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Investments in education technology reaching new highs in 2015

Investments in education technology reaching new highs in 2015 | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

 You can count investment deals in the education technology sector a number of different ways, depending on how you define "ed tech" in the first place. The latest figures for the first half of 2015 certainly reflect this variability, with investment tallies ranging from US$1.6 to US$2.5 billion worldwide.

 

Despite the nuances, it's clear that investment activity is on the rise across education sectors, driven by strengthened public funding, new business models and the increasing adoption of technology.

 

Read more: http://monitor.icef.com/2015/08/investments-in-education-technology-reaching-new-highs-in-2015/.

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Hacking the University: Will Tech Fix Higher Education? #highered #edtech #elearning

http://www.brightsightgroup.com || Kevin Carey directs the Education Policy Program at New America. An expert on Pre-K-12 and higher education issues, Carey has…

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Global review maps the state of MOOCs in 2014

Global review maps the state of MOOCs in 2014 | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

Expectations for MOOCs have been shaped by offsetting waves of enthusiasm and skepticism over the past couple of years. Some say that 2014 was the year that MOOCs came of age in terms of profile and respectability, but also by virtue of a critical mass of investment, staff, reach, and revenue.

 

MOOC aggregator Class Central recently offered a convenient summary of the rapid expansion of MOOC programming over the past three years and a detailed breakdown of the MOOC market in 2014.


ICEF Monitor takes you through the key stats and trends.

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Remodeling MOOCs in 2014

Remodeling MOOCs in 2014 | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

Since the first wave of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) around 2012, hypotheses about their impact have abounded, and have changed over time. So too have emotions about the courses evolved (from excitement to disenchantment or even suspicion) to where we may be now: a calmer state where the both the hype and counter-hype have worn off.

 

Now, organisations are using the essence of MOOCs – an online, adaptable, customisable, and accessible platform – to achieve diverse educational outcomes and business models.

 

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Surging global demand for digital language learning

Surging global demand for digital language learning | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

A series of recent market reports highlight that the demand for digital English language learning products is booming in global education markets.

The research firm Ambient Insight reports that by 2018, revenues from digital English language learning products will nearly double to US$1.6 billion in Asia and US$216 million in the Middle East.

ICEF Monitor reviews the catalysts behind these vibrant revenue opportunities, and we explore how digital learning tools are reshaping language instruction around the world.

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20,000 students in the first 24 hours: UK enters MOOC space with social, mobile FutureLearn

20,000 students in the first 24 hours: UK enters MOOC space with social, mobile FutureLearn | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

Until recently, US-based learning platforms led the development of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Together, those platforms, including Coursera, edX, and Udacity, serve over 3 million learners worldwide with courses from a number of elite partner institutions, such as Harvard and MIT.

But last year, the UK launched its own – and its first-ever – MOOC platform, and it hit the ground running. The jury, however, is still out as to the pace and breadth of change that will result from MOOCs.

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Generation Y poised to bring permanent change

Generation Y poised to bring permanent change | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

Getting ahead of the curve and discerning the future direction of millennial, or Generation Y, trends is a task made exceedingly difficult by the group's general technological literacy and resistance to marketing.

ICEF Monitor takes a look at youth trends, especially those that impact on the international education sector, with a specific focus on mobile devices, social media engagement, and both the learning and working environments.

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New insights on characteristics of US college students

New insights on characteristics of US college students | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

Dr Arthur Levine has been exploring the psyche of college students for the past 40 years. His latest book, "Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today's College Student," written with Diane R. Dean, covers 2006 to 2011, distilling information from surveys and interviews with both undergraduates and student affairs officials at 31 campuses across the US.

We share comments from a New York Times interview with Dr Levine as well as a few other observations, additional research results, insights and advice on today's youth. This is essential reading for anyone working with or marketing to millenials.

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Coursera offers biometric-based 'Verified Certificates' for a fee, extends credential options for students

Coursera offers biometric-based 'Verified Certificates' for a fee, extends credential options for students | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it
One year ago, Coursera announced that students would be offered the opportunity to earn "Verified Certificates" for select MOOCs for a small fee. This option, called "Signature Track", is available on a course-by-course basis and aims to verify the identity of participating students using biometric testing. See our article for background information regarding online certificates.
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Changing landscape for online education challenges for-profit providers

Changing landscape for online education challenges for-profit providers | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

The entry of non-profit American university and college brands – particularly those with elite reputations – into online education is beginning to reshape the competitive landscape in US higher education, and may prove especially challenging for private for-profit institutions.

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Students demanding more technology in education

Students demanding more technology in education | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

Learn how technological changes are influencing student behaviour and student demands. ICEF Monitor explores research findings on technology's impact today, and shares an interesting infographic on how technology is changing college life.

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Can foreign languages go digital with online education?

Can foreign languages go digital with online education? | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

While many courses made an easy transition to online instruction, educators have struggled to create high-quality, foreign language courses - and even foreign language degree programmes - offered exclusively over the Internet.

