Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Smart tools like lesson software that adjusts to students’ responses (and automatically provides more practice when they stumble) can enable increasingly specific levels of independence. Human variation is not an inconvenience, in this view, but a tool for engagement. Dan D.

Online Classes Get a Missing Piece: Teamwork

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The lack of social interaction could be one reason behind high dropout rates in online classes. This fall, students taking introductory statistics courses at six colleges will pilot using a tool to complete lab exercises in teams, working in sync with partners who are miles away. MOOCs get social. Carolyn Rosé, an assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, has been exploring ways to add social engagement to MOOCs since 2013.

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‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

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He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. Learning analytics tools now track the digital breadcrumbs that students leave everywhere from signing up for meal plans to completing online homework assignments. What does it mean to be human in a digital age?

Professors Aren’t Good at Sharing Their Classroom Practices. Teaching Portfolios Might Help.

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At the height of the buzz around MOOCs and flipped classrooms three years ago, Bridget Ford worried that administrators might try to replace her introductory history course with a batch of videos. But Fernandes argues that workshops on improving teaching don’t draw in as many faculty as ones that stress adapting to 21st century tools, which she says students are calling for (as evidence, she points to a recent survey of students conducted by Educause).

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference: Tools, Skills & Competencies , October 20th The fifth annual global conversation about the future of libraries is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th, 2015.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Participants will engage in a variety of projects using modern tools and technology – the perfect way to get ready for ISTE. tools to engage students and teach creative problem solving, critical thinking, and effective communication and collaboration.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The Economic Times : “Startups in student-lending sector see dropouts, but some score too.” MOOCs are out. Illuminate Education has acquired visualization tool eduCLIMBER. “ Big data could solve the college-dropout problem ,” says The Washington Post. ” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ 40 Most Popular Ed-Tech Tools in K–12 Identified in New Analysis.” (National) Education Politics.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the credential section below. Via Class Central : “Analysis of 450 MOOC -Based Microcredentials Reveals Many Options But Little Consistency.” ” The Google blog post announcing “ Course Kit ,” a tool that will integrate Google Drive with the LMS. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Inside Higher Ed on online education at Simmons College. More on MOOC and online education research in the research section below. ” Via The MIT Technology Review : “Big Questions Around Facebook’s Suicide-Prevention Tools.” ” Via Real Clear Education : “ K–12 Predictive Analytics : Time for Better Dropout Diagnosis.” Education Politics.

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Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “A Conveyor Belt of Dropouts and Debt at For-Profit Colleges ” by Susan Dynarski. ” Creative Commons released a “Termination of Transfer Tool” to help manage authors’ copyrights. Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Here’s the headline from Inside Higher Ed : “For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT ?” ” But if you look closer, it’s not a MOOC; it’s just an online class at MIT. ” Via Edsurge : “Education Technology Tools for Adult Learners Get Mixed Results From SRI Study.” (National) Education Politics.

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Via ProPublica : “ For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Politico : Western Governors University , “the nation’s leading provider of competency-based educatio n – which the Education Department’s independent watchdog last month said violated federal student aid rules – is expanding into North Carolina.” (National) Education Politics.

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As if applying for financial aid wasn’t difficult enough already, it appears that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which pulls tax information into the FAFSA app, “ will be unavailable for several weeks.” Following up on ProPublica reporting , “ Florida to Examine Whether Alternative Charter Schools Underreport Dropouts.” Via Futuresource Consulting : “ US K–12 Education Digital Management Platforms & Tools Market to Grow at a CAGR of 4.5%

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” Via The New York Times , a profile on the Indiana charter chain Excel Schools : “A Chance for Dropouts, Young and Old, to Go Back to School.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “The MOOC is not dead, but maybe it should be,” says Rolin Moe. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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