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Match Beyond: No excuses meets disruption in higher education

The Christensen Institute

With millions of nonconsumers of traditional colleges and universities in the United States and worldwide—many of them low-income adults with jobs or families—and a traditional higher education model that, increasingly, is both expensive and under financial strain, there has been no shortage of opportunities for disruptive higher education upstarts powered by online learning to emerge. Disruption has been alive and well in higher education for years now.

How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning

Edsurge

Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. As a result, more students are turning to used books, rentals, shared copies, illegal downloads, and other online sources. As the financial viability of printed textbooks declines little by little, the demand for alternatives like online learning content continues to grow. Create Courseware Using Learning Objects Seth's Reading List.

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These educators are using personalized learning to think differently about teaching

Edsurge

Ahead of the 2018 EdSurge Fusion conference in October, we talked with three attendees about how their focus on personalizing learning has enabled them to think differently about how they serve their students. From a compliance culture to a culture of learning Ellen Dorr, Chief Technology Officer at the Renton School District in Washington state, is working to shift learning in her district from a traditional school culture of compliance to a culture of learning.

The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

As districts across the United States consider how to get student learning back on track and fortify parent interest in public schools, they’re asking the same question as Steve Joel: What should we keep after the pandemic? Hints of a remote learning legacy are emerging.

Schooling has changed forever. Here’s what will stay when things go back to normal

The Hechinger Report

In Oklahoma, students are having a say in where and when they learn. We have a chance now to make it something that will change teaching and learning forever for the better.”. Learning from Lockdown. And moving meetings online has increased community participation and engagement.

Inputs do not guarantee outcomes: Getting online credit recovery right

The Christensen Institute

The Los Angeles Unified School District is back in the news for its use of technology, this time for its online credit-recovery courses. In a recent editorial , the Los Angeles Times called into question the district’s record-high 75 percent graduation rate, as it said that the figure was based in part on LA Unified’s dependence on its less-than-rigorous online credit-recovery courses. Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student.

Stop pitting technology against quality, in-person time

The Christensen Institute

But even as she acknowledged toward the end that technology has a role to play, she missed spotlighting how technology can help us redesign schools to allow students to achieve what appears most important in her mind: the chance for students to have far more meaningful face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers—a counterintuitive yet important part of blended learning’s promise for many students.

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

As the winter turns to spring and pandemic learning reaches its one-year mark, something like a return to normal, in-person schooling is becoming a reality in communities across the country. By and large, English learners aren’t thriving under distance learning.

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. Over the course of their partnership, they learned a number of key lessons about how to successfully collaborate: Identify shared values. Prior to meeting Ram, Waters was generally skeptical of working with edtech companies. Louise Waters, the CEO of the Leadership Public Schools (LPS), is no stranger to innovation.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

The Hechinger Report

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. The unconventional flurry of both in-person and virtual academics in a school that had never before offered AP physics is part of a broader experiment that experts say could herald the future of education, especially for rural schools. million online courses in 2014-15. Department of Education, students took 317,000 online courses.

Blended learning enables meaningful personal interaction

The Christensen Institute

Conversations around blended learning often focus on devices, software, and classroom layouts, but some of the most powerful benefits of blended learning are the ways in which it allows teachers to have richer and more meaningful interactions with students, parents, and colleagues. Student learning data from blended-learning software can also help teachers to have more objective and constructive conversations around student learning growth with students, parents, and colleagues.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

The Hechinger Report

Summit Learning’s personalized learning program is a key part of the school’s improvement efforts. He finds it easy to teach himself with online content as his guide. Logan is part of a generation of “digital natives” who were raised on screens.

To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Since the relaunch of our Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory six months ago, we have received several requests from school districts wanting to create district-level profiles—previously, only schools could create profiles. Districts can now share their high-level, blended-learning initiatives and results, as well as link to blended schools within their organizations so that users can see all the blended-learning activity across a district.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Elsewhere, teachers hold daily virtual office hours to check on the academic and emotional well-being of students they can no longer meet face to face. Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

As I listened to her discuss her travels this past May in Philadelphia, I was struck by how relevant some of the insight she had gained in Finland were for those creating blended-learning schools that seek to personalize learning and build student agency. Can you explain what you saw and learned? Whether via No Excuses or Positive Behavior Intervention Support, American schools don’t expect youth to be responsible for themselves or their learning.

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. Many charter networks here, including Crescent City Schools, Firstline, ReNEW, and KIPP, have embraced an educational philosophy known as “personalized learning.”. Supporters in New Orleans say that, so far, personalized learning has been transformative. Future of Learning.

With blended learning, plan on change

The Christensen Institute

As schools continue to join the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory —the largest database of blended-learning schools—we are observing some important data trends that highlight how schools are approaching the blended-learning implementation process. In the past six months, we have seen at least a dozen schools that have shifted from using a single model of blended learning to using multiple models that have either joined the BLU or updated their BLU profiles.

How to Build Meaningful Community for Online Learners #DLNchat

Edsurge

Learning is often a social process, taking place through dialogue, discussion and other forms of interpersonal interaction. With more and more students learning remotely, the #DLNchat community set out last week to answer the question: How can universities create meaningful community for online students? link] A set of shared practices in an online class community is built around the learning goals. Use active learning techniques.

What is Digital Pedagogy?

