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Fortnightly Links no.2

Every fortnight (two weeks) our editor sends along a few links with the most noteworthy quote from each article, a way of keeping our team abreast of what’s going on in the world around peer-learning, collective learning and knowledge sharing. We decided to share them alongside the magazine.
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Why there are so many video lectures in online learning, and why there probably shouldn’t be

An excerpt of MIT research on the topic of video as used in online courses, in MOOCs for example. “How did we end up with video”; and whether it should be used, “what do we know about video learning”; how to best use it and “Why is MOOC video so expensive?”; other approaches?

The future of ed tech is here, it’s just not evenly distributed

Four design fiction scenarios (thought experiments in this case) about what the future of education technology might work.

She enjoys her post-lunch mythology class far more, as most of it is spent in a discussion with her fellow students — she’s popular with her classmates, who are based all across the globe and envy her local knowledge, most of whom are younger and view her as something of a mentor. She likes helping them out — correcting them and showing them examples from her own photo and video libraries…

7 things I wish people understood about being a teacher

We’re not focusing on teaching in a class setting but I find that there is a good spirit and some interesting lessons learned for anyone who likes to learn and share with others.

I read and watch obsessively. Everything I learn is filtered through the possibility that it might be taught.

While theatrics have a place, I learned that students learn best when class is interactive, a dialogue — not a one-sided transmission. At the end of my first year, I asked students for advice, and a precocious stoner wrote, “Make us talk more” in fat block letters on his suggestion card.

Teaching, thankfully, has helped me judge everyone less readily. Now, in conversations, I try to talk less and listen more. I have realized that self-confidence and trust breed comfort and productivity in working relationships. Teaching may be about elevating the opportunities and talents of others, but I’ve still yet to find a better way to work toward becoming a better person.

How Changing Your Reading Habits Can Transform Your Health

“People who read find it easier to make decisions, plan, and prioritize, and this may be because they are more able to recognize that difficulty and setback are unavoidable aspects of human life,” says Billington—and astonishingly these aren’t the only hidden benefits of reading regularly that researchers are now discovering

Peer Coaching Builds Community And Improves Writing Skills In Online Courses

In my experience, the quality of  research papers increases dramatically by introducing  peer coaching, a process by which students are paired  to coach, encourage, and support each other. Both the student writing the paper and peer coach are graded on their participation.

Peer lab

Nothing dramatically new in this but another example of learning by getting together with others. It’s like a group brain date or a mix of a 5@7 and a hackathon.

Non-learning favorites

Saying Goodbye to a Secret Bookstore
Sounds like a great place I really wish I’d visited this before it closed.

Ahimsa Online
One of my favorite writers on her experience using Ahimsa (a term meaning ‘not to injure’ and ‘compassion’) in her online interactions.

Patrick Tanguay

Editor-in-Chief for E-180 Publications. Obsessively curious transdisciplinary thinker and learner. I help connect people and ideas.