Category Archives: edtech

Advising in a New Media World — The Next Frontier

As education is increasingly mediated through technology, how can we provide a model for advising that can keep pace?  In a related discussion on pedagogy, the structure of the opportunity was framed by Terry Anderson and Jon Dron: McLuhan 1964 … Continue reading

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Chronicle Profiles 12 Tech Innovators in HigherEd

Among the 12 tech innovators honored by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Candace Thille at Carnegie Mellon University stands out for the real pact she is having on the higher education model. Her work is improving education quality by using … Continue reading

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Trends Point to “Disruption” of HigherEd Model

In the latest Chronicle of Higher Ed, Jeff Selingo writes on recent progress towards the disruption of traditional credentials models. Examples include Stanford and MIT. http://www.linkedin.com/news?actionBar=&articleID=5568398261653348360&ids=0Rdz0Uc3gSdPcQc3oNc3oTdzkRb30ScPwQcPcRdz4SczwVcPwSdjkIej4VdPwPcP0UdPgQe3AMejoRdiMRd3sVdP0McPkQe3sVcPsUdzkRb34Sc3gNcPcNe3wOejkQejsSdjkIdzgUe30Md3kQczcQd3cQejoRdiMSd3kMej4RdPsMe3AOdjoTdzkR&aag=true&freq=weekly&trk=eml-tod2-b-pub-5&ut=38P7HkAVnqKR41&_mSplash=1

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Peer Certification via “Open Badges” Attracting Attention from MIT, Chronicle

The Chronicle of Higher Eduction takes a look at this rising popularity of “Open Badges” for certification.  MIT has been an active supporter, as well as the MacArthur Foundation, but according to the Chronicle, But the biggest push for badges … Continue reading

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Will Open Education Turn the Corner in 2012?

The “open revolution” in higher education — much anticipated in 2010 — finally began taking root in 2011.  Some observers, including Paul Stacey at BC have anointed 2011  “The Year of Open”: It’s not just publications, research, theses and other … Continue reading

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MIT Will Offer Certificates to Outside Students Who Take Its Online Courses – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education

MIT accelerates the online course arms race among elite universities.  Starting in spring 2012, students who participate in MIT’s free online courses will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion from MIT: Millions of learners have enjoyed the … Continue reading

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Can Facebook Make You Smarter?

Sarah Cargill on the GettingSmart blog features a new infographic from the clever folks at OnlinePHD.org showing the impact of Facebook on higher education.  Some tidbits: 1) College who are actively engaged Facebook are more likely to graduate 2) Less … Continue reading

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Report Finds More Than 5000 Charter Schools — That’s a Lotta Learnin’

Back to School Tallies: Estimated Number of Public Charter Schools, 2011-2012 | National Charter School Resource Center. The complete report is posted by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools at http://www.publiccharter.org.  From their site, “As the public charter schools … Continue reading

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California Evaluating an “Education Bill of Rights”

An unbelievable statistic from http://www.gettingsmart.com, the recently relaunched blog by Tom Vander Ark; “More than one million high school students in California – upwards of 50% — attend schools that do not offer sufficient courses for admission to [California] state … Continue reading

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PBS Launching Massive Educational Content Library Online

We’ve come a long way from Sesame Street.  PBS is placing a massive amount of educational content online with tie-ins to learning tools and standards. From the press release: Bringing together the best available high-quality media from 1500 public media producers … Continue reading

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