2015-10-03 – Don Gorges Posts September 26 to October 3

 

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__Education Secretary Arne Duncan about John B. King Jr. – “His passion, his fierce intelligence, and his clear understanding of the difficult but vital work of education change will be an enormous benefit to this Department and to the nation.”  __ https://lnkd.in/eDiMW6c

If you thought Arne Duncan was controversial, meet his successor

If you thought Arne Duncan was controversial, meet his successor

washingtonpost.com

Now that Education Secretary Arne Duncan has decided to step down in December, the U.S. Department of Education will be headed by John B. King Jr. And if you thought Duncan was controversial, meet his successor.

King was the New York State education commissioner, taking over in 2011 and announcing in December 2014 that he was leaving to become Duncan’s No. 2, a job officially titled “Senior Adviser Delegated Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education,” according to the Education Department’s biography. King can run the department without being officially nominated as education secretary.

 

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__”From the standpoint of course designers, MOOCs are a liberating force, adding options to their palette that they couldn’t imagine just a few years ago. [-] we’re going to see the more progressive leaders flashing the green light, lighting the way to a new era in which course designers, inspired by MOOCs, will be serving up a wide range of courses for an ever-widening spectrum of students.” _ https://lnkd.in/eaWnZUv

MOOCs: A Toolbox for Course Designers?

MOOCs: A Toolbox for Course Designers?

etcjournal.com

By Jim Shimabukuro, Editor . . . “And I found Simon Nelson’s responses succinct, clear, practical, and informed.”

MOOCs are much more than a far-out platform for free courses with almost limitless seating capacity. If we can  get past the idea that they are a specific course type, built in stone, we can begin to explore the endless possibilities that they represent as a tabula rasa for envisioning the shape of courses to come in the 21st century. In other words, MOOCs have expanded our conception of what a course can be, offering us a whole view that takes into account the latest technological breakthroughs.

 

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__“How much of an issue is it that most of the people signed up for FutureLearn and other online education platforms already have a degree?” _“What’s more important, is it broadening access to millions of people across the planet to education or is it about making money?” _“How do you make money from online education?” _“A criticism of online education has been that a lot of people signing up for these courses don’t complete them. Do you see that as a challenge?” _ https://lnkd.in/e4e2Wgj

How to make free Moocs sustainable - FutureLearn Video - FT.com

How to make free Moocs sustainable – FutureLearn Video – FT.com

video.ft.com

Sep 25, 2015 : Simon Nelson, chief executive of FutureLearn, the provider of free Moocs, explains how it is possible to create a sustainable business model. As most students do not complete Moocs, Mr Nelson tells the FT’s Jonathan Moules why this is not a problem.

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__The Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC) is comprised of all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario—that’s 45 institutions working collaboratively to put valuable information in the hands of learners, instructors, and practitioners in the field of online and technology-enabled learning. __ https://lnkd.in/eTgqywm

eCampus Ontario Launches!

ecampusontario.ca

Welcome to eCampus Ontario – a new online portal to help you find online courses and programs and access the resources you need to succeed. With over 13,000 courses to choose from, you’re sure to find something that meets your needs and inspires your curiosity! Here are a few tips on how to use eCampus Ontario to find what you are looking for:

  • Start with the search field on the home page—try entering a subject that interests you, or a word to capture what you are searching for.
  • Browse the selection of Featured Courses to spark your curiosity.
  • Use the Course Search to find an online course of interest and immediately determine if your institution has previously recognized it for credit.
  • Explore online (and mostly online) programs available at colleges and universities across Ontario
  • Take advantage of a variety of supports designed to help you succeed in your learning.

If you are a student, or someone considering becoming an online student, the Resources menu offers a selection of “Student Supports” including modules on how to study, academic tips, effective writing, and math skills, along with many others.  Find your resource by searching a key word, or selecting a category or tag that interests you.

Faculty and instructors can also find a variety of teaching resources available. Search categories related to strategies for teaching and learning, assessment, research, and more.  You will also find modules that you can reuse in your own online or blended courses.

Ontario’s colleges and universities are pleased to have collaborated to create this site for you. On behalf of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), we hope you find the new eCampus Ontario interesting to peruse and valuable to use!

 

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__This series is describing the K-12 OER Collaborative initiative – the next post will discuss the reviews of prototypes submitted _ https://lnkd.in/e9GTcgz

Part 4: Open Educational Resources K-12 OER Collaborative’s Request for Proposals

achievethecore.org

Learn how the Collaborative is planning on creating and vetting materials.

We were looking for developers to create resources that met the CCSS Publishers’ Criteria for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy as measured by the Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET) and the Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products (EQuIP) rubrics. We were especially attuned to making sure that the materials emphasize the key areas of focus within each course, address the progression of learning skills, and vertically articulate content with other courses to ensure coherence.

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__Digital textbook analytics are a new method of collecting student-generated data in order to build predictive models of student success. This study showed the utility of digital textbook analytics in predicting student course grades. [analytics] can help faculty plan their courses and conduct more efficient formative assessment of their students than ever before possible.

