5 simple ways to streamline campus technology

September 10th, 2014

by Paige Francis, eCampus News

Somewhere along the line, it seems that higher-education technology leaders hit a development gap where the KISS principle [2] was routinely ignored. The “Keep It Simple Stupid” adage states that “systems perform best when they have simple designs rather than complex ones.” It appears this gap has coincided with significant advancements in technology, leading to near-immediate obsolescence—and resulting in an overabundance of clunky technology and an over-outfitting of space. In a nutshell, more has resulted in less. We oversupplied and over-indulged, and now many institutions are forced to maintain these cumbersome environments … or are they? Here are five suggestions for getting back to the basics and streamlining campus technology.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/streamline-campus-technology-329/

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Here’s how you do tablet integration

September 10th, 2014

by eCampus News

Dozens of Fresno State classes have introduced a new interactive tablet curriculum that began Aug. 21 when fall semester classes began. The first 1,200 students have enrolled in the university’s DISCOVERe program and 33 faculty members will teach a variety of courses incorporating tablet technology. Fresno State had been preparing to launch the DISCOVERe program since President Joseph I. Castro arrived on the campus a year ago, and on Thursday, Castro officially launched the program with a scissor-free, virtual ribbon cutting at the new DISCOVERe Hub, a technology help desk similar to Apple’s Genius Bar, located on the first floor of Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/tablet-integration-fresno-436/

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Textbook giants are now teaching classes

September 10th, 2014

By Gabriel Kahn, Slate

This summer, Chad Mason signed up for online general psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This spring, Jonathan Serrano took intro to psychology online at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. Though the two undergraduates were separated by more than 600 miles, enrolled in different institutions, and paying different tuitions, they were taking what amounts to the same course. That’s because the course wasn’t produced by either school. Instead, it was a sophisticated package devised by publishing giant Pearson PLC and delivered through a powerful online platform called MyPsychLab.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/education/2014/09/online_college_classes_textbook_companies_offer_courses_with_minimal_university.html

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California Shores up Support for Computer Science Education

September 9th, 2014

By Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Ed

California computer science legislation could open doors for students to learn about a subject that’s gaining national attention. Computer science education is getting plenty of attention in the California Legislature, with four out of eight bills passing both the Assembly and Senate. And the Golden State’s efforts are part of a national push to bring more computer science into schools. With the national Hour of Code campaign last year and recent legislation in many states, lawmakers and educators on both sides of the aisle are making computer science education a priority. In 23 states, computer science now counts toward high school graduation requirements for math or science, according to Code.org, the nonprofit that drove the Hour of Code campaign.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/news/California-Computer-Science-Education.html

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Equipped for interaction on campus: Hardware for the collaborative classroom environment

September 9th, 2014

By Esther Shein, University Business

Montana State had already standardized on switching and control gear, and officials opted to use several solutions from the same vendor, including a system that allows users to send 1080p video and high-definition audio, and shared Ethernet over a single cable. “From the most basic standpoint, it’s a massive reduction in cables,” says Packwood. The transmitters at the tables and the receivers at the flat panels can be remotely powered from the switcher location. In other words, an electrician isn’t needed to bring in additional power to transmit-and-receive locations, and the placement of these devices is much more flexible.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/equipped-interaction-campus

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How Students Could Get Access to Courses Their High Schools Don’t Offer

September 9th, 2014

by Lindsey Burke, Daily Signal

Less than two-thirds of high schools across the country offer physics. Just half offer calculus, according to Michael Horn, an education innovation guru. That only half of high schools offer calculus might come as a shock to a large portion of parents, who have worked to ensure their children have adequate educational opportunities. And it’s just one more reason why choice in education should be universal and not confined to choice among schools. What exactly is course choice? Course choice enables students to craft an à la carte education uniquely tailored to their learning needs. Louisiana’s course choice program enables K-12 students to take courses from colleges, public high schools, virtual schools and private online providers.

http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/02/students-get-access-courses-high-schools-dont-offer/

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MIT brings top entrepreneurship students together in person

September 8th, 2014

By Chi-Chi Zhang, MIT NEWS OFFICE

MIT has just concluded an experiment in blended learning that could reshape existing educational paradigms. A unique program held on campus Aug. 18-22 brought together students from around the world who had taken an online course in entrepreneurship and then immersed themselves at MIT — to learn how to create a startup. The Institute brought 47 out of 54,856 students enrolled in the MITx on edX course 15.390x Entrepreneurship 101: Who is Your Customer? to campus for the inaugural MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. The bootcamp was an experiment by MIT to help edX students further their online education, to learn not only from MIT professors but also from like-minded people from around the world.

http://tech.mit.edu/V134/N34/bootcamp.html

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What does pedagogy mean when it comes to online learning?

