Open for Learning: The CMS and the Open Learning Network -- from ineducation.ca by Jon Mott and David Wiley Abstract:
The course management system (CMS) reinforces the status quo and hinders substantial teaching and learning innovation in higher education. It does so by imposing artificial time limits on learner access to course content and other learners, privileging the role of the instructor at the expense of the learner, and limiting the power of the network effect in the learning process. The open learning network (OLN)—a hybrid of the CMS and the personal learning environment (PLE)—is proposed as an alternative learning technology environment with the potential to leverage the affordances of the Web to dramatically improve learning.
Cool eReader About to Launch
There are 4 different eReaders in my office. 2 Kindles, a Sony Reader and a Kindle App on my iPhone. For the past few years, I have become a user and fan of the digital book. And, on Christmas Day, Amazon sold more digital Kindle titles than print books. So, my eyes went wide today, when I read the preview announcement of a new eReader "platform" from Ray Kurzweil, one of my favorite thinkers and innovators. He will announce this color based eReader technology at CES in a week. Check out the preview.
Drive by Dan Pink
The book focuses on what motivates workers - including the three elements of true motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
Older students return to college and wrestle with technology - Mary Owen, Chicago Tribune-- resource and quote below from Ray Schroeder Classrooms have been transformed –– grades are electronic, homework is submitted online, presentations must be given in PowerPoint and the best way to reach an instructor is e-mail. One professor said he hasn't exchanged a piece of paper with a student in more than five years. But instructors say they try to be understanding about older students. Many allow a struggling student to do things such as take a test on paper instead of online, write a paper on hard copy rather than type it into a computer or give a traditional presentation rather than a multimedia one.
Khan Academy -- from Mission to Learn and Sal Khan. (Sal founded the Khan Academy with the goal of using technology to educate the world. Sal received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds a Masters in electrical engineering and computer science, a BS in electrical engineering and computer science, and a BS in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.)
The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.
We have 1000+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic
arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics,
chemistry, biology and finance which have been recorded by Salman
Who knows what types of institutions of education we'll have in the future...? The point for now is to be open to change...as change will be all over the place in the next 12-18 months (at least in higher education).
Situational Interaction (video)-- from SteveKnode.com
Good explanation of how intelligent agents will replace humans for some activities soon. This avatar receptionist can function quite well.
Michio Kaku On Artificial Intelligence -- from SteveKnode.com An excellent video by one of the best futurists, Michio Kaku, on the subject of Artificial Intelligence. evolve and learn new things.
"A network of individuals knows more than a single individual."George Siemens That's somewhat obvious. Sure, "wisdom of the crowds" (wikipedia) can quickly become "idiocy of the crowds" (youtube comments)...and experts do know more than novices (though a network of experts knows more than an individual expert).
This is evident in the education field. Education employs more people than almost any other sector - 1 in 16 jobs in the US. Which means expertise is widely distributed and capturing great ideas about teaching practices can provide much value. Looking for a simple way to aggregate these ideas? Doug Belshaw used a simple Twitter hashtag approach, moving from idea to artifact in about one month. A .pdf of the project is available here.
A Translator Tool With a Human Touch-- from SteveKnode.com At I.B.M., a team of nearly 100, including mathematicians and software developers, is working on a project to create an automatic translation tool, so-called machine translation, that has the speed and accuracy to be used in instant-messaging between speakers of two different languages.
Obsolete Learning Technologies-- from InsideHigherEd.com by Joshua Kim The Silicon Alley Insider recently named 21 technologies that became obsolete this past decade. My favorites from the list included: the PDA, paid e-mail accounts, dial-up, film developing, video rental stores, landlines, public pay phones, VCRs, phonebooks, and CDs. What learning technologies have become obsolete this decade?
Luke 2:28-32 (New International Version) -- from Bible Gateway Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss[a] your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
[MI] State lawmakers pass Race to the Top reforms-- from lansingstatejournal.com; original resource and quote below from Ray Schroeder The reform package was needed for the state to qualify for up to $400 million in extra federal funds, under President Barack Obama's Race To The Top initiative to improve education. Gov. Jennifer Granholm and legislative leaders have called for an agreement by the end of the year in order to apply for the federal grant in January. Also, two pilot "cyber schools" run by private companies would be allowed to recruit up to 1,000 students each statewide. The program, which uses online learning that students attend from their homes, would encourage the firms to recruit high school dropouts.
Melanie Laber is one of the busiest teachers you’ll ever read about. During the 2009-2010 school year, Laber, a Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek math teacher, teaches six seventh-grade classes. Because of her full load, Laber doesn’t even have a prep hour, but teaching middle school math is only part of her work day. The rest of her time she spends teaching trigonometry and geometry to students across the state online through Michigan Virtual School. For her efforts, Laber was recognized this month as Michigan Virtual School’s 2009 Online Teacher of the Year. She accepted the award two weeks ago at a ceremony in Lansing.
What Technology Will Bring to the Next Decade-- from technewsworld.com by Jessica Mintz Look back at how far computers and other personal technologies have come in the last 10 years, and it's easy to see why it's so difficult to predict where they'll go over the next decade. Best guess: Look for more data to be available at any time, more information accessible through speedier devices, a greater reliance on the cloud, and technologies that work away quietly in the background.
Hybrid Education 2.0-- from Educause Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have developed an online learning environment that could make lecture halls -- if not professors -- obsolete.
Feedback Loops for Continuous Improvement The most powerful feature of web-based instruction is that it allows us to embed assessment into every instructional activity and use the data from those embedded assessments to drive powerful feedback loops for continuous evaluation and improvement. As we deliver the instruction, we use technology to collect real-time interaction level data of all student use. We use this data to create four positive feedback loops. “Feedback” in this context is the information derived from student activities that is used to influence or modify further performance.
“Improvement in Post Secondary Education will require converting
from a ‘solo sport’ to a community based research activity.”
-- Herbert Simon
BiDi Screen-- from web.media.mit.edu A Thin, Depth-Sensing LCD for 3D Interaction using Light Fields
The BiDi Screen is an example of a new type of I/O device that possesses the ability to both capture images and display them. This thin, bidirectional screen extends the latest trend in LCD devices, which has seen the incorporation of photo-diodes into every display pixel.
Nursing crisis looms as baby boomers age -- from CNNMoney.com by Aaron Smith NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- America could be facing a nursing shortage that will worsen exponentially as the population grows older.
CU Online Handbook 2009-- from University of Colorado Denver; original resource from Helge Scherlund "This handbook consists of four different sections. The first section is about
trends and issues with online learning. The second section is about technology in action.
The third section includes a brief summary of 25 different new emerging tools and
applications. The last section includes different resources that you might use in your
Engagement v. Empowerment -- Some Early Thoughts...-- from Stephen Downes Chris Lehmann is quite right: engagement is insufficient; we should be thinking of empowerment. But how many people employed in the role of teacher will be comfortable with the idea of empowering their students? Engagement is safe, docile, controlled. Empowerment suggests that students might take matters into their own hands. "It also allows us to do away with the notion that the classroom is always fun. It's not. Let's look at coaching for a moment... a coach who is worried about engagement as the goal lets the kids scrimmage most practices because it is engaging and fun. But an empowering coach puts the kids through smart drills that allows them to play their best basketball during the games."
Gatlin Launches Continuing-Education Site for Adult Learners -- original resource and quote below from Helge Scherlund ELearning provider Gatlin International has launched a worldwide site offering continuing education for adults and certificate courses in a variety of subjects and languages.
A pioneer in online education since 1993, Stephen Gatlin founded Gatlin International, which provides eLearning solutions through partnerships with top universities, corporations, and governments around the world.
Luke 2:11-14-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Translation Takes Center Stage-- from InsideHigherEd.com Translation is essential to allow most people to appreciate the literature that is produced in languages other than their own. But translation is rarely the focus of attention. This year's annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, which starts Sunday, will attempt to change that, with more than 50 sessions on translation. The topics vary widely, with some focusing on specific languages, others on translations of particular authors (Chaucer, Kafka and Borges, for example), others on the role of translation and translators (exploring questions of how visible translators should be, or when new translations should be done).
2010 Consumer Tech Trends - Ethan Lyon, Sparxoo-- quote below and resource from Ray Schroeder Imagine a search engine that understands more than your search query, it understands your personality. Or, imagine never leaving your inbox — search, play games, collaborate, work, all in one location. We have examined the emerging and established consumer technologies from the past year to project what we should expect in 2010. Already, we’re starting to see incredible paradigm shifts in real-time consumer technology (think Google Wave) and explosive growth in crowdsourcing. As we approach 2010, we are entering a new age of consumer technology were the web is the operating system and information is now.
Free Online High Schools-- from Virtual School News by Thomas Nixon The single-most common question concerning online high schools is about whether there are any free ones available. Just a few short years ago, the answer was mostly in the negative. That fact is changing almost faster than it is possible to keep up. There are several reasons for this phenomenon, but the main one is that schools, states, and companies have figured out a way to use public money to create online high schools and online courses. All perfectly legal and a reasonable use of our tax dollars. However, before you decide to sign up for that free online high school, there are some things that you need to know.
Collaborative Digital Storytelling with Storybird-- from The Whiteboard Blog Vicki from Shoofly demonstrated Storybird, a website she’d found, and I just had to share it here. Storybird provides a very user-friendly way of combining images and text to tell a story, and then share that story with other people. You choose images from a huge bank of ready-drawn pictures which also help to provide inspiration for story ideas.You can also have several users all working on the same Storybird story, which would be a great classroom activity.
Engineers didn't make huge improvements to technology in 2009. The year's big tech names -- Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon -- all existed before January. Instead, this is the year technology changed us. At year's end, we're connected to each other and to the Internet like never before. In 2009, we carried tiny computers in our pockets, through which we fed the Internet constant real-time info about where we were and what we were doing.
Heutagogy-- from Wikipedia In education, heutagogy, a concept coined by Stewart Hase of Southern Cross University, is the study of self-determined learning. The notion is an expansion and reinterpretation of andragogy, and it is possible to mistake it for the same. However, there are several differences between the two that mark the one from the other. Heutagogy places specific emphasis on learning how to learn, double loop learning, universal learning opportunities, a non-linear process, and true learner self-direction. So, for example, whereas andragogy focuses on the best ways for people to learn, heutagogy also requires that educational initiatives include the improvement of people's actual learning skills themselves, learning how to learn as well as just learning a given subject itself. Similarly, whereas andragogy focusses on structured education, in heutagogy all learning contexts, both formal and informal, are considered.
THIS is what we need our graduates to know how to do. THIS is what we need to integrate into our teaching and learning endeavors throughout all disciplines. Why? So that when a student graduates, she can not only hit the ground running, but can keep hitting the ground running throughout her lifetime. No matter what comes down the pike, she will know how to learn, where to get information, how to sort through it and synthesize it. She can be a self-directed learner, getting training/information on demand...when she needs it.
University of Michigan prepares budget request for state, warns of 'aggressive' changes - Ann Arbor-- resource and quote below from Ray Schroeder Without naming a dollar amount, the University of Michigan is asking the state for help with next year's budget. In the annual operating budget request to the state for the Ann Arbor campus, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman reminded the state of U-M's contributions to the economy. She noted the university is "an essential component in the stabilization and revitalization of the Michigan economy." The letter highlighted a number of recent cost containment measures and spoke of efforts on the university's part to help students pay for tuition.
If you follow Ray's blog -- Recession Realities in Higher Education -- as well as many other blogs, periodicals, etc., then you already know that this is not an isolated incident -- not at all. It's happening all over and it's a piece of the perfect storm that's developing right now. Bottom line: Major change is on the way.
From DSC :
If I'm correctly understanding what Livemocha is about...this is the kind of thing that I'm talking about. Investing some serious cash into web-based, interactive, multimedia-driven, educational content. It's going to be hard to compete against such engaging content -- created by a TEAM of specialists and offered for a greatly reduced price (or even free).
Tony brings up a good question at the end of his posting:
This will of course result in more demand for online courses, but will the resources be there to ensure good quality programs?
From DSC: We need to get this right. We need to invest in creating high-quality, multimedia-based, interactive materials that are professionally-done, engaging, and ones that turn the control/pacing over to the students.
Establishment of (at least one) hybrid digital university. We need more experimentation, more new organizational models, to find the right balances between digital and face-to-face learning. My proposal then to provincial governments anticipating increased post-secondary education enrolments (and most Canadian provinces with reduced budgets face this challenge over the next few years) is to ask for proposals from existing institutions to take on extra enrolments with extra funding, but using hybrid delivery methods (i.e. at least 50% of the program will be delivered online).
From the government perspective this would mean using funding that otherwise would have gone into extra buildings and facilities to support increased digital learning activities. To ensure applications, a government could limit all increases in institutional funding in a particular financial year to such a project. (There is a precedence for this – over 1993 and 1994, the BC government withheld a total of 2.5% of universities’ operating budgets for an innovation fund. Institutions got their ’share’ by developing innovation project plans.)
Luke 2:6-7 (New International Version)-- from Bible Gateway While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Elevating the Teaching Profession -- from Ed.gov blog “It’s time, once and for all, to make teaching the revered profession it should be,” Secretary Arne Duncan writes in the current issues of “NEA Today” and AFT’s “American Educator.”
Religious Revival-- from InsideHigherEd.com Religion is the most popular theme studied by historians, according to a new survey of members of the American Historical Association. The survey asks members to name three themes of interest to their work, so many of the historians who picked religion may not have that topic as a sole focus. But the new position for religion in history is a dramatic change: Until this year, culture had been the top selection in surveys over the last 15 years. The data suggest that those coming into the profession are more likely than their elders to have a focus on religion. According to the AHA, more than half of those who selected religion as one of their key themes received their highest degree since 2000. And almost 40 percent of the AHA members who picked the theme either were graduate students, assistant professors or associate professors -- categories that make up only 33 percent of the association's members. The association released an analysis of the survey Friday, written by Robert Townsend, the association's assistant director for research and publications.
Engaging Students with Engaging Tools-- from George Siemens and Ed Webb Ed Webb provides a clear summary of how he re-created his conceptual and technological approach to teaching a course at Dickinson College: Engaging Students with Engaging Tools: “This kind of pedagogical approach demands time, enthusiasm, and enough self-confidence to make mistakes in front of students and model that as part of the learning process….The process of playing, experimenting, breaking, stretching, adapting, adopting, or rejecting — that is something students should be equipped for.”
What I find most interesting is the tone of discussions like this – optimism about teaching and learning (even though he acknowledges not all students enjoyed the process). I too have found experimentation and play in learning design and delivery are motivating and satisfying. The challenge, of course, is for educators to remember the student in the process :) .
So while the numbers look good today, colleges should be doing some very focused strategic planning for tomorrow [emphasis DSC].
Google personalized search for everyone-- from Liberal Education Today by Bryan Alexander Google extended its Personalized Search functionality to every user last week. This means that every Web search using Google – the world’s most popular search engine – is now inflected by previous searches from that same computer. According to Google, this means “customize[d] search results for you based upon 180 days of search activity linked to an anonymous cookie in your browser.” One leading search observer thinks this is extremely important.
Internet Not Linked To Social Isolation, Study Shows-- from Ian Jukes Online activities such as e-mail, blogging and frequenting Internet hangouts can even lead to larger, more diverse social networks, according to the study released Wednesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The study refutes research earlier in the decade suggesting that people's growing embrace of technology has come at the expense of close human connections.
Evaluating My 2009 Predictions -- from InsideHigherEd.com by Joshua Kim
One year ago I made a series of 8 predictions for learning technology in 2009. Below are the predictions, with an accompanying evaluation...
I post this because Joshua is probably right on regarding many of these trends. The timing may be off on some of them (as he mentions), but the trends are worth periodically doing a pulse-check on.
Cloud Computing-- from John Seely Brown We also spent the past year combining extensive research and industry insights to explore the topics of cloud computing and next-generation Web services. This resulting publication explores the topic from different perspectives: business drivers, architectural models, and transformation strategies...
New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs-- from the New York Times Hybrid careers like Dr. Halamka’s that combine computing with other fields will increasingly be the new American jobs of the future, labor experts say. In other words, the nation’s economy is going to need more cool nerds. But not enough young people are embracing computing — often because they are leery of being branded nerds.
Educators and technologists say two things need to change: the image of computing work, and computer science education in high schools. Teacher groups, professional organizations like the Association for Computing Machinery and the National Science Foundation are pushing for these changes, but so are major technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Intel. One step in their campaign came the week of Dec. 7, National Computer Science Education Week, which was celebrated with events in schools and online [from DSC: which was initiated by Calvin College's own Joel Adams].
One goal, Ms. Cuny and others say, is to explain the steady march and broad reach of computing across the sciences, industries, culture and society. Yes, they say, the computing tools young people see and use every day — e-mail, text-messaging and Facebook — are part of the story. But so are the advances in field after field that are made possible by computing, like gene-sequencing that unlocks the mysteries of life and simulations that model climate change.
It is often difficult for learning management systems to keep up with social networking and collaborative technologies. Their architectures are a bit clunky, and even when they allow embedded html to link into social networking, it's often difficult to incorporate them in an outcomes-based way. Further, they are not dynamic and it is difficult to integrate mobile activities and devices.
In these cases, Moodle, as an open-source solution, is often overlooked. The basic structure and philosophy of Moodle are simple: object-oriented, with a focus on reusability of components, and a very transparent structure that rests on a foundation of forums, which makes it very friendly to interaction and collaboration. Further, the flexibility of Moodle makes it ideal for programs ranging from certificate programs to graduate programs such as an online MBA program.
Luke 1:68-70 --
from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),”
Video Games and Impacts on Performance-- from The Futurist Update The types of video games you play may affect your performance at school, work, or other activities, according to Wheaton College psychology professor Rolf Nelson. Playing an adrenaline-pumping action game for an hour before doing your homework or tackling a task at work could help you finish the assignment quickly--but with lots of mistakes. Playing a strategy game, on the other hand, will yield more-accurate work, but at the cost of speed, observes Nelson. In his study, published with co-author Ian Strachan in the journal PERCEPTION, Nelson tested subjects playing either a fast-action video game (Unreal Tournament) or a puzzle-solving video game (Portal). “While there has been a great deal of [research] focused on performance differences between non-video-game players and avid video-game players, we were interested in looking at the effects of playing different types of video games," Nelson says. “Results convincingly demonstrate a priming effect for two different types of video games."
Mobilizing the Millenials-- from The Futurist Update A foundation to promote youth philanthropy, an interactive game to promote financial literacy, and electronic budget journals for daily "wealth watching" are among the award-winning ideas generated at the recent Youth Summit sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and Mobilize.org. The summit brought together young people from around the United States to discuss issues affecting members of the millennial generation, such as high rates of unemployment and student debt. Their discussions in work groups led to the development of solutions, which were then voted upon by the group, with the winning proposals receiving funding from Mobilize.org.First place winner was Daniel Kaufman of Sacramento, California, whose One Percent Foundation calls on young people "to make a collective impact by making recurring donations of 1% of their annual income through a single funding entity." SOURCES: Mobilize.org; Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Matthew 1:20-21-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
"How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.
But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,
I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you- when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.
Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
Google Browser Size-- from Konigi.com and Google ...is a visualization of browser window sizes for web sites. Enter a URL into the app, and the page is displayed behind an overlay showing the percentage of browser users who are able to view the visible portion, based on their browser's available viewport size, and their display's screen resolution. For example, the "90%" contour means that 90% of people visiting the site have their browser window open to at least this size or larger.
Transliteration goes global -- from Google Most of us use a keyboard to enter text; it's one of the most basic activities we perform on a computer. However even this simple activity can be cumbersome in many parts of the world. If you've ever tried to type in a non-Roman script using a Roman keyboard, you know that it can be difficult to do. Many of us at Google's Bangalore office experienced this problem firsthand. Roman keyboards are the norm in India, making it difficult to type in Indian languages. We decided to tackle this problem by making it very easy to type phonetically using Roman characters and we launched this service as Google Transliteration.
Building a social learning environment-- from Social Media In Learning by Jane Hart The series looks at three different ways of creating a social learning environment - for free or at low cost:
Interesting...ability to charge per video/lecture...
Lessons Learned From Lessons Learned: The Fit Between Online Education “Best Practices” and Small School Reality-- by Al S. Lovvorn, Ph.D., Michael M. Barth, Ph.D.,R. Franklin Morris, Jr., Ph.D., John E. Timmerman, D.B.A, ; resource from Stephen Downes. Abstract
Schools of all types and sizes are exploring the merits and facets of online learning approaches; but, the online delivery literature has focused on “best practices” generated primarily through the experiences of larger schools that are on the leading edge of this innovation. Small public schools, on the other hand, are faced with unique challenges in profiting from the advice of these first movers. Small schools are hampered as a result of severely constrained resources, among which are personnel, money, infrastructure, and time. These factors limit the ability of small public institutions to fully adopt widely approved online best practices. This article reviews contemporary research on the implementation of online learning, examines one small public school’s experience as a case study, discusses the disparities between the capabilities of large versus small public institutions of higher education, and outlines implications for other small schools that wish to pursue online education.
Elluminate: your grandkid's classroom - Matt Bowman, VatorNews-- quote below and resource from Ray Schroeder Wondering what school will be like for the next generation? Check out Elluminate. It gives an instructor the ability to hold a web conference with up to 300 participants, host interactive displays, video streaming, private-but-moderated chats between participants and just about every function a teacher could want in an online classroom. Last week, the company announced it’s social network, LearnCentral, which launched in June of this year, has reached 25,000 members worldwide.
As I had expected, the faculty turnout for the workshop was small -- there was only one person who showed up. But this faculty member brought something very unique to my workshop. She was deaf. And she was there to learn about VoiceThread. Hmmm.
Embedded in my VoiceThread presentation, I had an example that Steve Muth, a Co-Founder of VoiceThread, had shared with me that showcases what I consider an amazingly innovative use of VoiceThread. What you see below is a VoiceThread that contains two slides. The first slide includes an introductory video comment by who I believe is a teacher (and I'm sorry I can't identify her). Then click on the "right arrow" icon to go to slide two. There you will view a discussion in which deaf children are empowered to engage in an online dialogue using sign language, rather than being required to type their thoughts. Imagine the liberating potential of this medium... [emphasis DSC]
I think it would be incredibly difficult to teach in any K-12 school, as the variety of agendas being expected of me would seem overwhelming. So I don't post this item as a criticism.
However, I do think the topic of engagement is critical throughout K-20. Due to the technologies and media the K-12'ers see and experience each day, it may take more to keep them engaged. Therefore, I believe we need content created by -- and delivered by -- teams of specialists.
The Educator-to-Student Ratio -- from InsideHigherEd.com by Joshua Kim College teaching is transitioning from a craft model where a single faculty member designs, delivers and evaluates a course to a model that encompasses a range of professionals. This shift has been led by online courses, but is filtering out towards hybrid and on-ground classes. In this model a faculty member (subject matter expert) works with a team of learning designers, library subject specialists, media experts, and technologists to create and deliver the course.
A team approach for developing and delivering effective online courses is a necessity. The online environment is unforgiving of poor pedagogy and course design, and requires the introduction of multimedia content and collaborative platforms to succeed. The business model of online course delivery, namely eliminating the need for physical classrooms and the ability to grow enrollment, has facilitated the funding of the course design/delivery team approach. [emphasis above by DSC]
Luke 1:26-28-- from Bible Gateway [The Birth of Jesus Foretold] In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
Utter the words “group project” and you’re likely to hear at least a few groans from your students. The reasons for their dislike of group work are many, but logistical difficulties of getting everyone together and lazy group members who don’t pull their own weight are two of the biggest complaints.
With wikis, you’re able to remove these two obstacles because wiki sites not only make collaboration a breeze, but they contain tracking tools that let instructors see who’s contributing to the project, and when they’re making their contributions.
In the recent online seminar, Designing an Effective Collaborative Wiki Project, Rhonda Ficek, Ph.D., director of instructional technology services at Minnesota State University Moorhead, provided an overview of the different types of wikis, the benefits of using them for group activities, and how to use a rubric to evaluate wiki-based projects.
-- my thanks to
Mr. Joseph Byerwalter
for this resource
How could we use this technology within education?
Can gaming change education? - Meris Stansbury, eSchool News-- item and quote below from Ray Schroeder As video games continue to permeate our culture, schools and students are increasingly interested in using video games for learning. This interest has prompted universities and neurologists to explore what makes a successful educational game, what the current barriers to adoption are, and how gaming as a whole affects the brain. According to a recent paper by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), games, when developed correctly and used appropriately, can engage players in learning that is specifically applicable to school curriculum—and teachers can leverage the learning in these games without disrupting the worlds of either "play" or school.
4 tech trends to watch -- from money.cnn.com by Michael V. Copeland, senior writer Tech investing is all about the next big thing. Here are the trends that could really pay off:
Professors push foreign language to the next level - Alexa Sykes, the Pendulum-- item and quote below from Ray Schroeder Imagine having the luxury of traveling to another country and experiencing the language and culture without the hassle of purchasing a plane ticket or checking luggage. This ideal situation is now possible with Digital Game-Based Learning and is helping foreign language students at Elon University experience the countries of the languages they are studying without ever leaving their computer chairs. According to David Neville, assistant professor of German and director of language learning technologies, Elon is the only university in the entire country that has begun to integrate DGBL into its foreign language curriculum.
Doing What Works-- from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Educational Sciences "We make it easy to find research-based practices. Our mission is to translate research-based practices into practical tools to improve classroom instruction."
The Future of the Multiversity -- from Chief Learning Officer Learning and business executives who are successful in developing a multiversity, and not just a training organization, should be aware of the scope and power of what they are creating. In an era when the answer to the majority of a student’s content questions is 0.27 seconds away via a search engine, the heritage of the traditional university as a “brain dump” by renowned professors is becoming increasingly irrelevant. What organizations and nations in the knowledge economy require instead are people capable of engaging in rigorous, cross-disciplinary problem formulation and collaborative work to solve those problems. That’s what a corporate multiversity can deliver, if organizations and their executives are willing to step up to the opportunity.
Galatians 4:4-5-- from Bible Gateway But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
Exploring a new, more dynamic way of reading news with Living Stories-- from Google There's been no shortage of talk recently about the "future of news." Should publishers charge for news online? How do they replace lost sources of revenue such as classified ads? How will accountability journalism endure? And, even more fundamentally, will news survive in the digital era? These are questions we're deeply interested in, and we've been exploring potential solutions. But what's often overlooked in these debates is the nature of the news story itself and the experience of how it's read online. We believe it's just as important to experiment with how news organizations can take advantage of the web to tell stories in new ways — ways that simply aren't possible offline.
I came across this really interesting interview with Greg Kroah-Hartman – Linux Kernel Dev/Maintainer. In this interview, Greg talks about how the Linux project has accommodated the accelerating rate of change for the kernel. It was very interesting to draw parallels between some of what he says and learning.
“And then I send stuff off to Linus. So, Linus trusts 10 to 15 people, and I trust 10 to 15 people. And I’m one of the subsystem maintainers. So, it’s a big, giant web of trust helping this go on.”
Web of Trust’ Networks of trust are becoming very important to the way we create products/services where each individual on the network is a potential contributor. There are just such networks in the enterprise as well, and they play a big role in how tacit knowledge is transferred in the organization. Increasingly, social networking tools are available within the organization and analyzing these networks gives a good idea who the knowledge leaders in an organization are, and which individuals form their network. The ability to target and influence knowledge leaders will lead to similar effects on their networks as well.
During the past two decades, I have designed several models and frameworks to help college professors sort through their options. The Read, Reflect, Display, and Do (R2D2) model is one such framework. While some look at it as a learning-style model, it is intended as a problem-solving wheel that represents phases of learning--from reading and exploration, to reflective writing, to visualization of the content learned, to attempts to try it out. R2D2 is also a means to help instructors consider diverse learner needs. At its core, it is also a tool for reflecting on one's teaching practices. The four phases are described below...
Subject: 2010 IRS Mileage Rate Please note that the mileage reimbursement rate for 2010 will be 50.0 cents per mile for miles incurred January 1, 2010 and after.
Using tools like Wimba Classroom is looking better all the time...
Reform does not include building more brick and mortar "solutions" to absorb additional "traditional" students. Reform has more do with rethinking the way we design and deliver learning opportunities to our students, and understanding the nature of today's learner, who wants to be engaged, yet needs convenient access. Reform must include new strategies to support students completing their degrees, and attracting adults back into our educational system to complete their education. These adults must sustain employment while continuing their studies.
Florida's state college system, including Broward, is uniquely poised to embrace a key component of the American Graduation Initiative — the "online skills laboratory." Through the state's Orange Grove Digital Repository, Florida's colleges and universities already share flash animations, lessons, videos, open access textbooks, books, games, maps, pictures, graphs, lesson plans, professional development materials, courses, institutional research, and planning documents [from DSC: See consortiums and pooling of resrouces page].
However, in an era of diminishing state support, we must find ways to reduce cost while increasing access. Clearly, the face-to-face model cannot be sustained in an era of diminished public support and demand for increased access. Nor can higher education increase degree production, as we need to do, by building capacity through tuition increases that make higher education unaffordable [emphasis DSC]. We must build in new ways — we must reach out to adults to help them complete their college education while maintaining employment, and we must use redesigned online learning opportunities to connect with students.
-- J. David Armstrong, Jr., President of Broward College,
and former Chancellor of the Florida Community College System
Video by NJIT Online Discusses Wimba's Interactive Attributes -- from Wimba.com Watch how Wimba facilitates interactive online math programs and guest lectures in this video moderated by Katia Passerini, Hurlburt Professor of Management of Information Systems at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) School of Management. When talking about NJIT’s distance learning program which utilizes the Wimba Collaboration Suite, Passerini says, “It’s a very interactive experience, it creates a community that goes beyond the classroom, and it’s really easy and user friendly.”
The average American child spends over 40 hours per week consuming media, the equivalent of a full-time job. This means that by the time children born today turn 30, they will have spent an entire decade of their lives in front of some type of screen. Remote Control, based on the findings of the Kaiser Family Foundation's landmark study Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8 to 18-year-olds, examines the implications of this unprecedented level of exposure. Putting a human face on the report's statistical findings, filmmaker Bob McKinnon explores the media habits of two families, supplementing their powerful personal insights with testimony from media experts, educators, and policymakers.
Remote Control offers a fascinating look at the centrality of media in our lives, revealing far-reaching effects that we are only beginning to understand, and suggesting ways we might begin to help our children live a life instead of watching one. More info...
Education beats Poverty – and enables people to help themselves.
Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty for families, communities and whole countries.
It leads to economic growth, democracy and a more stable future.
Education is the best tool we have for tackling poverty, and it is the one investment that ultimately pays for itself: When a child gets educated, they will eventually earn more and be better able to support their family.
A child who goes to school will earn an extra 10% for every year of schooling they receive and be 50% less likely to become infected with HIV/AIDS if the complete Primary School.
Education For All is urgently needed if we are to tackle poverty, ill health and hunger. An education can offer hope and a future to children in the developing world who desperately deserve a chance in life. More info at Join1Goal.com.
Not only are digital tools transforming the commercial publishing business (Well, hello there, Kindle!), they’re also changing–slowly and unevenly–the production and distribution of academic scholarship. However, it’s not enough to notice that scholars are distributing essays in non-traditional ways: via online-only journals like Postmodern Culture (one of the oldest of such journals) and Digital Defoe (one of the youngest), for example, or through pre-print sites like arXiv.org.
As Christine L. Borgman writes, we must also pay attention to the ways in which, “the wealth of online information, tools, and services [allow scholars] to ask new questions, create new kinds of scholarly products, and reach new audiences.” The digital tools have long been available to us, she points out, but it’s the “social and policy changes that are most profound.” This statement assumes, of course, that there actually will be social and policy changes to accompany the changes in scholarly work enabled by the changes in technology. Unless tenure and promotion criteria change, unless hiring practices change, unless grant awarding practices change, our scholarship will remain largely defined by the previous technological revolution: print.
More Interactive Classrooms
Today, both students and educators are tapping technology to make the classroom environment more interactive and dynamic. Purdue University's Web-based Hotseat application, which allows students to use handheld devices to interact with professors in the classroom environment, is just a taste of what's to come [emphasis DSC].
