E-Learning Environments team blog UCL

We support Staff and Students using technology to enhance teaching & learning. Here you’ll find updates on developments at UCL, links & events as well as case studies and personal experiences. Let us know if you have any ideas you want to share! Go to UCL’s E-Learning Environments team...

ALT 2013 – MOOCs and More.

Taking the temperature at ALT 2013 was an interesting day out, and an enjoyable one as well. ALT is both very friendly and very informative even in just 1 day. The event was very well organised and the ALT ethos of sharing best practise was very enjoyable. However the overwhelming topic that attracted most interest and intrigue was the M word….MOOCs! The MOOC momentum in HE is now very common currency and the awaited launch of FutureLearn and the UK Governments simultaneous publication of its literature review on MOOCs were hot topics. The review of MOOCs – imaginatively titles the “Maturing of the MOOCs” led  by Stephen Haggard even attracted the attention of Private Eye. The announcement of edX and Google’s role in that MOOC certainly added fuel to the conversational fires. Where next for Google, Course builder, edX and the global war for the education market While there were many views, it was the view of many of my unscientific sampling (and of Stephen Downes the closing key-noter (more later)) that MOOCs were over-hyped, failing to learn from the past and are more than likely going in the wrong direction. The collective wisdom of 20 years of Alt it was felt was not always being listened to by policy makers and decision makers in institutions and in the higher echelons of the education establishment. To be fair, one can see the fear of the UK education establishment and UK Government of the latest US orientated MOOC revolution. Given the recent publication of the UK’s education strategy highlighting the importance of Higher Education in particular to UK PLC it...

ELEARNSPACE Blog

George Siemens blog who is with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. This is a seriously well informed blog Check out...

DML central blog

This collaborative blog and curated collection of free and open resources is produced by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, whose mission is to advance research in the service of a more equitable, participatory, and effective ecosystem of learning keyed to the digital and networked era. Check out DML centrals...

Mobile Learning blog

Mobile Learning is authored and edited by Leonard Low, Online Campus Manager and Educational Technology Strategist at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Australia. He is a member of CIT’s Flexible Learning Solutions department, and has been involved with a number of National Projects including Flexways, Toolbox Champions, and the E-Standards for Training Experts Group. Check out the Mobile Learning...

2012-17 e-learning market predictions from GSV Advisors

New e-learning market size analysis published by Edtech Digest, from GSV ADVISORS. The report offers a summary of overall Global Education Expenditure, and this is broken down into a series of catagories including e-learning at K-12, Higher post secondary and Corporate, and this is repeated for the US market. The figures are very interesting, in showing likely growth levels to 2015 and gives a market size in 2017. So what do they tell us in global terms….. Well the global spend on education is estimated at $4450.9bn and is slated to grow at 7%, with K-12 growing at 6%, Post secondary at 8% and corporate and government also at 8%. E-learning is however slated to grow at 23%. This takes the e-learning market…globally from $90bn to $166.5 bn in 2015 and $255 bn in 2017. That is a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 23% between 2012-17. That is impressive. The CAGRin the three areas of e-learning classified vary significantly. K-12 has 33% CAGR, Higher education 25% CAGR and corporate e-learning of only 8% CAGR. Education gaming is forecast to grow by 44% CAGR from $2.0bn to $7.4bn by 2017. So corporate e-learning is forecast to grow at the overall market rate of Corporate and Government learning as a whole and that’s 8% CAGR! This is quite disappointing for the corporate e-learning market and its worse in the USA as this is forecast at 5%, but we must console ourselves that the corporate and government learning market in total is only growing at 4% CAGR 2012-17. Our analysis of the numbers is limited, but one area we would highlight...

Learning with 'e's

Steve Wheeler’s blog is very learner-centred and he ranges over subjects as diverse as Wikipedia, game-based learning, usability and sympathetic content development. I found his approach very appealing and his range of interests exciting, interesting and informative. You can read Learning with ‘e’s here. It is also worth checking out Steve’s slideshares on this link Follow him on...

DMLcentral

Located at the systemwide University of California Humanities Research Institute and hosted at UC Irvine, all of the Research Hub’s activities — which include original research, blogs, websites, publications, and an annual conference — are supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative. What we do 1) We investigate the ways in which digital technology is changing learning environments, social and civic institutions, and youth culture. 2) We work to support the growth of the emerging digital media and learning field and community. 3) We spread thought leadership and best practices for next generation learning and civics. How we do it Carry out an extensive agenda of original research Produce blogs, websites, a report series, other publications Hold an annual conference Support emerging scholars by sponsoring workshops, working groups and a weeklong summer institute Partner with like-minded research organizations and individuals Our research Connected Learning With principal investigator Mimi Ito at UC Irvine, this network of scholars is carrying out research tied to the historical moment of the rise of social media, the Internet, and networked culture, and is developing a new model for learning. This new learning paradigm takes advantage of the promise of newfound connections youth have to peers, ideas, knowledge, interests and mentors through the Internet and digital media. Youth and Participatory Politics With principal investigator Joseph Kahne at Mills College, this interdisciplinary network of scholars is working together to understand the ways youth participation in online networks and environments is reshaping youth civic and political engagement in the public sphere. Our supporter We are supported by the John D....