Tuesday, February 25, 2014

5 E-Learning Trends that will spell the end of LMS

Love this article from Kasper Spiro on E-Learning Industry.  I will disagree with his timeframe on the demise of LMS as I don't think education changes that fast - BUT -do like a lot of what he is saying in the BIG 5 Changes!
5 eLearning Trends Leading to the End of the Learning Management System

  • Self-directed Learning - Learners Take Control
    Today learning is becoming more “pull’ and less “push”, as learners take charge of their own learning. Since there is so much available information for anyone to find what they need, when they need it -- through search engines, Wikipedia, Mooc’s or YouTube. Learners do not have to wait for scheduled learning opportunities by the learning department. Learners need information to solve an immediate need or problem, or decide for themselves where, when and how to complete courses to gain new skills or knowledge. As a result, companies are turning to collaboration tools, such as Yammer or Epath that facilitate performance based learning, informal learning, social collaboration and knowledge sharing.
    Moreover, Tin Can (Xperience api) makes it possible to track and trace any learning experience on an individual level. For the company this data could be the source for getting to know the individual learner (as Google does), as well as for presenting the right material and facilities at the right time. For the learner it provides support in taking control of his personal development.

  • Personalized (Adaptive) Learning 
    Adaptive learning has become a broad concept that can be accomplished in a number of ways and it is the future of formal learning. There are different ways of creating adaptive content. It can be accomplished by tagging learning components and making them smart, by offering personalized learning paths based on the outcome of previous activities, or by creating smarter personalized courses based on learning objectives. All methods are good and they can even be combined. But the trend is definitely towards more flexible and personalized learning material instead of a one-size-fits-all course.

  • Curation
    As learning becomes more self-directed and learner controlled, the job of learning professionals will shift from creating courses and scheduling events, to collecting information and learner generated content. These content assets will need to be identified and indexed for easy and effective searches by the learner. There are all kinds of aggregation software available that do this automatically, but I believe the human factor is irreplaceable in the curation process. This is an example of how learning professionals need to become more facilitative.

  • Anywhere, anytime and any device
    With a Smart phone (and a tablet) in hand, employees bring their own devices to work. Self-directed learning becomes easier, as each of us is always connected and able to find answers to anything. The impact will be huge. Not only will the learner choose his own device, but he will also select the software and sources he wants to use for learning. He is no longer a learner in the corporate controlled environment.

  • Specialized learning material
    Learners can find courses and content almost everywhere. Increasingly this content will be offered by MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course). This means that basic courses focused on skills and knowledge will not add value to the learner, it is already available. So, training departments will need to create more specialized content.
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    12 e-Learning Predictions for this year

    They are for Europe but could be for anywhere and make total sense for anyone in the edtech / e-learning market - from Edtech Europe:

    1. Big focus on user engagement - have to get peopel to finish courses
    2. From MOOCs to SOOCs - from massive to selective
    3. Widespread adoption of bring your own device - obviously for the well off who have devices so this could also be a wider education gap between haves and have nots
    4. The rise of data analytics
    5. Mobile, casual and informal learning apps
    6. Peer-to-peer learning platforms
    7. Increased use of video and immersive learning environments
    8. Emergence of learning records stores - (not record stores but data storage for your lifelong learning)
    9. Increased focus on rewards, certification and accreditation
    10. Large media corporations actively investing in e-Learning
    11. Continued growth in online-enabled private tuition
    12. Growing use of technology platforms for vocational training

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    6 technology trends radically radically affecting higher ed

    When you get 56 experts from around the globe together to better understand the higher education landscape you get a very detailed report entitled the The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition - pretty impressive stuff.

    The six technology changes affecting higher ed are

    1. Social media's impact - building communities of practice, learning communities - higher ed needs to understand how to leverage social media for improved outcomes
    2. Blended learning - obvious but is really taking hold - combining the best of live and online learning is a necessity for improved success
    3. Data-driven learning and assessment - necessary for creating personalized learning and improving overall performance
    4. Learning by making and creating as opposed to simple consumption is a huge shift and will be difficult for most to adopt
    5. Continuing evolution to improved online learning will be a longer term change but still coming
    6. More agile approaches to teaching and learning - mimicking start ups in technology
    Well worth the read as those that stay ahead of these changes will win in the long run. 

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

    K-12 Revenue Models

    The great thing about AcceleratingED is working with so many amazing education entrepreneurs who are trying to move the needle.  I have been spending some time with Paul Abumov at ScribeSense which is gaining some great traction on assessment grading - and we started talking about alternative sales models in K-12.

    Then I found the article about how "How this EdTech startup reached 7 million students without charging schools a dime".

    If you are trying to launch an edtech company you definitely need to read this (and contact me) if you really want to get into the market fast.  This is a great story about reaching out to industry to sponor content, use certifications and badges and create a revenue stream.

    But don't wait - like everything in edtech, people will follow the money and the space will get crowded fast.

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Celebrate Digital Learining Day

    The Blended Schools Network. Enable images to see our full e-mail.
    February 5th is Digital Learning Day! To celebrate, we are hosting free live sessions on a variety of blended and online learning topics. Check out the webinars we're offering below, and register to watch them live or as an archived recording.
    Five Key Administrative Decisions for Successful Online Programs
    At the Blended Schools Network, we have over a decade of experience with implementing online learning programs. Whether you call your program enriched virtual, flex, cyber school or an online academy, administrative decision making is key to the early success of new programs. 
    In this session we will talk about five key decisions that must be made and clearly communicated to all program stakeholders to ensure a successful program.

    Open Educational Resources from the Blended Schools Network
    Our award winning courses provide robust online and blended learning experiences. We trust our content so much that we've decided to give away unit one of all our new courses for free!
    In this session we will talk about how you can get free access to these great open educational resources through the Blended Schools Network market place.
    Five Habits of Successful Online Teachers
    At the Blended Schools Network, we work with online teachers a lot, and we've found that the most successful teachers tend to share the same habits.
    In this session we will talk about effective strategies that online teachers use to keep their students engaged, stay in control of their work load and also provide a great learning environment

    Using iPads in the Blended Classroom
    At the Blended Schools Network, we have over a decade of experience with implementing blended learning programs. During that time, we've seen many schools embrace mobile devices in the classroom as part of rotation and flipped classroom implementations. Devices such as smart phones and tablets help drive adoption due to lower costs and increased portability.
    In this session we will talk about tools, tips and ideas about using iPads as part of a rotation classroom. Many of these concepts could also be applied to any tablet device.