Desktop Research: Challenges and Trends

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  • Adult Education: Finally Hip to the Game
    This article describes the landscape of mobile and/or game-oriented products that allow adult learners to gain skills outside the classroom at their own convenience. Mobile learning for adults can deliver instruction in small, bite-sized snacks rather than comprehensive, multi-course meals. Adult education students often don’t have time to sit down and do traditional homework, notes Gaer.- lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2014 in colleges, the challenge is still availability of quality wireless. I use tools that can be used on either a cell phone, laptop or tablet and when we do have issues, bandwidth seems to be the biggest issue each time. - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 [- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 I see this as an indication of the growing trend towards connected (or networked) learning where learning occurs in a blend of in-class (formal) and out-of-classroom (informal) experiences.] - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 My online students have told me for a decade: I don't have time to drive to campus and back. Call it 'convenience' if you like: the good news is the pent-up demand for learning.- edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014 - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Oct 19, 2014Especially important in the US, as the median age of higher ed learners keeps rising.
  • Anyone Can Attend This Coding School That Meets in Coffee Shops
    Hackvard is a web application dedicated to bridging the gap between offline and online education. The two founders felt that when they were starting out learning coding what they wanted weren’t in-person teachers, but a group of people who were going through the same thing they were. They created the platform to help connect learners to others in their community for meet-ups and support. [- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 This article is relevant for its focus on coding and also on bridging the gap between offline and online learning.] - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 There's some hype here but alternative strategies for low cost education likely to be an important trend - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate Discovery Tools
    Many professors and students gravitate to Google as a gateway to research. Libraries want to offer them a comparably simple and broad experience for searching academic content. As a result, a major change is under way in how libraries organize information. - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2014 Libraries need to educate students that there are more places to get information than just Google. We have our library show students how to access the wealth of information available to them through the online search tool. Having the information available while at home is key. Students can't always be at school to do the research. - helga helga Oct 9, 2014 In the article the challenges with this one-stop service are described. I think that, until libraries have developed more user friendly tools, they at least need to make it very clear what the added value is of using the complex tools. When the difference between results in Google Scholar and (for example) advanced search in PubMed is not clear, everyone in their right mind would chose Google Scholar. - e.degroot e.degroot Oct 12, 2014 - ole ole Oct 12, 2014 [- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 I think this is a hot topic that touches on the growing importance of digital and information literacy as well as the open access or open educational resources (OER) movements.] ... I think there are still some who feel that one must earn access to knowledge by navigating through hard-to-use tools. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • Bandwidth Exceeded
    The University of Texas in Austin has created its own fast and slow lanes, splitting its network into two classes of service. At the beginning of each week, residential students, faculty members and staff all have access to the “first-class network,” but once they exceed their weekly bandwidth allocation, they are kicked into what the university describes as a “limited and very slow ... second-class network." - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2014 As a teacher, this can be difficult if you are trying to utilize the network for teaching purposes. Having said that, there are students that abuse the network to download games and videos, so this is a good tool for making sure people are aware and take responsibility with the network use. - helga helga Oct 9, 2014would be perfect if it could differentiate between hard-working knowledge seekers and leisure consumers... it would seem unfair and moreover demotivating to slow down those who are learning or teaching - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014I've personally experienced this, having been a recent grad student @ UT. BUT what UT does and what TWC is talking about doing is not at all the same thing. UT doesn't differentiate between types of off-campus traffic. They throttle all non-UT traffic if you don't 'pay to play'. Still an important discussion point. [- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 This seems like an ethical slippery slope. It raises questions of net neutrality, access, and the high costs of higher education.] An interesting side of the net neutrality debate. - Elizabeth_Hodas Elizabeth_Hodas Oct 13, 2014
  • Banning Tech Use in Class: Two Sides of the Argument
    - Why a Leading Professor of New Media Just Banned Technology Use in Class
    For years Shirky has allowed his students to bring laptops, tablets and phones into class and use them at will. But in this piece he explains why he now asks his students to refrain from using laptops, tablets, and phones in class.- jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - billshewbridge billshewbridge Oct 13, 2014 I think this points to an important challenge. A lot of profs at St. Eds do this for similar reasons. - ole ole Oct 12, 2014 Technology enhanced learning is the future. However, many academics are tied to traditional "chalk and talk" methodologies that involve preaching from the pulpit. However, the object of the game is to give the students the best education possible, and if technology distracts and/or detracts from that purpose then measures to ban technology under certain circumstances makes perfect sense. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) Many faculty advocate banning laptops and other devices from class based on the distraction effect, but I had an interesting discussion with a faculty member on another side to this issue. He's concerned about the effects on student learning if students can always rely on looking up information rather than becoming fluent in their area of study. - Elizabeth_Hodas Elizabeth_Hodas Oct 13, 2014
    - Don't Follow the Lead of @cshirky in Banning Technology
    Lisa Nielsen counters Shirky's argument explaining that "while banning might be a good idea for the sit, listen, discuss, repeat style of teaching, for the rest of us, not so much." She urges those who want to ban devices to instead, find better ways to get in touch with students that incorporates them dping hands-on, meaningful work and becoming a part of the learning experience rather than just being expected to take in a lecture.
    - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2014Using technology to engage students can be very effective but it needs to be used when it's appropriate. Sometimes, "non-tech" is more effective. It comes down to engaging the learner. - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - ole ole Oct 12, 2014 Engagement is, indeed, the key. Some academics are wonderful orators, capable of enthralling an audience, and others are not. To use or not use tech is not really the question. Am I optimising the learning and teaching experience? That is what we should be looking at. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) [- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 This debate could be viewed as related to the flipped classroom movement in which classroom time is used for hands-on workshop-like activities and discussions with classmates and the expository teaching methods (e.g., lectures) are viewed at home as homework.] - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014To the extent we think of controlling students, we fail to treat them as human beings, and it is only from the perspective of human freedom and its challenges that we can respectfully help adults to learn. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Oct 19, 2014Excellent pairing of views with these two pieces. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014 important issue. We know using the tools always beats banning them in the long run
  • Beyond the Limits of Traditional Learning
    In the US and Australia, two very different higher education reform initiatives are playing out in two very different ways. But strikingly, neither plan takes advantage of the remarkable paradigm shift under way in higher education today. - ole ole Oct 12, 2014 (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014) - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014The general theme of 'monetization,' who should pay for education, how much, its real value (to the individual and society) is bigger than this article lets on.
  • The Case for Social Innovation Micro-Credentials
    We’ve seen the disruptive power of “micro” in the fields of finance (micro-loans and micro-savings), insurance (micro-insurance), work (micro-jobs), housing (micro-homes), and entrepreneurship (micro-consignment). Now, it’s education’s turn. Many schools, companies, and nonprofits are starting to experiment with micro-credentials, using a common digital framework (“open badges”) developed by the Mozilla Foundation. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 I like the use of digital badges to acknowledge and recognize learning and accomplishments outside the classroom. - Elizabeth_Hodas Elizabeth_Hodas Oct 13, 2014 Not convinced this is really new - we've had all sorts of CEU's and certificates for a long time. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • Campus Psychological Counseling Goes Online for Students at U. of Florida
    When Sheryl A. Benton joined the Counseling and Wellness Center at the University of Florida, the program was facing a high demand for services so she set about to expand the center's capacity by developing an online psychotherapy program, an approach long used and studied in Australia, among other countries. - helga helga Oct 9, 2014I would think in most cases where psychological counselling is needed, the need tolerates no waiting time, so this is a good option to provide "anytime, anywhere" support at least as a complement. (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 This kind of online support model is useful for academic support as well, including writing support from a university writing center or academic support for first-generation college students.) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 online student services need to catch up with online learning - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • Digital Story Telling:How Can English Teachers Benefit from Digital Storytelling Tools (- rcsharma rcsharma Oct 11, 2014) - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 [- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 There are many applications for digital storytelling particularly in education and the humanities. It can be a useful pedagogy in many areas from design to critical literacy. There seems to be a growing trend towards video (sync and async) and visual technologies from info viz to concept mapping, and digital storytelling seems to fit in this genre.] - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 - edward.oneill edward.oneillIt was multimedia, then multimodal, not 'digital storytelling': the need of our graduates to communicate effectively across media does not stop when we change its name. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Oct 19, 2014True. However, creating stories does have powerful cognitive effects for learners.