"Anything that helps make the classroom more interactive, animated and engaging--be it multimedia, streaming video or some other innovation--will be in demand this year,"[emphasis DSC] said Gregory Phelan, chair of the department of chemistry and associate professor at SUNY College at Cortland in New York, which is upgrading its facilities to include streaming video that professors can access via the server while teaching (rather than "carrying" the content with them into class). "We'll be there soon."
An Introduction to the Eno Board by PolyVision (Workshops) - Friday, December 18 Next week CIT's Teaching & Learning team is offering two, 45-minute workshop
sessions on the Eno Interactive Whiteboard from PolyVision. The Eno whiteboard
is a ceramic steel board that allows instructors to:
Go from markers to multimedia, from ink to internet right on the whiteboard.
Project a computer screen onto the whiteboard.
Navigate through documents, presentations or web sites right from the
Make notes or annotations with a regular dry-erase marker or interactive
Save all the interactive notes to post to a server, print or email to their
Reload earlier sessions and begin where they left off previously.
Friday, December 18 --
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. | Friday, December 18 --
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Both sessions are in HL 122 (on the 1st floor of Hekman Library). Register for either of these sessions.
Learn the five secrets of innovation-- from CNN.com Professors from Harvard Business School, Insead and Brigham Young University have just completed a six-year study of more than 3,000 executives and 500 innovative entrepreneurs, that included interviews with high-profile entrepreneurs including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Michael Dell, founder of Dell computers...
How the iPhone Could Reboot Education | Gadget Lab | Wired.com The verdict? It’s working quite well. 2,100 Abilene [Christian University] students, or 48 percent of the population, are now equipped with a free iPhone. Fully 97 percent of the faculty population has iPhones, too. The iPhone is aiding Abilene in giving students the information they need — when they want it, wherever they want it, said Bill Rankin, a professor of medieval studies who helped plan the initiative.
Wouldn't it be cool if students showed how they did a math problem -- even if such entries included many wrong and different answers? They could explain their thinking outloud while going through a problem. The teacher or professor could see where their thinking process was either right or went wrong...and could then address such items via electronic feedback (which would be accessible for all of the students to hear and see).
Perhaps the faculty member could even create such recordings, saying something like, "Here are some problems spots I've seen in the past." So a wiki-like piece but with the wrong answers...followed or preceeded by the right answer.
Colleges should consider accrediting
web-based programs offered at
free or low-cost online schools, making
higher education more widely available
to populations with little access to
post-secondary classes, a former official
from the United Kingdom’s Open
University told EDUCAUSE conference
attendees Nov. 6.
Brenda Gourley, vice chancellor of
the Open University from 2002-09
and a long-time advocate for education’s
role in social justice, stressed that
colleges and universities that cannot
afford to launch web-based classes
should evaluate courses offered at
ventures such as the Open University
and allow students to take the class for
Gourley warned against trimming
back college offerings as campus operating
budgets shrink and endowments
dwindle, reminding IT officials gathered
at the conference that this could
be a chance to bolster online education
that would keep campuses financially
afloat and serve non-traditional
students whose schedules don’t allow
for on-campus lectures.
“I don’t think these … times should
be some kind of excuse for putting
that on hold while we sort something
else out,” she said. “Exactly the opposite. … If your strategic thinking of
technology isn’t combined in your
holistic strategic thinking, I think
you’re in trouble” [emphasis DSC].
Interesting how efforts aimed at accessibility are helping many more of us, such as this one:
Papastergiou, M. (2009).Exploring the potential of computer and video games for health and physical education: A literature review. Computers & Education 53(3) 603-622.
Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age-- from serendipity35.net Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age was an invite-only Google forum this past October to bring together 200 of the nation’s top thought leaders in science and technology, informal and formal education, entertainment media, research, philanthropy, and policy to create and act upon a breakthrough strategy for scaling-up effective models of teaching and learning for children. The forum was hosted by Google, Inc., in cooperation with forum founders: the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Common Sense Media, the MacArthur Foundation.
Since I didn't get the invite to Mountain View, CA for the event, I did take a look at some of the video of sessions.
$3.5 billion available to help failing schools-- from eSchoolNews.com School Improvement Grants target the nation's worst schools; ED aims to turn around 5,000 schools in five years. The Obama administration will spend at least $3.5 billion to push local officials around the country to close failing schools and reopen them with new teachers and principals, and applications for the money are now available to states.
Keep students connected to your curriculum from home and back -- with iPod Touches -- from learningcontinutity If you use iPod Touches in your classroom and students have access to either an iPod Touch or an iPhone, here are some "Apps" that we have on the AUHSD iPod Touches that can help with continuity of learning. iTunes required to access the links.
Use the "Sort" link to find Apps by discipline. Items labeled "z-Possible" are possibilities to add to the iPod Touch library once they are evaluated by teachers.
Software helps students with autism -- from eSchoolNews.com by Laura Devaney Study showed improved communication skills among students using TeachTown Basics, which combines both on- and off-computer activities
World's largest open university goes mobile-- from pr-inside and above report from the NMC The classroom of the future is moving to mobile phones, and reaching farther into India thanks to a new partnership between Ericsson and The Indira Gandhi National Open University.
A series of 1-hour FREE webinars concerning the emergence of Mobile Technologies and its game-changing effects on how we learn. The first event mLearning Goes Mainstream will include two presentations:
“Key Findings on Mobile Learning Products and Services”
Mobile Learning has gone mainstream and entered the wide adoption phase. Drawing from key findings of Ambient Insight’s report on Mobile Learning Products and Services: Forecast and Analysis 2008-2013, Tyson Greer CEO of Ambient Insight, will discuss market trends, catalysts, and opportunities in Mobile Learning. She will review advances in development tools and platforms, and also highlight two types of products: brain trainers and location-based learning products and services.
Mobility is defined as “the quality of being able to move freely”. The combination of a sound pedagogy and an understanding of morphing “mobile” technologies and environments can help us better understand and deliver mobile learning solutions that actually work. This presentation, by Supra Manohar EVP Emantras, defines the meaning of Educational Mobility and introduces MOBL21 as a cost effective and unique mLearning platform.
Biblical Theological Seminary, an accredited interdenominational seminary, had asked MindActive, and its partner, Shapevine.com, to help create an innovative online campus, called “The Digital Campus Project”, so it could offer credit-based courses for its Master's Degree in Missional Church Planting.
“We have integrataed our live interactive technologies with an open-source application called Moodle, to build the Learning Management portion of the eCampus. They wanted the ability to enroll students for online courses using their existing registration process. The integrated eCampus platform was built to allow users seamless use of their course applications with a single login, said Paul Shirer, partner with MindActive”.
MindActive also integrated their own innovative video webcasting, live event video, and video email applications into the seminary’s Learning Management System (LMS) to allow administrators, students, educators, and faculty members to share, communicate, and collaborate all within the same school based platform.
A strategic vision for online learning-- from OrgeonLive.com by Denise Herrenbruck; original link from scherlund.blogspot.com As more students turn to Oregon virtual charter schools, there's a brewing conflict between educators and parents in the K-12 community.
Educators are worried about the redistribution of public school funding and how to monitor quality and compliance in schools operated with business sector services. Many parents are fuming over the Oregon Legislature's move to halt the growth of virtual schools. They want the freedom to chose a school option that they say works for their children. Both sides have important concerns, but there is something crucial missing from the debate. A strategic vision for online learning is the key to finding a solution that's best for kids.
New Series: Principles Of Design -- from sitepoint.com by Jennifer Farley Elements and Principles In the past we’ve looked at elements of design, namely Type, Line, Shape, Texture.. Consider these as the building blocks for your design. The principles that we’ll look at over the next few weeks are what makes the structure strong and holds it together. The five principles that can help to build a strong design and make it stand out are:
To create a clean, balanced look, every element should have a visual connection with another element on the page. Don’t just fill your page with stuff willy nilly (official design term). Nothing should be placed on the page arbitrarily.
When elements that are related to each other are placed close together, they become one visual unit, reducing clutter and giving a clear structure. Organizing information into appropriate groups is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your designs.
If everything on the page looks the same, you’re going to have a pretty boring design. By bringing contrast into the design, your page will instantly become more attractive. Contrast can be applied to shapes, colors, type and lines. For good contrast, make the elements very different.
Value can be described simply as the relative lightness or darkness of an object. Like contrast, value can add depth and dimension to your designs.
Color and value are closely related. Color has incredible power to create a mood and change the intent of a design. Color choices should be made carefully to ensure the success of any design.
Ben Stein: Christmas Confessions-- excerpt from About.com webpage.
It has been circulating via email, and is "a commentary on the state of American culture attributed to author, pundit, actor, and game show host Ben Stein". Description: Email flier | Circulating since: Jan. 2006 | Status: Attribution is partly correct Email example (below) contributed by Ross F., Feb. 11, 2006:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu.
If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.
I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution, and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?
I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.
But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke, it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this Happen?" (regarding Katrina)
Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.
And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?
In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says
Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.
Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing?
I have felt this way for decades...it takes a lot to amaze me these days. Yet I'm utterly amazed at how patient the LORD is with me and with others. I hope there's still time to seek Him while He may be found in the United States of America. I don't mean to come off as some righteous know-it-all telling others how to live. Conversely I'm tired of seeing others continually slap the LORD's face, refuse to honor Him, and arrogantly tell the Creator of all to go take a hike (i.e. saying "We know better than You."). We refuse to let Him into our schools and many other institutions. Then we wonder why our nation is crumbling around us and our youth are so disillusioned and often depressed.
Few, if any, of the major news-related shows ever touch upon the real problem within us -- our hearts and our minds and the sinful nature we battle throughout our lives. Here at Calvin, we try to work on the hearts and minds of our students as well as ourselves. We know we need help. We don't kick the LORD out of our lives and out "of the public square."
When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me... till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
One last thought here. I hesitated to publish these thoughts at first, as I'm trying to contribute to the world and make it a better place; and I realize there will be some (many?) who read this and instantly remove me from their list of folks they check in on. But I'm not ashamed of the gospel...and I don't answer to those folks.
"Every man is born an original, but sadly, most men die copies." -- Abraham Lincoln; per the Quote of the Day from TADO
Intelligent Agents - Knowledge Bases-- from compinfo.co.uk
Intelligent agents are programs that carry out a task unsupervised and apply some degree of intelligence to the task. The intelligence may be pretty minimal but often will include some degree of learning from past experience. For example, an agent that searches the Internet for interesting material can be told by the user whether what it found was interesting or not. In this way it can be trained to be more successful in the future.Some intelligent agents can also interact with one another. There is considerable ongoing research in this field, with many exciting possibilities.
Intelligent Agents in Desire 2 Learn (D2L)-- from James Moore, DePaul
have been teaching a class in Desire2Learn (MKT 595: Internet Marketing) as part of long-term study and comparison of Learning Management Systems (teaching in Blackboard, D2L and Moodle to explore the respective advantages and disadvantages of each system). My colleagues in SNL, SoE and SPS are doing the same. I had not posted about my experiments here, but have decided that I should.
This week I decided to see how well Intelligent Agents could be put to use. Intelligent Agents are scriptable events that send out e-mails based upon a set of criteria. You could use them to send a gentle nudge to students who had not logged into the course for several days, or who had not completed an assignment before the deadline.
This is a great feature, but I did not want to send students automated e-mails until I had tested things for myself. What I did instead was to create an intelligent agent that sent me e-mail as each of students completed milestone tasks. This highlighted some issues that I would have to work through...
Intelligent Agents: A Physics Education
Opportunity in Latin-America-- from journal.lapen.org.mx
Intelligent Agents are being applied in a wide range of processes and everyday applications. Their development is not
new, in recent years they have had an increased attention and design in learning and as mentoring tools. In this paper
we discuss the definition of what an intelligent agent is; how they are applied; how thy look like; recent
implementations of agents; agents as support in learning process; their state in Latin-American countries and future developments and trends that will permit a better communication between people and agents.
Keywords: Intelligent Agent, Software Development, Tutoring System, Web-based Systems, Artificial Intelligence.
Intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) are interactive characters that exhibit human-like qualities and communicate with humans or with each other using natural human modalities such as speech and gesture. They are capable of real-time perception, cognition and action that allows them to participate in a dynamic social environment.
From DSC: A brief thought on this Friday morning...
It's snowing like crazy in Grand Rapids, MI. Some areas of West Michigan are seeing up to 18" this morning, and 100+ schools are closed throughout the surrounding areas. But what was interesting to me about our first major snowfall this year -- and different from the past years (at least that I can remember) -- is that all of the radio stations redirected people to their websites for the list of school closings.
Not a big deal right? Well...it is in a way. If you want to (quickly and easily) know if your school is closed, you need to have Internet access. If not, you need to find other means...and such means probably will not be as quick/efficient. (What was that phone # again? Which office/dept do I call? The scrolling list on the TV takes forever to get to my school district. etc. etc.)
Hmm...now look at the parallel trends happening in education....one better be connected into the Internet from here on out. One better be connected with peers/colleagues all over the world if you want to be the best in your field....or learn a topic with the most up-to-date information.
Blended Learning-- book by Pete Sharma and Barney Barrett The ideal companion for any teacher interested in the use of technology in the language classroom, Blended Learning provides a practical overview of current technology. It combines basic information for the technological novice with sophisticated ideas for using technology in the classroom. Blended learning offers practical ideas and suggestions for ways to use technology to enhance and support students' learning. Pete and Barney also examine the implications of the use of technology for language teaching methodology in general. Blended Learning is ideal for:
Teachers already interested in using technology who want to discover new and innovative ways to use it
Teachers with little experience of technology and/or feel unsure about implementing it in their classrooms.
I like the way Macmillan is attempting to keep this "book" updated.
Almost all of the respondents relied on the same few
information resources—regardless of which research contexts
they were trying to satisfy and regardless of whether they
were conducting course-related or everyday life research.
Google was the go-to resource for almost all of the students in
the sample. Nearly all of the students in the sample reported
always using Google, both for course-related research and
everyday life research, and regardless of whether they were
looking for the big picture, language, situational, or information gathering
When it came to course-related research, however, almost all of the respondents turned to course readings first—more than
Google, and more than any other resource. The findings suggest that students in
our study turned to course readings because the resource was inextricably tied to
the course and the assignment, were at hand, and were sanctioned by the
In addition to course readings, nearly all of the respondents used scholarly
databases in their course-related research in order to satisfy all four of their
Almost all of the students in our sample consulted their instructors first when
looking for research information from a person—before they consulted librarians,
if they did, at all.
Few respondents made use of librarians—whether it was during course-related or everyday life research.
Overall, the findings suggest that respondents appear to be driven by familiarity and habit. The use of convenient and nearby information resources—no matter
what contextual questions they were trying to answer and no matter whether it
was for a course assignment or for their personal use.
Building Student Engagement: 15 Strategies for the College Classroom -- from Faculty Focus The reasons why students need to be involved and engaged when they attend college are well
established. Engagement can be the difference between completing a degree and dropping out.
Research has sought to identify what makes student involvement more likely. Factors like
student-faculty interaction, active and collaborative learning experiences, involvement in extracurricular
activities, and living on campus have all been shown to make a difference.
Not surprisingly, faculty play a critical role in student engagement … from the obvious: facilitating
discussions in the classroom; to the often overlooked: maximizing those brief encounters
we have with students outside of class. This special report features 15 articles that provide
perspectives and advice for keeping students actively engaged in learning activities while
fostering more meaningful interactions between students and faculty members, and among the
$500 million may go a long way towards creating highly-engaging, interactive, multimedia-based content that can then be accessed freely via the Internet. How is your college or university going to handle this if this trend continues? Also...if your college or university is in the middle of a fundraising campaign, you would be very wise to set aside $1-$5million of it for developing such engaging, interactive content.
Five key trends in assistive technology-- from eSchoolNews.com by Meris Stansbury Convergence, portability, and customizability are among the features that will define the next generation of AT devices for students.
Once considered a highly specialized field, assistive technology (AT) now increasingly can be found in applications and devices sold to the general public, says a new report that highlights several key trends in AT development.
The Nation Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) presented the report during its annual conference last month. The issue brief, titled "Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology," comes at a time of great opportunity for both schools and AT providers, the organization says. Download the Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology issue paper.
Wimba Study Break:
Transitioning from Face-to-Face to Online Instruction Even though most schools have transitioned some aspects of their in-classroom instruction to the online environment, there are still so many ways to do so effectively. Learn from two customers who have successfully helped their faculty make the leap. Join Gary Shouppe of Columbus State University (GA) as he replicated a face-to-face (f2f) masters degree program into an online degree program, and then hear from Cliff Eberhardt of Central Michigan University as he explains how using Wimba and Blackboard have helped ease faculty into online instruction because they feel it's easy for them to create effective online courses.
Presented by: Gary Shouppe, Columbus State University & Cliff Eberhardt, Central Michigan University |
Hosted by: Matt Wasowski, Wimba.
New Wave of Student Activism --
from InsideHigherEd.com WASHINGTON -- Students at California public universities have been staging protests against budget cuts and fee hikes all fall, capturing local and national attention with administration building sit-ins, 24-hour library occupations and large outdoor rallies.
There is little doubt in my mind that we are seeing a shift in the power structure within higher education. Students will continue to become more knowledgeable "consumers" of educational offerings. As tuitions have increased, it seems to me that this has pressured students to demand relevancy and want to know how their learning directly applies to what they will need to be able to know and do in their futures. They will continue to demand more accessible, more affordable options. The Internet is starting to provide far less costly options -- so I believe that we are only seeing the beginnings of this shift in buyer/seller power.
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The Cloud Opens the Floodgates for Faculty Innovation -- from CampusTechnology.com by Trent Batson Web 2.0, named in 2004, was the cultural tipping point when virtualization or cloud computing became the emerging default throughout our society and therefore on campus: Though this moment is, and will be understood decades from now to be, the end of one human era--when the entire thrust of knowledge-making was toward permanence and individual authority--and the beginning of another when the entire thrust of knowledge-making is toward conversation and consensus authority, few have any sense of the true disrupted equilibrium we live within every day.
Items from Lynn Marentette re: the latest issue of IEEE's Computing Now:
Disrupting Class: Inspiring Change in Online Learning-- by Jamey Fitzpatrick, President & CEO, Michigan Virtual University and Michael Horn Disrupting Class uses the theories of disruptive innovation to identify the root causes of schools’ struggles and suggests a path forward to customize an education for every child in the way he or she learns. In his keynote address, Horn will share the main ideas of his book to inspire change in today’s online learning field.
Brookings: Where has all the education journalism gone?-- from earlyedcoverage.org by Liz Willen At a time of unprecedented federal involvement and investment in education, coverage of the issue is so lacking it makes up only 1.4 percent of national news coverage, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. The report, entitled: "Invisible: 1.4 Percent Coverage for Education is Not Enough,'' finds scant coverage of critical issues like teaching, learning and curriculum; most stories "dealt with budget problems, school crime and the H1N! flu outbreak,'' according to the report, funded with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
India offers lessons for the world -- from The National by Anuj Chopra; original resource from Ray Schroeder BANGALORE // Every day at 2am, Sapna Ajay, an English teacher in Raipur, wakes up to begin her lessons. As her first cup of coffee hits, Ms Ajay switches on her computer to connect with her student, who is sitting half a world away in the US.
Receiving grammar lessons from an Indian teacher using an imperfect American accent at the other side of the globe may sound bizarre, but teaching in a virtual classroom has never been cheaper and more convenient, she says.
iLearn: A Content Analysis of the iTunes App Store's Education Section In late June 2009, the Cooney Center compiled a database of the 100 top-selling
paid Apps in the education section of the iTunes App store. This database does
not assess the quality or effectiveness of any specific product, nor does it
represent an exhaustive list of every product available. Rather, it provides a basis
for analyzing the kinds of educational products available and popular in the mass
In Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology, Allan Collins and Richard Halverson argue that the knowledge revolution has transformed our jobs, our homes, our lives, and therefore must also transform our schools. Much like after the school-reform movement of the industrial revolution,our society is again poised at the edge of radical change [emphasis DSC]. To keep pace with a globalized technological culture, we must rethink how we educate the next generation or America will be left behind. This groundbreaking book offers a vision for the future of American education that goes well beyond the walls of the classroom to include online social networks, distance learning with anytime, anywhere access, digital home schooling models, video-game learning environments, and more.
Notschool.net is "a proven successful alternative to traditional education"-- from inclusiontrust.org Notschool.net is an international 'Online Learning Community' offering an alternative to traditional education for young people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to engage with school or other complementary provisions such as home tutoring or specialist units. After almost 9 years and 5000 young people, Notschool.net is a full-time alternative provision; successfully demonstrating that young people for whom 'school does not fit' can renew their confidence in learning and gain a range of qualifications that recognise their progress. Notschool.net is a last resort for young people disengaged from classroom learning because of:
12/2 7pm Pacific Time (US): Science Inquiry and Real World Data Sources, hosted by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's EXCEL Center and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. A discussion of the integration of authentic data in science inquiry with Dr. Stephanie Slater (University of Wyoming).
12/5 9am Pacific Time (US): The weekly Classroom 2.0 LIVE show focuses on "Learning Games Network and Caduceus" with Alex Chisholm and Wade Munday. Alex and Wade share information on the Learning Games Network, a series of events using games in the classroom as learning tools and Caduceus, a learning game built as part of Children's Hospital Boston's "Generation Cures" initiative.
Coming Up Next Week: Interview with Director/Producer Rachel Dretzin of the PBS FRONTLINE Digital Nation project | Angela Maiers on "Classroom Habitudes" | Elizabeth Kanna on "Virtual Schooling"
John 1:1-2; John 1:14 “[The Word Became Flesh] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Faculty and Student Support Without Borders-- from Wimba Web-based conferencing has become an integral part of Study Abroad opportunities for faculty and students participating in exchange programs. Through Wimba Classroom, international faculty can engage with students, faculty and content, prior to coming to campus. Likewise, VSU faculty traveling to international campuses have the opportunity for advance engagement with host institutions. Exchanging faculty can continue to teach VSU online courses from their international settings, through live conferencing with their U.S. students. For international students studying on the VSU campus, Wimba Classroom provides communication with their home campuses.
Capturing Lectures: No Brainer or Sticky Wicket -- from Educause by Joshua Kim This ECAR research bulletin describes how the formerly separate domains of lecture capture technologies and the emerging options for publicly sharing lectures on Web 2.0 consumer platforms are destined for convergence and are raising important questions related to policy, control, and governance. Lecture capture and cloud-based consumer publishing platforms are creating a range of opportunities and challenges for academic leaders that will touch on issues of openness, transparency, outreach, and control.
Improving Subject Matter Mastery through Lecture Capture-- from University Business and Tegrity Pensacola Junior College presents research on impact of Lecture Capture.
University and college students, and especially ESL students, often struggle with challenging subject matter, heavy course loads or the pace of instruction. Find out how a campus-wide lecture capture system has helped improve student achievement and reduce attrition at Pensacola Junior College in Florida (PJC).
Some other Learning Management System/Content Management Systems:
epsilen Epsilen Environment—An innovative global eLearning system Epsilen Environment engages today’s students in their digital world—combining fully integrated Web 2.0 social networking with the best practices of eLearning course delivery—so that faculty and students can easily work together on campus and around the world. Unlike legacy systems, Epsilen Environment is intuitive and interactive, allowing students and faculty to create online identities, store work in Epsilen ePortfolio, and move seamlessly between courses, groups, and collaborative tools.
BCIT launches The CUBE: Centre for the use of 3D simulation technology taking teaching and learning to a new level-- from bcit.ca; original resource from Tony Bates BURNABY, BC: It will transform the way instructors teach and the way students learn at BCIT. It will bring the workplace into the classroom and enrich curriculum – virtually.
Unique to BCIT, the CUBE initiative will place 3D simulations of expensive, rare and modern equipment in the hands of every BCIT student, anytime, anywhere. This will allow learners to explore complex components, systems and concepts in a 3D virtual world before they touch the real thing. They will be able to manipulate virtual objects from rail cars to knee joints, explore an aircraft engine and its internal components, and even disassemble, assemble, and cross-section it using laptops, tablets, and other new communication devices.
With a US$1 million grant from Lockheed Martin and $380,000 in software contributions from NGRAIN (Canada) Corporation, BCIT is launching The CUBE. This visionary two-year initiative will move the institution’s learning and teaching to a new level through the development of NGRAIN interactive 3D simulations that will enrich curriculum and enhance many elements of the learner experience [emphasis DSC].
Program Tracks include: The Cutting Edge | Pedagogy | Faculty Development | Inventive Uses of Media and Tools | Immersive Learning and Virtual Environments | The New Learning Communities | Emerging Technologies for Administration, Infrastructure, and
Support Services | Architecture and Applications | Pre‐conference workshops
Examples of topics for pre‐conference workshops might include: Moodle
training, support, software development, or hosting, developing and
vetting learning objects, management perspectives, low‐cost tools,
designing hybrid course for the net generation learner, Web 2.0
technologies and student‐centered learning, Google apps to organize
your work, cloud computing for student services, moving laboratories
online, copyright issues, content creation, and social networking tools.
The Future of Higher Education-- from Educause by Diana Oblinger
Session Type: Teaching and Learning; from Educause recording The economic downturn and society-wide changes catalyzed by information technology (disintermediation, consumerization, and so forth) are causing many colleges and universities to question what the future of higher education in the digital age will be. Many historic challenges persist, such as cost, access, retention, and graduation rates. The digital age offers new opportunities (for example, online learning) as well as threats (for example, competition from other providers). IT is a tool that can help address these challenges, but it may also change how we frame the future. This presentation will explore common themes emerging worldwide, including cloud computing, identity management, analytics, and open educational resources.
Discovery Communications To Launch New Multimedia, Multi-Year Science Initiative, "Be The Future," Supporting Obama Administration STEM Priorities DirecTV Boosts Support of Science Literacy with Move of Science Channel to Total Choice, Offering Millions of Additional Subscribers Access to Quality Science Programming (Silver Spring, Md.) Underscoring its commitment to leading in science-related programming and education, and answering President Obama's call to action to encourage science literacy, Discovery Communications today announced a new multimedia, multi-year nationwide initiative called "Be The Future." Over the next five years, Discovery will launch a programming block, education curriculum and tools to inspire student learning and careers in the sciences and support the White House's efforts behind science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Interesting Ways [Collection of ideas for K-12] -- from Tom Barrett "They have been a great example of crowdsourcing good quality classroom ideas and it has been great fun connecting with all of the people who have taken time to add an idea. It is remarkable what can be achieved and created together if you give people the right way to do it. Thanks for all the help so far."
Number of students taking online courses rises-- from USA Today by Justin Pope (back on 11/9/09), The Associated Press; my thanks to Ginger Howell for this resource Roughly one in six students enrolled in higher education — about 3.2 million people — took at least one online course last fall, a sharp increase defying predictions that online learning growth is leveling off.
A new report scheduled for released Thursday by The Sloan Consortium, a group of colleges pursuing online programs, estimates that 850,000 more students took online courses in the fall of 2005 than the year before, an increase of nearly 40% [emphasis DSC..and below as well]. Last year, the group had reported slowing growth, prompting speculation the trend had hit a ceiling.
"The growth was phenomenal," said Jeff Seaman, Sloan's CIO and survey director, who also serves as co-director of the Babson College survey research group. "It's higher in absolute numbers and higher in percentages than anything we've measured before. And it's across the board," at schools ranging from doctoral institutions to those offering associate's degrees to for-profit colleges.
If we want the very best for our students, their teachers must be able to provide them with the very best education. The members of the next generation of Americans will need to graduate from high school ready to compete in a world of rapid globalization, burgeoning technological innovations, and changing labor markets. They will need to be informed citizens in a complex world [emphasis DSC]. Not only do our students need to be primed for this new world, our teachers must be prepared to guide them. Yet, just as our students do not always receive the preparation they need for twenty-first-century success, neither do all of their teachers. All too often, the two situations are interrelated.
Psalm 136:1; 136:26 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
Low use of web 2.0 in e-learning-- by Tony Bates From the Chronicle’s news report: Online education has grown in popularity, yet it remains dependent on learning-management systems, with content-delivery built around text, says Richard Garrett, an Eduventures managing director.
iNACOL Announces Online Learning Innovator Award Winners at Virtual School Symposium
The winner of the award for Best and Most Innovative Online Learning Practice was the “Fire and Ice” program, managed by Elluminate, Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. “Fire and Ice” was created as a non-profit initiative to connect K-12 schools in the Northern Hemisphere (the “Ice”) with those in the Southern Hemisphere (mainly rural areas of developing countries – the “Fire”), to engage students in highly collaborative projects, using live and non-live communications technologies [emphasis DSC], on universal themes such as climate change and poverty reduction. Since 2006, “Fire and Ice” has resulted in the creation of creative international content and generated unforgettable learning experiences for thousands of students in more than 25 countries.
1Chronicles 16:8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
You Can't Innovate Like Apple-- from Pragmatic Markting by Alain Breillatt When what you teach and develop every day has the title “Innovation” attached to it, you reach a point where you tire of hearing about Apple. Without question, nearly everyone believes the equation Apple = Innovation is a fundamental truth. Discover what makes them different.
“It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want. And I think we’re pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That’s what we get paid to do. So you can’t go out and ask people, you know, what’s the next big [thing.] There’s a great quote by Henry Ford, right? He said, ‘If I’d have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me ‘A faster horse.’’’
This is how I feel about integrating technology into the classroom. I don't expect our faculty members to lead in terms of integrating technologies into the classroom -- I feel that's the job of our Teaching & Learning Group. Faculty members:
1) Don't have enough incentive to investigate all of the technologies out there (and therefore may not know what's out there that's potentially very useful in the classroom)
2) Don't have the time to do so
3) May not be interested in doing so in the first place
4) May feel that their game is a winning one and not in need of any change (which may or may not be the case as the years go by).
In other words, faculty members are not generally going to lead in this ever-increasingly important and influential space. But they must be open to change in this area. They must be open to developing a culture of innovation; a thing, which this article suggests, is neither easy nor inexpensive. But, I would argue, a must if an institution of higher education wants to survive in this new climate.
Get Educated -- from MSDN.com We've highlighted education and Microsoft Surface a few times before. I had inquiries on Twitter and I thought it would be good to post a compilation on Surface in education. Here are some applications by Microsoft, our Microsoft Surface partners and others.
Churchend Primary School shows how teachers and students react to Surface in the classroom. There's also a great behind the scenes for developers.
I had a few visits with Dr. Neil (123) talking about his firms edu apps for primary and secondary school kids.
A paint application called Paint Touch that shows how even pre-schoolers can be engaged with Microsoft Surface.
The Local Impact Map used by Microsoft to educate representatives of governments and NGOs on corporate social responsibility
History at your Fingertips is an adult focused application used at the national conventions last fall during the US presidential race
The Pits is used at trade shows for sales, but has great educational applicability.
Calculation Game by Ohio State's Computer Science & Engineering students and Geography faculty
This clip from Microsoft Research UK show's how magical Microsoft Surface is for primary school students. It's fun to see the kids reactions.
This video by Max is a music creation application, but imagine the possibilities with the objects to create educational applications linked with the physical world.
Neuro-rehab is focused on healthcare, but can easily be applied to education as well.
We've had a number of higher education institutions buying Microsoft Surface as well, so if you're at college you may see curricula including Surface in markets where it's available. Education developers - don't forget that MSDN-AA has the Microsoft Surface SDK Workstation Edition for subscribers to get you started. Let me know if I've missed anything in my list above. I'll make future posts on healthcare, financial services, etc.
Preparing the Digital Health Workforce of Tomorrow, Today -- by David Blumenthal Today’s announcement of $80 million in Recovery Act funds for workforce training marks the first in a series of HITECH grant programs to address our nation’s growing need for highly skilled and trained health IT professionals. The development of this workforce will have a significant impact through job creation in two fields – technology and health care – that comprise a significant portion of our economy.
