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Online tutoring—where instructors reach students via the internet, often using videoconferencing—has continued to grow in popularity. Some have begun to investigate how learners fare in this environment compared to traditional face-to-face classrooms. But fewer have looked into how teachers use and adapt to this environment. A recent academic article, however, looks into certain effects of the online environment. Specifically, the investigators wanted to see what effect student absenteeism had on online tutors. They discovered that, following a student no-show, online teachers smiled less and were, themselves, more than twice as likely to miss the next tutoring session.“The Spillover Effects of Customer No-Shows: Field Evidence from an Online Education Platform” was released on SSRN in November. Authored by Professors Hengchen Dai (UCLA) and Dennis Zhang (Washington University in St. Louis), the study was intended to add to the research on customer and employee behavior in the service industry. But its findings also bear strong implications for the fields of education and education technology, and represent a perspective that often goes overlooked.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
Climate change currently represents the greatest threat to society. Combatting it may stand as our generation’s most difficult challenge. While the solution will ultimately involve energy technology that does not rely on carbon, we still have a long way to go before we get there. Many scientists still struggle today to simply articulate and communicate the threat planet earth faces. In a recent article, researchers propose mobile apps, like Global Change, as an important tool one can use to fight ignorance and misinformation.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
Education technology is used widely in schools and districts across the U.S. Collectively, U.S. K-12 education spends more than $12 billion every year on edtech licenses. But on average, 27% of an edtech product’s licenses are never activated or used.That’s according to analysis from LearnPlatform, an edtech effectiveness system that aims to measure and inform schools about their use of technology. On November 20, the company released their annual usage trends report.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
Automated, AI-powered software and applications already help learners around the world gain knowledge without the help of another human. In fewer cases, developers have deployed similar technology into hardware that can move, watch, listen, record, and interact. Humanoid robot teachers have been developed and deployed in classrooms on limited bases around the world. For some, this is cause for excitement. Others are more cautious, or even deeply concerned. Two researchers from Durham University, Professors Douglas Newton and Lynn Newton, recently published an article describing the current uses and concerns of humanoid robot teachers, along with a proposed code of practice."Humanoid Robots as Teachers and a Proposed Code of Practice" https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feduc.2019.00125This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
While the large incumbent learning management systems serving higher education have the resources to frequently develop new features or even acquire other companies outright to add to their stack, everyone else has a series of tough decisions they need to make. eLeaP, an LMS developed by the Louisville-based Telania, has won long-time clients in compliance industries, life sciences, and elsewhere with its careful adherence to federal regulations and substantial eCommerce features. The LMS just completed its fifth redesign since launching in 2005.Disclosure: Telania LLC. owns eLearning Inside.“This time around, we really wanted to lay the foundation for what the system truly can be in its next iteration,” said Telania founder and CEO Don Weobong. “It wasn't just a visual upgrade, it was a process of us asking, ‘How can we build an infrastructure that will support machine learning, AI, and a mobile workforce that is trending younger? How can we ensure that the technology is going to be able to support training and learning going into the future?”This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
While many recent edtech startups have leveraged digital technology to change the education experience, a wave of new companies have focused on a tried and tested medium: print. Numerous companies have recently applied what one might consider tech business models to products and services that aim to improve literacy, expand book-lending options, and get more children and adults reading.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
Arizona State University (ASU) and Sprint announced on October 22 that the two have laid plans to bring 5G mobile service and a corresponding IoT network to the Grand Canyon State. Working together, ASU and Sprint plan to lay the foundations for a digital infrastructure with the aim of fostering “economic, educational, technological, and social growth” throughout the state of Arizona.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
As technology and education research have continued to develop side by side, many stakeholders have begun to see huge potential in the future of education. But to connect the dots between the present and that future potential, there is still much work to be done. Since 2012, a coalition of education researchers involved with the Institute of Educational Technology (IET), The Open University (OU) and other edtech research initiatives have produced annual Innovating Pedagogy reports. These describe emerging pedagogies that combine new technologies with innovative educational practices, present research on their effectiveness, and discuss their uses. Innovating Pedagogy 2019 was published this month.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
2U Inc. has had a busy fall semester. In the month of September alone, the revenue-sharing OPM announced a new online Master’s in Social Work with Syracuse University, a new online Master’s in Digital Marketing (in partnership with Keypath Education) with Emerson College, and a hybrid PhD pharmaceutical program with St. John Fisher College. Earlier, in August, they unveiled their first undergraduate partnership with the London School of Economics. This week, on October 7, they made their latest announcement: an online Master of Architecture with the Rochester Institute of Technology, the OPM’s first venture into the academic field.This list of new clients makes it easy to forget that, following the company’s Q2 investor call, 2U stock lost well over half its value. It tumbled from $36.50 a share on July 30, the day of the call, to $12.80 the day after. It has rebounded to between roughly $16-$21 per share in the weeks since.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
In 1999, a student at the University of Waterloo (based in Waterloo, Ontario) by the name of John Baker founded a company with the mission of improving the way that people learn. Two decades later, D2L, which offers its signature LMS Brightspace, has offices and institutional partners around the world. The company survived the dotcom crash and a three-year patent violation lawsuit brought by Blackboard in 2006. Now, in 2019, D2L has the third largest market share in the North American higher education market in terms of enrolled users, according to eLiterate. Since that analysis was published, D2L has signed some significant new clients, like Purdue University and the Maine Community College system.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
