The History of the Pedometer (and the Problems with Learning Analytics)

Hack Education

These were my remarks as a guest speaker in Donna Murdoch's class “Online Teaching and Learning – Applying Adult Learning Principles” this evening. I was asked to speak about learning analytics, but like I said in my keynote last week at NMC , ed-tech is boring. Learning analytics, in some ways, is a symptom of this data-driven culture – one that also is not new to education.

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

Note: The original version of this piece was published on July 7, 2016 by New America as part of an EdCentral series on the next social contract for education: https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/next-social-contract-public-education-needs-new-terms-service/. The goal is to ensure that students can take best advantage of the powerful learning tools at their disposal wherever their academic and career aspirations may lead them.

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How Universities Can Grow a Culture of Academic Innovation

Edsurge

In 2015 the University of Michigan established the Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG) as part of the Office Of Academic Innovation—a group charged with fostering a culture of innovation in learning in order to reimagine the 21st century public research university. Part of our mission is to actively share what we learn across campus in order to stimulate new innovative experiments. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

The Cause That Unites Chief IT and Academic Officers

Edsurge

The smorgasbord of hardware and software at the show floor caters to a wide range of university IT needs, from security and bandwidth to proctoring and instruction. No longer, he says, does it make sense for colleges to divorce technology from teaching and learning. DECIPHERING ‘DATA’: Yaschin also offered this analogy for how educators can think of Big Data: “There are descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. 1 priority for 2016?

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

Edsurge

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.

Reinventing The School Desk: Tip Tap Tap And The Internet of Things

Fractus Learning

And as many of these technologies do not monitor student performance, learning difficulties are not tracked or identified early; preventing intervention with supplementary and personalised supports. Tip Tap Tap (TTT) provides early years educators with interactive school desks combined with a Learning Content Management System. Tip Tap Tap Interactive School desk and combined Learning Content Management System. Tip Tap Tap Learning Analytics.

K-12 Dealmaking: GreatSchools Acquires Schoolie; n2y, Thrivist Gain Funding

Marketplace K-12

E-Learning Platform Thrivist Gains Investment: Angel investor Crimson Ventures has taken a minority position in K-12 learning and analytics platform Thrivist, LLC. based Thrivist said its platform “enables schools to develop, deliver, and manage online learning and leverage learning analytics to improve outcomes,” according to the company, which notes that software is offered via a software-as-a-service model and is being used in more than 25 school districts.

Digital Learning’s Pioneers Are Cautiously Optimistic

Edsurge

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. And like any algorithm, those in adaptive software come with biases.

K-12 Dealmaking: Investor Weld North, Learn Launch Make Big Moves

Marketplace K-12

The latest round of deals in the school marketplace underscores investors’ and ed-tech providers’ burgeoning interest in data analytics and instructional technologies. Frontline Acquires Teachscape: K-12 software provider Frontline Technologies has acquired Teachscape , a professional growth solutions provider for K-12 and higher education. The program will begin with selected ventures in May 2016. By Alexa J. Henry.

K-12 Dealmaking: Barnes & Noble Ed. Acquires LoudCloud; Volley Labs Raises $2.3 Million

Marketplace K-12

In addition, investment company Weld North Holdings acquired Performance Matters , a student assessment and data-analytics company that it will merge with K-12 ed-tech business Truenorthlogic, which provides data on teachers’ performance and tracks their professional development. Dallas-based LoudCloud’s platforms include a competency-based courseware platform, a learning-analytics platform and services, an eReading product, and a learning management system.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Mozilla announced it is handing the Open Badges initiative to the IMS Global Learning Consortium. Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.” Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. ” “What You Need to Know About Learning Analytics ,” according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” From Course Report : “the 2016 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study.” ” Among the findings: “In 2016, the sheer number of bootcamp providers has grown to 91, compared to 67 last year.” “ 14 projects win 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries.”

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From IMS Global : “ Competency-Based Education and Extended Transcripts: IMS Global Learning Consortium Enabling Better Digital Credentialing.” Congratulations, Class of 2016 , from The New Yorker: this week's new yorker cover is ruthless pic.twitter.com/B7UUvkPbir — adam hamze حمزة (@adamhamz) May 24, 2016. The Common Core aligned reading software maker had raised $1.8 Accelerate Learning has raised $10 million from Owl Ventures.

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Consortia as a Driver of Innovation

hem.digital

Written, 2016 In the late 90s -- during the "early years" of online higher education -- many colleges and universities didn't have the internal resources required to build, support and market online education. Focus on Innovation Our review suggested that more consortia should focus less on providing basic, increasingly common, services and more on helping institutions test and scale more ambitious online learning strategies that can improve outcomes and drive down costs.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017. Here’s what they said: 2016 was The Year of Video. They can be something everybody uses; that’s how 2012 became the year of the MOOC, and why virtual reality will no doubt be widely cited as the trend of 2016.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital. It may be the hardware or the operating system (OS), even a web browser or other underlying software, as long as the program code is executed in it. billion for 2016, the largest loss in its history.

The Weaponization of Education Data

Hack Education

This is part five of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” As in previous years, it would be quite easy to fill a whole article in this series on “ data insecurity ,” on the data breaches and cyberattacks that continue to plague education – both schools and software. Some 280 incidents since January 2016. Investing in hardware and software. More data collection will improve student learning and student outcomes.

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Billion Federal Block Grant Makes Ed-Tech Training Higher Priority Than Software, Devices.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Obama administration’s Education Department failed to consider key evidence when it reviewed and ultimately terminated its recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools in 2016, a federal judge ruled late Friday.” ” Edsurge offers “A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning.