Desktop Research: Miscellanea- Stories, Examples, Food for Thought

The initial listing of examples, ideas, and miscellaneous technology or news was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regluar basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Oct 30, 2011. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • Brennan by Design
    http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2014/01/brennan-by-design/
    This is a great example of a professor who has evolved her classroom into an open, inviting environment that engages students in inquiry and creativity. Physical classrooms are more often now being used as maker spaces and labs rather than the traditional lecture hall.- lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 I think they changed the link: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/ed/14/01/brennan-design - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • Creating an Ever-Flexible Center for Tech Innovation
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/education/creating-an-ever-flexible-center-for-tech-innovation.html?_r=0
    Mr. Huttenlocher, dean of Cornell Tech, a closely watched collaboration in New York City between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, is making it his goal to create an environment where everything can be repurposed. Committing to flexibility means committing to nothing. Embracing technology means not buying too much.
  • Daniels Awards Prize for Competency-based Degree to Purdue Polytechnic Institute
    http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2014/Q3/daniels-awards-prize-for-competency-based-degree-to-purdue-polytechnic-institute.html
    The Purdue Polytechnic Institute's competency-based program is a key element in Purdue's new initiatives to integrate methods of learning that are driven by students’ passions and interests and, importantly, by the needs of the marketplace. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • Digital First Reshapes the Campus Experience
    http://odee.osu.edu/news/621
    Digital First launched two years ago as an initiative to reimagine teaching and learning at Ohio State using mobile technology. A small but mighty team set out to optimize wireless and classroom technology, inspire instructors to incorporate digital learning content, and enhance the student experience.- lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 Will there be a shift in the location and specific time for courses on campus? - michael.lambert michael.lambert Oct 11, 2014
  • 4 Lessons We Can Learn from the "Failure" of MOOCs
    http://www.edutopia.org/blog/4-lessons-from-failure-of-moocs-andrew-miller
    MOOCs can run into the same pitfall that swallows other iterations of online education, but we can use this iteration as an opportunity to improve practice for online learning.- lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 And consider how to break apart MOOCs for reapplication.
  • Frisco Looks to Invest $1 Million to Bring Video Game Museum to Town
    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/frisco/headlines/20140917-frisco-looks-to-invest-1-million-to-bring-video-game-museum-to-town.ece
    Frisco is looking to spend up to $1 million to become home to the nation’s first museum dedicated to video games. The Videogame History Museum’s founders have spent decades collecting games, consoles and memorabilia tied to the gaming industry — from the ever-popular Pac-Man to a working prototype of Pong, the first commercially successful video game from the 1970s. Oh Yes. That's my next research grant spent. (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • Harvard and MIT Release Visualization Tools for Trove of MOOC Data
    http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/harvard-and-mit-release-visualization-tools-for-trove-of-mooc-data/50631
    Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have released a set of open-source visualization tools for working with a rich trove of data from more than a million people registered for 17 of the two institutions’ massive open online courses, which are offered through their edX platform. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 I am unsure whether these tools will lead to insight all by themselves. A few other sources tell about the complexities of analysing big data and from this source I understand that everyone could use these tools. The connection with the learning process of participants is absent it seems.- e.degroot e.degroot Oct 12, 2014 Aren't most of our digital footprints there to be collected so someone can market to us? But first, they need to analyze us.- edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014
  • How Computer Coding Can Increase Engagement, Provide a Purpose for Learning
    http://hechingerreport.org/content/computer-coding-can-increase-engagement-provide-purpose-learning_17457/
    The HFOSS project has been likened to the well-known charity Habitat for Humanity — except that, instead of building houses for the needy, participants are building computer programs for use in situations where information is the scarcest and most valuable resource.- lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • Missing the Mark: Where Higher Education and Technology Don’t Meet (But Should)
    http://www.edudemic.com/missing-mark-higher-education-technology-dont-meet/
    Most institutions are faced with stretching their budgets further every year. So why would schools spend money on flashy new technology tools with the sole purpose of making students’ educational experience more seamless and convenient? Competitive advantage in higher education is all about one thing: student services. And today’s students want technology that will help them be successful. - lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 Couldn't find this article but based on the summary, this is important. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014agree (and yes, edudemic seems to have removed the article) Great topic - needs link updating. Student services often drive innovation in the market-led educational economy.(- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014)
  • MIT Team Turns 6.9 Million Clicks Into Insights To Improve Online Education
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhigh/2014/08/11/mit-team-turns-6-9-million-clicks-into-insights-to-improve-online-education/
    MIT researchers are leveraging viewer data to help them enhance videos used in online courses.- lkoster lkoster Oct 8, 2014 - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 It seems like the Big Data/Analytics topic will not go away. - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 13, 2014
  • A MOOC Mystery: Where Do Online Students Go?
    http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-mooc-mystery-where-do-online-students-go
    The G.E.D. is not the same sort of learning experience as a MOOC, but there are points of contact between the two. They both attempt to trade most, if not all, of the traditional classroom experience, where a student’s noncognitive skills are tried and tempered, for access and convenience.
