Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Learning has fundamentally changed with the evolution of the Internet and other technologies that allow for ubiquitous access to information and knowledge. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world.

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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OPINION: When it comes to liberal-arts education, online learning changes only the tools

The Hechinger Report

Trustees at Wesleyan University, where I am president, have for years been singing the siren’s song to professors about the benefits of online teaching, and usually the answer they get is: “It just doesn’t work.” Students have left their campuses, and entire curricula have shifted into distance-learning mode. But despite growth in the numbers and sophistication of online options, high school seniors continue to apply for the opportunity to learn with one another on a college campus.

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.

#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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Digital Writing Month: Striving for Inclusion in Open Online Learning

ProfHacker

I’ve been working for some time on ideas of inclusion & ( in)equality in open education, and of the possibility of a postcolonial MOOC (with Shyam Sharma ), and gathering ideas from others on how to envision a more inclusive, diverse and equitable open online learning experience. This open online experience started in 2012 via Hybrid Pedagogy , and this year, I was asked facilitate it. Not a single person we invited does not have a Twitter handle.

10+ Ways to Recharge Your Batteries Over the Summer

Teacher Reboot Camp

Now you need to take time for yourself and go on some learning adventures of your own! Discover more ways to design engaging distance learning experiences by taking my new accredited graduate course , Online Learning: Best Practices to Leverage the Power of Distance Learning. quarantinegamessorted Tinyurl.com/quarantinegamez Connect with educators online!

The Ultimate Guide to Online Courses

Edudemic

Professional and personal development are important to many people. Professional development allows you to stay current in your field, make connections with likeminded professionals, and satisfy any continuing learning requirements your job may have. Personal development allows you to grow as a person, learn new skills, and try new things. The post The Ultimate Guide to Online Courses appeared first on Edudemic.

Digital Writing Month: Striving for Inclusion in Open Online Learning

ProfHacker

I’ve been working for some time on ideas of inclusion & ( in)equality in open education, and of the possibility of a postcolonial MOOC (with Shyam Sharma ), and gathering ideas from others on how to envision a more inclusive, diverse and equitable open online learning experience. This open online experience started in 2012 via Hybrid Pedagogy , and this year, I was asked facilitate it. Not a single person we invited does not have a Twitter handle.

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. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity. Could personalized learning spur an even more splintered society? Dan D.

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. 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.

Tonight - A True History of the MOOC

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Wednesday, September 26th, for a one-hour live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar on the "true history" of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop, Inge de Waard, and Carol Yeager. Dave Cormier is an educational activist, researcher, online community advocate and the Manager of Web Communications and Innovations at the University of Prince Edward Island.

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U. of Michigan Hints at Growth Plans for Office of Academic Innovation

Edsurge

DeVaney wouldn’t reveal much about the innovation team’s particular plans, other than to say that the university intends to offer three new online and hybrid degree programs in the fall and to launch multiple degrees per year over the next five years. “We’ve We’ve had a lot of success in the open-learning space, driving a fair amount of this growth,” he says. “We’ve We’ve developed this set of teams that creates exemplary online-learning environments and experiences.

How AI Can Compliment Educators, Not Replace Them

EdNews Daily

51Talk (or “China Online Education Group”), China’s leading online education platform and the first from China listed on the NYSE (NYSE: COE), was invited to attend the summit alongside education industry leaders such as Pearson, Amazon, and YouTube. James Stewart , marketing director of 51Talk, spoke at the summit about personalized learning’s role in enhancing the quality of education for millions of students across China.

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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 Achieving Digital Equity Using Online Courses Could Look Like

MindShift

In our own time, advocates of online learning promise to level the educational playing fields with massive open online courses, MOOCs. The most compelling evidence for the democratizing power of MOOCs comes from a new generation of Horatio Alger stories, where the video lecture replaces the bootblack’s cloth. As powerful as these stories are, the extensive data collected by MOOCs tell another story. By John Hansen and Justin Reich.

