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10 video games that teach

Wed, 2017-12-06 16:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Video games used were originally used to entertain children, young adults, and even adults. The advent of more platforms paved the way to incorporate educational concepts in video games, injecting fun with the aid of technology in subjects that used to be taught conventionally in schools or at home. Kids do not have just to read books or watch documentaries about math, science, art, music or even sports; video games augment what was initially taught to them by engaging them in activities to apply what they have learned. Here are some video games from across different platforms that allow kids to learn while playing.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-video-games-teach/

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Robot Learning Improves Online Student Engagement

Wed, 2017-12-06 16:10

by Michigan State University

The first-ever study of Michigan State University’s pioneering robot-learning course shows that online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom. Stationed around the class, each robot has a mounted video screen controlled by the remote user that lets the student pan around the room to see and talk with the instructor and fellow students participating in-person. The study, published in Online Learning, found that robot learning generally benefits remote students more than traditional videoconferencing, in which multiple students are displayed on a single screen.

https://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2017/12/robot-learning-improves-online-student-engagement

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5 Tips to Help You Register for Online Courses

Wed, 2017-12-06 16:04

By Bradley Fuster, US News

After you decide to pursue an online degree, one of your first tasks will be to register for classes. Diligently selecting which online courses to take, with which faculty and in what order will impact your satisfaction with the program and academic success. Many universities provide online students with an academic adviser early on to aid in course selection and registration. While online advisers are excellent resources, here are five tips to help you during the course-selection process.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-12-01/5-tips-to-help-you-register-for-online-courses

 

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MOOCs Struggle to Meet Financial Demand of Master’s in Social Work with Varying Success

Wed, 2017-12-06 16:03

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

The Master’s in Social Work (MSW), for example, at the University of Michigan is currently the top-ranked program of its kind in the U.S. 416 students currently matriculate. The annual cost to attend this program currently stands at $25,756 for Michigan residents and $41,272 for out of state students, which is certainly well above average for a MSW program. It is, however, currently the best. Still, a good wage for a social worker currently brings in a $45,000 salary, but professionals with only a degree on their wall and little experience might expect something more like $30,000.

https://news.elearninginside.com/moocs-struggle-meet-financial-demand-masters-social-work-varying-success/

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Why Digitizing Traditional Learning Isn’t Innovation

Tue, 2017-12-05 16:25

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Technology has been hailed by many as the answer to every problem in education. Digital technology is supposed to allow students to learn in entirely new ways, bringing new innovations to every classroom. But this isn’t always the case. In fact, many EdTech programs and tools are simply digitizing traditional teaching—and it isn’t innovation. Instead, teachers should be looking for ways to use technology to get students active. That doesn’t mean physically active, but mentally active. With technology, it’s possible to get students to do more critical thinking, evaluating, and creating. Students can take responsibility for their own learning.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/digitizing-traditional-teaching-isnt-innovation/

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Massachusetts Commits to Digital Education and Lifelong Learning

Tue, 2017-12-05 16:20

by Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said that he plans to establish a Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning. The intent of the commission is to sound the depths of the current state of employment and the Massachusetts workforce. Baker hopes the commission will provide insight on how to create conditions and incentives for Massachusetts residents to more easily receive education and workforce training in growing fields. The announcement occurred at the recent “Governor’s Online Digital Learning Summit,” which was hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The summit brought together education administrators from the state government along with businesses and education institutions.

Massachusetts Commits to Digital Education and Lifelong Learning

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3 ed tech trends transforming higher ed

Tue, 2017-12-05 16:15

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Tech-savvy schools recognizing the world of work is changing dramatically are investing in more tools to better prepare students for employment. In an interview with Microsoft VP for worldwide education Anthony Salcito for Ed Tech Magazine, data collection tools to enhance student retention efforts and artificial intelligence to generate trends and projections with the collected data on student outcomes, as well as create more efficiencies in the management of campus life, were identified as two emerging trends.  Institutions are also investing in collaboration technologies that can close digital skills gaps among students and better prepare them to enter a more technologically entrenched world of work, such as applications that allow students to better collaborate with each other outside of the classroom.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/3-ed-tech-trends-transforming-higher-ed/511938/

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Study Explores Social Media and Mobile Use in Flipped Learning And Help-Seeking

