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How to Organize Digital Information: Web sites, blogs, and more “The flood of data on the Web has reached mind-boggling proportions.” (NPR, 2010) So many websites, blogs, online newsletters … so little time. How can we keep up in the digital world? More importantly, how can we transform information into knowledge? Before information becomes knowledge it’s data, yet another challenge is finding good data when it’s needed. What is Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)? The System to PKM The first and essential component to effective management of digital information is the system itself. Find the right tool or application to manage your digital content. 1) The Tool There are many tools to choose from for managing and sharing digital information, yet the selection of the tool is critical, it can make or break your system. Pealtrees: I discovered Pearltrees, which is a fluid and intuitive tool that allows me to manage digital information easily. To expand a ‘tree’ I simply click on the circle associated with the category. 3) The method Like this:

The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses | Open Education MOOCs are a red herring. The MOOC didn’t appear last week, out of a void, vacuum-packed. The MOOC has been around for years, biding its time. Still, the recent furor about MOOCs, which some have called “hysteria,” opens important questions about higher education, digital pedagogy, and online learning. The MOOCs themselves aren’t what’s really at stake. In spite of the confused murmurs in the media, MOOCs won’t actually chomp everything in their path. MOOCs are like books, good when they’re good and bad when they’re bad. Content and learning are two separate things, often at odds with one another. Too many people are drinking the MOOC Kool-aid (or dumping it out hastily) when what we need to do is look closely at the Kool-aid to see what we can learn from it. “Massive”: What happens if we take the “Massive” out of “Massive Open Online Course”? “Open”: The first “O” in “MOOC” has been dangerously misread. “Online”: The second “O” in “MOOC” is a misnomer.

Wikispaces Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility | Daniel Fellow - Korea National Open University Education Master - DeTao Masters Academy, China sirjohn.ca During my time as a Fellow at the Korea National Open University (KNOU) in September 2012 media and web coverage of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) was intense. Since one of the requirements of the fellowship was a research paper, exploring the phenomenon of MOOCs seemed an appropriate topic. This essay had to be submitted to KNOU on 25 September 2012 but the MOOCs story is still evolving rapidly. 'What is new is not true, and what is true is not new'. This paper is published by JIME following its first release as a paper produced as part of a fellowship at the Korea National Open University (KNOU). Abstract: MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are the educational buzzword of 2012. Keywords: MOOCs, open, openness, educational technology Introduction MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are the educational buzzword of 2012. Methodological note What is a MOOC? Can xMOOCs make money? Platforms

EDC 2013 | MSc Website The race to platform education Across the full spectrum of education – primary, secondary, and higher – we are witnessing a race to develop platforms for content, learning, teaching, and evaluation. As liberating as the web is, tremendous centralization of control is occurring in numerous spaces: Google in search/advertising/Android, Amazon in books/cloud computing, Facebook in social networks, etc. I use a smaller range of tools today than I did five years ago. And the reason is simple: companies are in a landrush to create platforms that will tie together previously disconnected activities and tools. Numerous companies are eager to platform the educational sector, with Pearson being the lead runner to date. This post/rant on life at Amazon and Google, from the perspective of an employee (programmer?) Google+ is a knee-jerk reaction, a study in short-term thinking, predicated on the incorrect notion that Facebook is successful because they built a great product.

Researchers Recommend Core Changes in Education Troubling trends involving work, college, and social inequity cited (IRVINE, Calif) -- Close the gap between the no-frills learning that too often happens in-school and the interactive, hands-on learning that usually takes place out of school. Take advantage of the Internet’s ability to help youth develop knowledge, expertise, skills and important new literacies. Use digital technology to combat the increasing reality of the haves and have-nots in education. Those are among a series of recommendations outlined in a new report released today by the Connected Learning Research Network, an interdisciplinary research network dedicated to reimagining learning for the 21st century. “We’re seeing the tremendous potential of new media for advancing learning,” said Ito, a professor of anthropology, informatics and education at UC Irvine. “We believe many more young people can experience this kind of learning,” Ito said. To see the full report, click here. To read a summary, click here.

Inside a MOOC: Coursera class offers peek into determination of student body By Mike Cassidy, Mercury News With the class still in the early going I was about a week behind on my assignments, nearly flunking my first quiz and seriously contemplating dropping the class. So much for the old college try.But two things made me stick with it (at least up until now, with two more weeks to go) — My Coursera class called “Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies” comes with a promise: If I can finish the course work and score at least 70 percent on my assignments, I’ll receive a statement of accomplishment. mybackyard78 UK Universities go virtual: Bricks to online learning clicks By Matt Lee, BBC News How university students do their studies has changed significantly in recent years with the growth in online learning. Instead of physically attending lectures or going to the library, they can download lesson plans and lecture notes to their laptop, have a Skype conversation with a lecturer and submit work online. With more universities now offering e-learning and MOOCs (massive open online courses) is there now a need for them to still have classrooms and a campus? The University of Warwick was one of 12 to sign up with a company called Futurelearn in December to enable them to offer free online degree-level courses and MOOCs to students around the world. The first of which in behavioural science will start in July.

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