Educational Technology

Designing a Future of Digital Engagement

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:31

“The future of higher education is more than a digital replica of yesterday’s campus or even today’s classroom. The building blocks of our future higher education institutions are physical and virtual; they are human and technological.

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Designing a Future of Digital Engagement

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:31

“The future of higher education is more than a digital replica of yesterday’s campus or even today’s classroom. The building blocks of our future higher education institutions are physical and virtual; they are human and technological.

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Future Slant: Business Value

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:28

By Diana G. Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

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

·      Challenges of scale

·      Analytics

·      Technology and work

·      Business value

·      Competition and control

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

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Future Slant: Business Value

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 20:28

By Diana G. Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

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

·      Challenges of scale

·      Analytics

·      Technology and work

·      Business value

·      Competition and control

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

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California Shores up Support for Computer Science Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:39

By Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Ed

California computer science legislation could open doors for students to learn about a subject that’s gaining national attention. Computer science education is getting plenty of attention in the California Legislature, with four out of eight bills passing both the Assembly and Senate. And the Golden State’s efforts are part of a national push to bring more computer science into schools. With the national Hour of Code campaign last year and recent legislation in many states, lawmakers and educators on both sides of the aisle are making computer science education a priority. In 23 states, computer science now counts toward high school graduation requirements for math or science, according to Code.org, the nonprofit that drove the Hour of Code campaign.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/California-Computer-Science-Education.html

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Equipped for interaction on campus: Hardware for the collaborative classroom environment

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:35

By Esther Shein, University Business

Montana State had already standardized on switching and control gear, and officials opted to use several solutions from the same vendor, including a system that allows users to send 1080p video and high-definition audio, and shared Ethernet over a single cable. “From the most basic standpoint, it’s a massive reduction in cables,” says Packwood. The transmitters at the tables and the receivers at the flat panels can be remotely powered from the switcher location. In other words, an electrician isn’t needed to bring in additional power to transmit-and-receive locations, and the placement of these devices is much more flexible.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/equipped-interaction-campus

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How Students Could Get Access to Courses Their High Schools Don’t Offer

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 00:30

by Lindsey Burke, Daily Signal

Less than two-thirds of high schools across the country offer physics. Just half offer calculus, according to Michael Horn, an education innovation guru. That only half of high schools offer calculus might come as a shock to a large portion of parents, who have worked to ensure their children have adequate educational opportunities. And it’s just one more reason why choice in education should be universal and not confined to choice among schools. What exactly is course choice? Course choice enables students to craft an à la carte education uniquely tailored to their learning needs. Louisiana’s course choice program enables K-12 students to take courses from colleges, public high schools, virtual schools and private online providers.

http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/02/students-get-access-courses-high-schools-dont-offer/

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MIT brings top entrepreneurship students together in person

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 00:39

By Chi-Chi Zhang, MIT NEWS OFFICE

MIT has just concluded an experiment in blended learning that could reshape existing educational paradigms. A unique program held on campus Aug. 18-22 brought together students from around the world who had taken an online course in entrepreneurship and then immersed themselves at MIT — to learn how to create a startup. The Institute brought 47 out of 54,856 students enrolled in the MITx on edX course 15.390x Entrepreneurship 101: Who is Your Customer? to campus for the inaugural MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. The bootcamp was an experiment by MIT to help edX students further their online education, to learn not only from MIT professors but also from like-minded people from around the world.

http://tech.mit.edu/V134/N34/bootcamp.html

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What does pedagogy mean when it comes to online learning?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 00:36

by Carolyn Lewis, Training Zone

Effective online pedagogy is not exclusively applicable to delivery of formal qualifications it is equally important whether it’s social learning or short courses. The full extent of skills may not be required for all types of learning, but in my opinion we can pretty much apply the standards set out in the UK Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training to online pedagogy whatever the objective.

http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/blogs-post/what-does-pedagogy-mean-when-it-comes-online-learning/187606

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SC State Education Department rebrands its online learning program

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 00:30

By Kelly Petty, ColaDaily

“While the name is new, its mission to provide personalized, online learning opportunities for South Carolina students remains the same,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais. The website will feature a new Student Information System, which will allow counselors at participating schools to register students. VirtualSC will continue to offer courses for students in grades 7-12 and for adult learners in Adult Education programs who want to take courses for high school credit without seat-time requirement.

http://coladaily.com/2014/09/01/state-education-department-rebrands-its-online-learning-program-registration-ends-sept-5/

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K-12 school students taking digital learning into real world

