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

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Episode 86 Trends for April 14-26 Online Learning, AR/VR, and OER

Image from: http://on.mash.to/2oNjWGT<p>We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of April 13-26 as we flipped resources into our …

Learning

Facebook Engineer Asserts That Augmented Reality Will Replace Smartphones in 5 Years

Augmenting Technologies<p>Last week, Facebook’s annual developer conference (FB8) gave us a glimpse of the future. While most of the announcements made …

Augmented Reality

Apple expands Mac Pro trademark to include augmented reality tech

Apple updated its Mac Pro trademark to include “augmented reality displays, goggles, controllers, headsets, and 3D spectacles,” alongside a range of other categories.<p>The additions come shortly after Apple acknowledged that its current Mac Pro doesn’t fulfill all the needs of its pro customers, …

Augmented Reality

Amazon Echo Look Ushers In A New, Disturbing Era Of Privacy Concerns

The best way to approach this is with blunt aplomb. Why in the hell would you want to put the Amazon Echo Look internet-of-things camera device in your bathroom or bedroom? Weren’t we just talking about the camera on your laptop being hacked? How is Alexa visually giving you the once over …

Amazon Echo

FCC Chairman wants to end net neutrality, why is it problematic?

Ajit Pai wants to repeal net neutrality, which is likely to be approved given FCC’s Republican majority, but there is bound to be significant opposition. And for good reason.<p>Donald Trump’s administration is bringing various changes to the tech world, and now, it looks like net neutrality is at …

Net Neutrality

The Impact of Virtual Reality on Learning

Virtual Reality<p>As virtual reality goes mainstream and provides new ways for students to interact and gain hands-on experience, it's important to …

Virtual Reality

University discovers how to bring expensive on-campus resources to online students

How do we provide near-ubiquitous access when students are geographically dispersed, use different types of computer platforms, and don’t have access …

Best Modern Technologies and Tools in Online Education

We live in the era of technology and fast access to the internet. As a result, it has become easier to connect with friends and family, to work, and …

Prezi

9 Great Search Tools Extensions for Students

April , 2017<br>Chrome browser has a number of interesting educational extensions to enhance your productivity and facilitate your workflow. Over the …

Google Apps

Amazon’s new Echo Look has a built-in camera for style selfies

With the addition of a camera, Amazon’s new Echo Look device can now see and hear all. The device is a sort of standalone selfie machine so users can take full-length photos and videos of themselves specifically for the sake of checking their fashion choices in the morning.<p>The new home assistant …

Gear & Gadgets

Seven Media Literacy Lessons

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month. While educators always teach their students how to find, access, and evaluate information, …

Education Technology

The One Thing That Makes a Course Launch Successful

So much work goes into creating an online course business.<p>You have to make the course, market the course, build the webiste, configure payment …

Success

Using Big Data to Improve the Online Learning Experience

Big data is influencing nearly every aspect of our lives, from the advertisements we see online to where we can find our favorite laundry detergent …

Learning

Facebook tests new twist on fact-checking

Now when you see an article posted on Facebook, links to third-party fact-checkers will appear below.<p>Facebook is hoping to calibrate its users' BS meters.<p>After a plague of fake news struck the social network during the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook began acknowledging its problem. The …

Facebook

Grill That Edtech Company With These 6 Questions Before Buying Anything

Education technology providers dangle the promise of transforming classrooms and equipping previously disengaged students with the skills to become …

Product Management

Student Safety Symposium: Finding the Balance Between Access and Safety

At the Symposium on Student Safety in Lancaster, PA, a free event sponsored by Gaggle, school and district administrators, cabinet members, …

What’s Open? Are OER Necessary?

Like most great conflagrations, it began as a small exchange that touched on a vital point. At OER17 a couple of weeks ago a suggestion appeared via …

Pedagogy

The death of the smartphone is closer than you think. Here's what comes next

Every technology rises, then falls: soon it will be the turn of the smartphone. But what will replace it?<p>The arrival of the original iPhone back in …

Innovation

Infographic: 15 Design Terms That Are Commonly Misunderstood

<b>Do you know</b> the precise difference between vector and raster? How about trim versus crop versus bleed? Can one use the terms ‘negative space’ and …

Design

The Essential Guide to Writing Effective Survey Questions

User surveys are popping up on websites and mobile apps everywhere. Well-designed ones yield helpful data. Poorly executed ones are a waste of time …

Usability

7 Questions That Lead to an 'Aha' Moment, According to Research

Breakthrough thinking isn't magic, it's a science.<p>At the heart of any successful business is a great idea. But how do some entrepreneurs dream up game-changing idea after game-changing idea while others fade into mediocrity?<p>Cracking the code on "aha moments" and creative epiphanies is a topic …

Creativity

MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?

I took one of the very first MOOCs, and back then the videos, assignments, and certificates were all free. That was in 2011. Unfortunately, this …

MOOCs

Gadget Lab Podcast: This is totally going to be VR’s year

Reports surfaced this week offering more details about Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio platform. This new architecture that’ll end up in 2017 …

Virtual Reality

Here’s Everything Facebook Announced at F8

On Tuesday, Facebook kicked off its annual F8 developer conference with a keynote address. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others on his executive team made …

Facebook

Remembering Bob Taylor, the Tech Legend Who Invented ‘Almost Everything’

Last week the world lost the most important tech pioneer whom hardly anyone has heard of: Bob Taylor. When I asked Alphabet executive chairman Eric …

Silicon Valley

The Next Frontier for 3-D Printing Is Here: Glass

A team of scientists printed finely detailed glass objects--which could have a big impact on manufacturing.<p>Three-dimensional printing brought significant and rapid changes to manufacturing, letting companies create customized objects like apparel and plane parts on demand.<p>With each passing year, …

3D Printing

Insta360's 'affordable' 8K VR camera is up for pre-orders

With the recent VR announcements at Facebook's F8 conference, things are certainly getting a lot more interesting in the 360 content space, especially with the new hardware that can shoot in six degrees of freedom for an unprecedented level of immersion. However, the current wave of …

Virtual Reality

Einstein chatbot shows Facebook Messenger's potential as an educational tool

An Albert Einstein chatbot on Facebook Messenger is a window into how the chat service could be used as an educational tool — at least when it comes to simple facts.<p>The chatbot is intended to promote National Geographic’s new show <i>Genius</i>, which is about Einstein. And it does that, with a constant …

Chatbots

Apple's AR smart glasses could be in the works

A leaked incident report suggests that Apple could be working on some interesting new eyewear, and that accidents happen.<p>Apple may be working on some top secret hardware, including a pair of AR smartglasses. Rumors surfaced after an incident report was allegedly leaked to Gizmodo suggesting that …

iPhone