Educational Technology

4 Tips for Mapping Out Online Program Courses

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:40

by Jordan Friedman, US News

If there is flexibility with the sequence, many experts suggest mapping out which courses to take when, with the understanding that life happens and plans may change. “It’s highly recommended that the student has something laid out in front of them where they can see the path that they’re likely to take, so that way they can figure out how much time it’s going to take, what it’s going to cost, and plan their time accordingly,” says David Starnes, chief academic officer at Purdue University Global, which has online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Here are some expert tips for completing this process at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-11-29/how-to-map-out-courses-in-an-online-degree-program

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How to judge the quality of any online course before you join one

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:36

by India Today

This is the age of online education and thousands across the world are gaining skills from online courses. But how do we know which one is good and which isn’t? Take a note of these 4 factors.

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/featurephilia/story/tips-to-judge-the-quality-of-any-online-course-1399851-2018-11-30

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This Muskego 10-year-old has a compromised immune system. Her virtual school helps her to learn.

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:30

Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jessica Eiche, the mother of 10-year-old Namine, said she doesn’t know what her family would have done if virtual school hadn’t been an option. Namine has femoral facial syndrome, a condition that causes a heart defect and a spinal disorder which confines her to a wheelchair. “She has lots of hospital appointments and many different doctors she has to see regularly,” Jessica said. That need to work constant doctor appointments into their schedule, as well as the fact that her immune system is compromised, means that the flexibility of a virtual school is a necessity for Namine’s education.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/life/wisconsin-family/2018/11/30/online-learning-happens-virtual-schools-wisconsin/1670687002/

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Why Social Studies Is Becoming AI Studies

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 00:35

by Tom Vander Ark, Forbes

AI, particularly machine learning (ML), and related exponential technologies (ET) are quickly augmenting many tasks at home and work. They will increasingly displace jobs while creating new entrepreneurial opportunities. They will swamp communities with complex issues and a combination of predictable and unanticipated consequences. AI is not just a tech issue, it’s a social studies issue. Teaching youth to code may be part of the response, but even more important is asking them to consider issues of the changing civic and employment landscape. “The aim of social studies is the promotion of civic competence,” says the National Council for the Social Studies. Their standards are built around 10 themes that are being shaped by AI and ET.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/11/28/why-social-studies-is-becoming-ai-studies/

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Balancing Screen Time with Mindfulness

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, TechEdvocate

Parents and teachers can also specifically teach children techniques to improve mindfulness. A student in possession of these skills will be in a better position to resist the allure of using screen time to cope with unpleasant emotions—they will have other tools to use that are healthier. Teacher, in particular, may be tempted to overuse edtech tools, since these tools are usually engaging for students, can minimize problematic behavior in the classroom, and often have outstanding learning outcomes. But a child who spends the bulk of their school day in front of a screen is a child who is not learning how to have face-to-face conversations. They are not learning from immersion in the natural world. They are not gaining the benefits of engaging in physical activity or of being outdoors.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/balancing-screen-time-with-mindfulness/

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Hey, Google, Alexa, Siri and Higher Ed

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 00:36

By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

The growing use of voice search and virtual digital assistants will have an increasing impact on how we deliver, search for and market higher education.  Voice enabling is the funnel through which we will access increasingly smart technologies. As these technologies evolve and further intertwine into a conversant smart system, we must respond and anticipate the changes that are only months away. A good place to begin is implementing VEO for all of our programs. Universities must be responding to this new trend to capture new prospective students, and to make sure you are sending current students to the proper resources that will enrich their time on campus. (thanks to Jordan DiMaggio UPCEA Associated Director of Policy and Communications for his assistance with this article)

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/hey-google-alexa-siri-and-higher-ed

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Hey, Google, Alexa, Siri and Higher Ed

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 00:32

By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

The growing use of voice search and virtual digital assistants will have an increasing impact on how we deliver, search for and market higher education.  Voice enabling is the funnel through which we will access increasingly smart technologies. As these technologies evolve and further intertwine into a conversant smart system, we must respond and anticipate the changes that are only months away. A good place to begin is implementing VEO for all of our programs. Universities must be responding to this new trend to capture new prospective students, and to make sure you are sending current students to the proper resources that will enrich their time on campus. (thanks to Jordan DiMaggio UPCEA Associated Director of Policy and Communications for his assistance with this article)

