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PORTAL IS NOW LIVE! WORLD CONFERENCE ON ONLINE LEARNING 2017 IN TORONTO, CANADA
2,000 Delegates from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Nations, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Arab states will be gathering in Toronto, Canada, from October 17-19, 2017, to expand boundaries and explore new frontiers of teaching, learning and skills development.
Theme: Teaching in the Digital Age Re-Thinking Teaching & Learning
- Emerging Pedagogies and Designs for Online Learning
- Expanding Access, Openness and Flexibility
- Changing Models of Assessment
- New Delivery Tools and Resources for Learning
- Re-Designing Institutional Business Models
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See you at the World Conference on Online Learning, the 27th International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference, from October 17-19, 2017, in Toronto, Canada.
AMAZON, GOOGLE AND APPLE - HOW THESE THREE BIG PLAYERS ARE CHANGING THE HIGHER EDUCATION LANDSCAPE
In the same week that Amazon acquired an e-learning company and announced that it intended to strengthen the value of its Kindle device by offering e-learning for schools, colleges and universities, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) became the largest company in the world by revenue. Google offers educational supports from a free version of office software products, through thousands of applications which run on any device to the devices themselves. And then there is Apple, which dominates the mobile device market and is extensively engaged in supporting open educational resources (OER) for learning through iTunes University.
Three questions come to mind when considering these developments:
- What are the plans and strategic intentions of these companies?
- How disruptive might they be?
- Will their growth and development change the post-secondary landscape?
Read Amazon, Google and Apple - How These Three Big Players Are Changing the Higher Education Landscape and explore these three questions.
NOW AVAILABLE IN FRENCH
TEACHING IN A DIGITAL AGE: GUIDELINES FOR DESIGNING TEACHING AND LEARNING
Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning by Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Dr. Tony Bates, is now available in French.
This must-read textbook for faculty and instructors involved in designing teaching and learning has been downloaded more 13,000 times from the Teaching in a Digital Age website, which has been visited by 88,000 unique visitors since the April 2015 launch of the book.
Contact North | Contact Nord is pleased to make the complete PDF version of Teaching in a Digital Age available in French for faculty and instructors.
Click here to download the French-language version of Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning, L’enseignement à l’ère numérique : Des balises pour concevoir l'enseignement et l'apprentissage.
INTERNATIONAL POCKETS OF INNOVATION
GROUND-BREAKING PRACTICES IN ONLINE LEARNING FROM EDUCATORS
Available to All – One Portal Featuring More than 34,000 Open Educational Resources Developed by Universities in France
The government of France supported the development of thousands of open educational resources (OERs) by universities and other partners, which are organized under eight subject-specific Digital Numérique Universities. Recently, a single entry portal and search engine has been launched so that a subject search will result in detailed information on the OERs available in multiple languages from all eight Digital Universities. Click here to read Available to All - One Portal Featuring More than 34,000 Open Educational Resources Developed by Universities in France.
The International Pockets of Innovation series showcases a broad range of examples of best practices in online learning from faculty and instructors in higher education around the world. To date, this growing series features stories from academic innovators from Ireland, Norway, France, Iceland, and Germany, with more added each month.
These descriptions of experiences, products, and services highlight models and resources that can be adapted in many educational settings to improve student access and success in online programs and courses.
Visit International Pockets of Innovation to read more of the selections. This international series complements Contact North | Contact Nord’s Pockets of Innovation Series with 125 examples of how innovative educators in Ontario’s public colleges and public universities are using online learning to provide engaging learning experiences for students.
For Faculty and Instructors
Barkley, E.F. (2009) Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. New York: Wiley Jossey-Bass
Following extensive studies, including the National Study of Student Engagement, it is very clear that student engagement and “grit” are the best predictors of learning outcomes at school, college and university. But how do we engage students? What does this work look like? This well thought through text helps address these questions.
For Instructional Designers
Fink, L.D. (2009) Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. New York: Wiley Jossey-Bass
The key to this book is the word “significant”. What the author seeks to do is share approaches to the task of design so the experience of the student is memorable, engaging and effective.
The book addresses new research on how people learn, active learning, and student engagement; includes illustrative examples from online teaching; and reports on the effectiveness of Fink's time-tested model. Fink also explores recent changes in higher education and offers more proven strategies for dealing with student resistance to innovative teaching. It’s a must read book, especially for those working with new faculty.
For Administrators and Policy Makers
Strange, C.C. and Banning, J.H. (2015): Designing for Learning: Creating Campus Environments for Student Success. New York: Wiley Jossey Bass.
As students pay more for their education, they become both more discerning and demanding. They expect a level of engagement and quality service at a different level from past generations and will transfer to other institutions if they perceive the service offering to be more appropriate to their needs.
This book explores the ways in which supports for different kinds of learners and different levels of learning can be designed so as to increase engagement, satisfaction and completion.
To view all past selections in the Worth Reading series, visit the Worth Reading page on teachonline.ca.