Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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From the very start of digital education, the big question has always been: ”How can students learn effectively, if they’re not face-to-face with their instructors?” Clever techies have stepped up to the challenge with their ingenious gadgets, transforming remote students into tangible beings with a heartbeat, devising uncanny innovations, most now surprisingly part of mainstream education, right on campus. Education Technology Higher Education

The Benefits of Adaptive Learning Technology

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Adaptive learning has long been a part of education. The basic concept is simple: Coursework should be adapted to meet the individual needs of each student. Nowadays technology can help make the adaptations easier and more streamlined. Adaptive learning technology seeks […]. The post The Benefits of Adaptive Learning Technology appeared first on Edudemic. Updates adaptive technology distance learning online learning

The problem with ‘any time, any place, any path, any pace’

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In most online courses and/or ‘adaptive learning systems’ … Students do low-level work at times that are convenient. The modality doesn’t change the substance of the learning task. Education in a digital world [VIDEO].

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

Brightspace Excellence Awards highlight innovation in online learning

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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.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

The story of factory electrification has a parallel in education technology. Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software.

7 e-learning trends for educational institutions in 2017

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Educators around the world either discovered or got better at using technology in their instruction, for both K-12 and higher ed students. Education technology won’t cease to evolve, that’s for sure, but how exactly will it evolve? Personalized learning. E-learning

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Basketball-style breakthroughs in teaching

The Christensen Institute

Airplanes fly farther, computer processors get faster, cell phone batteries last longer, and online-learning software becomes more engaging all because of increased understanding of how inputs and processes lead to desired outcomes. Unfortunately, in education most classrooms don’t have a convenient and systematic way to gather and analyze data that would help them improve instructional models and teaching practices.

Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

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Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, four years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime. It’s called the Teaching Online Podcast, or TOPcast , and co-host Thomas Cavanagh says he is driven by his quest to figure out one of the grand challenges of higher education: how to use technology to raise the quality of instruction while lowering costs.

?Are We Recreating Segregated Education Online?

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Online courses helped kick off a movement promising that your zipcode no longer had to determine the quality of education you received. A single mom in middle America could learn to code from Google instructor. Unless we carefully examine where we put the paywalls and how we cultivate diverse student bodies in our online learning experiences, we risk transposing the same patterns of inequity that have plagued in-person education into our digital classrooms.

Fuel Education Honors Seven Programs for Transforming Education for Students

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Herndon, Virginia, July 2, 2018 —Education is not one size fits all. Students learn in different ways and have varying needs. That’s why innovative educators across the country are implementing creative programs to better meet those needs. Ryan, General Manager of Fuel Education.

K-12 Dealmaking: Chinese Tutoring Company Entstudy Raises $18 Million; Piper Picks Up $2 Million

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the operator of the Koolearn.com online education platform. Xuncheng Network Technology is an affiliate of New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. , the largest provider of private educational services in China. With PiperEDU, students will learn programming, engineering and electronics as they assemble their own computers and build gadgets to solve Minecraft challenges,” the company noted. Marketplace K-12 adaptive learning Fundraising K-12 dealmakin

Education Behemoth Pearson to Cut 4,000 Employees, 10 Percent of Workforce

Marketplace K-12

Pearson today announced that it is responding to rocky conditions and poor performance in international markets by laying off 4,000 workers and putting a greater focus on adaptive courseware and classroom products, as well as blended and online learning. But the education provider said it has launched a “rigorous, bottom-up review of our markets, our operations, and our financial plans.” Ramping Up Online Programs.

Knewton, HP team up on personalized print solutions

eSchool News

Personalized print learning solutions could help close the gap between online, print worlds by letting publishers and teachers tailor materials for students’ individual needs. Students can learn using printed and/or digital adaptive content.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. State and Local) Education Politics. Via Chalkbeat : “Just like their parents, Chicago students will soon have to learn cursive.” Immigration and Education. ” Education in the Courts.

