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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

White paper: See how "blended learning" can help students succeed

"Blended Learning: Combining Face-to-Face and Online Instruction."
This paper contains the latest research findings, and gives you the chance to learn more about how Aventa Learning can help you provide your students with an individualized education that meets their needs.


Today, school systems like yours are seeking new and innovative ways to customize learning to suit the needs of their students. As a solution, an increasing number are turning to blended learning, a unique academic model that combines online learning and face-to-face support.

Aventa Learning is proud to be at the leading edge of this movement. Since 2002, we've partnered with nearly two thousand schools to provide cost-effective supplemental and credit recovery courses: to give students more choices, or help them earn the credits they need to move on, move up, and enter the work force or pursue higher education.

The white paper gives you a comprehensive overview of independent research about blended learning. The paper also discusses how Aventa provides schools with the tools and curriculum to craft individualized options, so students can connect with content, instructors, mentors, and each other, both online and face to face.
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Source: Education Week Advertiser - Aventa Learning Newsletter


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Irish Pocket Heart and Pocket Body mobile win top European award

A Galway-based medical education software visualisation company has been awarded at this year’s European Media in Education Awards (MEDEA) in Brussels.

Photo: eMedia
Pocket Anatomy’s mobile medical education products – Pocket Heart and Pocket Body mobile – were selected by a judging panel of 74 European e-learning practitioners who said the products were an excellent example of e-learning.

The company’s products were further described by the judging panel as “self-learning instruments with high-quality learning content, excellent visualisation and animation combined with the right tools to enable learners to achieve clear learning goals”.
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Apps on the Daily Show


Related links
eMedia - Bringing your Science to Life
ThePocketAnatomy YouTube Channel

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EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Releases New White Paper on Blended Learning

ELI has released a new white paper, Blended Learning: A Report on the ELI Focus Session, by Veronica Diaz and Malcolm B. Brown (EDUCAUSE).


On September 15 and 16, 2010, the ELI teaching and learning community gathered for an online focus session on blended learning. This white paper is a synthesis of the key ideas, themes, and concepts that emerged from those sessions. This white paper also includes links to supporting focus session materials, recordings, and resources. It represents a harvesting of the key elements that we, as a teaching and learning community, need to keep in mind as we work to refine the blended instructional delivery model in higher education.
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Source: EDUCAUSE


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State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Releases Report on States’ Uses of ARRA Funds for Technology and K-12 Reform

"ARRA Investments in Technology, Innovation, and K-12 Reform: The Digital Education Funding Cliff," a report released at the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) 2010 Leadership Summit and Education Forum earlier this month, illustrates that with appropriate funding and leadership, states and districts can make positive differences for students.


The report, which is the first and only of its kind, offers a preliminary snapshot of how states and school districts are using funds from the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Program under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The result is an explosion of innovation with regard to digital and open content, online assessment, online and blended learning, increasing student and teacher access to a wide and growing array of computing devices — allowing for more choices and personalization — and even increased access to powerful data and information on student learning.

Coupled with the release of the National Education Technology Plan at the SETDA event by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan  and the release earlier this year of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, which included within it an ambitious education agenda, the work states and districts are completing with the ARRA funding continues a strong momentum toward increasing education effectiveness and efficiency through technology.

Secretary Duncan speaking to SETDA ED Forum


About the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA).
Founded in 2001, SETDA is the national member association that represents the interests of the educational technology leadership of state and territorial education agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
SETDA members work collectively and in public-private partnerships to ensure that meaningful technology innovations with broad potential for systemic improvements and cost-savings in teaching, learning and leadership are brought to scale.
For more information, please visit www.setda.org.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Upcoming Training Magazine Network Free Webinars


I hope you take advantage of these opportunities to improve your webinar skills and knowledge.

Date: Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010
Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern (60 Minute Session)

Blended learning has become an accepted practice in the learning space. Blended today means some combination of online learning, classroom experiences, and on-the-job mentoring. It's benefits and impacts are well-known and well-researched. But what if we're not really blending the right stuff? What if the gains we've seen to date are just the tip of the iceberg?

Today's blended learning is a cocktail of ice, water, and seltzer water - all variations on a theme, the theme of top-down learning. We're blending delivery models, but not the learning paradigm. The new blended learning mixes formal learning with collaborative and social learning, internal learning with training for the extended enterprise.