  • Education for Everyone but—Coursera blocks Students from Iran, Cuba, Syria and Sudan
    Coursera announced that students from countries currently subject to US export sanctions will no longer be allowed to continue to access Coursera and will be blocked from further attendance. This post is a reaction to that. --- context question from - helga helga Oct 9, 2014: is it really countries NOT currently subject to sanctions or should it read countries subject to sanctions (not that that makes it all that much better)? (please delete my entry if I got it wrong) (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 It seems the important take-away from this article is the role of politics in the open education movement.)
  • Ensuring Security in Partnerships
    Partnerships can be incredibly beneficial, allowing institutions to focus on what they do best while leaning on partners to provide auxiliary services that support their core mission. The movement toward partnerships is being helped along by the increasingly vital role of technology. Learning management systems, online course modules and other innovations are being adopted quickly, in large part thanks to their availability through vendor partnerships. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • Everything in Moderation
    A professor's plan to let students in his Coursera massive open online course moderate themselves recently went awry. The 10-week course, titled “Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World,” is taught by Ebrahim Afsah, associate professor of public international law at the University of Copenhagen. His experiences highlight an important challenge that the scale of MOOCs presents: How do you wrangle tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of students into staying on topic? A traditional face-to-face course might fare well with one or two troublemakers, but those interruptions are magnified when enrollment reaches the thousands -- especially if those students can post anonymously. I think this is an important issue. MOOCs and other online learning formats offer the possibility of learning from different perspectives but, as this story illustrates, this is not easy to realise. Perhaps working with more than one moderator would help, having non-content-experts online most of the time and making sure that budding threads that go off-topic are eliminated very fast. In the topic described, I would expect 'trouble' and have chosen for a format where all posts need to be approved. But yes, with 35.000 participants this might be a challenge - e.degroot e.degroot Oct 12, 2014 I believe the whole MOOC concept to be flawed. xMOOCs with automated assessment are too shallow to be of any use other than a taster for a particular subject, whilst cMOOCs like the one mentioned above are nigh on impossible to administrate effectively. Either way, they add little or nothing to the pantheon of education. Ironically, mini MOOCS (Oxymoron alert!)of short duration with limited student numbers seem to be reasonable effective, but once again lack in depth what they make up in manageability. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) [- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 This article touches on a few important issues. (1) A maturing understanding of moocs in that not every content topic may be appropriate for the methods used in a mooc (x or c), particularly divisive issues such as this one, and especially without proper supports. (2) The importance of netiquette and digital literacies related to communication and interaction. (3) The issue of online bullying. (4) A growing trend towards post-modern, post-structural approaches with an emphasis on multiple perspectives.] If communication networks flow across borders, freedom and cultural misunderstandings will always be in play. It's such a large topic, it's hard to frame. "A Networked World and Contested Borders"? - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014
  • edX CEO: 'It Is Pathetic That the Education System Has Not Changed in Hundreds of Years'
    In just a few years, massive open online courses have already been through multiple phases of the Gartner "hype cycle." But Anant Agarwal, CEO of the nonprofit MOOC platform provider edX, remains undaunted. In the space of a few years edX has amassed more than 3 billion records. Agarwal said he wants to use the data to learn how students learn in order to continuously re-engineer the platform in much the same way that Google tweaks its services.- lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2014 Pathetic?! Sounds like a worried man to me. The MOOC experiment is failing to deliver on early promise, and he knows it. Maybe, just maybe, standing up in front of a class and talking to them is the best way to do it?! (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 This article shows a couple of growth trends. One is towards blending in-class and online learning. The second is the trend towards ID-verified certification or some kind of recognition for this type of learning experience such as badges or competency-based credits.) --- can we please put this ridiculous fallacy to rest? Anant Agarwal seems like an otherwise smart and thoughtful person but he gets lots of headlines with these misleading statements. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • 5 Higher-Education Trends for 2014
    A number of education trends made their mark in 2013, from massive open online courses to evaluating colleges based on their graduation rates. The underlying forces that drove change this year aren't likely to change anytime soon: declining public funding, changing demographics, advancing technology, and a tough job market. - helga helga Oct 9, 2014 Yes....student loan debt is a driving concern....71% of students who leave college have college debt. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Oct 11, 2014 - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - ole ole Oct 12, 2014 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 - Elizabeth_Hodas Elizabeth_Hodas Oct 13, 2014
  • 5 Ways to Prove IT Matters
    CIOs share how they link information technology to the core goals of the university — and communicate IT's value to institutional leadership. - helga helga Oct 9, 2014
  • "Fixing" Higher Education Requires a Diversity of Assessments and Reforms
    Cross-disciplinary and informal learning experiences are difficult to assess formally and therefore are often overlooked in the drive toward specified degrees and majors. - ole ole Oct 12, 2014 (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014) The cost-benefit ratio of higher education is a running theme--here and above: in terms of student loan debt. - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014
  • In Defense of the Lecture
    This educator believes they can still convey useful information to learners, when done effectively. - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - ole ole Oct 12, 2014 I Agree. A wonderful live lecture from an engaging academic is still, in my view, the cornerstone of academic excellence, and there is nothing out there to beat it. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) If we value digital storytelling and TED talks, why not lectures-as-storytelling? - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014 Of course there are great lectures but unfortunately this argument is used to justify a lot of dreck - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • Is Flexible Study the Future for Universities?
