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

Episode 55 Trends for January 2-17 Consumer Electronics Show, VR, Gaming & Instruction, and ID Strategies and Cognition Research

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We discuss the trends and issues we observed during the weeks of January 2-17, 2016 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We have four trends that we discuss. The first is news from the recent Consumer Electronic Show. The second (and reoccurring) is virtual reality. The big news is Octlus Rift will ship in July of this year. The third was a focus on gaming related to instruction and cognitive development. The fourth trend is a mixture of resources on instructional design strategies and cognition research.

We have four recommended readings for the week.

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, January 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 February 1, 2016

 

Episode 54 Six Trends of 2015 & Trend Predictions for 2016

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Happy New Year! As we move into the start of our third year of our podcast, we begin our first episode of 2016 by discussing the major trends we observed during the 2015 as we flipped resources into our Flipboard magazine (http://bit.ly/trendsandissues). We have five trends that we discuss. These trends are:

  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
  • Educational Technology as Big Business
  • Online Learning: specifically nano-degrees, digital badges, and MOOCs
  • Security Issues in various contexts
  • Net Neutrality
  • New Technology: head’s up displays, tablets, and wearables

We end the episode by gazing into the crystal ball to make predictions for 2016. We predict:

  • Increased applications of virtual reality and augmented reality in educational contexts
  • Discussions about re-imagining and reinventing the US educational system
  • Expanded use of Open Educational Resources
  • Online learning: increased discussion about carefully constructed personalized learning that includes faculty engagement

To cite the Trends & Issues podcast:

Brown, A. & Green, T. (Producers). (2016, January 1). 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 18, 2016

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.