  • NEW INC Will Mentor the Next Generation of Art-tech Prodigies
    http://www.psfk.com/2014/03/new-museums-incubator-will-help-artists-explore-emerging-technologies.html
    In this interview PSFK chats with Julia Kaganskiy, the Director of NEW INC, about the role that their new incubator will play in fostering a relationship between artists and emerging technologies, as well as the impact that it will have on the New Museum’s programming and surrounding community. - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • Out in the Open: The Site That Teaches You to Code Well Enough to Get a Job
    http://www.wired.com/2014/09/exercism/
    Exercism is updated every day with programming exercises in a variety of different languages. First, you download these exercises using a special software client, and once you’ve completed one, you upload it back to the site, where other coders from around the world will give you feedback. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014sounds pragmatic and helpful - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 Great idea!
  • Penn State Students Use Technology to Help Boal Museum Reach Community
    http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/penn-state-students-use-technology-to-help-boal-museum-reach-community,1460721/
    Three Penn State Information Sciences and Technology (IST) students interned at the Boal Mansion Museum to make the museums contents more visible and inviting to the public. Filmon Beraki updated the online Boal family genealogy, Lisa Khuu created a virtual tour of some of the museum’s rooms, and Charles Chiang helped Pazamickas create a walking tour map with GPS capabilities of historic Boalsburg village.
  • Signature Engineering Building Offers Opportunity for Structural Monitoring
    http://www.vt.edu/spotlight/innovation/2014-05-26-seb/sensors.html
    Faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech have spearheaded a project in which sensors have been attached throughout the Signature Engineering Building, creating a test bed to track data related to building design and security, occupancy monitoring for emergency response, structural health monitoring, and more.
  • Students Study a Rampant Virus at University Cybersecurity Lab
    http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2014/09/students-study-rampant-virus-university-cybersecurity-lab
    Students at the new Cyber Security Lab at the University of Southern Maine are learning in a unique environment where viruses can be studied before they become a crippling problem to the outside world. Students study the latest techniques in cybersecurity and learn about the digital threats that can easily damage corporate or government defenses. - helga helga Oct 10, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 This is incredibily important.
  • The Maker Movement. Implications of new digital gadgets, fabrication tools and spaces for creative learning and teaching
    http://www.openeducationeuropa.eu/de/article/The-Maker-Movement.-Implications-of-new-digital-gadgets%2C-fabrication-tools-and-spaces-for-creative-learning-and-teaching
    The “Maker Movement” deals with innovative forms of production and do-it-yourself work. It is not only a way for new business models and developments, e.g. using 3D print or other new digital tools and gizmos, but also influencing education. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • Innovation in open online courses
    http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/2014/10/07/innovation-in-open-online-courses/
    There are numerous other research opportunities with MOOCs, including adaptive pathways during the course, personalized learning, self-regulated learning, alternative credentialing approaches, automated assessment, evaluating the impact of socially created artifacts on learning, alternative approaches to lectures and content presentation, and so on. Those are topics for future exploration. For DALMOOC, our focus is on timely help, social learning, persistence, and adaptivity through assignments. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 These are interesting developments, technological tools that have the intention to improve the social interaction in MOOCs and hence the learning. What is a pity though, is that all innovations seem to be introduced in one step and will become therefore difficult to study. What is unclear in this paper, is whether the separate innovation steps have been studied separately. But the timely-help-resources could help to connect participants with each other and leave them less 'alone' in the MOOC. - e.degroot e.degroot Oct 12, 2014 - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014
  • Stephen Downes: 'This is the next era of learning'
    http://www.online-educa.com/OEB_Newsportal/stephen-downes-learning-support-systems/
    In this guest post, Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher for the National Research Council of Canada and pioneer of major e-learning developments – such as MOOCs, syndicated learning and the concept of connectivism – introduces us to the next generation of learning technologies: ‘learning and performance support systems’. Launching in beta this month, the technology is expected to take the online learning experience to a whole new level. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 11, 2014 - michael.lambert michael.lambert Oct 11, 2014 - jasonr jasonr Oct 11, 2014 - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 11, 2014 Interesting, and hopefully a direction that learning will go. - e.degroot e.degroot Oct 12, 2014 (- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 13, 2014) - deborah.cooke deborah.cooke Oct 13, 2014 (- Jolie Jolie Oct 26, 2014)