September 8th, 2014

by Carolyn Lewis, Training Zone

Effective online pedagogy is not exclusively applicable to delivery of formal qualifications it is equally important whether it’s social learning or short courses. The full extent of skills may not be required for all types of learning, but in my opinion we can pretty much apply the standards set out in the UK Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training to online pedagogy whatever the objective.

http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/blogs-post/what-does-pedagogy-mean-when-it-comes-online-learning/187606

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SC State Education Department rebrands its online learning program

September 8th, 2014

By Kelly Petty, ColaDaily

“While the name is new, its mission to provide personalized, online learning opportunities for South Carolina students remains the same,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais. The website will feature a new Student Information System, which will allow counselors at participating schools to register students. VirtualSC will continue to offer courses for students in grades 7-12 and for adult learners in Adult Education programs who want to take courses for high school credit without seat-time requirement.

http://coladaily.com/2014/09/01/state-education-department-rebrands-its-online-learning-program-registration-ends-sept-5/

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K-12 school students taking digital learning into real world

September 7th, 2014

by EVA FERGUSON, Calgary Herald

Public school students will take their online learning one step further this fall in a new curriculum allowing them to have their digital projects assessed in the real world. Beyond existing initiatives around digital literacy in the classroom, from instructional YouTube videos to assignments done on PowerPoint, the Calgary Board of Education will encourage students to complete certain projects digitally and then send them to the private sector for feedback. “This will be a great opportunity to work with different experts in the field,” said Cathy Faber, superintendent of learning innovation and chief information officer.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Public+school+students+taking+digital+learning+into+real/10165853/story.html

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Online program puts new spin on student learning

September 7th, 2014

by Jessica Else, The Argus Observer

Oregon Connections Academy puts a new spin on education with online classes for students in kindergarten through grade 12. The virtual school held an information session at Four Rivers Cultural Center this week to answer questions. One family was in attendance. Janet Carlsen and Carrie Hargrove, teachers at the virtual school, hosted the session.  “We work in a virtual environment, so we connect with our students on the Internet in real time classrooms,” said Carlsen, who is from Summerville and teaches elementary school at Oregon Connections Academy. “And we also spend a lot of time on the phone supporting our students.”

http://www.argusobserver.com/news/online-program-puts-new-spin-on-student-learning/article_05e67554-30bb-11e4-85f2-001a4bcf887a.html

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With so many free and cheap online courses now available, anyone can go back to school

September 7th, 2014

by Nicole Shepard, Deseret News

When MIT implemented over 100 free online courses, it considered the traditional purpose of education.  “Sometimes I wonder if we’ve lost our vision of education,” said Tom Bronson, MIT online programs committee member. “Universities were created to establish an educated society. There is strength and stability that comes with a citizenship that can think outside the box. We’re looking to create and sustain an educated society.”

http://national.deseretnews.com/article/2248/with-so-many-free-and-cheap-online-courses-now-available-anyone-can-go-back-to-school.html

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What Are The Biggest Online Learning Trends And Challenges?

September 6th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

Online learning takes many forms these days. From all-online degree programs to taking one class online as part of a more traditional, in person degree program, to blended and flipped classrooms, more and more teachers and students have some type of online component to their teaching and learning. The infographic below takes a look at some of the trends and challenges that universities moving programs from an in-person to an online environment can pose.

http://www.edudemic.com/online-learning-trends-and-challenges/

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Virtual Resources for Art History and Appreciation Courses

September 6th, 2014

by John Seed, Huffington Post

I think Smarthistory has hit critical mass. I think it truly can replace standard high school and college texts for a variety of widely taught survey courses in art history and art appreciation. Smarthistory now provides workable online syllabi for several courses, and I have made up my own “Virtual Art Appreciation” text using Smarthistory in combination with other free and open resources. The list of resources below are here for you to inspect and consider. If you are a K-12 teacher or college professor, please consult your institution’s curriculum guidelines, and your supervisor before you consider going textless. Please also keep in mind that these resources need to be properly integrated with your other resources, lecture content and evaluations. I will leave it up to you to vet these materials to make sure they meet your standards.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-seed/virtual-resources-for-art_b_5738100.html