In this session, we'll discuss what the new blending looks like, how it differs from the old, and why you should consider adding it to your mix. We'll talk about when and how to blend social into your formal REGISTER

Do-it-Yourself eLearning with Free and Instant Delivery Tools


Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010
Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern (60 Minute Session)

How do you drastically cut cost and immediately roll-out eLearning? Do-it-yourself.

Whether you are a lone and single do-it-all eLearning department or part of the large development team, the skills of the do-it-yourself eLearning producer are of increasingly high value. Many eLearning initiatives have to be done and delivered now and you are expected to respond.

In this webinar, you will learn quick and dirty - but effective - eLearning approaches. You will learn a simplified design and low costs solutions.

Topics covered:
  • Why Do-it-Yourself eLearning skills are increasingly a job requirement?
  • How can you deliver low budget eLearning and respond to sometimes unreasonable demands?
  • How to use "on-the-fly" and short-cut instructional design techniques?
  • Where to find and use low cost, commonly used, and free software for immediately delivery?
  • What do you do if you are absolutely brand new in eLearning and sometimes overwhelmed?
  • How can use your do-it-yourself eLearning skills to secure new jobs or career opportunities?
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M-Learning Theory Mashups


Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern (60 Minute Session)

How do you match the power of distributed, cloud-based computing combined with appropriate learning theories? mLearning theory mashups provide the same granularity in learning design as technology mashups.

Don't let your learning design take a back seat to your mobile technology. Apply a powerful model that puts learning first. Come see leading-edge examples from Google, the military, Johnson & Johnson, and others.

In this session, you will learn:
  • The learning theories that are the most unique and relevant to mobile delivery
  • A learning theory mashup framework for combining multiple learning theories
  • How to develop a mashup curriculum and apply mobile technology
  • How to develop a blended learning plan for cloud computing
  • How to benchmark examples of successful learning theory mashups
  • Recommendations with how to integrate mobile apps
  • Audience: appropriate for all levels
Technologies discussed in this session: Mobile, messaging, Podcasting, video streaming, mobile LMS integration, cloud computing, alternate reality games.
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7 Things You Should Know About the HyFlex Course Model

Look at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, the "7 Things You Should Know about..." series.


7 Things You Should Know About the HyFlex Course Model

Abstract:
HyFlex is a course design model that presents the components of hybrid learning in a flexible course structure that gives students the option of attending sessions in the classroom, participating online, or doing both. Students can change their mode of attendance weekly or by topic, according to need or preference.
Models like HyFlex, which present multiple paths through course content, may work well for courses where students arrive with varying levels of expertise or background in the subject matter. Courses built on the HyFlex model help to break down the boundary between the virtual classroom and the physical one. By allowing students access to both platforms, the design encourages discussion threads to move from one platform to the other.
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Related link
HyFlex Course Design Theory  (PDF)
Connecting Online and On-Ground Learners with HyFlex Courses
This session will report on four years of experience delivering graduate education with the HyFlex approach.

Source: EDUCAUSE


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

eXact learning solutions outlines how e-learning can help European economies remain competitive

Carin Martell, International Alliances Manager at the leading learning content management (LCMS) and digital repository (DR) solution provider, eXact learning solutions, was one of the keynote speakers at the European e-learning Summit, held in Sheffield from 17th to 19th November.


Presenting 'A European Perspective', Martell outlined world population and economic trends - to set a context for the future development - and value - of e-learning.

She explained that the average age of people in Europe is rising while the populations in Asia's growing economies are both young and plentiful. She commented: "For example, some 80% of the population of Pakistan is under 30 - and 1bn workers will join the labour market in Asian economies such as those of India and China in the next ten years.

The European e-learning Summit delegates - Europe's top e-learning strategists, content and systems developers, drawn from the private and public sectors as well as academia - discussed the European and world markets for e-learning, identified industry trends and the key issues in e-learning today.
The Summit was organised by Learning Light, the Sheffield-based company which focuses on promoting the use of e-learning and learning technologies, and was supported by learndirect and by Creativesheffield.
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About eXact learning solutions
eXact learning solutions, formerly Giunti Labs, is a leading learning content management and digital repository solutions provider, which offers a wide range of tools and services for content development, content management and content delivery, covering:

• Learning content management system (LCMS) and digital repository platforms
• Mobile learning technologies
• Multi-language bespoke learning content production
• Consulting and professional services

The company has over fifteen years of experience and more than 100 customers worldwide. Our technological innovations allow enterprises to improve their organizational performance, and achieve significant reductions in business costs.

