Educational Technology

The Role of Technology in an Outcomes-Based Funding Environment

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:28

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

The University of Tennessee, Martin has a strategy in place to comply with a statewide outcomes-based funding mandate. Their initial work, completed during the 3-year “hold harmless” implementation window, was done in response to the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, which rewards institutions for outcomes related to retention, progression, and student success. All state-funded higher education institutions in Tennessee, through the Tennessee Board of Regents and the UT system, are aligned with the state’s master plan and the “Drive to 55″ — the governor’s push toward a 55 percent rate of Tennessee residents possessing a higher education credential. These institutions, along with the independent schools of the state, work in consort to help more citizens achieve their credentials, and those colleges and universities receiving state funding must demonstrate specific outcomes — rather than just tracking enrollments as was done in the past.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/03/19/the-role-of-technology-in-an-outcomes-based-funding-environment.aspx

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7 Ways To Use Google Tools To Maximize Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 00:40

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

There are a boatload of awesome Google tools that we use every day. And they’re free, too, which tends to be a big winner for teachers and students. Free is probably the number one reason for giving Google’s tools a try – you haven’t lost anything but a bit of time if you decide you don’t like the tool. All of the tools also integrate well with one another, have similar user interfaces, and are pretty darned easy to use, so if you can use one, you’re sure to feel right at home using many of the other tools, too. While Google’s search may be their ubiquitous tool, there are a lot of others that you may have not heard about yet. Keep reading at the URL below to learn about the tools and some ideas to use them in your classroom.

http://www.edudemic.com/ways-use-google-tools-maximize-learning/

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Entrepreneurship Can Be Taught, & MIT is Prepared to Prove It

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 00:35

by Bill Aulet, BostInno

To all who ask, “Can entrepreneurship be taught?” MIT is here to say, “Yes.” And who better to educate the masses than the school producing alumni and students collectively starting anywhere between 900 and 1,000 companies annually?The Institute unveiled a new massive open online course on the MITx platform, called “Entrepreneurship 101: Who is Your Customer?” The class, now open for registration, is being taught by Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, and already has a proven track record of success.

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/03/20/mitx-15-390x-course-entrepreneurship-101-who-is-your-customer/

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Syracuse University offering free,

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 00:32

Syracuse University offering free, online class about lava

by Dave Tobin, Syracuse

Want to learn about lava? For free? Two Syracuse University professors are teaming to teach their first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) together. It’s called “The subject is Lava.” Bob Wysocki, assistant professor in the department of art, and Jeff Karson, professor in the department of earth sciences, have become a lava-making celebrity team, holding monthly lava pours on SU’s campus, and being reported on by national media outlets like Earth magazine and Gizmodo. Their lava project website has received more than 5 million hits in the last 18 months, said Karson, so they are expecting a large turnout for the class. The seven-session, non-credit, online class will be offered between April 7 and May 26. People who enroll can take their sessions whenever they want during that period. Students can post questions and suggestions for experiments and take quizzes.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/syracuse_university_offering_free_online_lava_class.html

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18 Shreveport students face expulsion after allegedly hacking grades

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:40

by Melody Brumble, Gannett

Eighteen Southwood High School seniors face expulsion after allegedly changing grades in a online learning program used by Caddo Parish schools. The Caddo Parish school system and Southwood administrators started investigating the situation Friday after school officials discovered that grades were changed in the Edgenuity E2020 system. Middle and high school students can take courses not available at their schools or retake a failed course required for graduation. Southwood, in Shreveport, piloted the program three years ago before other Caddo schools adopted it as Principal Jeff Roberts sought ways to compete with growing virtual schools. E2020 draws up to 300 students at Southwood now. Participating schools have administrative access to the online learning program. Part of the investigation focuses on whether the students gained administrative privileges, he said.

http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20140320/NEWS01/303200019/-1/rss01?nclick_check=1

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U Arizona Boosts Site Accessibility with Audio Internet

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:35

By David Nagel, Campus Technology

One academic department at the University of Arizona is boosting Web accessibility for its students by providing audio navigation tools on its site. UA’s Department of Management Information Systems, which operates out of the Eller College of Management, has adopted Audio Internet Platform 5.0, a cloud-based tool from AudioEye that analyzes site content, normalizes it and then reads information aloud to visitors. It also provides related navigational tools, such as pause and skip, arrow-based navigation, audio prompts for navigation (such as “This carousel contains X items, press left or right to scroll through them”)and optional reader display mode.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/03/20/u-arizona-boosts-site-accessibility-with-audio-internet.aspx

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Change the Homework, Improve Student Achievement

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:28

By David Nagel, Campus Technology

A new study from Rice University and Duke University researchers identified a relatively non-invasive approach to improving student achievement — one that doesn’t involve gutting the curriculum or reinventing pedagogy. The researchers found that implementing subtle, technology-based changes to homework resulted in improvements in student performance on tests. The changes included the adoption of a software tool developed at Rice called OpenStax Tutor. According to the researchers, the software is similar to other tools on the market that fall into the broad category of cognitive science-based digital tutors, tools that are designed to differentiate instruction based on the needs of individual students.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/03/20/change-the-homework-improve-student-achievement.aspx

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