Higher Education Faces an “Avalanche” : Mindworkers Posted on | April 24, 2013 | No Comments A new report by Sir Michael Barber and his colleagues at Pearson, Katelyn Donnelly and Saad Rizvi, should be on the reading list of everyone thinking about the future of higher education. An Avalanche is Coming describes—somewhat breathlessly—the forces that are about to reshape colleges and universities worldwide. Globalization and technology are game changers, they argue. Barber, Donnelly, and Rivzi channel both Tom Friedman’s flat world and Clayton Christensen’s ideas about disruptive innovation. But to a greater extent, they are channeling their own experience. Barber has practiced education policy at the highest levels for three decades. Donnelly leads the Affordable Learning Fund that invests in early-stage companies that are developing low cost solutions for the developing world. So, what does this transformative snow slide look like? Universities and colleges compete with one another across state and national borders. Comments
How to Make Sure Your Website Passes the Dreaded Blink Test Visitors judge the value of your website in a matter of seconds. Hours and hours of hard work are distilled into one glance, when they decide whether or not your website is worth their time. This, of course, is what we marketers call "The Blink Test," and it refers to the commonly accepted 3-5 seconds during which a visitor lands on your website, judges it, and decides if they want to stay there and do something, or abandon ship. You need to grab attention, get your message across, and spark interest in your viewers ... all within just a few seconds. 1) Build Pages That Load Quickly The more you add to your site, the longer it takes to load. Because load time is increased with images, scripts, and multimedia, it’s important to use them judiciously, and test loading times -- you can use free tools like Page Speed or YSlow for this. You can also take a high quality resolution picture, and downsize it to an appropriately viewable size for your website. 2) Use Attractive Visual Design
A Tale of Two MOOCs @ Coursera: Divided by Pedagogy The Web as a classroom is transforming how people learn, is driving the need for new pedagogy; two recently launched courses at Coursera highlight what happens when pedagogical methods fail to adapt. Divided pedagogy I wrote recently about the Fundamentals of Online: Education [FOE] the Coursera course that was suspended after its first week and is now in MOOC hibernation mode. Over thirty thousands students signed up for the course hoping to learn how to develop an online course. On the other hand there is the e-Learning and Digital Cultures course also offered on Coursera’s platform that began on the same day as FOE, yet the Digital Cultures course appears to be a smashing success if we use the engagement levels of students on social media platforms as a gauge. The Tale of the Two What made e-Learning and Digital Cultures successful and FOE not? Four orientations to learning; each embodies a belief of how people learn including the processes that bring about learning. References
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Education Portal - Universities Offering Free Courses Online See our list of the top schools offering free courses online. Learn about what types of courses are available to find the school and courses that are right for you. Online Courses for Credit Plenty of free resources are available online for students who want to learn a new topic, but these free options don't generally lead to college credit. Education Portal offers this style of distance learning with quick, engaging video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. Free Online Non-Credited Courses Students who want to use the free university resources can go to the school's link, scroll through the list of available courses and lectures and view or download the available content. Carnegie Mellon University at CMU Open Learning Initiative This university offers free online courses in the sciences, languages, engineering and social sciences. Johns Hopkins University at JHSPHOPEN Courseware Massachusetts Institute of Technology at MITOPENCOURSEWARE Open University at OU LearningSpace
Twelve learning technologies with big education potential By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura Read more by Laura Devaney May 22nd, 2013 Learning technologies that will become widespread and widely-implemented in a year or less: 1. Bring your own device initiatives 2. Cloud computing 3. Mobile learning 4. Technologies and practices that have the potential to change teaching and learning, but that are two or three years from popular practice, include: 5. Four or five years down the line, learning technologies that may dramatically influence education include: 9. 3D printing 10. Several key factors are driving technology trends: Key challenges include: Ongoing professional development needs to be valued and integrated. The report is produced by the New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking, and the International Society for Technology in Education.
Facebook Graph Search Could Be Its Greatest Innovation If you ever used it, you know Facebook Search barely counts as such. It’s absolutely awful. As of Tuesday, however, it’s about to go from zero to hero. To understand how fundamentally better Facebook’s new Graph Search will be, just spend five minutes using the current excuse of a search engine. Sure, there’s some word-wheeling in there — where suggested results start appearing as soon as you type a few letters — but the quality of the results ain't great. it’s just an endless number of Facebook pages that have little relation to your query. When I type in "friends in NY", my top result is "Best Friends Animal society – New York City." Facebook’s Graph Search, though I hate the name, promises to change all that. Graph Search uses all that data we've been pouring into Facebook for the last eight years — all that wonderful structured data — and lets you search against it in pretty much any way you can imagine. Search Power Two examples Facebook gave clearly illustrate the power: Trouble Ahead
MOOC – er det dette vi har ventet på? | Speiderblogg Speiderbloggen har vært så heldig å få Gry Anita Hemsing til å gjesteblogge om MOOC. Hun er seniorrådgiver i Studieavdelingen ved Universitetet i Oslo Lær deg begrepet først som sist: Massive Open Online Course = MOOC. En MOOC er et 100% nettbasert kurs som tilbys helt åpent. Det som har brakt MOOC’en på alles lepper, er nok først og fremst avsenderne. Et av de store spørsmålene ved MOOCs er i hvilken grad, og hvordan, en students gjennomføring skal vurderes. Hvordan skal så den enkelte professor eller universitetet som sådan forholde seg til fenomenet MOOC? For en engasjert professor som ønsker å nå ut til flest mulig med sin kunnskap, kan det å tilby en MOOC utgjøre en unik mulighet. For universitetet kan MOOCs sees som en demokratisering av forskningsbasert kunnskap og en måte å forvalte samfunnsansvaret på. For en student gir MOOC muligheten til å forsyne seg uforpliktende fra den internasjonale kunnskapsbuffeten. Tips til videre lesing:
MOOCs Directory ALISON - Free Online Courses Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity! A recent blog by Grant Wiggins affirmed what I have long believed about creativity: it is a 21st-century skill we can teach and assess. Creativity fosters deeper learning, builds confidence and creates a student ready for college and career. However, many teachers don't know how to implement the teaching and assessment of creativity in their classrooms. While we may have the tools to teach and assess content, creativity is another matter, especially if we want to be intentional about teaching it as a 21st-century skill. In a PBL project, some teachers focus on just one skill, while others focus on many. Here are some strategies educators can use tomorrow to get started teaching and assessing creativity -- just one more highly necessary skill in that 21st-century toolkit. Quality Indicators If you and your students don't unpack and understand what creativity looks like, then teaching and assessing it will be very difficult. Activities Targeted to Quality Indicators Model Thinking Skills