Blackboard Introduces Free, Flexible Approach to MOOCs

Otra de las grandes que entra en los MOOC .. en este caso :

  Blackboard Introduces Free, Flexible Approach to MOOCs

Offer Gives Institutions More Control Over Form & Direction of Large Courses

Jul 10, 2013
LAS VEGAS, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. today announced a free, flexible option for running massive open online courses (MOOCs): a hosted instance of Blackboard Learn, the company's flagship learning management system (LMS). With more institutions looking to offer large, open courses, the offer will give institutions a fully functional, flexible platform option complete with social learning capabilities and a wide range of course management and student engagement features.
The platform will be available soon to all Blackboard clients at no extra cost in a non-exclusive, non-binding manner. The option lets schools retain full control over the form and direction of their MOOC courses. In addition, institutions maintain all current and future revenue associated with MOOCs that are offered for-pay or for-credit.
"Institutions need more flexible options for experimenting with MOOCs and running online courses that meet their individual needs," said Katie Blot, president of education services at Blackboard. "As schools better define how they want to experiment with MOOCs, it's becoming clear that the best platform is usually the one they already have. Through our new platform, we are enabling schools to bridge their enterprise LMS and their MOOC platform in key areas such as content and social learning spaces."
Several course management features of Blackboard Learn currently support large courses and will scale for MOOCs. These include rule-based learner identifications to find and take various actions on students at scale, last name searches to quickly filter through hundreds of students and automatic group creation to help large courses "feel smaller" to students.
Mobile applications for Blackboard Learn enable students and instructors to access all MOOC course content from iPhone®, iPad®, or Android devices.
To date, dozens of institutions have partnered with Blackboard to run MOOCs. To see a full list of MOOCs on the company's platforms, visit the Blackboard MOOC Catalog at http://www.coursesites.com/mooccatalog.
For more information about Blackboard's MOOC platforms, please visit www.blackboard.com/moocs or follow @Blackboard on Twitter.


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La falsa disrupción de los MOOC. La invasión de un modelo obsoleto. @ainhoaeus @eraser @mertxejbadiola en #ikasnabar13



"Bienvenida sea cualquier crítica inspirada en un juicio científico. Contra los prejuicios de la llamada opinión pública, a la que nunca hice concesiones, mi divisa es, hoy como ayer, la gran frase del gran florentino: "segui el tuo corso, e lascia dir le genti." (sigue tu curso y deja que la gente hable)

El Capital, Tomo I, Prólogo. Toma la frase de La Divina Comeia de Dante Alighieri Purgatorio (V, 13).


Ayer Ainhoa Ezeiza (Universidad del Pais Vasco), Mertxe Jimeno (CPES Nazaret BHIP. Donostia) y JuanJo Calderón (Universidad de Sevilla) presentamos este paper en #ikasnabar13 dentro del  6º Congreso Internacional de Educación Abierta y Tecnología que se celebran en Zalla , y cuyos temas principales son: los MOOC o Cursos Masivos Abiertos Online, los PLE o Entornos de Aprendizaje Personal y los LMS o plataformas de eLearning (Sistemas de Administración del Aprendizaje).

Su título: La falsa disrupción de los MOOC. La invasión de un modelo obsoleto. @ainhoaeus@eraser y @mertxejbadiola, y aquí os lo dejamos para que comentéis lo que creais conveniente

Ahhh!!! un saludo al Alcalde de Zalla, la localidad que acogía el Congreso ... con el que @ainhoaeus y yo tuvimos el placer de comer un día en el I Congreso Internacional de PLE que se celebró en 2010 en el Citilab de Cornellá en Barcelona (leer más...)

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UNESCO policy guidelines for mobile learning




Como continuación a nuestro post del domingo, 27 de mayo de 2012 UNESCO to release research into mobile learning initiatives, policies and teacher development
hoy os traemos este informe de 41 páginas , tambien de la UNESCO:  UNESCO policy guidelines for mobile learning ..
 Durante el mes de febrero se celebró la UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2013. para analizar los retos del aprendizaje con dispositivos móviles, la UNESCO organizó en París los días 18 y 19 el Mobile Learning Week Symposium.
El eje central del Simposio giró en torno a tres preguntas, todas ellas en el marco de “La Educación para todos”:
  1. Cómo pueden las tecnologías móviles apoyar el desarrollo de la alfabetización de niños y adultos?
  2. ¿Cómo pueden las tecnologías móviles apoyar a los docentes y a su desarrollo profesional con la finalidad de mejorar la calidad de la educación impartida a los estudiantes?
  3. ¿Cómo pueden las tecnologías  móviles apoyar la igualdad de género en la educación y ampliar las oportunidades de las mujeres y las niñas en particular?

