Educational Technology

Shifting the Professional Development Paradigm for K-12 Online Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:35

by Barbara Kurshan, Forbes

Previously we discussed the landscape of online learning in higher education. The ground is shifting in K-12 education as well, and learning online is now not only an option for many students, but in some states a legislative mandate. In Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Virginia, and Idaho, students must take at least one class online in order to graduate from high school. How did we get here, and most importantly, how do we build a collaborative ecosystem for online learning experiences?

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McDonald’s employees learning “English Under the Arches”

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:29


West Michigan McDonald’s franchise owners are helping some of their employees go back to school. The workers, who all have a native language other than English, are taking a 22 week “English under the Arches” class. Fox 17 caught up with the students in the formal classroom setting in the back of a restaurant on Monday. The class is taught partly by an English Second Language instructor in person, and partly online via webcast. McDonald’s Operations Consultant Lance Brewer told Fox 17 the class is about empowering the workers, while benefitting customers.

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NC online charter school talking enrollment and mission

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:41

By Ali Weatherton, WNCT

School is one month out for many counties in North Carolina and one of the state’s new free online charter schools talked to parents about still getting their children into online courses. It’s all through one of the state’s two new public virtual charter schools some of your tax dollars are going to help open this fall. It’s focusing on giving students a free education in six core courses including English, Math, Art and Music.

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Study: Prospective Students See Online Education As Career Booster

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:38

by iSchool Guide

A new report revealed prospective students prefer blended programs, schools with nearby campuses, and see online programs as career booster. The growth of online education, in which enrollment increases at 1 percent annually, is fueled by factors like flexibility and the credentials that help students earn more. The Aslanian Market Research and The Learning House, Inc. have released a new report on online learning, which revealed that students find such as a pathway for boosting their career prospects. It further showed that college students prefer blended programs and find schools with nearby campuses, as well. The fourth annual survey also found that fewer students are attending college in recent years, which it attributed to the still-recovering economy and the declining unemployment rate.

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The new era of the $400 college textbook, which is part of the unsustainable higher education bubble

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:30
by Mark J. Perry, AEI A new milestone must have been established recently – we’re now officially in a new era of the $400 new college textbook and the $300 used college textbook, see graphic in this article showing the top 15 most expensive textbooks at the University of Michigan-Flint based on a new unpublished report by Matthew Wolverton, an electronic resource management librarian at the Thompson Library (UM-Flint’s library). The graphic below shows the most expensive college textbooks by discipline at UM-Flint, based on the average price of new textbooks for each discipline in winter 2015 semester. As far as college textbooks, the new era of $400 textbooks seems to be clearly unsustainable in the face of a growing number of competitive, low-cost alternatives like free online textbooks from Open Stax College (about $40 for a printed version) and Boundless ($30 online textbooks in 25 subjects). Share on Facebook

Hacking Diversity

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 00:39

By Kristin Majcher, Technology Review

Anyone with Internet access and a computer can learn how to write a few lines of code these days. Free tutorials and information from sites like Codecademy, which has been used by more than 25 million people, offer widespread access to instruction. They might even be able to break down barriers for groups traditionally underrepresented in technology, including women, blacks, and Hispanics. This open-access model does seem to help—Codecademy says 34 percent of its users are women, for example, nearly double the percentage of female graduates from university computer science programs in the United States.

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Obama’s Internet initiative a US necessity

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 00:35

News and Observer Editorial Board

Heading toward the end of his second term, President Obama is rightly gearing up an important initiative to help lower income people gain access to the Internet. This has broad implications for people of all ages who might otherwise be left out in the cold with regard to a “connection” that most Americans take for granted. The Internet is no longer a luxury. It is a necessity, for kids who want to do their homework, for people who want to find jobs, for access to emergency contacts, for families who want to communicate with each other.

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Liberty to offer online law master’s degrees

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 00:30

BY JESSIE POUNDS, Daily Progress

The Liberty University School of Law plans to offer online master’s degrees this fall, according to an announcement from the school. The plan is for juris master degrees in American legal studies and international legal studies, as well as a master’s of laws degree in international legal studies. The typical qualifying degree for lawyers in the United States is the juris doctorate, which Liberty offers on-campus. The American Bar Association’s accrediting arm recently granted permission to Liberty to implement the degrees. The bar association accredits only juris doctorate degrees, so its role in granting permission is only to make sure those degrees won’t pull away resources or interfere with a school’s existing law degree program.

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Higher Education and Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 19:41

As higher education institutions continue identifying new ways to leverage big data, it is important to consider the privacy implications and implement best practices. Sol Bermann, campus privacy officer at the University of Michigan and co-chair of the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers working group, describes several privacy challenges institutions face, such as anonymization and de-identification, the unintentional use of data beyond the original intended purpose, and the omnipresent collection, analysis, and sharing of data. Bermann also cites foundational principles around student data privacy and suggests four steps or best practices: plan, be transparent, handle data carefully and with purpose, and provide for individual control.

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EDUCAUSE Supports Call to Make Federally Funded Ed. Materials OER

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 15:09

(August 4, 2015) A group of 90 higher education and related organizations, including EDUCAUSE, released a letter today calling on the Obama Administration to establish a new government-wide policy on educational, training, and instructional resources developed with federal funds. The proposed new policy would make any such materials open educational resources, and therefore freely available for anyone to use or adapt as needed. As the letter states:

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U.S. Reps. Rokita and Fudge Introduce Legislation to Safeguard Student Education Records under FERPA

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 18:01

Jen Ortega serves as a consultant to EDUCAUSE on federal policy and government relations. She has worked with EDUCAUSE since 2013 and assists with monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals across a range of policy areas, including cybersecurity, data privacy, e-learning, and accessibility.


(August 3, 2015) On July 22, Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 3157), which would update student privacy safeguards under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA (the federal law that governs institutional management and disclosure of student education records).

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Pitching the Next Big Idea in Higher Ed

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 16:37

Imagine standing before a room full of your peers and colleagues – many, if not all, of whom have a vested interest in what you’re about to say. Your project team is armed with slides, possibly containing videos or role-playing scenarios.

You have five minutes to introduce your project and to convince the audience that your idea to impact higher ed is a viable one. The clock is ticking.

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