Educational Technology

Is your cybersecurity program on track?

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 00:35

Cybersecurity education can vary among institutions, but new curricula guidelines can help unify the emerging field.  A recently released set of cybersecurity curriculum recommendations aims to improve postsecondary cybersecurity education and produce graduates ready to fill alarming workforce gaps. The new set of guidelines, Cybersecurity Education Curriculum (CSEC2017), is necessary to keep pace with the world’s growing dependence on cyber infrastructure, which spans everything from financial services and utilities to government systems and citizens’ personal information.

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12 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 00:33

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Twitter is an amazing social media platform as it offers many wonderful benefits. However, users must be warned that this widely used technological marvel can also turn out to be huge trouble if it is not used for the right purpose. People often end up wasting their time scrolling through the never-ending threads of conversations on Twitter. Nevertheless, its incredible benefits can be unlocked when it is used the right way. It has already proven itself to be a useful tool in the field of business. In this article we will discuss 12 ways to use Twitter in the classroom.

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Fiber’ Is a Wakeup Call to our Digital Learning Community

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 00:30

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

What is our role in pushing universal fiber internet? Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America Might Miss It by Susan Crawford. Published in December of 2018. Our digital learning community needs a cause. Some fight that strikes an optimal balance between self-interest and doing the right thing. Reading Susan Crawford’s deeply reported and passionately argued Fiber, I think the battle for universal fiber broadband might be the fight we need.

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Nondegree credentials, work-based learning, and the American working class

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 00:40

Rooney Columbus, American Enterprise Institute

For decades society has regarded a bachelor’s degree from a traditional higher education institution as one of the surest paths to prosperity.2 But a bachelor’s degree program at a traditional college is not always the best option for everyone, nor is it the only avenue for people to receive training and skills that will pay off in the job market.3 After years of policymakers and advocates advancing a broad “college for all” agenda, many Americans are questioning this sweeping and singular approach to human capital development.4 Even so, it remains unclear what other viable education and training alternatives exist to build necessary skills and secure employment. A broad spectrum of researchers and policy thinkers have argued for expanding alternatives to the traditional postsecondary system.

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150 Smarter Ways to Use Google Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Are you new to Google Classroom and looking for more efficient ways to use the platform? Don’t worry; we have you covered. In today’s tip, we will discuss 150 smarter ways to use Google Classroom.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 00:30

By Brandon Jarman, eLearning Inside

Quality assurance testing is the process of thoroughly vetting a software program (in this case, an eLearning course) to ensure that both the technical and content aspects of the software meet high-quality standards. If quality assurance testing sounds overwhelming, it’s because it definitely can be. However, with today’s competitive landscape, online educators need any competitive advantage they can get. Here are 4 easy ways you can test your eLearning course for quality assurance.

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4 ways to focus on edtech in 2019

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:38


New resource guide highlights strategies to put edtech initiatives at the top of the to-do list. Integrating edtech isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming, either. Planning is essential to any ed-tech program’s success–without proper planning, entire initiatives can flop. A new resource from mobile hotspot provider Kajeet outlines some of the biggest steps to take in planning for edtech.

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Teaching faculty to think like innovators

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:35


The rapid pace of technological change has forever transformed the face of the global workplace. In fact, its future is unimagined; 85 percent of jobs that will exist in 2030 have yet to be created. As all brave explorers on any frontier know, survival in an uncertain world requires adaptability, resilience, and resourcefulness. Today’s educators must nurture these traits in students to prepare them to meet whatever challenges await and to succeed in a new order. Schools are thus charged with going beyond academics and instruction in the latest technology to teach students “survival” skills, such as how to brainstorm, think creatively, design, and prototype … how to communicate, collaborate, and lead … and how to innovate. These are the skills employers are seeking as the nature of work becomes increasingly mutable.

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AI’s Impact on Ed Tech

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:30

David Raths, Campus Technology

When asked about creating virtual teaching assistants like Jill Watson, Behrens said Pearson is working on similar solutions, but he cautioned that it is not easy. Creating a chatbot for a specific course requires a certain set of tools and data, he explained, “but to scale that across disciplines, where each discipline has its own way of talking or thinking and its own professional standards, that takes another level of sophistication in machine learning, but also in understanding the educational and social ecosystem.”

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European Commission Seeks Input on AI Policy

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/20/2019 - 00:40

The European Commission’s Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence has requested comments on draft Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. The EU Guidelines state, “Trustworthy AI has two components: (1) it should respect fundamental rights, applicable regulation and core principles and values, ensuring an ‘ethical purpose’ and (2) it should be technically robust and reliable since, even with good intentions, a lack of technological mastery can cause unintentional harm.” The EU Guidelines reflect several principles from the Universal Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence, which have been endorsed by more than 250 experts and 60 organizations in 40 countries. The Universal Guidelines promote transparency, accuracy, and fairness for AI systems. Comments to the European Commission are due January 18, 2019. The final report will be released in March 2019.

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With some of the world’s top-ranking universities located in the region, can American AI outsmart the rest of the world?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/20/2019 - 00:35


Across North and South America, automation is transforming the nature of work and is set to replace around a third of roles. Yet at the same time, AI is generating new opportunities and job prospects. To ensure long-term economic success, many experts believe nurturing the AI talent pipeline will be essential. But how do the universities across the region fare?

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Americans want to regulate AI but don’t trust anyone to do it

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 01/20/2019 - 00:30

by Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

Americans have mixed support for the continued development of AI and overwhelmingly agree that it should be regulated, according to a new study from the Center for the Governance of AI and Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute. These are important lessons for policymakers and technologists to consider in the discussion on how best to advance and regulate AI, says Allan Dafoe, director of the center and coauthor of the report. “There isn’t currently a consensus in favor of developing advanced AI, or that it’s going to be good for humanity,” he says. “That kind of perception could lead to the development of AI being perceived as illegitimate or cause political backlashes against the development of AI.”

