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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 91 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 91 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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What Does the Future of Assignments Look Like?

Our newsletter subscribers got a sneak peek of this piece last week. Now, we're sharing with all of our readers and asking you to tell us what assignments will look like in the future. Tweet us your idea at @Chalkupedu or leave your two cents in the comments.

This LMScast shows you what to consider if you want to make an online music course, and how the LifterLMS platform or Boost service can get you started today.

Plenty of people are successfully teaching music online. In this LMScast Chris Badgett will show you what to consider if you want to make an online music course. Not only can it be done, but you have more options for music instruction online than ever before.

New Data Show Chronic Absenteeism is Widespread and Prevalent Among All Student Groups

A new analysis from the U.S. Department of Education shows that chronic absenteeism impacts students in all parts of the country and is prevalent among all races, as well as students with disabilities. The first-ever national comprehensive data collected on chronic absenteeism reveal that more than 6 million students-or 13 percent of all students-missed at least 15 days of school in the 2013-14 school year.

Do You Learn Better Through Making?

Featured Resource: [VIDEO] Permission to Make: Adam Savage (KQED Education) From classic cars to simple electronics, we have been making and tinkering with everyday objects for decades. The recent surge in DIY and Maker Culture has inspired educators to introduce garage creations to the classroom, bringing their curious students along for the ride.

Why is Education Important? A Q&A with Sharon Kehl Califano

By Pamme Boutselis June 10, 2016 We wanted to know "Why is education important" according to Sharon Kehl Califano. She said she wanted to take advantage of opportunities her mother never had. A child of the 1930s and the Great Depression, my mother experienced personal hardships, like many Americans from that period.

Mazur: Education isn't working : Times Argus Online

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Tablets Pose Challenges for Online Test Takers, Studies Finding

Some test questions are likely harder to answer on tablets than on laptop and desktop computers, presenting states and districts with yet another new challenge as they move to widespread online assessments.

Students gravitate to online courses, legislators talk higher...

VALLEY CITY, N.D.-Many students taking classes at colleges and universities in North Dakota are doing so online. At the 11 North Dakota University System institutions, 47 percent of students take at least one distance course, which is defined as a class delivered via video, online, or...

The Top Benefits of Online Learning

In recent years, online learning has rapidly grown as an effective alternative to attending classes at a physical school, college or university. Thanks to advances in Internet technology such as cloud computing, it has become much easier for students to complete their courses solely online.

The Most Effective Way To Learn Guitar Online

If you are musically inclined but you are not able to harness your inner musician due to lack of money or time, modern technology can be extremely helpful for you. Nowadays everyone can play an instrument as long as he or she is willing to learn.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 90 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 90 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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Training Professionals Should Never Learn to Code | Litmos Blog

That's only one side of the story. The other side is that everyone in our industry should, at the very least, understand code. And like all great conversations there are many many variations in between. So where do you stand on the topic? I find that most people land somewhere in the middle...but of course ...

Is Blended Learning the Magic Bullet

Like many of you, I have heard for years (maybe even decades) that blended learning is the answer to providing learning anywhere at any time. But is blended learning really the "magic bullet" we all seek? To answer that question, we must first address another question: What is blended learning?

How Five Companies Are Gaining Millions in Profit Off Education at Nonprofit Schools

Online program managers earn millions by designing and marketing virtual learning options at big-time colleges. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now >

Why Online Learning is a Trend That's Here to Stay

Have you noticed how much easier it is to learn just about anything online these days? What an amazing time to be alive! While traditional education - which requires your physical presence and a hefty financial investment - dominated learning for the past century, now you can study from the comfort of your own home, with a schedule that works for you, at a much more affordable price.

The Real Reason Employers Are Helping Workers Pay for College

It was when a loyal employee named Amber told him she was quitting that Philip Smith, the owner of a Chick-fil-A franchise in Weatherford, Texas, got cooking. At a time when low unemployment is making it tough to find good workers, Amber said she was leaving for a job at Best Buy solely because of its tuition reimbursement benefit that would help her pay for a college degree.

