Monthly Archives: February 2014

Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology

Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology

Cell Phones Nearly Ubiquitous in Many Countries

In a remarkably short period of time, internet and mobile technology have become a part of everyday life for some in the emerging and developing world. Cell phones, in particular, are almost omnipresent in many nations. The internet […]

Mobility, Connection, Support: Nudging Learners to Better Results

Mobility, Connection, Support: Nudging Learners to Better Results

This case study expands on early work that outlines how one college is nudging students to greater performance, engagement, and retention . Students received daily nudges that relied on a variety of behavioral levers , such as social norming and goal commitment , to support them on […]

 

Key Takeaways

  • This case study expands on early work that outlines how one college is nudging students to greater performance, engagement, and retention.
  • Students received daily nudges that relied on a variety of behavioral levers, such as social norming and goal commitment, to support them on the path to success and graduation.
  • Looking more closely at the stresses, organizational skills, and study habits of the post-traditional learner creates new opportunities for developing nudges that matter.

Education Week: Sizing Up Blended Learning

This Education Week special report is the latest installment in an ongoing series about online education. These stories examine the opportunities and persistent questions that surround schools’ and districts’ implementation of blended learning, the widely used instructional approach that combines technology-based instruction with traditional, face-to-face lessons.[…]

Ustad Mobile

A big thank you to Mike Dawson for agreeing to present the Ustad Mobile authoring tool to my students at UNM. You can download the tool at https://www.ustadmobile.com/downloads/

We evolve, but the university stands still

In this thought-provoking article David Helfand calls for an educational model that offers learning which is student-centered, hands-on, inquiry-based, engaging and collaborative.

“Education today provides excellent preparation for a job – in the 19th-century. This is not terribly surprising, as both our curriculum and our modes of delivery were developed in the 19th-century. There’s only one problem: We live in the 21st-century. It takes 5 milliseconds to communicate with someone in Europe, not 5 weeks. It takes half a dozen robots to assemble an automobile, not 100 factory workers. Everything has changed – except education.

Let’s start with the theory. For the first 150,000 years that homo sapiens have been on Earth, information has been limited, difficult to access, and expensive. Picture the decades-long apprenticeship to become a shaman, or a Medieval scribe laboriously copying Aristotle by hand in his monastic cell. In the last decade, however, this situation has been radically reversed: Information is now virtually unlimited, ubiquitous, and free. […]

Read more http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/we-evolve-but-the-university-stands-still/article16689680/?service=mobile&click=dlvr.it#menu

 

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Published Wednesday, Feb. 05 2014, 7:00 AM EST