Friday, 1 June 2012

Weekly Learning Technology Digest... 14

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So, we're headed towards an extra extra long Bank Holiday weekend.  Not just one day but two... so... to the right, a slice of Jubilee cake to scoff while you meander through this week's Weekly Learning Technology Digest.

Here goes, no particular theme again, but everything from models for course design, quotes for inspiration, bits and pieces about plagiarism... and... well... let's take a look...

  • First thing to mention isn't strictly learning-technology related, but it is very handy and it's TED Quotes  - it pulls out some excellent quotes from various TED Talks and you might just discover a talk you never knew about and get some ideas sparked
  • 'Mobile phone boom in developing world could boost e-learning' came a headline in The Guardian and it picked out the highlights from a report from the GSMA.  Informal learning, mobile learning and exploiting the near ubiquity of mobile devices in developing countries - an interesting read and lots of potential here.
  • UDL and the Flipped Classroom - the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework is explained here and this article expands on the idea of the flipped classroom and link it to Kolb's experiential learning cycle.  Terrific article.
  • Those MOOCs (massive online open courses) are seemingly everywhere and the Open University is launching their own MOOC in the autumn - for more information and to register interest just visit that link!
  • I absolutely loved this article in The Guardian about Bertie Gladwin who graduated with an MA aged 90.  If there's anything that should remind you how incredible it is to be involved in learning, it's things like this!
  • You might also like this history of Facebook which shows how it got so big... and asks whether it can keep on getting bigger:

  • E-Learning Options for a Leadership Program - though this is about a leadership programme (obviously!) the model could equally apply in a CPD context and is worth a look!
  • I spotted this White Paper from Turnitin on 'The Plagiarism Spectrum' earlier in the week and it lists the 10 types of plagiarism and orders them in terms of severity as well as giving some ideas for educators on how to they might think about them.  Handy.
  • While we're talking about citing sources, apparently the top websites cited by students are YouTube, Google and Wikipedia
  • 'Subtitles and captions can now be added to videos on Google+' - this is great for accessibility and means that even the videos you record on the fly as well as those you upload to your stream you can enhance with closed captions etc.  It's much more like some of the things you can do on YouTube and that's excellent.
There... you needed that cake after all, right?  Lots to look at and lots to think about.  

And cake.  There's always cake!

Sarah

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