What about the digital divide in education?

Tomorrow's Learners

Things are already starting to move this way with the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs). But are we creating a digital divide in education? We cannot sit around and wait for our community to catch up with the digital age. Blog digital divide edtech

Picking on great education and technology myths

Bryan Alexander

Myth 4: MOOCS will transform everything. This elicited the first pushback, as some people wrote in to celebrate their use of MOOCs for personal professional development. One chimed in with admiration for the Modern Poetry MOOC. So gaming beat virtual worlds, and at least one person saw competency-based learning trumping MOOCs. The digital divide.

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2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan

TeacherCast

These venues range from MOOCs (free massive online open courses) to traditional brick-and-mortar public schools. Widespread public interest surrounds new technologies in the classroom.

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What Achieving Digital Equity Using Online Courses Could Look Like

MindShift

In our own time, advocates of online learning promise to level the educational playing fields with massive open online courses, MOOCs. The most compelling evidence for the democratizing power of MOOCs comes from a new generation of Horatio Alger stories, where the video lecture replaces the bootblack’s cloth. As powerful as these stories are, the extensive data collected by MOOCs tell another story. By John Hansen and Justin Reich.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um,

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs. “Learning Creative Learning: It’s not a MOOC , it’s a community,” says the MIT Media Lab. “A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs ” – an op-ed by Class Central ’s Dhawal Shah in Edsurge. “Rethinking MOOCs ” – an op-ed in Duke University’s newspaper The Chronicle. (National) Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill analyzes a recent interview with Coursera ’s CEO and argues the MOOC provider is “betting on OPM market and shift to low-cost masters degrees.” ” Via The New York Times : “ Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Study Says.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly. Indeed, the World Bank issued a report in January arguing that digital technologies – not just robots in factories – stand to widen inequalities as well, “and even hasten the hollowing out of middle-class employment.” MOOCs. Digital polarization.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Humphrey testified that he hired Hubbard on a $7,500-per-month consulting contract to connect him to legislative leaders in other states, as Edgenuity tried to sell digital courses.” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Here’s The Chronicle headline from then : “Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching.”) Good thing I never did anything in those MOOCs, otherwise I'd be losing my work.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs for credit ! FutureLearn announced that two UK universities – the University of Leeds and the Open University – will offer MOOCs that will be accepted for college credit. Also off campus, not on-: “ Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide.” For more on MOOCs for credit, see the “MOOCs” section above. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via WaPo : “The FCC talks the talk on the digital divide – and then walks in the other direction.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’?” NPR on MOOC Micromasters. ” Via Education Dive : “ Digital ed tech pricing library brings transparency to procurement.” Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “The University of California, Los Angeles , is planning a major expansion in the online certificate and graduate degree markets that it hopes will reach as many as 15,000 students by early next decade,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via The New York Times : “To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels.” (National) Education Politics.