New study reveals that collaboration is still not a prevalent online learning habit; mobile phones have yet to be used for serious learning. According to the report, which surveyed students and teachers ranging from secondary to postgraduate levels, the biggest online learning trends encompassed behaviors in collaborative learning, mobile learning, types of subjects studied, active learning patterns, and differences in learning and teaching styles.
The survey, conducted by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), found that most colleges charge students the same or more to study online. And when additional fees are included, more than half of distance education students pay more than do those in brick-and-mortar classrooms.
Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in educational technology profiled in this report are poised to impact teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher education. The three sections of this report constitute a reference and technology planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists. These top 10 highlights capture the big picture themes of educational change that underpin the 18 topics...
The challenges that impede the adoption of technology in higher education are broken down into categories of “solvable”, “difficult”, and “wicked”. Solvable problems include improving digital literacy and integrating formal and informal learning. Difficult challenges include closing the achievement gap and advancing digital equity. The wicked challenges include managing knowledge obsolescence and rethinking the role of educators.
AltSchool operates seven small private schools (called “lab schools”) and is now pivoting to license its technology to private and charter schools. Secretary DeVos will increase federal support for charter schools, and perhaps private schools, as well, in the form of vouchers. It should be a boon for insurgent providers like AltSchool that are thinking very differently about how best to utilize technology to maximize student learning.
A veteran educator reflects on the personalized-learning trend that’s left him wondering if a computer is more capable of doing his job than he is.
Artificial intelligence, or simply AI, is a subset of computer science that involves teaching computers how to learn, reason, and make decisions like humans do. Bonilla said the technology has been around since the 1950s, but advances have led to everyday applications that have made people more aware of the technology. In the classroom, AI enables customized learning.
This year's NMC Horizon Report 2017 Higher Education report identified six major roadblocks to education technology, either in its adoption or in its implementation. The report divided the roadblocks into three categories: those that pose challenges but that are solvable in the near term, those that are more difficult to solve but are still understandable and those that are "wicked difficult" -- nigh impossible even to define, let alone solve.
LEAP Innovations, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization, works on both sides of the equation, providing a pilot network program that links schools and education technology companies. Schools say what they need and then get to test-drive programs for free. Companies get a real-life run and meaningful feedback on their offerings. This symbiosis helps schools cut through the clutter to find solutions that actually work as intended.
Students, parents and teachers agree that more at-home learning time with digital tools is a must. So why aren’t many schools meeting this demand? In a 2016 Deloitte survey of K–12 public and private school educators, parents of school-age children, and K–12 students themselves, the majority of these three groups indicated they wanted more at-home learning with digital tools to supplement school work.