Educational Technology

September 16, 2015

nytEducation debuts pre-collegiate courses

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by eSchoolNews

The New York Times has announced that its education initiative, nytEducation — The School of The New York Times, will launch a pre-collegiate division in October 2015 with a Symposium on college choice and admissions plus weekend courses for intellectually curious youth who want to explore the world of ideas with some of today’s best and most influential minds. The School’s first Symposium, an intensive one-day event for students and parents preparing for the college admissions process, will take place on Oct. 10 at TheTimesCenter in New York City.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/09/10/nyt-pre-collegiate-784/

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Students help launch one-to-one Chromebook program

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By Angie Mason, eSchoolNews

As students filtered into the library at Susquehannock High School and sat down before new Chromebooks, help was just steps away — in the form of some of their classmates. Students who are part of the school’s Tech Shed (short for student help desk) roamed among their peers as they logged into their devices for the first time. The tech helpers called out the details for login info and paused periodically for questions. This year marks the first time every student at Susquehannock will receive a Chromebook for use at school and at home, and students have been involved in the process, from trying out devices to designing the rollout, which started Wednesday. Students visited the library in groups to receive their Chromebooks, log in and download some recommended apps.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/09/11/students-launch-chromebook-390/

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The Teacher’s Guide to Using YouTube in the Classroom

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By Kristen Hicks, Edudemic

YouTube is one of the most popular websites on the planet and a vast resource for educational content. The site is home to over 10 million videos tagged as educational, many of them submitted by your fellow teachers. A completely free resource this huge and varied has nearly endless potential for the classroom. Here are some ideas and suggestions to get you started.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/09/08/why-we-should-build-classes-around-mobile-tech.aspx

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September 15, 2015

How Digital Equity Can Help Close the Homework Gap

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By Keith R. Krueger, Marie Bjerede, THE Journal

Does educational technology close the achievement gap or widen it? Even in the best-case scenarios, when the potential of digital learning is fulfilled and all student achievement increases, the gap is likely to increase. Why? As Tom Vander Ark points out in his book Getting Smart, when we use ed tech to raise the floor for student achievement, the ceiling is raised even further. Unfortunately, educational technology leaders often see only the best-case scenario. In reality, when the achievement gap increases, sometimes it is because the absolute performance improvements may be limited to select students due to a number of factors.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/09/10/how-digital-equity-can-help-close-the-homework-gap.aspx

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SA’s iGrow Academy expands online training courses to Canada

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BY TOM JACKSON, Disrupt-Africa

South African startup iGrow Academy, which provides low-cost online vocational and soft skill courses licensed by academic institutions. Launched in September last year, iGrow Academy announced in June it had raised funding from a South African educational institution in order to expand marketing of its online courses. The startup is also expanding geographically, with chief executive officer (CEO) Jared Koning telling Disrupt Africa the company has now established a satellite office in Toronto, Canada ahead of further launches in the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK). Koning said three major e-commerce players based in Canada have shown interest in selling the soft skills courses, with iGrow Academy expecting to hit more than 4,000 students in the country by the end of 2016. The startup also sees an opportunity in educating immigrants into Canada.

http://disrupt-africa.com/2015/09/sas-igrow-academy-expands-online-training-courses-to-canada/

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How to Start Developing Your eLearning Courses

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by Entrepreneur

In Start Your Own eLearning or Training Business, the Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. explain how to create a successful distance learning business from the ground up. In this book, you’ll find information on all the steps you need to start and run a distance learning business. In this edited excerpt, the authors offer a quick, four-step guide to developing courses your audience will be interested in.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/249613

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September 14, 2015

Is E-learning the future?

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by Stephen Chartrand, Brock Press

Despite the stereotype that university students are beer-guzzling spendthrifts, the reality is that most students today have to take on one or two part-time jobs just to make ends meet. When you add up the hours, going to lecture, writing papers, preparing for exams and working part-time it can be incredibly difficult to maintain a flexible and balanced schedule.As Dhirendra Kumar wrote in a white paper for North Carolina State University, “Online methods of education can be a highly effective alternative method of education for the students who are matured, self-disciplined and motivated, well organized and having a high degree of time management skills, but it is an inappropriate learning environment for more dependent learners and has difficulty assuming responsibilities required by the online courses.”

http://www.brockpress.com/2015/09/is-e-learning-the-future/

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CalArts Launches Open Online Game Design: Art and Concepts Courses on Coursera

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by University of California Institute of the Arts

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is launching a cluster of online courses titled Game Design: Art and Concepts on Coursera, the world’s largest open online education provider. With the first course launching on September 15th, the Game Design Specialization will be taught by the college’s top faculty and accessible to anyone who registers online. “When Coursera approached us to develop a new video game design Specialization, we saw it as a great opportunity—not only to grow our relationship with them, but also to bring our unique creative pedagogy to a broader online audience,” said CalArts Provost Jeannene Przyblyski. “Through courses designed by CalArts faculty, this Specialization will help learners create compelling story-driven visual worlds with engaging characters that keep game players coming back for more. At CalArts ‘story’ is a tradition that becomes even more exciting as we explore new possibilities for interactive user experience.”

https://calarts.edu/news/2015-sep-10/calarts-launches-open-online-game-design-art-and-concepts-courses-coursera

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MOOCs: Did We Expect Too Much Too Soon?

