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Monday, October 31

  1. page Trends edited ... I guess I'm a little confused, or maybe not. As I read the insightful comments above, I see th…
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    I guess I'm a little confused, or maybe not. As I read the insightful comments above, I see that there is the challenge of designing a "learning experience" for the student, but also that we create tools that either adapt to or can be customized by the student to optimize the learning experience for a very personal one. I guess I see this somewhat as a reinterpretation or evolution of constructivist learning. Then, the question goes back to the original comment that, at its core, is simply about creating better online interface tools that facilitate a better learning experience. anthony.helm Oct 2, 2016
    Even with the newest generations of students, interaction with technology mediated learning experiences can seem daunting and make users get anxious and stressed. EdTech people have to put a strongest emphasis in how students and teachers can really make the most of the existent and future educative technological platforms. The Learning Innovation Laboratory a the University of Chihuahua (LINNEA Learning Innovation Lab), is constantly working on testing of interactive VR and AR experiences, in the aspiration of detecting patterns and best practices to enhance user experience. fledezma Oct 6, 2016
    I agree with all that has been said above. I would like to add that this is fundamentally a holistic question that should not be confined to online platforms. Learning space design is equally important to the experience of learning. Increasingly, we will see a blending on the two concepts as the Internet of Things makes learning and its associated technologies much more ubiquitous. We tend to view these things through the lens of a particular technology but perhaps instead we should view them as a continuum of tools designed to help people understand the world. Some are more effective than others. Some are effective in one context and not in others. Part of the task now is understanding how all of these pieces could conceivably fit together. I get frustrated with people try to pigeonhole one technology or another ("mobile will change everything" - how? why?) without viewing how they impact the learner (user) or teacher (user) experience in totality. Just like certain rooms give off an ambience of creativity or conformity, certain technologies do the same. I think the challenge is opening up all of these things so that tools can fulfill the goal of "augmenting human intellect" (and creativity) rather than being a showcase for their creators. The user experience must be prioritized to achieve this goal. tom.haymes Oct 31, 2016
    Proliferation of Open Educational Resources
    Defined by the Hewlett Foundation in 2002, open educational resources (OER) are “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.” Momentum behind OER got a major boost when MIT founded the OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative in 2001, making MIT instruction materials for over 2,200 of its courses available online, free of charge. Soon after, prestigious universities including Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard University pushed forward their own open learning initiatives. Understanding that the term “open” is a multifaceted concept is essential to following this trend in higher education; often mistaken to simply mean “free of charge,” advocates of openness have worked towards a common vision that defines it more broadly — not just free in economic terms, but also in terms of ownership and usage rights. Open licensing software can be thought of as the catalyst for OER; open-source code is designed to be a blueprint that allows users to modify any design to custom fit their needs. 1-3 years deborah.cooke Sep 11, 2016 The big recent trend in this field has been towards open textbooks, providing a direct and measurable financial benefit to students (from BC
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  2. page Trends edited ... This relates to my point above - "This is an effect of the more student centered pedagogi…
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    This relates to my point above - "This is an effect of the more student centered pedagogies and technology enabled learning in my view. And this in turn will certainly accelerate technology adoption in teaching and learning". nacha_sockalingam Sep 30, 2016 paul.signorelli Oct 5, 2016
    Deep learning, meaningful learning, engaged learning, student-centered learning, regardless of the buzz word used, in higher education we must get to higher learning rather than memorization and regurgitation. doug.hearrington Oct 2, 2016 paul.signorelli Oct 5, 2016 Competency-Based Learning The current drive towards competency-based learning, seen in multiple contexts in higher ed, is a very strong accelerating factor in the adoption of technology. Good competency-based learning requires fine-grained subdivision of traditional courses, complex navigation and tracking of multiple learning paths, greater sophistication in both formative and summative assessment design, and student access to multiple resources for each learning unit. These four factors, when taken together, make it almost impossible to undertake serious competency-based learning without strong technological scaffolding. That said, this also highlights a significant challenge impeding tech adoption, that of Lack of Faculty Training in Required Pedagogical Knowledge and Skills, which I have added as an item in the Challenges section.rubenrp Oct 2, 2016 [Editor's Note: Competency-Based Education is a facet of Deeper Learning so this discussion has been added to "Deeper Learning Approaches."]
