Why most of what currently excites the ed-tech world is hot air: MOOCs, Learning Analytics and Open Education Resources, amongst other fads. I already know what my new year’s resolution will be. As...
Dr. Mary T. Johnson's insight:
Harshly critical, yes, but also to-the-point. Here are some take-aways for me:
Serious games will not work without:
run-time protocols that allow games to be assigned and launched automatically, allocating students to particular groups and roles;run-time protocols that allow outcomes to be reported automatically to learning analytics systems.
Adaptive learning systems will not work without:
protocols that clearly define and allow the automatic launch of all kinds of learning activity;learning analytics systems which are capable of tracking student learning through an instructional process, creating the predictive profiling information required to control selection of appropriate learning activities.
"Apps and books are more similar than they might seem. They each diffuse content, provide access to expertise, and allow the cataloging and consolidation of knowledge into accessible forms for learners to study. And while there are important differences—apps can be constantly refreshed new information, while a book is what it is the moment it is published—there are some lessons to be learned with how we collect and categorize books."
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