Monthly Archives: June 2015

Free Security Check Ups | StaySafeOnline.org

Many computer security vendors offer free computer security checks for your computer.
Visit a link below to check your computer for known viruses, spyware, and more and discover if your computer is vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Source: www.staysafeonline.org

Be aware, but don’t live in fear.  Here’s a list of security checks you can run on your computer. Remember Ben Franklin’s words: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Personalized eLearning: A Customized Approach To Accelerated eLearning – eLearning Industry

The concept of “Personalization” can easily be understood from taking a closer look at some of the existing digital technologies that all of us use. For instance, from the browser that you use to roam the Internet, to the email and messaging systems that you use to stay connected with friends and family, to the digital boxes you use to watch TV shows and movies online – they all offer personalization and customization options.

However, when it comes to eLearning systems, “personalization” takes on a whole new meaning. Personalized eLearning is the act of customizing:

The learning environment (e.g. how the content appears to the learner – font sizes, colors, backgrounds, themes etc.)
The learning content itself (e.g. audio, video, textual, graphical etc.)
The interaction between facilitator, student and the learning content (e.g. mouse, stylus, tap/swipe, keyboard; e.g. using “Gaming”, Quizzes, Online discussions, Demonstrate-do-check-reinforce, Adaptive learning approaches, Tutorials)

Source: elearningindustry.com

In my work I concentrate most on the interaction between students and the interactions between facilitator and students. 

WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson – YouTube

One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on-in exhilarating style-one of our key questions: Where do good ideas come from? With Where Good Ideas Co…

Source: www.youtube.com

Johnson ends this video by saying “…chance favors the connected mind.”  Do you get good ideas from the intricate weave of information delivered by the internet?

What’s Hiding In The Deep, Dark Web?

..despite Google’s web prowess, it and other search engines have a very limited view of what’s out there. (Some researchers say that search engines only show about 1% of what’s actually available online!).

Source: www.truthfinder.com

Deep Web, Dark Web, Hidden Web… synonyms for the data locked away beyond the reach of search engine crawlers.  You have to find the site and dig in using the local tools.  Despite a bit of fear mongering, this is a clever article with an interesting infographic. 

MUSOPEN: Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music.

Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions.

Source: musopen.org

The mission statement says it all: “ Put simply, our mission is to set music free.”

Top Journals for e-Learning Research | e-Learning and Virtual Teams

After conducting a systematic literature search across disciplines, our researchers have identified roughly 1,600 relevant academic journal articles, conference proceedings, and graduate dissertations on e-learning and virtual teams published in the past decade.

Source: elearningforum.management.dal.ca

This will make your inner librarian smile. 

Media LIT: Overcoming Information Overload

Media literacy helps us understand, analyze and create media. While we rely on good journalism to provide accurate information, we also have responsibilities of our own in this media-saturated environment. We can no longer be passive consumers of media. We need to be active users of media, as readers, listeners, viewers and creators, so we are all better informed. Our goal is to help you do just that.

Source: www.edx.org

Endorsed by Howard Rheingold. Enough said. 

Algorithms Are Only As Intelligent As the Humans Behind Them.

Automated learning pathways are currently a hot topic in discussions on education because those pathways have the potential to personalize learning and provide timely intervention for students. With automated pathways, also known as adaptive learning, the instruction changes based on the students’ current levels of understanding. In some cases, adaptive learning is teacher-directed. In this case, teachers push new content to their students based on the learners’ previous performances. In other cases, the pathways are “system-generated” so the technology “automatically” adapts to meet the needs of individual students. The latter option is far more controversial because it elicits this question: Are algorithms replacing teachers? What if the system “misunderstands” and doesn’t provide students with the proper support and intervention?1

Source: www.hekademia.com

Does the future scare you or entice you with a smile?  Would a system generated response to your answer be more reliable than one offered by an old school (i.e. flesh and bone) teacher.

This article will help think about algorithms and online teaching and learning.