Generic E-Learning Courses to Grow at CAGR 11.08% 2016 and Forecast to 2020

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 - WiseGuyReports adds"Generic E-Learning Courses to Grow at CAGR 11.08% 2016 and Forecast to 2020"reports to its database. COMPLETE REPORT DETAILS E-learning refers to learning through electronic gadgets, such as PCs, notebooks, and tablets. It is backed by ICT that enables users to learn 24/7 learning from any access point.

A Simple Course Design for Multiple Learners | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

Course design is a challenge as you try to balance the needs of the client, subject matter experts, learners, and your own course design sensibility. One of the biggest issues with many online courses is that the course is a single solution designed to accommodate multiple learners.

Repetitive Spaced Out Learning: Making Learning Stick - Mindflash

"The spacing effect is one of the oldest and best documented phenomena in the history of learning and memory research." - Harry Bahrick & Lynda Hall (2005) What really makes learning stick? For adult learners, practicality, applicability, and repetition are key. But how do you capitalize on repetition in eLearning?...

How to Teach Essay Writing: Tools for Educators

By Veronica Hunt Veronica Hunt is a true edtech expert and is a freelance writer. She features the latest education and marketing trends in her articles.

How to Use Reinforcement to Increase Your Training Impact

At ATD this year, our founder, Anthonie Wurth, gave a riveting presentation filled with actionable tips on how to use reinforcement to increase the impact of training programs. Those in attendance, received practical advice on how to create mobile reinforcement and how to measure knowledge retention and behavior change.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 89 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 89 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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Online Learning : Learning Analytics Special Issue - OLC

Online Learning, the official journal of the Online Learning Consortium promotes the development and dissemination of new knowledge at the intersection of pedagogy, emerging technology, policy, and practice in online environments. The journal has been published for two decades and is known to many by its former name, the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN).

How should online teacher programs be judged? - The Hechinger Report

Do teachers who learn the job online perform as well as teachers trained in the same kind of brick-and-mortar classroom they're likely to teach in? A new set of proposals to regulate online teacher preparation programs from the federal government is an effort to find out which programs are working and which aren't, but it's ...

Can Education Becomes A Profitable Business With A Humanitarian Vision?

Today, the education industry is deemed as one of the fastest and progressively growing sectors worldwide. It is also currently one of the largest industries globally that ensure profit since people need to be educated to make progress in life. Education has been considered as a significant factor of civilization and industrialization.

4 Tech Trends Can Help You Design More Effective E-Learning

There are now more mobile devices than people on the planet. In the early 1990s, less than 1 percent of the world was connected to the Internet. Today, it is estimated that as much as 45 percent of the world's population has Internet access, according to data from Internet Live Stats.

3 New Knowledge Check Interaction Templates now available!

Guest Blog by: Thomas Reyes-Cairo, Community Manager at eLearning Brothers Adobe Captivate 9 is filled to the brim with amazing functionalities, all of which pool together to make intuitive eLearning courses. Some of the great, commonly-used features include Advanced Actions (and the perhaps lesser-known Shared Advanced Actions) and variables.

New Trends in Online Learning ~ Stephen Downes

Online learning, new media, connectivism, MOOCs, personal learning environments, new literacy, and more from Stephen Downes

Online Learning Insights

1. The Chatbot Teaching Assistant Colorado State University (CSU) plans to use 'Intelligent Tutoring' in two online undergraduate courses this Fall. The goal is to improve learning outcomes, increase instructors' productivity and enable high-quality personalized education by using chatbot technology. A chatbot is a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users on a web-based platform.

2016 Higher Education Online Learning Landscape

Recent data from the Online Learning Consortium shows that online learning is finally mainstreaming with 5.8M students enrolled in one or more online courses and 77% of students reporting that technology increases engagement with course materials.

