Virtual School Meanderings

March 18, 2015

Canvas Connection – March 2015

Note a couple of relevant items from readers in this newsletter…

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CANVAS NEWS:
So we’ve raised another round of funding to help us continue to grow up big and strong. We raised $40 million in a Series-E round lead by Insight Venture Partners.

We raised $40 million. Here’s why.
Read full article at blog.canvaslms.com ›
With more colleges and universities taking services to the cloud, keeping student data secure is an increasingly complex issue. And it’s one cloud-based learning management system provider Instructure is all too familiar with.

Putting a Bounty on Bugs: Instructure’s Wade Billings on Securing Data
Read more at Education Dive ›
When Canvas began analyzing the course designs for its higher ed customers, the LMS company discovered something about getting students to interact with the online elements of their courses.

How Course Web Design Impacts Student Engagement
Read full article at campustechnology.com ›
INDUSTRY NEWS:
Faculty, stakeholders weigh the credit hour against competency-based learning.

Are You For or Against the Credit Hour?
Read more at eCampus News ›
The annual Horizon Report is developed by a panel of higher education experts to identify major developments in education technology and technology trends. Here are their findings.

6 Emerging Trends Driving Technology in Education
Read full article at campustechnology.com ›
Two IPEDS-based research studies show that online learning preferences and trends are changing. But what are these new trends and how does this affect colleges and universities?

11 Online Learning Demands from Today’s Picky Students
Read more at eCampus News ›
JUST FOR FUN:
Buried in snow? Take hope. Climate change will one day bring warmer Februaries. Boston will feel more like Georgia does today.

Don’t Like Winter? Don’t Worry–See How Warm Winter Will Be Where You Live By 2100
Read more at Co.Exist ›
From fanciful flying cars to garden-covered rooftops, here’s a look at what designers have imagined for our cities and how they’ve shaped our urban future.

18 Visions Of The City Of The Future, From The Past
Read more at Co.Exist ›
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March 2, 2015

Do Some “Canvas Networking”

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I don’t normally post these, but note the blended learning items.

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HELLO LIFELONG LEARNER,

DO YOU KNOW WHAT MAKES “CANVAS NETWORKING” SO MUCH MORE ENGAGING THAN PLAIN OLD NETWORKING? (IT’S REALLY NOT A TRICK QUESTION.) THE ANSWER IS CANVAS, THE OPEN, ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM THAT MAKES IT EASY TO CREATE A LEARNING COMMUNITY AROUND WHATEVER IT IS YOU WANT TO LEARN (OR TEACH, OR SHARE, OR DO). OUR NEWEST COURSES WILL HELP YOU NETWORK TO BECOME A BETTER TEACHER OR LEARNER, TO DEVELOP FOOD BANK NUTRITION POLICIES, OR TO GET BIG ON THE HISTORY OF MICROBES.

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Becoming a Blended Learning Designer provides facilitated assistance to faculty and instructional designers in developing and designing blended courses. Participants who meet portfolio review expectations will earn a certificate and digital badge from EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida.
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Personalized and Student-Centered Learning provides an opportunity to collaborate with other educators and professionals to explore what personalized and student-centered learning is (and what it is not). Participants will design learning experiences to accomplish the shift toward personalization.
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Learning to Learn Online addresses common misconceptions, frustrations, and fears about online learning and introduces techniques to help overcome such obstacles. Participants will explore who they are as learners and develop effective tools and strategies for learning online.
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Developing a Food Bank Nutrition Policy to Procure Healthful Foods presents real-world examples of the challenges food banks face in applying nutrition guidelines. Participants will develop skills and competencies needed to create their own food bank nutrition policies and to promote “food system literacy.”
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Microbes Rule the World: Effects of Disease on History explores the effects of disease on human events, especially religion, war, and migration. Participants will watch video lectures and vignettes with accompanying essays and exercises to learn about the startling influence of microbes on history.
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Visit Canvas Network, find “whatever it is” you want to learn, and start Canvas Networking today.– Canvas Network

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February 28, 2015

Register Today For DLT & TSDI MOOC-Eds!

