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.
Helping students understand their digital footprint is an integral part of being a good digital citizen. Knowing that you leave behind a little trail of digital breadcrumbs as you conduct your digital life is useful - and can even help you in some scenarios (like when you need to hunt down something you remember seeing …
eLearn Magazine is a leading source of high-quality information on the uses of online learning and training strategies in a variety of contexts for K-12, higher education, and the corporate workforce.eLearn Magazine presents new technologies and approaches for creating, delivering, and supporting online instruction and workplace performance.
"One of the benefits of technology is the access it provides those in the classroom. There is now access to data on students before they ever enter classrooms, to curriculums from multiple companies, to stellar lesson plans, and to in-depth videos, articles, and photo galleries on numerous subjects. These resources can be used to take students on "virtual" field trips from the comfort of the classroom. For schools facing tight budgets, or just not feasibly close enough to a location of interest, these trips are valuable opportunities to expand students' horizons."
"The xMOOC model that emerged in 2012 has not changed much in 2014, with completion rates and participation rates just as low as they were when concrete data on completion rates appeared in 2013 (Parr, 2013). Though there are a variety of factors that contribute to low completion rates, I suggest that three barriers, 1) technology, 2) poor usability & course design, and 3) anonymity contribute significantly to low student participation levels and completion—barriers that deter, discourage and in some cases intimidate students."
"This eBook explains the various types of blended learning models being used in real classrooms throughout the country. While the specific needs of a district, school or classroom will vary, each can utilize different technologies that exist today to aid inthe instruction and delivery of a successful blended learning model."
Personalized instruction, also known as competency-based learning, has emerged as a holistic, student-centered approach to education. Characterized by the promotion of 21st century skills and the use of technology to create instructional pathways that incorporate students’ needs, interests, and aspirations, the most high-impact personalized learning programs are situated within a strong community of teachers, parents, and students.
"A lot of kids are using social media these days, and even if that isn’t surprising to you, it may be surprising to you just how many of them are using it and just how much. Leveraging these popular social media tools in the classroom is a no-brainer: everything from Twitter and Facebook all the way to Instagram have found their way into lesson plans across the globe. Whether you’re using all of the social media sites, some of them, or none of them at all, chances are that your students are using them. "
"Leafing through my little regional magazine last weekend, I noticed a job advert from the local secondary school for an “iSchool Project Coordinator”. I like to keep up with what’s happening related to e-learning in the area and read further to see what this curious role was meant to be. Still scratching my head, I went to the website and downloaded the whole application pack. 22 pages later, I am troubled by what they’re trying to achieve with this hire: an über IT/e-learning superhuman happy to work for low pay."
While college presidents are skeptical about massive open online courses (MOOCs), they see plenty of potential "positive impact" with hybrid courses that blend face-to-face and online learning as well as adaptive learning that uses technology to modify lessons based on the progress shown by students.
"There are three types of interaction in online courses: learner-to-content, learner-to-instructor, and learner-to-learner. Each contributes to student retention and motivation. This article elaborates on these types of interaction and suggests which technologies can facilitate each type of interaction."
"Instructional designers familiar with ADDIE don’t need to abandon their project-planning strategies or the vital stages of the ADDIE approach in order to adopt an agile approach. You can complete the various steps more quickly and cycle through them several times, with the goal to build usable (though not necessarily beautiful and perfect) iterations that can generate useful feedback from project stakeholders, and a superior final product that you complete on time and on budget.”
"As a teacher who has been using technology in my various learning environments for the past seven years, I pride myself in never doing the same project twice. When I taught high school physics two years ago, I was guilty of doing too much of the work for my students."
"How ready is your institution for competency-based education? Here are 8 questions to help get started With the recent signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the popularity of jobs training programs across the country, and the recent surge in the offerings of digital badges, competency-based education (CBE) is becoming a must for any higher education institution looking to serve a broader pool of 21st-century students."