Este proyecto se nos presenta así:

El Proyecto de directrices sobre políticas de aprendizaje móvil

¿Por qué se necesita un Proyecto de directrices sobre políticas de aprendizaje móvil?
El acceso y el uso en gran escala de las tecnologías móviles a lo largo y ancho del sistema educativo deberían ir acompañados de la labor de los responsables políticos en lo tocante a encuadrar las medidas y orientar la adopción de decisiones. Aunque numerosos gobiernos del mundo entero han elaborado políticas de carácter general sobre el uso de las TIC en la educación, muchas de ellas no tratan demanera específica del uso de los teléfonos móviles y de susimplicaciones políticas. Hasta la fecha, tampoco estas implicaciones han sido objeto de examen en los programas experimentales sobre el tema.
La ausencia de directrices que ayuden a los gobiernos nacionales, las instituciones educativas, las organizaciones locales del sector privado y la sociedad civil en la elaboración de políticas que apoyen la adopción de decisiones sobre el acceso y la utilización de la telefonía móvil, tiene graves consecuencias para la integración de estos instrumentos en la labor educativa. Por lo tanto, en este proyecto se realizan investigaciones y se elaboran directrices sobre las políticas relativas al aprendizaje móvil susceptibles de apoyar a las instituciones pedagógicas y los gobiernos nacionales en el encuadramiento de sus programas y medidas en la materia.
 

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Draft Report March 2013 Kingston ON: Queens University



Hoy traemos a este espacio el informe de 86 páginas ... Senate Academic Planning Task Force (2013) Draft Report March 2013 Kingston ON: Queens University
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The new kid on the block – TalentLMS

You may have already heard the rather exciting news that TalentLMS was released on Oct 5th. Since then we’ve been bombarded with questions on how it’s different to eFront, how they complement eachother, what the benefits and features are, why you’d choose one over the other etc. so we’ve got together a two-part blog post to cover all your questions. Today we will answer your basic questions and the second post from CTO Athanasios Papagelis will come in the next week, and that will cover TalentLMS use cases and show you how, depending on your needs, you may choose TalentLMS over eFront or vice versa.

So just what is TalentLMS?

In a nutshell, TalentLMS is a handy learning platform for small and medium organizations. It’s aimed at “democratizing learning” by making premium elearning technologies affordable and accessible to all companies – no matter what the size. What’s more, TalentLMS is really simple and there is no need to install, upgrade or backup anything since everything runs from the CLOUD.

TalentLMS makes effective usage of your time and maximizes the training output. To do so we have eliminated a lot of the fancy but unnecessary functionality, enforced an aesthetic integrity on content presentation and emphasized the reuse of already existing training material.

Who is it for?

If your organization is serious about training its employees or customers and is thinking about online training being used in conjunction with a training process already in place, or even as a complete replacement – then TalentLMS is for you.

TalentLMS can be used in a wide range of industries that need to offer some sort of training. These include but are not restricted to: Education, Retail, Manufacturing, Construction, Public sector, Arts and Entertainment, Mining, Hotel, Non Profit, Marketing and Advertising, Law, Finance and Accounting, Real Estate, Health Care, Well-being and Non-profits. Actually, almost any industry can make use of some good training!

What are the benefits?

There are a variety of benefits when you move to online training such as: reduced costs, reproducibility of training, no time or place restrictions and comprehensible reporting on who was trained in what.

TalentLMS may also offer a new revenue stream since it allows you to create and sell your own courses to end-users. We offer all the capabilities you need to create courses, integrate with WordPress and sell your courses.

For the user, what are some of the product highlights?

  • A super-easy interface to maximize learning outcome
  • Capability to transform any content such as presentations, documents and videos to Courses
  • Social integration to reuse and transform content from Wikipedia, YouTube, Slideshare, Scribd and Prezi
  • Integration with WordPress through a native WordPress plugin
  • Optimized for mobile learning on all modern mobile devices

“This is really impressive. It is like a Zen LMS, no distraction, full concentration. Good balance in beauty, simplicity and efficiency. Congratulations!”
~ Agnaldo Santos, Designer & Instructor

Is it secure?

