Desktop Research: Significant Trends

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Recommended Reading


  • Augmented Reality and Virtual Learning Environment
    http://www.researchgate.net/publication/277137476_Augmented_Reality_and_Virtual_Learning_Environment
    Addresses the potential of AR to enhanced the learning environments, noting benefits to a variety of disciplines. While addressing the virtual learning environment, the technology has broader implications for real-world engagement potential (more than just fast prototyping) as seen with the information demonstrated for the Meta 1 AR glasses. https://www.getameta.com/ - Dougdar Dougdar Sep 23, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015)
  • 7 Ways Higher Ed Institutions are Increasingly Joining Forces
    http://www.educationdive.com/news/7-ways-higher-ed-institutions-are-increasingly-joining-forces/343545/
    Collaboration between institutions is key to scaling sustainable technology efforts. Colleges and universities are sharing cloud-based supercomputing tools, data storage, and online course material and platforms.- helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 24, 2015 - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Sep 26, 2015These are good to see, but inter-institutional collaboration is very, very scarce, because it's hard to do, usually not rewarded, and its purposes often better served by third-party providers. - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015 It is difficult enough to get academics in the same faculty to work together, let alone getting different institutions to collaborate, as we are all competing against one another. Most of our collaboration at the moment is informal and under the radar. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015)
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  • Associate Teaching Professor Jia Zhang receives $1M NSF Award
    http://www.ece.cmu.edu/news/story/2015/04/zhang-nsf-award.html
    ECE’s Jia Zhang, an associate teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to support her collaborative data analysis project. - Sam Sam Sep 22, 2015 - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015)
  • Is Bigger Better? 54,000 Students and Growing, U. of Central Florida Storms Higher Ed.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/with-54000-students-and-growing-u-of-central-florida-storms-higher-ed/2015/09/20/0db73380-4cbd-11e5-bfb9-9736d04fc8e4_story.html
    An ever-widening menu of online and blended courses has played a role in UCF's expansion during years of economic recession and lean state funding. ole- ole ole Sep 22, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 24, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Sep 26, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 Definitely a serious trend. - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 Online learning (once "distance learning") continues to grow. - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says: This article forcefully articulates the polarization we are seeing. Elite institutions have more and more applicants but no more spaces. So McColleges gobble up as many students as they can, paying as little for labor as they can, hoping online will scale up. To me, it's not online that's the trend here: it's the use of business models and a market-based approach to human development. - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 I agree, I'm not sure this article is really about online learning as a trend. Maybe it's about business models, but I see it more as a shifting philosophy of serving more students over exclusivity. Being exclusive doesn't ensure quality, it only ensures the type of student served. - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 The article also suggests to me that higher ed institutions can set themselves apart in order to better meet their mission, instead of always trying to emulate the top 10.- kvogt kvogt Sep 29, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 I know online expansion is in all of our futures, but I am, as ever, concerned that those who obtain online qualifications are missing out on a significant part of the HE experience - there is so much more to a degree than test scores. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) - michael.lambert michael.lambert Oct 16, 2015agress with Damian...and we need to expand our course work/classes to include more experiential learning...we need more internship programs that allow students to 'trade' credits for other courses.
  • BU Collaboration and Network Enhanced Course Transformations
    http://www.bu.edu/stem/projects-initiatives/bu-conects/
    Boston University has developed and begun implementing a new flipped course model that depends on building local, collaborative learning communities of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in departments and colleges. ole- ole ole Sep 22, 2015 - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says: I like this article, but my local view is that innovation is still department-bound. I see the issue here as: how do social networks support, mediate, or block innovation? I see this topic as: networked knowledge in terms of faculty and administration. Will we able to fold a connectivist idea back onto ourselves? (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) Big fan of the flipped classroom model, but it will take a long time to get academics on board, as they were taught, and continue to teach, using traditional paradigms. - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015

