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Is the pedagogy of MOOCs flawed?

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That of course is not to say that the e-learning designer is prevented from using these devices; for example, he or she might leverage other non-LMS technology within the organisation or in the cloud. This is a question that I tackle in my Udemy course The Wide World of MOOCs. Almost immediately after I uploaded this preview to YouTube, someone on Twitter politely challenged me.

Narrative pedagogy 1: Focusing their attention

Learning with e's

In this short series on what I will call 'narrative pedagogy' I want to explore some of the storytelling techniques that can be adapted for use in education. Well, here's one example: Now and then I present a topic for my students to debate. education interrupting routine learning narrative pedagogy story telling teachingHumans have been telling stories since time immemorial.

Narrative pedagogy 4: Connecting the dots

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He offered the example of a writer describing a gun hanging over a door. But I like to think it was just an example of brilliant story telling. 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 Number 4 is Chekhov's Gun.

Alternate Pedagogies and Experiences

Clark Quinn

And one of the things that has been of interest to me is looking differently at pedagogies. In the traditional view, we activate the learner’s interest, we present them with the concept, we provide examples, we have them practice (with feedback), and we conclude the learning experience. Traditional. We can do this with the intro, but there are other approaches. Problem-based.

The future of MOOCs

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Sure, the pedagogy may not be perfect, but the alternative is much worse. One way to do that is to leverage MOOCs for content delivery and provide value-added instruction (discussion, Q&A, worked examples, role plays etc) to local students – who of course will pay a premium for the privilege. The pedagogy of MOOCs will be enriched. MOOCs get a bad rap. Ka ching!

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The future of MOOCs

E-Learning Provocateur

Sure, the pedagogy may not be perfect, but the alternative is much worse. One way to do that is to leverage MOOCs for content delivery and provide value-added instruction (discussion, Q&A, worked examples, role plays etc) to local students – who of course will pay a premium for the privilege. The pedagogy of MOOCs will be enriched. MOOCs get a bad rap. Ka ching!

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eLearning Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms

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If you sign up for an in-person workshop but need to watch an online video that explains the basics before you attend, that’s an example of blended learning. Some examples of learning objects include Microsoft® Word or PowerPoint files, PDF files, video, and audio. Pedagogy- The art or practice of teaching. Live webinars and virtual classrooms are both great examples.

How Gagné’s Nine Events of Instruction Can Make Your Online Courses Better

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For example: Start off with attention-grabbing graphics or video clips featuring interactive scenarios about the subject matter, which will require your students to focus and engage with your content. For example: Establish your standard criteria for in-class performance in layman’s terms that your eLearner can easily grasp. See a sample overview page created in CourseArc here.

How to Improve Student Retention in eLearning

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For example, content in a course for marketing professionals will be better retained if your examples, case studies, and assignments are related to the marketing business, rather than to manufacturing or health care. Instructional Design Online Learning accessibility Brain Research eLearning instructional design Pedagogy retention UXDesign for Simplicity. Tell Stories.

Reflections of a mooc unvirgin

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In one thread, for example, the discussion descended into a list of sci-fi movies; no explanation as to how they were pertinent to the conversation, but oh what a list! I recently completed my first mooc, and I will soon receive the certificate to prove it. Many people don’t think a certificate of completion means much, but this one will mean a lot to me. The mooc was well prepared.

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How to Create Mnemonic Devices That Help Your Students Remember

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For example, if you’re conducting workplace training on “how to deal with a fire on the factory floor,” you can create an acronym that covers the proper sequence in which they should respond to a fire: RACE – Rescue, Alarm, Confine, Extinguish. (In As proven by our “30 days” example, rhymes can be a potent memory training tool. What Are They? Mnemonic Acronyms.

Tips for Better Data Visualization

CourseArc

For example, instead of providing rows and rows of complicated data and leaving your audience to wonder how it all connects, refine your data as much as you can into higher-level information that establishes your big picture (but be prepared to provide additional details if requested). For example, does your audience need to see sales data in the format of “$943.12 Less Is More.

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Why lectures?

Learning with e's

The second issue is that lecturers often use technology as a substitute for interactivity, assuming that the inclusion of a video for example, will deliver content in a new and dynamic manner. In my next blog post I'm going to argue that lectures can be transformed into active learning events with the appropriate application of pedagogy and technology. Unported License.

Learning first, technology second

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There is nothing wrong with any of these approaches, provided they don''t get in the way of good pedagogy. Let me give you an example: Many schools, colleges and universities have by now implemented a managed learning environment (MLE) sometimes referred to as a virtual learning environment (VLE) or Learning Management System (LMS). Learning should always come before technology.

Discursive or recursive? The fractal nature of education

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Mandelbrot set images are made by sampling complex numbers and determining for each whether the result tends towards infinity when a particular mathematical operation is iterated on it. discursive education fractals learning Mandelbrot Set mathematics pedagogy recursiveIt is as beautiful as it is intriguing, and it's known as the Mandelbrot Set. Follow that? Me neither.

Online courses must die!

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In this sense, the pedagogy is constructivist. In this sense, the pedagogy is connectivist. But that’s not to say that the pedagogy of an ILE can’t be instructivist either. For example, many universities have a minimum 80% attendance policy for face-to-face lectures. A touch dramatic, isn’t it? Now that I have your attention, please bear with me.

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eXSpace exploration

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We hope for example, to purchase several units of the new SMARTboard 6000 and 7000 series interactive whiteboards for institute wide use. The boards can identify what colour pen the teacher is holding, and can also sense for example, when someone has walked into the room (whereupon it automatically readies itself for use). One of those units will be located within the eXSpace.

