Educational Technology

Coursera’s gov and nonprofits arm to ‘close skills gap’

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/11/2017 - 00:30

by PIE

Coursera, the US-based online training platform, has announced it is launching a new arm, Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits. Through the new division, the two groups of stakeholders will work directly with Coursera to develop study programmes for targeted groups of learners, such as their staff. “We have developed expertise in supporting blended learning models” They will then offer training on a subsidised basis. Some partners will subsidise the cost of learning completely, giving learners free access to courses, while others will cost-share with course participants or establish reimbursement schemes to incentivise learners to complete the course.

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Report: Courseware, Learning Analytics See Most Acquisitions in Ed Tech Market

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/11/2017 - 00:27

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The ed tech market is restless. With vendors constantly acquiring and merging with other companies and startups popping up every other month, it can be difficult to keep track. Courseware, learning analytics platforms and constituent relationship management (CRM) platforms are the fussiest, with these market segments seeing the most consolidations. Cloud-based student information systems (SISs) are slowly being adopted, while adaptive learning and online program managers (OPMs) seeing the most growth at disproportionate levels. Those findings come from consulting and research firm Eduventures, which published its 2017 Higher Education Technology Landscape Report earlier this week.

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Virtual inclusion helps this district commit to all students–no matter what

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 00:40


Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all education. Today, forward-thinking school leaders know that leveraging powerful learning technology can help all students excel and learn to work collaboratively with peers–even if that student is homebound due to chronic illness. In Maryland’s Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), a team of educators worked to secure telepresence robots for sick and homebound students after seeing the robots demonstrated at a conference. By turning to virtual inclusion, they hoped homebound students would feel more engaged in both their learning and their social relationships at school.

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2+2+2 articulation programs offer new model for higher ed access

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 00:36

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A 2+2-2 model for early college programs in New Jersey is creating a pathway to help students earn master’s degrees in the same amount of time it would normally take to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The articulation agreement between St. John Vianney High School, Brookdale Community College, and Georgian Court University awards an associate degrees to high school graduates through dual enrollment programs, after which they enroll in the community college for two years to complete their bachelor’s degree, before moving on to the university to complete their master’s degree. Proponents of the model say that this allows for students to reduce tuition costs by two years or more, provides high level credentials in less time, and addresses any concerns that students graduating from college two years early might not be socially or emotionally ready to enter the workforce.

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Mark Cuban champions liberal arts as future of the workforce

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 00:30

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

NBA owner Mark Cuban says that finance is one of several industries that will soon fall victim to automation, and students seeking lucrative careers of the future should look to the liberal arts for professional training. The tech magnate says that machines will soon replace workers in the processing of data and information, and that professionals who excel in communication, language and innovation will be in high-demand. Cuban has long warned against the looming burst of the higher education bubble due to costs and industrial demand.

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Researchers Point to Paradigm Shift in Flipped Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 00:40

by Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI), an international coalition of educators, researchers, technologists, professional development providers and education leaders, has declared a new era in flipped learning, designated “Flipped Learning 3.0.” The findings, which came out of a 12-month project analyzing the state of flipped learning around the globe, identify five factors that, according to the organization, signify a paradigm shift.

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Largest Coalition of Coding Bootcamps to Publish Data on Job Outcomes

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 00:36

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Fifteen coding bootcamps, or accelerated computer programming programs, have formed a new coalition and announced their commitment to publish student graduation and job placement data in a single, standardized framework. In a move to be fully transparent, the 17-member Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR) is also mandating truth in advertising disclosures on all outcomes data promoted in marketing and admissions materials. CIRR members will release graduation and job placement data on a semi-annual basis. The first round of results from 2016 will be published on March 29, in accordance with CIRR definitions, documentation and validation requirements. The reporting will be publically available on the individual members’ websites.

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Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 00:30


According to the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) Coalition, there are 26 million STEM jobs in the U.S., comprising 20 percent of all jobs. By 2020, there will be 9.2 million STEM jobs in the U.S. Despite the need for these workers, only 45 percent and 30 percent of high school seniors are prepared for college-level math and science courses, respectively. As the American K-12 system continues to look for ways to increase student interest and aptitude in STEM learning, technology is playing an increasingly pivotal role. Children who come to classrooms today have an inherent aptitude for technology and educators should encourage that skill set with resources that integrate STEM learning.

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3 tips for finding the best teacher-helpful edtech

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 00:39


Learning how to effectively use and implement new classroom edtech requires educators to spend their most valuable currency: time. Time spent troubleshooting technology in the classroom is wasted, and it can make educators skeptical of new technology. Regardless of teaching philosophy, you must discover which edtech resources will provide an authentic learning experience for your students and make the most effective use of teachers’ time. The following is a three-step technology integration approach that you can follow to ensure you are prepared to discover and deploy new technology.

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Teaching, Learning, and IT Issues: Priorities and Intersections

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 00:35

by Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz, EDUCAUSE Review

This article highlights the results of two EDUCAUSE community surveys—from the IT and the teaching and learning communities—and shows their complementary priorities, intersections, and synergies. As this year’s EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues list makes clear, student success has become a strategic focal point for many higher education institutions. The concept of student success is itself multidimensional: it includes success not only in academic coursework but also in degree planning, constructing next-generation digital learning environments and resources, and supporting a range of what the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) calls high-impact practices. Increasing student success requires institutional attention to all of these areas. Although challenging, improvements made in these areas, if done in tandem, can result in academic transformation: innovation and change that is multidimensional and strategic and that addresses campus culture.