Ready to Launch: Re-Envisioning the Preparation of Students for Online Learning

By Joshua Steele, The EvoLLLution One of the most important questions a university must ask in welcoming new students is how they will orient or onboard incoming cohorts to ensure that the tools, resources and information required for success are adequately provided.

Flipped classrooms turning STEM education upside down

Given the difficult-to-digest subject matter in many STEM classrooms, educators have customarily relied on traditional lecture-based educational methods where they spend class time walking through content and then assign homework problems to supplement that learning.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 88 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 88 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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7 Habits to Learn to Think Like a #Scientist #Infographic

There is no doubt that "thinking like a scientist" helps me in my everyday life. I am constantly asking questions, doing research, modifying my routines and practices, and looking at data. I am a problem solving machine! In fact, a lot of the joy I have is in coming up with new and innovative ways [...]

Get your organisation ready for eLearning the way it should have been

So your organisation hasn't used eLearning before? Or maybe you have made a start but you aren't quite happy with your results? It is important to have clarity on what eLearning actually is. Some think it is eLearning content - setting up eLearning courses for your staff; others think more about technology - selecting a Learning Management System.

A Secret For Learning: Don't Take Notes With Your Laptop

Remember when being in a classroom entailed your teacher's lesson plan being scratched onto a chalkboard? Or watching as he or she rolled a projector into the room and brought forth the lesson onto a white screen? You listened and took notes with pen or pencil on paper, or you missed out.

3 Steps to Transition to Blended Learning

3 Steps to Transition to Blended Learning Blended learning includes a strategic mix of online and face-to-face experiences. It can reduce your training costs, help you reach a wider audience, and more importantly, learners love the collaboration and online access.

36 Higher Ed Thoughts From Meeker's Internet Trends Deck | Technology and Learning

Each summer Mary Meeker releases her Internet Trends presentation. At the release of each report, I wonder if postsecondary education will be featured in the deck. And each summer I am sad that it is not. The fact that Mary Meeker is not putting higher education in her Internet Trends deck should not stop us from trying.

My Writing Productivity Pipeline

Ever since I was a graduate student, I have tried to recapture the clarity of purpose I had while working on my dissertation. I got up every morning, made myself a cup of coffee, and sat down at my computer to write one thing and one thing only.

Do Off-the-Shelf Video Solutions Make the Grade for Elearning? - Streaming Media Magazine

April/May 2016 Subscribe Do Off-the-Shelf Video Solutions Make the Grade for Elearning? When smaller educational organizations look for affordable online video systems, they don't find the features that come standard in advanced elearning platforms. Building a great learning environment online almost always revolves around the video experience.

5 Issues That Plague Learning

When it comes to accountability, learning leaders face five persistent dilemmas. These are not new, but they persistently erode credibility and success in the learning function. We're the No. 1 solution but the first to go when there's a problem. Executives frequently request learning solutions.

4 Tips for Using Support Services as an Online Student

Offices for support services at institutions have different hours of operation, so online students will need to figure out the best time to contact each one. Earning an online degree is not as simple as taking classes until all requirements are met and then graduating.

36 Higher Ed Thoughts From Meeker's Internet Trends Deck | Technology and Learning

Each summer Mary Meeker releases her Internet Trends presentation. At the release of each report, I wonder if postsecondary education will be featured in the deck. And each summer I am sad that it is not. The fact that Mary Meeker is not putting higher education in her Internet Trends deck should not stop us from trying.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 87 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 87 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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The Mobile Learning Management System

Games are a great tool to reinforce knowledge built up throughout a lesson in a fun and time pressured environment. This week we added a new game to the Template Library, Memory. Like all of our game templates, Memory enables you to build an interactive game within minutes.

Managing Behaviour for Learning

This free online course is for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, focusing mainly on the context of UK schools and colleges. It aims to help you learn how to maintain discipline when dealing with unruly students.

Constrained local students are enjoying opportunities online learning offers

ONLINE learning is becoming increasingly popular, particularly among students who cannot access traditional places of higher education due to various constraints, including financial, geographical and political. Higher education has been under the spotlight in SA following last year's #feesmustfall protests.