    Many universities are working hard to develop flexible approaches that match students to the employment needs of the economy. While universities are encouraged to think in a more focused fashion about the specific requirements of the workplace, many also want to equip students with a broader range of skills that enable them to adapt to the demands of a rapidly changing world… - helga helga Oct 9, 2014 - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014
  • How Can We Get the Best Devices into HigherEd BYOD Classrooms?
    Here’s a list of instructions to help teachers, administrators and IT staff guide students in bringing the best devices for BYOD. - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2014 BYOD is fraught with problems. Multiple course materials in multiple formats that work across multiple platforms are difficult to produce unless they are restricted to basic text documents, and BYOD policies hinder innovative approaches. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) The Plug-and-Play University will have to emerge from the SYTINOS Plan ("Sorry, Your Technology Is Not Officially Supported"). - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014
  • The Moon has Faster Broadband than Some Parts of the UK
    It is now possible to get broadband speed of just under 20Mbps on the Moon, making it a better place to watch Netflix without buffering issues than some rural parts of the UK. Tell me about it. I live up in the Yorkshire Pennines, and the bandwidth makes streaming services unusable. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) Yes. In the US the biggest divide is rural vs urban.
  • New Social Network Aimed at Improving Education
    IT company IBM and Brockenhurst College in the UK have created a private social network to help give staff a better understanding of their students and tailor lessons to them. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 the idea of incorporating social aspects of learning for distance learning is appealing, but this article focuses too much on the administrative tracking features of the technology. This seems to simply replicate the traditional LMS. It should be more learner-centered.)
  • New Strategy Would Drop College Textbook Costs to Zero
    This semester, the University System of Maryland is exploring ways to bring the textbook cost to zero with open-source electronic textbooks, the latest experiment in changing the way students across the nation are taught. Unlike electronic versions of textbooks sold by publishers, open-source textbooks are made up of materials gathered from various sources and are not protected by copyright. - j.zagami j.zagami Oct 15, 2014 - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2014 Yes, this is similar to the Connexions project @ Rice. This strategy is catching--we need more of this- jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 Electronic textbooks are often a compromise. Low (No?!) cost = low quality in many cases. Publishers will fight tooth and nail to ensure that high cost and high quality conventional books and their e-books equivalents remain the norm. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) As a counterpoint to this, students are actually spending less on textbooks as costs increase - billshewbridge billshewbridge Oct 13, 2014 (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 The issue of copyright is closely tied to this issue of textbook costs. Teachers are only allowed to use one chapter in a text (or 3 chapters in an edited series) due to copyright. If they want to use more than 1-3 chapters, then they must require students to purchase the whole text.) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 Another question of disruption, actual value and monetization. Can publishers monetize selling "new" information that's not new? - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014 If large systems (like mine) would get serious about this, we could kill off 75% of the textbook market in 5 years. But the social challenges are not insignificant. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • New Tertiary Education Strategy Focus: Workplace Skills
    Building stronger links with industry to enable students to leave university with skills employers want will be a focus of a new tertiary education strategy in New Zealand. (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 This core of this article is regarding the debate about the role of education in society. A connection could be drawn to the growing trend towards start-up schools specifically designed to teach coding.) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 Competencies, adult learning, workplace skills: these seem connected to me. Can "learning for its own sake" survive? - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014
  • North Arizona University Launches Online Competency-Based Degrees
    In Northern Arizona University’s new competency-based online degree program, students learn by taking modules — smaller chunks of material that build up to create a course. Instead of paying annual tuition, they are charged $2,500 for a six-month subscription that covers as many modules as they want to complete. - helga helga Oct 9, 2014 - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 Interesting model. The Open University does something similar, and has done for many years, and both my parents benefited from their modular approach when they gained their degrees. However, I still feel it is no substitute for a "proper" campus based degree. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 competency competency competency... the big data of 2014 - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • Open Access is Not Enough On Its Own – Data Must Be Free Too
    Increasingly, policymakers and funders are introducing data-sharing and stewardship policies. Open data ensures that the scientific process is transparent, helps others to reproduce results and can even help speed up the process of scientific discovery. - helga helga Oct 9, 2014 - j.zagami j.zagami Oct 15, 2014 - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • OPINION: Education Technology: Could it Be Different This Time?
