6 Unbeatable Ways To Spot High Quality Open Education Resources (OER)

6 Unbeatable Ways To Spot High Quality Open Education Resources (OER)

Since OER came onto the map in the early 2000s, the pool of available resources has grown into a vast ocean. With a wide array of OER materials at our fingertips, the trick now is not so much in finding OER, but on identifying high quality OER that can be used and transformed for our classroom needs. So how can we recognize the pearls, and avoid the sharks?

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Top Summer PD Opportunities

Top Summer PD Opportunities

There is a heavy focus on the importance of students learning how to learn and how to lead. Multiple guess questions are becoming a thing of the past, as we educators seek to challenge students to apply what they’re learning instead of simply memorizing and regurgitating it. As technology continues to evolve and the way we communicate changes as a result, lifelong learning has never been more important.

That’s why most teachers know summer is not a vacation. The work doesn’t stop for teachers when that last bell chimes on the highly anticipated final day of school.

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8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Evaluating EdTech

8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Evaluating EdTech

It’s unlikely that you experience a dearth of options when you go online to search for tools and resources to supplement your curriculum, instruction, and assessment materials. Instead, you quite likely experience the opposite—there are so many options to choose from that it soon becomes overwhelming and difficult to parse which are worthwhile and which are better left behind. How do you know if a tool is high quality and truly germane to your purposes? The next time you go online in search of learning materials for your classroom, ask yourself these questions before making a decision about a shiny new offering: Continue reading “8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Evaluating EdTech”

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”

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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