Stephen Downes: ‘This is the Next Era of Learning’ Online Educa Berlín
Stephen Downes, pioneer of major e-learning developments, introduces the next generation of learning technologies: ‘learning and performance support systems’ (LPSS).
The LPSS develops the idea of learning support based on personal and individual needs. It's not simply ‘personalised’ learning. Rather than offering a customised version of some generic offering, it enables each learner to develop their own custom programme.
At the core of LPSS is a system called the ‘personal learning record’ (PLR). A person’s LPSS system keeps track of everything related to learning – exercises followed, tests taken, games and simulations attempted, work read – and stores that all in a single location.
The PLR is also combined with a learner’s personal library and their personal e-portfolio, and links to credentials offered by and stored by learning institutions, employers, and social network activities, such as badges.
Launching in beta this month, the technology is expected to take the online learning experience to a whole new level.
New Movement in Learning Analytics Could Change Education eCampus News
In a truly comprehensive report, Stanford's Learning Analytics Workgroup (LAW) calls for a new movement in learning analytics based on it's massive potential.
According to Roy Pea, lead investigator of the report, the technology behind analytics has progressed faster than education’s ability to use it. “What we are calling for is an even newer specialization, ‘education data science.’" explained Pea.
Incorporating emerging technologies to further enhance analytics would be a must. For example, sensing systems for learning, or sensors for interaction, could use data beyond measuring cognitive abilities to include indicators of student interactions during learning activities.
It’s what Pea calls an evolving “predictive learner model,” which could “get the greatest percentage of learners to competency in the shortest time at the lowest cost.”
Not only could learning analytics make it possible to personalize all students’ learning on a massive scale, fundamentally transforming how students are taught, but could also change how teachers are prepared, how research is conducted, how education-related information is used and managed, and how funds are allocated.
Udacity Raises Fresh $35M to Expand the ‘University of Silicon Valley’ edSurge
Silicon Valley companies often clamor about the shortage of qualified STEM workers. But those days may be coming to an end.
Udacity is focused on building a talent funnel to help its fellow Silicon Valley neighbors. And to grow, it’s raised a fresh $35 million round from names not commonly seen in U.S. edtech funding circles.
Building a bigger tech workforce has become a hot business. Sebastian Thrun, Udacity's CEO, said that he chose these investors “not just for capital, but for strategic importance” as industries around the world search for technical talent.
Udacity’s product focus is now on “nanodegrees,” credentials created with industry partners for technology skills. Thrun's long-term vision is that any nanodegree holder will qualify for a relevant entry-level position.
For $200 per month, students can enroll in nanodegree programs and get classes, mentoring, project feedback and certified examinations--all of which can be done remotely. Most students are expected to take six to 12 months to finish.
Ed Tech Investment & Exit Report – 2014 On Track for New Funding Record CB Insights
This analysis provides an in-depth look at the Ed Tech financing landscape as well as the investors and companies fueling the this ecosystem.
Financing in Ed Tech has shown a clear upward trend, with consistent growth since 2010. Funding in 2013 represented a 212% growth in the sector since 2009. Deals have grown as well, with 334 deals occurring in 2013 representing a 35% year over year growth from 2012.
The most well-funded Ed Tech startups are: Open English (an online school created to reinvent the English-language-learning), TutorGroup (a provider of live synchronous e-Learning services focused on teaching language to global business professionals) and Knewton.
500 startups was the most active investor in the Ed Tech space, having invested in 29 unique companies since 2010. Their portfolio includes OKpanda, Udemy, and Mindsnacks.
How Should Colleges Face the Future? Leaders of some of the country's top schools detail what the Iindustry needs to do to thrive U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report asked several university and college presidents and deans to answer a single question: "What do you think the industry needs to do to face the future?"
Robert Mendenhall, president, Western Governors University: "Unfortunately, I think the future of higher education will look a lot like it does today, because most institutions are resistant to any real change. Nevertheless, fundamental change is needed in several key areas: affordability, accountability, students as consumers and competency-based education."
Carol L. Folt, chancellor, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill: "I believe we need to expand on at least three areas: developing the workforce that America will need in the future, re-imagining how we educate and realizing the full economic potential of university-led research."
Shirley Ann Jackson, president, Rensselaer Polytechnic University: "The ability to aggregate, integrate, validate, structure and fully use the burgeoning mass of information available will define success in this data-driven future – including for universities."
Washington State Community Colleges Piloting a Faster, Cheaper Degree Program Campus Technology
Community colleges in Washington State are lowering the time to and cost of a degree with a new online program that combines a competency-based model with open educational resources.
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (WSBCTC) partnered with Lumen Learning to design the self-paced online courses, which adapt content and activities based on each student's prior knowledge and progress toward mastering course objectives.
The Lumen team curates OER such as textbooks, video, images and other educational materials that are free and openly licensed for anyone to access, and organizes the content into a "mastery learning" course structure.
"There are no textbook costs. Students complete the program at their own pace through well-designed, convenient online courses. A motivated student could complete a 2-year transfer degree in just 18 months," said Jan Yoshiwara, deputy executive director for education for SBCTC.
Bennington College announced a new option for undergraduate applicants in which they themselves determine entirely what to send or not send for consideration.
A new "dimensional admissions" option will let students create their entire application portfolio.“We invite you to share with us a collection of your work that speaks to these capacities and creates a portrait of what you bring to the Bennington community. We invite you to be deeply thoughtful. We invite you to be bold. We invite you to bring your own dimension to the college application.”
Bennington officials said that in the same way that the college encourages students to be creative and to think for themselves, the college now wants to see how applicants demonstrate those qualities.
New Doctoral Degrees Bring Industry, Academia Closer University World News
Over the last 20 years, new forms of doctoral degrees combining higher education studies with practical working experience have emerged. This is the case of professional or industrial PhDs-doctorates or ‘modern doctorates’.
Their distinctive trait is an emphasis on applied research. In these programmes, doctoral students (or employees) work on research projects while operating at the premises of the funding company (or employer).
By establishing close cooperation between universities and businesses, and by combining work, learning and research, these forms of modern doctorates have a three-fold added value.
Notwithstanding, there is insufficient awareness of the great potential that these educational paths could have as a lever for local development, competitiveness and innovation.
Palabras Clave: Posgrados, investigación, doctorados, academia
Scientists Make an Invisibility Cloak Using Off-the-Shelf Optical Lenses Engadget
Most invisibility cloaks require fairly exotic technology to work, such as fiber optics or light-altering metamaterials. The University of Rochester has developed a cloak that only needs run of the mill optical lenses to hide objects from view. The system really boils down to clever math.
By positioning two pairs of lenses in the right order, researchers can bend light in a way that hides almost everything you put in the middle of this arrangement.
The lens-based system could eliminate blind spots in vehicles, or let surgeons see through their hands during delicate operations. Those uses are a long ways off at this early stage, but the relative simplicity of the technique makes them very plausible.
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