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push-button education

Harold Jarche

Push-button education : Chicago Tribune 1958, via @WillRich45. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Any idiot can impose and exercise control.

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Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Kerr in this recent post , about how research in educational technology could be improved, but I have disagreements around the edges, enough that I think more discussion is warranted. Also, while Kerr is more focused on artificial intelligence in education (AIEd) research, I will address my remarks to learning technology more generally. So I agree that educational research should be much better informed about work outside the field.

Jobs, Skills and Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year the communications firm Burson-Marsteller along with research firm PSB interviewed 1,500 Americans from all walks of life to shed light on their feelings about the current state of the economy and their expectations for the future. “Americans are concerned about the present, but optimistic about the future,” was the survey ’s overriding finding. “ However, opinions about the economy and the future are somewhat driven by education level.”.

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A solid education platform

Clark Quinn

In the past couple of days, I’ve come across two different initiatives to improve education. And certainly our education system can stand improvement. Over a number of engagements I’ve developed the basis of what I think is a necessary foundation for a viable education platform. I suggest that with such an approach, and the right curriculum , you’re providing a full suite of what education should be about.

Disrupting Education

Clark Quinn

The following was prompted by a discussion on how education has the potential to be disrupted. Some thoughts I lobbed in another forum (lightly edited): Mark Warschauer, in his great book Learning in the Cloud (which has nothing to do with ‘the cloud’), pointed out that there are only 3 things wrong with public education: the curricula, the pedagogy, and the way they use tech; other than that they’re fine.

education does not destroy creativity

Harold Jarche

Or rather, we get educated out of it.” Education does not destroy creativity. There is a certain irony that the most popular TED Talk — Do schools kill creativity? — is seriously questioned in a TEDx talk over a decade later. Ken Robinson’s talk on creativity has had over 55 million views. Basically he says that our schools suck the creativity out of children. “Picasso once said this, he said that all children are born artists.

The Educational T

Dan Pontefract

Education, and specifically the art of designing, developing and delivering it, is far too often interpreted as an exercise in content depth. To shift to the ‘connected learning’ model, where learning is part formal, informal and social, education purists might assist the overall evolution of the industry (from antiquated to purposeful) by employing the use of The Educational T. Customer Education departments are stuck in the Cenozoic era.

The Hierarchy of Education

Dan Pontefract

We are conditioned at a very young age, through the kindergarten-to-higher-education continuum, to believe that it is our individual accomplishments that allow us the chance to achieve great things in life. If we’re trained as children and teenagers to believe that it is the school system of master and apprentice that breeds success, is there any hope for a more collaborative work experience after high school or higher education? book education flat army learning hierarchy

The Long-Term Future of Work and Education: Three Potential Scenarios

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Experts differ widely in their predictions about how technological innovation will change the labor market, but they all see a need for changes in education,” write British professors Ewart Keep and Phillip Brown in a recently published article, Rethinking the Race Between Education and Technology. While experts don’t generally agree on much, they’re pretty much of one mind when it comes to the growing importance of skills and education in our 21st century digital economy.

Jobs, Skills and Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year the communications firm Burson-Marsteller along with research firm PSB interviewed 1,500 Americans from all walks of life to shed light on their feelings about the current state of the economy and their expectations for the future. “Americans are concerned about the present, but optimistic about the future,” was the survey ’s overriding finding. “ However, opinions about the economy and the future are somewhat driven by education level.”.

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On education

Dave Snowden

Short term functionalism, and its impact on our capacity to operate as a knowledge economy are to my mind one of the main issues in modern education. It is not that we should not have vocational education and commercial focus, the opposite in fact. But such a focus must not be the be all and end all of education.

Education Revolution Coming

Nine Shift

Between now and 2030 you will see a revolution in education. . Public support, and tax money, will return to both K-12 schools and higher education. College education will be recognized as the most important thing for economic prosperity, both for an individual and for communities and society. These are very tough times for education, even as the importance of education is paramount.

New Project: Digitizing Higher Education

George Siemens

In fall, I’ll be running a course on edX with a few colleagues on Digitizing Higher Education. Here’s the pitch: Higher education faces tremendous change pressure and the resulting structures that are now being formed will alter the role of universities in society for the next several generations. to actively research systemic transformation in higher education. Catherine Ngugi (Open Education Africa).

Education, Work and US Leadership in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I’ll focus my discussions on two in particular: Technology and Work; and Education, Training, and the Labor Market. While many new jobs will be created, the higher-paying ones will require greater levels of education and training. Education, Training and the Labor Market. More Americans will need to complete postsecondary education. The US responded by expanding public high school education and state universities.

