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The false promise of online education?

The false promise of online education? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Proponents of online education have long branded it as a way to bring free knowledge to the masses, but in a thought-provoking piece for The Awl, Maria Bustillos argues that the rise of so-called massively open online courses (MOOCs) may not bode well for the quality of higher education. As Bustillos points out, online programs are being rapidlyadopted at colleges across the US, where tight budgets and overcrowding are forcing some lawmakers to look for alternatives, but profit-driven interests from startups like Udacity are threatening to dilute the 'techno-utopian ideal' that MOOCs once promised with derivative facsimiles of a college education."

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Let's not lump all forms of online education and make sweeping generalizations.

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Jan Schwartz's comment, February 3, 2013 12:06 PM
Fully agree with EDTC@UTB
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Joseph Rene Corbeil, Ed.D.

Joseph Rene Corbeil, Ed.D. | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Educational Technology News site. I have been involved in technology and distance education for over 30 years. Research interests include best practices in elearning and mobile learning. I am currently researching effectiveness of social media for enhancing social presence and teacher immediacy in elearning environments.

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Drora Arussy's comment, June 6, 2013 1:31 PM
This is really helpful in helping me stay on top of what's out there and how people are using it. Thank you
Surapon Boonlue's comment, July 5, 2013 5:11 PM
Well i want to know to research in social media in your country
burlysand's comment, September 24, 2013 3:45 AM
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Use These Classroom Upgrades to Revolutionize the School Day

Use These Classroom Upgrades to Revolutionize the School Day | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Contemporary classrooms have moved far beyond the worlds of pen and paper. Many technological advances are helping teachers everywhere engage and educate students of all ages and abilities like never before. Take a look at some of the best recent innovations that you can use to revolutionize your classroom."

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Educators get first dibs on Adobe Photoshop for Chromebook

Educators get first dibs on Adobe Photoshop for Chromebook | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Adobe Photoshop is now available on Chrome OS and Chrome for Windows, a feat that some claimed was impossible in the past and a sore spot for Google Chromebook users. "

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Adaptive Learning Project Uses Video Games in the Classroom

Adaptive Learning Project Uses Video Games in the Classroom | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"An easier and more cost-effective way to introduce science curriculum into the classroom is in development that could involve playing video games."

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Predictors of online success revealed in community colleges

Predictors of online success revealed in community colleges | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"A majority of research on the predictors of student success in online learning focus on traditional four-year institutions; a fact the community college community finds troubling, since most community college students [a growing number!] are also going online. But are there any differences in the predictors of success? Researchers say ‘yes,’ which could also impact traditional institutions’ online learners, too."

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Digital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don't Know What It Means

Digital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don't Know What It Means | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
The entrance to GitHub is the most Instagram-able lobby in tech. It's a recreation of the Oval Office, and the mimicry is spot-on---except for the rug. Instead of the arrow-clutching American eagle that graces Obama's office rug, it shows the code-sharing site's Octocat mascot gazing into the digital future, just above the motto: "In Collaboration We Trust."
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Study: MOOC learning rates same as MIT class

Study: MOOC learning rates same as MIT class | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"A new study shows that a massive open online course can be just as effective as an on-campus course in the same subject."

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3 ways data is being used in schools — and the accompanying concerns

3 ways data is being used in schools — and the accompanying concerns | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Last week, California made made headlines for a bill that, if passed, could become the nation's most restrictive student data law. Under the bill, which is waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown's stamp of approval, there are three components: First, educational sites, apps, and cloud services within schools are prohibited from selling or disclosing personal information about K-12 students. Second, these groups can't use the data for marketing services. Lastly, they are prohibited from creating files on that data."

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, September 29, 7:24 PM

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The rise of the global university

The rise of the global university | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"There will probably be no greater impact on worldwide higher education than the full integration of technology into educational delivery methods. The internet has rendered geography irrelevant and digital options are changing the way higher education is consumed."

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Digital Education: One Giant Leap for Students -- and Teachers Too?

Digital Education: One Giant Leap for Students -- and Teachers Too? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"About a year ago, the Department for Education (DfE) outlined its vision for today’s students and tomorrow’s workers to be “digitally literate” citizens. It talked about turning students into “active participants in a digital world” — getting involved in creating and developing, and not just being passive consumers of tech."

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Embracing the Digital Learning Paradigm

Embracing the Digital Learning Paradigm | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"With four children at different educational crossroads, I am fascinated by how wireless technology is transforming teaching and learning. From our preschooler who expertly navigates through early learning apps, to our middle school daughters who rely on their smart device to track assignments at home, and collaborate on group projects on Google Drive in class, today's students are astute, digital natives."

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A Lesson in Digital Learning from Minecraft

A Lesson in Digital Learning from Minecraft | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"How might today's technology eco-system further meaningful, progressive education?


