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?” More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online.

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’

Dangerously Irrelevant

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.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

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. Others, including civil rights advocates, have warned about the consequences of walking away from annual tests that measure whether students from all backgrounds are learning. Mainstream computer adaptive assessments are over a decade old.

Brightspace Excellence Awards highlight innovation in online learning

eSchool News

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

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

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. What education needs is a SportVU-like system that can track and analyze student learning patterns, teacher practices, and student learning growth in a more granular way.

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. 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. based adaptive online learning technology business, has raised $1.7 Marketplace K-12 adaptive learning Fundraising K-12 dealmaking

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.

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

The Christensen Institute

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. Since the book’s publication, virtual charter schools have continued to expand, and a number of innovative brick-and-mortar charter schools that make heavy use of online learning have made notable headlines.

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. Ramping Up Online Programs. But Pearson’s work in schools and education programs also extends to curriculum, language acquisition, online education, virtual schools and many other areas.

7 e-learning trends for educational institutions in 2017

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Whether they used online courses as a stand-alone teaching technique – or as part of a blended learning environment – teachers did their best in delivering the best education they could. 7 e-learning trends for educational institutions in 2017. Personalized learning.

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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?

A new framework to unlock edtech’s potential for teachers

The Christensen Institute

My hope is that this framework helps educators see new possibilities for harnessing edtech’s full potential for teaching and learning. As a more recent example, IBM Teacher Advisor helps teachers find high-quality lesson materials tailored to their students’ learning needs.

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

The Christensen Institute

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. Last year, the Institute’s BLU team took a deeper look at blended learning beyond the US.

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

Neo LMS

In viewing learning outcomes at each Montessori level, it must be emphasized that why and how students arrive at what they know is just as important as what they know. My take on learning. Teachers can create self-paced courses that suit everyone’s learning needs.

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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 Learning

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

Doug Levin

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 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. tl;dr version: the report finds three benefits for colleges and universities that get online learning right.

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.

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?

Fuel Education Honors Seven Programs for Transforming Education for Students

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Students learn in different ways and have varying needs. The Fuel Education ® Transformation Awards program celebrates schools, districts, or organizations that are successfully transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.

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.

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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How team teaching (and other innovations) can impact blended learning

eSchool News

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. So how do schools effectively personalize learning?

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.”. But it’s hard to discuss the ethics of online learning when one of our own can’t get wifi in Eastern Europe.

Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. We’re excited to partner with Knovation to support a more open, collaborative and easy-to-use learning environment. Digital Learning and Tools News

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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.

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New Grant Will Create Prizes for Faculty Using Digital Courseware

Wired Campus

Orlando — The Online Learning Consortium, in a move to encourage professors to develop and use digital courseware, will offer new prizes for faculty-led teams that advance and adopt sophisticated online courses with “a strong pedagogical focus and a sustained impact on student success in gateway courses,” the organization announced at its conference here last week. Digital Courseware Online Courses Technology

OPINION: On active-military duty and earning a college degree

The Hechinger Report

With the onset of online learning, those on active duty have been able to advance their educations, whether stationed in the United States or overseas. We use something similar in our online classrooms.”. We use something similar in our online classrooms.

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

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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. But it’s become increasingly unclear if online learning is living up to its promise for students, as concerns persist over quality, inequitable disparities in digital-learning participants and outcomes. It’s not hard to get behind and support social-emotional learning.

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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?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. But they can also be creating learning apps, museum exhibits, or the latest educational toy. Share what you learned.

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Giving Thanks: The Top EdSurge Contributors of 2016

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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. Teamwork makes the dream work.

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

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Cali Morrison added: “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.”. 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. Perhaps adaptive courseware could help in this regard?

Personalized Learning Won’t Be So Easy: Thoughts on the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative by @hejames1008

TeacherCast

Perhaps I’m a little jaded, but when I read about Mark Zuckerberg’s and Priscilla Chan’s letter to their daughter which stated that technology would create a world where personalized learning was available to everyone, I thought: “No it won’t.”. We now have higher education that is entirely online. I recently completed a Masters degree while working full-time and taking a full load because online learning is so flexible. It did not adapt to the students.

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

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More instructors are experimenting with adaptive-learning systems in their classrooms. The first segment included two guests with different perspectives: Candace Thille, an assistant professor of education at Stanford Graduate School of Education, and Mark Milliron, co-founder and chief learning officer at Civitas Learning. I work in a slightly different level than the work that Civitas works on, though, with the Open Learning Initiative.

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Designing Higher Ed: The Search for a Process to Innovate

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Although design and R&D groups are starting to emerge in other institutions of higher learning, significant questions remain about the exact role for and value of design in promoting the vision of an academic institution. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary LearningIf you’ve been hearing a lot lately about design, there’s a good reason.