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Learning, networks, knowledge, technology, community

Learning, networks, knowledge, technology, community
The Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK16) is happening this week in Edinburgh. I unfortunately, due to existing travel and other commitments, am not in attendance. I have great hope for the learning analytics field as one that will provide significant research for learning and help us move past naive quantitative and qualitative assessments of research and knowledge. I see LA as a bricolage of skills, techniques, and academic/practitioner domains. It is a multi-faceted approach of learning exploration and one where anyone with a stake in the future of learning can find an amenable conversation and place to research. Since I am missing LAK16, and feeling nostalgic, I want to share my reflections of how LAK and the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) became the influential agencies that they now are in learning research. As more learning activities occur online, learners produce growing amounts of data. The financials of any first event are critical.

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The MOOC Phenomenon: Who Takes Massive Open Online Courses and Why? by Gayle Christensen, Andrew Steinmetz, Brandon Alcorn, Amy Bennett, Deirdre Woods, Ezekiel J Emanuel Gayle Christensen Office of the Provost, University of Pennsylvania Andrew Steinmetz Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania Brandon Alcorn Office of the Provost, University of Pennsylvania Cristobal Cobo's Blog Cristóbal Cobo works with a trans-disciplinary group of PhDs specializing in areas of knowledge generation and transfer, digital skills, future of learning, creativity, innovation and digital culture. He has collaborated on these topics with researchers from more than 25 countries. He is also the director of the Study Center – Ceibal Foundation in Uruguay, which studies the impact of digital technology on education. For more information on his work visit his Oxford Internet Institute profile or Wikipedia page. [This is a cross post from blog Scholasticahq (Interview conducted by Danielle Padula)] We have entered an age of information overload.

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Professor Curt Bonk's e-Learning World This is the homepage of Curtis J. Bonk, Ph.D. Curt is Professor at Indiana University teaching psychology and technology courses. Curt is affiliated with the cognitive sciences program and is adjunct in the School of Informatics at IU. He founded SurveyShare, Inc. in 2003 which he sold in 2010. In addition, he has been founder and president of CourseShare, LLC since 1999. (99+) Google in Education This group does not have a welcome message. Welcome to the Google in Education community. This is a place to connect and share with other educators about Google’s product offerings in education. The fastest way to find answers is by searching the various product help centers or, if you are a Google Apps for Education customer, contacting support. Your question may already have an answer!

Remodeling MOOCs in 2014 - ICEF Monitor - Market intelligence for international student recruitment Since the first wave of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) around 2012, hypotheses about their impact have abounded, and have changed over time. So too have emotions about the courses evolved (from excitement to disenchantment or even suspicion) to where we may be now: a calmer state where the both the hype and counter-hype have worn off. Now, organisations are using the essence of MOOCs – an online, adaptable, customisable, and accessible platform – to achieve diverse educational outcomes and business models.

Research in Learning Technology Research in Learning Technology is Open Access and published by Co-Action Publishing. Link to journal flyer. ISSN 2156-7069 (print) ISSN 2156-7077 (online). Research in Learning Technology is an international, quarterly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to research and good practice in the use of learning technologies. Members currently have the option to receive Research in Learning Technology as part of their subscription.

Help! » Anne Fox I spend a great deal of time facilitating courses helping teachers learn how to integrate ICT into their everyday practice. Although I have facilitated such courses in blended format with a great deal of face to face input, most of the time now I find myself facilitating 100% online. There are worries of course about what happens when a course participant meets technical problems but most of these can be solved quite quickly with relevant screenshots and a careful description of what has been done up to that point. The printscreen button on the keyboard is invaluable in producing ‘photos’ of error messages or whatever else may be giving a problem when using a specific tool and I make increasing use of screencasting tools such as Screenr which help me to demonstrate how to do something on the screen quite easily.

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