Desktop Research: Developments in Technology

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  • 8 Ways Machine Learning Will Improve Education
    http://gettingsmart.com/2015/11/8-ways-machine-learning-will-improve-education/
    Machine learning uses data to help students advance throughout their education by tracking student progress and recommending next steps to ensure success, personalize learning opportunities, and assist teachers with grading and progress measurements. - alexandra.pickett alexandra.pickett Sep 7, 2016 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Jul 30, 2016 - helga helga Jul 31, 2016 - jnosanchez jnosanchez Aug 1, 2016 - lkoster lkoster Aug 1, 2016 - paulo.dantas paulo.dantas Aug 1, 2016 - ephillips ephillips Aug 6, 2016 - Jorge.bossio Jorge.bossio Aug 7, 2016 - kumiko.aoki kumiko.aoki Aug 7, 2016 - agermain agermain Aug 10, 2016.- changcy changcy Aug 17, 2016 - M.vanWetering M.vanWetering Sep 16, 2016 In addition to the uses described in the article, applying data mining algorithms for predicting student academic performance is another possibility.- alexandra.pickett alexandra.pickett Sep 7, 2016 For example, we at Javeriana University are testing a project for predicting academic success. This is applied when a student enrolls a course which allows to choose some actions to be executed during the term. Our data show that those models have reach near to 70% of accuracy of prediction. - jreinoso jreinoso Aug 8, 2016 - nacha_sockalingam nacha_sockalingam Aug 8, 2016 - ole ole Aug 8, 2016 - kevin_ashford_rowe kevin_ashford_rowe Aug 9, 2016 It's already used in our daily lives. We probably use machine learning several times a day without even knowing it. Amazon and Google predictive algorithms are two such examples. It stands to reason that machines will be used to guide everything from student career options to scholastic research - rgibson1 rgibson1 Aug 11, 2016 I'm concerned (a little) about machine learning being oversold - although there has been much promised we're still at the same stage that stuff like Amazon Recommendations and Facebook Feeds are were at a few years ago. And the level of "personalisation" depends on the quality of the algorithm and how closely it models an individual learner. - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016- rneuron rneuron Aug 15, 2016There are some great examples in this article. But I think that this topic also needs to include things like adaptive learning and any sort of automation around teaching and learning. The idea of "machine learning" sprinkles a little too much techno-fairy dust on the topic. Underlying this topic is the idea that new technologies will let us do what we do today faster, cheaper and at scale. I know that's not as sexy. But it's the reality of dealing with rising costs and increased demands for access to education! - david.thomas david.thomas Aug 11, 2016 - niki.whiteside niki.whiteside Oct 5, 2016 ..and what ways will machine learning negatively impact higher education? The following article from yesterday's Washington Post paints a stark picture. Are there opportunities for higher education to take up this slack, or will it displace faculty and technologists? https://goo.gl/yfJ2Sv - rgibson1 rgibson1 Aug 12, 2016 Early days, with multiple projects and domains colliding. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 19, 2016 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Aug 23, 2016 One of my concerns with the application of machine learning in a situation like this is it could facilitate the abdication of responsibility on behalf of academics with regards to assessing student progress and individual needs in the same way we have seen happen with Turnitin and plagiarism. Amazon also gets it wrong - if you buy one item for someone else on your account, and it skews your whole profile. This is no substitute for academic rigour, and getting to know your students.