  • Competency-Based Learning Provides Perks for Online Students
    http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2014/07/11/competency-based-learning-provides-perks-for-online-students
    Competency-based learning (CBE) shows promise as being the niche that online learning needs to become a major player in the higher education sector. CBE’s self-paced program tests students mastery of a subject in order to continue and complete their degree instead of the traditional college setting where learning a specific skill is constricted to a single semester. - lkoster lkoster Sep 24, 2015 - brad.hinson brad.hinson Sep 24, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015- daniel.burgos daniel.burgos Sep 26, 2015 - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 says: This is a very important trend. But I see the topic as: How are we assessing learning and evaluating programs? It goes to the business model question: What exactly does one buy in buying a degree? #changingbusinessmodels #changingnotionsofservice - DaveP DaveP Sep 28, 2015 - kvogt kvogt Sep 29, 2015 Some excellent points raised here - perhaps we need to consider the fundamental question: what exactly IS a degree in the 21st century? (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015)- kevin.ashford-rowe kevin.ashford-rowe - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 I think it actually may go beyond even what is a degree to the far deeper 'what is a university education?' - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 and 'what is a university? - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 '. I suspect that CBL with its focus on considered 'action verb' led learning outcome design and constructively aligned (& often authentically designed) assessments are the possible 'game changer' (disruptions(?)) - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 that may enable new and non-traditional higher education providers the opportunity to provide a more compelling and valid learning transformation that is more appealing to future employers and more directly related to the students abilty to succeed beyond university. It also enable a far easier dis aggregation of the 'degree' into even smaller units of delivery than the courses or units that we currently offer. I think traditional universities, at least those without heavily over subscribed enrolments, will need to be able to compete with this potential new model. - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015

  • The Core http://www.ou.edu/thecore The University of Oklahoma created an Active Learning Faculty Fellows program, in which professors are awarded a stipend for their participation and paired with an active learning mentor to assist with transitioning an existing course into an outstanding example of an innovative, team-based active learning class. ole- ole ole Sep 22, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 Reminds me of Dickinson College's Willoughby Fellows. - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says: So the active learning classroom now has a funding stream attached? What does this say about the educational landscape? That to me is The Story. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) Spot on, Edward - it seems inevitable that if funding is available, it will change the way we do things, but whether or not that proves to be a positive thing remains to be seen...

  • Education-as-a-Service: 5 Ways Higher Ed Must Adapt to a Changing Market
    http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/11/education-as-a-service-5-ways-higher-ed-must-adapt-to-a-changing-market/
    This article argues that higher education will soon transition from selling expensive degree programs to "Education-as-a-Service," - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 and explains lessons colleges and universities can learn from SaaS market leader Salesforce. - brad.hinson brad.hinson Sep 24, 2015- daniel.burgos daniel.burgos Sep 26, 2015 - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 says: As a service can also mean 'in service of humanity, of the development of human potential.' - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 Clearly there is a chasm between the two meanings of the word "service." - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 If higher ed is in service of humanity, developing human potential, what's the best way to provide that service? If people are lifelong learners, is the best service a tightly bundled on-campus degree or a cloud offering they can access as needed? I like that thinking about Education-as-a-Service in this way forces us to ask ourselves the question. When we can articulate what higher ed's service is, then we can align what we do, what we offer, and how we offer it.- kvogt kvogt Sep 29, 2015 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Sep 29, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 If we aspire to deliver education all all levels to all learners, don't we run the risk of being generalists instead of specialists? It could be argued that we should concentrate on doing what we do, the best way we can can do it, rather than trying to be all things to all people. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) - kevin.ashford-rowe kevin.ashford-roweI think this is the real challenge and will compel us to be able to provide very clear and transparent explanations of the value proposition inherent in the offering that we make to the market irrperspective of the ways in which we design and then deliver it. - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015
  • Emerging Field Has Huge Potential for College and University Curricula
    http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/big-data-analytics-177/
    When the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado Boulder started noticing more alumni—Ph.D.s, masters, and undergrads—going into data analytics-type careers the department developed a new statistics minor that includes several brand-new classes in the subject area, plus several existing courses revamped to focus on data science. - Sam Sam Sep 22, 2015- bonnie_anderson bonnie_anderson Sep 22, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
  • Learning Space Re-Design