This question was posed by Dr. Mimi Ito during her plenary, The Digital Revolution, at The Future of Learning Institute this past July at the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

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College Students Speak Out Against Online Test Proctoring

College Students Speak Out Against Online Test Proctoring | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Online students at Kent State University will have to allow a remote proctor to watch them while they take tests on the computer and see their surroundings. And that sparks concern and outrage among some students."

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Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education

Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The MOOC was The Next Big Thing—and then it was written off for dead. But for Anant Agarwal, one of the founding fathers of this online reboot of university education, it’s only just getting started."

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EDpuzzle Review: Easy-to-Use Tool Lets Teachers Quickly Turn Online Video into Lessons

EDpuzzle Review: Easy-to-Use Tool Lets Teachers Quickly Turn Online Video into Lessons | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"There is a staggering amount of free video available online that makes great fodder for teaching students, particularly in flipped classroom settings. Instead of giving students YouTube links or telling them to search for a video on a particular subject, with EDpuzzle teachers can select videos, edit them down, assign them to students, and quiz them as they watch."

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Udacity Evolves into 'Nanodegrees,' Online Tech Training for Business

Udacity Evolves into 'Nanodegrees,' Online Tech Training for Business | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Udacity tells Reuters that it will be offering its first “nanodegree” course, which will teach a skill at a much lower price than the cost of a college degree.  The US online education company raised $35 million to make this offering and aims to provide a way for students to learn a skills like data analysis or programming without the time or financial commitment that a traditional college degree requires."

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A 4-Step Recipe for Maximum eLearner Engagement

A 4-Step Recipe for Maximum eLearner Engagement | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Discover the secret recipe for creating engaging eLearning courses. Only 4 ingredients required!
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Administrators give 7 scalable tips for common challenges in online learning

Administrators give 7 scalable tips for common challenges in online learning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"According to recent polls and surveys among college and universities that are either in the final stages, or have fully implemented, online learning courses and platforms, there are a number of common, well-defined challenges and trends experienced by IT departments and faculty. The good news is: there are also scalable tips."

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Where Does the LMS Go From Here?

Where Does the LMS Go From Here? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Faculty members and students want their future learning management systems to be customizable and full of features, but a new study finds they still use the systems’ basic functions most often."

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10 things to know about the state of tech in education

10 things to know about the state of tech in education | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Tech in education is facing several key challenges. As talk of the skills gap, and whether kids should be trained for jobs or broader skillsets like digital literacy gains steam, there are problems and solutions similarly gaining and losing ground. One point of consensus seems to be that there are going to be a lot of tech-based jobs in the future, and not enough people to fill them. And the education system needs to do a better job of stepping up to help groom more future tech workers."

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Robots Introduced to Elementary Schools Focused on STEM

Robots Introduced to Elementary Schools Focused on STEM | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Robots are being used to help students in elementary schools across the country learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)."

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Students: We need coding skills

Students: We need coding skills | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"A new report reveals that 59 percent of students who do not know how to code would like to learn, while just 23 percent of students actually know how to code."

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Ailish Irvine's curator insight, September 28, 10:30 AM

When we have jobs that we can't fill in Ireland due to lack of skills it seems nonsensical not to make the connection

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Flipped classroom empowers students

Flipped classroom empowers students | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Think of most any classroom, from primary to high school and through college and you’ll likely picture one thing: neat rows of desks facing the same direction. Maybe instead of desks there are tables, but the seating grid system likely persists.


This arrangement has been a cornerstone of learning environments for 100s of years, and yet, when else is life so neatly arranged? And how does this orderliness prepare a student for  the increased freedoms of high school and college, or the self direction required by many jobs?"

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10 Examples & Non-Examples Of Differentiated Instruction

10 Examples & Non-Examples Of Differentiated Instruction | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Differentiated instruction, the tailoring of educational experiences to meet individual learner needs, is nothing new. Hardworking teachers have always recognized the diverse needs of students and adjusted their instruction to account for them. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, small group activities, individualized course packets, reading assignments, and projects, teachers are addressing a range of student levels, interests, strengths, weaknesses, and goals in their classrooms today."

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From Cell Phone Bans to BYOD

From Cell Phone Bans to BYOD | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"A couple of years ago, the first and last word in mobile devices for education was “iPad.” The Apple tablet’s dominance of the ed tech market has been gradually eroded by an armada of Android and Microsoft tablets boasting lower prices, easier enterprise management and integrated access to the Google or Windows cloud ecosystems. These days, though, with districts across the country preparing for online assessments that require keyboards, it’s no coincidence that the most-purchased category of device is the notebook, with the Chromebook especially popular."

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Robotics and Computing Help Make Sense of Math

Robotics and Computing Help Make Sense of Math | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Students sometimes fail algebra multiple times, don't understand why they have to learn it and see no way to comprehend it. But with the help of robotics and computing, they're rising to the top of the class."

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