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Phone battery quick-charge breakthrough? Meizu says it’s zero to full in 20 minutes

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 00:29

By Liam Tung, ZD Net

Chinese smartphone maker claims breakthrough in charge times with new Super mCharge tech. Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has shown off its new Super mCharge tech fully charging a 3,000mAh battery in 20 minutes. Meizu unveiled the new battery tech on Tuesday at Mobile World Congress, offering a peek at the next generation of its mCharge quick-charging technology for lithium-ion batteries. That performance compares with Qualcomm’s recently announced Quick Charge 4.0 tech in the new Snapdragon 835 processor, which in tests with a 2 750mAh battery delivered a 50 percent charge in 15 minutes, or an estimated five-hour charge in five minutes.

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Pearson $3.2 Billion in the Hole, Looks to Digital Transformation

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 00:41

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The company last month issued a profit warning announcing it would not reach its goals for 2018, prompting plans to sell major assets. Now, according to its 2016 earnings report released Friday, the British-owned publishing company has reported a pre-tax loss of nearly £2.6 billion ($3.2 billion) — the biggest loss in its almost 30-year history. The company’s United States business accounts for two-thirds of its revenue and profits, and that segment has been taking a massive hit with students opting to rent textbooks instead of buying them. According to the earnings report, net revenues declined an unprecedented 18 percent during the year. Total college enrollments for courseware dropped 1.4 percent, with combined two-year and four-year for-profit enrollments falling 5 percent.

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5 Incredible Online Courses for WordPress Beginners

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 00:36

by WP Explorer

Fortunately, the WordPress community is thriving, and there are many people out there willing to help you learn the ropes. A quick Google search reveals thousands of articles and tutorials, along with dedicated YouTube channels such as WPCrafter, Tyler Moore, and WPBeginner. These resources are fantastic, but often you’ll find the best way to make progress is to take part in a more structured course. That’s why we’re going to recommend five excellent online courses for WordPress in this article. Each is designed with beginners in mind, and will arm you with the knowledge you need to start creating your own websites.

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Top 5 Free Online Courses to Learn Web Design

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 00:30

By Mark Zeni, Daily Blog Tips

We have selected the most popular and effective online courses for web designers and developers. In addition to being absolutely free for the public access, all courses are intended for web design beginners who are eager to get new knowledge on how to build sites, personalize their layouts, expand functionality with extensions, choose a CMS on their own, and so on and so forth.

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Report: Collaborative learning, mobile access not major part of college study culture

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 00:40

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A survey of more than 2 million college students worldwide reveals that a majority of learners are more comfortable studying on their own, and they’re not using mobile technology to access materials or lessons outside of the classroom. The survey revealed that the United States offered the most online learning tools and modules, but students in Brazil were mostly likely to use online tools to learn collaboratively, and Colombia was the world’s most active nation in content creation for academic sharing. English is the world’s most popular online subject outside of the United States, followed by S.T.E.M. subjects.

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Online course helps aid workers help women and girls

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 00:36

by United National Population Fund

An online course for humanitarians is raising new awareness about women’s needs and vulnerabilities in emergency-affected communities around the world. “It acted as an eye opener, and it made me realize that gender-based violence can happen to anybody,” said Rebecca Oketch of Fortress of Hope, a girls’ rights organization in Kenya. “Now I treat survivors with dignity and respect rather than victim-blaming.” The free UNFPA course, Managing Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, helps humanitarian workers understand the risks women and girls face in crisis settings. It also encourages better support for survivors of violence and helps to prevent violence from happening in the first place.

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Using Gamification in Education Leadership Development

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 00:28

by Matthew Lynch, Edvocate

The idea of leadership development doesn’t often bring a sense of excitement. Most educators expect training and development activities to remain in the old paradigm with an instructor standing in front of a classroom. Overall, it isn’t a very inspiring image. But, what if there was a better way to get the same information across while keeping everyone engaged in the process? In fact, there is. And it’s called gamification.

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9 in 10 Students Admit to Cheating in College, Suspect Faculty Do the Same

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 00:38

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Kessler International queried 300 students who attend college in person and online and found that nine in 10 (86 percent) admitted to cheating in some way in school. More than half (54 percent) thought cheating was OK, and some suggested that it was even necessary to stay competitive. Among those who acknowledged cheating, nearly all (97 percent) said they’d gotten away with it. What forms of cheating are popular? Three-quarters of respondents (76 percent) said they’d copied text from somebody else’s assignments. Slightly more (79 percent) admitted to plagiarism from internet sources. Nearly as many (72 percent) said they’d used their mobile devices to cheat during class. A smaller number (42 percent) said they’d purchased custom term papers or essays online. And 28 percent said they’d had a “service” take their online classes for them.

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Frank Gehry to teach online architecture course

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 00:35

by Chris Young, The Canadian Press

Class will soon be in session for Frank Gehry, and the celebrated Canadian-born architect will be leading the lessons. The California-based Gehry will be teaching what is being billed as his first-ever online class this spring. The Gehry-led course on design and architecture will be hosted by online education service Masterclass. The architect will be offering more than a dozen video lessons where he will teach “his unconventional philosophy on architecture, design, and art.” He will also be drawing on case studies, sketches and his “never-before-seen” model archive.

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Lone hacker Rasputin breaches 60 universities, federal agencies

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 00:30

By Charlie Osborne, ZDNet

A hacker has compromised at least 60 universities and US government organizations, utilzing SQL injections as his weapon of choice. Rasputin, believed to be a Russian hacker, is most well-known for the December 2016 attack against the US Electoral Assistance Commission through an unpatched SQL injection (SQLi) vulnerability. At the time, the hacker offered to sell access to the system to a Middle Eastern broker, and according to researchers, the hacker is also attempting to sell access to systems he has compromised in his latest round of attacks. Universities are a top target, with Cornell University, New York University (NYU), Purdue University, Michigan State University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Washington among those affected in the US.

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