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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 57 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 57 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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The future of training

Picture this: you begin your day like any other. The sun rises. You roll out of bed, prepare for the day, and get to work. You arrive with the full knowledge that all of your peers are as prepared and able to take on the day's tasks as you are.

Too much is being spent on a higher education marketing assault (essay)

There's been a great deal of recent press and politics around the climbing walls, lazy rivers and other seemingly lavish campus amenities that have become commonplace at colleges and universities. But critics are missing the real arms race in higher education: a new student-recruitment spending war that is orders of magnitude more expensive and ends in only higher tuition rates for students -- with none of the fun and relaxation.

Learning online tools

Cindy Carr, the technology enabled learning and teaching co-ordinator with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, said the main goal of using the new technology is to have educators and students collaborate more. "St. Ignatius High School had a long pilot for Google App education and two years ago, we decided to take it to all of our schools," said Carr.

Is machine learning the next commodity?

It's not every day you can witness an entire class of software making the transition from specialized, expensive-to-develop code to a general-purpose technology. But that's exactly what's happening with machine learning. Chances are, you're already hip-deep in machine-learning applications. It's how Google Photo organizes those pictures from your vacation in Spain.

Machine learning tools pose educational challenges

IT and analytics managers struggling with all the data flooding into their organizations may find it hard to ignore the increased marketing push machine learning tools are getting from technology vendors. And for good reason: Running automated algorithms designed to learn on their own as they churn through large data sets can accelerate data mining and predictive analytics applications -- and give users information they might not get otherwise.

Future Of Learning: Adaptive Tests, Video Lectures & Online Tutors

There has been an explosion of Ed-Tech startups in the last 2 years. While one set provides video lectures or tutoring, the other provides digital test papers. On the surface, this looks like a digital classroom. But parents are skeptical. Why will a device work better?

Udacity Breaks Out of the Online Education Box

Sebastian Thrun, Udacity's chief executive officer, discusses the company's offline plans with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

3 Ways Online Education Advances Residential Learning | Technology and Learning

OLC Innovate is now in full swing in New Orleans. Unfortunately, I am not able to attend the Online Learning Consortium gathering this year (physically or virtually), so I'll be relying on all of you to share what you are learning.

Stanford's Hennessy and Berkeley chancellor kick off online learning summit | Stanford News

Online courses may not have overwhelmed undergraduate education in a disruptive "tsunami," as once predicted. But Stanford President John L. Hennessy, speaking at a summit on online learning on Friday, April 15, said it is a time of "great experimentation" and called for new research to help measure effectiveness and establish best practices.

Supply is up in online ed but demand is down - now what?

Colleges and universities must adapt to a new business model when it comes to marketing. Higher education marketing is more competitive now than it has ever been before, and it's only getting worse. The number of high school graduates in the pool of prospective college-goers is smaller in the Northeast and Midwest than it has been in recent decades.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 56 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 56 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning
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Starting with the Basics: Making the Perfect E-learning Experience - GovDelivery

When it boils down to it, a good e-learning experience is actually all about the user experience. User experience is shaped by two variables: target audience and agency goal. Before you start designing a training, consider who your target audience is and what your learning objectives are.

Design (e-learning / Online / Distance / Flexible) - Training and Course Overview - Campus Daily Online

Design, creativity, and innovative thinking are essential sought-after skills needed in today's rapidly evolving business environment. The design major course introduces the students to the basic principles and practice of design and design thinking ranging from creativity, insight development, user research, hands-on design for services and experiences, to learning different techniques in application of design in effective management environments.

10 Training Design Tips for Instructional Designers and Trainers

You have completed the training needs analysis. You have documented the results and confirmed with the business unit manager that training is indeed warranted, because you have confirmed a lack of needed skills and knowledge. For part two of my three-part series, I'm sharing 10 tips that will help you design learner-centered training.

Navigating the world of online learning | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Course: A History of Royal Food and Feasting Platform: Future Learn ( By: University of Reading Starts: June 20 Price: Free Duration: Five weeks "Did you know that Henry VIII ordered the first apricot trees to be planted in England because he couldn't get enough of them?

Micro master's is future of online learning: Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), became the CEO of edX, free online courses provider from the world's top universities, in 2012. Agarwal was in India last week to explain edX and MIT's ideas to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Learning to Mix: Which Online Audio Education Outlets Are Right For You? - SonicScoop

The web abounds with sites promising to help you improve your mixing skills. At times, it seems like there is an online education outlet for every audio engineer, and with all these choices, it can be difficult to determine where to turn if you're looking to up your your audio game.

