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Red Balloon Project Articles. Re-Imagining Undergraduate EducationAn article entitled "Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education" appears in AASCU's Public Purpose magazine.

Red Balloon Project Articles

It introduces the reasons why AASCU launched the Red Balloon project and shares examples from a variety of institutions that have adopted the Red Balloon idea and tailored it to their campus needs. The introduction is authored by AASCU Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, George Mehaffy. Download pdf Challenge and ChangeIn an article entitled “Challenge and Change,” published in the September 2012 issue of EDUCAUSE Review, AASCU Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, George Mehaffy, takes a wide-ranging look at the fundamental problems facing the academy. He starts by examining the basic ways a university is organized and the problems that poses in today’s environment of reduced resources and rising expectations. Next Generation Learning Challenges - NGLC. Global E-Learning Market in Steep Decline, Report Says.

Market Trends Global E-Learning Market in Steep Decline, Report Says The worldwide self-paced e-learning market is declining at a precipitous rate, according to a recent report released by Ambient Insight Research, a Washington state-based market research firm.

Global E-Learning Market in Steep Decline, Report Says

According to the study, the global compound annual growth rate for self-paced e-learning products is clearly negative at -6.4 percent over the next five years. Revenues are expected to drop dramatically to $33.4 billion by 2021, a decline of $13.5 billion over the forecast period. Revenues for self-paced e-learning in 2016 are heavily concentrated in two countries — the United States and China. Revenues for self-paced e-learning will drop $6.8 billion over the next five years in the U.S. and China combined, according to the report.

The 69-page report, titled “Ambient Insight’s 2016-2021 Worldwide Self-Paced eLearning Market” is available for free on Ambient Insight’s website. Here are some other findings in the report:

Teaching with technology

State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds. Even proponents of educational technology admit that a lot of software sold to schools isn’t very good.

State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds

But they often highlight the promise of so-called “adaptive learning” software, in which complex algorithms react to how a student answers questions, and tailor instruction to each student. The computer recommends different lessons to different students, based upon what they already know and what they still need to work on. Technology in Schools Faces Questions on Value. The Power of Twelve. Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Real Teachers: True Stories of Renegade Educators, by Stuart Grauer (SelectBooks, 2013), which was a finalist for a 2014 San Diego Book Award.

The Power of Twelve

It comes from a chapter titled “Hostile Indian Attacks Schoolhouse,” in which Grauer profiles Native American Roger White Eyes — a teacher at the Red Cloud Indian School on the Lakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Taking part in the Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle Ride with Roger White Eyes and other Native Americans, Grauer reflects on the ideal group size for learning — with its application for schools. The excerpt is reprinted with permission of the publisher and author. For something so important to school design, it was becoming hard to ignore how very little research had been done on small class sizes. Even before Jesus, many have found twelve, also referred to as a duedecuple, to be the optimal group size. Dave Janis, an Oglala Sioux, was our leader.

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Getfile. What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years. Failure Is Essential to Learning. One of my favorite things to say when doing strategic planning with teachers is that the plan has a 50 percent chance of success and a 100 percent chance of teaching us how to get "smarter" about delivering on our mission.

Failure Is Essential to Learning

I love saying this because it conveys an essential truth: Failure is not a bad thing. It is a guaranteed and inevitable part of learning. In any and all endeavors, and especially as a learning organization, we will experience failure, as surely as a toddler will fall while learning to walk. Unfortunately, in education, particularly in this high-stakes accountability era, failure has become the term attached to our persistent challenges. Wholesale problems, such as the achievement gap and the high school dropout rate, are labeled as "education failures. " Why Failure Is Important Early educational reformer John Dewey said it best: "Failure is instructive. In Envision Schools, failure is an intentional part of our school design and, consequently, our culture. Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach.

Student Authentication and Security Concerns for Online Learning » The Online Learning Curve. As much as Internet based systems are common for banking, product ordering, and other personal services that were handled face to face in the past, distance learning presents a different “twist” on security.

Student Authentication and Security Concerns for Online Learning » The Online Learning Curve

As banking customers, most people are very protective of User IDs and Passwords for sensitive financial accounts. Distance learners may not have the same motivation. Some may not view their information as particularly valuable and not worry about having optimum security for their online learning system account. Also, just as in a face to face classroom, some students may be seeking inappropriate outside help to improve their grades.

5 Keys to Flipped Learning Success. Flipped Classroom Page 2 of 3 5 Keys to Flipped Learning Success In higher education, "students tend to have a choice in whether they will attend class," Bergmann said.

5 Keys to Flipped Learning Success

Collaborative Learning and Online Assessments Enhance Developmental Math at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Project Spotlight Page 2 of 2 Collaborative Learning and Online Assessments Enhance Developmental Math at Ohio University-Chillicothe Sometimes it's Lafreniere providing that assistance, and sometimes it's a fellow student.

Collaborative Learning and Online Assessments Enhance Developmental Math at Ohio University-Chillicothe

The system generates a unique set of problems for each student, while ensuring that they are based on the same mathematical concept. That randomization means students can work collaboratively, helping each other understand the mathematical procedure without copying each others' work.


Untitled. Allison Rossett — She works on learning and technology in a way that is creative, concrete and quirky. Tsc-retention-and-engagement. Of screencast in e-learning. The Flipped Classroom, as most know, has become quite the buzz in education.

of screencast in e-learning

Its use in higher education has been given a lot of press recently. The purpose of this post is to: Provide background for this model of learning with a focus on its use in higher education.Identify some problems with its use and implementation that if not addressed, could become just a fading fad.Propose a model for implementation based on an experiential cycle of learning model. Background About the Flipped Classroom This first section provides information from various articles that describe the flipped classroom, and how it is being discussed and used in educational settings.

Design Systems: The Cure for the Responsively-Challenged Site. In my previous post, I reviewed some of the characteristics of responsively-challenged sites.

Design Systems: The Cure for the Responsively-Challenged Site

I ended with this mantra: To move forward, we have to discard the idea of web pages and instead create design systems. What's Next for E-Textbooks? Digital Textbooks Page 6 of 6 What's Next for E-Textbooks? Adaptivity is in a transitional moment, Ferreira noted. One way to achieve it is to take a concept, build a quiz around it and make up "some arbitrary number" of questions the student needs to get right before moving on to the next concept. "That's the easy way to do it," he said. The "harder" way, as Ferreira described it, is a fine-tuned, much more personalized approach.

With Knewton, all of the student data generated through the use of those "perfect textbooks" is anonymized and analyzed to determine the next best step for people who appear to be just like the student doing the studying. Sometimes, even when effort and ability are comparable across groups of students, some just turn out to be luckier than others: They studied just the right concept at the right point in the process; they answered just the right number of practice questions. About the Author. EDU-PLP_Seven_Survival_Skills. Intro to communities of practice. The term “community of practice” is of relatively recent coinage, even though the phenomenon it refers to is age-old. The concept has turned out to provide a useful perspective on knowing and learning.

A growing number of people and organizations in various sectors are now focusing on communities of practice as a key to improving their performance.This brief and general introduction examines what communities of practice are and why researchers and practitioners in so many different contexts find them useful as an approach to knowing and learning. What are communities of practice? Note that this definition allows for, but does not assume, intentionality: learning can be the reason the community comes together or an incidental outcome of member’s interactions.

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