  • n.wright- n.wright n.wright Aug 22, 2016 An issue with machine learning is that it can only 'ensure success' if the learning being carried via machine has right/wrong answers that the algorithms can make sense of. 'Machine learning' is not (anytime soon) going to personalise learning for conceptual learning/thinking - mainly routine stuff. The term itself ('Machine learning' ) is suggestive of linear, lockstep and unpersonalised learning. I am therefore more sceptical than a few others above, especially if tertiary learning should be focused on pushing students' boundaries to the highest levels of cognition. (Go rgibson1!) My thoughts also link closely with what is said below as a critique of the next bulleted heading
  • Data, Technology, and the Great Unbundling of Higher Education
    http://er.educause.edu/articles/2015/8/data-technology-and-the-great-unbundling-of-higher-education
    This author explains what he believes are the changes universities are going to have to make in order to remain relevant in the coming years, highlighting the potential technology has at making higher education more accessible, affordable, and effective.- deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Jul 30, 2016 WGU is a good example of this new vision - helga helga Jul 31, 2016 "digitization" and the challenges higher education institutions are facing is a big issue in Germany, too and probably will be over a long stretch of time. The status quo of the various institutions is very heterogeneous, with smaller and younger institutions being more flexible. - paulo.dantas paulo.dantas Aug 1, 2016 - deone.zell deone.zell Aug 5, 2016- mreese mreese Aug 7, 2016 Unbundling of higher education works when students know exactly what they want... In Japan, a majority of high school students doesn't really know what they want from higher education. - kumiko.aoki kumiko.aoki Aug 7, 2016 (This is true of may places, NZ included! n.wright- n.wright n.wright Aug 22, 2016) Ensuring colleges and universities stay relevant and flexible to the needs of society with a focus on competency-based programs. - bsmith bsmith Aug 8, 2016 - nacha_sockalingam nacha_sockalingam Aug 8, 2016 - ole ole Aug 8, 2016 - kevin_ashford_rowe kevin_ashford_rowe Aug 9, 2016 Great article! I read recently that price sensitivity and elasticity is one of the most important factors in a student's selection of colleges. If you're interested in a deeper dive into that subject I highly recommend "BreakPoint" by Jon McGee. Changing gears, I'm a HUGE fan of competency based learning. One of my degrees was from WGU (intentionally selected for that reason.). I'm a big fan. CBL will be THE biggest disruptor to the traditional HE model IMHO. - rgibson1 rgibson1 Aug 11, 2016 Supply-side innovation - this needs evidence of learner demand in order to break big. Getting flashbacks to Anya Kamenetz's DIYU - great for the roaming auto-didact... what about the rest of us? - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016 This article unintentionally nails what is wrong with focusing on competency-based education. You cannot analyze universities like businesses because they are not businesses. Only someone steeped in Demming could dream up the idea that the product universities produce are packages of competencies that students consume. That's a compelling vision because if you can standardize competencies, you can process-engineer the whole thing, top to bottom. But universities are, or should be, in a social contract with their communities--cities, states, nations. That social contract includes playing an important socialization and cultural function. Education, service and research are useful ways of thinking about those outputs. And they are all related.. All this is to say, we have a diversity of eduction institutions. Why do they all need to be the same? We have Uber. But we still have taxis and rental cars and private cars? This article really misses the mark on its fundamental assumptions. - david.thomas david.thomas Aug 11, 2016. I think that although employment is one of the most important outcome of higher education, be able to create a new (and successful) company is also as important as employment and that one does not fit in the article. - jreinoso jreinoso Aug 18, 2016 - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 19, 2016. Agree - commodifying education like this falls nicely into the hands of neo-liberal thinking that positions everything as individual (what bout communities and different cultural practices centred on the health and well-being of the group?) and able to be bought. It partitions, dismantles and separates things that belong together; high quality learning happens when people pool expertise and knowledge to make new inferences and knowledge - that's what universities should be fostering and modelling in the ways it organises and 'packages' learning. (pigs flying information do I hear you say?) - tom.haymes