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Comparing Face-to-Face and Electronic Discussion - 0 views

  • study tested that claim by comparing equality of student participation in two modes: face-to-face discussion and electronic discussion
  • findings showed a tendency toward more equal participation in computer mode
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Survey Reports | The Sloan Consortium - 0 views

    Sloan Consortium--described as  "individuals, institutions and organizations committed to quality online education"
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Liberal-Arts Colleges Venture Into Unlikely Territory: Online Courses - 0 views

  • “It’s going to raise some eyebrows,
  • blending liberal-arts teaching with online learning.
  • explore how online courseware could fit into the close-knit liberal-arts experience
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  • to improve course-completion rates.
  • “You have created a way to teach students without faculty,” a professor in a workshop session sa
  • “No,”
  • “We are creating a way for you to spend time in class teaching different things, freed from the burden of teaching basic skills.” The software gives individualized instruction in 12 subjects, using sophisticated tracking of skill development and offering instant feedback and help based on the student’s mastery of concepts. The idea is to use this to teach basic statistics, say, instead of using a professor’s lectures—and time—on the fundamentals.
  • “We want professors in these courses, which are first- and second-year classes, talking about more sophisticated ideas with the students,”
  • Research published on the Carnegie Mellon course modules indicates that they are effective. At a large public university, 99 percent of students taking the program’s formal-logic course online completed it, compared with 41 percent of students in the traditional course. At Carnegie Mellon, students who took an accelerated-statistics course in hybrid form completed it in eight weeks, and learned as much material, and performed as well on tests, as did students taking a traditional 15-week course
    Liberal arts colleges testing new waters
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A Dozen Recommendations for Placing the Student at the Centre of Web‐Based Le... - 0 views

  • (1) establishing a safe learning community; (2) fostering student engagement
    the first 2 are particularly pertinent to this discussion
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Personality and online presence - 0 views

  • The literature suggests factors such as extraversion, emotional stability and openness to experience are related to uses of social applications on the Internet
  • people who are more emotionally stable will use socialmedia less frequently, was also supported.
  • worrisome individuals tend to use socialmedia more frequently
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  • socialmedia use
  • extraversion was positively related to socialmedia
  • extraversion and socialmedia use was particularly important among the young adult cohort
  • emotional stability turned out to be negatively related to the usage of these online social applications,
  • men with greater degrees of emotional instability were more regular users
  • Results revealed that while extraversion and openness to experiences were positively related to socialmedia use,
  • eing open to new experiences emerged as an important personality predictor of socialmedia use for the more mature segment of the sample.
    This study looks at facebook utilization and personality traits
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Flow Theory | - 0 views

  • ygotsky, a Russian psychologist (1896–1934), and Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist (1896–1980), contended that learning best occurs when people engage in activities that are at the peak of their abilities, when they have to work to their full potential to accomplish a task. However, the study of the experience of optimally challenging activities and the method of study are unique to flow theory.
    talks about the relationship between flow and the zone of proximal development
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Flow and the zone of proximal development - 0 views

    Page 5 has a great description of how flow and the zone of proximal development can come together
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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - Mihály Csíkszentmihályi - 0 views

    Preview of the book Flow
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PEW Report- - Social networking sites and our lives - 0 views

    Interesting report on the impact of social networking on peoples lives and "real life" social networks. This survey tends to focus on more positive outcomes of social networking
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Nielsen: Social Media Report - 0 views

    Interesting powerpoint like presentation on the "state of social media" it includes data on how much time is used on social medai sites, which sites are most popular etc.
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Paulo Freire and informal education - 0 views