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by Pranab Chakraborty, ATD

Are MOOCs (massive open online courses) the next big thing in higher education, or merely a distraction that won’t change the current system? Is the MOOC revolution only just starting to change how people learn, or has it already failed? It all depends on who you ask. But the real question is: Did we expect too much too soon?

https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Learning-Technologies-Blog/2015/09/Moocs-Did-We-Expect-Too-Much-Too-Soon

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September 13, 2015

College data backup in the age of the cloud

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By Ken Stier, University Business

In just three years, enrollment at Lone Star Community College grew by about 50 percent. The six-campus system, located in the north Houston metro area, now has more than 95,000 students and has experienced explosive data growth, as well—from 40 terabytes to 1.6 petabytes. A data collection that big is hard to imagine. But as of April 2011, the entire U.S. Library of Congress had amassed 235 terabytes of data, and a petabyte is more than four times that, according to Michael Chui, a principal at consulting giant McKinsey & Company. The growth prompted IT standardization in the sprawling, decentralized system and an overhaul of Lone Star’s data backup process and technology.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/college-data-backup-age-cloud

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U-Michigan to Invest $100M in Big Data Initiative

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by Greg Slabodkin, Health Data Management
The University of Michigan over five years will invest $100 million in a big data initiative with researchers seeking insights in four targeted areas—healthcare, learning analytics, social sciences, and transportation. Improving personalized healthcare delivery is at the heart of the health sciences/medicine component of the university’s Data Science Initiative. By tapping into DNA sequencing, electronic health records and other sources of big data, U-Michigan researchers hope to translate basic research into patient care based on more precisely diagnosing an individual’s risk for certain types of diseases and coming up with the most effective medical therapies. As part of the Data Science Initiative, U-M will hire 35 new faculty members, expand the university’s research computing capacity and strengthen its data management, storage, analytics and training resources. “We have a substantial personalized health/precision medicine footprint here,” says Alfred Hero, Ph.D., co-director of the new Michigan Institute for Data Science, which was created under the initiative and has an interdisciplinary core faculty of 40 data scientists. “There’s roughly $10 million that will be invested for the computational infrastructure for handling very large data sets.”
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Online learning offers another alternative

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by Jacksonville Daily News

At one time, the public education system was a one-size-fits-all approach to getting students from kindergarten through high school. Now, there are nearly as many options as there are students — each one with strengths that might appeal to different students and their parents. For instance, there are local charter schools, where students, parents, teachers and administrators interact in a way that is simply not possible in the traditional school setting. There are also a host of different programs within those traditional settings — many more options than were available just a few short years ago. And then there’s online learning, an approach that allows students who might be at, ahead or behind the level of their classmates to progress at their own pace.

http://www.jdnews.com/article/20150908/OPINION/150909417/-1/s

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September 12, 2015

Arkansas online-only eVersity ready to enroll after just 18 months

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By Aziza Musa, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The UA System board of trustees in March 2014 gave the go-ahead to start eVersity. At the time — and even now — the online market was a competitive one. And in the ring are some of the biggest for-profits, such as the University of Phoenix with its some 250,000 students, as well as the traditional brick-and-mortar universities going online, including Arizona State University with its nearly 83,400 students, 17 percent of which are online only. In Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education has allowed more than 100 distance education providers.

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/sep/07/applications-to-open-tuesday-for-ua-s-o/?f=latest

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Udemy sees 200% rise in revenue, online learning demand increases

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by Natalie Marsh, the Pie News

Online learning platform, Udemy, has seen an increase in revenue of 200% year on year, as the demand for skills-based online learning increases.Udemy, which launched in 2010 in the US, provides free and paid-for online courses tailored for skills-based learning in subjects including language learning, office productivity and IT and software. Courses are created by instructors themselves, who receive all of the revenue, minus the payment fees, if they bring students to their course, or half of the revenue if students were brought in by Udemy. The revenue increase of the platform overall has risen since last year, when it was displaying a growth of 160%.

http://thepienews.com/news/udemy-sees-200-rise-in-revenue-online-learning-demand-increases/

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District rolls out revamped elementary computer curriculum

