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

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Technology for E-Learning: What You Need

To be a successful e-learning instructor, you need to know your way around technology.Anyone who’s spent any time reading about the e-learning …

Education Technology

Irrational Optimism and the Digital Learning Evangelist

Blog: Technology and Learning<i>Question 1: Are you a digital learning evangelist?</i><i>Question 2: How do we identify digital learning evangelists in the</i> …

Education Technology

For Small, Private Liberal Arts Colleges, What’s the Drive to Go Online?

When financials are steady and a college doesn’t have a desire to expand its reach beyond a physical campus, is online learning necessary—or even …

College & University

Online, on-campus: Using technology to improve student retention

(Getty Images)<p>A paradox of higher education today is that while more and more students are attending college, it’s become more difficult to keep them …

Students

VR and AR: The Ethical Challenges Ahead

Immersive technologies will raise new ethical challenges, from issues of access, privacy, consent, and harassment to future scenarios we are only now …

Virtual Reality

PSA: There’s a new fake Flash Player installer for Macs, and it’s nastier than usual

Macs are not immune to malware, but they are pretty well-protected. By default, macOS won’t allow unrecognized apps to be installed, and it needs the user to agree to override this. Even when they are installed, sandboxing limits the damage that can be done, which is why most Mac malware is …

Operating Systems

Google Rolls Out Gmail Redesign for Web Browsers, Featuring Email Snoozing, Confidential Mode, and More

Google launched its redesigned Gmail web interface today, introducing several new features including some the company trialed in its Inbox for Gmail app. The launch is a phased rollout, so not all users will have immediate access to all the changes listed below, and those who do will need to opt-in …

Google

Students' social media activism provides expanded learning opportunities

Long derided as a distraction, social media is now being used to students' advantage as they organize protests in the wake of events like the …

Learning

Opinion: Open Educational Resources Bring Huge Cost Savings. Here Are 4 More Ways They Benefit Students and Teachers

A year ago, I was thrilled when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an $8 million investment in open educational resources — freely available, …

Education Technology

The State of Innovation in Higher Education: A Survey of Academic Administrators

<b>The State of Innovation in Higher Education: A Survey of Academic Administrators</b> <br>This report explores the drivers and barriers to innovation at U.S. …

Higher Education

Changing Mobile Learning Practices: A Multiyear Study 2012–2016

Student surveys on mobile technology usage highlight a need for better mobile integration in coursework and institutional strategy.<p>Since the first …

Higher Education

Episode 111: Trends for April 7-22 Digital Citizenship, Online Learning, Hardware & Software, and Instructional Design

Image from https://engt.co/2JQYn3R<p>We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks that include April 7-22, 2018 as we flipped resources …

Education Technology

Facebook explains what advertisers know about you

Facebook is still facing heat over its privacy controls in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and it's trying to reassure users that their personal info isn't on the open market. The social network has posted a detailed Q&A explaining just what advertisers know about you -- and …

Selling

Windows warning: Tech-support scammers are ramping up attacks, says Microsoft

Windows 10 security won't protect you from tech-support scammers' lies and trickery.<p><i>Video: Windows Chrome users targeted in tech-support scam that</i> …

Identity Theft

How Technology Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs

<b>How Thoughtful Technology Integration Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs</b><p>by <b>Jackie Gerstein</b><p><i>For specific training and professional development</i> …

Education Technology

The enduring power of print for learning in a digital world

Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and …

Education Technology

UK calls on social media firms to better protect children

LONDON (AP) — Britain's health secretary says the government will introduce new laws targeting online social media companies if they don't do more to protect children.<p>In a strongly-worded letter to Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Twitter and others, Jeremy Hunt said their failure to prevent young …

Social Media

Apple is now replacing batteries for cheaper MacBook Pro laptops

Certain MacBook Pro laptops without the Touch Bar are eligible.<p>Apple is replacing batteries on a number of MacBook Pro laptops.<p>As first spotted by MacRumors, Apple said on Friday that certain 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops without the Touch Bar, made between October 2016 and 2017, have a component …

MacBook Pro

How Net Neutrality Impacts eLearning: Trouble on the Horizon?

<b>874</b> <b>3</b><p><i>A protester at a 2016 rally in support of net neutrality. Source: Arbeitskreis Vorratsdaten, Flickr.</i><p>The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) …

Net Neutrality

New Virginia Law Mandates Creation of OER Guidelines

A new Virginia law mandates creation of guidelines for open educational resources at colleges and universities. H.B. 454 requires the governing …

Education Technology

Intel won't make wearables anymore, but its mobile chips aren't going anywhere

Earlier this week, <i>The Information</i> reported that Intel will be shutting down its New Devices Group, the branch responsible for developing wearable …

Wearable Tech

Orchid Labs is in the process of raising $125 million for its surveillance-free layer atop the internet

Orchid Labs, a San Francisco-based startup that’s developing a a surveillance-free layer on top of the internet, has raised a bunch of funding, according to a newly processed SEC filing that shows the year-old startup has closed on $36.1 million. The money comes just five months after Orchid closed …

Angela Duckworth Says Grit Is Not Enough. She’s Building Tools to Boost Student Character.

Angela Duckworth’s research on encouraging “grit” in students has been hailed as groundbreaking, popularized in bestselling books and TED talks. It …

Teaching

Institute for Data, Systems, and Society to launch new MicroMasters and PhD programs

The MIT Statistics and Data Science Center (SDSC), a part of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), announced two new academic programs …

Data Science

Blockchain and VR lead a new conversation in tech

We live in a world today where the pace and scale of change is faster than ever before. And it is totally unlike anything we have ever known. Not only in the world around us rapidly shifting to a truly digital economy, but one that will become economically borderless. Existing technology plays a …

Virtual Reality

Distance teaching and learning conference finds new ways to engage students

Digital culture has profoundly changed the way students process information. The rise of social media, virtual reality, crowdsourcing, and other …

Education Technology

The 14 most popular programming languages, according to a study of 100,000 developers

It's a good time to learn how to code.<p>The job market is growing and demand for software engineers is increasing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But before you can land a programming job, you need to learn at least one major programming language.<p>Fortunately, Stack Overflow — the go-to …

Programming Languages

What Adult Learners Really Need (Hint: It's Not Just Job Skills)

More than 2 out of 3 college students today are not coming straight out of high school. Half are financially independent from their parents, and 1 in 4 are parents themselves.<p>David Scobey says that, as an American studies and history professor at the University of Michigan for decades, he was …

Education

3 Benefits of Online Programs at Community Colleges

Since the humble beginnings of American community colleges in 1901, these institutions have typically focused on meeting the academic, professional …

College & University