Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

Higher education in Denmark is free of charge and scholarships and student grants are very much available. But unless students belong to rather wealthy families or win the lottery, higher education comes with a big price for them — student debts. A lot of American or European students might relate to this. MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. Reasons for this are plenty, all spurring from low engagement rates.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

Higher education in Denmark is free of charge and scholarships and student grants are very much available. But unless students belong to rather wealthy families or win the lottery, higher education comes with a big price for them — student debts. A lot of American or European students might relate to this. MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. Reasons for this are plenty, all spurring from low engagement rates.

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Join #TeachDoNow Summer MOOC

Educator Innovator

This online opportunity is open to anyone interested in learning how to use Twitter and other media sharing applications to promote social and civic discourse with students and will take place this summer from July 7 – August 17. Weekly activities will center around KQED’s Do Now, a program that allows students to engage and respond to current issues in science, news and the arts. Week 3: July 21 — What media making and social learning tools are best at engaging learners?

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What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock

Wired Campus

The hype around the free online courses called MOOCs has drawn millions of students, who are all essentially part of a teaching experiment of unprecedented scale. ” The report is the work of the MOOC Research Initiative, funded with more than $800,000 in grant support by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When MOOCs emerged a few years ago, many in the academic world were sent into a frenzy. The report names student engagement as a prominent theme.

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Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?

Edsurge

Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms. These default features force online instructors to use a style of teaching that feels more like shouting to the masses than engaging in meaningful conversations. This means giving people small chambers of engagement where they can interact with a smaller, more manageable and yet still diverse groups.

Speak Up, Speak Out! The Student Voices That Stirred Higher Ed in 2016

Edsurge

Such are the tools that many education entrepreneurs are building—and which educators are increasingly adopting—to improve outcomes for students. But what do students themselves think of such “innovations”? Students often lack a voice in shaping the institutions they attend and the broader narrative around how programs, tools and services can better support their increasingly diverse needs. This Mongolian Teenager Aced a MOOC. Adaptive courseware.

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Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

We often forget about the role of CBE in a global context because there are enough challenges to contend with at the national level, but in sub-Saharan Africa, a small university called Kepler is making substantial strides toward helping impoverished students in Rwanda. accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. Kepler students range in age from 19 years old to adult learners in their 30s.

The EDEN interviews: Stefan Hrastinski

Learning with 'e's

In this interview after his keynote, we enjoyed a wide ranging discussion around various theories of pedagogy, student engagement and participation, networjed learning, and the specific characteristics and practices that make a teacher effective in digitally mediated spaces. We also spent some time debating the evolution and trajectory of MOOCs and their significance for the future of education. eden17 EDEN education engagement learning MOOCs participation Technology

Welcome Your Participants Home | 3 Keys to Quality Online Course Design

The PL2C Blog

For guests of both physical and digital spaces, the design needs to be inviting, interesting, and engaging – a place that grabs their attention, invites them to get comfortable, and stay for a while. Is this Twitter feed essential to the learning of my students or participants from the moment they enter? Utilize a smaller column to the right of your main course page to provide simple navigation or methods of engagement such as course news or a course chat room.

Online Learning Does Not Mean Sans Engagement

Fractus Learning

While educators and learners in classroom-based courses have already discovered the benefits of using engagement as a part of education, the power of online is yet to be fully realized. Ana Donaldson, 2011, Engaging the Online Learner. This could happen to your online program: Students Suing School Over Online Courses. You often hear some students saying, “ All we do is download homework and upload homework. ” Online learning doesn’t mean sans engagement.

Remote Learning Begs the Question: Must Lectures Be So Long?

Edsurge

Insights that derive from dialog between K-12, higher education, and online-learning providers could well shape instructional practices for the better as students return to school, whether in a classroom or over Zoom. The author’s work did not discount the fact that there are inspirational teachers whose lectures are so compelling they can hold student attention for hours.

Virtual Reality in education brings the future closer

Neo LMS

It’s a great tool to engage students and its benefits are far more numerous than its shortcomings. With the help of VR, medical students can now see the inside of a human body with all its organs, analyze each of them, and perform surgeries that simulate real life situations. First of all, VR works for students of all ages and it can be used for almost every teaching subject. Secondly, the student engagement that it creates it’s immeasurable.