  • emphasis on dialogue
  • informal education is a dialogical (or conversational) rather than a curricula
  • should not involve one person acting on another, but rather people working with each other. Too much education, Paulo Freire argues, involves 'banking' - the educator making 'deposits' in the educatee.
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      This is in line with our module reading that describes knowledge as being joint constrcuted rather than a top down approach where an expert or textbook guide the instruction.
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  • action that is informed (and linked to certain values).
  • enhancing community and building social capital and to leading us to act in ways that make for justice and human flourishing.
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      This is comprable to Brown and Adler's learning to be rather than simlpy learning to know
  • great significance to those educators who have traditionally worked with those who do not have a voice, and who are oppressed.
  • developing consciousness, but consciousness that is understood to have the power to transform reality'
    Description of Paulo Freire and his work. He was an influential educator and sought to use education as a means of helping individuals develop a critical consciousness about their life situations. His work was geared towards groups who were oppressed and lacked opportunities.His most famous work was a book titled "Pedagogy of the Oppressed."
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The Changing Demographics of America | 40th Anniversary | Smithsonian Magazine - 0 views

  • For all these reasons, the United States of 2050 will look different from that of today: whites will no longer be in the majority. The U.S. minority population, currently 30 percent, is expected to exceed 50 percent before 2050. No other advanced, populous country will see such diversity.
  • most of America’s net population growth will be among its minorities, as well as in a growing mixed-race population. Latino and Asian populations are expected to nearly triple, and the children of immigrants will become more prominent. Today in the United States, 25 percent of children under age 5 are Hispanic; by 2050, that percentage will be almost 40 percent.
    This article describes some of the changes in demographics within the US.
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How important is cultural diversity at your school? - 0 views

  • A 2007 study by Public Agenda and the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality found that 76% of new teachers say they were trained to teach an ethnically diverse student body but fewer than 4 in 10 say their training helps them deal with the challenges they face.
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      Our course provides us wiith a place to learn to interact with a diverse group which is something we can then exemplify and share with our students.
  • Attending a school with a diverse student body can help prepare your child for citizenship in a multicultural democracy.
  • the U.S. minority population will become the majority
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Benefits of Diversity in Education - 0 views

  • students in classrooms and in the broad campus environment will be more motivated and better able to participate in a heterogeneous and complex society
  • Cognitive growth is fostered when individuals encounter experiences and demands that they cannot completely understand or meet, and thus must work to comprehend and master the new
  • more frequently expressed democratic sentiment
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  • greater motivation to take the perspective of others
  • less often evaluated the University’s emphasis on diversity as producing divisiveness between groups
  • enjoyed learning about the experiences and perspectives of other groups more than the control students
  • participants were more interested in politics and also had participated more frequently in campus political activities.
  • The discrepancy that racial and ethnic diversity on college campuses offers students for personal development and preparation for citizenship in an increasingly multicultural society depends on actual experience that students have with diverse peers.
    This article describes some of the potential benefits of diversity in education. In my post I suggest that online education provides a unique means of increasing diversity which comes with the benefits described in this article.
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Finding flow | Psychology Today - 0 views

  • Flow also happens when a person's skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable, so it acts as a magnet for learning new skills and increasing challenges. If challenges are too low, one gets back to flow by increasing them. If challenges are too great, one can return to the flow state by learning new skills
    Explaining the concept of flow--one important component of which is when a person's abilities are matched with manageable challenges
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Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUC... - 0 views

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      Not only is it a matter of "if" such campuses are a possibility, but "should" such campuses be a priority. If online and distance education can yield at least comparable results to traditional academic settings, then their ease of accessibility and lower overhead costs warrant further exploration as a viable possibility.
  • “I think, therefore I am,” and from the assumption that knowledge is something that is transferred to the student via various pedagogical strategies, the social view of learning says, “We participate, therefore we are
  • provided students with opportunities to observe and then to emulate how experts function
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      How does the open source idea fit with fields like medicine or chemistry where knowledge is less "socially constricted"? 
  • seeking the knowledge when it is needed in order to carry out a particular situated task.
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      Knowledge that is obtained when "needed" then answers the famous question many high school students ask their teachers, "When will I ever use this?" 
  • all student writing was done on public blogs
    • b malczyk
      This form of education was also based on what could be called an industrial style of education. They education system became an extension of industry--students were passed along on the assembly line from one course to the next, year after year and came out a finished produce with similar skills and altitudes as their peers. Now education has and can become more narrow and niche based and less industrial.
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