E-learning NET

Серия «ROI в виртуальных мирах» посвящена ответам на два вопроса: 1) Почему виртуальные миры являются хорошей альтеранивой для существующих технологий? и 2) Как лучше получить возврат инвестиций от проектов в виртуальных мирах? В данную серию включены 4 статьи:

1) Почему виртуальные миры лучше веб-камеры?

2) Анатомия аватара

3) Опыт новичков

4) Пример: The FutureWork Institute

Почему виртуальные миры лучше веб-камеры?

Один из наиболее частых вопросов, который мне задают о виртуальных мирах: Разве веб-камеры не могут сделать то же самое, только лучше?

Вообще-то в этом есть определенная логика. Используя веб-камеру, вы можете видеть выражение лица собеседника, мимику, язык тела и общаться почти также, как вы делаете это в реальной жизни. Почему мы должны использовать виртуальное пространство с аватарами, если веб-камеры так дешевы, просты в использовании и доказали свою эффективность? Читать далее…

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Вчера в очередной раз собирала материал по сети — на сей раз на тему «Эффективная работа преподавателя онлайн». Насобирала 10 лучших практик при обучении онлайн.

1. Постоянное присутствие преподавателя в онлайн среде
2. Создание учебной среды ориентированной на взаимопомощь и уважение
3. Понимание студентами того, что от них требуется в курсе, сколько времени нужно будет потратить, и что можно ожидать от преподавателя
4. Использование максимального количества разнообразных заданий (группы, мини-группы, пары, исследования)
5. Использование синхронных и асинхронных мероприятий
6. Получение неформальной обратной связи с самого начала
7. Подготовка вопросов для дискуссий, которые стимулируют обсуждение, обмен мнениями, критику и диалог
8. Дополнение курсов внешними ресурсами из Интеренет
9. Комбинация основных и индивидуальных методов обучения
10. Планирование яркого завершения курса

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As overcrowded classrooms, crunched school district budgets, and online, open learning become more prominent in lower and higher education — for better or worse — teachers and students are feeling stretched in many directions. While the hoped for result in democratic learning is that we’ll all be more connected, the truth is that we’re also losing valuable face time and struggling to find new ways to bring the world back to students. Avatars are being used to help these challenges, by helping younger students contextualize history lessons, giving teachers more direct training before they even meet students, and more. Here are 10 amazing ways avatars are being used in education.

  1. Training teachers: One of the more popular ways that avatars are being used in education is for teacher training. As part of a new research program at the University of Central Florida, specially designed avatars realistically imitate different types of students to help teachers practice classroom management and relate to their students. The training teachers stand in front of a projection screen, on which they see avatars that are being controlled — or acted out — by actual university students trained to behave a certain way. Other noises or outbursts like laughing or obnoxious sound effects are thrown in, too, to keep the trainee on his or her toes. Читать далее…

The goals of formal and non-formal learning are essentially the same – to equip employees with the fundamental knowledge and skills that they require to meet present and future job responsibilities. The difference is in the approach. The structure inherent in formal education, training and development – the objectives, the curricula, the assessment, the professional facilitation – provides advantages for employers and employees alike:

  • Employers can have greater confidence that important content has been covered consistently.
  • Employers can more easily track who has had what training and when.
  • Employers can have greater confidence that learning objectives have actually been achieved.
  • Employees can have greater confidence in the quality of the tuition they are likely to receive.
  • Employees are more likely to have access to professionally-designed materials.
  • Employees have the opportunity to gain a certification/qualification that will be valuable in their careers.

Source, Газета про E-learning

Hashtags are a great way of searching for tweets in a specific category from the whole of the Twitterverse – search for #ukedchat and you will come up with a huge stream of tweets which have been tagged as interesting to anyone wanting to read about UK education.  As well as searching for tagged tweets, you can tag your own tweet to make sure you are talking to an interested audience that extends beyond your followers.

You can tag absolutely any word on Twitter so it can sometimes be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff.  I have read dozens of lists of ‘useful’ hashtags where many of the tags have never been used more than a handful of times.  Not useful in my book.

By talking to my followers and noting which hashtags are most often used by the tweeters I follow I have compiled a list of hashtags which I think will all be of interest to UK Teachers though many extend far beyond the UK. Читать далее…

There are different types of e-learning courses. I going to draw a divide between public and private sector courses purely to help my thinking. The divide is, of course, not that simple but it’s a useful starting point for this post.

Appearance is the most obvious difference and this is down to money. The content of the private sector world is dynamically displayed, well designed and often involves bespoke video. The interaction is with the software and often restricted to the odd multiple choice instant feedback job. It’s mostly about absorbing the content. It’s more about web design than learning design. Pedagogy is firmly didactic and pedagogical thought seems lacking.

For the public sector, there is little money to sink into creating content to the same dynamic, multimedia standard. One area I am starting to explore is the easy creation of web content so that educators are less likely to whack on a powerpoint or word document. Making the content bespoke to a purely online course is an important step which many have not taken. The DIY nature means that it seems less valid to just put content up. They need to look good for this to work. Within education, there is unwritten understanding that learning activities are required regardless of this. However, I’m sure some would make do with just providing content if they could. Hiding behind making the content dynamic would make this easier. Читать далее…

I recently knew that some schools and high-schools are encouraging students to use iPads and iPhones in and out of the classroom. There is no doubt that they are perfect tools to engage students: kids and teenagers find it very easy to use and love gadgets, plus it is much easier to get students doing homework when they feel comfortable with the tool. We already have plenty of tools, platforms and apps that can help students and teachers collaborating and working together, real time even, but when it comes to assignments, most of them find it hard to get related to those activities, and here is where PCs, tablets and mobile phones simplified the job and even make it more attractive to the youngsters. So, if you want your students to get more involved in their learning process, you can suggest them one of these 22 best Apps.

Leafsnap: developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. It uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. Free

Grammar Up HD: a must for grammar, vocabulary and writing skills Читать далее…

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