Monday, November 2, 2015

Open Educational Resources blog for Cambodia

Here is the Open Educational Resources blog for Cambodia:

It is managed by the Ministry of Cambodia.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A slide presentation on Instructional Design

An interesting slide presentation on Instructional Design by Damian Gordon, lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology

The transcript of the presentation is also given in the website.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The 10 different types of online learners

There is an interesting infographic on the 10 different types of online learners:

10 Types of Online Training Learners Infographic
Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

These are the 10 different types of online learners:

1. Confident Learners
2. Overachievers
3. Emotional Learners
4. Integrated Learners
5. Unmotivated Learners
6. Risk Takers
7. Surprised Learners
8. Motivated/Engaged Learners
9. Dependent Learners
10. Experiential Learners


The Learning Paradigm in Online Courses

Previously, it has always been that a school is a place where instructions are dished out to students. The teacher is always seen as the "sage on stage".

However, things have changed.

Nowadays, schools, colleges and universities focus very much on learning as opposed to dishing out instructions to students. This aligns very much with constructivism.

The Learning Paradigm (as opposed to the Instruction Paradigm), emphasizes the students’ active role in learning and the purpose of that learning, which can be strong motivators for students.

The challenge for instructors is to cede some control of learning to the students.

For more information on this, please refer to the following article:

The Learning Paradigm in Online Courses
By: Rob Kelly

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Reliance on e-search is 'eroding memory'

Reliance on e-search is 'eroding memory':

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Google launches online IT courses in India

Search engine giant Google and online education company Udacity on Monday launched IT courses in India.

Google is branching outside the US to tap India’s millions of software developers who are scrambling for jobs.

Google and Udacity teamed with Indian conglomerate Tata to offer online technical training courses. They are focusing on teaching software developers to build apps for Android.

Android is the Google-backed mobile operating system.

Costing 9,800 rupees a month, the degrees will take between six and nine months to complete, with lessons from Google instructors based in the United States.

Students will get 50 per cent of tuition costs back on graduation.

For further information, please go to:

Friday, September 25, 2015

Is anyone learning here?

Here is an interesting article on "Is anyone learning here?":

Some research findings:

"Researchers tracked 3,000-plus students at different schools for four years. Students took the College Learning Assessment before their freshman year started, at the end of their sophomore year, and after their fourth year of school. The key results:

45% showed no significant improvement in critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years, and 36% showed little or no improvement in those areas from freshman year to senior year."

The study also found that:

"Only 50% of the students took a single course that required 20 pages of writing in a typical semester, and
Just a third took a single course that required 40 pages of reading in the previous semester."