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Recapturing #aufgs2012 Athabasca University's Graduate student conference

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during the conference I got to meet people that really made me feel part of a community, the Athabasca University community.The wonderful thing about this gathering was the high quality research that was shared, and at the same time the feeling of being embraced in the community. And I had the most wonderful discussion with Ireti on social agents, languages and a vibrant Swahili dictum.

Free #open content licensing course 4 #educators organized by the #OER university

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the OERu (Open Educational Resources University - a group of universities around the globe). The facilitators for the course are Rory McGreal from Athabasca University and Ebba Ossiannilsson, from the Lund University, Sweden. From 5 February 2014 (until 19 February 2014) a new, free course is launched to address open content licensing for educators.

Writing social sciences #research paper #phd

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The best online resource for me is still the one provided by the University of Southern California. phd qualitative research research social science writing Again reaching for content that helps me keep an overview when wanting to write a paper. It provides so many useful tips for each section, just have a look and see for each section of a classic research article. The Introduction The introduction serves the purpose of leading the reader from a general subject area to a particular field of research. The writing should be direct and precise and written in the past tense.

International Women’s Day: women in top positions at universities and women in ICT

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quick look at women in top positions in European Universities and gender representation in computer sciences a bit furtherdown this blogpost. From an article by Curt Rice ( [link] ) European Universities’ top positions are still mainly occupied by men. And only 9% of universities have a women at the top of the organization. Why should we care? Why is this a problem?

Content from the Social #Mobile #Networking for #Informal learning roundtable #somobnet

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A quick recap of some of the SoMobNet International Roundtable on "Social Mobile Networking for Informal Learning" that ran on 21 November 2011 in London: [link] Guy Merchant's keynote: [link] From which I quote some key ideas here: What happens when mobiles are founds in formal educational contexts? What should we be teaching about mobile social networking? They get banned!

unesco: opportunities, threats & challenges of #mLearning #mlw2013

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At the second day of the UNESCO's mLearning week , where Agnes Kukulska-Hulme from the Open University in the UK started the day with a very enlightening presentation bringing together the latest on mLearning pedagogies and focusing on a gender related project. review of language and communications curricula - taking account of opportunities for mobile-supported, situated, social learning.

Blogphilosophy: #education needs to shift, creating meaningful #identities

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This post builds upon the idea that education must be rethought, but not in terms of the disrupted higher education (higher ed under pressure with online learning – MOOCs etc, global educational market stressing smaller universities and colleges), but in terms of reshaping all of our identities and self-esteems for each one of us. The job growth (thanks to wars?) You got an identity.

Try out new conference formats #emoocs2015

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On the air she asked Aras Bozkurt to share his graph visualization from NodeXL where you could see the social media networks as they were created during the eMOOCs2015 conference, and his MOOCs, especially #rhizo15 and #edcmooc (this is a really great share!). All of that happened. Enable people - insight and outside of the conference - to have a look, pose questions, add comments.

Steve Wozniak Streams Live Tonight

Mobile Learning Edge

Catch Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, tonight from Abilene Christian University’s Connected Summit. via  MEDIA ADVISORY: Watch Live Streams of Steve Wozniak and Karen Cator from the Abilene Christian University Connected Summit 2011 on February 28th – American Banking News. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. Connected Summit, 2011).

Early #career researchers and how to get a job?

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friend with an amazing mind Michael Sean Gallagher just got a professor position at the prestigious, international Hankuk University and as I am so eager to learn how that happens I could not wait to ask him how he did it: networking and putting his work out there was his answer. social network research phd twitter higher education networking What am I doing?!". anyone.

Complacency, failure, improvement cycle and #pearltrees #pkm14

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used CMAP from the University of Florida, USA. But it missed some of the easy social media sharing options (but does have meaningful relational descriptions as an option between to sets of content). eLearning knowledge knowledge management lifelong learning open content presentation social learning tools This does not happen. but I think I will just need to step away from that.

#LAK11 analyse your learner/worker interactions with SNAPP to increase #elearning outputs, pedagogy and #performance

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SNAPP is developed by the University of Wollongong (who I think are coming up with a great deal of interesting educational innovations and thoughts). Within the Export tab, social graph data can be saved as GraphML or to the.vna format. moodle social network knowledge mooc lak11 eLearning analytics knowledge management networkingHere is where SNAPP comes in.

A recorded conversation with Michael Wesch @mwesch #teaching

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After two years of studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities. education eLearning social interactionWhy I found this video interesting?

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Join the first #FutureLearn #MOOC courses

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For those interested in the business set up: FutureLearn is an independent company owned and spearheaded by The Open University, but in collaboration/partnership with top UK, Ireland and Australian universities. Are they social enough to learn from peers, share experiences with others? FutureLearn is the result of nine months intense work and testing since its initial launch.

