Asynch Delivery and the LMS Still Dominate for Online Programs
By Dian Schaffhauser 05/22/17
a recent research project by Quality Matters and Eduventures, the “Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE)” offers a “baseline” examination of program development, quality measures and other structural issues.
95 percent of larger programs (those with 2,500 or more online program students) are “wholly asynchronous” while 1.5 percent are mainly or completely synchronous. About three-quarters (73 percent) of mid-sized programs (schools with between 500 and 2,499 online program students) and 62 percent of smaller programs are fully asynchronous.
The asynchronous nature of this kind of education may explain why threaded discussions turned up as the most commonly named teaching and learning technique, mentioned by 27.4 percent of respondents, closely followed by practice-based learning, listed by 27.3 percent of survey participants.
Blackboard and Instructure Canvas dominated. Audio- and videoconferencing come in a “distant second,” according to the researchers. The primary brands that surfaced for those functions were Adobe Connect, Cisco WebEx, Zoom, Kaltura, Panopto, TechSmith Camtasia and Echo360.
While the LMS plays a significant role in online programming, the report pointed to a distinct lack of references to “much-hyped innovations,” such as adaptive learning, competency-based education systems, simulation or game-based learning tools. (my note: my mouth run dry of repeating every time people start becoming orgasmic about LMS, D2L in particular)
four in 10 require the use of instructional design support, three in 10 use a team approach for online course design and one in 10 outsources the work. Overall, some 80 percent of larger programs use instructional design expertise.
In the smallest programs, instructional design support is treated as a “faculty option” for 53 percent of institutions. Another 18 percent expect faculty to develop their online courses independently. For 13 percent of mid-sized programs, the faculty do their development work independently; another 64 percent may choose whether or not to bring in instructional design help. (my note: this is the SCSU ‘case’)
Among the many possible quality metrics suggested by the researchers, the five adopted most frequently for internal monitoring were:
- Student achievement of program objectives (83 percent);
- Student retention and graduation rates (77 percent);
- Program reputation (48 percent);
- Faculty training (47 percent); and
- Student engagement measures (41 percent).
Survey Highlights Digitization’s Impact on Campus Libraries
By David Raths 05/22/17
nonprofit Ithaka S+R. The study, Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016, highlighted a number of challenges facing library directors in an era of increased digitization. Future Trends Forum video chat May 19 hosted by Bryan Alexander.
Alexander zeroed in on the finding that library directors feel increasingly less valued by supervisors such as chief academic officers.
Not surprisingly, the survey illustrates a broad shift toward electronic resources, Wolff-Eisenberg noted, with an increasing number of libraries developing policies for de-accessioning print materials that are also available digitally.
library directors are increasingly recognizing that discovery does not always happen in the library. Compared to the 2013 survey results, fewer library directors believe that it is important that the library is seen by its users as the first place that they go to discover content, and fewer believe that the library is always the best place for researchers at their institution to start their research.
There is also a substantial gap between how faculty members and library directors perceive the library’s contribution in supporting student learning. Both tend to agree that students have poor research skills, Wolff-Eisenberg noted. The faculty members see it as more of a problem, but they are less likely than library directors to see librarians contributing to student learning by helping them to develop research skills
The positions for which respondents anticipate the most growth in the next five years are related to instructional design (my note: this is IMS), information literacy and specialized faculty research support involving digital humanities, geographical information systems (GIS) and data management.
more on digitization in academic libraries in this IMS blog
Minecraft: Education Edition 1.0.1 Released with Code Builder Support
By David Nagel 05/22/17
Microsoft has released a new version of Minecraft: Education Edition that adds support for Code Builder
Code Builder is an extension for Minecraft that lets users perform typical Minecraft functions through code. It connects to ScratchX, Tynker and Microsoft’s new open source development tool, MakeCode.
Minecraft’s changelog page.
Teacher training materials for Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition can be found at education.minecraft.net/trainings/code-builder-for-minecraft-education-edition.
more on Minecraft in Education in this IMS blog
Emerging Directions in Immersive Learning
Presented by: Maya Georgieva and Emory Craig, May 17, 1:00 – 2:00pm (EDT)
Digital Bodies cofounders Emory Craig and Maya Georgieva for an interactive session that will examine five developments in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality with the greatest potential to impact teaching and learning. Ask your questions live as they explore how groundbreaking developments in VR, AR, MR, and artificial intelligence will power immersive technologies and transform learning.
Hololense $3000 and it is difficult to use outside. persistent digital objects
education: new media, gaming
storytelling: immersive storytelling and AI
Jeremy Bailenson https://vhil.stanford.edu/
Julie Johnston – https://uits.iu.edu/learning-spaces
Transforming Learning Spaces With (or Without) Technology: 7 Questions With Robert Dillon
By Richard Chang 05/10/17
Edmodo Investigates Millions of User Accounts for Sale on Dark Web
By Sri Ravipati 05/12/17
A hacker going by the name “nclay” claims to have stolen more than 77 million user accounts from Edmodo
LeakBase yesterday Tweeted that the top domains for the data breach include:
- @gmail.com, accounting for 19 percent of the accounts at 13,286,240;
- @hotmail.com, making up 10 percent of the accounts at 7,065,761; and
- @yahoo.com, at 8 percent with 6,074,901 accounts.
more on Edmodo in this IMS blog
Survey: Augmented and Virtual Reality Yet to Gain Traction in K–12
By Richard Chang 04/21/17
survey by the nonprofit organization Project Tomorrow.
annual Speak Up survey of more than 510,000 K–12 students, parents and educators
Middle school students seem to be the most excited about AR and VR in the school setting. Among students in grades 6 through 8, 33 percent said they would like to see augmented reality apps in their ultimate school, and 47 percent of those kids said they would like to see virtual reality experiences and hardware in their ultimate school.
teachers, principals and parents were more skeptical. Only 12 percent of parents and principals said they want to see AR apps in their ultimate school, while 13 percent of teachers said the same.
more on VR in this IMS blog
more on AR in this IMS blog
Texas A&M virtual tour
Texas A&M last month debuted its VR tour at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, using headsets. Anyone can view the tour on desktop or mobile devices.
more on VR in this IMS blog