Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

Edsurge

From the very start of digital education, the big question has always been: ”How can students learn effectively, if they’re not face-to-face with their instructors?” More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online. The term MOOC was coined by others in 2008.)

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. MOOCs promise each and every student in this world a front seat in any prestigious university course they have any interest to attend, for free. Students have trouble with self-regulation, setting their learning goals and sticking to their learning path.

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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. MOOCs promise each and every student in this world a front seat in any prestigious university course they have any interest to attend, for free. Students have trouble with self-regulation, setting their learning goals and sticking to their learning path.

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Can Online Learning Help Higher Ed Reverse Its Tuition Spiral?

Edsurge

Online to the Rescue As an online dean, over two decades my philosophical position was that there should be no difference between virtual and face-to-face education. To avoid establishing an academic class system, with online the bargain-basement poor cousin of the superior designer model on campus, colleges must set the same price, too. In my new book, Going Online , I argued: “By and large, colleges and universities charge the same tuition on campus and online.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Online Learning (And 7 Ways to Repent)

Edsurge

But if you ask Mark Brown, a professor and director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University in Ireland, problems such as falling for hype around new technology is an absolute moral dilemma. Yet like any confessional, Brown also offered ways to repent from what he called “the seven deadly sins of online learning.” There are too many generalizations—online and blended learning isn't a single entity.

Online Learning Consortium 2014 – How We Discuss the Future of Higher Education

Improving Education Environments

I presented at the Online Learning Consortium’s Annual Conference today about MOOCs as a phenomenon, specifically my Delphi research done in partial fulfillment of my Ed.D. The room was interested in the presentation, and I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the evolution of MOOCs beyond my research and how the expert Delphi panel related to today’s MOOC news when we were talking in 2013.

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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. Sure, you can memorize frog parts online, but that will never compare to dissecting one in a laboratory with fellow students and a quality teacher at your shoulder. Sure, you can memorize frog parts online, but that will never compare to dissecting one in a laboratory with fellow students and a quality teacher at your shoulder.

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 big idea is to create a customized path so students learn at their own pace, in the manner that resonates best with them, with content tailored to their interests, aided by their computers.

Asynchronous Learning or Live Lessons? Which One Works Better for Me?

Edsurge

There is a dearth of evidence to help teachers make informed choices on how to allocate time to asynchronous vs. synchronous online learning. All online learning requires executive function skills , which allow us to plan, work toward goals, solve problems and be creative.

How complex is learning?

Learning with 'e's

Learning is highly complex. Consequently, any attempts to teach, or to provide formal environments within which learning can occur, yield complex problems. The result is a multitude of contradictory theories and explanations on what learning is, how it happens and what teachers need to do to optimise it. How do you cater for the learning needs of every child in a class of 30? What do students actually learn in a formal context anyway, and how can we know for sure?

The challenges and strategies for online adjuncts: Adjunctchat Jan 21, 2014

Connecting 2 the World

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the possibility of all classes going online and MOOC''s (Massive online courses)replacing the traditional classroom. A result has been a backlash in which many still believe that online learning is not as effective as face to face learning (despite the body of work that proves that online learning, if done correctly, has no significant difference to learning outcomes than face to face traditional learning.

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The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

Edsurge

Marie Cini is the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. MOOCs. Learning analytics. Adaptive learning systems. Sounds familiar—like a prior learning assessment.

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

Edsurge

In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success.

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It’s Time to Digitally Transform Community College

Edsurge

With an uncertain fall and a deep economic downturn, many believe two-year colleges may be the best answer to meeting the higher education needs of both traditional and non-traditional students and workers looking to learn new skills. graduate degree enrollment that is fully online.

How to choose the right solution platform for virtual campus management.

Linways Technologies

Here we are talking about virtual campus management solutions or online learning management solutions that can essentially digitize the teaching-learning. Learning is no more institutionalized, and people still take courses and grow their skillset beyond colleges or universities.

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The start-up using tech to foster students’ connections across the globe

The Christensen Institute

Of late, I’m particularly interested in models that not only unlock new flexibility in learning , but also connecting, by putting new relationships within reach for students. That’s what got me interested in Outschool , a marketplace of online learning experiences where vetted teachers offer thousands of out-of-school, small-group, virtual courses and even brief lessons for K-12 students’ enrichment. I sat down with Outschool founder Amir Nathoo to learn more.

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How Nontraditional Educators Will Influence Digital Learning #DLNchat

Edsurge

Could the rise in MOOC-based and other certificates affect how traditional college degree paths are designed? What role should employers have in the design or execution of digital learning opportunities? Those were a couple of the questions debated at #DLNchat on Tuesday, October 9, when we discussed how nontraditional education providers could influence the future of digital learning. and a discrete focus on outcomes, including skills-related outcomes.

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. The MOOC backlash started in earnest in 2013. There will be cheering from traditionalists as more high profile MOOC failures happen and from those that think MOOCs are the only threat to their way of life.