Source: 24-7 Press Release


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eSchool News highlights blended learning in new Educator Resource Center

Free resource for integrated learning in the classroom.
eSchool News released a new Educator Resource Center (ERC) focused on guiding educators in successfully implementing blended learning in classrooms.

Photo: eSchool News
Sponsored by K12, Inc., “The Many Faces of Blended Learning” is comprised of key resources and examples of combined virtual and traditional learning techniques to form a modern and effective learning strategy.

eSchool News writes, "Technology is transforming education, most notably in the way students have access to learning opportunities. No longer must students sit in a classroom, plodding along at the same pace as their peers, if they wish to learn—as online instruction has opened a new world of possibilities."
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Source: PR Log


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Attitudes of Face-to-Face and e-Learning Instructors toward 'Active Learning'

Please be sure to check out this paper, appears in the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning.
Date of publishing 16.11.2010.



Attitudes of Face-to-Face and e-Learning Instructors toward 'Active Learning'
By David Pundak, Orit Herscovitz, Miri Shacham

Abstract
Instruction in higher education has developed significantly over the past two decades, influenced by two trends: promotion of active learning methods and integration of web technology in e-Learning. Many studies found that active teaching improves students' success, involvement and thinking skills. Nevertheless, internationally, most instructors maintain traditional teaching methods.
A research tool – Active Instruction Tendency – (AIT) questionnaire developed on the basis of 'active instructors' experience exposed the transitions they had undergone. Following a review of the literature and examination of 'active instructors' attitudes, six key areas that may characterize the lecturer's tendency to adopt active learning were identified.
Using the AIT questionnaire, we examined attitudes concerning active learning of 135 instructors in three Israeli higher education institutions and 56 European distance and e-learning instructors. Their attitudes were compared with the attitudes of 'active instructors' who, for the past five years, have taught in active learning environments. In all six identified instruction areas, significant differences were found between attitudes of 'active instructors' and other instructors. Identification of these differences expands the theoretical knowledge corpus concerning instructors' attitudes toward active learning, presenting a new tool to characterize these attitudes.
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Source: The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL)


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elearningeuropa.info Newsletter - November 2010


The e-learning Newsletter brings you news about current issues, open calls, forthcoming events and e-learning resources.Take a look at this interesting line-up below.


FORUM on Language resources and Web 2.0: the latest hype or new perspectives?.
After the Webinar on this topic, a public forum has opened in order to facilitate debate on the challenges of social media in the development of language resources and in empowering language learning. The forum should allow more opportunities for exchange, particularly in an asynchronous mode and will remain open for two months (October - December 2010). Afterwards, 3 key issues and 3 recommendations in relation to the topic of language resources in the web 2.0 era will be published. Join in to expand the discussion and interact with experts and the community!
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PROJECT OF THE MONTH.
The TC*Teacher project seeks to create an international teacher training methodology which will be based on European best practice and achievements. It will create face-to-face training courses as well as offerings for distance learning. It aims to be the first step in advancing not just technological knowledge but also teachers' pedagogical capacity in their specific subject areas.
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EDEN Dublin 2011 Annual Conference. Learning and Sustainability.
The New Ecosystems of Innovation and Knowledge. 19 - 22 June 2011 (Dublin, Ireland) The aim of the 2011 EDEN conference is to highlight different ways and approaches to integrate the concept of responsible and sustainable development to learning, in its widest sense. You are invited to submit proposals for presentations in parallel sessions, posters or short demonstrations that relate to one or more of the conference themes.
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12th National E-Learning Conference. 5 - 6 April 2011 (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Over the past twelve years, the National E-Learning Conference has developed into the leading platform for presenting and discussing e-learning developments in the Netherlands and Belgium. In this 12th edition, even more than in previous years, the primary focus will be on practical aspects and experience. The ‘experience plaza’ has therefore been designated the heart of this 12th edition.
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Selected articles

eQSF - Setting new Quality Standards for ICT in Learning
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays an increasing role in education and learning. Research shows that ICT has great potential to significantly increase learning outcomes for students.
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Publications

