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

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Learning Management System Market Expected to Grow $10.5 Billion in Next 5 Years

LMS<p>The learning management system market is expected to grow from $5.22 billion in 2016 to $15.72 billion by 2021, according to a new report by …

Learning

Researchers find easy way to hack wireless keyboards

Snoopers could easily hack wireless keyboards made by eight different manufacturers, researchers announced this week.<p>The vulnerability, discovered by cyber-security firm Bastille, would allow hackers to monitor keystrokes from as far as 250 feet using cheap electronics and minimal coding. Affected …

Wireless

'Pokemon Go' creators working to be 'respectful' of reality

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creators of "Pokemon Go" say they're working to remove real-world locations that don't wish to be included in the mobile gaming sensation.<p>The Pokemon Company's consumer marketing director J.C. Smith says they're updating the augmented-reality game so it remains fun for …

Pokémon

5 ways higher ed’s social media use has changed from 2015 to 2016

If 2015 was the year colleges and universities began using social media like any other media-savvy millennial, 2016 is the year of refinement and …

Social Media

7 Dos And Don'ts Of Mobile Learning

<b>Dos And Don'ts Of Mobile Learning To Have In Mind</b><p>A report on Mobile Learning at Work by Towards Maturity revealed that 47% of businesses and other …

Mobile

Survey Highlights Social Media Use Among Teachers

Front Row Education, Inc. recently asked 1,000 K-8 teachers how they are using social media personally, professionally and as a communication tool …

Social Media

Why so many schools fail to get impact from iPad

"On a large secondary iPad project, it is often a deputy head who’s in charge. Successful 1:1 models, such as ESSA Academy and The de Ferrers …

Ed Tech

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My!

Yes, you can afford a few wearables or Google Cardboards in your class.<p>Set up stations or a cart that is part of a rotation. Example- reading station …

Virtual Reality

Social divide stays in online learning

<b>There are strong social divisions in how young people use digital technology, according to international research from the OECD.</b><p>The economics think …

United Kingdom

Department of Education proposes new rules for schools providing online courses

The Department of Education proposed new rules today for schools providing distance education, such as online courses, in order to get the state …

Education

Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt Are Pumping Millions into an Ed Tech Startup

The fundraising round amounts to $40 million.<p>Education has always mattered to Tom Davidson.<p>To this day, the chief exec at EverFi, an education software startup based in Washington, D.C., boasts about an initiative he backed in the ’90s as a member of the state legislature in Maine that provided …

Jeff Bezos

Researchers have finally found a way to make people smarter, but it's not pleasant

You're not going to like this.<p>As we learn more and more about the brain, we're getting better at figuring out how to supercharge it.<p>One of the most …

Consciousness

Tim Cook: Apple is 'high on AR' but not sold on it being the next big thing

After the colossal success of Pokémon Go (are you as tired of reading that as I am of writing it?), Apple CEO Tim Cook outlined plans to continue investing in the technology as the company is “high on AR in the long run.”<p>The question was posed during today’s earnings call which saw Apple hit with a …

Tim Cook

Adobe is working on realistic 3D digital paint

Artists have been using tablets to make 2D art for years now, and recently, the proliferation of VR headsets and software like Google's Tilt Brush have also allowed them to paint in 3D space. But while both approaches can produce some beautiful art, neither offers the kind of tactile feedback you …

3D

This app lets you chat in Facebook, WhatsApp and Slack

You love speaking with your family in Skype, but your significant other prefers to chat over WhatsApp. Your friends are pretty active on Messenger, but you have to go through Slack to reach your colleagues for work emergencies.<p>If this sounds familiar, you’re probably using way too many chat clients …

Facebook

Tumblr teases plan to introduce ads on all its blogs

Tumblr this week quietly announced plans to roll out a new advertising program across its site which will see it implementing ads across users’ blogs. The company did not provide specific details on how the program will operate, but it appears to be an expansion of its earlier Creatrs program, …

Digital Advertising

Xiaomi’s MacBook Air rival is thinner, lighter, more powerful

Xiaomi has finally delivered its first laptop, and just as expected, it wants to battle the MacBook Air head-on. Its new Mi Notebook Air is thinner, lighter, and more powerful than Apple’s machine — and yet it’s still kinder on your wallet.<p>Despite it’s somewhat silly name, the Mi Notebook Air is a …

Laptops

Oculus update paves the way for room-scale VR on the Rift

The Rift’s best days are still ahead of it as Facebook’s virtual reality company prepares to drastically improve user experience by introducing its room-scale tracked motion Touch controllers in Q4 of this year.<p>An update to Oculus Home is apparently prepping for Touch’s arrival by enabling users to …

Virtual Reality

Google's Omnitone adds 3D audio to web-based VR

It can make VR experiences on the web more immersive, so long as you're wearing headphones.<p>Realistic sounds can turn good VR experiences into great, truly immersive ones, and Google's new open source project can make that happen for web-based virtual reality. The technology, called Omnitone, uses a …

3D

Microsoft launches Researcher and Editor in Word, Zoom in PowerPoint

Microsoft today is announcing new features that are coming to its Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook applications.<p>One new feature in Word, called <b>Editor</b>, is particularly notable because it will help users improve their writing by suggesting changes, just like a human editor. The feature picks up on …

Microsoft Office

Will Pokémon GO Influence ELearning?

Unless you have been locked in a basement for the past month then you have likely been hearing about the latest craze that is Pokémon GO. It’s …

Learning

Do we need to remodel our university system?

This week in Philadelphia, the Democratic Party is expected to officially confirm Hillary Clinton as its presidential candidate. But the surprisingly competitive primary race doesn’t come without considerable concessions to the more liberal wing of the party supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders …

Higher Education

Study finds use of open educational resources on the rise in introductory courses

Open educational resources (OER) are showing signs of taking root in introductory courses, yet overall awareness of alternatives to traditional …

OpenCourseware

Pokémon Go has revealed a new battleground for virtual privacy

People have been lingering outside Boon Sheridan’s house all through the night. The designer lives in an old church in Massachusetts that has been designated a “gym” in the new smartphone game Pokémon Go. Because the game requires players to visit places in the real world, Sheridan now has to put …

Privacy

Develop Self-Motivation Skills Before Starting Online Courses

Discipline is key to balance an education with other responsibilities, experts say.

Distance Learning

Education Department Proposes Rule on State Authorization of Postsecondary Distance Education, Foreign Locations | U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education today proposed regulations that seek to improve oversight and protect more than 5.5 million distance education …

Online Course User Experience: Standards Matter

Standardized distance learning classrooms have demonstrated higher student success and retention than any other online courses across the country. …

UX Design

Early Days for Drone Use in Higher Education

Unmanned aircraft systems offer numerous possibilities in the academic environment, from creating programs aimed at UAS design and construction to …

Higher Education

Magic Leap demo in China shows augmented reality shopping

The incredibly secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap showed off another demonstration of its technology this week, this time using Chinese apps.<p>During a discussion with Alibaba CMO Chris Tung in China, Magic Leap's chief marketing officer Brian Wallace gave audience members a look at how …

China