    I view this as the true meaning of "flipped" learning. It's been far too easy to lapse into theoretical discussions and those are important to the academy, but not necessarily our students past a certain point. Our goal in starting up a MakerSpace is not to support the Physics or Engineering Departments (although that will be function as well) but to get students in there trying things that don't necessarily apply directly to their curriculum or a particular class. If you are trying to make a drone or robot work or even a quilt physics usually intrudes pretty quickly. Then you have to learn the physics because you want to. We are seeing this already with our D-Lab prototyping space, which is itself a prototype of our larger MakerSpace concept. One of the things we are discovering as we start to develop programs around this kind of thinking is that we actually have to uncouple this process from the traditional instructional mechanism and we are planning on offering a lot of Continuing Education classes in support of people doing projects in the spaces. In addition, we are developing an explicit Design Thinking Academy to create a framework and scaffolding to help students work their way through problem-solving methods. All of this is directed toward "deeper learning" through doing. I am confident that more traditional academic programs will benefit from this process as well as we develop thinkers who are ready to grasp the nuances of the Scientific Method, critical thinking, and Engineering Principles. tom.haymes Oct 31, 2016
    EdTech Accelerators and Incubators
    EdTech accelerators and incubators are popping up across universities and tech giants with the purposeful goal to develop applications for education. From Inter, Microsoft to NYU and ASU startups are invited on campus and at major tech conferences to develop and pitch new innovative EdTech solutions for education
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    http://think.stedwards.edu/instructionaltechnology/innovationfellowship rebeccad Oct 2, 2016
    Innovation should become a transversal topic in every program. There are disciplinary areas where we seem to think that entrepreneurial approaches aren't a god fit; however, if we provide students with a solid background in product development, business, user experience design, creative methodologies, etc., we can open their minds and release a creative expression that sometimes get underestimated. In the University of Chihuahua, we are beginning to work on a distributed network of innovation offices, that will identify and incubate the most viable entrepreneurial projects (using UC Berkeley's Lean Start Up methodology and platforms: Generador30 acceleration program). fledezma Oct 5, 2016
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    Blended Learning Designs
    Over the past several years, perceptions of online learning have been shifting in its favor as more learners and educators see it as a viable alternative to some forms of face-to-face learning. Drawing from best practices in online and face-to-face methods, blended learning is on the rise at universities and colleges. The affordances of blended learning offers are now well understood, and its flexibility, ease of access, and the integration of sophisticated multimedia and technologies are high among the list of appeals. One notable form of blended learning is the flipped classroom, a model that rearranges how students spend their time. Rather than the instructor using class time for lectures, students access learning materials online at home, freeing up class time to allow student-teacher interactions that foster more active learning. Conversely, the recent rapid rise and burnout of other online offerings, such as massive open online courses (MOOCs), has led to skepticism in the field. However, progress in learning analytics; adaptive learning; and a combination of cutting-edge asynchronous and synchronous tools will continue to advance the state of blended learning and keep it compelling, though many of these methods are still the subjects of experiments and research by online learning providers and institutions.
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    http://think.stedwards.edu/instructionaltechnology/innovationfellowship rebeccad Oct 2, 2016
    Innovation should become a transversal topic in every program. There are disciplinary areas where we seem to think that entrepreneurial approaches aren't a god fit; however, if we provide students with a solid background in product development, business, user experience design, creative methodologies, etc., we can open their minds and release a creative expression that sometimes get underestimated. In the University of Chihuahua, we are beginning to work on a distributed network of innovation offices, that will identify and incubate the most viable entrepreneurial projects (using UC Berkeley's Lean Start Up methodology and platforms: Generador30 acceleration program). fledezma Oct 5, 2016
    Over the years I've one "innovation" after another come and go. Some have stuck, most have not. There are many reasons for the failures: inability to scale, only adopted by a small group of faculty (or only one), high barriers to entry, an unclear definition of the ends of the project, etc. Some of these projects represented excellent thinking that just wasn't systemic. Others represented muddled thinking and obsession with a particular technology rather than seeing where that technology would take you. We need to focus on teaching our faculty and staff how to process ideas and adapt them to the needs at hand rather than forcing the latest and greatest on them. We've spent a lot of time trying to figure this out at the West Houston Institute - our "Innovation" Center. I am hopeful that some of these efforts figure these profoundly people-drive problems out. We're going to give it our best try and know that creating innovation is an innovation in and of itself. tom.haymes Oct 31, 2016
    Blended Learning Designs
    Over the past several years, perceptions of online learning have been shifting in its favor as more learners and educators see it as a viable alternative to some forms of face-to-face learning. Drawing from best practices in online and face-to-face methods, blended learning is on the rise at universities and colleges. The affordances of blended learning offers are now well understood, and its flexibility, ease of access, and the integration of sophisticated multimedia and technologies are high among the list of appeals. One notable form of blended learning is the flipped classroom, a model that rearranges how students spend their time. Rather than the instructor using class time for lectures, students access learning materials online at home, freeing up class time to allow student-teacher interactions that foster more active learning. Conversely, the recent rapid rise and burnout of other online offerings, such as massive open online courses (MOOCs), has led to skepticism in the field. However, progress in learning analytics; adaptive learning; and a combination of cutting-edge asynchronous and synchronous tools will continue to advance the state of blended learning and keep it compelling, though many of these methods are still the subjects of experiments and research by online learning providers and institutions.
