jueves, 1 de mayo de 2014

Sharing culture...

This week I wanted to focus on the sharing culture, more the PLN....  Years ago the old paradigm was "knowledge is power" and nowadays the paradigm is being changed by "sharing knowledge is power". Some people felt this paradigm as an obligation and that makes them feel out of the wave, but it is not an obligation, it is only a possibility that if you want to choose, can help you in your proffesional and personal.development. It is up to you!

Technology plays a really important role in this change of paradigm because it makes possible the connection with lots and lots of people around the world and gets them easely collaborate in many different ways. But the technolgy and this culture of sharing need not to be blind and we need to learn how to use them to our advantage.

Most knowledge is shared socially. Research shows that managers get two-thirds of their information
from face-to-face meetings or via the telephone and only one-third from documents. People are five times more likely to turn to friends and colleagues for answers to their problems rather than to other sources of
information, so it seems that with the technology has been natural the quick placement as a growing practice of the sharing culture. But we need to identify what is the key knowledge that is important to share for us, capture it or elaborate it using the technology to finally share it with the correct audience. Take a look at this two pictures which are going to show you two aspects: the negative and the postive pole of sharing culture, it refers when it is well understood and when it is not.

Sharing is a good practice but you have to do it wisely... Check the services you use to share and their privacy policy...

Heather A. and James D. McKeen Installing a Knowledge-sharing culture:http://apollon1.alba.edu.gr/OKLC2002/Proceedings/pdf_files/ID25.pdf

There are No Private Circles
There are No Private Circles. The antisocial media blog: http://theantisocialmedia.com/there-are-no-private-circles/
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domingo, 6 de abril de 2014

Week 21: MOOCs...

Image Source: http://blogs.elpais.com/.a/6a00d8341bfb1653ef019b00dcf24d970b-pi

This week, the topic about the MOOC courses was the one  that captures my attention most. I have heard and read many different comments about MOOCs. Some people say they are a waist of time and money, another people really look at them like potential tools to promote and facilitate the longlife learning.

There are many  different MOOCs, these differences are in methodology, objectives and results and the experience every student has about them it depends on all these variables, their will to learn, their knowledge about the technology that is used to do the course and their habilities to learn in a self - directed way.

I really think that the informal learning is having more and more presence and it is becoming more and more important. Maybe MOOCs truly are one of the biggest experiments done by the Universties testing differents variables about this informal and formal learning interconected in these kind of courses. Maybe they are the attempt to fight against the college bubble like the college conspiracy said. MOOCs can be used to select the better students from all over the world o even as an introductory part of a certain subject which means a kind of advertisment of a degree or an University.

But apart from all the interest, all the doubts around this courses, good and bad ones. It's a fact that you can now learn from the more important professors from the most important Universities in the world, in a free way about certain subjects. This was'nt possible before, without technolgy and I think it is a really good opportunity not only to learn, but also to contact with other students interested in the same topic and create an important network from where in the future can be developed many interesting projects.

Even having a really huge desertation rate, they can be solutions to many gaps in the educational systems. And now that it seems that, at least in my country, the education is going to be only for the elite again, they can be useful tools to learn what is not allowed in other more conventional academic ways.

martes, 1 de abril de 2014

Week 20: Introduction to Educational Technology and Instructional Design

Talk about instructional design and educational technology nowadays is not separated at all in this technological world where we live. but sometimes we tend to give more relevance to one part of this equation than the other. We are likely to forget that instructional design is first with the pedagogical approach needed than the techology we can use in our classrooms and we also tend to  forget that the human touch is really needed in the learning process. I loved what Jaron Lanier said in his article:
 "The trick is being ambidextrous, holding one hand to the heart while counting on the digits of the other".  
 But I took their meaning in the more heart centered way....

I enjoyed a lot the video  History of Instructional technology in Rob Bond's Blog and I think within it, It can be felt the need to be aware about the point where we are, the things we need to learn for the future and the tremedous importance of the human relationships, connections and emotions in the learning process. It is not only the design or the technology, it is the interconetions we can set up with the mankind and the human nature inside each of us, also the connection with the real world what makes a teacher, a methodology, a technology really effective in the learning process.

I see the future in a learner centered way to understand the learning instructional design and the application of educational techologies which together with a network of learning designer and meta-theories  look for enhance the flexibility and efficiency in learning and teaching processes. This future is built from now, so each of us can make the difference but not only it is built by designer or teachers, also it is built by students and other experts related with education.

 Some of the important words now and in the future related with intructional design and educational techology will be:
Construction, social intelligence, cognitive skills, intellectual skills, social skills, inmersion, artificial experiences, real experiences, creativity, emotions, human touch and connections, self control, self - directed and paced learning,  critical thinking, problem oriented strategies, contextual knowledge, lifelong learning.... and many, many more, but  what would you  add?

domingo, 23 de marzo de 2014

Week 19: Introduction to Online Education Theory

Different educational theories (I loved the Claire's awesome video) also show the different roles that teachers play in the learning process.Some examples from the slide cast Lisa and Jim made and shared this week are:

Instructivism -   Teacher as a expert who give the content to the students

Constructivism - Teachers as a builder of significative experiences of learning for the pupils

Conectivism -   Teachers as facilitators

These theories show different roles of the students,  dvaried scenarios giving different relevance to the places where the learning process takes place, also to the  resources , the different focus in the process and about the content and context. All of them give us as teachers a key to understand better the process of learning and teaching, also they can give us clues to adjust our teaching style to the context, field of knowledge and the needs our students  have, so they are really useful to help us to desing our teaching style.

It is necessary to face this theories and decide what to pick up from them to help us to build really good experiences for learning. We need to analize the positive and negative aspects of everyonein order to take and adjust the positive things to our objectives, students, contexts, available resources and needs.  

I think the taks and roles of a teacher now are very different from other points in  education's history  and these roles and task are going to change very quickly with the technological evolution we are experiencing. This week make me think about the future of learning and teaching,  the way I imagine the classrooms and the learning and teaching processes in a few years... and the first thinking about it was that it is necessary to build a space in the classroom where everyone can learn and practice values: grit, selfcontrol, social inteligence, gratitude, resiliency,...etc. I think  they will be an important key to add deeply in the curriculum. We need to prepare students to face the changes and be self-tought persons because  the lifelong learning is going to be one of the characteristic of the future.

About the teachers I thought that we are NOW designing the future and we need to build an adaptable learning and teaching process  to the new  needs the society and the laboral market have and its changes.  We need also to find the way to rebuild the role of a teacher because we need to be preparared to face unexpected processes, results and events, digital natives are going ahead of us in many ways and we need to find the way to use their experiences and knowledge as a step in the ladder of the learning process where not only one individual can start from, but also everyone in the classroom could learn from him or her to go up in the ladder of knowledge in the learning adventure.

viernes, 14 de marzo de 2014

Week 18: Classroom Management and Facilitation

Image source: http://www.ucop.edu/lms/images/lms.jpg

I have been using Moodle more than others platforms and Blackboard. The online class that you can create with an CMS/LMS tool is really powerful, it lets you have everything in one place very well organized and they usually have many tools you can use to evaluate different activities you want your student do. The good point about this kind of tools is that they are specifically designed by its use in education and they give many options and resources to build an educational environment where students and teachers can work together.
Image source: http://goo.gl/p5uFB1

The future of this kind of tools as the article "Rebuilding the LMS for the 21st Century" says is to get  some system of combination which let include new social networks, Web 2.0 or 3.0 tools and I would add a better development and inclussion in mobile devices as tablets and smartphones or other wearables devices.

It will be necessary, in my oppinion, a more personalized CMS/LMS not only for the subjects and the teachers or organizations, but also for each of the students because if we can build that deep personalization we will be able to attend the special needs of every student and also be able to adapt our online classrooms to the new changes.

Here I want to share an analysis made by Claudio Ariel Clarenc where with others of his colleagues evaluated 19 LMS tools. I think this work is very good and clear about the adventages and disadventages different platforms have.

jueves, 6 de marzo de 2014

Week 17: Our Students Online

I think it is very important to have a FAQ section in the virtual classroom where the student can find the answers to their more common doubts. This is an example of 7 points that in our  FAQs can not be left behind in an online course:

1. How can I access my online class?
In this section you have to give your student a complete guide of the requirements that they need to have to access the online class: what kind of software, hardware, connection.... etc.
You have to explain how to access step by step to your online class: Give the URL to your site, explain if the need a password and how to get it, where they have to sing in and after that where they have to log in and how.

2. How to communicate with my  instructor?
In this section you have to explain where the student can find the tools to communicate with the instructor, how to use them (add a minitutorial if it is possible) the tutoring session schedule and how to find notifications about news or other topics during the course.

3. How to comunicate with your classmates?
In this section you have to explain where the students can find the tools to communicate with their classmates and how to use them (add a minitutorial if it is possible)

4. What to do if I have technical problems?
 Here you have to give your students a way to contact to the technical support of your online class and if you have some list of typical problems and how to solved, it will be very helpful to add a link to the tutorials about them.

5. Where can I find the assingments?
Here you have to be very clear about where they are going to find the assingments, how to submit them, how to find the deadlines and what they have to do if the deadline is close and the system does not work.

6.How is the evaluation process of this course?
Here you have to explain the evaluation criteria and process in detail. 

7. How to get my certificate?
Here you have to explain what the students need to do to get the certificate and how the certificate will be received by them when they get to accomplish all the assignments correctly.

domingo, 2 de marzo de 2014

Week 16: Creating Class Elements Part 3: Screencasting and multimedia

Hi everyone

I selected this time the tool Prezi and here I share with you my presentation. Hope you enjoy it!!!
Thanks for watching!!