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Blackboard Research Looks At Moodle Class Sizes Through ‘X-Ray’ Vision

Moodle News - 18 Agosto, 2017 - 20:18
With the help of the University College of Estate Management in Reading, England, the Blackboard research team asks: Are large enrollment courses fundamentally different from small enrollment...

Evaluation of Edtech: What Technology Means to Educators Across America

OLDaily - 18 Agosto, 2017 - 17:03

Walker Sands Communications, Aug 18, 2017

This report (21 page PDF) is based on interviews with "500 U.S. education professionals". What do teachers want? Presentation tools, textbooks an d classroom technologies. What don't they want? Social learning, gamification, and maker tech. Barriers to tech include the concern that it is a distraction to learning and costs too much. These tie into the decision-making process, where ease of use, cost and compatibility are the major factors. They are guided in their decisions by word of mouth, online reserach, and conferences. I'm not sure how much I trust this report (there is almost no information on methodology). Note that if you go to the website you have to register with them, but the direct link to the PDF works (for now) without registration.

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Asleep at the Switch: Schoolhouse Commercialism, Student Privacy, and the Failure of Policymaking

OLDaily - 18 Agosto, 2017 - 16:37

Faith Boninger, Alex Molnar, Kevin Murray, National Education Policy Center, Aug 18, 2017

A new report from the National Education Policy Center (55 page PDF) argues that schools should be prohibited from collecting student data unless rigorous safeguards are put into place, that algorithms used in personalized learning should be openly available for examination, and that the use of such technology shoulds require thirs-party assessments for validity and utility, including examinations of the technology (including, presumably, data sets) for bias and error. It's hard to disagree with such requirements (and I don't), but there are some open questions: who does the assessing? And how do we prevent the cost of such assessments from effectively elimining free and open source technology from the options available to schools?

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‘Early Bird’ Registrations For MoodleMoot Australia 2017 Extended Till Monday, Aug. 21st

Moodle News - 18 Agosto, 2017 - 16:34
Good news Moodlers!! Due to popular request, our early bird registration is extended to midnight (AEST) 21 Aug: https://t.co/glzJbXKz9A pic.twitter.com/gOCaFGAJgL — MoodleMoot Australia...

Louis Rossetto

OLDaily - 18 Agosto, 2017 - 16:11

Om Malik, Pico, Aug 18, 2017

Om Malik emerges from a year-long hiatus with an interview with Wired co-founder Louis Rossetto. It's an interesting look at the state of media and technology then (in the 1990s) and now. Where are we going? Malik opines, "The next achievements of the world are based on environments. I think most of the verbiage as we know it, which is text and some photographs, goes away and becomes much more visual. It becomes more interactive on a visual plane." Rossetto replies, "The idea that linear thought stems from books stems from the Gutenberg era. Logic and rationality are an important method of storytelling and conveying ideas, we’re going to need those kind of forms in the future." This makes me wonder what non-linear logic and ratuionality are like? The concepts of parallel processing and distributed representation give us an idea. Recognition is a type of non-linear rationality. Something to think about.

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Moodle 3.3 Lets You Tag Individual Glossary Entries, Forum Posts, And More

Moodle News - 18 Agosto, 2017 - 14:11
Is it just me, or do people in general spend more time than expected thinking about Tags? I want to be able to search and find information more easily and I want other people to be able to do the...

How to become a Bayesian in eight easy steps: An annotated reading list

OLDaily - 18 Agosto, 2017 - 13:50

Alexander Etz, Quentin Gronau, Fabian Dablander, Peter Edelsbrunner, Beth Baribault, arXiv, Aug 18, 2017

I learned about Bayes Theorem while studying probability in the 1980s, but I never imagined it would have the influence it has today. It's a mechanism for calculating the probability of X given Y. For example (as Sherlock Holmes would say), if you've ruled out all the other possibilities, the probability of the one that remains, no matter how unlikely it seems, equals 1. Anyhow, I found this paper an interesting, if dense, read. Instructional designers will find the diagram of the path through 40 major papers (end of the article) interesting. It starts out with 'easy and theoretical', but at paper 4, jumps into 'really difficult and theoretical'. Is that the best path through the material?

