Educational Technology

CalArts Launches Open Online Game Design: Art and Concepts Courses on Coursera

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 00:35

by University of California Institute of the Arts

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is launching a cluster of online courses titled Game Design: Art and Concepts on Coursera, the world’s largest open online education provider. With the first course launching on September 15th, the Game Design Specialization will be taught by the college’s top faculty and accessible to anyone who registers online. “When Coursera approached us to develop a new video game design Specialization, we saw it as a great opportunity—not only to grow our relationship with them, but also to bring our unique creative pedagogy to a broader online audience,” said CalArts Provost Jeannene Przyblyski. “Through courses designed by CalArts faculty, this Specialization will help learners create compelling story-driven visual worlds with engaging characters that keep game players coming back for more. At CalArts ‘story’ is a tradition that becomes even more exciting as we explore new possibilities for interactive user experience.”

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MOOCs: Did We Expect Too Much Too Soon?

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 00:30

by Pranab Chakraborty, ATD

Are MOOCs (massive open online courses) the next big thing in higher education, or merely a distraction that won’t change the current system? Is the MOOC revolution only just starting to change how people learn, or has it already failed? It all depends on who you ask. But the real question is: Did we expect too much too soon?

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College data backup in the age of the cloud

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/13/2015 - 00:40

By Ken Stier, University Business

In just three years, enrollment at Lone Star Community College grew by about 50 percent. The six-campus system, located in the north Houston metro area, now has more than 95,000 students and has experienced explosive data growth, as well—from 40 terabytes to 1.6 petabytes. A data collection that big is hard to imagine. But as of April 2011, the entire U.S. Library of Congress had amassed 235 terabytes of data, and a petabyte is more than four times that, according to Michael Chui, a principal at consulting giant McKinsey & Company. The growth prompted IT standardization in the sprawling, decentralized system and an overhaul of Lone Star’s data backup process and technology.

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U-Michigan to Invest $100M in Big Data Initiative

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/13/2015 - 00:35
by Greg Slabodkin, Health Data Management The University of Michigan over five years will invest $100 million in a big data initiative with researchers seeking insights in four targeted areas—healthcare, learning analytics, social sciences, and transportation. Improving personalized healthcare delivery is at the heart of the health sciences/medicine component of the university’s Data Science Initiative. By tapping into DNA sequencing, electronic health records and other sources of big data, U-Michigan researchers hope to translate basic research into patient care based on more precisely diagnosing an individual’s risk for certain types of diseases and coming up with the most effective medical therapies. As part of the Data Science Initiative, U-M will hire 35 new faculty members, expand the university’s research computing capacity and strengthen its data management, storage, analytics and training resources. “We have a substantial personalized health/precision medicine footprint here,” says Alfred Hero, Ph.D., co-director of the new Michigan Institute for Data Science, which was created under the initiative and has an interdisciplinary core faculty of 40 data scientists. “There’s roughly $10 million that will be invested for the computational infrastructure for handling very large data sets.” Share on Facebook

Online learning offers another alternative

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/13/2015 - 00:29

by Jacksonville Daily News

At one time, the public education system was a one-size-fits-all approach to getting students from kindergarten through high school. Now, there are nearly as many options as there are students — each one with strengths that might appeal to different students and their parents. For instance, there are local charter schools, where students, parents, teachers and administrators interact in a way that is simply not possible in the traditional school setting. There are also a host of different programs within those traditional settings — many more options than were available just a few short years ago. And then there’s online learning, an approach that allows students who might be at, ahead or behind the level of their classmates to progress at their own pace.

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Arkansas online-only eVersity ready to enroll after just 18 months

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 00:39

By Aziza Musa, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The UA System board of trustees in March 2014 gave the go-ahead to start eVersity. At the time — and even now — the online market was a competitive one. And in the ring are some of the biggest for-profits, such as the University of Phoenix with its some 250,000 students, as well as the traditional brick-and-mortar universities going online, including Arizona State University with its nearly 83,400 students, 17 percent of which are online only. In Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education has allowed more than 100 distance education providers.

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Udemy sees 200% rise in revenue, online learning demand increases

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 00:34

by Natalie Marsh, the Pie News

Online learning platform, Udemy, has seen an increase in revenue of 200% year on year, as the demand for skills-based online learning increases.Udemy, which launched in 2010 in the US, provides free and paid-for online courses tailored for skills-based learning in subjects including language learning, office productivity and IT and software. Courses are created by instructors themselves, who receive all of the revenue, minus the payment fees, if they bring students to their course, or half of the revenue if students were brought in by Udemy. The revenue increase of the platform overall has risen since last year, when it was displaying a growth of 160%.

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District rolls out revamped elementary computer curriculum

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 00:30

by Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal

This fall, Lincoln Public Schools is rolling out a revamped elementary computer curriculum that emphasizes computer science — and coding — principles. Kent Steen, LPS computer science curriculum specialist, said the goal is to expose all students to the basics of coding and computer science — including robotics — along with digital literacy and digital media arts. Exposing all students to computer science at a young age, by showing them it’s something they all can do, will help reduce the gender and racial minority gap in such fields, he said.

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