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

Edsurge

Or video games,” one student suggested. Oral presentations became screen-casted videos of student-created builds. In addition to the language generated by the students themselves in their projects, I found that a huge amount of English was being generated as students shared tips, accessed online guides and built a common understanding. Here are six examples of higher-order thinking skills my students developed while creating and playing games: 1.

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What’s the use of lectures?

EduTechGeek

The more I read, the more I find research that shows video affords students exposure to new concepts, but they don’t in themselves produce learning as a stand-alone feature of a course. Our learners should engage with the new concepts in multiple ways, combine ideas and problems, and work through a process of internalizing the new learning. Videos that intersperse an instructor’s talking head are more engaging than slides alone.

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4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

When I started Gaggle back in 1999, we were free email for students. 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. Collaborative Learning, 21st Century Skills; Blending Learning, Student Engagement, MOOC; Flipped Classroom; Gamification; Big Data.

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. Digital leadership focuses on transforming learning environments through online course offerings (synchronous and asynchronous), independent studies, and use of OpenCourseWare to provide students with continuous options to learn anytime, anywhere, and about anything.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

Gaggle Speaks

When I started Gaggle back in 1999, we were free email for students. 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. Collaborative Learning, 21st Century Skills; Blending Learning, Student Engagement, MOOC; Flipped Classroom; Gamification; Big Data.

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today… My students and I definitely would be tapping into an incredible diversity of online resources. The UC Davis California History Social Science Project frames current events within their historical context , connecting students’ present to the past. We could participate in a number of free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including over a dozen on Chinese History from Harvard University.

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So Much More Than Letters and Numbers

The Principal of Change

I was expecting the article to talk about moving away from the “traditional parent conference” (sitting around for 10-20 minutes talking about a child’s experience in school) to something more student-led. When we focus our attention on real-time, up-to-the-second reporting on the portal, we elevate the false idols of scores and grades and devalue what really has an impact on learning: positive student-teacher relationships , relevance and student engagement.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

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. Rethinking How Schools Work: Another trend educators have long talked about is the need to make learning more interdisciplinary, interactive and student-driven.

Come See CDE at SXSW Edu

Leadership Lounge

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how the Center for Digital Education partnered with a VR company and a Nashville high school to conduct a case study looking at student engagement and teacher adoption. Reflecting on the original big idea for MOOCs. MOOCs are far from dead. The position was created to encourage inclusion and diversity among staff and students. Making a Case for VR in the Classroom. Dr. Kecia Ray will be presenting at SXSW Edu at 5:20pm today!

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Video for learning: Today and tomorrow

Learning with 'e's

My fellow students and I watched avidly - I can't recall what the topic was, but I do remember the thrill of the experience - it was fresh and new to be able to watch television in a formal education setting. Later I witnessed the use of video as a feedback method for student teachers on practice. We recorded micro-teaches - usually a 10 minute lesson - and then played back the footage to the students so they could see and hear themselves and learn from the experience.

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10 Experts’ Predictions for Education and Technology in 2016

GoConqr

I believe more schools worldwide will find the funds and way to have their students learn with technology. We need more focus on providing the room for experimentation and testing of ideas several times without students having to worry it will have high stakes on their grades, admission into college, and future. Students should have room for testing ideas without worrying about grades or harming their futures.” There will be a shift in focus from the teacher to the student.

How Teaching Using Mindfulness or Growth Mindset Can Backfire

Edsurge

He might just change the way you think about things like growth mindset, comprehensive testing, and encouraging students to make mistakes. Even some colleges are trying it out as a way to help students. The concept is that you can think about almost any skill that you engage in as either being mostly talent-based or mostly skill-based; talent-based meaning, ‘I'm born with it,’ or skill-based meaning, ‘if I work hard enough at it, I'll get it.’

