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Ashland U Partners with Teach n' Kids Learn on Online Teacher PD

Campus Technology - 20 Abril, 2016 - 18:52
Ashland University's Professional Development Services has partnered with Teach n' Kids Learn to launch comprehensive online professional development courses for teachers.

Drawing up the Details of Classroom AV Systems

Campus Technology - 20 Abril, 2016 - 18:35
From floor plans and lighting zones to mounting specs and viewing angles, detailed AV design drawings will help keep your classroom audiovisual installation on track.

Brandman U Launches Competency-Based IT Degree

Campus Technology - 20 Abril, 2016 - 18:18
Brandman University is expanding its MyPath competency-based education program with a new Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (B.S.IT).

Streaming learning events

Learning with 'e's - 20 Abril, 2016 - 13:58
We broadcast our first live learning event yesterday, where our third year students listened to a talk by innovative school leader Dave Strudwick. We are live streaming all of the keynote lectures for the next few weeks for our Visions and Values module - with a focus on educational philosophy, theory and practice.

The video of Dave's presentation is below, with much thanks to the digital wizardry of technical manager Benji Rogers and his team, who made sure the live feed went out on the web as well as recording it for posterity.

The next lecture in the series will be tomorrow, at 1600 BST (GMT +1) when our speakers will be Kelly Davis (One size fits all - or does it?) and Miles Opie (The Finland question - an analysis of the Finnish education system). The YouTube link for tomorrow's learning event is here. The entire schedule of learning events over the next few weeks is at this link.



Dave Strudwick's talk was well received, not least because he challenged us all to examine our motives and inspirations as teachers, and to reflect on what had shaped our identities as educators. He showed examples of how his own school, Plymouth School of Creative Arts, harnesses the power of new technologies, and also creates a child centred culture for learning within its studios and learning spaces. The Red House, situated near to the international ferry port in the dockside area of Plymouth is a must for teachers to visit if they wish to see innovation in action. There is much to ponder in this thoughtful and insightful presentation.

Photo by Steve Wheeler


Streaming learning events by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's

Loyola U Maryland Updates Procurement Processes

Campus Technology - 20 Abril, 2016 - 13:00
The university in Baltimore will implement SciQuest’s source-to-settle suite of spend management services.

Want To Know How To Turn Off Commenting In Old Forums in Moodle?

Moodle News - 20 Abril, 2016 - 10:05
Sometimes you have a need to turn off the ability for participants to comment in forums in a course, but you still want them to have access to read the same: Maybe you’ve moved on to new...

Pop Quiz

e-Literate - 20 Abril, 2016 - 08:38

By Michael FeldsteinMore Posts (1068)

Which CEO has recently said or done all of the following:

  • Suggested to an audience of VCs and ed tech entrepreneurs at the GSV conference that the importance of big data in education has been overstated
  • Told that same audience that the biggest gains from adaptive learning come when it is wrapped in good pedagogy delivered by good teachers
  • Asked former CIOs from Harvard and MIT, both of whom are senior company employees, to develop collaborations with the academic learning science community
  • Accurately described Benjamin Bloom’s two-sigma research, with special attention to the implications for the bottom half of the bell curve
  • When asked a question by an audience member about an IMS technical interoperability standard in development, correctly described both the goals of the standard and its value to educators in plain English

Answer: David Levin of McGraw Hill.

Yes yes, those are just words. But I have gotten a good look at some of what their ed tech product and data science groups have been up to lately, and I have spoken to Levin at length on a few occasions (and grilled him at length on two of them).

My advice: Pay attention to this company. They are not screwing around.

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Three More Jobs To Shift Your Moodle Career

Moodle News - 20 Abril, 2016 - 05:39
There are three more hot opportunities on the street that you might use to start, shift or grow your career as a Moodler. Check them out below: Systems Integration Specialist Full-time University of...

Educational Testing Services Debuts Ethics Training for Educators

Campus Technology - 20 Abril, 2016 - 00:03
Educational Testing Service has launched ProEthica, an online ethics training program for educators and teachers in training.

Social media fuels distrust in American media, poll finds

OLDaily - 19 Abril, 2016 - 23:42


Froma Harrop, NBC, Apr 19, 2016

This part is true: "Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias." This part isn't: "(It's) fueled in part by Americans' skepticism about what they read on social media." As this news item notes: "The most important factor in determining trust: whether or not they know the original source of the story."  Here's  the actual study (not linked in the traditional media news report, naturally)."The study also finds that in the digital age, several new factors largely unexamined before — such as the intrusiveness of ads, navigability, load times, and having the latest details — also are critical in determining whether consumers consider a publisher competent and worthy of trust."

