6 Emerging Technologies in Education


Because of the great advances we are making in educational technology, new doors of opportunity are opening in classrooms. The Horizon Report has identified six technology disciplines that are emerging within classrooms across the United States. Open Content - Open content producers have evolved as well. Today there are many textbooks that are being created for schools and universities using the open content concept.

The past tense of open badges

E-Learning Provocateur

Some commentators are heralding open badges as the nemesis of the college degree. As Mark Smithers observes… “It’s interesting that the reaction to open badges from senior academic managers is often to dismiss them as being child like and akin to collecting a badge for sewing at scouts.” Of course, open badges and college degrees are not mutually exclusive. In contrast, open badges are task oriented.

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10 resources I enjoyed in February 2013

Jane Hart

Although I tweet links to interesting resources as I find them, and collate them in my 2013 Reading List , the important thing for me about curation is also taking some time to analyse what I’ve found to try and make sense of it all, and consider how it adds to my own thinking and practice. So here is my selection from February 2013. Here are a couple of snippets from two others I found useful reading: Working from home , Nigel Paine, 27 February 2013.

Enhance Your Mobile Learning Delivery with 7 Eye-openers.


But in the past few years it has emerged as a sustainable learning platform. With emerging technologies, mobile learning development is also becoming streamlined and budget-friendly. mLearning has, slowly but surely, been creating a niche for itself in corporate training and learning. Even a decade ago mLearning was being created and utilized for learning – though sparingly.

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BETT Show 2013

Moodle Journal

Given that I do still retain a very active presence in virtual worlds and that includes Second Life and Open Simulator, it was a shame that these did not seem to be in evidence. Made my way to the BETT show and first time at Excel center for me anyway, even bumped into a couple of people I knew there, had a catch-up, always good. A great deal to see in a day, and I was impressed by the turn out of resources particularly for robotics and science, very impressive, very encouraging.

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2 Essential Characteristics of an LMS in 2013


TinCan opens the doors to many new avenues, but it also closes the door on a few other things – well, hopefully closes the door. As people become more familiar with the capabilities now available because of TinCan, expect to see new offerings, businesses, and tools emerge. This is a big year in the realm of elearning, especially with the rapid growth of MOOCs and new technology hitting the scene.


New MOOC Environments: Distributed Open Collaborative Courses

Your Training Edge

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have lately been moving in different directions. This reworking has given rise to a variety of new MOOC-like courses, including big open online courses (BOOCs), synchronous massive online courses (SMOCs), and small private online courses (SPOCs). One of the more interesting models to emerge is the distributed open collaborative course, aka the DOCC. Copyright 2013 Bryant Nielson.

The best elearning reads of 2013


YouTube another MOOP (Massive Open Online Pedagogy) Learning will not be televised, it will be digitised , Donald Clark. The Emerging Collaborative & Sharing Mentalities of the Millenial Generation , P2P Foundation’s Blog. The Top 10 Workplace Trends Of 2013, Dan Schawbel , Forbes.

Less Formal Training; More Informal Social Learning

Bottom-Line Performance

Here is Trend 6: Twitter chats, Twitter lists, massive open online courses (MOOCs), YouTube channels and blogs devoted to highly specific topics, resources such as Lynda.com, CodeAcademy, etc. Emerging Technology emerging trends and technologies Learning Design Social Learning emerging trends social learning white paperThis is an excerpt from Sharon Boller’s newest white paper, Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities.

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

link] December 3-14, 2012 Open Content Licensing for Educators (#OCL4Ed), organized by the OER Foundation, offered online. link] December 4-6, 2012 International Symposium on Open, Distance, and e-Learning (ISODEL), Bali, Indonesia. link] January 2013 January 2-5, 2013 The Association for Science Education Annual Conference, University of Reading, Berkshire, UK. link] January 6, 2013 Search Marketing SMX , Jerusalem, Israel. link] January 27-28, 2013 Health 2.0

Less PPT Only; More Cool Interactive Tools Within Lectures

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A plethora of tools have emerged courtesy of mobile devices. This opens the interactive presentation. Emerging Technology emerging trends and technologies instructor led training Training emerging technologies instructor-led training interactive lectures white paperThis is an excerpt from Sharon Boller’s newest white paper, Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities.



e-Learning is dynamically evolving, thanks to the incredible achievements in highly powerful and intelligent tools and technologies that are rapidly emerging. In addition, it offers lot more features opening up the door to a whole lot of possibilities that make learning professionals excited. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a recent development that is powered by Cloud Computing technology.

The Future of E-Learning in 2013


As the year comes to an end, I find myself looking at the emerging trends in our industry, particularly in regards to e-learning. But what is in store for our industry in 2013, or even the medium to long term? You may be aware of an emerging force in the realm of learning and education called MOOCs (which stands for Massive Open Online Courses). Picture from insidehighered.com.