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Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed

Edsurge

radio and televisions in the early 20th century and online learning and MOOCs via the Internet in the early 21st century.) However, the questions have largely stayed the same: Do technologies ensure quality learning and positive student outcomes? Do they opens the door for companies to take the lead on how students learn and how their data is used? Education Technology Government Policy Data and Research University MOOCs

What Faculty Need to Know About ‘Learner Experience Design’

Edsurge

Somewhere between our collective obsession with predictive analytics and infatuation with adaptive learning, higher education wonks and practitioners are making time to deconstruct the quality attributes of online courses. The online “quality” debate stems, in part, from explosion in institutional demand for online experiences and resulting pressure on faculty to design and facilitate online courses. Learning is about personal relationships.

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What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

Over the past few years the education industry has been experiencing a shift away traditional learning environments. One of these practices is known as blended learning and the term that has been garnering some attention within the education industry as of late. But, what is blended learning? This video offers a good introduction to blended learning if you've never heard the term before. What is blended learning? Tips to use for blended learning.

A trend to watch: teaching classes from one campus to another

Bryan Alexander

How can colleges and universities share courses online? The answer has been “yes” for some years, and I’m not talking about MOOCs or University of Phoenix. All faculty felt more comfortable with online learning pedagogy. Students had positive learning outcomes in these courses, and faculty and peer assessors ranked student outcomes favorably. That is, can students at one institution take a class taught by faculty at another?

5 critical considerations for CBE and CBL implementation

eSchool News

As schools begin to invest in competency-based education (CBE) and higher ed institutions set up competency-based programs, two of the big questions often unanswered become “is their focus on education or on learning ?” Educators can argue that the characteristics of CBE call for increased attention to learning: clearly defined competencies, flexible time structures for competency mastery, and teacher and faculty roles for mentoring learners, to name a few.

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?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

Edsurge

As online course platforms proliferate, institutions of all shapes and sizes realize that they’ll need to translate content into digital forms. Designing online learning experiences is essential to training employees, mobilizing customers, serving students, building marketing channels, and sustaining business models. But they can also be creating learning apps, museum exhibits, or the latest educational toy. Share what you learned.

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Punk learning

Learning with 'e's

Punk learning (some would call it Edupunk ) reflects that seventies music ethos. For some time, educators have been subverting established methods and turning their backs on institutional tools and technologies such as the managed learning environment (also known as LMS or VLE). Some of the early MOOCs also allowed students to choose their own preferred method of assessment, and spawned many creative outcomes such as global radio with #ds106.

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As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt

Edsurge

Just outside the walls of the ivory tower, a transformation is underway in the world of corporate learning, and those of us at colleges and universities should pay attention. Corporate learning and development, often referred to as L&D, is radically different than just a few years ago. Priorities and jobs are changing more quickly, so we need an agile learning environment that anticipates what learning needs will be, and where we can quickly access them.”

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. The MOOC backlash started in earnest in 2013. There will be cheering from traditionalists as more high profile MOOC failures happen and from those that think MOOCs are the only threat to their way of life.

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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. After pointing out that many of the folks who are investigating “personalized learning”—including both MindWires and EdSurge—have received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the article goes on to quote grantee after grantee saying variations of the same thing: “Meh.

Lessons from Boise: What colleges can teach us about fostering innovation

Perry Hewitt

Exposed to new concepts, people, and settings, students are in a learning mindset and readily apply their minds to solving problems on campus, locally, and even globally. Build on the learning mindset?—?not Students attending university have been focused on concrete, measurable outcomes: final grades and university acceptances. Done right, a labs environment can provide a pathway to a new kind of learning. Enable and reward cross-disciplinary learning.

Revolution in Higher Education: chapter 4

Bryan Alexander

” Here DeMillo changes tack from neuroscience (chapter 3) and returns to technology, but not very much to MOOCs. The focus now is technology for personalized learning, including data analytics. In fact, the frequency of treating alone accounts for most of the variation in learning outcomes…” Plug this into the digital world, and. Revolution in Higher Education now sees us in the midst of a complex breakthrough in teaching and learning.

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A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. Activity-Based Learning.

The persistence of distance (learning)

Learning with 'e's

In a formal sense, distance learning has been a familiar concept since at least 1837, when Sir Isaac Pitman began teaching his shorthand system using typed instruction cards mailed through the universal Penny Postal service to his students across England. They were surely an asynchronous form of instruction, a sort of same place - different time learning. Learning in any mode, in any place and at any time is accessible to anyone with the means to access it.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. ” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) ”) It was certainly the outcome that investors were hoping for Edmodo , which raised $25 million in 2012, boasting that it had 15 million users.

(The Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). A glimpse : “In China ’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’ ” Via Class Central : “By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2018.” “ Can Online Learning Help Higher Ed Reverse Its Tuition Spiral? Via Edsurge : “ GlassLab Set Out to Prove Games Could Assess Learning. It’s like the MOOC crap all over again.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 22nd The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn.and change. Carl Rogers The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. PD certificates will be available through the Learning Revolution.