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Blended tech course combines classroom, independent study

September 6th, 2014

By JEANNE MILLSAP Shaw Media

Leanne Dammann’s computer maintenance technology classes at the Grundy Area Vocational Center have been popular for years, with instruction in understanding computers, printers, cellphones, switches, routers and more. But seniors trying to enroll in the second year of the series – CMT II – were having difficulty fitting the class into their schedules. Dammann was able to start offering her CMT II course as a blended class beginning with the 2012-13 school year. This year, she has 15 students in the class. They said so far they have managed to keep up by finding time during their daytime schedules to study.

http://www.morrisdailyherald.com/2014/08/29/blended-tech-course-combines-classroom-independent-study/aq50w24/

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Rural Yukon schools going online in bid to improve learning

September 5th, 2014

by CBC

Attendance ‘way up’ as Yukon school moves courses online. Students are Watson Lake Secondary School have the option of doing some coursework online at their own pace. Three more Yukon schools are changing the way they deliver courses, following a pilot project in Watson Lake. Yukon Education is investing in a program called blended learning. It allows students to pursue online courses offered through Moodle: an open-source website.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/rural-yukon-schools-going-online-in-bid-to-improve-learning-1.2749645

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The Red Hot Market for Learning Technology Platforms

September 5th, 2014

by Josh Bersin, Forbes

We just released our newest research on the corporate Learning Management Systems market and the numbers are astounding. The market is well over $2.5 billion and grew by over 21% this year. These are big numbers, especially since the market grew by only 13% the prior year. Why all the growth? There are four big drivers

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbersin/2014/08/28/the-red-hot-market-for-learning-technology-platforms/

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How important is informal learning?

September 5th, 2014

By Laura Devaney, eSchoolNews

Learning is changing. It is moving from a primarily school-based, formal process to include more informal opportunities. Learning is just as likely to occur among a group of students at a coffee shop or at a museum as it is within a virtual group on a social network. Informal learning, then, is often characterized by its impromptu and unofficial nature, as a new infographic demonstrates. Today’s students must be independent workers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and informal learning supports these skills because it requires autonomy, flexibility, accessibility, and relevance. The 2013 New Media Consortium K-12 Horizon Report identified informal learning as a challenge, noting that K-12 education systems “must address the increased blending of formal and informal learning.”

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/08/28/informal-learning-trends-498/

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Inspiring Creativity With No-Tech, Low-Tech and High-Tech Tools

September 4th, 2014

By Dan Gordon, THE Journal

One of the things I’m a big proponent of is making kids see that they are creators, not simply consumers, on their devices. They can make materials that others can absorb and explore. Particularly for children up to age 10 like the ones I work with, technology can make your work look better. If you write something by hand, people can tell you’re 10 years old from the handwriting. But if you type it and put it into an interactive book, you could be 50 years old and no one knows the difference. So it levels the playing field for children in a way that traditional media can’t do.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/08/28/innovator-todd-burleson.aspx

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How Open Badges Could Really Work In Education

September 4th, 2014

By LindsayH, Edudemic

Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to higher education. A closer look at this emerging trend reveals benefits for traditional institutions and alternative learning programs alike. Some advocates have suggested that badges representing learning and skills acquired outside the classroom, or even in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), will soon supplant diplomas and course credits.

http://www.edudemic.com/open-badges-in-education/

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Over 100 Districts Now Using Digital Social Studies Curriculum

September 4th, 2014

by School CIO

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook™ series offers a digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks and features dynamic, standards-based digital content and engaging resources. More than 100,000 middle school students are currently using Social Studies Techbook, with over 100 school districts across 33 states in the U.S. beginning to integrate the digital resource into classrooms this fall.The digital textbook solution will now be used by some of the most innovative school systems in the 2014-15 school year. Each district will have access to the full suite of Social Studies Techbook courses, including two United States History courses, World History and World Geography & Cultures. Social Studies Techbook is a web-based teaching and learning resource.   Techbook is designed to support multiple reading levels and languages, promote personalized learning, encourage critical thinking and enable project-based learning.

http://www.schoolcio.com/cio-back-office-business/0104/over-100-districts-now-using-digital-social-studies-curriculum-/55339

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