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Dec
21

Knowing what online learning transition truly implies

 

Obviously, as online work slowed down due to the end of this year, there is time now to share some of my experiences that I had. I am sharing some of the books that I read because you will see in this post that most of us play together because we understand each other.

While classes have evolved from in-class to online participation, I observed a Gaussian curve distribution. Students were working on whiteboards and computers before the online transition. At that time, I was able to mix and form the teams based on certain rules. When the classes went online, the main challenges experienced by students aside from the technical aspect of using computers and laptops were the group formation for working together. Most of the assignments during one of the semesters required group work while other assignments required individual work. Students who worked individually seemed more comfortable if they had previous experience working online. Students without any previous experience working online seemed to be more interested to try to work in teams.

Then I asked my nephew who plays computer games as to how he engages online to play games with other teenagers that he has never met or known? He said that he looks for those who are competitive to form a team such that he will ensure the increased chances for success. They have rules that are established at the beginning of the game and they all play by engaging, listening, following each other. They play for fun and that makes the main difference between learning and playing for fun.

Can we then make the learning fun? Yes, we do have many ways to engage through technologies and software/apps. Yet, the question still remains about winning? What do students win when they learn versus when playing for fun? Most students take courses, certificates, etc. for being hired in positions. So, they will gain knowledge and skills, but there are no measures now about know how well will they play in teams since the education system does not measure the playing factor in Assignments, quizzes, tests, performances. We do not measure how well a student performs in teams. The question is why not?

Since companies only exist for as long as they are profitable and have customers to buy their products/services the question is whether Education as a system really delivers on the promises if there are important skills required that have never been taught, verified, measured, improved, etc. during the learning. Yes, we do measure the outcomes as better performance when students work in some teams, but the criteria are quite poorly developed.

What type of changes do we need to make? The societies need to understand where the shortcomings are in the education system, therefore we will need to measure, quantify, qualify the online engagement and performances such that we will have an increased level of transparency as to how well the integration process really happens between generations, among generations, between technologies versus no technologies. We are all in a learning process that has to be transparent while engaged.

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Dec
20

Reflections at the end of this year 2020

By no other measure, this year 2020 was one of the most extraordinary years as the events across the world have demonstrated the fragility of our system. The result of different interactions with their consequent behaviors led to rather profound transparency about the differences rather than similarities. Since the differences prove that not everything can be transformed as some might understand the changes. Many businesses lost customers and revenues while others strived. Political systems were overturned while others prevailed. Nature changes made everything worse as it shows that without pollutions the natural life gets back on its own tracking system. All the other areas of our lives did expose much larger and deeper differences that are not by an individual choice, but rather a systemic approach to control what is not natural. Artificial Intelligence does follow most of what science has discovered over many centuries yet it is still far from prevention of human exploitation, unfair distribution of wealth and wellbeing etc.

On a more positive note, we would like to send our best wishes to our followers and their families, and let's try to start to make this world a better one for every single being. 

Wishing you health and wellbeing!

 

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Dec
12

How far behind the Education, Technologies, and Medicine are?

Why people do not ask for permanent cures to exist when we know so much about nature and its laws?

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Oct
04

Share SoTL Research Plan

Many years ago, I decided to become a professor and deliver online learning as a way of ensuring that students can learn at their leisure and in the comfort of the home. My original motivation at that time when I started to provide online learning in an asynchronous environment, was rather to understand what was missed in the previous system since there were countries that did not introduce the online learning as one of the options available to all students. The interesting part that I found through my direct experience was that many students were demotivated to learn outside of the traditional school environment because the students had to be persistent, diligent, critical in how they learned etc. Some qualities that I also try to develop during the synchronous classes through the SoTL that I presented in "Plan for a SoTL Project".

What I did not realize at the beginning is the amount of effort that institutions, different Government levels, methodologies, and resources are required to assess and continuously improve the system such that the  Quality of Education prevails. 

As I completed a short plan for SoTL and shared my motivations, the changes are quite evident as we need to take smaller steps if we all want the quality and education standards to meet the OECD mandate. Therefore, the following positive education outcomes would require funds, plans, methodologies, resources:

  • As increased diversity in voice and perspective in the pedagogy leading to stronger institutional values on teaching and learning,
  • Promotion of new networks among members at institutions,
  • Scholarship opportunities in the form of presentations and publications with opportunities for outside funding to support program innovation.