Sixth EDEN Research Workshop,Budapest. Keynote Speakers
125 experts from 26 countries discussed the latest research results in Budapest. The engaging keynote speeches are available for download.
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Education in the wild: contextual and location-based mobile learning in action
Mobile phones are becoming context-aware, with GPS positioning, recognition of objects by infrared or wireless tags, and automatic interpretation of images. They are offering opportunities to support...
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Source: elearningeuropa.info


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

New eLearning Video Today: Introducing the Connect Thinking E-Learning Academy

Check out the eLearning Video: A short introduction to the Connect Thinking E-Learning Academy and member benefits.
Visit www.elearningacademy.com.au and eLearningAcademy


Alison Bickford, Director of Connect Thinking and e-coach for the Connect Thinking E-Learning Academy, has begun rolling out a series of free introductory e-learning tutorials through iTunes, YouTube and the Academy blog.

Introducing the Connect Thinking E-Learning Academy



Source: eLearningAcademy YouTube channel


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Learning maths in a fun way

Help your child bridge that learning gap and empower his/her natural ability to learn mathematical concepts in a fun way with E.nopi Maths.

E.nopi workbooks are colourful and fun.
Photo: Brunei Press 
The E.nopi Maths programme is a supplementary learning process developed in Korea by Daekyo, the world's largest open-school, with 4.2 million students in over 13 countries.

The E.nopi Maths programme embraces the understanding, practice and application to develop and enhance the depth and range of understanding of mathematics in children of all ages.

E.nopi workbooks are colourful and self-guided, complete with explanations on the set concepts or topics.
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Source: Borneo Bulletin 


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Try Summer School and Higher Learning at Oxford University


Photo: Archive,
Getty Images, Calgary Herald
At some point in our lives, the idea of going to summer school was sheer drudgery. But now that you're all grown up, the idea might have more appeal -- especially if it means a week of higher learning at Oxford University.
Online registration has begun for the venerated institution's summer school. There's no need to dig out your college or high school transcripts. There are no requirements, exams or papers to qualify.

Choose from 50 one-week courses as eclectic as these examples:
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Details at conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/details.php? id=134.

Source: The Calgary Herald


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Role of e-learning in China’s education system by D. Murali

"China is a vast country with uneven regional development, and this is reflected in the quantity and quality of education, informs an essay on ‘E-learning in Chinese schools and universities,’ included in ‘Distance Education Technologies in Asia,’ edited by Jon Baggaley and Tian Belawati," writes The Hindu.


Published on: 2010-11-10
One learns from the essay important survey findings, such as that more than 60 per cent of students and their parents say they choose online schooling because they think they ‘can obtain guidance from famous teachers in different places’; that schools have developed unevenly with respect to the quality of teaching, services, courseware and websites (content, forms, links updates, etc.); and most K-12 online schools provide an online library containing links to general resources, though not based on the school’s own courses.

The essay concludes with the forecast by the authors that e-learning will lift Chinese higher education to a new level, transforming it from serving not just the elite of the society but the general public, as a crucial component of China’s lifelong education system.
Read more...

Related link
http://astore.amazon.co.uk/helgescherlus-21/detail/8132105613

Source: The Hindu


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Friday, November 26, 2010

Why more and more smart students are staying home from college?

"Irish third level colleges have been slow to let their students study over the internet and off campus, but that may now be changing," writes CareersPortal.


Photo: renjith krishnan
The number of institute of technology students who aren't physically there increased by 31% last year. Part-time numbers are also rising, as mature workers and the unemployed try to increase their skills.

During the last academic year, 1,452 students were doing courses through distance learning or e-learning. Just over 500 of these students interact with the institutes almost exclusively over the internet. They can log on to lectures from anywhere in the world. They can submit questions to the lecturers as they happen, and if they miss a lecture they can catch it later. Online courses are available from the Institutes of Technology in Sligo and Blanchardstown.
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Source: CareersPortal


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Key trends in the Year of the Network

How will things pan out as the online and offline worlds collide? New insight from Shine Communications claims to have the answer.


"Swarming in the Statusphere" offers a glimpse into trends developing from the post digital revolution world. The book is an analysis of the latest ways that people are connecting and the new links, relationships and ideas that form when people want to connect in this new way.

