Educational Technology

Declining Majority of Online Adults Say the Internet Has Been Good for Society

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:30

At the same time, the contours of connectivity are shifting: One-in-five Americans are now ‘smartphone only’ internet users at home.  Americans tend to view the impact of the internet and other digital technologies on their own lives in largely positive ways, Pew Research Center surveys have shown over the years. A survey of U.S. adults conducted in January 2018 finds continuing evidence of this trend, with the vast majority of internet users (88%) saying the internet has, on balance, been a mostly good thing for them personally. But even as they view the internet’s personal impact in a positive light, Americans have grown somewhat more ambivalent about the impact of digital connectivity on society as a whole.

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Partnerships between K-12, higher ed pay dividends in variety of ways

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 00:40

by James Paterson, Education Dive
Educators in K-12 and higher education are finding that partnerships can benefit both sectors, according to a report from EdTech: Focus on K-12 that highlights cases where the two have creatively collaborated. Megan Toliin, director of technology and innovation for the Education Department at Indiana University–Purdue in Indianapolis said in an interview that area K-12 educators received assistance with technology for their blended classrooms in one such effort, and both college students studying technology and education got experience in schools that benefited both parties. The article describes a variety of ways such partnerships can be developed, including colleges helping K-12 schools with gathering and analyzing data, which is critical for budgeting and reporting. And universities can also use the data for research purposes.

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Augmented reality could rule the classrooms of the future

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 00:35

by JAKE RICHARDSON, the Big Think

An analysis of research study papers pertaining to the use of AR for learning found that: ….”most of the studies reported that AR in educational settings lead to better learning performance and promoting learning motivation, which was because AR supplies the authenticity graphical content and interaction. Also, deeper student engagement improved perceived enjoyment and positive attitudes of AR are reported as the effectiveness of using AR.” Another study reached a similar conclusion: “Outcomes were consistent across all of the studies reviewed in that participants showed both an increase in conceptual knowledge and increases in topic interest and engagement.”

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Assistive Technology to Help Students with Articulation Dierrdso

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 00:29


by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Some students encounter extraordinary challenges when it comes to forming the sounds of everyday communication. This may be due to a structural problem with the mouth or a motor-based issue. Collectively, these difficulties are considered to be articulation disorders. They can make classroom education extremely hard for both teachers and students. However, there are some ways that teachers can help students with articulation disorders still succeed academically. If you want to help your student with articulation disorder succeed, you will need some of the best assistive technology available. You can see the recommendations for the top assistive technologies used with this disorder below.

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Making The Learning Experience Student-Centered To Combat The Skills Gap From College To Career

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 00:39

by Troy Markowitz, Forbes

When students are cognizant of the relevance between their education and their desired career, 63% are more likely to agree that their education was worth the cost and 50% are more likely to agree that they received a high-quality education. Today, however, college graduates are unable to make potential employers aware of the skills they’ve developed through their coursework and co-curricular activities, leading to dissatisfaction with the quality and value of their postsecondary education.

This skills gap, or what I’ve more precisely denoted as the “awareness gap,” is dangerous for the longevity of institutions and also the foundation of our educational system.

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An 80 credit-hour bachelor’s degree?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 00:36

By Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
Lucas Kavlie, vice president for compliance and accreditation at Western Governor’s University, makes an argument that if the nation wants to decrease student debt burdens and increase student completion rates, the best way to achieve both is to “move the finish line closer” and create degree programs that require fewer credit hours.  “Institutions are judged on whether or not the students in their program are graduating in four or six years,” Kavlie said in a recent phone conversation with Education Dive. “If people were smart, they’d say we can raise our four-year grad rates by lowering the number of credit hours that people need to do” to get to the degree. He pointed out that under the Affordable Healthcare Act, a full-time employee is one who works 30 or more hours per week and, assuming two hours of out-of-class work for every hour of in-class instruction, students technically hit this mark with 10 credit hours per semester.

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The Future of Learning and How It Could Change Your Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 00:30

by Dan, Beth, and Beckie, Chronicle of Higher Ed

If you want more students to succeed, particularly at a time when more disadvantaged students are coming into higher education, then you need to be more deliberate in figuring out what works and trying to bring it to scale. One person described it to me by saying that the artisanal approach to teaching isn’t going to work anymore. I don’t think that means we’re going to have a bunch of robots teaching students, though. Professors should expect measurement and data and analytics to only increase (at least for those who don’t teach at small colleges). It also means they need to advocate collectively for more support to help them do their jobs better. There’s a big disconnect between what academic leaders say they want to do to support student success and what is actually offered to encourage better teaching. In my report, I really hit that point hard — don’t assume your faculty is technophobic or resistant to change. Their concerns are real, and you should pay attention to what they need.

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Will Google Duplex Evolve Into a Virtual Teaching Assistant?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 00:41

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Once we get over Google’s boneheaded failure to clearly indicate that the calls were originating from a computer, can we take a step back and try to think about the implications of this technology? What Google is demonstrating with Duplex is the ability of AI (artificial intelligence) to have conversations.  Right now, these conversations are limited.  Duplex will be able to call and make a dinner reservation or a styling appointment, but it is not clear what else the technology will be able to do. The current generation of personal digital voice assistants – Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana – are just not all that useful.  They seem like a technology in search of a problem to solve.

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Don’t know the graduate next to you? You’re not alone. One-third of students take at least one class online.

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 00:36

By Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post
Two decades ago, when I was a student in a part-time master’s degree program at Johns Hopkins University, I would hurry from my office twice a week to make class, hoping like many of my classmates for a few minutes to grab coffee and a bite to eat before settling in for the 2 1/2-hour seminars.  Next week, when I address the graduating class of the same school, most of them will probably be meeting face to face for the first time at commencement: Seventy percent of this year’s graduates earned their master’s degrees online.

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What is machine learning? Everything you need to know

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 00:30

by Nick Heath, ZDNet

At a very high level, machine learning is the process of teaching a computer system how to make accurate predictions when fed data. Those predictions could be answering whether a piece of fruit in a photo is a banana or an apple, spotting people crossing the road in front of a self-driving car, whether the use of the word book in a sentence relates to a paperback or a hotel reservation, whether an email is spam, or recognizing speech accurately enough to generate captions for a YouTube video. The key difference from traditional computer software is that a human developer hasn’t written code that instructs the system how to tell the difference between the banana and the apple.

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Using Collaborative Crowdsourcing to Give Voice to Diverse Communities: A crowdsourcing tool helped create a safe place for sensitive discussions on diversity and inclusion at NYU

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 00:40

By Dennis Di Lorenzo, Campus Technology

Universities face many critical challenges — student retention, campus safety, curriculum development priorities, alumni engagement and fundraising, and inclusion of diverse populations. In my role as dean of the New York University School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) for the past four years, and in my prior 20 years of employment in senior-level positions within the school and at NYU, I have become intimately familiar with the complexities and the nuances of such multifaceted challenges.  For the past two years, one of our top priorities at NYUSPS has been striving to address sensitive issues regarding diversity and inclusion.

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Changes planned at Aberdeen’s University Center

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 00:34

by Allan Vought, the Aegis

anagement of the University Center, a multi-disciplinary educational, training and technology development campus in Aberdeen, is expected to change in the coming months, according to the Harford County government, which owns the facility. A spokesperson for the county government declined to release details on the expected change, saying not all of the details have been finalized. “We are looking forward to an exciting announcement about a technology transfer opportunity in partnership with Aberdeen Proving Ground, defense contractors and partners in academia,” Cindy Mumby, county director of governmental and community relations, said.

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Using Google to Maximize Student Organization and Productivity

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In recent years, Google has positioned itself as a powerful presence in the educational sector. Since an increasing number of students are using Chromebooks and other Google products, it makes sense to select organization and productivity tools from Google to ensure compatibility. Here are four ideas for using Google to maximize student organization and productivity:

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Washington Governors U leader aims to double student enrollment

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 00:40

by Katherine Long, The Seattle Times
Seven years after it created an affiliate in this state, an online, competency-based national university started by a group of western governors is getting its largest share of enrollment from Washington. Western Governors University has enrolled more than 11,000 Washington students this academic year, and graduated its largest class of residents of this state — 3,000 students — last month. That’s the largest enrollment from any state in the country, said the new chancellor of the WGU Washington affiliate, Tonya Drake. She believes it’s growing in Washington because WGU has done a good job of getting the word out in this state.

