First Steps into Learning & Teaching in Higher Education: 21 May – 22 June '12 Read the final report here (pdf). Also available on the HEA project website. Dissemination outputs for the project can be found here. A new classification for MOOCs – Gráinne Conole Gráinne Conole is Professor of learning innovation at the University of Leicester. Her research interests include the use, integration and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies and e-learning and the impact of technologies on organisational change. She regularly blogs on www.e4innovation.com and is @gconole on Twitter.
International Education News l The PIE News l George Siemens, University of Texas Arlington GS: I have two positions – at the University of Texas Arlington I’m Executive Director and Professor for the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge research lab, and I’m also cross-appointed with Athabasca University at the Center for Distance Education as a faculty member. Right now I’m looking at a range of factors on the impact of technology on really any aspect of the university experience, so the opportunities to use learning analytics is part of that; the opportunity to rethink university structures, teaching practices, pedagogy and so on. “The digitisation of learning is what enabled us to talk about MOOCS. MOOCS aren’t a trend themselves; they’re an outgrowth of the digitisation trend” The PIE: What are some of the emerging trends around technology? GS: I think digitisation of the university is one of the most prominent trends that we really need to be aware of because that’s one of those factors that’s driving all of those buzzwords that we hear.
Connectivism What is connectivism? Connectivism is a learning theory advocated by George Siemens and Stephen Downes, among others, which emphasises the importance and role of networks and connections between people (and things?) as preminent (central) to the learning process.TRY Connectivism glossary Pedagogy First! Here I go thinking that I can quickly finish this task as I’m on catch up mode big time. I should have known better!! Having watched the video and read the articles, I am left thinking about Issac Asimov’s Foundation series. Digital Badges / Open Badges Taxonomy Working on the taxonomy of digital badges / open badges is an interesting empirical and conceptual endeavour. I have been looking into different types of badges as part of the “Discussion Paper on Open Badges and Quality Assurance” on which I have been recently working in context of the European Project “Badge Europe” (Erasmus+, Strategic Partnership). Before the first draft of the discussion paper will be open to public for comments and edits, I would like to share the first draft of the taxonomy of digital and open badges. I have proposed a classification based on three categories – (1) content-related: what the badge represents, (2) issuer-related: who issues the badge, and (3) process-related: how the badge was achieved. This is just a first attempt and I would be very glad to get your feedback on this.
Connectivism: Bearing a Heavy Node Published by Convergence Academies, I recently came across this infographic on learning theory on the most excellent blog, TeachThought. As you can see, with the digital age, a new theory of learning has emerged called Connectivism. it is a theory advanced by George Siemens that is based on the following trends: Many learners will move into a variety of different, possibly unrelated fields over the course of their lifetime.Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning. Learning now occurs in a variety of ways – through communities of practice, personal networks, and through completion of work-related tasks.Learning is a continual process, lasting for a lifetime.
Connectivism Technological networks have transformed prominent businesses sectors: music, television, financial, manufacturing. Social networks, driven by technological networks, have similarly transformed communication, news, and personal interactions. Education sits at the social/technological nexus of change – primed for dramatic transformative change. Digital Tools for the K-12 Classroom Course Description Are you ready to explore web-based tools to ignite student engagement in your K-12 classroom? We will examine a series of web tools and learn the basics for integrating them into the classroom. Each week we will explore an instructional method utilizing an emerging technology tool (i.e., presentations, posters, binders, stories, and scavenger hunts), and investigate uses and good practices for both teacher-led and student driven activities. You will be introduced to free web-based tools like Prezi, Animoto, Glogster, and many more.
Course: bonkopen2012: Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success CourseSites by Blackboard Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success Free, Open Course With Dr. Curt Bonk: The live course had ended, but please enjoy the course at your own pace! Description: Motivating students and creating community within blended and online learning environments are crucial to academic achievement and success. This open course will provide both theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to improve motivation, retention, and engagement within blended and online courses.