Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 11th May 2015
Guide to the Best Homeschooling and Unschooling Resources
* Free online college courses can be found on many sites, with directories available at sites like MIT’s Open Coursework Consortium. Big players in the open-educational resources movement include Coursera and EdX, which offer MOOCs. FutureLearn is UK-based, with free online courses from UK and international universities. More information about these can be found in MindShift’s guide to free quality higher education, plusprevious collections of open educational sites and resources.
* iTunes University
* Audiobooks Free public-domain audiobooks, read by volunteers, can be found at librivox.org. (Print versions of public-domain books are available at Project Gutenberg.)
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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 10th March 2015
10 key takeaways about differences between classroom, blended, online and open learning
Tony Bates shares his thoughts on the difference
Chapter 10 of Tony Bates online open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age:
– See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2015/02/21/10-key-takeaways-about-differences-between-classroom-blended-online-and-open-learning/#sthash.MOymkn9F.dpuf
More on F2F, blended/hybrid and online learning in this blog:
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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 13th February 2015
Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition
Key Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption in Higher Education 6
Long-Term Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for five or more years
> Advancing Cultures of Change and Innovation 8
> Increasing Cross-Institution Collaboration 10
Mid-Term Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for three to five years
> Growing Focus on Measuring Learning 12
> Proliferation of Open Educational Resources 14
Short-Term Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for the next one to two years
> Increasing Use of Blended Learning 16
> Redesigning Learning Spaces 18
Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in Higher Education 20
Solvable Challenges: Those that we understand and know how to solve
> Blending Formal and Informal Learning 22
> Improving Digital Literacy 24
Difficult Challenges: Those we understand but for which solutions are elusive
> Personalizing Learning 26
> Teaching Complex Thinking 28
Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address
> Competing Models of Education 30
> Rewarding Teaching 32
Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Education 34
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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 24th October 2014
Of course, not all aspects of online course design require a team of specialists, a longer development time, and more funding. Some things can be done quickly, cheaply and by individuals with focused skill sets.
But technology can, when built with a deep understanding of how students learn, meet both of these needs. We can build online courses that provide students with hundreds of opportunities to test their knowledge. Using scientifically-based learning analytics, we can provide each learner with immediate, context-specific feedback. We can build software that constantly responds to each student’s cognitive and educational differences and serves up activities that address these differences.
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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 16th October 2014
Adobe Connect webinar: https://desire2learn.adobeconnect.com/_a707373752/p1sx4w2gfir/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal
1. Build personal knowledge base in web accessibility for each participant
2. Create Accessible images, diagrams and charts
3. same for audio and video
4. same for HMTL content
5. same for other formats (PDF, Word, PPT)
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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd October 2014
The role of communities of practice in a digital age
Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.
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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th September 2014
MIT recently released its final report on what the school’s future will look like, education-wise.
As with any disruptive technology, MOOCs have been viewed with enthusiasm in many quarters and skepticism in some. However, the underlying facts are inarguable: that the rising cost of education, combined with the transformative potential of online teaching and learning technologies, presents a long-term challenge that no university can afford to ignore.
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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 11th September 2014
The Four Stages of Moving from Traditional to Online Teaching
1. Sage on the Stage:
In this stage the teacher takes on traditional lecture-style teaching and hasn’t yet implemented any online or blended learning strategies.
2. Stranger in a Strange Land:
Next, the teacher becomes a Stranger in a Strange Land, as instruction moves to the computer, and the computer becomes the primary instructional tool. At this stage, the teacher is still unsure of how they fit in but is experimenting with and utilizing online tools to enhance instruction.
As the teacher continues to evolve, they enter the Resource stage, and while the computer is still the primary instructional tool, the teacher is comfortable being a resource, answering questions and re-teaching when asked.
4. Facilitator and Initiator of Interventions:
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