No, K-12 schools aren’t getting disrupted. But here’s what is.

The Christensen Institute

If you’ve followed the K–12 education dialogue over the last decade, then you’re probably familiar with the term “disruptive innovation.” What is disruptive innovation as it relates to K–12 education? Talk of disruption in K–12 education took off when Clayton Christensen’s 2008 book, Disrupting Class , used Disruptive Innovation theory to conclude that online learning is poised to transform K–12 schooling. Disruptive innovation is happening in K–12 education.

Can Competency-Based Education Demonstrate Mastery Across a Lifetime? #DLNchat

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The conversation was guided by our special guest Executive Director of C-BEN (Competency-Based Education Network), Charla Long. Much of the discussion focused on how competency-based education (CBE) could support students in acquiring and demonstrating the knowledge, skills and abilities. DLNChat I define #CBE as personalized pace, mastery-based learning where students demonstrate mastery through authentic assessment and progress as they learn rather than after a set amount of time.

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(National) Education Politics. ” More via Buzzfeed and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “What You Need to Know About Race-Conscious Admissions in 2017.” ” Politico reports that the Department of Education has reached a deal with the US Marshals Service to continue providing protection for Betsy DeVos. In the past, Secretaries of Education have just used the department’s own force.

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Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” “ What does Trump’s executive order on education do? ” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool.” ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Key Net Neutrality Rules.”

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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This is part four of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Way back in 2012, I chose “ The Platforming of Education ” as one of my “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” Are any education technologies, for that matter?

Hack Education Weekly News

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(National) Education Politics. US Secretary of Education spoke to ALEC this week. Here’s a list of education organizations that are members or sponsors.) Education Week reminds us “Why Betsy DeVos and ALEC Are Natural Allies on School Choice.” ” The Department of Education released DeVos’s remarks to ALEC, which include an invocation of Margaret Thatcher ’s famous quotation “There is no such thing as society.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Education Politics. Secretary of Education John B. Board of Education.” ” Via The Atlantic: “ The Challenge of Educational Inequality.” Education Department said this week it will make Pell Grants available to 10,000 high school students who are enrolled in courses at 44 colleges.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ UNC Tuition for $500? Education in the Courts. ” asks Education Week.

Are you really personalizing learning?

The Christensen Institute

Though the definition of personalized learning could encompass many modalities, there are innovative classroom design and support components outside of standard pedagogical approaches that are often missed. The post Are you really personalizing learning? Education Blog

Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

What can we expect in 2016 from the intersection of technology and education? I’m building on previous posts about trends in technology and educational contexts , plus my FTTE report, naturally. Educational technology trends. education and technology future of education

New Report Sheds Light on Higher Ed’s Innovation Challenges

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A new report surveying academic administrators released Wednesday by the Online Learning Consortium and Learning House sheds some insight on innovation challenges at higher education institutions. Now, she says, the use of technology in learning has created more of a need to put money behind innovation. For some schools, changing times means putting a greater emphasis on online learning. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learnin

Are computer labs a thing of the past? Not so fast.

The Christensen Institute

Recently, an education leader remarked to me that “the concept of a computer lab is obsolete”. In our blended learning research at the Christensen Institute, we see schools implement blending learning using technology along a wide spectrum, from a lab of desktops to 1:1 hand-held devices, 3D printers, VR headsets, and more. We also observe that at the end of the day, technology isn’t the most important component of a strong blended-learning program. Education Blog

Old teaching strategies and modern technologies: Could an LMS be part of Montessori?

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Maria Montessori was the heart and brain behind what we know to be the Montessori education. On the Montessori education. The prepared environments and the role of the teacher in the classroom distinguish Montessori from other educational approaches. My take on learning.

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When Personalized Learning Is a Logical Fallacy

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Personalized learning is not a product you can buy — it’s a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies. Personalized learning, adaptive learning, potato, potahto.