ICEF Monitor provides several examples of schools
experimenting with online language learning models - see how these
trailblazers are demonstrating that foreign languages in particular can indeed be studied exclusively online.

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Blended learning moving to centre stage in higher education

Blended learning moving to centre stage in higher education | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

For the past several years, experts and higher education practitioners have been touting the benefits of marrying online and traditional face-to-face learning.


This approach - "blended learning” - has become more prominent in higher education in recent years and typically combines aspects of both digital and in-person pedagogy.

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Arabic language studies booming in the US

Arabic language studies booming in the US | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

The growth in Arabic language studies in the US over the past decade is nothing short of remarkable. Surveys conducted by the Modern Language Association have found that interest in studying Arabic changed sharply in the wake of the September 11 attacks of 2001. American student enrolment in Arabic language courses grew by 126.5% from 2002 to 2006 and then again by another 46.3% between 2006 and 2009. That makes Arabic the fastest-growing area of foreign language study in the US, and the eighth most-studied language in America.

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British Council continues to expand its digital resources for English language learning

British Council continues to expand its digital resources for English language learning | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

The British Council has expanded on its initial digital offerings with two new product launches in 2014. It partnered with the UK platform FutureLearn earlier this year to offer its first MOOC: “Exploring English: language and culture.” And, in October, it launched EAL Nexus, a new resource website for English language teachers in the UK.

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Who uses MOOCs and how?

Who uses MOOCs and how? | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

Given that millions of people register for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), it is perhaps not surprising that much has been written to date about these still-evolving education platforms.


But what do we know about who is enrolled in MOOCs? Or how these platforms are (or aren’t) supporting learning? In today’s article we take a look at some fresh studies from the field to sketch out early observations about the usage and impacts of MOOCs. http://ow.ly/zrs0H

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Higher education technology predictions for 2014 | Mark Smithers

Higher education technology predictions for 2014 | Mark Smithers | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

In summary, we’ll have another contentious year. We’ll see big growth in higher education services from outside of the university sector, a continued gnashing of teeth from established providers. Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. Look out for rhizomatic learning.

 


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and on my current theme of tracking trends.....worth sharing

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Are learning and technology preferences impacting recruitment?

Are learning and technology preferences impacting recruitment? | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

This article explores the learning preferences of the Chinese, as well as the Americans and the Germans.The findings of a survey may surprise you, and if anything, will certainly inspire you to consider how well your marketing and recruitment efforts align with the type of learning environment your institution offers, as compared to the type a particular student (or parent) might prefer.

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Are we already entering a post-MOOC era?

Are we already entering a post-MOOC era? | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

The introduction of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) a couple of years ago prompted a heady mixture of excitement, panic, and scepticism.

Since then, a lot has happened. ICEF Monitor looks at the current stage of MOOCs as well as the new offshoots they have spawned: SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) and SOOCs (Selective Open Online Courses).

According to some experts, these smaller, more selective programme models may be more than an alternative to MOOCs; they may be the more sustainable and engaging forms of online learning in a "post-MOOC" era.

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MOOC development continues to pick up speed

MOOC development continues to pick up speed | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

The topic of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) has been extensively covered in various media both great and small, however it’s a technology – indeed an entire educational and political landscape – that is constantly evolving.

With ongoing questions about whether MOOCs will draw students away from traditional fee-based education, the topic is of significance for institutions, educators, and recruiters.

In response to this phenomenon, ICEF Monitor presents a two-part article on the online education landscape.

The first instalment will get you caught up on MOOC rumblings in the US, particularly with regards to credit-bearing courses. Read Part 1: http://ow.ly/sYTsV

The second part gives a robust overview of developments in MOOCs internationally, with a focus on countries where the technology is beginning to flourish. Read Part 2: http://ow.ly/sYTw8

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New report forecasts significant change in university business models

New report forecasts significant change in university business models | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

About a year ago, we reviewed a forward-looking report from Ernst & Young – "University of the Future''– which is based on primary and secondary research with more than 40 leaders representing over 20 public and private universities, policy makers, and sector representative groups in Australia.

It anticipates a period of transformative change for many higher education institutions in the not-so-distant future. Still highly relevant today, it is well worth a read. Which new model will define your business?

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Is technology the key change agent in higher education?

Is technology the key change agent in higher education? | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

ICEF Monitor looks at the popularity of MOOCs and other types of distributed learning as major drivers of technological change in education.

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Opportunities abound in digital English language learning market

Opportunities abound in digital English language learning market | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

The global language learning market (valued at US $58.2 billion) is changing at rapid pace due to the adoption of cost-efficient technology-based products and the migration away from classroom and print products, according to new research.

The future lies in English language learning products, which generated US $35.9 billion in 2011 (offline and online combined). And like most things these days, the biggest potential is online.

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8 countries leading the way in online education

8 countries leading the way in online education | International Students and eLearning | Scoop.it

Certain nations have embraced online education more than others, leading the way both in terms of the number and variety of programmes, and new innovations to online learning itself.

See who is stepping up the game when it comes to online education, and which countries lie not too far behind.

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