Online courses have for years driven enrollment growth at community colleges, but as more students take their chances in the job market, institutions face new challenges to retain them, a new study found. During the height of the recent recession, community colleges saw double-digit percentage growth in their online courses, according to the Instructional Technology Council, which is affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges.
Gamification has been the primary trend in driving engaging materials for young children. Maria Montessori realized long ago that it is crucial to meet young minds where they are, and provide them with the resources to direct their own learning. Digitally delivered content allows kids to engage in play that builds their cognitive functioning, enhances their vocabulary and increases their number fluency.
While learners around the world turn to MOOCs for free information, some online students look to these courses to build additional skills that can boost their careers. As a result, the major MOOC providers edX and Coursera are shifting to business models where students have options to pay for credentials and multi-course specializations, in some cases enabling them access to instructor feedback and student interaction that aren't typically offered otherwise.
Personalized learning! Adaptive learning! Brain science! Learning science! Big data! New and improved! The marketing for "personalized" educational products can feel a little like a late-night infomercial. Rather than getting common-sense explanations of how the products work or being provided with peer-reviewed research to justify ambitious (if vague) claims, we are simply reassured that a product works because it is "based on the science of neuroplasticity."
With all the talk about virtual reality, wearables, makerspaces and big data, it can be hard to visualize what your classroom is going to look like in a few years. The good news is that you and your school will be heavily involved in creating a space that uses technology to help students learn and keeps them engaged -- and that helps you do your job better. Here's a look at some of the biggest technology trends and how they're leading to education innovation.
Those enrolled in online courses and degree programs often will find that goals and outcomes, class format and semester schedules are nearly identical to physical classes. "They use the same syllabus, learning outcomes, faculty and many of the same instructional materials," said Niki Whiteside, vice president for educational technology services at San Jacinto College. "The primary differences are the requirement for a set time to meet face-to-face is removed and the instruction is delivered through the internet in text, video and other media formats.
As technology advances and more and more data are collected and used each day to drive business decisions and strategies, there's an increasing demand for employees who are educated in this area, says Daphne Koller, president and co-founder of Coursera, a major provider of massive open online courses, or MOOCs. With this growing demand for talent, the U.S. alone by 2018 could see a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 workers with "deep analytical skills," according to a 2011 report by the McKinsey Global Institute.
A new policy proposal notes that while education technology holds great promise to improve K-12 educational outcomes when correctly implemented, methods to rigorously evaluate education technology tools have not kept pace with the tools themselves. This cycle makes it difficult for educators to find and select the best ed-tech tools, and it creates barriers to instruction...
The National Education Technology Plan (NETP) sets a national vision and plan for learning enabled by technology through building on the work of leading education researchers; district, school, and higher education leaders; classroom teachers; developers; entrepreneurs; and nonprofit organizations. The principles and examples provided in this document align to the Innovative Technology Expands Children’s Horizons (ITECH) program as authorized by Congress in December 2015 through the Every Child Achieves Act.
The purpose of this NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief is to assist the K-12 community and policymakers in advocating for high-quality, high-capacity, and affordable broadband connections to every classroom in the United States. It reflects the results of a May 2015 convening of national educational technology experts on the issue of high-speed networking in K-12 education.