In May 2009, the US Department of Education released a meta-analysis of effectiveness studies of online, face-to-face, and blended learning models. The analysis found that online learning produced better student outcomes than face-to-face classes, and that blended learning offered an even “larger advantage” over face-to-face. Technology leaders at the University of Central Florida were not surprised.
A project out of the University of Virginia to get young children comfortable with engineering has been selected as one of 10 winners in a MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition. The project, called Fab@School, is intended to teach K-12 students about mathematical analysis and modeling, digital fabrication, and engineering by allowing them to fabricate 3D copies of objects that they've designed themselves.
Marist College’s Director of Academic Technology and eLearning, a Campus Technology 2010 keynoter, talked with CT about potential disruptive changes ahead that may not only alter how we use technology for teaching and learning, but might turn higher education infrastructure on its ear.
Ed tech developer SoftChalk has released an update to SoftChalk, an authoring suite for instructional content. The company also announced that it will be expanding the capabilities of the Web-based system further this summer through a new premium option.
Einztein, a nonprofit that offers online search services focused on education content, is launching a public beta of an online course library.
Universities that tap into the technical content provided digitally through Knovel will soon be able to add the Materials Information Society--ASM--information to their data searches.
A capstone portfolio process can increase the value of a portfolio collection, both during a student's college career and after. Students can maintain their own record of achievement, with the portfolio central to every course they take. Students would re-visit and re-work their portfolio collection over time.
The Borough of Manhattan Community College, a City University of New York (CUNY) campus, is preparing students in media production for the real world. The college maintains an HDTV production facility stocked with professional-level tools and offers top students a chance to work with CBS pros during "boot camp."
The center of technology activity in academia has moved from the computer center to the faculty. and, now, after more than 30 years since the microcomputer took technology outside the computer center, it is moving to the students themselves. No, not texting and Twittering but students using learning management tools whose primary clients are students. What impact will this market shift have?
We asked two web 2.0 gurus in higher education for their favorite tools that offer the most impact on instruction. All are easily accessible software tools with a low technology threshold, making them generally easy on tight IT or departmental budgets and personnel resources.