The Future of ELearning in 2014


Last year around this time I posted my predictions for elearning in 2013 an always interesting activity as the year comes to a close. As we entered 2013, many of the biggest stories in the elearning world had to do with the emergence of MOOCs. Expect to see an increased awareness in digital backpack programs like Mozilla Open Badges and Credly – both of which make it easy for a learner to take their “credit” with them.

Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2013 Opens in Orlando by Jennifer Neibert and Bill Brandon

Learning Solutions Magazine

From the opening session yesterday, the Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2013 is living up to the expectations that its tagline, “Maximizing Performance with Learning Technologies,” inspires. Design & Development Tools Emerging Topics Instructional Design Management Professional Development Training Strategies

How We Use Social Media for Informal Learning

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Whether in our working lives or personal lives, opening up on social media is not everyone’s idea of a good time. We started a weekly chat on Twitter focused on emerging learning trends and technologies. TalkTech exposes people who often work virtually on their own separate teams to new ideas that expand their awareness of the industry as a whole and emerging trends that are often later integrated into client work.

Wearable Computing Technology In Learning

Upside Learning

As more and more such devices and broadly platforms emerge on the market, they will provide a developer options just as the mobile operating systems do today. In addition to seeing technology companies attempting to make a market of these technologies, there is also significant research emerging from academia around this area, couple of interesting papers -. CIPD HRD 2013 | Apr 24 – 25 | Olympia, London, UK | Stand #425.

Fewer Full-Sized Courses. More learning snacks, ePubs, Videos, and Reference Tools

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As a result, three major types of learning solutions are emerging: 1. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer another model that shows how to organize a really big course (several weeks long) into small increments. This is an excerpt from Sharon Boller’s newest white paper, Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities. The white paper describes today’s learning landscape… then predicts 7 trends for the next 12 – 18 months.

How to Use a Learning Management System to Solve the I-Didn’t-Get-the-Memo Problem

Absorb LMS

If you work in emergency response, healthcare, security, transportation, among many other industries, people’s safety may be compromised if you don’t get and act on this information. Perhaps the sender will click the little checkboxes in their mail client for delivery and read notifications to be returned, but, if you’ve sent the notice to more than just a few recipients, manually tracking who has opened the e-mail is a headache.

Open Badges: Portable Credentials for Learning by Bill Brandon

Learning Solutions Magazine

Blended Learning Emerging Topics Games & Learning Measurement Professional DevelopmentThe next target of disintermediation is diplomas, certifications, and other “official” records of. learning, skills, and knowledge. A number of organizations are promoting a credentialing approach. that awards “badges” directly to learners from providers. Learners can maintain and publicly display. their badge portfolios independent of employers. Read about these new initiatives here.

4 Modern-Day Learning Trends in Education


Emerging use of Open Source Textbooks: This is a big one in the educational arena. Open source text books are now expected to spread 25% of the textbook market in the coming decade. Learning trends are starting to take on a whole new shape as schools and businesses leverage modern technologies and strategies to creatively deliver content in various ways.

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MOOCs: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Headed

Your Training Edge

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have rocked the world of education probably faster than any other innovation in history. Several pundits and observers have noted that MOOCs are following the Gartner hype cycle for emerging technologies, and most agree that we are now somewhere between the “trough of disillusionment” and the “slope of enlightenment,” on our way to the “plateau of productivity.”. Consequently, the course was based on open educational resources and peer learning.

How to Convince Higher Ups That “Fun” eLearning Is Good Business

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Learners “play” through three buildings, each with a different emergency situation that requires employees to evacuate. The first time a learner takes this course, only one building is “open” to them; the other two become “unlocked” as the learner successfully evacuates the previous building. Each level opens with a brief animated story that is destroyed by the BBP and then transitions to several mini-challenges.

Creating Impactful Learning: Experiences in the BFSI


The staggering number of sales personnel in the industry posed an initial challenge – but the economics of providing them with a mobile device and the availability of cheaper mobiles and tablets opened a wide avenue of opportunities. ? There is a lot that can be done in the BFSI domain and, with the emerging technologies, the opportunities are limitless. Technology-aided learning has permeated every leading industry in the world.

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Credly and OpenBadges Integration with BadgeOS!


One best-practice to emerge in recent years is the concept of gamification (points, badges, awards for completing certain tasks). Earned badges are Mozilla Open Badge compatible and sharable via built-in Credly support. The biggest promise we make to our customers is that we will continue to build-out the LearnDash offering based on user feedback and industry best-practices.