Tue, 2017-12-05 16:10

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Many things have changed since the ‘90s, especially regarding online education and education technology. Some professors have made incredible commitments to online presence, such as Al Filreis who maintains a massive online open course (MOOC) version of his poetry class at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his team respond to students usually within the hour. Professor Ashok Goel at Georgia Tech created a teaching assistant chatbot for his computer science courses. But by and large, these efforts are fantastic anomalies. The issues of isolation for online learners remain today. “[S]tudents suffer isolation when they study in an online environment and this situation is often considered to be unavoidable,” Professor Wen-Li Chyr writes.

https://news.elearninginside.com/study-explores-social-media-mobile-use-flipped-learning-help-seeking/

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Why Digitizing Traditional Learning Isn’t Innovation

Tue, 2017-12-05 16:06

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Technology has been hailed by many as the answer to every problem in education. Digital technology is supposed to allow students to learn in entirely new ways, bringing new innovations to every classroom. But this isn’t always the case. In fact, many EdTech programs and tools are simply digitizing traditional teaching—and it isn’t innovation. Instead, teachers should be looking for ways to use technology to get students active. That doesn’t mean physically active, but mentally active. With technology, it’s possible to get students to do more critical thinking, evaluating, and creating. Students can take responsibility for their own learning.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/digitizing-traditional-teaching-isnt-innovation/

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Massachusetts Commits to Digital Education and Lifelong Learning

Tue, 2017-12-05 16:02

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said that he plans to establish a Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning. The intent of the commission is to sound the depths of the current state of employment and the Massachusetts workforce. Baker hopes the commission will provide insight on how to create conditions and incentives for Massachusetts residents to more easily receive education and workforce training in growing fields. The announcement occurred at the recent “Governor’s Online Digital Learning Summit,” which was hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The summit brought together education administrators from the state government along with businesses and education institutions.

Massachusetts Commits to Digital Education and Lifelong Learning

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This is the smartest robotics company in the world (and soon to be one of the most important)

Mon, 2017-12-04 16:25

by Greg Nichols, ZDNet

Sarcos Robotics, a Salt Lake City-based robotics company, has three new products at market or debuting soon. One is a small robotic snake, useful for industrial tasks such as pipeline inspection or for first responders conducting search & rescue or tactical response operations. Another is a hulking two-armed tele-operated robot that can be used for heavy construction or in nuclear power plants. The third is an exoskeleton suit that allows workers to nimbly perform the functions of a forklift. The technology is cool and worthy of the recent spate of coverage. But the really impressive thing about Sarcos is that its executive team seems to have figured out something that’s eluded countless other robotics developers: A bomb-proof go-to-market strategy.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-is-the-smartest-robotics-company-in-the-world-and-soon-to-be-one-of-the-most-important/

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Why Blended (Learning), Why Now?

Mon, 2017-12-04 16:20

by Kathryn E. Linder, Tomorrow’s Professor

Over the past several decades, a wide range of technologies has emerged that are designed to assist in teaching and learning. Technology has changed every aspect of our lives, and the higher education classroom also feels that impact (Collins & Halverson, 2009). Distance education programs at institutions of higher education, which are often seen as a means to broaden enrollment and increase gross margins (e.g., see Parry, 2011), are continuing to grow (Allen & Seaman, 2014). Blended (also referred to as hybrid) courses, in which face-to-face interaction is combined with technology-enhanced or online activities to aid student learning, have also been posed as a possible solution to the question of how best to engage busy students in a cost-effective and learner-centered way. Major (2015) points out that, for some, blended is seen to be “the best of both worlds” (p. 82) because of the way it allows for both face-to-face interaction and online support structures. For many instructors across disciplines, a form of blended learning, termed flipped classrooms, has also gained popularity as a method to increase in-class active learning time by shifting delivery of content to the online environment.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1607

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The Ultimate MOOC Handbook #infographic

Mon, 2017-12-04 16:16

by Accredited Schools Online

MOOCs are online courses available to anyone with a computer and Internet connection. They offer students a way to learn in a setting similar to an online class, but are usually loosely structured and can be accessed without paying tuition or committing to an academic program. Whether a student should sign up for a MOOC will depend on his or her academic and professional goals. To learn just for fun or to get a certificate for a small fee, MOOCs are ideal.

https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/moocs/

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3 ed tech trends transforming higher ed

Mon, 2017-12-04 16:05

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Tech-savvy schools recognizing the world of work is changing dramatically are investing in more tools to better prepare students for employment. In an interview with Microsoft VP for worldwide education Anthony Salcito for Ed Tech Magazine, data collection tools to enhance student retention efforts and artificial intelligence to generate trends and projections with the collected data on student outcomes, as well as create more efficiencies in the management of campus life, were identified as two emerging trends.  Institutions are also investing in collaboration technologies that can close digital skills gaps among students and better prepare them to enter a more technologically entrenched world of work, such as applications that allow students to better collaborate with each other outside of the classroom.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/3-ed-tech-trends-transforming-higher-ed/511938/