"Our trend books are a way to bring our fresh, smart and connected values to life by working with our network of people and influencers to assemble a snapshot of micro-trends that together add up to a revolution in the way that brands and people need to communicate," explained, Managing Director, Shine Communications, Rachel Bell.
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Kineo E-Learning Sponsors Claire Martin Christmas Jazz Evening

Kineo is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring a Christmas jazz evening in Brighton. Claire Martin and her band will be headlining at the latest Kineo Jazz event in Brighton on 9th December 2010.


While we love e-learning all day, we love Jazz all night. This night is for all of our friends in the e-learning community and beyond to come and enjoy some great Jazz. We're not selling anything - except tickets!

Kineo Director, Steve Rayson commented : "Each Kineo Jazz evening combines major national jazz names with lesser known, but excellent local musicians. It is great to support local jazz musicians in Brighton. Each Kineo Jazz evening has been packed out and we look forward to seeing people again at our Christmas gig with Claire Martin, one of the UK's great female jazz singers."

Related link
Kineo Jazz.
http://www.clairemartinjazz.com/

About Kineo
We are a leading e-learning solutions company passionate about learning and technology. We provide complete solutions including consultancy, e-learning content development and learning platforms. We create innovative solutions using open source software such as Moodle LMS, virtual classrooms and blended solutions.
We have the privilege of working in partnership with a wide range of clients such as Nikon, BP, NHS, Vodafone, McDonald's, HSBC, NSPCC, Canon and many more.

Enjoy this Christmas jazz with Claire Martin and her band.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Babylon.com offers dictionary and translation services to schools free of charge


Here's what's new on eSchool News site today.


Site of the Week
Babylon Ltd., a provider of language learning solutions and dictionary and translation software, has announced a new donation program for K-12 schools worldwide, called “Babylon in Every School.” The program makes Babylon’s dictionary and translation software available to K-12 schools and their students free of charge.

“Our solutions bridge the gap of languages for more than 80 million people worldwide,” said Alon Carmeli, Babylon’s CEO. “Our generation’s mission is to leverage the internet and technology in order to make it a better world for the younger generation. Bridging the language barriers improves communication and knowledge. We believe that Babylon’s project will help today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders.”
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Related link
http://www.babylon.com/k12-program.html

Source: eSchool News


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Free Webinar: Launching a Mobile Learning Program

Launching a Mobile Learning Program: What Every School Leader Should Know.


Date: December 15, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST
Duration: One hour

Today’s students are wired. They have grown up with technology. They have integrated it into their lives. They socialize through technology. Technology gives them instant access to information at home and on the go. But, what about their classroom experience? Some forward thinking educators have realized that technology is a key ingredient in driving student engagement and learning outcomes. These educators are embracing new learning programs that feature a small, portable computer called a “Netbook”. In the hands of students, these devices can help to increase collaboration and engagement, creating a technology-rich learning environment that students are comfortable with.

This webinar features one school district’s story of launching a Netbook program. Lake Tahoe Unified School District embarked on a journey in 2009 to capitalize on smaller, low cost Netbooks to increase student engagement and save money on textbooks. The district began with a pilot program and almost immediately noticed improved classroom results as a result of greater student engagement. The district plans to expand the program, as a result, by putting a Netbook in hands of every student in grades 3 – 12 by the end of 2012. Dr. James Tarwater, Superintendent of Lake Tahoe USD, will present his first hand perspective on launching this program and its impact to date. He will address issues such as funding, organizational buy-in, and technical issues to consider. Dr. Tarwater will also review the key benefits the district has experienced, including cost savings, teacher time savings and increased student enthusiasm.

Webinar attendees interested in launching a Netbook program like Lake Tahoe’s will benefit from hearing the district’s story. Key takeaways include:

1. Increased student engagement and enthusiasm.
2. Cost savings by enabling the adoption of digital textbooks and cloud computing applications.
3. Teacher time savings by enabling the use of online assessment tools that reduce time devoted to grading papers.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Study groups move online, attract students worldwide by Laura Diamond

Some college students studying chemistry recently gathered to share notes, swap strategies and provide moral support.

This scene is played out at college campuses across the country but this one is different. It's not happening in a library or coffee house. It's happening online through a site called OpenStudy.