Decentralizing and democratizing the creation of learning resources is radically changing the way we produce learning content. A range of tools (including those for rapid development) have the potential to reduce costs and engage learners in ways that will finally deliver on e-learning’s potential. Taking lessons from the history of learning technology and software development, the speakers will shift the "rapidization" debate away from a short-term efficiency perspective, offer a vision for the learning eco-system of the future, and present a roadmap on how to get there.
New, diffuse learning organisations
Software cycles; what they mean for e-learning tools
From 'few create, many consume' to 'many create, many consume'
21st Century knowledge management
The roadmap, and the systems and cultural changes required
Production tools – allowing learners to develop their own content eg via a blog or wiki
Collaboration and sharing tools – allowing learners to share their content with others, and to work with others on projects or assignments
Communication – allowing learners to communicate via a variety of media such as instant messaging, video-conferencing or email
Storage tools - allowing learners to store their own content, preferences
Aggregating content- allowing learners to access a variety of information relating to a particular topic (eg news items)
Aggregating people – allowing learners to join together via social networking sites
Aggregating software – allowing learners to mash-up (or join together) various elements into one place
Identity management – allowing learners safe, easy and quick ways of logging in to websites
APIs and protocols – these are key requirements for PLEs to grow as a concept. Rather than locking learners into a particular platform, where content is confined to a space owned by an organisation, the learning can be in a platform under the control of the learner
Psalm 100:4-5-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
25 practical ideas for using Mobile Phones in the Classroom-- from Stephen Downes Good list of ideas, credited to Doug Belshaw (here is his new blog location). A lot of people promote the use of mobile phones in learning. But here's my take: I want to see something like a cost-analysis on this. How much does using a mobile phone (with unlimited data transfer, at decent (3G or better) speeds) as compared to using (free?) wifi and a netbook? Or as compared to a typical desktop with DSL or cable? Also, I would like to see a study of how much freedom a mobile phone user has to use software and access content as compared to a computer user. We're getting a lot of promotion for mobile phones - but honestly, I think moving in this direction in any serious way would be a big mistake.
NEA Study Finds Digital Divide Narrowing in U.S. Public Schools-- from B2E
Parents Overwhelmingly View Internet as Help, Use Email as Main Communication Tool with Teacher
WASHINGTON - November 16, 2009 - Poll results released today show the digital gap is increasingly becoming a thing of the past in America’s public schools. The National Education Association and Harris Interactive have released the results of an Omnibus poll showing parents have embraced the benefits of Internet at school and even use the technology to communicate with their children’s teachers.
-- from Jeff Achen [for those following changes within the journalism industry]
With the launch of YouTube Direct, it’s clear they now “get” online news video even better than most of us in the news industry. YouTube Direct is a new service that will help news organizations aggregate, solicit and take ownership (in a way) of citizen produced videos of newsworthy issues and events. I just hope news organizations don’t look—or overlook—this gift horse in the mouth. This service will allow video producers, be they citizen journalists or average folks in your community, to upload their videos to YouTube THROUGH your site WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR WEB SITE! News organizations then review the videos and approve or reject them. Once approved, the video appears on your web site. Here are a few responses to questions about...
Releasing the Chromium OS open source project -- from Google In July we announced that we were working on Google Chrome OS, an open source operating system for people who spend most of their time on the web.
Today [11/19/09] we are open-sourcing the project as Chromium OS. We are doing this early, a year before Google Chrome OS will be ready for users, because we are eager to engage with partners, the open source community and developers. As with the Google Chrome browser, development will be done in the open from this point on. This means the code is free, accessible to anyone and open for contributions. The Chromium OS project includes our current code base, user interface experiments and some initial designs for ongoing development. This is the initial sketch and we will color it in over the course of the next year.
Between Craigslist and eBay, the Internet is well established as a marketplace where one person’s trash is transformed into another’s treasure. Now, thousands of teachers are cashing in on a commodity they used to give away, selling lesson plans online for exercises as simple as M&M sorting and as sophisticated as Shakespeare. While some of this extra money is going to buy books and classroom supplies in a time of tight budgets, the new teacher-entrepreneurs are also spending it on dinners out, mortgage payments, credit card bills, vacation travel and even home renovation, leading some school officials to raise questions over who owns material developed for public school classrooms.
Following graphic from Daniel Christian:
Virtual Classrooms Could Create a Marketplace for Knowledge -- from the New York Times Teacherless or virtual-teacher learning is described by enthusiasts as a revolution in the making. Until now, they say, education has been a seller’s market. You beg to get in to college. Deans decide what you must know. They prevent you from taking better courses elsewhere. They set prices high to subsidize unprofitable activities. Above all, they exclude most humans from their knowledge — the poor, the old, people born in the wrong place, people with time-consuming children and jobs.
Champions of digital learning want to turn teaching into yet another form of content. Allow anyone anywhere to take whatever course they want, whenever, over any medium, they say. Make universities compete on quality, price and convenience. Let students combine credits from various courses into a degree by taking an exit exam. Let them live in Paris, take classes from M.I.T. and transfer them to a German university for a diploma.
“This is putting the consumer in charge as opposed to putting the supplier in charge,” said Scott McNealy, the chairman of Sun Microsystems, the technology giant, and an influential proponent of this approach. He founded Curriki, an online tool for sharing lesson plans and other materials, and was an early investor in the Western Governors University, which delivers degrees online.
Students will demand better in the future. If we don't give it to them, they will go elsewhere. Our offerings must be relevant, accessible, affordable, and engaging.
NOTE: Using technology to electronically deliver education does NOT prohibit a live human from being involved! The role of what a "teacher" is may change along the lines of a guide...a mentor...a person who steers others in the right direction. For example, SMARTHINKING.com provide live tutors -- so using technology and involving human beings are NOT mutually exclusive!
Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education -- social networking whitepaper from Elluminate by Steve Hargadon ...discusses social networking, Web 2.0, the emergence of educational networking, and its adoption for personal learning. The paper also looks at how the LearnCentral social learning network is providing a platform for professional development for educators on a global level.
Future Of Learning: A Video Interview With Curtis Bonk-- from Robin Good's Latest News What does the future of learning look like? What is going to change in the future of our education systems? What role will new media technologies play in the way you and I will share knowledge and skills in the near future? If you want to see a glimpse of how you can impact the way in which you and your kids are going to learn in the future, check out this video interview.
Web 2.0 plays to the strengths of educators — curiosity and love of learning — by opening
the doors to collaboration and participation. It encourages and facilitates the natural
desire to share what you know and to learn from your colleagues. And fully embracing Web 2.0 is a logical extension of the attempts that so many educators have made to use
the Internet to connect, collaborate, and create since the first days of bulletin boards
and listserves. So for many educators, it’s an incredibly exciting time. But it may also be
confusing and even intimidating to a larger number. My purpose here is to offer some
clarity around the confusion, and, more importantly, explain why the excitement around
Web 2.0 is not just a passing fad, but is grounded in the deep roots of how we learn.
Here's an interesting one...
Smart spectacles aid translation-- from the BBC In this scenario the microphone on the headset picks up the voices of both people in a conversation, pipes it through translation software and voice-to-text systems and then sends the translation back to the headset. At the same time as a user hears a translation, they would also get text subtitles beamed onto the retina.
Nice idea...but information overload. Perhaps they will develop the option to tune out one or the other information channel.
College Receives $250,000 Federal Grant for Mobile Learning Initiative -- from Thomas Edison State College; original link from learning and teaching at BCIT
Funding to Advance Use of Flash Drives & Develop New Course Delivery Platform Trenton, N.J. (November 10, 2009) —Thomas Edison State College has recently received a two-year, $250,000 federal grant that will be used to accelerate the deployment of a new course delivery system that utilizes cloud computing technologies and is designed to increase access and minimize technical issues for adults earning a college degree.
Quote from BCIT:
Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey is implementing an interesting model of mobile online course delivery that uses cloud computing technology and flash drives to deliver the courses. The goal is to make the courses accessible without the need for a constant Internet connection.
#1. Save Office Documents to the Cloud
#2. Embed Web Videos in your Presentations
#3. Quick Steps in Outlook
#4. Built-in PDF Writer
#5. Document printing made simple!
#6. Broadcast Slideshows within PowerPoint
#7. Video Editing meets PowerPoint
#8. Distribute your slides as video
#9. Built-in Screen Capture
#10. Outlook gets social
'The College Fear Factor'-- from InsideHigherEd.com Despite best intentions, today’s first-generation college students and their professors “misunderstand and ultimately fail one another” in the classroom, according to a new scholarly work on community college pedagogy. The College Fear Factor, published last month by Harvard University Press, is based upon five years of observations of community college courses and interviews with students and professors by Rebecca Cox, professor of education at Seton Hall University. In her work, she tries to show how “traditional college culture” is a barrier to student success, particularly for disadvantaged students.
While current distance and online education uses chat technology for real time connection as an augmentation to asynchronous exchange, the future will have immediacy as central to every exchange. The future will also have actual realities being exchanged and developed as ideas are immediately applied and integrated into reality development. Therefore students will not be passive receptors of anything but will rather be fully engaged in all processes of exchange and will also be central to the development of their own learning--customized learning at its fullest.
As always, the bigger challenge will be to educators themselves and to accrediting bodies who will probably lag in their acceptance and understanding of the technology. Our challenge, as educators and co-learners with students, is to engage sooner rather than later and while there is still time to influence emerging technology uses for better instruction.
Big Picture: A Better School Model?-- from Big Picture Learning by Sarah Fine The Big Picture Learning Company structures high schools around the belief that kids learn best when they are doing what they love. In the world of American public education, this is nothing short of radical.
Apple announced [11/4/09] that developers have created over 100,000 applications for its iPhone and iPod Touch App Store, and that users have downloaded well over two billion apps in the 16 months since the store's launch.
Stop for a second to think about those numbers. The store's only been around 482 days. It launched with only 500 apps, so that averages out to more than 200 new apps a day, and a staggering 4,149,377 downloads a day [emphasis DSC].
The blazingly-fast pace of technological change continues!
This January, what he does intend to start is something that could boost online education and threaten competitors. The Welch institute plans a marriage of investment capital, minimum admission standards, online reach, established academics, and the global brand of Fortune's Manager of the Century. That contrasts with other for-profit online colleges that offer open admission, including a brand whose reputation was recently mocked on Saturday Night Live. The Welch program's cheaper tuition may also lure students away from some traditional business schools.
As Jack's health is very questionable, his longevity is not the key to his contribution to online learning. However, his current backing signifies to the corporate world that this new online learning world is to be taking extremely seriously. More than that, the investment community is getting behind this movement as well. Someone with deep pockets will get this thing right...and when they do...lookout!
Connectivisim: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age-- from E-learning Practice & Research blog; and ultimately from George Siemens The pipe is more important than the content within the pipe. Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today. A real challenge for any learning theory is to actuate known knowledge at the point of application. When knowledge, however, is needed, but not known, the ability to plug into sources to meet the requirements becomes a vital skill. As knowledge continues to grow and evolve, access to what is needed is more important than what the learner currently possesses [emphasis DSC].
Connectivism presents a model of learning that acknowledges the tectonic shifts in society where learning is no longer an internal, individualistic activity. How people work and function is altered when new tools are utilized. The field of education has been slow to recognize both the impact of new learning tools and the environmental changes in what it means to learn. Connectivism provides insight into learning skills and tasks needed for learners to flourish in a digital era.
Although online education is becoming an important long-term strategy for higher learning instructors, blended learning through a balanced mix of traditional face-to-face instructional activities with appropriately designed online learning experiences is expected to become an even more significant growth area in the future. "Cases on Online and Blended Learning Technologies in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices" provides real-life examples and experiences of those involved in developing and implementing the merge of traditional education curriculum and online instruction. A significant resource for academicians, this advanced publication provides a wide range of the most current designs, methodologies, tools, and applications in blended course teaching.
Shaping the Promise of Cloud Computing for Higher Education-- from Educause by Brad Wheeler and Shelton Waggener Could the broad adoption of cloud computing be a critical multi-institution step toward Vest's meta-university? Vest noted: "The meta-university will enable, not replace, residential campuses, especially in wealthier regions. It will bring cost-efficiencies to institutions through the shared development of educational materials. It will be adaptive, not prescriptive."
What unfolds during the course of the film is a very inconvenient truth about education. It concludes that, while there are signs of spring, a transformation of the education system is vital if the UK is to continue to compete effectively in an era of globalization the world has changed enormously but our education system has not kept pace. We need to recognise that there are many paths to success for young people and provide the right support and opportunities for them to develop their individual talents.
Globalization has exploded the Information Age. Yet our education system isn’t preparing our children for how to compete in the Global Economy. America is a nation in crisis. Did you know how little media attention this very real crisis receives?
Heads in the Cloud | anseo.net -- from John Pearce, Educational Consultant Simon Lewis is a great Irish educator and this very practical post explores how he is using Google Docs across his school. I particularly like the way he uses the tools to meet real needs by fashioning them in very innovative ways.
This is an excellent Time Magazine commentary on the state of teacher education today. Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education has some strong opinions on this subject. What do you think? Is it the institutions? Is it the traditional mindsets held about what a real education is? Or is it something else?
Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online ...OnGuard Online gives adults practical tips to help kids navigate the online world. Kids and parents have many ways of socializing and communicating online, but they come with certain risks. This guide encourages parents to reduce the risks by talking to kids about how they communicate – online and off – and helping kids engage in conduct they can be proud of. Net Cetera covers what parents need to know, where to go for more information, and issues to raise with kids about living their lives online.
LibraryThing.com-- my thanks to Steven Chevalia in the T&L Digital Studio for this resource LibraryThing is a free, immense tool. You can catalog book collections in two simple steps. If you and your spouse, or friends, have different book collections but want only one account you can create new “collections” or “libraries” within your account. LibraryThing allows you to export all of your books into an expansive Excel sheet, where you can sort all of your books anyway you want. LibraryThing lets you rate, review, and research books you are interested and/or own. This is a great tool for any book lover or library looking for a new way to catalog books.
EasyBib.com -- my thanks to Steven Chevalia in the T&L Digital Studio for this resource EasyBib is a place you can go to for quick and reliable citations of any material.
“Enrollment has been growing steadily, but this was a tidal wave for us this fall,” said [LaGuardia Community College's] president, Gail O. Mellow, pointing out that the student body had risen by almost 50 percent in the past decade. “I’ve never seen anything like this. We used to pretty much be an open door.”
A New TV Guide for Internet Television -- from Open Culture Today, Clicker.com comes out of beta and promises to become the complete guide to Internet Television. Currently, the site “contains more than 450,000 episodes, from over 6,000 shows, from over 1,200 networks, tens of thousands of movies, and 50,000 music videos from 20,000 artists.” The content (all apparently legal) is generally supplied by other content providers, and then aggregated by Clicker. Although the content is often quite pop, you can find some university content (Berkeley, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, etc.) in the mix, much of it supplied by Academic Earth. Other quality content appears in the Art & Artists section here and the Documentary section here.
"We expect this acquisition to enable Logitech to extend our leadership in video communication beyond the desktop," said Gerald P. Quindlen, Logitech president and chief executive officer. "Together we can make life-like, HD-quality video communication as mainstream and seamless as a telephone, for meeting participants in the boardroom, at their office desk, in a remote-location meeting room, telecommuting from home or on the go with a laptop."
Money can be made on the Internet with journalistic content. There are many examples of this today already. Yet because the Internet is fiercely competitive, business models have to be adapted to the structure of the net. No one should try to abscond from this essential adaptation through policy-making geared to preserving the status quo [emphasis DSC]. Journalism needs open competition for the best refinancing solutions on the net, along with the courage to invest in the multifaceted implementation of these solutions.
Site simplifies text for students with disabilities-- from eSchoolNews.com A new national online database is making it easier and quicker for college students with print-related disabilities, including blindness or dyslexia, to obtain the alternative textbooks they need for their academic courses. The AccessText Network contains more than 300,000 textbook and novel titles available in alternative formats. To date, more than 650 colleges and universities have enrolled. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) developed the database in conjunction with the Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC) at the University of Georgia.
eXe Learning The eXe project developed a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup. Resources authored in eXe can be exported in IMS Content Package, SCORM 1.2, or IMS Common Cartridge formats or as simple self-contained web pages.
eXe is currently supported by CORE Education, a New Zealand-based not-for-profit educational research and development organisation. eXe grew out of the New Zealand Government Tertiary Education Commission's eCollaboration Fund and was led by the University of Auckland, The Auckland University of Technology, and Tairawhiti Polytechnic. It has also been greatly assisted by a global group of participants and contributors.
Smart college students know their career futures won’t be stable. Most new graduates will work in several fields or jobs over their lifetimes and will be continually adapting to ever-faster technical developments [emphasis DSC]. But you can take steps to be ready for an uncertain work world. First, accept that your education doesn’t stop with college or graduate school. To be successful and rise up through the ranks, you’ll need to be a lifelong learner. Second, be ready for change. View new systems and processes as opportunities and volunteer to get involved with them.
Five Tips for Young Professionals When making forecasts about your career future, one thing is sure: it’s going to be buffeted by change. As a young professional, you can take steps to be ready for some likely twists and turns, says Glen Heimstra, founder of futurist.com in Kirkland, Wash.:
Get on a learning curve. Identify what you need to learn in the next six months and create a plan for accomplishing this goal. Continue to set learning agendas for yourself. As the world keeps changing, successful professionals will stay up with new developments.
Be technically knowledgeable. Virtually all work in the future will require technical competence. You don’t have to be a programmer, but you should be competent on basic computer systems and software programs and aware of how technology can be applied.
Improve your personal-interaction skills. More routine work will be automated, leaving employees to do what’s left. Young professionals will stand out if they can interact with and manage people effectively.
Be good at balancing work and life. As work spills over into life, and vice versa, professionals must know when work starts and stops and help other employees to set those boundaries as well.
Take time to look over the horizon. Be a futurist. Cultivate the ability to forecast what’s just around the corner, so you can prepare for it, says Mr. Hiemstra.
Joshua 24:15 (New International Version)-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.
Inside Google: Challenges and Opportunities --
Calvin grads at Google to speak Friday, November 13, at 4:30 p.m. in SB 382 Nathan Beach and Jack Veenstra both attended Calvin College. Both currently are employed at Google. They will be in town this week to give a presentation at the computer science seminar.
Want to see awesome ways you can use your mobile phone? Do you want to discover a glimpse of how Google continuously improves the quality of search results? Come join Google employees and Calvin graduates, Jack Veenstra and Nathan Beach, to see some cool demos and learn what it is like to work at Google. After the talk, Jack and Nathan will take questions. You may submit questions NOW and vote on other people's questions using Google Moderator.
Radar Networks makes Twine. Think of Twine as your own artificially intelligent personal web assistant. That’s the message we get from Radar Networks CEO, Nova Spivack, about his new project from Radar Networks. Twine is a semantic web application that auto-organizes all your information and media based on an auto-tagging engine. It’s been in the works for some time, but will make its public debut soon.
-- my thanks to Dr. David Klein at Capella University for this resource
Openness, Dynamic Specialization, and the Disaggregated Future of Higher Education -- from IRRODL.org by David Wiley, John Hilton III Abstract: Openness is a fundamental value underlying significant changes in society and is a prerequisite to changes institutions of higher education need to make in order to remain relevant to the society in which they exist. There are a number of ways institutions can be more open, including programs of open sharing of educational materials. Individual faculty can also choose to be more open without waiting for institutional programs. Increasing degrees of openness in society coupled with innovations in business strategy like dynamic specialization are enabling radical experiments in higher education and exerting increasing competitive pressure on conventional higher education institutions. No single response to the changes in the supersystem of higher education can successfully address every institution’s situation. However, every institution must begin addressing openness as a core organizational value if it desires to both remain relevant to its learners and to contribute to the positive advancement of the field of higher education (emphasis DSC).
What are our plans here? What are your plans here? If they haven't already, the conversations better begin soon...
disproportionate compensation at the highest levels
product value doesn't match marketplace expectations
prices are manipulated without regard to market supply and demand
perception of exclusivity
a delusion that "this market is different"
I have long affirmed that such a crisis is coming and that it would arrive very suddenly after being years in the making. It is now very close - within a matter of months. 2010 some time, maybe (at the outside) 2011, at least in North America. Funding will dry up, there will be significant staff reductions, institutions will merge or close, and administrators will be desperate for alternatives. Not just in education, but education will be very hard hit, and at all levels.
From DSC: This is not a joke folks...I couldn't agree with Karl and Stephen more.
In Search of the Big Idea-- from InsideHigherEd.com NEW YORK -- Nothing concentrates the mind like a fiscal crisis; or at least that's the hope of higher education leaders. Gathered here Thursday for the TIAA-CREF Institute's Higher Education Leadership Conference, some of the nation's most prominent figures in postsecondary education wrestled with the central question of their time: What is the future of this thing called college?
What became quickly and painfully obvious in their deliberations is that the center will not hold. In something of an irony, higher education leaders acknowledged here Thursday that the very system that put them in the position to run the nation's colleges and universities is no longer fit to groom their successors or the rest of the U.S. work force. Diminishing state support, a skeptical public pressing for accountability, and dramatically shifting demographics all point toward the necessity for a serious rethinking of the way colleges educate students, according to just about every panelist who spoke at the conference.
...And therein lies the tug of war within higher education. Innovation is invariably greeted with a mix of applause and raised eyebrows, as an "industry" steeped in tradition seeks to redefine itself for the 21st century. Is the skepticism rightful protection of a system that is the envy of the world or unwarranted protectionism of a system that is built to fail? That's the question college presidents say they're now confronting every day, according to several who attended the conference.
Blending Learning Webinar (via Elluminate): Nov. 10th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm (ET) This webinar will explore the economy of scale and power of blended learning which is derived from its "elasticity": the ability to integrate a variety of synchronous and asynchronous media allowing the instructional designer to attain the most appropriate blended learning solution. Each participant will receive a FREE copy of the USDLA Instructional Media Selection Guide for Distance Learning authored by Dr. Jolly Holden and Dr. Philip Westfall.
Higher Education (Via Elluminate): Nov 9th, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (ET) This webinar will explore a broad range of issues related to the institution's/unit's practices and procedures as new global campuses become the norm and the traditional education landscape transforms. Specific areas of interest may focus on strategic planning, accreditation, faculty workload, international programs, virtual learning communities, leadership, connecting educational institutions globally, trends, best practices and alternative education as an issue of national competitiveness.
GoingOn Announces First Community Platform for Education at EDUCAUSE 2009-- from B2E
The GoingOn Community Platform leverages social web technologies to create online communities for collaboration, learning and social knowledge management November 4, 2009/San Francisco, CA – GoingOn provider of the first open source community platform for education, will showcase its cornerstone technology, The GoingOn Community Platform at EDUCAUSE 2009, November 3-6, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
As I was saying last month, an avalanche of change is rumbling towards our field. I propose we call this cascading phenomenon "convergent education." [From DSC: I call it tidal waves of change.]
Here's what I mean: A new species of education is emerging that artfully aggregates up-to-the-minute instructional technology, sophisticated pedagogy, robust and standards-based educational content, and web-based delivery that requires a computer or other personal digital device but no fixed address. Under most circumstances, convergent education certainly can amplify the impact of traditional instruction, but it is not necessarily dependent on face-to-face encounters between teacher and student.
At its best, convergent education features diverse learning opportunities delivered via multiple media platforms combined with field trips (virtual or real), live streaming video, interactive archived video, educational gaming, student collaboration, animation, celebrity lectures and adventures, project-based instruction with student-managed data, virtual demonstrations and experiments, continuous monitoring of student engagement and learner satisfaction, and classic, in-the-classroom instruction.
In general, convergent education is based on developments such as distance learning and lecture-capture strategies that have been around for some time, but which are now reinforced by the completely unprecedented fact that nearly every willing learner has (or soon will have) economical access to the rich multimedia resources of the internet--access delivered by such devices as personal computers, netbooks, smart telephones, personal digital assistants, interactive whiteboards, pocket projectors, and handheld reading devices.
Convergent education has been made feasible--and perhaps even inevitable--by a unique confluence of social and technological forces that ultimately must transform the way we learn. Such forces include--but are by no means limited to--the thinning of our teaching corps by retirement, reductions in force, and classroom abandonment; the movement toward charter schools, open-courseware, and online universities; the push for school reform from government and industry; and the desire and necessity of multitudes of adults to obtain new skills and knowledge to survive and thrive in a swiftly changing job market.
Here's what's profoundly different now: This time the transformation will come whether entrenched interests like it or not.
Lecture Capture with Wimba-- Nov 9 Time: 3pm EST In addition to using Wimba Classroom and the podcasting feature of Wimba Voice for online instruction, did you know they can also be used for capturing face-to-face lectures? Learn tips and tricks of lecture capture with Wimba. This demonstration will not only give practical tips and tricks for successful lecture capture, but will also share numerous real-life examples of how schools today are already doing this.
Narrative is essential to learning. From epic films to conversations with toddlers, all human communication revolves around storytelling. We use story to convey information and to make emotional connections with each other. Writers use narrative to align what they know about the world with what their readers know about the world, and through the exchange of story a sense of trust is born. The reader identifies with the writer, and thus with the information presented.
Which brings me around to what Morley is doing today instead of The South Bank Show. Given that print is apparently dead, or at least not paying much, Morley is putting on his own show via the good offices of the Observer Music Monthly. Buried in the OMM's web presence, once a month, is a multimedia presentation by Morley. Not just a music column, but video of the interviews he conducted in support of the month's subject or theme, music files, filmed performances, and, most unsettlingly, a Flash file that places an immense screen-filling Morley as rambling disco ringmaster. In this way, he surrounds a subject in a manner that music journalists normally just don't get to do. It is still music journalism, even as it's a music performance show and arts show.
ABC News recruits college reporters -- from eSchoolNews.com by Dennis Carter Journalism students use laptops, advanced editing software in contributing to local and national news broadcasts
The Genetic Science Learning Center-- from Jessica Overbeeke, T&L Digital Studio ...is a science and health education program located in the midst of the bioscience research being carried out at the University of Utah. Our mission is making science easy for everyone to understand.
Research Confirms Trend to Learning-Centered Spaces -- from Herman Miller Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and Herman Miller, have recently partnered on a survey to add data to our understanding of just how pervasive the trend toward learning-centered space design is on campuses today. Critics of the traditional approach to learning spaces have long contended that the regimented arrangements in our educational institutions are meant for a different age than the one in which our current students must function. It's no surprise that changes in the design of learning spaces suggested by this research are being seen on more and more campuses.
LMS 3.0-- from InsideHigherEd.com by Kenneth Green In a thoughtful commentary published in Inside Higher Ed earlier this year, my friend and colleague Lev Gonick, vice president and CIO at Case Western Reserve University, proclaimed that “course management systems are dead; long live course management systems.” This was one of his eleven IT predictions for 2009.
The future of interface design-- from ux booth by David Leggett Did you know the first “brain-tweet” was sent out this year? How about that we may someday be customizing windshields with widgets? In the not-to-distant future, we may be interfacing with computers in exciting and innovative new ways.
Visual Bloom's-- by Michael Fisher I want the visual representation to be more fluid than the above, where web tools can live on different levels and change levels, depending on their usage. I'm sure we could make a case for each of the tools to live in each realm of the hierarchy but in the interest of time and space, I created the following. The arrows are meant to indicate the fluidity with which the tools can travel through the different levels. The middle line is meant to separate the higher cognitive levels from the lower ones, but only with the understanding that it would be for that particular tool on a particular level, and does not consider the multiple ways that the tool could possibly be used. Again, this is meant to be a discussion starter as we evolve the representation of web tools with visuals that are meant to help us understand the interconnectedness of technology resources.
Ottobib.com <-- from Steven Chevalia in the T&L Digital Studio
Students Unimpressed with Faculty Use of Ed Tech-- from CampusTechnology.com by David Nagel While students and faculty seem to agree on the importance of technology in education, the two groups do not agree on how well it's being implemented. According to new research released Monday, only 38 percent of students indicated that their instructors "understand technology and fully integrate it into their classes." Students also rated that lack of understanding as "the biggest obstacle to classroom technology integration."
We need to move towards using TEAM-created/delivered content, as not everyone has all of the necessary interest, gifts, and abilities.
-- The 2009 21st-Century Campus Report: Defining the Vision
Now in its second year, the CDW-G 21st-Century Campus Report examines the current and future role of technology in higher education. CDW-G surveyed more than 1,000 college students, faculty and Information Technology (IT) staff members to understand their respective perceptions of campus technology.
The 2008 report provided a baseline for campus technology use. The 2009 study examines how student needs are changing, and how campuses are –and are not – responding. This year’s survey also asks the higher education community to define the elements of the 21st-century campus. The resulting report identifies strengths and weaknesses associated with campus technology and recommends steps forward.
Using Wimba Classroom to Bridge Online and Face-to-Face Learning and Assessment-- from Wimba Thomas Angelo's classroom assessment techniques (CATs) have long been recognized as the best approach to evaluate learning. But, these techniques were very difficult, if not impossible, to replicate in the online learning environment - until now! Wimba Classroom gives faculty several tools to engage online learners synchronously and to evaluate learning in real-time. This is a tremendous advancement to the online learning environment because faculty and students can engage one another in a give-and-take manner that replicates the spontaneity and familiarity of the face-to-face classroom. Experienced online faculty and students enjoy the enhanced learning environment, while novice faculty and students are relieved to have immediate interaction with one another.
-- my thanks to William Overbeeke in the T&L Digital Studio for this resource
Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 is now available for Moodle-- memo from Wimba MP4, whiteboard, and assessment innovation extends learning beyond physical classroom
The Wimba Collaboration Suite™ 6.0, unveiled in April, is now available for Moodle. By creating a highly personal and dynamic environment for online learning, thousands of higher education institutions and K-12 districts around the world rely on Wimba’s technology to improve outcomes and increase student retention.
Customers now have access to innovative new capabilities of Wimba Classroom™ 6.0, Wimba Pronto™6.0, and Wimba Voice™ 6.0 - enhancements that include advanced MP4, whiteboarding and assessment functionality. For more information on how the Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0 can impact teaching and learning at your school or campus please visit: Solutions for K-12 | Solutions for Higher Education
Uncovering Steve Jobs' Presentation Secrets-- from BusinessWeek.com For his new book, communications coach Carmine Gallo watched hours of Jobs' keynotes. Here he identifies the five elements of every presentation by the Apple CEO
From SETDA Handouts For Today's Presentation: Living on the Future Edge-- from Ian Jukes Let’s recap here. We started with trend 1, Moore’s Law, with processing speed doubling every 12 months
while the cost is reduced by 50%. This led to Trend 2, Photonics, with data transfer rates now tripling at 4
to 6 times the rate of Moore’s Law. The ripple effect these two trends create leads to Trend 3, the Internet,
where we are all connected to each other anywhere and all the time. The intersection of these three
trends brings about an information age and brings us to Trend 4, InfoWhelm, the access to the sum of all
human knowledge in seconds, and right in the palm of your hand.
But now the Information Age has begun to converge with the life sciences. This has presented us with a
global exponential trend that has, according to history, been in practice for centuries even before today’s
digital age. This is the fascinating field of biotechnology...
"In this age
of disposable information, our papers are out of date as soon as they arrive. Information still has value
but is now more perishable."
-- The 21st Century Fluency Project
This is why I try to get our faculty to build their respective global academic networks within their disciplines...because if they don't, what they are teaching might not be totally accurate anymore.
Apple online seminarsare available for the following topics: Accounting | Audio | Business | Enterprise | Sci/Tech | Servers/Networks | Video
Art School -- from InsideHigherEd.com What does it mean to be an art school today? How should art education regroup and evolve in response to changes in the art world, higher education, information technology, the art market and the broader economy -- and what should it mean to be an art school tomorrow?
These are some of the many issues addressed in Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century) (MIT Press), a new book edited by Steven Henry Madoff, who is senior critic at the Yale University School of Art. The book contains essays, questionnaire interviews, and transcripts of conversations by and among prominent artists and art educators, all of them addressing the mission and means of the art school.
Orlando, Fla. -- Online education is a runaway best seller. Its growth rate -- 12.9 percent -- dwarfs the overall pace of academe’s student expansion. More than 25 percent of all students may have taken at least one online class this year, according to a speculative estimate suggested at a distance-education conference that wraps up here today.