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6 Best Practices for Managing an Online Educational Infrastructure

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 00:38

Dark Reading
Universities must keep pace with rapidly changing technology to help thwart malicious hacking attempts and protect student information.    Retailers, healthcare providers, and social media platforms may be the first organizations that come to mind regarding consumer data security. However, other organizations — including institutions of higher education — are also tasked with the responsibility of protecting their customers’ sensitive and valuable personal information from cybercriminals. Because increasing numbers of students opt for some level of distance learning, today’s institutions of higher education are collecting vast amounts of virtual data. And as in any industry, universities must keep pace with rapidly changing technology to help thwart malicious hacking attempts and protect student information. This is especially important for universities that serve primarily nontraditional students — for example, adults taking online classes.

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8 reasons teachers should try online instruction

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 00:35

Sue Ekimoglou, Education Dive

When my 2,100-student district began using The Virtual High School (VHS) a few years ago — starting with 25 students who wanted to enroll in AP courses that we weren’t offering — my whole world changed. I was not only able to offer an expanded selection of courses to my students, but I also become an online instructor (and later, the developer of three online math courses). Along the way, I uncovered these eight reasons why every teacher should consider teaching at least one online course during their tenures.

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The Language of MOOCs

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 00:30

By Roberto Rey Agudo, Inside Higher Ed

Can providers of massive open online courses achieve their goal of educating the most possible people when their offerings are overwhelmingly in English? No, Roberto Rey Agudo argues. Much has been made of the global nature of MOOCs, and the fact that these courses are enabling students from many countries to learn together. Coursera has 181 partners in 27 countries; edX has 130 partners worldwide. In spite of their international reach, English is the language of instruction for over 80 percent of their courses. In contrast, English makes up about 50 percent of internet content, and English speakers 30 percent of the total users. Can edX and Coursera be global platforms and be functionally monolingual?

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Purdue’s Online Strategy, Beyond ‘Global’

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 00:38

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Purdue last month established a central administrative office, Purdue Online, to act as an online program manager of sorts for the institution’s three on-ground campuses as well as Purdue Global, which now exists as a public benefit corporation and does not receive state funding.  Representatives of the original Purdue campuses have been meeting regularly with instructors and deans at Purdue Global, sharing ideas and identifying areas of potential academic collaboration while drawing lines between the two entities’ focus areas and target audiences. Purdue administrators have also been paying close attention to high-profile competitors on the online landscape, including Arizona State University, which administrators cite as a model for their ambitions.

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(Early) Signs of (Modest) Online Saturation

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 00:36

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Bold pronouncements about trends in the fast-moving, and somewhat data-poor, landscape of online learning should be approached with great skepticism — which is why this isn’t one. What it is is a high-level view of some data in an analysis published last month by Public Insight, which collects and makes available public data in accessible formats. The blog post by the company’s CEO, Dan Quigg, carried the provocative title of “Has Distance Education Hit Its Peak?” — a question inspired by federal data showing that the proportion of all academic programs that were offered via distance education declined to 10.5 percent in 2016 from 10.8 percent in 2017. It was the first such decline since the federal government’s main higher education database, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, began collecting data on online education in 2013.

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Virtual school gives displaced students options for education

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 00:30

Genevieve Smith, Panama City News Herald

When Hurricane Michael rendered many local school campuses unusable, students across the district jumped online to avoid falling behind. Students have multiple options when it comes to schooling. Since 1997, Florida Virtual School has provided students with free public school courses for students seeking an education online and currently offers courses taught by accredited teachers for kindergartners to 12th-graders. Just more than a decade ago, Bay Virtual School opened as an option within Bay District Schools. Staying in the district keeps teachers and classmates local, class sizes small, provides Bay District Schools field trips and graduations and keeps tax dollars in the district. Currently the school has 147 students enrolled.

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Cutting Oversight of Accreditation Will Spur Innovation, Says Education Dept. Critics Say Not So Fast.

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 00:39

By Eric Kelderman, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Last Monday the department released its recommendations for major changes in the rules regarding accreditation and how colleges qualify for federal financial aid. Approval by a federally recognized accrediting agency is a key condition for colleges to receive federal student-aid dollars — the lifeblood of most colleges.  Possible rule changes also include lowering requirements for colleges to operate online across multiple states, setting rules for distance learning, amending how religious colleges are treated by accreditors, and shifting the administration of federal grants for students who plan on classroom teaching, called Teach Grants. Negotiated rule-making on all of those recommendations, which will involve representatives of various interested groups, are to begin in the middle of January.

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Temple pays $5.5M to settle lawsuit over U.S. News ranking inflation

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 00:31

James Paterson, Education Dive
Temple University has agreed to pay nearly $5.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit with students in its Fox School of Business who said the university provided inflated data to U.S. News & World Report’s popular college ranking. The lawsuit alleged Temple claimed its entire incoming class for its online MBA program submitted a Graduate Management Admission Test score when only one-fifth of students actually did, leading to inflated average test scores and a higher spot in the ranking. U.S. News removed Temple’s program from the ranking as a result. The plaintiffs said the scandal “will have a long reaching negative impact on [the] school’s reputation, prestige and peer ratings.” Temple will pay $4 million to students enrolled in its online MBA program between 2015 and 2018 and an additional $1,475,000 to students who attended six other programs within its business school over the same period. It also will establish a $5,000 scholarship in business ethics. ​

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