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Houghton Mifflin Acquiring Education Technology Business from Scholastic - The Legacy

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The agreement will help Houghton in offering services and curriculum that are driven toward student performance assessment and helps the student acquire the needed skills in a classroom setting.

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Differentiated Instruction and Adaptive Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Differentiated Instruction and Adaptive Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
The Differentiated Instruction and Adaptive Learning Infographic provides an overview of what differentiated instruction is all about and shows ways new adaptive learning technology can help teachers differentiate their instruction.
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Rethinking Higher Ed: A Case for Adaptive Learning

Rethinking Higher Ed: A Case for Adaptive Learning | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
Adaptive learning technologies may pave the way to a "pedagogical renaissance." Although still in the early stages, these technologies have already shown some of their potential, as fewer students are failing or dropping out of classes that use these programs.
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Some drawbacks; adaptive technology “may well conflict with the prevailing teaching paradigm at a given institution.” Modest student outcomes due to poorly prepared and executed (software) implementations could deter skeptical faculty from further exploring such technology. Adaptive learning’s limited utility in entry-level and remedial courses could furthermore pose a significant challenge to scalability.

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Report Shows ‘Blended’ Learning Still in Experimental Stages |News | The Harvard Crimson

Report Shows ‘Blended’ Learning Still in Experimental Stages |News | The Harvard Crimson | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it

So-called “blended” courses offered during the spring semester received lower student ratings than earlier, traditional offerings of those courses, according to a recent internal report

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recommendations for improvement; increased transparency in the grading process, timely feedback for students, and and an earlier start to course planning. The report also recommends experimenting with new ways to physically use classroom space.

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Deregulate fees to help innovation?

Deregulate fees to help innovation? | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
THE debate over deregulating university fees is now infecting innovation policy with the Australian Technology Network suggesting reform could forge closer collaborations between universities and industry.
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“Deregulating fees may encourage more bespoke course offerings in closer collaboration with industry and so reinforce that feedback loop in the innovation system,”

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College textbook forecast: Radical change ahead

College textbook forecast: Radical change ahead | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
Textbook publishing has long been seen as an impenetrable business, with five major players controlling most of the nearly $14 billion industry. But in recent years, the shift to digital and open-acce
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Key players in the alternative textbook market; Boundless, OpenStax College

Boundless: Offers customizable online textbooks, priced at $20 per student per course, in 20 subject areas, using open-source material. Web content, quizzes and PowerPoints offered free.www.boundless.com

CourseSmart: Provides free online review texts to faculty and discounted e-textbooks to students. Originally founded by Pearson, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, Bedford, Freeman & Worth and John Wiley & Sons, it’s now owned by Vital Source Technologies. www.coursesmart.com

Flat World Knowledge: Produces peer-reviewed textbooks priced at $24 and up, published under a Creative Commons license. Faculty can add, delete or rearrange content at will.www.flatworldknowledge.com

Flooved: Offers free lecture notes, handouts and study guides provided by faculty, as well as a paid online social forum. www.flooved.com

OpenStax College: Offers seven peer-reviewed open-source textbooks online for free; print prices start at $30. Based at Rice University and funded by major foundations. openstaxcollege.org.

Packback: Offers on-demand e-textbook rental at $5 a day. Started by students from Illinois State University. www.packbackbooks.com

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Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online
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Interesting solutions proposed.

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50% of Universities Will Be Bankrupt in 10-15 Years | ExtensionEngine, LLC

50% of Universities Will Be Bankrupt in 10-15 Years | ExtensionEngine, LLC | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it

From Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen talk on disruption in higher education in which he makes this bold predication. 

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Christensen sees innovation in visualization for courses. He talks about how barriers between fields are random. Who decided chemistry and calculus are separate? System is designed for another era: 4 years and you take the summers off to work in the fields and will change.
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Understanding Learning Approaches to define Learning Strategies: the Key to create impactful Corporate Learning

Understanding Learning Approaches to define Learning Strategies: the Key to create impactful Corporate Learning | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
How do Learners behave within a learning environment? What do they choose to learn and what grabs their attention? These are questions that L&D managers are often grappling with. It is very diffic
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Strategies for Choice of Actions in Self-Paced E-Learning in the Workplace 

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Perfect Match: Brazilian Kids Learn English by Video Chatting With Lonely Elderly Americans

Perfect Match: Brazilian Kids Learn English by Video Chatting With Lonely Elderly Americans | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
It's such a great, simple idea: Young Brazilians want to learn English. Elderly Americans living in retirement homes just want someone to talk to. Why not connect them? FCB Brazil did just that with its "Speaking Exchange" project for CNA language schools.
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Key is screening platform.

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Perth entrepreneur wins seed funding for Indian VET project

Perth entrepreneur wins seed funding for Indian VET project | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
PERTH-based entrepreneur Parampreet Singh has won seed funding for a pioneering training project in India.
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Offering Australian courses in Asia.

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Big education corporations are trying to buy their way to digital innovation. Will it work?

Big education corporations are trying to buy their way to digital innovation. Will it work? | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it

The  adaptive learning technology from Knewton or Area9 will never replace teaching. Teaching is an experiential thing. You need teachers to be able to enlighten, drive, challenge, drive critical thinking, talk about strategy. Teaching is incredibly important. But arming teachers with the data on what students need to work on is incredibly powerful. For students it’s equally empowering because they’re able to not get stuck.

