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Why It Is Wrong for Pediatricians to Eliminate Screen Time Limit Recommendations

Fri, 2017-06-02 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

This month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced a disappointing decision. Sixteen years after they published their formal recommendations discouraging any form of screen time before age two – and 14 years after making recommendations to limit screen time for older children to no more than two hours per day – they are now recanting those recommendations, calling them “outdated.” According to AAP-affiliated doctors who participated in the Academy’s Growing Up Digital: Media Research Symposium (a symposium organized to discuss research data and suggest practical advice to parents), the two-hour daily limit does not reflect how much media children actually consume. Therefore, they argue, the recommendation needs to be changed.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/screen-time-recommendations/

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Course Workload Estimator

Fri, 2017-06-02 17:10

by Rice University

My colleague, Dr. Vickie Cook, shared this site with me. I think that you may find it useful! Somewhat surprisingly, there is very little research about the amount of time it takes the average college student to complete common academic tasks. We know quite a bit about how students tackle common academic tasks, but those studies rarely ask students to report on how long it takes them to complete the task (whether reading a book, writing a paper, or studying for an exam). The testing literature provides some clues (because valid instrument design depends on data about the average speed of test takers), but it’s tough to generalize from the experience of taking high-stakes, timed tests to the experience of working on an assignment in the comfort of your dorm. And while there is a sizable literature on reading, the nature and purpose of the reading tasks in these experiments are also quite different from what students typically encounter in college. All of which is to say the estimates linked below are just that: estimates.

http://cte.rice.edu/workload/

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Teaching Medicine as an Immersive Experience

Fri, 2017-06-02 17:05

by Michael Parker, EDUCAUSE Review

In rethinking medical education, an interdisciplinary team at Harvard Medical School designed a new fundamentals curriculum for online health care learning. HMX Fundamentals takes advantage of how people learn and an array of online tools to provide an immersive online program for students just beginning their studies in health care. Courses integrate clinical applications, opportunities for active learning, and biomedical visualizations that help make concepts more intuitive and memorable. Students from the pilot at one HMX partner institution increased scores by an average of 55 percent from pre-course to post-course quizzes, with similar trends for groups at other schools.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/5/teaching-medicine-as-an-immersive-experience

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One Size Does Not Fit All

Fri, 2017-06-02 17:03

By Wayne D’Orio, Insidhe Higher Ed

With residential enrollments down and online student enrollments up, many private nonprofit and public colleges and universities are expanding their distance education courses and programs. Still, even though online classes have existed for 20-plus years, administrators, faculty members and staff are frequently tripped up by what seems like a basic question: How many students should be in an online class? Examining how both experienced institutions and newcomers to online learning set class sizes shows this task is much more art than science. “The big question we all want to solve in terms of course size is: How do we increase capacity and access without diminishing academics,” said Luke Dowden, the director of the office of distance learning at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which went from offering 13 online courses in 2010 to 191 in 2017.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/05/17/online-class-sizes-one-size-doesnt-fit-all

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8 Essentials for a Virtual School that Works

Thu, 2017-06-01 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Many students choose a virtual school to replace their traditional school schedules partially or completely for a few reasons. In some ways, virtual school has completely replaced traditional homeschooling for the sake of easier curriculum access. At the same time, students who struggle in social settings or who do not find courses at their traditional schools challenging may find virtual school a blessing. Therefore, virtual schools are on the rise in popularity. However, virtual schools are not perfect. Here are eight essentials that act as focal points to make virtual schools work.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/8-essentials-virtual-school-works/

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State of Higher Ed LMS Market for US and Canada: Spring 2017 Edition

Thu, 2017-06-01 17:20

By Phil Hill, e-literate

This is the ninth year I have shared the LMS market share graphic, commonly known as the squid graphic, for US and Canadian higher education. The original idea remains – to give a picture of the LMS market in one page, highlighting the story of the market over time. The key to the graphic is that the width of each band represents the percentage of institutions using a particular LMS as its primary system. Last year we made a big shift based on our LMS market analysis service – we are working with LISTedTECH to provide market data and visualizations. This data source provides historical and current measures of institutional adoptions, allowing new insights into how the market has worked and current trends. Our spring report for subscribers will be released this month. Data for 2017 goes through April 1 of this year.

http://mfeldstein.com/state-higher-ed-lms-market-us-canada-spring-2017-edition/

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Educators Must Accept Tech Methods, Higher Ed Leaders Say

Thu, 2017-06-01 17:15

BY LINDSAY ELLIS, HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Izabela Uscinski’s students hear an unusual message in their first-ever college writing classes: Open up your laptops, and let’s all work together. The University of Houston visiting assistant professor requires students to drop drafts of their papers in a shared Google folder, where they type notes on each other’s writing styles and arguments for one another to see. Uscinski watches the conversation unfold, commenting on student feedback and giving pointers of her own. It’s a far cry from traditional peer editing techniques, when students swap papers and scribble notes in the margins. That method isn’t effective, she said, because new college students don’t yet know what helpful feedback looks like. What could be an useful exercise, then, wastes time. Uscinski is one of several UH instructors experimenting with ways to integrate life in the classroom with life on the screen.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/higher-ed/Educators-Must-Accept-Tech-Methods.html

