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College Essay Tool Tracks Student Progress Via Cloud

Campus Technology - Hace 1 hora 40 mins
There’s a new tool on the market for helping students and parents navigate the college admissions process, especially the sometimes-daunting essay requirements, for more than 1,000 schools.

Survey: Digital Textbooks Gaining Esteem in Student Eyes

Campus Technology - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 22:55
Digital textbooks are becoming a bigger part of the vernacular in higher education. A recent survey showed that slightly more than three out of five students use interactive textbooks with features that include video, audio and quizzes; more than two out of five students work in courses that use apps, social media and online productivity tools; and one out of three students has attended flipped classrooms in which they watch video lectures before heading to class.

Connected Courses

OLDaily - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 22:32


Various authors, Connected Courses, [Sept] 02, 2014

This looks like an interesting MOOC: "Connected Courses is a collaborative network of faculty in higher education developing online, open courses that embody the principles of connected learning and the values of the open web." I recognize more than a few of the people in the staff list. I like the way it is  connecting syndicated blogs, in true connectivist style. The course starts today! Here's the pre-course orientation.

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Top independent school puts lessons free on iTunes

OLDaily - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 22:32
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Sean Coughlan, BBC News, [Sept] 02, 2014

Something like a MOOC has reached the grade school level in Britain. The Stephen Perse Foundation school in Cambridge, an 'independent' (ie., private) school is placing its course materials on iTunes. "The school has been building digital support materials for each subject, including video, audio, written materials and links to online resources.... From the new school year, these materials developed for this fee-paying school are being made available free online for students in the UK or anywhere else in the world." Though as observers such as Martin Owen point out, these sorts of initiatives have been around for a long time - for example here. More here.

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You know what you need… you need a learning contract

OLDaily - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 22:32


Dave Cormier, Dave's Educational Blog, [Sept] 02, 2014

"The teacher," writes Dave Cormier, "in most traditions, is responsible for making those desires as explicit and as clear as possible. I teach. You learn. Learning is defined by what I wish to teach." The soltion to this, he suggests, is a contract. "Come to an agreement with people about what they want to work on, how much they want to work, who’ s responsible for what and what everyone expects." In philosophy there's a long literature of social contract theories (see, for example, Rawls) but they suffer from the presumption that these are actually negotiated, as opposed to simply imposed by the person in power. Cormier's contracts are the same sort of thing: the person in power sets the terms, and the person without power complies or fails.

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U Iowa Grows a Green Roof

Campus Technology - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 20:44
The University of Iowa recently opened its new $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center, which sports what it claims is a first for the state: a green roof.

Report: Smartphone Shipments To Top 1.25 Billion on Strength of Emerging Markets

Campus Technology - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 20:27
More than 1.25 billion smartphones will be sold in 2014, an increase of nearly a quarter over the previous year's 1.01 billion sales, according to a new forecast from market research firm International Data Corp.

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Learn 3D Image Tricks

Campus Technology - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 20:23
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a new photo editing system that allows users to take objects in 2D images and turn them into 3D models that can be turned over and flipped around, exposing sides that are not part of the original image.

Innovation Requires a Little "Crazy"

Campus Technology - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 20:00
Behind MIT's efforts to redefine the future of higher education is a willingness to experiment and take risks.

Renovations Create 'Most Advanced Instructional Facility' at Nebraska-Lincoln

Campus Technology - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 18:57
One of the oldest buildings on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus has been turned into one of its most innovative.

@TotaraLMS named one of the 2014 Top 20 Learning Portal Companies by TrainingIndustry.com

Moodle News - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 15:30
TotaraLMS was recently honored as one of the Top 20 Learning Portal Companies by TrainingIndustry.com. Through a self-nomination process training companies solicited by TrainingIndustry.com submit an...

Tennessee College To Offer All Biology Course Materials Via Mobile Devices

Campus Technology - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 15:00
This semester, biology students at Walters State Community College will be able to access all course materials in digital form.

Tech Start-Up Hosts Hackathon for Online Course Tools

Campus Technology - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 14:57
A start-up company with an online application designed to allow people to create and publish interactive courses recently held a "Code for Education" night in its home town of San Francisco.

Dropbox Drops Price, Ups Storage

Campus Technology - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 14:55
Dropbox, the popular free and fee cloud storage service, has introduced a new Pro version that includes a remote wipe feature, enhancements to the sharing of files and a simplified price structure.

