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Why Students Can’t Write — And Why Tech is Part of the Problem

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In some cases the very technologies that were intended to improve writing, like automatic-essay grading software, have backfired by encouraging a kind of paint-by-numbers approach to writing. And he thinks that the writing students do for their Instagram accounts and social media is actually great. You can follow the podcast on the Apple Podcast app , Spotify , Stitcher , Google Play Music or wherever you listen. People tout that software gives instant feedback.]

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs are dead , according to Udacity ’s VP. ” Never one to let a good MOOC story pass them by, Edsurge repeats the story. “MOOCs Are ”Dead.“ Also via Edsurge : “ MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners.” Via The New York Times : “ Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge.”

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One of the big stories this week: the US Department of Education ’s announcement about which “non-traditional providers” ( MOOCs , coding bootcamps ) will be eligible for financial aid as part of its EQUIP experiment. It's rolling out a social media push today using the hashtag #DontSettle4Cs to promote the program, called March2Success. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Google) biotech company, Calico.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) ” MOOCs looked – for a short while, at least – like they were going to pivot to become LMSes.

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” Via The Sun Sentinel : “Student made social media threat to kill FAU professor, cops say.” 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.” Google has acquired lesson-provider Workbench.

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

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This talk was presented at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab. Silicon Valley does include Mountain View, where Google is headquartered. This is part of the push for MOOCs, we must be honest.).

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the job training section below. “PISA for personality testing – the OECD and the psychometric science of social-emotional skills ” by Ben Williamson. Via Techcrunch : “ Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists.” ” The Atlantic on what it’s like being a parent of a social media star.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep hyping that MOOC thing. Via Edsurge : “ MOOCs Are No Longer Massive. ” Via Class Central : “Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of All Time (2018 edition).” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Cumulative Growth in Number of MOOCs , 2011–18.” ” Not surprisingly, there is more MOOC news in the surveillance section below.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs are back in the headlines again. Via Edsurge : “The Second Wave of MOOC Hype Is Here, and It’s Online Degrees.” ” From the Google blog : “ Google Science Fair 2018 : Resources for educators to get ideas flowing.” ” Also from the Google blog : “More tools for homeschoolers.” The discussion forum software maker has raised $2.4

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Here’s media reporter Mathew Ingram’s take (and there are lots of takes out there. And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs for credit ! Education Politics.

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” At least the e-cigarette company (which targets teens) offers a social-emotional learning curriculum, right? Fines Google $5.1 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 Empire.

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Via The Guardian : “ Student Loans Company ‘spied on vulnerable students’ social media’ ” The “New” For-Profit Higher Ed. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). The company: RIB Software SE. million in funding from Wavemaker Partners, Social Capital, Amplify.LA, Fuel Capital, and Fika Ventures. My apologies that this is a day late.

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Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Faces Internal Backlash Over Handling of Sexual Harassment.” ” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Employees Stage Worldwide Walkout.” ” Social emotional learning !

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From the Department of Education press release : “ Federal Commission on School Safety Meeting to Focus on the Effects of Entertainment , Media , Cyberbullying and Social Media on Violence and Student Safety.” ” That’s a school district in Wisconsin , and the learning software in question is the Summit Learning Platform , created by the Summit charter school chain and built by Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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A graphic essay in Fusion : “Betsy DeVos’ ‘ School Choice ’ Movement Isn’t Social Justice. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Brown University joins edX. “ Y Combinator MOOC for Tech Startups Attracts Thousands of Views,” says Campus Technology. Not sure why this is called a MOOC. Microsoft had a media event this week. “ Social-Emotional Learning Is the Rage in K–12.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Indeed, Edutechnica, which also tracks LMS data, responds with their own numbers and says that Blackboard still has about two hundred more installations than Canvas and about a million more students using the software. ” Via Edsurge : “ Britannica CEO Talks Google, Wikipedia and What Lil Pump Can Teach Us About Credibility.”

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Via The Independent : “13-year-old girl arrested after contacting clown on social media and asking him to kill her teacher.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Aftermath of the MOOC wars: Can commercial vendors support creative higher education ?” Google had a big press event this week too, unveiling shiny stuff to a cheering crowd of stenographers. US Presidential Campaign Politics.

