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Nigel Coutts

Reflections from The Future of Education Conference - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    The Future of Education is a topic often discussed, and at the recent gathering of educators in Florence, it was the title and theme for the conference. Now in its ninth year, The Future of Education is an international conference that attracts educators from around the world and across all domains touched by education. The conference is an inspiring two days of discussion and sharing, with the city of Florence, the centre of the Renaissance, providing a constant reminder of what might be possible when creativity and critical thinking combine. Here are my key takeaways from this event.
Nigel Coutts

A New Renaissance - The Future of Education — The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    This week I am in Florence having spent two days at "The Future of Education" conference. Visiting this city, which has played such a significant role in western history, is inspiring. It encourages one to not only look back at what was, but also to look ahead at what might be, especially when the t
Nigel Coutts

How might we prepare our students for an unknown future? - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    How might we prepare our students for an unknown future? If we accept that we are living in times of rapid change and that the world our children will inhabit is likely to be very different from the world of today, or perhaps more importantly, different from the work our current education system was designed to serve, what should we do to ensure our children are able to thrive?
Monica Goddard

KnowledgeWorks - 2 views

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Ann Kenady

David Brooks / The campus tsunami: Online education is the wave of the future, even at ... - 4 views

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    I think David Brooks pretty much nails it when he mentions the challenges of moving online learning beyond the transmission of information toward creating the kinds of online social/emotional environments that foster higher-level learning.
Stephen Reznak

Planning for the Future | trainingmag.com - 1 views

  • 2011 through 2015
  • training and development is at a crossroads
  • just-in-time learning that professionals and departments can easily and independently attain
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  • there is an emerging and significant need for training and development to take on a new and more strategic role in defining and developing a new generation of leaders.
  • “Creating People Advantage 2010,”
  • Most industries and companies will experience a widening talent gap, notably for highly skilled positions and for the next generation of middle and senior leaders.”
  • cause of this gap
  • the confluence of Baby Boomers’ upcoming retirement (the brain drain)
  • a technological boom, and the training and development budget cuts from 2009 and 2010.
  • “The wisdom, the knowledge, and the experience necessary to lead generally is found among people who have been in the business for 25 years or more
  • the competency to master the new technologies is more likely to be found in those who have been working 10 years or less,”
  • “A whole new generation of leadership has to be defined.”
  • as T&D budgets begin to grow again, more attention will be given to when training should be in person, when it should be remote, and when it should be blended.
  • the challenge will be how best to use technology, especially digital platforms that promote collaborative, global learning.
  • In some respects, technology can create more problems because everyone assumes that since they are using the same technology, they are operating in the same environment, while the technology often masks the underlying cultural differences in today’s increasingly global virtual workforce.
  • lack of cultural intelligence is prevalent.
  • very few corporations with training and development departments that have developed effective curricula to build the cultural competence necessary to lead in a global economy.
  • Going forward, training and development departments must:
  • Define a clear global leadership development process
  • critical skills necessary to lead globally.
  • Be proactive and visionary
  • Leverage, yet understand the limitations of, technology.
  • Optimize every dollar, deciding strategically
  • Define and develop the next generation of leaders.
  • Be part of the global and strategic mission of the organization.
  • They must be better than Google.
  • must equip companies that increasingly are challenged to accelerate leaders without much time and experience to develop their talent. And they must take the lead.
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    A perspective on the future of corporate training functions, their solutions, and strategic impact to organizations.
Dennis OConnor

The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative | Spotlight on Digital Media and Lea... - 5 views

  • “I think the definition of writing is shifting,” Boardman said. “I don’t think writing happens with just words anymore.”
  • In his classes, Boardman teaches students how to express their ideas and how to tell stories —and he encourages them to use video, music, recorded voices and whatever other media will best allow them to communicate effectively. He is part of a vanguard of educators, technologists, intellectuals and writers who are reimagining the very meaning of writing and reading.
  • The keys to understanding this new perspective on writing and reading lie in notions of collaboration and being social. More specifically, it’s believing that collaboration and increased socialization around activities like reading and writing is a good idea.
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  • “We find when writing moves online, the connections between ideas and people are much more apparent than they are in the context of a printed book,”
  • The MIT Media Lab tagged collaboration as one of the key literacies of the 21st century, and it’s now so much a part of the digital learning conversation as to be nearly rote. In his new book, “Where Good Ideas Come From,” Stephen Johnson argues that ideas get better the more they’re exposed to outside influences.
  • It is not only the act of writing that is changing. It’s reading, too. Stein points to a 10-year-old he met in London recently. The boy reads for a bit, goes to Google when he wants to learn more about a particular topic, chats online with his friend who are reading the same book, and then goes back to reading.
  • Laura Flemming is an elementary school library media specialist in River Edge, N.J. About three years ago, she came across a hybrid book—half digital, half traditional—called “Skeleton Creek” by Patrick Carmen. “The 6th graders were running down to library class, banging down the door to get in, which you don’t often see,” Flemming said.
  • transmedia work
  • “We tell our kids we want them to know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of the main character,” Flemming said. “I’ve had more than one child tell me that before they read ‘Inanimate Alice,’ they didn’t know what that felt like.”
  • Stein says it’s better to take advantage of new technologies to push the culture in the direction you want it to go. Stein is fully aware of the political and cultural implications of his vision of the future of reading and writing, which shifts the emphasis away from the individual and onto the community. It’s asking people to understand that authored works are part of a larger flow of ideas and information.
Dennis OConnor