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Hack Education Weekly News

Audrey Watters - 18 Agosto, 2017 - 13:15
Charlottesville and UVA

Hundreds of white supremacists marched at the University of Virginia campus Friday night, carrying torches and chanting “blood and soil.” On Saturday, the Unite the Right rally met again in the streets of Charlottesville. A counter protester was killed when a white nationalist allegedly ran his car into a crowd of people.

President Trump did not condemn the violence of the white supremacists. Instead he blamed “both sides,” later insisting that “very fine people” were marching with the neo-Nazis.

There’s more on white nationalists on campus in the “meanwhile on campus” section below.

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “As White Supremacists Wreak Havoc, a University Becomes a Crisis Center.”

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “As UVa’s Leaders Equivocate, Professors Shine an Ethical Light.”

UVA’s Siva Vaidhyanathan in The New York Times: “Why the Nazis Came to Charlottesville.”

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “UVa Employee Suffers a Stroke After Campus Clash With White Supremacists.”

Via The LA Times: “Who was responsible for the violence in Charlottesville? Here’s what witnesses say.”

An op-ed in The LA Times: “What UVA did wrong when white supremacists came to campus.”

Tennessee’s former education commissioner called on Betsy DeVos to resign as the nation’s education chief Thursday because of her boss’s ambivalent response to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Chalkbeat reports.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ first response – two tweets, inititally – just talked about “hate-filled rhetoric,” but she sent an email to her staff on Thursday that was more forceful. Via Chalkbeat: “In departure from Trump, Betsy DeVos calls out ‘racist bigots’ in Charlottesville.” Her note did not mention Trump. Actions, of course, speak louder than words.

“Nazis in Charlottesville” by UVA’s Daniel Willingham.

Via NPR: “Resources For Educators To Use In The Wake Of Charlottesville.”

“7 Ways Teachers Can Respond to the Evil of Charlottesville, Starting Now” by Xian Franzinger Barrett.

Tune into the Contrafabulists podcast this weekend, when Kin Lane and I will discuss the response (or lack thereof) from the tech industry, including Cloudflare, Spotify, Squarespace, GoDaddy, Google, the EFF, and others.

(Other National) Education Politics

“Transcript of Education Secretary DeVos’ Interview with AP” – via the AP, of course.

“How Did ‘Copyright Piracy’ Language Get Into ESSA, the K–12 Law?” asks Education Week.

Via Inside Higher Ed: “President Trump Wednesday signed an update of the Post–9/11 GI Bill into law after the bipartisan legislation swiftly made it out of both chambers of Congress.”

Via Inside Higher Ed: “In a letter sent today to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, asked for information about the work of senior counsel Robert Eitel to determine if he broke conflict-of-interest laws.” Eitel was an exec at Bridgepoint Education.

Via Pacific Standard: “The Afterlife of Big Ideas in Education Reform.”

More about (US) national education politics and policies in the student loan section and for-profit higher ed sections below.

Meanwhile, in the UK: “Learndirect training contract withdrawn over standards concerns,” the BBC reports. “Learndirect, which offers apprenticeships and adult training at sites across England, is responsible for almost 73,000 trainees and employs more than 1,600 staff.”

(Other State and Local) Education Politics

Via The Buffalo News: “Carl Paladino’s polarizing time on [the Buffalo NY] School Board comes to an end.” “Polarizing” is a nice way of putting it, I suppose.

Via Politico: “Following months of criticism, Eva Moskowitz distances herself from Trump.” Moskowitz is the head of the Success Academy chain of charter schools.

Via the AP: “A new Tennessee law requiring public school districts to provide student data to charter schools faces its first tests with pushback from districts.”