But the success isn’t smashing enough. Not even close.
That’s the case made by A. Frank Mayadas, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation program director who called on online educators gathered here to meet what he sees as a major need -- fast. And Mr. Mayadas, considered the Father of Online Learning, suggested in an interview following his speech that the government should step in with some $500-million to support traditional online courses -- not just the experimental “free” courses that have emerged as a darling of the Obama administration.
From Textbooks to Virtual Learning Villages-- from EducationWeek According to this article in the Boston Globe, Houghton Mifflin, one of the largest textbook companies in the U.S., has signed a $40 million contract with Detroit public schools to provide not only textbooks, but also the software to create an interactive classroom network called Learning Village.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one of the oldest publishers in the United States, plans to unveil today the biggest deal in its history: a $40 million, multiyear contract with Detroit public schools. But this is not the typical agreement to sell a textbook to every student.
Instead, Houghton will be providing a computer-based teaching system it developed with Microsoft Corp. that will connect teachers, students, and administrators. It’s a radical shift away from the classic textbook publishing model and represents an industry transformation, as technology supplants books.
“We are now in a transformational period. Everything we have has to be two worlds: print and digital,’’ Cohen said. “The future of learning is going to be high-quality online material and, to a lesser extent, textbooks.’’
Nanotechnology program targets schools-- from eSchoolnews.com by Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor NanoProfessor curriculum and equipment will be used at 2-year colleges -- and even some high schools -- early next year.
The nanotechnology industry will employ an estimated 2 million people worldwide by 2015, and with President Obama calling on colleges to ready students for the field, an Illinois-based company has introduced a program designed to teach the complex subject to undergraduates.
Ephesians 2:8-9 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Learning Environments: Where Space, Technology, and Culture Converge-- from Educause The introduction of information technologies into higher education added new dimensions to the educational enterprise and led to investigations into how the design of learning spaces affects teaching and learning. The time has come to broaden the scope of that inquiry and consider factors beyond space, including learning culture and the changing roles of instructors, students, and other people involved in teaching and learning. The effort to understand and develop effective learning environments includes more individuals and more roles than have generally been involved in the discussion about teaching and learning, and the factors at issue include, but go beyond, technology.
The Netflix of Academic Journals Opens Shop-- from The Chronicle by Ben Terris By opening the largest online rental service for scientific, technical, and research journals, the company Deep Dyve is hoping to do for academic publications what Netflix has done for movies: make them easily accessible and inexpensive for everyone.
The Web site has been an academic-journal search engine since 2005 and unveiled its rental program this week. Now anyone can “rent” an article—which means you can view it on your computer without ownership rights or printing capabilities—for as little as 99 cents for 24 hours. Users can also subscribe for monthly passes. Currently the site has 30 million articles from various peer-reviewed journals.
Defriending can bruise your 'digital ego'-- from CNN.com by Breeanna Hare If you harbor a bit of angst over Facebook friend requests gone unanswered, a surprise "defriending" or being deserted by your Twitter followers, you're not alone.
If a user leaves the game, either by returning to browse goals or by quitting the app then their state needs to be saved and resumed at a later time. In addition, the user’s study progress needs to be synced back to the Smart.fm web site so that they can continue learning on a PC. And wait! What if the user studied that same goal, or another one in the mean time… download that progress and figure out the user’s total progress across all goals. [emphasis DSC]. And wait! Since goals are “alive” other users might have added new items, so download them too.
....the [smart.fm] iPhone app has been submitted to Apple and is very close to being in your hands. Screenshots of the app are available at http://smart.fm/iphone. Early in November we anticipate seeing a smiling Smart.fm owl sitting in the iTunes app store.
Holy smokes! We are most definitely in a game-changing environment! Play this out and it's mind-blowing...syndicated courses...matching up buyers and sellers of courses via online-based exchanges...creating a platform for distributing one's (or a team's) work... wow.
-- resource from Ray Schroeder
Picturing the Story: Narrative Arts and the Stories They Tell-- from the NMC Every work of art has a story to tell, either through image and symbol, or through custom and ritual. These stories can explain the unexplainable, teach a life lesson, or celebrate our common human experiences. Picturing the Story uses works of art as a springboard for an interdisciplinary approach to culture, environment, language, and learning. Using selected narrative works of world art from the permanent collection of the Memorial Art Gallery, the Pachyderm presentation explores 7 works of art across many cultures and time periods, dating as early as 1500 BCE. The stories behind the objects are interpreted in a variety of ways and through many different digital media. You can read or listen to the story or legend told orally, or you can watch an ASL interpreter sign the story.
Please take a look at this extensive resource at: http://mag.rochester.edu/PicturingTheStory/
Increasing Student Success: Redesigning Mathematics-- from National Center for Academic Transformation From working with large numbers of students, faculty and institutions over the past 10 years, NCAT has learned what works and what does not work in improving student achievement in both developmental and college-level mathematics. The pedagogical techniques leading to greater student success are equally applicable to both developmental and college-level mathematics. The underlying principle is simple: Students learn math by doing math, not by listening to someone talk about doing math. Interactive computer software combined with personalized, on-demand assistance and mandatory student participation are the key elements of success. NCAT calls this model for success, the Emporium Model, named after what the model’s originator, Virginia Tech, called its initial course redesign.
Smart Classroom of the Future -- from Daniel S. Christian
Flexible, movable, adjustable tables -- for easy, quick reconfigurations of a room -- perhaps even multiple times within the same class period
Comfortable chairs on wheels -- for easy, quick reconfigurations of a room -- perhaps even multiple times within the same class period
Puck-like devices -- like those featured in Steelcase's Media:Scape product -- would allow for a student to plug in a variety of devices and "play" them for the class
Multi-touch, wall-sized "monitors" / "displays"
Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras -- controllable via the web even -- that can be used for web-based collaboration
I'm a student at Table #4. I want to show my project to the class. I click on the puck-like device that I've hooked up my laptop to...and because the professor has approved it, I am able to instantly start showing/playing my presentation up on one of the wall-sized monitors (some of which are multi-touch boards).
I'm a Music Major at Table #3. I want to play a piece from my recent recital that I had recorded and is now on my iPod. I hook up my iPod to the puck-like device and then I click on the puck to let the rest of the class listen to me version of Bach's Concerto Op. 13 No. 2.
I am the professor and I want to bring in a class from Italy. I use a web-based videoconferencing product to show the other class on one or more of the wall-sized "displays".
Software Helps Music Students Collaborate Online With Crystal Clarity-- from The Chronicle by Jeff Young Music schools have a tradition of bringing in famous musicians to hold master classes with a handful of students, but many of those visits have been cut this year because of tight budgets. Free software developed at the University of Southern California promises to make videoconferencing clear enough to hold such classes remotely over high-speed Internet connections.
The software is called EchoDamp, and it was developed by Brian K. Shepard, an assistant professor of composition at Southern California's Thornton School of Music.
-- by Lamar Alexander, now a U.S. senator; was U.S. education secretary for George H.W. Bush, president of The University of Tennessee, and governor of Tennessee.Alexander,
Excert of misc quotes:
"You won't be given credit for seat time -- you're gonna get credit for actually being able to do it. The faculty are going to be people who are ready to talk to you because you are ready to talk to them." -- Professor Robert Zemsky (see video) of the Penn Graduate School of Education
Yet, as with the auto industry in the 1960s, there are signs of peril within American higher education.
But as I discovered myself during my four-year tenure as president of the University of Tennessee in the late 1980s, in some ways, many colleges and universities are stuck in the past. For instance, the idea of the fall-to-spring "school year" hasn't changed much since before the American Revolution, when we were a nation of farmers and students put their books away to work the soil during the summer. That long summer stretch no longer makes sense. Former George Washington University president Stephen J. Trachtenberg estimates that a typical college uses its facilities for academic purposes a little more than half the calendar year. "While college facilities sit idle, they continue to generate maintenance, energy, and debt-service expenses that contribute to the high cost of running a college," he has written.
"There is nothing more vulnerable than entrenched success." -- George Romney, President American Motors
Meanwhile, tuition has soared, leaving graduating students with unprecedented loan debt.
E-Learning's 'Third Phase'-- from InsideHigherEd.com Though Blackboard's critics have worried the company might monopolize the market for e-learning tools, competition continues to surface -- notably from companies that once were more focused on the administrative side of campus computing.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
...colleges and universities have been faced
in the last decade with significant trends: the rapid
increase in globalization, the arrival of students who
were “born digital” and who may never have experienced
an educational institution without the Internet,
and a transformation of the Internet itself from a
curiosity to a means for gaining access to information
and now to being a fundamental element of a more “participatory” culture that encourages everyone to
make their own contribution. "e research function of
the university, which aims to produce and disseminate
new knowledge, has become so intertwined with the
Internet that it is almost difficult to recall what research
was like before the World Wide Web.
For hundreds of years, personal interactions between
teachers and students and printed texts have been at
the heart of teaching in colleges and universities. But
changes in the openness of the educational materials
being used and in the vehicles for the delivery of these
materials have the potential to fundamentally reshape
teaching and learning.
the development of more open digital materials known
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Proverbs 9:10-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Google to launch site for selling books online -- eSchool News; link and quote below from Ray Schroeder Google Inc. is launching a new online service that will let readers buy electronic versions of books and read them on such gadgets as cell phones, laptops, and possibly e-book devices. Google Editions, the company said, marks its first effort to earn revenue from its ambitious Google Books scanning project, which attempts to make millions of printed books available online. Although the scanning program has faced complaints from authors and publishers over copyright, Google Editions will cover only books submitted and approved by the copyright holders when it launches next year.
Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training-- from Stephen Downes This is an entire book available for free download (or, you can order a print version). Even if you don't have time to read the whole book, be sure to see John Traxler's Current State of Mobile Learning, which outlines major categories of mobile learning, discussion of a definition of mobile learning (which excludes the current generation of laptop and Tablet PCs), the case for mobile learning (on grounds of personal, situated and authentic learning), and attributes of an evaluation of mobile learning.
Blogging –The New Model for Building Collaboration in the Classroom-- from AtomicLearning.com For students around the nation, blogs have become far more than the latest technology buzzword. For many, blogging can be a key method of communication on a social level. While many students already blog in their free time, incorporating blogging technology into the classroom can have many benefits through the use of a medium that already interests students and makes learning more interactive and engaging.
Duncan calls for overhaul of education schools-- from eSchoolNews.com;
Teacher colleges are 'cash cows,' he charges, that must shape up their instruction if K-12 education is to improve Duncan said he has talked to hundreds of great young teachers while serving as Chicago schools chief and later as President Barack Obama's schools chief. The teachers have two complaints about education schools, he said. "First, most of them say they did not get the hands-on teacher training about managing the classroom that they needed, especially for high-needs students," he said in his speech. "And second, they say there were not taught how to use data to improve instruction and boost student learning," Duncan said.
My life with a Smartpen?-- by Lisa Dawley, Professor & Chair of the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University ...I just found about the Pulse Smartpen. This handy little device (ok, not so little for us feminine types who prefer thin pens) allows you to take notes on real paper, and simultaneously record the handwriting and voice for later upload into an organization system called Livescribe. You can create pencasts and share them online…imagine! Please check out their videos, it’s much easier to visualize that I can describe here.
As a department chair who attends a lot of meetings and conferences, I’m imagining this little device may have the potential to change how I process information at those events. It’s a toss-up, either I 1) keep carrying my 15″ laptop, 2) buy a netbook (another computer!), 3) write my notes on paper and translate essential facts when I get back to the office, or 4) use a Smartpen!
Who could use a Smartpen? Students who sit in class and need to take notes, teams who work in brainstorming sessions, people who take meeting minutes, folks who may have memory issues such as Alzheimher’s and need a way to record their conversations, artists who want to teach others their drawing techniques, child psychologists who work with kids drawing and discussing their artwork…the list goes on…
Average College Costs on the Rise-- from Education-Portal.com The College Board's annual report on college pricing trends shows that there has been a substantial increase in average college costs over the last year. The data confirms what many people already knew or suspected: average college prices are rising much faster than the prices of other goods and services.
"So a cheaper price not only revolutionised this market, it decimated the market."
Apple is increasing involvement in the education area with a special iTunes project that will put MBA-level lectures from famous universities and professors into the iTunes store at no cost to users. Universities such as Cambridge, Fuqua School of Business, and Yale School of Management and hundreds of others are recording lectures from their business graduate program professors and storing them on iTunes for everyone to listen to. This adds to a trend in which educational material is made available to the public through sites like iTunes and YouTube. More schools are coming on line with these programs every day, according to a CNN story. Although credit cannot be offered for “taking” classes in this manner, the knowledge is still imparted by the content, you don’t have to spend any time in the classroom, and it does not cost a thing.
How a new online learning approach aims to revolutionise language learning - the Independent-- from Online Learning Update by Ray Schroeder The Open School for Languages (provisionally called MYLO), a £5.4m online learning project, is one of the main initiatives being unveiled next year to support teenagers learning a key language. Aimed at harnessing the best of new technology and the interest that most young people have in online as well as face-to-face learning, the open school is designed to provide 11 to 16-year-olds with a new range of online materials relevant to their world, as well as new resources for teachers. The scheme will begin with French, German, Spanish and Mandarin, but more languages will be added if initial results are positive.
Items from Jeff Cobb at MissionToLearn.com
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This site caught my attention because I come from an athletic background,
yet I support this message completely.
We should be a nation whereby we have student-athletes.
What was interesting to me about this virtual conference experience was that there was an auditorium, a showroom, a place to network, etc. Just as in a physical space/conference, I was able to go where I wanted to go and conversations were going on in various areas.
The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009-- from ECAR by
Shannon D. Smith, Gail Salaway, and Judith Borreson Caruso, Intro by Richard N. Katz. Since 2004, the annual ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology has sought to shed light on how information technology affects the college experience. We ask students about the technology they own and how they use it in and out of their academic world. We gather information about how skilled students believe they are with technologies; how they perceive technology is affecting their learning experience; and their preferences for IT in courses. The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009 is a longitudinal extension of the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 studies. It is based on quantitative data from a spring 2009 survey of 30,616 freshmen and seniors at 103 four-year institutions and students at 12 two-year institutions; student focus groups that included input from 62 students at 4 institutions; and review of qualitative data from written responses to open-ended questions. In addition to studying student ownership, experience, behaviors, preferences, and skills with respect to information technologies, the 2009 study also includes a special focus on student ownership and use of Internet-capable handheld devices.
Tip 3: Narrative and e-learning
For the last few weeks we've talked about stories in e-learning and why they're a great way to make your e-learning memorable, authentic and engaging. What else can you do to bring a narrative into e-learning? What are the practical points when it comes to writing dialogue? The bookshelves heave with screenwriting manuals. Save yourself a few quid and start with a few basic tips for good dialogue writing in e-learning.
Tip 2: Getting stories into e-learning
Last time we wrote about the benefits of stories in learning. They're easy to remember, they're compelling, they're great shorthand for real experience, and of course they're authentic, which is maybe the most compelling aspect of all. So how can you bring stories into your e-learning? Here are some practical tips.
Tip 1: Learning starts with a story
Someone once said all learning starts with a story. They probably went on to tell a story about how they realized that. Right idea. If you can hook and engage your audience up front, all the more likely they'll stay the journey. Stories are one of the best ways of doing this. So why are stories effective? What's in a good story for learning?
Serious Games For Senior Executives-- from elianealhadeff.blogspot.com Following my prior post Live From GDC: Serious Games Emerging Trends, where I highlight the presentation of Visual Purple’s President, Ed Heinbockel, Visual Purple has now launched the virtual world demo that they partnered with BTS to produce.
You may view the trailer comparison of the CBT (Computer-Based Training) transformation to the virtual world training simulation as well as download the demo at the landing page to Visual Purple’s website (www.visualpurple.com).
In many ways, education hasn’t changed much since students sat at the feet of Socrates more than two millenniums ago. Learners still gather each autumn at colleges to listen to and be questioned by professors.
But the Internet has caused sudden shifts in other industries, from the way people read news to the way they buy music or plan travel. Might higher education be nearing such a jolt?
“Students starting school this year may be part of the last generation for which ‘going to college’ means packing up, getting a dorm room, and listening to tenured professors,” she wrote in The Washington Post. “Undergraduate education is on the verge of a radical reordering. Colleges, like newspapers, will be torn apart by new ways of sharing information enabled by the Internet.”
Can you hear the roar of the engines?! If not, keep reading...
The New, Faster Face of Innovation -- from MIT Sloan Management Review by Erik Brynjolfsson and Michael Schrage. Thanks to technology, change has never been so easy—or so cheap.
Call it innovation on steroids. Or innovation at warp speed. Or just the innovation of rapid innovation.
But the essential point remains: Technology is transforming innovation at its core, allowing companies to test new ideas at speeds—and prices—that were unimaginable even a decade ago. They can stick features on Web sites and tell within hours how customers respond. They can see results from in-store promotions, or efforts to boost process productivity, almost as quickly.
The result? Innovation initiatives that used to take months and megabucks to coordinate and launch can often be started in seconds for cents.
The education industry is on the cusp of being massively disrupted by innovation in Web technology. Like other industries prior, it would like to pretend that it can weather the storm and continues business as usual, with only minor tweaking. We all know how that story ends.
A massive advantage Web-based learning applications offer is tools for collaboration. Collaboration tools give students the chance to teach and learn from each other, and they’re going to jump on these tools in the same way they’ve jumped on Facebook and MySpace to construct and interact with their social universe.
Perhaps even more valuable than collaboration is the Web’s ability to bring complete customization to the learning experience. The classroom is by definition an experience of the mean: cut out the outliers at the top and the bottom and deliver the common denominator to those in the middle. It’s hard to do otherwise. Even with a reasonable class size, there’s no way an instructor can be agile enough to teach in different ways simultaneously to students with different backgrounds and interests who learn at different speeds.
Focus: Liberty University Online Academy-- from Online High by Tom Nixon Today’s focus school is Liberty University Online Academy. Related to Liberty University, the largest Christian evangelical university with the largest Christian online programs in the world. If you are looking for a Christian online high school, this is a particularly good choice because fees paid to LUOA count toward Liberty University (should you elect to attend that college). Liberty University Online Academy is a nationally recognized, online education program for 3rd - 12th graders with an emphasis on individualized learning.
iTunes U evolving into teacher resource-- from eSchoolNews.com by Dennis Carter Site's free educational content also has become a promotional tool for campuses, showing what researchers are doing with grants.
Bridging the Gap Between Online and On-ground Teaching-- from The Journal by Ruth Reynard Increasing numbers of studies are being done that seem to support the notion that blended course delivery or program delivery really captures the best of every possible world and, as such, is an effective way of learning for students.
Students, schools turn to virtual college fairs -- from eSchoolNews.com by Maya Prabhu Online venues allow students to ask more personal questions, advocates say -- and they broaden the reach of participating colleges As college fair season kicks into high gear, a growing number of students, parents, and colleges will be turning to virtual college fairs as a way to save money and increase exposure.
Action Steps Towards Open Access Higher Education-- from Learning & Teaching at BCIT
The second Open Educational Technology Summit wrapped up yesterday with the adoption of eight action steps or goals that define a vision for open access education. The event brought together 40 participants from around the world with expertise in different areas of education. We we worked in teams of ten to brainstorm around four themes...
Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning -- from Connectivism by George Siemens Introducing [something that I haven't named yet]
Here’s the basic concept: technological advances in how content is created and how individuals interact are at a sufficient stage to serve as a replacement to traditional classrooms. Enter Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning (TEKL). Or Connector. Or Learnometer. Or learnalyzer. Or Learnabler. Or future learning approach. I have no idea what to call it without evoking the cheesy Batman “pow” images and shark repellant from the 70’s. For know, I’ll stick with the acronym TEKL.
What is TEKL? TEKL is a physical, wearable device that captures our physical and virtual interactions and assist us in recognizing and forming knowledge connections based on our past interactions, our social network, and our current work or personal interest needs. The image below expresses the elements of TEKL and provides additional detail on the function of various agents.
Interning from your sofa becomes virtual reality-- from CNN.com LONDON, England (CNN) -- Technologies that let employees work remotely have given rise to a growing phenomenon -- virtual internships. Businesses are realizing that commonplace Internet technologies like email, instant messaging -- which can also enable video chats -- and social media can be used to free interns from the confines of the office.
-- my thanks to William Overbeeke, T&L Digital Studio for this resource
Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.
Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray -- not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God...
-- 2 brief passages from The Message (Eugene Peterson), from 1 Timothy
Learning with Digital Gamesis Nicola Whitton's first book and is based on practical lessons learned from the research carried out during her PhD. It is designed as an introduction to the use of games-based learning in universities for lecturers, learning technologies, researchers and anyone else who is interested really. There is also a website to support the book, and any feedback or comments would be most appreciated. According to the website:
"Written for Higher Education teaching and learning professionals, Learning with Digital Games provides an accessible and straightforward introduction to the field of computer game-based learning.""Up-to-date with current trends and the changing learning needs of today’s students, this text offers friendly guidance, and is unique in its focus on post-school education and its pragmatic view of the use of computer games with adults."
Apple’s Steve Jobs: Choose what you do with your life and make it count-- from CNN.com “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. [...]
So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life. We could be sitting in a monastery somewhere in Japan. We could be out sailing. Some of the [executive team] could be playing golf. They could be running other companies. And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it [emphasis DSC]. And we think it is.”
4th quarter results from Apple:
Apple Celebrates Record Quarter, Nets $1.67B Profit -- by Brian Chen Apple on Monday reported its most profitable quarter ever, with record sales of its Macs and iPhones blowing away analysts’ estimates. Overall, the company’s profits rose 46 percent compared to a year ago.
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results-- from Apple.com Most Profitable Quarter Ever; Record Mac and iPhone Sales
CUPERTINO, California—October 19, 2009—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 fourth quarter ended September 26, 2009. The Company posted revenue of $9.87 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.67 billion, or $1.82 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $7.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.14 billion, or $1.26 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 36.6 percent, up from 34.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 46 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
We need more "outside the box" thinking here. Also, my recommendation for online courses would be to provide the same content in 3-5 different ways and let the students select what works best for them.
Universities - recorded lectures better than live -- from Donald Clark Simple enough, video lectures with ratings and details of number of downloads, from over 320 Universities such as; Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford,, and so on. Cambridge, Coventry, Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham, OU, The top lecture has received 10.5 million views! [emphasis DSC] But even physics lectures are beating the 350,000 mark. Compare this with the once a year, lecture from a typical living academic – let’s say 100 students once a year for 15 years (and that’s really pushing it). You’re effectively extending the life of a good physics lecturer by thousand of years!
When I was at NU, I would have preferred recorded lectures -- knowing that I could go through the lecture at my own pace, without madly scambling to write down everything before the professor erased the board. I would have been more at ease...more able to cognitively interact w/ the content. But again, that was in lecture halls with 100-300 people in them...not 10-20 people in them as is the case here at Calvin College.
Google Wave in a Sentence-- from Mark Smithers Google Wave is a tool that allows asynchronous communication (similar to email or discussion boards), semi-synchronous communications (similar to Twitter or FriendFeed) and synchronous communications (similar to instant messaging) all wrapped up with wiki-like capabilities for collaboration.
Is Google Wave the Future of Online Learning?-- from Jamie's Distance Learning Blog Google Wave won't be released to the public until 2010. But, online instructors are already excited about its potential for online learning. Here are a few ways Google Wave may be used in coming months:
Online students may be able to collaborate from various websites, at different times and places.
Applications could allow Google Wave to connect multiple distance learning platforms, allowing schools to combine the features of several websites.
New distance learning platforms may be created entirely as Google Wave applications, providing the option for no-cost online education software.
Items re: Google Wave from Ray Schroeder
Innovation: The psychology of Google Wave - New Scientist Innovation is our regular column that highlights emerging technological ideas and where they may lead. Over the past week Google has been rolling out the first invitations to its latest service, a complex "real-time communication and collaboration" system dubbed Google Wave. Instead of sending messages back and forth, users create web-page-like documents called waves that others can modify or comment on, using a combination of features more usually seen separately in email, wikis, instant messaging and social networking.
A week using Google Wave: the early verdict: Google's new IM and email hybrid is all about the platform - Dan Grabham, TechRadar It's a collaboration tool for all, then. But an even more essential thing to note is that Google is thinking as Wave in terms of a platform – that was clear from our recent interview with Google's Communications Manager Anthony House: "The goal is to create new platforms and to see whether new platforms will flourish or not rather than just building a product." Certainly Twitter is a great example of such a service – the website has become relatively inconsequential to the process of tweeting and keeping up with those you follow. Google will make APIs available for anybody that wants to develop for the platform. Also key to Wave's success is the advancement of the number of plug-ins. Google says the service is designed to "communicate and collaborate in real time". At the moment though that's hardly possible – only a handful of plug-ins are currently available. You can put a "yes, no, maybe" poll into your Wave, a Map and a TripAdvisor app.
Google Wave: A Music Industry Primer - Music Ally Google Wave! It’s The Future! Convergent Communication 3.0! The bleeding zeitgesty edge of real-time innovation! But, er, what exactly IS it, and what potential does it have – if any – for artists, labels and the music industry? In a nutshell, it’s like email meets instant messaging meets social networking meets document editing meets online collaboration. Sort of. Or, to relate it specifically to Google products, it’s like Gmail, Google Talk and Google Docs all mashed up into one service, with Facebook-style applications thrown in for customisation.
Google Wave: first impressions - Will Cooper, New Media Age First impressions are mixed: it looks like a glorified instant messaging service with an interface that isn’t exactly instinctive, but when you’re in full conversational flow with multiple people you can see where Google is going with this. The main Wave interface is pretty similar to Gmail, with your inbox, folders, contacts and so on in the left-hand column and a central column, when in inbox mode, with all your active conversations or ‘waves’. On the right-hand side is a column in which all the interactions take place.
Videoconferencing -- from Digitally Speaking Videoconferencing---connecting students to content area experts and classrooms from different continents through the use of synchronous discussion tools like Skype (http://www.skype.com)---is becoming an increasingly common feature in the 21st Century classroom. To make the most of videoconferences, teachers must introduce students to a set of skills that are not always necessary in traditional classrooms. The tools and resources on this page can help teachers to structure meaningful learning experiences with videoconferences.
Open Courses: Free, but Oh, So Costly -- from The Chronicle Online students want credit; colleges want a working business model
Colleges, too, are grappling with the limits of this global online movement. Enthusiasts think open courses have the potential to uplift a nation of Zieglers by helping them piece together cheaper degrees from multiple institutions. But some worry that universities' projects may stall, because the recession and disappearing grant money are forcing colleges to confront a difficult question: What business model can support the high cost of giving away your "free" content?
For anyone who knows me, they know I support online learning and I believe heartily in it. They would also know that I've been raising some flags about various trends...asking us to think about how institutions of higher education should take steps to NOT become a commodity. We need to keep an eye on -- and learn from -- the journalism industry.
Psalm 25:14-15 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “The LORD confides in those who fear him; He makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only He will release my feet from the snare.”
Use Cases for Mobile Apps-- from Functioning Form by Luke Wroblewski Apple’s App Store recently surpassed 85,000 applications, 2 billion total app downloads, and over 6 million app downloads per day. These numbers make it pretty clear people are interested in using mobile applications. But what are they primarily using all those apps for?
From DSC: For a great look at what goes into interface and interaction design (in a point/counter-point sort of way), check out:
SoLearn is our social learning environment - ie a place for individuals to come together and share resources, ideas and experiences for formal courses or for informal learning and working. SoLearn is powered by Elgg, the leading open source social engine.
Our customised installation of Elgg at SoLearn provides a number of social media tools that we believe are key for personal and group learning and working: It includes the following functionality
Social networking - to establish and build online relationships with others
Social bookmarking - storing and sharing links to web resources
File-sharing - to create, store and/or share files in all formats: pictures, videos, presentations, documents, etc
Communication - to connect with others both in real time and asynchronously via email
Collaboration - synchronously or asynchronously to work together and co-create documents,
Blogging - to read, comment on and write blog posts
Podcasting - to share and listen to audio (MP3) files
RSS feeds - to subscribe to and read blog and web news feeds
Micro-blogging - to send, receive and reply to short messages with others
Tagging content - to bind related content together from across the site
Welcome to the University of iTunes-- from CNN.com The wisdom of business professors, once only available to MBAs and business students, can now be accessed by anybody with an Internet connection. Hundreds of universities and business schools are making recordings of lectures and conferences available to the public via iTunes and YouTube.
With the upcoming launch on iTunes U, HEC is reinventing how business schools deliver course content and interact with Internet users. More than 200
universities around the world have embraced Apple's mobile learning platform
since its debut in 2007. HEC is the first business school to participate in the
project [emphasis DSC], joining the ranks of leading universities such as Stanford, Oxford and
She says one teacher noticed that each year his MBA students would ask the same questions after his end-of-course summary, so he made a podcast of recurring questions and answers. After encouraging students to come up with new questions, he is now recording responses to those in an effort to compile a video archive of questions and answers.
Take for example the courses we are developing. They are problem-based, high-touch, interactive courses, Students are asked to solve problems from day one, long before they have the requisite knowledge. Why? As motivation. As goal-directed reading. As tools for understanding.
Are these low-quality training courses? No, they are high quality courses, developed with our consortium universities: Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, CMU,
London School of Economics.
Note: we have separated the development of the course from the instruction. We use the best professors in the land to develop the course. The instructional staff then teaches them without deviation. No favorite lecture (no lectures). No re-ordering the textbook chapters. No skipping sections. The knowledge experts prepare, the teaching experts teach. Will education change in 2010? You bet.
Increasing Capacity and Revenue - Brick and Mortar Not Required Since the fall of 2008, both individual community colleges and state systems have experienced substantial increases in enrollment. At the same time, budgets have been significantly reduced so that neither physical space nor faculty headcount can grow accordingly. Wimba’s collaborative technologies – which include audio, video, podcasting, application sharing and instant messaging – ensure online learning is as lively and interactive as face-to-face instruction. A community college’s investment in Wimba means they can serve more students and realize the fiscal benefits of higher enrollment without the much more costly investment and time requirements of building a larger physical campus.
Cisco positioned for bigger education role -- from eSchoolNews.com by Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor Purchase of prominent videoconferencing company Tandberg could produce 'high-end' equipment that will appeal to schools, colleges
Moodle Central-- by Miguel Guhlin
Welcome to Moodle Central, the central repository for anything I've written or encountered regarding the use of Moodle in K-16 teaching and learning virtual spaces. On this page, you'll find some presentations I've prepared, links to articles, Moodle tips, and notes from conference/workshop sessions I've attended regarding Moodle.
2009 ACT National and State Scores-- from ACT.org Each year, ACT releases both national and state-specific reports on the most recent graduating senior high school class. These reports assess the level of student college readiness based on aggregate score results of the ACT® college admission and placement exam.
The foundation of this annual report is empirical ACT data that specify what happens to high school graduates once they get to college or work based on how well they were prepared in middle or high school. ACT believes that, by understanding and utilizing this data, states and districts across the country can help advance and promote ACT's mission of college and career readiness for all students.
Though the posting below speaks about web design, insert your topic of interest/area of desired expertise in place of web design and it's very relevant information:
10 secrets to staying informed about web design-- from Boagworld web design podcast by Paul Boag Whether you are a designer, developer or website owner there is an immense pressure to keep up with the latest web innovations. With the web moving so fast what is best practice one day is out of date the next. Worse still, we are so busy building and running websites, that we rarely have the time to keep informed. However, it is not impossible and the answer lies in the clever use of RSS (emphasis/link DSC).
Below are 10 secrets I have discovered that allow me to get a broad overview of the industry without wasting hours of my time everyday.
1. Get a great RSS reader
It goes without saying, but the first thing you need is a great RSS reader. The key thing you are looking for, is a reader that allows you to identify which content is most likely to be of interest to you. There are two ways this can be achieved. One approach is to use folders. This is the approach I take. I use Google reader and organise the different feeds into folders that help me prioritise. I talk more about how I organise things below. The second approach is to use an RSS reader that does this prioritisation for you. One example of this kind of reader is Fever. Fever reads your feeds and picks out the most frequently talked about links. What is great about this approach is the more feeds you add, the better fever gets at identifying important content.
