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What cute little T-1000 cyborgs. Skynet must be proud.

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Mapping higher education cuts and tuition increases http://ow.ly/NBAyV nice summary by +Bryan Alexander  and highlight of two great maps
How do changes in funding American higher education play out across the nation?  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has created two very useful maps. The first identifies just how mu...
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I didn't mean to highlight Florida like that, but I don't mind the effect.
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New post at e-Literate

UF Online seems to be institutionally-focused rather than student-focused, and the initiative is shaping up to be a case study in hubris. Without major changes in how the program is managed, including the main campus input into decisions, UF Online risks becoming the new poster child of online education failures. I honestly hope they succeed, but the current outlook is not encouraging.
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Common Core requires literacy, and specifically writing education, to be folded into many subjects. Online essay graders help save time, but can they replace traditional teacher feedback?
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The idea that people are even asking this question makes me despair... But at least from Twitter I knew this shark was lurking in the G+ waters, ha ha.
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It's all in having accurate captions
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Oh the joys of owning a label gun :-)
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I use a lot of Bizarro cartoons with my students. :-)
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This is good news, but there's a lot not reported here.

GW Rescinds Suspension of Student Over Swastika http://ow.ly/NBC3V

Not mentioned is the role of F.I.R.E. in forcing GW to change its obviously wrong decision. 
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Oh, thanks for sharing this! I was just thinking about it literally yesterday because I was annotating one of the Indian epic books for my class and the phrase "Swasti" showed up there (it's a word used to ward off bad omens)... and I glossed it for the students by explaining this is the same root as in "swastika" etc. etc. etc. 
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New article at IHE on D2L, using a quote of mine from a few weeks ago. Like +Laura Gibbs and +Jennifer Ebbeler recently, I'll likely need a blog post to explain a little more.

Phil Hill, an education technology consultant and industry analyst, said D2L’s approach likely will encourage some colleges to explore adaptive learning with pilot programs. But Hill said he would be surprised to see it spread much farther than that during the next few years.

“It is very hard to make this stuff work, and from my experience faculty are not asking for magic production of pathways created by an unknown algorithm,” Hill said via email. “I just don’t see adaptive learning as a big need for campuswide deployment.”

Personally, I see a lot of potential in personalized learning in general based largely on the e-Literate TV series. But there are two caveats relevant to this discussion:

1) The question to me related to D2L's market approach and whether it would affect the LMS market. Where I am seeing positive results with adaptive version of personalized is in specific pilot programs such as remedial math at Essex County. But even in this case they are not ready or even considering campus-wide deployment. So even if D2L is successful with LeaP, it won't affect LMS market anytime soon.

2) For personalized approaches to gain momentum, there needs to be transparency. I have not seen faculty desiring or calling out for black box algorithms. Even ASU has not gotten very far with Knewton, and they spent a lot of time and money in pilots. There is a larger desire for differentiated pathways where there are no black box algorithms determining the pathways for students. The one exception I've seen here is remedial math, where the paths and overall coverage of topics is quite linear and well-known.
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Ugh. No good for me at all. Which returns us to the basic question: how can I respect a "learning management system" that does not acknowledge student choice in any way.
Scary.
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California, Educators Strive To Close Online Learning Gaps http://ow.ly/NyVfr with nice focus on OEI and +Patricia James-Hanz  insights.

“The students who took online courses early on graduate at significantly higher rates,” he said. “Even though their grades were lower, they were still able to navigate their way through and earn a degree.”

The California Community College System is trying to do just that, and more, with its ambitious Online Education Initiative.
Through good times and bad, during recessions and boom times, one thing has been constant in the world of community college distance education over the past decade: enrollment in online courses has grown faster than overall enrollment at colleges and univ
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It looks like UF Online is starting to flail in terms of getting the enrollment they assumed under business plan. I say "flail" based on the half-baked idea that A) never made sense (ppl want online for anywhere/anytime, not as consolation prize), B) could have been predicted based on UC Online experience (guess what, ppl don't want to pay online for possibility of getting on campus experience down the road), and C) is not leading to campus execs learning and adjusting (let's just try harder and be patient). Not to mention that this plan was for table scraps - trying to fill enrollment in underperforming majors. In other words, UF is trying to use UF Online for their own purposes, not to serve students.

The University of Florida made an unusual offer to more than 3,000 high-school students who would otherwise have been rejected for admission: Pass two semesters of online coursework, and then you can enroll on the campus. But less than 10 percent of them took the offer.

Joseph Glover, the provost, defended the new option, called the Pathway to Campus Enrollment, or PACE, saying it hadn’t been well explained. “This year, now that the program is in place and there is time to advertise and explain what it is all about, we hope to get a better response,” he told The Gainesville Sun.
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They'll have to get the TAs trained in supporting learning disabilities for the F2F students, which they should have done ages ago anyway.
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I've had enough with these vicious predators - get them out of Yosemite!

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It's all fun and games until mom shows up.
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