Research says making learning materials more difficult to read can significantly improve student performance

This research finding should probably taken with caution until it has been replicated in other contexts — and see the comment on the original blog post about the research design. But, if the findings are backed up, the conclusions are provocative. Clipped from Making learning materials more difficult to read can significantly improve student … Continue reading

Mimic experience of the face2face classroom, or take advantage of rich learning opps of the open web?

This Fast Company piece is about Duke University adopting Cisco’s Quad enterprise collaboration platform for use by its executive MBA students. Features include automatic transcription, enhanced search, and annotation of video lectures and content sharing over blogs, chatrooms, and in webinar-like formats. So this MBA programme is still competing by creating the aura of high … Continue reading

No ‘one size fits all’ model for education, #OER still only at end of the beginning (excerpts from @donaldclark)

This is a long piece by Donald Clark that touches on many subjects. I’m not attempting a summary of it all here, just excerpting the key lessons that seemed most valuable from an agile learning perspective… Clipped from 10 lessons learnt at WISE in Doha This culture clash surfaced time and time again at … Continue reading

Learning innovation starts in the classroom? What if the world were the classroom? from @jaycross

This little snippet jumped out at me. Jay Cross has honed his arguments into great, pithy observations like this one. Clipped from The whole discussion rested on Pelosi’s (and nearly everyone else’s) assumption that learning takes place in classrooms. When I managed to get the microphone, I asked whether the issue wouldn’t go away … Continue reading

Can we make a newspaper about self-organised learning?

Clipped from I’m still digesting the eight interviews I’ve done on these pages in recent months under the Agile Learning banner. (I know, I know: if I haven’t digested them yet, how must you feel?) A few kind souls say there’s some valuable stuff in them, and a handful have even taken on the … Continue reading

Rough notes from yesterday’s meetup with @andrew_davis, creator of Social Media Fundamentals course

Here are some rough notes with minimal editing from our meetup yesterday. If you’re near London, please join our group to keep up with this series of meetings. Andrew Davis started by outlining his career path. After graduating from Roehampton University in 2000 and failing to make a proper living from DJing for a year, … Continue reading