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UK government sponsored research highlights traditional schooling shortcomings

The What Works? evidence for decision makers report published yesterday by the UK government casts doubt on the effectiveness of many assumptions that form the basis of the traditional school system. Assumptions shown to have little or even negative effect

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Free mLearning ebook

Get the lowdown on this rapidly evolving means of deploying learning. This free ebook from The eLearning Guild – 158 Tips on mLearning: From Planning to Implementation – is available at http://www.elearningguild.com/publications/?id=35

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Open Educational Resources (OER) – What’s out there?

An Introduction to OER and Directory of Major OER Repositories From information famine to information overload Over the past decade or two the Internet has transformed our access to knowledge. From being locked in the pages of physical books or

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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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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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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 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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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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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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