Building a New Learning Solutions Team

Living in Learning

In January of this year, I became Learning Development Director in a new group at Intellinex LLC, a Xerox Company called the Emerging Accounts Group (EAG). The business there is about to break wide open and I''m now faced with building a learning solutions team. I landed on January 2nd and less than a week later I was thrown from a moving bus and met a huge client in Dallas. Announcements ID jobs ISD jobs learning jobs media developer jobs

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Culture Change is More Than Skin Deep

The Performance Improvement Blog

billion electric power producer that has only recently emerged from bankruptcy. He has eliminated some of the expensive trappings of executives, moved managers out of private offices and into an open work space, and re-instituted annual performance reviews. The new Pope appears to have made culture change top on his list of priorities.

The #1 WordPress LMS Myth BUSTED


Without fail the biggest backlash against using WordPress for learning management purposes was because it lacked the “traditional SCORM support” offered by mainstream open-source LMS packages such as Moodle. All seemed about lost until TinCan API emerged. As with any industry though, the emerging trends will eventually become the expectations. So you think WordPress can’t be a viable learning management system?


Day 2 @LSCON, Nice keynote and I finally understand TinCan, Experience API, Scorm, ADL, IACC and CMI-5…….

Challenge to Learn

Eric Berg of Lingos got on stage to announce the 2013 global give back competition, I’m an ambassador for Lingos, it is a great organization that helps non-profit organizations that work internationally with eLearning facilities. The TinCan announcement got a lot of attention, because it is more open and it facilitates the recording of learning experiences outside the LMS (mobile!). Day 2 of the conference.

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New MOOC Models: Blended Learning

Your Training Edge

New technologies emerge, they disrupt the status quo, and then, inevitably, they change. This is exactly what has happened with massive open online courses (MOOCs). SPOCs are like MOOCs in that they use video lectures, discussion boards, machine-graded assessments, and other MOOC elements, but they are unlike MOOCs in that they are open only to students enrolled at their respective schools (and in Harvard’s case up to 500 additional participants).

Rackspace Solves its Recruitment Problems

Your Training Edge

In its race with Amazon, Rackspace Hosting’s struggle over the open-source cloud computing has been epic. The two firms compete heavily with each other over the emergence of each of there computing platforms. To solve this problem, Rackspace is launching the Open Cloud Academy. The Open Cloud Academy will offer a number of educational programs that will provide students certifications in these cloud-based technologies. Copyright 2013 Bryant Nielson.

MOOCs to Create and Enhance Corporate Culture

Your Training Edge

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) offer a unique and powerful way to implement corporate culture training. As these networks evolve, natural leaders will emerge, and the social learning tools used in MOOCs can help organizations identify these leaders and ensure that they are communicating and practicing the desired culture. Copyright 2013 Bryant Nielson. Corporate culture has become a new buzzword, fueled partly by the increased importance being placed on soft skills.

Colorful Consulting: Lessons from Larry

Allison Rossett

Just when I think I am ready to let the gray emerge, I pass a mirror and recognize my grandmother out of the corner of my eye. He asked questions I couldn’t answer, leaving the door open for me to do some research on my own. Today I learned about consulting from a surprising source. It began at lunch yesterday, when my usually positive pal Ellie remarked that my hair wasn’t looking so great. I think the word she used was listless. The cut was fine. But she wondered about the color.

ET and E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Well, if you thought that was what I was referring to, then you have the wrong blog – I think the movies section is somewhere over there — ET in this case refers to emerging technology. Emerging technology that has I believe the potential to do wonders in the e-learning space. We have all been witnesses to emerging technology in just the past couple of years. Great (Past) Emerging Technology. E-Learning and Emerging Technology.

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John Seeley Brown Keynote at #ASTD2013

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from the opening session at the ASTD International Conference and Expo (ICE) -- happening this week in Dallas, TX. Much of the real work and learning happens in the emergent – so how do we really support this? We’ve not been supporting the emergent and informal. Kineo. Normal. false. false. false. EN-US. X-NONE.

danah boyd ASTD Tech Knowledge Key Note #astdtk13

Learning Visions

These are my liveblogged notes from ASTD Tech Knowledge 2013 Opening Keynote kicking off today January 29, 2013 in San Jose, California. People who “shouldn’t” be talking together because they work for competing orgs…There are no cubes – open space to encourage conversation. Anonymous emerged out of 4chan in response to Scientology. a book about the hyperindividualistic culture of programmers and open source software – the tension. Kineo. 10206. Normal.

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Mike Rustici – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Released in April 2013, over 70 companies are already using the official 1.0 It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists, on emerging trends in the learning landscape. New market entrants tend to be doing the more exciting things that open up new possibilities. How according to you will it evolve along with other emerging technologies (such as Google Glass)? .

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