When we saw the first reports about MOOCs and lack of completion, many of us were not surprised. We were also not surprised to see the demographic statistics – more than half of the learners in most courses had undergraduate degrees, and a large percentage had masters degrees and many even higher. This article from […]
When I started reading this article by Jim Shimabukuro, I didn’t agree with its premise. “Still, he states, the biggest problem with blended approaches, innovative or not, isn’t as much its effectiveness but its impact on completely online courses.” No, I thought. That’s not right. Blended courses are, in terms of efficacy research, […]
Excellent article from Debbie Morrison discussing the instruments we have available for assessing faculty readiness to teach online. Penn State and University of Washington both have surveys, but Debbie adds some of her ideas. The article, with link at the bottom, shares good ideas. A. Parasuraman’s Technology Readiness Index is an interesting indicator […]
Digital credentials, such as badges or other open credentialing, are discussed in this NYT article which frames the traditional diploma as opaque. What does it mean? The work done for the degree is not apparent, the quality or what differentiates a job applicant from many others. “Diplomas and transcripts provide few means of distinguishing the […]
Organizations with strong informal learning capabilities (Bersin) are 300% more likely to excel at global talent development than organizations without those competencies. It’s no wonder. We learn best in context, and using ADDIE or a formal learning course usually does not embed learning in work. Having short learnings available […]
Though this graphic details one particular type of flipping (using video artifacts in particular) it is still a good idea to flip the asynchronous learning and synchronous discussion/action learning. Awesome Visual on The Flipped Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
Tips for Engaging Students in Meaningful Discussions ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
The long tail of open learning – free online courses of any type, cMOOCs, xMOOCs – is the community that forms around each one. This has been my personal experience, and one we don’t usually hear discussed. The course may not ever be completed, but the people we virtually bump into often share common interests […]
There are a number of instructional design and cognitive theories, but Florida Institute of Technology is using Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multi-Media Learning for instructional design. “This theory posits the following: The brain processes auditory and visual information differently There are limits to how much auditory and visual information people can process People must […]
In learning and its design, we have always referred to essential or generative questions. Through the use of questions, deeper learning objectives are often recognized. Thoughts are generated and connections are made. In TeachThought, Terry Heick asks us to think about how we can use questions in ways that work best with the Google […]