Archive for learning 2.0

learning is drastically different now

Posted in video with tags , , , , , on November 14, 2009 by ruyoung

the education system may be revamped whether we’re ready or not.


upcoming industry conferences and events 2009-2010

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by ruyoung

Bridging the Gap: Serious Games to Game-Based Learning
Feb 19, 2009
Toronto, ON, Canada

Campus Crisis Simulation: Improving Campus-Wide Response to an Emergency
Feb 25-27, 2009
Irvine, CA, USA

Hybrid Learning: Instructional and Institutional Implementation
Feb 27,2009

Faculty Development in Blended/Online Learning
Mar 2-4,2009
Denver, CO, USA

Financial Information for Continuing Education Decision-Making
Mar 9, 2009

E-learning and language…the spirit of the age
Mar 14-15, 2009
Cairo, Egypt

Game Based Learning
Mar 19-20, 2009
London, London, United Kingdom

Globally Competitive Education – the need for enlightened leadership and system
Apr 2-4, 2009
Jabalpur, India

Language Education Today: between Theory and practice
May 8-9, 2009
Timisoara, Romania

Community Engagement and Service: The Third Mission of Universities
May 18-20, 2009
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Creative Skills Training Council Internationale 2009
May 26-29, 2009
Melacca, Malaysia

Educating Youth for Citizenship: East and West
Jun 1-3, 2009
Beijing, China

European College Teaching & Learning Conference
Jun 8-11, 2009
Prague, Czech Republic

EEEL 2009 – International Conference on e-Education and e-Learning
Jun 24, 2009
Paris, France

EDULEARN09 (International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies)
Jul 6-8, 2009
Barcelona, Spain

EC-TEL 09- Fourth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
Sep 29-Oct 2, 2009
Cannes, France

Global Education Network (GEN) Conference
Oct 8-10,2009
San Diego, CA, USA

Edge 2009: Inspiration and Innovation in Teacher education
Oct 14-16, 2009
St. John’s, NF, Canada

mLearn 2009 – 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning
Oct 26-30, 2009
Orlando, FL, USA

2nd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society
Jul 21-24, 2010
Paris, France

grockit, the massive multi player online learning game

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2008 by ruyoung

world of warcraft can move over! grockit is about to enter the ring.

the folks at the centre for learning and performance technologies alerted me to the massive multi player online learning game that is still in beta development, and quoted techcrunch50 who reported that it is “an online, interactive learning tool that brings students together to answer quizzes with each other. The startup has raised $10 million for what it’s calling a “Massively Multi Player Online Learning Game”, which takes its cue from World of Warcraft and applies that game’s concepts to SAT-like study groups. Grockit features a chat room where students can talk with one another as they deliberate over questions. They can also award each other points for their insight.”

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blending learning 2.0 (with the emphasis on  collaboration) and edugaming can be a fun way to study and learn. small study groups can chat about questions presented, commend each other when comments are helpful, and reveal both correct and incorrect answers for a well-rounded learning experience.

adapting this to class groups for adult learning would work well too. i can see this working for any continuing education class i would take.

and the eventual mobile client component for this will be really, really sweet.

i’ll be really excited to try this.

educating learning technology designers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by ruyoung

educating learning technology designers: guiding and inspiring cretors of innovative educational tools, edited by chris digiano, shelley goldman, michael chorost, is a compilation of lessons learned in developing learning technologies. it touches on theoretical perspectives, collaboration, pedagogical feedback, and the design of educational games and will be available in paperback in nov 2008.  [ more info ]

it’s on my amazon wishlist.  ;-)

2008 bloggers choice awards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2008 by ruyoung

i’ve been nominated for the 2008 bloggers choice awards in the education category.

if you’d like to vote for my blog as well, click on this badge:

My site was nominated for Best Education Blog!

what an honour – thank you veganbilly!

open source textbooks gaining ground

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 2, 2008 by ruyoung

flatworld knowledge is another contender in the open source textbook market.

while other open source textbook options are admirably doing something similar, flatworld knowledge takes it a step further to offer supplements to download, such as instructor manuals, lecture powerpoint slides, and test item files. this brings the open source textbook concept full circle and is inclusive of not just the student, but the educator as well.

We preserve the best of the old – books by leading experts that are rigorously reviewed and developed to the highest standards. Then we flip it all on its head.  Our books are free online. We offer convenient, low-cost choices for students – print, audio, by-the-chapter, and more. Our books are open for instructors to mix, mash, and make their own. Our books are the hub of a social learning network where students learn from the book and each other.

operating with a creative commons licence, flatworld knowledge is open to connecting with authors and researchers to help create the materials that students can order in whichever format suits them better: physical textbooks, pdf format, or even mp3 format. (and perhaps even other mobile learning formats such as pdfs for the amazon kindle or the sony reader)

and to make it truly learning 2.0, the market place where anyone – instructor, learner, and passionate passersby alike – can sell materials such as study aids, and the community tools offer collaboration, instant messaging and communication, and question and answers.

stay tuned for their launch in jan 2009.

the mobile learning concoction

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2008 by ruyoung

while doing some research on mobile learning, i was excited to find the m-learning consortium, a collaborative effort of educators and technology vendors to discover ways of enhancing learning with  mobile technology. unfortunately, i think they missed their mark by offering pdas to first year college students back in 2002, and athabasca university and university of toronto mississauga also did some testing in 2006 on college-aged students (pdf). today, first year college students are much more savvy with handheld devices, and are rarely without at least one or two devices anyway.

however, i can’t help but wonder what sort of opportunity there is for adult learning with mobile devices. with the successful launch of the iphone and ipod touch, and the fact that executives without blackberries seem to be a rare find, the market for m-learning for adults is surely coming into play, slowly but surely. just a few weeks ago jenna sweeney blogged about the slow birth of m-learning, suggesting that in order for m-learning to be effective, it must start with enterprise acceptance.

We must begin with enterprise acceptance, including executives and IT professionals willing to support a mobile infrastructure. These individuals have already seen the value of being “unplugged” as desktop computers have converted to laptops and notebook computers. Mobility has already become a focus for IT departments. Adoption of enterprise mobility is all about increasing workforce productivity – certainly not a hard sell.

companies such as toolbook, trainer1, and giunti labs have already successfully marketed m-learning in europe and the uk. in canada at least, the cost of data plans may be prohibitive to ensure the success of m-learning. a year ago thomas purves reported that international cost comparison to canadian data carriers looked like this:

i’d be interested to see an updated graph now that the iphone is on the canadian market. the combination of products available and carriers to offer the data packages alone isn’t the key to how successful m-learning for adult learning can be in canada, but also how the mobile web technology is adapted for the devices and who can be quick to market with architectually beautiful innovation. finding the balance within this concoction will be key.