eLearning and Technology

‘Sense of belonging’ enhances the online learning experience

by Lisa Thomas and James Herbert, the Conversation

We investigated strategies to support learning for non-traditional students in online contexts and found that “sense of belonging” was one aspect deemed to be important. Participants were asked to discuss their experiences with online learning courses and strategies that supported learning for the diverse range of students in this context. A key finding of this research suggested that where teachers were able to foster a sense of belonging in their course, students reported greater enjoyment, reduced anxiety and were less inclined to withdraw from the course.

http://theconversation.com/sense-of-belonging-enhances-the-online-learning-experience-30503

Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11996') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11996') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11996') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11996'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_11996') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

Online learning attracting new entrants

by Virtual College (UK)

The arrival of online learning has opened up the world of education to people who previously felt shut out, as they have the chance to learn at their own pace and fit their classes around their existing work and family commitments. An increase in the number of people signing up to apprenticeships has also been fueled partly by the e-learning boom, as many of these individuals are supplementing their learning on the job with classes in their own time. Competency-based education is another growing trend across the sector, with this having roots in the US. The University of Wisconsin’s UW Flex and Capella University’s FlexPath are among the other most notable examples of learning establishments taking note of competency-based education and this is likely to continue to make waves in the coming years.

http://www.virtual-college.co.uk/news/Online-learning-attracting-new-entrants-newsitems-801744375.aspx

Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11999') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11999') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11999') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11999'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_11999') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

Will learning coding boost kids’ college, career prospects?

by eSchool News

Interest in computer coding is surging for a growing number of students stoked by popular computer gaming and smartphone apps–and hoping for a crucial leg up when applying to college and launching careers. Students and their parents view coding as an indispensable skill in the digital era, especially since the number of programming-related jobs is projected to soar in the next decade. Interest in programming among students and parents springs partly from the omnipresence of technology in children’s lives. The ability to develop a computer game or smartphone app has become–if not cool–at least a lot less nerdy. About 46 percent of recent college graduates say they are underemployed, according to a survey this year by management consulting firm Accenture. That’s up from 41 percent last year.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/08/26/computer-coding-prospects-897/

Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11993') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11993') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11993') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11993'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_11993') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

Moocs are free – but for how much longer?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - 9 hours 11 min ago
Display


Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, Aug 31, 2014

You can't just say “ Moocs have started out as a free opportunity – and free is a great way to get people interested,” as Stanford's John Mitchell does. MOOC means free. If academia wants to charge tuition for instruction, I won't complain, since academia has been doing that for 2,500 years. But they don't get to call such courses open or MOOCs. Because they're not!

[Link] [Comment]

Daphne Koller on Education, Coursera, and MOOCs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-08-31 02:10

by Russ Roberts, EconTalk

Daphne Koller of Coursera talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about online educational website Coursera and the future of education both online and via bricks-and-mortar. Koller, co-founder of Coursera with Andrew Ng, explains how Coursera partners with universities, how they try to create community and interaction, and the likely impact of widespread digital education on universities and those who want to learn. The conversation includes a discussion of why Koller left a chaired position in computer science at Stanford University to run a for-profit start-up in a crowded field.

http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/08/daphne_koller_o.html

Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11984') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11984') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11984') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11984'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_11984') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

10 Free Online Courses That Every Professional Should Take

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-08-31 02:04

by RICHARD FELONI, Business Insider

We asked Salman Khan, founder, executive director, and lead tutor of Khan Academy, for the top 10 lectures professionals in any industry would appreciate, and included them below. Not every lecture is the first one in its respective series, but Khan thinks each is a good indicator of whether you’d like to spend more time going through all the videos and exercises in that course.

http://www.businessinsider.com/essential-khan-academy-courses-2014-8?op=1

Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11990') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11990') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11990') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11990'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_11990') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

LI colleges, universities boost online courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-08-31 02:02

By JOIE TYRRELL, Newsday

Online education at most Long Island universities and colleges is being boosted in the 2014-15 school year, with the state university system continuing its major push and other schools reconstructing courses, hiring staff and adding infrastructure to support virtual learning. “We are realizing a vision of learning anytime, anywhere,” said Wendy Tang, an associate professor at Stony Brook University. She also is director of an online SBU program that leads to a bachelor of science in electrical engineering.

