17 mars 2013

20 strategies for learner interactions in mobile

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. Let's be honest, we all LOVE research *grin*, or facts, or lists, or useful practices ... or practical strategies for that matter. Well, here is a new set of useful strategies for mobile MOOCs, I hope you like it! In my latest research I focused on the impact of mobile access on learner interactions in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The research was done to get my Master in Education at Athabasca University. As always all of the Athabasca faculty was supportive to get the research up to their standards (ethical approval, relevant literature...).
The readable and hopefully useful list of 20 mobile strategies to increase learner interaction in a MOOC that came out of my research can be found below in this post, but feel free to read the full thesis here, it has links to ethical procedures (e.g. informed consent form), some web analytics, community of inquiry use to screen learner interactions. Read more...

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Eliademy a mobile MOOC platform resides in the Cloud

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard.Another great initiative called Eliademy is getting more attention as it rolls out one day at the time. The people of TechCrunch got me onto this wonderful open course initiative. Eliademy provides people to build their own MOOC courses (for free) and get your own learner base up to speed with relevant content/cases/expertise... This time it is an initiative coming from Finland, more precisely from ex-Nokia high-profiled visionairs. The idea is easy enough: take Moodle, adapt it to usability (lean, smooth immediate overview and orientation), develop it so people can build courses using different languages. You can prepare content and keep it invisible for your learners, or publish it whenever you feel like it. The process is simple, you can log in/register with an existing account from e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn or Gmail. You can add content, start discussions, a timeline, get annotations or notes in (which is conveniently linked to Evernote, making it a perfect ubiquitous fit). Read more...

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California Unveils Bill to Provide Openly Licensed, Online College Courses for Credit

California Seal of the AssemblyToday California (CA) Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (author of the CA open textbook legislation) announced that SB 520 (fact sheet) will be amended to provide open, online college courses for credit. In short, the bill will allow CA students, enrolled in CA public colleges and universities, to take online courses from a pool of 50 high enrollment, introductory courses, offered by 3rd parties, in which CA students cannot currently gain access from their public CA university or community college. Students must already be enrolled in the CA college or university in which they want to receive credit. The 50 courses and plans for their assessment will be reviewed and approved (or not) by a faculty committee prior to being admitted into this new online course marketplace. Read more...

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Low-Income High-Achievers Don’t Apply to Selective Colleges

By Julia Lawrence. According to a recent study published by Stanford’s Caroline Hoxby and Christopher Avery of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, low-income high-achieving students often hamstring themselves in their higher education careers by not attempting to gain admission to some of the more selective colleges and universities in the United States. According to Matthew Yglesias writing for Slate, this means that the best schools in the country lose access to as many as 20,000 potential high-performing students per year. It isn’t a surprise that the large proportion of high-achieving students come from families with higher income. Of those whose ACT and SAT scores place them in the top 10% of the student population, only 17% come from families in the bottom quarter of the U.S. population in income. Read more...

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Parsing the humanities

digital_humanities_quote_448x200By Suzanne Bowness. Everything you wanted to know about digital humanities. If you’re old enough to remember a time before the Internet, cast your ears back to this sound: Pshhhkkkkkkrrrrkakingkakingkaking tshchchchchchchchcch*ding*ding*ding.
That’s right. That’s the irritating – and maybe for some nostalgic – ring of an old-fashioned modem connecting your computer to the Internet (with phonetics borrowed from The Atlantic).
Now, imagine yourself back in the era when that sound was a novelty, particularly in the quiet halls of an English or history department, where the loudest ambient noise up to that point may have been the quiet swish of pages turning. Or perhaps a pencil scraping lightly at their margins. If you were that reader, hearing that “ding” for the first time, you might have looked up from your book and wondered what exactly was going on. You might have heard the birth of a new discipline called the digital humanities.
For most digital humanities scholars, even that time-frame of the mid-1990s is a bit late. They date the field’s origins to well before modems and the Internet, although at first it didn’t really have a name until it was called humanities computing and later, digital humanities. Read more...

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Reaching out to university alumni through social media

social_media_word_bubble_210x400By Tema Frank. Alumni departments turn to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and more, to engage alumni. This past October, when Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier in a free-fall jump from the stratosphere, the alumni relations department at McGill University realized that the person who designed the outfit used for the jump was a McGill graduate. Within hours, the department had posted an article about the designer on three separate Facebook pages: that of the alumni department, the faculty he’d graduated from, and a volunteer-run branch of alumni. The opportunity to piggyback on news to deepen connections with alumni is one of the many ways social media can benefit university alumni and development offices across Canada. “We need to be where our alumni are,” says Derek Cassoff, director of communications for McGill’s office of development and alumni relations. “We need to be in their newsfeeds.”
And the alumni are decisively there – on all platforms of social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn. More than 90 percent of online adults now use social media regularly (according to the U.S. 2012 Digital Marketer Benchmark and Trend Report) and younger alumni prefer to communicate by social media rather than by email or print. This means that social media is no longer optional for effective communications with alumni. Read more...

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100,000-student classroom next big thing

Winnipeg Free PressBy Elliot King and Neil Alperstein. The debate about massively open online courses, or MOOCs, has reached such a fevered pitch that we recently got to witness an internecine argument about it at the New York Times.
On one side was the technology-optimist columnist Thomas Friedman, who imagines a time when students in a remote village in Egypt could install a couple of computers with high-speed Internet access, hire a local facilitator and study with the best professors in the world.
On the other side, the Times editorial board felt compelled to point out that most online courses are pretty dreadful, with high dropout rates and poor learning outcomes.
Of course, online education and its first incarnation, distance learning, have been around for a long time. MOOCs have leapt onto the front pages because of their scale -- 10,000, 100,000, 200,000 students -- and the name-brand schools involved. Students can study with M.I.T. professors. Wow. As exciting as that may sound, the shortcomings and challenges have also been well known for years. Read more...

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Online education's false promises

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Simona Chiose. What began last year as a technology upgrade in education has more recently become a revolution meme. At last week’s South by Southwest Edu conference (the education partner to the SXSW music and film festival), almost a dozen panels were devoted to the subject of massive open online courses. Known by the rather bovine acronym MOOC, the latest iteration of online learning was debated in panels with titles like Online Education: Will It Make Us Smarter? and Not Another Zombie Idea. Read more...

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MOOC changing universities forever, and for the better

The Chronicle HeraldBy Jim Lotz. University education has been described as the process whereby the notes of the professor become those of the student, without going through the minds of either. The lecture system began in early medieval Europe when the gilded youth of the time gathered to learn from scholars who had access to books and who had acquired much wisdom from other sources.
Universities remained elite institutions until after the Second World War, when demand for advanced education exploded. Governments poured money into existing universities as they expanded, and encouraged the creation of new ones. The lecture system remained the basis of teaching, even as knowledge in all fields expanded at an exponential rate. Read more...

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Student loan writeoffs estimated at $173M

By Michael Woods. Three-year total reaches $716 M. The federal government plans to write off $173 million in unpaid student loans in the coming fiscal year, which will bring its three-year writeoff total to $716 million.
Taxpayers were on the hook for $312 million in Canada Student Loan writeoffs in the 201112 fiscal year and $231 million in the current fiscal year (201213), although the loans in question span many years.
Most student finance experts say forgiving unpaid student debt is simply the cost of doing business, with the government taking on risk to help thousands of people get an education who otherwise couldn't afford it. They also say the federal student loans system is simpler and more forgiving than it was 10 or 15 years ago. Read more...

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