“Today, ELT (English Language Learning) is all offline,” said David Lu, Knewton’s COO. ”[Macmillan is] creating content for the digital experience from scratch – not only the educational content, but the assessment content.” Article from GigaOm Here. Knewton has been making some strong partnerships, and ELT is an important space.
“There’s a big difference between watching a video and learning something from it. Videos are great for presenting visual information and emotional appeals, but not particularly effective at driving below the surface of non-visual theoretical or abstract topics or for driving critical thinking.”
Thoughtful article at Faculty Focus.
“When my district acknowledged that our students are citizens of the digital world, we realized that we were missing out on so many of its opportunities.” The story of a Kansas school district here on Edudemic.
“……I was raised an academic. The university always had a mystique, a cloud of mystery and veneration. Lauded in my household were the values of objectivity, critical thinking, close reading……Today I am as much in love with the endeavor of higher education as I am disappointed by its outcomes.” Article at one of my favorite sites, Hybrid Pedagogy.
“We need to take ownership of our learning, and sometimes that means we need to be the presenters in our own learning environment.” Good points from Edudemic.
ListedTech put together an infographic which is their way of ranking a MOOC. “It’s a quick, easy way to put the various platforms together, according to WIred Academic, but does not take into account like which Professors actually teach, and differences in platform features.” Article about this on WiredAcademic.
“Last month, Mike Caufield and I introduced the term “distributed flip” in an attempt to call attention to the emerging trend of flipping a course by making use of MOOC content (often “live” MOOC content) and activities. We both believe pretty firmly that MOOCs (both xMOOCs and cMOOCs) can be integrated deeply into a traditional campus based education, providing the economic and pedagogical benefits of networked learning whiel preserving the desirable attributes of traditional face-to-face, place-based education (from a submitted but yet to be published paper.)”
Full article at Signal – Thoughts on Online Learning from Stanford Online.