is a free online tool for teachers to create and deliver lessons digitally
, a tool for pulling together slides of text and images and embedded Youtube clips into a unique url to create a multimedia lesson. It is also a valuable tool for students to create presentations or projects.
The drag-and-drop interface of Edcanvas
allows teachers and students to search easily for internet resources, curate, organise and share content all in one place.
Teachers can setup classes and give students a code to join the class. Educators are also able to see and share student-made canvases. Click here
to see a 38 seconds tutorial on how to create an online lesson in Edcanvas
"A Guide to Quality in Online Learning” is designed to provide insight into opportunities presented by online learning. Structured in the form of 16 frequently asked questions, the publication launched in June 2013 summarizes the key quality issues in online education
in a concise and accessible manner.
Edited by renowned higher education experts Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić and Sir John Daniel and authored by Neil Butcher and Merridy Wilson-Strydom, this newly published guide from Academic Partnerships is available to download for free in both English
The guide an additional reading list focused on quality benchmarks
and international best practices
Website: Academic Partnerships.
is an open source e-learning and collaboration platform
. The project is lead by a legal non-profit association founded in Belgium in 2010. Chamilo
is currently used by more than 6,000,000 teachers and students
around the world. Governments, private companies, public and private universities, NGOs and other types of organisations are using this free software suite
to manage from simple live training to full distant learning, certification centres, e-courses and staff selection.
is a platform developed by the University of Alicante (Spain) that provides university teachers a series of tools to develop and manage online courses and lessons.
The objective of Eduonline
is to serve the university community in general and provide a virtual space to develop many of the activities that are done physically at the campuses.
The platform aims to incorporate Internet into teaching practices and university research. Teachers can design and manage an online course using a simple web interface which allows creating and changing in just a few steps any content. Eduonline
is designed to optimize the integration of teaching in accordance with the European ECTS credits.
Madrid Open University (UDIMA
) is offering a series of free online summer courses during the month of July
. The courses are taught using the Elluminate platform, a tool that combines real-time videoconferencing possibilities, chats and presentations with full interaction between participants. A total of 80 seminars
are scheduled to take place throughout the month, framed within 10 distinct areas of study: Tourism, Psychology, Labour and Human Resources, Business Administration and Economics, Law, Criminology, Journalism, History and Humanities, Computer Engineering and Industrial Organisation, and Innovation. Read more...
eLearning Papers, a digital publication created as part of the European Commission’s elearningeuropa.info portal, has been included among the 99 Best Online College Resources on Open Courseware and MOOCs by the Top 5 Online Colleges blog.
Published five times a year, the online magazine highlights the latest trends on e-learning in Europe and stimulates research. eLearning Papers provides all those interested with an opportunity to have their texts published. Through these articles, the journal promotes the use of ICT for lifelong learning in Europe.
eLearning Papers has been listed among the best General Open Learning online resources, a selection of sites which provide access to open education resources, including lecture transcripts and recordings, textbooks, class syllabi, assignment rubrics, and educational material in any format that can be transmitted electronically. Click here to access the eLearning Papers archive. “MOOCs and Beyond”, its latest issue, focuses on the challenges and future of Massive Open Online Courses.
By Mirren Gidda.
For the past week I've been frozen on the final step of creating an online dating
profile – not least because I can't think of a suitably private yet mature username. Before writing about this for the Guardian it was a decision I'd kept completely confidential and I'm still not sure that I'll follow it through. It wasn't something I'd ever even considered until my best friend suggested it. Two of her friends at university highly recommended online dating – and it turns out a few of my friends had quietly been doing it, though it's still not something the majority of my friends are prepared to consider. There are several student dating websites: Date at Uni, Dating for Students
and the terribly named FreshMeet that boast tens of thousands of student members. Read more...
By Joseph G. Casion and Joshua E. Gewolb.
More and more colleges are expanding into online education, through traditional courses and MOOCs, or massive open online courses. Developing courses is expensive and requires a lot of technical expertise, so many colleges are forming partnerships with for-profit online vendors to help them. Those partnerships provide an extraordinary opportunity for colleges—but they also present new legal risks. In the past several years, the for-profit-education sector has been the subject of a number of lawsuits, in which the government has extracted large settlements. Colleges need to be aware of their own risks and to create agreements that protect against liability when entering into partnerships with online-education providers. Read more...
By Sara Grossman.
New digital eyewear from Google, which features a built-in Webcam and the ability to display e-mail messages and other information, has sparked a mix of curiosity
in the popular press, but several professors are rushing to try it out in their teaching and research—and early reviews are mixed. Read more...
By Audrey Watters. My boyfriend Kin Lane, "the API Evangelist," and I gave this morning's keynote at InstructureCon. So yeah, I had to go on stage after MC Hammer opened the event last night. Tough act to follow. But I didn't cuss. Below are our slides and a rough version of what I said...
It is quite strange for me to be standing here, giving the keynote this morning. For one thing, it’s too damn early, and I can’t think of any appropriate MC Hammer jokes to make about education and can’t touch-iness. For another – and this is the biggie – it’s the first time that Kin and I have been asked to share the stage, and for reasons that I hope our talk will make clear, I think it’s fairly significant – not just for our relationship, but for Instructure to have recognized the important overlap in our work. Me: a writer about education and ed-tech, someone who cares about open learning, learner agency. Read more...