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University of Phoenix faces probation | Arizona Republic

University of Phoenix faces probation | Arizona Republic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Josh Brodesky

 

"The University of Phoenix, already grappling with declining enrollments and revenue, could be placed on probation by its accrediting agency.

 

"That was the determination of a peer-review team from the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits more than 1,000 colleges and universities across 19 states, including Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. If placed on probation, University of Phoenix would still continue operations and maintain its accreditation. But analysts warned it could be a distraction for a company in transition while placing it at a competitive disadvantage.

 

"The draft report recommends probation through the fall of 2014."

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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this Scoop.it site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of the history of information, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point. Rather, it is that humankind is presently existing in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the Internet occasion analogous transformations in the corresponding universe of present and future human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL


Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my choice, and are in no way to be connected with my employer.

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Azania Nduli-AmaZulu UbuntuPsychology.ORG's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:24 PM

Beautiful!

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, August 29, 1:09 PM

Thanks to Jim Lerman

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Open Learning Initiative | Open Learning Initiative ~ Carnegie-Mellon University

Open Learning Initiative | Open Learning Initiative ~ Carnegie-Mellon University | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Open Learning Initiative offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach.
Our aim is to combine open, high-quality courses, continuous feedback, and research to improve learning and transform higher education.
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Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science ~ NY Times

Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Richard Perez-Pena


"Hundreds of students fill the seats, but the lecture hall stays quiet enough for everyone to hear each cough and crumpling piece of paper. The instructor speaks from a podium for nearly the entire 80 minutes. Most students take notes. Some scan the Internet. A few doze.

"In a nearby hall, an instructor, Catherine Uvarov, peppers students with questions and presses them to explain and expand on their answers. Every few minutes, she has them solve problems in small groups. Running up and down the aisles, she sticks a microphone in front of a startled face, looking for an answer. Students dare not nod off or show up without doing the reading.

"Both are introductory chemistry classes at the University of California campus here in Davis, but they present a sharp contrast — the traditional and orderly but dull versus the experimental and engaging but noisy. Breaking from practices that many educators say have proved ineffectual, Dr. Uvarov’s class is part of an effort at a small but growing number of colleges to transform the way science is taught."

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New Learning Times : Article The Best of 2014: Innovation Spaces

New Learning Times : Article The Best of 2014: Innovation Spaces | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The NLT Team highlights memorable Vialogues from the year.

1. SparkTruck: A Mobile Hands-On Learning Space
Inspiring creative confidence by any whimsical means necessary.

2. Learning In A School Without Walls
The power of a hidden curriculum.


3. Finding Common Ground In A Ball Pit
An unusual way to break the ice makes friends out of strangers.


4. Floating School In Bangladesh
Ground zero for climate change.


5. Building Dreams, Plank By Plank
Building a farmer's market comes with its fair share of struggles."

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Optimizing Learning: Preview of Aspen Task Force on Learning & the Internet Report - SXSWedu 2014 - YouTube

The internet presents unique and unconventional learning opportunities to empower and engage youth in new ways, but also raises concerns about their safety and privacy. Over the last 12 months, the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the internet convened 20 of the sharpest minds in the industry to explore these issues and craft recommendations to optimize online learning and innovation without compromising safety. The Task Force will preview their report highlighting these issues.

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How We Learn What We Learn

From the big thinkers of the previous century that have influenced our own understanding of learning, to the strategic implementation of those pricnciples in designing pedagogy, this text sheds light on the great heritage that we draw upon in our...

Via Ness Crouch, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Dean J. Fusto
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Anita Vance's curator insight, November 3, 8:45 AM

A great reference of the educational theories and practices of our times.


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What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up)

What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Working memory is like your brain's scratch pad, managing information as you go about your day. But our routine deluge of information can make us feel scatterbrained, like our working memory has too much to deal with. Here's how to tune-up your working memory and stay focused.

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Why the Future Will be Made by Creators, Not Consumers | WIRED

Why the Future Will be Made by Creators, Not Consumers | WIRED | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and former Google executive, wants every child to be able to code.  That’s a sweeping but practical vision.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby, Dean J. Fusto, Jim Lerman
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 15, 3:11 PM

Interesting article that affirms what "makers" have been saying for a while - the ability to code and create is an essential skill for kids. 

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10 Interpersonal Skills to Land you that Dream Job ~ Open Colleges

10 Interpersonal Skills to Land you that Dream Job ~ Open Colleges | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
When we think of “skills” for work, often we think only of those competencies we put on our resume: the core skills we’ve learned such as programs, platforms, diplomas and degrees. Often, we forget that we possess many different core skills, particularly those interpersonal skills that could land us the job of our dreams.
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How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015

How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

We never stop learning. But unlike our school days, when our brain is constantly challenged and exercised to become better, our adult lives don't make time for this. In 2015, give your brain a boost. It's easier than you think and takes only a few minutes of your life each day


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tom cockburn's curator insight, December 24, 6:08 AM
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Johan van der Merwe's curator insight, December 25, 12:41 PM

Might be useful for reading

 

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, December 26, 9:53 PM

Some great habits to pick in the new year. 

