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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

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More Colleges Are Offering Income-Share Agreements. Are Students Buying In?


Such claims have caught the attention of consumer-protection advocacy groups like the Student Borrower Protection Center, which has found marketing language that it contends is deceptive and predatory. From our interviews, students definitely conceptualize this as a type of debt or loan.


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As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

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It’s that fewer than one in five of adults in the entire surrounding Humphreys County have at least an associate degree, according to census data analyzed by the nonprofit advocacy organization Complete Tennessee. With worker shortages hitting industries nationwide, their companies — and many states’ economies — depend on it. “No After a few supplementary classes at a local technical college, said teacher Alan Bivens, local companies will be clamoring to hire them. “We

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

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The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. Of those who do enroll at universities on the island, fewer than half earn degrees, even after six years , the advocacy group Excelencia in Education reports, compared to more than 58 percent of college students nationwide. How is it going to be accessible?

Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books

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Even with that, financial documents show, the company has yet to turn a profit , thanks to the high cost of recruiting new students. The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students and other advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to mandate training for graduate mentors and advisors. It definitely needs more attention,” Stevens said. Higher Ed News Adult learning Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Universities Inc

Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

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First, and it will surprise no one that this is the first item on my list, is the definition. Regardless of what other individuals, institutions, or organizations may think or say, UNESCO is the creator of the term “open educational resources” and, as its creator, UNESCO’s definition of OER is the canonical definition. This is wonderful news in light of recent attempts to stuff a free public access requirement into OER definitions. (I

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Let’s Teach in Pajamas Forever

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Contrary to my own public activism and advocacy, I propose that we move the nation’s largest public school system into a completely online endeavor forever and a day. I relish the notion that billion-dollar entities would so willingly enhance platforms they usually offer for thousands of dollars to Fortune 500 companies for children as young as five years old. I’d definitely want a principal who can lead the school and rally their staff from their houses.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

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Tom: You know, I think one of the best ways in 2017 is to meet new people, and to really have good access to quality of text in front of us… is Twitter. It may be not full of earthly riches, but definitely full of meaning and full of legacy. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Effective Intervention for Students with Dyslexia

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Here’s the definition used by the International Dyslexia Association and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin … characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities,” usually stemming “from a deficit in the phonological component of language.”. Self Advocacy and Resources for Students. By Suzanne Carreker.

Is California saving higher education?

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The goal, writes historian John Aubrey Douglass, was “broad access combined with the development of high quality, mission differentiated, and affordable higher education institutions.”. I definitely want to be out of here in four years,” Soberano said. I definitely want to be out of here in four years,” Soberano said. “If Jaelyn Deas at her work-study job at San Jose State University.

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

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The Trump administration is pushing to make college costs, outcomes and other information more accessible as an alternative to regulating institutions with high costs and poor results. It has to be visible to students, and it has to be usable,” said Debbie Cochrane, executive vice president of the Institute for College Access & Success. The federal government’s definition of transparency is not the general public’s conception of transparency.”.

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Spotlight swings to for-profit middlemen that may be driving up the cost of online higher education

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Known as online program managers, these companies have been hired largely to connect universities with customers who want graduate degrees. The OPM industry started in earnest about 15 years ago, as more public and nonprofit colleges were looking to ramp up their online programming, and educational technology companies saw a business opportunity in helping them. That means the company may be incentivized to push the programs offered by the school from which they’ll get more money.

They didn’t turn in their work for remote school. Their parents were threatened with courts and fines

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During a pandemic, when there’s no uniform way of counting attendance, Hedy Chang, director of the advocacy group Attendance Works, has seen districts rethinking some of these rules, with their ability to do so varying on state flexibility.

Seven Questions for Sandra Liu Huang, Chan Zuckerberg's New Head of Education


After a career working at tech-centric companies including Google and Quora in product roles, Liu Huang joined CZI in 2017 to oversee the product development, notably the Summit Learning platform. CZI aims to be a different type of philanthropy looking to integrate grantmaking, advocacy and technology to serve others. You’ve helped build products for Google and Facebook, companies that in recent months have been scrutinized over data collection and sharing practices.

Youth will determine the outcome of the 2018 midterms

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A recent survey by the polling company Socialsphere of 14- to 29-year-olds revealed that top priorities among these voters are gun control, access to higher education, and healthcare reform — all issues that stick in the craw of Republicans. It’s ridiculous that the nonpartisan, voter participation advocacy group Democracy North Carolina had to fight to get 29,000 provisional ballots counted in the last presidential primary.

