Have you ever been in the situation where you were in the middle of proctoring a test and you suddenly had to leave the room?
Students managing themselves in a “Round Table” discussion is one example of a Collaborative Learning activity. Not only do they provide benefit to the students in developing learner autonomy, but as a teacher they can provide a new way to lead students in critical discussion.
Connected Courses new MOOC about MOOCs without using the word MOOC is about to start on September 15. The line-up of speakers and leaders is outstanding. Jim Groom, Alan Levine, and Howard Rheingold are getting people set up for the class now. This entails getting your blog linked to the course. Most of the content is created on individual blogs and aggregated at the site. To participate you write blog posts after reading and discussing with other members.
The University of California Irvine has sponsored this 12-week course about how to make open courses, and more important, why open courses are going to change education. This looks like the best prepared course of its kind I have seen, but will keep you updated on the content. But I do recommend this to anyone interested in developing online open courses in the future.
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is used in the process of digitizing paper based text.
In trying to keep up with the digital age, there are many solutions for those seeking to go paperless, or at least looking for more options concerning how to utilize resources. Converting static analogue texts over to digital documents allows for these resources to be manipulated, altered, stored and distributed in a variety of new ways (Of course, we must be careful not to infringe on someone’s copyright).
OCR technology has been around for a while. There are many options for those with big budgets for this sort of thing. Thankfully there are also some options for those without corporate financing.