Around the World

Examples of interest on online learning and technology in learning from around the world.

Connected Learning: Harnessing the Information Age to Make Learning More Powerful

Easy Plugin for AdSense by Unreal “Connected learning is not about a specific technology, tool, platform, or technique, but instead seeks to design experiences for learners that take advantage of today’s abundant learning opportunities.” A report produced by the Alliance for Excellent Education (USA). As the site says: “This report introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach…

The Twitter Experiment – Twitter in the Classroom

Here’s a great video of one example of Twitter in the Classroom. It includes interviews with students on how they  benefit from using Twitter, and the lecturer explains the value of Twitter to her. There’s also an article,  How Twitter in the Classroom is Boosting Student Engagement, which is another take on Twitter (this too includes…

The PE Geek The First Scotland’s Colleges’ Webinar

I’ve just enjoyed a presentation by Jarrod Robinson, a  Sports Co-ordinator from  Australia. He talked us through his use of ICT in his classroom – and  sports field. You can follow his excellent blog at www.pegeek.com and find links to all that he talked about – and more. That he was talking from Australia at some point…

Humanising the Classroom

I’ve talked about the Khan Academy here before, and about what an impressive resource it is. Here is a TED talk  by the founder of the Khan Academy where he explains how he started it, and his philosophy. I draw your attention to this video for another reason. He makes the point that with resources…

A mini-course on infotention by Howard Rheingold

I like this piece on for three reasons. 1) The subject. Information overload and how to manage it. Rheingold talks through his approach to the sifting and sorting the information avalanche, and, ih his phrase: “the literacy of crap detection.” 2) Method of delivery. It’s a little piece of learning resource created using free resources…

Lecture Capture Brings K-12 Classes Online

“We’re no longer relegated to sharing this information via a four-paragraph letter,” stated Dunkelberger. “It only takes a few minutes to put together a short video, embed it and distribute it.” See Lecture Capture Brings K-12 Classes Online — THE Journal. But at times a lecture can be an inspiration – like many fellow physicists I…

Studying online kills uni life, halves student attendance

THE push towards web-based learning at universities has halved student attendance rates in some courses and dramatically increased working hours for lecturers. This is the conclusion of a survey done for an Australian website. It is an admittedly small sample of academics who were questioned, but it does raise all sorts of issues. I remember…