Educational Technology

Rising Confidence in Online Higher Ed

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:35

By Timothy Zimmer, Forbes

Online higher education is steadily gaining favor as a credible alternative to the traditional classroom. According to a recent Gallup report, more U.S. adults agree or strongly agree that online colleges and universities offer high-quality education (37 percent) than did so in 2012 (33 percent) or 2011 (30 percent) when Gallup first introduced the report. Online higher education has been a divisive issue amongst academics for years, seen by many as convenient and affordable but unremarkable in value and legitimacy. When online education went toe-to-toe with traditional classroom-based learning in another recent Gallup report, Americans considered online better at “providing a wide range of options for curriculum” and offering “good value for the money.” Traditional education overshadowed this accomplishment, however, besting online in areas such as instruction, rigor, employer favorability, and student format.

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Online K-12 education faces challenges

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:29

by Norman Rozenberg, Tech Page One

Kindergarten-through-12th grade (K-12) cyber schools have yet to receive as much attention as online higher education. For example, brick-and-mortar grade schools have largely resisted the kinds of online options traditional universities have adopted. There are problems with cyber schools that must be addressed, however. Many cyber-schooling programs have not provided students with an education that meets national averages, according to the University of Colorado study. Despite these drawbacks, the virtual option can become a viable alternative to brick-and-mortar grade schools, especially when targeted to specific groups of students for whom traditional schooling is not helpful.

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Google Penetrates The E-Learning Market To Expand Chromebook Sales

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:40

by Lior Ronen, Seeking Alpha

The e-learning market grows rapidly worldwide and expected to reach $51B total revenues in 2016. Google introduced an e-learning platform that integrate its services into one suite that is targeted to the education sector. By penetrating the e-learning market, Google tries to increase Chromebook sales and expand its PC ecosystem. Google could use the e-learning trend around the world and expand its Chromebook sales and ecosystem presence globally.

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Diverse Conversations: Is Higher Education Worth It?

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:37
by Matthew Lynch, Huffington Post Speaking with Yvonne Tocquigny who is CEO of Tocquigny, a company that specializes in brand management and development for colleges and universities.  “Online learning and MOOCS will provide innovative ways for schools to cut costs by curbing the cost of labor (the #1 cost for most schools) and amortizing their investment in the best teachers. This will have to be balanced with the need to continue to convince students that the value of an online course from their school is somehow superior to that of a less expensive institution. Many people believe that in a few years, one will be able to acquire online learning through Amazon. So schools will have to do more over time to define the value of a degree from their particular school. They will have to become more efficient at attracting the right students to their school.”

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Parents with kids playing hockey now required to take online course in respect

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:30

by Meghan Roberts, CTV Winnipeg

Parents looking to register their kids for hockey in Winnipeg this fall must now complete the Respect in Sports program. The plan for the requirement was announced earlier this year. The online course costs $12 and takes about an hour to complete. One parent per household is required to finish the program. Hockey Winnipeg said the course will be good for five years.

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OAAI: Deploying an Open Ecosystem for Learner Analytics

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:15

This podcast features an interview with Senior Academic Technology Officer for Marist College, Josh Baron. In this conversation with John Bucher, Baron discusses the Open Academic Analytics Initiative.

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Making Your Online Content Accessible

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:39

This podcast features an interview with Senior Instructional Designer and Accessibility Specialist for Drexel University, Dan Allen, and Director of Technology Strategies for the University of Virginia, Judith Giering. In this discussion with Jon Bucher, they talk about strategies for making content more accessible to more people.

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Administrative IT Strategy at the University of California, San Diego

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:08

This podcast features an interview with Chief Enterprise Technology Officer for the University of California, San Diego, Min Yao. In this conversation with Beth Warner, he lays out the current and future state of administrative IT at his institution, and weighs in on various issues surrounding administrative IT strategies.


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Breaking the Barriers Between High School and Higher Ed

Educause - Connect, Technology In Academia - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:13

What is one of the biggest barriers for students transitioning from high school to college?

As it turns out, it’s not test scores or grades; it’s what’s in their bank account.

How do we know? John Squires, the Math Department Head at Chattanooga State Community College, and director of its U Do the Math program, has done the research.

In his session at ISTE 2014 titled, Perforating the Boundary Between Secondary Education and Career Readiness/Higher Education, Squires suggested that one of the biggest barriers for students to move from high school to college involves money. Moderate and upper income high school students are able to take advantage of the courses and materials that lower income students cannot.

How to break the barrier
Make high quality, affordable courses available

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Fla. students required to take online class to graduate

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:40

By Leigh Spann, WFLA

In 2011, the Florida Legislature passed the Digital Learning Act requiring students to complete one online course in order to graduate. At that time, high school sophomores, juniors and seniors were grandfathered out of the stipulation. This year’s rising seniors are the first that must graduate with a virtual course. Many haven’t yet. “That’s what we hear statistically from around our districts, 30 percent,” said Celeste Sanchez, District Relations Manager Florida Virtual School. Kelley Brenes is a rising junior at Sickles High School in Tampa. She may be two years from graduating, but she’s fulfilling the online class requirement right now.

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Back to School Anything but Routine for Alaska Virtual Academy Students

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:33

By Marketwatch

New school supplies and meeting new teachers are still part of the first day of school for Alaska Virtual Academy (AKVA) students across the state. They’ll meet each other in homeroom and catch up with classmates from last year, but there won’t be any backpacks, school cafeteria food or catching the bus for these students, who go to school full-time online. Instead, they’ll be learning how to log on, manage their homework and meet their assigned teacher as they learn from home. AKVA is a tuition-free, online public school, available to students in grades K-8 across the state of Alaska. Students attend school full-time online, and use the internet to access the engaging, award-winning K¹² curriculum. A public school choice, AKVA gives parents and families the opportunity to maximize their success with individualized learning.

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Canvas Network Announces Minecraft MOOCs and App in a Suite of 15 MOOCs

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:29

by Kim Sun-Mi, Korea Times

Learning technology company Instructure, the creator of the Canvas learning management system for K-12 and higher education, today announced a major new experiment in K-12 learning by unveiling a suite of more than 15 MOOCs for teachers, students and even parents on its Canvas Network platform. The most ambitious collection of K-12 MOOCs to date, the suite includes two Minecraft MOOCs that aim to help teachers leverage gamification best practices in the classroom. Enrollment is free and open for registration for anyone in the world at

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