Immigration and Education

“Five Years In, What’s Next For DACA?” asks NPR’s Claudio Sanchez.

Via Inside Higher Ed: “Law Professions: ‘No Question’ DACA is Legal.”

Education in the Courts

From a press release issued by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York: “Individual Who Compromised Over 1,000 Email Accounts At A New York City University Pleads Guilty.”

Via The New York Times: “Another Silicon Valley Start-Up Faces Sexual Harassment Claims.” This time, it’s SoFi, a private student loan provider.

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Lawsuits From Students Accused of Sex Assault Cost Many Colleges More Than $200,000.”

Testing, Testing…

PARCC Inc, best known as one of the Common Core test-makers, is “moving in a new direction,” Politico reports. The new focus: “classroom tools and services geared toward school districts.”

The Business of Student Loans

Via Inside Higher Ed: “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking a proposed settlement against Aequitas Capital Management for assisting Corinthian Colleges with providing private loans to its students.”

The “New” For-Profit Higher Ed

The Charlotte School of Law has closed its doors. Story via Inside Higher Ed.

Via Inside Higher Ed: “U.S. Continues to Delay, Soften Gainful-Employment Rules.”

Via Vice: “Trump’s ‘Forever GI Bill’ won’t stop for-profit schools from preying on vets.”

Via Bloomberg: “This Coding School Wants Graduates to Share Their Income.” That’s the New York Code and Design Academy, which is owned by Strayer Education.

App Academy, another bootcamp that uses income-sharing agreements in lieu of tuition, reportedly announced in an email this week that it would move from a percentage of income – 18% of graduates’ first year salary – to a flat fee: $28,000.

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC”

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Cumulative Growth in Number of MOOCs, 2011–17.”

Meanwhile (Elsewhere) on Campus…

White Nationalists Are The New Face Of Campus Free Speech,” says Buzzfeed.

Via The New York Times: “After Charlottesville Violence, Colleges Brace for More Clashes.”

Since the events at UVA last weekend, several universities have declined white nationalists’ requests to hold events on their campuses. These include Michigan State University, University of Florida, Louisiana State University, and Texas A&M.

Via Inside Higher Ed: “When Your Students Attend White Supremacist Rallies.”

Via the Southern Poverty Law Center: “The Alt-Right On Campus: What Students Need To Know.”

Please note correction to my Scientific American column on campus madness re: the violence at Middlebury College. https://t.co/JPO3LY9Omr pic.twitter.com/KaZWTTpO6o

— Michael Shermer (@michaelshermer) August 17, 2017

“Have You Experienced or Witnessed a Hate Crime or Bias Incident?” asks Education Week, which has joined the Documenting Hate project.

An interactive from Politico: “Symbols of the Confederacy still dot the South.” This includes some 109 public schools named for Confederate icons. “Of these schools, nearly 25 percent have a student body that is primarily black.”

Via NPR: “Ethnic Studies: A Movement Born Of A Ban.”

Via NPR: “High-Achieving, Low-Income Students: Where Elite Colleges Are Falling Short.”

Via Boing Boing: “School to parents: a $100 donation gets your kids to the front of the lunch line.”

“In some districts, free summer ‘crash courses’ are trying to meet the needs of students who can’t afford to attend traditional pre-K programs,” The Atlantic reports.

Accreditation and Certification

Via Education Week: “Records show five more administrators in an Ohio school district could lose their state educator licenses in connection with an investigation that found student data was falsified to improve district performance ratings.”

Via The Atlantic: “The Onerous, Arbitrary, Unaccountable World of Occupational Licensing.”

From the HR Department

Via The Houston Chronicle: “Texas assistant principal reassigned after writing alt-right kids’ book.”

“The superintendent of one of the nation’s largest online charter schools is retiring amid its court battle with Ohio officials over at least $60 million in disputed funding,” the AP reports. That’s Rick Teeters, head of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

The Business of Job Training

Via Edsurge: “Nonprofit Bootcamps Want to Make Coding Accessible to Low-Income Learners.”