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/li-colleges-universities-boost-online-courses-1.9134768

Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11988') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11988') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11988') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11988'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_11988') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

Bookless library opened by new US university

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-08-30 21:17
Display


Alison Flood, The Guardian, Aug 30, 2014

Although purists might think of a bookless library as a contradiction in terms, I think that something like this is the only way forward for librarians (and books, like scrolls and tablets, may continue to be kept in museums and archives). I also like this: "Once a book has been viewed twice on this system, it will be automatically purchased. The set-up, said Miller, 'allows for many more books to be available for the students, and the university only has to pay when the student or faculty member uses the book', allowing students 'to make direct choices regarding the books they want to read and have available in the library'."

[Link] [Comment]

With $30 Million More in Hand, IFTTT Looks to the Internet of Things

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-08-30 21:17
Display


Mike Isaac, New York Times, Aug 30, 2014

Forget Google and Facebook. The future will be run by companies like IFTTT: "The way we see the Internet of Things playing out, there’ s going to be a need for an operating system that’ s detached from any specific device,” Linden Tibbets said. “ What we’ re doing now is the foundation for that.”

[Link] [Comment]

Why Learning From Mistakes Is Overrated

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-08-30 18:16


Stephen J. Meyer, Forbes, Aug 30, 2014

I'm not sure exactly how I want to respond to this - and after several minutes thinkibg about it decised that this fact makes it work passing along. Here's the author's main point: "Maybe failure is really interesting to explore only after success has been achieved." Before success, people haven't found out what they're good at - and this is what they should focus on. But after success, they've found their niche, and the types of failures they experience are more about process rather than direction. I asked myself, first, have I have some kind of 'success' that I could pin down and identify, and second, is there some 'thing' that I'm good at? Because I do believe I learn from my mistakes, which would mean these two conditions must have been satisfied. But I think that identifying 'success' and the 'thing' we're good at isn't so straightforward - and therefore, neither is this argument.

[Link] [Comment]

Internal emails show LA school officials started iPad talks with software supplier a year before bids

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-08-30 18:16


Annie Gilbertson, 83.9KPCC, Aug 30, 2014

This is why people don't trust the good intentions of corporations. As Audrey Watters summarizes: "several LA news organizations obtained and published emails between LAUSD, Apple, and Pearson officials. The emails reveal that Superintendent John Deasy began meeting with these companies to discuss the hardware/curriculum purchase almost a year before the multimillion dollar contract went out to bid. The district agreed last year to purchase 700,000 iPads — one for every student in the district. The devices would come pre-loaded with curriculum created by Pearson. The expected cost of this project, including upgrades to the district’ s WiFi: over $1 billion." The deal has since been cancelled - which makes it, I think, the exception rather than the rule.

[Link] [Comment]

Blended learning design advice for collaboration & retention

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-08-30 02:09

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

According to a new roundup of case studies spanning multiple universities in Australia, blended synchronous learning can improve student retention rates and ease the concern that online students aren’t getting the same education as on-campus students. However, that’s only if blended learning is done right. Researchers from Macquarie University, Charles Stuart University, and the University of Melbourne identified seven recent case studies from leading universities using diverse technologies in blended synchronous learning to enhance student and faculty collaboration, ultimately leading to better retention rates for online students and more effective learning.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/blended-learning-design-763/

Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11981') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11981') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11981') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11981'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_11981') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

Trust in online education on the rise

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-08-30 02:05

By Ron Bethke, eCampus News

A recent Gallup poll has revealed that Americans are increasingly valuing the quality of online colleges and universities. A growing trust in digital institutions is occurring with online learning. According to a new Gallup poll, more U.S. adults (out of a random sample of about 1,000) agree or strongly agree that online colleges and universities offer high-quality education. The 37 percent of adults polled, who agreed with idea that online instructions offer high-quality education in the Gallup-Luminia Foundation Poll on Higher Education, represent a respectable increase among a similar group polled in 2011, when only 30 percent of those polled responded positively to the question. A neutral stance was taken by 34 percent of those polled.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/trust-online-poll-678/

Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11978') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11978') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11978') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11978'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_11978') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

