04 août 2014

Blogphilosophy: does #peace, pacifist education exist in #MOOC?

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. How many MOOCs focus on building peace? It seems not too many, yet we all need it. So… this blog rolled out of my keyboard.
The summer of war
It used to be that July and August were said to be leisure months. In Flemish: cucumber time: a time where nothing important is said or done, and life can be lived and enjoyed in simple ways.
With social media, networks and connected communities… this is no longer the case. No matter how hard I try I cannot keep war and conflict out of my mind’s eye. It is there, and it provides me with tons of anxiety for I myself feel helpless while watching the world stage as it is alight with anger and grief across multiple regions. Read more...

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#CALRG14 Maseltov project and mobile incidental language learning for immigrants

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. The Maseltov project on mobile incidental learning services to support language learning and the social inclusion of recent immigrants was presented by Mark Gaved  .
Particularly interested in lower education people, which has an effect on employability and all the other challenges faced by immigrants moving from their original country to other countries.
Maseltov project site: http://www.maseltov.eu/project/
Incidental learning is described as “… unintentional or unplanned learning that results from other activities”. Read more...

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#OER on higher ed, corporate, personal & #development

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. Thanks to my new contact Vivienne Bozalek from UWC, I got redirected to ROER4D (Open Educational Resources for the Global South or for development). She shared an interesting talk with Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. And as I was listening to this 30 minute talk, another OER movie caught my attention: Using OER for workforce development which was presented by Una Daly from the Open CourseWare Consortium. Which led to the OER use in an open course, which is (among others) done and shared by the Tompkins Courtland Community College through the Kaleidoscope project. This in term reminded my of a talk given by Stephen Downes on the MOOC of one, which in a small (but to me relevant way) links OER to personal learning environments. Read more...

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#nanodegree #badges #lifelong learning thoughts

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. The new Udacity and AT&T initiative rolling out nanodegrees for people who follow specific MOOC or online courses in general has a logical and nice ring to it. The idea is simple: for all learners following a course successfully (= as indicated by the institute/corporation designing the course and its interactions/assignments/tasks), a nanodegree can be earned that illustrate immediate job skills and knowledge. This earning does cost: 200 $ per month (courses on average 6 - 12 months), but it is much cheaper then a college degree. As such Udacity goes for the corporate MOOC creation which (in part) addresses training people for specific jobs through MOOC. Smart move of course from Udacity to corner the more entrepreneurial need job/training market. And although other MOOC providers, such as Coursera do have similar tracks (i.e. specializations), Udacity seems to be a fore runner for this type of MOOCs. Read more...

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#Flipped classroom streamed conference & some #history

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. With all the changes that are happening in education (more online, more access for many students) the concept of the flipped classroom has gained a lot of attention, and it attracted a lot of researchers investigating its benefits and challenges. In the last CALRG conference, I saw a presentation of one of the prolific researchers on flipped classrooms in the UK (Beatriz de-los-arcos) who was mentioning a flipped classroom conference that is happening next week. Read more...

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Full Disclosure

By Michael Feldstein and . As you probably know, we run a consulting business (MindWires Consulting) and sometimes work with the companies and schools that we write about here. Consequently, we periodically remind you and update you on our conflict of interest policies. We do our best to avoid or minimize conflicts of interest where we can, but since our system isn’t perfect, we want you to understand how we handle them when they arise so that you can consider our analysis with the full context in mind. We value your trust and don’t take it for granted. More...

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Bachelor-Abschlüsse dauern länger als geplant

Die Bologna-Reform sollte das Studium beschleunigen, doch der Bachelor wird nur selten in sechs Semestern geschafft. In Bayern, Berlin und NRW dauert es ein Jahr länger.
Sechs Semester beträgt die Regelstudienzeit beim Bachelor-Abschluss an deutschen Universitäten – aber das Studium dauert im Durchschnitt erheblich länger. Statistiken aus Nordrhein-Westfalen, Berlin und Bayern belegen dies laut einem Bericht der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung. 8,64 Semester war demzufolge der Schnitt 2013 in NRW, wo ein Viertel der deutschen Studierenden eingeschrieben ist. Mehr...

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"Müssen Studenten Latein lernen?"

Von Anna K. Bernzen. Viele Lehramtsstudenten oder Doktoranden anderer Fächer brauchen ein Latinum. Wird so analytisches Denken gefördert, oder ist der Aufwand unnötig? Ein Pro und Contra.
Latein ist ein Bildungsfossil. Aber was wäre unsere Welt ohne Fossilien? Ein Paläontologe kann anhand der Versteinerungen die Geschichte des Lebens nachvollziehen. Mehr...

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Soll ich in der Wirtschaft promovieren?

Von Viola Diem. Wer an der Uni schreibt, hat mehr Freiheit, im Unternehmen knüpft man Kontakte. Was ist besser?
Ich wollte während meiner Promotion erste Schritte ins Berufsleben machen, genauer: in die Wirtschaft. Deshalb schreibe ich meine Dissertation im Rahmen einer Forschungsarbeit für SAP, die größte europäische Firma für Unternehmens-Software. Mit einem Kollegen entwickle ich dort ein Programm zur Social-Media-Analyse. Mehr...

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The MOOC metrics we should be tracking

eCampus NewsBy - . Understanding student demographic factors might help us teach a new generation of learners how to succeed in MOOCs. An important technique for understanding what might really be happening in the world is to avoid being bowled over by stunning numbers. More...

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