Tappestry: Kicking the Informal Learning (Tin) Can

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Tappestry is positioned as the first social network designed specifically for learning. remember a social media guru once saying that she went to Twitter to find answers. A review by Jessica Knox. Full disclosure: My employer, Metrix Group, is currently partnering with Float Mobile on an app development project). As learning professionals we see it everywhere.

From David Hockney to Photosynth: applications that build on social media content

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It is an application that builds on the result of social media applications that all of us help build together. Photosynth is a software developed by Microsoft in collaboration with the University of Washington. Tags: multimedia social media mobile learning During the latest mobile learning conferences, I was frequently surprised by the surplus of mobile learning possibilities.

Free #mobile toolkit and link to the FRAME mLearning model

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The University of Leicester has been looking at a framework for mobile learning to fit their learning with iPads in university project called PLACES. In order to build their framework they used the Mobile Toolkit from JISC, and leaned on the FRAME mobile learning model of Marguerite Koole , which offers a comprehensive model for mobile learning in all its social and technical aspects.

FutureLearn: pedagogical & mLearning MOOC platform - the approach

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For all of you out there wanting to push your government into setting up a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform gathering knowledge from all your national universities, take a look at the approach of UK’s open university on planning a MOOC platform, it looks very promising. The only people really knowing what online learning is about, are the open universities world wide.

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Free book on Open Educational Resources #OER

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However, the social dimension emerges as an important factor from a number of chapters in this book. This is similar to the conclusion of the chapter on OER for Lifelong Learning, both reflecting the experience of the UK’s Open University. The detailed analysis of the experience of the African Health OER Network also points to the viability of viewing OER as a social practice.

Mobile Enables Informal Learning

Upside Learning

To support the argument – that informal learning is important – here is a research by Prof Robert Kelley from Carnegie Mellon University, which shows dramatic drop over the years in the percentage of information that the workers need to hold in their heads to get their work done. The second column ‘Social’ is about leveraging social networks and tools to learn from each other.

Critical pedagogy: people can learn, but that does not make them philanthropists

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Social media helps us all to connect, we all learn at an increased pace, both in educational institutions, in our professional organizations/companies and just for ourselves. By this action pedagogy is also linked to social movements. Tags: social network pedagogy gender activism philosophy books social interaction Or impossible in this more corporate ruled world?

Launch of the Really Useful #EdTechBook #elearning enthusiasts

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Even if we tried we’d still have to deal with other developments and distractions in classroom and learning technology like smart boards, blogs, video, games, students-led learning, virtual learning environments, social media, etc. Today is the day that the Really Useful #EdTechBook is launched (at 9.00 am London time ). So what is the book about? Price Paperback: $29.99 / £19.99 / €24.99

Can the #MOOC format respond to the educational challenges #altc2013?

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The learning and teaching processes of today are impacted by the use of social media, new mobile technologies and pedagogical formats. Digital and Social exclusion(s) : one area of social exclusion in the technological era relates to the digital divide. Formal – informal : university/higher ed. These examples are all more mass university driven. 87-88). Hogue, R.,

#MOOC @Edinburgh report on organizing 6 Coursera MOOCs

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Last week the University of Edinburgh released their first report on their experiences gained after having organized 6 MOOC courses via Coursera. 33% were between 25-34 years of age, with ‘Teaching and education’ (17%) and ‘Student (college/university)’ (15%) as the highest represented areas of current employment. Note that enrolment continued after this survey was sent out.)

The Four Stages of Mobile Maturity

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The app universe starts to open within the organization as more individuals start to look for computing metaphors that are aligned to mobile – essentially downloadable apps to begin with. Social networking booms as individuals use their devices to connect with each other. As has been discussed endlessly on our blog before, the future of learning is mobile. Keeping it simple –.

Free special issue journal on #MOOC from JOLT

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In this issue you will find 12 peer-reviewed scholarly articles, nine of which comprise the much-awaited Special Issue on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), guest edited by Dr. George Siemens (Athabasca University), Dr. Valerie Irvine (University of Victoria), and Dr. Jillianne Code (University of Victoria). Vol. 9, No. 2 of the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT at [link] ) has been published and is available online. Butler, Alisha Alam, Sarah A. Bruff, Douglas H. Fisher, Kathryn E. McEwen, and Blaine E. Stewart, Carole E. Goodson, Susan L. action=add.

Take A Leap Of Faith With Mobile Learning

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Research by Dr. Robert Kelley, at the Carnegie Mellon University, indicates that the amount of information one needs to memorise to get the tasks completed has dropped from 75% to 10% between 1986 and 2006. It’s your informal & social learning hub if you like. This article was originally published in Learning Technologies 2013’s special show guide issue. Understanding Mobile.

