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Online classes: tips for success

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2016-06-05 02:05

By Thor Mallgren, Michigan State News

Although online classes are different in format compared to traditional ones, that doesn’t make them any easier. According to the MSU Department of Psychology, “taking an online class requires just as much time and effort as class on campus.” With a semester-worth of content compressed together into a measly month and a half, and without any physical lectures to attend, it can be easy to fall behind. Here are some tips to help you get that illusive online 4.0.

http://statenews.com/article/2016/05/tips-for-success-in-online-classes

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The Quiet and Careful Revolution of OER

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2016-06-05 02:02

by Education Dive

It has the capacity to revolutionize the generally accepted model of higher education along with the entire way students learn. It could be one of the most significant advances in teaching since the blackboard, yet few fully understand it and even fewer know how they might apply it. A popular conversation in higher education is in the opportunities provided by Open Educational Resources (OER) and the prospect for educators and students to access open educational learning materials, open licensing and open sourcing to support classroom learning. But if OER is such a game changer, why hasn’t its adoption been central to every classroom and every campus?

http://www.educationdive.com/news/the-quiet-and-careful-revolution-of-oer/420081/

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Cooperation emerges when groups are small and memories are long, study finds

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2016-06-04 17:42


Katherine Unger Baillie, Phys.org, Jun 04, 2016

The headline is probably overstated, but this model does provide a good answer to the 'tragedy of the commons' scenario. For those who are unfamiliar with it: the idea of the tragedy of the commons is that a resoruce held in common is owned by no one, so there is a temptation for people to take and not to give back or care for the resource, which gradually leads to the degradation of the resource. The response here is that if people can remember who the cheaters are, they can take action to protect the commons. "Stewart and Plotkin used computer simulations that allowed the memory capacity of players to evolve alongside the strategies themselves. They found that not only were longer memories favored, but the evolution of longer memories led to an increase in cooperation."

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davidneat

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2016-06-04 17:42


David Neat, davidneat, Jun 04, 2016

I'm not really a model maker, but I know people who are, and in any event David Neat's blog is a classic example of a sustained sharing of open learning. Subjects include where to find premade shapes, making paneled doors out of stencil card, polymer-modified plaster, and much more. I love the detail and the clarity of the posts, and most of all, how this blog is really useful to a wider community. Via Metafilter. Article in Makezine.  Post about  New Blade, the model maker's fair.

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What we learned from designing an academic certificates system on the blockchain

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2016-06-04 17:42


Juliana Nazaré, Kim Hamilton Duffy, J. Philipp Schmidt, Medium, Jun 04, 2016

Some of the issues: the choice of bitcoin rather than ethereum; using a link to view certificates rather than public-private key pairs; leaving the possibility of certificate revocation in the system; privacy and transparency around blockchain; the right of the user to curate the certificates being shared; and whether the use of certificates can be tracked. There are three repositories: the certificate schema, defining the data structure;   the certificate issuer; and the certificate viewer. The developers have released version 1 of the code  to the community.

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Technology in Higher Education: Guiding Aspiring Leaders

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2016-06-04 02:06

by Karen A. Wetzel, EDUCAUSE Review

Today’s institutions need to adopt new models to stay competitive. They need to focus on outcomes, cost-effectiveness, and responsiveness. These needs have combined with the rapid development of technology across all layers of society and throughout the institution. The higher education IT leader stands at the center of all this change, holding a complex and demanding position that requires a range of skills. However, many aspiring technology leaders meet with difficulty in stepping up to a leadership role. The rapid pace of change in technology and higher education alike mean the challenging role of the IT leader will continue to evolve in the coming years. It is crucial to do what we can to future-proof the profession by preparing tomorrow’s higher education IT leaders now.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/5/technology-in-higher-education-guiding-aspiring-leaders

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All Stakeholders Must Engage in Learning Analytics Debate

