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European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning. Luis Roberto de Camargo Ribeiro [rcr.luis@gmail.com] Departamento de Metodologia de Ensino Marcia Rozenfeld Gomes de Oliveira [mroz@gmail.com] Centro de Educação a Distância Daniel Mill [mill@ufscar.br] Centro de Educação a Distância Universidade Federal de São Carlos [ Via Washington Luís, km 235, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP, Brazil Abstracts English This article examines distance education (DE) in the context to which is most frequently applied, i.e., higher education, and from the perspective of some of its most important actors, i.e., teachers.

European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning

This study, of a qualitative nature, was conducted at a public university in Brazil. Data were collected by means of unstructured interviews, observations, and a questionnaire with close- and open-ended questions. Portuguese Este artigo analisa a educação a distância (EaD) no contexto em que é mais freqüentemente utilizada, ou seja, o ensino superior e, a partir da perspectiva de alguns dos seus atores mais importantes, ou seja, professores. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning.

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European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning

Lalita Rajasingham [lalita.rajasingham@vuw.ac.nz] Associate Professor, Communications Studies School of Information Management Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand [ Abstract This paper explores some new challenges facing universities in a global multimediated Internet-based environment, as they seek alternative paradigms and options to remain true to their core business. At a time of rapid technological change, and contested, complex concepts associated with globalisation, knowledge is becoming a primary factor of production in a global economy. Universities face macro challenges of responding to the exponential demand for higher education, decreasing government funding, and the changing nature of knowledge, student expectations and global competition. Keywords: global curricula and local learning; teaching/learning/knowledge; the Internet; artificial intelligence (AI) systems List of topics Introduction Higher education: past discourse Higher education: current discourse.

Why Diigo Rocks for Educators! Recently, I was asked why do I use Diigo for my social bookmarking tool.

Why Diigo Rocks for Educators!

The more I thought about it the more I needed to write about all the great features Diigo is not just for regular ol' users but has some great features for educators too. First, what the heck is Social Bookmarking? Most people are familar with favorites or bookmarks in their browser. Basically, when you come across a website you want to make sure you come back to later or want to visit a lot, you bookmark it (or for you Internet Explorer users you favorite it). But there is a flaw.

All across the nation, school, teachers, students, libraries, and families... Experts have identified character education as the core, underlying ingredient... As a teacher, you can help your students learn to observe carefully, ask... The modifications they are ushering into the exam have been called "extensive"... Consider a digital approach to note-taking techniques. Enter Diigo. What Can You Do On Diigo? Tagging Pages Blog Posting. Teaching Virtual Teamwork.

Today's college graduates are entering a world where much of the most dynamic and important work will not be performed in a solitary office or around a physical conference table, but in virtual teams of individuals scattered around the globe.

Teaching Virtual Teamwork

This mode of work, once confined to high-level scientific research, is already the norm in many fields, and it is accelerating quickly in almost every area of human endeavor. Yet we do very little in our undergraduate curriculums to prepare students for this essential aspect of their future professional lives. Yes, we are incorporating technology into the classroom, and there are also an increasing number of higher education projects that encourage online cross-cultural dialogue. It is beyond obvious that our students live comfortably in the casual give-and-take of the online social media environment. These interactions, however, lack an important element: the conception, the development and the completion of tangible intellectual products. Teaching international students. November 7, 2011 By: Tracey Pritchard, EdD in Online Education The online learning platform is gaining popularity worldwide.

Teaching international students

Ambient Insight found that 12 million post-secondary students currently take online courses and this number is expected to explode to 22 million by 2014 (cited in Nagel, 2009). This research is exciting for those of us committed to teaching in the online environment, but also presents many challenges. One area of challenge I have personally experienced is the relational and learning aspects of teaching foreign students.

