New and emerging technologies

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The video below is the result of that interview, in which I answer questions such as: what emerging technology trends have the greatest potential for learning? What tips you you have for people wanting to invest in emerging technology? and should we be waiting until our learners adopt new technology or should we be leading the way as learning providers? AR education emerging technology learning media PLE social learning Technology video

Emergent thinker?

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Image from Emergent Thinker website Apparently I'm an emergent thinker. But 'emergent thinkers' is the title of the website used to promote a recent interview I did with Felicity Healey-Benson. I'm also called 'the mind behind harnessing technology for learning' but I can think of several hundred other people who would be more worthy to take that title. Emergent thinker?

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Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

Tom Spiglanin

A lot of these changes were brought about by the evolution of technology, but there’s also been a substantial change in the nature of jobs and, more recently, the changing nature of work itself. Sure enough, there were efforts to move formal learning to distance learning, largely through television technology, but that was nothing compared to the changes that were about to come. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

Tom Spiglanin

A lot of these changes were brought about by the evolution of technology, but there’s also been a substantial change in the nature of jobs and, more recently, the changing nature of work itself. Sure enough, there were efforts to move formal learning to distance learning, largely through television technology, but that was nothing compared to the changes that were about to come. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Emerging Technologies in e-Learning

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Thursday, June 28, 2007 Emerging Technologies in e-Learning I sat in on a lunchtime WebEx presentation with Gary Woodill -- Director, Research and Analysis, Brandon Hall Research. The topic: Emerging Technologies in e-Learning. Emerging" = kinds of e-learning that are just starting to show up -- in labs, new company offerings. Gary has worked on three "Emerging e-Learning" reports Emerging E-Learning Technologies: Have looked at 52 emerging technologies.

I Believe in the Many Emerging Roles for Learning and Development Professionals

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That compelling reason is technology, specifically the Internet, facile access to it, and the pace at which it continues to grow. As employees became more adept with technology, training moved into the computer itself and elearning was born. The pace of technological change kept increasing. Employees have become accustomed to rapidly changing technology and have unparalleled access to an exponentially growing body of content and knowledge via the Internet.

Inspire to learn

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M y key premise is that l earning technology is just about everywhere in education. 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. We have the technology.

Movements for change

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The learning technology landscape is changing and many questions are being asked. What is Creative Commons and how does it work? How do movements for change emerge and gain impetus? Tags: creative commons Alistair Creelman OER

Exploring medical technologies

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One of my earliest jobs back in the 1980s was managing the educational technology and learning resources for several nurse education centres across the South West of England. It was fascinating exploring these new technologies, and we all learnt a lot in those pioneering years.

Dialogue, debate and destinations

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Goring was essentially arguing that libraries should not be dictated to by technological changes, but in doing so she missed a fundamental point. This and other technology driven changes demand that libraries move quickly to adapt to new trends and remain agile to maintain relevance in a digital age. I was challenged by delegates at Solstice to elaborate on the legal and ethical issues of Creative Commons and other Copyleft approaches.

Connected pedagogy: Smart technology

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The theme of the conference is 'connecting through educational technology' - this echoes the themes of a number of other recent conferences, many of which explore the idea of connected learning. My thoughts on this are still emerging, so please feel free to contribute your own thoughts in the comments box below. The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach.

Old technologies don't die

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Witnessing this scene reminds me that no matter what technologies emerge, and no matter what disruptive innovations come along, we will always have the older, more traditional media to use. We can connect to information in many ways, and we should never rule out completely the older, more traditional technologies, because they still have uses. Personal, connected digital technologies enable us to access content and interact quickly and easily.

Future technologies: What lies ahead

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In January I presented a session on 'What's hot and what's not in learning and development' for Learning Technologies in London. The annual event always has a slot for future trends in technology, which in the past has featured great thinkers such as Ray Kurzweil and Brian Solis , and futurists Gerd Leonhard and Rudy de Waele. LT17UK AI Brian Solis development education future Gerd Leonhard gestural interfaces learning mobile Ray Kurzweil Rudy de Waele Technology Trends

The first technology

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I have been working in the field of learning technologies for almost 40 years. In fact my specialism never ceases to amaze me, because there is always something new to learn, some new technology, app or software tool that is emerging, or some new theory or model that is being proposed. The phrase 'standing on the shoulders of giants' is always very apt in the world of learning technology. The first technology for me has always been language.