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Friday, October 28

  1. page Timeline edited ... October 24 - 27, 2016 NMC Staff analyzes voting and produces the Interim Results October 28…
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    October 24 - 27, 2016
    NMC Staff analyzes voting and produces the Interim Results
    October 2831 - November
    Panel makes final pass at Rankings
    November 8, 2016 - January 9, 2017
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    February 2017
    2016 NMC Horizon Report released at ELI Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas
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    I strongly agree with the above point: when redesigning learning spaces, institutions have to have to overcome fashions and trends, seriously and scientifically thinking what kind of configuration can really potentiate user experience and learning value. In countries like Mexico, where budget is always an important constraint, institutions will have to be as creative as possible, in terms of reusing and adapting existent spaces and equipment, in order to meet the new education challenges and scenarios. fledezma Oct 6, 2016
    Amphitheater classrooms are difficult to redesign compared to the standard rectangular box that defines many teaching rooms. Yet it is likely that all of our campuses have many of these "classrooms" designed to accommodate large introductory courses. What is the psychogeography of these learning spaces? Can the space be improved to facilitate better learning outcomes? Or, is it a matter of doing one's best to redesign the activities that occur in these auditoriums? The purpose, presumably, of these large teaching spaces is to save money on teaching (and possibly to help weed out weaker students who are challenged to succeed in these environments). Therefore, don't these spaces present immense challenges for any conversation around redesigning learning spaces? Or, can we point to specific successful strategies for teaching in or redesigning these spaces?anthony.helm Oct 2, 2016
    Part of the Teaching Innovation Lab concept will be rapid iteration of learning spaces coupled with evaluation of their efficacy. hccs.edu/institutetom.haymes Oct 28, 2016
    Rethinking How Institutions Work
    There is a focused movement to reinvent the traditional classroom paradigm and rearrange the entire formal education experience — a trend that is largely being driven by the influence of innovative learning approaches. Methods such as project- and challenge-based learning call for structures that enable students to move from one learning activity to another more organically, removing the limitations of seemingly disparate disciplines. The multidisciplinary nature of these contemporary approaches has popularized the creative application of technology and fostered innovative designs of institutional models that link each class and subject matter to one another. As learning becomes more fluid and student-centered, some education leaders believe that schedules should be more flexible to allow opportunities for authentic learning to take place and ample room for independent study. Changing how learning takes place in classrooms is also requiring shifts in the business models of institutions, which are increasingly becoming more agile and open to trying new approaches.kevin_ashford_rowe Aug 15, 2016 The sooner the better ole Sep 11, 2016 helga Sep 19, 2016 bryan.alexander Sep 19, 2016kumiko.aoki Sep 19, 2016jantonio Sep 27, 2016 if you see an institution as "a thing that provides what academics need to teach and research" then it is clear we have serious issues dkernohan Sep 20, 2016 I would add that this reinvention of the traditional classroom paradigm is not just driven by the influence of innovative learning approches but also by a demand by students and by employers to bring more authenticity, reality in the classroom.
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  3. page Microlearning Technologies edited ... http://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/how-microcredentials-are-changing-the-landscape…
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    http://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/how-microcredentials-are-changing-the-landscape-of-higher-and-technical-education/ (rneuron Sep 27, 2016)
    I agree that "badging" will gain popularity and increased use in the future. Before that happens, however, we may need to see the typical educational credential, the transcript, start offering micro-credentials. Currently, the smallest credential offered in higher education that one can see on a transcript is the "certificate". Certificates typically represent a structured three to five class sequence in an area of concentration. In the age of life-long learning, people will want to come back to school to learn a specific skill that may be equivalent to a portion of a traditional class, or possibly be equivalent to a traditional class in terms of length of experience. For this, a micro-credential could be added to one's transcript. A collection of micro-credentials could become a certificate. MOOCs would be great platforms for earning badges and collections of badges organized into a certificate. doug.hearrington Oct 2, 2016 alexandra.pickett Oct 5, 2016 [Editor's Note: Added here from RQ2.]