I had a similar situation with another student I had labeled as “high maintenance.” There is anonymity in the online environment and therefore, the onus is on the instructor to deliver course materials in a manner by which all students have the opportunity to succeed. Be slow to react and even slower in being offended by communications from students in your online courses. Tags: foreign students, international students Recent Trackbacks [...] Fluency, Curriculum, Development. Social Media's Slow Slog Into the Ivory Towers of Academia - Josh Sternberg - Technology. Underpinning a disdain for social media in higher education is the assumption that incoming students have an inherent aptitude for new technologies "If you took a soldier from a thousand years ago and put them on a battlefield, they'd be dead," Howard Rheingold, a professor teaching virtual community and social media at Stanford University, told me one morning via Skype.

Social Media's Slow Slog Into the Ivory Towers of Academia - Josh Sternberg - Technology

"If you took a doctor from a thousand years ago and put them in a modern surgical theater, they would have no idea what to do. Take a professor from a thousand years ago and put them in a modern classroom, they would know where to stand and what to do. " Terms like "digital native" and "digital immigrant" have been used by marketers as a way of differentiating generations. This tale is not new. But as social interactions and technologies mature, there has been a swing in the pendulum. Teaching Social Media Theory "As faculty, we're always trying to engage our students better," Smith-Robbins says. Image: Creative Commons. Syllabus Tutorial. The syllabus is a small place to start bringing students and faculty members back together...

Syllabus Tutorial

If students could be persuaded that we are really interested in their understanding the materials we offer, that we support their efforts to master it, and that we take their intellectual struggles seriously, they might respond by becoming involved in our courses, by trying to live up to our expectations, and by appreciating our concern. - Rubin, “Professors, Students, and the Syllabus,” Chronicle of Higher Education Your syllabus is one of THE most important documents you create for your class, serving as an agreement between you and your students. It conveys a first and lasting impression of you and the course you've designed. And it documents and shares your beliefs about teaching. Even very good syllabi have incomplete elements that could bear revision before you next teach the course. Your syllabus is a living, creative document.

How to Use the Tutorial Contact Us. A Holistic Approach for Establishing Social Presence in Online Courses & Programs. August 17, 2011 in Volume 1 HETL Note: We are happy to present this feature article by Dr.

A Holistic Approach for Establishing Social Presence in Online Courses & Programs

Baker and Dr. Edwards entitled “A Holistic Approach for Establishing Social Presence in Online Courses & Programs” which considers online learning environments from the dual perspective of instructional design and instructional support. Building on the theory of social presence and its application specifically to online media the authors identify and describe successful practices that may facilitate effective teaching and learning based on effective communication.

We invite authors across the academic community to contribute further to the topic with scholarly work discussing their experiences and approaches with social media and teaching and learning across settings, cultures, and geopolitical boundaries. Authors’ Bios: Dr. Dr. Patrick Blessinger and Krassie Petrova A Holistic Approach for Establishing Social Presence in Online Courses & Programs Credence T.

Tarleton State University, USA Abstract. Reflections on Inflections. Email Share August 19, 2011 - by Tom Vander Ark 0 Email Share Inflection point Inflection points reflect a change in the slope of a curve—a point of accelerated growth that, combined with linked events, marks the beginning of a different future.

Reflections on Inflections

The nonprofit consulting firm Bridgespan encourages its clients to build a theory of action based on assumptions behind projected growth curves and the potential sequence of events resulting from an intervention. Midway through 2011 we can look back on a few recently passed milestones and can predict a few learning innovation inflections just ahead. Learning anywhere. It started with search, then Wikipedia, and then open educational resources with Kahn Academy being the most publicized, new resource. Learning on the go. Access devices (tablets, netbooks) are so cheap, schools can’t afford not to shift from print to digital instructional materials. Blended universe. There will be three related inflection points in the next few years.

Flood of data. The Common Sense of the Fair-Use Doctrine - Commentary. By Patricia Aufderheide While checking final edits on their new book, two media-studies scholars are informed by their publisher that they must secure permission to use a magazine cover as an illustration of one of their assertions.

