Supporting online learners

Learning with 'e's

If you're new to online teaching, or are revisiting it, do consider spending an hour of your time to browse through the ideas in this module. I cover a range of themes around online learning support, and apply several well known theories to explain what is required in digital learning environments. There is a quiz and a range of activities. Photo by Steve Wheeler I have just published a third module in my series on digital learning for the ZilLearn platform.

Networked pedagogy

Learning with 'e's

New theories for the networked, digital age, emerging cultures of learning and a hyper-connected and networked society. Differentials between academic practices, and the variety of roles we adopt within communities of practice and learning. The impact of traditional education on contemporary pedagogical practices. Chaos and uncertainty versus knowing and order, and the educational impact of rhizomatic approaches to learning.

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Presence Pedagogy: Needs Some More Dimensions

Kapp Notes

The other day, I discovered an interesting article, Presence Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning in a 3D Virtual Immersive World , which describes an educational approach for conducting a learning event in a virtual immersive environment. Flying around in VirtualU: Sense of space is important in virtual learning environments. As the abstract to the article indicates: Presence Pedagogy is a way of teaching and learning that is grounded in social constructivist theory.

Bear pit pedagogy

Learning with 'e's

Too much bad theory has crept into the classroom in recent years, as I have previously commented , and we want to ensure that our trainee teachers are aware of flaws, counter-arguments and alternatives to all theories. We encourage them to develop their own Personal/Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) so they can lock into and exploit the vast communities of practice that already exist out there in the rapidly expanding Blogosphere and Twitterverse.

Online courses must die!

E-Learning Provocateur

There’s method in my madness… The myth of rapid authoring. The proliferation of so-called rapid authoring tools over the last few years has coincided with an explosion in the number of online courses developed in-house. In tandem with this trend, though, has been the increasingly familiar cry of “It’s not interactive!&#. Increasing the number of clicks required to view the content does not make it more interactive.

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Learning as dialogue

Learning with 'e's

Many of the earlier learning theories place the learner in splendid isolation. From the neo-behaviourist theories of Thorndike, Watson and Skinner, we were led to believe that learners respond to stimuli and make associations between the two, and that these links represent learning. This prompted new approaches in schools that included discovery learning and progressive curricula that neatly reflected Piaget''s stages of cognitive development model.

5 of the best

Learning with 'e's

I find it useful to look back to see what were the most popular blog posts of the previous year. In retrospect, trends are more observable than they are when you're in the thick of it. My learning definitions series #learningis (13 posts) proved to be popular with a combined hit count of almost 50,000 views. It kicked off after I watched a video of some teachers at Geelong College in Australia, talking about their definitions of learning.

Learning first, technology second

Learning with 'e's

Many teachers welcome the idea of bringing new technology into the classroom. They see it as a means to engage learners, and as a way of making connections between school curricula and familiar territory. Ideas range from games based learning , to the use of social media and networking, to simpler approaches such as the use of digital cameras in art or data logging in science. Sometimes, the technology does get in the way of learning and teaching.

Who's in charge?

Learning with 'e's

In this series I have been providing a brief overview of each theory, and how each can be applied in education. The most recent post in this series featured spreading activation theory - a theory adapted from a hierarchical model of memory proposed by Ross Quillian and Allan Collins. In this post, I present a brief overview of Julian Rotter's locus of control theory. The theory explains social dimensions of personality. Craik and Lockhart Levels of Processing 6.

EDGEX 2012: About Disruptive Education

ID Reflections

This sentence from Stephen Downes post AWorld to Change best exemplifies one of the key drivers behind a conferencelike EDGEX2012: We need to move beyondthe idea that an education is something that is provided for us, and toward theidea that an education is something that we create for ourselves. If you have ever been inspired by the writings of Paulo Freire ( Pedagogyof the Oppressed , Pedagogyof Hope ), then this conference is for you.

Words in mind

Learning with 'e's

Psychologists and cognitive scientists have offered a number of useful theories that aid our understanding of learning. In this series I have been providing a brief overview of each theory, and how each can be applied in education. The last post in this series featured the stages of cognitive development model proposed by Jean Piaget. To retrieve an item from long term memory, the brain traverses a large network of information.

7 big opportunities that MOOCs offer corporates

E-Learning Provocateur

Hot on the heels of my 5 benefits of open badges for corporates , I now present my 7 big opportunities that MOOCs offer corporates. Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m quite the MOOC fan. If you can think of any others, please let me know… 1. Quality content, for free, from some of the world’s most respected educational institutions? Participating in a MOOC forms connections with people outside of your organisation.