    • How Do Your Learning Spaces Measure Up?
      http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2014/03/05/How-Do-Your-Learning-Spaces-Measure-Up.aspx?Page=2
      This article describes how FLEXspace, an online database of learning spaces, and Learning Space Rating System, a set of measurable criteria to assess classroom design, are helping learning institutions share and evolve best practices in classroom design.- bonnie_anderson bonnie_anderson Sep 22, 2015
    • Idea Spaces
      http://tech.nwc.hccs.edu/idea-spaces/
      In Fall 2016, the West Houston Institute will finish its massive learning space redesign that combines experiential classrooms and labs, a fully outfitted MakerSpace, a facilitated collaboration space, a conference space, and a connecting learning commons. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 Love the idea af MakerSpaces - if only we had the classroom space... (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
    • New Classrooms to Help Promote Active Learning
      http://www.cteblog.dept.ku.edu/360-degree-view-of-a-new-active-learning-classroom/
      The School of Engineering at University of Kansas is designing new rooms to help eliminate the anonymity of the lecture hall and promote a sense of community that encourages discussion, collaboration, and sharing. ole- ole ole Sep 22, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 24, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 Steelcase furniture is a great design for new learning spaces - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 26, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015It reminds me when more than a decade ago the School of Engineering of the University of Louvain La Neuve, Begium, redesigned its entire Engineering building to accommodate Problem Based Learning for its entire curriculum. Promoting active learning is not a new trend. However the growing prominence of technology in the education world is certainly helping this concept gain momentum. - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015 - kvogt kvogt Sep 29, 2015 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Sep 29, 2015 some of the buildings at our institution are over 100 years old, and the opportunities to modify or adapt learning and teaching spaces are limited - a wonderful idea, but difficult for us to implement.(- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
    • Learning Spaces @ Curtin Curtin lists all rooms, with 360 degree pictures, listing of numbers served, all equipment, etc. and staff can sign up for specific rooms for their planned delivery. Lecture halls have been decommissioned in favor of Collaborative Learning Spaces In addition, new Distributed Learning Spaces are supported by introductory videos and online support services. - david.c.gibson david.c.gibson Sep 27, 2015 This link seems to be broken.
    • Learning Space Toolkit The UK HE Learning Space Toolkit: a SCHOMS, AUDE and UCISA collaborationhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1IWkNYhmykLI7zQq9FN0x-dS1TBTsTL7cVpqGPNFQ7Go/edit?usp=sharing currently out for comment - DaveP DaveP Sep 28, 2015
    • Inclusion of Virtual Reality to Reduce Knowledge Loss
      http://www.engr.psu.edu/datalab/Docs/2015%20ASME%20IDETC_Dickens%20et%20al.pdf This Penn State study addressed the inclusion of VR as part of the instructional space to reduce knowledge loss, however, incorporating VR and blended reality aspects as considerations for the learning space in the instructional design has other potential benefits as it enables engagement not possible or practical in real life configurations. This goes along with the notion previously touched on regarding idea spaces active learning. However, rather than perceiving this as a technology strategy related to learning activities and serving solely as a channel for curriculum delivery, it should be considered more in terms of construct of 21st century learning spaces where distinctive instruction occurs, and unique learning opportunities are made available as part of the whole academic environment. - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
  • Un-bundling and Micro-credentialing