Higher Ed Needs Major Disruption | RealClearPolitics

There's been much talk on the campaign trail about helping students pay for college and not enough about exactly what they're buying. It's ludicrous that student debt has passed $1 trillion and that nearly 20 percent of the undergraduates who borrowed for college are in default on their student loans.

The Pros and Cons of Online Learning

Coursera, one of the largest providers of Massively Open Online Courses (henceforth referred to as MOOC's) is a learning platform which offers over 400 free courses to around 4 million students all around the world. edX is also a MOOC provider; it offers over 700 courses, many of which are university level, and it's catalog...

Benefits of distance education understudies

Distance education or distance learning. is the education of students who are not physically present at a school. And also it is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom. The higher education involves this system of learning.

How to Hire an E-Learning Developer or Get an E-Learning Job | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

I had a couple of questions this week about elearning jobs. First, someone asked me what they should expect when hiring an elearning course developer. And on the flip side, someone I know was looking for work and wanted some tips on how to get a job.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 55 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 55 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Learning software gets smart - at last

I just spent two days in Italy with analyst peers and the management of LMS (Learning Management System) vendor Docebo . It's funny how a lot of quiet time can help one focus on a topic. Here are my observations about the LMS space. In a second story, I'll discuss my thoughts about Docebo in particular.

Here's How Often You Should Really Switch Jobs

Job hopping is often viewed as a major red flag to prospective employers, but one highly successful businesswoman asserts that moving around every few years is a smart career move. Penelope Trunk, a self-described "serial entrepreneur" and the co-founder of online learning platform Quistic, made a strong case for frequent job hopping on her blog in 2007, and relayed the same sentiment in a recent interview with Fast Company.

How good a match is Web Development and Online Learning?

It's really worth noticing how are you polishing your web development skills if you are a programmer. Whoever has written a code in his life knows that you do not stop learning in programming. There are so many CMSs and the variation that they provide makes you to get familiar with at least two to begin with.

Research Reveals Student-Instructor Relationships Shape Online Learning Success

Taking courses online is a great way to meet the demands of work and family while still pursuing higher education. The problem is that too many students don't have a great experience with online classes, leading to low pass rates and academic consequences.

Online classes equal less learning

Not leaving home, sitting on the couch and class time whenever: all enticing facets of online classes. But is it all worth it? Online classes are an easy way to avoid the stress of creating a cohesive class schedule and getting to campus. It can seem like a miracle when searching for a class and...

Designing for Online Collaborative Learning

This is the second post in series on how to design, conduct, and assess an effective online collaborative learning program. The first installment of this series looked at why collaborative learning is an important instrument in the L&D professional's toolbox. Now, let's take a closer look at specific design elements of collaborative learning.

Why online learning is better than in-person learning

Making changes to education is no simple task. Deviations from traditional learning models are often met with resistance, while introducing new technologies or methods often rely on systemic change. Despite challenges, online learning is making tremendous progress when it comes to infiltrating all pillars of education, from corporate learning, to higher education, to K-12 schooling.

What Does a Growth Mindset Have to Do with Learning?

We can learn to be smart is the premise of Mindset The New Psychology of Success: How we Can Learn to Fulfill our Potential by Carol Dweck (2006). Dweck debunks the idea that intelligence is fixed, is predetermined by our gene pool. Instead, Dweck suggests individuals with a 'growth mindset' develop intelligence and abilities over...

Online Learning Communities

As higher education adapts to the 21st Century by increasing its online course and program offerings, we must not forget the need to maintain and develop the relationships and community among students and instructors. This collection of posts focus on how we can translate what is done in a face-to-face learning environment to create and...

Six Tips to Help You Select the Right Learning Management System

In the digital world, one can turn to a blog, Wikipedia, social media platforms, online knowledge forums, videos, etc., and get informed on just anything. The information available is abundant. You might think if there is a concrete need of a learning management system (LMS) versus letting the employees find and learn on their own.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 54 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 54 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

'Stackable' Credential Options Rise in Online Education

"Stackable" degrees might also be a good option for those who aren't completely sure which type of credential to pursue, experts say. When David Anderton, who owns a Web​ development company based in London, decided he wanted more business knowledge​, he realized he didn't have the time to pursue a full-length master's degree program.

Study explores online learning trends at community colleges

Online courses have for years driven enrollment growth at community colleges, but as more students take their chances in the job market, institutions face new challenges to retain them, a new study found. During the height of the recent recession, community colleges saw double-digit percentage growth in their online courses, according to the Instructional Technology Council, which is affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges.


The University of Florida community got its first glimpse earlier this month of a new 1,600-square-foot research space where faculty and students will study how to use technology to create effective and engaging online learning experiences.