To expand my own professional development, I found that the scientific research I have lately been engaged in does follow the methodology that is a quality cycle of Plan-Do-Check-Act used in general by large and small organizations.

Similarly, the teachers engaged in SoTL projects frame research questions, systematically gather and explore the evidence, reflect on and refine new ideas, craft the results in a form that is suitable for public presentation, and peer review (Cambridge, 2001; Christensen Hughes, 2005). This final step of ‘going public’ is crucial, as it makes the results of individual inquiries available for others to build upon and to learn from, enhancing the wider profession of teaching in the process (Huber & Hutchings, 2005; Hutchings & Shulman, 1999).

When scientific research is performed in education, the results are incommensurable as students become the direct benefactors. Societies benefit when the systematic approaches are well documented and based on data that is shared among all parties that are involved in development.

While the ethical implications have to be considered, the project plan that I proposed can be used without affecting the privacy of any student who would participate.

http://www.heqco.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/HEQCO%20Researching_Student_Outcomes%20ENG.pdf

http://postsecondaryperformance.ca/Province?sector=C&prov=ON

 

Photo by Picture on Unsplash

 

 

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May
03

Reality of aesthetics

 

The Iliad of Homer Engraved From the Compositions of John Flaxman, R.A., Sculptor

Odysseus, who spent 7 years imprisonment under today Calypso’s nymph became our reality because the aesthetics of good, beautiful, open has been transformed by an invisible entity through an invisible hand into an expression that has as intend destruction and nothingness.

The expression of its behavior lies introspectively in the way of showing its own unhappiness.

The lack of its aesthetics is expressed in behavior that searches for destruction rather than preservation.

Art was universal until it became a tool into the hands of a few who brought their way of seeing the world through destructive control.

Control of those who are weak as a way of preserving their own ugliness as opposed to those who want to become their own masters.

It is that kind of intrusive relationship that makes it impossible for those who have a belief in the art of beauty which is represented through freedom to be knelt by several letters.

Letters are made for writing poems and poetry that enrich us rather than destroying our insights.

Will we come out of this ugliness as one that understands the differences or as those who still, believe that changes are the result of the continuous fight for freedom of positive expression?

 

"The Iliad of Homer Engraved From the Compositions of John Flaxman, R.A., Sculptor" by John Flaxman is licensed under CC0 1.0

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Feb
26

Some trends in eLearning of 2020

DSCN0937 1In recent years there have been changes in the approach to learning concepts, in particular about self-learning. Thus we find out about Collaborative learning, Informal learning or self-training.

Collaborative learning is an e-learning approach where students are able to socially interact with other students, as well as instructors.

In essence, learners work together in order to expand their knowledge of a particular subject or skill. In e-learning environments, this is typically done through live chats, message boards, or instant messaging.

Informal learning refers to learning that occurs away from a structured, formal classroom environment. Informal learning comes in many forms, including viewing videos, self-study, reading articles, participating in forums and chat rooms, performance support, coaching sessions and games. Informal learning is considered a form of asynchronous learning. Informal learning is a style of learning in which the learner sets their own goals and objectives.

Self-training relies on the motivating potential and the capacity of the individuals to become an agent, author and actor in their own learning project

Other approaches refer to other new terms emerging in the learning activity: microlearning and ⇑ mobile learning are two learning modalities that continue to evolve.

Micro learning is an eLearning approach based on short informative sessions – which last in general from a few seconds to 15 minutes –on a given topic and with a specific purpose.

Note: A micro learning session can take different forms: a short demonstrative video, a multiple-choice quiz sent by text, a recall on a notion sent by email. This type of learning is built on repetition and participation.

Mobile learning, also known as m-learning, is a new way to access learning content using mobiles. Mobile learning supports, with the help of mobile devices, continuous access to the learning process. This can be done using devices like your phone, laptop or tablet. You can learn wherever and whenever you want! With the advent of mobile learning, educational systems are changing.

However you continue to develop on a personal level, keep in mind that a knowledgeable person is always a stronger person.

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Jan
22

Kindness

Youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLFG8zd46Bs

 

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Dec
30

Why Education should be free to all in 2020?

