The Number of Students Taking Online Courses Is Quickly Rising

The Number of Students Taking Online Courses Is Quickly Rising, But Perceptions Are Changing Slowly (EdSurge)
Online course offerings in the United States have expanded. In both K12 and higher education options for students to take whole courses, blended courses and—in some places—entire degree programs online are more prevalent than ever.
Research presented in EdSurge, but here is the real takeaway. Bad teaching is bad teaching...online or off. Patrick R. Lowenthal, an associate professor of educational technology at Boise State University, notes that he was one of those professors who began to view online learning more favorably after engaging with the medium back on 2001. Since…

Say Goodbye To The Information Age

Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now (Fast Company)
In a world of fake news, the only antidote is our ability to judge the reputation of the people supplying us with information.
From Fast Company's World Changing Ideas section: We are experiencing a fundamental paradigm shift in our relationship to knowledge. From the “information age,” we are moving towards the “reputation age,” in which information will have value only if it is already filtered, evaluated, and commented upon by others. Seen in this light, reputation has become a central…

A study exploring the impact of lecture capture availability and lecture capture usage on student attendance and attainment

A study exploring the impact of lecture capture availability and lectu (SpringerLink)
Lecture capture is widely used within higher education as a means of recording lecture material for online student viewing. However, there is some uncertainty around whether this is a uniformly...
Research from the International Journal of Higher Education Research. A lot of interesting findings from this research that point to challenges for online, blended/hybrid, and face-to-face learning. Very interesting that lecture capture has no impact on attainment of content or attendance. Generally there is a strong negative impact of lecture capture on all aspects of…

What Will Schools Look Like in the Future?

What Will Schools Look Like in the Future?
From the Freethink channel: Everyone wants America’s education system to do better. Ex-Googler Max Ventilla has a radical idea for how to make it work more like a social network. Ventilla’s AltSchool is building a highly-personalized education experience that gets better and cheaper as more students use it. In a decade, AltSchool may not have…

Making Culture

Making Culture - ExCITe Center (ExCITe Center)
Making Culture is the product of a year-long investigation visiting 30 K-12 education makerspaces across 12 metropolitan regions map conducted through in-depth interviews with students, instructors, and leadership alongside observation and study of each space and its programs. Among the ExCITe Center's recommendations made as a result of the report are: The culture of a makerspace has a…

The perils and promises of listening to parents

The perils and promises of listening to parents (BOLD)
Encountering unexpected barriers to improving preschool in Ghana
The health sector has developed many successful community-based approaches to alter health-related perspectives and behaviors. A recent study found that community-based theater was an effective way to teach about the prevalence and social predictors of stroke and change behaviors. On a larger scale, nationwide public awareness campaigns have helped countries successfully vaccinate entire populations. Perhaps we need a similar…

Student Learning and Virtual Reality: The Embodied Experience

Student Learning and Virtual Reality: The Embodied Experience (er.educause.edu)
After making the decision to dive into virtual reality with a focus on student learning outcomes, CSU Channel Islands faculty have seen very promising
In addition to these compelling student reflections and the nearly immediate change in reporting practice, survey findings show that students unanimously felt that this type of patient-perspective VR experience should be integrated and become a staple of the nursing curriculum. Seeing, hearing, and feeling these moments results in significant and memorable learning experiences compared to…

The Lifespan of a Lie

The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium by Ben Blum (Medium)
It was late in the evening of August 16th, 1971, and twenty-two-year-old Douglas Korpi, a slim, short-statured Berkeley graduate with a mop of pale, shaggy hair, was locked in a dark closet in the…
Ben Blum on the Stanford Prison Experiment in Medium. The famous psychology experiment was apparently a sham, and yet it continues to inform criminal justice policy, education and more. It was a defining moment in what has become perhaps the best-known psychology study of all time. Whether you learned about Philip Zimbardo’s famous “Stanford Prison Experiment”…

Facebook claims it’s not a monopoly, is your whole home screen

Facebook claims it’s not a monopoly, is your whole home screen (The Outline)
Ok, Facebook.
Paris Martineau in The Outline: Facebook, which Mark Zuckerberg would like to remind you is totally, definitely, absolutely not a monopoly, wants Congress to know it’s all about fair competition. Or at least that’s how the company phrased it in its over 500 page-long list of answers to American lawmakers released Monday. Among the pressures it was trying…

Facebook’s Latest Higher Ed Push Part of Broader Trend

Facebook’s Latest Higher Ed Push Part of Broader Trend - EdSurge News (EdSurge)
Facebook is teaming up with community colleges as part of a nationwide effort to teach digital-literacy skills to small-business leaders and others in ...
News from EdSurge as Facebook is teaming up with community colleges as part of a nationwide effort to teach digital-literacy skills to small-business leaders and others in cities. Facebook’s education strategy focuses on economic enablement and job growth, as well as supporting small businesses with the skills “they need to grow.” In addition to the…