Paperless education - The Boston Globe

GROTON - Finding a textbook in Barbara McNulty's communications class requires some sleuthing. That's because the weighty volumes are stacked at the bottom of a dark closet and haven't been used in 10 years. Pens, notebooks, and lectures? Also scarce.

Fuel a rocket with food in a Madison startup's learning game

Launching a rocket may not be as complicated as NASA and SpaceX make it out to be. Just make sure it's got a balanced diet of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and everything should be fine.

Top 5 Reasons Students Take Online PE | Carone Learning

So you're interested in an online PE course? You're not alone! Carone Learning* has successfully met the needs of thousands of students looking for an alternative option for physical education. Read on to see if you can relate to our top five list of reasons students take online PE through Carone Learning.

Customer Education in B2B Context: Ideas to Use Technology Effectively

Today, sales person is rarely the first point of contact for customers; if they need to know about products. Customers first go online and do their initial research even before contacting a sales person or visiting a store. This is more pronounced in case of B2C products - thanks to the multitude of e-commerce sites and other online options.

Bored with study? The new wave of edubots will find a way to spark your interest

An online learning program which can tell when a student is becoming bored and inattentive is one of the key developments forecast to reshape university education in Australia in the next five years, according to a new report.

Practutor BlogWhy Flip? A Closer Look at Flipped Learning - Practutor Blog

As we progress rapidly into the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, questions continue to be raised about how education addresses the ever increasing demands for change, integrating emerging technologies, and maximising the possibilities for every student.

Best Practices For Training Retail Organizations

Most retail organizations understand the challenge of retaining good people. As if relentless competition and a dynamic market weren't enough to keep up with, employee turnover is a consistent trouble spot for retailers, costing about $1 billion a year. Effective learning programs are a powerful way to retain employees.

Momenta Learning No. 86 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 86 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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How to Set up Students to Succeed in Online Learning (EdSurge News)

Make no mistake-college still works for most who attend; it remains the most reliable gateway to a successful future. But the numbers speak volumes about how higher education must improve to meet the burgeoning demand. When more than 40 percent of first-time, full-time students will not graduate

Learning Data Science through a free online course

Last year I shared information on the Machine Learning course I took on edX, which taught me how to implement Azure Machine Learning services, and allowed me to build predictive data models. I've subsequently spoken with people who took the course on my recommendation, and have built interesting predictive models for student behaviour.

Free online textbook use grows at state universities

More than a year after the state Legislature put $110,000 into the North Dakota University System to fund a free textbook initiative, the first schools to see those funds are hoping to save students a lot of money. Based on calculations using the full cost of textbooks, UND is going to save students...

Effective Training: Good Communication Can Make Or Break Your Training - eLearning Industry

In 1519, the explorer Ferdinand Magellan set forth to discover a new route from Portugal to the Spice Islands and, in the process, to complete the first round-the-world journey. His fleet of ships sailed around the tip of South America, rested on the coast of Chile, then turned northwest to start what they thought would be an easy three-week cruise to the islands.

What the NBA Finals Can Teach You About Your Training Department | Litmos Blog

Perhaps not everyone is as into the NBA finals as we are at Litmos HQ (Go Warriors!) but everyone in the L&D industry likely has appreciation over one thing: the art of training when it comes to professional sports. Whether you're cheering for the Warriors or Cavaliers in the finals, you have to acknowledge the fact ...

Ideas for using multiple choice questions for more than testing

Posted by Robin Petterd on 2 June 2016 In my post on how to write effective multiple choice questions I spoke a bit about their use for more than just knowledge assessment. I discussed how they can be used to simulate the decision making a learner has to do in the workplace.

Top 5 Tips On Enterprise Games That Actually Add Value

Enterprise games are trendy nowadays. Training managers want to make innovative learning simulations. They want their learners to engage in the learning modules. Nevertheless, while enterprise games seem to have all the features required to get great results, this is not always the case.