Microsoft On Demand Courses and the benefits of online learning

Steve Brennan | 13 April 2016 In an earlier blog we discussed the Top 10 benefits of online learning courses. Our customers tell us every day about the tangible benefits of online courses.

Five Trends Driving The Growth Of Mobile Learning In Corporate Education

Mobile learning -- like mobile everything else -- is on the rise.

New ed tech companies eye branded learning

One new ed tech startup based in South Africa is focusing on short lectures online and compartmentalized learning modules sponsored by various brands. The goal of the partnership is to make the idea of e-learning more interesting to people who may not want to understand it.

10 ways Gamification can save Online Learning

When online learning became popular, a lot of businesses thought it would be a magic wand that could transform their training all by itself. Although online learning has many benefits, it's not as if you can switch over from instructor-led training and instantly reap the rewards.

Why Taking Courses in the Right Order Matters

By Erin Kelley-BannisterAcademic Advisor at American Public University One of the first bits of information you receive from the university is the course progression for your program. Taking courses in the recommended order helps you build a strong academic foundation, so you progress through your program with the academic knowledge you need to succeed in your classes.

Humanizing Online Learning

Keynote presentation at the University of Wisconsin Spring OPID Conference.

The challenge of gamification: advice on how to quickly create engaging learning

Gamification expert, Professor Karl M. Kapp said on the Google Hangout: "It's difficult to take the plunge. There can be a conservative corporate culture: what shall we gamify? How do I create it? There is hesitation about how to get started, but interest in it and it's going to grow."

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 53 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 53 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Help students to make the most of online learning - Teach UAE Magazine

While I have never taught completely online courses, I have been teaching hybrid courses and using online course management programmes for many years. This article provides a few tips and guidelines for maximizing a positive online experience for students.

Get Your Free eBook on Character Formation in Online Education!

If you currently teach online, or you're part of a school exploring online learning, you have probably asked yourself the following questions: What does it mean to teach in a higher education setting from a distinctly Christian perspective? What are the best practices for teaching online?

Knowledge Anywhere :: 10 Secrets of Visual Design that Will Enhance eLearning

If you've ever designed an eLearning course, you probably realize how important the visuals are for attracting learners' attention and helping them to engage with the learning material. Visual design not only impacts the course's usability but also brings plenty of learning benefits to its users.

Interactive Video Made Easy | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

A few years back working with video was not all that easy. Most networks couldn't support the delivery of video and producing video was expensive and really time-consuming. However, that's changed quite a bit over the years. Here's one of my favorite examples of how things changed with the advent of rapid elearning.

E-trends in education


Learning online? You're not alone: Returning to university and switching career at 48

After 13 years out of the workforce, being soccer mum, pizza mum, permanent volunteer and full-time carer for her eldest daughter, Susan Bruce felt she'd lost herself. As she watched her former colleagues climb the corporate ranks, the Canadian mother-of-five decided it was time to return to work.

Distance learning universities 'must prove their relevance'

Open and distance learning (ODL) universities must determine their "competitive advantage" rather than "parroting" that their value lies in convenience and flexibility, the director of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education has claimed.

Online Learning at Research-Intensive Universities - EADTU - European Association of Distance Teaching Universities

Online Learning at Research-Intensive Universities, LERU, advice paper, League of European Research Universities

6 Benefits of Online Learning * On-EspaƱol

The eternal debate of whether online courses are better or worse than on-site classes will probably never end. Each definitely has its own list of benefits and depends on your lifestyle, how you like to learn, the amount of free time you've got, etc.

Educators Can Explore Potential of Online and Blended Learning to Prepare Students for College and Career Readiness in Pearson Webinar Series

Four webinars focus on power of digital learning to transform education for learners at all grade levels

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 52 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 52 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

15 Reasons Why Online Training Benefits Both Employees & Businesses

We've gotten to the point where we realize that in order to have a successful career, we must embrace learning as a lifelong initiative. School, in the traditional sense, might end when we leave high school or college, but that doesn't mean we should give up on learning.

Teachers mine student data to improve performance

Teachers in the Marlborough Public Schools could soon have easier access to a wealth of data on students in their class.The district is piloting what it calls a "data dashboard" that would give teachers access to students' test scores and home language and other relevant information to help them understand students' successes and opportunities for growth."It's a one-page summary of everything you would want to know about the student," said Maureen

Millennials and learning preferences

IT IS OFTEN cited that the median age of Filipinos is 23. This means that for the foreseeable future, most of the new hires and young professionals will be in this growing age group. This fact presents new challenges and opportunities, among them ensuring the proper training and development of these so-called "millennials."

