Episode 53 Trends for December 8-20 VR, Online Learning, Security Issues & Software Data Breaches, and Chromebooks

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of December 8-20 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We have four trends that we discuss. VR/AR was again a trend we observed–one that has been a trend for most of 2015. The second trend was online learning. There were a plethora of resources we flipped on various aspects of online learning: philosophical view points, best practices tied to research, and online learning as big business.The third trend we discuss is security issues ranging from the banning of watches during tests at a University to data-encryption issues with older cellphones. The fourth trend we discussed was Chromebooks in the classroom.

We have four recommended readings for the week.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2015, December 23). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be January 1, 2016

 

Episode 52 Trends for November 24 – December 6 VR, Online Courses, & Security and Net Neutrality

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of November 24 – December 6 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We have three trends that we discuss. Once again, VR was a trend. There were a number of resources about uses of VR tools such as Google Cardboard and Expedition along with Samsung Gear and Sony’s PlayStation VR. The second trend are a variety of resources about online courses.  The last trend we discuss is security and net neutrality. There were also two news-worthy items we passed along that are not trends: 1) the demise of Flash; actually, flash moving away from being an interactive development tool back to being an animation development tool; and 2) it is time again for the Hour of Code.

We have three recommended readings for the week.

We also recommended the video interview with Dr. Kursat Cagiltay about smart toys. This can be found at http://theedtechdoctor.com/ (episode 39).

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2015, December 7). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be December 21, 2015.