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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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! Below are slides from my recent presentation, tips and resources to help you recharge. Click the headings in the slide presentation below to visit the resources. 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. Tips and Resources.

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.

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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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.”

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. After choosing Minecraft as an in-class resource, I found that not everyone knew how to play—including me! We then paired up, and the newbies learned gameplay tips and tricks, most of which was conducted in English.

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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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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.

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. We have also been open to suggestions from others on Twitter to contribute more activities, or to suggest more resources. Not a single person we invited does not have a Twitter handle.

8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

From digital certificates to learning analytics, here are eight EdTech trends to look forward to in the coming months. Video-assisted Learning. Much like how social media giants Facebook and Twitter are utilizing our digital footprints to better understand consumer behavior, teachers are also turning to data analytics to learn more about their students. With more educational institutions adopting virtual learning management systems (such as Moodle, Edmodo, etc.),

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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. We refer to this as personalised learning ( a video explains ). Collaborative learning does not undermine or contradict personalised learning. Learning is learning.

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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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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. CREATE – Collaboartion, Resources, Educate, Apps, Technology, Enriching. FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MLD – Mobile Learning Devices. MLearning – Mobile Learning. NGDLE – Next-generation Digital Learning Environment.

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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. We have also been open to suggestions from others on Twitter to contribute more activities, or to suggest more resources. Not a single person we invited does not have a Twitter handle.

How AI Can Compliment Educators, Not Replace Them

EdNews Daily

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. On this topic, James stated that “One of the biggest challenges facing online education is showing the market that online learning is as effective as offline learning.”

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Thinking About Redefining Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

The traditional forms of sit-and-get PD are giving way to MOOCs, webinars, Edcamps and flipped learning. The idea of the flipped faculty meeting means the time normally spent on the boring stuff can be turned into a time to share, learn and grow, together, as a faculty. Check out this blog post to learn more. Traditional PD models can be flipped too, where work is done before to learn basic skills via video or through course work.

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

Edsurge

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. The group’s new ISTE U is a partnership with Dominican University, in California, and D2L, a learning management system provider.

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What the Shortcomings of EdTech Mean for Improving Distance Learning and Schools

MindShift

Despite all the promises of education technology in transforming how students learn, change has been, at best, incremental. Bold claims have been made in the past decade about personalized learning, automated assessments and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Plus, their basic needs are met – perhaps, someone else is responsible for household duties – so they have less distractions from learning and can better practice self-regulation skills.

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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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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. Some areas where AI applications can be seen across the globe are: Personalizing learning : Based on a student's learning, AI and ML algorithms are able to understand and customize needs of a student and provide appropriate learning resources. It increases the human engagement and makes learning more fun.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Personally, my goal is not to provide less expensive access to the same teaching and learning experience to more people – access and affordability have never been my end game. After defending his record of commitment to OER-enabled pedagogy Stephen addresses me personally (and sometimes aggressively) in his post, even going so far as to claim an intimate understanding of my thoughts and motives. We learn by the things we do.

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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. Educators and Administrators—From the 'Instruct' Newsletter Adaptive learning. Personalized learning. Blended learning. She’s put together a guide on the ins and outs of CT, as well as several rich resources anyone can use.

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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We Got It from Here.Thank You 4 Your Service (keynote): Combining insights from his own book and rap group A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, Dr. Chistopher Edmin (Associate Professor at Teachers College Columbia University) uses history, practice and theory to explore education’s most pressing issues: a lack of diversity among teachers, challenges faced by educators of color, and absence of student voice in the learning design process. It’s that time of year again.

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Networked Scholars – From K through 12 and to Higher Ed

Improving Education Environments

To paraphrase, the student was interested in the theory and the content, but as a student teacher looking to launch into a hired position this student felt the course would be more beneficial if its objective was geared around learning how to utilize tools such as Moodle, Interactive White Boards, iPads, Virtual Field Trips or Google Docs into curriculum, and not finding educators to chat with on Twitter. Networked identity learning Networked Scholars pedagogy Toolkit

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.

Three GREAT (and Free) Virtual Conferences Where You Can Attend, Present, or Volunteer!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Learning 2.0 ( [link] ) August 20 - 24, 2012 Just announced! Learning 2.0 is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on rethinking teaching and learning in the age of the Internet. The conference general information page is HERE and call for presentation proposals and instructions for Learning 2.0 The conference general information page is HERE and call for presentation proposals and instructions for Learning 2.0

PD in your PJs with #EDENchat

Learning with 'e's

NAP is the membership wing of the European Distance and E-Learning Network ( EDEN ) which is a prestigious, global co-operative of education professionals, representing all sectors and aspects of technology enhanced learning. Twitter has been, for me and countless other professionals, a powerful form of informal professional development, where you can learn from each other, share ideas and collaborate across distance. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Learning Revolution Conference Schedule - Online and Free NEXT WEEK

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our first-ever Learning Revolution Conference kicks off this coming Monday, April 20th, online and free, with a terrific set of keynote and distinguished speakers and a full day of conference sessions on Thursday, April 24th. The LearningRevolution.com project has over 200 partner organizations and bridges schools, libraries, museums, and the work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. Our theme for this conference is "What Are We Learning About Learning?"

The Free Learning 2.0 Conference: Great Keynotes and Sessions and YOU!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning 2.0 Learning 2.0 It is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on rethinking teaching and learning in the age of the Internet. It is organized in conjunction with Connected Educator Month , and the conference is based on a highly inclusive model for participation and designed to encourage peer professional development--which means we want you to come and learn from each other! PRESENTING: The Learning 2.0

GlobalEdCon 2013 Day Four + Helping the New Grassroots Projects

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

During the conference opening sessions we brainstormed as set of grassroots global education projects that we could bring to our personal learning networks to try to get started. Given that our combined network reach is probably in the millions, the idea is to turn our personal learning networks into a large personal action network to make a difference for students right now. Today is day four of the 2013 Global Education Conference.

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Learning Revolution Newsletter - Week's Events - OZeLive Conference Starts - Michael Stephens, Pam Moran, and Ira Socol Highlighted Videos

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update February 4th Education is soul crafting. Cornel West Welcome to the Learning Revolution. The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn. The Learning Revolution Project highlights virtual and physical events from Web 2.0 To receive the weekly Learning Revolution newsletter, please join the Learning Revolution network. Learning Revolution Conferences.

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