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Could Many Universities Follow Borders Bookstores Into Oblivion?

Could Many Universities Follow Borders Bookstores Into Oblivion? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Atlanta — Higher education’s spin on the Silicon Valley garage. That was the vision laid out in September, when the Georgia Institute of Technology announced a new lab for disruptive ideas, the Center for 21st Century Universities. During a visit to Atlanta last week, I checked in to see how things were going, sitting down with Richard A. DeMillo, the center’s director and Georgia Tech’s former dean of computing, and Paul M.A. Baker, the center’s associate director. We talked about challenges and opportunities facing colleges at a time of economic pain and technological change—among them the chance that many universities might follow Borders Bookstores into oblivion.

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Discussion of MOOCs: more links and questions

Discussion of MOOCs: more links and questions | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Following my two earlier posts on MOOCs (Some critical reflections on MOOCs and More reflections on MOOCs and MITx) and a response from Stephen Downes and Sui Fai John Mack, I am adding three more posts that deliberately or accidently continue the discussion.

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If Courses are About Content, We Have Competition…

If Courses are About Content, We Have Competition… | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
It's Open Education Week this week, apparently (whatever that means), although as Amber writes in her piece openedspace: "most of the definitions [of open education] are really about open education...
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More reflections on MOOCs and MITx

More reflections on MOOCs and MITx | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In the above post, Stephen Downes sets out very clearly his views on what MOOCs are and what they do, mainly in response to an earlier post by Clark Quinn, in which Clark argued that there should be some way to integrate both cognitive and social learning theory within the design of MOOCs.

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Curatr: Using Visualization Navigation for Static Content with Social and Gamification Elements

Curatr: Using Visualization Navigation for Static Content with Social and Gamification Elements | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Publishing research and publishing self-paced, text- and image-based e-learning are similar. Over time, you end up with a great deal of content. Search for something broad like “RSS” and you’ll likely find links to documents, videos, presentation, case studies, research reports, tools, answers to questions, etc. It can be a bit onerous leaving one rummaging through links asking questions like ‘what should I read first?,’ ‘where can I find examples of how specific companies are using RSS?’, ‘what do analysts say about RSS in 2012?’. I found that with Curatr, I could arrange various research objects in such a way that they would flow together a bit better in a nice visual format (which looks great on an iPad BTW).

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Udemy's Faculty Project nabs 50,000 students and an Ivy league professor

Udemy's Faculty Project nabs 50,000 students and an Ivy league professor | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Early results of Udemy's Faculty Project have been pretty successful, with more than 50,000 students signing up for the program.
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Raspberry Pi cooks up a storm on launch

Raspberry Pi cooks up a storm on launch | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Cambridge-based low-cost computer Raspberry Pi has finally gone on general sale — and the device is proving so popular that the group is struggling to keep its website up and running.
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Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn

Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

It’s a typical scene: a few minutes before 11:00 on a Tuesday morning and about 200 sleepy-looking college students are taking their seats in a large lecture hall – chatting, laughing, calling out to each other across the aisles. Class begins with a big “shhhh” from the instructor.

This is an introductory chemistry class at a state university. For the next hour and 15 minutes, the instructor will lecture and the students will take notes. By the end of class, the three large blackboards at the front of the room will be covered with equations and formulas.

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Stephen Downes’ overview of e-learning: and a little history lesson

Stephen Downes’ overview of e-learning: and a little history lesson | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In general, I try to complement rather than repeat what Stephen writes (which is just as well, seeing how prolific he is). However, I’m highlighting his latest post, because it brings together all in one place an overview of his views on the development of e-learning, and in particular the different aspects and approaches to e-learning that have developed over more than 20 years. Especially for those studying online learning and e-learning, this post of Stephen’s is a very useful ‘one-stop’ resource. Stephen’s overview is particularly strong on linking technological trends to their application to e-learning, and he also provides an interesting perspective on the technological and conceptual aspects of MOOCs.

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Airy Labs and Ed-Tech Startup Failures

Airy Labs and Ed-Tech Startup Failures | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

I've had a glimpse into some of the problems for a while now, and I opted not to write the story. I guess that makes me an awful ed-tech journalist. I'd prefer to think it makes me a good friend and counsel to those folks who are working as young (let's stress here: young) ed-tech entrepreneurs, bent on reshaping the "ed" and the "tech" and the "entrepreneurship" part of the equation.

 

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4 Start-Ups Are Offering Free Online Courses

4 Start-Ups Are Offering Free Online Courses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The market for free online courses is growing every week, with new companies emerging to offer open courses to anyone who wants them. Some of them have forgone the support of traditional institutions to try the for-profit waters instead. For anyone who might be struggling to keep track of the ever-growing field—the companies’ names can sound similar or stretch the bounds of the dictionary—below are four recently created start-ups challenging the traditional degree model with their free online courses:

 

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LoudCloud Systems Announces Adaptive LMS General Release

LoudCloud Systems Announces Adaptive LMS General Release | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

One of the trends that I’ve been tracking in the LMS market is a move away from the monolithic, all-things-to-everyone enterprise LMS solution. There are several different approaches challenging this model, but the general theme is that the ed tech market needs more flexible, targeted approaches to directly support teaching and learning needs.

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Dramatically Bringing Down the Cost of Education with OER

Dramatically Bringing Down the Cost of Education with OER | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

A Blaine (MN) High School student is shown with a printed online textbook. Instead of mass-produced textbooks, the more than 3,100 sophomores in the state's largest district are learning from an online curriculum developed by their teachers over the summer with free software distributed over the web.