10 mindblowing augmented reality apps and videos | Econsultancy - 2 views

  • Posted 24 July 2009 16:50pm by Chris Lake with 19 comments inShare0 Augmented reality (AR) is an engaging way of combining live video with computer-generated data and visualisations. It is an area that has grabbed my attention lately, and it’s going to be a big deal.
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    This series of videos will give you a bit of future shock. As you watch them keep this question in mind: "What will reality be like in five years?" The implications for teaching and learning are immense. If you like to think about the future (and where you fit in that brave new world of e-learning realities) you'll enjoy this article.
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    By becoming online teachers and designers you launch yourself into the 21st century. Our work is quite literally thinking and communicating with technology. These video will tease your imagination. Notice that all of this tech was in development by mid 2009, when the post was written. Augmented reality just became a keyword of interest for me! ~ Dennis
anonymous

Web 2.0 Is the Future of Education - 0 views

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    The marriage of collaboration, participation, information and technology.
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    An article claiming marriage of collaboration, participation, information and technology is the future of education.
Carolyn Jenkins

The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: The Survey Sa... - 0 views

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      Future of online teaching and learning = linking pedagogy, technology, and learner needs
  • Such responses indicate that respondents still see learning as content-driven, not based on social interactions and distributed intelligence. The emphasis remains on a knowledge-transmission approach to education, not one rich in peer feedback, online mentoring, or cognitive apprenticeship.
  • significant gap separated preferred and actual online instructional practices.
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  • Although some discussions in the literature relate to effective practices in the use of emerging technologies for online education, empirical evidence to support or refute the effectiveness of such technologies, or, perhaps more importantly, guidance on how to use such tools effectively based on empirical evidence, is lacking.
  • online survey
  • 42 questions grouped into three sections related to the current status and future trends of online education in higher educatio
  • 12,000 who received the e-mail request, 562 completed the surve
  • Again, the focus was on enhancing content and associated content delivery, not on the social interactions, cross-cultural exchanges, or new feedback channels that wider bandwidth could offer.
  • Given the demand for online learning, the plethora of online technologies to incorporate into teaching, the budgetary problems, and the opportunities for innovation, we argue that online learning environments are facing a "perfect e-storm," linking pedagogy, technology, and learner needs.2
  • Such responses indicate that higher education institutions might be wise to explore certificate and short-program offerings rather than full degree programs.
  • enhancing pedagogy is perhaps the most important factor in navigating the perfect e-storm
  • respondents said that training students to self-regulate their learning (22 percent) was needed most, followed by better measures of student readiness (17 percent), better evaluation of student achievement (17 percent), and better CMSs to track student learning. Nine percent said additional technology training is needed.
  • learning outcomes and pedagogical skills.
  • most important skills for an online instructor during the next few years will be how to moderate or facilitate learning and how to develop or plan for high-quality online courses (see Table 2).
  • online instructors are moderators or facilitators of student learning.26
  • findings also indicated that, in general, respondents envisioned the Web in the next few years more as a tool for virtual teaming or collaboration, critical thinking, and enhanced student engagement than as an opportunity for student idea generation and expression of creativity. This is not surprising, given that most instruction in higher education is focused on consumption and evaluation of knowledge, not on the generation of it.
  • Perhaps online training departments and units need to offer more examples of how to successfully embed creative and generative online tasks and activities.
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    Survey of on-line educators to learn what they think are the future on-line teaching and learning trends
Connie Schauer

What is the Future of Teaching? - 0 views

  • The report looked at just under one hundred studies that compared the performance of students in online learning environments (or courses with an online study component) to those who were given strictly face-to-face instruction for the same courses.
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      Were all of the students of equal ability?
  • “In many of the studies showing an advantage for online learning, the online and classroom conditions differed in terms of time spent, curriculum and pedagogy.
  • “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction
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  • So while the classroom is ultimately here to stay, we can probably safely assume that there will be more use of online learning tools in the future.
  • Anyone can absorb information from a book or video, but good teachers will always be necessary to draw out that knowledge and help students develop the skills needed to think critically about the information they consume.
Carolyn Jenkins

YouTube - Did You Know? - 1 views

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    This video was introduced in a nursing seminar I attended recently followed by a discussion about teaching and learning. How can we prepare students to function in a constantly changing world? What kind of thinking is needed when information is expanding and changing constantly?
Suzanne Feldberg

Seth's Blog - 0 views

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    While not an education site, Seth Godin often has insights for leadership that are applicable to education. Education needs to be as forward thinking as business, so why not keep up with entrepreneurial blogs?
Suzanne Feldberg

Dangerously Irrelevant - 0 views

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      This blog takes a reform stance on instructional technology. Subscribing to this site will keep you in the loop on what is new and upcoming in School 2.0.
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