Educational Technology

How Universal Design for Learning can help the LMS reach every learner

Educational Technology News Blog - 3 hours 22 min ago

UDL is gaining attention in colleges and universities as a way to make digital learning programs more accessible to all learners. An exciting and well-established concept known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is gaining attention in higher education as a way to make digital learning programs more accessible to all learners, including those with a wide variety of learning challenges. Endorsed by EDUCAUSE’s Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE) and the Department of Education’s Horizon Report, UDL is a framework to design learning in a systematic way to anticipate and remove barriers to student learning. UDL isn’t about accommodating people after the fact, or just for students with physical or learning challenges–it is meant to design learning that’s engaging and effective for everyone, right from the get-go.

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What’s the Difference Between Cognitive Computing and AI?

Educational Technology News Blog - 3 hours 26 min ago

By Joel Hans, RT Insights

Artificial intelligence agents decide which actions are the most appropriate to take, and when they should be taken. These agents most often take the form of machine learning algorithms, neural networks, statistical analysis and more.   Cognitive computing is often described as simply marketing jargon, so crafting a working definition is important, although it’s more fluid right now, and there isn’t one consensus that industry experts have settled on. Still, the foundation is that cognitive computing systems try to simulate human thought processes. This process uses many of the same fundamentals as AI, such as machine learning, neural networks, natural language processing, contextual awareness and sentiment analysis, to follow the problem-solving processes that humans do day in and day out. IBM defines the result of cognitive computing as “systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose and interact with humans naturally.”

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How could the Internet of Things change the game for content marketers?

Educational Technology News Blog - 3 hours 33 min ago

by Tereza Litsa, Click Z

The Internet of Things has the potential to bring a new age of content marketing. How can marketers prepare for this change? The Internet of Things is a growing trend, and the idea of keeping everyone connected through everyday devices is becoming an increasingly established concept. According to IHS, there were 15.4 billion connected devices in 2015, with the number expected to grow to 30.7 billion in 2020 and 75.4 billion in 2025. This is reflected in the projections for the revenue it can bring. According to Machina Research, the revenue from the Internet of Things is expected to increase from $892 billion in 2015 to $4 trillion in 2025.

How could the Internet of Things change the game for content marketers?


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Redesigning the Syllabus to Reflect the Learning Journey

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 00:40

By Mark Engstrom, edSurge

Conventional syllabi are developed from the perspective of the teacher—designed to present what he or she plans to include in a course. I wanted to develop an alternative version that looked through the lens of the student, and my vision was to tailor each one to reflect what a particular learner would be doing every step of the way throughout the course. This was not simply a more visually appealing version of a classic syllabus, it was a radical overhaul of the student experience with the primary goal of changing their perception of their role as a learner. This drastic class redesign demanded that I ask myself some big questions: what content was required, what elements of learning could students control and what traditional and new measures I could use to gauge progress? Almost every question led to another

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How College Campuses Can Lead in Fighting Climate Change

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 00:36

by Lara Ettenson, NRDC


As bastions of knowledge, progress, and innovation, it’s not surprising that colleges are often at the forefront of the battle against climate change, striving to implement energy efficiency, clean energy, and sustainability curricula and programs. When college campuses engage in the green movement, they not only reduce energy waste and increase utility bill savings, they also invest in the future by encouraging their students to become leaders and activists with a genuine interest and concern for the world. More than 90 colleges across the country have distinguished themselves as leaders against climate change, pledging to become carbon-neutral in three years.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 00:30

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, tech Edvocate

If all you’ve ever used Google for is email and web searches, there’s a whole world in which you’re missing out. That world is the Google Suite, consisting of a cloud computing compendium that puts all of your instructional tools in one easily accessed location. So what can you do with Google in your classroom? As it turns out, Google offers a lot.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 00:39

By Lexi Lieberman, Study Breaks

The controversial issue of whether or not students should be allowed to use laptops in class has had many outspoken people on both sides. Proponents of laptop use in class definitely have a compelling case. First, they argue, students can look up facts while in class, and if they find something of interest, they can share what they’ve just found online with the class or the professor. They can also use the internet or online dictionaries to verify what they may not hear correctly in lecture, such as a date of a battle or the spelling of a world leader’s name. This helps both the student and his or her peers learn better.

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NSA Opens Annual Codebreaker Challenge for Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 00:35

By Campus Technology
The National Security Agency (NSA) has once again launched its coding challenge, which presents an opportunity for college students to flex their coding skills and tackle national cybersecurity issues. The 2017 NSA Codebreaker Challenge sets up a fictional storyline in which unusual network activity has been detected within a large supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system that controls critical infrastructure for multiple cities. Through a series of six tasks, students must assess which systems are compromised and neutralize the threat.

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Users Getting Better at Identifying Phishing Attacks

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 00:30

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Users today are more likely to recognize a phishing attack than they were a year ago, according to new data from Wombat Security Technologies. In the 2017 Beyond the Phish Report, the security awareness and training company analyzed the results of more than 70 million questions answered by end users who completed its assessments and training modules, covering a variety of information security topics. The users came from a range of industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing and education. Across all industries, users performed better this year on questions around identifying phishing attacks, answering incorrectly only 24 percent of the time on average, compared to 28 percent in 2016.

