University of Manitoba’s Learning Technologies Centre’s Blended Learning Wiki. ‘There is no agreement on the definition of blended learning. The term is used in a wide variety of ways, and applied to a wide range of teaching and learning approaches. Many blended learning definitions refer to conventional face-to-face teaching and learning activities (synchronous) that are mixed or blended with technology mediated learning activities not offered in real time at a specific location (asynchronous). It should also be noted that in most formal educational settings (credit courses) there has always been a blend of space/time learning activities. Whether in the form of homework, assignments, or studying, almost all courses require independent or group learning activities to occur beyond scheduled instructional time.’ […]
Archives for September 2007
C|Net News: Google Presentations gets the green light. ‘Google announced the launch on Monday night of its long-awaited, Web-based competitor to PowerPoint. Google Presentations, which is free, is part of the company’s online office suite, Google Docs. Right off the bat, you will notice that Presentations has some of the same basic functionality as Microsoft’s PowerPoint. It does enable you to create some really basic presentations, with themes, but the lack of features and slide show polish are real turn-offs for me. Yes, there are nice collaboration features, just like the other Google Docs applications, but if the final product isn’t on par with what PowerPoint produces, those features are almost irrelevant. The omission of basic animations and transitions really […]
INTED 2008 – International Technology, Education and Development Conference. ‘The general objective of conference is the promotion of international collaboration in the field of technology, engineering and science education. INTED 2008 provides an International Forum for researchers, engineers, professors, educational scientists and technologists in the areas of Education, Science and Technology. It will be an excellent opportunity to present, demonstrate and discuss research, development, applications, and the latest innovations and results in the field of Higher Education and Industry. INTED 2008 will take place in Valencia (Spain) on the 3rd, 4th and 5th March, 2008. Abstract Submission Deadline: November 15th 2007.
Stanford University International Outreach Program (IOP). ‘The Stanford University International Outreach Program (IOP), a new program under the auspices of Stanford’s International Initiative, supports the extension and adaptation of Stanford educational content and teaching programs for collaborative partnerships with tertiary institutions in developing countries. Innovative teaching and learning approaches, multidisciplinary curriculums, appropriate uses of Information and Communication Technologies, in conjunction with building teaching capacity among partners provide the framework for directing IOP’s program activities.’ Stanford Report: Stanford expands distance learning across the globe. ‘Researchers at Stanford and at universities in Africa and Latin America are pushing the boundaries of distance learning to develop new collaborative models that will prepare students to work in an increasingly borderless world. Under the recently […]
Edutopia: Academic Scrapbooking: Snapshots of Learning. ‘A social studies teacher uses photo journals to make learning more personal and immediate for her students. Here’s an assignment: Grab a stack of acid-free paper, some glue sticks, and a few photographs, and set your students to work on a scrapbook. Sounds a little like arts-and-crafts time? Perhaps, but academic scrapbooking is actually being used as a powerful classroom tool to help students better connect with the subject at hand, from lessons on ancient Greece to an exploration of themes of love in literature. Heidi Willard, a social studies teacher and enthusiastic advocate of academic scrapbooking, describes it as “personalizing the curriculum.” Students get away from the textbook – but not the lesson […]