tom.haymes Oct 26, 2016 We are engaging in a wide-ranging effort to unbundle education at the West Houston Institute (West Houston Instituten.wright- n.wright n.wright Aug 22, 2016 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Aug 23, 2016 There is indeed so much more to a traditional university education than "just" measurable competencies, and a great deal of my work these days is in the realms of helping students to develop their social and cultural capital, and I would always recommend traditional over online, at least for first degrees, for this very reason. Oh, and I honestly believe that once the public learns to utilize the approaching armies of self-driving vehicles, the victor will be the one with the best app, and all people-driven vehicles will be consigned to the scrap heap. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Aug 29, 2016Fascinating article with all the positives and negatives already noted by previous contributors to this thread. A couple of sections, in particular, stood out to me as potentially offering us a framework as we examine overall trends, challenges, and developments: a) In "Hollowing Out," the authors suggests that "premium providers will utilize technology for some delivery but will focus on immersive, intensive, employer-focused and -facing experiences for students." I would add that the mix will probably continue to include the larger critical-thinking skills we find in some of our best liberal-arts colleges and universities today, and tech tools, used creatively and effectively, will continue to facilitate this process; and b) In "The Great Unbundling," the authors begin by reminding us "A college degree signals not one thing but, rather, a bundle of many things: a certification of having met the institution's standards for admission; specific knowledge and skills; general education; the ability to complete a multiyear endeavor; and intangible accomplishments such as building a network and achieving personal growth." Bottom line for me is that I suspect (as always) that we don't need to look at issues (particularly this one) as either-or situations: some bundling will continue to make sense, and some unbundling will provide tremendous benefits to learners, educators, employers, and the larger communities we all serve. Identifying technologies that can support either/both approaches will probably keep us on the right track in continuing to document what is significant in our magnificent learning landscape. We cannot ignore the 'consumerisation' of education which tuition fees have introduced, students, their parents (often as funders of some kind) expect delivery rather than facilitation, a rite of passage towards status and employability which encourages a conservatism amongst institutional leaders of high status Universities, why break something if it maintains a privileged position amongst elites. - DaveP DaveP Oct 2, 2016
  • My review of McGee's Breakpoint - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 23, 2016.
  • Digital Disruption and Academia: Are We Ready for Uber-versities in 10 Years?
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/digital-disruption-and-academia-are-we-ready-for-uberversities-in-10-years-20150930-gjxvor.html
    This article highlights the recent shake-up of the consumer market with the onslaught of innovative and collaborative companies, like Uber, to predict a similar future in higher education. The article argues that now, more than ever, students and teachers are demanding new ways to use developments in digital technology to improve learning settings and outcomes. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Jul 30, 2016 - helga helga Jul 31, 2016 - deone.zell deone.zell Aug 5, 2016 - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Aug 29, 2016 - alexandra.pickett alexandra.pickett Oct 5, 2016 A convincing idea: Connectivity can beget disintermediation and create learning that operates like a micro-economy; if it is convenient, it will come. - Jorge.bossio Jorge.bossio Aug 8, 2016 Education is a highly regulated market because of information asymmetries the "uberizaton" of universities probably will come after the unbundling suggested by http://goo.gl/QtSeoG - rgibson1 rgibson1 Aug 12, 2016 This article discusses digital badges and microcredentials. I happen to be a fan (provided they are managed and distributed correctly), but academe still largely views them as novelties. Will badges (or some surrogate) ever truly displace a degree? - rgibson1 rgibson1 Aug 12, 2016 - fledezma fledezma Aug 15, 2016 Although it seems like universities could do better without some traditional layers of intermediation, the Uber model can impose new difficulties for users when choosing among education providers. With almost everything else you can afford to make mistakes, but a wrong choice in education matters can be a costly mistake. In general, brands and tradition will prevail.
    - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 16, 2016 Many academics are resistant to change, and run the risk of making themselves and their institutions obsolete by not embracing technology, and they insist upon teaching the way they were taught. I suspect education will hold out like the music industry until the last minute, realise it has made a terrible mistake, and then spend the next ten years, if not longer, regretting it. - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Aug 29, 2016Although the author of this article suggests that "we do not yet know what the 'Uber' will be for our universities," she does (without seeming to realize it) dance around one element that is already very creatively and effectively working its way into our learning landscapes: blended learning using readily-available tech tools. When we recognize that Google Hangouts, Skype, and so many other freely-accessible tools have made our classrooms/learning spaces global. we see a fascinating segment of those landscapes unfolding before us--and a wonderful part of it is that it takes into account our evolving roles from "lecturers" to "facilitators," something that is enhanced by our ability to be where our learners need us, when they need us, in ways that strengthen the entire learning process to the benefit of everyone involved--including the members of the communities who benefit from those learners who have spent time with us (and may, through lifelong learning, continue to spend time with us so all of us can better serve our local, regional, national, and global communities. (For one simple example of this expanded-classroom view, please see one of the pieces I posted on my blog on this topic: https://buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/oclmooc-connected-courses-mooc-ccourses-and-atd-chapter-leaders-how-big-is-the-room/. And there's something very circular about all of this: the writer notes that "the time may soon come when students can demonstrate to a future employer that they have acquired a custom set of competencies as an alternative to a traditional degree." One of those sets of competencies is clearly the set involved in being able to function effectively in a blended (onsite-online) world from the moment of engagement through an online interview through the day-to-day routines of working effectively with teams that can be spread over small as well as global playing fields. - rgibson1 rgibson1 Oct 2, 2016 I would add on to Bryan's comments and say not only will institutions regret it, but they may be out of business. I hate to get into the prognostication business, but if you follow Clayton Christen's work he thinks 50% of colleges and universities will be out of business in a few years. A broken business model. Too intransigent to adapt.
  • Uberization of faculty has already occurred in the US, as we transitioned to a professoriate whose largest component is adjuncts. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 23, 2016 - courtnem courtnem Sep 14, 2016(- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016)
  • Future Perfect: What will Universities Look Like in 2030?
    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/what-will-universities-look-like-in-2030-future-perfect
    Several thought leaders discuss the higher education of 2030. Some issues raised include: how universities should be assessed, what the right balance is between technology and human contact and whether job prospects in the academy are likely to get better or worse. - helga helga Jul 31, 2016 balance between tech and human contact is a very interesting (and important) aspect. - paul.turner paul.turner Aug 3, 2016 - niki.whiteside niki.whiteside Oct 5, 2016 I like the idea that "assessments will evaluate how well students are prepared for future learning" - kumiko.aoki kumiko.aoki Aug 7, 2016 Very interesting observations and predictions on a variety of institutional and curricular issues in this article. Some espouse to the 1) abolishing of degrees for credentialing or badging 2) learning year round 3) socialization (f2) in classroom learning essential 4) extinction of rote learning....just to name a few. - bsmith bsmith Aug 8, 2016 - nacha_sockalingam nacha_sockalingam Aug 8, 2016 - ole ole Aug 8, 2016 - kevin_ashford_rowe kevin_ashford_rowe Aug 9, 2016 - rgibson1 rgibson1 Aug 10, 2016 I have a certain sympathy with Schwartz's comment (what can I say, I'm a sucker for TS Eliot...). What I get from this is how important it is to look at higher learning through a humanities lens alongside a technological/scientific one. - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016 Artificial intelligence will play a definitive role in the shape of the universities to come.(- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016) Some functional and somewhat satelital activities and functions will be streamlined or replaced by "decision capable" digital platforms, but the essential value of human interaction between teachers and students will not be replaced, but -in any case- highly optimized. - fledezma fledezma Aug 15, 2016(- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016) The biggest claims here are about automation supplanting human instruction. And I'm weirdly charmed by one respondent's call for a return to boring, bad lectures. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 19, 2016 I think that the focus on learning assesment will be oriented toward verifing what can studends do with knowled. So, "maker spaces" are going to be more and more commonly used on a wider range of disciplines for proving apprenhension comprehensive? (- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016)knowledge - jreinoso jreinoso Sep 7, 2016 I've been predicting trans formative forces will reshape higher education since the late 80s, yet it largely looks the same and is delivered the same. If anything, reductions in state funding and increased Legislative oversight have resulted in more accountability and a slightly broader portfolio of delivery formats. I think what's holding some institutions back from more 'innovation' (eg CBL) are the accreditation agencies, state governance regulators, and federal [financial aid] oversight. Until that changes, universities will be forced to 'innovate' within the margin of error. - rgibson1 rgibson1 Sep 16, 2016 I think faculty arent using technologies because in cases they did not learn with the technologies- faculty always consider themselves the content expert- but then are asked to do all other things. My perspective is we need to find and incorporate faculty into higher education who are the creative, problem solver, critical thinking, leader experts and provide them with the technologies to support them working with learners. That will make 2030 look different. (- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016)
  • How Blockchain will Disrupt the Higher Education Transcript
    https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/05/16/how-blockchain-will-disrupt-the-higher-education-transcript.aspx
    Once exclusively used for bitcoin, blockchain is considered the next major disruptor in higher education. This all encompassing record keeper will change the way credentials are issued to students, moving toward a learner-centered transcript.- deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Jul 30, 2016 - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Aug 31, 2016 Once you are sure about the identity of the students (blockchain), you will be able to build all kind of pedagogical strategies in the confidence that the competencies are reached by the people you are certifying. - jnosanchez jnosanchez Aug 1, 2016 Really I dont see it being able to do that because the achievements like now will have been recorded elsewhere?.(- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016) It may disrupt more than institutional transcripts. Imagine blockchains that assure the quality of curricula, individual instructors, and student performance. That would be a good thing (- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016) How would this change the role of the institution (not to mention the role of its accreditors). The Institute for the Future released an interesting video this year which demonstrates exactly how this might work (see "Learning is Earning 2026"). - susanhines susanhines Aug 6, 2016 - kevin_ashford_rowe kevin_ashford_rowe Aug 9, 2016 Blockchain is a new form of distributed ledger, but has a number of built-in overheads (mining and encryption costs) and attributes (permanence/immutability) in order to do away with the need for "trust". To me this makes it less valuable for education than other forms of ledger. I think Audrey Watters has written some great pieces around other ideological assumptions built into blockchain. But very keen on the idea on better and more accessible transcripts, to be clear - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016 Blockcahin, with it's possibility of giving the individual the jurisdiction over it's own learning life-path, making it institution-agnostic, will open a new era of flexibility and customization in education.(- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016) Still, I suspect we have to be careful about giving users absolute power over their choices, because not every student will have the cognitive tools and experiential background to really know what is better for her. - fledezma fledezma Aug 15, 2016 - niki.whiteside niki.whiteside Oct 5, 2016 Don't miss the way we could use blockchain to register research claims, and start to reform scholarly communication. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 19, 2016- alexandra.pickett alexandra.pickett Oct 5, 2016 This seems important. http://hackeducation.com/2016/04/07/blockchain-education-guide

  • New Technology Advances Education in Rural Areas
    http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/new_technology_advances_education_in_rural_areas
    Robots are being used to allow educators that are off campus to teach inside classrooms in real-time; this technology is closing the gap rural areas often experience with a lack of qualified teachers available. - helga helga Jul 31, 2016 Interesting - robots are one way address the growing need for distance learning - would add telepresence more generally as the category derived from this. - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016 Sigh. I would love, love, love to see this happen where I live. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 19, 2016 This would be great in health professions education where faculty are expected to leave practice sites such as hospitals or clinics and travel back to campus for meetings, class and student interaction. Such an improvement for efficacy and getting thought leaders and content experts in various areas in front of students- bring the nobel laureates to school. (- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016)
