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Best Lecture

Tony Karrer

I just read George Siemens post Will online lectures destroy universities? He makes the point that despite articles like Why free online lectures will destroy universities – unless they get their act together fast : Statements like “universities are obsolete” or “universities are dying” are comical. And this is something that I’ve been thinking (and writing – see Physics Lectures ) about for a long time. Here’s the point: It’s incredibly easy to capture and distribute lectures. Instead, we should be looking for the Best Lecture and work our specifics around that.

Inspire to learn

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Universities are replete with lecture capture tools, interactive media, web based content and personal response technologies; students arrive equipped with social media and mobile devices; technology supported distance education has been long established; universities are experimenting with flipped classrooms, gaming and MOOCs. plan to discuss our possible responses to this.

Year in Review / 2013

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January 2013: Creative Commons Infographic: Licenses Explained. July 2013: Reading: “Student use of recorded lectures”. Keep the creative juices flowing and work on my other ideas on paper- and e-books and publishing / self-publishing in general – I have more ideas than time so this will be tough, especially when/if the MSc starts. May 2013). What about you?

eLecture (cartoon)

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Creative Commons explained (video). Presentation: “Creative Commons: What every Educator needs to know” eLearning Cartoon Echo360 LectureImage source: sandraschoen on Flickr. Related posts: Infographic: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs & the Social Media that Fulfill ‘Em.

Giving it all away

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Look, as altruistic as it may seem to give away all your content, ideas, lecture notes, videos, slides and even articles and books, for those who actually opt to do so, there are also excellent rewards. Increasingly, due to the good offices of Creative Commons, much of the content on the web can be legally repurposed or appropriated for other use. Web 2.0 open scholarship

5 survival tips for new university students

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Here are five key things to remember: 1) Lectures. When you're there, don't look as though you're bored in lectures and seminars (even if you are). Not all lectures are engaging - even though they should be! - but every session has been designed to give you the best chance to get good grades in your assignments and exams. Everything will be new. You may feel a bit lost.

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Learners as producers

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For the longest time teachers and lecturers have held the monopoly on the production of academic content. Schools, colleges and universities that support the ethos of student generated content will find themselves tapping directly into the rich motherlode of creativity and innovation of this generation of learners offers to society. What are the implications of this trend?

Opening Pandora's box

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It started off in sedate style a few years ago, when several students began to ask if they could audio record my lectures and seminars to play back later. Next came the introduction of the lecture capture tools, video and audio as well as the ability to synchronise these in sequence with slides. All of these can be seen as positive spin offs of lecture capture.

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Visions, values and video streaming

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The schedule of sessions is here (all times are British Summer Time - GMT+1) 19 April (1630-1800) Dave Strudwick (Headteacher of Plymouth School for the Creative Arts ) and Steve Wheeler. Over the next few weeks at Plymouth University we are running a module for our third year student teachers about the philosophy of education. There are two ways you can join in. Unported License.

Streaming learning events

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We are live streaming all of the keynote lectures for the next few weeks for our Visions and Values module - with a focus on educational philosophy, theory and practice. The next lecture in the series will be tomorrow, at 1600 BST (GMT +1) when our speakers will be Kelly Davis (One size fits all - or does it?) The YouTube link for tomorrow's learning event is here. Unported License.

You are what you tweet

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related the story of a student with a protected Twitter account , who felt it was acceptable to post disparaging tweets about his lecturers and university. Image by Zakeena on Sketchport You are what you tweet by Steve Wheeler was written in London, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Take care. You are what you tweet.

Question Time!

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Education lecturers Kelly Davis, Phil Selbie, Miles Opie, James Bettany and Kath Vineer all featured, taking the stage to field questions about education, testing, curriculum, philosophy and politics. Photo from the video by Benji Rogers Question Time by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Twitter in the classroom

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If I wanted to hide behind technology, I would stay at home, and use my laptop and ''death by PowerPoint'' to lecture to my students from a safe distance. Large plenaries are presented with guest speakers in lecture theatres, and then they are split into 6 or 7 smaller seminar groups where discussion, debate, and other forms of discursive learning are supported. about Twitter.

The open access debate

George Siemens

At the EDUCAUSE 2011 conference today, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Hal Abelson – founding director of Free Software Foundation and Creative Commons. He presented on the state of openness in education. While on the surface openness is gaining traction through scholarship and publication, content providers and journal publishers are starting to push back.

