Active learning spaces

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Recently I wrote about collaborative learning spaces , and argued that we are entering unfamiliar territory. The boundaries of informal and formal spaces have blurred significantly, as have the boundaries between the real and the virtual. It appears that it no longer matters where learning occurs, as long as it is meaningful. Some might argue that learning that is situated is the most powerful. All of these aspects of learning are active.

Reinventing learning spaces

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Phone charging station at Stratford Shopping Centre, London I have written extensively about education spaces, architectures for learning , and personal learning environments. I elaborated on these ideas in my recent book Learning with ''e''s like this: If the design of a space is wrong, learning can be constrained or even stifled. Teachers should be the architects of learning spaces (Wheeler, 2015, p 102).


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Self organised learning spaces

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I only provide them with the conditions in which they can learn." - Albert Einstein The social web is replete with self-organising spaces. Us and an army of similar minded volunteers who love learning, and want to share their knowledge. And that should give all of use some clues as to how to facilitate self-organising learning spaces. Yet many academics and teachers struggle with the concept of self-organised learning. "I never teach my students.

Working space as learning space

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Graham Attwell over at Pontydysgu (Bridge to Learning) has challenged me to take five pictures that depict my working space as a learning space. For me, my working space has always been my learning space (well, ever since I became involved in education anyway). I get paid to teach and research at Plymouth University , but this all comes about through my own personal learning. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

More fabulous learning spaces

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The space in which a child learns is important. If a school gets it wrong, learning can be constrained or even completely stifled. It didn't lead to very good learning outcomes. It's often the simple things that improve the learning environment, and as Stephen Heppell says, better school toilets = better results. Last year I wrote about some fabulous learning spaces I had seen while visiting schools in New Zealand.

Learning spaces of the third kind

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The first kind of space was highly organised. In these 'class' rooms, our students gathered, seated in rows, facing toward a single part of the space - the front. Next came the second kind of space - rooms where people could face in more than one direction. They were able to create their own projects, learning together with the teacher acting as a facilitator. The third kind of space is still emerging. This third kind of space is no longer confined to a room.

Personal devices in higher education

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Here are some of my recent thoughts on learning spaces at universities, and the impact of student owned personal technologies: As the shift from location specific learning to untethered learning gathers pace, so the personal device gains increasing importance. Distributed forms of learning are burgeoning, and geographical distance between learners and their parent institutions is less of a problem. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

The Best Companies to Work With For Education E-Learning

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Many educational content development companies in India invest in E-Learning and Development Programs to train employees in modern processes. Employees are more likely to stay focused during training sessions when they use an e-learning solution.

What do online educators need?

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Photo by Steinar Engeland on unsplash In yesterday's post I wrote about how teachers are beginning to use online forms of education to enhance and extend the reach of schools. Correspondence course, radio, television, video, the Web, computers and smart phones - each in turn has been harnessed to reach students for education that are traditionally outside of the traditional learning space. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Corporate Training Trends – Sharing experiences, Shared Learning


There is no doubt that Corporate Learning has a strong social element to it. Learning occurs through social interactions across conference tables, in cubicles, over coffee breaks and at the water cooler. The power and reach of social interactions for learning cannot be overlooked, but the big question is: Is there a way to structure it better to enhance the learning experience? If they find a shared ground, only then will the actual learning take place.

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Authoring Tools for E-Learning: The Definitive Guide


Benefits and Challenges of E-Learning Authoring Tools. Your authoring tools are your painting supplies in this scenario, as they enable course creation, while your frame is your learning management system (LMS) which houses your learning content.

Tan Le, Measuring Brain Activity: Second Day Keynote at #ATDTK

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She gravitated to learning about the brain. Photo credits: Dan Steer and JD Dillon via Twitter Some examples of what people are doing with it: Attention powered cars -- it goes when you''re paying attention and slow when you''re not. - learn more about the effects of attention and distraction on the road. How do they move social engagement into the learning space? Democratizing the space around brain measurement.

Real Mobile Learning: Are Smartphone Printers Worth the Investment?


When learners are already acquainted with the technology they’ll use to access information, it reduces prep time so everyone can jump straight into learning. Knowing what’s out there and how they can contribute to eLearning can help you decide whether or not they’re a worthy mobile learning investment. From photos to documents, before you invest in mobile printers you’ll need to decide if their use is worth the price.

