Blended isn’t just about online learning—it’s making space for real-world relationships

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning is helping to unshackle schools from the one-teacher one-classroom model and usher in more creative and diverse instructional approaches. Beyond just restructuring the classroom, blended-learning models are starting to open up new connections and diversify students’ networks.

Meet NEO at BETT 2018!

Neo LMS

Some students today learn in high-tech environments that their grandfathers couldn’t even imagine when they had to go to school. Well, this video speaks for itself: Meet NEO at BETT 2018! Meet us at Booth F302! We’re really looking forward to meet you at BETT 2018!

Agile Development, Meet Online Learning

The Electric Educator

This year I took a position as the director of online learning for a christian school in Michigan. One of the projects that I began was the development of a series of online Bible courses. The company we hired provided the curriculum designer and technical programming expertise.

Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

Edsurge

Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire Investors has acquired NovoEd , a San Francisco-based provider of an online learning platform. NovoEd traces its roots to Stanford University, where engineering professor Amin Saberi and Farnaz Ronaghi, then a PhD student, launched their first online course in 2012. The pair then started the company in January 2013. These online courses are easy to sign up for, yet few students actually stick through and finish them.

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

The Hechinger Report

Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. Brown liked the shift to online work.

Meet Two Leaders Trying to Reinvent College

Edsurge

But then he pursued a career in business, first at a strategy consulting firm, and later working his way up to CEO of a tech company called Snapfish, which did photo sharing and hosting and printing and that kind of thing before Instagram existed. We have a lot of things that are set up to be really focused on being a learning community. Not done by us, but done broadly in the science of learning. Overwhelmingly it has nothing to do with online versus offline.

Old Ways Meet New Tech (and New Students) at Meeting of Library and Academic Leaders

Edsurge

Next Wave 2017 was the latest in an annual, invitation-only meeting series run by Ithaka , the nonprofit group behind JSTOR, ArtStor, the PORTICO digital archiving and preservation service, and Ithaka S&R, which conducts research on higher ed and technology. Online is changing the story people are willing to tell themselves about college,” he said. Changing Attitudes During that panel—and throughout the day—online education emerged as a dominant theme.

Can Online Learning Level the AP Playing Field for Rural Students?

MindShift

When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. based education company that is part of a nonprofit consortium in the state. million online courses in 2014-15. LEXINGTON, Miss.

How should traditional universities deliver wholly online learning?

Mark Smithers

I’ve worked with several traditional higher education institutions over the last few years that have been in the process of developing a capability for delivering wholly online course delivery. I see three broad approaches to design, development and delivery of wholly online courses. This involves creating a distinct grouping within the HEI that is normally tied to the teaching and learning governance function. Courses are designed and developed by the learning designer.

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MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

Edsurge

Providing courses to companies, and adults not enrolled in a full-time degree program, has long been a way for universities to extend their reach (and pockets) beyond the physical lecture hall. In 2013, MIT began offering online programs for working professionals to meet learners across the globe. Now, as MOOCs have evolved to court professional audiences , so too have MIT’s efforts to harness companies and organizations.

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Innovators worth watching: Ed Leadership SIMS

The Christensen Institute

But a few hours later, Jennifer catches word that one of her team member’s parents vented strong frustration during the school board meeting that evening over the language Coach Goodman uses when talking with the players.

Is disruptive innovation driving K-12 privatization?

The Christensen Institute

Talk of disruptive innovation in K–12 education took off when Christensen’s 2008 book, Disrupting Class , used the 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. Most schools today are making online learning part of their classrooms.

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How two CEOs created a shared language for innovation

The Christensen Institute

But one of Waters’ key breakthroughs has been learning how to not go it alone—a collaboration lesson for leaders across all industries to innovate successfully. Prior to meeting Ram, Waters was generally skeptical of working with edtech companies.

The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” according to Xinhua News. And in an age in which medicines can be personalized to one’s genetic code, technology can help teachers meet the unique needs of every child.

Schools don’t have to reinvent the wheel

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. K-12 News achievement gap online learning Personalized Learning teachers

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth. Companies like K12, Inc.

Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

The Christensen Institute

As more adults than ever before enroll in postsecondary education programs and a variety of players—from bootcamps to online and mobile course providers—offer options tailored to match adults’ work and family circumstance, traditional colleges and universities have struggled to keep pace.