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’” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Reminder: a lot of MOOC news is now job training news, so you’ll find some updates in that section below. The New Republic on China’s social credit score : “How Do You Control 1.4

Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

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” The University of Northern New Jersey had a website – one with a.edu domain, to boot – as well as several active social media profiles. If you want a job as a software developer in the technology industry, you’ll need a college degree. million ads for software-developer jobs nationwide. ” MOOCs for credit. By Google. ” MIT Media Lab explored using the blockchain as part of a new credentialing system.

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” The website: Victory Media. Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Online School to Teach Software Development.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The GW Hatchet : “Oversight of online learning programs lacking in some schools, report finds.” More MOOC job changes: Techcrunch reports that “ Coursera ’s chief product officer just left to become a VC.” (National) Education Politics.

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” Via Education Week : “The Ohio education department could seek repayment of more than $80 million from nine full-time online schools , based on audits of software-login records that led state officials to determine the schools had overstated their student enrollment.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” An op-ed in Forbes by University Ventures’ Ryan Craig : “Make Online Education Great (For The First Time).”

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. ” Rather, McMillan Cottom argues these students are making rational decisions in a world of growing economic precarity and shrinking social programs. Code.org is backed by a long list of technology companies – from AT&T to Amazon to Facebook to Google to Verizon. (I’ll

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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My work as a thinker and writer about tech and ed-tech – and one explicitly committed to social justice – has been profoundly affected by Seymour. The work is also supported by companies including Apple, Google and Expedia, as well as education organizations including the CollegeBoard, Teach For America and STEMx.” “Hardly Anyone Wants to Take a Liberal Arts MOOC,” Edsurge informed its readers in February. Google’s Alphabet Inc.

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Liberty University students have criticized their school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr, and his media appearances supporting Trump. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Microsoft -Branded MOOCs for K–12 Leaders.” The ruling, which referred to players as employees, found that they must be freely allowed to post on social media, discuss issues of their health and safety, and speak with the media.”

Education Technology and the Year of Wishful Thinking

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Bush ), and the invocation of facts, evidence, and expertise in political arguments (particularly those arguments on social media) is now interpreted as bias rather objectivity. The media? Much like “brain training,” “brain scanning” was repeatedly hyped this year as a possible way to improve the efficacy of education software. Or MOOCs even. Say, the Android device in Google’s Cardboard Viewer and Expeditions program.).

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” Via The New York Times : “ Google Effect Rubs Off on Schools in One Rural Oklahoma Town.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “A judge will allow Ohio ’s education department to review attendance records that could force Ohio’s largest online charter to return millions of its funding,” says the AP. More on MOOC “degrees” and possible legal troubles in the politics section above.

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” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Just a few weeks after Daphne Koller ’s announcement she was leaving the MOOC startup she co-founded, Coursera unveiled “ Coursera for Business ” this week, marking its pivot from “democratizing higher ed” to “ training corporate employees.” Education Politics.

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

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Pokémon Go, a free augmented reality game developed by Niantic (a company spun out of Google in 2015), became the most popular mobile game in US history this year. I’ll look more closely at discrimination by design – in software and in algorithms – in the final article in this series.) Nevertheless, education technology continues to insist that its software and algorithms can identify students who are struggling – academically or emotionally.

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If you’re going to talk about the importance of digital literacy or information literacy or media literacy or what have you, then you best practice it. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “How Much Hollywood Glitz Should Colleges Use in Their Online Courses ?” Maybe social media is broken, Cathy O’Neil suggests. “ Media Literacy When the Platforms Are Complicit ” by Bill Fitzgerald.

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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.” In the future, you might want to look for most MOOC-related news in the “business of job training” section below.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ CSU signs deal to record, broadcast classroom lectures,” says the San Francisco Examiner. “ Facebook is donating 500 virtual reality kits to Arkansas schools under a first-of-its-kind partnership between the social media giant and the state,” says the AP. Google is closing down the Hangouts API. Education Politics.

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” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Anil Dash and Gina Trapani announced they’re closing down their social media analytics product ThinkUp. That is, major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter increasingly made it difficult for ThinkUp to work with their APIs. Who owns your data – whether it’s social media or school-related? Education Politics.

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That’s Betsy DeVos , of course, and Social Finance a.k.a. million in charges from a Minnesota company over a software system that repeatedly failed during mandatory statewide elementary school testing.” ” Online Education and The Once and Future “MOOC” “ Deakin University in Australia will next year offer graduate degrees and certificate programs through FutureLearn , the online learning platform owned by the Open University in the U.K.,”

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