Wiki's in het onderwijs (Dutch papers) In het verleden schreef ik 2 artikels in het Nederlands over wiki's.
Zijn wiki's nieuw voor u? Dan is het eerste artikel 'Het gebruik van wiki’s in het onderwijs' een goed startpunt.
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The Canvas Network is initiated by an LMS provider and will be used by their existing clients. And, “the instructional design, the course content, and the technical support for running the online classes occur on the institutional level and are not outsourced or licensed to Instructure” (Audrey Watters, 2012).
I see a hugh potential in this way of working. As an instructor, you don’t have to switch platforms again. As a student, you get to know how a specific institution works. As an institution, you can controle what’s happening. And I guess Instructure will benefit on the sales site as well.
Are there interesting courses on The Canvas Network? For me, the answer is yes. I subscribed to ‘Introduction to openness in education‘ that will be given by David Wiley, a founding father of open content
Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Facebook: How Today’s Higher Education Faculty Use Social Media.
Comment: Very interesting report published by the Pearson Learning Solutions and the Babson Survey Research Group.
The response rate of this online survey was about 6%. This means the results might be biased and not valid for the entire population.
The first part of my research was about the way secondary school teachers use their LMS (Learning Management System). The results have been published recently. I will upload that paper here as well very soon.
As we found that teachers use their LMS mainly for administrative reasons, we decided for the second part to research learning within the LMS, and this from a teachers’ and students’ perspective.
Paper: The Impact of Group Setting and Visual Representations on Secondary School Students’ Learning Outcomes. Cindy De Smet, University College Ghent and Ghent University; Tammy Schellens, Ghent University; Bram De Wever, Ghent University; Martin M. Valcke, Ghent University. Presented at AERA 2012, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Today, I had the privilege to attend an internet conference in my hometown. The line-up was quite impressive, but 3 speakers were outstanding: Jeremy Keith, Gary Vaynerchuck and James Bridle. I made some notes and grabbed some videos that are shared by the conference organizers.
“The web does forget on what you stay or do.” Read: don’t be afraid about Google of Facebook.
“Storing information on a long term is a problem.” Keith’s advice: DIY (hosting), ‘open’ rules (format, data) and use a liberal policy (Creative Commons).
LinkedIn has never been the most sexy service out there. But lately, they have done some improvements that I appreciate.
They just introduced InMaps (found via BVLG), a product that let’s you visualize your network. The result is a color-coded map that represents the different groups in your network. Colors are given to people who have (or had) the same employer, people working in the same industry etc. This is my map (click to enlarge):
On my map, I found 3 groups related to a former employer, 2 groups who are related to a specific industry and 3 groups who where difficult to label. A lot of my network consists of people I met on unconferences, blogdinners or via social media networks. The only thing they have in common is a blog and/or a Twitter-account.
Something interesting are the bigger names on your map. They represent people who are the most connected within that specific cluster or group. Most probably they are they are the ‘influentials’ within that group.
One more thing. I can’t really see who is closest to me on the map, but one of them is my better half. Funny.
I was at the office this week and had the opportunity to watch a big part of the Leweb 10 conference program, which was streamed online. It must be said, Leweb just rocks, offering everyone to join the party from their office chairs.
If you’re not familiar with Leweb, they bring the hottest entrepreneurs, investors and media personalities of the internet on stage. This year, my two favorite talks were a bit more off topic. They have been labeled as “TED“-talks and I agree on that.
The first talk I liked was by Dr. Bertrand Piccard from Solar Impulse. His grandfather made the first ascents into the stratosphere, his father made the deepest dive ever and Betrand himself was the first to fly around the world in a balloon. His next project is even more challenging; fly around the world in a solar airplane. I admire people like him a lot, their drive and belief to change the world. They just do it:
The second talk was given by Ariel Garten, CEO of Interaxon. Her company is all about thought controlled computing. I was stunned about the possibilities their technology can offer: from a greater gaming experience to a medical revolution for those sitting in a wheelchair. I have to say, Ariel made me think of a character in a fairy tale, but she and her technology are not fiction but reality. Have a look at this great technology:
After 2 years of collecting data, I finally got to a more exciting point in my PhD: analyzing the data and publishing the results.
In my first study, we search for reasons behind the technology acceptation of learning management systems (LMS) by secondary school teachers and also investigate the instructional use of the LMS. I ‘ve been writing 2 conference papers about it and they are submitted to international conferences. My first scientific article is almost ready to be submitted. If they get accepted, the results will be available… somewhere next summer.
So unfortunately, I can’t publish lots of details already, but I did publish my first international conference presentation on Slideshare.
I started this blog almost a year ago, when I followed my first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): CCK09. From this week on a new MOOC, PLENK 2010, will be facilitated by George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop and Dave Cormier. PLENK 2010 stands for “Personal Learning Environments Networks and Knowledge 2010″.
I’m especially interested in weeks 2 topic “contrasting personal learning with institutional learning”. More specifically the question: is a PLE the opposite of an LMS, or can it be part of it? Just in case you don’t know, my PhD research is about the use of LMSes (also known as VLE or ELO) in secondary schools.
My focus on the LMS topic is one of the main reasons I guess, why this MOOC will be different for me then the previous one. I have this one niche domain now I will focus on. Other reasons are the fact I did CCK09 for credits (Belgian PhD requirements) and I was a MOOC newbie last year. To conclude: I will focus and scan this time, instead of drowning.
If you want to follow the course, you can still subscribe. If you just want to lurk, you can choose between the daily newsletter, the Moodle course, all sorts of online publications tagged #plenk2010 or my favorite (non-official) channel: the #PLENK2010 Daily.