Educational Technology

The Big Opportunity in Data Analytics

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 00:30

by Education Dive

If knowledge is power, as Francis Bacon suggested, its supporting partner would undoubtedly be information. The kind of information that, in today’s world, can connect complex reams of disparate and often isolated data, and can help support better decision making and better outcomes. This is the promise of data analytics and, with its ability to capture behavioral information and provide the ability to manage and act on that data, it’s becoming of increasing interest to the world of education. With proven value in the fields of finance, research and in a thousand online applications, what might a marriage of analysis and academia look like? And what are the opportunities for colleges and universities to use data to secure better outcomes for students and further empower faculty?

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Harvey Mudd College has tripled female computer science graduation rates

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 00:40

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Harvey Mudd College’s computer science graduating class featured more women than men this year, a historic trend that matches the school’s aggressive effort to increase participation from women, which has tripled in the last 10 years. Officials say targeted efforts to appoint and promote women in leadership positions throughout the institution, including six department chairpersons and nearly 40% of the campus’ total number of professors, makes the difference in encouraging and modeling success for women in historically underrepresented fields. Changes in curriculum, along with the school’s small size, allow for more adaptive learning opportunities which don’t skew in benefit to male or female students.

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Unlocking our children’s ability to learn: the future of personalised learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 00:39

by Eric Demoncheaux, LinkedIn

How will each student achieve what he/she ought to be achieving? Education ought to open up doors, it ought to develop abilities and provide them with the talents they need to succeed. It is important that academic faculties and schools improve their standards and share good practice. Eventually, all will come down to whether or not educational establishments can adapt and meet the needs of all learners. It is important that academic faculties and schools develop dynamic learning communities. The world is mutating into different ways and we need to help our learners merge into this changed constellation. We need to place students into this changed constellation and design systems that will help them succeed. One of the greatest challenges is for learners to become autonomous thinkers who can make the right choices.

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North Dakota Open Educational Resources Initiative: A System-wide Success Story

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 00:30

by Tanya M. Spilovoy, WCET Frontiers

The North Dakota University System Open Educational Resources Initiative is a 3-phased plan hinging upon a unique collaboration among the North Dakota legislature, the University System Office, and the faculty at public institutions across the state. At the intersection of these three entities are change leaders who have come together for a common goal of improving higher education by reducing textbook costs for students. A 2015 post previewed this work, and this post outlines the plan, the people, and the product. The initial state investment was $110,000. The first four funded proposals include estimated student cost savings of more than $2 million for school year 2016-2017. Three of the campus projects will provide faculty stipends to revamp general education courses using open source materials and textbooks. One project at the University of North Dakota will make Robinson’s “The History of North Dakota” an open textbook. Another round of grant proposals is due in October, 2016 with four more $10,000 institutional grants anticipated.

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