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.
"We have a lot of technology floating around our classrooms these days. And while that can be, and is, a good thing given our digital age, we often find that our technology-related efforts aren’t paying off for us quite as we’d hoped."
"Forget training and eLearning. Did you ever think what you really mean by a good design? Try to think about the term ‘good design’ comprehensively. For this, imagine and think about something that has been well-designed and approved by everyone. Else, hold this elegant design and consider the following things to define a ‘good design’."
"The rapid proliferation of mobile devices is compelling the corporate world to adopt mLearning. According to Towards Maturity, 70% of organizations are planning to implement mLearning in the next two years."
Young learners do up to five times better when instruction combines the real world with the virtual world. That's the finding from Carnegie Mellon University, where researchers came up with a test to figure out how technology could best contribute to learning.
"Is online education the silver bullet that will kill major global education problems? Or is it a runaway train with gigantic issues of its own–issues far too imposing to be solved in the foreseeable future?"
"Despite all of the great advantages of elearning, people aren’t always fond of it. Many prefer live instruction because of the interaction that comes with being in a classroom setting. If live instruction isn’t possible, then it isn’t uncommon for people to pursue webinars. In other words, there is an isolation factor to elearning that has to be addressed."
"An education blog whose authors believe there’s too much hype around “personalized learning” technology has posted a series of video case studies about the trend, hoping to help get beyond overheated rhetoric."
While some may perceive accreditation standards to be an unconquerable mountain of red tape, this article presents the alternate viewpoint that standards for online education are thoughtfully designed to assist in establishing best practices, thereby enhancing both the quality and delivery of online programs. Highlighting the collaborative process by which the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) establishes and reviews its standards for allied health schools, the author suggests that accreditation agencies are there to support educators, and not to be feared by them.
"E-learning courses are used extensively by companies to equip their staff members with the needed knowledge and skills. According to Ambient Insight, global self-paced eLearning market reached the $49.9 billion mark in 2015, registering a compound annual growth rate of approximately 9.2% over a five year period."
Digital technology has taken the world by storm — particularly in the past decade. It makes sense that this trend would have an impact on K-12 learning because there is nothing in modern American society that digital technology has not touched. While the names of the mobile applications and computer programs may change, there are some foundational ways that technology has already changed the face of education forever. Here are four examples.
"The battle between teachers and social media accounts for student attention has been one in which teachers seem quite likely to lose. High schools have banned phones, established site blocks, and multiple other strategies to reduce student abilities to gain access to the internet during class time. However no matter what hurdles faculty put up, students teach themselves ways to get around them."
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