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Next Gen Higher Ed: Blended, Personalized & Competency-based

Next Gen Higher Ed: Blended, Personalized & Competency-based | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tom Vander Ark - New higher ed options are bringing fast, flexible solutions for adults balancing work, family, and life obligations


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From Lycos to Ask Jeeves to Facebook: Tracking the 20 most popular web sites every year since 1996 ~ Washington Post

From Lycos to Ask Jeeves to Facebook: Tracking the 20 most popular web sites every year since 1996 ~ Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Phillip Bump


"We like to think of sites like Google, Facebook and Amazon as immutable — parts of the web as it exists now and has always existed. This is not the case, however. Sixteen years ago, only Amazon (the CEO of which owns The Post) was a popular site; it was the 16th most popular site on the web according to Media Metrix (which later was absorbed into comScore). Infoseek and Hotbot were more popular than Google (which, that December, looked like this) and Facebook (which didn’t exist).

"Sites like AOL and Yahoo did exist — and were popular. But the easiest way to make that point is to share with you this graphic, which shows the 20 most popular sites in December of each year, according to comScore. More interestingly, what it shows is when certain sites became and then stopped being popular."

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Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know — PsyBlog

Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know — PsyBlog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Here are two trainable personal qualities which predict success four times more than intelligence.


"Being open to experience and conscientious is four times more important than intelligence in predicting academic success, a new research review finds.


"People who are open to experience are more likely to be imaginative, sensitive to their feelings, intellectually curious and seekers of variety.


"Conscientious people, meanwhile, are disciplined, dutiful and good at planning ahead."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 22, 7:44 PM

When we experience the world, we have an opportunity to be intuitive and connect with phenomena we encounter differently.

 

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do.

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rwestby's curator insight, December 16, 2:15 PM

per John Evans

heather bell's curator insight, December 17, 10:22 PM

Adding to our thinking around UDL and the opportunities we create for learning in our classrooms

Stacy Esch's curator insight, December 19, 11:08 AM

Interesting. I wonder how many of these need to be taught in college?

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Active Role in Class Helps Black and First-Generation College Students, Study Says ~ NY Times

Active Role in Class Helps Black and First-Generation College Students, Study Says ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Richard Perez-Pena


"The trend away from classes based on reading and listening passively to lectures, and toward a more active role for students, has its most profound effects on black students and those whose parents did not go to college, a new study of college students shows.

"Active learning raised average test scores more than 3 percentage points, and significantly reduced the number of students who failed the exams, the study found. The score increase was doubled, to more than 6 percentage points, for black students and first-generation college students."

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Review on teaching and learning of computational thinking through programming: What is next for K-12?

Review on teaching and learning of computational thinking through programming: What is next for K-12? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sze Yee Lye and Joyce Hwee Ling Koh


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"Programming is more than just coding, for, it exposes students to computational thinking which involves problem-solving using computer science concepts like abstraction and decomposition. Even for non-computing majors, computational thinking is applicable and useful in their daily lives. The three dimensions of computational thinking are computational concepts, computational practices and computational perspectives. In recent years, the availability of free and user-friendly programming languages has fuelled the interest of researchers and educators to explore how computational thinking can be introduced in K-12 contexts. Through an analysis of 27 available intervention studies, this paper presents the current trends of empirical research in the development of computational thinking through programming and suggests possible research and instructional implications. From the review, we propose that more K-12 intervention studies centering on computational practices and computational perspectives could be conducted in the regular classroom. To better examine these two dimensions, students could be asked to verbalize their thought process using think aloud protocol while programming and their on-screen programming activity could be captured and analyzed. Predetermined categories based on both past and recent programming studies could be used to guide the analysis of the qualitative data. As for the instructional implication, it is proposed that a constructionism-based problem-solving learning environment, with information processing, scaffolding and reflection activities, could be designed to foster computational practices and computational perspectives."

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Analytics and Student Success Innovations in Higher Education - SXSWedu 2014 - YouTube

Diverse higher education institutions—from community colleges to private four-year colleges to large universities—are beginning to use advanced analytics to inform and power their student-success innovations. Come join this interactive dialogue to learn more about how exemplar institutions are approaching gaining deeper insights about what's working, what's not, and for whom; and deploying analytically fueled apps to the front lines to help more striving students learn well and finish strong.
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cooperative competencies

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Both collaborative behaviours (working together for a common goal) and cooperative behaviours (sharing freely without any quid pro quo) are needed in the network era. Most organizations focus on shorter term collaborative behaviours, but networks thrive on cooperative behaviours, where people share without any direct benefit. This is the major shift we need in creating Enterprise 2.0 or social businesses. Being “social” means being human, and humans are much more than economic units. We like to be helpful and we like to get recognition. We need more than extrinsic compensation and our behaviour on Wikipedia and online social networks proves this. For the most part, we like to help others. This is cooperation, and it makes for more resilient networks. Better networks are better for business.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, December 15, 1:08 PM

I always pay attentio to Harold Jarche, who has useful things to say about personal knowledge management. There's a lot of hooey out there about collaboration. Jarche connects collaboration, cooperation, networks and organizations -- human needs, organizational needs, software, and behavior.