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Kadenze’s March Toward Online Art Education, 1 Year Later

Edsurge

While online education companies offer engineering, programming and business skills, one company wants to make sure that the fine arts isn’t being left behind. Some 100,000 students currently take to Kadenze , an online arts education platform, every month for classes ranging from machine learning for musicians and artists to audio programming. Learning from the makers of these technologies and getting certified by them appeals to people, Kapur says.

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. Educators and Administrators—From the 'Instruct' Newsletter Adaptive learning. Personalized learning. Blended learning. Teamwork makes the dream work.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

Redesigning Learning Spaces: Panelists identified changing learning spaces as a trend that educators and district leaders have embraced for quite some time and which is likely to continue. An increasing number of educators are finding that collaborative, hands-on learning requires a different type of space than most traditional classrooms offer, and that the learning environment greatly impacts both pedagogy and student engagement.

Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

Online learning, or the teaching formerly knows as “distance learning” Will this keep growing? There’s now a movement to teach humanities seminars online. Skepticism about the quality of online learning could migrate to the general population. MOOCs? And the MOOC numbers look like they’re rising. Unless the worm turns globally, I’d expect planet MOOC to keep growing in 2016.

#EDENChat returns

Learning with 'e's

It''s our wish to continue this dialogue and develop #EDENChat, so as of tomorrow, it will return, and in the run up to the EDEN summer conference Expanding Learning Scenarios (our 20th Anniversary, in Barcelona), we will discuss some of the themes of the event, culminating in several live chats direct from the conference itself. CET) April 22: What is the impact of mobile learning? CET) May 6: MOOCs and online learning: How will they shape the future of education?

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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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Atlantic : “Why Young Pakistanis Are Learning Chinese.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more data about online education down in the “research” section at the bottom. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Chapel Hill students are being harassed by a white nationalist online commentator with ties to the alleged Pittsburgh synagogue shooter.”

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

This is part six of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Some of the most oft-told tales in education in recent years have the following plot: the students all move from “brick-and-mortar” to “online.” 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.

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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.”) million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital.

“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 has been hailed by educators, policymakers and media alike, won ISTE ‘s Online Learning Award and is now included in the third edition of Friedman’s book (Davis and Lindsay worked with Friedman on the chapter called, “If it’s not happening then it’s because you’re not doing it”). “These two things showed me that even if I feel that I’m just one person, that just one person can matter,” says Davis.

Learning Revolution Free Events - The Conference - Next Up #Reinvent14 - Appreciative Inquiry and AERO

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. Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Edsurge : “The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts.” Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Online School to Teach Software Development.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The GW Hatchet : “Oversight of online learning programs lacking in some schools, report finds.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” On Tuesday a court dismissed a petition by Ashford Universit y (owned by Bridgepoint Education ) to allow its online programs to be eligible for GI Bill benefits. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Lots of MOOC PR appeared in the news this week. ” “What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?” “Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via the Journal Sentinel : “More than 300 Kettle Moraine parents sign petition against online learning platform.” ” That’s a school district in Wisconsin , and the learning software in question is the Summit Learning Platform , created by the Summit charter school chain and built by Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). We just learned it was a fraud.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

million settlement against the country’s largest operator of online charter schools. and her chief of staff, Elias ‘Ronnie’ Simmons, were charged Friday with 24 counts of fraud and other crimes that federal prosecutors said allowed them to use a charity as a ‘personal slush fund.’” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Are MOOCs Forever ?” The learn-to-code startup has raised $42.5

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Chalkbeat : “Just like their parents, Chicago students will soon have to learn cursive.” ” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s First Ivy League Degree: An Online Master’s From the University of Pennsylvania.” The online education company has raised $50.8

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The Hechinger Report on personalized learning : “The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed.” I think it’s called “social emotional learning” in education circles though.) ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The Diplomat : “ Online Learning in North Korea.” ” Via Science : “How researchers are teaching AI to learn like a child.”