3 Easy Methods to Create eLearning Videos Video is fast becoming one of the most popular eLearning formats. Thanks to the popularity of sites like Coursera, Khan Academy, and Lynda.com, online learners are demanding modern, video-based courses that work beautifully across computers, tablets, and smartphones. Recent data shows just how popular video is becoming: Edudemic reports that 67% of teachers believe video lessons are very effective at educating students. 46% of teachers said they have actually created at least one video lesson.A study conducted by Skilljar in 2013 revealed that 67% of online learners reported taking a video-based class.Fast-growing online course sites are largely video-based, including Lynda.com, Skillshare, CreativeLive, Udacity, Udemy, and Craftsy.
Computer-assisted curation : let's figure out the best system to help scale up curation operations! It seems that lately the two concepts of knowledge management and content curation are definitely getting closer and closer as providers of private social networks for companies try to find the holy grail of social collaboration. At the same time, there is a great wave of discussion and innovation coming from the world of journalism where the community is trying to solve the issue of the scalability of the current human-based curation model. A great tweet posted last week by David Clinch illustrates this duality between two approaches : either completety human-based curation and knowledge management, or either algorithmic recommendations. His tweet was stating the obvious, we need a system that leverages both! As a lot of commentators willingly admit, human curation, even when assisted by several tools that help in discovering information, really takes a lot of time and most likely does not scale. What do you think?
The 6 Most Incredible Real World Beast Masters Disney movies make hanging out with wild animals look like a walk in a fun, happy, completely predator-free park. But in the real world, being around untamed wildlife isn't so much about carefree singing and dancing and monkeyshinin' as it is about running and screaming. Then coming back later to clean up the poop trail you inevitably left behind. The Tree of Contemplative Practices The Tree illustrates some of the contemplative practices currently in use in secular organizational and academic settings. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. Below the Tree you will find links to descriptions of many of these practices as well as a more in-depth description of the Tree and image files for downloading. Some of the practices on the tree link to further information–either on our website, or on Wikipedia. © The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society Concept & design by Maia Duerr; illustration by Carrie Bergman Understanding the Tree
Adaptive learning: The best approaches we've seen so far There is perhaps no hotter segment in ed tech right now than adaptive learning, which adjusts the learning experience based on a student's progress. It becomes more difficult if they're progressing well, and slows down if they need further instruction. The technology has even attracted funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which assembled a diverse coalition of colleges ranging from the University of Texas at Austin to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. It isn't just colleges, either—adaptive learning is benefiting K-12, as well. With positive results coming in for many of the companies producing adaptive learning tools, the growth isn't likely to stop soon. So who are some of the key players?
Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus This assignment was actually turned in by two English students: Rebecca (last name deleted) Gary (last name deleted) English 44A SMU Creative Writing Prof Miller In-class Assignment for Wednesday Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple. Each person will pair off with the person sitting to his or her immediate right.
What Can You Really Know? by Freeman Dyson Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt Liveright, 307 pp., $27.95 Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist? Instructor Presence Online What are the effects of benign, inappropriate or even toxic student-to-student or student-to-instructor exchanges in online learning communities? How do such exchanges affect learning outcomes? It’s a topic that’s had little attention from researchers and educators, but as learning continues to scale-up with online and open communities educators need to be paying attention, examining and addressing such interactions. This post shares highlights from a recent paper, “Would you ever say that to me in class?”: Exploring the Implications of Disinhibition for Relationality in Online Teaching and Learning.
why did the chicken cross the road? WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD? Plato: For the greater good. Karl Marx: It was a historical inevitability. Machiavelli: So that its subjects will view it with admiration, as a chicken which has the daring and courage to boldly cross the road, but also with fear, for whom among them has the strength to contend with such a paragon of avian virtue? In such a manner is the princely chicken's dominion maintained. Hippocrates: Because of an excess of light pink gooey stuff in its pancreas. Why Daydreaming Isn’t a Waste of Time Allowing time for refleciton helps kids make meaning out of experiences and information they encounter. Parents and teachers expend a lot of energy getting kids to pay attention, concentrate, and focus on the task in front of them. What adults don’t do, according to University of Southern California education professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, is teach children the value of the more diffuse mental activity that characterizes our inner lives: daydreaming, remembering, reflecting. Yet this kind of introspection is crucial to our mental health, to our relationships, and to our emotional and moral development.
24 Top Tools for Online Teaching What are your top tools for learning? The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies collects responses to this question from learning professionals every year. The result is a list of “Top 100 Tools for Learning,” which runs the gamut from Adobe to Zite. Last month, I posed a modified version of the question during an Inside Online Learning chat (#IOLchat): “What are your top eLearning tools for teaching?” We came up with 24 relevant and diverse suggestions based on our own experiences and use in online education. I’ve categorized them here as tools for communication, collaboration, proctoring, productivity, and content presentation, but many could be listed under multiple categories.
Tabouleh Recipe It’s been a long cold winter and my body’s been aching to eat something vibrant and green. It’s still a bit early for spring vegetables, but Tabouleh is a verdant salad you can put together with vegetables and herbs that are available all year. While it’s a simple salad to prepare with very few ingredients, here are a few key points that separate a great tabouleh from bowl of rabbit food. First, as with all simple dishes, it’s crucial to use the very best ingredients. This means good quality olive oil and fresh parsley. But the two most important things are to use ripe tomatoes and tender cucumbers.
Study: More educated tend to be more religious, by some measures By Jim Kavanagh, CNN People tend to become less religious as they become more educated, right? Not necessarily, according to a new study. After analyzing data from a large national survey, University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologist Philip Schwadel found that people actually tend to become more religious - by some definitions, at least - as they further their education. “It all falls down to what you consider to be religious,” said Schwadel, an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “If it’s simply attending religious services, then no.