Tech Helpful

Lately my mind has been wrapping itself around how instructional practice has changed due to digital instruction. But lately I fine myself personally redefining what "best practice" teaching looks like in a classroom rich with technology. What once was pedagogy now seems better defined as digital pedagogy for classrooms with the advantages of easily accessible technology tools. A digital learning environment also means that students have access to resources digitally as well.

Online Education Isn’t the Sideshow. It’s the Main Event.

Edsurge

I can’t start a personal reflection without first acknowledging how enormously difficult this year has been for my staff, our higher ed partners and faculty, and the students we serve together. And second: demand for online undergraduate and graduate degrees will grow too.

From the classroom to the boardroom: Why teachers are essential to blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

I recently attended the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference , which the Christensen Institute co-hosted with the Highlander Institute, to listen to school leaders from across the country discuss blended-learning implementation and best practices. To be clear, nearly every successful school and district has a principal or superintendent who exhibits strong leadership and is committed to improving student learning outcomes.

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. The unconventional flurry of both in-person and virtual academics in a school that had never before offered AP physics is part of a broader experiment that experts say could herald the future of education, especially for rural schools. million online courses in 2014-15. Department of Education, students took 317,000 online courses.

As teacher morale hit bottom, these Alabama districts looked for ways to ease workload

The Hechinger Report

Last summer, Alabama schools were asked to provide in-person and remote options for learning, effectively doubling the teaching responsibilities for the same amount of staff. Learning from Lockdown. Remote learning helpline for teachers…and parents. Teachers are exhausted.

EdisonLearning and FocalPointK12 Announce Partnership to Provide Comprehensive Learning and Analytics Solution for Grades 6-12

eSchool News

EdisonLearning provides digital learning solutions, including core and elective eCourses for grades 6-12. We look forward to a long and beneficial partnership through which we can bring personalized learning and enhanced support to more schools and districts.”.

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. Often the tools available either meet some of the teachers’ needs or are prohibitively expensive. Every student is unique and learns differently.

Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID Slide

edWeb.net

Lexia Learning’s Chief Learning Officer Dr. Liz Brooke’s steadfast determination to ensure students of all abilities can become successful readers and confident learners continues to be the driving force behind all of her work. Learning Gaps. By Eileen Belastock.

How we improved our blended-learning program

eSchool News

Access to unlimited new information has created seemingly contradictory qualities in today’s students—more self-reliant and independent, but with a preference toward collaborative learning environments and comfortable learning with other students. The case for blending and online learning. understands that families in today’s complex society need flexibility and options to meet their child’s individual educational needs.

A New School Model Helps Rural Districts Boost Enrollment and Ensure Student Success

Edsurge

Families needed a flexible learning environment in which students could miss a few days of school due to inclement weather, a tournament, or harvest time—without falling behind. He needed to find a new model for teaching and learning that would provide learners in his community with the same high quality academic opportunities they would receive at a larger school, as well as a more student-centered approach that reflected the realities of the community.

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Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

Edsurge

The awards recognize educators’ and institutions’ innovative use of digital courseware to improve outcomes for students, especially underrepresented ones. So Fulé and her colleagues devised a program—free, voluntary, and entirely online—that has helped hundreds of students roll through remediation coursework and ace their math placement tests while measurably boosting their confidence about success in both math and college.

itslearning, Gooru enhance LMS platform with open content

eSchool News

LMS provider itslearning and Gooru , a nonprofit organization which provides a free online learning navigator for educators of the same name, announced a strategic partnership to enhance itslearning’s platform with open educator-curated content and successful practices for personalized learning. The alliance will initially give teachers an avenue to find, remix and share collections and courses of open content designed for future-ready learning.

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My Online Teaching Philosophy #OnlineLearning #OnlineTeaching #eLearning

EdTechSandyK

The program I am in is fully online, so I am able to study while continuing my current work as a Digital Learning Coach in Georgetown ISD. For my third course, Theory and Practice of Online Pedagogy, one of my assignments was to write my philosophy of online teaching. And also because I thought it would be neat to get feedback from experienced online educators. In online learning, I realized that connection was not a given.

Pros and Cons of Using eLearning Software in Your Classroom

Educational Technology Guy

Lockdown aside, why are more teachers turning to online educational software? Technology allows you to teach and learn from any part of the world with Internet access and electricity. Learning Solutions Magazine Of course, specialized online periodicals had to land on the list.

As Districts Return to Remote Learning, Are They Any Better Prepared?

Edsurge

When educators describe their frenzied switch to remote learning in the spring, most talk about being caught off guard. Some mention how little they knew then—about virtual learning, as well as the virus that forced them out of their school buildings.

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

To that end, I recently had the pleasure of addressing a cross-section of state board of education members from across the nation – working together under the umbrella of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) – on the opportunities and challenges that ESSA provides with respect to digital learning and technology for states. Consider also digital and online learning opportunities afforded students and teachers in which the state has invested.

Washington State selects a multi-district online provider

eSchool News

The standards-aligned curriculum will be used by educators through the state to customize online learning for their students. Odysseyware, a provider of customizable online courses for K-12 education, announced that Odysseyware Academy has been approved as an online provider in the state of Washington. This educational program combines state-of-the-art lessons and dedicated, qualified teachers to help students fill their learning needs and meet their goals.”.