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State of Higher Ed LMS Market for US and Canada: Spring 2017 Edition

Thu, 2017-06-01 17:05

By Phil Hill, e-literate

This is the ninth year I have shared the LMS market share graphic, commonly known as the squid graphic, for US and Canadian higher education. The original idea remains – to give a picture of the LMS market in one page, highlighting the story of the market over time. The key to the graphic is that the width of each band represents the percentage of institutions using a particular LMS as its primary system. Last year we made a big shift based on our LMS market analysis service – we are working with LISTedTECH to provide market data and visualizations. This data source provides historical and current measures of institutional adoptions, allowing new insights into how the market has worked and current trends. Our spring report for subscribers will be released this month. Data for 2017 goes through April 1 of this year.

http://mfeldstein.com/state-higher-ed-lms-market-us-canada-spring-2017-edition/

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Bill Gates reveals what he’d study if he were a college freshman today

Thu, 2017-06-01 17:04

by Chris Weller, Business Insider

Take notice, incoming college freshmen — the richest person in the world has some advice for what you should study. In a Twitter thread on Monday, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates said if he were to enter college now, he’d major in artificial intelligence, energy, or biosciences. He called them all “promising fields where you can make a huge impact.” Experts in technology and economics generally agree that there will be profound changes in the next 20 years in the way companies use AI to automate their factories, construction sites, and retail locations.

http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-what-college-freshman-should-study-2017-5

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The Midas Touch of Machine Learning

Thu, 2017-06-01 17:03

By Christopher Watkins, Udacity

Machine learning is one of those technologies that seems to have a limitless capacity to affect change. It’s a sort of technological King Midas, able to turn everything it touches into algorithmic gold. Recent innovative implementations include everything from fraud prevention to agricultural systemss. Part of machine learning’s appeal lies in its fundamental agnosticism; it can be used in virtually any field, and towards virtually any purpose. Machine learning strategies are also emerging as an effective way for companies to gain marketplace advantage, thus rendering machine learning talent all the more sought-after. Additionally, new startups powered by machine learning and related technologies are launching with increasing frequency, further serving to widen the impact. We’ll highlight one such story below, in which a graduate of Udacity’s Machine Learning Nanodegree program used the skills he learned in the program to launch a new financial services startup.

http://blog.udacity.com/2017/05/midas-touch-machine-learning.html

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Robofest Draws Students to Build Autonomous Machines

Wed, 2017-05-31 17:25

BY JC REINDL, DETROIT FREE PRESS

The potential designers and engineers of tomorrow’s self-driving vehicles showed off their most promising work Saturday at the annual running of a popular autonomous robots competition. More than 300 students from middle schools, high schools and colleges across Michigan participated in Robofest, the autonomous robotics festival put on by Lawrence Technological University. The competition has grown in size since its first year in 1999 and has included teams from at least 13 states and countries including Brazil, China, Mexico, Singapore, France and nearby Canada. Saturday’s event was the state championship meet and featured 93 teams. The day’s highest-scoring 15 teams will go to the Robofest World Championships next month in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/higher-ed/Robofest-Draws-Students-to-Build-Autonomous-Machines.html

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Education 2.0: Enabling, and Supporting, Digital Transformation

Wed, 2017-05-31 17:20

by Comcast Business

Much has been written about the benefits of technology as a tool for learning and teaching, giving students a familiar digital environment to learn and enabling instructors to personalize instruction to achieve greater results. Today, computers can be found in 95 percent of schools,[1] used for just about everything from attendance-taking to accessing and using online curricula. Indeed, digital transformation in education is well underway. Textbooks, binders and chalkboards are giving way to laptops, tablets and smartboards, changing the way teachers teach and students learn. Instructors are peer-sourcing instructional-related materials to create richer, more engaging lessons, while students are exploring the internet for related content that extends learning further.

http://cbcommunity.comcast.com/browse-all/details/education-2.0-enabling-and-supporting-digital-transformation

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Exploring online options for K-12

Wed, 2017-05-31 17:15

by Angela Farmer, Digital Journal

In the complex world of K-12 education in the United States, one assertion is certain, much like the famous Bob Dylan song, “The Times They Are a-Changin’” has never been more true. Leading the change, evidenced daily, is the expanding development and utilization of online educational options for students and families. Just a simple search for online K-12 education options, immediately leads to a plethora of options for the consumer.

http://www.djournal.com/opinion/columnists/angela-farmer-exploring-online-options-for-k/article_3c1c7bd8-f7b5-5dfc-a90b-88c0b90bde0e.html

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U.S. Colleges Face Potential Loss of $250 Million from Drop in International Enrollments