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by Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal

This fall, Lincoln Public Schools is rolling out a revamped elementary computer curriculum that emphasizes computer science — and coding — principles. Kent Steen, LPS computer science curriculum specialist, said the goal is to expose all students to the basics of coding and computer science — including robotics — along with digital literacy and digital media arts. Exposing all students to computer science at a young age, by showing them it’s something they all can do, will help reduce the gender and racial minority gap in such fields, he said.

http://www.macon.com/news/business/technology/article34167813.html

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September 11, 2015

LinkedIn Open-Sources FeatureFu, A Toolkit For Building Machine Learning Models

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by Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch

LinkedIn today announced that it is open-sourcing an internal tool called FeatureFu. The FeatureFu toolkit is meant to make it easier for developers to build their machine learning models around statistical modeling and decision engines. The idea here is to take LinkedIn’s knowledge around “feature engineering” and make it accessible to developers outside of the company. In machine learning, feature engineering is basically using your detailed knowledge of the phenomenon you are looking at and then using that to build machine learning models. LinkedIn argues that most large-scale recommendation systems (think LinkedIn’s own tools for suggesting connections on its site) are managed by at least two teams: one that handles the offline modeling and one that takes care of the online feature-serving/model-scoring part of the system.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/04/linkedin-open-sources-featurefu-a-toolkit-for-building-machine-learning-models/

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7 Things You Must Know About Lifetime Learning

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By Miriam Cross, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

It’s never too late to go back to school, for a degree or for pleasure. You have plenty of options. Older adults may enroll in a degree program, sit in on regular college courses, attend classes with peers or take courses online. Many colleges and universities allow older adults to audit or take classes for credit, as well as host lifelong learning programs for adults 50 and over.

http://www.kiplinger.com/article/college/T042-C000-S002-what-you-must-know-about-lifetime-learning.html

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@ISSUE: Online learning requires educators

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by JOAN FICKE, Courier – Post

Online learning (or distance learning as it is sometimes called) is here to stay. The conveniences of technology, the exciting changes in instructional approaches and the ever-increasing professional needs for career development will be the essential movers for expanding online opportunities. That said, online learning is not a panacea as is sometimes advocated, and it should be provided by committed and trained educators who understand both its advantages as a learning tool, and its disadvantages when not properly handled.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/09/04/issue-online-learning-requires-educators/71723128/

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September 10, 2015

Indiana U Expands Remote Support for IT Help

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Indiana University has gone public with its multi-year usage of a remote support application to deliver IT help. The university system, which has 114,000 students, 23,000 employees and eight campuses is using Remote Support from Bomgar. The institution’s experience with remote support for IT got off to a rocky start. In 2007 the university’s Clinical Affairs schools (part of the School of Medicine) had four service technicians supporting about 600 desktops. Although the technicians tried to implement remote support, frequently, they simply had to visit the device in person to resolve problems. As Lisa Schunk, manager of client services for clinical affairs IT services (CAITS), explained in a prepared statement, “Our service technicians tried other tools, but these solutions were slow and they often dropped connections.” So she began hunting for a better approach. After assessing several contenders, the team chose Bomgar for ease of use and reliability.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/09/03/indiana-u-expands-remote-support-for-it-help.aspx

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A Better Way to Find the Right OER

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

For a lot of educators who want to use open educational resources (OER), the challenge is finding the “good stuff.” Useful lessons, textbooks and whole courses may be freely available online, but pinpointing the ones that can really help students with a particular learning objective can become a major hurdle to their adoption. Russ Walker is an advocate for OER usage at DeVry University Long Beach as a professor in the College of Business & Management. He especially likes OER for supplemental materials. “Very often a textbook or other resources that are built into the course don’t quite hit a learning objective right on the head,” he noted. Students often come at the content with their own perspectives, interests and backgrounds, and they may need to learn a concept “in another way or from another viewpoint,” he said, or they may just need a review on a topic they haven’t worked with in a long time. So Walker does what he can to “provide a variety of resources, including OER.”

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/09/02/a-better-way-to-find-the-right-oer.aspx

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3 Key Trends in AV Technology for Schools

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by David Pierce, THE Journal

In schools from coast to coast, classroom learning environments are becoming more active and collaborative. Students are contributing to discussions and presentations, and the days of the “sage on the stage” are waning. This change is having a profound effect on the deployment of audiovisual technology in education. According to Mike Tomei, an independent audiovisual consultant who designs and installs AV systems for classrooms, “Classroom AV technology plays a big part in facilitating active learning environments.” Makers of AV equipment have responded to districts’ needs by developing new products that support more active and collaborative learning. Here are three key trends that show how they’re doing it.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/08/11/3-key-trends-in-av-technology-for-schools.aspx

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