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Posted by venessa miemis on Monday, December 21, 2009 · 42 Comments intelligence: n. the capacity to acquire and apply knowledge (this post is a group Twitter experiment – link to similar articles at bottom & share your own experience on Twitter with hashtag #MonTwit) I’ve been thinking a lot about how we can leverage the potential of social networks in order to learn, facilitate innovation and solve problems. I’ve been experimenting with Twitter heavily for the past few months, and would like to share a few basic insights into what I’m discovering. I started to tackle this a few weeks ago via a comment I posted on @briansolis ‘s blog, so I’ll just expand on the main questions I laid out there:
For those unfamiliar with the term, a learning style is a way in which an individual approaches learning. Many people understand material much better when it is presented in one format, for example a lab experiment, than when it is presented in another, like an audio presentation. Determining how you best learn and using materials that cater to this style can be a great way to make school and the entire process of acquiring new information easier and much more intuitive.
it’s not only students at online colleges for creative writing who need good writing skills. Solid writing skills open up career-boosting opportunities for professional writers and for those with aspirations beyond their basic job description. Journalists, fiction writers, scientists, teachers, business professionals, law students, and other professionals can all get ahead by inspiring and influencing others with their writing.
I recently set up the 140 University to demonstrate the power of Twitter and Facebook as tools to enable formal approaches to learning. Although they are recognised as personal learning tools, they are not necessarily seen as formal learning systems. The way the 140 University works is that you receive "classes" in the form of daily knowledge nuggets with links to supporting web resources (pages, videos etc) that provide further explanation and clarification - in tweets of less than 140 characters.
We all have technologies that are absolutely essential to our day-to-day lives. Here is a baker’s dozen of mine… Google Reader.
What if you could teach a college course without a classroom or a professor, and lose nothing? According to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, there’s no "what if" about it. Earlier in the decade, Carnegie Mellon set out to design software for independent learners taking courses through the university’s Open Learning Initiative, an effort to make courses freely available to non-enrolled learners. But rather than merely making course materials available to non-students, like MIT's famous OpenCourseware project, Carnegie Mellon wanted to design courses that would respond to the individual needs of each student . It currently has courses in 12 different subjects available on its Web site, mostly in math and science.
YouTube has a global audience, so if you want to reach as many people as possible, you'll have to make sure subtitles are available for your videos. You'll want closed captioning to reach the deaf and hard of hearing, too. Thankfully, that process has shifted from relatively easy to an absolute breeze in recent months. Here's how to make it happen. Once you've uploaded a video to your YouTube account, you have two options for generating subtitles for the video: You can use the CaptionTube web app that Google has created, or you can upload a transcript you make yourself and use Google's speech recognition technology to automatically assign the right times to each caption.
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The Office of Postsecondary Education sponsors several initiatives to promote the use of technology in higher education: The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education , stimulates innovation in education by distributing funds for curricular and pedagogical reform, dissemination of innovations, access to education, international education, assessment, and so forth. Although FISPE is not explicitly focused on digital resources, technology-based projects do fit its overall aims. The Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships (LAAP) provides funds for "asynchronous, innovative, scalable, and nationally significant distance education projects." The National Postsecondary Education Cooperative aims "to identify and communicate on-going and emerging issues germane to postsecondary education, and to promote the quality, comparability and utility of postsecondary data and information that support policy development, implementation, and evaluation."
There’s been much justifiable excitement about social media recently; are you on top of it? The recognition that learning is 80% informal suggests that we need to support natural connections between people who can help one another. And we can distribute that support between employees, partners, or customers.
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