Educational Technology

Report: Research & Education Networks Make Sense for K-12 as Bandwidth Demands Increase

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 00:40

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Tremendous pressure for broadband access is being placed on schools, stemming in part from educational needs, in part from the demands of online testing and in part from the motivation to provide equitable access for all students. To alleviate that pressure, advised a group of education technology experts, it’s high time those schools considered tapping into the massive capacity and high speeds of research and education (R&E) networks. That’s the overall suggestion of a research project jointly produced by the New Media Consortium (NMC), a global community of institutions of higher education and research centers, and Internet2, a similar organization that runs one such network for academic and research institutions in the United States.

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Penn State Technology Allows Faculty and Students to Build Their Own Textbooks from OER

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 00:36

By David Nagel, Campus Technology

Penn State researchers have been piloting a technology that allows faculty (and students) to build e-textbooks algorithmically using keywords to gather together materials from open resources. The tool, called BBookX, lets users generate textbooks chapter by chapter, adding materials by using keywords to find relevant resources, which can then be culled and organized, even edited by the user. Keywords are used to find an initial set of resources; adding the most relevant resources to a chapter then allows the algorithm to refine results for additional materials. Users can rearrange the materials within a chapter or reorganize entire chapters on the fly through a click-and-drag interface.

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8 CIO Tips for Leading Change in Higher Education

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/29/2015 - 00:30

By David Raths, Campus Technology

In a recent Educause Review essay, Joshua Kim noted that campus CIOs must have one foot in daily technology operations, one foot in strategic decision-making and one foot in the larger discussion of how higher education is evolving. “You will notice the CIO needs three feet — an indication of why the role seems so impossible,” wrote Kim, director of digital learning initiatives for the Dartmouth (NH) Center for the Advancement of Learning. Indeed, being a three-footed CIO increasingly requires more communication skills than technical knowledge. In an April 2015 CT interview, Mark Askren, CIO of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said having a technology background helps in the CIO role — but communication skills are the most important to have. “Beyond just speaking skills, you need emotional intelligence, the ability to listen, be authentic and earn trust,” he said. “We are change agents. You have to embrace change and reduce the fear level.”

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