    • Nano-Degrees as a New Model to Integrate into Higher Education http://www.forbes.com/sites/ccap/2015/01/19/nano-degrees-as-a-new-model-to-model-to-integrate-into-higher-education/ Previously, college degrees have not been available to complete in less than two years and without shelling out thousands of dollars in tuition, but nanodegrees are looking to change that. Nano-degrees are a new way of learning that tailors online education to specific job functions that allows students to gain knowledge while training for their future job within a year. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 A possible game-changer...perhaps an alternative to link the skills businesses want and the university. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 26, 2015 - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Sep 26, 2015One to watch, as part of the broader trend of rethinking academic certification, alongside badges, stackable degrees, etc. - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 agrees with Bryan. It's the very definition of what we do as a service that is changing. What does the tuition pay for? A social network? A credential? Demonstrable skills? A portfolio of achievements? I'd like to see all the options together under one heading. - DaveP DaveP Sep 28, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 Students want regular, frequent assessment and feedback - kvogt kvogt Sep 29, 2015 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 )
    • Badges - david.c.gibson david.c.gibson Sep 27, 2015 Dan Hickey of Indiana has been researching this area and blogging about it at Re-mediating Assessment
    • Badges @ Curtin lists some other experiments and pilots. - david.c.gibson david.c.gibson Sep 27, 2015
  • North Shore Community College Library Action Plan
    http://library.northshore.edu/about/pdf/action-plan.pdf
    The North Shore Community College Library collaborates with the academic technology department to help faculty develop and promote open educational resources in an effort to ensure students across all disciplines have access to a full range of information resources and services.
  • Online Skills Mastery - Training for Faculty
    https://ucdenver.instructure.com/courses/327073
    University of Colorado Denver created and implemented a ten-week Online Skills Mastery training program to prepare online instructors to excel in teaching and reward them for professional development through a badging program. ole- ole ole Sep 22, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says: I applaud that they made their How To Use the LMS course have an educational flavor. But then both the design side and the teaching side somewhat get short shrift. Is this part of a wider trend: teach faculty design skills and pedagogy concepts? - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 I like that this is created using WordPress and is fully open. For that reason I'm tagging it! - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Sep 29, 2015 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) Teaching teachers to teach - whatever will they think of next?! Why isnot levery institution doing this? (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) Changing dynamics in instructor-learner relations will need to include the equipping of teachers to have greater awareness and understanding of relevant technologies and methods that are at play to better interface and enable critical thinking. Mastery should not be the goal but rather a base comprehension of usage and potential for application. This also would foster better collaborative learning between teacher and student when guidance is provided into theoretical application and expression instead of technical execution which students may have far beyond what training could provide. - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
  • Personalized Learning Changes Everything
    http://www.umpi.edu/personalized/
    The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s proficiency-based learning approach allows students to choose how they learn best and progress at their own speed, demonstrating their knowledge regardless of whether the learning takes place online, in the classroom, or through an off-campus internship.- bonnie_anderson bonnie_anderson Sep 22, 2015 ole- ole ole Sep 22, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015- daniel.burgos daniel.burgos Sep 26, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - kvogt kvogt Sep 29, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015 )
  • UMich Labs Scale Up Instructional Innovations
    http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/05/07/umich-labs-scale-up-instructional-innovations.aspx
    The University of Michigan recently opened the Office of Digital Education and Innovation (DEI), a first of its kind. Unlike any other advancement of technology research, the DEI connects multiple disciplines from across campus into three labs: Learning, Education and Design, Digital Education and Innovation Lab, and Digital Innovation Greenhouse, in hopes of creating an environment that fosters research to enhance education. - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 Actually, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia all merged their local learning technology, online open courses AND faculty pedagogy support and TF training. So yes, this is a trend, maybe worth noting? But UMich can hardly claim to be alone in this area. - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Sep 28, 2015 Agree with previous comment. Not a "first," but definitely an important trend. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) Collaboration across faculties is now the norm, but I am very interested in the idea of formalised cross institutional working. It could make a huge difference to the way we work.
  • Universities Must Adapt to Evolution of Student Body
    http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1251854-universities-must-adapt-to-evolution-of-student-body
    This article argues that universities in Nova Scotia transferring to hybrid delivery could eliminate the need for multiple small departments across each university campus in favor of significant centers of excellence at each institution.- lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 19, 2015
  • UW Interactive Data Lab
    http://idl.cs.washington.edu/
    Faculty and students at the University of Washington's Interactive Data Lab designs new interactive systems for data visualization and analysis for domains ranging from large-scale text analysis to population genomics.- daniel.burgos daniel.burgos Sep 26, 2015
  • When the Only Seat is in Front of a Screen
    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/09/02/u-central-florida-increases-class-sizes-live-streamed-lectures
    Lecture capture technology has been allowing classes to double, triple, and even quadruple in size thanks to its ability to be streamed anywhere and many colleges have been adopting this method of teaching, especially for undergraduate classrooms. Recently some higher education facilities have pushed the envelope by allowing undergraduates to complete all their coursework online before moving into upper division sections. - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015 I wonder how accessibility mandates are addressed here. In our college, all recordings have to be closed captioned. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015) I still feel classroom-based learning and teaching has so many advantages over online, and that purely online learners are missing out on the social and collaborative side of education.
  • Why We Should Build Classes Around Mobile Tech
    http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/09/08/why-we-should-build-classes-around-mobile-tech.aspx
    Ronald Yaros, associate professor at University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism has banned laptops in his class, replacing them with tablets and smartphones which only display one application at a time. His students learn to leverage social media and digital tools in a professional manner they can apply in their field of work rather than thinking social media and digital tools are useful only in social circles. ole- ole ole Sep 22, 2015 - helga helga Sep 23, 2015 - brad.hinson brad.hinson Sep 24, 2015 - lkoster lkoster Sep 27, 2015- deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Sep 24, 2015 - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Sep 26, 2015Does mobile still count as emerging tech? - edward.oneill edward.oneill Sep 26, 2015 says: I want to see the health angle here. What will happen to us if we keep students sitting for hours--and degrade their health? - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 26, 2015...yes...and with most of our daily tools are online/visual screens today, how do we blend learning in face-to-face time with social media interaction. - agermain agermain Sep 27, 2015 IOS9 now allows two applications on screen at the same time, but I am sure students will only have relevant apps open during these sessions... and surely there is more to the world than what can be seen on a screen. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Sep 30, 2015)
  • Privacy bill wouldn't stop data mining of kids
    http://politi.co/1iyYgLj
    Data mining and data security are mounting issues in realms of personal privacy, big data, analytics, and broad based educational technologies. - brad.hinson brad.hinson Sep 24, 2015 - kelvin kelvin Oct 24, 2015