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Archive for April 20th, 2011

Connectivism: Design and Delivery of Social Networked Learning

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New technologies that influence how information is created and shared and how people connect and socialize hold promise for adoption in education. The implications for education are significant. Educators have explored the role of the Internet as a research and learning tool for several decades. This special issue of IRRODL provides an opportunity to step back and reflect on how these dramatic social and technological changes impact education. In 2004, connectivism was presented as a new theory of learning that addresses learning in complex, social, networked environments. Since that time, numerous articles, open online courses, and online conferences have explored connectivism’s application in education. As articles in this issue reflect, sharp criticism and support have been offered. We hope this issue will help to advance the discussion, to clarify areas of needed research, and to contribute to ongoing debate about the influence of the Internet on teaching and learning.

Written by Giorgio Bertini

April 20, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Connective Learning: Challenges for Learners, Teachers, and Educational Institutions

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Connective learning is the main way humans have always been learning so it cannot be challenged. However, connective learning in a digital world that hugely increases the number of possible connections does pose several challenges to learners, teachers, and educational institutions. These challenges must be met because learners are availing themselves of this digital connectivity anyway (and at times any way). Ignoring this fact won’t make it disappear.

Written by Giorgio Bertini

April 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Dropbox – sharing files online from anywhere

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Today, cloud-sharing and storage startup Dropbox announced that it’s rocketed to 25 million registered users globally, a massive 525% increase since January 2010, when the San Francisco-based company recorded 4 million users. Even more impressive? Users on the site are saving more than 200 million files per day on the free service, which allows consumers to share files online from anywhere with an Internet connection–computers, tablets, smartphones, and so on.

Written by Giorgio Bertini

April 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

CourseSmart Launches eTextbook App for Android

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CourseSmart has released a new mobile electronic textbook app for Android OS-based smart phones and tablets, CourseSmart for Android 1.0.

Written by Giorgio Bertini

April 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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Equella 5 Digital Repository Adds Portlets, Dashboards

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Pearson has released an update to Equella, a digital repository for higher education and K-12. The latest release, version 5.0, gains new interface enhancements, as well as support for customizing dashboards and building portlets. Equella, aside from serving as a repository for learning objects, also provides content authoring and content management functionality, including a Web-based WYSIWYG HTML editor that can be used to create both static and dynamic HTML pages. The digital repository offers search by keyword, content type, and metadata; hierarchical browsing; and federated search across external repositories.

Written by Giorgio Bertini

April 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

CourseSmart and Pearson eCollege Team Up To Provide Digital Materials

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CourseSmart and Pearson eCollege have partnered to provide more than 20,000 electronic textbooks, custom products, and other digital materials through a single sign on. All the titles are available through Pearson’s learning management system, Pearson LearningStudio, with no implementation fee. Pearson LearningStudio, delivered as software-as-a-service, is an online learning platform that allows instructors to provide students with content and the ability to communicate and collaborate inside and outside the classroom. It also features assessment and analysis tools for improving retention, identifying at-risk students, and managing learning outcomes.

Written by Giorgio Bertini

April 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Pearson Releases CourseConnect 2.0

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Pearson has launched CourseConnect 2.0, the newest version of the company’s suite of online courses for higher education. CourseConnect is Pearson’s library of comprehensive online courses built around Pearson textbooks. Courses include syllabi, assignments, assessment questions, media, interactive activities, and modifiable content. They are customizable by content, scope, sequence, and individual element and can be used in any learning management system. Each course also includes an Instructor Resource Guide with segments on how to teach online and tips for engaging online students, facilitator tips, and discussion topics.

Written by Giorgio Bertini

April 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Blackboard and McGraw-Hill go live with Combined Course System

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Sooner than expected, a course system has been launched from Blackboard and McGraw-Hill Higher Education that blends course management from one company with content from the other. First publicly announced in January 2011, the new offering, which has no particular name, provides users with a single point of access for online courses, materials, and learning tools.

Written by Giorgio Bertini

April 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm