How to Do Adaptive Learning Right
JUNE 30, 2016
But optimizing a flawed model of education is not in the best interests of our students, and from a learning outcomes perspective may make things worse than they already are. In the case of adaptive learning, education commentator Audrey Watters gave examples of how things can go badly wrong on her blog. Serendipity and curiosity are such important elements in learning,” she asks. Almost all the personalized math learning software systems we have seen fall into this category. This is particularly (but not exclusively) true for K-8 mathematics learning.
Knewton launches free, open adaptive learning platform
AUGUST 30, 2015
‘Friendly robot-tutor in the sky’ delivers on-demand, hyper-personalized learning. Adaptive learning provider Knewton has launched a free, open personalized learning platform. Any individual can create or use state-of-the-art supplemental lessons to provide students with unique learning paths in real-time. Digital Learning and Tools News Top News
Classi, Knewton to launch adaptive learning courses abroad
AUGUST 17, 2015
Partnership will bring personalized learning products to high schools in Japan. Knewton has announced a partnership with Classi to provide adaptive learning solutions to Japanese public schools. Knewton will power Classi’s digital courses to help high school students get a more personalized learning experience. Curriculum Digital Learning and Tools News Top News
CTU And UMUC Collaborate on Adaptive Learning and Everyone Benefits
SEPTEMBER 3, 2016
Sharing data, best practices, learning maps, and survey results has moved the needle on adaptive learning forward at our schools. Colorado Technical University (CTU), University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and University of Central Florida (UCF) have been collaborating on issues around adaptive learning since early 2015. Below, we focus on the joint work of CTU and UMUC, which, along the way, have discovered a common passion for using digital tools to promote student learning. Uniting Around Adaptive Learning.
‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning
AUGUST 11, 2016
What does it mean to be human in a digital age? A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. Siemens’ work is on the cutting edge of what’s possible in digital learning, but he doesn’t want to discuss the latest fads in education technology. Maybe my mama hugged me extra when I was a baby.”
Digital Learning’s Pioneers Are Cautiously Optimistic
JULY 10, 2016
It represents a category of edtech, called “digital courseware” by foundations and industry analysts, that’s changing the way online students learn and faculty teach. Students receive individual feedback on their progress and their learning experiences change based on their performance. These neatly packaged courses also raise questions about the role of faculty, and who decides what students need to learn. Complete digital courses offer a way to give students who might fall off track in large lecture classes more personal attention. “We Welcome to.
Why new technologies often don’t help students
The Christensen Institute
JULY 13, 2016
Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. But edtech innovations hold real promise for improving student learning outcomes if education leaders use them to redesign classroom and school models in ways that transform teachers’ instructional practices.
Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content
MARCH 10, 2016
Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Knovation, an online resource curation tool, announced a collaboration to expand and simplify educators’ and students’ access to professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned digital content.
IBM supercomputer Watson to help advance preschool education
JUNE 7, 2016
Plan to develop adaptive learning products and platform for use at home and in schools. As part of a three-year agreement, Sesame Workshop and IBM will collaborate to develop educational platforms and products that will be designed to adapt to the learning preferences and aptitude levels of individual preschoolers. Digital Learning and Tools Early childhood education
K-12 Dealmaking: McGraw-Hill Ed. and Cengage Make Acquisitions
OCTOBER 3, 2016
In recent dealmaking news, McGraw-Hill Education acquired Redbird Advanced Learning, LLC, a digital personalized learning company; in addition, educational content company Cengage acquired WebAssign. McGraw-Hill Education Acquires Redbird Advanced Learning: McGraw-Hill Education has acquired Redbird Advanced Learning, LLC , a digital personalized learning company that offers courses in K-12 math, language arts and writing and virtual professional development programs for educators, according to a statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Groups partner to leverage open tech standards
JULY 5, 2016
ClassLink, Mackin partnership aims to help students, teachers enjoy single sign-on to an industry provider of print and digital media. ClassLink announced a new single sign-on connection to Mackin Educational Resources , an adaptive learning platform for grades K-8. For 33 years, Mackin has provided library and classroom materials for pre-K- 12 teachers and students.
Knewton, HP team up on personalized print solutions
APRIL 2, 2015
Personalized print learning solutions could help close the gap between online, print worlds by letting publishers and teachers tailor materials for students’ individual needs. Adaptive learning provider Knewton has unveiled Personalized Print Learning Solutions with HP to make adaptive learning materials seamlessly available across print and digital platforms.
Six trajectories for education and technology
JUNE 24, 2015
Malcolm Brown begins with three major drivers: personalization, hybrid learning, and big data. Malcolm draws on those to illuminate the titular six: device ownership and mobile-first; the textbook and open educational resources (OER); adaptive learning technology; learning spaces; the next-generation learning management system (LMS); and learning analytics and integrated planning and advising services (IPAS). The director of EDUCAUSE ELI describes six major trends (he calls them “trajectories”) for technology and education.
Four Takeaways from League Candidates for Superintendent of the Year
JANUARY 22, 2016
Every year, The School Superintendents’ Association (AASA) awards the title "Superintendent of the Year" to exceptional leaders who work to identify and implement these solutions so students can succeed through leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement. Learning can happen anywhere, anytime. Devin is an inclusive leader.
Searching for Digital Courseware Solutions? Avoid the Rabbit Hole
OCTOBER 5, 2016
The Cheshire Cat’s advice to Alice has parallels in higher ed, especially for faculty trying to make sense of the multitude of digital courseware solutions in order to personalize learning for students. At the University of Central Florida (UCF), Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning Tom Cavanagh and his colleagues have narrowed the scope of their courseware search by focusing on one central problem: student persistence. Tom Cavanagh, Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida. What problem do I need to solve?”
Why American higher education faculty tend to resist digital materials: new study
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Most American professors generally avoid digital materials, according to a new study. Put another way, the classroom use of digital materials is a very divided space, and progress towards the digital is slow. Whether or not materials exist in digital form isn’t an issue for a clear majority of instructors. Let’s break down some details. Read the whole thing.
Groups partner to leverage open tech standards
JUNE 27, 2016
ClassLink, Mackin partnership aims to help students, teachers enjoy single sign-on to an industry provider of print and digital media. ClassLink announced a new single sign-on connection to Mackin Educational Resources , an adaptive learning platform for grades K-8. Digital Learning and Tools ISTE News
The Rough Beasts of Ed-Tech
MAY 26, 2016
This keynote was delivered today at the Irish Learning Technology Association's annual conference, EdTech2016, in Dublin. When I was first approached about speaking to you here today, I was immediately intrigued by the provocations packed into the conference’s theme: “Reconstituting Technology-Enhanced Learning: Rising to the Challenge.” To re-establish order.
Developing a Research Base to Evaluate Digital Courseware
JULY 22, 2016
Online and blended learning continue to trend upward in higher education institutions across the U.S. Babson Survey , the proportion of academic leaders who report that online learning is critical for long-term institutional growth has grown from 49 percent in 2002 to 71 percent in 2015, and institutions are investing in edtech products to support digital learning. Although these investments can take many forms, they typically include software programs that are designed to deliver curriculum content through educational learning applications. According to a.
Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology
DECEMBER 29, 2015
Online learning, or the teaching formerly knows as “distance learning” Will this keep growing? Skepticism about the quality of online learning could migrate to the general population. We still see the majority of campuses failing to formally recognize professors’ digital work. Informal learning via digital tools seems to be growing ( cf Jimbo Wales ).
HigherEd Year in Review: What We’ve Learned (and Loved) in Our First 365 Days
MARCH 24, 2017
As a result, we’re pausing to reflect on what we’ve learned from our work, yes, from our readers. First the numbers: In the past year, we have published more than 300 articles about the shifting trends in higher ed, education technology and digital learning. There will be plenty of twists ahead in how we learn after high school; I’m excited that we’ll keep following this thread. Seth Greenberg: My most formative learning experiences have usually involved 1) the application of knowledge in real projects 2) working with real people and 3) a result of consequence.
Hack Education Weekly News
SEPTEMBER 2, 2016
” “Can Startup College Minerva Reinvent The Ivy League Model For The Digital Age?” Microsoft first launched these in 1992 , but let’s all pretend like the learn-to-code alt-certification thing is brand new. “Digital learning systems now charge students for access codes needed to complete coursework, take quizzes, and turn in homework,” Buzzfeed – which consistently does some of the best education journalism – reports. ProPublica on “ Discrimination by Design ” in digital technologies. Reparations ?
Brightspace Excellence Awards highlight innovation in online learning
JULY 26, 2016
This year’s Brightspace Excellence Awards , announced at FUSION 2016 by global learning technology provider D2L, recognized the promise of online learning and its ability to connect more and more people to high-quality educational programs. Faculty dedicated to helping students learn online created robust online environments and high-quality tools to help students succeed in their online learning endeavors. Students require affordable tuition costs, an engaging learning experience and the most advanced tools to garner the benefits of their education experience.
Giving Thanks: The Top EdSurge Contributors of 2016
NOVEMBER 23, 2016
But there’s hope—the Stanford researcher completed a 500-paper lit review with professors Linda-Darling Hammond and Shelley Goldman to identify five actionable tips to provide equitable digital learning opportunities to low-income students. Educators and Administrators—From the 'Instruct' Newsletter Adaptive learning. Personalized learning. Blended learning. Higher Education Experts—From the 'Next' Newsletter What’s next in the world of digital learning at the higher ed level ? Teamwork makes the dream work. And we’re giving you a spread!
The birth and near-death of one piece of educational software
The Hechinger Report
JUNE 9, 2014
When Ben Slivka decided to create his own interactive learning software in 2006, the online options for students, parents, and teachers were pretty bleak. What made more sense to them was duplicating their textbooks on CDs or placing them online, thus making them digital cash cows. But digital learning doesn’t work that way. The few independently developed digital math programs were linear, asking students to proceed from one step to the next. Succeeding at personalized learning made an impression on Slivka. Personalized learning.