Registration for the Inaugural Health MoodleMoot in Sydney is now open

Moodle News - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 14:35
If you’re a healthcare worker either in or travelling to Sydney this November 27th and 28th, the Inaugural Health Moodlemoot is an option for you. The Health Moot is focused on innovation in...

School Should Be More Like Camp

OLDaily - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 10:29
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Jackie Gerstein, User Generated Education, [Sept] 02, 2014

This seems so intuitive, and my own experiences at camp were deeply influential on me. So I want to be more like Jackie Gerstein and say "promote the idea that school should be more like camp." And there's so much about camp I love. But.... but.... at camp, relationships are primary (says the chart) but at the camps I went to, relationships were sometimes abusive and occasionally violent. "Multigenerational learning and teaching", for me, sometimes means object lessons in the politics of power. I loved the outdoors, I loved nature - and yet I spent so much of my time in it alone and afraid, hurt, crying and an outcast. Camps are not the happy-go-lucky places described here; they can sometimes be more like Lord of the Flies (so, for that matter, can school). It's easy - far to easy - to idealize things. We should focus on the experiences we want to promote, and not misleading metaphors.

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Literacies for the digital age: Financial literacy

OLDaily - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 10:29
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Kathy Schrock, Discovery Education: Kathy's Klatch, [Sept] 02, 2014

OK, what is a literacy, exactly? I ask because offers a whole list of literacies, ranging from financial literacy to digital literacy to civic literacy - and then proceeds to outline some. And that's where I begin to get uncomfortable, as it seems 'literacy' on this model is really just a collection of life lessons. The 'financial literacy' section, for example, is accompanied by a graphic depicting "needs vs wants" and includes things like "saving for a goal" and "what do banks do?" (I assume 'steal your money' is not the accepted answer here). But literacy is not a set of facts, nor even a set of skills, related to a domain or discipline. Put loosely, literacy is the ability to recognize, work with and create methods and processes of the domain. Yes, you need to understand (some of) the content, but it's far more important to be able to interrogate, manipulate and manage the elements of the domain, which includes far more than just content. A definition of literacy defined in terms of content alone may as well be interchanged with propaganda, for that's all it is. Literacy goes far beyond that.

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The challenges of open data: emerging technology to support learner journeys

OLDaily - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 10:29
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Graham Attwell, Pontydysgu.org, [Sept] 02, 2014

One of the consequences of an outcomes-driven competency-based education system is that it creates the risk of running through the gamut of issues surrounding metadata that characterized the development of online learning resources. This appears to be the basis for the development of LMI in Britain - labour market information. Graham Attwell describes and links to the "LMI for all" API in this presentation. This is a better approach than simply defining XML schemas, as it creates access to data that can actually be used for applications. Maybe second time around we'll get more of this right "with the intention of optimising access to, and use of, core national data sources that can be used to support individuals make better decisions about learning and work." I'd love to see something like this for Canada.

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Reflecting on reflection

OLDaily - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 10:29


Harold Jarche, [Sept] 02, 2014

I have often described the 'Downes Theory of Education' (which is not original to me, and which is too simple to be called a theory) as follows: "To teach is to model and demonstrate; to learn is to practice and reflect." So much writing focuses on the first pair of activities; the bulk of educational literature is focused on how to teach. My focus has generally been about how to learn, but even here I have tended to focus more on practice and less on reflection. But reflection should not be overlooked; 10,000 hours of practice may produce expertise, but 10,000 hours of unreflective practice produces nothing but sore shoulders. Harold Jarche begins this important conversation. I think it's necessary to expand on the idea. A lot.

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Community Source Is Dead

OLDaily - 2 Septiembre, 2014 - 10:29
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Michael Feldstein, e-Literate, [Sept] 02, 2014

I've never been a proponent of what is sometimes called 'community source' (but which is really a closed federation posturing as though it were some sort of open source). The way it  worked was, "several institutions contract together to build software for a common need, with the intent of releasing that software as open source." Fair enough. And it did address the problem of bringing together the resources needed to create such software. But there's a second problem, says Michael Feldstein: "What is the best way to plan and execute software development projects in light of the high degree of uncertainty inherent in developing any software?" Community source is difficult to manage, and nowhere nearly sufficiently agile to respond to changing needs. See eg. the interesting comment from Josh Baron: " I certainly understand the desire on the part of institutional leaders to have control over key decisions and reduce the messiness, this was my first reaction when entering the Sakai community as well, but as soon as these leaders begin to take control they can end up ruining the 'secret sauce'." See also: Kuali for-profit.

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