It all started with a seemingly playful personality quiz called “thisisyourdigitallife,” coded by a researcher named Aleksandr Kogan from Cambridge University. It has evolved into the most prominent data scandals in Facebook’s history, after personal information from some 87 million Facebook was passed along by Kogan to the political consulting company … [Read more...] about How Facebook Can Improve Privacy By Talking More With Academics
For children who can stomach school through twelfth grade, the experience culminates with a walk across the graduating stage, and in far too many cases, we place in their hands a diploma not worth the cheap paper it’s printed on. This is the reality of my ever-abiding frustration with our outdated model of public schooling. Far too many policy makers, elected officials … [Read more...] about How to Support Teacher Innovation Within a Strict State Accountability System
If a student masters a subject such as English or Chemistry, then professors give them letter-grades for their transcripts indicating their level of mastery. But students learn much more than that at college, and some higher ed leaders are looking for ways to measure the other, softer skills student pick up while on campus. But efforts to issue “badges,” or … [Read more...] about Bringing Order to ‘Badges’: Nonprofit Works With Colleges on Framework to Measure Soft Skills
It’s been about five years since Cengage Learning filed for bankruptcy, stumbling under the weight of shrinking print sales, a rough transition to digital and too much debt. The company reemerged a year later intent on growing its digital offerings and making more strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Today, the Boston-based textbook giant is posting year-over-year … [Read more...] about In Move to ‘Unlimited’ Pricing Model, Cengage Hopes for a Comeback
As a first generation Mexican-American, I know how difficult it is to be in a classroom where everyone speaks a language that’s different from yours. My family moved from Mexico to the United States the day after my Quinceañera (15th birthday party). I was shocked at the difference it made moving just 25 miles away. My high school experience wasn’t very … [Read more...] about How the 5E Model Makes Science Meaningful for Bilingual Students
For some, the words “financial aid” stirs up reminders of grueling applications and the anxiety of coping with skyrocketing college tuition. Phoenix-based CampusLogic aims to chip away at some of those challenges by helping institutions manage and award financial aid to more students, as well as reduce student borrowing by connecting colleges with private grant and … [Read more...] about Financial Aid Startup CampusLogic Raises $55M to Fund Future Edtech Acquisitions
In recent years, technology has played a significant role in reshaping the landscape of college teaching, and it will surely continue to do so. But the groundswell of artificial intelligence (AI) that surrounds us marks a particularly fragile moment for teaching. In this context, educators must be especially mindful that our uses of technology do not undermine meaningful … [Read more...] about Teaching in the Era of Bots: Students Need Humans Now More Than Ever
Between the creation of a social rating system and street cameras with facial recognition capabilities, technology reports coming out of China have raised serious concerns for privacy advocates. These concerns are only heightened as Chinese investors turn their attention to the United States education technology space acquiring companies with millions of public school users. A … [Read more...] about What Happens to Student Data Privacy When Chinese Firms Acquire U.S. Edtech Companies?
When financials are steady and a college doesn’t have a desire to expand its reach beyond a physical campus, is online learning necessary—or even relevant? That was a question posed last week by Janet Russell, director of academic technology for Carleton College, at a session at the Online Learning Consortium’s Innovate conference. “We are investigating … [Read more...] about For Small, Private Liberal Arts Colleges, What’s the Drive to Go Online?
The days of standing in front of the classroom and “lecturing” are long gone. By using video, teachers can keep students engaged in new and innovative ways. Including video in classroom instruction offers numerous benefits for both educators and students. These include time saved introducing new concepts as well as the ability for teachers to build authentic … [Read more...] about Five (Easy-to-Implement) Ways Video Can Have a Powerful Impact on Teaching and Learning