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Yes, you do have to change

Clark Quinn

Of late, I’ve seen a disturbing trend. Not only are the purveyors of existing solutions preaching caution and steadiness, but it even seems like some of the ’names’ of the field are talking in ways that make it easy to think that the industry is largely doing ok. Learners need to perform, repeatedly, with guidance, over more and more complex contexts until they achieve the level of performance they need.

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Disruptive Educational Research Conference in India

Jay Cross

In the sixties I dreamed of visiting India but never made it. the emergence of network based, collaborative, social, informal and community-led approaches to learning) and Simulations & Serious Games (being able to seriously use these advanced learning tools at strategic scale). With the likes of George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Dave Cornier, Alec Couros, Clark Quinn, Grainne Conole, and me on board, I’m confident it will be. New forms of assessments.

Initial reflections on Slow Learning #change11

Clark Quinn

A couple of themes have emerged that partly I want to elaborate on, and partly want to reflect upon. One of the themes that emerged is the rejection of the GPS idea, and extolling a preference for getting lost (I did explicitly mention that GPS’s do not help you learn the terrain, but I’ll add that they could). One of the issues is, for me, where you want to learn, and where you don’t.

Driving formal & informal from the same place

Clark Quinn

However, I’ve been preparing a presentation from another way of looking at it, and I want to suggest that, at core, both are being driven from the same point: how humans learn. I was looking at the history of society, and it’s getting more and more complex. Businesses are now retreating from that point of view, and trying to get flatter, and more networked.

Collaboration - Knowledge Management - Expert - Hot List

Tony Karrer

Clive on Learning , May 29, 2009 Capture Examples - eLearning Technology , May 29, 2009 Mistakes made in Academic Blogs - Don't Waste Your Time , June 3, 2009 Time Spent - The Learning Circuits Blog , June 1, 2009 Presentation: Camtasia in eLearning - Don't Waste Your Time , June 4, 2009 Does Deliberative Practice Lead to Quick Proficiency? yes, they went there - WISE Pedagogy , June 1, 2009 Top Other Items The following are the top other items based on social signals.

Top 99 Workplace eLearning Blogs

Tony Karrer

His list was very similar to the list of sources that eLearning Learning includes. If you don't want to subscribe to all 99 sources individually, then you can subscribe to either the Full Feed or Best Of feed from eLearning Learning. And the Best Of feed provides a weekly summary with the top content from all of these sources. The Best Of also includes upcoming free elearning webinars. It's part of the overall social filtering that the technology relies on.

The Challenges of Executive Education

Training Industry

This “anytime, anywhere, any device” trend has entered the world of education. It’s an experience that has made me realize just how many challenges there are in the highly competitive world of executive education. These challenges include the transformation of the traditional learning model, the need to be agile and the existence of communities of practice. Today, we need to know everything, right away, at all times, whenever it suits us.

Facilitating Learning

Clark Quinn

In last night’s #lrnchat on instructional design,there was some discussion of the term ‘learning facilitator’ versus ‘trainer’ (which now I can’t find!?!), I’ve also been thinking about a set of talks I may be giving, and how to break them up. It happens best when the task has a level of ambiguity where learners collaborate to understand.

I store my knowledge with my friends

Learning with e's

I'm at Colchester Institute on Friday to present a workshop entitled: Communities, Spaces and Pedagogies for the Digital Age. It's for a Learning and Teaching development day the Institute is holding where they will explore the theme of Transformational Learning and Teaching. I have spoken several times on transformation learning, and a few years ago actually brought out a book about the transformational power of ICT in education.

Making Connections: Trends in Social Learning

Obsidian Learning

Building on the concept of communities of practice , Etienne Wenger (2009) has proposed a social theory of learning. The focus of this theory is “learning as social participation,” in which learners actively participate in the practices of social communities and construct personal identities in relation to these communities. As instructional designers, we’re aware of various theories about how and why people learn.

Theories for the digital age: Self regulated learning

Learning with 'e's

Informal and self regulated learning are defining characteristics of 21 st Century education. Various commentators suggest that as much as seventy percent of learning occurs outside of formal educational settings (Cofer, 2000; Dobbs, 2000; Cross, 2006). One challenge for education providers is to decide whether they will support the desire of students to self regulate their learning activities using personal technologies. Practice Application Brief No.

Making the future of education

Learning with 'e's

The methods we use to try to align school and university teaching with the demands of contemporary society will shape the extent to which we succeed. Some advocate the flipped learning approach and to a certain extent, the transfer of content delivery from the classroom to the home (or elsewhere) makes a lot of sense. A lot of institutions are adopting versions of this method, and are employing technology, particularly video and online content to achieve it.

