Archive for March 12th, 2012
Yes, Google+ is Google’s answer to Facebook, but not in the directly competitive sense many journalists assume. Google+ is core to Google’s mission “to organize the world’s information“, and that’s a better frame for thinking about this service. Here are 35 slides to help kickstart a different perspective on what Google+ really is – a “shared interest graph.” Gideon Rosenblatt
As Paolo Freire has written:
In order to understand the meaning of dialogical practice, we have to put aside the simplistic understanding of dialogue as mere technique … dialogue characterizes an epistemological relationship. Thus, in this sense, dialogue is a way of knowing and should never be viewed as a mere tactic to involve students in a particular task … dialogue presents itself as an indispensable component of the process of both learning and knowing.
Although throughout history, learning has been connected to storytelling, the new media that now surround educators and learners have forced us to pay attention to, and to change, how education is conceived. Transmedia learning invites students into stories in ways that they were unable to do before digital technologies existed and the Internet allowed us to connect in so many ways, so quickly.
The OERtest project is a two year (Oct. 2010 – Sep. 2012) project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of European Commision. Its aim is to support the mainstreaming of OERs within Higher Education and to test the feasibility of assessing learning exclusively achieved through the use of Open Educational Resources.
In order to develop a framework of learning based on study using OERs, that is shared among several universities, OERtest will stimulate exchange between Higher Education experts in quality assurance, recognition of prior learning, credit transfers and institutional issues such as strategy development and HEI financing from our partner universities as well as researchers/practitioners of open educational practice.
Read also: OERtest Briefing Papers
Students are different today because of technology. Every educator knows this, of course, but this change is about much more than agile thumbs, shriveling attention spans, and OMG’d vocabularies. According the Pew Research Center, the combination of widespread access to broadband Internet connectivity, the popularity of social networking, and the near ubiquity of mobile computing is producing a fundamentally new kind of learner, one that is self-directed, better equipped to capture information, more reliant on feedback from peers, more inclined to collaborate, and more oriented toward being their own “nodes of production.”
A book or a screen – which of these two offers more reading comfort? There are no disadvantages to reading from electronic reading devices compared with reading printed texts. “E-books and e-readers are playing an increasingly important role on the worldwide book market. However, readers in Germany are particularly skeptical when it comes to e-books and electronic reading devices. The objective of the study was to investigate whether there are reasons for this skepticism.”
“This study provides us with a scientific basis for dispelling the widespread misconception that reading from a screen has negative effects.”. “There is no (reading) culture clash – whether it is analog or digital, reading remains the most important cultural technology.” However, the result of the study stands in stark contrast with the participants’ subjective reaction. “Almost all of the participants stated that they liked reading a printed book best. This was the dominant subjective response, but it does not match the data obtained from the study.”
We are in the midst of a revolution in education. For the first time in human history we have the tools to enable everyone to attain all the education they desire. And best of all this education is available at almost no cost.
The key to this sea change in learning is open education resources, or OER. OER are educational materials produced by one party that are licensed to be used free of charge by others. OER come in many forms—from curriculum to homework assignment to textbooks. And OER exist for all levels of education, from kindergarten through college.
Read also: bookboon – Online Textbooks for Free