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Designing e-Learning – Key Choices

The Internet is a global many-to-many communications network impacting billions of people in countless ways. A major aspect of this impact is the availability and delivery of knowledge and education, where the term ‘education’ implies a guided journey through some

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How do we learn?

New article by Sal Khan on optimal learning: The Learning Myth: Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart

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How Open are MOOCs?

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and indeed (at present) anyone may enrol in MOOCs and study free of charge at their leisure. However former British Open University Vice-Chancellor John Daniel recently complained that Coursera doesn’t make its materials available

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What Should Education Be?

It’s encouraging to see much active debate on the future of education at this time, such as Sugata Mitra’s Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education (Observer, 15 June 2013). Mitra argues that currently taught skills are no

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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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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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Personalized Learning – A New Educational Paradigm

One of the greatest promises offered by e-learning is its potential to offer a personalized learning experience to each individual learner. In traditional learning education providers offer courses to which learners sign up. A course consists of a fixed syllabus,

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Learning Theories and Learning Styles

Understanding how people learn is the key to producing effective instruction, both traditionally and in the form of e-learning. Although many theories of learning have been proposed, with some leading candidates described below, it seems clear that different individuals learn

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Designing e-learning

Instructional Design for e-learning Instructional design is the process of designing learning experiences so as to maximize learning effectiveness. This document describes some of the major issues involved in designing beneficial instruction. It is primarily aimed at those creating online/distance

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