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Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning

OLDaily - 20 Agosto, 2014 - 08:07


Sahana Chattopadhyay, ID, Other Reflections, Aug 20, 2014

Good article on microlearning, especially the list of "forms of micro-learning can be used to create a ubiquitous learning environment" at the bottom. "Microlearning deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities.... the term is used in the domain of elearning and related fields in the sense of a new paradigmatic perspective on learning processes in mediated environments on micro levels."

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Canon Intros 3 New Cloud-Connected Printers

Campus Technology - 20 Agosto, 2014 - 00:31
Canon has added three new all-in-one inkjet photo printers, the Pixma MG7520, the Pixma MG6620 and the Pixma MG5620, to its line of cloud-connected printers.

Widespread 3D Printing in Classrooms Still a Decade Out

Campus Technology - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 22:45
While colleges and universities have slowly begun adopting 3D printing technologies, mainstream adoption in education and among consumers is still a long way off, according to a new analysis.

U Minnesota To Seed Tech and Other Innovations

Campus Technology - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 20:21
The University of Minnesota, which has a tagline, "Driven to Discover," is launching a seed investment program to help innovations and technologies make it out of the campus and into the market.

Chromebox and Chromebase - definite contenders for desktop replacements

OLDaily - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 20:06


David Andrade, Educational Technology Guy, Aug 19, 2014

I'm not yet ready to make the leap to Google's Chromebox and Chromebase but my recent experience with a Windows 8 debacle (downloaded videos that refused to play because I was not online) pushes me away from Mocrosoft and back into thinking there may be alternatives. "The Chromebase is a all-in-one monitor/cpu that comes with a keyboard laid out like the Chromebook with the special keys, and a mouse. The Chromebox is just the box, with a mounting bracket. It also has a notebook lock slot to help prevent 'walking'."

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How 'Google Science' could transform academic publishing

OLDaily - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 20:06


Liat Clark, Wired, Aug 19, 2014

According to Wired, "Google is allegedly working on a free, open access platform for the research, collaboration and publishing of peer-reviewed scientific journals." Kent Anderson responds, "I recommend that you read the entire article. As a piece of journalism, though, it is irresponsible. You can see the author straining to make a story out of whispers. There is nothing to report here." What makes the rumour plausible is that it's the sort of thing Google would do, and if it desired, could do. That should set every academic publisher atremble.

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Show Your Work

OLDaily - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 20:06
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Donald Clark, Big Dog, Little Dog, Aug 19, 2014

Donald Clark reviews Jane Bozarth's Show Your Work, which, he says, "beautifully describes how we need to rethink teaching and learning." I am in agreement with be basic premise of Bozarth's argument: "training tacit knowledge and skills often fall short of delivering expert performance because it fails to place the learning in the context of workflow."

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#unrules26 - Biologically, the necessary order of learning is: explore, then play, then add rigor.

OLDaily - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 20:06


Clark Aldrich, Unschooling Rules, Aug 19, 2014

As Clark Aldrich writes, "It is almost impossible not to believe play is absolutely essential to mastery." He continues, "the most successful academic use of 'play' is not, as one might expect, the extension of successful socializing and educational play from kindergarten to subsequent first and second grades... the closer to the point of the real use of content, and the more sophisticated the content, the more play is encouraged."

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D2L raises $85 million but growth claims defy logic

OLDaily - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 20:06


Phil Hill, e-Literate, Aug 19, 2014

Criticism from some education pundits about D2L's (formerly Desire2Learn) growth claims. Phil Ho;ll looks at the numbers and writes: "That’ s a 29% growth in the number of institutions and a 50% growth in the number of learners in just one year. Quite impressive if accurate. Yet the company went  through a significant round of layoffs in late 2013  that let go more than 7% of its workforce, and according to both LinkedIn data and company statements they have had no significant growth in number of employees over the past year."

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A Response to ‘OER and the Future of Publishing’

OLDaily - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 20:06


David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Aug 19, 2014

David Wiley has responded to Knewton CEO Jose Ferriera's article arguing that OER cannot effectively compete against the textbook industry. As  mentioned here before, Ferriera raises the old canards of quality and publishing values, but Wiley hits on the publishers' real value: exclusivity. "Publishers will never put OER at the core of their offerings, because open licensing – guaranteed nonexclusivity – is the antithesis of their entire industrial model." Meanwhile, Michael Feldstein  offers a critique similar to my own: "open resources don’ t  have to be supported through volunteerism. It is possible to build revenue models that can pay for their upkeep."

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In Pictures

OLDaily - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 20:06


Chris Charuhas, In Pictures, Aug 19, 2014

From the website: "In Pictures tutorials are based on pictures, not words. They walk you through real-world scenarios, step-by-step. There's no complicated multimedia, just screenshots that show exactly what to do. And, the online tutorials are free! No fees, no charge, just click and start." Chris Charuhas writes, by email: "They were developed through a research study funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education. We've recently created many new tutorials, on Office 365 and Google Drive applications. Considering the rapid adoption of Google Apps in schools, this might be of interest to readers of your blog." Purists will complain that they're not Creative Commons licensed, but I see no strings attached to the free access and I see no reason why people can't simply link to them if they want to reuse them.

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What makes a conference really irritating?

OLDaily - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 20:06


Sean Coughlan, BBC News, Aug 19, 2014

I've been to more conferences than most, probably (more than 300, anyways) so in addition to being exposed to a lot ideas and opinions about education and technology, I've also learned a lot about conferences themselves. Here's my advice on  how to get the most out of a conference. Anyhow, this list of conference irritants is pretty superficial, but it's worth reading the comments for a chuckle or two.

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MeetingOne Aims To Help Incorporate Meetings into Blackboard Courses

Campus Technology - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 19:59
MeetingOne has introduced a new version of a product that will let instructors and teaching assistants integrate meetings into existing Blackboard Learn courses.

This Flipped Class Is Studying Biology with a $10 Microscope and a Smart Phone

Campus Technology - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 18:09
Take a smartphone, add $10 worth of plywood and Plexiglas, a bit of hardware, laser pointer lenses and LED click lights from a keychain flashlight and you have a DIY microscope worthy of use in college classes. At least, that's the idea of an instructor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology who is adding the do-it-yourself technology in her biology lab courses.

Stanford Aeronautics Classmates Build Their Own Drones

Campus Technology - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 18:04
Student teams in a 10-week class at Stanford University's School of Engineering build a drone, an unmanned aerial vehicle, then compete with one another to use it.

Different Models for Moodle Plugin Development: Not everything is free

Moodle News - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 16:00
Moodle’s open source, free plugin repository at Moodle.org is home to 100s of 3rd party plugins which have been reviewed and released for download to the community to use on their own sites....

Update on the Grader Report Interface Upgrade

Moodle News - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 14:33
Moodle HQ has made a lot of progress integrating the UCLA Grade report interface improvements which allow you to scroll large courses more easily when looking at the complete grader report. While...

Site Migration – New Home

openmind.ed - 19 Agosto, 2014 - 14:16

I have decided to move openmind.ed from server space provided by The Open University and onto a general WordPress.com site.  This will make the site more independent and give me a bit more control over how it works – but the content is essentially the same.  I will only be updating the new site from now on although some of the stuff in the sidebar will continue to update automatically.

You can find the new version of this site at:
philosopher1978.wordpress.com

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