Monthly Archives: December 2015

Faculty Focus: Top 15 Teaching and Learning Articles of 2015

From assignment strategies to cell phone policies, take a look at some of the most popular teaching and learning articles of the past year.

Source: www.facultyfocus.com

I love those end of the year round up articles!  This is a good one.

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European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning Research: Who are Open Learners?

Abstract
Open educational resources (OER) have been identified as having the potential to extend opportunities for learning to non-formal learners. However, little research has been conducted into the impact of OER on non-formal learners. This paper presents the results of a systematic survey of more than 3,000 users of open educational resources (OER). Data was collected between 2013 and 2014 on the demographics, attitudes and behaviours of users of three repositories. Questions included a particular focus on the behaviours of non-formal learners and the relationship between formal and non-formal study. Frequency analysis shows that there are marked differences in patterns of use, user profiles, attitudes towards OER, types of materials used and popularity of different subjects. The experience of using OER is fairly consistent across platforms in terms of satisfaction and impact on future behaviour. On the whole, non-formal learners surveyed were highly positive about their use of OER and believe they will continue to use them. With regards to this making formal study more likely some degree of polarization was observed: some believed formal study was now more likely, while others felt it made this less likely. On the whole, while non-formal learners are enthusiastic about using free and online resources, the language and concept of OER does not seem to be well understood in the groups surveyed. A range of findings relating to OER selection and use as well as differences between repositories are explored in the discussion.

Source: www.eurodl.org

Open courses and open educational resources are plentiful. Who uses them? Find out by reading this research.  

Kathy Schrock: The complete guide to picking the right device for every grade level

The Apple App Store is full of well-vetted and useful software. When you hear “there is an app for that,” it seems to be true! From content-based applications that can be used for everything from remediation to enrichment, and apps that let students create videos, audios, simulations, infographics and more, the use of the iPad to support teaching and learning is truly remarkable. But the iPad really shines as a one-to-one device. Personalization, choice of apps and work that lives locally on the device make students feel connected with their iPad.

Source: www.eschoolnews.com

Kathy Schrock is an expert with deep experience and insight. Following her advice is a great way to find what you need! 

Jen Hegna, 2015 Minnesota Technology Leader of the year

Jen Hegna, director of information and learning technology for Byron Public Schools, was named the 2015 Minnesota Technology Leader of the Year. She will be honored during the annual TIES conference on Dec. 15 in Minneapolis.

Source: www.postbulletin.com

I’m proud to say that Jen Hegna was my student. She was a stand out in our E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.

I’m proud and pleased that Jen has received this award. She is a visionary and pioneer!