How to protect yourself when teaching online - The Coach's Corner

Teaching online for the first time can be a scary and intimidating scenario. Not only is it a big psychological change from teaching locally in your community, but we've all heard those frightening stories about teachers being scammed or ripped off. So, how can a smart teachers protect themselves against these unexpected scenarios?

Training Simulations: 6 Truths You Need To Know

While new serious game authoring tools and technologies are starting to emerge, people tend to get overwhelmed by information. In this article, we are going to share with you 6 truths about training simulations, and explain to you why we recommend using it in online training.

Google Sheets Features and Formulas for Teachers: More You Didn't Know Existed

L ast year we learned something: educators are using Google Sheets for all sorts of things. Grading, quizzes, progress tracking - even lesson planning. Our piece on little-known features and formulas for educators went over well enough that our readers have told us they're ready for round two.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 85 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 85 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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The "So What" of Learning

One of the most daunting challenges facing learning professionals on a daily basis is how to establish the value we add. Measuring performance from courses, e-learning solutions, informal learning, social learning, and other initiatives is a challenge. It is an aspect of our role we all struggle with and some of us even shirk.

Changing the Game of eLearning with Adobe

Written by Tiffany Chang, Digital Collaboration Specialist, Carahsoft Today, nearly 80% of companies leverage eLearning to train their workforce, and with a wide variety of tools on the market - nearly double what was available five years ago - it's becoming more and more challenging for instructors to choose the right tools for their audience.

6 Questions to Ask About Flexibility in Online Degree Programs

Experts say prospective online learners should research their course scheduling options for each semester and the hours that student services are accessible. For Dana Thompson, who lives in the Washington, D.C. area, finding an online master's program in social work that was flexible enough to supplement her life outside the classroom was key.

3 Simple ways to gamify your online learning

Gamification can help you create a more engaging learning experience. But, make sure you don't simply take a game and apply it to your learning. Instead, you should focus on finding ways to use gaming elements to create learning experiences that are not possible with traditional face-to-face training.

Five Essential Money Tips For Grads

By John Wasik Forbes There's a lot they don't tell you in college about money. Forget about Econ 101. I'm talking basic money survival. First of all, every bank and financial service company will never offer you a free service - ever. They charge in less-than-transparent ways that can soak you everytime you use one of their services.

The rise and rise of coding skills

If you think learning how to code is just for software or web specialists, you're in for a shock. In fact, the trend is being embraced by everybody from school children to lawyers. Indeed, attorneys at the Australian law firm Gilbert + Tobin have been learning to code and design apps and smart contracts for clients.

New Intro Animations Added to Adobe Captivate 9 Assets Library

Guest Blog by: Thomas Reyes-Cairo, Community Manager at eLearning Brothers Everyone remembers the classroom presentations of yore: still screens of text with the occasional picture or background image. (Or, if you can recall even further back, plain black text on a transparency sheet projected onto a white backdrop.) Boring, right?

Cornell Launches New Online Learning Program

Cornell strives to stay in step with the Internet's promotion of educational opportunities with the introduction of WebSeries, eCornell's latest mechanism for online learning. WebSeries consists of one-hour long lectures that provide "flexible access to Cornell faculty organized around specific topics of interest," according to Paul Krause, CEO of eCornell and associate vice provost of online learning at Cornell.

Online PD Won't Work if It's Not Job-Embedded

When I was teaching education courses to beginning New York City teachers in the early 2000s, our department had a problem that every institution of higher education would love to have: an explosion in enrollment.

Students and Higher Ed Leaders Put Their Faith in Online Classes [#Infographic]

As cost-effective alternatives to traditional college classes, online learning programs continue to gain steam in higher ed. According to statistics gathered for an Online Learning Consortium infographic, 5.8 million students are now enrolled in online courses, and the majority put tremendous stock in the quality of their education: 90 percent of students say their online learning experiences are the same or better than in-classroom options.

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