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Designing a New Learning Environment

Designing a New Learning Environment
What constitutes learning in the 21st century? Should reading, watching, memorizing facts, and then taking exams be the only way to learn? Or could technology (used effectively) make learning more interactive, collaborative, and constructive? Could learning be more engaging and fun? We construct, access, visualize, and share information and knowledge in very different ways than we did decades ago. Schedule The course runs from Oct 15 - Dec 20, 2012.Workload 4 hours a week.Technical Requirements You need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures, and the ability to upload your assignments which will be digital artifacts such as powerpoint or video presentations.Statement of Accomplishment Subject to satisfactory performance and course completion, you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor. « Less Related:  Next Generation LMSDigital learning tools

5 Features Every Modern LMS Needs Learning management systems are a dime-a-dozen today, each boasting a large list of impressive features. In fact, some may argue that the feature list has become a little overwhelming! While there is some truth to this, the reality is that these features are included to help make the system applicable to a variety of use-cases. That said, it is very easy to suffer from feature bloat. So when looking at the features of an LMS, how do you know which ones are most important? As you search for an LMS, there are a few features that you should keep an eye out for, whether you intend to use them or not. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

The 100 Best Video Sites For Educators Bringing multimedia into the classroom is a great way to engage students in learning. Supplementing lessons, opening up new interests, and offering inspiration, online videos make for an incredible teaching tool. In 2010, we covered our favorite 100 video sites for educators, and we’ve now updated our list for 2012 with more than 100 resources and more than 25 brand new entries. Read on, and you’ll be able to check out the very best sources for educational videos on the web. Educational Video Collections Specifically designed for education, these collections make it easy to find video learning resources. TeacherTube: This YouTube for teachers is an amazing resource for finding educationally-focused videos to share with your classroom. General Video Collections Network TV, inspiring talks, and more are all available in these collections. Hulu: A great place to find the latest TV shows, Hulu is also a source of educational videos. Teacher Education Lesson Planning Science, Math, and Technology

The Top 6 Learning Management System Implementation Mistakes and How To Avoid Them - eLearning Industry After nearly 20 years in the learning industry as an LMS vendor, a content producer and a user of learning management infrastructure, I have seen quite a few interesting LMS implementations. Having worked with 150 organizations, I have seen some patterns and trends emerging. Here I share my top 6. Firstly, what is an LMS?The definition of an LMS is often a contentious one, but generally they all do three principle things: launch, track and report on completion of learning objects. Why you are implementing an LMS? So there it is, the top 6 things I have observed in supporting the implementations of LMS's.

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect. Learning Lesson Planning and Tools Useful Tools

Sharable Content Object Reference Model SCORM is a specification of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative from the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense. SCORM versions[edit] SCORM 1.1[edit] SCORM 1.1 is the first production version. It used a Course Structure Format XML file based on the AICC specifications to describe content structure, but lacked a robust packaging manifest and support for metadata. Quickly abandoned in favor of SCORM 1.2. SCORM 1.2[edit] This was the first version that was widely used. SCORM 2004[edit] This is the current version. SCORM 2004 editions[edit] 3rd Edition (October 2005) — clarification of various conformance requirements and of the interaction between content objects and the runtime environment for sequencing; some new conformance requirements to improve interoperability.4th Edition Released (March 31, 2009) — more stringent interoperability requirements, more flexible data persistence.[2] SCORM 2004 specification books[edit] Experience API (Tin Can API)[edit] See also[edit]

15 Great Video Sites for Educators YouTube: The undisputed king of all video sites. Whilst all the others are great and offer you a little more safety in regards to content, pretty much all the great content from those sites can also be found here in most cases. TED-Ed: From a site that’s long been known for big ideas, you’ll find TED-Ed, videos specifically designed to act as highly engaging and fun lessons. TeacherTube: This YouTube for teachers is an amazing resource for finding educationally-focused videos to share with your classroom. You can find videos uploaded by other teachers or share your own. Edutopia: An awesome place to find learning ideas and resources, Edutopia has videos, blogs, and more, all sorted into grade levels. YouTube EDU: A YouTube channel just for education, you can find primary and secondary education, university-level videos, and even lifelong learning. Classroom Clips: Classroom Clips offers media for educators and students alike, including video and audio in a browseable format.