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Crowdfunding Meets Webinar: How One Organization Uses Slack to Tackle Global Challenges

Edsurge

Now that we’ve assembled international crowds of motivated, smart people online in MOOCs, it’s time to think about harnessing their collective intelligence to tackle these urgent cross-boundary issues. Some new online courses like The Active Citizen in the Digital Age from Stanford University are already moving us in this direction, helping to foster informed civic participation following the 2016 election. Adapting an Existing Online Course for Synchronous Delivery.

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The next-gen high school to watch

The Christensen Institute

Last month, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) in New Hampshire launched a new set of pathways for students. These allow students to move through learning at a more flexible pace, on an as-needed basis.

How to balance work and study as a teacher

eSchool News

According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report, 93 per cent of employees would stay at a company longer if their employers invested in their careers. Online learning. Studying online.

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EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

For a number of years, her district has pursued personalized learning. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child. Cox has a unique outlook on where personalized learning is headed: she helps oversee the district’s special education programs and strives to ensure that students with disabilities are included in the overall vision for structural and instructional reform.

School data is messy, but it doesn’t have to be

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. We’re the buyer and there are tons of companies out there. Future of Learning.

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The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

NEW ORLEANS — A few years ago, with little fanfare or announcement, the New Orleans education system began a massive experiment that’s reshaping how kids learn across the city. Supporters in New Orleans say that, so far, personalized learning has been transformative. Future of Learning.

What the closure of 2 bootcamps means for the industry’s future

The Christensen Institute

We also believe we are in the very early innings of the era of renewable learning. A lot of these companies were capitalizing on a short-term market opportunity without a broader vision. Bridging that gap is one of the greatest challenges facing the developed world today, and the adoption of AI and machine learning will only compound that challenge. From there, we investigate the feasibility of attracting the teaching talent needed to meet that demand.

A Professional Development Alternative

My Island View

The list included: How to get teachers to sign up for PD, how to get teachers to fulfill seat-time requirements, how to assure that teachers taking online components were really who they said they were. There was only one session that addressed an understanding of Andragogy, also referred to as adult learning, and how components of their program addressed it. Additionally, teachers can take approved college courses or workshops that meet district requirements.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

The exercise was part of “Civic Online Reasoning,” a series of news-literacy lessons being developed by Stanford researchers and piloted by teachers at a few dozen schools. Still, learning news literacy skills is one thing, and the motivation to use those skills is another.

Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

Online work has become a classroom staple for students around the country, but hundreds of thousands are still locked out because of inadequate internet connections. They can’t access online encyclopedias. They basically can’t access online anything. Future of Learning.

Swivl adds live conferencing to collaborative cloud platform

eSchool News

Swivl’s robotic video capture solution, the Swivl Robot, and online content platform, Swivl Cloud, are in use in classrooms across the globe. Now, the company takes the next step toward bridging the gaps between home, school and the real world.

Betsy DeVos likens education technology to “a thousand flowers” that have yet to bloom

The Hechinger Report

Instead, the crowd, which included hundreds of companies deeply involved in “disrupting” the education landscape, settled for hearing DeVos liken choosing a school to switching phone carriers: If schools aren’t meeting children’s needs, they are “failing that child,” she said.

Coding outside the lines: CoderDojos get kids psyched about programming by turning them loose

The Hechinger Report

The freedom to mess up, repeatedly, is a core appeal of this club known as CoderDojo , a loosely-connected global network of coding workshops for kids ages 6 to 18, including this Boston outpost that meets in the borrowed offices of the tech company LogMeIn.

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. The massive cuts will reduce the giant education company’s workforce by about 10 percent, down from about 40,000 employees based not only in the United States and United Kingdom, but Asia and countries around the world.

Eduro Learning: Changing Culture and Minds

The Thinking Stick

There has been a lot going on with my new adventure that is Eduro Learning. Kim Cofino and I, along with 5 others, founded the company last May. Beyond one-off PD days and looks at long term embedded learning.

Activate Instruction migrates content to Gooru

eSchool News

Free, personalized online tool makes high-quality content available to all users. As the public education system evolves toward supporting students’ personalized needs, online learning tools have emerged that allow teachers to customize instruction.