NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition New Media Consortium
The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative released last week the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition.
The report identifies six key trends and developments in educational technology that will have a profound impact on higher education and the most significant challenges impeding technology adoption in higher education.
Flipped Classroom, Blended learning, Personalized learning, Makerspaces, Wearable Technology, Open Educational Resources (OER), Learning spaces and the Internet of Things are among the key educational technologies identified by the researchers.
Harvard and M.I.T. Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions The New York Times
The National Association of the Deaf filed federal lawsuits against Harvard and M.I.T., saying both universities violated antidiscrimination laws by failing to provide closed captioning in their online lectures, courses, podcasts and other educational materials.
The case highlights the increasingly important role of online materials in higher education. M.I.T. and Harvard have extensive materials available free online, on platforms like YouTube, iTunesU, Harvard@Home and MIT OpenCourseWare.
Harvard B-school Opens the Flood Gates With Online Courses Fortune
For the first time, Harvard Business School (HBS) is now opening its online program in business basics to students worldwide. More than 1,100 students have now taken the primer on the fundamentals of business called CORe (Credential of Readiness) program.
HBS expects to have as many as 3,000 online learners signed up this summer, more than three times the intake at Harvard’s full-time MBA program.
Keywords: Harvard Business School, MBA, Online education, CORe
Inside the Schools that Dare to Break With Traditional Teaching The Guardian
There are schools that are breaking the mould and daring to free teachers from the shackles of curriculum dictates. They are giving students and educators the power to become masters of their own learning.
From Quest to Learn in New York to the Liger Learning Center in Cambodia, Matthew Jenkin explores schools that use innovative teaching methods and curriculums
The Rich Man’s Dropout Club Whatever happened to the teenage entrepreneurs whom Peter Thiel paid to forgo college? The Chronicle of Higher Education
In September 2010 Peter Thiel unveiled his plan: grants of up to $100,000 each for up to 20 people under the age of 20 to "stop out of school" and pursue their passion. In the few months after Mr. Thiel announced the opportunity, his foundation drew more than 400 applications for the two-year program.
Twenty-four people were selected: 22 men and two women. Of that first class of 24, nine fellows agreed to be interviewed by The Chronicle. Most of those interviewed said they had left college not because they were disillusioned with it but because they were impatient to start working.
Keywords: Education, Peter Thiel, Entrepreneurship,
Professors Know About High-Tech Teaching Methods, but Few Use Them The Chronicle of Higher Education
Innovation is sweeping the world of higher education, but not all faculty members are embracing it in their classrooms.
A new survey from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has found that 40 percent of the professors surveyed are interested in using innovative techniques and technologies but only half have actually used them. One of the most-adopted new approaches, according to the sample, is the flipped classroom.
Keywords: MOOCs, Coursera, Online Education, Instagram, Google
7 Best Practices for Creating a Completely Mobile Campus Campus Technology
At the University of Central Florida, students and faculty can now connect to the software they need anywhere, anytime, from any computing device — laptop, tablet, desktop or smartphone.
The recently launched UCF Apps application-streaming initiative aims to turn the second largest university in the nation into a completely mobile campus, giving users ubiquitous access to software as if it were locally installed.
Keywords: Mobile Learning, Mobile Campus, Technology, Higher Education
‘Maker’ Innovation Spreading on Campuses eCampus News
Xavier University is partnering with MakerBot to bring a MakerBot Innovation Center to the university’s campus. The center will serve as a local “innovation hub” where students from different academic disciplines can gain invaluable hands-on experience by collaborating with entrepreneurs and researchers on real-world projects.
The Jefferson Education Accelerator Inside Higher Ed
The educational-technology market is flooded with companies that say their products will “disrupt” or “revolutionize” how faculty and administrators work and students learn. To cut through the noise, the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education is launching an ed-tech accelerator that will help colleges and universities decide between all the products and services that are coming out.