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The mushrooming of university-sponsored Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCs or xMOOCs, over the last year and a half has pushed the conversation about innovations in higher education from the sidelines into the national spotlight. Millions have enrolled. Thousands have completed. MOOCs are raising as much excitement outside the academy as trepidation and antipathy within it. Whether used in blended learning settings, as part of an in-person class, or as standalone online offerings, MOOCs threaten to accelerate the postwar trend toward “casualization” of the teaching profession, rendering some professors “glorified teaching assistants” even as they turn others into “rock stars.” But what about the learning?

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Community of practice A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a craft and/or a profession. The concept was first proposed by cognitive anthropologist Jean Lave and educational theorist Etienne Wenger in their 1991 book Situated Learning (Lave & Wenger 1991). Wenger then significantly expanded on the concept in his 1998 book Communities of Practice (Wenger 1998). A CoP can evolve naturally because of the members' common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created deliberately with the goal of gaining knowledge related to a specific field. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally (Lave & Wenger 1991). CoPs can exist in physical settings, for example, a lunch room at work, a field setting, a factory floor, or elsewhere in the environment, but members of CoPs do not have to be co-located.

Study Together OpenStudy is study help 2.0. Everyone needs study help but it has to be just right—online, immediate, even late at night. We make this possible on OpenStudy. Connect with other students studying the same things. Get help and give help. Stay and enjoy the conversation. Bruce E. Levine: 8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the U.S. Crushed Youth Resistance The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance. By **Bruce E. Levine** By arrangement with AlterNet.org. Personal learning environment Personal Learning Environments (PLE) are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning.[1] This includes providing support for learners to: Set their own learning goals.Manage their learning, both content and process.Communicate with others in the process of learning. A PLE represents the integration of a number of "Web 2.0" technologies like blogs, Wikis, RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, etc. around the independent learner. Using the term "e-learning 2.0", Stephen Downes describes the PLE as: "... one node in a web of content, connected to other nodes and content creation services used by other students.

Open Academy Powerful Learning Practice supports its Communities with live events featuring experts, practitioners, and educational thought leaders from around the world. We are offering these challenging, action-packed sessions to extend learning opportunities beyond our Communities to the rest of the globe. Through the list below, you can view the archives in Elluminate. Check back often to see what new material has been added or subscribe via RSS. Private Student Loans: What Lenders Won’t Tell You Private student loans can seem like a great alternative to federal loans. If you need to borrow more than the current annual federal limits, or if you have expenses beyond the cost of attending classes (vehicle repairs or a new computer, for example), private student loans offer a way to cover those costs without paying out of pocket. For college students, who tend to live on a limited budget, a private loan sounds like a responsible way to pay for necessities without resorting to credit cards.

35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals. Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially. Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible. Tips & Ideas

Classroom Aid Digital Resources for the Classroom are selected and FREE educational resources are preferred as listed in here, thanks to open and sharing empowered by the internet and so many contributors’ work ! Please also refer to the specific subjects for your needs : Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Arts and Music, and Multimedia resources. Resources for Teaching Higher Ed Bubble to burst, Sallie Mae posed to take full advantage of it. Interesting article today, 10 Aug 2009, in the baltimore examiner, about the comming student loan bubble, and how it is about to burst. It's every investor's dream: buy into a theme before any one else has caught on; ride it all the way up until it gets bubbly; sell to the suckers who bought at the top. It's like buying housing names in 2004 (as we did), only to sell and go short in 2007 (as we did). . . or oil prior to the rise to $147 (again, as we did). . . or even dot-coms before the bubble burst. Yep, we've become all too familiar with the term "bubble" in recent years — that unsustainable phenomenon pumped full of irrationality and over-valuation only to burst and trigger monumental downturns. We've seen it happen in Treasuries, financials, commercial real estate, autos, and credit.

How To Create a ‘Personal Learning Environment’ to Stay Relevant in 2013 “Our understanding of learning has expanded at a rate that has far outpaced our conceptions of teaching. A growing appreciation for the porous boundaries between the classroom and life experience…has created not only promising changes but also disruptive moments in teaching.” EDUCAUSE Review, 2012 E-Curriculum… Exploring 24 Free Open Education Resources (OER)… The Digital Curriculum Part 2 Everyone is talking about a digital curriculum free of those hard copy textbooks that have been a part of schooling since the advent of the one room schoolhouse. In this series I will investigate some resources that can open up a world of digital curricula. In this second post of the series, I’ll examine the idea of Open Education Resources. In later posts, I will have more ideas to consider as schools develop their digital curriculum. Please take a moment to subscribe by RSS or email . Your subscriptions mean a lot to me!

edtechpost - PLE Diagrams A Collection of PLE diagramsNOTE: You can log in with the guest account (edtechpost_guest, same password) to add your own PLE image to the wiki or email them to me at edtechpost@gmail.com. Index Tool-Oriented Use/Action Oriented People Oriented Hybrid/Abstract/Other

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