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The Ultimate MOOC Handbook #infographic

Mon, 2017-12-04 16:03

by Accredited Schools Online

MOOCs are online courses available to anyone with a computer and Internet connection. They offer students a way to learn in a setting similar to an online class, but are usually loosely structured and can be accessed without paying tuition or committing to an academic program. Whether a student should sign up for a MOOC will depend on his or her academic and professional goals. To learn just for fun or to get a certificate for a small fee, MOOCs are ideal.

https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/moocs/

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Universities Mine Twitter to Troubleshoot Tech, Support Students

Mon, 2017-12-04 16:02

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech
By monitoring the social media platform, higher ed leaders can react to early warning signs. Twitter is often stigmatized as a haven for internet trolls and fake news. But with 21 percent of U.S. adults on Twitter, the social media platform can be a great tool for university outreach and customer service. Monitoring tweets about university services can act as an early warning sign of problems that will soon need to be addressed. At the University of Georgia, a large number of mean tweets about the state of the campus Wi-Fi actually prompted the university to roll out an infrastructure upgrade, Campus Technology reports. Arizona State University, which recently launched a truly innovative 24/7 year-round help desk, regularly monitors tweets that mention “ASU” and “Wi-Fi” to quickly connect students with IT support.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/11/universities-mine-twitter-troubleshoot-tech-support-students

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Creating a Space for Digital Media Innovation

Sun, 2017-12-03 16:25

By Meg Lloyd, Campus Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology’s MAGIC Spell Studios explores the intersection of digital media, film, games and entrepreneurship. The facility breaks down silos between traditional fields such as arts, engineering and computing, and provides a commercial studio for all students, faculty and staff.  Project lead Christopher Egert, MAGIC Spell Studios CTO and an associate professor at RIT’s School of Interactive Games & Media, explained, “The studio serves as a way to help students, faculty, industry partners and the community at large move ideas from prototype through commercial production, while at the same time working to support the educational goals, creativity and entrepreneurial potential of each student.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/28/creating-a-space-for-digital-media-innovation.aspx

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Is DeVos Devaluing Degrees?

Sun, 2017-12-03 16:19

By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Education secretary calls for more emphasis on work-force training. Many experts — including those focused on careers — say general education matters more than she suggests. The Trump administration’s higher education policy to date has consisted largely of undoing what it inherited — rolling back, for instance, ambitious Obama era regulations on for-profit colleges and campus policies on sexual assault. Observers looking for an affirmative, forward-looking agenda have been hard-pressed to find much so far. But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this month provided as a clear a sense as observers have yet seen of her vision for her department’s role in, and agenda for, postsecondary education, with a set of comments signaling a shift in emphasis from education to training. In two separate forums this month, she said students have for years received a message that “the only path for a successful life” is through a four-year degree.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/11/28/devos-says-us-has-emphasized-four-year-degrees-expense-work-force-training

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GE Will Interview Any Massachusetts Resident Who Completes an edX MicroMasters Program in Certain Fields

Sun, 2017-12-03 16:15

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

The announcement was made at the recent “Governor’s Online Digital Learning Summit,” which went down at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) last month. The summit brought together businesses, higher education institutions, and the state government headed by Governor Charlie Baker to discuss the future of education for both K-12-age and adult residents. Paul Fama, a representative of GE, said that anyone who completes an edX MicroMasters program in supply chain management, cybersecurity, cloud computing, or artificial intelligence and resides in the state will be guaranteed at least an interview.

https://news.elearninginside.com/ge-will-interview-massachusetts-resident-completes-edx-micromasters-program-certain-fields/

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GE Will Interview Any Massachusetts Resident Who Completes an edX MicroMasters Program in Certain Fields

Sun, 2017-12-03 16:03

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

The announcement was made at the recent “Governor’s Online Digital Learning Summit,” which went down at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) last month. The summit brought together businesses, higher education institutions, and the state government headed by Governor Charlie Baker to discuss the future of education for both K-12-age and adult residents. Paul Fama, a representative of GE, said that anyone who completes an edX MicroMasters program in supply chain management, cybersecurity, cloud computing, or artificial intelligence and resides in the state will be guaranteed at least an interview.

https://news.elearninginside.com/ge-will-interview-massachusetts-resident-completes-edx-micromasters-program-certain-fields/

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