Our organization gets to hear from Bryan Alexander next week. He’s the author of The New Digital Storytelling - Creating Narratives with New Media.
Thanks to an Amazon gift card, I purchased the book and am plopped down on the couch ready to read so I can be somewhat informed by the time the workshop comes around. Check out the link http://www.amazon.com/New-Digital-Storytelling-Creating-Narratives/dp/0313387494 if you’d like to get your own copy.
I haven’t yet used the digital storytelling approach in elearning, classroom learning or mobile learning. Or, have I? Perhaps some informal storytelling, but not with much digital support.
Oh, and here’s a link to more of his links - http://www.nudgevillage.com/village-stories/2011/10/22/villager-bryan-author-and-speaker.html on Nudge Village - a site that promote entrepreneurs and encourages them to share ideas with each other.
New prizes added to this year's prize draw worth thousands of £'s!
Our list of prizes were fantastic when we started this year’s draws, but more prizes have been donated and upgraded!
NEW – NEBOSH Diploma eLearning worth £3,000 donated by RRC Training.
NEW – from May’s draws onwards, one NEBOSH Certificate (eLearning) with the training provider SHEilds Ltd. What’s even better is you get to choose which certificate you want to study!
UPGRADED – from May’s draws onwards, one NEBOSH General Certificate (eLearning) course donated by Wise Global Training Ltd.
FANTASTIC! Many thanks to our contributors, this is just extraordinary!
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“Less than 10 percent of MOOC students, on average, complete a course. That’s the conclusion of Katy Jordan of Open University, who published her analysis, pulled together from available data of some Massively Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. But do completion rates matter?”—
A fascinating read, especially when they list the reasons they’ve discovered (so far) for why MOOC completion rates are so low. One stuck out as particularly fascinating:
And even with severe student dropoffs, the idea of MOOCs serving a wider swath of students than traditional college courses is still authentic, Rhee-Weise said. A small fraction of a courseload of 10,000-30,000 students completing a course still boasts more students than even a large lecture hall on a college campus.
Here’s a smattering of interesting and useful items I found on blogs this morning:
1. Finding Google Images with the appropriate use licenses, so that you can use them in your course without any copyright complications. (I actually know one professor who will only use pictures he has personally taken. On that note, I’m almost ready to teach that course on the Great Barrier Reef, I just need some funding to go get my images!)
2. Taking remote desktop access to the next level: easily control a computer from not just another computer, but also a mobile phone or tablet. The University of Notre Dame’s Kaneb Center discusses easy-to-use apps from Splashtop. Note that not all of the apps are Windows-accessible, but some are.
3. Time Magazine is starting a new column on “the latest research and the most penetrating insights into how learning works”. We’ll have to wait and see if what they have to say is broadly applicable to higher education. But, just for starters, here’s a pithy insight from the introductory column:
How we learn shapes what we know and what we can do. Our knowledge and our abilities are largely determined not by our IQ or some other fixed measure of intelligence, but by the effectiveness of our learning process ….
4. The Teaching Professor Blog reflects on the advantages and disadvantages of the points system (versus letter grades and percentages). The blog post is a review of work by Augsburg College Professor of Sociology Diane Pike. Her presidential address on this topic to the Midwest Sociological Society was subsequently published in Sociology Quarterly.