Future technologies now

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HTC Vive in action - Photo by Steve Wheeler At the JISC Connect More event held in Cheltenham recently, a number of futuristic technologies were on display for delegates to experience. The technology has plenty of potential to be used across the curriculum, and not solely in creative arts. All of these technologies will undoubtedly find some useful application in higher education in the coming years.

What we think about technology

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In conversations with my own student educators recently, something else emerged. I asked them whether this was a true representation of their perceptions of using technology. This is a revealing narrative about how teachers and students view their use technology. How you are using technology will shape what you think about it, and also the concerns you will have. Dr Justin Tarte education learning perceptions social media students teachers Technology

Change, Learning Technologies, and the future

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Attending Learning Technologies in a completely new, yet strangely familiar venue was quite an experience. London ExCel has long been the home of the BETT Show, which I have attended on many occasions, but in the last few days it has also been the home of Learning Technologies, which for umpteen years has been hosted at Olympia, on the other side of the city. I arrived with a great deal of anticipation, because Learning Technologies always holds a lot of promise.

Technology won't replace teachers, but.

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"Technology won't replace teachers, but teachers who use technology will probably replace teachers who don't" This was just one of the contentious and thought provoking statements made at Learning Through Technology this week in Glasgow. Both events had several common threads, including the new roles of education professionals, the impact of technology on education and the ways students are appropriating new tools to support their learning.

Is technology killing the art of conversation?

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The exchange then descended into: 'There's too much technology around' and, 'I don't know what the world is coming to.' In Alone Together (2011) Turkle implies that technology is distracting us from social interaction, and is ruining conversation: 'The relentless connection leads to a new solitude'. Jaron Lanier (2011) believes that interactive technologies are 'deadening personal interaction.' Therefore, conversation can still occur, but it is now enhanced by the technology.

#40years of educational technology: Games

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This combination was not only the mainstay for entertainment and commerce, it also became the technological touchstone for many courses and programmes of study. It was developed into an art form, and obviously survives today in many new and emerging forms. Toward the end of the last century, the Web began to emerge as the convergent point for media. These match some of the key skills required to succeed in the world of work where digital technology is prevalent.' ( source ).

#40years of educational technology: Games

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This combination was not only the mainstay for entertainment and commerce, it also became the technological touchstone for many courses and programmes of study. It was developed into an art form, and obviously survives today in many new and emerging forms. Toward the end of the last century, the Web began to emerge as the convergent point for media. These match some of the key skills required to succeed in the world of work where digital technology is prevalent.' ( source ).

#40years of educational technology: Telematics

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Because of my work in educational technology at the nursing college, I naturally chose to study something that I was familiar with, but with an aspect that would present me with a challenge. I had no idea just how much a challenge it would prove to be but the focus of my study - satellite broadcasting - was at the time an exciting, emerging field of expertise, and one that involved the use of some very expensive hardware.

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New technology and the future of learning

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My own session, entitled 'New Technology and the Future of Learning' attempted to gaze (tentatively) into the near future, and to ask questions such as 'what will be the new roles of trainers and developers in the next few years?' and 'what new literacies will learners need to capitalise on new technologies?' I counselled however, that technology for technology sake is often a mistake. It has been a interesting day.

Digital literacies online

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I've written about digital literacies in previous publications, because I consider them vital for the success of any technology supported learning ventures. I believe that unless we develop appropriate digital literacies, we will be less able to exploit the power and unlock the potential of new and emerging technologies in education. competencies Digital education learning literacies online pedagogy readiness schools skills students teachers Technology

Learning futures

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I have enjoyed my short stay here in Doha, Qatar, where I was an invited speaker at the Technology in Higher Education Conference. There is major construction work wherever you look, and the technological infrastructure is impressive. My presentation was entitled ''Learning Futures: Emerging technologies, pedagogies and contexts'', where I explored some of the potential of new technologies to disrupt our current educational practices.