  • Six Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher Education
    http://er.educause.edu/articles/2015/6/six-trajectories-for-digital-technology-in-higher-education
    Taking into account technology’s dynamic characteristics, whether it be a development in speed or capabilities, the author poses six trajectories he believes digital technology are heading to create more personalized learning opportunities within higher ed. - Jean-Pierre.Berthet Jean-Pierre.Berthet Jul 27, 2016 Learning Spaces are important to develop creativity and collaboration - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Jul 30, 2016 Agree but why are they so slow in implementation? - bsmith bsmith Aug 8, 2016 Already seeing aspects of this in place. - helga helga Jul 31, 2016 The disaggregation/reaggregation due to the student swirl will be one of the main challenges for the next decade in higher education institutions - jnosanchez jnosanchez Aug 1, 2016 - paulo.dantas paulo.dantas Aug 1, 2016 -- Adaptive technology has a massive potential to aid personalization and boost learners' outcomes; this is a reality increasinly tangible in many contexts. I think the key insight from this article is our attention should be focused on the learners and the learning experiences that digital technologies enable - paul.turner paul.turner Aug 3, 2016 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Aug 3, 2016- mreese mreese Aug 7, 2016 - nacha_sockalingam nacha_sockalingam Aug 8, 2016(- rneuron rneuron) I would agree with bsmith. These are certainly transcendent and likely inevitable, but the pace of change is glacial in higher education - sans the most progressive and influential universities. - rgibson1 rgibson1 Aug 10, 2016 Great piece! really well thought through. Think that we are only just starting to see the potential of OER, and the likes of Pearson getting on board feels like a watershed of sorts - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016- paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Aug 31, 2016 This is a spectacular piece of writing and provides a fantastic summary of where we are in terms of the evolution of ed-tech (with, of course, a keen eye toward where we may be going); I'm recommending this to all my training-teaching-learning colleagues.- paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Aug 31, 2016
  • The Technology of Higher Education
    https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/28/the-technology-of-higher-education/
    This article lists four ways in which technology is being used to bridge the gap between higher education and the workforce, thus creating “competency marketplaces” that are able to leverage data analytics to match the skills of students to the needs of employers more efficiently. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Jul 30, 2016 Already witnessing this trend - helga helga Jul 31, 2016 - ole ole Aug 8, 2016 Read in parallel with the "Future of Work" piece below. Do employers know what skills they want/need in three or four years time? I'm not sure. Do employers need specific skills or the ability to learn independently, conduct research, reach conclusions and adapt processes? - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016 A fascinating part (Applicant Tracking Systems) of this article seems to rekindle an ed-tech discussion topic we pursued through the NMC Wikithon a few years ago: the need for some sort of universal database (e.g., the Blockchain technology mentioned in another article in this section of our wiki) that allows lifelong learners to post their academic and other learning achievements in a trustworthy central repository (think of something along the lines of LinkedIn on steroids) so they/we don't have to continually seek old transcripts from a variety of institutions each time they/we decide to pursue another formal academic degree (or a new job). It goes to the heart of something the writer said--"It may be that technology's transformation of higher education lies not in the transformation of teaching and learning, but the advent of a new digital language that connects higher education and the labor market and, in so doing, exerts profound changes on both."- paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Aug 31, 2016 I know that Credly is doing a lot of work with GlassDoor to scrape user profiles and micro-credentials to better match them with employer needs. We're embarking on micro-credentials as well (albeit much later than some universities), but we have some work to do before these alternative credentials become common place. Traditional academe still hasn't really embraced the notion of a 'badge' or portfolio of badges somehow replacing a degree. - rgibson1 rgibson1 Sep 1, 2016(- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016) In health professions education the use of portfolios has been mandated (in pharmacy) to a degree and then backed off because the current and recent technologies have not been able to make it an easy process. I love the ideas here, but I think that while it is likely a longer range target that we have ideas that have been brewing as the author indicates and they will continue to brew which puts this in a line of coming attractions. The e-portfolio birthing a blockchain transcript is great but when do faculty stop using the A B C and Fail method. It doesnt work for competencies and we need to find the technologies that can do that before I believe that the academy will adopt this or a block chain.... (- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016)
