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eLearning / Educational Technology
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eLearning / Educational Technology
‘Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held from Monday, November 18 through Friday, November 22, 2013. The entire conference takes place online in webinar format.
‘The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. Last year’s conference featured 400 general sessions and 20 keynote addresses from all over the world with over 13,000 participant logins.’
To attend this year's conference and to be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join the network by visiting http://www.globaleducationconference.com/
Why should you update or improve your skills? What happens if you don’t update yourself?
One has to update one’s skill as it will enable him/her to get a new job or seek betterment from the job he already has. But if you don’t update or improve your skills you will not merely be lagging behind others and will even find your learning curve for performing essential things in your profession a bit steeper.
According to Accenture’s research report, skills gap exists in large US companies and suggested that nearly half of US businesses plan to increase their investment in training in the next 2 years. As far as Indian scenario is concerned, Cisco’s report titled ‘Bridging the skill’s gap with industry: Academia partnerships’, points out that only 25% of technical graduates are considered employable by IT and ITES segments.
At the world scenario, the following infograph suggests how the skill gap persisting among work force leads to vacant positions in various sectors in various countries.
How should we tackle the problem?
The first option is companies offering training programs through blended mode, online and mobile learning.
The second option is allowing individuals to update their skills on their own and offering certain incentives for upgrading their skills.
If the skill gap demands direct interaction with faculty and actual usage of devices then I suggest blended mode be used for imparting training.
Otherwise, training through online mode would be more feasible, as the man power belongs to working community. Therefore travel and accommodation expenses involved in assembling the work force in one place and the No. of office hours involved while offering the training through direct F2F mode can be considerably reduced if skills are imparted through online program.
I recently came across the website SkillUp where they are offering more than 400 courses in 12 categories through leading US Universities in online mode.
A visit to the following page ‘All About our Courses’ would provide an opportunity to explore the various categories and the corresponding courses offered in each of them.
Finally, I conclude my blog post by saying that learning/improving and updating knowledge must be a continuous phenomenon and not a one time event. I practice what I suggest to my readers and my recent blog post titled ‘MOOC Course I have Taken’ confirms the same.
Do share in the comments box if you have learnt any skill recently and through what mode.
This year CEM 13 started with a bang through organization of webinars, book reviews, forums for participation and badges to earn.
The interesting aspect of CEM 13 is that all events are independently organized so depending on your interest, availability of time you can participate in events that appeal to you and earn badges apart from gaining knowledge.
A completion of profile at edConnectr ensures that you get easily connected to other educationists if desired.
With more than 440+ events, it is difficult to participate in all events. Depending on your time zone and interest you can choose some activities and participate in events. The award of badges is highly motivating and it ensures that you not merely master the tool you are using but you connect with others through participation.
I am sure all events must be interesting but I didn’t have time to explore all, but I did explore some and earned few badges that can be accessed by viewing the web slide show at https://slides.diigo.com/list/advisor2u/CE13
CEM events can be viewed by clicking here.
On the whole CEM 13 is an event one should look forward to! If someone wants to join, they can still do so by visiting the URL, http://connectededucators.org/
Recently, i.e. on 1st Sept. this year, I enrolled myself as a student for the MOOC course titled ‘Teaching With Moodle: An Introduction’. The duration of the course is for 1 month and continuous assessment method that included final assessment of all modules was followed to award grades for learner’s performance.
In this blog post I shall mention the + points of the course and where such courses can be implemented.
The + points of the course are as follows:
Where such courses can be implemented
I look forward to being a student again if the course would be designed so well like this one!
Are you a faculty? Educator? If so join CEM (Connected Educators Month) at http://connectededucators.org/
Don’t forget to register your profile at http://edconnectr.connectededucators.org/# where you can search for a person based on his/her specialization. The following figure shows how I can be located by typing the keyword ‘Educational Technology’.
By clicking the arrow, you can find out about their interests, what they are willing to teach /learn and their networks. If their field of specialization matches with your expertise then you can collaborate with them for some project work, assignments etc.
Hope you’ll start exploring CEM!
In this blog post, I am going to first explain what is blended mode of instruction/learning and suggest how you can implement the same using MOODLE, an open source LMS (Learning Management System).
Blended or hybrid or mixed mode courses are conducted through classes where ‘a portion of the traditional face-to-face (F2F) instruction is replaced by web-based online learning’. Depending on the class, discipline and learning objectives, certain percentage of F2F instruction is replaced by online course work.
A professional organization dedicated to postsecondary online learning, The Sloan Consortium, defines blended learning as a pedagogical approach in a course where 30%-70% of the instruction is delivered online.
Why should the institution opt for imparting knowledge through blended mode?
Blended mode courses
Therefore, it is essential that faculties are fully equipped to offer courses in blended mode. One of the ways of offering online instruction is using an LMS as it not merely enables you to add courses but allows you to grade the assessments and view the reports of your students.
MOODLE (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is a free eLearning platform, hence can be downloaded and installed by any institution by visiting the following URL
You can also seek professional help if you find it difficult to install properly.
MOODLE’s philosophy suggests a constructivist and social constructivist approach to education accentuating that learners can contribute to educational experience.
Hence the faculty can easily incorporate following activities using MOODLE
According to Hanover Research. ‘blended learning showed a larger advantage compared to purely face-to-face learning and purely online learning’. I am sure educationists will realize the importance of blended mode of instruction and see that faculties are trained to explore various challenges offered in this mode of instruction.
My earlier blog post related to blended mode of learning is:
By now everyone of you must be familiar with the concept of ‘MOOC’ (Massive Open Online Courses).
Are you wondering how to host and launch MOOC courses?
Your wish could be a reality as mooc.org goes live in first half of 2014.
Visit mooc.org to explore various opportunities available to various types of people.