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Twitter for pre-service teacher professional development

Posted on 02 Apr 2015 with 0 comments
Learning environment Social Media Teacher education

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Collaboration and sharing are central and driving forces in today’s knowledge age. Technology and the ever increasing supply of communication tools have enabled educators to connect and share knowledge and experience, debate issues and stimulate discussion around topics of interests. Twitter is one such social media service increasingly used by educators to build and sustain learning communities. A recent study explores pre-service teachers’ attitudes towards Twitter as an informal professional development tool.


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Potential of MOOCs in K-12

Posted on 26 Mar 2015 with 0 comments
Engagement and performance Learning environment Open scholarship Virtual classrooms

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Looking back through the DERN archives there are a noticeable number of references to MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) since 2012. This research into MOOCs has focussed on the deployment in higher education with limited research into MOOCs for K-12 education. Are there inherent characteristics in the student population that render MOOCs unsuitable for K-12 environments? Do students lack the motivation to successfully engage in MOOCs?  Investigating the Potential of MOOCs in K-12 Teaching and Learning Environments, a paper by Jennifer Nigh, et al articulates the findings of a study undertaken by researchers at Kent State University. The study sets out to explore the potential use of MOOCs in K-12 environments, particularly focussing on student motivation and participation experiences.


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