Learning Resources

A Profoundly Disruptive Technology

The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) had its first world conference this last week in Boston, co-located with Campus Technology 2010. The group of learning and assessment experts is organized around its members' interest in ePortfolios.

Northeastern U Trying Unified Search

In the coming year, Boston's Northeastern University will try a new search technology for its library collections.

UA Scientists Using Facebook To Build 6-12 Learning Tool

Using a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a team of faculty at the University of Arizona in Tucson is building a new Facebook program intended to help middle and high school students learn how to teach themselves.

A Better Blend

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.

Josh Baron on Education Technology and Disruptive Change

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.

SoftChalk 6 Adds 'Connect' Learning Object Repository

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.

3D Printer Project Gets MacArthur Funding

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.

Einztein Launches Education Search Guide

Einztein, a nonprofit that offers online search services focused on education content, is launching a public beta of an online course library.

Knovel Adds Material Sciences Reference to Digital Collection

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.

Is Portfolio Evidence Useful?

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.