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.
"When I was studying History at University in the late 1970s I had an eccentric, English born lecturer. Alan loved silent cinema, wore taped up, broken glasses (for four years) and on one memorable occasion he even showed up wearing two startlingly different shoes. His passion was twentieth century Russian and German history and he frequently sprouted complex, incomprehensible words in these languages. Nice anecdote you say; but what’s the point! I have always remembered one particular German word that he favoured, Verschlimmbesserung. There is no direct English translation but the term alludes to a supposed improvement that has just made things worse."
STILL JUST A MIRAGE: With a market projected to balloon to $13.2 billion in 2019, and plenty of grant opportunities from the likes of the US Department of Education, “it seems like it’s never been a better time to be an educational game developer,” writes former game designer Sande Chen. Yet many hu
Coursera and Udacity appear to have found an answer—for now—to the business model questions that have plagued MOOC providers: partner with companies, such as AT&T and Google, design courses that support much-needed skills, then charge students to take them. The promise of marketable knowledge mo
"In K-12 formal learning environments there are countless factors that hinder innovation. Over the next few days we’re going to look at twelve factors that are hindering innovation in schools (we’ll release three per day, counting down backwards from 12). Some of them are conceptual, some practical, and all are obviously subjective."
"With the end of the semester rapidly closing in, it’s time to take a look back and prepare for the future. Online courses are often subject to changes in scale (I taught 130 this semester, and the course will be capped at 200 next semester) and demand continual reflection and revision thanks to changing technologies, updating content, and addressing problems in each iteration."
BADGERING: “Mozilla Is Doing a Hack Job on Open Badges,” charges Kerri Lemoie, a co-founder at Achievery and active contributor to the Open Badges project. For one, “there is no Open Badges Team at Mozilla.” Despite all the well-intentioned buzz around badges over the years, she writes, a current la
My issue with Mozilla's approach to issuing digital badges is the multistep approach they created to issue and collect earned badges. The process needs to be quick and easy. Achievers actually had the right idea. I hope someone will take over Achievery to keep it operational.
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