Online Learning - Advantages and Disadvantages

Nowadays it is possible to do almost anything online. Internet has enhanced and changed every aspect of our lives, and now it is making inroads into the world of education. Online education and classes are not just a buzz; they are a new technology that is making a difference for teachers as well as students.

Is Online Tutoring the Future of Personalized Learning? (EdSurge News)

In celebration of their daughter's birth, Mark Zuckerberg recently announced he would be donating a significant portion of an approximated $45 billion to developing personalized learning. But the Zuckerbergs are not the only people putting money or effort towards developing better learning systems. In 2015, edtech businesses raised $2.7 billion, a figure that more than triples the $800 million raised in 2011.

Siri ... Please Stick to Just Being a Catalyst | Higher Ed Beta

The heart and soul of the raging debate about online education is the fundamental question of its role and value. This boils down to whether technological innovation will ultimately displace traditional modes of teaching and learning or act as a supplement to it.

The Back on Track Study: Using Online Courses for Credit Recovery

Students who fail Algebra I in their first year of high school are significantly less likely to graduate than students who succeed in the course. Recently, online learning has emerged as a popular strategy for providing students with the opportunity to recover course credit.

Financial Aid Mistakes Students Should Avoid

By Ryan Laspina Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS Even though the school you wish to attend will create a financial aid package of a certain amount for you, it doesn't mean that it will be the absolute final amount of financial aid you will be able to receive.

StemEZ Offers Free Open Online Learning and Teaching Resources of STEM Subjects |

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA: Human learning involves brain programming and this is a process that involves an individual learning at his own pace and in the proper sequence beginning from simple to increasing complex. Learning by listening to classroom or videotaped lectures is incomparable to solving problems on home assignments.

Online learning falls short without teacher-student interaction: study

Photo by Michelle Kanaar A study by two prestigious research groups found that Chicago public high school students who failed Algebra 1 and retook the course online were less likely to pass than students who retook the course in a traditional classroom setting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 51 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 51 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Accessing Collaborative Online Learning with Mobile Technology in Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning

Using mobile devices in online collaborative learning models offers many potential advantages for students and faculty. However, while the technology can reduce costs and increase mobility for students, replacing traditional devices with mobile devices can result in a loss of functionality.

A Brief, Totally Sincere History of April Fools' Day

By Sarah KaplanThe Washington Post Some historians believe that April Fools' Day has its origins in ancient Rome, with a festival known as

Gamification, personalization and continued education are trending in edtech

I've spent most of my life in and around schools. First as a student, then as a teacher and lately as an innovator building tools and launching programs. As Nelson Mandela said, "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

The Global Search for Education: Online Math Learning

The goal of DreamBox Learning's interactive online math tools and games is to help learners think for themselves and make sense of math. The software provider focuses on elementary and middle school math education with an innovative blending of games and personalized learning.

MIT Professional Education announces new online course on the Internet of Things

MIT Professional Education has announced the introduction of a new online course, Internet of Things: Roadmap to a Connected World. Making its debut on April 12, this first-of-its-kind digital course will teach key IoT concepts including identification, sensors, localization, wireless protocols, data storage, and security.

4 Ways Online Education Programs Teach Real-World Skills

Online students can also discover how to write more professionally and set their own deadlines. I worked in an office where we communicated by interoffice email, and we interacted as though a part of an online community.

4 Features You Can Now Get by Paying for MOOCs

Some MOOCs offer a chance to earn course credit, such as in the Global Freshman Academy through edX and Arizona State University. ​Perceptions of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are evolving, experts say. While learners around the world turn to MOOCs for free information, some online students look to these courses to build additional skills that can boost their careers.

5 Tips to Help Your Kids Learn a Second Language Fast

Being bilingual has its benefits in this ever-changing and advancing world. So if you know some basics or you're fluent with another language, teaching this valuable skill to your kids as early as possible is a wise decision you can make as a parent today. Why?

How to Design Rock Star Online Learning Courses - GovDelivery

At some point everyone has to take a training course. New hire training, new technology trainings, new information - the list goes-on. But unfortunately most of the training that exists is extremely boring. And that means fewer people complete the trainings or properly retain the important knowledge therein.

Semantic Text Theme and Facet Generation in Collaborative Online Learning Environments

Online students' ability to collaborate with peers may lead to increased learning and positive attitude toward their learning. Given a need for more theoretical and practical work in this area, we sought to compare differences between high and low-collaboration groups in an assignment to determine if higher levels of collaboration lead to higher levels of semantic writing.