SCORM Certified LMS? Looking for a SCORM certified LMS? What does that even mean? Since this is one of the most popular questions we receive via live chat, I figured it was best to address this question to help people get the information they need. What is SCORM? Per Wikipedia, “ Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a collection of standards and specifications for web-based e-learning {I prefer eLearning}. In language a little more understandable, SCORM is a standard way to package content. Maybe an analogy will work better – this is from :”Let’s take DVDs for example. Why is this important when reviewing LMS options? To reference the analogy above, would you want a DVD player that couldn’t play your DVDs? The most current version to look for is SCORM 2004. The designation of ‘SCORM 2004 Certified’ is the official recognition by the ADL that all areas comply with the set industry standards. TOPYX is an award-winning social LMS that is SCORM 2004 certified. Jeffrey A.

Check out if You Correctly Integrate Technology Using This Awesome Rubric One of the questions you might be asking yourself as a teacher using technology in his/her classroom is whether you are using it the right way or not. First , questions such as these are healthy signs of your ongoing learning and the more you question your learning and teaching practices the more improved your overall teaching becomes. This is an important part of our lifelong learning process , and as I said before in one of my previous posts, teachers are or should be on a constant hunt for new knowledge. We are not seeking perfection because nothing is perfect in this world but we do want to have a sound intellectual mind . Now that you have started thinking critically about the technology you use in your classroom, you will need s answers to some questions you have in your mind ( like the one above ). So what is Technology Integration Matrix ? The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology

Moodle Best LMS How Learning Will Work in the Near Future: 12 Features of Next-Gen Platforms It’s still harder than it should be to create an effective sequence of learning experiences in K-12, postsecondary education, or organizational training. Owing to underinvestment and weak demand articulation, learning platforms are still five years behind the growing demand for engaging, learner-centered, competency-based experiences that result in employability (and other favorable outcomes). The good news is that progress is being made on a dozen fronts. Next generation learning grant programs like NGLC and Race to the Top are creating focus and awareness. Collaborations like Digital Promise‘s League of Innovative Schools is aggregating demand. Following are 12 components of next-gen learning and 12 development vectors, groups of organizations on a similar path to next-gen learning, and 12 suggestions for philanthropies that want to accelerate progress. Next-Gen Components. Successful platforms will become ecosystems with a constellation of four aligned services: Development Vectors. 1.

Spoke Named One of the Top LMSs in the World Exciting news from Unboxed HQ! Spoke has been named as one of the world’s best learning management systems. Spoke ranked #29 on Craig Weiss’ Top 50 LMSs list for 2015. Not only were we in the top 50, Spoke also ranked in the top 5 in the Social LMS category. Craig is a leading eLearning analyst and speaker, and was named the world’s most influential person in eLearning. This is a huge honor—and it’s only the beginning of the story. Want to see what a world-class social learning platform looks like? About the Author Shannon Leahy is a Senior Content Strategist at Unboxed Technology.

Employee Skills Training: Insider Tips for Better Business Results By Gordon Johnson, VP Marketing, Expertus Every year, companies invest heavily in employee training programs — most of which are designed to improve job skills and knowledge. Unfortunately, too often, competency development results don’t meet expectations. Yet some initiatives are highly effective. What sets these successful programs apart? Case studies offer helpful insights. Business Goals and Objectives — A Framework for Learning ImpactThroughout its 60-year history, Siemens has earned a reputation for excellence in designing, implementing and managing highly complex hardware/software equipment. To sustain a competitive advantage, the company needed to establish a “new normal.” Increase customer satisfaction and retentionIncrease employee productivityReduce cost overruns and reworkReduce employee turnover by improving employee satisfactionMaintain consistently superior quality by standardizing business processes across 80+ offices Learn more about Siemens’ skills training program.

A great MOOC guiding you through the process of designing meaningul learning experiences taught by Paul Kim, Stanford's CIO. by Nov 1