Pedagogy in Online Teaching & Learning

       New!  Great Introduction to a MOOC -
        In my own experience in teaching and designing classic online courses, creating small groups has been essential to success.  Here, Stanford University is sharing their method of taking tens of thousands of students from all over the world and creating small groups.  This is a best-practice in online teaching and I'm sure it can be improved upon here in this enormous course (I personally think it would be difficult to know what group to pick if you have the entire world to choose from (!)), but this is much better than the previous MOOCs I've seen so far (that have no way to create small groups at all).  In my own case, I put students into groups randomly. I thought they had too many things to worry about at the beginning to be organizing groups.  This seemed to work well because, of course, what all the students share is the desire to learn the subject at hand. (Only if for some reason they wanted to switch groups, did they have to worry about which group to join.)  (May 2013) ~Meg

      Open Library
If you or a colleague teaches a college course, it’s well worth a look. Besides content, there are also instructional design elements included, such as activities, prompts, assignment ideas, etc. ~Meg
        [From their website] The best in educational technology.  

       Traditional Online Classes -

      [From their website] Columbia University slams "traditional online classes"--we need to move beyond traditional.

     The Trouble with ONline Ed -
      [From their website] Stanford University ratcheted up interest in online education when a pair of celebrity professors attracted more than 150,000 students from around the world to a noncredit, open enrollment course on artificial intelligence. This development, though, says very little about what role online courses could have as part of standard college instruction. 

     Content Strategy Resources -

      [From their website] Content Strategy. What is it? What books and blogs should people read to learn about it? What conferences should folks attend and who are the experts in the field?


      5 Learning Strategies that Make Students Curious -

      [From their website] Understanding where curiosity comes from is the holy grail of education. Education, of course, is different than learning. Education implies a formal, systematic, and strategic intent to cause learning.


     On the Nature of Learning and Scaling -

     "A very serious error in understanding has occurred in the nature of scaling with regard to education. Massive Open Online Courses are content. Just as the Internet is (mostly) content. One could reasonably say that we are all in a MOOC right now." 

(Must be a member of Google+ to access.) By Meg Tufano!


     Teaching / Learning Design tools for teachers -       

     [From their website] Professor Diana Laurillard currently holds the Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies in the Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy. For more on learning design tools please see use the link above for downloading the Learning Designer.


     TopTen Most Innovative Education Companies -

      [From their website] Fast Company’s annual guide to the state of innovation in our economy, featuring the businesses whose innovations are having the greatest impacts across their industries and our culture as a whole.


       Rio Salado CommunityCollege -

        [From their website] For creating a customized course-management and student-services system to keep track of at-risk students on its Arizona campus and online. It’s the fastest-growing community college in the nation, with 70,000 students in Arizona and online nationwide--mostly poor, Hispanic, and first-generation.


      NPR Fails Online Learning Test -
[From their website] NPR ran a misleading story about online learning. Blake Farmer, a Nashville reporter, has been beating this drum and today invited disreputable and uninformed critics of a new statewide online school to pile on.


     Distance Learning: Creating Relationships Online -

      [From their website] My favorite part of doing my anthropological fieldwork was developing new relationships, especially with one particular family. I treasure the details my students give me about themselves, too, as a way to get to know them, albeit virtually.


      Create Beautiful Timelines -

   [From their website] Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.


     Copyright and Open Source -

  [From their website] Teachers guide to copyright and fair use


     Source of Income for universities -

    [From the article] "Undergraduate education is undoubtedly central to what a university is, but it is generally a low-margin activity, when it isn’t being explicitly subsidized by endowments and other sources of income, and often makes up a relatively modest proportion of turnover compared with postgraduate education, research, and other sources of income."


      Back to the Future -


    [From the blog.] "And there is a historical irony about all this, too. Perhaps elite universities will end up going back to the future. Until recently, at elite English universities like Oxford and Cambridge, lectures were always optional. They were often thought to be incidental to an education based around the tutorial and self-directed reading. Examinations were based on students’ ability to read, and tutors would often say, “If you can read, there is no need to go to lectures.” ~Nigel Thrift


       Creative Learning: Video of Session 1 -

      [From their website] Creative Learning Course:  Streamed live on Feb 11, 2013

      The Introduction to Learning Creative Learning starts at 16:03. The part before covers some of the logistics of the online component of the course.  (These guys have no idea what they are doing IMHO. ~Meg)

     Readings: -

     [From their website] Mitchel Resnick (2007). All I Really Need to Know (About Creative Thinking) I Learned (By Studying How Children Learn) in Kindergarten. ACM Creativity & Cognition conference.   


      Sian Bayne -

     Expert on Higher and Community Education

     Moray House School of Education
     University of Edinburgh



     Being Open to Tension By Design -

     [From their website] The future is coming at us faster than we can catch up with it. Can we open to the tension that this will cause?

      6 Emerging Technologies in Education -

      Systems Thinking vs. Analytical Thinking -

      Top Education Ideas 2012 -
      The Future of Education -
     By the famous Salman Khan of Khan Academy!
      Teaching in a Socially Networked Classroom -
     Will surprise you! ~Meg

    Doing What Works -
     [From their website] We make it easy to find research-based practices.  Our mission is to translate research-based practices into practical tools to improve classroom instruction.  
     Reading and Learning Strategies -
     [From their website] Finding practical ideas about college reading and learning strategy programs that have been drawn from theory and research is difficult for most veteran instructors, but is even more difficult for those instructors new to the field.  Over a decade ago the authors reviewed the literature and generated a list of their own “best ideas” as a way of facilitating professional development.  Given the promising research trends and best practices that have emerged since then, the authors deemed it important to update these ideas or recommendations.  In addition, the authors have purposely cited many scholarly sources in order to provide an extensive bibliography for colleagues new to the field.

    New Bloom's Taxonomy -
    [From their website] Educators today struggle with the design and implementation of standards based curriculums, authentic assessments, and accountability programs. Since publication of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives in 1956, numerous changes have occurred in our culture that influence how we think about and practice education. New knowledge of how students learn as well as how teachers plan lessons, teach learners, and assess learning has been incorporated into a revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Education Objectives. This revision is being incorporated into Career and Technical Education as well as K-12 education in several states. The Family and Consumer Sciences literature provides little published information about the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (RBT) and its use. Family and Consumer Sciences professionals should become familiar with the new model used for designing, teaching, and assessing education to determine its application for their work. For over fifty years, Family and Consumer Sciences professionals should become familiar with the new model used for designing, teaching, and assessing education to determine its application for their work.

     College Reading and Learning Association -
     [From their website] CRLA is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level.

     Educator's Guide to Innovation -
     [From their website] Welcome to the Educators' Guide to Innovation.This professional network is for those interested in innovative practices happening in education. We hope that you find this an interesting and supportive community.  (This looks as though it is an Australian group; and there are very few members.~Meg)


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