Going off road

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always have an idea of what I'm going to cover in my lectures and seminars, but I rarely write anything down, preferring to keep several ideas in my head so that I can respond quickly and flexibly if the situation demands it. Veering off the beaten track is something I often do. Beaten tracks are too 'safe' and restrictive for me. can't help it. have never been comfortable when I'm confined.

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Capturing the moment

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In the room there were lecturers in economics, politics, sociology, psychology and education. I had some very interesting, and at times intense conversations with a number of delegates as between us we tried to navigate the future of higher education from our various perspectives. You can look up the Twitter hashtag for the two day event which is #HEASocSci15. Unported License.

I Believe that Learning is Inherently Social

Tom Spiglanin

When professors finished their lectures, the real learning began in study groups and teaching assistants’ office hours. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 ” 5. Clark Quinn. Thanks for reading!

The State of Instructional Design

Tom Spiglanin

Once someone has become expert using a particular tool, whether it’s bullet-point slides and lecture, classroom facilitation skills, a fully featured elearning production suite, or a rapid development tool, they tend to use it to the exclusion of all other solutions. This This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

Opening the box

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Many lecturers, he argued, were 'walking tape recorders', imparting content. Photo by Richard Wheeler on Wikimedia Commons #LearningIs creative by Steve Wheeler was written in Paris, France and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Don't even think about it. Unported License. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Teaching and learning through dialogue

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Most importantly, they conversed with me rather than lectured. One of the lecturers in the first year of my undergraduate degree inspired me to learn more and to push myself to my limits to become more knowledgeable in my subject area. "Dr Ken Gale did this using nothing more than a whiteboard and pen, along with constant discussion and questioning. Unported License.

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This time it's personal

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If you are a student you may be sat in the same classroom or lecture hall as many other students, and listening to the same content, but you interpret it differently to everyone else. Photo by Adib Wahab This time it''s personal by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Personal. Idiosyncratic. Individual. Separate. Unique.

Narrative pedagogy 2: Maintaining the suspense

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inform my students that I'm going to tell them a deliberate lie at some point during my lecture. They listen more attentively during the lecture to see if they can detect the falsehood. Except of course for the red herring - that I promised I would tell a lie at some point in the lecture. The video above shows a version I recorded several years ago during a lecture.

Student voices unheard?

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How many lecture halls have adequate wifi connectivity, or charging stations/power sockets near to seating areas? by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 In yesterday's post I mentioned the Youth Media Team who featured at the ICT in Education Conference in Ireland. Are these supported?

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#LearningIs making

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Nick's entire lecture is available to view on YouTube below: Photo by Hans Hillewaert on Wikimedia Commons #LearningIs making by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Many sound bites from his talk can be seen on the Twitter #EEES613 hashtag. Unported License.

Making a case for creating Open Educational Resources for use in Higher Education


consent of lecturers, participants and patients for the re-use and distribution of OERs). To stiffen this mentality up it could be argued especially in the UK that given that lecturers and the institution are funded in large part by the public purse then lecturers are honour bound to spread their educational resources to the wider public. Consider the following: 1.

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Narrative pedagogy 4: Connecting the dots

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The approach helps students to connect together the elements of the lesson or lecture and to see a more holistic view. Photo by England on Flickr Narrative pedagogy 4: Connecting the dots by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Teachers can learn a lot from the techniques writers use.

What makes an inspirational teacher?

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Almost a third of those who voted said they were inspired by those lecturers who were genuinely excited about their subject. One student said about their lecturer: ''He excitedly cites relevant material from memory, rousing students'' interest and maintaining their attention as if it were vital to their existence - and sometimes, I am convinced of it.'' Unported License.

What's love got to do with it?

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The lecture my colleague Phil Selbie presented this week to my final year primary education students was quite unusual in a number of ways. His message was clear - what you are about to listen to is not an ordinary lecture. In fact Phil''s lecture was about an unusual subject - at least, unusual in that we don''t often hear about it in education - love. Unported License.

A growing divide?

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The classroom is no longer the unique centre of learning, based on information delivery through a lecture." Traditionally, learning has been situated in classrooms or lecture halls, where the presence of an expert or specialist in a subject takes to the stage and delivers knowledge directly to the assembled students. In his blog on Learning Ecosystems, Daniel S. Unported License.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 2: Designing a MOOC

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It is important to check for IPR and creative commons license, and in some cases, permission from the original content creator may need to be sought. Synchronous Learning through Video Lectures Imagine the potential impact of such lectures should holographic technology enter the scene. All of these are putting organizations and individuals in a tough spot.

