures

The Flat Classroom Project birthed other award-winning collaborative projects including, the NetGenEdTM Project (with Don Tapscott), DigiteenTM , and the Eracism ProjectTM. Their writing, stories, and research are part of my personal learning network (PLN) I read daily.

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework. And then there were MOOCs , of course, and all those predictions and all those promises about the end of college as we know it: “MOOCs make education borderless, gender-blind, race-blind, class-blind and bank account-blind” and similar fables.

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4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

Today, Gaggle provides our Safe Classroom Learning Management System and Safety Management products for Google Apps for Education or Office 365 to millions of students who are creating, collaborating and sharing in a safe environment. ” Lesson learned #3: Don’t chase trends.

3 Challenges for the Future of Education

The Principal of Change

I was recently sent an email and asked to identify some of the challenges I see for the future of learning in education. Focusing on deep learning that is extremely hard to quantify in a world that is placing more value on everything being quantified.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

John Warner made the connection between Theranos and ed-tech in an op-ed published on Inside Higher Ed, noting the parallels between the claims about companies poised to revolutionize education, often made by those without much experience or expertise in teaching and learning and the claims that Holmes and her company made – claims that those with experience and expertise (biologists and chemists and medical engineers, for example) knew simply weren’t true.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017. Whole-Class Learning is Here.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep that MOOC hype alive. “ MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students,” Edsurge claims. “ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? “ Learning Engineers Inch Toward the Spotlight,” Inside Higher Ed claims. Remember: robots for the elderly share a direct connection to MOOCs replacing higher ed.). million from Naspers and Learn Capital.

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Giving Thanks: The Top EdSurge Contributors of 2016

Edsurge

But there’s hope—the Stanford researcher completed a 500-paper lit review with professors Linda-Darling Hammond and Shelley Goldman to identify five actionable tips to provide equitable digital learning opportunities to low-income students. CHROME AT HOME: Chromebooks are on the rise in American classrooms, and many teachers are in favor of allowing students to bring them home. Educators and Administrators—From the 'Instruct' Newsletter Adaptive learning. Blended learning.

Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

Online learning, or the teaching formerly knows as “distance learning” Will this keep growing? Skepticism about the quality of online learning could migrate to the general population. MOOCs? And the MOOC numbers look like they’re rising.

Networked Scholars – From K through 12 and to Higher Ed

Improving Education Environments

Schools have spent a considerable sum of money outfitting their classrooms and students with IWBs, tablet computers, and various learning management systems designed to digitize the classroom and create innovative and efficient learning.