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Publishers use a different business model from the edtech startups that take the freemium consumer approach. Companies like  ClassDojo  and  Remind101 — schooled by Imagine K12, the nation’s first edtech accelerator — focus on spreading their product the same way an app like Instagram or Snapchat would. They offer it for free, market it to teachers, and rely on teachers to spread the word to fellow colleagues. That way, these companies can bypass district purchasing procedures which can be immensely slow and complicated. Down the line, they hope to monetize through upgraded features or by offering districts’ analytics tools once enough teachers in a district are using the product.


Adaptive learning is transformational for the basics and skill training but probably not much else. Teachers needed for detailed specifics and authentic leadership.

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The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Education

The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Education | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
From teaching government a thing or two about education reform to deploying a data-centric learning platform that even a kid could use, these are the...
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Could a site like DonorsChoose.org work in Australia? Attracts philanthropic funds to pay for extra teaching resources, field trips, STEM courses and Professional Development. Also helps entrepreneurs market new educational tools directly to classrooms.
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The Learning Relationship Management Movement

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The learning management system (LMS) market is approaching disruption from a small number of highly specialized companies.
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Some institutions want to get away from working with a single LMS, toward a "package" of integrated solutions from different providers. The article provides a nice framework for convincing institutions that they can have the best of breed. (courtesy Keith Hampson, Carnegie Mellon).

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8 steps to get the most out of adaptive learning - eCampus News

Adaptive learning is still relatively new in its adoption. Thankfully, 17 leaders in higher ed are offering best practices for implementation.
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See report, “Maximizing Investment in Adaptive Learning,” sponsored byAdapt Courseware and produced by Eduventures

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Smart Sparrow Works With Teachers to Redefine Adaptive Learning

Smart Sparrow Works With Teachers to Redefine Adaptive Learning | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 9, 2014) - Smart Sparrow, an ed-tech company based in Sydney and San Francisco, has been working with academics around the world to improve their award-winning software platform, making it easier for teachers, themselves, to develop next-generation courseware -- learning experiences that are Rich, Interactive...
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Unlike a LMS, which supports the use of static content in a one-way communication with students, Smart Sparrow allows teachers to create a new category of courseware that engages students in a more conversational approach to learning, much like a one-on-one private lesson.

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Sustainable Development Goes Massively Online As EdCast Launches With Sustainability Expert Jeffrey Sachs | TechCrunch

Sustainable Development Goes Massively Online As EdCast Launches With Sustainability Expert Jeffrey Sachs | TechCrunch | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
In the spring of 2015 thousands of students from universities around the world will participate in online negotiations under the tutelage of Jeffrey Sachs to..
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Mehta envisions what he calls a multiversity, with hundreds of campuses interconnected through public and private hosted clouds on the EdCast platform so that students can pick and choose a curriculum from the best courses on offer at major institutions around the U.S. and around the world. Also helps collaborative problem solving.

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Why IBM’s New Brainlike Chip May Be “Historic” | MIT Technology Review

Why IBM’s New Brainlike Chip May Be “Historic” | MIT Technology Review | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
A chip that uses a million digital neurons and 256 million synapses may signal the beginning of a new era of more intelligent computers.
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IBM’s new chip doesn’t have separate memory and processing blocks, because its neurons and synapses intertwine the two functions. And it doesn’t work on data in a linear sequence of operations; individual neurons simply fire when the spikes they receive from other neurons cause them to.

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University of Adelaide opens up to free courses

University of Adelaide opens up to free courses | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
The University of Adelaide has joined edX, the major US provider of massive open online courses, commonly known as MOOCs, and plans to offer four free courses on the internet next year.
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Adelaide offering courses to senior high school students and professional associations.

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elearnspace › Multiple pathways: Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs

elearnspace › Multiple pathways: Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
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More insight on MOOCs from G Siemens

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The Halo headband wants to make you smarter by shocking your brain

The Halo headband wants to make you smarter by shocking your brain | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
Back in 2012, I found myself in the basement of a couple self-styled biohackers, hooking up some electrodes to my temple. They were showing me a prototype of their "thinking cap," which they said...
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Founders building on work by Neuropace.

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Inkling Adds Deals With Wolters Kluwer, McGraw-Hill

Inkling Adds Deals With Wolters Kluwer, McGraw-Hill | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it

Inkling, an online publishing platform, has entered into separate agreements with Wolters Kluwer Health and McGraw-Hill Education to use its digital authoring platform Inkling Habitat.

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McGraw-Hill has agreed to use Inkling Habitat to produce thousands of units of native digital educational content for the K-12 and higher education market. The content will not always be “a book,” but will include interactive and media rich in content, often modular and linked to McGraw-Hill’s underlying adaptive learning technology.

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Interview: Are US Companies Better at Operating in Asia Than Asian Ones?

Interview: Are US Companies Better at Operating in Asia Than Asian Ones? | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
A report commission by Australian media firm Telstra suggests that over the last three years, U.S.-headquartered companies operating in Asia have been more successful than Asian companies.
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Is there any reason Australian companies, with soft skills in dealing with cultural diversity and flat, responsive HO to Branch office communication plus time difference advantages, can't be more adept than US multinationals at managing branches in Asia?

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Serial entrepreneur K Ganesh buys online education venture Avagmah

Serial entrepreneur K Ganesh buys online education venture Avagmah | Adaptive, Online Learning Frontiers | Scoop.it
BANGALORE: Serial entrepreneur K Ganesh returns to the fray with his eighth venture, this time in adult education. The internet entrepreneur who sold online tutoring firm, TutorVista to UK's Pearson...
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Has platform that allows international universities to bring their courses and degree programs online. Avagmah has more than 6,000 learners in the Indian market.

Avagmah now wants to extend beyond India.

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