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Poised for Explosive Growth
    https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/04/27/virtual-and-augmented-reality-poised-for-explosive-growth.aspx
    With over 1 billion dollars being invested into VR/AR technology within the first quarter of 2016, first-adopters are eager to see what advances this immersive technology can be made within the education sector.- deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Jul 30, 2016 In discussion now - paulo.dantas paulo.dantas Aug 1, 2016 considering the massive Google Glass failure, whenever I read something related to VR/AR, I always wonder whether this is the case of companies/educators trying to find use for a particular principle of technology rather than the education in itself generating the need for some tool. - deone.zell deone.zell Aug 5, 2016 In the language of innovation, Google Glass was a stepping stone toward a new AR industry which, along with VR, could create powerful learning opportunities because of the engaging, immersive nature of these technologies; think experiential learning. | Pokemon Go has been the first "mainstream" AR that people in large numbers have used - even though the game itself is limited, the interest has been large (perhaps due to the licensed IP rather than the AR aspects?). Certainly one to watch as Hololens enters the workplace - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016 - paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Aug 29, 2016 Having just experienced a Hololens first hand I can see a world of exciting opportunities in this area....particularly health care and edutainment. - rgibson1 rgibson1 Aug 12, 2016 At it's current stage, virtual reality still struggles to differentiate itself from every other medium. We are still trying to emulate and simulate things, but have yet to understand VR's real and unique potential. VR technology is still evolving, and I think that moving from a monouser, personal experience to a collective connected one will be key for it success as a learning enabling tool. VR and AR will eventualy blend in favor of transmedia-oriented devices (like Microsoft's Hololens) that can be used without sacrificing contact with user's surrounding environment. - fledezma fledezma Aug 15, 2016 AR + VR = MR. Plenty of opportunities here. Some big players are in on it (Facebook, MS, Apple) and some new ones with potential (Magic Leap). The trick will be to make sure we can produce, not just consume content. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 19, 2016 VR & AR have great potential and we have barely scratched the surface on what they can do for education. Of course, hardware and software that are more user-friendly and inexpensive are needed before either takes off in a big way. Also, more people, to include teachers and children, need to be able to create VR & AR content as well as use that content in meaningful ways. - doug.hearrington doug.hearrington Aug 23, 2016 Belatedly adding to what dkerhohan posted in this thread--Having been completely immersed in the AR Niantic Labs game Ingress for several months, I suspect that the tremendous success of Pokemon Go (which builds upon what Ingress offers, albeit with far less complexity) is already having a couple of effects that bode well for increased use of AR (and, by extension, VR) in our learning landscape: a) the viral growth of Pokemon Go suggests that huge numbers of people are learning (in a very engaging way) how to effectively work within an augmented-reality environment, and b) the rapidly increasing familiarity with and acceptance of augmented-reality tools suggests that we have a tremendous opportunity to build upon that acceptance/familiarity to further incorporate creative, engaging uses of AR (and VR) into our learning spaces. Highly recommend this article to anyone who hasn't yet skimmed it.- paul.signorelli paul.signorelli Aug 29, 2016 I'm probably behind most of you, but I *just* discovered Google Tango. It appears to provide some new advances in the the AR space. https://get.google.com/tango/apps/ - rgibson1 rgibson1 Sep 1, 2016 I agree with pretty much everyone here. I would bring up the idea that game technologies are still not being widely used beyond K-!2 and the problem is competencies and achievement and assessment. These technologies are all great, but if we dont consider what it will take for the content- and lets not forget that faculty want to own and put in the content at present time- to be developed and assessed then its further down the road. Even though early adopters will use it, change and make it available. (- rneuron rneuron Sep 23, 2016) - alexandra.pickett alexandra.pickett Oct 5, 2016 as someone that still has 2 islands in SL to support educators who continue to experiment in that environment, this is important.