    Umang Gupta, a Silicon Valley software entrepreneur discusses how and why he thinks there have been no mega-breakout companies in the education technology space. Neither has there been a transformation of education itself that has been as extensive and as far reaching as we have seen in the rest of our economy. - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014certainly seems promising but this is still high concept. (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 This article seems to be mostly focused on K-12. The author misses the point of education as a cultural tool.)
  • Ready or Not, Change is Coming
    Of all the systemic challenges facing higher education today, one has not received the attention it deserves: The sweeping transformation of the student markets we serve. Colleges and universities continue to organize their schedules, policies, services, and curricular pathways around traditional students, although a substantial majority, even in the 18-to-24 year old segment, do not fit this profile.- lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2014 - helga helga Oct 9, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 - ole ole Oct 12, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014) - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • A Solution To The Massively Disengaged Workforce [Slide Deck]
    This article discusses how digital badges can address some of the current challenges of educating students and professionals to fit the job openings that are available and the needs of our future workforce. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014
  • Speaking Up for the Creditless MOOC
    This communications professor from the University of Washington explains why the creditless MOOC can still be valuable based on his own experience of creating an educational-broadcast model for his course. For many students, no credit means no engagement. Learning for the love of it it a wonderful thing, but many undergraduates see pointless courses as, well, pointless courses. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014)
  • Student-Built Apps Teach Colleges a Thing or Two
    This article discusses how students are designing and implementing their own solutions to problems in their registration systems and various other services they must work with on a regular basis. (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 entrepreneurial vs bureaucratic worldviews) - Elizabeth_Hodas Elizabeth_Hodas Oct 13, 2014 This is related to opening campus data via API's which I think is an emerging trend. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • Technology Defines Much of Higher Education’s New Normal [#Infographic]
    Technology has helped foster growth in the education world, but it has also increased the workload. Take a trip back to the Reagan years and see how higher education has changed. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Oct 19, 2014Fun stuff. Although I'd note that the service industry is equally important now.
  • Technology isn’t Working
    This article argues that most rich economies have made a poor job of finding lucrative jobs for workers displaced by technology, and the resulting glut of cheap, underemployed labour has given firms little incentive to make productivity-boosting investments. [- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 This author has a flawed understanding of distance learning (online courses) as it relates to productivity.]
  • Ten Reasons We Should Ditch University Lectures
    This article discusses the failings of the traditional lecture encouraging educators to take more effective approaches. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 - ole ole Oct 12, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014 There are many good points in this article, but delivering long recorded lectures in distance learning is not one of them. Active rather than passive learning is better for online courses.) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 if you're going to have boring lectures might as well record them so you can fast-forward - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 28, 2014
  • Udacity’s Nanodegrees: Edtech’s Challenge To College Credentials?
    Udacity plans to roll out an array of company-designed nanodegrees starting this fall. Thrun says pricing hasn’t been finalized yet for the nanodegree programs. But the cost could be about $3,000 or less for a sequence of courses that some students might complete in as little as six months, he says. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014
  • Vocational High Schools: Career Path or Kiss of Death?
    Education professionals are split on whether vocational training in high school helps or hurts students. Glatts says it's always a challenge asking a teenager what he or she wants to do for a potential career, but graduating with a skill they can use to earn income is an advantage even if they want to further their education in a different area after.
  • Why Data Is the Key to Successful Course Redesign
    When considering courses for redesign, many questions are asked but the most important is this: “What data should be considered to ensure our course redesign efforts are successful?” - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 (- Jolie Jolie Oct 13, 2014)
  • Gartner lays out its top 10 tech trends for 2015
Gartner's list for 2015 on what would be the trends in IT. - rcsharma rcsharma Oct 13, 2014