Episode 65 Trends for June 10-28 VR & AR Distinctions, OER, Online Teaching & Learning, & the ISTE Conference

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of June 10-28 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We discuss three trends. The first is a continuing one virtual reality and augmented reality. An interesting element of the resources we flipped had to do with a distinction being made between VR and AR. The second trend was OER. There were several companies (e.g., Amazon, Google) coming out with OER resources for education. The third trend was online learning. There were a variety of resources we posted dealing with engaging students in online learning and the structure of online learning experiences.

We have four recommended readings.

Our next episode will air July 11.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, June 28). Trends and issues in instructional design, educational technology, and learning sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

 

Episode 64 Trends for Weeks of May 27-June 9 More VR/AR, Online Learning, and the Role of the Instructional Designer

We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of May 27-June 9  as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We discuss three trends. The first is virtual reality and augmented reality. We once again observed resources focusing on applications of VR. There were also resources discussing updates to hardware. Finally, Microsoft indicate that its Hololens was months away from being released. The second trend was online learning. There were a variety of resources we posted ranging from those focusing on MOOCs, to helping students get ready for online learning, and to course design.  The third trend was a minor trend with only two articles: the role of the instructional designer.

We have three recommended readings.

Our next episode will air June 28.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, June 10). Trends and issues in instructional design, educational technology, and learning sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Episode 63 Trends for May 6-26 AR Use Rising, Cheating, and Debate over Classroom Technology Integration

We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of May 6-26  as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We discuss three trends. The first is virtual reality and augmented reality. We observed resources focusing on corporate applications of VR. There were also several critiques of VR devices. Finally, we observed a continued call for more VR content. The second trend was cheating–specifically using networked technologies.  The third trend was the debate over classroom technology integration. We observed a number of articles discussing when and how technology should be used in the classroom.

We have four recommended readings.

Our next episode will air June 10.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, May 27). Trends and issues in instructional design, educational technology, and learning sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Episode 62 Trends for April 18-May 5 VR, Privacy & Security, Humanizing Online Learning, and Social Media Use in Academic Settings

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of April 18-May 5  as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We discuss four trends. The first is virtual reality. We observed resources discussing 360 degree cameras hitting the market. There were a number of examples of VR use particularly in business and industry. The second trend was privacy and security. The most significant event was the an email privacy act being passed in the United States. Trend three dealt with online instructional design  resources and issues. One major focus was on the humanization of learning experience in online courses. The final trend was the uses (good and bad) of social media in academic settings.

We have four recommended readings.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, May 6). Trends and issues in instructional design, educational technology, and learning sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be May 27, 2016

 

Episode 61 Trends for March 24-April 17 Online Learning, VR, Social Media in Higher Ed, & Educational Data

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of March 25-April 17 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We discuss two major trends and two minor trends. We also provide a report from the American Educational Research Association Conference held in Washington DC in early April. The two major trends we discuss are: online learning and VR. Online learning resources focused on a number of issues dealing with online learning in higher education. Resources on AR focused primarily on applications of VR in the classroom and the relevance of VR in instruction. The two minor trends were social media use in higher education and educational data and its uses.

We have four recommended readings.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, April 18). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be May 2, 2016

Episode 60 Trends for March 14-27 VR, Online Learning, Neuroscience & Cognitive Theory

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of March 14-24 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We have five trends that we discuss. Virtual Reality remains a trend. The Oculus Rift has finally shipped. Microsoft’s Holo Lens was in the news as well with different applications being developed. Online Learning was a trend with a variety of resources discussing supporting online learners, political issues with online learning, and research about online learning. The other three trends were news from SXSWedu, neuroscience and cognition, and Apple product announcements.

We have four recommended readings.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, March 28). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be April 18, 2016

 

Episode 59 Trends for February 29-March 13 The Language of VR, OER, and Digital Literacy

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of February 29-March 13 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We have four trends that we discuss: two major trends and two emerging trends. Virtual Reality continues to be a trend. The focus for the past two weeks with VR has been on the language of design of VR experiences. The second trend was online learning. A focus was on LMS issues and discussions of major university systems use of specific LMSs. The two emerging trends were OER and digital literacy. OER continues to make the news with educational institutions determining what role OER will take. The focus on digital literacy is on the need for students to know how to use technology and how to use it appropriately.

We have four recommended readings.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, March 14). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be March 28, 2016

Episode 58 Trends for February 16-28 VR, Software Updates, Online Education, and OER

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of February 16-18, 2016 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We have three trends that we discuss. The first is, again, continued news virtual reality. Virtual reality continues to be a topic that is being discussed. The recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona helped fuel discussions about VR. The second trend was software updates. A number of popular software that are used in educational technology and instructional design saw recent updates. Google Translate, Skype, Twitter, and YouTube added new functionalities, for example. The third was online learning. A number of articles discussed the good and bad of online courses and programs. Finally, Open Educational Resources was the fourth trend we observed. Spurred on by the US Department of Education’s push for OER, we observed a spike in the discussion and coverage of open educational resources.

We have four recommended readings.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, February 29). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be March 14, 2016

 

Episode 57 February 1-15 More VR, 2016 Ed Tech Predictions, 2015 Ed Tech in Review, and Online Learning

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of February 1-15, 2016 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We have three trends that we discuss. The first is, again, continued news virtual reality. The primary focus was the push for content for virtual reality devices. There was also resources focusing on the expansion of the VR market, hardware critiques, and the increase of the consumer base for VR. The second trend was predictions for educational technology in 2016 and review of educational technology in 2015. Two major reports were made public: The Horizon Report for Higher Education and the Babson Study of distance education and online learning. The third was online learning. We observed microcredentialing, MOOCs, institutional support strategies, and the new digital divide being discussed in relationship to online learning.

We have five recommended readings for the week.

One final reminder: There is still time to vote in the AECT election if you are a member. Elections are open until February 27 at http://www.aect.org/election/  Abbie Brown for President Elect.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, February 16). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be February 29, 2016

 

Episode 56 Trends for January 18-30 Need for VR Content, For Profit Online Education, Social Media in Higher Education, and MinecraftEdu

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of January 18-30, 2016 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We have four trends that we discuss. The first is continued news virtual reality. The primary focus was been on the push for content for virtual reality devices. The second trend was online education. Specifically, we observed a focus on the for profit sector from an international perspective–China and India, in particular. The third was a focus on social media use concerns, and recommendations about best practices for use in higher education. The fourth trend was Minecraft in education. Microsoft reported that it would devote more resources to bolstering MinecraftEdu.

We have four recommended readings for the week.

If you are an AECT member, don’t forget to vote in the membership election. Elections are open until February 27 at http://www.aect.org/election/  Abbie Brown for President Elect.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, January 31). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://trendsandissues.com/

Our next podcast episode will be February 16, 2016