People who participate in face-to-face-meet-ups complete their courses at significantly higher rates than the typical MOOC students.
In the Summer, the New York Public Library, following its public-serivce mission, and in partnership with Coursera, plans to organize at least half-dozen of free meet-ups in which students taking MOOCs can gather and discuss the courses with help from trained facilitators.
Coursera.com, the leading MOOC platform, plans to set up eight similar “learning hubs” in a number of locations.
In these sort of physical classrooms where students receive a more hands-on teaching approach, completion rates might surpass 30%, compared to 6.8% for all courses merely offered by Coursera.
There is a need for quality and unique learning pedagogy. But what are the best and next practices?
In order to seek answers, this week NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering organized a series of discussions. We had a great conversation about this topic at Poly’s Pfizer Auditorium, in Brooklyn, New York.
Google has announced this week in an online statement that it had permanently removed all ads from its Apps for Education, including its Gmail service. The search giant will no longer collect or use student data.
The change comes as Google is facing growing scrutiny over how it collects and analyzes data for advertising, particularly among students.
About 40 percent of nonprofit colleges use Google for institutional email.
A great LMS (Learning Management System) can improve the teaching and learning of teachers and students.
But how to does one choose the right one?
The K12 Director of Instructure / Canvas LMS has come up with some tips. Let us summarize them while we add our view.
The perfect LMS platform should:
Open doors for teaching and learning in a way that is intuitive and easy.
Amplify schools’ strengths, accelerate progress toward goals and support future needs.
Integrate blended and online delivery models easier.
Suggest new ways of designing and teaching online courses.
Engage users by encouraging interaction and empowering to take ownership of their own learning.
Feature fresh navigation and custom toolset.
Reduce the impact on faculty of IT.
Be highly scalable and flexible to adapt and grow with your district.
Integrate with third-party tools through an open API, as well as an app center –such as EduAppCenter.com– “with hundreds of technology tools that teachers can install and use without ever having to talk to IT.
Be extremely reliable, with 99.9% uptime possible. Having an LMS down for maintenance, an unexpected outage, causes great stress for students and teachers.
Have a partner and service provider that is responsive, supportive and collaborative.
Test it previously in a sandbox environment in order to have a first-hand look at the platform’s capabilities.
The Canvas Platform team has launched the renewed and refreshed EduAppCenter.com. Which is a new public catalog of LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) integrations and 135 of applications.
The improved popular apps include: Khan Academy, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, School Tube, Redirect Tool, Quizlet, etc.
LTI is a standard means of putting remotely hosted, third-party applications onto LMS platforms and educational portals. In other words, an open education technology ecosystem for education.
Canvas has the largest, most open LMS app ecosystem in the industry.
“An open education technology ecosystem creates more opportunities for innovation to thrive,” said Jared Stein, vice president of research and education at Instructure in a statement. “The new EduAppCenter.com website encourages startups and innovators to create apps that work across LMS providers. This means less time integrating one-off technology and more time designing tools and curriculum for new ways of learning.”
Blended learning –the strategic combination of face-to-face and online learning experiences– is growing in popularity within higher education and K-12 settings.
Well, now there is a free MOOC intended to provide assistance when developing and designing blended learning courses. “BlendKit2014 – Becoming a Blended Learning Designer“ is a five-week MOOC that starts in April 21. It is offered on Canvas.net by Educause and the University of Central Florida.
The creators will share the valuable tools, information, and methods that have been developed during the past two decades. The course involves:
Readings from scholarly works pertaining to blended learning
Document templates and practical step-by-step “how to” guides
Regular interactions with facilitators and students
Expert and peer assessment and critique on design work
Participants may choose to pursue a credential from the Universal Central Florida/EDUCAUSE as “Certified Blended Learning Designer”, as well as digital badge that can be linked to their EDUCAUSE profile and displayed on professional and social networks. For that, they will need to submit a portfolio review –available for $89.