3 Ways to Leverage Technology to Help Nontraditional Students

3 Ways to Leverage Technology to Help Nontraditional Students

Originally found on http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/04/3-ways-leverage-technology-help-nontraditional-students

Nearly half of the students enrolled in higher education are considered nontraditional. For a quarter of them, this nontraditional aspect is that they are over the age of 30, NPR reports.

In spite of the large amount of older students who are enrolled, an article on Forbes reports that no matter what kind of degree they are seeking, older students are completing them at lower rates than their peers.

Just as technology can do a lot for today’s “traditional” students, universities can leverage it successfully to help those who are a bit older complete their degrees. Continue reading “3 Ways to Leverage Technology to Help Nontraditional Students”

The 3 Education Trends Preparing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

The 3 Education Trends Preparing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Originally found on https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/292511

Educators are tasked with the necessary burden of preparing today’s students to shape tomorrow’s world as our next generation of thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs — the tireless creators who are at the forefront of innovation and driving the world’s economy. Recently, we’ve seen the traditional learning models begin to evolve with the meaningful incorporation of technology, as we try to equip students with the digital literacy required of today’s employees. But, with technology constantly changing, can we actually predict what skills and knowledge today’s students will need to lead the future workforce? Continue reading “The 3 Education Trends Preparing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs”

3 Ways to Prove the ROI in Open Educational Resources

3 Ways to Prove the ROI in Open Educational Resources

Originally found on http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2016/11/3-ways-prove-roi-open-educational-resources

After years of paying for college textbooks as an undergraduate and graduate student, I love the ideology (and the affordability) of open educational resources (OER). I love the idea of sharing ideas and granting access to many who couldn’t otherwise afford education.

As a digital geek, I cringe at the idea of having to read another static textbook. As an instructional designer, I patiently await the day that we are no longer confined to outdated textbooks that limit our course design. By utilizing OER, instructors aren’t constrained to the chapters of the book; they can find innovative open resources to teach the content most relevant to the course. Continue reading “3 Ways to Prove the ROI in Open Educational Resources”

3 Innovations Borne Out of Virtual Classrooms Expand Higher Education’s Reach

3 Innovations Borne Out of Virtual Classrooms Expand Higher Education’s Reach

Originally found on http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/03/3-innovations-borne-out-virtual-classrooms-expand-higher-education-s-reach

For college students, taking classes virtually offers the opportunity to learn flexibly — whenever and wherever they want. Though lack of social interaction has been a concern, online education has helped to foster some big innovations in collaboration at universities.

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Department of Education’s Higher Ed Tech Plan Puts Focus on Data Analytics and Online Education

Department of Education’s Higher Ed Tech Plan Puts Focus on Data Analytics and Online Education

Originally found on http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/01/department-education-s-higher-ed-tech-plan-puts-focus-data

Technology can empower higher education students to boost their grades or attend classes despite other responsibilities — or locations. The Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology hopes that all universities will take advantage of the possibilities technology can create for students.

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7 ways edtech boosts student confidence in the classroom

7 ways edtech boosts student confidence in the classroom

 

 

Originally found on: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/04/06/edtech-student-confidence/

Edtech is making is easier and more efficient to help students at every level, and to bring even the most timid of learners out of their shells. Dr. Kenneth Shore, a psychologist and Chair of a child study team for the Hamilton, New Jersey Public Schools, explains that “Low self-esteem can lessen a student’s desire to learn, his or her ability to focus, and his or her willingness to take risks. Positive self-esteem, on the other hand, is one of the building blocks of school success; it provides a firm foundation for learning.” 

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Project-Based Learning: Taking Students to a Deeper Level

Project-Based Learning: Taking Students to a Deeper Level

By Nanda Krish

In learning, there may be no greater tool for students than hands-on experience. Consider a classroom of first-graders who were lead in an endeavor to raise trout eggs while understanding environmental impacts. Or a high-school biology teacher who had her students create a project on any system in the human body, with results that included everything from a board game based on the nervous system to a physical model of the knee. In both situations, the teacher acted as a facilitator, guiding students as they crafted their own work, all leading to a final presentation.

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