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 As an instructional designer, I patiently await the day that we are no longer confined to outdated textbooks that limit our course design.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”

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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Embracing Technology: Higher Education of the Future

Embracing Technology: Higher Education of the Future

Originally found on: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/embracing-technology-higher-education-of-the-future_us_58dd1e49e4b04ba4a5e25149

 

     Higher education is much the same today as it has been for generations. Though more people attend college now than ever before, post-secondary institutions remain notoriously slow to change – despite the shifting needs and demands of students. Just as technology is shifting the status quo across industries, digital advancements are calling for greater transformation in the field of higher education.

 

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Five Ways Tech Entrepreneurs Are Like Teachers

Five Ways Tech Entrepreneurs Are Like Teachers

Originally found on: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2017/03/21/five-ways-tech-entrepreneurs-are-like-teachers/#13018ca85d43

What words come to mind when you think about teachers? Imaginative; innovative; risk taker; lifelong learner? Now think about a technology entrepreneur. Might some of the same descriptions apply? Like entrepreneurs, great teachers dream up engaging activities to hook their students, adopt new and untested approaches in their classrooms every day, and constantly strive to learn more about their disciplines.

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Can You Spot an Outlier?

Can You Spot an Outlier?

If you’re asked to describe camouflage, your first thought may be of an animal blending into its surroundings. Something that is otherwise hard to spot without sudden movement. Assessment writers assume the arduous task of camouflaging the correct answer, or key, into a set of incorrect choices, or distractors. On formative or summative assessments, a poorly camouflaged answer choice is an outlier. Your students will spot these and gravitate toward them like the school bus at the last bell.

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