07 septembre 2013

Towards a theory or model of productivity for online learning: outcomes, scale and design

http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/themes/education/images/bg.pngBy . In the HEQCO report and in his blog posts, Tom Carey raised the important issue of what part of online teaching can be scaled, and what cannot.
Outcomes and scale
I want to address this question in terms of what outcomes we are trying to achieve in education, because scaling must relate to what we are trying to do. For instance, it is quite possible to scale content delivery – this has been done since the early days of print and more recently radio and television. As Internet and mobile access becomes almost universal, the Internet can also deliver content at scale – this is what MOOCs do so well.
However, most educators at least would agree that education is more than just the delivery of information. There are lots of different ways to define learning outcomes, and at differing levels of detail, but I’ll start by quoting the following from Max Blouw, the President of Wilfred Laurier University, and Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities, in today’s Globe and Mail. More...

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04 septembre 2013

La FOAD et le Programme régional de formation continue 2014-2016 du Conseil régional de Bourgogne

http://www.foad-bourgogne.org/charte/conseil-regional-logo.gifLe Conseil régional de Bourgogne, dans le cadre du renouvellement de son programme régional de formation continue pluriannuel pour la période 2014-2016, a pris en compte des éléments d’évolution formulés par le groupe de travail Cahier des Charges FOAD de la Communauté bourguignonne.
Les deux évolutions en question sont :
- la possibilité de proposer, en plus d’actions FOAD classiques, une FOAD dite « expérimentale », pour un public ciblé et des modalités très précises,
- une nouvelle typologie de description de la FOAD, en termes d’engagements des organismes de formation, à la place des scénarios Compétice jusqu’à présents utilisés.
Le groupe de travail Cahier des Charges FOAD s’était donné pour objectif de clarifier la valeur ajoutée des actions à modalités FOAD et par là-même de guider les organismes de formation sur la lisibilité de leur offre.
La prise en compte des préconisations du groupe dans un appel d’offres aussi important que celui du Conseil régional sur son programme régional de formation est une démarche encourageante pour le développement de la FOAD en Bourgogne.
Cahier des Clauses Administratives Particulières (CCAP) du Programme régional de formation professionnelle continue pluriannuel – Programme 2014-2016 :
- pour retrouver les informations relatives aux modalités FOAD, et plus précisément à la FOAD dite « expérimentale » : « Précision sur les modalités FOAD », pages 7-8
- pour prendre connaissance de la typologie permettant aux organismes de formation de caractériser leurs engagements dans l’offre FOAD proposée : Annexe 2, page 31
Télécharger le CCAP.

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01 septembre 2013

Plateformes e-learning : une question de lexique et de syntaxe

http://blog.educpros.fr/christine-vaufrey/wp-content/themes/longbeach_christine-vaufrey/images/img01.jpgPar Christine Vaufrey. Travaillant pour différents organismes, j’ai l’occasion de créer des parcours de formation avec des plateformes variées. De plus, je suis de près le développement de Claroline Connect et il me tarde de tester cette nouvelle mouture qui nous promet de regrouper en un seul espace le meilleur de Spiral et le meilleur de Claroline, avec une interface radicalement revue.
Il existe des quantités de plateforme d’e-learning, comme le montre le répertoire des plateformes de formation récemment mis à jour par Denys Lamontagne, directeur de Thot Cursus. Même si l’on s’en tient aux plateformes open source, le choix est encore vaste. Sans repères particuliers, il est alors tentant de se tourner vers les plateformes les plus connues, en partant du principe, pas nécessairement faux, que si tant de gens utilisent telle ou telle plateforme, c’est qu’elle doit donner satisfaction.

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NYTimes.com Down, Higher Ed and Online Learning

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. As I type these words at 7:20pm EST on 8/27/13 two things are happening on other windows on my laptop.
1.  The NYTimes.com website is down.
2.  Students at my institution are learning in live online classes (on Adobe Connect) and asynchronously on our LMS (Blackboard).
According to a number of articles linked to Google News the cause of the NYTimes.com outage is hacking. 
"NY Times Suspects Hackers in Latest Website Crash USA Today
"New York Times Website Believed to be Hacked" the Chicago Tribune.
The NYTimes.com also went dark on August 14th. This was apparently an internal technical issue, not the result of an attack. Read more...

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Running Synchronous Online Classes

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. What synchronous online class meeting platform do you use?  
My days are spent in Adobe Connect, as we have a requirement for up to 30 simultaneous webcam feeds (we call it the Brady Bunch effect). 
From what I have been able to learn, Adobe Connect is still the only platform that can scale to 30 plus simultaneous webcams (am I wrong?). I am a believer in a class seeing all seeing each other during a live meeting - as seeing each face live adds to a sense of intimacy and connection. Read more...

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)


 The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training. The link address is: http://www.col.org/

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Open University student finishes epic bike ride

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy . For some, studying towards a maths degree might feel as challenging as a 22,000-mile bike ride. But one Open University student has combined the two, completing a mammoth cycle around Europe with his laptop and an e-reader in his pocket, allowing him to keep up with his studies. 
Stephen Primrose-Smith, who has been studying for a BSc in mathematics and a diploma in physical sciences, set off on his epic journey two years ago. More...

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31 août 2013

INTED2014 (8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference) - Valencia

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/events/inted2014_logo.pngIATED are inviting you to participate in INTED2014 (8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference). Held in Valancia between October 10-12, the conference will provide a platform for discussion of all things relating to education and technology.

INTED2014 will explore themes such as the latest trends and developments in teaching techniques, learning methodologies, innovations and technologies applied to educational research. 

Participants are invited to share their experiences with experts from around the world. An estimated 650 delegates from 75 different countries are expected to attend, making this an exceptionally international event. 

You can submit an abstract in person and online here. The deadline for abstract submission is 5th of December 2013. Visit the conference website at: http://iated.org/inted/

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 RECmondo is a documented trip across various countries in Asia, Oceania and Europe aiming to give voice to the children. The project, launched by the Spanish NGO Cultural Planet, will provide 40 children in 20 countries tools to help them share their daily reality.

RECmondo will provide a video camera to the participating children, who will record one day in their lives without any adult intervention an in complete freedom. The NGO’s volunteers will later on interview the children and capture footage of the place where they live to complete the documentary.

The goal of the project is to see how children throughout 3 continents think, feel and act.

This crwodfunded project will start on September 2013 and will last at least 10 months. The first stop of RECmondo will be Auckland (New Zealand).

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Call for Papers for the 4th International Conference on eLearning

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/news/4th%20International%20Conference%20on%20e-Learning%202013.pngThe 4th International Conference on eLearning, to be held on 26-27 September, 2013 in Belgrade (Serbia), seeks papers addressing technology, design innovation and pedagogical aspects related to online distance education. The deadline for submissions is 6 September.
The eLearning 2013 forum will pay special attention to Technical Concepts such as Learning Management Systems (LMS), Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and mobile learning technology; Instructional Design, including design and development of online courses, simulation and gamification of learning, and Pedagogical and Psychological Aspects of e-Learning. All papers must be written in English and presented following a specific set of instructions.

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