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. The online connectivity may not be a really important problem, but MOOCs faced a wall of other, more important issues.

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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.

#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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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. This was one of several sound bites that exemplified the theme of his speech, Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment. And this was exactly the guiding principle of the earliest MOOCs.

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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

Edsurge

Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. The six-week long MOOC will touch on topics including open educational resources (OER), open pedagogy and practice, open knowledge and open research. I spoke with Siemens and Wiley about their upcoming course to get a few answers before the MOOC launches. Ekowo: Why this MOOC? It’s because they’re MOOCs.

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The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners

Edsurge

Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. complete multiple MOOCs. Usman accepted and has been living in west Africa for the last year working as the Program Lead for Code for Sierra Leone , helping young people across the country learn to code. MOOCs were a vetting mechanism for Usman, allowing both his talent and grit to rise to attention and connecting him to an opportunity halfway around the world.

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Twitterize Adult Learning | A MOOC-Ed Experience

The PL2C Blog

In the spring of 2014, a team from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation launched to first rendition of a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed), titled Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change (CDL). One of the development team’s priority goals in developing the MOOC-Ed was to connect and engage instructional coaches and teachers in learning experiences directly relevant to their role within their school and/or district.

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The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC

The Principal of Change

Thank you for signing up for “The Innovator’s Mindset” MOOC, happening over a six week period. We will begin on September 17, 2016 and finish at the end of October (although the learning will continue long after that). We will talk to diverse educators and hear about their experiences, thoughts on innovation and the book, as well as how they learn, lead and inspire students. We want our participants to share their learning and connect with this group and other educators.

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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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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.

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. The case studies, divided into short segments covering different topics, together resemble a MOOC. “We told them that if we decide that this personalized-learning software doesn’t work, that’s what we’re going to publish,” he said.

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. While a wave of courses from prominent universities are now labeled as MOOCs, we''ll drill down on the connectivist roots of the early MOOC offerings and discuss the importance of the differences between them and the current breed.

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

Edsurge

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. In parallel, we’ve developed a team that builds tools that enhance the residential learning environment. In the next stage of growth, we’re looking to challenge any misconceptions of the use of personalized learning at that scale.”

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

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. Playing in survival mode, a new player is quickly required to learn the basics. Language Learning and Minecraft.

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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. Featured Online Learning featured guides MOOCs online courses online learning Professional Development

People That Fill Your Bucket

The Principal of Change

May 20, 2018 Controlling the Solution September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! IMMOOC June 6, 2018 5 Ideas for Improving Professional Learning Experiences October 15, 2017 Thinking About Research, Innovation, Test-Scores, and Creativity October 18, 2018 3 Simple Questions To Shape Professional Learning. Personal Learning Dr. Tal Ben Shahar education Educational Leadership katie martin lead social emotional learning

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#EDEN15 BCN

Learning with 'e's

Over the next three days, delegates will listen to keynote speeches from a number of thought leaders in the field of technology supported learning, including Pro-Vice Chancellor of the British Open University Belinda Tynan , Maverick US educator Jim Groom , one of the leading lights of the Open University of Catalonia, Professor Albert Sangra , and veteran distance educator Alan Tait. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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. But there wasn’t a clear path to similarly scale the personalized, job-embedded support needed to transfer that content into practice. There are people literally from the other side of the world in our MOOC-Eds.

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Defining Your Role as an Instructional Technology Coaches – The 4 R’s

The PL2C Blog

What does it take to effectively guide educators to use instructional technology to directly support and enhance student learning and content mastery? How can you share with others how your role impacts highly effective digital age learning and teaching? Foster your Personal Learning Network (PLN) with educators both locally and globally to build your own capacity, and create a dedicated team to support your work on the ground. By: Jaclyn Stevens, M.Ed.

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4 Thoughts to Help You Move Beyond Harsh Self-Criticism

The Principal of Change

I love the following saying: I have learned to say “no” more often as of late without as much guilt as I once felt. Remind yourself that there is a great freedom in leaving others to their opinions, and there is a huge weight lifted when you take nothing personally. There is a lot to digest from the above thoughts but here is something that I have struggled with personally and I know it has held me back. September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!

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Customizing Learning to Innovate “Inside the Box”

The Principal of Change

The first question is the following: How many of you in this room go onto your personal social media while you are working? Then I ask the second question: How many of you check your work email at home or on your own personal time? Personally, I have a balance of both.

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How to Introduce a Young Scholar to Twitter

ProfHacker

[ Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. I’ve learned from years of trying that nobody “gets” Twitter when you talk to them about it, and that part of the power of it is in the capacity to make global connections to knowledgeable others. Or even a less known hashtag that you know your followers check regularly, like for a currently running MOOC on a relevant topic.

Dream Big, Work Hard, Stay the (Bumpy) Course

The Principal of Change

Some things about this tweet: Mainstream media is starting to understand the value of online personalities. You are going to to see more “YouTube” personalities get their shows, while more “traditional” celebrities are going to YouTube ( see Jack Black’s awesome channel, “Jablinski Games” ). IMMOOC December 30, 2016 2017 Learning Resolutions #EDU2017.

4 Ways to “Jolt” Yourself Toward Meaningful Change

The Principal of Change

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. June 28, 2013 The Prophets In Your Land September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! IMMOOC June 16, 2016 Accelerating Great Teaching and Learning January 6, 2014 A Closer View October 28, 2017 Creating What We Experience.

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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. Not a single person we invited does not have a Twitter handle. Every single person we invited is someone known to at least one of us; most of them are known to all of us.

Making it personal

Learning with 'e's

For too long education systems have been standardising content, assessment and the learning experience. Clearly, one size does not fit all, and we need personalised learning experiences for our students if we are to prepare them for an ever changing, volatile world. Here's a short video on personalised learning I made for the D-Transform project last year in Barcelona. It will be used in a forthcoming MOOC on the subject of digital learning environments.

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2017 Learning Resolutions #EDU2017

The Principal of Change

That being said, I wanted to share this “Learning Resolution” with others as well, so I tweeted the following: What are you hoping to learn in 2017? I encourage others to share a video of themselves to Twitter (or elsewhere) using the hashtag #EDU2017 , to hopefully not only create some accountability to what they want to learn this year, but also inspire others to commit to learning something new themselves.

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3 Quotes on Becoming Successful

The Principal of Change

What I have learned over time is that “success” is truly a personal thing. What one person considers to be a “success” can be something totally different for someone else. January 1, 2017 20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2017 September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! Leading a Learning Community Personal Learning inky johnson innovation in education oprah winfrey warren buffet working for success

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The Stress of Learning

The Principal of Change

It has been requested in this format often, and so I am glad to accommodate many people who consume their learning through this format. With our daughter Kallea being just over a year old, we noticed that when she is learning a new skill (crawling, walking, etc.) The stress of new learning can become overwhelming, and I went through the same process with this book. The ability to learn means we extend ourselves toward progress, not stand still.

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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. After I figured out how to make the file for the podcast, I learned how to upload it to iTunes from several adults, using SoundCloud to upload directly to iTunes. A few things: Learning and sharing are not limited by age. Not only can kids learn, they should teach.

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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. This is an archive for my learning as well as an opportunity to share with others. September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!

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