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 00:38

by EVA FERGUSON, Calgary Herald

Public school students will take their online learning one step further this fall in a new curriculum allowing them to have their digital projects assessed in the real world. Beyond existing initiatives around digital literacy in the classroom, from instructional YouTube videos to assignments done on PowerPoint, the Calgary Board of Education will encourage students to complete certain projects digitally and then send them to the private sector for feedback. “This will be a great opportunity to work with different experts in the field,” said Cathy Faber, superintendent of learning innovation and chief information officer.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Public+school+students+taking+digital+learning+into+real/10165853/story.html

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Online program puts new spin on student learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 00:34

by Jessica Else, The Argus Observer

Oregon Connections Academy puts a new spin on education with online classes for students in kindergarten through grade 12. The virtual school held an information session at Four Rivers Cultural Center this week to answer questions. One family was in attendance. Janet Carlsen and Carrie Hargrove, teachers at the virtual school, hosted the session.  “We work in a virtual environment, so we connect with our students on the Internet in real time classrooms,” said Carlsen, who is from Summerville and teaches elementary school at Oregon Connections Academy. “And we also spend a lot of time on the phone supporting our students.”

http://www.argusobserver.com/news/online-program-puts-new-spin-on-student-learning/article_05e67554-30bb-11e4-85f2-001a4bcf887a.html

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With so many free and cheap online courses now available, anyone can go back to school

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 00:30

by Nicole Shepard, Deseret News

When MIT implemented over 100 free online courses, it considered the traditional purpose of education.  “Sometimes I wonder if we’ve lost our vision of education,” said Tom Bronson, MIT online programs committee member. “Universities were created to establish an educated society. There is strength and stability that comes with a citizenship that can think outside the box. We’re looking to create and sustain an educated society.”

http://national.deseretnews.com/article/2248/with-so-many-free-and-cheap-online-courses-now-available-anyone-can-go-back-to-school.html

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What Are The Biggest Online Learning Trends And Challenges?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 00:39

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Online learning takes many forms these days. From all-online degree programs to taking one class online as part of a more traditional, in person degree program, to blended and flipped classrooms, more and more teachers and students have some type of online component to their teaching and learning. The infographic below takes a look at some of the trends and challenges that universities moving programs from an in-person to an online environment can pose.

http://www.edudemic.com/online-learning-trends-and-challenges/

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Virtual Resources for Art History and Appreciation Courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 00:34

by John Seed, Huffington Post

I think Smarthistory has hit critical mass. I think it truly can replace standard high school and college texts for a variety of widely taught survey courses in art history and art appreciation. Smarthistory now provides workable online syllabi for several courses, and I have made up my own “Virtual Art Appreciation” text using Smarthistory in combination with other free and open resources. The list of resources below are here for you to inspect and consider. If you are a K-12 teacher or college professor, please consult your institution’s curriculum guidelines, and your supervisor before you consider going textless. Please also keep in mind that these resources need to be properly integrated with your other resources, lecture content and evaluations. I will leave it up to you to vet these materials to make sure they meet your standards.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-seed/virtual-resources-for-art_b_5738100.html

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Blended tech course combines classroom, independent study

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 00:28

By JEANNE MILLSAP Shaw Media

Leanne Dammann’s computer maintenance technology classes at the Grundy Area Vocational Center have been popular for years, with instruction in understanding computers, printers, cellphones, switches, routers and more. But seniors trying to enroll in the second year of the series – CMT II – were having difficulty fitting the class into their schedules. Dammann was able to start offering her CMT II course as a blended class beginning with the 2012-13 school year. This year, she has 15 students in the class. They said so far they have managed to keep up by finding time during their daytime schedules to study.

http://www.morrisdailyherald.com/2014/08/29/blended-tech-course-combines-classroom-independent-study/aq50w24/

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Top 5 Security Awareness Resources for NCSAM

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 18:14

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In anticipation of security fest 2014, we thought we would share our top 5 picks for security awareness resources.

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Top 5 Security Awareness Resources for NCSAM

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 18:14

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In anticipation of security fest 2014, we thought we would share our top 5 picks for security awareness resources.

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Rural Yukon schools going online in bid to improve learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:49

by CBC

Attendance ‘way up’ as Yukon school moves courses online. Students are Watson Lake Secondary School have the option of doing some coursework online at their own pace. Three more Yukon schools are changing the way they deliver courses, following a pilot project in Watson Lake. Yukon Education is investing in a program called blended learning. It allows students to pursue online courses offered through Moodle: an open-source website.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/rural-yukon-schools-going-online-in-bid-to-improve-learning-1.2749645

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The Red Hot Market for Learning Technology Platforms

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:34

by Josh Bersin, Forbes

We just released our newest research on the corporate Learning Management Systems market and the numbers are astounding. The market is well over $2.5 billion and grew by over 21% this year. These are big numbers, especially since the market grew by only 13% the prior year. Why all the growth? There are four big drivers

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbersin/2014/08/28/the-red-hot-market-for-learning-technology-platforms/

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