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Edmodo Makes the Move from Social Network to Education Platform

Edmodo hopes to make the move from "app" to "platform," with the opening today of its API to third-party Web developers.

At launch, Edmodo boasts some 35 partners who have already developed apps for the new platform -- these include Mathalicious, Late Nite Labs, Desmos, BrainNook, Aviary and (30) others. Using the Edmodo API, these companies can now connect their own apps to the Edmodo social network, meaning that they can tap into Edmodo's badge functionality, feeds, assignments, grade book and so on. These apps are integrated with Edmodo, in terms of single sign-on, analytics, and -- and this is key for both Edmodo users and app developers -- roles (that is, who's a teacher, who's a student, what grade is the student, who's a parent, who's a principal and so on).

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$150,000 Settlement Reached in Blind Florida State Students' E-Learning Suit

$150,000 Settlement Reached in Blind Florida State Students' E-Learning Suit | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Florida State University has resolved a lawsuit that was brought by two blind students who accused the university of discrimination due to inaccessible technology. Under the settlement, the university agreed to pay each student $75,000 and “to continue its efforts to make courses accessible to all students,” according to a news release issued by the National Federation of the Blind, which helped the students bring their lawsuit last summer. Florida State did not admit liability or wrongdoing.

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Good Strategy/Bad Strategy and Higher Education

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy and Higher Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Strategic planning in higher education borders on the absurd. I've been witness to my share. More often than not, participants in the process - of which there are many because we wouldn't want to l...
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Library 2.0 - Learning with 'e's

Library 2.0 - Learning with 'e's | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
They are not simply a repository of books and learning resources, although many may see them as just that. If all libraries did was store and loan out books, their doors would have closed years ago. The digital age would have put paid to them.
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Necessary Evil? Random House Triples Prices Of Library E-Books

Necessary Evil? Random House Triples Prices Of Library E-Books | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Random House, the world's largest publisher of the kinds of books you and I read, has made some adjustments to the way it sells e-books to libraries. Notably, they have tripled the price of many titles.
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Massive open online courses as new educative practice

Interest in open online courses – and startups see this as an opportunity to automate and scale education. In a recent interview by Tamar Lewin for NYTimes, I stated that while you could call Udacity, Coursera, and Codeacademy examples of MOOCs (Massive open online courses), they are largely instantiations of existing educational practices. Their primary innovation is scaling. (See Jim Groom’s comments on this post…or Alan Levine’s thoughts on scaling in moocs). In the presentation embedded below, I evaluate how teaching, social, and cognitive presence in open courses that I’ve been involved with differ from those being offered by startups. In the process, I assault the spirits of both Alan and Jim in linking work that Stephen, Dave, and I have done with open courses and what they are doing with DS106.

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Manifesto for Teaching Online

Manifesto for Teaching Online | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Manifesto web site: in order to provide an interactive space in which to discuss and share content relating to the manifesto, we've created a separate web site at http://onlineteachingmanifesto.wordpress.com/ . You can leave comments there, and can also subscribe to the blog.

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MITx Opens for Enrollment (and Certification - For Now - Is Free)

MITx Opens for Enrollment (and Certification - For Now - Is Free) | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

MIT opens registration today for the first of its online courses offered as part of its new MITx initiative. The university announced MITx late last year as the next step not just in informal online learning but in alternative certification. Registration for MITx is free and open to anyone, and for this first "prototype" class, there is no additional charge to receive the certification upon successful completion of the class.

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Is Open and Distance Learning the Key to Quality Higher Education for All?

Is Open and Distance Learning the Key to Quality Higher Education for All? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

UNESCO has repeatedly argued that the number of places for post-secondary learners must increase from approximately 120 million to 240 million worldwide, with large-scale growth already having been documented over the past decade. In the emerging economic powerhouses of the world, increased access to knowledge and education is crucial to guarantee continued growth.

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The Higher Education Bubble [infographic]

The Higher Education Bubble [infographic] | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Student loans are one of the biggest problems facing our country at the moment. Thousands of students attend university and even if they drop out, students still end up with mountains of debt. This debt can follow them throughout their life.

 

Today’s infographic says 85% of today’s college graduates will move back in with their parents after school. I know my parents would love seeing my face more around the house, although they would probably prefer I get a job after college. If only higher education didn’t cost as much.

 

Key takeaways:

 

- Student loans surpassed credit card debts.

- Students now graduate with an average debt of $24,000.00.

 

Full infographic here: http://dailyinfographic.com/the-higher-education-bubble-infographic

 

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Anne Egros's comment, February 9, 2012 10:12 PM
Thanks for sharing
maxOz's comment, February 9, 2012 10:54 PM
Anne, happy you enjoyed, cheers Michele
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Apple and Textbooks, Part 2: Is There a Class In This Text?

Apple and Textbooks, Part 2: Is There a Class In This Text? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

When Apple announced both the release of their iBooks 2 and upgrades to iTunes University, I was curious to see what kind of integration they had between the two. If you do a web search on the subject, you will find plenty of articles that tell you that iBooks textbooks “fully integrate with” iTunes U—but without providing any details. What does that mean?

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Ed Tech, Decision-Makers & Instructors

Ed Tech, Decision-Makers & Instructors | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
During the early days of digital higher education, the selection and use of educational technologies was heavily influenced by the interests and sensibilities of individual instructors. These pione...
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