TalentLMS runs from the cloud, but that does not mean it’s insecure – in fact, TalentLMS is as secure as it gets. All data is transmitted over a secure and encrypted channel. People cannot share your material with their URL since it is expires after a few minutes. For more on security please visit this page.

Super – where do I get started with TalentLMS if I want to know more?

  • View a  5-minute introduction to TalentLMS. It includes a quick tour on basic      functionality
  • Read the Yes list and the system’s FAQs
  • Create your own free domain and give it a try yourself
  • Check the blog out for news, tutorials and updates
  • Tried it, liked it and would like to get a paid plan? We offer a special discount up to November 30th. Use the code TalentIsTheBest when buying (locate the Got a coupon? section) and we will apply a 30% discount to your plan FOR LIFE

Theory and Practice of Online Learning. Libro descarga gratuita …

Hoy traemos a este espacio la segunda edición del libro Theory and Practice of Online Learning. .. puedes descargarlo gratuitamente el pdf .. o adquirirlo ... si, no se sorprendan ...la Universidad de Attabasca no está en €spaña :

Second Edition Now Available!

Awarded the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award by the University Continuing Education Association. The Charles A. Wedemeyer Award recognizes publications of merit that make significant contributions to research in the field of distance education.
award iconAthabasca University Press is pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd edition of the Theory and Practice of Online Learning at http://www.aupress.ca/books/Terry_Anderson.php  edited by Terry Anderson. This 2nd edition and its individual chapters continue to be freely available online under a Creative Commons license. The 2nd edition is also available in print for a purchase price of $39.95 Canadian.

The second edition is now available through AU Press. You can
2nd Edition CoverThe second edition features updates on all chapters from the first edition and the addition of 4 new chapters (on Mobile Learning, Social Software, Distance Education Philosophy and Financial Decision Making). Two chapters (Chapter 3 - Value Chain Analysis and Chapter 9 - Copyright Issues)  were not updated nor included in the 2nd edition. These two chapters (in addition to all of the origional 1st edition chapters) will continue to made available at this site, however readers are encouraged to access the revised chapters to receive more current and updated content.

Aquí os dejo los enlaces de descarga al libro entero y por capítulos

Download the eBook

Copyright: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. It may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes, provided that the original author is credited.

Select a Chapter

Download Front Matter
DownloadTable of Contents
Download Foreword to the Second Edition
Download Introduction

PART I: Role and Function of Theory in Online Education Development and Delivery

Download1. Foundations of Educational Theory for Online Learning
    Mohamed Ally
Download2. Towards a Theory of Online Learning
    Terry Anderson
Download3. Situating Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) in an Online Learning Environment
    Dianne Conrad
Download4. Understanding e-Learning Technologies-in-Practice through Philosophies-in-Practice
    Heather Kanuka

PART II: Infrastructure and Support for Content Development

Download 5. Developing an Infrastructure for Online Learning
    Alan Davis, Paul Little & Brian Stewart
Download 6. Technologies of Online Learning (E-learning)
    Rory McGreal & Michael Elliott
Download 7. Characteristics of Interactive Online Learning Media
    Patrick. J. Fahy
Download 8. “In-Your-Pocket” and “On-the-Fly:” Meeting the Needs of Today’s New Generation of Online Learners
    with Mobile Learning Technology
    Maureen Hutchison, Tony Tin & Yang Cao
Download9. Social Software to Support Distance Education Learners
    Terry Anderson

PART III: Design and Development of Online Courses

Download 10. The Development of Online Courses
      Dean Caplan & Rodger Graham
Download11. Value Added – The Editor in Design and Development of Online Courses
      Jan Thiessen & Vincent Ambrock
Download 12. Making Relevant Financial Decisions about Technology in Education
      David Annand
Download13. The Quality Dilemma in Online Education Revisited
      Nancy K. Parker