Via Inside Higher Ed: “Purdue University unveiled another outside-the-box move Thursday, announcing a five-year deal with one of India’s largest technology outsourcing firms, Infosys, under which the university will perform joint research and provide training and classes for the company’s employees.”

Via Techcrunch: “UPS is developing virtual reality tech to train its drivers.”

This Week in Betteridge’s Law of Headlines

Are pre-K ‘cram courses’ an adequate substitute for full programs?asks Education Dive.

(Reminder: according to Betteridge’s Law of Headlines, “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.”)

Upgrades and Downgrades

Me in The Baffler on “How Silicon Valley’s brand of behaviorism has entered the classroom.” Featuring ClassDojo and HeroK12.

Via Edsurge: “Software Helps Instructors Stop Mangling Hard-to-Pronounce Student Names.”

Via The New York Times: “Cambridge University Press Removes Academic Articles on Chinese Site.”

Mindwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein reports from BbWorld: “Blackboard May Be Turning Around.”

“What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Social And Emotional Skills’?” asks Mindshift.

Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF

Via MIT Technology Review: “Growing Up with Alexa.”

Via The Atlantic: “The Value of Bringing Drones to the Classroom.”

(Venture) Philanthropy and the Business of Ed Reform

the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative AMA on Reddit is going great pic.twitter.com/90GKLD52MH

— Dave Gershgorn (@davegershgorn) August 14, 2017

Venture Capital and the Business of Ed-Tech

Zuoyebang, a tutoring app owned by Baidu, has raised $150 million in Series C funding from H Capital, GGV Capital, Legend Capital, Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Mauritius Fund, and Xianghe Capital. The subsidiary has raised $210 million total.

Lightneer has raised $5 million in seed funding from Reach Capital, Brighteye Ventures, GSV Acceleration, and IPR.VC. The educational game-maker has raised $9.04 million total.

Curriculum maker Activate Learning has acquired curriculum maker IT’S ABOUT TIME.

Harris School Solutions has acquired JR3 WebSmart.

Andrew Ng is raising a $150M AI Fund,” Techcrunch reports.

Privacy, Surveillance, and Information Security

“2017 Data Breaches Hit Half-Year Record High,” says the Identity Theft Resource Center. Breaches in education account for 11% of these.

“Everything’s Bigger in Texas ... Including (Maybe) the Data Breaches,” says EdTech Strategies’ Doug Levin.

Via Fox Business: “Texas schools create high-tech ID badges to track students on buses.”

Edsurge on data interoperability.

Via GeekWire: “Alexa goes to college: Amazon and Arizona State putting 1,600 Echo Dots in dorm rooms.” What happens to students’ data here?!

From the Future of Privacy Forum: “Location Controls in iOS 11 Highlight the Role of Platforms.”

Via Go To Hellman: “PubMed Lets Google Track User Searches.”

JISC lauds the “intelligent campus,” and I have to say, touting Chinese universities’ surveillance of students is not really such a great model, folks.

There’s more on information security (or lack thereof) in the courts section above.

Research, “Research,” and Reports

“Surprise, Trump’s Education Ideas Are Polarizing,” says NPR’s Anya Kamenetz, reporting on the latest Education Next poll. Support for charter schools, for example, fell by 12% from last year’s survey. (The poll data.) EdTech Strategies’ Doug Levin says that this year’s poll is “much improved.” More on the survey from Inside Higher Ed and from Politico.

Via Education Week: “Ed-Tech Companies Should Open Algorithms to Scrutiny, Report Suggests.” The report in question – “Asleep at the Switch: Schoolhouse Commercialism, Student Privacy, and the Failure of Policymaking” – comes from the National Education Policy Center.

“Are Small Colleges Doomed? Not So Fast,” says The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Via Crunchbase: “Here Are The Top Schools Among Founders Who Raise Big Dollars.” I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that the top school is Stanford.

