Educational Technology

Appellate Court Reverses Ruling on E-Reserves at Georgia State University

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:58

On October 18, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit unanimously reversed a district court ruling in Cambridge University Press et al. v Carl V. Patton et al., a case in which Georgia State University was sued by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publications for 99 instances of copyright infringement.

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ED Delays Deadline for State Authorization Compliance for In-State Institutions

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:57

On June 24, the Department of Education (ED) published a notice in the Federal Register postponing state authorization compliance until July 1, 2015, for higher education institutions operating within a state where the institution has a physical presence. The rule would require postsecondary institutions gain authorization to operate in every state in which they are physically located. The rule was originally supposed to take effect on July 1, 2013, but implementation has now been delayed twice. While the federal government has put its authorization regulations on hold, each state still expects institutions to follow existing state authorization laws and regulations.

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ED Delays Deadline for State Authorization Compliance for In-State Institutions

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:57

On June 24, the Department of Education (ED) published a notice in the Federal Register postponing state authorization compliance until July 1, 2015, for higher education institutions operating within a state where the institution has a physical presence. The rule would require postsecondary institutions gain authorization to operate in every state in which they are physically located. The rule was originally supposed to take effect on July 1, 2013, but implementation has now been delayed twice. While the federal government has put its authorization regulations on hold, each state still expects institutions to follow existing state authorization laws and regulations.

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Higher Ed Raises Concerns, Works with Proponents of the TEACH Act

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:38

In September, EDUCAUSE and a number of other higher education associations released an analysis of the Technology, Equality, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act. The proposed legislation, not to be confused with the already established TEACH Act on copyright issues (see the 2009 ECAR Research Bulletin on the topic for more information), is intended to improve the accessibility of “electronic instructional materials and related technologies” for persons with disabilities.

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Higher Ed Raises Concerns, Works with Proponents of the TEACH Act

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:38

In September, EDUCAUSE and a number of other higher education associations released an analysis of the Technology, Equality, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act. The proposed legislation, not to be confused with the already established TEACH Act on copyright issues (see the 2009 ECAR Research Bulletin on the topic for more information), is intended to improve the accessibility of “electronic instructional materials and related technologies” for persons with disabilities.

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How Should Educator Professional Development Change?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:41

by Ben Johnson, Edutopia

Teachers in the United States have long known that there is a traditional “disconnect” between what teachers were expected to do and how the teachers were expected to learn how to do it. Teachers attend professional development sessions of all kinds, but unfailingly will acknowledge that the real development of teacher skills for most teachers in the U.S. is “on the job” or “learning by doing.” Job-imbedded professional development through teacher collaboration is becoming a more significant factor in more and more school systems worldwide. This is demonstrated in the report from the National Center for Teaching Quality (NCTQ) out of North Carolina published in May, 2014. This report shines more light on not only the American professional development perspectives, but also perspectives from teachers in Shanghai, Singapore, and Canada — nations that significantly outperform the U.S. on the Program for International Assessment (PISA).

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/how-should-professional-development-change-ben-johnson

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Using Multimedia Technology for Teaching Social and Life Skills

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:35

by Maurice Ellias, Edutopia

Take a good story, make it into an illustrated book, develop a curriculum, shoot videos of kids in action, add a website, create an app, ground it all in rigorous research and this may be the formula for the next wave of social and life-skills-related instruction.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/using-multimedia-technology-teaching-social-and-life-skills-maurice-elias

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Some Kentucky School Districts Can Now Use Online Courses as an Alternative on Snow Days

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:30

By DEVIN KATAYAMA, WFPL

Remember last winter, when schools around Kentucky closed because of the unusually harsh weather? The Kentucky Department of Education has now approved waivers for 13 school districts to teach through virtual or other means when school is canceled because of emergencies, like large snowfall. Last winter, Kentucky schools had a lot of snow days. Some areas were hit harder than others. But it prompted lawmakers to revise a law to say that any district could make up 10 days of missed school through nontraditional means as long as their plan to educate children has been approved by the state education commissioner. This will most likely include online learning.

http://wfpl.org/post/some-kentucky-school-districts-can-now-use-online-courses-alternative-snow-days

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Competition and Control

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:02

Diana G. Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

This is the fifth in a blog series describing five “metatrends,” drawn from a review of articles in industry IT press, that affect CIOs in all IT sectors:

 

Each post in the Future Slant blog will describe one of these trends, suggesting implications for higher education.

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Competition and Control

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:02

Diana G. Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

This is the fifth in a blog series describing five “metatrends,” drawn from a review of articles in industry IT press, that affect CIOs in all IT sectors:

 

Each post in the Future Slant blog will describe one of these trends, suggesting implications for higher education.

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Cybersecurity: The Industry That Keeps on Growing

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:07

By Kar Cheung

Kar Cheung is the Marketing Manager at ExpressVPN.

The cybersecurity market has grown at an amazing rate over the past decade, and will continue to experience rapid expansion in years to come, according to MarketsandMarkets’ latest report. According to the report, the global cybersecurity market will grow from $95.60 billion in 2014 to $155.74 billion by 2019.

Within an industry known for selling firewalls, intrusion detection systems, antivirus software, encryption and authentication tools, and a whole host of other tools, one thing is for sure: the hackers are — and always will be — one step ahead.

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Cybersecurity: The Industry That Keeps on Growing

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:07

By Kar Cheung

Kar Cheung is the Marketing Manager at ExpressVPN.

The cybersecurity market has grown at an amazing rate over the past decade, and will continue to experience rapid expansion in years to come, according to MarketsandMarkets’ latest report. According to the report, the global cybersecurity market will grow from $95.60 billion in 2014 to $155.74 billion by 2019.