Free book increasing access through #mlearning

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The Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University just released a great free book on mobile learning, edited by the Mohamed Ally and Avgoustos Tsinakos. The digital book consisting of three parts, each filled with great articles all looking at mobile education, including a chapter written by myself on "using BYOD, mobile social media, apps, and sensors for meaningful mobile learning".

#eMOOCs2014 #FutureLearn new stats & findings #MOOC

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FutureLearn is a MOOC platform launched only 6 months ago in collaboration with the Open University of the UK and many other fabulous partners. MOOCs are seen by Simon as a starting point for online learning, emphasizing need for increased social learning. There were many interesting sessions during the second eMOOC summit which took place in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Enterprise Mobile Learning 2011 - Year in Review

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HTML5 web apps might be ideal for consumer-centric marketing efforts, mobile games and some social tools but these experiences are one-dimensional compared with the full-on, multi-functional mLearning experiences mixing formal and informal interactions, performance tools, ready access to information and experts, gaming systems and more. Private Social Networks Win Over Public. a.k.a.

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Mobile Messaging News Roundup

Mobile Commons

Chinese University uses WeChat to solve student library problem  – Students at Nanjing University now have to book their library spaces via the instant messaging platform WeChat to ensure their fellow scholars can’t pinch their seats. Email gets nonprofits donations, but young donors live on social and mobile  – The analysis of more than 100 leading nonprofits, 2.8

free BJET issue on #MOOC disrupting teaching & learning in #HigherEd

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The British Journal of Educational Technologies just published a Special Issue: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): ‘disrupting’ teaching and learning practices in higher education. The articles are freely available and have been brought together by the wonderful academics Dick N'Gambi and Vivienne Bozalek. The full set of articles with available html and pdf's can be found here.

Call for #papers & pre/postdoctoral #Fellowship in Japan

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The program is open to researchers from all departments (including social sciences). From the funding organization website: This Programme provides the opportunity for short-term visits for pre- and post-doctoral UK researchers and researchers from Europe and North America based in the UK to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions.

IRRODL journal is out with rich online, #mobile and #eLearning articles

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The latest version of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning has just been published and as always it is packed with online, mobile and eLearning wisdom. There are a couple of OER related articles in this publication. One article that immediately got my attention was the OERscout technology framework by Ishan Sudeera Abeywardena, Chee Seng Chan, Choy Yoong Tham. They dare to tackle the relevant OER searching and finding challenge: as a major step towards solving this issue, this paper proposes OERScout, a technology framework based on text mining solutions.

Call for papers/demos on #xAPI workshop during EC-Tel conference in September, Austria

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Organisers* Milos Kravcik, RWTH Aachen University, Germany Alexander Mikroyannidis, The Open University, United Kingdom Viktoria Pammer, Graz University of Technology, Austria Michael Prilla, University of Bochum, Germany Thomas Ullmann, The Open University, United Kingdom Fridolin Wild, The Open University, United Kingdom. SGWID=0-164-6- 793341- 0 ).

Industry Forecast

Mobile Learning Edge

Embedded in the individual predictions is the continued tension between the economic value of mobile learning, along with negative perception of personal social media tools in play at work, and the value of immediate and quality support for an evolving workforce. Lisa Gualtieri, eLearn Magazine editor-in-chief, and adjunct clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine [Twitter:  @lisagualtieri ]. On the horizon: alternate reality games and other social gaming. Yesterday, eLearn Magazine published its annual list of predictions for 2011. Roger C.

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@hjarche master class on #pkm Personal Knowledge Management

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The past couple of months have pushed me deeper into the PhD universe, and that has lead me to rethink what I am doing in terms of my own knowledge management, how I am doing it, and where I can improve my actions and make my knowledge acquisition and sharing process more efficient (or simply more fun would also be more then enough!). And it is online.

5 Calls for #papers, presentations or/and proposals for #mlearning and #eLearning

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Deadline for submission: 9 January 2012 (published July 2012) More information: [link] Short description: The aim of this Special Issue is to explore educational and socio-cultural perspectives on the use of the increasing convergence of mobile devices and digital media for social networking in formal and informal contexts of learning. If anyone is organizing a conference, workshop.

#OER #MOOC online learning papers from Open CourseWare conference

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This paper provides an overview of what the university of Michigan, USA has done, but it can easily be rolled out to other educational and training institutes or organizations, even - in my view - to an international modus operandi. The Open Praxis special issue from the Open CourseWare Conferenence (OCW) 2014 that took place in Ljubliana, Slovenia is just published.

#OEB2014 keynote debate #data corrupts #education

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The digital divide – or the data divide - trickles down from the big Universities all the way to the vulnerable learners. As big universities might be able to pay for data access and results, and use those data to improve the learning goals of their (cognitive, and data minded) students. The less financially strong universities will have access to less data, less tools, which will affect learning/Teaching (although I do add that this might indeed not result in loss of teaching quality). Which students will be able to pay for those universities? And based on what?