7 Must-Have Features for Online Learning Platforms

EdTech4Beginners

You can find a wide variety of learning platforms on the internet. Online learning complements and sometimes even replaces traditional classrooms. Here are 7 amazing features that any educational platform must have. Learning Analytics. Online Community.

Why making, coding, and online learning are the real trends to watch

eSchool News

By contrast, the report’s short-term developments, online learning and makerspaces, have a distinct yesterday’s news vibe about them. Each year, a panel of education experts, convened by the New Media Consortium and CoSN, takes a deep dive into the trends driving ed-tech in every quarter, from Silicon Valley testing grounds to policy circles to actual classroom use.

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Measuring success of online education

Neo LMS

The educational system seems to play an important role in defining success for people, and online education has its fare share of this. But what makes a successful online education, and how can we measure it? Success may be subjective, but there must be some objective metrics that can shed a light over what a successful online education truly means. Success of online education for the employment world. Success. What a fine idea.

Online Learning Consortium 2014 – How We Discuss the Future of Higher Education

Improving Education Environments

I presented at the Online Learning Consortium’s Annual Conference today about MOOCs as a phenomenon, specifically my Delphi research done in partial fulfillment of my Ed.D. What is most interesting to me from the first day of #aln14, however, is how my research plays into the emerging discussion of online learning as happening at this year’s conference. Discussions of data analytics as inherent to online learning were prevalent as well.

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It’s About Potential

hem.digital

What strikes me as odd about these debates, other than the tendency to ignore evidence about the effectiveness of online learning, is the tendency of both the critics and advocates to talk about online education as if it is a mature, established style of teaching and learning; that what currently constitutes online learning is the end of the road; that we can expect no more improvements.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

The Hechinger Report

A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. About a decade ago, leaders in this public school district nearly 70 miles northwest of New York City decided to radically change the way they provide education to its diverse and academically challenged student body. What is personalized learning?

Edtech Trends From 2020 And Beyond

Ask a Tech Teacher

So, in this article, I’m going to share my thoughts and experience about the technologies and solutions that reshape the educational industry and the way we learn in 2020 and beyond. The educational field was constantly evolving along with new technologies even before the pandemic.

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Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

Edsurge

Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, four years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime. It’s called the Teaching Online Podcast, or TOPcast , and co-host Thomas Cavanagh says he is driven by his quest to figure out one of the grand challenges of higher education: how to use technology to raise the quality of instruction while lowering costs.

The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

Edsurge

This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. Marie Cini is the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. Learning analytics.

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Free Conference! Design and Delivery in a Blended Learning Jungle

The CoolCatTeacher

August 18-20, 2020 -a Free PD Experience for Blended Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This school year is dependent more than ever upon our ability to blend face to face (hopefully) and online learning. Blended Learning.

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

We’ll see big growth in higher education services from outside of the university sector, a continued gnashing of teeth from established providers. Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. The focus is on tertiary education. Still such courses can offer considerably wider access to higher education than the traditional model.

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Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

What can we expect in 2016 from the intersection of technology and education? I’m building on previous posts about trends in technology and educational contexts , plus my FTTE report, naturally. Educational technology trends. Online learning, or the teaching formerly knows as “distance learning” Will this keep growing? There’s now a movement to teach humanities seminars online. education and technology future of education

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

eSchool News

The partnership enables device-agnostic access to educators and students, increasing accessibility to help close the achievement gap across the nation. EdisonLearning provides digital learning solutions, including core and elective eCourses for grades 6-12. Learn more at [link].

Want to Make Your Course ‘Gameful’? A Michigan Professor’s Tool Could Help

Wired Campus

Fishman, a professor of information and education at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, would like to help you find out. Mr. Fishman has borrowed elements of gaming to develop GradeCraft, a learning-management system that lets instructors organize their courses in a “gameful” way. Mr. Fishman’s assessment system treats unsuccessful assignments not as failures but as learning experiences that pull students closer to mastery. Online Learning Technology

Revolution in Higher Education: chapter 4

Bryan Alexander

Continuing with our reading of Richard DeMillo’s Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable (2015) ( publisher ; Amazon ): this week we’re discussing chapter 4, “Technology Curves.” The focus now is technology for personalized learning, including data analytics. In this chapter DeMillo returns to one major theme, broadening access to higher education.

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Report: One of the Biggest Obstacles to Remote Learning? Finding a Quiet Place to Work

Edsurge

With school plans for the fall focused less on reopening and more on resuming remote learning, the mixed experience with online instruction from the spring offers many lessons for how district leaders can better prepare for this next go around.

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

Edsurge

In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success. To those working in higher education, some of the trends presented by the team may not have come as a surprise.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

This is part four of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Way back in 2012, I chose “ The Platforming of Education ” as one of my “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital.

What is the role of the teacher in the online classroom? Connectivism might provide an answer

Neo LMS

Enabling interaction, collaboration and social learning online is perhaps the most difficult, and yet most important, part of teaching online. Beyond learner satisfaction, however, is the more important belief that collaboration enhances learning outcomes and reduces the potential for learner isolation that can occur in the online environment. He is the founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

Neo LMS

In the last on our series about the challenges in higher education, we will examine how universities and colleges are managing the fast pace of change in teaching methods and curricula. According to UNESCO, global demand for higher education is expected to grow from 100 million students currently to 250+ million by 2025. Naturally, technology plays a central role in scaling quality education supply to meet this demand.

