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Canadian colleges’ successes with disadvantaged learners Highlighted at UNESCO-UNEVOC Skills Summit

OLDaily - 21 Octubre, 2014 - 15:00

Unattributed, Colleges, Institutes Canada, Oct 21, 2014

According to this post, Colleges and Institutes Canada has released a report describing "the programs, support services and innovations that Canadian colleges are using to increase access to post-secondary education for vulnerable groups." The report (60 page PDF) is organized as a series of 55 or so one-page articles, each describing a case where someone uses one of the services (it would make a great series of blog posts). Topics include  Indigenous learners, language support for new arrivals, learning disabilities, the transition to college, mental illness and crime. "Reducing the barriers that prevent young people from entering and completing post-secondary education is key to improved self-confidence, employment success and economic prosperity."

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Microsoft Beefs Up Azure; Offers Cloud Platform to Ebola Researchers

Campus Technology - 21 Octubre, 2014 - 14:30
Determined to set his company's cloud platform apart from the competition, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella called a press event in San Francisco to unveil several enhancements for Azure, including beefed up virtual machines and storage and a marketplace where cloud-based providers can promote their services. The company said it would also make its cloud resources available to Ebola researchers.

U Wisconsin-La Crosse Digitizes Video Archive

Campus Technology - 21 Octubre, 2014 - 14:25
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has launched a multi-year project to convert its video archive from videotape to searchable digital files.

In person online: the human touch | OUPblog

Educación flexible y abierta - 21 Octubre, 2014 - 08:36

What is the human touch in online learning? How do you know if it’s there? What does it look and feel like? My epiphany on this topic occurred when a student told me “I thought I would have done better if I had a real teacher.”

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Social Learning is Voluntary; Collaboration Platforms are Enablers

OLDaily - 21 Octubre, 2014 - 02:57

Sahana Chattopadhyay, ID and Other Reflections, Oct 20, 2014

I've used the phrase 'free learning and control learning' in the past to highlight the same distinction, but while my terminology didn't really take off, perhaps Jane Hart's 'social learning and fauxial learning' will fare better. I'm not betting on it. But the distinction is valid, and so is the recognition that people can depend on people other than teachers to support their own learning. "Organizations can no longer exist in silos -- either internally or in relation to the external ecosystem. Cooperation and collaboration will yield greater benefits than competitiveness. Employees will no longer tolerate being treated like replaceable cogs."

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Learners don’t know what’s best for them

OLDaily - 21 Octubre, 2014 - 02:57

Mark Guzdial, Computing Education Blog, Oct 20, 2014

Can autodidacticism be taught? That is, can you learn how to learn for yourself? It would seem obvious that you can - for example, you can be taught to read, which is a major component of learning for yourself, you can be taught experimentation through examples such as Mythbusters, and you can be taught learning strategies, logic and inference. Most of us could be taught these at a fairly young age. I was, through a standard public school education supplemented with a voracious reading of classic literature. But, I guess, most people aren't.

Why does this matter? It matters because I have encountered yet another blog post (citing  people like  Paul A. Kirschner yet again) making the claim that "learners don’ t know what’ s best for  them." The argument boils down to two major premises: that students can't (or won't) make good choices, and they can't (or won't) tackle difficult tasks. The slightest observation of people out there on their own actually learning (everything from digital photography to road cycling to bird-watching to home repair) refutes both points. But evidence isn't sufficient for people like the aforementioned Kirschner, who prefers to use cherrypicked facts and carefully designed studies. But this should give people pause: what is the evidence that people cannot learn how to learn for themselves? I contend that it does not exist, and that merely citing studies of people (like hairdressing students) who have not yet learned proves nothing.

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Review of ‘Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda.’

OLDaily - 21 Octubre, 2014 - 02:57

Tony Bates, online learning and distance education resources, Oct 20, 2014

Although Tony Bates considers this book "essential reading for anyone who wants to take a professional, evidence-based approach to online learning (distance or otherwise)" he suggests that "we need a better way to disseminate this research than a 500 page printed text that only those already expert in the field are likely to access." It doesn't help that there's  no open access version (at least that I could find). Moreover, writes Bates, "I groaned when I first saw the list of contributors. The same old, same old list of distance education experts with a heavy bias towards open universities."

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Southern Adventist U Adopts Discovery Service To Improve Access to Resources

Campus Technology - 21 Octubre, 2014 - 00:58
Southern Adventist University has adopted a new discovery service in an effort to improve access to library resources.

Carnegie Mellon To Host Security Contest for Middle and High School Students

Campus Technology - 20 Octubre, 2014 - 23:41
The second annual picoCTF competition dares students in grades 6-12 to "reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt or do whatever it takes" to solve computer challenges.

How to Make Bad Discussion Questions Better for an Online Course: Case Study Using an edX MOOC

online learning insights - 20 Octubre, 2014 - 23:29
I’m enrolled as a student in the MOOC Saving Schools Mini-Course 1: History and Politics of U.S. Education on the edX platform and share in this post discussion questions used for assignment purposes from the course to illustrate what NOT to do when it comes to … Continue reading →

Universities Partner on iPad-Based Degree Program

Campus Technology - 20 Octubre, 2014 - 21:24
Watson University will use Lynn University's iPad-based Dialogues of Learning curriculum for its new degree program in social entrepreneurship.

Stanford Offers Online Program in Design Thinking

Campus Technology - 20 Octubre, 2014 - 20:42
The Stanford Center for Professional Development will now offer its program on design thinking and team-building via a series of interactive online videos.

Nivel Siete Mexico named a Moodle Partner

Moodle News - 20 Octubre, 2014 - 15:30
Nivel Siete Mexico has been named an official Moodle Partner by, joining over 60 organizations approved to utilize the Moodle services trademark. Nivel Siete provides elearning services...

The strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs: Part I

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2014 - 14:56

Tony Bates, online learning and distance eductaion resources, Oct 20, 2014

Tony Bates surveys some advantages and disadvantages of MOOCs. One item he focuses on is the demographics of MOOC users. "most MOOC participants are already well-educated and employed. The work by Kop and Fournier (collected here (I don’ t know why everyone cites the 2014  EdX research but ignores this earlier research)) on the population served by MOOCs also found that it was an older and well-credentialed demographic. But I wonder how relevant this is. The 1994 surveys of internet users show that the average user was North American, educated and professional. They were also overwhelmingly male. But it would have been incorrect to conclude from this data that the internet would not have a broad society-wide utility or appeal. It shows, simply, that there is a characteristic demographic that benefits from innovation earlier than everyone else.

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Social Mobility Index Rates Colleges by a New Measure

Campus Technology - 20 Octubre, 2014 - 14:35
What do universities in Montana, New Jersey and Florida have in common? They hold rankings one, two and three, respectively, in a new "social mobility" index that measures the impact an institution has on helping lower-income students enter careers that promise livable earnings.

Simpson College Adds Online PD for Teachers

Campus Technology - 20 Octubre, 2014 - 14:30
Simpson College has partnered with a provider of online professional development for educators to offer 17 continuing education courses for preK-12 teachers across Iowa.

U Leeds Adds Lecture Capture to 250 Teaching Spaces

Campus Technology - 20 Octubre, 2014 - 14:25
The University of Leeds has rolled out a new lecture capture platform to allow students to review lectures and access recordings of other classroom activities.

Moodle 2.8 QA Testing now 80% complete

Moodle News - 20 Octubre, 2014 - 14:00
Moodle HQ QA testing for Moodle 2.8 has been underway for just a week and already over 80% of the tests have been completed and passed. There are still about 80 tickets available to be claimed and...