5 important higher-ed conversations on Twitter

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-08-30 02:02

By Michael Sharnoff, eCampus News

See what higher-ed professionals are saying on Twitter about some of the most pressing ed-tech issues. How will colleges and universities find a more sustainable business model in higher ed?  Whether discussing the latest trends in online learning, cybersecurity, or tuition costs, there are plenty of ed-tech conversations to follow on Twitter.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/twitter-higher-ed-382/

Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11975') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11975') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11975') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11975'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_11975') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

OER Beyond Voluntarism

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-08-29 21:15


Brian Jacobs, Inside Higher Ed, Aug 29, 2014

I don't think panOpen.com's Brian Jacobs gets the concept of OERs. here's what he writes in Inside Higher Ed: "A better way forward is to compensate the stakeholders -- faculty, copyright holders, and technologists, principally -- for their contributions to the OER ecosystem. This can be done by charging students nominally for the OER courses they take or as a modest institutional materials fee." The point of OERs is that you don't charge the students. Yes, the way forward is to compensate OER developers. But the way backward is to start charging end-users again (since they are typically the ones who can least afford it).

[Link] [Comment]

Don't Email Me

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-08-29 21:15


Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, Aug 29, 2014

I guess everyone has read the story about the professor implementing a no-email policy for his class. He wants to speak to students in person only. He argues that he is "teaching students to be more self-reliant by making them read assignments and the syllabus more closely, and freeing up time for conversations in the classroom and during office hours" but really he's just cutting back on the level of interaction between professor and student. That's not necessarily a bad thing - students like people everywhere will take the greatest advantage of a service possible. But it reflects a failure of imagination.

[Link] [Comment]

Clinical Teaching of Interprofessional Child Development Assessment Skills in a Large Group Setting

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-08-29 21:15


Teresa Carter, Eileen Hanna, Marilyn Swinton, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, Aug 29, 2014

So what to make of this? As summarizzed, "The research found no discernible difference in student learning between the facilitated and non-facilitated workshops; however, students in the non-facilitated workshop indicated that they would have preferred a more guided discussion." Links: Report  | Appendix.

[Link] [Comment]

It’s Over: The Rise & Fall Of Google Authorship For Search Results

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-08-29 21:15


Eric Enge, SearchEngineLand, Aug 29, 2014

You  may have read about the benefits of adding authorship information to your web pages using Google+ functionality, but Google's attempt to incorporate these into search results has been discontinued. "John Mueller of Google Webmaster Tools announced in a Google+ post that Google will stop showing authorship results in Google Search, and will no longer be tracking data from content using rel=author markup." So what went wrong? What always goes wrong with metadata? People weren't making up their pages. Even publishers were disinclined to use author metadata.

[Link] [Comment]

What’s better: Skills or degrees?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-08-29 02:09

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

According to a recent national survey on whether employees value their degrees more than skills training, though most employees say higher education is still a must, skills training is what’s more important to their career. Riding the recent waves of criticism from the general public on the high cost of tuition, lack of employment post-graduation, and perceived de-valuing of the traditional degree from employers, many new initiatives in higher-ed have taken root—from competency-based education (CBE) pathways to skills training programs beginning as early as high school.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/skills-degrees-survey-486/

Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11972') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11972') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11972') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11972'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_11972') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

Critics of online degrees start from a false premise

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-08-29 02:06

By PAUL LeBLANC, Concord Monitor

The higher education that tends to most shape our debates is the one of four-year, first-time, full-time students going right from high school to college – the college most often depicted in movies and television and novels and cherished by most who had the privilege of being educated that way. That higher education is about getting a degree and an education, and it is about coming of age. And these students now make up less than 20 percent of all college students in America. Online programs, in contrast, mostly serve working adults who have had all the coming of age they need. For this population, the four C’s that shape adult students’ needs are: credential (getting the right degree that advances their work and careers), completion (getting a degree as quickly as possible while maintaining quality), cost (a major issue for much of this population) and convenience (having delivery methods that work for them).

http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/13187082-95/my-turn-critics-of-online-degrees-start-from-a-false-premise

Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11969') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11969') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11969') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11969'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_11969') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

Pages

Subscribe to Ulrich Schrader's Website aggregator - eLearning and Technology