It's a world-wide network of more than 350 study groups that students can join regardless of where they live or go to school. One particular group was designed for students studying chemistry at Georgia Perimeter College. Users received help from classmates at the college's different campuses and from students as far away as Istanbul.

"We connect students online because that is how they spend their lives," said Preetha Ram, an associate dean at Emory University and one of the site's creators. "This is what the Millennials want."

The free site went live a couple of months ago but was founded in 2007 by a team led by Ram, her husband, Georgia Tech professor Ashwin Ram, and one of their former students. The company is based out of the Advanced Technology Development Center on Tech Square in midtown Atlanta. Most of the employees and student interns have ties to Georgia Tech.

"We are empowering the student community to take care of itself," said Ashwin Ram, a professor in Georgia Tech's College of Computing. "We believe that students can teach one another. Our site shows the power of peer-to-peer learning."

About 12,000 people from 150 countries and territories use the site. The average student is in his or her mid-20s, but participants range from middle school students to senior citizens, organizers said.

Online Study Group
OpenStudy is a free online social learning network made up of more than 350 study groups that attract more than 12,000 people around the world.
To learn more visit: openstudy.com.

Related links
Openstudy.com - An Educational Startup Blog
How It Works

About OpenStudy
OpenStudy is a social learning network where students ask questions, give help, and connect with other students studying the same things. Our mission is to make the world one large study group, regardless of school, location, or background.

OpenStudy uses AI recommendation engines to match students, and really real-time technologies to facilitate online interaction. It’s like walking into a library or coffee shop and finding just the right group of students who can help you with what you’re studying right now or someone struggling with a problem who could really use your help…halfway across the globe.

OpenStudy was founded in 2007 by Ashwin Ram, a Georgia Tech professor, Preetha Ram, an Emory University dean, and their former student and CTO Chris Sprague who returned to Atlanta after a stint in the Valley. They were joined by serial entrepreneur and now CEO, Phil Hill, along with a team of smart students from Georgia Tech and Emory who, after feeling your pain, devoted the last two years of their lives making your study experience less lonely and more productive.

OpenStudy is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Georgia Research Alliance. We’re located at Georgia Tech’s ATDC Center in Technology Square, Midtown Atlanta.

Like any successful startup, we work hard, have fun, and believe in what we do. We invite you to use us, join us, and spread the word. We want to change the way the world learns, and we’d love to have you be part of it.

Source: Atlanta News


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New EBook by Google to Learn All About Web and Browsers

I just came across this post by Debajyoti Das for Snaphow.Com Blog, an illustrated ebook from the Google Chrome team titled “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web in 20 chapters.

Debajyoti writes, "A book worth downloading (free) or reading online which is even more exciting since the site is made in html5 and you can turn the pages by pressing right or left key. The explanations are put into terms that non-techie people can understand."

It's twenty years ago this month, Tim Berners-Lee published his proposal for the World Wide Web.


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Professor’s ‘yawn’ rant offers a lesson in viral video by Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor


"Recorded meltdown a reminder that embarrassing behavior can be seen around the world in an age of video lectures," writes eSchool News 


Cornell Professor Outbursts at a Student's 'Overly Loud' Yawn



Cornell University Professor Mark Talbert’s search for a student who yawned during class was first seen by about 200 students. The recorded rant had been viewed 522,000 times on YouTube as of press time—and educators say it’s a reminder that anything said in a lecture hall these days can be held against you in the court of viral video
.
Even if lecture capture technology isn't used in a classroom,
a student could record an embarrassing moment on a cell phone.
Photo: eSchool News
Talbert, a senior lecturer in Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, was recorded in a late October lecture searching the hall for a student who had yawned loudly in the middle of Talbert’s presentation.

Talbert asked the more than 200 students to identify the person who had yawned, adding that the “overly loud” yawning had become too frequent.

My bad side is as bad as my pleasant side is pleasant,” he said. “Don’t push me that way. … If I hear one more of these overly loud yawns, get up and walk the hell out! Yawn outside! Stay out of class—whatever it is you need to do to get over it.”

Talbert, who later asked the class for an anonymous tip revealing the yawner, continued: “You should be asking yourself, ‘Why am I the one loser that has to [yawn] when 220 know better? Don’t push me to this point again.”

Professors and lecturers said that while viral video lectures could be embarrassing for educators, knowing that a breach in decorum could be seen by hundreds of thousands might discourage professors from classroom meltdowns.

