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Interesting Links: 13 July 2011

  • Tom Vander Ark: 10 Reasons Teachers Love Blended Learning
    Teachers have tough jobs — lots of kids and lots of responsibility — and budget cuts are making things worse. They have administrators telling them to boost achievement and personalize learning, but most of them are on their own without tools. But that is beginning to change as schools are beginning to blend traditional teaching with online learning.
  • Should children <13 be able to use social networks?
  • Chigona, A. & Dagada, R. (2011). Instructors’ capabilities on eLearning platforms in South African HEI: A Capability Approach
    Despite a recommendable deployment of the new technologies into the higher learning institutions, there is low adoption rate and the use of the eLearning platforms among many university lecturers in the country. This paper aims at analysing the factors that impact on the university instructors’ effective use of the technology hence looking at the eLearning implementers’ capabilities to benefit from the platforms in their teaching processes. Sen’s Capability Approach was used as conceptual lens to examine university instructors’ phenomena. Data was collected through in-depth interviews with 23 random sampled university instructors from nine higher learning institutions. The results of the study show that personal, social and environmental factors are preventing some university instructors from realising their potential capabilities from using eLearning platforms.
  • Nganji, JT. et al 2011 ONTOLOGY-BASED E-LEARNING PERSONALISATION FOR DISABLED STUDENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
    The number of students with disabilities in UK higher education institutions increases every year. Delivering education online is becoming increasingly challenging as institutions encounter some disabilities requiring adjustments of learning environments. The law requires that people with disabilities be given equivalent learning experiences to their non-disabled peers through “reasonable adjustments”. Educational institutions have thus utilised assistive technologies to assist disabled students in their learning, but some of these technologies are incompatible with some learning environments, hence excluding some disabled students and resulting in a disability divide. To solve this problem, amongst other solutions, e-learning personalisation has been used and more recently, this is also achieved using Semantic Web technologies such as ontologies. Nevertheless, as ontologies are incorporated into learning environments little seems to be done to personalise learning for …

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Interesting Links Across My Desktop: 1 April 2011

  • The Educational Potential of Mobile Computing in the Field (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE
    Giving students hands-on experience of field work with mobile tablet PCs loaded with visualization software facilitates active learning and integration of complex information and concepts.
    Combining class lectures with field experience aided students' mental modeling of the process of data-driven inquiry and increased the accuracy of their data collection and entry in the field.
    Experience over five years with three classes that used tablet PCs with GPS receivers in outdoor settings yielded greater student involvement and understanding of the course materials and scientific method.
  • Student Information Literacy in the Mobile Environment (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE
    A recent survey explored the strategies used by postsecondary students to gather information using Internet-capable cell phones, or smartphones.
    Notably, users of iPhone and Android devices are beginning to use new search input tools, such as spoken keywords, geographic location, camera images, and barcode or quick-response code scans.
    Most of the student respondents who conducted information searches on these devices understood the need to evaluate the reliability of what they found.
    Even though students claim they can read on their smartphones without being distracted, the evidence shows that disruptions did occur in homework sessions and during class time.
  • Supporting Students’ Connectedness via Texting (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE
    Providing students with portable communities of support through mobile phone texting offers one way to give them a sense of social connectedness.
    Increasing a sense of social connectedness encourages healthier emotional well-being among students, reducing potential feelings of isolation from the campus community.
    Texting may help improve participation by and performance among students, although definitive proof will require a more rigorous examination of the actual effects on their performance and perceptions of emotional well-being.
  • Using Google Forms for Student Engagement and Learning (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE
    Suboptimal student performance in lab-based statistics classes prompted a change in pedagogy to increase student engagement in class through active learning.
    Rather than using clickers, students learned how to use Google Forms in class to answer questions alone or in small working groups.
    In-class discussion of the answers focuses on clearing up misconceptions and steering students to a higher level of understanding.
    The increased interactivity, although it reduced class time to cover the material, yielded longer periods of sustained attention and a perception of improved performance among students.
  • Mobile Teaching Versus Mobile Learning (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE
    – Higher education historically has focused on instructors teaching rather than students learning, an ineffective approach that could seriously hamper the promise of mobile learning.
    – Successful student learning emerges from active engagement, connection to the students' prior knowledge, and simulation of real world experiences — all facilitated by engaging learners' senses through multimedia.
    – Higher education should stop thinking about these powerful mobile multimedia devices as only consumption devices — to live up to the promise of mobile learning, students should use them as production devices.

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Interesting Links Across My Desktop: 28 March 2011

  • How to Change the Default Firefox 4 Search Engine
    How to get rid of Bing as the default search engine in the address bar
  • Durah, K. et al (2011) Strategic Elearning
    Before processing of content into eLearning, it is
    necessary to develop the methodology, which could be used effectively by distance learning
    project teams. Such methodology is a keystone in developing national educational program that
    can positively contributes to better livelihoods for all community levels.

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