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University of Minnesota releases e-book about academic technology | Inside Higher Ed

University of Minnesota releases e-book about academic technology | Inside Higher Ed | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The (E-book) addresses four overarching topics -- ideas for transforming teaching methods, solutions to specific classroom problems, examples of campus leaders providing direction and support for these efforts, and ways the university is spreading its innovation off campus" - from Source

 

NOTE: there is a link to the PDF version of the E-Book in the article. It is worth reading

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U-Va. takes major step in online education

U-Va. takes major step in online education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: Washington Post
URLs:
1) Article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-takes-major-step-in-online-education/2012/07/16/gJQAF3YOqW_story_1.html

2) Printed Edition without images, but all on one page:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-takes-major-step-in-online-education/2012/07/16/gJQAF3YOqW_print.html

Title: (MOOCs) U-Va. takes major step in online education

Abstract/Quotes:
"Now, opposition is melting away. A compelling body of research has shown that some online initiatives yield improved outcomes at reduced cost, an irresistible proposition.

“We don’t want to be another industry that didn’t see change coming and, because they didn’t see it in time, they’re dead,” said James Dean, dean of the business school at the University of North Carolina, which is known for its online experimentation.
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EdX and Coursera allow top schools to expand their global brand and share their intellectual capital with the world in the manner of academic missionaries. Perhaps as important, the online laboratories allow each institution to cultivate an internal digital culture.

“Simply put, online learning can substantially improve on-campus learning as well,” said Anant Agarwal, president of edX. “The way we educate students really hasn’t changed much in centuries.”

Some educators suggest that the global online platforms offer more flash than substance, and that financial benefits for schools are dubious.

“There’s no income from it. Nobody’s made a case that there will be any income from it,” said Marva Barnett, director of the Teaching Resource Center at U-Va. “Why is this such a desirable thing?”  -- From the Source

Note: There has been discussion about this article on Twitter about where the "compelling body of research" came from or even exists.

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The Ultimate Guide To Emerging Technologies | Edudemic

The Ultimate Guide To Emerging Technologies | Edudemic | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 20, 2012
Source: EDUCEMIC blog


URL: http://edudemic.com/2012/07/the-ultimate-guide-to-emerging-technologies/

Title: The Ultimate Guide To Emerging Technologies

Abstract/Quotes:
"Gene therapy? Anti-aging drugs? Neuroinformatics? If this sounds like something out of some Minority Report, you’re in for a surprise. According to a simply amazing visualization by the geniuses at Envisioning Tech, all this and more is coming to your world in the next few decades.

And it all starts with education. If we want each of these incredible (some scary, some not) technologies to actually happen, we need to make sure every student and teacher sees this visualization. Seriously. Show this roadmap to a student contemplating a degree in science or math and they’ll be pretty inspired. Who wouldn’t want to be the person who discovered a way to build a SPACE ELEVATOR?! That’s right. That’s one of the emerging technologies."

NOTE: This is an infographic that projects the emergence of particular technologies up to 2040. Some will be applied in learning situations, others to the workplace, and others are scientific advances. The diagram is a PDF which is easier to read when enlarged.

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ghbrett's comment, August 23, 2012 9:14 AM
Update: There is an online interactive version of this infographic that pop's up info-bites about the topic as you mouse over the items. Got to: http://envisioningtech.com/envisioning2012/
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Survey of Instructional Development Models. Fourth Edition.

"ED477517 - Survey of Instructional Development Models. Fourth Edition"

Date: 2002
Source: ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center
URL: http://1.usa.gov/PAmqTZ

Title: Survey of Instructional Development Models (PDF available)
Authors: Kent L. Gustafson and Robert Maribe Branch

Abstract/Quotes:
"In closing, it is fair to predict that the future will be both exciting and a little unsettling for 10 professionals. After a relatively lengthy period of slow evolution of ID practice, we are on the threshold of major shifts. As is the case in all such shifts, the key is determining how to incorporate what is valid and useful from past theory and practice into a new framework, while testing and revising the new ideas rather than accepting them without any prior critical analysis." - from source

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ghbrett's comment, August 17, 2012 10:24 AM
A PDF document, 4th Edition. Academic paper evaluating 14 different Instructional Development Models. In the conclusion the author stresses the need for more structured evaluation and validation than has been available. This will ensure that the models are correctly applied and are more "valid and useful."