Virtual School Meanderings

February 20, 2017

Inquiring into Presence as Support for Student Learning in a Blended Learning… –

From one of my open scholarship networks.  Several K-12 distance, online and blended learning items included below.
Mary F Rice Mary F Rice
University of KansasCurriculum & Teaching, Department Member

Inquiring into Presence as Support for Student Learning in a Blended Learning Classroom

In blended learning models, students do part of their course-work online and part in small groups with teachers in classrooms. The presence (teaching, cognitive, social) that teachers need to assert in blended environments has been the subject of much scholarly interest. The purpose of this paper is to share findings from a narrative inquiry that explored various aspects of presence in a middle level classroom. Findings are reported using a series of narrative episodes that have undergone narrative inquiry processes of burrowing, broadening , and retelling. What is described is a process…

Rodrigue Savoie

Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Facilitating Client-Side Digital Rights Compliance

According to one aspect there is provided a method and an apparatus for facilitating intellectual property rights compliance that is compliant with a same-origin security policy that prohibits the application from executing application-specific instructions from the first domain that access application-specific instructions from the second domain. The method includes receiving a structured document from a first domain, the structured document having at least one content object, a reference to at least one digital rights compliance ( …

Stephen Downes
National Research Council CanadaInstitute for Information Technology, Department Member

Half an Hour

I’ve just posted the full text from my presentation’Education as Platform’, the talk I gave in India last week. In this presentation I outline the motivation and design of the massive open online course (MOOC) and then outline a number of criticisms of the form as it has evolved thus far. My argument is that to the extent that a MOOC focuses on content, like a traditional course, i begins to fail. A MOOC should focus on the connections, not the content. I outline some ways of focusing on connections, using connectors. By way of an example, I discuss …

Stephen Downes
National Research Council CanadaInstitute for Information Technology, Department Member

THE PISA PROCESS The Woessmann and Fuchs report, along with many others by these and other authors, was derived from a set of data obtained by the by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted in 2000. PISA wa…

First, in addition to the study of achievements in mathematics and science, PISA adds a major focus on literacy. Two thirds of the test was based on literacy, and more students were tested on literacy-174,227 in literacy, 96,855 in math and 96,758 in science.(Woessmann and Fuchs, 2004) The sample consisted of 15-year-olds in 32 countries (28 OECD countries), countries-the focus on age rather than grade” it captures students of the very same age in each country independent of the structure of national school systems.”( …

Neil Selwyn Neil Selwyn
Bookmarked by George Veletsianos

The digital labor of digital learning

Digital technologies are altering the nature of education work … not always for the best.

Greg Williams Greg Williams
Bookmarked by Mary F Rice

Empathy and the Instructional Designer

The purpose of this study was to understand how instructional designers define empathy in the context of instructional design technology and how empathy was manifest in their daily work. Through a series of in-depth interviews with six designers, three definitions of empathy emerged including caring for the learner, referencing personal experience in service of the learner, and taking on somebody else’s viewpoint. Additionally, analysis of empathy in participants’ daily work resulted in six themes: personal experience, metacognition or self awareness, project management constraints,…

Jo Tondeur Jo Tondeur
Bookmarked by Lisa Durff

Curricula and the use of ICT in education. Two worlds apart?

“In many countries, information and communication technology (ICT) has a clear impact on the development of educational curricula. In Flanders, the education government has identified and defined a framework of ICT competencies for expected outcomes, related to knowledge, skills and attitudes that pupils are expected to achieve at the end of primary school. However, it has never been examined whether teachers are using ICT in accordance with the competencies proposed by the Flemish government. In order to answer this question, a survey was conducted among 570 respondents in a stratified…

Bookmarked by Bernie Dodge

Analyzing navigation logs in MOOC: A case study

Continued use of various technological devices has massively increased the generation of digital data, which are recorded as an opportunity for research. In the educational case, it is common to analyze data generated in Learning Management Systems which allows better understand the learning process of the participants and make informed decisions for better e-learning processes and situations in which develop. This paper analyzes participants’ navigation logs in a MOOC hosted on the Coursera platform, for which a visual e-learning analytics process was performed. The results confirm that…

Danah Henriksen Danah Henriksen
Bookmarked by Lisa Durff

The seven transdisciplinary habits of mind of creative teachers: An exploratory study of award winning teachers

Although discussions of thinking skills often revolve around students and learners, it is equally important to consider habits of mind and thinking skills for successful and creative teachers. Teachers are primary mediators of thinking and learning for their students, and understanding how excellent teachers function and use thinking skills is an important, albeit often underserved, area of research. Amid the expansion of research and discussion around thinking skills in general, one approach that has garnered interest in recent years is the idea of ” transdisciplinary ” thinking—which…

Roger Dawkins Roger Dawkins
Bookmarked by Bernie Dodge

Content Strategy: A Lesson from the Industry for University Learning Analytics

This paper proposes an industry paradigm, called content strategy, for identifying data that has yet to be explored in learning analytics: student engagement data with individual online learning resources in a particular week of a course. Industry examples (including and Buzzfeed) suggest that adopting a content strategy approach to course design could increase student engagement with learning resources, making them more likely to achieve learning outcomes. Furthermore, this paper argues that there is no time left for blindness to content strategy data. Given the online context…

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