Wed, 2017-05-31 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The “Trump effect” could smack American colleges and universities to the tune of a quarter of a billion dollars in tuition and fees if international student enrollment drops by only 5 percent. That’s the conclusion of researcher Rahul Choudaha, who leads DrEducation, a U.S.-based firm that monitors international student trends. Choudaha said the president’s “anti-immigrant rhetoric” is “colliding with the economic challenges in the ’source’ countries to create a perfect storm for international student enrollment.” Of course, the travel ban imposed by Trump affects six Muslim-majority countries, which in the near past have sent about 20,000 students, said Choudaha. But the “trickle-down effect on other Muslim-majority countries” is still an unknown, he added, as is the impact on travel from other countries. “The decline for the 2017-2018 academic year will hit the institutions hardest that have benefited from the rising tide of enrollments particularly from China, India and Saudi Arabia,” he said.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/15/u.s.-colleges-face-potential-loss.aspx

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Online Classes vs. Traditional Classes: Pros and Cons

Wed, 2017-05-31 17:06

by My College Guide

Online classes are no longer a novelty; they are quickly changing the entire structure and experience of college. For some, this is a welcome change. For others, it can feel intimidating. But with more and more colleges offering online courses, and even entire programs online, it’s important to understand what taking an online course entails, if it’s right for you, and how to succeed if you do choose to enroll. While every college and university offers a unique online experience, many do have several things in common. Understanding the basic structure of online programs will help you feel confident when choosing your program and starting your class.

http://mycollegeguide.org/blog/2017/05/online-classes-vs-traditional-classes/

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Educators Must Accept Tech Methods, Higher Ed Leaders Say

Wed, 2017-05-31 17:02

by LINDSAY ELLIS, HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Izabela Uscinski’s students hear an unusual message in their first-ever college writing classes: Open up your laptops, and let’s all work together. The University of Houston visiting assistant professor requires students to drop drafts of their papers in a shared Google folder, where they type notes on each other’s writing styles and arguments for one another to see. Uscinski watches the conversation unfold, commenting on student feedback and giving pointers of her own. It’s a far cry from traditional peer editing techniques, when students swap papers and scribble notes in the margins. That method isn’t effective, she said, because new college students don’t yet know what helpful feedback looks like. What could be an useful exercise, then, wastes time. Uscinski is one of several UH instructors experimenting with ways to integrate life in the classroom with life on the screen.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/higher-ed/Educators-Must-Accept-Tech-Methods.html

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ASU athletes rely on online classes for high-demand schedule

Tue, 2017-05-30 17:25

By Samantha Pell, Cronkite News

Whether it is football, basketball, soccer or gymnastics, student-athletes have the added pressure to perform not only on the field but in the classroom. Practices, workouts, film sessions and travel days take up chunks of their weeks and demand creativity to build schedules with full-time academic loads. Enter online classes. At Arizona State, athletes are able to learn on an equal playing field with their in-class peers. Athletic department time commitments can’t be blamed for missing lectures or quizzes. Taking multiple online classes is common. This semester, ASU men’s basketball player Shannon Evans has all but one class online. During her senior year, former ASU women’s soccer player Lucero Lara had all online classes. The exception is freshmen athletes, who are expected to take all classes in person.

https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2017/05/15/online-classes-asu-athletes/

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New report reveals 10 ways students are outpacing their schools

Tue, 2017-05-30 17:23

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

Students reveal their favorite technology learning preferences and talk about where digital learning can take them. Although technology changes at a rapid pace, one thing is constant: today’s students have a deep desire to learn using digital tools and resources that engage them and help them develop real-world skills. From mobile devices to gaming and online learning, students are ready to take charge of their learning, often outpacing their schools in their use of these digital tools for learning. More than one-third of middle school students say they have already taken an online class in math, science and English. But they want more options, and said they would take more courses, and take a variety of subjects, if possible.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/05/15/students-digital-schools/

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3 must know’s about the rising “phigital” student-and why their impact is enormous

Tue, 2017-05-30 17:15

by MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

A major generational clash is underway, says a foremost expert, and it’s affecting all industries, including education. The clash is coming from so-called Gen Z, the first generation to be considered fully “phigital”—unwilling or unable to draw a distinction between the physical world and its digital equivalent. So what does that mean for educators? Well, buckle up and hold on. In an article published in, of all places, Delta’s Sky Magazine, writer Allison Kaplan details her interview with generational expert and author David Stillman on how Generation Z will begin graduating from college this year and what businesses should expect. Here’s a hint: Don’t expect Millennials.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/education-gen-z-phigital-student/

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6 million online students

Tue, 2017-05-30 17:11

by LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Thirty percent of all students in higher education are now taking at least one online course. The numbers reveal a year-to-year online enrollment increase of 226,375 distance education students–a 3.9 percent increase, up over rates recorded the previous two years. More than 6 million students are now online learners, according to the report. “The study’s findings highlight yet another year of consecutive growth in the number of students taking courses at a distance,” said study co-author Jeff Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group. “This study and earlier reports from the Babson Survey Research Group have shown that distance education growth has a momentum that has continued, even as overall higher education enrollments have been declining.”

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