Grading the MOOCs

"More than four years after Harvard and MIT launched the nonprofit learning platform edX, a joint research team from the two schools have released a report on the online classrooms.
What they found was increased participation by diverse participants, many of whom are teachers." | 0 Comments


Personalized Learning: The Conversations We’re Not Having

"The pursuit of personalized education at a mass scale still drives a number of current technology initiatives in education. New technology is promised to level the playing field, effectively creating equal access to learning opportunities by democratizing information and instruction. Advocates hope that a technologyenabled shift (e.g., from teacher-based classroom interventions to personalized tablets and data-driven individualized learning plans) can provide a new incarnation of the one-teacher-one-student model— tailoring the learning experience to individual progress, interests, and goals. Classrooms could then be spaces in which advanced students and struggling students alike not only have their needs met, but are supported in the curious and creative pursuit of their own paths. Through personalized learning, these lofty goals seem within reach" | 0 Comments


Accessible Instructional Materials Bill Introduced with Higher Ed., Disability, Publishing, and Tech Groups’ Support

"the American Council on Education, and other higher education groups worked with the National Federation of the Blind, the Association of American Publishers, and the Software and Information Industry Association on proposals leading to the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM-HE) Act. Now before Congress, the bill replaces the TEACH Act with legislation having broad stakeholder support" | 0 Comments


Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.

"This claim, of course, runs counter to our current understanding of social media’s role in the professional sphere. We’ve been told that it’s important to tend to your so-called social media brand, as this provides you access to opportunities you might otherwise miss and supports the diverse contact network you need to get ahead. Many people in my generation fear that without a social media presence, they would be invisible to the job market." | 0 Comments

The 2016 National Survey of eLearning and Information Technology in US Higher Education

"Eight years after the beginning of the Great Recession, almost two-thirds (63 percent) of the CIOs and senior IT officers who participated in the 2016 survey report that IT funding at their campus “has not fully recovered from the budget cuts we have experienced over the past four-six years.” | 0 Comments


2016 Students and Technology Research Study

Students report that technology increases their levels of engagement with faculty, each other, and course content; enriches their academic experiences; and empowers them to take ownership of their learning. | 0 Comments


The 2016 Election Exposes the Very, Very Dark Side of Tech

"This election cycle has revealed the deep, dark underbelly of all that technological progress. It’s shown us—and not for the first time—how the same communication tools that can connect strangers in far-flung parts of the world can also be used to disseminate gas chamber memes and death threats. "



University opens without any teachers

"A university without any teachers has opened in California. It’s called 42. The U.S. college, a branch of an institution in France with the same name, will train about a thousand students a year in coding and software development by getting them to help each other with projects, then mark one another’s work." | 0 Comments


Blackboard Acquires Accessibility Platform

"The Ally platform "provides educators with essential guidance for improving accessibility of their course materials, while supplying comprehensive reporting on the current state of course content accessibility across the institution," according to a press release. The software automatically checks course materials for accessibility issues and generates supplemental material for students who need alternative file formats, such as semantic HTML, tagged PDF, audio, e-pub and electronic braille." | 0 Comments


To Improve Student Success, a University Confronts the Email Deluge

"Michigan State University is rethinking how it communicates with students, especially those who are freshmen or the first in their families to go to college. Sending hundreds of emails isn’t the best way — but what is?" | 0 Comments


Digital Textbook Codes As Costly As Traditional Course Materials

"Digital textbooks may be seen as a cost-friendly alternative to traditional course materials, but the fees for access codes can be just as pricey and can take away consumer autonomy from students, according to a new report from Student Public Interest Research Groups."


Gartner's Glenda Morgan on Learning Analytics

Video: Gartner's Glenda Morgan on Learning Analytics 



Organizing Your Thoughts With Note-Taking Apps

"One fabulous option for both students and professionals is Noteshelf. The app functions as a library of notebooks, letting you create a new book for each class or business meeting. You can title the notebooks and customize their covers to help identify them later. You can choose from different types of paper, including squared, lined, plain, and specialized designs intended for sports scores or music notation." | 0 Comments


Introducing the All New Box: Where All Your Work Comes Together

"Box's web interface is getting a complete redesign, with new organization, search and preview capabilities. The company is launching a new desktop app to help Windows and Mac users access their files. It's also coming out with a desktop app for users of its Box Notes collaborative document editing service. " | 0 Comments


Institutional Analytics Is Hard Work

"Despite the hype, the [data-driven decision-making] field remains nascent, the implications uncertain."1 Burns's perspective on the infancy of the field of analytics can be attributed to one simple truth: institutional analytics is hard work." | 0 Comments

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