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2016-06-04 02:04

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Whether they like it or not, members of the educational technology community and faculty members should engage in debates about learning analytics algorithms, transparency and data access. That was the message delivered by George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab (LINK) at the University of Texas at Arlington, during a recent Future Trends Forum discussion with futurist Bryan Alexander. “You can hate something and still recognize that it is an important factor to think about,” Siemens stressed. “You can think analytics are crap, but you can’t deny they are influential. If we want a future that embodies values that are important to us, then we have to be active participants in the sociotechnical and economic spaces driving that change.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/05/31/all-stakeholders-must-engage-in-learning-analytics-debate.aspx

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The Potential for Stackable Credentials: From 30,000 Feet

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2016-06-04 02:02

by Holly Moore, Evolllution

Stackable credentials are an economic imperative for students today because many learners can’t afford to take the time away from work or invest the capital in one single chunk to do a whole degree program. The programs offer bite-size chunks of education that enable people to gain work-ready skills, where they’re able to go through a series of successive approximations to reach their degree. The other thing that’s really important is that stackable credentials tend to be competency-based and are therefore a stronger signal to employers in regards to the tangible skills they can use on the job.

http://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/the-potential-for-stackable-credentials-from-30000-feet/

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Internet Trends 2016

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-03 20:38


Mary Meeker, Slideshare, Jun 03, 2016

Is it time for Mary Meeker's internet trends report already? Yes it is, and this year's analysis is full of telling charts and statistics. Ina Fried identifies the major takeaways  from this year's report:

  • The internet itself is seeing slowing growth. 
  • In five years, at least 50 percent of all searches are going to be either images or speech.
  • Messaging apps, with context and time, have a chance to rival the home screen as the go-to place for interaction.

This list would explain why Facebook is attempting to force me to use its messaging app on Android (instead of my web browser, which can be turned off). More: a short video  where Meeker says many online ads are ineffective. Also, interviews and much more from the Recode conference.

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35 Interface Innovations that Rocked Our World

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-03 20:38


Xerox, Jun 03, 2016

This list reflects a series of rethinkings of interaction space in (mostly) digital technology. It's interesting to go though the list and ponder not just what the new interfaces allowed, but also what they replaced. For example, the rotary dial on the telephone replaced the need to tell the operator which number you wanted to be connected to. The mourse replaced the need to use arrow keys to move a cursor. 

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Medium acquires Superfeedr

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-03 20:38


Julien Genestoux, Medium, Jun 03, 2016

I found this claim interesting, especially from the perspective of my talk today: "We consume the web from mobile devices, we discover content on silo-ed social networks and, more importantly, the base metaphor for  the web is shifting from space to time." It's not unusual, though, to hear this perspective with respect to RSS; it reminds me of Dave Winer's 'river of news' concept. The otbher thing, of course, is the renewed interest in RSS from Medium, which is a rapidly growwing platform in its own right. But with Superfeedr, and especially PubSubHubbub, Medium is acquiring a whole distribution network.

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The Final Frontier: Space

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-03 17:36
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I compare two metaphors for learning: first, time, as the dominant metaphor, which is a linear and ordered progression toward a goal; and second, space, which is a non-linear exploration of a domain. I also examine the sort of tools. technologies and learning supports we should be thinking about when think of learning from a space-based perspective.

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Bluemix Essrntials

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-03 17:36


IBM, Jun 03, 2016

More on the idea of applications being hosted in a cloud environment and developed  in situ: "Bluemix is an open-standards, cloud platform for building, running, and managing applications. With Bluemix, developers can focus on building excellent user experiences with flexible compute options, choice of DevOps tooling, and a powerful set of IBM and third-party APIs and services." This page links to a course outline the major features and application of Bluemix. You'll need an IBM account  to access the course (sorry, they haven't learned the meaning of 'open' yet).

