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Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning

Title: Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning
Author: Maria Popova
Source: Brain Pickings
Date (accessed): 05/01/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: When you step away from the prepackaged structure of traditional education, you’ll discover that there are many more ways to learn outside school than within.

Penn GSE Study Shows MOOCs Have Relatively Few Active Users, With Only a Few Persisting to Course End

Title: Penn GSE Study Shows MOOCs Have Relatively Few Active Users, With Only a Few Persisting to Course End
Author: Kat Stein
Source: Penn GSE
Date (published): 03/01/2014
Date (accessed): 03/01/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Emerging data from a University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) study show that massive open online courses (MOOCs) have relatively few active users, that user “engagement” falls off dramatically—especially after the first 1-2 weeks of a course—and that few users persist to the course end. Presented today by Laura Perna and Alan Ruby at the MOOC Research Initiative Conference in Texas, the findings are from the newly established Alliance for Higher Education & Democracy at Penn GSE.

MOOCs in 2013: Breaking Down the Numbers

Title: MOOCs in 2013: Breaking Down the Numbers
Author: Dhawal Shah
Source: EdSurge
Date (published): 22/12/2013
Date (accessed): 03/01/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: For the first time in history, courses that were limited to a small number of students are now open to the entire world--or at least those with access to the Internet. These courses are known as “MOOCs” (Massive Open Online Courses), a term that has now become a part of our everyday vocabulary. (It was recently added to the Oxford Dictionary.) Over the past two years, MOOCs have been embroiled in controversy with regards to their efficacy and role in relation to traditional in-person university classes. And it’s still not clear whether they have a sustainable business model.

Vodafone To Extend M-Pesa Pan-India In 2014

Title: Vodafone To Extend M-Pesa Pan-India In 2014
Author: NT Balanarayan
Source: MediaNama
Date (published): 02/01/2014
Date (accessed): 03/01/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Vodafone has launched its mobile payment service M-Pesa in Gujarat and is all set for pan India roll out this year, reports The Hindu. The telco had launched the service in India in 2012 along with ICICI bank and has since expanded operations to 11 circles – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, West Bengal, Bihar-Jharkhand, Rajasthan, UP East, UP West, Maharashtra & Goa and Assam & North East.

To MOOC, or Not to MOOC

Title: To MOOC, or Not to MOOC (Infographic)
Author: Ross Crockett
Source: 21st Century Fluency Project
Date (published): 15/12/2013
Date (accessed): 31/12/2013
Type of information: infographic
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This infographic was sent from Juliet Rich for Top Colleges Online. To MOOC or Not to MOOC—that is indeed the question. One wonders if online learning could possibly have helped Hamlet or any of Shakespeare's tragic figures lead less tumultuous lives. We'll never know, but what we do know is that today MOOCs have their share of supporters and critics alike. Looks like we'll just have to make up our own minds, and this creative infographic should help a little.

Freedom of expression and ICTs: Overview of international standards

Title: Freedom of expression and ICTs: Overview of international standards
Publisher: ARTICLE 19
Pages: 45
ISBN: 978-1-906586-67-6
Date (accessed): 09/12/2013
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This publication provides an overview of the main international standards relevant to the protection of the right to freedom of expression in relation to ICTs. It identifies international and regional standards for the protection of key areas of concern, in particular access to the internet and controlling access to online content, content regulation, the rights of citizen journalists and bloggers, access to information and ICTs and the regulatory framework of the internet.

ICT enhances learning for Singapore students with special needs

Title: ICT enhances learning for Singapore students with special needs
Author: Kelly Ng
Source: FutureGov
Date (published): 02/12/2013
Date (accessed): 03/12/2013
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: According to Ministry of Education Singapore, assistive technology has shown to be effective in helping students with special needs at Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) School learn better.

The Internet as a Catalyst for Change in Yemen

Title: The Internet as a Catalyst for Change in Yemen
Author: Walid Al-Saqaf
Source: Global Voices Advocacy
Date (published): 25/11/2013
Date (accessed): 03/12/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The economy is suffering, illiteracy levels are among the highest in the world, and most high school and university graduates are struggling to find work. Young Yemenis today could prove the greatest asset in getting the country back on its feet. Technology has a big role to play here.

3 virtual environment platforms that inspire learning

Title: 3 virtual environment platforms that inspire learning
Author: Ann Cudworth
Source: Hypergrid Business
Date (published): 24/11/2013
Date (accessed): 02/12/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Much has been said about using virtual environments for teaching and training. While it is an inescapable fact that no environment, real or virtual, can make up for a dedicated, well-prepared teacher with a passion for their subject matter, there is merit in the concept that a virtual environment can open new pathways for learning by engaging the student with the creation and exploration of ideas in 3D.

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