Trends in Ed, 1.28.10

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 5:45pm.
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Online College Ed: Hot Hot Hot

Since 2007, the number of students taking online courses has grown 17% (according to the Sloan Survey of Online Learning as reported by Yahoo). Perhaps the Swine Flu can be attributed to some of the growth glory: Many schools (two-thirds of those surveyed) have a contingency plan set up that they threw into action in the case of an outbreak.

Of particular interest to us at the lab is the finding that faculty acceptance of online ed has remained the same as it was 2002. From the article: “Fewer than one third of chief academic officers--meaning provosts, deans, and the like--believe their faculty accepts the value and legitimacy of online education, the report says.” Yikes. Me thinks they should ease into the spirit by creating hybrid courses, which mix traditional and online learning; for example, alternating between in class sessions one week and online classes the next. Here’s the argument for that: “A new analysis of existing online-learning research by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) reveals that students who took all or part of their class on line performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction (source).”


Admissions steps it up

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 11:30am.
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Drama! Catchy music! It makes me want to go to Yale!


...Or at least wish I had gone to Yale so I could have been in the video :)

The Yale admissions office took a risk with this wacky marketing move... and I liked it! Were it not 16 minutes long, I would probably watch it again. The video is in no doubt a response to a decrease in applications for the class of 2014. So, in a rallying effort to inspire potential cash co— uh, students—to send in their applications, this little gem was born.

Why am I posting a Yale vid on a Columbia blog? Well, because I think both schools, while undoubtedly held in high esteem, are also notorious. I applaud their willingness to harness the power of social media to spread their message. Is it all hype? It could be! But I don't see other schools {ahem} trying to invigorate its past-and-present patrons with risky maneuvers of their own!


Trends in Ed, 1.14.10

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 4:44pm.
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Years in the Making

Microsoft has announced that it is sponsoring The Innovative Teaching and Learning Project, led by the nonprofit SRI International in coalition with Finland, Indonesia, Russia and Senegal. Microsoft will contribute $1 million annually to the multi-year project, the goal of which “is to assess teachers’ adoption of innovative classroom teaching practices and the degree to which those practices provide students with personalized learning experiences.” Methodologies, data, and reports will be public and free to everyone (score!) starting this summer and continuing every year after.

This study goes beyond what we've been seeing in terms of teacher tech use because of its longitudinal focus on teaching, tech, AND personal learning. I look forward to seeing the first results in a few months!


Trends in Ed, 1.7.09

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 6:01pm.
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How can you be a better student this year?

(Click for article link)

Apparently you just need to get more use out of your computer.

I consider myself relatively tech savvy but even I have never even thought about (or desired to) using some of the apps and tools suggested in the article. Call it antiquated, but my sloppy pen-and-paper notes were the most useful ones. Still, it’s interesting to see how enthusiastically the author pushes students to adopt these modern conveniences.

Thanks to


A Year in Trends

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 5:31pm.
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Trends in Ed has survived its Freshman year! We’ve brought you a slew of new tools, services, products, and ideas that have made a splash in the education sector. In this special installment you will find Trends’ 10 hottest topics of 2009 and speculations of their impact in the coming year.


Trends in Ed, 12.17.09

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Thu, 12/17/2009 - 6:26pm.
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Rundown of the countdowns

The end of the year always compels people to make predictions about the coming year. Big thinkers, the practically-minded… they all have their ideas of what will happen. With that, I give you 3 of the 2010 trend lists that I found particularly intriguing...

5 K-12 Technology Trends for 2010
from THE Journal
1. eBooks Will Continue to Proliferate
2. Netbook Functionality Will Grow
3. More Teachers Will Use Interactive Whiteboards
4. Personal Devices Will Infiltrate the Classroom
5. Technology Will Enable Tailored Curricula

Wow, this is heavy on the tech side! What happens, though, to the schools who can’t keep up with any/all of these trends? And the divide widens… though, I do agree with the increased use of Netbooks.

5 Higher Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2010


Trends in Ed, 12.10.09

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Thu, 12/10/2009 - 12:12pm.
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Out of touch with tech

What is the current and future role of technology in higher ed? CDW-G has tackled this question in its latest study, “The 2009 21ST century campus report: Defining the vision.”

Over 1000 students, faculty, and IT staff members reported on their engagement with technology on campus and with educational materials. Some interesting findings:


  • Students, faculty and IT staff agree that the 21st-century campus is defined by access – wireless access, resource access and access to each other
  • Students increasingly associate educational value with campus technology; 81% use technology every day to prepare for class, up from 63% in 2008

    For the philosophers... (and the philosophically minded)

    Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Thu, 12/10/2009 - 10:38am.
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    The PhilPapers Survey asked 3226 philosophy faculty, grad students and others their views on certain philosophical issues. One feature I thought is cool about the survey is that you can sort the results by respondent (i.e. faculty, student, those without a philosophy affiliation...) and AOS, which I am assuming stands for area of study. The researchers had set out to explore the distribution of views within the field, which is why the sorting capability is so flexible.

    I found myself holding the minority opinion a lot of the time (ESPECIALLY on the zombie question. Don't even get me started). How do your views compare?



    Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Fri, 12/04/2009 - 2:39pm.
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    It was bound to happen: XXX apps. While Apple’s app store remains (and will likely stay) clean of this genre, other smartphones, like the Android, are open to third party developers…which means these users could be in for some adult entertainment. Mikandi (nope...not gonna link to it), an app store with hardcore content for smartphones, is there to supply the demand. Mikandi launched just last week and has already had over 70,000 downloads. Recession proof, indeed.

    Source: amNewYork


    Trends in Ed, 12.3.09

    Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 6:51pm.
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    Bionic Schmionic

    “Intel researchers in Pittsburgh told journalists today that brain implants are harnessing human brain waves to surf the Internet, manipulate documents, and much more.”

    From ReadWriteWeb


    Leave it to Intel. Though, I have yet to see an “Our computer-controlling brain chips aren’t like your computer-controlling brain chips” commercial. The technology isn’t exactly new, but the fact that it’s garnering more mainstream attention is. Could Captain America and his comic book brethren have been justified in their exuberant extolment of transhumanism?

    Take some excitement, mix in a little incredulity, and sprinkle in some anxiety and that’s how I feel about the whole thing.

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