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

Free professional learning on your schedule – even if you’re snowed in! MOOC-Eds are a great way to connect with education professionals like you, and to learn from those who have successfully done what you hope to accomplish in your school or district. Registration is still open for:
Leading the Digital Learning Transition: Creating Future Ready Schools
March 2 – April 26
 
Organized around the Future Ready Schools Digital Learning Framework, this eight-week course is designed for school and district leaders, as well as university faculty, consultants, parents and any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives. Everyone involved in digital learning (also known as blended learning, e-learning and instructional technology) in a K-12 school or district is welcome to join the course.
This course will help you:
  • Understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools;
  • Assess progress and set future goals for your school or district; and
  • Begin to develop a plan to achieve your digital learning goals.
Learn more and register at go.ncsu.edu/dlt4
 
Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations
March 9 – May 3
 
Our world is rich with data sources, and technology makes data more accessible than ever before! To help ensure students are future ready to use data for making informed decisions, many countries around the world have increased the emphasis on statistics and data analysis in school curriculum–from elementary/primary grades through college. This course allows you to learn, along with colleagues from other schools, to use an investigation cycle to teach statistics and to help students explore data to make evidence-based claims.
Learn more and register at go.ncsu.edu/tsdi
 
If you have already signed up for one of these MOOC-Eds, please share this information with your colleagues!


The MOOC-Ed Team

 

February 27, 2015

[CNIE-L] African Virtual Universty : ICT TEACHING AND LEARNING MOOC

From yesterday’s inbox…

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Subject: African Virtual Universty : ICT TEACHING AND LEARNING MOOC
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:45:24 +0000
From: Whistler Cherubin <wcherubin@avu.org>
To: rory@athabascau.ca <rory@athabascau.ca>

Dear Dr Rory McGreal

In a move designed to provide African learners with greater access to higher education opportunities, the African Virtual University (AVU) and the Commonwealth of Learning will launch a MOOC on March 9th  2015.

Based on unique learning expectations and needs, participant will choose from a wide variety of learning activities designed to help them improve themselves. Module 1 : what are ICTs? Module 2 : why use ICTs in teaching and learning ? Modules 3&4 : How to use ICTs to support teaching and learning.

The courses are for free. Please circulate widely in your networks : moocs.avu.org

Best Regards,

Whistler CHERUBIN

Marketing and Communication Officer

African Virtual University|Université Virtuelle Africaine

Cape Office Park, Ring Road, Kilimani

  1. O Box 25405 – 00603, Nairobi, Kenya.
    Tel: +254 20 2528333

Leading eLearning in Africa

www.avu.org; http://oer.avu.org

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February 21, 2015

Access Education’s Top Experts through EdPolicy Leaders Online

Wow!  I guess if the data and research aren’t on your side, the next best thing is indoctrination…

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Dear Friend,

I am excited today to announce a new initiative by the Foundation for Excellence in Education called EdPolicy Leaders Online , a series of free, self-paced education reform massive open online courses (MOOCs) designed specifically for policymakers and education reform partners. The best part is – you can enroll right now!

2015-02-19 Patricia Screenshot EdPolicyThe courses, hosted on the Canvas Network, feature nearly 40 experts and leaders across the education landscape from superintendents to senators, parents to policymakers, teachers to technology gurus and community leaders to CEOs.

EdPolicy Leaders Online was designed with leaders in mind by offering access to top experts providing in-depth knowledge, tools, and key resources needed to advance and effectively implement trending reforms; convenient, self-paced modules to accommodate busy schedules; and official recognition of course completion, which can be displayed on social networks, such as LinkedIn, or on their résumés.

Our first three courses are robust, timely and varied, offering the opportunity to learn about the relevant education reform issues in the news today.

  • Data Privacy? Get Schooled: This course, developed in coordination with the Data Quality Campaign , will discuss the value data brings to improve education, offer recommendations for addressing privacy concerns while promoting effective data use, and explore lessons learned from existing and emerging policies in education and other sectors.
  • Securing Our Nation’s Future: A failing American educational system threatens U.S. national security. In this course, participants will hear from national leaders and experts about these threats, the urgent need for education reform and how America can ensure its own security and global leadership for future generations.
  • Communications Boot Camp: Winning the Ed Reform Conversation: How we deliver our messages makes a big difference when it comes to winning the education reform conversation. In this course, participants will build their communications skills related to media relations, targeted messaging, and the use of social media.

EdPolicy Leaders Online enrollment is open now with courses beginning March 23. Each course has five to six individual modules that require no more than an hour of time each, allowing participants -like you- to easily fit them into a busy schedule. There are no restrictions on who can register or how many participants can join a course.

We hope you will join us by participating in this exciting online initiative.

Thank you for your continued commitment to America’s students.

Patricia Levesque
CEO
Foundation for Excellence in Education


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