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‘Never send a human to do a machine’s job:’ Five big mistakes in education technology and how to fix them

‘Never send a human to do a machine’s job:’ Five big mistakes in education technology and how to fix them | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
"Technology has not done much to improve education on a large scale .... The achievement gap has persisted. But the funny thing is that enthusiasm for technology never seems to have been affected by the 'failures.'

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Cyclic amnesia best characterizes the history of technology in education. Over the last 100 years or so, we have gone through many cycles of hope and then disappointment: from film to radio, from radio to TV, from TV to computers, and from computers to the Internet. Every cycle started with amazing euphoria and then ended with disappointing outcomes. But somehow, we managed to forget the failures. We did not even stop to reflect what went wrong because new technology emerged, with more power and thus more hope. The new technology seemed so compelling that we could not afford time to reflect. We must act quickly to realize the potential of the new technology. Otherwise, we’d be missing out on its educational benefits. As a result, we have been repeating the same mistakes.


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Learning Futures: Emerging technologies, pedagogies, and contexts

Slides from an invited speech given to the Technology in Higher Education Conference, National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar. 16 April, 2013.
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Educational Technology Strategy

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The tertiary education sector is in the midst of transformative change. Student demand for more flexibility in learning experiences challenges the traditional model of lecture-intensive, campus-based education. As technology makes knowledge accessible anywhere, anytime at low or no cost, Curtin needs to rethink teaching and learning in relation to its key clients (students and employers), and with respect to the competitive environment in which we now operate.

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6 Higher Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2013 -- Campus Technology

6 Higher Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2013 -- Campus Technology | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Here are six areas that every IT pro in higher education should keep an eye on during the coming year.
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2012 Yearbook: Technology Innovation in Education

2012 Yearbook: Technology Innovation in Education | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The 2012 Yearbook aims to support and inspire education leaders on their paths to a more digital education. The first part of the Yearbook provides education technology market awareness by taking a look at IT spend, funding opportunities and top trends of the 2011-2012 school year. The second part highlights 50 education innovators that have led the way and provided best practice models to imitate. This look at what was done, who is doing it and where we are going is intended to provide guidance to education leaders on their own innovative quests in education.

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"Technology in the Classroom: A Deweyan Perspective" by Heather E. Davis

"Technology in the Classroom: A Deweyan Perspective" by Heather E. Davis | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Approximately one hundred years ago, John Dewey responded to societal changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution by writing a philosophy of education that encouraged experiential learning. Like the Industrial Revolution, the Information Revolution has created similar need for an adjusted philosophy of education. This article explores the educational and pedagogical issues created by the Information Revolution through a Deweyan lens.

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Ten Guiding Principles for the Use of Technology in Education

Technology in learning is many things.
• It is the tools we use to deliver instruction in classrooms and in virtual space.
• It is the tools learners use to extend, enhance, and transform their learning.
• It is the tools we use to increase our productivity as learners, instructors, and administrators.
• It is the processes we engage in to construct learning environments.
• It is the design of learning activities and programs.
• It is the process by which we learn.
• It is curricula – a body of knowledge and skills – that studies how things are done.

 

Technology is a complex term, made more so by the many interpretations we all have of it.


Our application of technologies in learning has been in many ways unfocused. The following principles are intended to provide a (far from definitive!) guide for reflecting on the purpose and use of technology in learning.

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Online Learning 2012: Six Issues That Refuse to Die | Learning Technology | Using Educational Techology for Adult ELT

Online Learning 2012: Six Issues That Refuse to Die | Learning Technology | Using Educational Techology for Adult ELT | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
As we teeter on the brink of the new year, we’re left with more questions than answers. In a way, that’s a good thing, considering the makeshift nature of technology in higher education. As we sidle into 2012, the same old questions will greet us.

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The technology mistake: Confusing access to information with becoming educated

The technology mistake: Confusing access to information with becoming educated | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
What technology enthusiasts forget, neglect, stumble over — pick a verb – are the multiple purposes of tax-supported schools in a democracy. They and many others futurists err in equating access to information with becoming educated.
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Future U: Fear and Loathing in Academia | Ars Technica

Future U: Fear and Loathing in Academia | Ars Technica | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Some professors are willing to give tech a chance, but not all.

 

Future U is a multipart series on the university of the 21st century. We will be investigating the possible future of the textbook, the technological development of libraries, how tech may change the role of the professor, and the future role of technology in museums, research parks, and university-allied institutions of all kinds.

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Linking theory to practice in learning technology research | Gunn | Research in Learning Technology

Linking theory to practice in learning technology research | Gunn | Research in Learning Technology | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Linking theory to practice in learning technology research...

 

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We present a case to reposition theory so that it plays a pivotal role in learning technology research and helps to build an ecology of learning. To support the case, we present a critique of current practice based on a review of articles published in two leading international journals from 2005 to 2010. Our study reveals that theory features only incidentally or not at all in many cases. We propose theory development as a unifying theme for learning technology research study design and reporting. The use of learning design as a strategy to develop and test theories in practice is integral to our argument. We conclude by supporting other researchers who recommend educational design research as a theory focused methodology to move the field forward in productive and consistent ways. The challenge of changing common practice will be involved. However, the potential to raise the profile of learning technology research and improve educational outcomes justifies the effort required.