Tammy Peery, chair of the English Department at Montgomery College’s Germantown, Md. campus, said videotaping lectures — with officials lecture capture systems or by camera phone — could create carefully-edited internet hits that make educators look petty and mean spirited.

“While … part of the solution is to always be civil and professional, it is always super easy to take snippets of recordings and video out of context and make them look damaging,” said Peery, who was ranked Maryland’s top online instructor last year. “I want my faculty to be aware that it could happen to them. It’s yet another reason why many of us require that cell phones, in particular, be stowed during class.”
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Source:  eCampus News


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Galaxiki 2.0 turns the popular sci-fi site into a social network

Jos Kirps has been in touch to reminds us about the brand new Galaxiki 2.0 and he said, "it's the biggest update ever, offering over 100 new features and enhancements."


Some of the highlight features are listed here:

- it's a real Social Network: add friends, share your thoughts & your work
- the new Galaxiki Robot provides useful information about what's going on
- users may join groups, like things or attend events
- many user requested improvements

Related links
Galaxiki (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Jos Kirps's Popular Science and Technology Blog
Jos Kirps Biography
http://scherlund.blogspot.com/2007/08/galaxiki-project.html


About Galaxiki and Jos Kirps
Galaxiki is a wiki based, editable online galaxy consisting of millions of stars, planets, moons, pulsars, black holes and much more. Site members can edit solar systems, invent life forms and write their own science
fiction stories. Community members have to make sure their stories are compatible with other user's stories to create a consistent fictional universe. Galaxiki now has thousands of users.

Galaxiki is a non-profit project, the site is relying on advertising and on users willing to pay a small amount to get an own, personal solar system instead of community-editable systems.

In mid 2007 Jos Kirps launched Galaxiki, a wiki galaxy consisting of millions of stars, planets and moons editable by its community members. The project gained great worldwide attention, it was website of the week in Linux Journal USA, website of the day on Yahoo!, About.com, Pocketlint, redOrbit and many more.
In 2008 Galaxiki was one of the SEOmoz Web2.0 award winners, it was 2nd in the category games and entertainment.


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Free Webinar: Blending Traditional and Online Learning 101

Blending Traditional and Online Learning 101: Best Practices to Get Your School Started


Date: December 9, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST
Duration: One hour

Today, the blending of traditional classroom instruction with online learning is bridging the achievement gap and marking the biggest single shift in public education in more than 100 years. Innovative public schools are opting for blended or hybrid classroom environments, with 70% of learning taking place in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting and the remaining 30% of learning happening online.
Hybrid models offer a powerful mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning styles, enabling students to master core content online while deepening critical thinking, problem solving and application of content mastery in a face-to-face setting. Blended or hybrid learning models not only make pedagogical sense, they also make financial sense.

This presentation, presented by Aventa Learning/K12, Inc. in partnership with the Santa Clara County of Education, will offer real-world examples of how schools can successfully incorporate a hybrid model.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of why a blended learning model:

- Successfully attracts and/or retains students and teachers
- Builds a broader range of engaging and rigorous courses and instructors
- Provides financial and educational benefits
- Adds a customized, online learning solution to your culture
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UW-Green Bay to offer new course for online educators

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Division of Outreach and Adult Access will offer a new online course for educators designed to satisfy the educational requirements for teaching online.


The course, “Teaching and Learning in Online Environments,” will provide educators with experience as online learners and the skills necessary to meet the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching. Educators will also examine and experience differences in an online environment as compared to a face-to-face classroom.

The online course begins Feb. 7, 2011 and is available as a two-credit, eight-week course or a three-credit, ten-week course. It is not only open to educators teaching online courses in public schools but also to anyone who is considering teaching an online course at any level.
The deadline for registration is January 17, 2011.
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Related links
For more information  visit www.uwgb.edu/educationoutreach
Download the Education Outreach Student Handbook (PDF)

Source: UW-Green Bay News


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The UK e-learning market 2010

Learning Light has published its third report in four years on the state of the e-learning sector in the UK - and, this year, provides analysis on e-learning in 19 other countries too.


"The UK e-learning market 2010", a report by Learning Light, an organisation which focuses on promoting the use of e-learning and learning technologies, suggests that in the next 12 months, the UK market will grow by no more that 4.76% on the 2009 figure.

