Reader MOOCs are Changing the Way the World is Educated - Webologist In the last few years I have seen, and participated in, some excellent online courses that are run by some of the world’s top universities. My introduction to free online education was when FutureLearn sent me an email to introduce some of their first courses. Today I heard about Coursera, another provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), in a BBC article. MOOCs are becoming the hot new thing. Anant Agarwal, a computer architecture researcher at MIT, started his discussion about Moocs with: “I would like the re-imagine education”. Futurelearn My experience so far has only been with FutureLearn, which is owned by the Open University (I studied Health Sciences with the OU a few years ago, which is why I got an email about Futurelearn). I actually received an email just when I was researching courses to help improve my writing (did it work???) FutureLearn’s Simon Nelson addressed delegates at the EMOOCs 2014 Conference – watch the video here. Global education Coursera No qualifications
Personal learning environment | online learning insights This post explores Personal Learning Portfolios [PLPs], an extension of a Personal Learning Environment. I review briefly PLPs for professionals, but focus on the potential and promise that PLPs hold for our students. I wrote recently about Personal Learning Environments [PLE], Personal Learning Networks [PLN] and the need for educators to develop both as a means to support their professional and personal growth and learning. A PLE can be viewed as a system that is built on the concept of creating a personalized framework for learning, tailored to one’s goals and interests. Personal Learning Portfolios for Professionals Both posts generated meaningful discussion— with many comments coming from participants in the Education Technology & Media course (#ETMOOC). The topic of the course last week was ‘connected learning’, and discourse focused on PLEs and PLNs. “….my “hub” all of my digital work [this educator uses her blog as her 'hub', a platform for her portfolio]. David A. Resources
Transforming failing Public Schools: closing the achievement gap English teaching resources | A site to share my resources for secondary English teaching. Connecting Content Curation with Your Personal Learning Network | SparkWorks At ASTD TechKnowledge 2014, David Kelly gave a presentation on curation called “Putting Curation to Work at Your Organization”. Curation is the process by which individuals gather, analyze and share out information in the digital era. David does a great job of speaking to these core points in his presentation, which he has also shared on Slideshare. Curation and Your PLN The notion of a PLN, or, personal learning network, is at the forefront of professional development in the digital era. In the curation process, the resources must be: Critically appraised – but analysis is limited when it happens in a vacuum! Arguably, a professional learner should be trusted to critically appraise and refine the resources to their own context. When we curate content within our PLN, the learner gains further refinement of ideas that may be gained only by participating in community” PLN Brings Professionalism to the Curation Process One mark of a true professional is the ongoing ability to grow and share.
Overwhelmed? Welcome the Age of Curation | Epicenter Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps coined a phrase Friday for something many have been talking about since Apple launched the iPad about six weeks ago. “Curated computing” refers to the way Apple staff examines each piece of software written for iPhone OS devices before allowing it into (or blocking it from) the App Store. Epps is almost certainly not among the first 10,000 people on the planet to observe that the iPhone OS does not allow users to install whatever programs they wish, unless the devices are jailbroken. For that reason, it’s tempting to write off her coinage as an attention-grabbing rehash of a well-worn meme — especially because she plans to take this show on the road at conferences to talk about this observation. However, Epps is onto something with this word, curated. Curation is the positive flip side of Apple’s locked-down approach, decried as a major, negative development in computing by many observers, present company included. For example: See Also:
The importance of blogging in ELT | ELT inspired My mentor to start blogging: the amazing Vicky Loras! When I started blogging a few months ago, I was just thinking about sharing my thoughts and teaching experiences. I didn’t expect to develop such a community, a friendship with other teachers from around the world.And , sometimes, I think I learn and take so much and give back so little…My motto is: SHARING IS CARING! Many colleagues, ask me all the time about what a blog actually is or how it helps teachers …Well, a blog (short for weblog) is a frequently updated website that often resembles an online journal. It’s so easy to create and update a blog – it requires only basic access to the Internet, and a minimum of technical know-how. Why I blog? Blogging helps me to remember.So many times this year I said ” How did I do that?” I blog because I enjoy sharing ideas! By blogging, I have developed a community, a friendship with other teachers from around the world… The inspiring educator Kieran Donaghy, is one of them! Blogging is FUN!