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Mathieu Plourde

UCISA Digital Capabilities Survey - 0 views

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    "In 2014 the UCISA Digital Capabilities Group (then the User Skills Group) launched the inaugural Digital Capabilities survey of the UK higher education sector. The survey focussed on what has been variously referred to as digital capabilities, digital literacies or digital competencies. The need to improve the country's digital capabilities has been highlighted in a House of Lords committee report published in February 2015. Make or break: the UK's digital future notes that the higher education sector "has not responded to the urgent need for reskilling" and calls for institutions to develop courses to give students the skills they need."
Mathieu Plourde

FutureLearn - Learning for Life - 1 views

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    "Enjoy free online courses from leading UK and international universities."
Mathieu Plourde

The Life and Times of James Roebuck, Part 1 - 0 views

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    Shortly after the invention of the quantum computer chip, and the laying of fibre optic broadband to almost every house in the UK, it had been clear that the days of teaching as a profession were numbered. Teaching had been relegated to a minority profession in a matter of years. It had been simply a question of scale. A teacher, working for 45 years, could teach maybe 1,500 children. Some lessons would be better than others, some children would get more attention and do better than others, they'd occasionally need time off and so on. Simply put, human teachers were inconsistent, and not always great. So when the new educational bodies started recording the best lectures for every subject from around in the world, annotating them in 3D, and enhancing them with CG, what could the schools do to fight back?
Mathieu Plourde

Preparing for Effective Adoption and Use of eBooks in Education | observatory.jisc.ac.uk - 0 views

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    The preview version of the TechWatch report entitled Preparing for Effective Adoption and Use of eBooks in Education is now available. We invite feedback on this report produced by JISC Observatory, to help shape its coverage and guidance to the Higher and Further Education sectors. The feedback period is open from 27 September to 8 October 2012.
Mathieu Plourde

MOOCs - massive open online courses: jumping on the bandwidth - 0 views

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    "Regardless of the goal of MOOCs - be it for profit or idealism - there are genuine educational concerns that need to be closely monitored. A course with 10,000 (or even 1,000) students enrolled cannot foster any significant discussion. Yes, teaching assistants (TAs) can be employed to groups of 100-200 students for online questions etc, but that may not be so simple. About 100 TAs would be needed for a modest-sized MOOC of 10,000 students. Even for the lecturer to organise 100 TAs would be a Herculean task. Another serious concern is evaluation. How can one evaluate 20,000 students taking a course? Yes, electronic quizzes and multiple-choice tests can be given to monitor progress - if the material is suitable for such types of questions. But what about material in the social sciences and humanities that might be harder to evaluate (than science) without essay-style answers? I've already seen that companies are attempting to write computer programs that will grade essays. But as one educator put it, how can a programmer include wit and style for evaluation in such a program?"
Mathieu Plourde

OCTEL | Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning - 0 views

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    This is an online course to help you understand better how to use technology to enhance your teaching practice. The course is aimed primarily at people teaching at Higher Education level, whether in Higher Education Institutions or Further Education Colleges.
Mathieu Plourde

Open online courses - an avalanche that might just get stopped - 0 views

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    "The bottom line is that there really is no replacement for face-to-face interaction between academics and students. Digital and online methods can enrich those interactions, but it seems unlikely they can replace them in anything other than a greatly impoverished way without the investment of considerable resources. No wonder 72% of those who have taught moocs over the past three years believe students who took their classes had not done sufficient work to deserve credit from their institution."
Mathieu Plourde

Open access inaction - 2 views

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    I've published this paper in a journal called Science and Public Policy - a conventional way of being read by other academics. Except that whatever baroque negotiations have taken place between the journal's new publisher and the UCL library mean that, despite being a member staff at one of Europe's largest universities, I don't seem to have access to that journal. This piece of research, funded by British taxpayers, can't even be read by me.
Mathieu Plourde

Support for Curriculum Refresh and the NTU Digital Framework - Digital Practice - Nottingham Trent University - 0 views

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    "The Digital Framework is a comprehensive collection of digital capabilities, skills and competencies that NTU has identified as relevant across the institution. The Framework consists of a variety of areas of practice and each area is split into four levels of development. See both the CPLD website and the new NOW NTU Digital Framework learning room for further information about the Framework."
Mathieu Plourde

Developing digital literacies | Jisc - 0 views

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    "Provides ideas and resources to inspire the strategic development of digital literacies - those capabilities which support living, learning and working in a digital society"
Mathieu Plourde

Girl performs oral sex on boy in field. Photo goes viral. She's a 'slut'. Boy's a 'hero'. What should we do? - 0 views

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    If social media sites target teenagers to join in the first place, why should they not be held accountable when they are used as vehicles for malice, asks Charlotte Lytton.
Mathieu Plourde

Willetts calls for publisher offsetting to encourage open access | News | Times Higher Education - 0 views

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    "Publishers should encourage adoption of gold open access by reducing individual universities' subscription charges as they pay more in article fees."
Mathieu Plourde

KEEP CALM, TAKE A SCREENSHOT, DOCUMENT YOUR STEPS, AND ASK YOUR PEERS #udsnf12 - 0 views

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    KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON Image Generator - brought to you by the Ministry of Information
Mathieu Plourde

Mobile phones in the classroom: teachers share their tips - 0 views

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    "From multimedia to geocaching, the possibilities for using mobiles to engage learners are endless. Teachers tell Emma Drury how and why they are using the devices in school"
Mathieu Plourde

Identity on the Internet: The pros and cons of anonymity - 0 views

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    "Concealing one's true identity online has made it possible for free speech to break through the physical barriers enforced by governments and dictatorships across the world, as we have seen recently in places like Libya, Egypt and Iran. "
Mathieu Plourde

30 years of emoticons - 1 views

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    Interesting...had no idea that they've been around for that long!
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    I use these little pictures quite a bit. I kind of like it when the little green guy replaces them because he seems very playful and helpful.
Mathieu Plourde

Navigating the new multi-screen world: Insights show how consumers use different devices together - 0 views

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    "In "The New Multi-screen World: Understanding Cross-Platform Consumer Behavior," we discovered that 90% of people move between devices to accomplish a goal, whether that's on smartphones, PCs, tablets or TV. We set out to learn not just how much of our media consumption happens on screens, but also how we use these multiple devices together, and what that means for the way that businesses connect with consumers."
Mathieu Plourde

Becoming an Entrepreneurial Learner - 0 views

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    ""This does not mean how to become an entrepreneur. This really means, how do you constantly look around you all the time  for new ways, new resources to learn new things? That's the sense of entrepreneur I'm talking about that now in the networked age almost gives us unlimited possibility.""
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