Performance - Collaboration - Social Network Analysis - eLearning Hot List

Tony Karrer

yes, they went there - WISE Pedagogy , June 1, 2009 Time Spent - The Learning Circuits Blog , June 1, 2009 Top Other Items The following are the top other items based on social signals. eLearning Learning Hot List June 1, 2009 to June 12, 2009 Top Posts The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals.

People, Process and Product. P3 in eLearning

TalentLMS

Take charge of your organization’s learning needs before you appoint an external consultant. The best learning solutions developed for any company are the ones with intimate involvement of trainers and managers with the eLearning consultants. Khan (2004) of Khan Academy developed a list of foundational elements that combine to create a complete eLearning framework. People are the stakeholders as well as employees of your organization.

People, Process and Product. P3 in eLearning

TalentLMS

Take charge of your organization’s learning needs before you appoint an external consultant. The best learning solutions developed for any company are the ones with intimate involvement of trainers and managers with the eLearning consultants. Khan (2004) of Khan Academy developed a list of foundational elements that combine to create a complete eLearning framework. People are the stakeholders as well as employees of your organization.

On Aer

Learning with 'e's

I spent two great days in Ireland this weekend, and would like to thank my hosts at the Computer Education Society of Ireland for inviting me. Ahead of my keynote speech at the CESI 2012 conference in Portlaiose, this weekend, I did an interview for Dublin City FM 103.2. The programme Inside Education , presented by Seán Delaney, is a regular radio and podcast Irish perspective on news and stories from the world of education.

Top 113 eLearning Posts and 28 Hottest Topics for 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Taxonomy of Learning Theories - E-Learning Provocateur , January 12, 2010. The Org Structure of Enterprise 2.0 - trainingwreck , April 18, 2010. Anatomy of a PLE - Learning with e’s , July 11, 2010. 25 places to find instructional videos - Jane Hart - Pick of the Day , February 8, 2010. 10 Unusual Sources Of Inspiration for eLearning - The eLearning Coach , September 29, 2010. Checklist of Social Learning Strategies - Engaged Learning , January 12, 2010.

Shifting sands

Learning with 'e's

Although it is very difficult to predict the future, we are aware of the trends and can use these to detect where we may be heading, and that may take us in one or more directions, hence the plurality of ''futures''. Technology is one of the major drivers of change in our society , and it is easy to see where this is being integrated into schools, colleges and universities. Mostly it is integrated into classrooms, but it is largely left out of most curricula.

eLearning Learning - Best of May

Tony Karrer

The Truth About Twitter - Social Enterprise Blog , May 11, 2009 Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators - Don't Waste Your Time , May 9, 2009 Twitter and Webinars - eLearning Technology , May 14, 2009 Presentation: Twitter in Education - Don't Waste Your Time , May 12, 2009 The Challenge of Training the PlayStation Generation - The E-Learning Curve , May 15, 2009 Adobe eLearning Suite: is it worth it?

Open all OERs

Learning with e's

Time to reflect on the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) workshop on Open Educational Resources, which was held in Windhoek, Namibia this week. Many were representing the Quality Assurance Agencies of their home countries. Dr Stella Anthony (Australian Universities Network for Quality Assurance) gave the opening presentation for the event, and spoke about the opportunities and challenges of OERs in higher education.

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Design - Knowing Doing Gap - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. Seeing The Invisible: How To Identify Early Indicators Of Gaps In Instructional Design And Training Effectiveness. Too Dot Oh: Making Sense of the Terrible 2’s - trainingwreck , September 15, 2009. WISE Pedagogy , September 17, 2009. How to build an online community | Community Building , September 16, 2009. The role of theory in instructional design , September 14, 2009. September 11, 2009 to September 18, 2009.

5 Ways to Prepare & Be an E-Learning Winner

Rapid eLearning

At the close of the conference, I participated in a panel presentation with some really smart people (not sure how I got invited). It’s usually the result of preparation and opportunity. While there are always all sorts of opportunities available, the challenge we face is that we’re not always prepared for them. Because of this, we are usually oblivious to the opportunities that exist. Instead I’d walk right past it oblivious to what’s right there in front of me.

Top 125 Workplace eLearning Posts of 2009

eLearning Learning Posts

It’s always fun at this time of the year to look back at what’s happened in the world of eLearning. You can see more detail of how this works here in Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning (and see how you can be involved). Top 125 Workplace eLearning Posts of 2009. Should Educators be Afraid of Having a Facebook Profile? How to Create Screencasts You Can Be Proud Of , Rapid eLearning Blog , October 13, 2009. Pedagogy?