3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

Wired Campus

Student privacy, easier-to-use digital tools for instructors, and efforts to offer alternative credentials were some of the most-talked-about topics this week at the South by Southwest Edu conference, an offshoot of the popular South by Southwest music festival. But the rules and norms for handling digital information generated by students are far from clear. Few were predicting, however, that new certifications or badges would eliminate the value of a college degree.

To Better Serve Adult Learners, Eliminate the Barriers Between Work and Learning

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Integrating Learning and Work in Service of Adult Learners Adult learners are typically driven by career-related motivations: according to one analysis, 70 percent of adult learners say that gaining skills and knowledge directly related to the workplace is essential when choosing where to enroll.

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What Problems Has Edtech Solved, and What New Ones Did It Create?

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Open digital badges. Technology can collect and harness more data than ever before. But with that comes greater risks to personal privacy and potential for misuse. Those building, funding and using edtech tools must similarly wrestle with these concerns.

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WHAT’S NEW

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product. to streamline workflows for assessment and data analysis.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

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 Badges.

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Getting Smart and the XQ Institute have released a “landscape analysis of competency-based education.” Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet. Instead, the company handed him a $90 million exit package, paid in installments of about $2 million a month for four years, said two people with knowledge of the terms.” It’s a rot at the very core of the company’s leadership team.

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