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The power of love

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This mini series on love was inspired by a lecture from a colleague entitled ''What''s love got to do with it?'' The key take away from his lecture was that all good relationships have a basis of love and good teaching needs good relationships. Photo from Wikimedia Commons The power of love by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Extreme learning

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Others work extremely hard, giving up their sleep and sacrificing their comfort to ensure they secure the best possible outcomes. I see this happening all the time as a university lecturer. Photo by Laura F on Flickr Extreme learning by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Personal devices in higher education

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This is because learners are intimately familiar with the capabilities of their own devices, and are able to use them to learn in creative and productive ways. Bring your own device'' is now common place in universities and students no longer need to study in a single location. Are today''s lecture halls designed with enough power sockets within easy reach? Unported License.

Visions and values #EEVV351

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believe it''s the toughest thing many of them have had to face in all of their time at the Plymouth Institute of Education. I''m very fortunate to be the module leader of this presentation, and although it was initially a daunting prospect to manage a final year module for 200 students and an excellent team of around 15 lecturers and seminar leaders, I''m really warming to the task.

Cut and thrust

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Were we to hold such a debate we would not require a room or lecture hall, and there would be no need to invite an audience. Photo by Cut and thrust by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 I saw a thought provoking blog post this week. Not many, says Peter Ford.

Taking risks

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Rigid standards and curricula, and a growing culture of strict health and safety in schools has militated against a lot of risk taking. ''You can''t do that'' has become the commonly heard phrase when someone tries to innovate. Kate Galloway , a lecturer at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, argues that there is no real learning without some form of risk. They are not taught.

Flipping the teacher

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The work of Harvard University professor Eric Mazur supports this approach, because, as he says - instruction is easier than assimilation, and advocated coaching rather than lecturing as early as the 1990s. For centuries, innovative teachers have been trying to find other more effective methods of pedagogy that can take the place of lecturing and instruction. We learn by teaching.

Maker pedagogy

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My own students become familiar with researching, problem solving, decision making, team working and expressing their creativity. Teachers often believe they should lecture, to directly instruct so they can impart important content to their students. They learn from their own mistakes and express themselves more creatively through their own endeavours. Unported License.

Reinventing learning spaces

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Firstly, Dan Axson , a teacher in Brighton, England, responded to my Twitter question, drawing my attention to a very interesting innovation: Wireless charging of mobile devices would certainly meet many of the needs currently experienced in traditional teaching environments such as lecture theatres where no provision has been made to include power sockets. Reference Wheeler, S.

A lot of balls

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Having students sat in orderly rows or tiers (tears) may be easier for the lecturer or teacher to manage, but for the students it's not always a good scene. Photo by Steve Wheeler A lot of balls by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England as a part of the #blimage challenge and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Three things.

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

See Failure of Creative Commons Licenses and Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning? Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles Wikis and Learning – 60 Resources Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010 Top 35 Articles on eLearning Strategy Open Source eLearning Tools 19 Tips for Effective Online Conferences Effective Web Conferences – 41 Resources Augmented Reality for Learning eLearning Conferences 2011 Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning? Marketplace LMS solutions don’t quite fit.

"Everyone remember where we parked."

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Others don’t accept the idea that students have the same status as lecturers. Photo by Laitr Keiows on Wikimedia Commons "Everyone remember where we parked." by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Where technology is concerned, it's important that we remember where we came from.

Are you a meerkat and an ostrich?

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It''s a conundrum many faculty and lecturers are wrestling with, and one which many others are ignoring in the hope that the problem will simply go away. It means breaking down the traditional silos of division and opening up classrooms and lecture halls to other possibilities beyond passive reception of content. Are you a meerkat or an ostrich? Read on. Reference Wenger, E.

7 ways to support learner-teacher interaction

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At the recent ALT-C Conference in Nottingham (which I couldn''t attend) a very good question was asked by Renee Filius on Twitter: How can we enable true two-way interaction between lecturers and students that is not too time consuming? This is a perennial question, one that often exercises the minds of many higher education lecturers. But be careful. Unported License.

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 1

Tom Spiglanin

Meanwhile, corporate executives and others outside the L&D role are increasingly aware that alternatives to lecture-based instruction abound, and they expect changes. This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0