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/hey-google-alexa-siri-and-higher-ed

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How the Blockchain Brings Social Benefits to Emerging Economies

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 00:30

Knowledge@Wharton

Developing countries such as India, Kenya and others in East Africa are discovering an increasing array of applications for blockchain, the decentralized ledger technology that promises a secure, peer-to-peer mechanism for verifying information.   Blockchain is essentially a growing list of so-called “blocks” (a record of transactions in a decentralized ledger), which form a “chain” in a peer-to-peer network. Participants in the network verify or validate the blocks, eliminating the need for a trusted entity like a regulator or an accounting firm to authenticate the information in them. According to experts, the blockchain is secure and tamper-proof by design because transactions cannot be changed once the network has verified them.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/blockchain-brings-social-benefits-emerging-economies/

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Using Amazon Alexa for the Math Classroom

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 00:29

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Is it difficult to find fresh ways to sustain your students’ interest in math class, day after day? This is a common complaint among educators who know that math is an essential subject but struggle to find engaging ways to teach it. Amazon’s Alexa device offers an inexpensive way to start making math class enjoyable again. You can download several games to help quiz students on their math facts or challenge their minds. The best part is that these are activities they can do entirely on their own.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-amazon-alexa-for-the-math-classroom/

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Transforming organisational learning for the new generation

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 00:40

ARINYA TALERNGSRI, Bankok Post

Formal education including schools and universities is part of learning — but it definitely isn’t the only way we can learn, nor does the learning stop there. Learning is a never-ending process, something you nurture at school and eventually bring to your work or business. Stanford Online High School is a great example of this. Although seemingly a formal educational institution and affiliated with the famous California university, it integrates extra-curricular activities, online learning and classroom study throughout the day. Even when they are not in the classroom, students are constantly learning through every activity they do. Nurturing learning in your organisation is important, and I think it’s especially critical for the newer generations that are starting to play a major role in the workplace.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/1582098/transforming-organisational-learning

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A Job Of Your Dreams May Not Be In The Cards If Post-College Debt Weighs You Down

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 00:34

BY BEN MARKUS, Colarado Public Radio

Student loan debt across the U.S. grew 157 percent in the last 11 years, according to an analysis by Bloomberg. In Colorado, the Institute for College Access & Success said grads have an average student debt load of $26,530. Ben Wurzel, Money Sense program manager at CU Boulder, said some some students don’t “consider the impact of what they’re borrowing until they are wrapping up their college education.” Wurzel works with many students who are surprised how much and how long they’ll be paying off their loans.

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/a-job-of-your-dreams-may-not-be-in-the-cards-if-post-college-debt-weighs-you-down

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Future-proofing higher education starts with reinventing the college degree

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:38

By Anant Agarwal, Quartz

The jobs of the future will require a hybrid set of skills from a variety of subject areas. But our current education model has us spending at least three years studying the same singular discipline. As the en vogue skills will change several times as our careers progress, higher education degrees are also adapting, focusing on flexible and customizable credential offerings In this future, imagine that instead of graduating with a single degree from one university, you will design your own personalized degree from many online or residential programs. Smaller, modular chunks of education will reign, and our learning experience will become incredibly flexible and customizable.

https://qz.com/1469291/future-proofing-higher-education-starts-with-reinventing-the-college-degree/

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Inclusive Teaching

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:35

by University of Nebraska-Lincoln

College classrooms are increasingly diverse places. Instructors need to consider not only the obvious diversity in their classroom such as gender and ethnicity, but also aspects such as students’ prior knowledge or preferred ways of learning. Inclusive teaching refers to using teaching methods to address the needs of all students in your classroom and ensure that all students are able to participate equitably in your class. Inclusive teaching requires preparation before entering the classroom and consistent efforts in the classrooms to create an environment that will be beneficial for all.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1684

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Here’s What Happened When One University Asked Everyone for Ideas to Reinvent Campus

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:30

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

For designers of the online discussion, perhaps the biggest challenge was figuring out how to run such a large-scale online brainstorming session without it devolving into petty complaints about parking or a general airing of grievances. The solution was to make the online discussion feel like a game. Attendees submitted ideas in the form of cards (limited to 280-characters, like a Tweet), and let players win points when other users added links or other suggestions to the original idea.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-11-21-here-s-what-happened-when-one-university-asked-everyone-for-ideas-to-reinvent-campus