  1. __Research: Predicting course outcomes with digital textbook usage data, Reynol Junco, Candrianna Clemc _ http://blog.reyjunco.com/pdf/JuncoClemTextbookAnalyticsIHE.pdf

Peter Reid

Fantastic!

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__Stephen Downes – In this presentation I outline where the new MOOCs missed the real innovations in our connectivist MOOCs – not just the idea of ‘open’, but also the distributed architechture. From this foundation I describe the new approach to personal learning based on an experiential and immersive approach to learning. built around LPSS (Learning & Performance Support Systems) __ https://lnkd.in/eCSN2Sg

  1. LPSS is Built Around the Personal Learning Record Me This is a new type of data – we call it the personal graph. Each person has their own private personal graph. The PLR contains all a person’s learning records, including: – certificates, badges and credentials – activity records, test results, scores – Assignments, papers, drawings, things they create 17. LPSS is Built Around the Personal Learning Record Me Personal Library • Pictures • Books • Movies Stuff Goes Out Stuff Comes In Learning Activities • I read and watch stuff • I play with toys • I make stuff Learning Analytics Services Things, Properties, Relations Big stuff goes here Questions Answers Things I did Stuff I make

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Coming soon: a new destination for educators to discover, share, and sell resources that enhance the teaching and learning experience. We’re proud to introduce HMH Marketplace.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Unveils HMH Marketplace: A New Online Destination to Discover, Share and Sell Digital Learning Tools and Teacher-Created Content

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Unveils HMH Marketplace:

A New Online Destination to Discover, Share and Sell Digital Learning Tools and Teacher-Created Content

hmhco.com

HMH Marketplace will connect edtech start-ups and educators; ‘Curious Classroom’ contest invites teachers to showcase original creations

“The goal of the Marketplace is to provide a simple way for educators to find applications and resources that add value to the learning experience, without the hassle of an exhaustive search, additional log-ins or technical integration with their existing platforms,” says Brook Colangelo, Chief Technology Officer at HMH. “By leveraging HMH APIs through our new Developer Portal, developers can also ensure that their solutions connect seamlessly with HMH’s ecosystem, providing a tailored solution for educators in a unified Marketplace experience.”

HMH Marketplace, designed by HMH Labs to fuel third party innovation, follows the May 2015 launch of HMH’s online Developer Portal, in which edtech developers, designers and educators can leverage HMH APIs to create learning applications that meet the evolving needs of today’s students, teachers and parents. To date, over 200 developers have signed up to the Portal, including Spritz, a digital reading technology designed to enable enhanced comprehension and focus.

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“By featuring solutions from both edtech developers and experienced teachers in the Marketplace, we can offer a unique combination of content that we believe will help transform the learning experience for our customers,” added Claudia Reuter, VP of HMH Labs. “For example, an educator searching for an engaging lesson plan to help teach literacy skills will also be able to explore digital games or other edtech applications that could tie in with their core reading curriculum — all in one place. We’re excited about the possibilities and think the participation of several companies already, including Spritz and education.com, is a good indicator of what’s to come.”

 

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__”B.C. Minister of Education Mike Bernier and B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker today announced a wide-ranging support plan so teachers get the information and training they need to bring B.C.’s new curriculum to life in their classrooms. The support plan includes $1 million to fund targeted training this school year, as well as dedicated time worth $100 million over three years so public school teachers can prepare for the curriculum.” __ https://lnkd.in/egDDWPk

Province and teachers partner on new curriculum training for educators

Province and teachers partner on new curriculum training for educators

news.gov.bc.ca

The world is changing and parents expect government and teachers to work together to make sure students have the skills they need to succeed.

That’s why the government has partnered with more than 100 teachers to develop new curriculum being introduced to classrooms over the next three years.

And it is why Minister of Education Mike Bernier and B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker today announced a wide-ranging support plan so teachers get the information and training they need to bring B.C.’s new curriculum to life in their classrooms. The support plan includes $1 million to fund targeted training this school year, as well as dedicated time worth $100 million over three years so public school teachers can prepare for the curriculum.

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__ The long election campaign of 2015 has featured a myriad of daily policy announcements as the three largest political parties vie for attention and votes. From targeted tax cuts to new spending promises, political leaders have focused on education, child care, defense, the environment and more. Yet thus far largely missing from the campaign has been the most fundamental digital issue – universal, affordable broadband Internet access. By: Michael Geist Sep 28 2015 __ https://lnkd.in/eTNj7-V

Make universal, affordable broadband an election issue: Geist | Toront

Make universal, affordable broadband an election issue: Michael Geist | Toronto

thestar.com

Universal, affordable broadband Internet access is a fundamental issue. Why are the political parties silent on the issue?

[-] In fact, Canada’s goals for broadband access remain a confusing mix of policy pronouncement and regulator targets. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission 2015-2016 Priorities and Planning Report target for broadband access is 5 megabits per second download for 100 per cent of the population by the end of this year.



 

 

 

2015-09-27 – Don Gorges Posts September 5 to September 26

2015-09-27 – Don Gorges Posts September 5 to September 26

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