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X-based learning: sorting out pedagogies and design

Clark Quinn

I’ve been a fan of the Center for Civic Education’s Project Citizen as an example of this, having students try to pass legislation to improve things in their area, and consequently learning about law-making. I frankly want an activity-based pedagogy and curriculum to support all of these models. Understanding by design is a design approach that works backwards from goals, and if you set your outcomes on performance, and then align activities to require that performance, you have a good chance of impacting pedagogy, and learning, in meaningful ways.

Designing Online Courses for Different Learning Preferences

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For example, Millennials (born between 1996 and later) often prefer to consume content that’s summarized, succinct, and heavily supported by videos and graphics (think VOX ), whereas Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) usually prefer lots of text-based information, with extensive case studies and examples (think Harvard Business Review ). Personalization Aids Engagement.

How complex is learning?

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We flounder and stumble as we try to navigate a plethora of educational theories and we become bogged down in prescribed institutional pedagogies, providing no more than glimpses of true education for our students. For example, is online learning, especially free and open offerings from MOOCs , a threat to contemporary education? Learning is highly complex. One thing is clear however.

Which Strategy Is Better: Frequent Quizzing or End-of-Milestone Quizzing?

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You can see examples of multiple choice and true/false quizzes designed in the CourseArc platform — including contextual feedback , which helps students understand not only which answers are correct but why. eLearning Tools Instructional Design Online Learning assessment best practices eLearning evaluation instructional design Pedagogy quiz testsWhat the Evidence Suggests.

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Teacher Voices: Chris Nesbitt

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Through social media such as Twitter, I have seen several inspiring accounts that share great examples of how their schools try to make teachers' lives easier. Chris Nesbitt education learning pedagogy Plymouth Institute of Education primary teaching TechnologyThis is number five in the ongoing blog series about the lives of former students who have gone on to become teachers.

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A growing divide?

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Christian claims that a new pedagogy is emerging that is directly driven by the upsurge in online activity. Christian identifies three key changes in pedagogy that I want to discuss over my next three blog posts. Classroom centric learning has established itself as a ''tried and tested'' method of pedagogy, and it doesn''t seem to be waning. Unported License.

Corporate learning in the digital age

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Many of them are free and easy to use, and there is a definite pedagogy underpinning the use of these technologies. I can give you at least one example: Just recently I was speaking at a conference in London (Learning Technologies). Do you see problems when professionals, for example specialists in a certain field, connect with others from different companies? Oh yes.

Human enough #edcmooc

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Riding a bicycle, for example, is a quintessentially human endeavour. So when we view online pedagogy through this lens, we recognise very little of it that is not human. instruction Joseph Gliddon learning machine modern artifice online pedagogy posthumanism reason research robot Steve FullerAnd who can blame them? But these results mystified me. I think, therefore I am.

How to revamp your learning model

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For example, if the learner is struggling with a Java programming problem, they can look up a Java expert in the system and send them a direct message. The most obvious example is compliance, eg privacy, trade practices and OH&S. There are plenty of other examples, such as a certain level of product knowledge, that may be critical to the role. Informal learning. Figure 1.

The big switch

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If you subscribe to a kind of pedagogy where you believe that facilitating learning is more effective than direct instruction, you will probably recognise the potential. Pedagogy is (or really should be) about creating spaces and opportunities that are conducive to good learning. debate education flipped classroom flipped roles higher education learning pedagogy teachers Technology

How to Create Effective Test Questions

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If every student answers a question correctly, does that mean your question is too easy, or is it a perfect example of an effective test question? For example, a grad student or teacher’s aide in the field should have no real trouble passing a test for undergrads, nor should a senior manager in a department that’s receiving employee training in a specific topic. Analysis.

Open scholarship

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Some educators for example, are closed in their sharing of content, but are open to collaboration with other educators. education learning MOOCs open learning open scholarship Open Source Openness pedagogy Technology There is much talk about openness in education. How many though, are familiar with the concept of open scholarship? Knowledge is like love. Unported License.

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We learn by teaching

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In his 1968 book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire wrote 'Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students.' Paulo Freire ignorance pedagogy education knowledge teachmeet teaching learningCan't we each do both, and isn't this exactly what Freire meant?

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E-Learning Design Part 5: Learning through Creating (Blooms 21)

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This is known as our ‘ pedagogy ’. We particularly like activities that ask the user to contribute their own ideas – ‘starter activities’ at the beginning of a unit of study, for example, enable the user to consider an idea before being told more about it. CDSM E-learning Insights Learning Pedagogy Software Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Blooms 21 E-Learning Design taxonomy

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A simple, elegant sample of pedagogy

The Learning Circuits

Simple Example (click to enlarge the two pictures) Here is a great, simple example of Pedagogical Elements. The second picture adds just a bit of pedagogy. Now click on it, and see how much richness a little pedagogy adds Take two, almost identical pictures of Earth. The first is made up just of accurate simulation elements (if you ignore the corners).

Digital me, digital you

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For example, Marshall McLuhan made specific reference to the relationship between people and technology when he declared ''we shape our tools, and thereafter, our tools shape us.'' pedagogies Technology literacies education University of Reading learning Activity Theory digital identity Clearly, digital identity is a complex proposition to talk about. Unported License.

Stuck in the past?

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In 1970, sociologist Alvin Toffler predicted: ' Within thirty years, the educational systems of the United States, and several Western European countries as well, will have broken decisively with the mass production pedagogy of the past, and will have advanced into an era of educational diversity based on the liberating power of the new machines.' What changes has technology made in schools?