A major report on digital learning from Arizona State University

Bryan Alexander

What are the best ways to support and structure digital learning? One text described it as looking into institutional return on investment (ROI) for digital learning. Let me pull out some highlights I found especially interesting for the future of education and technology.

A new approach to personalized learning reveals 3 valuable teaching insights

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. For personalized learning to actually move the needle on improving student experiences and elevating student outcomes, the question of how schools and teachers personalize is just as important as why. So how do schools effectively personalize learning?

A new framework to unlock edtech’s potential for teachers

The Christensen Institute

If someone as committed as I am to children and education is drowning in expectations, crying at night, falling prey to monthly illness due to lack of sleep, who does survive this business?”. As illustrated in the diagram below, technology can play a similar role in our education system.

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What Faculty Need to Know About ‘Learner Experience Design’

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Somewhere between our collective obsession with predictive analytics and infatuation with adaptive learning, higher education wonks and practitioners are making time to deconstruct the quality attributes of online courses. The online “quality” debate stems, in part, from explosion in institutional demand for online experiences and resulting pressure on faculty to design and facilitate online courses. Learning is about personal relationships.

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Three Thoughts on the Treatment of EdTech in the 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

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Since at least 2007, Education Next has commissioned an annual public opinion poll to help inform the K-12 education policy discussion in DC and the states, as well as to suggest lines of inquiry for further research.

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A Summer of Student Voices

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“But adaptive-learning technologies are bullsh*t, c’mon,” one of us would say. I see your perspective, but think about it this way,” another might respond, “Your dystopian visions of tech mean less when you think about the millions of students who aren’t learning now. Adaptive technologies aren’t ideal, but they’re a stepping stone.”. I just finished a summer dedicated to student voices in higher education as an intern at EdSurge.

?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

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As online course platforms proliferate, institutions of all shapes and sizes realize that they’ll need to translate content into digital forms. Designing online learning experiences is essential to training employees, mobilizing customers, serving students, building marketing channels, and sustaining business models. The field has deep roots in distance education, human computer interaction, and visual design. Share what you learned.

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Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

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Between the barbeque and baristas, the dive bars and dueling pianos, thousands of educators, along with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers across the education industry, will descend on Austin, Texas, during the first week of March for SXSW EDU. Who Does Online Education Really Serve? Online education was supposed to provide access to quality education for those who can’t attend or afford traditional college.

Why ‘Black Box’ Software Isn’t Ready to Teach College

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Algorithms will one day play a pivotal role in teaching and learning, so colleges need to pay close attention to how they work and who builds them. That’s the argument of Candace Thille, who has a love-distrust relationship with adaptive software. She pioneered the use of adaptive learning in college teaching, starting the Online Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University more than 15 years ago, and she sees how powerful it can be in a classroom.

From Mexico to China: Why the World is Interested in the United States Edtech Market

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The United States is expected to lead the charge, followed by countries in Asia and Europe, so it may come as no surprise that people interested in edtech are traveling from all over the world to learn from, sell to and acquire U.S. We are using iPads for our fourth to ninth grade students, and we are looking for apps and websites for our students to learn [on the devices with],” says Najera. You know education is not a big business in Mexico.

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EdSurge Live: Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, And Why It Matters (Part 1)

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It’s a pivotal time for artificial intelligence in higher education. More instructors are experimenting with adaptive-learning systems in their classrooms. And the infusion of algorithms is leading to questions—ethical questions and practical questions and philosophical questions—about how far higher education should go in bringing in artificial intelligence, and who decides what the algorithms should look like.

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Why Students Living on Campus Take Online Courses

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So to keep class schedules as flexible as possible, and to offer more sections without putting up new buildings, UCF leaders have turned to offering more online courses for students on campus. It has always seemed strange to me that students living on campus would choose to take courses online. But like many institutions, Central Florida has figured out that students often prefer at least some online options, and that it doesn’t mean they stay holed up in their rooms.

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