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McCormick schools, short on teachers, embrace online learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:36

By ALEKS GILBERT, Index-Journal

The nationwide problem is so acute in the small, predominantly rural district that some of its classes do not have certified teachers. The solution? Online learning. The district high school and middle school offers courses through VirtualSC, a program of the state Department of Education, and Odysseyware, a private company. “We can’t just say well, I don’t have a teacher, we aren’t going to teach it,” interim superintendent Betty Bagley said. “There’s a lot of positive in (online learning) that sometimes gets lost in the interpretation of it. I think people will be impressed with what we’re trying to do when we don’t have the teachers we need.”

http://www.indexjournal.com/news/mccormick-schools-short-on-teachers-embrace-online-learning/article_da642477-0cca-5ae8-a664-0831e13b0555.html

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Webster Groves School District Prepares For Online Programs

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:30

Jim Merkel, Webster-Kirkwood Times

Following the guidelines of a new state law, the Webster Groves School District is opening the door to allowing nearly all students in all grades to take classes online. District Assistant Superintendent for Learning Kristin Denbow told members of the board of education at their meeting on Nov. 12 about actions in the district and region as the result of the passage of Senate Bill 603 and House Bill 1606. The new laws require school districts to allow students to take courses except when they have a good reason to turn down a request. “It’s going to provide some opportunities for some of our students,” Denbow told the board.

https://www.timesnewspapers.com/webster-kirkwoodtimes/webster-groves-school-district-prepares-for-online-programs/article_f59780e8-ed9f-11e8-bcc6-a3f80e13333e.html

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How This EdTech Startup Helps Teachers Solve The Digital Distraction Problem

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 00:28

Robyn D. Shulman, Forbes

With the surge in classroom technology use, a few edtech companies have stepped up to combat the issues schools are facing on a daily basis. One company that is helping with digital distraction is NetRef. The software allows teachers to control what their students are doing online in the classroom, both on school and with student-owned devices.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robynshulman/2018/11/24/how-this-edtech-startup-helps-teachers-solve-the-digital-distraction-problem/#21b6570d7452

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These are the skills to learn for the future of work, according to the World Economic Forum

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 00:40

By Simone Stolzoff, Quartz

Many of the skills for which the WEF predicts demand will grow, like “active learning” and “technology design,” make sense for a world where the rate of technological change is set to accelerate. Meanwhile, when we think of the skills most likely to be automated, routine and repetitive tasks like adding a widget on an assembly line or filling in an accounting form come to mind. However, some of the skills needs expected to be on the decline in the next five years might come as a surprise. Phones serve as an external hard drive for our brains. Task management software replaces some of the responsibilities previously held by managers. So, even skills which may seem uniquely human, like “memory” and “management of personnel,” will become less important differentiators for human talent as technology advances, the WEF suggests.

https://qz.com/work/1462247/skills-to-learn-for-the-future-of-work-according-to-wef/

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As students flock to credentials other than degrees, quality-control concerns grow

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 00:35

Matt Krupnick, Hechinger Report

“We do have a little bit of a Wild West situation right now with alternative credentials,” said Alana Dunagan, a senior research fellow at the nonprofit Clayton Christensen Institute, which researches education innovation. The U.S. higher education system “doesn’t do a good job of separating the wheat from the chaff.” Thousands of credentials classes aimed at improving specific skills have cropped up outside of traditional colleges. Some classes are boot camps, including those popular with computer coders. Others are even more narrowly focused, such as courses on factory automation and breastfeeding. Colleges and universities have responded by adding non-degree programs of their own.

https://hechingerreport.org/as-students-flock-to-credentials-other-than-degrees-quality-control-concerns-grow/

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Microsoft Launches a Series of 10 Courses about Cybersecurity on edX.org

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 00:32

By IBL News

Microsoft has introduced a free 10-course professional program on Cybersecurity, intended to help to identify threats early on and minimize breach impacts. Each course requires 8 to 12 hours of study time, and will run for three months, starting at the beginning of a quarter – in January, April, July and October 2019. However, the first course, Enterprise Security Fundamental, is already available.

https://iblnews.org/2018/11/24/microsoft-launches-a-series-of-10-courses-about-cybersecurity-on-edx-org/

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