15 février 2018

Higher Education Is Drowning in BS

Higher Education Is Drowning in BS
Christian Smith, https://www.chronicle.com//img/photos/biz/photo_85241_landscape_650x433.jpg, 2018/01/26
Perhaps unaware of Harry G. Frankfurt's publication employing the same rhetorical device, Christian Smith launches into a tirade lashing the contemporary university for everything from "universities hijacked by the relentless pursuit of money and prestige" to "third-tier universities offering mediocre graduate programs to train second-rate Ph.D. students for jobs that do not exist." Ah, but I love a good rant, and this is a good rant. More...

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As robots replace Indian techies, online education strikes gold

As robots replace Indian techies, online education strikes gold
Rajiv Rao, ZDNet, 2018/01/26
It's one thing to talk about robot teachers in an environment where human teachers abound, but in an environment like India's tech industry there is no possibility of the teaching load being carried by traditional educators. Hence the headlines. More...

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Restaurant Group, Pearson to Offer Free Education to Employees

Restaurant Group, Pearson to Offer Free Education to Employees
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, 2018/01/26
The real headline isn't in the story but in the comments. "Is Pearson now in the business of awarding degrees?" asks Betsy Smith. Well, what if they are? What happens should the major publishers and content compabies obtain permission to grant degrees. More...

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With New Personalized-Learning Software, AltSchool Moves Into Public Schools

With New Personalized-Learning Software, AltSchool Moves Into Public Schools
Benjamin Herold, Education Week, 2018/01/26
More on AltSchool's pivot from running schools to selling personalized learning software as reported in December (more), including numerous criticisms of the company. More...

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2017 Top Ten Books on Online Learning

2017 Top Ten Books on Online Learning
Contact North, 2018/01/26
I'm thinking that the definition of 'book' ought to be changed for the purpose of such lists, because it seems to me highly unlikelt that the ten most important long-form reads of 2017 were published only by the likes of Routledge and Springer. More...

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Knewton Releases $44 Adaptive Digital Textbooks

Knewton Releases $44 Adaptive Digital Textbooks
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, 2018/01/25
OK, there's some merit to the idea of selling software-enhanced textbooks directly to students. But I am sceptical as to whether these represent an advanced on the 'programmed texts' of the 1970s. More...

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Implement OAuth in 15 minutes with Firebase

Implement OAuth in 15 minutes with Firebase
Michael Dowden, Martine Dowden, Michael McGinnis, O'Reilly, 2018/01/25
This is a glimpse at the underpinnings of the modern web. OAuth allows you to use your login from one website on another website. When you see those boxes saying 'log in with Google' or 'log in with Facebook' you're seeing OAuth. Firebase is a no-SQL database application. It allows for free-form data storage. The article is "a start-to-finish example with Angular and Typescript." Angulay is a Javascript framework that manages web applications. More...

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A Network of Experts: From Content Curation to Insight Curation

A Network of Experts: From Content Curation to Insight Curation
Joe Arets, Bob Danna, Charles Jennings, Laci Loew, Chief Learning Officer, 2018/01/25
This is a pretty interesting article and is worth reading in its own right. But I want to digress in this post with a comment that is really only periphrial to the article. The author writes, "evidence suggests that teams containing or connected to experts always outperform even the best and brightest of individual experts, particularly when enabled with software or technology." Yes. I have no reason to doubt this. More...

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Why true equity in learning depends on proactive, not reactive, design

Why true equity in learning depends on proactive, not reactive, design
Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute, 2018/01/25
Julia Freeland Fisher did not hear my pitch for affordances, not outcomes, in innovation, but there is an overlap between what she says in her column here and what I said yesterday." The risk of oversimplifying personalized learning on the front end is that we may fail to successfully leverage what works, for which students, in specific circumstances; especially in light of messy human relationships, political dynamics, and histories of discrimination," she writes. More...

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PLATO and the History of Education Technology (That Wasn't)

PLATO and the History of Education Technology (That Wasn't)
Audrey Watters, Hack Education, 2018/01/25
My history intersects with that of Plato, but this intersection is short. Plato was, indeed, a computer0aided instruction (CAI) system, even as late as the 1990s when I looked at it. That made it innovative (though by 1990, not that innovative). But what it wasn't, in any way sense or form was open. A school like ours would invest either in Plato or in the internet; there wasn't a middle ground. More...

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