by Nic Laycock
The “back channel”—mainly a stream of participant comments on Twitter—has become a mainstay of conferences. The back channel adds value, extends the reach of conferences, builds personal networks, and supports curation—and that’s only the start! The back channel is global, as Nic Laycock reports this month.
by Jane Bozarth
There is no magic formula for assessing the value of social interactions; no formula like “two hours on LinkedIn + four comments in groups = tangible outcomes for the organization.” So how do you know time spent using social media isn’t wasted? Jane has some ideas you can use.
Do you learn more by interacting with a live person, or by interacting with a computer? Does the belief that you are interacting with another person (as opposed to a computer) affect learning? In this first installment of our new research review series, a study looks beyond the Turing Test. This article summarizes the findings and offers some implications for instructional design.
As more and more training moves into the cloud, enabling mobile access is all the rave. But doing this for a free and open course makes the designer’s life that much more exciting. Make design and development easy for yourself—use what is already out there before starting to develop your own mobile solutions that enable access to your open, online, or cloud course. Here’s how!
by Alan Reid
Integrating social media into academia is no longer a novel idea. But many educators may still wonder why they should do this, and, most specifically, they wonder whether Twitter is helpful. Research shows that, when used explicitly as a tool to improve self-regulation through metacognitive support, Twitter becomes very effective.
For anyone who thinks education in America isn’t quite right and wants to do something about it, add Clark Aldrich’s Unschooling Rules to your summer reading list. This quick read of Aldrich’s 55 common-sense insights will surely pique your interest. And you may soon find yourself unlearning everything you know about schools in America today.