Occupy Education

Jay Cross

We used the hand signals of the Occupy movement as our public backchannel as we focused on reforming education. After sorting through the current landscape of education and barriers to progress, we brought up examples of people, sites, and projects that are getting it right. No one in the room was a professional educator.

Future of Education 2020 Summit

Jay Cross

At a Stanford education conference this morning, speakers made presentation after presentation without once involving the audience, not even asking for questions. I didn’t mention my suspicion that STEM dumbs down education. Consider the role of STEM education in someone’s career arc. People have been touting big data as the ultimate quality control and planning tool in education. Correlating education with what happens after graduation?

making your education

Harold Jarche

As the authors , Goldin & Kutarna, say, “Don’t just get an education. When I first encountered the web I was certain it would change the world. Today there is little doubt that networked society is developing into a very different world than the pre-internet days. My personal knowledge mastery (PKM) framework developed out of a need to master the exponentially growing information flows and personal connections enabled by digital networks.

White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education , to help prepare for the conversation. Higher education generally has no clue about what’s brewing in the marketplace as a whole. The change pressures that exist now are not ones that the existing higher education model can ignore. This gets at the heart of a challenge in higher education.

Innovation in Higher Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A glance at the latest US employment figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals sharp differences in unemployment rates by educational attainment : college degree or higher: 4.3%; associate degree or some college: 8.2%; high school graduates, no college: 9.6%; and no high school diploma: 14.3%. Just about every such study points to a similar trend : for the foreseeable future, the US economy will need better educated workers with specific skill requirements.

The Growing Value of a Dual-Track Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I read a very interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education , - Why Colleges Need to Embrace the Apprenticeship. The article raised a number of important questions on the future of college education, in particular, the value of an education that combines formal schooling with real-world practical experience, often referred to as a dual-track educational system. How could a dual-track education apply to the liberal arts?

Bizarre Continuing Education Story

Nine Shift

In my 40 years in the field, I have not seen as bizarre a continuing education story as this one. A for-profit online course provider named Cengage is offering the same online courses through two different nonprofit systems: 1.Continuing education departments in colleges, universities and schools, which charge fees of around $100 per class. The courses offered through continuing education programs Cengage calls "Ed2Go."

VR and Education

David Weinberger

The MindCET blog has posted a post of mine about why VR seems so attractive to educational technology folks. Here’s the beginning: By now we’re accustomed to the idea that the Internet enables us to spread education out across large physical distances. But just as spreading Nutella means thinning it, so does spreading education seem to require making the connections less substantial and real.

Future of Higher Education

George Siemens

On Monday, Oct 8, we kick of the Current State/Future of Higher Education open online course. This course will run for six weeks, covering these topics. We’re using Desire2Learn as a platform, in addition to the gRSSHopper software (developed by Stephen Downes and used in our open courses since 2008). If you want to join, registration is open: [link

Education and Training

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We're reorganizing again and I was recently asked about my education and training.

How to be a world-class educational technologist

Clark Quinn

On LinkedIn, I was asked: “I would like to ask sir, how can I be a world-class educational technologist?” I think aiming to be a world-class educational technologist is a noble goal. The post How to be a world-class educational technologist appeared first on Learnlets. ” And I thought that was a very interesting question. (Of Of course, my immediate response should be “how should I know? ;) But I thought I’d do a bit better.

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Is a College Education Still Worth It?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He cites a recent article by MIT economist David Autor which points out that a college-educated worker can expect an additional lifetime earning of over $500,000 compared to one whose highest degree is a high school diploma. Experts and journalists questioning the value of a college education are most likely obsessing to get their toddlers into an elite nursery school , so they are on-track for the right schools over the ensuing 20 years. .

The True Value of a Good Education: Adaptability to a Changing Environment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Beyond STEM, 10% of 2017 PhDs were in the Humanities and Arts, 9% in Education, and 5% in various other disciplines. Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows the value of a PhD education. It typically takes 7 to 9 years to get a PhD, - often longer in the humanities and education. In 1986 US federal laws prohibited mandatory age retirements in higher education, so t enured professors have been staying in their jobs for a longer number of years.

Openness in Education

George Siemens

I’m involved in several, including Current State/Future of Education (non-credit). I’m also teaching an open online course with Rory McGreal on Openness in Education (if interested, register here ). It’s a busy fall with open online courses. See the course schedule for more information on topics. We’re still getting content on the site posted, including finding ways to steal ds106′s daily create (we’re going for weekly

2014 Education + Sydney ALERT

Dave Snowden

A core part of Cognitive Edge's mission/business is education and our courses have developed over the years in a messily coherent way. Michael wrote a long post on locations and times recently and that gives you all the links to the booking forms, although you can go to the education page on the web site. I nearly a decade of existence we have built a software and education business on the back of revenue without VC investment.