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Pasco Scientific launches Wireless Smart Cart for Physics Experiments

Campus Technology - 19 Abril, 2016 - 21:54
Pasco Scientific is introducing a new Smart Cart, a low-friction cart with sensors that will allow students to collect data from experiments to learn physics concepts.

LearningMate Updates Content Authoring Tool

Campus Technology - 19 Abril, 2016 - 20:48
LearningMate Solutions has launched an updated version of its digital and interactive learning content authoring tool, Frost.

Online disinhibition and the ethics of researching groups on Facebook

Pontydysgu - Bridge to Learning - 19 Abril, 2016 - 17:35

There seems to be a whole spate of papers, blogs and reports published lately around MOOCs, Learning Analytics and the use of Labour Market Information. One possibly reason is that it takes some time for more considered research to be commissioned, written and published around emerging themes and technologies in teaching and learning. Anyway I’ve spent an interesting time reading at least some of these latest offerings and will try to write up some notes on what (I think) they are saying and mean.

One report I particular liked is ‘A murky business: navigating the ethics of educational
research in Facebook groups” by Tony Coughlan and Leigh-Anne Perryman. The article, published in the European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, is based on a reflection of their own experiences of researching in Facebook. And as they point out any consideration of ethical practices will almost inevitably run foul of Facebook’s Terms and Condition of Service.

Not withstanding that issue, they summarise the problems as “whether/how to gain informed consent in a public setting; the need to navigate online disinhibition and confessional activity; the need to address the ethical challenges involved in triangulating data collected from social media settings with data available from other sources; the need to consider the potential impact on individual research participants and entire online communities of reporting research findings, especially when published reports are open access; and, finally, the use of visual evidence and its anonymisation.”

Although obviously the use of social networks and Facebook in particular raise their own issues, many of the considerations are more widely applicable to Learning Analytics approaches, especially to using discourse analysis and Social Network Analytics> This discussion came up at the recent EmployID project review meeting. The project is developing a  number of tools and approaches to Workplace Learning Analytics and one idea was that we should attempt to develop a Code of Practice for Learning Analytics in the workplace, similar to the work by Jisc who have published a Code of Practice for Learning Analytics in UK educational institutions.

As an aside, I particularly liked the section on “confessional’ activity’ and ‘online disinhibition’ based on work by Suler (2004) who identified six factors as prompting people to self-disclose online more frequently or intensely than they would in person:

  • Dissociative anonymity – the fact that ‘when people have the opportunity to separate their actions online from their in-person lifestyle and identity, they feel less vulnerable about self-disclosing and acting out’;

  • Invisibility – overlapping, but extending beyond anonymity, physical invisibility ‘amplifies the disinhibition effect’ as ‘people don’t have to worry about how they look or sound when they type a message’ nor about ‘howothers look or sound in response to what they say’;

  • Asynchronicity – not having to immediately deal with someone else’s reaction to something you’ve said online;

  • Solipsistic introjection – the sense that one’s mind has become merged with the mind of the person with whom one is communicating online, leading to the creation of imagined ‘characters’ for these people and a consequent feeling that online communication is taking place in one’s head, again leading to disinhibition;

  • Dissociative imagination – a consciously or unconscious feeling that the imaginary characters “created” through solipsistic interjection exist in a‘make-believe dimension, separate and apart from the demands and responsibilities of the real world’ (Suler, 2004 p.323).

  • The minimization of authority (for people who do actually have some) due to the absence of visual cues such as dress, body language and environmental context, which can lead people to misbehave online.

Suler, J. (2004). The Online Disinhibition Effect. In CyberPsychology & Behaviour,
7(3), (pp. 321-326). Available from http://www.academia.edu/3658367/The_online_disinhibition_effect. [Accessed 10 September 2014]

Mixing It Up in the Design Lab: The Virtuality-Reality Continuum

Campus Technology - 19 Abril, 2016 - 16:26
The Mixed Reality Lab at Oklahoma State University provides a range of AR, VR, and 3D printing tools so that students and faculty researchers in design disciplines can work in virtual, physical, and augmented reality environments.

Marketing Wiz Debuts Student Mindsets Platform

Campus Technology - 19 Abril, 2016 - 13:01
Marketing Wiz has introduced the Student Mindsets Platform, a new product intended to help higher education marketers, recruiters and admissions officers improve communications with prospective students.

