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Education Innovation - 0 views

    October 29, 2008
    The New Educational Reality: Part 1

    What do you get when you combine a meatball sundae, home/school communication, brand management, the long tail, the New York Times best sellers list, Google, homework, outsourcing, and the definitions of literacy? Let's put them in the Education Innovation blender and find out.
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Rasmussen College Sponsored Blogs - 0 views

    college in the us using blogs for student info etc
    Rasmussen College Sponsored Blogs

    Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!

    Rasmussen College is now offering a number of web logs (a.k.a. blogs) for our students and faculty. These Rasmussen College Sponsored Blogs will cover subjects such as student life, asking your opinion about proposed changes on the Rasmussen website or student portal, and a number of blogs just talking about specific program areas.
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Rolling Your Own Newsroom - O'Reilly Radar - 0 views

    Rolling Your Own Newsroom
    by Robert Passarella

    Financial professionals by their very nature are news junkies. I've always enjoyed building my own quick tools to parse information and share it with my co-workers, friends, and family. When I was at Bear Stearns I built a few subject-related iGoogle tabs and shared them with clients or co-workers. I looked at these tools as the poor man's version of Bloomberg, since you could cobble together Yahoo or Google finance data with news feeds to make a focused custom page.

    Recently my friends and family were asking me how to keep track of the "Wall Street Crisis." I gave them sites and feeds--but they kept asking me for what I was reading. I spend a considerable amount of time reading, watching, and listening to news all day long. I email, Twitter, and forward links and stories throughout the day. So in essence, I am my own news editor. I enjoy tools like Snackr (thanks Marshall) which allows me to have a real time ticker-like interface for my feeds, and digg the giant social news filter. But one of the key tools I love to use is Google's Reader.
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Top News - Rethinking research in the Google era - 0 views

    As the internet replaces library databases as students' primary research option, a new discussion is emerging in academic circles: Is the vast amount of information at students' fingertips changing the way they gather and process information for the better--or for worse?

    In a recent Atlantic Monthly article titled "Is Google Making Us Stupid," author Nicholas Carr asserts that technology has changed the way we think, making our minds a "high-speed data-processing" machine under the influence of internet search engines. But he questions whether this development has led to a focus on surface-level skimming at the expense of deeper reading.
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Faculty Development Programming: If We Build It, Will They Come? (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) |... - 0 views

    Faculty Development Programming: If We Build It, Will They Come?
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    Author(s):Ann H. Taylor and Carol McQuiggan
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    EDUCAUSE Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 3 (July-September 2008)
    Faculty Development Programming: If We Build It, Will They Come?
    A faculty development survey analyzed what faculty want and need to be successful teaching online
    By Ann Taylor and Carol McQuiggan

    The number of courses offered online grows every year, resulting in an increasing number of higher education faculty entering a virtual classroom for the first time.1 It has been well documented that faculty need training and assistance to make the transition from teaching in a traditional face-to-face classroom to teaching online.2 Faculty professional development related to teaching online varies widely, from suggested readings to mandated training programs. Various combinations of technological and pedagogical skills are needed for faculty to become successful online educators, and lists of recommended competencies abound.

    Although many institutions have offered online courses for more than a decade and train their faculty to teach online, the research literature reveals that little is known about how best to prepare faculty to teach in an online environment. Designers of faculty development programs typically rely on commonly held assumptions about what faculty need to know-a constant guessing game regarding what topics to cover and what training formats to use. The resulting seminars, workshops, training materials, and other resources are typically hit-or-miss in terms of faculty participation and acceptance.

    To provide faculty with the proper training and resources for online teaching requires more information to determine

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Digital Ethnography » Blog Archive » Revisiting "A Vision of Students Today" - 0 views

    wesch update on vision of students today
    Revisiting "A Vision of Students Today"

    Oct 21st, 2008 by Prof Wesch

    (originally published on Britannica Blog)

    In spring 2007 I invited the 200 students enrolled in the "small" version of my "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology" class to tell the world what they think of their education by helping me write a script for a video to be posted on YouTube. The result was the disheartening portrayal of disengagement you see below. The video was viewed over one million times in its first month and was the most blogged about video in the blogosphere for several weeks, eliciting thousands of comments. With rare exception, educators around the world expressed the sad sense of profound identification with the scene, sparking a wide-ranging debate about the roles and responsibilities of teachers, students, and technology in the classroom.
paul lowe