The report concludes that the UK remains the largest but not the fastest growing European market for e-learning.
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A brief summary of the report is available for download, free, from http://www.e-learningcentre.co.uk/

About the Learning Light Report
This report began as a simple attempt to update the report written by John Helmer, on behalf of Learning Light, in 2007 on the size and value of the UK e-learning industry. The 2009 Report updated this by interviewing a number of leading players (vendors) in the industry to ask their view of the market and by further seeking to quantify the market size. This series of semi-structured interviews was continued for the 2010 report.

Source: Training Press Releases


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Sunday, November 21, 2010

4 Tips for Teaching Older Adults Basic Internet Skills by Alvina Lopez

Today I have Alvina Lopez guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

As someone who grew up during the 1990s, using the Internet is second-nature to me. While I can still remember the good 'ol days of the dial-up connection and the very basic Internet browser, receiving AOL diskettes in the mail, and other such Net throwbacks, I've since become completely immersed in today's hyper-connected Web 2.0. And it's precisely because I grew up with the Internet that learning new technologies is so easy for me. My parents, however, belong to a different generation, and they only recently expressed a desire to learn the ins and outs of the Internet. Teaching them basic Internet skills inspired me to volunteer for a local literacy organization teaching the Internet to recent immigrants. Here are a few things I've learned along the way that may be helpful for Internet-savvy Gen X- and Y-ers who are charged with the task of teaching older folks how to navigate the Web.

1. Start with the very basics.
"Basic" for those who are just learning the Internet may not be "basic" for you. I always start by demonstrating how to open and close a web browser, enter a URL address, and how to Google search for something. Start by doing the action yourself, then have them do it a few times until they get the hang of it.

2. Teach them what they want to know.
There are several online tools that you may use on a regular basis that you think you couldn't live without, like Facebook, for example. That doesn't mean, however, that an older adult will have any interest in using such tools. After you teach them the basics, give a brief overview of things you can use the Internet for, then ask them what, precisely, they want to learn. I've found that most older adults are interested in no-frills, highly functional things like email, shopping websites ala eBay, Google maps, news and weather sites, etc.

3. After a lesson, make sure to practice with them outside the session.
The adults I've taught often have a difficult time using what they've learned. I suspect that this is because they've gotten by their entire lives without really having to use the Internet, such that they don't really see the point. What I do after I've taught a lesson is interact with them using the tools I showed them. For example, with my parents, I send them emails at least once a week, and I call them exclusively on Skype. When I'm staying with my parents during holidays, I ask my dad to look up directions to a restaurant before we go out. Giving adults ample opportunity to use the Internet will get them to start using it on their own.

4. Be patient!
When I first taught my parents how to use the Internet, I can't count the number of times I got panicked phone calls from them telling me that something went wrong while surfing. Usually, the problem was so simple that I couldn't even understand what the problem was to begin with. This can be a very trying process, but as long as you're patient and understanding, they'll get better and better at it in no time at all.

Before teaching adults Internet literacy, I had no idea what a rewarding process it would be. It's a great feeling to be able to say that you've given back something to the adults who have given you so much. If your parents or other older adults in your life haven't yet jumped on the Internet bandwagon, encourage them to give it a try. You'd be surprised by what a wonderful bonding experience it can be.

Related links
Take a closer look at  Accredited Online Colleges' blog
http://learningonlineinfo.org/2010/10/16/robert-darntons-digital-library-elearnings-future
http://blog.dinogane.com/2010/10/prospective-mba-students-other.html



About Accredited Online Colleges
Online colleges around the nation want to obtain an accredited status for many important reasons. A college’s academic reputation has a great deal to do with its accreditation status. Accreditation also ensures that graduates’ credits will transfer to other colleges, as well as be accepted by potential employers. All in all, accreditation signifies a school’s credibility, academic repute and the quality of instructors. Some schools are not accredited because they are too new or do not want to be accredited. However, it is in your best interest to either choose an accredited school that will be recognized or closely investigate schools that are not accredited. Find out why they haven’t reached accreditation, if they are pursuing it and if credits will transfer.
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This guest post is contributed by Alvina Lopez, who writes on the topics of accredited online schools. She welcomes your comments at her email.

Many thanks to Alvina Lopez.
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