State of Higher Ed LMS Market for US and Canada: Spring 2016 Edition

e-Literate - 19 Abril, 2016 - 13:00

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This is the eighth year I have shared the LMS market share graphic, commonly known as the squid graphic, for (mostly) US higher education. The original idea remains – to give a picture of the LMS market in one page, highlighting the story of the market over time. The key to the graphic is that the width of each band represents the percentage of institutions using a particular LMS as its primary system.

This year marks a significant change based on our upcoming LMS subscription service. We are working with LISTedTECH to provide market data and visualizations. This data source provides historical and current measures of institutional adoptions, allowing new insights into how the market has worked and current trends. This current graphic gets all of its data from LISTedTECH. Where previous versions of the graphic used an anchoring technique, combining data from different sources in different years, with interpolation where the data was unavailable. Now, every year’s data is based on this single data source.

This graphic has been in the public domain for years, however, and we think it best to keep it that way. In this way we hope that the new service will provide valuable insight for subscribers but also improve what we continue to share here on the e-Literate blog.

Since we have data over time now and not just snapshots, we have picked the end of each year for that data. For this reason, the data goes through the end of 2015. We have 2016 data but chose not to share partial-year results in an effort to avoid confusion.

A few items to note:

  • As noted in previous years, the fastest-growing LMS is Canvas. There is no other solution close in terms of matching the Canvas growth.
  • Blackboard continues to lose market share, although the vast majority of that reduction over the past two years has been from customers leaving ANGEL. Blackboard Learn lost only a handful of clients in the past year.
  • While the end-of-life occurs next year, Pearson’s has announced LearningStudio’s end-of-life for the end of 2017.
  • With the new data set, the rapid rise and market strength of WebCT becomes much more apparent than previous graphics.
  • There is a growing line for “Other”, capturing the growth of those systems with less than 50 active implementations as primary systems; systems like Jenzabar, Edvance360, LoudCloud Systems, WebStudy, Schoology, and CampusCruiser.
  • While we continue to show Canvas in the Open Source area, we have noted a more precise description as an Open Core model.

For a better description of the upcoming LMS subscription service, read this post and / or sign up for more information here.

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Wheaton College Deploys New LMS

Campus Technology - 19 Abril, 2016 - 13:00
Wheaton College in Illinois has implemented a new learning management system with the goal of improving the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students.

Introducing Backchannel Technology into a Large Undergraduate Course

OLDaily - 19 Abril, 2016 - 11:33


Ruth Neustifter, Canadian Journal of Learning, technology, Apr 19, 2016

It feels a bit odd reading about the use of backchannels in classrooms in 2016, since it was back in  2007 I was experimenting with them (and others well before that!). But progress moves slowly, I guess (I'm thinking that had I surveyed my participants back then I could have had a publication out of it, just like this author). here are the results: "The purpose of this research was to examine the feasibility of using a backchannel in a large university lecture and to determine whether its use significantly improved student perceptions of engagement and enjoyment in class. Overall, the results supported these hypotheses." The paper is OK, I'm glad it was done, and it's good to see the technology move forward. I just feel I want more from academic literature, somehow.

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Divergence in children's non-cognitive skills based on family income

OLDaily - 19 Abril, 2016 - 11:33


Jonathan Kantrowitz, Education Research Report, Apr 19, 2016

This relates directly to the subject of my talk in Arlington on Monday. "Little is known about the relationship between family income and children’ s non-cognitive (or socio-emotional) skill formation. This is an important gap, as these skills have been hypothesized to be a critical link between early outcomes and adult socioeconomic status." Sadly, the paper cited is available only by paid subscription. Because, you know, reporting on the disadvantages created by income gaps doesn't have to mean actually caring or doing anything about it.

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You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That’s Ludicrous

OLDaily - 19 Abril, 2016 - 11:33


Ryan Merkley, Wired, Apr 19, 2016

This is an opinion article from the CEO of Creative Commons that (as the title suggests) defends efforts like SciHub to provide direct access to scientific publications despite publisher copyrights. Ironically, as I was reading this article, a bit screen came up, blocking the content, requiring me to turn off my ad blocker.  I'm not turning it off. Here's the thing - I don't mind viewing an advertisement, but what the ad blocker blocks are advertisements that track my viewing habits and (sometimes) try to install spyware on my computer. So let me quote the final line in the article baack to Wired: "There’ s no way anyone can know what research and data can reveal unless we set it free. Innovation can come from anywhere— not just academics— but only if we allow for a non-linear and unrestricted approach to inquiry and discovery." There was a day Wired could survive without spying on its readers, but not any more, I guess.

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