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Colleges With the Highest Average Pay for Full Professors, 2015–16.”

Via Inside Higher Ed: “The percentage of student loan borrowers leaving college owing $20,000 or more doubled over about a decade, according to a report released Wednesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”

Via Chalkbeat: “Silicon Valley’s school integration paradox: More black and Hispanic students get to college – and get arrested.”

Studies Are Usually Bunk, Study Shows,” The Wall Street Journal claims, in an attempt to support the arguments made by fired Google engineer James Damore (and undermine those challenging him).

Science doesn’t explain tech’s diversity problem – history doesby Sarah Jeong and Rachel Becker.

Icon credits: The Noun Project

‘Expanded Question Bank Management/Categorization’ Chosen As First 2017 MUA Development Project

Moodle News - 18 Agosto, 2017 - 03:57
The Moodle Users Association (MUA) has just announced the winner for its first Development Cycle of the Year. Thanks to the voting and ongoing development by the MUA members, soon Moodle will have a...

Researchers Develop Methods to Detect Hacking of 3D Printers

Campus Technology - 17 Agosto, 2017 - 22:00
These are attractive targets because 3D-printed objects and parts are used in critical infrastructures around the world, such as healthcare, transportation, robotics, aviation and space, according to new research from the Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the Georgia Institute of Technology who have found three way to detect cyberattacks on 3D printers.

Western Kentucky University Trains Middle School Science Teachers in STEM Program

Campus Technology - 17 Agosto, 2017 - 21:00
The National STEM Scholar Program at Western Kentucky University provides nationally competitive scholarships to science teachers who are in a position to motive students aspiring to be scientists.

Mr. Moodle, How Can I Add Superscripts And Subscripts In Moodle Text Editing?

Moodle News - 17 Agosto, 2017 - 19:57
A telegram Mr. Moodle recently received read: Dear Mr. Moodle. How can I add subscripts and superscripts in Moodle? Thank you. Kate. Dear Kate, There are several ways users can add basic expressions...

Pearson and DuoLingo Partner on Foreign Language Education

Campus Technology - 17 Agosto, 2017 - 18:00
Through the partnership, students at participating institutions will be able to access personalized learning tools built on Pearson content through the DuoLingo platform. Courses in Spanish, French, German and Italian will be supported beginning this fall.

Cómo Enseñar Matemáticas en Moodle a la Manera de ‘Shanghái’

Moodle News - 17 Agosto, 2017 - 17:42
This Story in English. La Secretaría de Educación del Reino Unido comenzará a implementar libros de texto elaborados por la ciudad de Shanghái, en lo que parece ser el primer caso de comercio...

Digital Learning Research Network

OLDaily - 17 Agosto, 2017 - 14:03

National Institute for Digital Learning, Aug 17, 2017

Helge Scherlund links today to the Digital Learning Research Network, part of Ireland's National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL). The Network "fosters a network of leaders and strong communities of practice at the forefront of research on new models of teaching and learning." Projects include Mahara analytics, MOOCs in open education, Lego innovation, and more. Keep up to date by following the NIDL blog (the most recent post is from two days ago, an encouraging sign of life).

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Moodle-Based Approach Breaks Up Link Between Hearing Loss And Math Scores

Moodle News - 17 Agosto, 2017 - 13:49
Only a person with acute or total hearing loss realizes how fundamental sound is to get through life. Without even considering conversation, several tasks imply a level of coordination between...

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Teemu Leinonen - 17 Agosto, 2017 - 13:29

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Fayetteville State U Adopts Private Coaching to Improve Student Retention

Campus Technology - 17 Agosto, 2017 - 13:00
Fayetteville State University has teamed with a private partner to offer 300 new full-time students personal support via executive-style coaching.

Spartanburg Community College Taps Tech for Managing Campus Events

Campus Technology - 17 Agosto, 2017 - 12:30
Spartanburg Community College can now more easily schedule, promote and manage campus events with a centralized, shared calendar.

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