11 janvier 2015

A new way to look at the costs of digital media in education

http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/uploads/asssociates.jpgBy . I said it was going to be fun looking at the costs of digital media in education, but it wasn’t. When I came to write this section, I thought it would be a breeze. I wrote about this topic as recently as 2005. All I needed to do is tweak it a little to bring it up to date, I thought. See more...

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Ease of use as a criterion for technology selection in online learning

http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/uploads/asssociates.jpgBy . I felt myself cringing as I wrote this section for my book on ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’. Talk about do what I say and not what I do, especially the part about spending a small amount of time in properly learning about a technology before using it. I was almost half way through writing this book, before I worked out that ‘Parts’ were in fact introductions to ‘Chapters’ and ‘Chapters’ really were sections of chapters, in Pressbook terminology. See more...

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My five wishes for online learning in 2015

http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/uploads/asssociates.jpgBy . Predictions, schmedictions. No-one can guess the future but we can at least say what we would like to see. So here are my five wishes for 2015, with a guess at the odds of them happening.
1. Open textbooks.
My wish: faculty will start adopting open textbooks on a large scale in 2015. This is probably the easiest and best way to bring down the cost of education for students. See more...

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Students as a criterion for media selection in online learning

http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/uploads/asssociates.jpgBy . Decisions are being made every day by government, institutions, teachers and students about technology use in education. How are these decisions made? What criteria are used?
In my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age, I am suggesting using the SECTIONS model for media selection based on an examination of the following criteria. See more...

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Choosing a model for media selection

http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/uploads/asssociates.jpgBy . Chapter 9 of my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age, aims to provide teachers and instructors with a model for making decisions about the choice and use of media. This is a particularly challenging chapter, for reasons given in the extract below. See more...

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Hack Education Weekly News on 9 Jan 2015

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/header_new.pngBy . MOOCs and UnMOOCs (aka Online Education)
“The Hype is Dead, but MOOCs Are Marching On” – an interview with Coursera’s Daphne Koller.
“Have MOOCs Helped or Hurt?” asks Randy Best in an op-ed in Inside Higher Ed. (Best is the CEO of Academic Partnerships, one of the many education-related companies that Jeb Bush has stepped away from as he preps for his likely Presidential run.) More...

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Why (Not) Wearables

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/header_new.pngBy . It's the time of year for predictions: what will the next twelve months hold for education technology.
I generally try to shy away from making predictions (okay, confession: I wrote one for Educating Modern Learners this week). I'm much better at analyzing what's happened and why than at forecasting what's going to happen. More...

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Collaborative Learning for a Digital Age

http://hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-79-873560aec16bee4b69793f2fa0fbd715.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. Five or six years ago, I attended a lecture on the science of attention. A philosopher who conducts research over in the medical school was talking about attention blindness, the basic feature of the human brain that, when we concentrate intensely on one task, causes us to miss just about everything else. Because we can't see what we can't see, our lecturer was determined to catch us in the act. Read more...

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Six Reasons Why the Three-Year Degree is a Terrible Idea

http://hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-79-873560aec16bee4b69793f2fa0fbd715.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. In September 2013, I was invited to conduct a workshop on “Transforming Higher Education for the Digital Age” at a Carnegie Institute symposium on The Future of Higher Education.  After the session that was full of innovative ideas, a dean from one of the larger University of California campuses stopped me and rather triumphantly announced, “We’re on the verge of implementing the most radical idea of all.  Our university is going to a three-year degree.  Isn’t that wonderful?”  It didn't happen, but apparently the idea is still being floated in California. Read more...

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No Discernible Growth in US Higher Ed Online Learning

By Phil Hill. By 2015, 25 million post-secondary students in the United States will be taking classes online. And as that happens, the number of students who take classes exclusively on physical campuses will plummet, from 14.4 million in 2010 to just 4.1 million five years later, according to a new forecast released by market research firm Ambient Insight. Read more...

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