Surf Trendreport: Technological trends that span education and ICT, SURF, November 2016

An worthwhile insight is given in this report of the possible  consequences for higher education of the main developments in ICT. 13 trends in higher education are formulated. The common theme of the report is described by the authors as:

“This trend report describes thirteen technological trends that have a clear, three-pronged common theme.” The trends are numbered  1-13. In the report the 13 separate trends are described clearly into more details.. Read More →

Meltem Huri Baturay, “Turan Güneş Bulvarı 648. Cadde İpek University Campus, Ankara, 06550, Turkey”

He gives in his article a short and clear description of the MOOCs in higher education:

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are one of the most prominent trends in higher education in recent years. The term ‘MOOCs’ represents open access, global, free, video-based instructional content, videos, problem sets and forums released through an online platform to high volume participants aiming to take a course or to be educated. With time and place flexibility, MOOCs gathers scholars and ‘like-minded fellow learners around the globe’.

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Overgenomen van de website van SURF 21 november 2016
SURFconext Sterke Authenticatie: Avans Hogeschool Avans Hogeschool gebruikt de online toetsapplicatie Remindo. Om het risico op fraude zo klein mogelijk te maken, is gekozen voor een extra veiligheidscheck met SURFconext Sterke Authenticatie. De ervaringen van Avans Hogeschool zijn positief. Lees ze in deze best practice. Read More →

Taking Your First Online Course? Here’s Some Advice Tom Moyer, Published on June 28, 2016 on Linkedin

Many students that are new to online learning find the transition to be difficult.  Switching from an onsite environment to a virtual one is a big adjustment.  Communication is electronic rather than face-to-face, written messages replace the spoken word, and there’s no human presence – no one to hear, see and stand next to.  Your only gateway to the course is through an e-device.  It’s like landing and then living on another planet. Read More →

SURF Call for proposals stimuleringsregeling Open en online onderwijs geopend

Open en online onderwijs biedt kansen voor innovatie en kwaliteitsverbetering van het onderwijs en voor verhoging van studiesucces. De minister van OCW stelt daarom geld beschikbaar voor de stimuleringsregeling Open en online onderwijs van SURFnet. De derde call for proposals staat nu open. Je kunt tot 15 december 2016 je projectvoorstel indienen.

Written by Dr Mike Kent, Curtin University.

Executive summary
This paper reports on a study conducted in 2014 and 2015 that explored the accessibility of eLearning for students with disabilities studying fully online in Australia. The study looked at students studying through Open Universities Australia (OUA). OUA brings together 15 different independent higher education institutions to teach students fully online across a number of different fields. This diversity of institutions allowed a number of different eLearning environments, technologies and learning and teaching strategies to be canvassed. Read More →

Brain Hacking 302 – Active Learning: How To Take Awesome Notes & Learn. By Oskar Cymerman | @focus2achieve | BAm! Radio Network EdWords Blogger

Notes… You can take them by hand on paper or you can use a device and take them digitally. There’s recent research that finds taking notes by hand leads to improved memory while learning and better test performance. This is because the pen/pencil users tend to paraphrase more, while the laptop users copy notes verbatim being able to type fast enough to keep up with the lecture. Read More →

Katherine Haxton, 31st March 2016 in the Educationinchemistryblog.
Campus-wide lecture capture technology – a way to record lectures – is a major investment for universities, but is hugely popular among students.

I started recording my lectures seven years ago with a digital voice recorder with lapel microphone and distributed the MP3 file. Students found this format challenging as it was not clear how the audio linked to my lecture slides. I then started to use Camtasia on a tablet PC to record the slides and annotations I made. I continued to capture the audio using the digital voice recorder. At Keele University we are now piloting a lecture capture system that automatically creates recordings of projected content and audio and publishes them directly on our VLE.

While I and many others have been recording our lectures for years, many academics are reluctant to join in. Read More →

From: Technology in Education. What teacher should know.

One of the most frequently cited reasons for justifying the need for change in education, or at least for labelling education as old-fashioned, is the enormous technological (r)evolution our world has undergone in recent years. Nowadays, we have the Internet in our pocket, in the form of a smartphone, which has exponentially more computing power than the Apollo Guidance Computer that put the first men on the moon! A school with desks, blackboards or whiteboards, and—perish the thought—books seems like some kind of archaic institution, one that, even if it does use a smartboard or a learning platform, operates in a manner that bears a suspiciously strong resemblance to the way things were done in the past. Read More →