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

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Are MOOCs deepening divisions in higher education?

Technology is often described in the literature as an enabler, a facilitator, a supporter, as an enhancer and as empowering, but for millions around …

Learning

iOS 11 will change how you'll use your iPad forever

As simple as possible, but no simpler<p>iOS 11 is the most ambitious software update from Apple in a very, very long time. It’s ambitious because it’s packed with so many new features and technologies that it will be impossible for me to cover them all here. It’s ambitious because those new features …

iOS

Apple just bought a company that made eye-tracking 'smart' glasses

Apple has purchased a small German company that specializes in eye-tracking, MacRumors reported on Monday.<p>The company, SensoMotoric Instruments, previously made a specialized pair of glasses that used eye tracking for a variety of applications, including athletics.<p>The company used the domain name …

Augmented Reality

Study: Online Students Want Interaction, Community

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology on June 26, 2017 4:17 pm<p>share<p>Online students crave interaction with classmates and instructors, according to a new …

9 Essential #EdTech Ideas to Share With Your Team

Technology is playing a bigger role in classrooms and schools in this country and around the world. Here are a few thoughts to keep technology in …

Leadership

Ten Online Teaching Tips You May Not Have Heard

At a time when online institutions are in fierce competition for students and accreditation agencies are taking a critical look at online course …

Teaching

The Girl Scouts Will Step Into The 21st-Century With Cyber Security Badges

Once upon a time, the Girl Scouts awarded their young participants badges, patches, and pins for learning such skills as how to make s'mores, successfully lighting a campfire, and of course golfing. Now, in 2017, young girls will be encouraged to learn to code.<p>According to Reuters, Girl Scouts has …

Cybersecurity

On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Last year, during fall orientation at Smith College, and then again recently at final-exam time, students who wandered into the campus hub were faced with an unfamiliar situation: the worst failures of their peers projected onto a large screen.<p>“I failed my first college writing …

Education

6 Tips To Switch From Part-Time Freelancing To A Full-Time eLearning Career

Have you considered transitioning your current eLearning freelancing into something a bit more permanent? In this article, I'll share 6 tips to make …

eLearning

Windows 10 S security brought down by, of course, Word macros

Analysis: Windows 10 S promises many good things. It currently doesn't deliver.<p>The major premise justifying Windows 10 S, the new variant of Windows …

Microsoft

10 Tips On Typography in Web Design

Communication plays a vital role in design —it’s essential to establish a clear connection between the website and user and to help your users …

Typography

ISTE 2017: Google, Tech Titans to Make Their Pitches Directly to Educators

At least 15,000 educators are expected to converge on San Antonio for the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education.

U.S. Department of Education

Google makes VR even easier for YouTube

Google is big on virtual reality (VR), and that’s no secret. The company has already integrated VR into various products, including YouTube and …

Virtual Reality

Online Students Need More Interaction with Peers and Teachers [#Infographic]

By Meghan Bogardus CortezNew research shows online learners are seeking more interaction, mobile device support and career services.

Education

38 Community Colleges Share What It Takes to Launch an OER Degree Program

The college affordability crisis has gained much attention in recent years, yet prices continue to climb. Tuition increased 89 percent from 2002 to …

New gaming technology for learning now available to colleges and universities

Technology for a University of Michigan learning approach that employs video game-style strategy made its way to the market this week.<p>The gameful …

'Grocery', the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal and Higher Ed | Technology and Learning

Published in May of 2017.<p>Just as I was finishing Michael Ruhlman’s excellent book <i>Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food</i>, news broke about Amazon’s …

Trends

Fixing the Textbook Model

Indiana University's Brad Wheeler explains how his institution is ditching the college textbook and replacing it with digital alternatives that are …

Education

Best All-In-One Desktop Computers for Every Budget

Though laptops have dominated the computing space for the better part of a decade, for your next computer it's worth considering an all-in-one …

Laptops

The Elephant in the Room With EdTech Data Privacy

<i>This piece was co-written with Guido Kovalskys, CEO and co-founder of</i> <i>Nearpod</i><p>Imagine that it’s the year 2025 and 22-year-old Dede, a recent college graduate, is looking for a job. She believes that she has a strong cover letter and resume for the entry-level positions to which she is applying, but …

Privacy

Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA review: A classy convertible Review

Chromebooks may have started life as a low-cost computing option for students or those wanting an auxiliary laptop to their main Windows (or macOS) …

Laptops

The Holo app is a tease of what's to come with AR on the iPhone

Get ready to fill the digital version of your world with lots of weird stuff<p>The most exciting thing about Apple’s recent announcement of iOS 11 at WWDC, to me, was ARKit. The idea that augmented reality is going to be baked into the mobile operating system means all sorts of weird stuff is on the …

Augmented Reality

YouTube is launching a new format that will let you shoot VR footage in 2-D

You can view it on an ordinary screen or in a VR headset.<p>YouTube is releasing a new video format called VR180 so creators can have an easier time creating video for virtual reality. It’s part of YouTube’s ongoing bid to make itself the leading depository for VR footage.<p>VR footage is typically …

Virtual Reality

Micro:bit Small-board Computer Launches in U.S. & Canada | micro:bit

Micro:bit Small-board Computer Launches in U.S. & Canada to Inspire Next Generation of Students<p><i>The Micro:bit Foundation aims to put the device into</i> …

Raspberry Pi

Design Thinking: A Vital Skill Learning Professionals Need Today

I recently attended a webinar in which the speaker (a learning leader from a very larger organization) was asked the following question, “If you were …

Social media poll finds women want to feel connected, men want to make you jealous

We’re all in a love/hate relationship with social media. For all the obvious benefits, studies are now showing Facebook and Twitter could actually be detrimental to our well-being. Yet we push on. But what motivates us to share our lives with friends and strangers on social media?<p><i>Olapic</i>, a leading …

Relationships

MyTutor raises £3M Series A led by Mobeus to attack UK tutor market

The online tutoring market in the US is well-developed. Varsity Tutors raised $50m; Wiseant $20m; Tutor.com sold to IAC and InstaEdu was recently bought out. So it makes sense that this model would be big in other markets. This is the thinking behind MyTutor, a London-based edtech company that …

Startups

Laptop Buying Tips for Students

Going off to high school or college without a decent laptop is like refusing to use pencil and paper. It instantly puts a ceiling on how much …

Remember Google Glass? It just got its first update in 3 years. Seriously.

If you still have Google Glass lying around somewhere, it's time to dust it off and plug it in: Google just pushed out its first update to the device in two and a half years.<p>The update is honestly barely worthy of the noun—one of the two bullet points in the X23 release notes is the rote "bug fixes …

Google Glass