PART IV: Delivery, Quality Control, and Student Support of Online Courses

Download 14. Teaching in an Online Learning Context
      Terry Anderson
Download15. Call Centres in Distance Education
      Alex Z. Kondra, Colleen Huber, Kerri Michalczuk & Andrew Woudstra
Download 16. Library Support for e-Learners: e-Resources, e-Services, and the Human Factors
      Kay Johnson, Houda Trabelsi & Elaine Fabbro
Download17. Supporting the Online Learner
      Susan D. Moisey & Judith A. Hughes
Download 18. Developing Team Skills and Accomplishing Team Projects Online
      Deborah Hurst &  Janice Thomas

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#eLmL 2013 . The Fifth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning. Nice. France. Call for Papers

Hoy traemos a este espacio al
The Fifth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning
eLmL 2012. February 24 - March 1, 2013 - Nice, France

Call for Papers
eLmL 2013 conference continutes bringing together federated views on mobileLearning, hybridLearning, and on-lineLearning. eLmL 2013 is dedicated to educators, eLearning experts, and students to exchange their ideas, experiences and lessons learnt in different facets of modern learning.
eLearning refers to on-line learning delivered over the World Wide Web via the public Internet or the private, corporate intranet. The conference is intended to provide an overview of technologies, approaches, and trends that are happening right now. The constraints of e-learning are diminishing and options are increasing as the Web becomes increasingly easy to use and the technology becomes better and less expensive.
As the ease of execution increases, more and more institutions are discovering the benefits of delivering training via the Web. Interest in e-learning is at an all-time high, and the workshop wants to serve as a stimulus to accelerate collaboration and dialog among the e-learning providers, trainers, IT researchers and the lifelong, self-directed learners. Such business trends as an increased global economy, the pressures for rapid development, and the necessity of teamwork are shaping the present state and the future of eLearning.
Employees are increasingly aware that they must continue to update and advance their skills if they want to understand the state-of-the-art technologies and remain valuable to their organizations. This means that learners will be more and more self-directed, and they will want access to what they need when they need it. The Internet based educational materials and the e-learning providers have to meet this demand.
The conference focuses on the latest trends in e-learning and also on the latest IT technology alternatives that are poised to become mainstream strategies in the near future and will influence the e-learning environment. Ubiquitous systems proliferate quickly due to the latest achievements in the industry of telecommunications, electronics, wireless, and economical globalization.
Wireless and mobility allow any user to timely use resources using various access technologies under (assumed) secured and guaranteed privacy. The family of the mobile devices expand dramatically, allowing a user to have a portable office everywhere, every time. Mobile learning became a fact, due to the technical accessibility and Internet communications. Many online classes, learning systems, university curricula, remote education, and virtual training classes are now part of the corporate education and use.
Progress is made in user modeling and adaptive learning models. The generalization of successful practices on mobile learning is favored by many national and international projects and policy synchronization boards. Adaptation implies also the use of the classical methods, still in use and useful in some contexts and for some categories of users. Hybrid learning is an increasing trend in education today. The traditional classroom learning has been historically proven beneficial. Hybrid learning is rather a series of different learning strategies going from teacher-centric to student-centric. This improves the critical thinking, creativity, self-management, self-study, and advance problem solving thinking of the student.
We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.
Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.
Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.
The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.
All topics and submission formats are open to both research and industry contributions.
Learning-oriented devices and networks
Mobility (IEEE 802.11 standards, engineering, smart devices)
Mobile communications
Hardware/software systems for mobile communications
Evolution from 3G to 4G and beyond
Mobile networking
Wireless networking
Wireless access (WPAN, WLAN, WLL)
Mobile IP, VoIP, IPTV, etc.
Satellite technologies for e-learning
Next generation of mobile technology
User-oriented device interfaces
Adaptable student/device interaction
Wearable devices
Learning-oriented technologies
Architecture of learning technology systems
Informal learning
Formal/informal exploratory and serendipitous learning
Advanced uses of multimedia and hypermedia
Integrated learning and educational environments
Remote and wireless teaching technologies
Anytime/anywhere e-learning and wearable network devices
Adaptive e-learning and intelligent applications/tools
Agents technology
Intelligent tutoring systems
Training e-learning teachers
Practical uses of authoring tools
Application of metadata and virtual reality
Tools and platforms
eL&mL learning tools (basic infrastructure, content management, cross-media publishing, social & cooperative learning, lecture recording)
Tools and architectures for mobile/ubiquitous e-learning
SOA for e-learning
Web 2.0 and social computing for learning
Ontologies and semantic Web standards for e-learning
Adaptive and personalized educational hypermedia
Peer-to-Peer learning applications
Social software for collaborative learning
Socially intelligent agents
e-Learning platforms, portals and virtual learning environments
Embedded systems education
Wearable computers and education
Multimedia environment for teaching
Web-based learning, including Wikis and Blogs
Learning content management systems
On-line learning
Content engineering (authoring, standards, metadata, process models)
Internet based systems
Navigational aspects for on-line learning
Virtual spaces for learning communities
Internet supported ubiquitous learning
Mobile eLearning applications
Pervasive eLearning scenarios
Multi-agent technology applications in Web-based education
Semantic social networks
Community discovering in social learning systems
Social structure exploitation in e-learning
Mobile learning, teaching, and training
Advanced teaching and learning technologies for mobile learners
Advanced software and hardware systems for mobile learning and teaching
Virtual mobile learning environments
Adaptive learning strategies
Advanced curriculum and courseware for mobile learning and training
Security issues of mobile learning
Learning management systems for mobile learning
Ontologies and pedagogical models
Testing, assessment and quality issues of mobile learning
Faculty and professional development on mobile teaching and learning
Infrastructure, administrative and organizational issue of mobile learning
Applications of mobile technology in open, distance, and corporate education
National and international projects, strategies, and policies on mobile learning
Hybrid learning
Didactics of eL&mL (informal learning, ambient and augmented learning, cooperative learning)
Teacher-centric and student-centric approaches
Self-learning integrated methodology
Learner autonomy
Interactive hybrid learning
Assessment strategy for hybrid learning
Collaborative learning/groupware
Content management for hybrid learning
Digital libraries for hybrid learning
Effective content development experiences in hybrid learning
Improved flexibility of learning process
Institutional policies
Instructional design issues
Organizational framework for hybrid learning
Outcome based teaching and learning
Pedagogical issues
Challenging technical aspects
Tutoring eLearning applications and services
Teaching eLearning methodologies and technologies
National and international projects on e-learning
e-Learning industry and universities programs
Application of instructional design theories
Reflection in learning software and hardware
Social impact metrics on distance learning
Methodologies and processes for education
Curriculum projects and experiences
Educating the educators
Simulated communities
Online mentoring
Cultural, social, and gender issues
Personalization
Corporate training
Assessing eL&mL
Organization of eL&mL (quality management, learning networks)
Cost models for eLearning
E-market place for higher education
Evaluation of eLearning
Social benefits of eLearning
e-Learning effectiveness and outcomes
Global trends in eLearning
Education in developing regions
National/international strategies
Evaluation of learning technology systems
Emerging and best practices
Managing quality in eLearning
Standards related activities

