Online Ed Skepticism and Self-Sufficiency: Survey of Faculty Views on Technology

The  highlights of new report  from Gallup is out (they surveyed 2,799 faculty members and 288 academic technology administrators in August and September 2014). The full report is available online, but you will need to provide your name and email address. Are you optimistic or somewhat skeptical? I am always amazed how people who never taught are eager to provide their opinion on how inferior online learning is…

 

New blended learning resources from Ireland!

The Blended Learning Toolkit from colleagues in RSC Northern Ireland is an open resource for anyone who is interested in getting started with blended learning. The aim of the toolkit is to provide step-by-step practical guidance and links to useful resources for developing your blended learning materials.

The toolkit has four parts:
Part I is focused on getting familiar with the concept of blended learning and understanding how roles and responsibilities of lecturers are evolving.

Part II focuses on planning your approach to your blended course design. Planning includes analysing your traditional course to identify sessions which can be delivered online, while considering the needs of your learners

Part III looks at how to develop content and online activities and how to source appropriate media and materials which are readily available online for use in education.

Part IV centers on how to build a standalone online module, using various authoring tools which are available.

There is also a supporting video which provides an overview and is interspersed with case study clips from learning provider staff.

GoSoapBox

GoSoapBox allows you to have your audience respond to questions through their laptops, tablets, and phones.

In GoSoapBox the Polls tool allows you to survey your audience by having them select an answer choice in response to a question. The Discussions tool allows you to have students reply to open-ended questions.  One of the simplest yet effective survey options in GoSoapBox is a tools called a Confusion Meter. The Confusion Meter allows students to simply say, “yes, I get it” or “no, I don’t get it.” All of the GoSoapBox survey tools can accept anonymous feedback.

You can use the Social Q&A tool to have students submit their questions to you. Students can see each others question submissions and vote them up if they want to.

The Horizon Report Europe 2014 Schools Edition

“This report provides valuable insights and guidance for policy-makers and school leaders about the need to embrace digital and open resources. Europe needs to raise its game if we are to ensure our young generation are prepared for their future careers,” said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. “Improved digital skills and access to digital and open resources are crucial, not just for better teaching, but also for creating flexible education models that make life-long learning easier.”

You can access this report here.