15 février 2018

MOOCS as Accelerators of Social Mobility? A Systematic Review

MOOCS as Accelerators of Social Mobility? A Systematic Review
Karmijn van de Oudeweetering, Orhan Agirdag1, Educational Technology & Society, 2018/01/08
This study shows that "The literature substantiated that there are fewer barriers to MOOCs than to higher education. Still, the remaining barriers seem to specifically hamper access for underprivileged populations." Which is no surprise, really, and goes to show that open access solves only part of the problem of inequity. But do look at the numbers. More...

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The Impacts of Guided Peer-Feedback on Students’ Learning Achievements and Project Outcomes in Science Courses

Creating Interactive E-Books through Learning by Design: The Impacts of Guided Peer-Feedback on Students’ Learning Achievements and Project Outcomes in Science Courses
Gwo-Jen Hwang, Nien-Ting Tu, Xiao-Ming Wang, Educational Technology & Society, 2018/01/08
A couple of things are going on in this article. First is the design of the interactive e-book itself, which serves as an illustration of this approach in learning technology. Second is the assessment of the "quasi-experimental design method" employed in the design of the interactive e-Books. More...

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Patterns of Inclusion: Fostering Digital Citizenship through Hybrid Education

Patterns of Inclusion: Fostering Digital Citizenship through Hybrid Education
Alex Young Pedersen, Rikke Toft Nørgaard, Christian Köppe, Educational Technology & Society, 2018/01/08
This is an erudite and intelligent paper combining three major threads. First, the idea of digital citizenship as an extension of T.H. Marshall's influential conception of social, economic and political rights and responsibilties. Second is the elucidation of hybrid education based on the concepts of 'becoming', which leads to plurality ("nobody is ever the same as anyone else who ever lived, lives or will live.”), and 'belonging', as seen in the concept of community ("this reconsideration of digital citizenship takes aim at the philosophical and ethical foundations for a reconfiguration of education"). More...

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National Research Council lays out a four-year reform plan

National Research Council lays out a four-year reform plan
Brian Owens, University Affairs, 2018/01/11
This post covers recent developments at the National Research Council (NRC), where I work. It's generally accurate and reflective of the changes happening at the Council. Yes, there is an effort to re-engage with universities, as well as to begin hiring post-doctoral fellows. The former 'portfolios' are becoming research centres. But the core of the changes made in the Harper years remains. More...

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Repository for Prior Art for Digital Credentials and Open Badges - Patents or Applications

Repository for Prior Art for Digital Credentials and Open Badges - Patents or Applications
IMS Global, 2018/01/11
From IMS today: "it has become known that one or more patents or patent applications have been filed that relate to the issuance, management, and display of digital credentials including Open Badges... IMS is making this location available to accumulate prior art—documented records or examples of designs and implementations of ideas similar to those described in a patent or application." More...

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5 big ideas for education innovation in 2018

5 big ideas for education innovation in 2018
Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute, 2018/01/11
It's getting past time to be predicting what will happen in 2018 but I wanted to add one more here. This article talks about what needs to be done in 2018, and as such, is a useful contribution. Included in the list: being clear about what we mean when we talk about just-in time supports; changing the debate from 'technology bad-or-evil' to 'constructivism or behaviourism'; talk about accountability; talk about student networks; and look internationally for dusruptions in education. More...

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Turnitin User Agreement: I disagree

Turnitin User Agreement: I disagree
Hans de Zwart, 2018/01/11
This clause - not unique to TurnItIn - is a problem: "You acknowledge and agree that the form and nature of the Services and the Site which Turnitin provides may change from time to time without prior notice to You." I've seen it just about everywhere, and exercised by various service providers fairly frequently. More...

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Google And Lenovo Unveil The First High-Quality Stand-Alone VR Headset

Google And Lenovo Unveil The First High-Quality Stand-Alone VR Headset
Daniel Terdiman, Fast Company, 2018/01/10
According to this article, "Google and Lenovo pulled back the wraps on their entrant into the stand-alone VR world, the Mirage Solo, a device that has all its computing onboard, and which is capable of positional tracking with no external sensors." These aren't available commercially yet, but it won't be long. More...

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This is what a 50-qubit quantum computer looks like

This is what a 50-qubit quantum computer looks like
Nick Summers, Engadget, 2018/01/10
This is a fascinating set of photos from a display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Normally the computer would have a case, but here we can see the coils and coolant arrangements needed to keep this 50 quantum bit (qubit) computer functioning. More...

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Grade inflation could be the next battleground for higher education

Grade inflation could be the next battleground for higher education
Allan Howells, Wonkhe, 2018/01/26
The argument against grade inflation is based on the absurd premise that education isd a competition that ought to have far nore losers than winners. That, at least, is my view. This article points out "There is no doubt that improvements in primary and secondary school education have better-prepared students for their transition into higher education." As well, students "in a market economy and paying fees of £9,000+ per year, are demanding better degree outcomes." But let's not forget the real victims here. More...

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