April 27, 2017 § Leave a Comment
We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of April 13-26 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We discuss three trends that we observed. The trends were online learning, augmented reality and virtual reality, and open educational resources. There were a variety of resources that focused on strategies and tools for effective online learning and resources discussing research in online learning. The second trend, augmented reality and virtual reality, included resources that were on similar topics from the previous episode: a focus was on educational uses of these tools. There were also a number of new hardware for virtual reality with the announcements of 306 degree cameras. The third trend was Open Educational Resources (OER). We observed the beginnings of debates on OER.
Our recommended readings:
- 3 reasons why my wife dislikes online learning By Joshua Kim
- Snapchat Explores the Power of Your Phone’s Rear-facing Camera by Kerry Flynn
- Publishers and Open-Resource Advocate Square off on the Future of Course Content by Goldie Blumenstyk
- The Rise of Educational Technology as a Sociocultural and Ideological Phenomenon by Geroge Veletsianos and Rolin Moe
The next episode will air on May 15.
April 15, 2017 § 1 Comment
We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of March 30-April 13 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We discuss two major trends that we observed along with three emerging trends. The two major trends were hold-overs from our previous sessions: online learning and augmented reality and virtual reality. There were a variety of resources that focused on strategies and tools for effective online learning. The second trend, augmented reality and virtual reality, saw a shift in focus. The focus was on educational uses of these tools. In past episodes, we observed resources on these trends focusing on the hardware needed for AR and VR. The three emerging trends were Open Educational Resources (OER), security issues, and learning hacks (i.e., how to improve one’s learning).
Speaking of augmented reality, Tim was recently interview on a podcast where he discussed augmented reality. You can listen to this episode at http://www.coolcatteacher.com/aurasma-augmented-reality-classroom/
Shameless promotion about to occur: We have a book on OER coming out in July 2017 from Routledge. The book’s focus is on the production of open educational resources. You can view the TOC on Routledge’s site.
Our recommended readings:
- The Five Stages of Digital Readiness for Adult Online Students by Laura Ascione
- 8 of the Best Web Tools for Taking Students on Virtual Field Trips by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
- Million-dollar Teachers: Cashing in by Selling their Lessons by Carolyn Thompson
The next episode will air on April 27.