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20 skills that are quickly gaining traction in the freelance job market — and the online courses to learn them

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 00:35

by Maria Leighton, Business Insider

Freelancing is a competitive field, and without face-to-face interactions, it can be disproportionately difficult to discern what employers want from you. Upwork, the world’s largest freelancing site, compiled a list of the 20 fastest-growing skills in the freelance job market in 2018. Below are the 20 top skills accompanied by online courses you can take to develop and demonstrate your ability.

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Indications that EdTech May Not Be a Strategic Investment

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 00:30

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

The edtech market has seen rapid growth over the past decade, but is edtech actually a good investment? On the one hand, the rapid growth in some areas of the edtech market suggests that it is a strong investment option. The coding academy market, for example, has seen over 900% growth since it first appeared around 2011. Many MOOC and LMS companies such as Coursera, Udacity, and Instructure also continue to perform well. On the other hand, there are signs that edtech may not offer returns high enough to ultimately attract and hold the interest of big investors. On this account, two recent events are especially alarming.

Indications that EdTech May Not Be a Strategic Investment

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Giving a Voice to Thoughts: New MIT Technology has Important Implications for Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 00:43

by Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Education: Digital Learning

MIT, once again, has taken a huge step toward further embedding technology into our lives. In this case, it is giving voice to thoughts, speech to the speechless and opening the door to telepathy. The technology, named “AlterEgo,” generates digital signals to unvoiced thoughts. One wears a tiny, spare, flexible frame that contains between 4 and 16 tiny electrodes to pick up non-vocalized speech – such as when one reads text or deliberately thinks articulated thoughts. It transforms these brain pulses into digital transmissions. What are the potential implications for teaching and learning? As with most technologies, there are both the good aspects and the challenging.

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For My Fellow Online Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 00:40

by Jeanne Croteau, Forbes

I’m an adjunct professor at an online university and I absolutely love my job. Although, I used to work in a college classroom, I made the transition because I believe we all deserve more flexible options for working and getting an education. On a regular basis, I hear comments and get questions about how my job differs from those who teach in a traditional, brick-and-mortar school. Now that it’s Teacher Appreciation Week, I can’t help but reflect on those differences. Here’s a nod to my fellow online teachers who are on the front lines of this ever-changing educational landscape.

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Google Duplex beat the Turing test: Are we doomed?

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 00:35

By David Gewirtz, ZD Net

Google’s new Duplex AI sounds human, with stammers, pauses, and all. It could be a useful addition to Google Assistant or the harbinger of something much more dark and worrisome. Two years before his death, Turing was thinking about the relationship between human and computer intelligence. Today, that concept is part of everyday life, as AI permeates everything from GPS to video games to the behavior of apps on our phones. Back then, the idea that a device the size of a house designed to break codes could, someday, imitate human intelligence was about as far thinking as you could get. Turing not only understood and pioneered the idea of AI, but created some metrics by which we could judge whether we’d actually gotten to the point where AI was intelligent.

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What are higher-ed’s analytics priorities?

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:40


Higher-ed leaders are increasingly focused on institutional analytics, despite challenges associated with implementing enterprise-wide programs, according to a new Ellucian survey of 200 college presidents, provosts, CFOs, CTOs, and CIOs. Fifty-eight percent of surveyed leaders say institutional analytics that improve operational efficiency are of greater priority than learning analytics that will improve student outcomes, according to What Will It Take to Build an Analytics-Driven Campus? Analytics priorities seem to differ by role, with presidents, CFOs, and CIOs focusing on improved learning outcomes; provosts are focused on improved retention and completion; and CTOs are concerned with improved operational efficiency.

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