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Peer Assessment – Pros and Pitfalls

The Role of Practice in Promoting Learning The Web is an excellent medium for presenting knowledge, whether through text or (arguably more engagingly) video lectures/tutorials. However to transform the passive reception of knowledge into real understanding it is necessary for

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Student use of recorded lectures

Should recordings support, or replace, the traditional lecture? Does the context of physically being in a lecture room listening to a live human presentation add anything to the learning experience that couldn’t be obtained from watching a video at the

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Technology and the Massification of Education

How Technology is Supporting Quality Education on a Massive Scale The modern world is growing increasingly complex seemingly by the day and in so doing is rendering skills that would have been sufficient to make a living a few years

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Educating for the Past

British Education Minister Michael Gove recently announced changes to the English system of awarding high school qualifications. Incredibly the GCSE system will move away from coursework towards assessment based on all-or-nothing exams. To call such changes an anachronism is an

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Towards An Open Online High School

Inspired by the success of MOOCs and driven by dissatisfaction with existing high school education OpenHigh aims to demonstrate there is an alternative (or supplement) to the traditional high school learning experience by providing free open resources to support high school education.

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Learning, Education and the Impact of MOOCs

This article describes the current e-learning landscape and considers the potential implications for traditional models of education. It discusses what is meant by learning and knowledge, and how the traditional role of education is being challenged by increasing technological innovation.

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Learning and the Impact of Technology

Abstract This paper begins by defining educational technology. It continues by considering what is meant by learning, and the factors that promote successful learning. Learning in the information age may differ from that of the industrial age in terms of

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Engaging hearts and minds Best Practice Guide

This Best Practice Guide has been put together by the UCISA (UK Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association) Academic Support Group to provide examples of good practice in engaging academics, and other staff, in the use of Technology Enhanced Learning

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Evidence-Based Principles for Multimedia Instruction

Claremont Graduate University has just added a recent talk by cognitive psychologist Dr. Rich Mayer of UC Santa Barbara on how multimedia software can be best used to promote learning.  This talk reviews a research program that has produced ten

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The Future of Lectures

Long the mainstay of post-school education delivery is the lecture under threat from new technology? Such was the opinion recently voiced by Donald Clark in a keynote at the recent ALT-C conference and summarized here with comments. I shan’t attempt

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