Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, & Learning Science

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Ripping Learning off the Page

Virtual reality is a powerful, low-cost, easy-to-access resource for teachers. You can create deep, meaningful learning experiences for students with …

Virtual Reality

Cloudbleed bug: Everything you need to know

The internet has a new security bug called Cloudbleed and it's pretty bad. We explain what it is, how it affects you and what you can do.<p>Cloudbleed is the latest internet bug that puts users private information in jeopardy. News of the bug broke late on Thursday, but there is already a lot of …

Security

New Google VR short takes a look at racial identity

The 360-degree video is reportedly the first in a new series<p>There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about using virtual reality to foster empathy, so it’s appropriate that Google’s latest VR venture focuses on racism and racial identity. The 360-degree video looks at the experience of Dezzie, a …

Virtual Reality

Lone hacker Rasputin breaches 60 universities, federal agencies

Rasputin has danced around the defenses of organizations from NYU and Oxford to the Oklahoma state government.<p>A hacker has compromised at least 60 …

Cybersecurity

What Students Want Their Professors to Know About Edtech

Meaghan Markey prefers to take notes with her laptop in class, so she was surprised—and a bit frustrated—to find several of her professors at …

Reimagining education

On Feb 1-2, over 200 students and faculty gathered in MIT’s Building 10 to discuss and share recent advances in education technology. This first-ever …

Learning

4 Strategies To Support Digital Responsibility

Innovative educators have the opportunity to promote, participate in, and model intelligent discourse in face-to-face and digital interactions. This …

Education Technology

Trends | 2017 NMC Horizon Report

<b>The New Media</b> Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) jointly released the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition at the recent …

The Distance Learning Conspiracy | Technology and Learning

The truth is finally out.<p>Distance learning is a plot.<p>Don’t believe it. Read the excellent <i>WCET Distance Education Price and Cost Report</i>.<p>The key in …

Higher Education

Qualcomm announces new VR headset, Leap Motion partnership, and accelerator program

Qualcomm is launching an accelerator program for VR headset manufacturers, releasing a new headset reference design, and partnering with hand tracking company Leap Motion. The company is looking to kickstart production of headsets with features not found in the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, including an …

Virtual Reality

This drum-like keyboard lets you type in virtual reality like a boss

Typing could be quite the ordeal when both of your hands are full – and this is particularly true for virtual reality, where you constantly have to keep a tight grip of your joysticks to maintain control over the experience. But one resourceful designer has found a handy way around this …

Virtual Reality

The OER Content Trap

Recently I’ve been following a discussion about the future of OER (Open Educational Resources). Most of the discussion has been via blog posts …

The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners

Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. He quickly began supplementing his education with …

MOOCs

Understanding Social Immersion, Improving Instructional Design Are Vital to Keeping VR Around

Virtual Reality<p>Internationally recognized experts in virtual reality gathered at the 2017 Workshop on Virtual Reality and Immersive Learning.<p>The …

College Board to boost SAT security to combat cheating

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The firm that owns the SAT college entrance exam is boosting security worldwide following test-stealing and other cheating in recent years.<p>The College Board said it's reducing the number of international testing dates from six per year to four for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school …

College & University

10 Platforms You Can Use To Host Your Online Courses

E-learning market size was valued over USD 165 billion in 2015 and is likely to grow at over 5% from 2016 to 2023, exceeding USD 240 billion.<p>If you are looking for a profitable side hustle, creating and self-publishing courses might be a good idea. It’s a great solution for busy learners and a …

Web Design

How To Create Engaging Motion Graphics In Four Steps

What are motion graphics? Simply put, they are animated graphics that tell a story. Motion graphic stories can be told through kinetic text, through …

Motion Graphics

5 Content Formats That Perform Way Better Than Plain Blog Posts

Jas Kaur is the co-founder of QuikConsult<p>More than two-thirds of all the content on the internet is visual in nature. This means that web is driven …

Infographics

Using Mobile Devices in your Teaching

iPads, Tablets and Laptops are being introduced to assist staff in the delivery of learning and teaching as our curriculum evolves, and to help give …

Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story

We’ve spent the last two weeks in my English Language Learner Beginners class reading and learning about stories.<p>Last Friday, it was time for them to …

Education Technology

Kernel is trying to hack the human brain — but neuroscience has a long way to go

The future of computing may be inside our skulls<p>For Bryan Johnson, the founder and CEO of neuroscience startup Kernel, the question is when, not if, we all have computer chips inside of our brains. Kernel, founded last fall with more than $100 million of Johnson’s own money, is trying to better …

Neurology

5 Ways Tech Can Distract From Learning and How to Overcome the Challenges

Does learning with technology always represent real knowledge and achievement? When does technology actually distract from learning instead of …

Use Video Introductions for Courses

One common stumbling block for people creating courses is how to actually start the course.<p>They have a good idea for the lesson sequence, the …

Education

Samsung showcases 4 new VR and AR projects from its in-house C-Lab incubator

Samsung has revealed four new virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) projects that have been brewing in its in-house Creative Lab (C-Lab).<p>For the uninitiated, Samsung launched C-Lab back in 2012 as a canvas for workers to develop ideas away from their core day-to-day duties. It was only at …

Virtual Reality

Study challenges cost and price myths of online education

The myth that online education courses cost less to produce and therefore save students money on tuition doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, a survey of …

Instructional Design

Tour the Solar System — NOVA

• Posted 04.21.11<br>• NOVA<p>Warning: For those wanna-be astronauts and space travelers out there, this interactive model of the solar system could prove to be …

Astronomy

Microsoft’s HoloLens successor reportedly arriving in 2019

Microsoft first unveiled its HoloLens headset more than two years ago at a special Windows 10 event. While the company didn’t start shipping units to developers until last year, anyone is currently free to purchase a HoloLens developer device for $3,000. Many had expected Microsoft to start selling …

Microsoft

Snapchat Spectacles Now Available to Purchase Online for $130

After debuting exclusively inside special pop-up vending machines last year, Snapchat has today begun selling its video-recording Spectacles online for $129.99. Like in the vending machines, the Spectacles come in Coral, Black and Teal, and include a charging case and cable. At the time of writing, …

Snapchat

QR Codes - Design, Create, Share

QR Codes provide a fast and efficient way to help students link to a website or web video on their iPad or other digital device.<p>iPads<p>Scan QR Codes: …