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Donna Murdoch

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December 15, 2014 4 comments 0 shares 12 plus ones
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Been thinking about this, and happened across this older blog post by +Shane Parrish .  Great quote - “I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.”
— Charlie Munger

The Work Required To Have An Opinion

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December 09, 2014 8 comments 5 shares 7 plus ones
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At first I thought this was a MOOC article, but it really isn't.  It is a book review for Educating Minds Online, which looks like something many of us will want to read.  It doesn't seem to be about hyperbole or results from a survey - it seems to really understand online education.   "Online courses—or an online component of a traditional class—offer a way to "give students repeated, challenging practice with the concepts we want them to know and the skills we want them to master," Miller said." 
Will need to get this book.

Educating Minds Online

An outstanding new book provides a road map for truly effective teaching with technology.

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December 09, 2014 13 comments 3 shares 8 plus ones
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This certainly makes it seem simple   #heutagogy   +George Station +Roz Hussin 

3 Key Concepts That Will Help You Understand Learning in the Digital Age

These three "gogies" of effective online learning will help you get a clearer picture of learning and eLearning in the digital age.

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December 09, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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Stay off those smartphones in the a.m....  "A study from IDC Research reveals that we check our mobile devices within 15 minutes of waking up each morning.

The problem with jumping right into our inboxes and notifications is that it steers your morning off-course. Worse, a negative email can slip you into a reactionary state and eventually you’ll enter a downward spiral of lost productivity."

Don’t Waste Your Two Golden Hours of Productivity

Make hay while the sun shines.

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December 07, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 2 plus ones
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From Tony Bates "I believe that online collaborative learning is a key model for teaching the knowledge and skills needed in a digital age."

Two design models for online collaborative learning: same or different?

I am now about to wrap up my Chapter 5 on Design models, for my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. Here I am looking at the work of two separate and important Canadian theorists and practitioners, what we might call the Toronto school, Linda Harasim and her former colleagues at the ...

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December 07, 2014 21 comments 0 shares 5 plus ones
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+George Station +Bryan Alexander this is from +Shane Parrish blog - to your Twitter point, George..  "I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts cliché about teaching you how to think is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed. Think of the old cliché about quote the mind being an excellent servant but a terrible master.

-David Foster Wallace"

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December 07, 2014 10 comments 1 shares 2 plus ones
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Enjoyed this article by +Jim Groom and +Brian Lamb about innovation.  Innovation fatigue.   "Yet as 2014 churns on, the glow is wearing off. Today, innovation is increasingly conflated with hype, disruption for disruption’s sake, and outsourcing laced with a dose of austerity-driven downsizing. Call it innovation fatigue."   Fun to hear all of the prophecies of a few years ago that seem less likely now.  It seems to me that most successful higher ed innovation thus far has been in process, not in technology.  Technology might facilitate, but it is not the reason (sound familiar?)   CBE, for instance (and frankly I am not a fan unless it is for non-traditional learners, and in that case I am a huge fan.)  Stronger, more mature PLNs and relationships that allow us to connect concepts and the dots across silos, as +Michael Caulfield described in one of my favorite pieces of the year (connectivist theory in context.)  Has this been deeply disruptive?  Not so sure.  Has this productive?  I think so.

Reclaim Innovation | TRU Writer

2014 Jim Groom and Brian Lamb. The text of this article is licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/). EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 49, no. 3 (May/June 2014). Reclaiming Innovation. Jim Groom and Brian Lamb ...

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December 07, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 3 plus ones
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THIS.  "I’d go further and say adding technology to training is often akin to putting lipstick on the pig -” a superficial or cosmetic change that is a futile attempt to change the nature of the product”. What is needed is a new “training” process or rather a new approach to solving performance problems."  +Jane Hart you are so darn good!

It's not about adding technology to training, but about changing training

Which technology will be the gamechanger? This is a question I am often asked, and when I read Jane Bozarth's post on Changing the Game, her answer hit the nail on the head. She said ... "The thing...

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December 06, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 0 plus ones
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iPad is becoming a content creation device for me, great for making artifacts for online/blended classes.  The Adobe apps are also amazing (not listed here)....they sure made a comeback when iOS wouldn't allow flash.  Favorite is Canva.

Two Free iPad Apps for Creating Visual Representations of Data

This afternoon I received an email from a reader who was looking for a recommendation for iPad-friendly tools for creating visual representations of data. I had two recommendations for her. My recommendations were Canva and i...

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November 22, 2014 6 comments 3 shares 8 plus ones
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An Open University Report. Good reading.

Innovating pedagogy

  by Vermin Inc If you want to get an idea about how education and learning are changing I can recommend that you read the Open University's report Innovating pedagogy 2014. It is their third annual report and is now becoming...

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