Wednesday, 21 December 2011

How a flipped classroom actually works

The concept of 'flipping the classroom' is gaining popularity as a way for educators to deliver effective to learning to large groups of mixed ability. This article provides a good example of the flipped classroom model in action:

This infographic from Knewton also provides a useful summary of the concept:

Flipped Classroom
Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

A New Culture of Learning

An excellent presentation by Judy O-Connell that explores the changing nature of the Web and the ways in which these changes will impact on teaching and learning:
New culture of learning
View more presentations from Judy O'Connell

Many thanks to Jane Hart for bring attention to this presentation.

Assorted tips from Seth Godin

I love this post! Lots of random advice.

Which reminds me, I definitely need to back up my hard drive...

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

>> Measuring success

>> Measuring success

A useful post illustrating that measuring the quantity of 'activity' in an online community is not the same as measuring the amount of 'learning' that is taking place. What is more important is the need to define performance objectives for individuals and then measure how well they achieve these objectives.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

How to Engage People on Yammer – 10 Great Reads

How to Engage People on Yammer – 10 Great Reads

Useful tips and case studies on how to set up engaging social media activities and events. Thank you to Stefan Lindegaard for sharing these!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Support coaching and mentoring with Social Media

Support coaching and mentoring

An interesting blog post that suggests how mentoring can be achieved using social media tools. The article also suggests that offering 'reverse mentoring' - getting younger colleagues to mentor older ones - can also be a useful way to help the latter better understand new forms of online communication.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Making the most of social media

A recent poll by Gallup revealed some interesting myths about how people use social media, namely that it effectively drives customer acquisition, that social networking is an online-only phenomenon, and that social networkers are all the same.

Managing technology to transform teaching

Following a discussion examining the point at which institutions are prepared to embrace the use of technology to transform teaching, this response by Glenis Joyce provided a useful summary of the challenges that institutions face.

Glenis also provided a link to the article Awake at the Wheel: Moving Beyond Change Management to Conscious Change Leadership.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Duplication theory of educational value

An insightful blog post by George Siemens positing that what is valuable in Higher Education "is that which can’t be duplicated without additional input costs: personal feedback and assessment, contextualized and personalized navigation through complex topics, encouragement, questioning by a faculty member to promote deeper thinking, and a context and infrastructure of learning. Basically: human input costs make education valuable" (Siemens, 2011)

Monday, 19 September 2011

From 'Command and Control' to 'Encourage and Engage'

This presentation by Jane Hart explores the tension between institutional learning/IT systems and an increasing need for employees to seek their own solutions from personal knowledge networks. It is interesting as it highlights the growing trend towards learner autonomy and lifelong learning.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

And so it begins... #change11

Having already been a naughty student and missed the orientation week, I've been doing my best to catch up this weekend and prepare myself for the #change11 MOOC. The resources provided by the facilitators have been very helpful in presenting a concept of what we're dealing with but I get a sense that this is only the beginning!

Following Stephen's advice on defining expectations I'm going to begin by aiming to have meaningful discussions with peers around the topic of what it means to learn online in 2011. I'm going to aim to commit to 30 mins a day, and I'm doing my best to add three comments per day to the discussions - so far so good. Daily tweets are a long way off at the moment but we'll see how we go...

Really excited to be learning with you all!


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

The Networked Student

A fascinating presentation about the possibilities of 21st century online learning and the changing role of the student and teacher.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Activity ideas involving social media and technology

This post by Jane Hart explores the ways in which social media can be used to enable:

1. Intra-Organisational Learning
2. Formal Structured Learning
3. Group Directed Learning
4. Personal Directed Learning, and
5. Accidental and Serendipitous Learning

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Social Media Classroom - Stanford

This is the course wiki for Stanford's Social Media Classroom course.

Unleashing the Power of Networked Learning

How do we harness the power of networked learning? This article explores the notion that the top-down approach to traditional education is rapidly diminishing in favour of learner-generated, informal interactions.

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bert boerlandCC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Participation inequality: the 90-9-1 collaboration paradox

90% or users will simply observe and lurk.
9% will occasionally contribute, edit etc.
1% of users can be denoted as those that contribute most of the content.

Read Dan Pontefract's fascinating article on 'participation inequality' in online communities.

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Zane SelvansCC BY-NC-SA 2.0

10 Simple Ideas to Increase Activity in your Online Community

A useful checklist for those intending to set up an online community.

The Amateur Approach to building Online Communities

This article explains why amateurs are often more successful at building sustainable online communities than brands or organisations.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Accepting false limits - Words of Advice from Seth Godin

Have no fear! Don't let others tell you you can't do something!

Seth's Blog: Accepting false limits

The Machine is Us/ing Us

A great video that explains the origins of the Web and its evolution. Thanks to Maria T for forwarding this to me.

Understanding the role of OERs in Open Educational Practices

An interesting discussion by Helen Beetham that considers what makes a resource 'open' as well as 'educational'.

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Gary BrownCC BY-NC 2.0

Friday, 25 March 2011

Linked In reaches 100 milliion members

Interesting post and infographic depicting the rise and rise of Linked In.

Web 3.0 and beyond?

An interesting post that considers the future of the web and the role of mobile technology in shaping it.

Learning with 'e's: Learning in the palm of your hand

Social Media Workflows Part 1: Awareness and Capture

Chris Brogan's tips on how to implement social media. Highlights the importance of initial planning and goal-setting before asking people to engage with social media.

Social Media Workflows Part 1: Awareness and Capture

How to get stuff done: 20 Minute Plan

Chris Brogan's 20 minute plan for getting stuff done.

20 Minute Plan

Are you making something? Words of advice from Seth Godin

Seth's Blog: Are you making something?

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PaulaCC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Comparison of Camtasia and Captivate

A useful article comparing two of the most widely used lecture capture tools in the sector

How to use social media to work and learn smarter - in 30 days

A vision of students today

Sunday, 13 March 2011