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

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Reddit sees red over proposed net neutrality changes

The "front page of the internet" has lit up in red, with sub-reddits devoted to everything from books to NASCAR all protesting net neutrality.<p>The FCC's chief has dubbed it a "failed" attempt at "micromanaging the internet." Digital civil liberties activists call it a principle that must be …

Net Neutrality

Lightform raises $5M to turn old projectors into augmented reality machines

In Blade Runner 2049, one of the more interesting stylistic choices was how the film imagined futuristic augmented reality. While the Microsofts and Googles of our real dystopian world are currently approaching AR tech with headsets and smart glasses, Blade Runner 2049 relied entirely on external …

Augmented Reality

Video game makers' 'predatory behavior' in lawmaker's sights

Hawaiian representative likens Star Wars Battlefront II to an "online casino" for kids.<p>A Hawaiian lawmaker plans to take steps to combat the "predatory behavior" of video game publishers, with a particular focus on the so-called loot boxes initially included in Electronic Arts' Star Wars …

Gaming

The end is near for Obama-era net neutrality rules

Net neutrality has long been in the crosshairs of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, and on Tuesday, the Republican announced a plan to put an end to what he called the federal government's "micromanaging" of the internet.<p>The Obama-era rules, which passed in 2015, will likely be …

Internet

If a Textbook Falls in the Forest...

Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanI haven’t seen anybody else write on this, exactly, but I’ve seen it repeatedly on my own campus. This …

Education

FCC chairman proposes repeal of net neutrality regulations

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday proposed repealing tough net neutrality rules for online traffic, following through on a promise earlier this year to roll back the controversial Obama-era regulations.<p>Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Trump, opposed the …

Internet

Tech billionaires sank $170 million into a new kind of school — now classrooms are shrinking and some parents say their kids are 'guinea pigs'

• <b>A new kind of school crafted by the minds and wallets of Silicon Valley influencers is struggling to keep parents happy and students in seats.</b>• <b><br>AltSchool shuttered more than half of the schools it's opened since 2013.</b>• <b><br>Parents of former and current students at AltSchool told Business Insider the</b> …

21st Century

Campuses See Value of Digital Learning, but Lack a Plan

Research<p>In a recent survey, most chief academic officers (CAOs) at 359 two- and four-year institutions (86 percent) agreed that digital content and …

Education

6 reasons why course visuals are a must for today’s college students

In education, visual communication is especially important, as 90 percent of all information transmitted to the brain is visual. Using technology to …

Education

Colleges urged to bolster creative side of students' digital literacy

(Getty Images)<p>Tools for digital learning have become almost ubiquitous in schools and colleges today. A new study, however, suggests that higher …

Education

Multiplayer video games: Link between skill and intelligence

Multiplayer video games: Researchers discover link between skill and intelligence<p>Posted on 15 November 2017<p>Researchers at the University of York have …

Online learning can prepare students for a fast-changing future – wherever they are

Take a moment to think back to the first classroom you ever entered, whether it was at school, or nursery, chances are there was a blackboard, with …

Education

How Online Instructors Can Avoid ‘Burnout’

Rebecca Stout remembers the time she got a call from Saudi Arabia at midnight from one of her online students looking for help on an assignment. It …

Education

When You Learn, Your Brain Swells with New Cells — Then It Kills Them

Every time you learn a skill, new cells burst to life in your brain. Then, one after another, those cells die off as your brain figures out which …

The Brain

Brazil's Delete Institute is a rehab for internet addicts

Internet addicts in Latin America can get a “detox” treatment at Instituto Delete in Brazil, a center focused on treating cellular and internet addictions.<p>For many of us, our cell phone is an extension of our hand. Whether that’s healthy or not remains in how that affects our lives — but for many …

Addiction

If 280 characters won't do, Twitter will help you tweetstorm

The social network is testing a tweetstorm function in its iOS and Android app. Make it rain!<p>The virtual forecast calls for storms. Tweetstorms.<p>Twitter said Thursday that it's testing a function that'll let users fire off a series of linked messages, commonly known as a tweetstorm, in a single …

Android Apps

Could GroupMe lead to cheating guilt by association?

News dropped this month that Ohio State University charged scores of students with cheating in a business course taken in the spring, saying that 83 …

Education

The FCC's Plan to End Net Neutrality Is Coming Next Week

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 net neutrality order …

Net Neutrality

Quiz apps are the latest mobile craze

Once known as "Facebook's youngest employee," 21-year-old Michael Sayman, who recently joined rival Google, yesterday released a new mobile trivia …

Mobile

Facebook, Google, Twitter to fight fake news with 'trust indicators'

The biggest online platforms have unveiled their latest attempt to fight fake news.<p>Facebook (FB, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30) and Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) said Thursday they have committed to using new "trust indicators" to help users better vet the reliability of the publications and journalists …

Google News

Updating Education for the Evolving Job Market: Learning at the Pace of Life and Work

A technology-stimulated, connected, and accelerated marketplace is generating different roles and additional skills requirements for us as workers. The traditional model of completing our lifelong education needs <i>before</i> we enter the workforce is now obsolete. On-the-job experience must now be …

Learning

Brainwave Headsets Are Making Their Way Into Classrooms—For Meditation and Discipline

At first glance, the brochure for the Muse headset might look more like a religious leaflet than a technology instruction guide. There’s an image of …

Education

What life will be like when the computers disappear

What happens when the computers around you all but disappear?<p>Tiny sensors built into walls, household products, what you're wearing, and perhaps your own body will make computers invisible to the eye, but responsive to a gesture, voice, and perhaps your movement as you walk into a room.<p>It is still …

Stephen Hawking

The Toolbox Just Got Bigger: Considering Mobile Coaching Platforms

I love to see how the talent development industry is evolving to bring us new ways to reach learners and extend or reach beyond the classroom by …

Mobile

25 innovators and innovations that changed education over the last 25 years

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), in partnership with EdScoop, today revealed the contents of a virtual EdTech Time Capsule, the …

Education

VR Gives Student-Teachers a Taste of the Classroom

By Wendy McMahonA University at Buffalo virtual reality training program lets educators deepen their pre-service experiences.

Education

Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

A study published Tuesday in the journal <i>Clinical Psychological Science</i> finds that increased time spent with popular electronic devices — whether a computer, cell phone or tablet — might have contributed to an uptick in symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts over the last several years among …

Teens

Practical Instructional Design Basics - E-Learning Heroes

Instructional design is the practice of designing learning content and experiences that make it easy for learners to build new skills and absorb new …

Learning

New Research Answers Whether Technology Is Good Or Bad For Learning

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it.<p>In the most recent issue of Education Next, for example, Susan Payne Carter, Kyle Greenberg, and Michael S. Walker write about their research finding that allowing any computer usage in the classroom …

Education