Doctor of Education: Athabasca University

George Siemens

Athabasca University has the benefit of offering one of the first doctor of education programs, fully online, in North America. The program is cohort-based and accepts 12 students annually. I’ve been teaching in the doctorate program for several years (Advanced Research Methods as well as, occasionally, Teaching & Learning in DE) and supervise 8 (?!) doctoral students currently. Applications for the fall 2017 start are now being accepted with a January 15, 2017 deadline.

Keep democracy in education

Harold Jarche

I liken our dominant educational structure as the offspring of a shotgun wedding between industrialists who needed literate workers to operate their machinery, and progressives who wanted to lift up the common person from poverty and drudgery. The union was never able to clearly identify the guiding principle of education. One book that has influenced many of my opinions on public education is Kieran Egan’s, The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape our Understanding.

One Way For-Profit Education Providers Undermine Public Education

Nine Shift

I had predicted for years that for-profit education providers, who once (e.g. Christopher Whittle) tried to take over K-12 elementary schools, and who still garner huge tax payer monies in higher education (e.g. University of Phoenix), would pursue profit over the best interests of our 1,000 continuing education programs, members of LERN, in nonprofit schools and colleges. The story I researched this last week for LERN and our 5,000 members was almost unbelievable. .

Management Education

Dave Snowden

Rant over, the main subject was the role and purpose of management education. We need to give people a broad education in ideas and how to find more - that means teaching anthropology, philosophy and other humanities to increase the diversity of material that the managers will have in their future lives. Sunday was Henry Mintzburg day at the AoM with two sessions involving the master. The AoM organising committee really deserve a slating for the location of the sessions.

Udacity & Coursera. Is It Really Education Reform?

Dan Pontefract

Due to, in part, seeing “ the true power of education ” Thrun is launching Udac­i­ty. Udacity is a free (open) online learn­ing plat­form that will provide education to any­one that wants it. Thrun is making headlines (some say again) in the higher education space (education reform perhaps?). May I introduce you to Coursera where two more Stanford professors (Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng) are offering Udacity-like education.

Experience, Exposure, Education

Harold Jarche

10%: Education. 70%: Experience. 20%: Exposure. The 70:20:10 Framework Explained is a holistic framework, a “reference model”, and not a recipe. “A reference model is an abstract framework consisting of an interlinking set of clearly defined concepts produced by an expert or body of experts in order to encourage clear communication.” ” – p.17.

Learning Analytics: Higher Education

George Siemens

Educational datamining and learning analytics are getting substantial attention in education. It reviews some analytics trends broadly, implications for education, a research project on developing an open learning analytics platform, and finally, what analytics have to do with connectivism. Learning Analytics: Higher Education With learning analytics in particular, the term has come to mean anything and everything that involves data in learning.

Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These systems were modeled on distance education resources such as programmed texts and course workbooks. Open Education Resources Alongside the development of educational technologies is an equally important movement to support open educational resources. Though not the equivalent of a full MIT education, these resources were visited by millions of people around the world over the last 12 years.

Personalizing 21st Century Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Notes from: Personalizing 21st Century Education: A Framework for Student Success Dan Domenech, Morton Sherman, John L. Brown Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Brand.

Economists and Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It will be interesting to see if the idea of ''Open Education'' becomes linked to the idea of ''Free Trade'' ". Or even the idea that ''education'' is a commodity that ought to be produced and protected and bought and sold as though it were property? Indeed, instead of asking how economists should consider campus course import and export policies, wouldn''t it be more relevant to question why economists have any influence on education, articulation or matriculation policy at all?

Education, Work and US Leadership in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I’ll focus my discussions on two in particular: Technology and Work; and Education, Training, and the Labor Market. While many new jobs will be created, the higher-paying ones will require greater levels of education and training. Education, Training and the Labor Market. More Americans will need to complete postsecondary education. The US responded by expanding public high school education and state universities.

What’s next for educational software?

George Siemens

Most educational software instantiates physical learning spaces. Educational software in common use today assumes that structure exists a priori. we’ve been working on what we feel is a learning system (educational software) that represents the type of learning needed by individuals and organizations today. This is reflected in learning management systems, virtual classrooms, and interactive whiteboards.

Responding to the fragmentation of higher education

George Siemens

In early February, I had the pleasure of delivering a presentation to University of Victoria on the state of higher education and challenges of fragmentation. Thanks for Valerie Irvine and Jillianne Code from TIE Lab and the Faculty of Education for hosting me. Video and slides are embedded below. Slides from the talk: New Models of Coherence from gsiemens