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Engaging online learners 1

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Let's start with collaborative online spaces. It relates to critical writing on wikis, but it can be applied to just about any collaborative online learning space: There is a spectrum of wiki activities that can be used to encourage critical thinking in writing.

Learner power

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Perhaps a little farther down their agendas students are concerned about finding good learning spaces, concerns over the environment, and keeping themselves fit and healthy. I visited the University of Hasselt this week and was shown around some of its learning spaces. Universiteit Hasselt takes some innovative approaches to education including its refurbishment of an old prison to create a bright and airy new learning space for its law faculty students.

Jasmine's tent

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Photo by Steve Wheeler There is a large, flexible learning space in Ormiston Junior College on the outskirts of Auckland. It's called a modern learning environment or MLE. All around her, noisy, messy chaos erupts as the rest of the Ormiston students busy themselves with their learning. Open, modern learning spaces are dynamic and student centred, and they offer great opportunities for creative learning.

Our Top Tips for Learning from Home


Learning from Home' Tips from Our Experts. But people are doing a lot more than just working from home — what about the unique challenges of learning from home, too? Learn a new skill or hobby, or pick up an old one you miss. Our Team's Top Tips for Learning From Home.

Weapon of choice

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As an educator, what tool or technology would you never be without in the classroom or learning space? I often catch them taking photos of the board so they can go away and revisit the notes later on. But for me, it's a natural progression - a use of the tool by students to learn for themselves. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. attachment Digital dry wipe board education email interactive learning pens teaching Technology whiteboard

Join our global #EDENchat

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Photo on Pixabay Join our global #EDENchat by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. edenchat competency EDEN education learning literacy Technology universityWe enjoyed a great first #EDENchat of the season during the EDEN Research Workshop when my colleague Antonella Poce hosted the Twitter session last week.

Streaming learning events

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We broadcast our first live learning event yesterday, where our third year students listened to a talk by innovative school leader Dave Strudwick. The YouTube link for tomorrow's learning event is here. The entire schedule of learning events over the next few weeks is at this link. Photo by Steve Wheeler Streaming learning events by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

How do schools innovate?

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Some of the schools on the list are considered innovative because of the way they use their learning spaces, whilst others are vaunted because of their progressive pedagogical approaches. Personalised learning is on offer, often with personal technologies in support, and children are encouraged to take an active role in their education. Learning by making and doing is high on the agenda, and connections are made between the process of learning and what is actually learnt.

New pedagogies?

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Most new technologies, particularly handheld devices, lend themselves more to student led learning than they do to teacher led education. In my 2015 book I wrote about ' new wine ' (technology) being forced into 'old wineskins' (conservative learning spaces and ideas) and warned of the inevitable failures. Photo by Alan Levine on Flickr New pedagogies? Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Teacher voices

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To me, my former students - now qualified teachers - are extraordinary, because they have entered the volatile and ever changing teaching profession as visionaries - people who want to make a significant difference in children's lives, inspiring them to learn and reach further. They achieve this through innovative pedagogies, creating great learning spaces and with a liberal dose of technology. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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A growing divide?

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In his blog on Learning Ecosystems, Daniel S. The first, he describes as "A move to opening up learning, making it more accessible and flexible. 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.

Student voices unheard?

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Students should be at the centre of the learning process - where else could they legitimately be? However, if they don't have a voice in their own learning, they are peripheral to the process, and education fails them. If we ignore student voices, we will miss some valuable insights into the way they learn. Students bring their personal devices into formal learning spaces, but institutional infrastructure sometimes fails to support the use these new technologies.

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How AI and Machine Learning Addresses Challenges in Educational Content Creation and Instruction

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Huge amounts of data fill today’s world, and that data is driving big breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) research and the field of machine learning. As the volume of data surpasses humans’ ability to make sense of it manually, we’ll rely more on automated systems to process and learn from lots of data, and the changes in that data, to continue to make data useful in improving systems, services, products, and so on.

Digital is default

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The book was published in 1995, just as the Internet was beginning to invent for itself a space that previously had not existed. The following year I joined a ground breaking project in which my team set up digital learning spaces for businesses and individuals in hard-to-reach rural areas that until then had no infrastructure. We pushed the boundaries of technology, culture and human relationships as we extended digital spaces for learning into virgin territory.