INSTRUCTION FOR THE AUTHORS
Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.
Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to major indexes.
Important deadlines:
Submission (full paper) September 29, 2012
Notification November 17, 2012
Registration December 1, 2012
Camera ready December 1, 2012
Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system.
Regular Papers (up to 6-10 page article)
Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.
Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.
Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.
Work in Progress (short paper up to 4 pages long)
Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress.  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.
For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page
Posters (poster or collection of 6 to 8 slides)
Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/projects presentations. Acceptance will be decided based on a 1-2 page abstract and/or 6-8 .pdf slide deck submitted through the conference submission website. The poster may be presented during sessions reserved for posters, or mixed with presentation of articles of similar topic. The slides must have comprehensive comments. One big Poster and/or the associated slides should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.
For more details, see the Posters explanation page.
Ideas (2 page proposal of novel idea)
This category is dedicated to new ideas in their early stage. Contributions might refer to PhD dissertation, testing new approaches, provocative and innovative ideas, out-of-the-box, and out-of-the-book thinking, etc. Acceptance will be decided based on a maximum 2 page submission through the conference submission website. The contributions for Ideas will be presented in special sessions, where more debate is intended. The Idea contribution must be comprehensive, focused, very well supported (details might miss, obviously). A 6-8 slide deck should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.
For more details, see the Ideas explanation page.
Technical marketing/industrial/business/positioning presentations
The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to petre@iaria.org.
Tutorials
Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to petre@iaria.org
Panel proposals
The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.
For more information, petre@iaria.org
Workshop proposals
We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to petre@iaria.org.


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