While so many Schools of Thought have been trying to make sense of the current gaps that continue to exist among the populations, the Education shall become free and available to all students in 2020. We usually work through small changes and increments in an effort to keep certain links within control but Education same as Healthcare, access to water, quality, food, housing etc. are necessities, therefore, do not fall in the category of life's luxury. Let's make the Education free in 2020!

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Dec
30

Wishing you a Happy New Year 2020!

We wish you all a Happy New Year 2020! Maybe this year becomes the year of peace and collaboration while the quality of lives will be increased around the world!

Best wishes,

BITSPEC

 

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Dec
20

Christmas wish

Christmas is really a time for families to unite. It is a time to share all the laughter and cheers. Without you, this family will not be called a family. You complete our lives. Merry Christmas . . . !!!

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Dec
20

Two funny videos for Christmas

 

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Dec
19

Example of using game simulation in Lean Six Sigma

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Dec
19

Short example of software simulation for Lean Six Sigma

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Dec
19

A short example of software simulation for Lean Six Sigma projects

 

I did this video as an example of how professors can use game simulation during the classes to create e

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Feb
08

The role of technologies in the living world

 

From the time when any of us is born, both the environment and historical data are shaping us in ways that sometimes are predictable while some other times are a mystery. The mystery of unknown is what attracts most of us to further enquire, develop, pursue, feel the disappointment and then be thrilled again. There is a continuous interaction within us while there are also interactions at all levels. It is a continuous flow that never gets tired until blockages start to show up.

 

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Feb
01

Is dropshipping a solution for small business?

Dropshipping is an order fulfillment method or an ecommerce business model that does not require a business to keep products in stock. Instead, the store sells the product, and passes on the sales order to a third-party supplier, who then ships the order to the customer.

it seems like easy money — you sell other people’s goods and take a cut for yourself — but when you factor in all the drawbacks, obstacles, and day-to-day management, it’s far from easy.

In addition, there is practically zero upfront cost to start a dropshipped online store because you don’t have to invest any money on inventory.

In fact, you can literally start dropshipping for under $5 with a free open source shopping cart.

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Jan
15

Good bots vs. Bad bots

A Web crawler, sometimes called a spider or spiderbot and often shortened to crawler, is an Internet bot that systematically browses the World Wide Web, typically for the purpose of Web indexing (as Wikipedia says)

Googlebot, YahooBot, and MSNbot and similar spiders, bots, and crawlers are the programs that harvest information for search engines.

For anyone tracking statistics on their website, Googlebot, MSNbot, and YahooBot can be welcomed guests. These three search engine bots gather (harvest) information about your page for their respective search engine. Seeing these spiders more often is also desirable because this means that you are being indexed more often and more likely to show up quickly in the search engine results page.

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Dec
30

Our past year 2018

 

 

We are humble to recognize that the last year 2018 was in fact one of the best years, considering that 2012 eLearning business opening goals have been achieved and when our company became an accredited training  organization and promoted social engagement while learning through research. Our aim to facilitate knowledge about subjects and their interaction within art, consciousnesses using learning through  automated systems as elearning, machine learning started to crystallize more during this last year. Should we say that Female Principles are fully applicable through our website or should we let our readers decide on the importance of rights that each individual has on Earth?

What we were able to accomplish was also to ensure that our website became more integrated with other knowledge based sites, such that our students will be able to reach to countries and organizations that otherwise they would not have been able to reach to. 

While our work is tedious, we aim for the most important reward when people and organizations will acknowledge that life can be sustained only through high quality standards and collaboration.

 

Wishing you a prosperous and healthy year in 2019!

 

Best regards,

BITSPEC Team

 

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Nov
23

Personalized Education through technological advancements

If you are one of those readers who is trying to understand and want to make the world a better place for everybody, then definitely you have read about all types of analytics and small changes that the large organizations are trying to implement in an effort to speed up learning, save costs, improve a certain level of quality while leveraging information.

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Nov
13

Why Linux systems are less affected by computer viruses than Microsoft Windows systems?

Historically, a lot of the problems were due to poor decisions on the part of Microsoft.

For example—you open a Word document that someone emailed you—and it would go off and execute any script that was attached to it. So just opening an email would be enough to get you infected.

Most of those things have been fixed now—so life is better.

So these days it’s more down to the mentality of the malware authors.

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