Whatever approach you use, you must be able to quickly identify important stories and avoid feeling swamped by posts. 2. Organise your feeds
If you choose a more traditional feed reader such as Google Reader it is important to organise your feeds well. If you don’t then great content can get lost among high frequency feeds such as Techcrunch. Everybody will organise their feeds in a slightly different way and I myself have tried several approaches. However, the one that seems to be working best for me is to have the following folders:
Must Read – This is where I place feeds that consistently produce great content and I cannot afford to miss a post.
Quantity Feeds – These are feeds from sites that post regularly. Sites like the BBC may produce great content, but there is so much of it that it can overwhelm other feeds. By isolating them I can ensure I don’t miss anything important.
Links – I subscribe to several feeds that are just collections of links from people I respect (I will talk about this more later). Because these contain no actual content in themselves, I keep them separate for a time when I can hunt through the list for any gems.
The rest – These are less valuable, low volume feeds that I read when additional time is available
The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT)-- from Carol A. Twigg | President and CEO | National Center for Academic Transformation Would you like to learn how to improve student learning while reducing instructional costs?
In partnership with more than 150 colleges and universities, the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) has shown how it is possible to increase student success and access while containing or reducing instructional costs. In 2006, NCAT initiated The Redesign Alliance, a membership organization of 70+ institutions and companies whose mission is to advance the concept of course redesign throughout higher education.
If you would like to learn more about course redesign, an excellent way to do so would be to attend the Redesign Alliance Fourth Annual Conference to be held March 28 - 30, 2010, in Orlando, FL. Participation in this conference is open to the higher education community.
EthicShare: A Model for Virtual Research Communities-- from CampusTechnology.com by Denise Harrison Free and open collaborative resource draws scholars from across disciplines The proliferation of Web 2.0 social networking Web sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and even Flickr got some people thinking: Which scholarly disciplines need better ways of researching, collaborating, and communicating, and could a social networking model play a role?
5 great resources to find out about Google Wave-- from Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day by Jane HartHave you got your Google Wave invite yet? Even if you haven't, you can find out more about it in these articles and postings, and what it can do for education and training.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Online education expanding, awaits innovation -- from Reuters.com The online education sector grew 13 percent last year and had been growing at about 20 percent in previous years. Nearly one in four students take at least some college courses online, up from one in 10 in 2002. Two million students, most older than the traditional 18-22 year-old undergraduates, take all their courses online and two million more take one or more online course. President Barack Obama pledged $500 million for online courses and materials as part of a multi-pronged plan aimed at expanding access to college.
Items from Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation
'We've Got Laptops- Now What?!' November 3- 12, 2009 |
4 one-hour sessions
This online course provides participants with essential frameworks to organize, manage and design the learning and teaching culture for 1-to-1 classes, reflecting many of the best practices of highly effective 1-to-1 classrooms. It will be led by Karen Ward, experienced laptop teacher and coach for AALF, Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute (CVELI) at California State University Fresno, and Springboard Schools, a California non-profit educational organization.
21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Online Institute- Implementation October 27- November 24, 2009 |
5 one-hour sessions
About to implement laptop learning in your school or district and aren't sure where to start or what options there are? Or, have you already implemented your program, but feel there are steps you may need to reconsider? The Implementation Institute provides you with a clear understanding of how to put your laptop plan into action. Topics covered include pedagogical capacity and change management, learning spaces, essential 1-to-1 policies, learning devices and software, preparing for parent questions and concerns, support and service, deployment, and more. These are the "nuts and bolts" to ensure your investment in 1-to-1 achieves the goals you set.
New in HTML 5 – This document will help you learn about tags and elements that are either new in HTML 5 or have changed since HTML 4 (the current version).
HTML5 Cheat Sheet – This visual cheat sheet from Woork has a list of all HTML tags and attributes supported by HTML versions 4.01 and/or 5.
Disney debuts do-it-yourself thrill ride-- from CNN.com by John D. Sutter (CNN) -- Any kid can dream up a roller coaster. But those who visit a new exhibit at Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park can actually take a ride on their fantasy creations. Epcot on Wednesday opened a new attraction called "Sum of All Thrills," which lets kids use computer tablets to design a virtual roller coaster, bobsled track or plane ride. After inputting their designs, kids climb into a robotic carriage that uses virtual-reality technology to help them experience the ride they've created. "This is really the next generation -- where there's a lot more personalization involved" in the amusement-park experience, said Eric Goodman, Disney's lead project manager on the ride.
At-Risk Students Make Multimedia -- from Edutopia.org by Barbara Tannenbaum A team of college professors and K-12 teachers discovers how building video games can elevate student performance.
But an emerging, national trend has the potential to change the picture for Crenshaw and schools like it. Increasingly, institutes of higher education are collaborating with K-12 teachers to help them use digital tools to get at-risk students excited about learning.
The Lost Generation-- from BusinessWeek.com The continuing job crisis is hitting young people especially hard—damaging both their future and the economy
How much debt can recent graduates and future graduates handle with this situation? For how long? Do you hear what I hear? A call for ROI and the NEED/REQUIREMENT for a good-paying job immediately upon graduating from college. If this is not the case, won't parents and students have to make changes? What sort of changes might be anticipated here?
Blackboard, Moodle, and Sakai-- from Educause;
Nov 4th, 2009 |
2:15 PM - 3:05 PM |
Korbel Ballroom 3C
Representatives of several learning management system options (Blackboard, Moodle, and Sakai) will discuss the pros and cons of adopting proprietary versus open-source solutions. Issues addressed will include total cost of ownership, licensing, options for application hosting and technical support, and how new features find their way into a product.
Subject: Disability Awareness Events-- from Calvin College
Disability Awareness Chapel:"Everybody Belongs, Everybody Serves"
Wed., October 14th -10 am-10:20 am | Come & enjoy a chapel service led by a few of our students with disabilities. Misunderstood Minds: The Documentary
Wed., October 14th -4 pm-5:30 p.m. |
"For one in five students, learning is an exhausting and frustrating struggle. Often mistakenly called "lazy" or "stupid" by their teachers, classmates and even their families. [This] can have a devastating impact on the students' self-esteem and social success. This film shines a spotlight on this painful subject, following the stories of five families as, together with experts, they try to solve the mysteries of their children's learning difficulties." Diagnosis Aspergers's: Nick Dubin's Journey of Self-Discovery
Wed., October 21st - 4 p.m.-5:00 p.m. |
"Imagine living twenty-seven years, knowing something was different about you, but not being able to pinpoint it. Imagine feeling an unexplainable disconnect from others, in spite of having an above average IQ and a friendly personality". That is how Nicholas Dubin felt for the first twenty-seven years of his life, until the summer of 2004 when he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Now, this young man is sharing his story: from struggling as a nonverbal three-year-old, to pursing a doctoral degree in psychology, and all the ups and downs in between."
The 'Speak Up' Webinar Series-- from The Journal Attend one, two or all six of these content-rich webinar to improve your decision-making capabilities
Psalm 62:1 "My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.”
Innovative Substitute Lesson Plan-- from The Innovative Educator by Dana Lawit When teachers are absent it can send students, classrooms, and sometimes even schools into a tailspin. Any change in routine can cause disruption. One innovative educator at my school, Darlene, has come up with a substitute lesson plan that uses technology to engage students and support the substitute teacher in an effort to avoid disruption. Using a video (see below), the teacher explain the learning objectives of the lesson, provides a model, and even then provides step by step instruction for the student's independent work.
Doctoral Education in the Humanities-- by
Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Harriet Zuckerman, Jeffrey A. Groen & Sharon M. Brucker Despite the worldwide prestige of America's doctoral programs in the humanities, all is not well in this area of higher education and hasn't been for some time. The content of graduate programs has undergone major changes, while high rates of student attrition, long times to degree, and financial burdens prevail. In response, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 1991 launched the Graduate Education Initiative (GEI), the largest effort ever undertaken to improve doctoral programs in the humanities and related social sciences. The only book to focus exclusively on the current state of doctoral education in the humanities, Educating Scholars reports on the GEI's success in reducing attrition and times to degree, the positive changes implemented by specific graduate programs, and the many challenges still to be addressed.
NOTE from DSC:
The CMS/LMS is but one piece of this environment.
The problem is one of operationalizing this -- institutions don't go with this type of setup because we don't know how to implement it and suppport it. We do what's manageable, but do we do what's best for the students? What would happen if we would let students build their own learning ecosystems? Would it be chaos or would we stand back in amazement?
A multilingual site for schools and youth organizations interested in participating in collaborative projects.
An online community that addresses international issues for students from ages 13 to 30.
Convert To PDF: Guide To The Best Free Online PDF Conversion Tools--
from Robin Good's Latest News by Daniele Bazzano Do you need to convert your files to PDF? Are you looking for a free online solution to produce PDF documents wherever you are? Struggle no more. In this MasterNewMedia guide you can find the best free PDF conversion tools on the web.
Anatomy on the iPhone -- from Liberal Education Today by balexander Several medical class apps have been published for the iPhone by Utah State University classes. They include: ImageVis3D Mobile lets iPhone users easily display, rotate and otherwise manipulate 3-D images of medical CT and MRI scans, and a wide range of scientific images, from insects to molecules to engines. This free app is based on computer software from the university’s Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute.
Futurist proved correct! …and today describes the extraordinary social technologies of 2016 (release)-- from Ross Dawson Seven years ago, in his prescient book Living Networks, global leading futurist Ross Dawson accurately described the networked world of today, anticipating social networks, Twitter, corporate blogging, crowd-sourcing, personalised advertising, virtual personal assistants and much else that is now familiar to us. Today, he offers insights into the extraordinary world of technology we will experience seven years into the future. Ross’s forecasts for 2016 include:
Many people will wear video glasses as they commute and walk around, experiencing new forms of television, news updates, and detailed information about the world around them and people they meet.
‘Lifestreaming’ will be commonplace, in which we capture, store and share on social networks almost continuous videos, photos, sounds and conversations from our everyday lives.
We will have natural telephone conversations with computers, with almost all call centre staff replaced by automated systems.
Public measures of individual reputation will guide who we hire, do business with, and go on dates with.
Over 40% of adults will work independently rather than as company employees, many providing services to organisations all over the world instead of commuting to an office every day.
A next generation of ‘thought interfaces’ will allow us to control our computers just by thinking. While the technology will still be relatively basic, we will have begun to merge machines and humans
The Semantic Web Cometh – 2-- from the Upside Learning Solutions Blog "While individuals currently build a knowledge network using services like iGoogle or feed-manager, the semantic web will mark a drastic change – moving from services to subjects and content types. Personal learning agent software will trawl through all semantically available content on the networks identifying content and creating a content synthesis just for the personal learning need at that time. Similar to what I mentioned in my previous post, a report would include all possible networked sources of information. We’ll spend less time looking for information and more time actually engaging with, learning from and ultimately extend it to the workplace or life in general. It is the semantic web that will finally make the web an effective information repository, easily configured for learning."
Income Models for Supporting Open Access -- from SPARC Developing a sound business model is a critical concern of publishers considering open-access distribution. Selecting the model appropriate to a particular journal will depend not only on the expense hurdle that must be cleared, but also on the publisher’s mission objectives, size, business management resources, risk tolerance, tax status, and institutional or corporate affiliation. This Web site and accompanying guide provide an overview of income models currently being used to support the open-access distribution of peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific journals. These resources will be a useful tool both for publishers exploring new potential sources of income and for libraries weighing where to direct meager library funds.
Make-up school work goes high-tech -- The Post and Courier by Diane Knich -- resource from Ray Schroeder Bracelet with day's lesson plan computerized MONCKS CORNER -- When a student missed a day of school, teachers used to send home books and papers for make-up work. But at Macedonia Middle School, they may instead send a small, flexible bracelet with a computer file that contains the day's lesson from the teacher's Smart Board. Chris Matthews, Macedonia Middle's media specialist, said one end of the SMART Notebook SE bracelet has prongs that hook into a computer's USB port. A teacher or student can download a lesson from her interactive, electronic whiteboard onto the bracelet. Students can then access the lesson from their home computers. Children who don't have computers at home will get their make-up work the old-fashioned way, she said.
-- Interactive timeline of "Times of Crisis"; resource from Jeffrey Hill
-- my thanks to Damon Zuidema in the T&L Digital Studio for this resource
Assessing Online Learning: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities -- from Faculty Focus As online education moves into the mainstream of the higher education ecosystem, one question still persists: “How do I know what my online students have learned?” There are no easy answers, just as there aren’t in face-to-face courses, but with a little creativity and flexibility, you soon discover that the online learning environment opens up a host of new educational assessment possibilities. Of course, just as with traditional courses, the trick to online assessment is finding the right combination that works best for your particular course. This special report Assessing Online Learning: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities will show you how. [It] features 12 articles from Online Classroom that will cause you to examine your current methods of online assessment, and perhaps add something new to your assessment toolbox. It even talks about some of the common assessment mistakes you’ll want to avoid.
Online Learning: It’s reality - high school classes are going virtual - Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, Boston Globe-- resource from Ray Schroeder Sean O’Brien attends Concord-Carlisle High School, but at least once a day he checks in with a teacher he’ll never meet face to face. He is one of 20 Concord-Carlisle students in the Virtual High School program, which offers online courses taught by teachers all over the world. O’Brien, a sophomore, is taking an Advanced Placement economics course taught by an instructor in Texas. “I thought it’d be a different way to take it and I could do it on my own time,’’ O’Brien said. “I like the freedom of it.’’
In the fall of 1997, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) awarded two Florida school districts, Orange and Alachua, a $200,000 “Break the Mold” grant to co-develop an online high school to serve students throughout Florida. The districts assembled a team, which adopted a new mindset and asked, “If we didn’t have to follow the rules that already exist [forschools], what would they be?”1 Through trial and error and a focus on building an education option for students whose needs were not being met, the team established what became the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), the nation’s first statewide, Internet-based public school. In the first year, there were only 77 students enrolled in online courses. FLVS enrolled more than 70,000 middle and high school students
during the 2008–09 school year.
Intel introduces 45nm chips for internet-connected TVs-- from Becta There are three basic distribution channels for video and other streamed content: broadcast, wired and wireless. In the past, television could only be received as an analogue signal from a broadcast network, while interactive content required some sort of wired connection. However, cable systems and applications like iPlayer now distribute television content, mobile devices have dropped in price and are becoming fast enough to display a decent video stream, and television has nearly completed a digital transformation. These trends have been collectively described as 'convergence'.
What might this mean for educational "videos" and "courses"? What types of interfaces and functionality will be possible?
From DSC: Wow! What a mind! What an amazingly-gifted individual! As Wikipedia puts it: "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519, was an Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer."
We've all heard of him before, but I don't think most of us have a grasp at how profoundly his contributions have influenced our world -- in the areas mentioned above. Thank God for Leonardo's gifts and his "outside the box" thinking. Thank God for giving him the gift of drawing -- as he sketched and wrote in over 15,000 pages. Wow...what a mind!
Why write about this today? Because I joined my daughter's class on a field trip earlier today...as we went to see the "Machines in Motion" exhibit (which I would highly recommend checking out if this exhibit comes to your country/city/town).
I can't believe how many of the inventions, ideas, techniques, etc. that we are still using today can be traced back ~500 years or so to the work from this genius. Rarely is someone given this many gifts and abilities. I wonder if God put Michelangelo in his life to keep him humble. Hmmm....
Enter the 3D virtual conference room-- from onlignment Thanks to Eliane Alhadeff from the Future-making Serious Games blog for bringing Digitell’s VirtualU to my attention. According to Elaine, “VirtualU provides an immersive, interactive, 3-dimensional experience that replicates its real-life counterpart in a realistic online environment. If you are currently running webinars, tele-seminars, or live educational sessions, VirtualU can easily transition your event into Digitell’s virtual platform, allowing you to convey your message in a highly-effective format while increasing your ability to interact with attendees through text chat, voice over IP or integrated social media.”
Professors Adopt New Online Learning Technology As Educational Challenges Escalate - Cristina Serrato, LA Valley Star-- from Ray Schroeder
As classroom options dwindle, more Valley College students are turning to online education as an alternative to complete vocational certificates, associate degrees and for general or professional enrichment. "Currently we tell students that they must rearrange their schedule to fit the times the college offers courses. But many students have tremendous outside responsibilities that makes it impossible to commit to a specific day and time for 16 weeks ... Now they can take that extra class and make good progress towards their AA degree. For people such as these, I work to create online courses", said Jim Marteney, Distance Education Trainer at Valley College.
A new model of teaching & learning:
Let's offer our students a personalized, customized, learning ecosystem From Daniel S. Christian
Education is moving towards providing much more customized, personalized learning environments – environments whereby the student selects and utilizes their preferred means of learning. Students will need to be able to continually know where to go to get information in the future. This project aims at helping them in their never-ending quest for obtaining effective, lifelong, learning.
Such tools in their toolbox could be:
Internal and external blogs
Internal and external wikis
Internal and external discussions boards
Internal and external virtual classrooms / webinars / seminars
Articles and journals from online-library databases
Ability to contribute content
Rating systems for content
For other students’ content
For publisher’s content
For faculty’s content
Ability to poll other students
Ability to use various devices with this learning ecosystem
Smart phones and iPod touches
Each discipline / department creates and offers their own feeds – which their majoring/minoring students can subscribe to
Let students access and build what works for them
Help students identify and pursue their passions
Over the next 1-3 decades, the learning technologies will change so fast it will make our minds spin. We need to teach our students how to learn…how to access information.
User requirements must
be explicitly ascertained from faculty and students via:
Universities from Europe and Israel have now joined YouTube EDU. The site now provides over 45,000 videos from over 20 top universities in nine countries with academic lectures, public talks and college life from universities including Cambridge University, The Open University, (UK), INSEAD, (France),Bocconi University (Italy), Open University of Catalonia, (Spain) University of Gronigen (The Netherlands), Moscow State University (Russia) - in addition to the 200 US universities already on the site.
Attention all institutions of higher ed -- as well as the publishers who supply textbooks:
We need to figure out a way to do this. We need CURRENT information in the hands of our students at all times!
PBS and NPR Add to Trove of Free Online Lectures-- from The Chronicle by Simmi Aujla PBS and NPR are now posting taped interviews and videos of lectures by academics, adding to the growing number of free lectures online. Their site, called Forum Network, says it makes thousands of lectures available, including the Harvard professor Michael Sandel's take on calculating happiness in a lecture called "How to Measure Pleasure," and a discussion by a Northeastern University professor, Nicholas Daniloff, about the difficulties of reporting in Russia in a lecture called "Of Spies and Spokesmen: The Challenge of Journalism in Russia." The Web site also includes material featuring political figures and business executives. The offerings from PBS and NPR add to video and audio already available on sites such as YouTube EDU and from individual universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University.
Hot Lava Mobile boosts education for 150,000 African students-- from elearnity.com A technology triumvirate consisting of ABJAD, a Jordan-based mobile information publisher; AD-CONNECT, a Nigerian high-tech consultancy; and OutStart Inc., maker of Hot Lava Mobile software, will launch a pilot project to turn the mobile devices carried by 150,000 Ghanaian and Nigerian students into a platform for publishing, delivering and tracking multimedia learning content. The pilot project targets a population of students 16 years of age and older.
"Which makes the point. A blended solution is not more effective because it mixes face-to-face and online media (although this may well make the intervention cheaper), but because it ensures that the right educational and training methods - self-paced, collaborative or instructor-led - can be used for each element in the intervention.
CMU project could change how students use web-based courses (pg 13 of 30)-- from ecampusnews.com “I’m particularly impressed with OLI,because it retains what we know is most
important in online learning, and that’s engagement,” said Ray Schroeder, directorof the University of Illinois’s Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning. “The courses are built so an institution can provide the kind of interaction that we’ve found has really enhanced learning.”
While community colleges watch
their enrollment numbers boom during
the economic recession, Schroeder said
comprehensive online learning programs
like OLI could help campus decision
makers cater to students once lecture
hall seats run out. “This may be a part of their solution,”
he said. “Other [online programs] are
not nearly as complete.”
'Wannabe U' -- from InsideHigherEd.com, referencing a book by sociologist Gaye Tuchman; some quotes below include:
All of these trends shouldn't be viewed simply as a sign of economic challenges, but as a historic shift, Tuchman argues. "Here's what matters: These and other treatments of grand trends insist that higher education is one of the last revered Western institutions to be 'de-churched'; that is, it is one of the last to have its ideological justification recast in terms of corporatization and commodification and to become subject to serious state surveillance," she writes. "Universities are no longer to lead the minds of students to grasp truth; to grapple with intellectual possibilities; to appreciate the best in art, music, and other forms of culture; and to work toward both enlightened politics and public service. Rather they are now to prepare students for jobs. They are not to educate, but to train."
She writes that the administration is imposing "an accountability regime" on faculty members.
"Universities are no longer to lead the minds of students to grasp truth; to grapple with intellectual possibilities; to appreciate the best in art, music, and other forms of culture; and to work toward both enlightened politics and public service. Rather they are now to prepare students for jobs. They are not to educate, but to train."
I hear what Tuchman is saying here in this article and I heartedly agree in the value of a liberal education (after all, I got my undergrad degree in the college of arts and sciences...and I work for a liberal arts college). We need and want students to learn about music, art, culture, and other important very important topics (I would also add matters of faith to that equation). However, a few thoughts instantly come to my mind:
Higher ed has been a business for years -- I don't know for how long, but it certainly is one now. With budgets getting tighter and tighter, keeping the doors open at any institution of higher ed has become a very real priority/item to address. That is not to excuse the research universities out there who charge huge amounts of tuition, mainly to deliver the "Tommy Hilfiger", "Gucci", "Versace", or some other name in the end (and not teachers who have been trained to teach the students and who have teaching as their top priority).
What do you expect would happen when the price tag of getting an education continues to go up, up, and up again? There needs to be some measure/degree of accountability here...as there is with most other professions. The difference is that as the price tag has continued to go up (almost never down), so has the call -- and the pressure -- for a healthy return on that investment. Think about it....if you or I graduated from college with $100,000+ in loans to repay, what would you/I NEED? A damn good job -- and fast!
Also...when you pay your mechanic, you expect that the car has been fixed, no? When you pay a lawyer for helping you out with a will, you expect that the will she drafted represents what you want and paid her for, no? When you send your son or daughter off to college, you expect that he or she will get a high-quality education that will help them be well-rounded, able to think critically, be a problem solver, AND be employable, no?
There has to be some integration or concern with how to help our students "hit the ground running" -- at least to some extent. If you had that mountain of debt on your back, what would you want (need)?
"The first rule in decision making is that one does not make a decision unless there is disagreement."
-- Peter Drucker, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices
Learn a new language with ELLA--
from Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day by Jane Hart ELLA offers online courses in 5 languages: English, Spanish, German, French, and Dutch.
* Plunge into realistic videos and animations
* Widen your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation
* Reinforce your grammar with more than 5,000 rules and exercises
* Follow your progress in real time
The State Educational Technology Directors Association teamed up recently with state Title I administrators to create two quick guides for schools to make better use of technology and stretch their money more effectively.
A Resource Guide Identifying Technology Tools for Schools is a great primer for educators who want to become fluent in ed-tech-speak. The 18-page guide gives an alphabetical listing of common technology terms and definitions or explanations that put acronyms and confusing terms into plain English.
Isaiah 55:6-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while he is near.”
The web education-- from The Future of Education by Judy Jacob With some research, I have identified an good online collaborative learning platform. Here, you can see teachers and students learning together and fantastic use of Web2.0. FunnelBrain and flashcards in general has been gaining a lot of popularity in the recent past with experts contributing and active student participation in groups and social way. I have tested it for sometime now and it has proven to be very effective with my students. It creates an environment for students to have an interactive experience and also with its collaborative approach helps students memorize better with techniques such as quizzes and flash cards.
With all the innovation in online education, it is a matter of time that the universities leverage it to create a platform for effective education. There are a few universities already adopting to this, like Virginia Tech and Ohio State which uses a hybrid model of online and traditional school approach. I hope this becomes a norm rather than an exception.
Our increasingly Digital world-- from Educational Origami The BBC reported this week that Online advertising spending has exceeded Television advertising spending for the first time.
Wall-Sized Visualization of Live Downloads From the Apple App Store -- from The Committed Sardine; image by DSC/me This video was shot on June 8th, 2009 at the World Wide Development Conference. It shows in real time the downloads of the 20,000 most popular applications. Over 3,000 apps and growing are downloaded every minute from the App Store.What you are looking at is a live feed showing the activity of 20,000 popular apps currently on the store (from DSC: that's just 20,000 of them...there are over 85,000 in all). Every time a customer downloads an app, its icon on the Hyperwall flashes. This video was recorded on June 8, 2009 using a Flip Video camcorder.
If you have any lingering doubts that change is occurring at an incredibly rapid pace, then you need to click on the image above.
Anthropology on the Web Anthropology is generally defined as the study of humans and their behavior throughout history. Experts in this field examine artifacts and other items that show how humans once lived and acted. They look at archaeology, human remains, and the remains of their homes. They also look at the sociology, religion, and other cultural icons of humanity to uncover the way they behaved. This page lists numerous resources on various subjects: Anthropologists | Anthropology and Technology | Biological/Physical Anthropology | Archaeology Resources | Literature and Libraries | Resources for Professors/Teachers | Visual Anthropology
Abstract This article presents the results of a semester-long project designed to determine how effectively interactive Web 2.0 technology can facilitate collaborative research in undergraduate learners. The study was conducted during a 2007 advanced Shakespeare course at the University of Central Florida that focused heavily on a new historicist approach to studying literature. In this paper we first establish the theoretical foundation for this particular approach to literary studies, then discuss more in-depth how the collaborative, inter-connective nature of wikis allowed students to witness first-hand some of the concealed assumptions enmeshed in the creation of historical explanation or narrative. We also discuss how, in thinking about the past, this technology allowed our students realize some of the stakes in describing history for the present. In other words, having students create wikis based on the social identities that recur in Shakespeare’s works developed an implicit awareness of motives for "doing" history. We also show how employing open source technology in a localized classroom setting can assuage some of the gaps we experience in trying to provide enough period coverage while also attending to theoretical apparatus and students’ experience of meaningful connections to material. On a larger scale, creating inquiry-based projects can alleviate some of the humanities’ disengagement from the "real world" that many have been suggesting of late.
12 ways to get the best out of your board -- from Interface Making effective use of your IWB can enrich the teaching and learning experience. Here are a few tips for getting the best out of your interactive whiteboard.
This archive constitutes a resource for studying the literary history of popular British and American poetry. Much of it composed during what can be called the “bull market” of poetry's popularity, late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century popular poetry was often written in what came to be designated an "effeminate" style, whether written by men or women.
Identifont-- from Caleb Kuntz in the T&L Digital Studio Trying to figure out what font a logo is in? Looking for a specific kind of font? Identifont is an excellent tool for both situations. Includes links to places to get fonts from as well.
The New Glogster Edu Is Live -- from Free Technology for Teachers Glogster, a great multimedia collage building platform that I've written about in the past, has officially launched the live version of Glogster Edu. The new Glogster Edu eliminates all of the problems that teachers previously encountered when trying to use Glogster in the their classrooms. The new Glogster Edu is hosted separately from the commerical version of Glogster thereby eliminating links to Glogs (multimedia collages) containing questionable content hosted the commercial version of Glogster. Glogster Edu provides teachers with a virtual classroom space in which they can manage the accounts of up to 200 students. Glogster Edu has also partnered with VoiceThread to allow users to include VoiceThread content in their Glogs.
The new 3M MPRO110 Micro Professional Projector -- my thanks to Mr. Cal Keen, Technology Integration Services Group at Calvin College, for this resource "...works well with computers, cell phones, PDAs and more to project files, photos and movies anywhere there's a surface. It projects images in 1280 x 768 resolution and up to 50 inches, yet fits in the palm of your hand. This powerful, portable, pocket-able projector turns the world into your personal theatre because it makes any room a projection room."
Note the "I'll create my own learning" item on the lower right hand "Master/Expert" column...hmmm....sounds like
a nice plan to have students try and create the content...they might learn a lot in the process.
Cats Who Code-- my thanks to Steven Chevalia in the T&L Digital Studio for this resource
Technology's Impact on Effective Teaching Strategies -- Viewpoint from The Journal The United States Department of Education published a report over the summer titled, "Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning; A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies" (Center for Technology in Learning, 2009). What's interesting about this report is that it confirms what those of us who teach or have taught either distance or online courses already know and moves us beyond what is often commonly believed: that there is no significant difference between online learning and the face-to-face experience.
I think it may be a loooong while before keys and buttons "exit stage left". However, I post it here because multi-touch interfaces could be very popular even in face-to-face settings...perhaps making various technologies much easier to use (I would recommend coupling this with voice recognition by the way).
Embracing Electronic Textbooks-- from CampusTechnology.com by Linda Briggs Beyond the money-saving feature for students, electronic textbooks offer another benefit: They can be more convenient for professors, who can easily review a new textbook online, then make a quick decision to include it in a course.
Matthew 6:33 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Having just finished my undergraduate work at Northwestern, this was a very helpful verse for me in prioritizing my life...a very different approach, by the way, from what the world "teaches" us.
Map synthesizes total threats to Great Lakes-- from Futurity.org MICHIGAN—Researchers are developing the first regional “threat map” of the Great Lakes. The project, which focuses on the effects of human activity, is designed to help planners and conservation groups in the United States and Canada make decisions and prioritize activities for years to come.
CNN’s iPhone News App is Informative And Empowering-- from Wired's Epicenter by Eliot Van Buskirk Although a bit late to the party, CNN has made a decisive entry into the mobile news space with a well-designed iPhone app with that costs $2 to download, nothing to use and makes it easier for citizen journalists to file their own video news reports from the field.
Provost calls for individual colleges to make cuts - Heather Guenther, Michigan State News -- from Ray Schroeder A key university official in discussions surrounding MSU’s budget reductions erased any lingering doubts about the severity of MSU’s situation on Tuesday. Provost Kim Wilcox led a question-and-answer session at the first Academic Council meeting of the semester to address questions about MSU’s budget and the university’s direction. His message: MSU officials expect to cut operating budgets between 15 and 20 percent — or as much as a total of about $80 million — in the next three years. “Departments will have to change, colleges will have to change and the relationship among the colleges will have to change,” Wilcox said.
From DSC and ISTE.org...some books that you might be interested in:
Student-Powered Podcasting: Teaching for 21st-Century Literacy-- by
Christopher Shamburg Podcasting—it's a great way to teach 21st-century literacies, it's a catalyst for engaging students as active participants in culture and society, and it's a tool for teaching powerful ideas. When students podcast, they connect the outside world with what they’re learning in the classroom and discover how to responsibly use content created by others, all while gaining technology skills that will last a lifetime.
Student-Powered Podcasting shows you why and how to incorporate student-generated podcasting into your curriculum. The book includes tutorials for GarageBand and Audacity, 17 adaptable units, assessment rubrics, and plenty of examples. In addition, author Christopher Shamburg discusses copyright issues and shows you how students can effectively and ethically use materials that others have produced. Get the resources and information you need to help students create useful, educational podcasts, and make sure your students have the 21st-century literacy skills they need to succeed—in school and beyond. Learn more about this book and topic: listen to an interview with author Christopher Shamburg on ISTE Casts. Also see: www.iste.org
Educator's Podcast Guide A complete introduction to great educational podcasts, including hardware and software needs, integrating podcasts into your curriculum, and managing podcasts in the classroom
The Wired Camera-- from Wired Pulse by Maria Popova The father of animation shows a blueprint of a piece of equipment designed to make cartoons more realistic and enjoyable – vintage innovation laying the groundwork for today's motion arts.
I don't know anything about this church, but I really like what they are doing here. They are using the Internet as a ministry, not just an online brochure. I would add 60-second multimedia-based pieces to their offering -- illustrating scripture in relevant, modern-day ways.
