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Instructure Launches App Center To Let Teachers, Students Install Third-Party Apps Across Learning Platforms | TechCrunch

Instructure Launches App Center To Let Teachers, Students Install Third-Party Apps Across Learning Platforms | TechCrunch | Ed Innovations | Scoop.it
Props are owed to companies like Blackboard and Moodle for being early movers in the educational software space, particularly in helping catalyze innovation in learning management systems (LMS).

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It’s Official! US Department of Education Approves First College to Ditch the Credit Hour | NewAmerica.net

It’s Official! US Department of Education Approves First College to Ditch the Credit Hour | NewAmerica.net | Ed Innovations | Scoop.it

For more than 100 years, the time-based credit hour has been the currency of higher education. Originally created to calculate eligibility for Andrew Carnegie’s free faculty pension system, the credit hour evolved to become much more. Entire systems have been built around and upon the time-based credit hour, including the economic lifeblood of many colleges and universities—federal financial aid. But today, the U.S. Department of Education approved Southern New Hampshire University’s (SNHU) College for America (CfA) to be the first program in the country to receive federal financial aid based on “direct assessment” of student learning, rather than the credit hour. This move from the federal government could signal a new era for higher education—one in which we value and pay for learning rather than time.

 

Southern New Hampshire University, a small, private liberal arts institution, is familiar with pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Over a decade ago, it added a three-year competency-based bachelor’s degree to its regular course offerings. Rather than squeeze four years of “time” into three years through summer and weekend classes, the faculty identified the core competencies students should have upon graduation and then wove those competencies into every course and assignment. By looking at the program holistically, rather than just as a combination of courses, the school was able to eliminate redundancies in the curriculum and focus on what students were expected to learn and do.

 

But SNHU didn’t stop there. In 2011, it created the Innovation Lab, “an educational incubator that is working to reduce costs, increase access, and provide transformational experiences for students who have been marginalized by traditional higher education.” The first idea tested in the lab is College for America (CfA), an online competency-based Associate of Arts degree that allows adult students to move at their own pace to earn a degree based on demonstrated mastery of skills and knowledge, rather than on time spent in a seat. When the first graduates receive their transcripts and degrees, it will be clear to students, four-year institutions, and employers what students with a CfA degree know and can do. They also will graduate without having incurred enormous amounts of debt. In an era of skyrocketing tuition costs, CfA students pay just $2,500 a year and can move through the program as quickly as they are able to demonstrate mastery of the material.

 

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Smart Series | Digital Learning Now

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Today’s school finance system has a chilling effect on educational #innovation. http://t.co/BpWAxHQEAI #SchoolFinance
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The Missing Keys in Your Quest for Innovation

The Missing Keys in Your Quest for Innovation | Ed Innovations | Scoop.it

The 3 ingredients of innovation
SUMMARY: To drive lasting innovation, you'll need the appropriate mindset, skills and tools, Jonathan Vehar writes. You might be able to make some progress if you have only two of these three attributes, but problems will likely arise, he writes. For example, if you have the right mindset and tools but lack the proper skills, then your innovation efforts will lack focus, he writes.

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Duncan spells out education agenda to Congress - Washington Post - Washington Post (blog)

Duncan spells out education agenda to Congress - Washington Post - Washington Post (blog) | Ed Innovations | Scoop.it
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com Duncan spells out education agenda to Congress - Washington Post Washington Post (blog) I will highlight urgent educational challenges that remain, not only for our Nation as a whole but in every congressional district...
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Beyond the Page: Transmedia Storytelling - Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre

Beyond the Page: Transmedia Storytelling - Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre | Ed Innovations | Scoop.it

Cathie Howe:  "With the imminent implementation of the BOS Syllabuses for the new Australian Curriculum English, particularly with a need for teachers to facilitate the ability for students to respond to and compose multimodal and digital texts and, the need to address the ICT capabilities of Literacy, ICT and Critical and Creative thinking, transmedia storytelling could potentially provide an engaging and effective way to meet these elements."


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Children and young adults in Australia will embrace the transmedia way of learning.

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Transmedia storytelling and education

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Outdated education model opens doors for tech firms

Outdated education model opens doors for tech firms | Ed Innovations | Scoop.it
With so much disruption in the sector 'the agility of a small business can be helpful' (Outdated education model opens doors for tech firms

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Educational infrastructure undermines creativity - Times of Oman

Educational infrastructure undermines creativity - Times of Oman | Ed Innovations | Scoop.it
Times of Oman Educational infrastructure undermines creativity Times of Oman Unfortunately, this age old system is not designed to promote the spirit of those children with innovative, risk taking, creative and artistic values; even though,...
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