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Phil Hill
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I find educational technology news and try to make sense of it.
I find educational technology news and try to make sense of it.

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New post on e-Literate from +Michael Feldstein

Ed tech and learning science are both littered with obscure and hard-to-read journal articles written for a handful of other experts on one hand and empty puff pieces on the other. We need a middle ground.

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Last week was the first meeting for the board of trustees for NewU, the working name for Kaplan University now that it has been “acquired” by Purdue University. And yes, the scare quotes are intentional given the $1 purchase price. I’ll give the group…

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Chipping away at the Digital Native trope

Raamish Saeed, a senior from Saint Louis University, told the crowd, “We are not very tech savvy coming into college. Other than playing games and basic Microsoft office, there are many things we don't know.”

“I did not know how to use headers, footers or page number in Microsoft Word, so I got five points off every essay for an entire semester,” explained Alyssa Foley, a student at Houston Community College, in an interview with EdSurge. “I did not have Microsoft Word at home because I did not want to pay for it. I had some free office program, so even if I tried to do it, all the formatting would get messed up.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-06-20-students-say-they-are-not-as-tech-savvy-as-educators-assume

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New post on e-Literate.

Whither Moodle? http://mfeldstein.com/whither-moodle/
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New post from +O'Neal Spicer
Last week the Brookings Institute published an article in its Economic Studies: Evidence Speaks series titled “Promises and pitfalls in online learning,” by Eric Bettinger and Susanna Loeb of Stanford University. The article is a condensed summary of a…

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IHE response post to the Brookings study on online ed. My starting point:

Given a flawed question comparing monolithic "online" and "face-to-face" courses, and given the report's inability to resist the urge to extrapolate results too broadly, this study is one of the best of the genre. And I do mean that.

Despite online education having entered the mainstream -- with approximate one out of three higher education students taking at least one online class each term (not just over their academic career as stated in report) -- we now have a full spectrum of course modalities. Very few courses these days are fully face-to-face without any online component, and the general course design approach can vary by discipline, faculty preference, institutional support, and many other factors. Quite simply, there is no unified category of online courses and face-to-face courses.

+Laura Gibbs +George Station +Debbie Morrison +Jim Julius +Bryan Alexander

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Cool - a TOPcast from UCF's +Thomas Cavanagh and Kelvin Thompson on importance of the student voice in online learning (yes, this applies to all modalities). And great to see their use of e-Literate resource on the same subject.

https://cdl.ucf.edu/topcast-s03e26/

cc +Laura Gibbs +Mathieu Plourde +George Station

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New post from +Michael Feldstein: A little while back, I wrote a post reflecting on how close we are to getting a next-generation, modular learning platform and how the next steps in the IMS standards-making process can influence whether and when we might actually see this elusive beast…

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Free solo climb up El Capitan in Yosemite? Check. Do it in just four hours? Check. WTF? Check.

http://elcapreport.com/content/elcap-report-6317-special-edition-honnold-free-solo-elcap
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