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E-learning quality assurance standards, organizations and research

I am surprised how often academic colleagues argue that there are no quality standards for e-learning. Well, hello, I’m sorry, but there are and some of them are damned good. However, I was surprised to find while doing some research for a client that there is no single source where one can go to compare different quality standards for e-learning. So I’m starting a list here, and would appreciate it if readers could direct me to ones that I may have missed. (For more detailed information on some of these, see comments below). Canada Barker, K. (2002) Canadian Recommended E-learning Guidelines (CanREGs) Vancouver BC: FuturEd/CACE (also available in French) Barker, K. (2001) Creating quality guidelines for online education and training: consultation workbook Vancouver BC: Canadian Association for Community Education BC Ministry of Education (2010) Standards for K-12 Distributed Learning in British Columbia v3.0 Victoria BC: BC Ministry of Education Europe Sweden New Zealand Marshall, S. (2006). Related:  Learning & teaching for academic librarians

How To Increase Learning Transfer SumoMe When you are about to get surgery or your airplane is preparing for take off, don’t you desperately hope the surgeon or pilot had training that transfers to the real world? With that same passion, we should try to ensure the training we design and develop is transferable to the workplace or to authentic life situations. Learning transfer refers to acquiring knowledge or skills in one context that enhances a person’s performance in another context. According to educational researchers, a person must be sufficiently engaged in a learning experience in order to correct, modify and refine his or her existing knowledge structures to promote transfer of learning. 1. Reflection strategies encourage people to expand on what they are learning and to identify where they have deficiencies in order to correct them. To implement this approach, instruct learners to study in a meaningful way so they monitor their comprehension of the content. 2. 3. 4. 5. Conclusion References: Colin, Kaija.

Assessments Marcia Conner Assessments I developed the following assessments for various books and organizations. Many were originally published in Learn More Now (Wiley, 2004), which also contains assessments on observation and collaboration styles. Learning Styles Assessment This easy to use inventory can help you assess your own approach to learning and how you take in information. Motivation Styles Assessment This straightforward assessment can help you determine what drives you to action and what’s the reason behind why you want to learn. Direction Style Assessment This short checklist can help you identify if you prefer to learn from the big-picture or in a more detailed way. Engagement Style Assessment This simple quiz can help you determine how you prefer to engage with others when you learn. From Creating a Learning Culture: Strategy, Technology, and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2004) I developed this assessment for the Online University Consortium photo credit: Joan M.Mas, Communication

Learning Styles - Learning skills from MindTools.com Have you ever tried to learn something fairly simple, yet failed to grasp the key ideas? Or tried to teach people and found that some were overwhelmed or confused by something quite basic? If so, you may have experienced a clash of learning styles: your learning preferences and those of your instructor or audience may not have been aligned. Once you know your own natural learning preference, you can work on expanding the way you learn, so that you can learn in other ways, not just in your preferred style. By understanding learning styles, you can learn to create an environment in which everyone can learn from you, not just those who use your preferred style. Click here to view a transcript of this video. What's Your Learning Style? One of the most widely used models of learning styles is The Index of Learning Styles™ developed by Dr Richard Felder and Barbara Soloman in the late 1980s, and based on a learning styles model developed by Dr Felder and Linda Silverman. Get the Free Newsletter

Train the Trainer Training Exercises & Resources | Skills Converged You are an expert in your field. The management is very impressed with your skills and wants you to share it with others. You have been asked to give a talk to your fellow colleagues or anyone else in the company who is interested in the subject. The day of the presentation comes. The speaker before you has now finished and it is your turn to present. There is also a voice in your head that constantly says, “don’t screw this up, don’t mess this up, you have got only one chance…” Two minutes into the presentation, you suddenly feel you cannot remember what you need to say next. You chocked…

10 Specific Examples Of Emerging Educational Technologies For over a decade, the New Media Consortium (NMC) has been charting the landscape of emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry on a global scale. The NMC’s advisory board includes 750 technology experts and faculty members from colleges and universities in 40 countries, and is supported by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The NMC’s latest research efforts, the NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition and the NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition, were released this spring, and together highlight ten emerging technologies that will impact education over the course of the next five years: cloud computing, mobile learning, learning analytics, open content, 3D printing, MOOCs, virtual and remote laboratories, games and gamification, tablet computing, and wearable technology. As an educator, you have probably heard about many of these technologies, if not all of them. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Blended Librarian NMC Horizon Report The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 13th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges, and detailed in succinct, non-technical, and unbiased presentations. Each has been tied to essential questions of relevance, policy, leadership, and practice. NEW: Download the 2016 NMC Horizon Report app for iPad and Android tablets.

Online Learning | Association of College & Research Libraries Learn more about webcasts and online courses offered as part of ACRL's e-Learning program, as well other learning events offered under the ACRL online learning umbrella. ACRL’s e-Learning program provides a unique opportunity to participate in professional development events that are focused on practical, tangible topics and issues. Check out our upcoming webcasts and online courses. ACRL Presents program offers free occasional webcasts on issues of broad interest and importance to the academic and research library community. ACRL Online Discussion Forums are offered by ACRL membership units on a wide variety of topics. The ACRL-Choice webinar program connects academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publishers, authors, and other experts to discuss timely and relevant topics pertinent to the library community at large. Frequent Learner Program Discover ACRL's Frequent Learner Program to stretch your professional development funds. Stay up-to-date

Learning to teach online | COFA Online Gateway Award Winning Pedagogical Support We are very pleased to announce that the Learning to Teach Online project has won major Australian and American awards! 2012 MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources – MERLOT Classics (USA)Faculty Development Editorial Board Award - Learning to Teach OnlineMcIntyre, S., Watson, K. 2011 Ascilite Innovation and Excellence AwardExemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education - Learning to Teach OnlineMcIntyre, S., Watson, K. What is the Learning to Teach Online Project? The Learning to Teach Online project is a free professional development resource designed to help teachers from any discipline, whether experienced in online teaching or not, to gain a working understanding of successful online teaching pedagogies that they can apply in their own unique teaching situations. Origins How Does the Project Work? Each episode comprises a video and an instructive PDF document. Watch the LTTO episodes now ->

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom. After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer it myself. "It's cute," she added. Um, I don't think she thought it was so cute. I think she was treading lightly on the ever-so shaky ego of a brand-new teacher while still giving me some very necessary feedback. So that day, I learned about wait/think time. Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions, and not only asking well-designed ones, but ones that will also lead students to questions of their own. Keeping It Simple I also learned over the years that asking straightforward, simply-worded questions can be just as effective as those intricate ones. #1. This question interrupts us from telling too much. #2. #3. #4. #5. How do you ask questions in your classroom?

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