Beyond Videos: 4 Ways Instructional Designers Can Craft Immersive Educational Media

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Harvard reportedly spends $75,000-$150,000 building each new MOOC, most of which goes towards video production costs. Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, resourceful teachers and nonprofits like Khan Academy are still creating low-budget screencasts. But, in combination, they can represent a needed improvement over the standard lecture-based videos that prevail in most MOOCs. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

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As the bubbly enthusiasm in the democratizing power of platforms like Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Khan Academy quietly wanes, we’ve seen more attention to digital inequity like the homework gap and gender discrimination in coding careers. Source: Hansen and Reich (2015) Bright Spots That Rekindle Hope Our report describes what we’ve learned from our failures, as well as promising equity-enhancing innovations and approaches.

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The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

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I don’t fret much at all over some of what Clark raises: the acceptance and/or lack of broader cheer-leading for Wikipedia, MOOCs, or Khan Academy as success stories. I have a confession to make. I work in K-12 education in the U.S.,

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Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Photo: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report. appeared first on The Hechinger Report. Dan D.

How Much Hollywood Glitz Should Colleges Use in Their Online Courses?

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A report released this week by Strayer shows that students in courses that used the materials were 6 percent more likely to complete coursework and 5 percent more likely to persist to the next quarter than students who took the courses before the redesigns. Some nonprofit colleges that produce MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, have experimented with different production methods.

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Top Ed-Tech Trends: A Review

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It’s from these weekly and monthly reports that I start to build my analysis. Beyond the MOOC. School and “Skills” MOOCS, Outsourcing, and Online Education. MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs. MOOCs. Khan Academy. It’s time once again for my annual review of “the year in education technology,” something I’ve done since 2010. Tomorrow I’ll launch the seventh edition of this massive, maniacal undertaking.

Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 2

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For my notes on Day 1 of this academy, which took place January 15, 2014, click here. edX - www.edex.org - MOOC site, courses are all free, people who teach the courses are from Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, University of Texas, etc. Coursera is another option for higher ed MOOCS.

Education's Online Futures

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There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework. And then there were MOOCs , of course, and all those predictions and all those promises about the end of college as we know it: “MOOCs make education borderless, gender-blind, race-blind, class-blind and bank account-blind” and similar fables.

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Department of Education missed a deadline to delay state authorization rules are incorrect, a department spokeswoman said Thursday,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Speaking of which, here’s the headline from the LA School Report : “How a Los Angeles school board member teamed up with SpaceX & Elon Musk to test a mini-sub for the Thailand soccer team’s rescue.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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” I mean… In other Arne news, Chalkbeat also reports that “‘I think that’s blood money’: Arne Duncan pushed charters to reject funds from Trump admin if budget cuts approved.” ” Politico reports that the Department of Education has reached a deal with the US Marshals Service to continue providing protection for Betsy DeVos. or higher grade point average,” Inside Higher Ed reports. (National) Education Politics.

Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

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The Rebranding of MOOCs. Remember 2012 , “ The Year of the MOOC? Remember in 2012 when the media wrote about MOOCs with such frenzy, parroting all these marketing claims and more and predicting that MOOCs were poised to “ end the era of expensive higher education ”? Along the way, most of the predictions and promises have been broken: Attending a MOOC now often costs money ; receiving a certificate certainly costs money.

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” Elsewhere in North Carolina , Dana Goldstein reports for The NYT on “What Budget Cuts Mean for Third Graders in a Rural School.” An update from LA School Report on Tuesday’s primary elections in California : “California primary results: Newsom and Cox advance to November’s gubernatorial race; Tuck leads Thurmond in battle for state superintendent.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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” Via US News & World Report : “Bathroom Wars.” Do keep all this in mind whenever you hear ed-tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and ed-reform types cheer for Betsy DeVos : Via Chalkbeat : “Betsy DeVos, reportedly opposed to rolling back protections for transgender students , defends the changes.” Via The Hechinger Report : “ DeVos praises virtual schools , but new research points to problems.” Education Politics.

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” Via The Hechinger Report : “Documenting Maine ’s failure to implement proficiency-based education.” The suit charged the university with failing to prevent sexual abuse by George Tyndall , formerly a gynecologist in the university’s health center, and for failing to take action as reports of the abuse surfaced.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Khan Academy is launching a new series on US history and civics.

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Testing, Testing… “Big changes ahead for how California assesses school performance,” KPCC reports. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ MOOCs no longer massive, still attract millions,” Class Central’s Dhawal Shah claims in a VentureBeat op-ed. “ Raspberry Pi passes 10m sales mark,” the BBC reports – “the most popular British computer ever.”