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A Technological Cloud Hangs Over Higher Education

A Technological Cloud Hangs Over Higher Education | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"I was there when it happened. And for the record: I did object. I was but a teaching assistant; the decision was not mine. The decision was to replace the pendulums and other demonstration gizmos in the undergraduate physics teaching laboratory with computers and software. To be sure, the change would be convenient: no more time-consuming preparation of experiments, no more lectures on how to make demonstrations work, no more disinclined planes or springs sprung too far. This was cutting-edge. The students would love it. Students like computers. And aren't computers the future? Don't we need to get with the times and prepare students for the information age?"


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Digital Revolution Shakes Colleges

Digital Revolution Shakes Colleges | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Pace of change in higher education is getting faster, and will affect teaching, student evaluation, and access to knowledge...

 

Advancing digital technology is bringing major changes to higher education, after upending journalism, the music business, manufacturing and many other industries. In a few cases, this digital revolution means tens of thousands of students can sign up for one class taught by top professors. The pace of change in higher education is getting faster, and will affect teaching, student evaluation, and access to knowledge.

Imagine a university class with 160,000 students sitting at computers all around the world, all learning from the same professors.

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How Technology Will Change Entry-Level Higher Education | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

How Technology Will Change Entry-Level Higher Education | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
University of Maryland, College Park. Image: carmichaellibrary/Flickr For years, ?invest in education? has been a mantra consistently repeated to stude
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Technology Integration Research Review

Technology Integration Research Review | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Edutopia’s tech integration research review explores some of the vast body of research out there and helps you navigate useful results.
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Learning Trends, Technologies, and Opportunities – New White Paper by Sharon Boller

Learning Trends, Technologies, and Opportunities – New White Paper by Sharon Boller | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Sharon Boller, President of Bottom-Line Performance, has authored a new white paper: Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities.


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5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013 - Forbes

5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013 - Forbes | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Guest post authored by Chris Proulx, President & CEO of eCornell 2012 was a transformative year in education.   Between the introduction of the MOOC (the ‘Massive Open Online Course’), and the explosive growth in the number of online offerings, all...
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Unis face big tech changes, but not all good: US poll

Unis face big tech changes, but not all good: US poll | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
US internet experts in higher education are tipping the sector to be "transformed" by technology and economics by the end of the decade, but exactly how and whether it will be good or bad remains open.
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Universities: on the cusp of irrelevance

Universities: on the cusp of irrelevance | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
UNIVERSITIES risk remaining as they are, defying market demands that they adapt to technology and changing student needs, according to a new survey of internet experts.
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Selecting Online Learning Technologies: An Interview with Tony Bates | Faculty Focus

Selecting Online Learning Technologies: An Interview with Tony Bates | Faculty Focus | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
With so many technologies available to enhance online learning, it’s important to choose wisely.

 

What are some common mistakes instructors make when selecting learning technologies?

 

With so many technologies available to enhance online learning, it’s important to choose wisely. In an interview with Online Classroom, Tony Bates, an e-learning and distance education planning and management consultant, offered some insights on what to consider when making technology choices. We offer an excerpt of that interview here.

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A Principal's Reflections: Common Misconceptions of Educators Who Fear Technology

A Principal's Reflections: Common Misconceptions of Educators Who Fear Technology | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Education is currently at a crossroads as traditional methods and tools are changing as a result of advances in technology and learning theory.  We are beginning to see some schools across the country take the lead in merging sound pedagogy with the effective integration of technology. 

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Technology Skills We Should Be Teaching in College

Technology Skills We Should Be Teaching in College | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

This is a follow-up to my recent research about Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age. I’ve spent considerable time thinking about how to alter the classes I teach to re-center them on a core of flexible learning. In all of my classes this semester, students will be completing a variety of learning projects that involve alternative ways to learn (e.g. blogging, making mindmaps, teaching a lesson, making a video presentation, or designing a non-digital game).

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BUSTED! Classroom Myth #3: Technology Takes Too Much Time

BUSTED! Classroom Myth #3: Technology Takes Too Much Time | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"Have you heard this one before? 'I’d love to use technology in my classroom, but it just takes up too much time. From finding technology to use, setting it up, installing it and teaching myself and my students how to use it, it eats away at the time I have to teach. I’ll just stick to the same books and worksheets that have worked for years.' Too many teachers avoid using technology in their classrooms because they believe it takes too much time. In reality, most technology is designed to save time."


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The same sort of protest is evident when suggesting the intorduction of studnet-centred approaches, problem-based, investigative, authentic or any other educational change. The change process does normally consume some time but in my experience that's recouped as the changes progress and normally you end up in a superior postion by the end of the usual time-frame. Like most things eductaional - if you know your content, know your technology and know your pedagogical positions then all the rest is easy.
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Is Technology Affecting the Student’s Brain?

Is Technology Affecting the Student’s Brain? | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Students today are surrounded by media: cell phones, smartphones, multiple televisions, MP3 players, movies, computers, video games, iPads, e-mail, and the Internet. Eight- to 18-year-olds spend an...

 

A case for Blended Learning

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