But it turns out that — when asked privately — most presidents don’t seem sure at all that MOOCs are going to transform student learning, or reduce costs to students — two of the claims made by MOOC enthusiasts and an increasing number of politicians and pundits.
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With the growing number of MOOCs, online classes, and blended learning, does the current pricing of highered make sense anymore?
Colleges following what the company calls the Textbook Zero model would offer a section using open-education alternatives for every required course and elective needed to earn the degree.
Open-education alternatives to textbooks are created by taking what professors expect students to master by the end of a course, then using those expectations as search criteria to find openly licensed materials. The materials, which can include textbooks, videos, and journal and newspaper articles, are then pulled together into a new product that is both inexpensive—or even free—and tailored to individual courses’ needs.
Rising textbook prices have been a growing concern for students in recent years, with seven out of every 10 students having skipped buying a course’s textbook because of the cost, according to a U.S. Public Interest Research Group survey. More than 30 percent of students have opted out of a course entirely rather than pay for required texts, according to a survey by Florida Virtual Campus.
“With open-education resources, everyone has access to materials on the first day of class,” said Kim Thanos, chief executive and the other founder of Lumen. “They’re not waiting on financial aid or loan checks to go through.”
Leave virtual notes or images on surfaces for augmented reality view, digitally overlaying the real world. Hello future!
Imagine your class syllabus overlaying the library stacks. Customized museum tours, and Goodread recommendations as you walk through a Barnes & Noble - this is very cool.
The big worry for folks who want to see the feds increase money for schools? If Congress just lets the cuts go through, this could be the new baseline for federal spending. That would likely mean some cuts, especially for districts that serve poor children and those in special education, unless states and localities are able to make up the difference.
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IBM’s Watson—the same machine that beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy—is now churning through case histories at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, learning to make diagnoses and treatment recommendations. This is one in a series of developments suggesting that technology may be about to disrupt health care in the same way it has disrupted so many other industries. Are doctors necessary? Just how far might the automation of medicine go?
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The team looked at how digital and analog books currently are being read, shared and collected, as well as at trends, business models and consumer behavior within related fields. We identified three distinct opportunities—new narratives, social reading with richer context, and providing tools for critical thinking—and developed a design concept around each one.
- There are over 121,000 libraries in America and 69% of Americans use libraries
- 67% of libraries offer downloadable e-books and 28% lend out e-readers and mobile devices
- 95% of libraries have some kind of online, social media presence
Some other interesting notes:
Being able to read is one of the most important skills a person can have, and a child’s reading level in third grade gives a good indication of their future success. Why third grade? It’s a pivotal point in a child’s education where they go from learning to read to reading to learn.
Tactus Technology has created a haptic touchscreen panel that “rises” to create a three-dimensional keyboard. Writing an e-mail on your tablet? Individual letter keys form small bumps for easier typing. When you’re done, the keyboard reverts back to a standard, flat touchscreen.
Even cooler is the fact that the Tactus Technology panels can be configured to do more than just rise up into a physical keyboard. Companies can customize the panel for different types of buttons, say for example, the buttons on a TV remote or buttons for specific tablet games. The possibilities for the panel are varied. Plus, seeing the buttons lift up, seemingly out of nowhere, is downright magical.
What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?
What do I desire?
So the question is: What do I tell these bright young people—my children and students, products of a generation that forfeited a carefree childhood to gain entry to selective schools like New York University, where I teach? On little sleep, they volunteered at soup kitchens, held impressive internships, excelled in academics and as athletes, dancers, newspaper editors, and chess champions.
What do we now tell this generation of hard-working idealists who have done everything right as they face the possibility of long-term un- or underemployment alongside college debt unlike any amassed by previous generations?
Forecast 3.0, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem, highlights five disruptions that will reshape learning over the next decade. New education innovations, organizations, resources, and relationships will proliferate, giving us all the opportunity to put the pieces – some long-established and some new – together in new sequences to create a diverse and evolving learning ecosystem. Education recombination promises to bolster the learning ecosystem’s resilience by helping it withstand threats and make use of possibilities.
The choice is ours to make, and the future ours to shape. What will be the future of learning in your organization, community, or region?