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This Plugin Gives Moodle Blocks A New Home

Moodle News - Hace 2 horas 50 mins
David Mudrák is one of the many Moodle HQ team members who enjoy giving back to the Moodle Community. He maintains over ten publicly available plugins, updated regularly on the official Moodle Plugin...

Self-paced language learning

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Philip J. Kerr, Adaptive Learning in ELT, Mar 28, 2017

The point of departure for this post is self-paced language learning using Duolingo, but it quickly moves into a fascinating history of self-paced learning generally. Efforts began in the 1800s with the massification of learning, and very quickly self-paced was associated with personalized learning as designers attempted to adapt their designs to the different abilities of students. Another early feature of self-paced learning was the student-teacher learning contract. Self-paced learning flourished in the 1970s with programmed learning, an offshoot of behaviourism, and the cycle began again. For all that work, the results have been less than impressive. "Over forty years ago, a review of self-paced learning concluded that the evidence on its benefits was inconclusive (Allison, 1975: 5). Nothing has changed since."

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Cloud computing pushes into the classroom, but not without challenges

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Ron Miller, Ars Technica, Mar 28, 2017

"Slowly but surely, in spite of the issues, cloud tools are coming to the classroom," according to this report. But infrastructure challenges remain. "One of our biggest challenges is providing technology solutions that require bandwidth and some computer." As well, there is the complexity of adding new tools to a classroom environment. No single set of tools provides a perfect fit. " In order to decide which tools are best from the universe of choices on the Internet, teachers communicate with one another, participate with other teachers on social networks to find what's working for them."

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Dell Expands Thin Client Lineup With Quad-Core Wyse 3040 Model

Campus Technology - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 23:30
Dell has added a new model to its entry-level thin client series that enables light multi-tasking in a highly secure, easy to manage and space-efficient design.

Excelsior College to Expand Online Writing Lab

Campus Technology - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 19:33
Thanks to a two-year, $300,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation, Excelsior College is expanding the reach of its Online Writing Lab, a publicly available interactive website designed to help students improve their writing skills.

IOMAD Brings Multi Tenancy To Moodle 3.2

Moodle News - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 19:32
There are times when we wish our system would be able to handle several situations separately. EdTech customers, for example, usually prefer that the cloud-based services they use reflect their...

Indiana U Selects Splunk to Deliver Operational Intelligence Across IT and Security Departments

Campus Technology - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 19:00
Indiana University recently implemented the Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Enterprise Security solutions to centralize and monitor its IT and security infrastructure across its network of eight connected campuses.

Internet of Things, Social Media Becoming Part of E-Discovery Landscape

Campus Technology - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 16:22
The days when e-discovery consisted of handing over copies of e-mails to address Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, compliance regulations or other legal obligations are over.

The three exclamation point problem

OLDaily - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 14:50

timoni west, Product Matters, Medium, Mar 28, 2017

The best way to create a bias against a group is to normalize a behaviour that others can't, or won't, conform to. American digerati have perfected this in the form of casual profanity in writing. It's a marker they can use to identify each other in writing and because many cultures and individuals won't indulge, they can maintain a firm barrier between themselves and outsiders. Which - ironically - the the point of the current article, though the example is different. You must write a certain way. You must not write a certain way. Only the latter can be resisted in any real sense, which is why the effective biases are formed out of the former. Now straighten your tie, don't slouch, look people in the eye, and smile.

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Education is Changing—It’s Time Assessment Caught Up

OLDaily - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 14:50

Esther Care, Alvin Vista, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Mar 28, 2017

This is a lightweight article touting the benefits of adaptive testing "where, based on a student response to one test item, that student was presented with another item, appropriately targeted so that the student’ s response would provide more information about his or her range of understanding." This won't be new to educators but it does point to where Stanford's future work may go.

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IntelliBoard Actualiza Su Complemento De Analítica Para Moodle

Moodle News - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 14:25
Story available in English. IntelliBoard anuncia la actualización de sus servicio de Analítica para el aprendizaje en Moodle. El opus magnum de IntelliBoard, el “Panel de Control para...

What Is The MoodleCloud Starter Plan?

Moodle News - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 13:32
MoodleCloud is Moodle HQ’s official cloud-based offer of Moodle. Over time, it has increased the number of features it offers, turning with each new update a complete version of a full Moodle...

EN MADURACIÓN: Últimas Novedades En Moodle 3.3

Moodle News - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 04:05
Story available in English. El sitio de control de calidad (Quality Assurance) de Moodle, en, que permite a todos los interesados conocer y hacer seguimento de los desarrollos, ya está...

Can We Afford Free Textbooks?

OLDaily - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 02:38

Robert S. Feldman, Inside Higher Ed, Mar 27, 2017

This is an argument that can't be ignored. It runs as follows: OER textbookss address the cost of higher education, and while cost is a significant problem, the low completion rate is an even more significant problem. Part of the reason for the low completion rate is poor learning strategy, a strategy that is entrenched with existing (and now OER) textbooks. Compare that to what paid learning materials provide: activities, interactivity, analytics, and more. So we should continue to pay for learning resources. It's a lovely argument and Robert S. Feldman should be commended.

But. First, neither publishers nor professors were not prepared to budge from the textbook model until free textbooks came online. Moreover, only some OERs are textbooks; the vast majority are learning resources that are out in front of publishers in addressing real learning needs and challenges. Finally, many features of progressive education - interactivity, constructionism, etc. - really work only with open learning resources. If we drop support for OER we lose all this, and we lose the main force for innovation in our field.

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Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives

OLDaily - 28 Marzo, 2017 - 02:38

Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing, Mar 27, 2017

When  I spoke at the London School of Economics a couple years ago, part of my talk was an extended criticism of the use of models in learning design and analysis. "The real issue isn’ t algorithms, it’ s models. Models are what you get when you feed data to an algorithm and ask it to make predictions. As (Cathy) O’ Neil puts it, 'Models are opinions embedded in mathematics.'" This article is an extended discussion of the problem stated much more cogently than my presentation. "It's E Pluribus Unum reversed: models make many out of one, pigeonholing each of us as members of groups about whom generalizations -- often punitive ones (such as variable pricing) can be made.

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Rochester Institute of Tech Launches Series on Artificial Intelligence

Campus Technology - 27 Marzo, 2017 - 22:30
RIT is kicking off a new seminar series focused on connecting the campus’s growing artificial intelligence (AI) community. The series builds off the success of RIT's Move78 retreat last February, and will delve deeper into machine learning, neuromorphic computing, computer vision and other topics.

All You Need To Know To Create Your Own ‘Boost’-Based Theme For Moodle 3.2 and 3.3

Moodle News - 27 Marzo, 2017 - 20:26
When Moodle HQ launched Moodle 3.2 last December, they knew its flagship “Boost” theme was not the end of the line, only a new beginning. As more users become aware of interfaces and UX,...

University of Michigan Launches 'Teach-Out' Series on edX

Campus Technology - 27 Marzo, 2017 - 20:02
A new "teach-out" series from the University of Michigan focuses on creating discourse in today's shifting political climate.

Pisa data may be incomparable, Schleicher admits

OLDaily - 27 Marzo, 2017 - 14:24

Helen Ward, tes, Mar 27, 2017

A change in the way the 2015 PISA tests were administered may have resulted in changes in the outcome. “ It remains possible that a particular group of students – such as students scoring [high marks] in mathematics on paper in Korea and Hong Kong – found it more difficult than [students with the same marks] in the remaining countries to perform at the same level on the computer-delivered tasks.”

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