Digital identity

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When we immerse ourselves in the digital world, and we mediate our communication through technology, it becomes more complex still. What's more, they are placed into the context of online learning, digital pedagogy, social and psychological theory and teaching in the technology enabled world of the virtual classroom. It's just the ticket for teachers who have recently been compelled to adopt technology supported learning.

Communities and connections

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Before this, I presented some of my thinking around new theories and emerging pedagogies that leverage to power and potential of networked technologies, and spoke about the personal devices students use and how they might be incorporated into every day teaching and learning. I also mentioned some of the emerging tools and technologies that are just becoming available, and speculated on how these might influence changes in pedagogy in the coming years.

What do online educators need?

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Distance education in all its forms has been used for more than a century in education, leveraging the potential of each new technology as it emerges. I also mentioned in my last post that I had been involved in a very large school distance education project where teachers were expected to use new technologies to extend their traditional classrooms into non-traditional learning spaces across geographical distance.

The EDEN interviews: Manjula Srinivas

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Sitting down with her after her keynote at the summer EDEN conference in Jonkoping, Sweden, we discussed a number of issues around diversity and inclusion, the use of technology in education, games based learning, peer learning and emerging learner-led pedagogies. Here's the video interview: The EDEN interviews: Manjula Srinivas by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Transforming online learning experiences

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In 'normal times' transformation is often slow, usually driven by technology. During the Second World War , which was far from normal, a number of radical developments in medicine, science and technology rapidly emerged. Technology solutions are sought so that education can continue. Yes, technology often drives transformation, but a virus pandemic can transform things more quickly and pervasively.

Being there

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It's a common psychological phenomenon to feel that although you are separated by distance, the technology actually mediates your connection with someone else. This is where the technology may have failed to support the interaction. Feelings of intimacy, or warmth, or common understanding through technology all fall under the category of social presence. That is, some technologies are better at creating the conditions for good social presence than others.

Makeshift reality

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I remember capturing several hours of footage of a large scale emergency simulation which was used for future training purposes. Several hundred emergency staff, including ambulance and paramedic crews, the fire and rescue service and the police force were invited to take part during their off duty time, along with dozens of members of the Casualty Union (a group of volunteers who pretend to be injured, complete with fake fractures and blood).

The tribal web

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The tribes and clans I have identified, it could be argued, are emerging as a direct result of their sustained interaction with, and through, social technologies. When observed in its entirety however, the trails of evidence emerging on the Web can readily support the notion of the virtual clan. It should also be acknowledged that clans tend to emerge within tribes as cutural definitions and user generation of digital artefacts become more pronounced.

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Networked pedagogy

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New theories for the networked, digital age, emerging cultures of learning and a hyper-connected and networked society. Flipped classes, Massive Open Online Courses and Mind Technologies. The future of education and the potential impact of new and emerging technologies. Image by Calvinius on Wikimedia Commons Networked pedagogy by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Lockdown learning

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And that's a tribute not only to essential front-line staff such as health professionals, utility workers and emergency personnel. For education people, learning doesn't stop even though all around, social life, commerce, business, mortgage payments, air travel and other common practices have ground to a halt. Some of the stories of how teachers have achieved and sustained this are herculean, and others will emerge when the dust finally settles.

How can we engage online learners?

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As online education evolved, it quickly became clear that new forms of content needed to be developed, and new forms of pedagogy needed to be devised to support the new ways of learning that were emerging. Discussion groups and forums, hyperlinked content, videos, audio in the form of podcasts, and ultimately, user generated content emerged as important forms of online activity. classroom Digital education learning online pedagogy schools students teachers Technology

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Serendipity

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I was approached by the editor of the journal after my presentation in London at the Learning Technologies annual conference. The first was when I was working as a manager in the National Health Service and heard about a new university project that placed new and emerging technologies into the hands of local communities. It was 1996, and a period of great technological transformation, and the project aimed to set up distance learning centres in hard-to-reach rural areas.