Surf Trendreport: Technological trends that span education and ICT, SURF, November 2016

An worthwhile insight is given in this report of the possible  consequences for higher education of the main developments in ICT. 13 trends in higher education are formulated. The common theme of the report is described by the authors as:

“This trend report describes thirteen technological trends that have a clear, three-pronged common theme.” The trends are numbered  1-13. In the report the 13 separate trends are described clearly into more details.. Read More →

Meltem Huri Baturay, “Turan Güneş Bulvarı 648. Cadde İpek University Campus, Ankara, 06550, Turkey”

He gives in his article a short and clear description of the MOOCs in higher education:

Abstract
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are one of the most prominent trends in higher education in recent years. The term ‘MOOCs’ represents open access, global, free, video-based instructional content, videos, problem sets and forums released through an online platform to high volume participants aiming to take a course or to be educated. With time and place flexibility, MOOCs gathers scholars and ‘like-minded fellow learners around the globe’.

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Written by Dr Mike Kent, Curtin University.

Executive summary
This paper reports on a study conducted in 2014 and 2015 that explored the accessibility of eLearning for students with disabilities studying fully online in Australia. The study looked at students studying through Open Universities Australia (OUA). OUA brings together 15 different independent higher education institutions to teach students fully online across a number of different fields. This diversity of institutions allowed a number of different eLearning environments, technologies and learning and teaching strategies to be canvassed. Read More →

Flexible Learning.

For instructors: It means evidence-based, technology-enabled teaching methods that improve the learning experience for a broader student community.

For students: It means more choice, engagement and success.

For all: It’s an evolving portfolio of activities and resources transforming education at UBC.

From: Technology in Education. What teacher should know.

One of the most frequently cited reasons for justifying the need for change in education, or at least for labelling education as old-fashioned, is the enormous technological (r)evolution our world has undergone in recent years. Nowadays, we have the Internet in our pocket, in the form of a smartphone, which has exponentially more computing power than the Apollo Guidance Computer that put the first men on the moon! A school with desks, blackboards or whiteboards, and—perish the thought—books seems like some kind of archaic institution, one that, even if it does use a smartboard or a learning platform, operates in a manner that bears a suspiciously strong resemblance to the way things were done in the past. Read More →

Pieter Cornelissen, directeur Onderwijsinnovatie. GOOD PRACTICE – HOGESCHOOL UTRECHT

Hogeschool Utrecht zet in op het thema ‘leven lang leren’ en een combinatie van online leren, contactonderwijs en leren op de werkplek. Docententeams ontwikkelen daarvoor een blended leeromgeving voor professionals. Pieter Cornelissen, directeur Onderwijsinnovatie bij de Hogeschool Utrecht, sprak hierover op het symposium Open en Online Education 11 maart 2014. Read More →