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Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

We’ll see big growth in higher education services from outside of the university sector, a continued gnashing of teeth from established providers. Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning. The focus is on tertiary education. Still such courses can offer considerably wider access to higher education than the traditional model.

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Does Innovative Teaching Work? A New Effort Aims To Help Faculty Find Out.

Edsurge

But the tools are the first output of a nationwide effort to spread teaching innovation in higher education. That broader project, called the Empirical Educator Project, was started a year ago by e-Literate, a blog run by two longtime edtech consultants, Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill. Michael Feldstein, co-founder of the Empirical Educator Project. More to Come Leaders of the Empirical Educator Project say there will be more releases like this one in the near future.

Florida Virtual School mirgrates to Brightspace

eSchool News

Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a statewide public school district in the state of Florida and international provider of education products and services, has selected D2L , a global learning technology provider, to deploy its Brightspace platform as the district’s new learning management system (LMS). FLVS, the largest fully accredited online state public school in the U.S.,

With Flip of a Giant Ceremonial Switch, CMU Starts Effort to Energize ‘Learning Engineering’

Edsurge

The university announced in March that it would release the software, but officials held this week’s gathering, along with a group called the Empirical Educator Project , to give an overview of the tools and how to use them. The software list includes more than a dozen packages, including the university’s pioneering adaptive-learning project, the Open Learning Initiative , as well as a learning analytics platform LearnSphere.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Department of Education missed a deadline to delay state authorization rules are incorrect, a department spokeswoman said Thursday,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” (State and Local) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Education Politics. The Department of Education has released its newly proposed guidelines for school accountability. The changes are due to the replacement of one education acronym (NCLB) with another ( ESSA ). Via The Times Higher Education : “Which universities would lose out from Brexit ?” ” “ The Left’s drive to push conservatives out of education reform ” by The Fordham Institute’s Robert Pondiscio.

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Why Should Students and Publishers Adapt eBooks in STEM Learning

Kitaboo on EdTech

STEM-based learning programs are being introduced in schools all across the globe. STEM has proved to be a much better educational program in terms of learning effectiveness and leading to better career opportunities than the regular curriculum. Students gain valuable experience with the help of hands-on learning activities practiced extensively in STEM-based education. Over the last few years, eBooks have become synonymous with flexible learning.

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UMUC’s Blueprint for Designing a Culture of Constant Innovation

Edsurge

Specifically, UMUC is about to embark on a 36-month transformation that will see its core learning model shift from memorizing knowledge to one that is experiential and competency-based. At the same time, it is re-imagining the digital experience of its 85,000 online students. Doing these things seamlessly, as part of the daily routine, will provide a focused, ongoing learning experience about what is working, what is not, and how to continuously improve services and outcomes.

Consortia as a Driver of Innovation

hem.digital

Written, 2016 In the late 90s -- during the "early years" of online higher education -- many colleges and universities didn't have the internal resources required to build, support and market online education. Some institutions saw fit to join online consortia; by pooling limited resources, each institution gained access to the resources they needed. Growing use of analytics to inform and personalize learning.

The Stories We've Been Told (in 2017) about Education Technology

Hack Education

At the end of every year since I founded Hack Education in 2010, I’ve reviewed what I think are the most important and influential trends in education technology. This is about the stories we’re told about education, about technology, and about education technology. (No We must think more critically about education technology – its technologies and its stories – and I believe that comes in part from scrutinizing its history.

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The Future of Learning, via Museums #MCN2014

Improving Education Environments

The panel, Centralized, Decentralized, Distributed: Emerging Models for Online Learning in Museums, was hosted by Rosanna Flouty of NYU and panelists were Daniel Wolff of the American Museum of Natural History, Allegra Smith of the Museum of Modern Art, and Emily Lytle-Painter of the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art. It is the second part that has these museums excited; it is also this second part that Coursera does not support nor does it aggregate learning analytics from.

Marketplace trend update: 6 ed-tech developments

eSchool News

Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change. Below, we’ve gathered some of the latest and most relevant marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

10Q: Martin Weller - the battle for open

Learning with 'e's

Now and then, I have the privilege to interview some great thought leaders in the field of education. 1) You’re currently professor of educational technology at the British Open University. What first attracted you to working in education/teaching/research, and why are you still there? It was a very exciting time, as we were exploring the possibility of using the internet, particularly in distance education. large scale dropouts, superficial learning)?

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K-12 Dealmaking: GreatSchools Acquires Schoolie; n2y, Thrivist Gain Funding

Marketplace K-12

GreatSchools Acquires Schoolie: GreatSchools , an Oakland, California-based nonprofit education organization, has acquired school data provider Schoolie , according to a statement. Schoolie’s school quality data will be incorporated into GreatSchools’ website in the coming months, and “will help parents more efficiently compare and evaluate academic rigor and understand how well schools provide access to a well-rounded education,” the companies noted in the statement.

K-12 Dealmaking: Investor Weld North, Learn Launch Make Big Moves

Marketplace K-12

The latest round of deals in the school marketplace underscores investors’ and ed-tech providers’ burgeoning interest in data analytics and instructional technologies. Frontline Acquires Teachscape: K-12 software provider Frontline Technologies has acquired Teachscape , a professional growth solutions provider for K-12 and higher education. The announcement follows Frontline’s acquisition of online training provider EDTRAININGCENTER earlier this month. By Alexa J.