Buyer’s Guide for LearnDash WordPress Plugins

The Be-all and End-all Guide to Creating a Supreme LearnDash LMS

When it comes to turning your WordPress site into a Learning Management System (LMS), LearnDash is the choice of many ! What makes it so popular is it’s ease of use combined with its power to extend the capabilities of your e-Learning website with the help of additional plugins and add-ons.

The Classroom Evolves In Academia

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It wanted more learning to center around teamwork and collaboration — mimicking how work is now done in the real world. Under this model, and like others in the corporate learning space, the front and back of the room are jettisoned; the room itself is also shaped as a circle. “In a hive model, you’re essentially setting up students to have a participatory experience,” he said, echoing a concept many corporate learning leaders have adopted.

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New learning environments: The challenge and the promise #EDENchat

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In recent years, education has evolved to the point where learning can take place anywhere and at any time, usually beyond the walls of the traditional learning space. New trends have emerged including blended learning , personalised learning environments ( PLEs ) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), mobile learning and the flipped classroom. What are the challenges of these new learning environments? Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

From atoms to bits

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The atom represents physical space, content, objects, while the bit represents the digital, virtual world. Atoms have to be shipped and handled which takes time, and they take up physical space. They have changed the way we listen to music, watch films and entertain ourselves with games, take photos, engage in dialogue, work and purchase everyday things. Although physical learning spaces are still with us, more and more education is now being conducted outside of them.

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Learning Systems RFP and Tier4 NexGen

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I note this, because this post covers my new Learning Systems RFP Template , which includes the latest NexGen Tier 4 feature sets. It is a new term in the e-learning space. . Machine Learning – System uses an algorithm, which is initially “trained” based on a set of data. Then afterward the system continues to learn, through user actions, additional data streams added, etc. Machine Learning is a subset of AI. E-Learning 24/7.

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Accessibility in eLearning – David Berman

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This interview is relevant for anybody developing learning content or virtual content, regardless of the media selected. He’s an advisor to the federal government, as well as many of your favorite learning platform vendors. We want to learn more from you.

Freedom to imagine

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Sir Ken Robinson has a lot to say about creativity and learning. Other constraints are the logistical problems such as lack of time or space for play, exploration and discovery that are familiar in many schools. He will have great fun, but will he learn anything significant? It depends of course on what the game is, whether it is linked to authentic learning, and what specialised support is on offer from trained educators.

Free e-Learning books


News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 11/14/2010 Free e-Learning books Since I am a great fun of open source software ( Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning , Free and Open Source Web Conferencing Tools for e-Learning ) and active member of online communities I created the following list with free e-Learning books. => Dunlap Learning 2.0

Talking tech

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Whether it''s teacher technology, including wordprocessors, electronic record keeping or databases, or student technology, such as laptops, educational software or personal devices, technology should now be viewed as a set of tools that can be harnessed to extend, enhance and enrich the learning experience. The final line of Learning with ''e''s offers a clue when I say we literally hold the future of education in our hands. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

#LearningIs creative

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Learning can certainly be creative, if the conditions are right. Firstly, creative learning requires active engagement. There is a place for the latter, but if teachers wish their students to go the extra mile, they need to directly involve them in learning. This means learning spaces where just about anything is possible, where students are kept guessing, and where they are offered the chance to discover for themselves.

E-learning Tools: A Developer’s Review of Adobe Captivate 7


For those of us in the e-learning and m-learning space, and especially for those who regularly rely on Adobe products, it is impossible to ignore Adobe Captivate. For the past several years, this tool has been one of the most popular software packages for e-learning development. In this article we dig deeper into the capabilities of Adobe Captivate 7 as we help you evaluate e-learning tools for your own use by answering some questions about e-learning authorware.

A quiet invasion

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They will ask whether this a trivialisation of their content, or an undesirable development that leads to superficial learning. Alternatively they can celebrate that learners are adept enough at using their personal technologies to make learning easier and more productive for themselves. Mobile phones can be used for many purposes, most of which can either support good learning or undermine it. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

Digital capabilities and curiosity

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Here are my reflections on the learning and teaching conference held at Staffordshire University. The technology should be there to be used as an additional, enhanced aspect of learning, not as a substitute for good pedagogy. In my presentation I was also critical about the design of some learning spaces in higher education. The affordances of the spaces we create, I said, shaped the way we teach and the way students learn.