26 September 2012
There has been substantial discussion in the past few years about how technology is beginning to move beyond older concepts of distance learning and technology-assisted education to new arrangements like Coursera and the MOOC innovations and experimentations at institutions like Harvard and MIT.
[Source: The Huffington Post]
17 September 2012
A new survey commissioned by Dell suggests that secondary and post-secondary schools are not meeting students’ technology needs and that China is ahead of the United States and Germany when it comes to using technology in learning.
[Source: Campus Technology]
24 August 2012
A survey by Inside Higher Ed and Babson Survey Research Group shows professors are excited about many aspects of digital teaching and scholarship. However, the survey also shows digital learning increases professors’ work loads and adds more stress to their job.
[Source: Inside Higher Ed]
19 July 2012
This week, a year-old startup may well have become the most important experiment yet aimed at remaking higher education for the Internet age. At the very least, it became the biggest.
[Source: The Atlantic]
17 July 2012
The dream of two Stanford professors of making America’s higher education system interactive and universally accessible just got one step closer, with an extra $3.7 million in funding $22mm total and 13 new university partners, including Caltech and Duke.
via Coursera Aims To Make America’s Higher Ed System Interactive And Public, Secures $22 Million | TechCrunch.
5 July 2012
…Khan Academy is not a substitute for an actual course of study in mathematics. It is not a substitute for a live teacher. And it is not a coherent curriculum of study that engages students at all the cognitive levels at which they need to be engaged. It’s OK that it’s not these things. We don’t walk into a Mexican restaurant and fault it for not serving spaghetti. I don’t fault Khan Academy for not being a complete educational resource, because it wasn’t designed for that purpose. Again, Khan Academy is a great resource for the niche in which it was designed to work. But when you try to extend it out of that niche — as Bill Gates and others would very much like to do — all kinds of things go wrong.
via The trouble with Khan Academy – Casting Out Nines – The Chronicle of Higher Education.
31 May 2012
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything’s flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad2 video display.
via Explain Everything for iPad on the iTunes App Store.
25 April 2012
YouTube holds a rich trove of videos that could be used in the classroom, but it’s challenging to transform videos into a truly interactive part of a lesson. So the nonprofit group TED has unveiled a new Web site that it hopes will solve this problem—by organizing educational videos and letting professors “flip” them to enhance their lectures.
The new Web site, unveiled today, lets professors turn TED’s educational videos—as well as any video on YouTube—into interactive lessons inspired by the “flipped” classroom model. The site’s introduction is the second phase of an education-focused effort called TED-Ed, which began last month when the group released a series of highly produced, animated videos on a new YouTube channel.
via New TED-Ed Site Turns YouTube Videos Into ‘Flipped’ Lessons – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education.
12 April 2012
In the grand University of California system, the Berkeley and UCLA campuses have long claimed an outsized share of the public imagination. Its easy to forget that the state system has more than two great institutions of higher education. In the heart of the Central Valley, UC-Davis has grown in a hundred years from being the “university farm” to becoming one of the worlds most important research universities. Now its part of a process that may fundamentally redefine the credentials that validate higher learning.
via A Future Full of Badges – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education.
8 February 2012
Here are five strategies that institutions are using to help faculty members effectively embrace new technology and integrate it into their classrooms.
[Source: Campus Technology]