University rankings from sites like U.S. News and World Report and others carry heavy influence with students deciding which college to attend. While they often claim to practice rigorous ranking methods, a growing body of researchers beg to differ. In a report published this week, researchers put forward new evidence showing that university size tends to correlate with its online rank.“Does Size Matter? An Evaluation of Institutional Internet Ranking Metrics” by Professor Izzat Alsmadi (Texas A&M University) and PhD candidate Z. W. Taylor (University of Texas at Austin) was published in SSRN on August 27.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
On August 12, Democratic Senators Dick Durbin (Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), and Ed Markey (Mass.) sent letters to dozens of edtech companies and data collection firms voicing the concerns over the amount of student data that is being collected, and how it is being used.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comOriginal article: https://news.elearninginside.com/senators-raise-concern-over-edtech-data-collection-practices-sending-letters-to-dozens-of-providers-and-data-brokers/Press release and letters: https://www.durbin.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/durbin-markey-blumenthal-request-information-on-student-data-collection-practicesFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
Between April and June of this year, more than 1 in 5 malware attacks tracked by the cybersecurity firm Mimecast targeted the professional education industry. The sector was far and away the highest-hit by spam campaigns, garnering 21.5% of the attacks. IT and SaaS came in second place at 8.87%.Mimecast published these results in their Mimecast Threat Intelligence Report. During the period, the company tracked 160 billion emails, 67 billion of which were malicious.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comOriginal article: https://news.elearninginside.com/mimecast-report-finds-1-in-5-cybersecurity-threats-targeted-professional-education/Mimecast Report: https://www.mimecast.com/globalassets/documents/whitepapers/threat-intelligence-report-black_hat_2019.pdfFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
As more and more adaptive personalized learning solutions enter the market, educators and schools are increasingly looking to use them to augment their instruction. The subject of reading is seen by many as an area that could benefit substantially from this technology. In recently published study, researchers from the University of Cincinnati and North Carolina State University, Raleigh looked into the MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach (referred to in the study as MVRC). They investigated its use in three separate Midwestern districts where students, like most American learners, were often one or more grade levels behind in literacy and reading skills. While the researchers found MindPlay significantly outperformed traditional instruction and other reading tools to improve literacy, none of the teachers using it wanted to continue to do so once the trial was over. The findings indicate that there’s more to edtech than academic outcomes.Professor Heidi Kloos at the University of Cincinnati has a background in psychology. “I study how the mind works and how children learn on a more basic level,” Kloos said over the phone.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comOriginal story: https://news.elearninginside.com/researchers-found-positive-effects-from-a-personalized-virtual-reading-coach-but-teachers-dont-want-to-use-it/Study: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feduc.2019.00067/fullFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
A group of nearly 100 different student representatives, organizations, and institutions have signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice asking that they block the proposed merger between education publishers Cengage and McGraw-Hill. The letter was released on U.S. Public Independent Research Group’s (PIRG’s) site on July 29.Addressed to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, it asks the DoJ to block the deal on the grounds that it will violate antitrust law and limit competition. They write, “The merger threatens to consolidate more power in the grasp of a handful of publishers, who have used their enormous market share to drive up prices for consumers over the course of the past few decades.”This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
Two trends in education have been gaining steam in the past few years. First, as enrollment declines and many smaller colleges and universities experience budget squeezes, some have eyed online learning as a means to reach more students and/or bring down the cost of instruction. Second, law schools have been pushing their accreditor, the American Bar Association, for greater leniency when it comes to online and distance instruction. Both of these trends have converged in the state of Maine this summer with the release of a committee report advising the future strategy of the University of Maine Law School, known as Maine Law.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
Pearson laid plans on July 16 to transition out of their traditional college textbook publishing strategy to cater to the evolving needs of institutions of higher education. Going forward, the company will prioritize ebooks and digital content over print materials. The company also announced it would be reducing the prices of their textbooks accordingly.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
Over the course of the three days at InstructureCon 2019, the makers of the Canvas learning management system (LMS) delivered a ‘state of the platform.’ Upper management discussed numerous new features, recent acquisitions, and described their outlook going forward. Many attendees, however, were interested to hear more about rumblings of the company’s expanded data analytics, AI capabilities, and predictive modeling, which have been developed in a working project known as DIG. The effort was announced at the last earnings call. eLearning Inside sat down with Instructure CEO Dan Goldsmith for comment.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
On July 1, the San Francisco-based edtech robot manufacturer ROYBI announced a $4.2 million seed funding round to ramp up manufacturing in advance of their product launch. ROYBI makes a small Furby-sized robot that can talk, listen, see with a built-in camera, display images on its stomach, and think on its feet via machine learning software. The device can even determine whether a child is happy or sad and curate content accordingly. It’s intended as an educational companion for children aged 3-7. This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
Technology and screens are making an increasing impact on the North American classroom—often for the better. But as teachers and students rely more and more on technology for the task of learning, it makes time spent outside of the classroom and away from mobile devices all the more important. Summer, and summer camp, offer a great opportunity to make that happen. A survey published by Screen Education, a non-profit dedicated to researching mobile device use, has discovered that most teens who attend camp recognize this. A large majority—93%—said they experienced a sense of relief after leaving their phones and social media at home.This episode is also available in podcast form on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. It is also available as a video on YouTube.eLearningInside.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/elearninginside?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeL-h1O9To3txtqFRMnhGA?view_as=subscriberEmail: contact@elearninginside.com
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