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

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Ace of All Trades

They lurk behind the scenes of a rapidly growing number of courses at colleges and universities, yet instructional designers are an elusive bunch. …

Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years

Long-standing basic graphics editing program, used throughout childhoods since the 1980s, has been marked for death<p>Microsoft’s next Windows 10 update, called the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features. But one long-standing stalwart of the Windows …

Microsoft

Part Two: Beyond SAMR… Honoring Teacher Experience and Knowledge with TPACK

<i>Welcome to the second in this series of posts promting the idea of going to SAMR and beyond. Every school I visit that is attempting to integrate</i> …

Creative Instructional Design

ACRL announces the publication of <i>Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians</i>, edited by Brandon K. West, Kimberly D. …

Learning

You can now explore the International Space Station with Google Maps Street View

Not content with giving us eye-level views of millions of miles of roads, Google Maps has now entering the stratosphere. In a blog post published yesterday, Google announced that you can now explore the International Space Station (ISS) with Street View.<p>Of course, Google did not send its 360-degree …

NASA

You Should Update Your Apple Devices Immediately to Fix a Major Security Flaw

Apple has released a new software update for iOS and MacOS. For users of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, downloading the patch is critical to …

iOS

Top 6 Digital Transformation Trends In Education

Shutterstock<p>This is a continuation of my series looking at how digital transformation has impacted every industry. Today’s focus is on educational …

Digital Transformation

The Rise of Online Learning Content

Content creation and delivery is a very important part of learning and development—one that keeps learning offerings relevant to the market and the …

Online learners say these social perks are program musts

As competition for fully-online students grows, new research calls for universities to update their strategies in order to win over students.The …

Learning

It's official: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be unveiled on August 23

After months of rumors and speculations, we finally have an official date for Samsung to reveal the Note 8: August 23.<p>The device will be revealed at an event in New York starting at 11 AM ET.<p>Rumors tell us the device will feature a 6.3-inch screen with the same tiny bezels as the S8 line, as well …

Samsung

A huge new survey shows that teens are bullied most on Instagram and Facebook

According to British anti-bullying organization Ditch The Label’s new annual survey, Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017, with Facebook close behind. This year’s survey collected results from 10,020 people between the ages of 12 and 20, making for a respectably robust data …

Millennials

Is the joy of learning gone from online education?

In a recent discussion about a job offering, I was asked a series of questions about how I conduct myself in a classroom. One question focused on how …

Learning

​A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

column | Postsecondary Learning<p>​A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers<p>By Amy Ahearn (Columnist)     Jul 20, 2017<p>Sydney Johnson<p>A 2016 report funded …

Learning

Medical Schools Get Virtual with VR and AR Trainings

Virtual and augmented reality are helping to chart a new vision of healthcare for providers.<p>The technology has been making waves in patient care for …

Augmented Reality

Google Glass is back. There’s only one problem now, but it’s not what you think

Google Glass Enterprise Edition isn’t a terrible product. That’s one surprise, given the track record of the consumer version of this head-mounted …

Google Glass

Apple launches machine learning research site

Apple just launched a blog focused on machine learning research papers and sharing the company’s findings. The Apple Machine Learning Journal is a bit empty right now as the company only shared one post about turning synthetic images into realistic ones in order to train neural networks.<p>This move …

Machine Learning

What’s Driving the Machine Learning Explosion?

Machine learning systems have been around since the 1950s, so why are we suddenly seeing breakthroughs in so many spanerse areas? Three factors are at play: enormously increased data, significantly improved algorithms, and substantially more-powerful computer hardware. Over the past two decades …

Machine Learning

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Artificial Intelligence

Google tries to out-Facebook Facebook with its own news feed

The search giant is trying to tread on Facebook’s territory, even as the social network faces criticism for its handling of news.<p>Facebook already tailors its feed of news, sports scores and viral videos to show you what you want. Now Google is going to do it too.<p>In a classic case of Silicon Valley …

Facebook

Google quietly released a killer new feature in Google Maps

Google added a neat feature for cyclists in Google Maps in 2014. Whenever you asked for directions from point A to point B, Maps would also provide a little map with an estimated elevation for each part of the route.<p>Now the same is true for walking directions. For each set of directions, you'll get …

Google

Telepresence technology taking hold in classrooms

Beam is a robot that uses telepresence technology to help students, teachers and faculty members feel like they are a part of the conversation — even …

Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?

From AI-driven personalized learning to virtual reality, online courses will need to innovate to address their credibility issues and fulfill their enormous promise<p>There’s little doubt that online courses are proving popular with students all over the world. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) …

eLearning

Finding the ROI of Online Programs

It's time to get serious about growing online education programs if your institution wants them to be sustainable. This Arizona State University …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

KQED

Mitch Resnick has been working on how to give students new avenues of creative expression for over a decade. His Lifelong Kindergarten group at the …

MIT Media Lab

Part One: Going Beyond SAMR… 5 Ideas

<i>Every school I visit that is attempting to integrate technology into instruction are also having conversations on SAMR. As I have talks with these</i> …

21st Century Skills

Women and minorities shatter records as thousands take AP computer science exam

Diversity is not one of the tech industry’s strongest suits, but Seattle-based Code.org sees hints this could change in coming years: In 2017, a …

Computer Science

Your Pioneering Project Could Earn a Rolex Award for Making a Significant Impact

<i>Featured Image: Andrew Bastawrous’ Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek). Photo courtesy of Rolex</i><p>The pages of <i>Make:</i> are consistently filled with creative projectsprovided by the magazine’s contributors. Many have practical applications, and some might lead directly, or even indirectly, to a project …

Mount Everest

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School: Using OER to Scale High-Quality Personalized Learning

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB), a network of open-enrollment, college-preparatory, public charter schools in downtown Brooklyn, New York, …

Education

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