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Transforming lessons, inspiring learning

Transforming lessons, inspiring learning
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Develop online learning to your institution’s competitive advantage The 2012 Learning Technologies Exhibition Reading level: accessibility for web writers, part 15 | 4 Syllables Writing clearly is an important web writing skill. Unfortunately a lot of web content is unnecessarily dense and complex, making it difficult to read. This is often the case on large sites where providing information to users appears to be the site’s main purpose. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 suggest we write content that requires reading skills no more advanced than lower secondary education level (roughly 9 years of education). Measuring reading level Readability tests were developed to measure reading level. Two readability testing tools are built into Microsoft Word: Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. If you don’t have Word, you’ll find a range of readability testing tools on the web. To meet the accessibility guidelines, your content should have a Flesch Reading Ease score over 50, or a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level below grade 10. Example readability test Here’s an example, using content from the Centrelink (an Australian government agency) website.

Guidance Documents The Learning for Living guidance documents are a collection of paper-based and web-based resources, some with DVDs including video footage for staff development, and CD-ROMs containing electronic versions of the guidance and training modules. What is this guidance aiming to achieve? The title Learning for Living is based on the principle that Skills for Life extends far wider than simply learning aimed at improving speaking, listening, reading, writing and numeracy, using the core curricula. Through your teaching, learners can have the opportunity to explore their potential – providing them with the tools to: know who they are and who they want to become;experience new possibilities and opportunities;build on their strengths and develop new skills;adapt to change;be proactive. Who is the guidance for? These guidance documents build on the experience of people working in a range of settings, with learners at a range of curriculum levels, and with a variety of learning needs. Downloads

The collaboration pyramid (or iceberg) inShare117 The majority of the value-creation activities in an enterprise are hidden. They happen below the surface. What we see when we think of collaboration in the traditional sense (structured team-based collaboration) is the tip of the iceberg – teams who are coordinating their actions to achieve some goal. We don’t see - and thus don’t recognize - all the activities which have enabled the team to form and which help them throughout their journey. We see the people in the team, how they coordinate their actions and the results of their actions, but we rarely see the other things which have been critical for their success. The layers which are below the surface are usually not recognized or valued. The first step towards improving these layers of collaboration and support other kinds of collaboration is to recognize their existence and value.

Home | RSC » The Flipped (or Social) Webinar Learning in the Social Workplace You have probably heard about The Flipped Classroom where the traditional classroom model has been flipped on its head, so that students watch videos as homework and then apply the concepts in the classroom. If you haven’t, Dan Pink explains it in his piece in The Telegraph, Flip Thinking – the new buzz word sweeping the US: “During class time, the teacher will stand at the front of the room and hold forth on the day’s topic. Then, as the period ends, he or she will give students a clutch of work to do at home. Lectures in the day, homework at night. However, instead of lecturing about polynomials and exponents during class time – and then giving his young charges 30 problems to work on at home – Karl Fisch has flipped the sequence. It seems to me we often waste the opportunity of bringing people together by lecturing/presenting at them, rather than using the time more for discussion and collaboration or even experimentation and problem solving.

Learning and skills The BT Learning and Skills programme equips young people, and the people who teach and care for them, with the skills to get the most out of the world around them. Our educational resources and activities bring people together and help them to become better, more effective communicators, whatever their age. Developed by expert educators and teachers, and tested extensively in and out of the classroom, our free educational resources range from videos, workbooks, online activities, games and much more. And what is better, they are all available absolutely FREE. The latest edition of the Learning & Skills newsletter is available to view. Academies BT is working in partnership in areas throughout the country to help create Academies. Free resources With the aim of transforming the communication and collaboration skills of young people in the UK, BT’s Learning + Skills programme develops resources that do just that, through videos, workbooks, online activities, games and more. Major programmes

3 Ways the Internet Is Changing Education Right Now The Internet has had a massive effect on all aspects of human life and interactions since its inception. The world has shrunk considerably and the speed of life has increased dramatically. But one specific aspect that the internet has had an enormous effect on is education. Democratizing Education The internet is bringing education to almost all corners of the planet and leveling the playing field. Lowered Costs Once the technological infrastructure is in place, the internet means lowered education costs across the board. Improved Learning Not only can the internet provide education to more people at a lower cost, it can also offer better quality. With all these changes happening so fast, it is hard to say where the internet will take education next.

Mission 5 Effective Communication Tips for Designers Communication plays a vital role in the professional life of a designer. There are, however, two types of communications that a designer carries out. The first refers to the type when a designer communicates with its audience via his designs. Such is called the ‘aesthetic communication‘ and is carried out in a very subtle, indirect and artistic manner. However, the second type concerns the communication which a professional designer carries out while dealing with professional matters. This type of communication is termed as ‘professional communication‘ and is more direct, complex and verbal. (Image source: Fotolia) According to my observation, designers throughout the world pay much heed to their aesthetic communication skills and efficiently engage themselves in improving and refining this ability. Medium Matters Much In a communication string, medium matters much. (Image source: Fotolia) I would also suggest to keep your personal contact information separate from the professional one.

Education and Skills - skills for a connected region | Digital 20/20 It is one of Digital 20/20's defining characteristics that it works with partners across the full spectrum of education and skills provision from schools through to work based learning and adult and community learning, in order to influence policy, join up strategic thinking and support progressive initiatives that together will ensure a skilled labour market equipped to take advantage of the digital economy and citizens able to take advantage of new digital infrastructure. This work has evolved from the Digital and ICT Skills Action Plan for Yorkshire and Humber, branded Digital 2010, which was developed in 2005 and launched in 2006 to provide a dynamic framework for the successful and vigorous development of digital and ICT skills across the region. Digital 20/20's work in the education and skills arena is driven by an Operational Steering Group, made up of national and regional partners. Current groups are:

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