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Standardization in Online Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:40

By Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
A regional accreditor recently denied an Arizona community college’s bid to increase its online degree offerings, with a decision that highlights challenges colleges may face when seeking to expand their online presence. Scottsdale Community College had sought to add 48 new online certificate and degree programs. The college, which is a part of the Maricopa Community College District, had proposed gradually beginning to offer the degrees, beginning this fall and continuing through 2020. After conducting a review, the Higher Learning Commission gave the college an acceptable rating in each category for online course delivery. However, the accreditor also identified several problems, mostly revolving around inconsistency in the way Scottsdale offered its existing online programs to students. As a result, it rejected the college’s request to add the new credentials.

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5 Things You Need To Know Before Choosing To Study Online

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:39


More and more universities are upgrading their offerings to include classes, units and whole degrees that can be completed from home – or wherever there’s internet access. As someone who has studied remotely for the better part of two years, take it from me that this arrangement has its benefits. But it’s also not for everyone.

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The Chico Unified School District provides online classes

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:30

by Chloe Ortega, KRCR

The Chico Unified School District is giving students from 6th to 12th grade the option to take classes online.  Students can choose from two different online academies: The Viking Academy or The Panther Academy.  The online courses cover all classes. Students can choose to take them all online if they want to.  The school district said that they tested the program last year and found it to be successful, so they are expanding it this year.

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Link between Low Broadband Access and Lower Degree Achievement Noted in Florida

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:57

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

A lack of widely available broadband is correlated to a smaller percentage of residents with college degrees or certificates. That’s the suggestion of a presentation made recently in Florida to the Higher Education Coordinating Council. The gap will hold back the state from achieving its goal of having 55 percent of its working-age population obtain a degree or professional certificate by 2025, according to Ed Moore, president of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. Moore’s organization has 30 non-profit institutions that deliver undergraduate, graduate, first-time professional and continuing education programs throughout the state, many of which are online.

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6 ways to increase MOOC retention

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 00:40

University increases the percentage of student retention by more than five times over the course of one year by utilizing social components in their MOOC. How do you prefer to shop? Where do you receive your news or entertainment? What medium do you use to communicate? Furthermore, can you function in your professional and/or personal life without “being online”? The suspicion is that your answers to the aforementioned questions demonstrate the inextricable linkage between all facets of our lives and the online environment. It therefore stands to reason that the online setting is relevant, applicable and essential for our education. The traditional brick and mortar physical classroom is engaging the click online platform with increasing access and availability at a local and global scale.

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Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 00:35

by the FBI

Internet Challenge—a free, educational program for children that teaches cyber safety—has been redesigned for the 2017-2018 school year, with new graphics and updated content. The new SOS program, created for students in third through eighth grades, covers age-appropriate topics, such as cyberbullying, passwords, malware, social media, and more. The program also provides teachers with a curriculum that meets state and federal Internet safety mandates. While taking the course, participating students “surf” their way through a variety of Internet safety challenges at each grade level, with characters guiding them through the games. The latest version of SOS allows the program to work on more devices, including tablets. The content has also been refreshed to address current cyber safety challenges, and the island-theme graphics have been updated.

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How To Make Over $100,000 Per Year Creating Online Courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 00:30

by Jeff Rose, Fortune

Have you ever wondered how regular folks work up the gumption and courage to follow their dreams? Joseph Michael, a regular dad from Missouri, offers a story of redemption nearly anyone can relate to. While the entrepreneur once lived paycheck-to-paycheck, he eventually taught himself how to use popular writing software Scrivener. From there, Michael created a course to help others learn to use the tricky program to help their own writing careers. Since his early success as @ScrivenerCoach, Joseph Michael has taken the online course creation world by storm – offering courses to help fledgling writers and entrepreneurs figure out how to start the businesses of their dreams. And now, he’s living the kind of life he always wished for.

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7 questions to ask when choosing an LMS

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:40

by Matthew Lync, tech Edvocate

You’re about to make a huge commitment to the technology partner that will help you manage your digital learning environment, and you want to make sure that you’ve chosen the right provider for the job. If you’re not particularly well-versed about learning management systems, your search for the perfect provider can seem overwhelming. Finding the right learning management partner doesn’t have to be an ordeal.

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Students stuck between Canvas, Blackboard

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:35

by Kenneth Cooper, Temple News

At the beginning of Fall 2017, some students voiced their frustration about the transition from Blackboard to Canvas on social media and among each other. With about 60 percent of the courses still being taught using Blackboard and the other 40 percent now being taught using Canvas, many students are currently using both learning management systems to navigate their courses this semester. Juggling between the two systems is leaving many students confused. Although some students are confused by the switch, Canvas has received an “overwhelmingly positive” response across campus.

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How Education Policy Shapes the EdTech Market

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:31

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Even during lean times, school districts have been eager to invest in technology in the classroom, opening up all kinds of opportunity for edtech companies. But this market is unpredictable and influenced by many unseen factors. A major factor in the rise and fall of edtech companies is shifting educational policies. On a national and regional level, such policies have influenced the edtech market profoundly.  Here are a few examples which demonstrate this influence.

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Why we need to change the teacher vs. tech narrative

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:39

The future of learning technology is not replacing teachers, but amplifying their ability to meet the learning needs of their students. A recent chart from Bloomberg on the future of artificial intelligence and employment lends evidence to a point I have been making for years: teachers will not be replaced by machines. The chart compares a wide array of professions based on required education levels, average annual wages, and likelihood of automation. Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero. Yet the debate about machines replacing teachers rages on. Recent opinion pieces claim that teacher obsolescence is inevitable and something we should embrace. Fortunately, a recent article in the Economist gets the narrative right, pointing out that “the potential for edtech will be realized only if teachers embrace it.”

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