Saturday, February 28, 2015

UK online course provider FutureLearn reaches million - About Education Degrees

FutureLearn, the UK’s online university platform with free online courses from universities including Warwick, King’s College London and Sheffield, has reached a million students signing up for courses in 190 countries. Set up by the Open University, FutureLearn has reached this milestone after launching in September 2013.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Delayed school entry linked with poorer results - About Education Degrees

A delay in starting school for summer-born or premature children may be linked with poor academic performance later on.

Some experts believe delayed school entry benefits summer-born or premature children . However, a study has found that children who missed a year of learning often did worse in tests at the age of eight.

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Creation of audiovisual presentations as a tool to develop key competences

This article describes a proposal to develop key competences through project-based learning. The project’s objective is the creation of a digital video. The study was carried out with students in their final two years of non-mandatory secondary-school, in the subject of “Physics and Chemistry”. The students created didactic documentary videos describing different aspects of kinematics. The planning of the project focused on to involve the students in all steps of the process, in order to be able to evaluate the competences developed during each part of the project.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Global storytelling with a green screen and iPads

Send your students around the world to tell their stories. These 6th graders found a way to do some digital global storytelling with a green screen and their iPads.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Use of Web Quest Strategy in learning geographical concepts

This study aimed at identifying the effectiveness of using Web Quest Strategy in acquiring the geographic concepts among eighth grade students in Jordan. The study individuals consisted of (119) students in the scholastic year 2013-2014. Four sections were randomly selected from two schools divided into experimental and control groups. They were distributed to the experimental group that consisted of (58) male and female students taught by Web Quest Strategy, and a control group that consisted of (61) male and female students taught by the traditional method.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Measurement invariance of the UTAUT constructs in the Caribbean - Masters and PhDs

This article employs confirmatory factor analysis to evaluate the factorial validity and the cross-national comparability of the UTAUT constructs with respect to mobile learning in higher education in four Caribbean countries. Except for the measurement of one factor, the UTAUT constructs exhibit adequate reliability and validity.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ACU initiative: Raising the profile of higher education - Masters and PhDs

Commonwealth education ministers meet every three years, to discuss key education issues, identify areas for action, and share knowledge and good practice. The next Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM) will be held from 22-26 June 2015, hosted by the Government of the Bahamas.


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Monday, February 16, 2015

Top Higher Ed Programs By State - Sparkroom - About Education Degrees

The graphic above is a colorful representation of the results of a study of state-by-state college program popularity against the national average, as reported by Randall Dye in his post on the Sparkroom Blog.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Magisto - Create Videos on Your iPad, Android Device, Chromebook, or Windows PC

Magisto is a mobile video creation app that I've written about a few times in the past when it was only available for iOS, Android, and Chromebooks. Last week Magisto launched a free Windows desktop app to round-out their offerings. Like the mobile apps, the Magisto Windows app helps you mix together pictures, music, and raw video clips to create short videos. Videos created on the mobile apps will be available through the Windows desktop app too (provided you sign into and sync your

Exploring cultural capital in the instructional design process - Masters and PhDs

In this case study, we are able to take a close look at a situation not often encountered in the literature on ICTs in emerging economies: a private company from an emerging economy providing much-needed funding for a consortium in the US non-profit sector. This case study examines this training program by asking: How does cultural capital interact with the instructional design process, as defined by Young’s Culture-Based Model (CBM) framework, in this case of a cross-sector, cross-border training program?

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How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic]

Most of us turn to the internet when we are looking for resources to use for a presentation, report or article. The internet holds the key to so many robust resources.

Yet how many of these resources can you legally use for free? How many of them can you adapt?

That’s where Open Educational Resources (OER) can help. Here’s an infographic from the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (at the University of Texas at Austin) that can help.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof. Here he shares the science of why storytelling is so uniquely powerful.

Monday, February 9, 2015

College education gap between rich and poor continues to grow in the US

A new study shows that for kids who are growing up poor, a bachelor's degree is getting further out of reach.

Conducted by two higher-education research institutes and released this week, the study shows that the college-education gap between rich and poor has multiplied dramatically over the past four decades to perhaps the widest it's been in national history.

The rate of affluent people completing college has exploded, while the rate of low-income people getting diplomas stayed relatively flat, according to the study. In 1970, 40% of affluent students finished college by 24, compared with about 6% of low-income students. In 2013, according to the study, more than three-quarters of upper-income students had finished college by age 24, but less than 10% of poor students did by the same age.

Blogging in the foreign language classroom

This study, by Dorota Domalewska, Rangsit University, Thailand, examined the phenomenon of blogging as a technologically enhanced support to develop interaction and interrelatedness among learners in a foreign language course. 

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Friday, February 6, 2015

MOOC Workshop - Stephen Downes

MOOC Workshop - Stephen Downes

“Walk away with a plan to integrate MOOCs within your higher education learning environments.” What would such a plan look like? What do we need to support MOOCs? What would such a plan look like? What does content look like in a MOOC? What would we consider ‘MOOC Pedagogy’? 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Khan Academy's Revamped iPad App Is Learner Intuitive

Although Khan Academy has had an iPad app for some time, a new suite of upgrades to that app may revolutionize education yet again. In addition to allowing access to the thousands of videos that form the academy’s core curriculum, the app includes a set of exercises and guided order of video viewing to educate and assess individual students. If you want to learn about the causes of World War I, for example, the app leads you through the appropriate videos in the best order for you to understand them, and runs you through exercises to make sure you’ve got the key points. You can also ask it for an age or grade appropriate course on a general topic — math, life sciences or health for example — and it will choose the topic for you.


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