Within an industry known for selling firewalls, intrusion detection systems, antivirus software, encryption and authentication tools, and a whole host of other tools, one thing is for sure: the hackers are — and always will be — one step ahead.

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Using Games to Promote Evidence-Based Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:39

By Christopher Piehler, THE Journal

Ashlee CornettFor educators around the country, teaching to new Common Core or state standards has meant a lot of work. For one Florida librarian, it has also meant a lot of play. Ashlee Cornett (pictured), who teaches at Parkway Middle School in Osceola County, uses the game-show style platform Cranium CoRE to encourage her students not just to answer questions about what they have read, but also to discuss why their answer is correct. Cornett, who used Cranium CoRE at two previous schools before she came to Parkway, said that the online platform is “a nice break from the paper and pencil model, and the kids like it because they work in teams and they think they’re playing a game.”

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/10/14/using-games-for-evidence-based-learning.aspx

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Real-Time Classroom Feedback Enhances Flipped Learning at Temple College

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:35

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

Terry Austin, an instructor of anatomy and physiology at Temple College in Texas teaches several online courses, as well as one face-to-face course that he describes as a hybrid between an online and traditional course. “It’s not 100 percent flipped, but a significant portion of the class is flipped,” he said. His students watch short lecture videos at home, and then they log on to Learning Catalytics to answer a few questions about the concept covered in the video lecture. When the students return to class the next day, they get together in small groups to discuss the same questions and submit group answers. “It makes for some really interesting discussions,” said Austin.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/10/15/real-time-classroom-feedback-enhances-flipped-learning-at-temple-college.aspx

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Easy steps to OER creation

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:30

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, eSchool News

Creating and using OER isn’t as complicated as some educators might believe. OER-creationOpen educational resources (OER) offer educators a chance to align learning materials to students’ needs–and teachers can create their own OER through a surprisingly straightforward process, using materials they likely have in abundance in their classrooms. OER are commonly considered resources that are freely shared and able to be modified and redistributed. Educators can use OER in small bits to supplement textbooks or other learning resources, or they can use OER to replace traditional textbooks and revamp classroom instruction.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/10/16/easy-oer-creation-423/

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Online Security and Higher Education: What's at Stake

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:00

By Rich Murphy

Rich Murphy is the Director of Technical Account Management at BlackStratus.

The diverse range of users accessing IT resources both on and off campus presents a number of security issues for higher education institutions. Potential risks can include:

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Online Security and Higher Education: What's at Stake

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:00

By Rich Murphy

Rich Murphy is the Director of Technical Account Management at BlackStratus.

The diverse range of users accessing IT resources both on and off campus presents a number of security issues for higher education institutions. Potential risks can include:

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Ubiquitous Everything and Then Some

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:40

by Mara Hancock, EDUCAUSE Review Online

The media is buzzing about the “Internet of Everything.” The term ubiquitous computing became old-school before it even became reality, replaced by the Internet of Everything (IoE), aka the Internet of Things (IoT). This new conceptual framework—which essentially refers to the interconnectivity of devices, data, and people to one another and to the Internet—offers a rapidly evolving foundation on which to conjecture about the impact this connected technology will have on the future of society, learning, and education. Since 2008, the number of physical items connected to the Internet has exceeded the number of people on earth.1 Sensors are embedded in the phones in our pockets and also in common consumer devices such as refrigerators and cars; in addition, stand-alone sensors can be placed throughout our environment and set to communicate to our phones, clothes, watches, or jewelry. Campuses are now dealing not only with bring your own device (BYOD) but also with bring your own sensor (BYOS)!

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/ubiquitous-everything-and-then-some

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From Gamification to Touch Interfaces: Designing for 21st Century Learners

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:35

by Jeff D. Borden, EDUCAUSE Review Online

The proven efficacy of games in helping students learn has yet to fully surmount skeptical attitudes among educators, but the motivational aspects of games are enticing, as are the futuristic apps and cross-cultural connections that new devices make possible.  Anyone who has read Carol Dweck’s Mindset would tell you that learning via intrinsic motivation trumps external motivation — always. Well-constructed games seem to provide just that. And what about a safe place to fail? What is the penalty for failure in school? How many chances do students typically receive? How many faculty members still see failure as a “weeding out” of the weak or unmotivated? Games can offer many lessons for educators.

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/gamification-touch-interfaces-designing-21st-century-learners

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How will the Internet of Everything change education by 2018?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:30

By Cisco, ZD Net

As we all know, technology is evolving rapidly. It has, and will continue to, profoundly change our lives in the years to come. What kind of positive changes can we expect to see rising out of the Internet of Everything (IoE) by 2018? For example, IoE is changing the ways in which students with disabilities are able to learn. Technology is being put to use in schools in Australia, with sensors changing the ways students learn sign language. Elsewhere sensors are being used to improve learning for students with ADHD by monitoring brain activity and providing rewards for improved learning. This process perfectly captures how a connection between the four pillars of IoE – people, process, data and things – is already influencing. Though currently, physical attendance is the norm; by 2018 we could expect to see tuition taking place through any device, anywhere. Through IoE, the linear knowledge-sharing dialogue between teacher and student can evolve into something entirely within the student’s control. They will be able to learn at their own pace, focusing more on what they perceive as relevant to them. This, in turn, could lower the price of education with students customising a course of learning that is specific to their needs, paying only for what they want rather than a ‘one size fits all model’.

http://www.zdnet.com/how-will-the-internet-of-everything-change-education-by-2018-7000034585/

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