Engage Your Future Students Today with Flashforward-- from the Innovative Educator Innovative educators looking for an engaging project for their students should visit http://www.flashforwardexperience.com. This site takes information from student’s Facebook pages and provides a unique glimpse of “their” story. For those who don’t know, Flashforward is a cutting edge new television show with the premise being that the world blacked out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds and during that time, everyone (well almost everyone) had a vision of their lives six months into the future. The world is now trying to piece that together in a project called the “Mosaic Collective” to achieve a global picture of the future.
Social Learning Models -- from Jane Hart When I help organisations understand how to incorporate social media into their formal e-learning content to create formal social learning, I explain this can be done in 3 different ways as shown in this slide from a presentation I use:
Of course, it's not true. The record business, for example, is fundamentally altered by easily sharable, zero-incremental-cost digital files. It's not just vinyl but shiny.
Your industry has been completely and permanently altered by the connections offered by the internet. Your non-profit, your political campaign, your service business. Not a little different, not just email enabled or website marketed, but overhauled.
Unfortunately, that's hard to embrace. But it's still true. What are you going to do about it? If you were starting your business today, knowing what you know now, how would you do things (very) differently?
A Designer's Log: Case Studies in Instructional Design-- by Michael Power; resource from Tony Bates Books and articles on instructional design in online learning abound but rarely do we get such a comprehensive picture of what instructional designers do, how they do it, and the problems they solve as their university changes. Power documents the emergence of an adapted instructional design model for transforming courses from single-mode to dual-mode instruction, making this designer’s log a unique contribution to the fi eld of online learning.
Welcome to the classroom 2.0 -- from washburnreview.org by Kate Hampson; original resource from Ray Schroder who states: Gone are the simple days of blackboards and chalk, whiteboards and dry erase markers, and as it seems, pen and paper. Just walking around a college campus will prove how much more technology is involved. There is hardly a class a student can go to where there isn't at least one student with a laptop. But more than that, there are very few professors who don't include technology in their classroom. Technology is quickly advancing in the "real world" and it is also advancing in the classrooms at Washburn. It is the job of professors to prepare students for their future fields to be ready to work right out of college. Advancements in technology are happening so quickly it may be hard for professors to keep up but they are certainly trying.
On-Demand Video Encoding: Guide To The Best Cloud-Based Services --
from Robin Good's Latest News by Daniele Bazzano Are you looking for an on-demand video encoding service? Do you need a cloud-based alternative that works seamlessly across any type of hardware or operating system? Are you looking for an easy way to convert videos to publish on your web site or watch on your iPod?
The Arts Education Effect -- from Education Week by Sandra Ruppert Why Schools With Arts Programs Do Better At Narrowing Achievement Gaps
Digital Storytelling In Plain English-- from Free Technology for Teachers and Miguel Guhlin If you're someone who has heard the term "digital storytelling" but you're still not sure what that really means, take a few minutes to watch this video created in the Common Craft style. The video was created by a group of students in Stanford's Teacher Education Program.
You can also compare this with Survey Monkey
Micro-Lectures-- from ID Crossroads Looking to connect with your online class quickly and effectively? Micro-lectures might be the answer. A micro-lectures is a short (several minutes or less) video that relates to the week's online activities. Couple an assignment with one, and you've got a great way to reach your students.
To create a micro-lecture:
List the key concepts you are trying to convey in your regular lecture. That series of phrases will form the core of your micro-lecture.
Write a 15 to 30-second introduction and conclusion. They will provide context for your key concepts.
Record these three elements using a microphone and Web camera. If you want to produce an audio-only lecture, no Webcam is necessary. The finished product should be 60 seconds to three minutes long.
Design an assignment to follow the lecture that will direct students to readings or activities that allow them to explore the key concepts.
Upload the video and assignment to your LMS
This is where we are headed -- at least in part -- personlized, tailored, multimedia-based learning -- with detailed reporting. As a mechanic relies on his or her tools and specialized equipment to locate an issue, such will be the tools that empower teachers and students to identify and resolve learning issues.
New funding ideas needed - San Francisco Chronicle Editorial-- from Ray Schroeder The loud and angry protests at the UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday reflected the depth of the frustration with unprecedented cuts to the University of California's budget. But the shouting didn't change anything. We need new thinking, not outbursts. State revenues, which in 1999 were $2.72 billion or 20 percent of the university's budget, in 2009 are $2.64 percent or 13 percent of the university's budget. That's not accounting for inflation or the fact that enrollment has grown by 36 percent over the past decade. The state just cut its own budget by 40 percent - expect no more cash from Sacramento. As UC Regent Russell S. Gould said, "We need to forge a new path."
WEbook -- from William Overbeeke, in the T&L Digital Studio "...is the place on the Web for every writer. WEbook’s community of writers is here to have fun, share feedback, improve their writing – and in the process, transform the publishing world. WEbook understands that there are as many paths to publication as there are writers, and WE provide tools to make the journey easier for everyone.”
Sociology Content covering key topics and issues such as gender stratification, education, aging, work and the economy, groups and organizations, deviance, social movements, and more. Cross disciplines include Business, Economics, Education.
Political Science A comprehensive and up-to-date collection of key political science topics, both historic and contemporary. Featured experts include James Baker, Robert Reich, Paula McClain. Cross-disciplines include US History, Civic Education.
History Covering U.S. History - from early exploration to the Republican resurgence and the age of globalization. Expert interviews, dramatic recreations, and archival footage bring learning to life.
Insight Classroom Management: Controlling a Subset of the Computers in a Classroom-- from
Leonard De Rooy, Professor ofr Engineering at Calvin College "One of the nice things about the Insight Classroom management software is that you can 'Blank' all the student screens at one time. I really like this feature since it removes the temptation for students to surf the web, twitter, etc when they really should be listening to the prof."
Beth Kanter Keynote: The Networked Nonprofit-- from New Media Consortium by Alan Levine Online social networks and social media are beginning to have a dramatic impact on the way that nonprofits do their work beyond marketing, communications and fundraising. As nonprofits adopt social media and become social organizations, we're beginning to see more transparent, open, and porous institutions. Nonprofits are working in the clouds with crowds in new and innovative ways, inspired by the possibilities of new tools. There is social change happening behind the firewall as well as in the board room -- all linked to the use of these new tools.
Electronic Portfolios with Google Apps -- from Google Apps blog by Dr. Helen Barrett ...who is
is a retired teacher educator, an independent researcher, and international trainer/consultant on electronic portfolios and digital storytelling in education. This year, she is writing a book about using Web 2.0 tools to create Interactive Portfolios.
CT: What are [U of People's] goals? Reshef: Ultimately, we want to make higher education accessible to everyone, and to serve as an alternative for those who have no higher education alternatives. There are hundreds of millions of people around the globe who graduate from high school, but who are unable to attend college because they can't afford it--and because there aren't enough universities. Either they get in, or they're left out and wind up with very limited futures. With all of the global development and Internet usage we're seeing, it's a shame that these talented individuals have to stay home and miss out on successful futures. Thanks to our new model, it's now possible for them to get a good education without having to leave home.
-- my thanks to Mr. Cal Keen, TIS Group w/ Calvin Information Technology, for this resource
"The first and only environmentally certified interactive whiteboard, ēno combines the simplicity and ease of a traditional ceramicsteel surface with interactive performance—without cords, cables or costly installation. Go from markers to multimedia, from ink to internet, on a virtually indestructible ceramicsteel surface. Project your computer screen onto the whiteboard. Navigate through documents, presentations or websites right from the board. Make notes to your heart’s content with a regular dry-erase marker or interactive stylus. And in one simple click, save all the interactive notes to post to a server, print or email. Or, reload the session tomorrow morning, and dig in again. It’s that simple." Also see this link.
Romans 5:3-4 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that
suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Google Wave: You need to pay attention to this.-- from Jason Kolb So here's the deal with Wave: If you deal in technology, and you get this one wrong, you'll miss the boat. And it's a big boat. If, on the other hand, you get this one right, you have the potential to do some incredible innovation. In a nutshell, this is the next revolutionary leap in Internet application architecture. Maybe the first truly revolutionary leap since HTTP itself.
XMPP is so versatile that if it becomes widely adopted it will be to the Internet what HTTP was: a platform for new types of applications. And where HTTP as a platform is a server-centric model, XMPP is capable of peer-to-peer communication. Remember what happened when everyone got HTTP clients (they're called browsers :) ? The Internet exploded. Well, if everyone gets a full-fledged XMPP client I think you can expect roughly the same thing to happen. One of the most fascinating features of XMPP is the way things are addressed. EVERYTHING is addressable over the network. You can talk directly to ANYTHING, and ANYONE. I can't stress how big of a shift that would be from the current model. It's HUGE.
XMPP removes these intermediaries from the network. Social networks and proprietary transports no longer have an exclusive license to deliver content, the clients talk directly to one another.
Clients can be whatever we need them to be. It can be the Google wave client, it can be your phone, it can be a desktop app. These will evolve over time, but the Google client is a fantastic starting point, certainly light years ahead of anything else that's available today.
The Google Jockey--
from Free Technology for Teachers As I Tweeted last week, every time I read The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education I get an idea that I can apply to my classroom instruction. Today, while reading The World Is Open I came across the idea for having a "Google Jockey" in my classroom. The idea is that you have one student in the room who is responsible for looking up terms or phrases that come up during the course of classroom discussion. Like everyone else, I've had students Googling terms informally as they came up in the course of the class, but I had not thought of formally assigning one student to be the "head Googler" for the day. All of my students will have netbooks starting next month and the "Google Jockey" is a term that I plan to add to my students' vernacular. Combining the use of a back channel along with a Google Jockey could become a good avenue for drilling deeper into the content of the day's lesson.
From DSC: Nice way of blending the online and face-to-face worlds!
The Changing Landscape of Teacher Learning -- from Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook An education-technology scholar discusses the current state and promise of online teacher PD.
Chris Dede, a professor of learning technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is a leading authority on online teacher professional development. For 16 years, beginning in the early 1990s, Dede taught a course at HGSE called “Learning Media That Bridge Distance and Time.” The rapid changes in interactive technology during that period brought the potential of online teacher learning into sharp focus for Dede. “I saw it as an important way of scaling up quality instructional practice, and an important lever for education reform, but also I saw that it wasn’t going far very fast,” he explains.
Demystifying Cloud Computing for Higher Education-- from ECAR by Richard N. Katz, Philip J. Goldstein, and Ronald Yanosky |
Volume 2009, Issue 19 |
13 pages Abstract: This ECAR research bulletin is the first in a series of bulletins devoted to cloud computing in higher education. It summarizes insights and a framework for thinking about cloud computing, and it touches on potential emergent roles for public and private clouds. The findings draw from spring 2009 interviews with industry and university information technology (IT) leaders, a review of current literature, and a synthesis of recent research from the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR).
The Ed Techie: Is the revolution justified? -- quote below on this posting from Chris Lott Martin Weller has posted his draft paper for comments, which will be integrated into the print version. A great idea for engaging the network and sharing informally while working toward a formal artifact. It’s lengthy, but at a quick glance wortwhile. Check it out. Leave comments. Plenty to chew on here!
2 Corinthians 13:14 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
Futures Thinking: The Basics -- from FastCompany.com by Jamais Cascio The first in an occasional series about the tools and methods for thinking about the future in a structured, useful way.
It is CRITICAL that we constantly scan the environments/landscapes out there and try to peer into the future. Why? So that we are not broadsided!
Ephesians 4:29 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Webinar Video - Teaching Search in the Classroom-- from freetech4teachers.com Earlier this month Google hosted a webinar on teaching web search techniques. If you weren't able to participate in the webinar, you can now watch the whole webinar in this video of the event. The lesson plans and resources mentioned in the webinar can be found here. The video is embedded...
Disability is Natural-- quotes below from Disability is Natural's 9/18/09 E-Newsletter -- by Kathy Snow Learn more about "Books Without Barriers—Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities" at www.bookshare.org."Improving College Textbook Accessibility" is the motto of Access Text Network (www.accesstext.org). According to the website, this network, "facilitates and supports the national delivery of alternative electronic textbooks to higher education institutions for students with documented disabilities." The Teaching Company at www.teach12.com features learning CDs on a variety of different topics, aimed at high school students and adults.
3-D television expected to come to homes in 2010-- from CNN.com Three-dimensional images are expected jump out of movie theaters and into living rooms by next year.
Sony and Panasonic say they will release home 3-D television systems in 2010; Mitsubishi and JVC are reported to be working on similar products.
Comments re: AudioPal from Niko Solihin, T&L Digital Studio:
AudioPal lets you record your voice by phone, text-to-speech, by microphone, or uploading an MP3 file. In my opinion, recording by phone is the most interesting option offered. AudioPal will give you a number to call then you can start speaking on the phone and it will record your voice.
You can always record and replay your sound file until you get it right.
AudioPal currently has a recording time of 1 minute AudioPal currently has a recording time of 1 minute. (They are aniticipating that this limit will be increased in the future through a paid service, but as of right now this feature has not been implemented. No timelines have been given that we know of here...)
Computer education Rwandan style-- from worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com; original posting from Frank Calberg This morning we did some broadcasts from one of Rwanda’s two ICT buses which go out into rural areas to teach people about technology. Each bus has 20 top of the range laptops and is run by a generator – handy for districts which don’t have any electricity at all.
Get Ready for ArtTech-- from RapidGrowthMedia.com by Matthew Gryczan As visitors of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids will soon discover, amazing things happen when art teams up with technology. So get ready to strap on your personal jetpack because the future arrives next week, when you can become part of artwork as well as view it.
There will be opportunities to see yourself flow like sparkling water in a stream, admire artwork created with the help of robotics, and view the work of artists whose palettes come from computer displays. You can even let your fingers act like paint brushes on a 24-square-foot electronic canvas at what may be the nation's largest demonstration of multi-touch technology.
Over an omelet and fruit, McNealy made it clear that possibilities in open-source education go far beyond textbooks. Before long, he claimed, the whole bloated, expensive, lecture-based higher education system will face the first challenge to its very existence: open-source, online higher education that costs a fraction of four years at Harvard—but is good enough for employers who want a college graduate. "Universities will be forced to decide what they are. You know, are they going to be football teams with libraries attached?" McNealy asked. "That's what a lot of them are now."
"The economics of traditional schooling are so out of whack that there is an opening for new players," says Fred Fransen, executive director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, which helps donors more effectively give money to universities. From that perch, Fransen sees the typical university business model as prone to attack.
Don't underestimate the power of the Internet to set up exchanges (even within education); here's another example:
Top 5 Reasons to use redbeacon:
Providers compete for your job so you get a better price
Only qualified providers see your job
Providers work on your schedule
Schedule the appointment online - no calls or hassle
What is Game Classroom? Game Classroom is a one-stop web destination for accessing high-quality educational games, and homework help for K-6 students.
SJSU Brings Online Students Face-to-Face-- from CampusTechnology.com by Bridget McCrea San Jose State University embraced online learning back in 1998 when many colleges were still skeptical about the budding educational channel's value.
Over the last 11 years the institution has experimented with technology tools to enhance its Web-based course offerings. One of San Jose State's most recent additions to that lineup is a videoconferencing system that allows faculty and students to interact in a "face to face" format online.
"We wanted a tool that would help students feel less isolated when taking Web-based classes," explained Debbie Faires, assistant director for distance learning for the School of Library and Information Science. After reviewing the various products available on the market, the institution selected Live and Next, both of which are developed by Elluminate of Pleasanton, CA.
This represents a nice way to blend the online and face-to-face worlds.
Every term as part of my undergrad course, I ask my students to create a blog. I’ve used blogger, wordpress.com and edublogs. Each have their own benefits and downfalls. In general, here are my assessments:
Pros: easy to setup, integration with google, customizeable, widget ready, easy to use, embedding capabilities
Cons: difficult to make pages, association with random blogs(although this can be removed), blocked in some schools
Pros: Simple to use, easy to setup, some customization, open in most schools, great for page making, better for portfolios
Cons: embedding is limited, plugins limited
Edublogs.org (wordpress platform hosted and managed)
Pros: Associated with educators, some customization, open in most schools, great for page making, better for portfolios,embedding capabilities
Cons: lack of plugins, nagging ads to support
I’m sure I have missed some things but these are my observations. Feel free to correct me in the comment section. My experiences is that most of them use this as a disposable learning experience. As much as I would love them to continue blogging, the vast majority do not. Some, pick up after a few years but by then they’ve moved to a new platform. For a new blogger, they have no idea of all the advantages or disadvantages of a particular platform, they just dive in because of an assignment or recommendation. There have been many discussions about the value of institutions providing their own spaces for students. Sometimes this isn’t an option and so part of my thinking is to provide pre-service teachers with the chance to discover alternatives.
The Hybrid Solution-- from InsideHigherEd.com blog by Joshua Kim Have you seen Wick Sloan's piece "Teaching After Midnight," on his experience with his late night teaching at Bunker Hill Community College? This is a great essay, one that I hope my learning technology colleagues take the time to check out.
My first response, which I bet will be shared by many of you, is that Bunker Hill could leverage technology by offering more hybrid courses. A hybrid course could make better use of the classroom by only having class meetings for one hour per week, allowing three classes to use the same space as a regular in-class course. A hybrid model supports many of the great things about face-to-face learning, such as the delivery of intense lectures and opportunity to get to know the professor and fellow students in person, while better leveraging scarce classroom resources.
7 Ways to Spot Tomorrow’s Trends Today-- from The Futurist
In the more than 40 years since the World Future Society was founded, futurists have developed a range of techniques to study the future. Here are a few techniques futurist use to spot new opportunities and potential problems. These methods give individuals and organizations an edge to help them succeed in a fast-changing world:
Scan the Media to Identify Trends—Futurists often conduct an ongoing and systematic surveys of news media and research institutes. These surveys help spot significant trends and technology breakthroughs. Futurists call this environmental scanning.
Analyze and Extrapolate Trends—After the trends are identified, the next step is to plot the trends to show their direction and development into the future. Trend analysis and extrapolation can show the nature, causes, speed, and potential impacts of trends.
Develop Scenarios—Futurists often describe the future development of a trend, a strategy, or a wild-card event in story form. These scenarios can paint a vivid picture that can help you visualize possible future developments and show how you can prepare effectively for future risks and opportunities. Scenarios help you to blend what you know about the future with imagination about the uncertain. Scenarios help you move from dreaming to planning and then to accomplishment.
Ask Groups of Experts—Futurists also conduct “Delphi Polls” which are carefully structured surveys of experts. Polling a wide range of experts in a given field can yield accurate forecasts and suggestions for action.
Use Computer Modeling—Futurists often use computer models to simulate the behavior of a complex system under a variety of conditions. For example, a model of the U.S. economy might show the effects of a 10 percent increase in taxes.
Explore Possibilities with Simulations—Futurists create simulations of a real-world situations by means of humans playing different roles. For example, in war games, generals test out tactics they may later use on the battlefield, or corporate executives can explore the possible results of competitive strategies.
Create the Vision—Futurists help organizations and individuals systematically develop visions of a desirable future. Visioning creates the big picture of the possibilities and prepares the way for goal setting and planning.
What Causes Webinar Attendees to Bail? -- from Citrix Webinars are a mainstay of many marketing programs. The dynamic platform can explain your offerings, establish thought leadership and grow house lists. Companies that see visitors return to their webinars, despite increased competition, do a good job of addressing the needs of their attendees. The chart below shows the top webinar turnoffs for marketers. Lack of honesty about content heads the list, followed closely by less-than-dynamic presenters who need better communication skills.
Assign a video project. Video cameras like the Flip & Kodak Zi6 are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. The cameras even come with simple editing tools. Have your learners shoot quick videos that can easily be added to a web page or rapid elearning product.
Build a rapid elearning module. Using a form-based application like Engage makes it easy to create simple multimedia projects. The goal isn’t that these are crafted by trained instructional designers. So don’t expect the world’s best elearning, but don’t be surprised by what some people can produce. Not having to do the multimedia programming frees them up to focus on the teaching part of the part. Set some stipulations for what they have to cover; and then let the content research and production process become their learning experience.
Leverage social media online. There are a lot of free tools online that help you create content. I’ve been playing with Dipity for a family history project. Something like this could work for your learners. Screenr is also an easy application for your learners to share information, especially something like how to use a software application or navigate a web site. Below is an example from another site, VuVox, where I quickly created a demo using content from my blog.
145 Princeton University Employees Take Buyout--
from University Business and The Star-Ledger About a third of Princeton University's eligible employees will retire early under a cost-cutting program announced by the university last spring, according to a report in the Daily Princetonian.
Harvard and Yale Report Losses in Endowments -- from NewYorkTimes.com Harvard and Yale disclosed on Thursday just how many billions their endowments had lost in the last year, signaling yet more belt-tightening at the nation’s wealthiest schools. “We want to alert you to the fact that another round of reductions will be necessary,” Yale’s president, Richard C. Levin, wrote in what he called a budget update to the Yale community praising the cost-cutting that had already occurred.
Breakthrough on Open Access-- from InsideHigherEd.com For years, as more academics have embraced "open access" publishing -- in which journals are published online and free -- a constant refrain from many publishers has been that the model would deprive them of the revenue they need for high quality editing and peer review.
New Outlet for Sharing Science-- from InsideHigherEd.com "So the university administrators decided to create a Web site in which they could distribute writing about their researchers and their work directly to the public -- without counting on journalists. The result is Futurity, which today shifts from beta to an officially live site. The site features writing about research at 35 universities in the United States and Canada (all of them members of the Association of American Universities). Among the kickoff articles are pieces on the Arctic climate (from the University of Colorado at Boulder), worm genetics (from Yale University), and nanomedicine (from Northwestern University)."
I don't necessarily believe that everything that we offer here at Calvin College can be reduced to ones and zeroes (but much of it can, actually). However, I post it here because disruption is happening -- daily now. We will be impacted by the innovations occurring involving the Internet...and so will you.
"The architects of education 2.0 predict that traditional universities that cling to the string-quartet model will find themselves on the wrong side of history, alongside newspaper chains and record stores. 'If universities can't find the will to innovate and adapt to changes in the world around them,' professor David Wiley of Brigham Young University has written, 'universities will be irrelevant by 2020.'"
A Virtual Revolution Is Brewing for Colleges-- from Gatlin Education Services and the Washington Post “Students starting school this year may be part of the last generation for which ‘going to college’ means packing up, getting a dorm room and listening to tenured professors. Undergraduate education is on the verge of a radical reordering. Colleges, like newspapers, will be torn apart by new ways of sharing information enabled by the Internet. The business model that sustained private U.S. colleges cannot survive.
“The real force for change is the market: Online classes are just cheaper to produce. Community colleges and for-profit education entrepreneurs are already experimenting with dorm-free, commute-free options. Distance-learning technology will keep improving. Innovators have yet to tap the potential of the aggregator to change the way students earn a degree, making the education business today look like the news biz circa 1999. And as major universities offer some core courses online, we’ll see a cultural shift toward acceptance of what is still, in some circles, a ‘University of Phoenix’ joke.”
"Similarly, at noon on any given day, hundreds of university professors are teaching introductory Sociology 101. The Internet makes it harder to justify these redundancies. In the future, a handful of Soc. 101 lectures will be videotaped and taught across the United States."
Quest to Learn Launches!-- from institute of play The Institute of Play is delighted to announce the opening of Quest to Learn, the new NYC public school that uses game-inspired methods to teach both traditional and critical 21st century skills and literacies.
Continued growth in web conferencing-- from easier.com MegaMeeting, a web conferencing company, reports continual 100 percent growth every quarter since its establishment in June 2008. MegaMeeting identifies the five main reasons for the recent uptake of web conferencing as:
Significant savings of costs and time spent on travel to and from meetings (up to 60 percent)
Increasing efficiency at the same time as reducing overheads
Affordability and free support from a human being in the UK – as needed (not 48 hours later)
Reducing stress on overstretched IT resources and existing network infrastructure
No longer being reliant on users downloading and installing software
Blogging through the economics crisis– from Liberal Education Today by Bryan Alexander One economist is revising his academic practice by blogging about it. Simon Johnson, who teaches at MIT’s Sloan School, explains that he uses his site to ground his exploration of the crisis in economics. I now try to run everything I do, from classroom materials to op eds to technical papers, through my website, Baseline Scenario. This serves partly as a way to make explicit links between these various activities, but it also opens up both the MIT classroom to anyone interested, anywhere in the world, at the same time as allowing outside voices — from the experienced and savvy community that regularly comments on the blog — into our MIT face-to-face discussions.
Going Green Means Conferencing, Not Flying -- from the webconferencingcouncil.com In tough climates – of both economical and ecological varieties – “green” is the hottest buzzword for enterprises that strive to spend wisely and reduce their carbon footprint.
Some more sources of digital content out there
Psalm 46 – a paraphrase by Leslie F. Brandt -- my thanks to Thomas Hoeksema Sr. from Calvin College for this comforting resource on this date of 9/11
Our God is still our Refuge and Strength.
He knows our problems and fears.
Thus we have no business doubting Him
even though the earth is convulsed in tragedy
or its human masses threatened
by ethnic hatred, disease,
drugs, crime, or abuse.
God continues to reign as all wise
and as almighty as ever.
His eternal plan is not canceled out
by the whims of human leaders
or the freakish accidents of nature.
Nations will destroy each other.
civilizations will perish.
the earth one day may become a smoking cinder,
but God will not leave us.
He is forever our sure Refuge and Strength.
Just look around you; read the pages of history.
Refresh your flagging spirit with the reminder
of His great feats through the ages.
And you will again hear Him speaking:
“Relax, stop fretting,
and remember that I am still your God.
I still hold the reins of this world.
God is here among us.
He continues to be our Refuge and Strength.
Psalm 121:1-2 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “[A song of ascents.] I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Get Schooled Initiative Launches - Aimed at Broadening Americans' Engagement in Solving the Education Crisis -- from B2E Viacom Inc. — September 08, 2009 Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with initiative partners AT&T, Capital One Financial Corporation and NYSE Euronext, today launched Get Schooled with a national broadcast and an education conference at the Paramount Pictures lot. The five-year initiative aims to generate greater awareness and engagement in addressing the nation's education crisis and to offer practical resources and support to students.
James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss-- resource from Kenneth Piers, Calvin College Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.
Immersive-- my thanks to Nehemiah Chu, Lead Project Manager w/ the Steve Robbins Group, for this resource ...is developing new interactive forms of human collaboration for various markets and sectors. Immersive is based on delivering multi-touch technology and other HCI technology solutions through sales, service, integration, and software licensing. Immersive aims to integrate and utilize the latest technologies for enhanced customer experiences to provide new solutions within public and private organizations
Isaiah 46:4-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
I created this graphic back in July...but thought I would share it here as well.
Perhaps, in the future, institutions of higher education will charge different amounts for "courses" that offer various types of options (i.e. along the lines of "ala carte" or selecting "options on a car" type of approach):
Here's and interesting example of adapting / using new pricing models and employing "out of the box" thinking...
Economics Lesson for Higher Ed-- from InsideHigherEd.com Call it third way politics if you like, but Reich...suggested another option no one else had previously considered.
What if the school could offer two different options for students, giving them some access to the popular class while still reducing the need for TA’s? In one class, worth four units, students would have the traditional lectures with Reich and break-out discussion groups with TA’s. In a second class, worth only two units, students would attend the Reich lectures without the additional break-out sessions or the same level of coursework. Students in the lecture-only class will still receive exams, which will be graded by less expensive readers, but they won't write essays graded by TA's. Reich concedes the option is "not ideal," but says "I wouldn't be offering it to students lecture-only if I didn't think they would get a lot out of it. And it seems to me we've hit on a reasonable compromise."
From Neiman: Google is developing a micropayment platform that will be “available to both Google and non-Google properties within the next year,” according to a document the company submitted to the Newspaper Association of America. The system, an extension of Google Checkout, would be a new and unexpected option for the news industry as it considers how to charge for content online.
Who Needs Harvard When You've Got the Internet?-- from Academic Commons by Lisa Gates Change or die is the message to college officials. In her article for FastCompany, Anya Kamenetz explores the power of edupunks, the progenitors of a high-tech educational remix. Says Jim Groom, an educational technologist who coined the term, "Edupunk is about the utter irresponsibility and lethargy of educational institutions and the means by which they are financially cannibalizing their own mission." Is there a future for our campuses in open education?
If you want to perform a proper string quartet, they noted, you can't cut out the cellist nor can you squeeze in more performances by playing the music faster. But that was then -- before MP3s and iPods proved just how freely music could flow. Before Google scanned and digitized 7 million books and Wikipedia users created the world's largest encyclopedia. Before YouTube Edu and iTunes U made video and audio lectures by the best professors in the country available for free, and before college students built Facebook into the world's largest social network, changing the way we all share information. Suddenly, it is possible to imagine a new model of education using online resources to serve more students, more cheaply than ever before.
Princeton Review founder John Katzman's team has built a Facebook-like multimedia social-learning platform for the online Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Southern California. Students use Flip cameras to make their own video content.
Jon Bischke founded this platform for live video teaching and tutoring. He started two earlier education-related companies: 2000Tutor.com Network, which he sold in 2001, and LearnOutLoud.com, billed as the Internet's largest catalog of educational audio, video, and podcasts.
A live online multiplayer game providing test prep is the latest startup from Farbood Nivi, who was the Princeton Review's National Teacher of the Year in 2001. Nivi has gotten more than $10 million in funding from Benchmark Capital and Integral Capital Partners.
"The social Web for education," funded by Facebook's Founder's Fund, is using social media to help colleges with recruiting, retention, and alumni relations. Cofounder and CEO Michael Staton is a former high-school teacher who built Facebook's Courses application.
People at the Venture Capital in Education conference were talking about this "adaptive learning engine" from Kaplan test-prep vet Jose Ferreira. It promises to customize content for each student, down to the concept level, with integrated assessment tools.
Finding App Recommendations-- from Learning in Hand by Tony Vincent Of course, the best app recommendations for teaching and learning come from other iPod touch and iPhone-using educators. Here are some websites with lists of apps:
Digitally Literate Storytellers -- from Educause Joan Getman, Senior Strategist for Learning Technologies, Cornell University
Date: September 16, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT (12:00 p.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. MDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT).
For the student researcher, digital literacy is about navigation, assessment, citation, and incorporation of credible digital information from ever-expanding resources. But digital literacy extends beyond intelligent consumption to encompass production and storytelling—skills that are emerging as essential to teaching, learning, and scholarship. This seminar will examine the importance of storytelling and related skills in teaching and learning.
The event is free, but registration is required and virtual seating is limited. REGISTER NOW.
Maine Ingredients -- from The Journal by John K. Waters The nation's first-ever statewide 1-to-1 laptop program marks its seventh birthday by expanding into high schools, providing an occasion to celebrate-- and to examine the components of its success.
iPods Episode #18: iPod touch Basics -- from Learning in Hand by Tony Vincent Learning in Hand: iPods Episode #18: iPod touch Basics is available. In this video podcast I show the basics that iPod touch and iPhones users should know.
100 Free Productivity Tools to Get You Through School-- from onlineuniversities.com Students of previous generations had to go to great lengths and pay big prices to find the tools and resources they needed during college. Fortunately for today’s undergrad, almost everything we need to know about the world is at our fingertips. Use these links and tips, and your university years are sure to end happily, healthily, and successfully. Areas include: Class Helpers | Time Management | Shortcuts | Organization | Networking | Workplace Success | Useful Blogs | Money Matters | Unwinding | Personal Wellness
Why Don’t More College Students Cross the Finish Line?-- from EducationNext.org by Marci Kanstoroom A book released today takes a close look at why only 60 percent of students entering four-year colleges are graduating. Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities, was written by William Bowen, Matthew Chingos, and Michael McPherson.
British Library sound archive-- from Learning in an online world The Guardian reports that the British Library revealed it has made its vast archive of world and traditional music available to everyone, free of charge, online.
The Future of Higher Education-- from Educause by Diana Oblinger The economic downturn and society-wide changes catalyzed by information technology (disintermediation, consumerization, and so forth) are causing many colleges and universities to question what the future of higher education in the digital age will be. Many historic challenges persist, such as cost, access, retention, and graduation rates. The digital age offers new opportunities (for example, online learning) as well as threats (for example, competition from other providers). IT is a tool that can help address these challenges, but it may also change how we frame the future. This presentation will explore common themes emerging worldwide, including cloud computing, identity management, analytics, and open educational resources.
Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students-- from ISTE Books by
Laurence Peters As an educator, you can teach students the importance of communicating and empathizing with others around the world. How? Through global collaborations made possible with Web 2.0 and existing global networks. Global Education's examples, case studies, and hundreds of Web resources will give you ample ideas to get started. In addition, you’ll find an introduction to global educational networks including iEarn, Global Schoolhouse, and ePals, as well as an overview on using Web 2.0 for global education.
You/we better figure out how NOT to become a commodity -- and fast. The pace of change has changed:
Managing Curriculum Change -- from JISC Institutional approaches to curriculum design3 explores through the work of 12 projects ways by which technology can make the systems and processes underpinning curriculum design more efficient, flexible and adaptive – systems such as those used in review, validation and audit; learning and assessment; course documentation and marketing information; the allocation and management of teaching spaces and other resources, and administration of learner records and interoperability of this data with other systems.
Transforming curriculum delivery through technology4 explores through the work of 15 projects how the appropriate integration of technology can help institutions respond to changing learner and employer needs to deliver a more engaging and flexible learning experience. The projects involve both further and higher education institutions and illustrate use of different media, tools and technologies in different areas of curriculum delivery.
Nibipedia is an online educational video database of high-quality content that grows in value through community collaboration. Built using a wiki-like construct, members of the Nibipedia community annotate and share Nibipedia videos, via "deep links" to specific moments in video time, with commentary— or with links to other references, texts, and rich media.
Learners driving. The new learner is transforming himself from a passive actor into an active, is becoming a conscious leader of his personal lifelong learning path.
Deep access to information, tools and experts in ways not possible before.
The ability to network and team up with other learners who have the same interests, independently of their age, location or experience.
The emergence of theprofessional independent (teacher) mentor / guide. Both outside and inside traditional educational institutions a new breed of guides, coaches, facilitators and advisers is already emerging and creating new classless learning ecosystems.
These new "teachers" think, act and perform their multiple roles of guides, facilitators and learning advisers with a spirit and attitude that is radically different from the one that is typical of the traditional, classic educator.
Isaiah 48:17 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”
Ideas for teachers/professors teaching various languages -- from Daniel Laninga, T&L Digital Studio
Beeline TV Have students access and try to interpret languages from online-based TV stations from around the world.
Use the International Children's Digital Foundations Library to have students read "entry-level"/basic books that are written in other languages. “The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children’s literature from the world community.”
Professors Embrace Online Courses Despite Qualms About Quality-- from The Chronicle by Marc Parry They worry about the quality of online courses, say teaching them takes more effort, and grouse about insufficient support. Yet large numbers of professors still put in the time to teach online. And despite the broad suspicion about quality, a majority of faculty members have recommended online courses to students.
That is the complicated picture that emerges in "The Paradox of Faculty Voices: Views and Experiences With Online Learning," part of a two-volume national study released today by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities—Sloan National Commission on Online Learning.
Also see the following previously-reported items: Strong Faculty Engagement in Online Learning A*P*L*U Reports Online enrollment has more than doubled from an estimated 1.6 million students in fall 2002 to 3.94 million students in fall 2007 and grew by 12.9 percent from fall 2006 to fall 2007, according to the annual Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) survey of online learning. The Commission believes the leadership of presidents and provosts is one of the key elements to successfully integrating online learning into every campus.
Flexible Learning: University Develops Its Own Mobile Platform for Students -- from CampusTechnology.com by Bridget McCrea When it comes time to implement new technology solutions, universities either shop around to find the vendors, programs and/or equipment to meet their needs, or they build the technology themselves. Walden University in Minneapolis took the latter route this year by developing a mobile learning platform for its 33,000 students, many of whom are working professionals.
You have to listen to this! :) -- Thanks to one of my cousins for this one From DSC: I bet many a teacher, office staff, or admin in the K-12 world would love to put this one on their school's answering machine! I don't necessarily agree w/ the item at the end of the recording about languages, but what the heh, it's still funny! :)
From DSC: Not sure if these are good or not...but I thought that I'd pass them along: Some Simulation Packages -- from the Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning
Podcasts from lynda.com
Covering everything from software tricks to industry events to interviews with professionals, lynda.com podcasts are well worth the download. Last month we talked about:
Episode 169: Final Cut Studio Overview |
Episode 170: Picasa 3 Essential Training |
Episode 171: Duarte Design: Creative Inspirations
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"Christ....He requires still, where so 'ere he comes...to feed or lodge...to have the best of rooms; give Christ the choice; grant Christ the nobler part of all the house...the best of all's the heart."
I can't say that I have been through each of the 100 sites here, but the list looks pretty good from what I can tell.
Quote of the Month -- from Mission to Learn If you think the fallout in the newspaper business was dramatic,
wait until you see what happens to education.
-- Seth Godin
Peer-to-Peer University Offers First Session of Free Online Classes-- from selfmadescholar.com by Jamie Littlefield
Want to take a quality online class from an experienced adviser without paying a dime? The pilot session of Peer-to-Peer University begins this September. Although no formal credit is offered, Peer-to-Peer University courses look like a promising resource for lifelong learners. They combine freely available opencourseware with more personalized instruction, giving enrollees the opportunity to study alongside peers.
From DSC: They missed a HUGE one...technology.
But the site/ideas are interesting nonetheless...
“Sure, you use the Internet all the time, but you need to wise up to the web when you use it for your university or college work. Use this free Internet tutorial to learn to discern the good, the bad and the ugly for your online research.” This tutorial is intended to help college students hone their Internet research skills, but I think it is equal useful for their parents, friends, and siblings.
Mission to Learn -- resource from Curtis Bonk
...is a destination for lifelong learners seeking resources for self-education and personal growth and development. We provide a continual stream of lifelong learning resources, news, and insights through three channels...
NITLE Professional Development News --
September 1, 2009 With continued input from participants, NITLE is shaping its programming agenda for the 2009 - 2010 academic year. A range of virtual programming for fall 2009 is now open for registration. These virtual events focus on a variety of special topics related to: digital teaching
| emerging technologies | instructional technologists and their colleagues | quantitative analysis | teaching tools for the global age | the sciences.
Psalm 119:64 --
from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.”
Symposium Teaser Video-- from NMC.org by Alan Levine As part of the promotion of the Symposium, we created this video to spread the word and ask the question, "What is Our Future?"
Multimedia Animated Slideshow Creators And Remixing Tools - Guide To Best Online Services-- from Robin Good's Latest News by Robin Good Multimedia animated slideshow creators are web-based services which allow you to remix pictures, photos, video clips and music to create visually impactful showcases, slideshows or just memories of a great holiday. In this guide I have selected and reviewed the best multimedia remixing tools available out there.
We discovered that teachers worldwide are eager to find educational experiences that position their students as active agents who are capable of thinking independently to solve problems in unanticipated ways.
Click here to read “Why Should Educators Care About Games.”
Please visit our project website to learn more about this exciting work: http://QuestAtlantis.org. Quest Atlantis is an immersive online world designed to help teach science to junior high school students. Development and expansion have been supported by the MacArthur Foundation.
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From DSC: Hats off to you, my sister! One of my sisters, Dr. Kate Byerwalter, along with Michael Vargo, put this piece together for the Grand Rapids Community College. Kate is putting together an Honors Program over at GRCC -- which, by the way, is a great strategy for all community colleges to follow! Way to go Kate!
3 Ways Online Learning Benefits Organizations-- from Go2Meeting.com by Lynda Goldman "The virtual classroom can bring e-learners together. More companies are asking for this type of e-learning, and have the infrastructure to support it," says David Werboff, Group Director, eLearning Solutions, Informa Training Partners, a company that trains sales professionals in pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical devices. Live online learning creates a group learning experience that is designed around the needs of the learner, offering these 3 benefits:
E-learning is moving away from self-paced learning modules and has become much more collaborative. Participants can interact with experts and peers in ad hoc discussions or in structured small group activities, teach-backs and role plays.
E-learning can increase retention and application. Short, targeted learning experiences offer participants an opportunity to apply the concepts, principles and procedures before the next class. Participants who travel to a training session don't always have time to practice and apply concepts between classes.
Live online learning provides a diverse setting. Participants from many geographical locations can bring different ideas and backgrounds to the learning activities.
David Werboff, Group Director, eLearning Solutions, Informa Training Partners offers these e-learning best practices...
Designing Mobile Learning:
Principles and Practices -- from Brandon-Hall.com Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (GMT-4:00) Eastern Time (U.S. & Canada)
Duration: Three hours | Cost: $295
Mobile learning is finally coming of age. Many new uses for mobile devices are being developed as the technology matures and as innovation moves beyond the simple applications that delivered text and images to small screens. It is now time to understand how to create truly engaging mobile learning that delivers training results that transform learners.
Join the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and Google for a FREE Webinar on the Google Books Program
DATE: Friday, September 18, 2009
TIME: 11:30 am, Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -07:00, San Francisco)
(2:30 pm eastern, 1:30 pm central 12:30 pm mountain)
THE GOOGLE BOOKS SETTLEMENT:
Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers reached a groundbreaking settlement that will create a far-reaching educational, cultural, and commercial platform to expand access to millions of books in the U.S.
Most of the world's knowledge is contained in physical books. Google has joined with library partners to scan and index 10 million books, enabling a vast corpus of knowledge to be searchable. With court approval, the settlement will unlock that knowledge even further, making out-of-print books available online for anyone to preview, purchase, and read. For more information, see http://books.google.com/settlement.
How campus technology puts/illustrates a flavor of this in its September 2009 issue:
How I put/illustrate a flavor of this:
“How to build a portfolio website” series a must read-- from Innovative Interactivity by Tracy Boyer I recently came across the portfolio site of journalist Emily Ingram, a senior news-editorial and advertising student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Over the summer she wrote a series of blog posts on how to get your own portfolio site up and running, and I would highly recommend it to everyone out there who has put their site on the back-burner. Even better, she makes it so easy that I think my parents could do it, so don’t be scared away from big topics like hosting, FTP, and SEO.
Here are the five posts covering everything from choosing your domain name to adding content to the site:
Proverbs 22:6-- from Biblegateway.com “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
New school week could have technology twist - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services-- resource/quote below from Ray Schroeder Kingsland Public Schools is considering an alternative school schedule in which students would spend four days in a traditional classroom setting with the fifth day of instruction delivered via technology and computer. District officials say the proposal remains at the discussion stage, but could be implemented as early the second semester of this academic year. The plan, called i4Knights, was introduced to the school board last month.
Edufire provides a very different take on synchronous online learning. This new site brings together teachers and students for webcam-based online classes. These could be on any subject imaginable, but right now the majority are for language learning. As a teacher, you set your own price and EduFire takes 15% of the sales. Sounds like a good deal to me and the exact reverse of the usual royalties you’d expect from a book publisher. In true Web 2.0 style, the teachers are rated, so demand for the good ones (and presumably the price) will increase, while the poor teachers will look in vain for somewhere to hide.
This gets back to what I've been saying about the power of the Internet to set up exchanges (such as Paperbackswap.com, DVDswap.com, Craigs List, etc.)
In the winter of the 2005–06 school year, Alpine School District (“Alpine”) decided to form an online K–8 school to support home-schooled students in the district. It adopted the idea from a neighboring Utah school district. Available funding from the state of $2,500 per student per year made the online school financially viable as that amount covered the cost of full-time teachers as well as certain online and shipped curriculum. The lead administrator on the project combined his drive with the expertise of K12™ Inc. (“K12™”) to set the school up within six months.
How do organizations respond to emerging technologies?-- from elearnspace by George Siemens Businesses, schools, and universities are having difficulty responding to emerging technologies. The newspaper industry, for example, is not having an easy time adjusting to the internet. If you're looking for a case study in how one organization responded to potentially disruptive change, have a look at NPR - at a tipping point? It's rare for an organization to be foresighted enough to not only recognize substantial changes, but to plan a focused, strategic, organization-level response.
How do large organizations make the changes that they have to? How do they do this when the New is often the opposite of what they are and what they do today? I think that the answer for NPR and Public radio is that they overcame the huge natural resistance by investing in a shared and deep exploration of what confronted them. What they have done since has come from the genuine emergence of ideas and of a language that they created for themselves.
Revolution in the Classroom-- from The Atlantic by Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn States looking to win education stimulus funds and offer truly student-centric, customizable learning experiences, need to get their classrooms online.
Isaiah 26:3 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
As in any of our relationships, trust takes time to build up. In fact, it's taken me years to come to trust the LORD. Even this morning, I had to remind myself to inquire what He wants me to to today and then go do it. When I start taking things upon myself [as I often do], my "peace" seems to be more elusive. Yet this is not easy -- as I've often asked the LORD what His responsibilities are and what my responsibilities are. If we a team, so to speak, I need to know what I'm supposed to be doing and what only He can do. (Not an easy thing to sort out...at least not for me.)
A Leadership Lesson from ... GEESE!-- from WalktheTalk.com
How often do you hear people speak with envy about companies with “real heart”? Companies like Nordstrom, FedEx, Ben and Jerry’s, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, and The Container Store to name a few. Outsiders are constantly looking for their “secrets” to success. Fact is, the secret lies in the hearts of their employees. These companies create connected teams and, as a result, build dominant businesses by acting like geese. Like geese? Yes, like GEESE!
If you ever happen to see (or hear about) geese heading south for the winter – flying along in “V” formation – you might consider what science has discovered about why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew by itself. Any goose that falls out of formation suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into position to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the set and another goose moves up to fly point. And the geese in the back honk to encourage those in front to keep up their speed. Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen teammate until it is able to fly or it dies. Only then do they launch out on their own – or with another formation – to catch back up with their group.
The lesson: Like geese, people who share a common direction and sense of community, who take turns doing demanding jobs, and who watch out for one another, can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of their teammates. Geese are defined by how they stay connected with one another. Successful teams – and excellent leaders – are defined the same way.
Harvard, Ivy Leagues Bust Tuition Cost Bubble - John F. Wasik, Bloomberg-- original item and quote below from Ray Schroeder A high-priced college may not be worth the price of admission. As the economy forces more students out of the classroom and graduates into under- or unemployment, a college enrollment bubble may be starting to deflate. The recession, combined with rising college costs, has accelerated a college affordability crunch that is exacerbated by shrinking family incomes, diminished home equity and reduced household wealth. As many as one-third of all private colleges surveyed by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities said they expected enrollment to drop in the next academic year.
A perfect storm (as viewed by some) is brewing. Watch out! Disruption ahead. See here and here.
24% of professional IT jobs are held by women, even though 57% of professional jobs are held by women
In 2008, 56% of all AP test-takers were female, 51% who took the calculus AP test were female, but only 19% of the Computer Science test takers were female.
In 2008, 57% of people graduating with a Bachelor’s degree were women, but women only made up 18% of the Computer and Info Science degrees and only twelve percent of the Computer Science degrees.
In 2008, 28% of the Computer Scientists were women. 3% of that number were African American, 3% were Asian, 1% were Hispanic. They didn’t even bother to count the American Indian women who are computer scientists.
A fond farewell to Travis LaFleur-- from The Hoot by the Teaching & Learning Group at Calvin College Today marks the day we say good-bye to our colleague and friend, Travis LaFleur. Travis has been accepted at the University of Michigan to a two-year graduate program beginning this fall, focusing on human-computer interaction. Travis, Thanks for all of your contributions to Teaching & Learning, Calvin Information Technology and Calvin College. We will miss you!
Amen to that Travis. May the LORD go with you -- thanks for everything!
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State of learning management systems in higher education -- from elearnspace by George Siemens Michael Feldstein links to a thorough review of learning management systems in higher education: presentation (webex) and slides (.pdf). The presentation starts with a bit of background noise and annoying “beeps” each time someone logs in (come on WebEx, it’s irritating). As the presentation progresses, the background noise is reduced. The presentation includes the best diagram I’ve seen on LMS development, market share and current state:
'The World Is Open'-- from InsideHigherEd.com Technology is changing higher education in more ways than can be counted. Distance education has become common. Leading universities are putting course materials or even entire courses online -- free. The Obama plan for community colleges envisions free online courses that could be used nationwide. Curtis J. Bonk, a professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University, surveys this landscape in The World Is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education (Jossey-Bass). Bonk responded to questions about the book in an e-mail interview.
Training-related items re: Wimba Classroom-- my thanks to Krista Spahr, Calvin College Teaching & Learning, for these resources
Wimba Classroom 6.0-- by Matt Wasowski This clip demonstrates the value of being able to easily create and distribute mp4 recordings of Wimba Classroom classes and meetings.
Romans 12:4-5-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
Book Review: The Virtual Presenters Handbook-- from The Webinar Blog Roger Courville has published a small book covering tips for speakers on webinars, webcasts, and other web events. The book is titled “The Virtual Presenter’s Handbook” and can be ordered online. The US price is $24.95 (the site also gives equivalent pricing in British Pounds and Euros).
I saw the above link in an opinion article from the New York Times by Stanley Fish. I haven't read either one carefully, but I thought I'd pass them along. With rising tuitions, all colleges and univrsities are being forced to answer the question, "What's my ROI if I go to [your school]"?
TechSmith Brings Camtasia to the Mac-- from CampusTechnology.com by David Nagel TechSmith has released Camtasia for Mac OS X, a screen capture and audio and video editing tool (not to be confused with the Camtasia Relay lecture capture system, which already works on Mac).
The Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) is an online community of open study groups for short university-level courses. Think of it as online book clubs for open educational resources. The P2PU helps you navigate the wealth of open education materials that are out there, creates small groups of motivated learners, and supports the design and facilitation of courses. Students and tutors get recognition for their work, and we are building pathways to formal credit as well.
SJSU tells repeating students: Get help elsewhere - Lisa M. Krieger, Mercury News-- from New Realities in Higher Education by Ray Schroeder San Jose State University has a tough message for the hundreds of students who fail pre-college math or English courses and need to take them again: You're on your own. Because of a $41 million state budget cut, the university did not get enough funding to meet the high demand for remedial classes. So, for the first time, it is offering each student one chance to pass. Officials are drafting a letter that warns students that if they fail, they must go off-campus — to community colleges, private classes or at-home study — to master the material needed to progress toward a SJSU degree.
A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life.
-- Proverbs 15:4; as cited in Starting your day right by Joyce Meyer
This is another piece that illustrates why I think stories are important and represent a great teaching tool. We need our students to create their own stories. The trick, it seems to me, is how to create stories in some subjects/disciplines that don't seem to lend themselves to storytelling.
What unanswered questions are you struggling with?
How did you change the world in some small (or big) way?
What’s something your teachers learned today?
What did you share with the world?
What do you want to know more about?
What did you love about today?
What made you laugh?
From DSC: Seems to me that these are some great questions to ask your kids these days.
The days of going to work and seeing everyone you work with are gone forever! The ways we “see” each other, communicate, build teams, establish trust, collaborate, and achieve results have all changed. What was once a non-traditional way of working is now commonplace and an increasing reality for leaders across a broad spectrum of organizations and industries.
A growing number of leaders manage and lead each day from a distance – through technology tools that connect them to remote teams, virtual workers, telecommuters, and distance employees. And they do this with the need to control costs, retain talent, ensure clear communication, manage productivity, maintain motivation, and achieve results. It’s a challenging task…. and an increasing reality for every leader.
Internet Seen Leveling Opportunities for Scientists-- from The Chronicle The Internet has proved itself to be a democratizing force for a range of human endeavors, such as the simple act of selling a car or the complex task of shaming a repressive government. Could it also be leveling the playing field in scientific research?
Where Phones in Class Are OK-- from InsideHigherEd.com Tyler Auten was often spotted fiddling with his iPhone in class last semester. But the device wasn’t a distraction from homework -- it was his homework.
-- above resource from Daniel Laninga in the T&L Digital Studio
Sentenceworks ...is an automated writing tutor for students of all levels. A web-based software, Sentenceworks works one-on-one with students to develop sentence-level writing skills and reinforce proper citation habits. Students upload drafts of their writing assignments to Sentenceworks to receive immediate instructional feedback on over 100 points of grammar.
Psalm 94:18-19 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
I can't always say I have joy in my soul -- I wish I could say that, but so far, I haven't been able to say that. However, this verse resonated with me this morning because I greatly appreciate the LORD's help -- on a daily basis. He is my refuge, my hope, and my strength. I don't know where I would be without Him. (Please, LORD, don't abandon the work of Your hands.)
Innovative use of technology -- from TechTicker.com This clip of Kseniya Simonova from “Ukraine’s Got Talent” is absolutely phenomenal. Simonova ultimately won the competition, and in my view it’s clear why she did. The description on the embedded YouTube clip indicates she “uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and “sand painting” skills to interpret Germany’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.”
Networked Multitouch Desks: Teacher/Student Features-- from ICT in my classroom by T. Barrett I was delighted to recieve a video this week from Andrew Hatch from Durham University and the SynergyNet Project. In it he explains and demonstrates some further features of networked multiotuch desks that the team have been developing.
This concept of having networking multitouch desks is incredibly powerful. I consider this to be one of the most potentially-engaging ideas/directions that I've seen in a while. Why? Because it bridges the online world with the face-2-face world while also allowing networking and group work within a classroom.
AlgebraPrep App Now Available on App Store-- from Pearson New Series from Modality and Pearson Brings Algebra Learning to iPhone™ and iPod touch®
Boston, MA, August 12, 2009 — Pearson Education and Modality, Inc. today announced the AlgebraPrep: Factoring application is available on the App Store. This iPhone™ and iPod touch® app, comprised of practice tests and video tutorials by the award-winning instructor and bestselling author Elayn Martin-Gay, is designed to provide supplemental help for students in or out of class.
Note the almost celebrity status of this instructor. I think this is a very potential direction in the future. Team-based content creation, lifting up the best facutly members, instructors, and teachers in the world.
Innovation: Is the future of healthcare online? -- from NewScientist.com
by Colin Barras Innovation is our regular column that highlights emerging technological ideas and where they may lead. While we don't yet have holographic physicians to consult, healthcare is moving online, encouraged by an international coalition of medical and technology companies. Medical devices from weighing scales to asthma inhalers could soon carry the technology to connect directly to the web, shuttling data between doctors and their patients.
Cutting Price—Factors to Consider -- from UniversityBusiness.com by Kathy Kurz and Jim Scannell Helping to determine if this high-risk strategy will have high rewards
IN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC environment, it comes as no surprise that some higher ed institutions are beginning to wonder whether a radical strategy like reducing sticker price would be the best way to maintain market share. This spring, deposits were lagging at many private IHEs, even at campuses where admit numbers were up. More families were appealing financial aid awards, and more institutions were responding to those appeals. Officials are concerned students may “melt away” before fall. Clearly, families are more reluctant to make significant financial investments in higher education than they were even a year ago.
Revelation 3:14,20-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “[To the Church in Laodicea] "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Community College - OLI -- from Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with state agencies and national affinity groups, will establish a consortium of community colleges that will enact a large scale, systems-change process that increases efficiency in the way instruction is developed, delivered, evaluated, and continuously improved. The overarching goal is to demonstrate a 25% higher rate of course completion for students from vulnerable populations, with a focus on gatekeeper courses critical to graduation success. Within three years, the Community College Opening Learning Initiative (CC-OLI) will scale to 40 community college partners and will reach an additional 50-100 classrooms.
The Open Learning Initiative is featured in the August 3rd article "Obama's Great Course Giveaway" in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article presents the benefit of OLI from the perspective of an instructor and a student at Cal Poly who are using the OLI Modern Biology course to enhance their teaching and learning experience. The article includes statements from many in the Open Education Resource movement including Mike Smith, Senior Counselor to Secretary of Education and Candace Thille, OLI Director. From the article:
"Even though we've provided access, we haven't provided access to the same kind of education, because we
didn't really have the tools and technology to scale," Ms. [Candace] Thille says. "And I think what the information
technology now, finally, is affording us the opportunity to do, is to really provide that kind of personalized
instruction—high-quality rigorous instruction—to everybody."
Resource from Karl Kapp
Résumés 2.0: Say Good-Bye To The Paper CV -- from the
Worcester Business Journal by Debra M. Townsley; original link from Ray Schroeder With an unemployment rate expected to top 10.4 percent this September, every college must take an active role to help its graduates successfully take that first career leap. I consider professional career preparation and its ability to realize a return on educational investment an essential service to college students and their parents and an important learning outcome. Technology has fundamentally changed how the résumé is formatted and viewed, with experts predicting that within three years, the paper résumé will be passé. In its place, a digital résumé must be fine-tuned with keywords strategically placed to grab the attention of an employer within seven seconds. ...[Nichols] juniors and seniors are encouraged to bring their portfolios to the fair and “leave-behind” a personalized CD which includes a digital résumé and samples of their work.
Computer games to teach youths about judiciary - Alex Dalenberg, Arizona Republic-- link/quote from Ray Schroeder Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and her judicial ilk seem unlikely candidates for video-game heroes. But beginning this month, kids can put themselves in the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court in two online games endorsed by O'Connor and designed in part by Arizona educators. The games will debut on the Our Courts Web site, ourcourts.org, a civics-education project chaired by O'Connor.
Calvin Economics -- from John Tiemstra and Steven McMullen This blog is a "dialogue on economics and faith from faculty and friends of the Calvin College economics department.
The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Calvin College or the economics department."
2 Corinthians 10:17-18 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.”
If you want to see what tech-savvy students would like to see their profs use more of, then you might want to check this site out and subscribe to it.
Selecting and Implementing a Course Management System for Your Campus-- from Educause The course management system has become an integral part of institutional technology and academic operations, such that institutions invest a significant amount of time and effort in identifying, selecting, and implementing a CMS that best serves their needs. In this session, presenters from three different institutions will discuss why one chose Moodle, a second picked Blackboard, and a third selected Sakai. Each will discuss lessons learned in implementing and operating the chosen CMS, providing a basis for comparing and contrasting the three.
Items from Elliott Masie
Learning in the Year 2019? Your brainstorms please! Here is a fascinating question to ask yourself and colleagues: "What Will Learning Be Like in 2019" It is 10 years from now! What changes in process, models, technology and assumptions will occur for Learning by the year 2019? Please take a minute and do some free-form Brainstorming. Just go to http://www.learning2009.com/2019 and add your thoughts.
AcademicInfo.net-- my thanks to William Overbeeke int he T&L Digital Studio for this link “AcademicInfo is an online education resource center with extensive subject guides and distance learning information. Our mission is to provide free, independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and current students (and other researchers).”
Curriki Calls on California Teachers To Open, Share and Collaborate To Enhance Education-- from B2E On the heels of the governor's free text book initiative, non-profit offers teachers unprecedented opportunity to help shape education and drive out costs; announces participation of San Jose USD teachers. (Curriki is a not-for-profit organization committed to eliminating the education divide. Through an open source platform, Curriki delivers free and peer reviewed K-12 curricula as well as collaboration tools to teachers, students and parents around the world so teachers can teach more effectively and students can learn at their own pace. By increasing teacher engagement in curriculum development, Curriki drives teacher effectiveness and student performance. Spun off from Sun Microsystems in 2006, Curriki has more than 80,000 members and over 30,000 learning assets. To learn more, please log onto www.curriki.org.)
The Way of the Future Sighting in Yuma -- from Jay Greene The Arizona Charter School Association has calculated student learning gains in grades 3-8 for every district and charter school in the state and posted the results online.Interestingly the same school came top in both math and reading- Carpe Diem E-Learning in Yuma Arizona. They not only came in first, it was by a pretty wide margin.
So, what’s the secret sauce? They let you know right on the school webpage:
Our academic program is a “hybrid” program consisting of on-site teacher-facilitators (coaches) and computer-assisted instruction (CAI) utilizing a computer-based learning and management system. Our program offers an extensive online library of interactive instructional courseware, providing learners and teachers with access to thousands of hours of self-paced, mastery-based instruction.
Learning styles and learning tools -- from Educational Origami My focus was looking at Learning styles and then matching this to learning tools. I discussed briefly what I believe are the 4 aspects of a person that contribute (there are more than this):
Sensory learning (I use Neil Flemings VARK Model)
Personality type (Myers-Briggs)
Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences
Technological learning style – Neo-millennials, digital Natives or Net Gen
The Model I focused on was Fleming’s VARK because it is a manageable tool for the classroom. VARK stands for
Virtual meetings in your pocket? -- from onlignment We all know that setting up the environment for virtual meetings or training sessions involves a commitment in terms of hardware, software or both. Or does it? Genius Room hope to persuade us otherwise, with the launch of their new PocketMeeting service.
Collaborative web-based video editing-- from Leigh Blackall
NOTE: There's one downside to Kaltura sadly. We're still waiting for the obvious feature that enables downloading a finished video for playing offline. Unfortunately this is not offered yet so we're left with online viewing only.
A Fork in the Road -- from Chief Learning Officer, by Josh Bersin
While more than 70 percent of large organizations already have a [Learning Management System], almost one-third of these companies are considering replacing their systems. The reasons? Many said they want support for informal learning, such as coaching, mentoring, collaborating and information sharing. Many also cited the need to integrate their LMSs with other talent management software.
Skills Training à la Carte-- from InsideHigherEd.com
Community colleges have long tailored courses to meet the demands of local employers, but Kellogg Community College’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center has taken customizable workforce training to a whole new level. The community college’s workforce training center, in Battle Creek, Mich., has done away with traditional classroom-bound courses altogether and, instead, has cut up its offerings into more than 1,200 individual skills, or “modules,” that students can take whenever they wish on a walk-in basis. These modules, which can be purchased independently or as part of a larger program of study, are worth fractions of a credit hour. Students have an unlimited amount of time to prove their competency in the specified skill to an on-site instructor; some of the skills can be learned in few short hours.
Beyond Monster: 50 Great Career Links for Recent College Grads-- from onlineuniversities.com
As a recent college graduate, you’re probably on the hunt for the job. One of the most popular sites to find one is Monster.com, but there’s so much more out there for you to take advantage of. Read on, and you’ll find 50 great links that you can put to good use in your first real job hunt.
I was reminded this morning in my devotions of the importance between thinking/planning on one side of the balance, and taking action on the other side of the balance. I/we need to do both.
From Daniel Christian:
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Psalm 46:1-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Curriculum and Literacy in the Digital World-- from Education Innovation by Robert Jacobs “Instead of being the same way for all people, it can instantly rearrange itself for each person and each person’s current task.” It is not possible to differentiate instruction and learning to the level that is possible when a student does it for their particular individualized needs. The web makes it possible to match a student with his or her interest and ability far easier than one teacher alone could. Each click brings the student just what they need in the way they need it. Learning that is truly customized and differentiated on demand. The digital world will bend to your needs when you want it, where you want it, and how you want it. That is the future of learning.
Google Readies Its Book Business -- from Information Week As it prepares to become a major digital book seller, Google is striking partnerships with brick-and-mortar stores and trying to dispel concerns.
Bridging the Participation Gap-- from Campus Technology Student response systems are moving beyond the lecture hall to connect users at remote campuses, home, and maybe even on the bus -- see page 18 of 44.
Mobile Learning: Trends, Opportunities and Pitfalls -- from training industry inc. In a span of only 20 years, wireless services have reached almost 50 percent of the world’s population. There are now more than 3 billion mobile subscribers globally, a number expected to grow to 4.5 billion by 2012.
Michigan Academy meets at Calvin in March 2010-- from Dianne Zandstra at Calvin College As you continue your scholarly endeavors over the summer and look ahead to opportunities to present what you're learning, please consider the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. This year Calvin will have the honor and pleasure of hosting the annual conference on Friday, March 26, 2010.
The Michigan Academy is an excellent way to network with colleagues at other Michigan institutions of higher learning. It's also a supportive, congenial place for your students to present outstanding papers and honors projects to professors and to other undergraduate presenters. There are sections for most areas of studies across the disciplines. Abstracts are due by November 30. To find your section, please visit our website at www.alma.edu/michiganacademy. Also, consider publishing in the Michigan Academician, a quarterly interdisciplinary journal with no deadline for submissions.