Thesis Theme for WordPress - Solving the fundamental problems of Website development an... - 0 views

    this is seen as one of the best and most flexible wordpress themes
    Thesis Theme for WordPress
    Solving the fundamental problems of Website development and design
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How to Launch a Group Blog Project | - 0 views

    How to Launch a Group Blog Project
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Eduserv Foundation - 0 views

    Eduserv Foundation

    The Eduserv Foundation contributes to Eduserv's charitable mission, realising the effective use of IT for learners and researchers, by offering research grants, contributing to international interoperability standards-making activities, seed-funding and developing pilot projects and offering advice on good practice. We also sponsor meetings, events and other activities.

    We focus these activities in the following areas:

    * resource discovery, metadata and open access,
    * access and identity management,
    * service architectures and Web 2.0,
    * e-portfolios and the use of 3-D virtual worlds such as Second Life in education.
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LearnHigher - LearnHigher Home - 0 views

    Welcome to LearnHigher
    LearnHigher - Excellence in Learning Development
    Who are we?

    The LearnHigher Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is a partnership of 16 Universities, led by Liverpool Hope University, committed to improving student learning through providing excellent resources to support students' learning development, and through practice-led research to inform the effective use of those resources.
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Brave New Classroom 2.0 (New Blog Forum) | Britannica Blog - 0 views

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    Brave New Classroom 2.0 (New Blog Forum)
    October 20th, 2008 - (Brave New Classroom 2.0)

    homeimage12Students at every level, from grade school to grad school, face dramatic changes in the institutions they attend thanks to new digital technologies. PCs, the Internet, whiteboards, presentation software, and other high-tech devices, once considered educational aides for the library, the media lab, and the home, are increasingly a central part of the classroom curriculum itself, with results that have yet to be fully understood.

    The new classroom is about information, but not just information. It's also about collaboration, about changing roles of student and teacher, and about challenges to the very idea of traditional authority. It may also be about a new cognitive model for learning that relies heavily on what has come to be called "multitasking." Many educators voice ambivalence about the power of educational technologies to distract students and fragment their attention.

    Do the new classroom technologies represent an educational breakthrough, a threat to teaching itself, or something in between? Utopian and dystopian visions tend to collide whenever the topic comes up.
    good articles on current state of e learning
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Syllabus « Blogs, Wikis, and New Media - 0 views

    example of blog based course
    Purpose of the Experience

    Innovation continues to occur on the internet at an extremely lively
    pace. What was once the realm of email, FTP, Gopher, and the Web is
    barely recognizable a mere 10 years later. Keeping up with the speed of
    innovation and maintaining a familiarity with the most recent tools and
    capabilities is handy in some professions and absolutely critical in
    others. This course is designed to help you understand and effectively
    use a variety of "web 2.0″ technologies including blogs, RSS, wikis,
    social bookmarking tools, photo sharing tools, mapping tools, audio and
    video podcasts, and screencasts.
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IACE-T Presentation - 0 views

    good summary of drivers of e leanring in education as a slideshare presentation
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University Affairs- The wild web - 0 views

    The wild web
    Social networking sites are uncharted territory for cheating, identity theft and other mischief. How should universities address the growing possibilities for problems on the new frontier?
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On becoming a learning professional… « Learning Journal - 0 views

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    On becoming a learning professional…

    Posted by Catherine Lombardozzi on October 19, 2008

    "Reject the myth that we learn from experience, and accept the reality that we learn by reflecting on experience." - Kent W. Seibert

    For a number of reasons, I've been thinking a lot recently about the role of reflection in learning - especially in learning how to be an effective practitioner in workplace learning. The Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals course spent the week on the topic of blogging, which is a form of public reflection for many bloggers. And, to prepare for an upcoming class, I've been re-reading Educating the Reflective Practitioner, Donald Schon's seminal work on the subject
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How to Master Screencasts in Seven Steps - Mashable - 0 views

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    How to Master Screencasts in Seven Steps
    October 22, 2008 - 1:58 pm PDT - by Torley 10 Comments

    Making screencasts (also known as "video tutorials") is already easy, and becomes easier with better tools and broadband proliferation. However, no tech is complete without a human who dives in, does experiments, and discerns best practices from the results.
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