The Common Sense of the Fair-Use Doctrine - Commentary

Instead of dropping the graphic or making cold calls to the magazine, the scholars explain their fair-use rights under copyright—and the publisher's general counsel agrees. A researcher asks a librarian if the librarian can provide her with a clip from a major motion picture, relevant to the researcher's presentation at the annual meeting of her academic association. When the librarian demurs, the researcher explains her fair-use right to show the work. MIT's OpenCourseWare designers, who develop free online curriculum materials, are preparing a course on sound engineering. Those users and many others in academe were able to employ their rights because they learned them from their peers who had created codes of best practices in fair use. Mycorrhizal networks and learning. After reading Brian’s post about mycorrhizal networks I went digging around through some older papers and found this, an exploratory piece by my doc student Erin Brewer circa 2003.

(Erin was my co-author on the Online Self-Organizing Social Systems paper.) As we examined biological models (like self-organization) to explain what we saw happening in informal online learning communities, mycorrhizal networks caught our attention. I’d forgotten about the topic until recent discussions in the ed tech blogosphere brought it back to memory… Symbiosis and Learning Communities Individuals, groups, and communities all form symbiotic relationships for a wide variety of reasons but the underlying impetus is resource sharing. First, I will provide a general overview of the traditional taxonomy of symbiosis. An Overview of Symbiosis Parasitism – Plus-Minus: One Individual gains while another forfeits resources.

Parasitism There are a number of different ways of viewing parasitic relationships. On the Benefits of Lectures - Brainstorm. One of the axioms of progressivist education is that the lecture format is an inefficient and, potentially, alienating method of instruction. The “sage on the stage” has to pretend that all students have the same abilities and learning styles, and he or she has to package the material into a linear, factual presentation that keeps the students passive and disengaged from it. Create more problem-solving units, more collaborative projects, and more “ownership” for the students and learning will increase. That’s the progressivist theory, and it dominates pedagogy studies and training programs. Here’s a study from Education Next, however, that reverses the outcome. Guido Schwerdt, postdoc at Harvard University and researchers at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich, and Amelie Wupperman, postdoc at University of Mainz, analyzed data from the 2003 TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and were able to draw a significant conclusion.

Return to Top. Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning - Emerging Technologies for Learning. Destinations. The Wrath Against Khan: Why Some Educators Are Questioning Khan Academy. An Explainer Post There's an article in this month's Wired Magazine about Khan Academy.

The headline speaks volumes -- "How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education" -- as do the responses I've seen to the article. As usual, there's plenty of praise for Sal Khan and his one-man-educational-video-making machine. But there's also push-back from some quarters, particularly from educators who are highly skeptical of what Khan Academy delivers and what it stands for. That dichotomy says it all, right? Technology Replacing Teachers If one person can create 2400 educational videos and these videos can in turn be viewed by anyone with an Internet connection then why do we need teachers? While "technology will replace teachers" seems like a silly argument to make, one need only look at the state of most school budgets and know that something's got to give. The Bill Gates Connection "Retain qualified people. " What does all of this have to do with Sal Khan? Old Wine, New Bottles, Bad Pedagogy. Increase Your Productivity By Shortening Your Work Day.

Tech Learning TL Advisor Blog and Ed Tech Ticker Blogs from TL Blog Staff – TechLearning.com. 0 Comments June 12, 2011 By: Guest Blogger Jun 12 Written by: 6/12/2011 9:30 AM ShareThis Education blogger David Kapuler has created a free slideshow of 50 great sites for education, creativity, organization and more. Alert to All Users of the Disqus commenting system: Because of a recent global security issue, the Disqus website recommends that all users change their Disqus passwords.

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. Abstract As online course formats become an accepted long-term strategy in education, instructors who personalize their courses with humor can positively contribute to the students’ learning experiences. The purpose of this paper was to determine student perceptions of humor added to an online undergraduate production operations management course and how that humor influenced student engagement through participation in online discussion forums.

Results indicate a statistically significant difference (p = .000) between the two groups, where group 1 had little to no humor added to the course and group 2 had humor added. The addition of humor accounted for 33.76 percent of the effect. In addition, the results of student evaluations from the second group showed that humor positively enhanced the online learning environment.

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