The company’s annual report for 2006 highlighted other classic symptoms: rising unemployment, reduced public sector recruitment, falling new car sales and declining consumer confidence. Confidently, Johnston Press pointed to the “downturn in the advertising cycle” and “clearly evident cyclical changes” caused by “overall economic conditions”.
In retrospect, it’s clear that Johnston Press’s 2006 annual report represented a catastrophic error of judgement. Recession wasn’t stalking the land. Instead, the company misinterpreted the signs of permanent structural change.
From DSC: Similarly, those of us in higher education are not going to see things go back to the way things were. There are too many forces at play to go back there now...there are structural changes taking place.
For one example, keep your eye on what happens in California...
Luke 12:6-7 --
from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
This series, Promising Practices in Online Learning, explores some of the approaches being taken
by practitioners and policymakers in response to key issues in online learning in six papers being
released throughout 2008 and 2009:
Blended Learning: The Convergence of Online and Face-To-Face Education
Using Online Learning for Credit Recovery and At-Risk Students
Management and Operations of Online Programs: Ensuring Quality and Accountability
Socialization in Online Programs
Policy and Funding Frameworks for Online Learning
A Parents’ Guide to Choosing the Right Online Program
But in describing them as “highly educated useless people”, what he was also suggesting was that while many students in his country, particularly the brainy ones, had school smarts, they did not possess what is generally known as street smarts.
In this environment, mastery of content is valued over thinking critically about the content.
All the answers are prearranged, preformatted and ready for absorption by those who are willing and able to play the game called school. These are the academically successful. These are students are comfortable operating in a culture of dependency – dependent on the teacher, dependent on the textbook, dependent on the test.
Then after graduation from school, having spent 13 or more years in the system, the educational infrastructure that has held the students up for all their years in education is suddenly removed. When this happens, many of the students fall flat on their faces as they enter the real world. And we can’t understand why. Even though it is we, the educators, who are responsible for creating this culture of dependency on the teacher, the textbooks, and the test, we feel confused.
In the real world of today, school success clearly does not guarantee success in life.
The new and different paradigm of teaching and learning is that of progressive withdrawal. Our responsibility must be to ensure that our students no longer need us by the time they graduate from school.
The bottom line is that schools must change drastically if we are the reverse the growing disconnect between being school smart and being street smart.
Changing minds: We must address the shift in thinking patterns that are happening to digital students. They live and operate in a multimedia, online, multitask, random access, color graphics, video, audio, visual literacy world.
In other words, we cannot foster street smarts in our students who are school smart unless we ask the powerful and relevant questions around our assumptions of what schools currently are and what they need to be.
I couldn’t find a definition anywhere on the web of what networked literacy is or looks like, but I think it’s a literacy that we in the blogosphere talk about a lot. Networked literacy is what the web is about. It’s about understanding how people and communication networks work. It’s the understanding of how to find information and how to be found. It’s about how to read hyperlinked text articles, and understand the connections that are made when you become “friends” or “follow” someone on a network. It’s the understanding of how to stay safe and how to use the networked knowledge that is the World Wide Web. Networked Literacy is about understanding connections.
Photo illustration credit: James Porto for New York Magazine. This article in New York Magazine about President Obama's media strategy is a must read for any brand or individual that aspires to influence in the Age of the Stream. It speaks reams about how our media, culture and PR are all coping with the age of streams - starting at the top with the President of the United States.
Forvo - Hear Words Pronounced by Native Speakers -- from Free Technology for Teachers Forvo can best be described as an audio wiki for word pronunciations. One of the problems with learning to speak a language that is not phonetic is trying to figure out how to pronounce the words. Forvo hosts hundreds of recordings of word pronunciations by native speakers. Currently there are nearly 200 languages supported on Forvo. Along with word pronunciations, Forvo provides some basic demographic information about each language. Forvo's content is user supported and user generated so new pronunciations are added every day.
21 Must-Read RSS Feeds -- from Free Technology for Teachers Last week after my post about the Free Technology for Teachers FriendFeed room, I received a couple of comments and emails asking me if I would post a list of some of my favorite websites. Here are my 21 must-read RSS feeds. These are the RSS feeds I check first whenever I've been away from my computer for more than twenty-four hours.
These lists are arranged alphabetically only because my RSS reader is also arranged alphabetically.
Psalm 119:160-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”
The Truth About Teaching and Learning-- from Edutopia.org by Ben Johnson The truths about teaching and learning are that one size never fits all, and surefire works only some of the time.
I believe this is a true statement. Thus, it seems to me that we will migrate more towards the use of customized learning solutions. These types of solutions will go by different names, such as Personalized Learning Environments (PLE's), Electronic Personal Tutors (EPT's), 1:1 Computing, Individualized Instruction,
Intelligent Tutoring Systems,
Intelligent Web Teacher, Individualized Learning Systems,
Learning Companion Systems,
Lifelong Learning Companions,
1:1 Technology Enhanced Learning, Adaptive (Educational) Hypermedia, Learning Design Technologies, Adaptive Hypermedia Generators, Adaptive Systems, Learning Agents, Learning Bots,
Intelligent Agents, Harvesting Bots,
Data Miners/ Data Mining,
Artificial Intelligence, and more. Whew! Also see:
U.C. Berkeley plans open source software for lecture distribution-- link from Ray Schroeder with article by Steven Brown The University of California, Berkeley, plans to set up an open source software project for widespread distribution of automatically made video and audio recordings of lectures and other events on campus.
Cal was the first university to put full-length videos of its lectures on YouTube in 2007. Audio podcasts of many of the school’s lectures, like Marian Diamond’s hugely popular introduction to human anatomy, have been available online for years.
The university has already spent $220,000 this year on this project, named “Opencast Matterhorn.” Now grants totaling $1.5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon and William and Flora Hewlett foundations will cover that expense and pay for further development of the system.
"It will simply be:
Here's the curriculum you have to go through in order to achieve that degree," Haring said.
"So it removes that, 'They're your students for a while, and then they become our students.' Well, they're the collective 'our' students from the beginning.
Sounds good: Quicker, better assessment using audio feedback-- from JISC by Kerry Down Download the full report. Building on very small-scale work using MP3 files for summative feedback on one programme, this project widened the focus to both formative and summative feedback in various disciplines at different educational levels. The experimentation included delivering digital sound files containing feedback to students via a virtual learning environment, email and mobile devices such as widely-available MP3 players.
Reflect 2.0: Digital storytelling to develop reflective learning with next generation technologies & practice-- from JISC The overall aim of the project was to pilot the use of Next Generation Technologies to enable students to collect and present multimedia artefacts to facilitate reflective learning. Four case studies were performed across a range of disciplines. A variety of Next Generation Technologies were used to obtain digital multimedia artefacts to facilitate reflective learning. Two studies evaluated the approach with first year undergraduate students: Medicine and Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. Two studies evaluated the approach with postgraduate students: ICT in Education at the University of Leeds and Dietetics at Leeds Metropolitan University. Download the full report.
Teaching Once, Engaging Many with Distance Learning at BVIU -- from The Journal by Denise Harrison Few counties can afford to hire full-time teachers at every school for every subject, and it is especially challenging in a region dependent on the declining steel industry. That is what Beaver County in Pennsylvania faced when trying to deliver consistent education across the 15 school districts serving 24,000 students. The Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit (BVIU) is the regional service agency charged with that challenge. Thus was born the Regional Choice Initiative.
7 Textbook Publishers Move to Electronic Format -- from CampusTechnology.com by Dan Thompson "These partnerships will help us expand the range of core textbook offerings and move forward in our mission of enabling every college student to find their assigned textbooks as eTextbooks," said Sean Devine, CEO of CourseSmart, in a prepared statement. "We will continue to partner with large and small publishers to ensure we meet faculty and student demand for eTextbook versions of the core textbooks that are essential to their teaching and learning success."
Vanderbilt Makes iTunes U App Available on Blackboard Extensions Platform-- from CampusTechnology.com by Dian Schaffhauser Vanderbilt University Library in Nashville, TN will make its integration for Apple's iTunes U application available to the Blackboard client community, providing a popular tool to other institutions looking to support the use of multimedia content in courses. The integration enables faculty and students to access audio, video, and other multimedia content from iTunes U within their existing courses and with their existing logins through the Blackboard Learn platform.
"We found that an increasing number of faculty wanted to use multimedia in their classes--everything from capturing lectures to developing and sharing multimedia presentations for students," said Cindy Franco, online access to knowledge manager at Vanderbilt. "We looked at a number of solutions but they all had limitations. Working with iTunes U gave us an efficient way to share content within our existing system and tied to our courses so faculty and students can use it easily."
I absolutely agree here, and it's why the phone makers are scrambling to catch up to Apple and RIM (and now Google). This is why everyone must scan the horizon to see what's coming down the pike. If you don't, you lose.
Cloud Computing: “Be Prepared” - Bernard Golden, EDUCAUSE Review-- link/quote from Ray Schroeder With so much interest, one might be tempted to dismiss cloud computing as a fad. But is it?
Most of those in the computer industry don't think so. IBM, Microsoft, VMware, Sun Microsystems, and a host of others are poised to invest literally tens of billions of dollars in cloud computing. If this is a fad, it is unprecedented in the amount of money and the number of leading vendors involved. So, what exactly is cloud computing? Although it seems that every vendor (and indeed, every person) has a definition of cloud computing, I like the one proffered by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at the University of California, Berkeley, in "Above the Clouds."
Taking Notes Beyond the Classroom -- from InsideHigherEd.com Influx of note sharing Web sites that allow students to upload and download class notes has raised questions, but also helped to increase access to higher education. (From DSC: Interesting quotes/vision below)
Magliozzi envisions that as technology develops, integrating note taking across the classroom will become easier and easier. He is working to come up with a system -- propelled by collaboration technologies like the forthcoming Google Wave -- that will allow students to produce one set of "ubernotes," instead of multiple sets of mediocre notes. With technology that allows a document to be constantly updated on multiple computers, one student can write down what the professor is saying while another can go through and correct errors. A third student can follow up and create diagrams within the notes while another can find links and images to add in. All of this can be supplemented by audio and video recordings of the lecture so that by the end, a couple of students have created a detailed copy of the material imparted that can be shared with the rest of the class and world with the click of a button.
Meanwhile, the rest of the students in the lecture can focus on digesting and applying the material, rather than simply copying it down. Note taking would be supplemented with chatroom-like forums throughout the class where students can ask questions that other students can vote to agree with if they also don't understand that material. Questions would eventually get answered by the professor or teaching assistant. In such a way, professors "get real time information on how well they are conveying the information."
Computer Science Courses on the Decline-- from The Journal by David Nagel Computer science is on the decline in American high schools. According to new research from the Computer Science Teachers Association, not only have the number of students enrolled in computer science has dropped significantly in the last four years and so have the number of AP computer science courses offered at high schools.
Dog...just when we need folks to be going into Computer Science (and related fields) the most it seems to me...
a response to the challenges schools face in the task of preparing children for a future characterised by rapid social, technological and cultural change
a distinctive approach to teaching and learning that takes seriously the knowledge, ideas, interests and skills that students bring into schools
a set of principles to underpin relationships between adults and children in schools and classrooms, which see children taking increasing responsibility for determining the content and purpose of their learning
a set of print and digital tools to support teachers and school leaders to implement, adapt and explore Enquiring Minds approaches
a three-year programme of research testing these approaches, principles and resources in UK schools.
Jeremiah 33:2-3-- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it—the LORD is his name: 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Recent links from the Digital Studio Staff:
ColorSchemeDesigner.com -- from Caleb Kuntz
This is simply a very complex web tool for creating colour schemes. It’s simple to use, but contains many, many options, including systems for showing how each colour scheme appears for people with different colour-blindness. A very useful tool!
Middlespot.com-- from Steven Chevalia
Middlespot is in a new family of search engines which let you browse by images of sites rather than a list of links, which can lead anywhere. Middlespot displays a small blurb about the website whose image you are viewing in order to give you both a visual indication of what the website is like along with text that explains what the website’s function is.
InternetTrafficReport.com/-- from Caleb Kuntz The Internet Traffic Report is a tool useful for webdesigners as well as just websurfers. It shows charts and maps of ISPs and their current stability, as well as regional stability of the internet at any given time. It’s useful for seeing if a certain ISP is down or if certain websites are down.
I received my Google Voice Invite and You Should Too! -- from the Innovative Educator
Google Voice gives you one phone number that is tied to you. Not a particular phone or location. Additionally, you can chose to have that phone number ring any phone you’d like. As a result, you can pick just one phone to take with you and all your phones will ring into it. Users never again need to carry multiple phones or swap phones. While that alone is a reason to use Google Voice, there are many other reasons.
The biggest impetus for my getting Google Voice was that I learned that it converts all your voicemails to text and sends your phone a message with the converted voicemail to text. How fabulous is that?!?!!! Never again do you need to transcribe a message, or sort through 4 voicemails to get to the one you were trying to listen to. But wait, there’s more! Google voice allows you to let a call go to voicemail and allows you to ListenInTM on your voicemail messages while they are being left. If you decide to take the call, you can connect to the call by pressing “*.” Google Voice also provides conference calling.
Game and Learn: An Introduction to Educational Gaming-- from
Ruben Puentedura Videogames are becoming a progressively more important component of teaching today: they can provide learners with rich worlds and complex narratives that both enhance and transform their educational experience in previously unexplored ways. Because of this, I'm pleased to announce that, as part of a joint research project between the MLTI and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, I have created a 14-part podcast series on videogames in education. This mini-course, available now in its entirety from iTunes U, provides educators with the knowledge needed to successfully use educational gaming in their classroom. I'll be supplementing this podcast series with ongoing posts and discussions, and more materials will be announced in the coming months — stay tuned.
Duarte Design: Creative Inspirations-- from Lynda.com and Nancy Duarte Duarte Design is on a mission to change the world, one PowerPoint presentation at a time. Nancy and Mark Duarte, the wife-and-husband team behind Al Gore's famous slideshow about global warming, have built a thriving business out of creating high-impact PowerPoint and Keynote presentations. Their company has become the go-to presentation resource for some of high technology's most visible companies, such as Adobe, Cisco, and HP. But Nancy will be the first to tell you that it's not the technology that matters most, but rather the story. This installment of Creative Inspirations tells the story of how this power duo elevated lowly PowerPoint presentations to arguably the most compelling form of modern media.
Monroe College Sued by Unemployed Grad--
from Education-Portal Blog Monroe College is being sued by a recent graduate who has been unable to get a job since earning her degree. The displeased grad demanded last week that the Bronx school refund her $70,000 tuition. A spokesperson for Monroe College rejected the claim and said the lawsuit is without merit.
from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.”
Getting Out of Grading-- from InsideHigherEd.com "I loved returning to teaching last year after several years in administration ... except for the grading," she wrote on her blog. "I can't think of a more meaningless, superficial, cynical way to evaluate learning than by assigning a grade. It turns learning (which should be a deep pleasure, setting up for a lifetime of curiosity) into a crass competition: how do I snag the highest grade for the least amount of work? how do I give the prof what she wants so I can get the A that I need for med school? That's the opposite of learning and curiosity, the opposite of everything I believe as a teacher, and is, quite frankly, a waste of my time and the students' time. There has to be a better way...."
Dubbed "Opencast Matterhorn" and funded with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon and William and Flora Hewlett foundations totaling $1.5 million, the project will bring together programmers and educational technology experts from an international consortium of higher education institutions, including ETH Zürich in Switzerland, University of Osnabrück in Germany, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and Canada's University of Saskatchewan.
The remaining $500 million would go towards creating an “online, open-source clearinghouse of courses” that would be available free to anyone with Internet access. The theory is that schools could add more classes without having to add more classrooms. Although this portion of the plan has the smallest allocation of funds, it would be a major boost to online education as a whole and in particular to advocates of open-source learning and e-textbooks.
One-to-one learning provides every student and teacher access to his or her own personal portable technology in a wireless environment allowing students to learn at their own pace and ability levels. The concept has rapidly gained momentum, worldwide, as a key to transforming education and better preparing students to succeed in a global marketplace. In the one-to-one classroom, students’ access to personal technology and the Internet enables them to be self-directed and receive highly personalized instruction. Teachers can create Individualized Education Plans for each child, addressing his or her unique needs. Students use their personal devices to do research, homework, problem-solve, team projects, email and academic coursework. At the same time, they gain valuable 21st century skills that will be beneficial throughout their lives and careers.
Top 29 Free UX Tools and Extensions-- from UX Booth Ever wonder how usable your site appears to someone with a disability, slower connection, or different setup? This list of tools highlights some of the most useful tools and extensions for making your website more usable.
Over the past
two months, I have been visiting with leaders of small, liberal arts colleges and listening to the
challenges that they face. NITLE’s 138 participating institutions want to use the latest
technologies to engage their students and faculty; however, they face significant financial and
human resource challenges in doing so. They know that technology has become an essential part
of their educational experience inside and outside the classroom, but they struggle with what that
"Scholarly communication is no longer an
arduous process of typesetting but can be a fully automated system like Connexions, which I had the privilege of leading at Rice University. The Connexions
platform supports everything from open (free) textbooks to university presses."
Items from Learning Trends by Elliott Masie
CNN to Host Video Action Lab at Learning 2009!We are honored to have CNN host a special "Video Action Lab" at Learning 2009. To demonstrate the ability of rapidly utilizing "User Video" for learning and support - we will provide cameras and coaching to a group of participants at Learning 2009. Over several days, led by Ben Coyte, CNN's Newsgathering Training Supervisor, they will hone their skills as they shoot and edit targeted video clips that could be used in their organizations. Yes, video can be quick, simple, low cost and effective! In addition, we will deeply explore the changing expectations of learners for the use of video in their learning process. Updates for Learning 2009 can be found at: http://www.learning2009.com
"Platforms for Collaboration" - Innovation Article. Here is an article that focuses on three types of Collaboration Platforms: Exploration, Experimentation and Execution. As organizations leverage collaboration, how do their objectives shape the format and style of the process. Written by By Satish Nambisan, from RPI, for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, it will worth a read.
Jitterey Economy, Relatively Low Cost Cited For Boom In Online Higher Education-- from Hartford Courant “While the troubled economy may be bad news for GM dealers or people selling their houses, it’s creating a greater demand for online college courses. Enrollment is growing steadily, especially among older, working students. “The courses offer them a way to gain additional skills that could provide insurance if they get laid off or give them better credentials in the job market. “‘Students are fearful of losing their jobs and want stronger skills,’ said Shirley Adams, provost of Charter Oak State College in New Britain, where enrollment in online courses has soared in the past few years. ‘They may have been working in a field for many years, but a lot of times, employers are looking for that degree.’ “Charter Oak offers 200 online courses, and about 70 percent of its students take at least one online course, up from 40 percent five years ago, Adams said.” Click here to read the full article.
I would add one more option here -- create a series of web pages using Dreamweaver with the CourseBuilder Extension that provides appropriate navigation; the user can self-pace through it, but such a module can contain graphics, animations, video, audio, etc.
On 7/31 Clive added 3 more options:
Prezi > video. Strictly, of course, a Prezi document is not a slide show at all, but the purpose is the same - as speaker support. Patrick Dunn has shown how this can be done with his excellent piece on creating engaging elearning, displayed as a series of four videos on blip.tv.
Live > video. So obvious it never occured to me. You video a presentation live and that's it. Thanks Jez for reminding me and pointing to some of your favourite examples at InfoQ.
PowerPoint + video > synchronised delivery. Alan Levine pointed me to Zentation, a free tool that displays a video of the presenter alongside the slides. He also put me right about the fact that you can synchronise audio using SlideShare and points to this example. Alan's also written on the difference between live and stand-alone delivery - see The Presentation File != The Presentation.
The "Shift Index" -- from Innovate-Ideagora by Steve Knode Because so many firms view technology as simply a cost center and something they must have to maintain the current business approach, opportunities to leverage technology to totally improve business processes by radically revising them is lost. Evidence of the lost opportunities is now being quantified by something called the 'Shift Index'. I think this document lays out in an excellent manner what has happened and the implications of what needs to be done. The evidence and metrics in this document are extremely persuasive and enlightening.
Developments in business profitability over the last forty years are stunning. Here are just some of the findings:
The gap in Return On Assets (ROA) performance between winners and losers has increased over time. However, winners are barely maintaining their returns, while losers have taken a tremendous tumble.
The "topple rate" at which industry leaders lose their leadership positions has more than doubled, suggesting that winners are precariously placed at best.
Customers are gaining power rapidly, increasing customer disloyalty
U.S. competitive intensity has more than doubled for forty years.
The exponentially advancing price/performance capability of computing, storage, and bandwidth is driving an adoption rate that is two to five times faster than previous adoption cycle rates.
The state of Michigan is moving toward computer-based testing for teacher certification for the first time.
Michigan has awarded Pearson a five-year contract to continue managing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) program. The contract will take effect in October.
According to Pearson, the latest contract calls for computer-based testing for the first time in the history of the program. The move is designed to help expand opportunities for teachers to become certified, accordint to Flora Jenkins, director of the Michigan Department of Education Office of Professional Preparation Services.
“In Michigan, we recognize that putting knowledgeable, prepared educators in our schools’ classrooms and in leadership positions in our school districts is critical to preparing our state’s students for 21st century success,” Jenkins said in a statement released this week. “Through our continued collaboration with Pearson and the development of computer-based tests, we are increasing certification examination opportunities for candidates.”
Leaders from education and government aspire to improve their institutions' outcomes and value to society. They strive to meet rising
expectations from students, communities and business with limited
and increasingly constrained resources. Signposts for the future signal
significant changes to all segments of education as well as to their
funders. These five signposts – technology immersion, personalized
learning paths, knowledge skills, global integration, and economic
alignment – are rapidly converging to produce a new and
transformative paradigm that we call the “educational continuum”. This
continuum will further dissolve the traditional boundaries between
academic segments, education providers, and economic development
initiatives to create a single view of learning, skills development, and
workforce training. The educational continuum creates a smarter way
of achieving national objectives.
Creativity through collaboration-- from Apple.com When architect Dan Meis decided to give every employee in his office iPhone, he noticed an immediate difference.
Taking Cues from K-12-- from MPB Reflections (21st century teaching & learning) by Michelle Pacansky-Brock This is an example of a collaborative, active learning activity in which students created content using VoiceThread to learn about the experiences of Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in internment camps following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The video below introduces you to the process of learning as an active, collaborative and interdisciplinary process, engaging young minds with older generations of individuals who really lived through the experiences of a war torn country divided by feelings of racial segregation. In the end, students learn and the world is enriched through their own contribution -- a VoiceThread available online. My hope here is that colleges and universities will see the potential for integrating this model of pedagogy into learning in our own classrooms (virtual or not). These are our students of tomorrow.
Microsoft, Yahoo! Change Search Landscape-- from Microsoft.com SUNNYVALE, Calif. and REDMOND, Wash. — 29 July, 2009 — Yahoo! and Microsoft announced an agreement that will improve the Web search experience for users and advertisers, and deliver sustained innovation to the industry. In simple terms, Microsoft will now power Yahoo! search while Yahoo! will become the exclusive worldwide relationship sales force for both companies’ premium search advertisers.
The U.S. must improve its educational standing in the world by rewarding effective teaching and by developing better, universal measures of performance for students and teachers, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said on July 21. Speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures' annual legislative summit, Gates told hundreds of lawmakers how federal stimulus money should be used to spark educational innovation, spread best practices, and improve accountability. Gates, 51, talked of the importance of improving the quality, quantity, and searchability of online lectures, which he noted his own children have used.
Lest you still think social networking on the Web is a waste of your
time, here is an opportunity to deploy the real world-changing tools of
the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Skype.
Among the projects established by World Mind Network members are a
forum for improving science education co-moderated by Nobel laureate
Peter Doherty (1996, Physiology or Medicine) and an interactive blog on
the world economic crisis co-hosted by another Nobelist, Edmund Phelps
Music and literature also offer ripe opportunities for social
networking on the site, including poetry challenges to fit the 140-
character limitations of Twitter (though I confess I thought I'd never
see a tweet as lovely as a tree.)
"We're not against those things. We do them sometimes. But we have also discovered that the capacity of these tools to build community, to do research, to enlighten, educate, and inform, and to effect humanitarian aid is almost unexplored."
Copyright, Fair Use, and Teaching and Learning Innovation in a Web 2.0 World -- from Educause This ECAR research bulletin reviews some of the basic tenets of copyright in the digital millennium. Specifically, it discusses the ways in which copyright law, fair use provisions, and the TEACH Act interact with today’s teaching and learning, especially the use of Web 2.0 tools by both faculty members and students. Citation for this work: Diaz, Veronica, Tracy Mitrano, and Kathy Christoph. “Copyright, Fair Use, and Teaching and Learning Innovation in a Web 2.0 World” (Research Bulletin, Issue 15). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, 2009, available from http://www.educause.edu/ecar.
Raptivity Visual enables language interactivity-- from elearnity Harbinger Knowledge Products announced the release of Raptivity Visual. Raptivity Visual includes a selection of instructionally-sound, primarily-visual interaction models that are ideal for users who wish to create interactions in international languages. Raptivity Visual provides users the ability to create visually appealing, instructionally sound and meaningful interactivity for eLearning, without any programming. Users can select interaction models that best meet their needs from a selection of interactions.
DPS’s enrollment — which largely determines its allotment of state funding — is about half what it was in 2001, as suburban districts and charter schools have siphoned off tens of thousands of students. By this fall, DPS will have 172 schools open and more than 100 vacant. Meanwhile, the high-school-graduation rate is 58%; coupled with the enrollment losses, only about one-quarter of students who start high school in the district graduate from it in four years, according to outside estimates.
Layoffs prompt teachers to move online -- from CampusTechnology.com by Laura Devaney
Virtual schools are seeing a dramatic rise in job applications as state officials cut education budgets to battle declining tax revenues In what could be a result of widespread teacher layoffs, some virtual schools and online learning providers are reporting huge increases in teaching applications for the coming school year. "We have seen at least a 50-percent increase in the number of applications we've received versus this time last year," said Annie Middlestadt, senior director of human resources for Connections Academy, an operator of virtual K-12 public charter schools. "In the states where we operate schools, the number of phone calls and eMails we're receiving from applicants coming from brick-and-mortar schools has increased," she added.
Make no mistake about it...we are in a game-changing environment.
SU Presents David Orban and “The Internet Of Things”-- from Singularity University by Bruce Klein What happens when we move from billions of mobile phones around us, to networks made of ten, one hundred or one thousand times more nodes? What are going to be the necessary features of these networks, which will constitute the Internet Of Things? How can we think about, and must start planning for the nature of this new fundamental entity quickly emerging?
Join us as David Orban is going to analyze these and other questions that we cannot ignore, if we want to understand the progression of the networked computing environment that surrounds our daily lives.
David’s lecture is going to be followed by an interactive Spime Design Workshop. In this highly acclaimed brainstorming format, the students of Singularity University, and participating volunteers from the public apply the concepts described. Using values in the parameter space given during the lecture, the groups give focus, and form to their ideas, which will be then presented in a quick, and succinct format to the audience.
Very interesting format here...a lecture followed by students brainstorming/interacting with interested public parties...
"Social interaction is key to everything," Sejnowski says. "The technology to merge the social with the instructional is out there, but it hasn't been brought to bear on the classroom to create a personalized, individualized environment for each student." He foresees a time when these social robots may offer personalized pedagogy tailored to the needs of each child and help track the student's mastery of curriculum. "By developing a very sophisticated computational model of a child's mind we can help improve that child's performance."
Romans 1: 17 --
from Bible Gateway For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."
from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
YouSendIt.com-- from William Overbeeke in the T&L Digital Studio “Send files to anyone with advanced options like password protection and certified delivery. Receive files as large as 2GB each with a customized Dropbox complete with your branding. Advanced file delivery tracking so you know who has downloaded each file and when.”
Disruptive Learning Technologies-- from Elliot Masie and Tony O'Driscoll "One of our most popular keynoters from last year's Learning conference was Tony O'Driscoll. Tony is on the faculty at Duke University and is a great thinker on the "Disruptive" (eg. Good and Bad) nature of technologies for learning. He has been exploring the impact of 3D, Virtual and other Social Media. We are pleased to announce that Tony will be featured in creative 'blended/virtual' keynote segment at Learning 2009. Tony and I will explore the reality, hype and organizational implications for a range of Disruptive Learning Technologies."
Discovery Launches Service To Embed Digital Media into Curriculum-- from The Journal by Scott Aronowitz Digital media--streaming video, interactive presentations, photo slideshows, audio programs--are today a common component of many educational curricula. Now Discovery Education has launched a service it hopes will be the logical next step: working with school districts to integrate digital content directly into lesson plans and day-to-day instruction.
Videoconferencing Engages Students in Mobile County Public Schools-- from The Journal by Denise Harrison As with many school districts, the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) in Alabama had challenges delivering consistent education to many and varied schools across a large area. Mobile is one of the largest in the country, however, with more than 100 schools across 1,644 square miles, which made it difficult to find an efficient solution.
Het Gesprek (Dutch for “The Conversation” or “The Discussion”)-- from William Overbeeke in the T&L Digital Studio ...is a 24/7 online broadcast of a Dutch cable news channel, including many unique talk shows where Dutch artists, authors, celebrities, politicians, and a wide variety of others are interviewed.
Interrogating media-- from George Siemens When seeking to understand media, gurus/experts like to use questions as guides. Two of the more provocative media thinkers - Postman and McLuhan offer the following to interrogate media (and technology):
User experiences in mobile social media creation and collaboration
Specific roles for video in mobile learning and working
Theories and applications for modeling collaboration in mobile environments
Emerging mobile video development platforms and user interfaces
Context-aware learning environments and mobile social media applications
Open educational resources for WMUTE
Mobile video story-telling and communities
Human-computer interaction aspects of technology-enriched classrooms
Mobile and ubiquitous computing support for collaborative learning
Mobile Web 2.0 applications for learning and teaching
Learning scenarios with wireless sensor networks
Small-screen interface design
Mobile collaborative learning systems
Implementation of learning models exploiting one-to-one technology
New devices for learning and instruction
Game-based learning with ubiquitous and one-to-one technologies
Adaptive and adaptable learning environments using mobile and ubiquitous devices
Agent support for ubiquitous learning and one-to-one classroom settings
Architectures and infrastructures for one-to-one classroom settings
Methods of interaction analysis in mobile and ubiquitous learning scenarios
Evaluation and evaluation methodologies for WMUTE
Academic Earth...Awesome and question-raising.... -- from e-Clippings (Learning As Art) So I am just wondering; does this raise deeper questions about the value of a university education? Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE universities, I love campuses and student unions and libraries and so on...some of my fav places in the world really - BUT - do we need to be a bit more honest about why students are paying to go there when all of this content/interaction is available? I mean if we extrapolate and see a day when all of a college's content is online like this...what the are you paying for with tuition? Student-to-student interaction? Teacher-to-student interaction? That's a shift isn't it? Then we're selling interactions and not content...and we can now engineer interactions in a whole myriad of ways...
The above quote represents why I say that institutions of higher education are vulnerable and must work to keep themselves from becoming a commodity. Students will continue to gain more power and control, which is a good thing in my mind; they will have more choice. But that means that each institution of higher education that continues to exists must have a solid reason for being...how are you going to differentiate yourself?
...I am increasingly amazed by the ease with which participatory technology allows university faculty members to go two-for-one in the reach and impact of their efforts in teaching.
In 2004 I began asking my students to post their homework on their personal, publicly accessible blogs. (Students who didn’t have a blog before taking a class from me signed up for a blog as one of their first assignments.) By changing their homework assignments from disposable, private conversations between them and me (the way printed or e-mailed assignments work in students’ minds) into public, online statements that became part of a continuing conversation, we realized very real benefits.
The very first semester I began asking students to share their homework this way, a popular e-learning newsletter found and liked one of my students’ essays and pointed its readers to the student’s blog. When the visits and comments from professionals around the world started coming in, students realized that the papers they were writing weren’t just throw-away pieces for class – they were read and discussed by their future peers out in the world. The result was a teacher’s dream — the students’ writing became a little longer, a little more thoughtful, and a little more representative of their actual intellectual abilities. And this benefit came by simply asking students to submit their homework through a different channel. They were already going to write and