    What's the difference between this and IoT? I think most micro learning opportunities come through IoT devices of some sort, at least those explicitly associated with technologies. You have to meet the students where they are to achieve this goal. IoT/Hyper-localization/Open Hardware is how you'd have to do that in almost all instances. tom.haymes Oct 28, 2016
    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?
    This happens when students are training on the job if a teacher or coach can capture small moments of learning and repeat it with the learner. (rneuron Sep 27, 2016)
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    The polymer materials used by 3D printers often result in objects inferior in quality to those that have been created using conventional manufacturing methods and, in engineering for example, may only provide a temporary solution to a problem. damian.mcdonald Sep 20, 2016
    3D printers are a popular component component in many maker spaces. They are useful as a prototyping tool and as new materials become available, they may well challenge conventional manufacturing, particularly in cases where limited numbers of an item are needed, such as spare parts.billshewbridge Oct 1, 2016
    Why is this separate from MakerSpaces? tom.haymes Oct 28, 2016
    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?
    This technology extends the reach of valuable and rare collections to greater numbers of students. deborah.cooke Sep 6, 2016 helga Sep 19, 2016
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    The potential linking of IOT data with other research databasesdeone.zell Sep 4, 2016
    Facilities utilization is a problem at many institutions. In some places facilities are under-utilized and in some cases over-utilized. Each condition can be more easily monitored and addressed through IoT usage. doug.hearrington Oct 2, 2016
    We should consider combining this topic with Open Hardware and Localization sections. tom.haymes Oct 28, 2016
    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?
    Will help reveal variables that are conducive to learningdeone.zell Sep 4, 2016
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    francisca Oct 2, 2016This site provides some recipes to delve into IoT development. Great to get inspired. Watson Internet of Things: __https://developer.ibm.com/recipes/__
    francisca Oct 2, 2016Cisco's efforts on connectivity and use of the term Internet of Everything: __http://ioeassessment.cisco.com/__
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    Houston Institute tom.haymes Oct 28, 2016
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    Ethics, once again rear their mighty head. Who can access the data, and what they use it for must be a primary consideration when implementing such systems. damian.mcdonald Sep 16, 2016 DaveP Oct 2, 2016 !!!!
    Might deter students - feeling swamped by information they neither need or want DaveP Oct 2, 2016 I would hope we would--as we so often do--step up to the challenges of helping our learners (and ourselves) learn to sift through the firehose through the continuing development of first-rate digital literacy and information literacy skills.paul.signorelli Oct 3, 2016
    I think this topic needs to be linked to the Open Hardware discussion. Most beacon technology by necessity has to operate within a set of prescribed standards to interface with phones and apps appropriately. This presents a lot of opportunities to create customized experiences for the user. I've challenged my D-Lab people to come up with some interesting applications that use our recently installed network of beacons. I'm interested to see what they come up with. I think some of the stuff that Penn State is doing with hyper-local is really interesting and am looking forward to low-barrier content management systems that allow users to create hyper-local content. tom.haymes Oct 28, 2016
    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?
    Once we find a way of processing and using the big data, it could be enormously useful in allowing us to identify and help those students that might otherwise disappear off the metaphorical radar. damian.mcdonald Sep 16, 2016
    engagement, building flow and design, device awareness
    Agree with whoever wrote "engagement, building flow and design, design awareness" -- location intelligence, as described in the introduction to this part of our wiki, holds the potential to further help us build a useable, rich, dynamic set of connections that link the various resources available to us.
    There are a vast number of potential applications and the barriers to entry could be made very low. Imagine museums with customized content using AI and beacons. Imagine a MakerSpace with customized videos attached to individual machines. tom.haymes Oct 28, 2016
    (4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?
    Bluetooth beacons at the University of Leeds to monitor student attendance: damian.mcdonald Sep 16, 2016
    https://it.leeds.ac.uk/info/140/mobile_apps/1077/check-in_faqs_for_students
    Estimote Beacons in use at De Montfort and Sheffield Hallam
    Penn State - not sure the specifics. tom.haymes Oct 28, 2016
    West Houston Institute - stay tuned. tom.haymes Oct 28, 2016

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