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Augmented Reality, Big Data and Other E-learning Trends for 2016

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-06-03 02:10

by Kamy Anderson, Tech.com

77 percent of American companies rely on online e-learning programs. Throughout 2016, the focus will be on improving the available learning management systems and methods to maximize its ease and efficiency. Here are the top 8 trends in e-learning to look out for in 2016:

https://tech.co/top-8-elearning-trends-for-2016-2016-05

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Online learning, how tech is motivating learners to stay connected

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-06-03 02:04

y Uma Ganesh, Financial Express

Online learning has been adopted by corporations globally. It is considered to be an important medium for imparting training for their employees recognising factors such as ease of learning, costs involved and standardisation of content. Many organisations have invested millions of dollars in creating content with features such as gamification and simulations in order to motivate the learners. Despite all such efforts, the most cited criticism with online learning model have been linked with lack of personal touch, unidimensional experience and the loneliness factor in self learning. However, lately, technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are energising online format of learning and creating enthusiasm with the learners. Learning designers are excited with the possibilities of the near life like experiences that are possible to be provided with these technologies; thus motivate the learners to stay connected with their learning programmes and more importantly help them gain deep exposure to the subject matters of their interest.

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/tech/online-learning-how-tech-is-motivating-learners-to-stay-connected/268553/

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NZTC rolls out global online education service

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-06-03 02:02

by CATHERINE KNOWLES, Educators NZ

The New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) has gone global, taking its early childhood qualifications to students around the world with a new initiative known as NZTC Global. This will enable the education provider to reach a wider audience, and marks the organisation’s first step into the world of MOOCs. MOOCs, otherwise known as massive open online courses, are online courses that are available via the web, to anyone around the globe. They were first introduced in 2008 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012. These courses provide users traditional learning materials such as filmed lectures, readings and problems sets, as well as user forums to support community interactions between both students and teachers.

https://educators.co.nz/story/nztc-rolls-out-global-online-education-service/

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My Friend Catherine

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Why Colleges Should Take the Lead in Learning Analytics Development

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-06-02 02:10

By Michael Meotti, EdSurge

Colleges are clearly caught between a fascination with the potential of data analytics and the constraints of finances and internal expertise. This conflict explains why a recent survey by KPMG found that less than half of colleges (41 percent) currently use data for predictive analytics. The same factors that give rise to new education technology also drive an increasingly complex world continually raising the premium for learning. New analytical tools offer the potential to improve learning and increase the value of education even further. That rising value draws the attention of many new players, including those outside of academia. It should come as no surprise that the arrival of new entrants will spark a debate over who should control the field of learning analytics.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-05-17-why-colleges-should-take-the-lead-in-learning-analytics-development

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What Form Does Online Take in Your Institution’s Future?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-06-02 02:04

by Kevin Currie, Evolllution

Distance learning has been a part of education in the United States for over a century—whether it meant the individual coming to the institution or the institution going to the individual. In addition to remote/satellite campuses, there were correspondence courses delivered via US Mail, microwave courses sent dish-to-dish and then bounced off satellites, videotape/CD/DVD courses sent through overnight delivery (courtesy Federal Express), and finally—the blockbuster of them all—online/internet course delivery. Where other distance education vehicles serviced hundreds or thousands of students per year, online now serves nearly 6 million per year according to the most recent IPEDS data.

http://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/distance_online_learning/what-form-does-online-take-in-your-institutions-future/

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Take Your Teaching Online: the Micro-Lecture

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-06-02 02:02

By Travis Grandy, Inside Higher Ed

Whether you want to supplement instruction for your in-person class or you teach a fully online course (like me), you’re probably looking for effective ways to deliver content and maintain student engagement. Online learning is a different landscape thanks to sites like Khan Academy, the rapid adoption of MOOCs, and digital pedagogies (including blended and flipped classrooms). While online lectures aren’t the only medium for online instruction, they can be a powerful one, and can play a strategic part in how you teach. Short, focused discussions of key concepts or ideas can be a great way to support student learning when they’re working independently or at a distance. For example, if you want to share content quickly in a condensed format, micro-lectures can help cut out excessive verbiage. Beyond creating a good learning experience for students, being conversant about effective online teaching can be a big help when you’re doing a job search.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/take-your-teaching-online-micro-lecture

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