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Infographic of Building an Online Personal Teaching Network

Infographic of Building an Online Personal Teaching Network | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Recently, I wrote an article about how to build an online personal teaching network, re-imagining opportunities to teach in the digital world and thinking about the role of teacher as independent c...

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How to Increase Productivity: Best Productivity Apps and Tools ~ Open Colleges

How to Increase Productivity: Best Productivity Apps and Tools ~ Open Colleges | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Productivity can be used as a tool to enhance success in your career and life. But what is productivity? It’s an average measure of the efficiency of something you do, for example the time you take to achieve a task. Experts say that productivity is a crucial factor in the performance of people and organisations – but could technology be something that improves your productivity?

"Let’s see how you might be able to move towards your goals more efficiently by becoming more productive with these useful apps and gadgets for work, at home and while studying."


Jim Lerman's insight: A great collection of productivity tools, from the Australian Open Colleges organization.

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The Evolution of Learning Technologies

Human beings have always been seekers of knowledge. The minute we discover something new, we want to share it with others and move onto the next achievement. Since the beginning of recorded history (and probably before) we have always strived to discover the mysteries of the planet, of Earth and of ourselves. How has learning evolved over the course of human history and what might the future hold for us?

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Deborah Banker's curator insight, December 18, 11:46 AM

Here is something that is just fun! 

Antón Seoane Pardo's curator insight, December 18, 5:03 PM

Interesante timeline con una evolución de las tecnologías de aprendizaje, desde el ábaco a los MOOC, y más...

ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, December 23, 8:30 AM

Cute timeline for putting educational technology into a historic perspective.

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Building Learning Societies Investing in Education and Lifelong Learning [pdf]

 

In this briefing paper, the SOLIDAR Foundation, together with its members and partners, presents a closer look the state of play in 12 EU Member States regarding education and lifelong learning. It was completed with national and European recommendations to support education as a driver for inclusion, participation and
lifelong learning inside and outside formal education systems.


To fight against inequalities in education and to counteract social distress, we need sound policies and investment in the development of education...

 


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In this briefing paper, the SOLIDAR Foundation, together with its members and partners, presents a closer look the state of play in 12 EU Member States regarding education and lifelong learning. It was completed with national and European recommendations to support education as a driver for inclusion, participation and
lifelong learning inside and outside formal education systems.


To fight against inequalities in education and to counteract social distress, we need sound policies and investment in the development of education...


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What Students Do (And Don't Do) In Khan Academy ~ Dan Meyer

What Students Do (And Don't Do) In Khan Academy ~ Dan Meyer | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dan Meyer


"Khan Academy claims alignment with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) but an analysis of their eighth-grade year indicates that alignment is loose. 40% of Khan Academy exercises assessed the acts of calculating and solving whereas the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s assessment of the CCSS emphasized those acts in only 25% of their released items. 74% of Khan Academy’s exercises resulted in the production of either a number or a multiple-choice response, whereas those outputs accounted for only 25% of the SBAC assessment.

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"My dissertation will examine the opportunities students have to learn math online. In order to say something about the current state of the art, I decided to complete Khan Academy’s eighth grade year and ask myself two specific questions about every exercise:"

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Other-rated personality and academic performance: Evidence and implications ~ Journal of Learning and Individual Differences

Other-rated personality and academic performance: Evidence and implications ~ Journal of Learning and Individual Differences | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Aurthur Poropat


"Considerable gaps remain in teachers' and students' understanding of factors contributing to learning and educational outcomes, including personality. Consequently, current knowledge about personality within educational settings was reviewed, especially its relationships with learning activities and academic performance. Personality dimensions have previously been shown to be related to learning strategies and activities, and to be reliably correlated with academic performance. However, personality is typically self-rated, introducing methodological disadvantages associated with informational and social desirability biases. A meta-analysis of other-rated personality demonstrated substantially higher correlations of academic performance with all of the dimensions of the Five-Factor Model of personality, which were not accounted for by associations with intelligence. The combined association of academic performance with all of the Five-Factor Model dimensions was one of the largest so far reported in education. The findings have implications for personality measurement. Teachers are able to assess students' personalities to match educational activities to student dispositions, while students' development of learning capacities can be facilitated by feedback on how their personalities are linked with effective learning."

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