How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education

Edsurge

In the late 1960s, Nobel Prize-winning economist Herbert Simon posed the following thought exercise: Imagine you are an alien from Mars visiting a college on Earth, and you spend a day observing how professors teach their students. Reading back over a textbook or taking lecture notes with a highlighter at the ready is often done by students, for instance, but these practices have proven of limited merit, and in some cases even counterproductive in aiding recall.

Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

Kitaboo on EdTech

Educational publishers, who till now had a steady stream of income compared to non-educational book publishers, due to the recurring need for textbooks every year by students, are now gradually shifting towards digital publishing. This change is the result of overpriced textbooks which drove students towards less expensive sources like eBooks, used textbooks, rental books etc. A similar choice can be offered to higher education students. Students seek value for money.

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Learning at the Speed of Technology - David Jakes

EdTechSandyK

The emerging model in business today is BYO3 - Bring Your Own Laptop/Tablet/Phone We are coming to a price point where schools can provide small tablets and allow students to bring their own devices for learning as well. Students may have tons of devices, but don''t know how to use them deeply beyond texting and recording. Regarding student use of technology, Mimi Ito says, "Students engage in friendship and interest-based activities.

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Literacy in the Digital Age: 9 Great Speaking & Listening Tools

Educator Innovator

Editor’s Note: Teaching Channel has partnered with Student Achievement Partners on a blog series about digital literacy tools and their effective use by educators. The majority of the tools mentioned in this post and the four earlier posts in our series, transform the student experience from passive consumers of information to active creators of content, employing multiple English Language Arts standards and skills along the way.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via The Washington Post : “ After a high-drama vote, here’s what the Senate tax bill means for schools, parents and students.” ” “8 Grad Students Are Arrested Protesting the GOP Tax Bill on Capitol Hill,” The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Adam Harris reported on Tuesday. But now “ House Republicans May Be Backing Away From Taxing Grad-Student Tuition Waivers ,” Harris says. Just what ever college student wanted.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

They can be something everybody uses; that’s how 2012 became the year of the MOOC, and why virtual reality will no doubt be widely cited as the trend of 2016. MOOCs continued to increase in number and attendance. Teacher candidates will use personal classroom videos uploaded to the platform to self-reflect on pedagogy, classroom management, and interactions with students; they’ll also share videos with peers and receive feedback from one another.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Sueann Galt, STEM Coordinator Does the use of ‘Learning Menus’ increase students’ intrinsic motivation? Smith, Director of Programs Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for STEM - Revolutionary or Evolutionary? Build a Bridge: Transitioning to STEM TPBL - Beth Witte, Program Coordinator Creating Citizen Scientists in the Classroom - Matthew Rudisi – Science Faculty (Biology) Re-awakening Students’ Curiosity - Frank Kowalski, Physics Prof.

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Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe

Edsurge

Student engagement and retention mobile apps. Most of them offer some variation of the thesis that improving how “engagedstudents are in their coursework and community will boost academic outcomes which will then increase retention. Yet academics are not the main reason student drop out; according to a study from Inside Track , it’s the fifth most important factor. Yet another student book exchange. MOOCs or General Assembly for country X.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

has had immediate effects on scholars and students. More than 17,000 students in the U.S. ” Via Buzzfeed : “Colleges Are Warning Thousands Of Muslim International Students Not To Travel.” Senate bill compels data collection on foreign-born college students.” million to a former student on the Santa Cruz campus who said that she had been raped by a professor, in one of the largest individual settlements of a campus sexual-assault case.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Buzzfeed : “A New Betsy DeVos Proposal Would Make It Much Tougher For Students To Get Loan Forgiveness.” Via The New York Times : “As Flow of Foreign Students Wanes , U.S. There’s more about the politics of the business of student loans in the federal education above. And the business of student loans is off to a strong start in 2018 with fundraising news in the venture capital section below. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via the US Department of Education press release : “Secretary DeVos Announces New Student-Centered Funding Pilot Program.” ” “Student-Centered,” eh? ” The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy has thoughts on the pushback , making the comparison between Zuckerberg ’s corporate and philanthropic efforts and inBloom. ” Via NPR : “With Thousands Of Homeless Students , This District Put Help Right In Its Schools.”