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Three tools for “in-text” video analysis and why it matters

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For many of us, the go-to platform for learning and sharing is video.  Our students increasingly consult YouTube to get up to speed on any topic.  We learn from TED Talks, the Khan Academy, as well as the growing number of videos we ourselves create for flipped. blended and hybrid instruction. Though film media prevails […]

Strategies for moving from online to networked learning: background & a round-up


There’s a world of difference between online learning and networked learning. I taught my first online course back in 2001. Back in 2012, when I returned to the LMS (learning management system) or CMS (course management system) after eleven years, I realized that not much had changed inside the course management system, while changes outside […]

Shopping for online courses and other educational content


For the growing numbers of us searching for online courses, as well as online educational resources, the portals are quickly growing in both number and size. Finding the best or most relevant content may be a challenge.  Sites like Kayak take care of of the would-be traveler with a cross-portal search, but what’s the would-be […]

School of Open opens


School of Open Project Showcase from Creative Commons on Vimeo. As teacher librarians, we need to be aware of major shifts in the intellectual property arena. We need to be experts on the exciting developments in the culture of openness.  And we need to prepare classroom teachers and digital age learners for similar understandings of […]

Coursera launches with new OER strategies


Lifelong learners everywhere start cheering. I just added Coursera to our list of open educational resources (OER).  But in several exciting ways this one is very different. Courses are free and are offered by top universities: Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UM Ann Arbor, and U of Pennsylvania. But where past efforts archived lengthy video lectures […]