  • What Artificial Intelligence Could Mean for Education
    http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/03/16/470011574/what-artificial-intelligence-could-mean-for-education
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is beginning to make its long awaited debut within the technology industry. Following the recent defeat of the world’s number one Go player against AI software, educators predict the technology will percolate throughout education, working as a tutor by helping students solve problems, work through challenges, and even offer advice - deone.zell deone.zell Aug 6, 2016 seeing how AI could relieve us of the tedious tasks to hone in on real learning opportunities. / This is a area with huge possibilities. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 19, 2016 A couple of interesting articles about this from Inc Magazine http://goo.gl/MtYaGP and http://goo.gl/QAU69L - rgibson1 rgibson1 Aug 24, 2016
  • The Future of Work
    Planet Money, Episode 536: "The Future of Work Looks Like a UPS Truck" (May 2, 2014) and Episode 625: "The Last Job" (May 20, 2015). These National Public Radio podcast episodes take a critical and darkly imaginative look at the ramifications of outsourcing human work to the technologies, applications, and algorithms we've designed to do it for us. As important as it is for educators to incorporate technologies into their teaching (particularly the technologies their students will use in the workforce), it is equally important for educators to discuss how these technologies could potentially affect (in good ways and in bad) their fields as well as the nature of work in general. This is also the topic of Richard and Daniel Susskind's recent book The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts// (Oxford UP, 2015), which examines the ways in which knowledge professions (law, healthcare, education, journalism, and architecture) are changing and, like the labor professions before them, challenged by the advances in technology. - susanhines susanhines Aug 6, 2016 This report from World Economic Forum also focuse on the topic The Furute of Jobs (http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Future_of_Jobs.pdf) and the drivers of change for the next 5 years. - Jorge.bossio Jorge.bossio Aug 8, 2016 - nacha_sockalingam nacha_sockalingam Aug 8, 2016 - kevin_ashford_rowe kevin_ashford_rowe Aug 9, 2016 Have seen more mainstream discussion on the future of waged work, and things like citizen's income, in the last year or so than ever before. Really interested in the way this trend will mesh with the current HE focus on employability and job skills - dkernohan dkernohan Aug 11, 2016 We have *got* to be thinking about this in education. - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 19, 2016 This article is about a year old, but worth reading http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/07/world-without-work/395294/ I think this has profound implications for higher education. - rgibson1 rgibson1 Aug 23, 2016 - bryan.alexander bryan.alexander Aug 30, 2016 Another timely article from the Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/the-next-industrial-revolution/498779/?utm_source=atlfb "...the digital revolution is probably going to be as important and transformative as the industrial revolution. The main reason is machine intelligence, a general-purpose technology that can be used anywhere, from driving cars to customer service, and it’s getting better very, very quickly." - rgibson1 rgibson1 Sep 9, 2016
  • The Internet of Things: Riding the Wave in Higher Education
    An article in EDUCAUSE Review, July/August 2016 issue, located online at http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/6/the-internet-of-things-riding-the-wave-in-higher-educationFive experts answer the same group of questions about the IOT. This article added by - doug.hearrington doug.hearrington Aug 23, 2016 Great article. I'm super excited about the IoT, but wonder about this from a university security and support perspective. We have enough challenges trying to maintain security and support on traditional devices. Now throw in smart apparel, connected transportation, connected appliances, smart student IDs, etc. and the security gauntlet protecting student privacy and data on campus becomes much more obfuscated. - rgibson1 rgibson1 Sep 9, 2016
  • Messenger bots? I read this article today and wondered how these may factor into machine learning. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602400/messenger-bots-are-overhyped-underpowered-and-growing-like-crazy/?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=post - rgibson1 rgibson1 Sep 17, 2016

  • Agile Degrees In this article John Katzman's analogy of the evolution of internet commerce provides a compelling argument for leaving fully online as one of multiple modes of instruction available to all students. Some higher education institutions have created separate fully online degrees or online campuses. Katzman suggests that integrating the online, hybrid and face to face degrees will enhance the sustainability of programs and improve graduation rates. - elizabeth.barrie elizabeth.barrie Oct 1, 2016
  • Individualized Learning Pathways Built on Digital Textbooks. If interested, watch this 30 minute video from the CEO of McGraw Hill regarding individualized learning pathways built on sophisticated algorithms. Their analog textbook division was about to be spun off and killed, but a group inside M-H brought back resources not just as digital facsimiles of traditional materials, but very sophisticated, customized learning pathways that may improve graduation rates. I found it fascinating.
    http://www.provost.gatech.edu/commission-creating-next-education-speaker-series - rgibson1 rgibson1 Oct 2, 2016 - niki.whiteside niki.whiteside Oct 5, 2016



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