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“Members of Congress are in an unusual position as they demand an explanation for Mylan NV's 400 percent price hike for the EpiPen and focus attention squarely on its CEO: Heather Bresch,” Bloomberg reports. ” “A federal judge on Monday denied a request by three faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin for a preliminary injunction to keep concealed guns out of their classrooms,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Education Politics.

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” Loeb is the chairman of the Success Academy charter school chain. “ Purdue-Kaplan online university one step closer to reality,” the Journal & Courier reports. ” “The Obama administration shut down Globe U , but an affiliated university bought four of its Wisconsin campuses with the backing of the Trump administration and a state regulator with a tough reputation on for-profits,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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As competition increases, institutions report mixed results with the model.” “ White House to Propose Merging Education , Labor Departments ,” The Wall Street Journal reports. ” Really looking forward to Space Force Academy. Ron Howard voiceover: she was not really looking forward to Space Force Academy.). ” Via The Hechinger Report : “ Louisiana ends policy that held thousands of students back a grade or more.”

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” And in Delaware , “Authorities have arrested two Smyrna high school students in connection with threats involving clowns and bombs ,” the AP reports. ” “ Clown College Calls National Rash of Rumored Clown Scares ‘Troubling’,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. AllAfrica reports that the Kenyan government will begin distributing some 1.2 Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”).

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” The school in question: Ohio Virtual Academy , owned by K12 Inc. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” A MOOC consortium , that is, with member institutions Davidson College , Colgate University , Hamilton College , and Wellesley College. Meanwhile on Campus… Excellent reporting from The Oregonian’s Bethany Barnes : “Targeted: A Family and the Quest to Stop the Next School Shooter.”

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Via The Washington Post : “ Betsy DeVos was asked to address education reporters at their annual convention. ” Via The Washington Post : “Secret report shows ‘special’ treatment for public officials in D.C. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Why Haven’t MOOCs Eliminated Any Professors?” ” Edsurge profiles MEDSKL , which is like Khan Academy but for medical school.

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The allegations center on reports that Paris, through inappropriate means, asked legislators to provide state funds to the college, a Christian institution in Arkansas.” ” Testing, Testing… Khan Academy announces “Free LSAT Prep for All.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Inside Higher Ed on online education at Simmons College. “ EdX To Retire Foundational 6.002x Platform,” Class Central reports.

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Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

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One of the longstanding complaints about accrediting agencies is that, as The Wall Street Journal reported this fall , “College Accreditors Largely Staffed by Employees of Schools They Oversee.” In May, Buzzfeed reported that the ACICS had held a training session at its annual conference in which it explained to for-profit universities how to avoid scrutiny and lawsuits from states’ attorneys general. ” MOOCs for credit. By Khan Academy.

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” In other Department of Education bureaucratic nightmares, “Dozens of Colleges’ Upward Bound Applications Are Denied for Failing to Dot Every I,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Via the BBC : “University staff from EU countries should be guaranteed a right to stay and work in the UK after Brexit to avoid a ‘damaging brain drain’, says a report from MPs.” Students In Visual Arts , Music ,” NPR reports.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Westworld : “ Adams State ’s ‘Egregious, Unethical’ Online Program Should Be Scrapped, Report Says.” ” Something something Brexit something something MOOCs will save British higher ed. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Accidental Gunshot Is Reported on Texas Campus That Now Allows Firearms.” ” Time to buy more TV ads, Khan Academy and Coursera!

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Via The LA School Report : “ LAUSD approves $7.5 ” “ Louisiana Becomes First State to Ban the Box,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Post and Courier : “ South Carolina ’s online charter schools: A $350 million investment with disappointing returns.” In other Google news, “ Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads ,” Bloomberg reports.

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Still more education news from the UK: “ Sam Gyimah replaces Jo Johnson as universities minister ,” The Times Higher Education reports. Kudos to the Houston Chronicle for the original reporting on this in 2016. ” It’s pretty terrible to report on how a “ President Oprah ” would shape education policy and not talk about how she has actively promoted pseudoscience. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’?” ” asks The Hechinger Report. NPR on MOOC Micromasters. Edsurge reports that NewSchools Venture Fund is running another competition – this one to fund entrepreneurs who build PreK–12 special education apps. ” asks The Hechinger Report. My response to the report. Education Politics.

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“ Tax bill reflects rift between many Republicans and higher education,” The Washington Post reports. Restores Pell Eligibility to Nearly 300,000 Students,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. “ ICE officials have invited tech companies, including Microsoft , to develop algorithms that will track visa holders’ social media activity ,” ProPublica reports. ” Education Dive profiles Khan Academy’s Khan Lab School. (It

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” More on the teacher prep law from The Hechinger Report. ” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Microsoft -Branded MOOCs for K–12 Leaders.” Khan Academy wants to start offering diplomas.