?You?re stuck?: America wants to reopen its economy. It won?t happen without schools or child care

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The expanded safety net, though, doesn’t apply to workers at private companies with 500 or more employees. Katherine Gallagher Robbins with the Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group for low-income families, said that while schools aren’t viewed as child care providers in the traditional sense, elementary and middle school campuses do function as a “work support” for parents. I was definitely scared: Will they hire me back?

From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

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While early adopters absolutely get excited about OER because open is awesome, “normal” faculty and students are more likely to get excited about the things OER let them do – improve student success, decrease costs, expand access, etc. To offset all this double counting, there is the separate issue of the many “whole course” OER that OTL refuses to index because they don’t meet the OTL’s definition of “textbook.”

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Unleashing the Potential of Every Child #MondayMotivation

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And if you click , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. Tom: You know, I think one of the best ways in 2017 is to meet new people, and to really have good access to quality of text in front of us… is Twitter. It may be not full of earthly riches, but definitely full of meaning and full of legacy.

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

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The new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act , or ESSA, also provides increased access to funding for physical education by including the subject in its definition of a “well-rounded education.”. “At At least we’re at the table now,” said Carly Wright, advocacy director for SHAPE. “It What is definitely tied to brain health, Hillman said, is physical fitness. There were definitely some pretty serious unintended consequences.”. APPLETON, Wisc.



BENCHMARK EDUCATION COMPANY ADVANCEALL ( ) Benchmark Education Company (BEC) released Advance ALL, a new series motivating students to read with literary and informational reading text sets. BLACKBOARD AND READSPEAKER ( ) & ( ) Blackboard and ReadSpeaker are furthering their partnership to help instructors worldwide improve course content accessibility.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Tom Webster, the VP of strategy at the market research firm Edison Research, argued that the report should be viewed as “an extremely effective piece of content marketing,” pointing to the number of slides that cite data about or by a portfolio company of Meeker’s employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Smith Caulfield. “Why are there 72 slides about gaming, from a company invested in EA, Zynga, Mobcrush, and Magic Leap?”

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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Basecamp schools then receive mentoring from and troubleshooting by Summit staff, as well as PLP access throughout the academic year. I’ve definitely heard from at least 10 parents who are like, ‘I don’t know what’s going on,’ ” O’Connor said. “ ‘Is this good for my child?’ ”. There’s tremendous hype swirling around personalized learning, with money pouring in from foundations and education technology companies eager to capitalize on the trend.

Hack Education Weekly News

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It’s always fascinating to look at ed-tech companies’ job postings – this one is from Khan Academy. The new company will be called Touch Press (which was the name of another company that StoryToys acquired last year). ” Definitely no one I trust more on this topic, no siree. ” Spoiler alert: not enough access to data. iNACOL has released a report on advocacy for competency-based education. US Presidential Campaign Politics.


A Video Game About Conflict Resolution Helps Develop Empathy for Refugees


He couldn’t access the Internet, but a friend gave him coding tutorials loaded onto a flash drive. ” Mayen is now focused on bringing Salaam to a larger audience by releasing an enhanced version on Facebook Instant Games, through the company he created, Junub Games. Olebe says so-called “social impact games” like Salaam are a category that has the potential to push the industry to expand its definition of success.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

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According to that lawsuit, the GNETS system violates the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, both by segregating children with disabilities and by denying them access to an equal education. Whatever the Justice Department decides to do, disability advocates are prepared to pursue the GNETS case as a class action lawsuit if necessary, said Alison Barkoff, advocacy director at the Center for Public Representation , a public-interest disability law firm.

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“ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Via The Outline : “The rise and fall of the company behind ’ Reader Rabbit’ and all your favorite educational games.” The learn-to-code company has raised $6.9 Common App will merge with Reach Higher , a college-access program started by Michelle Obama. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly sharing five school districts’ private information with an advisory company while it was negotiating for the districts’ contracts.” ” I haven’t seen the ed-tech press cover this story, even though one of the charges he faced involved a contract with the ed-tech company Edgenuity. For-profit higher ed company Education Management Corp says it will close 22 out of 26 of its Brown Mackie College locations.

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” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Department of Education has placed restrictions on access to federal student aid for West Virginia public universities after the state was late submitting required annual financial statements for the third year in a row.


Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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The New York Times tried to keep track of all the 45th President’s falsehoods this year, but it seems to have abandoned its “ definitive list ” some time in July. Executives from Google, Facebook, and Twitter testified before Congress in October, responding to questions about the role these Internet companies had played in the election, particularly as related to allegations of Russian interference.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, The company has not been charged in the matter.).