How MOOCs Will Harm Higher Ed Research, Augmented Reality for K-12 Teachers: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

Unequal Classrooms: What Online Education Cannot Teach – The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Jennifer Morton introduces readers to a new perspective surrounding online education and its unexpected effects on students from a low-income background. Traditional brick and mortar classroom setups give students public speaking experience as well as many other real-world skills that cannot be practiced in an online environment.

An online college revolution is coming – The Washington Post

What MOOCs Will Really Kill Is The Research University – Forbes

  • Tim Worstall gives his opinions on how MOOCs will impact higher education. He recognizes that professors’ research is largely funded by high tuition costs of undergraduate education, and believes that the introduction of MOOCs as a low-cost course option will put a halt to the majority of on-campus research projects.

UC Berkeley adds data science to its virtual classroom – VentureBeat

  • Christina Farr reports on UC Berkeley School of Information’s latest online learning venture – an entirely online master’s degree in information and data science. Data scientists can be invaluable to companies, and through this new program powered by UC Berkeley and 2U, students with graduate with accreditation and ranking based on their data analysis skills.

Esther J. Cepeda: Why technology is the worst thing that ever happened to modern education – San Jose Mercury News

  • Esther Cepeda explores the downfalls of technology’s influence on educational practices. She shares her theory of “Educational Death by PowerPoint,” and explains why she believes that traditional lectures involving only a speaker and a chalkboard are the most effective and influential presentations.

K-12

The Nature of the Future in Education – Education Week

  • Justin Reich shares thoughts from the Future of Learning Institute regarding how technology will influence the future of education. Some of the main shifts will be new “socialstructing” which gives small groups more influence, as well as more personalized teaching strategies to cater to students’ strengths and weaknesses.

A Precursor to Google Glass in the Classroom – EdSurge

  • Eric Horowitz discusses Telmo Zarraonandia’s latest “Augmented Lecture Feedback” system of monitoring student understanding. This new way of tracking student learning uses virtual reality glasses to allow teachers to view student feedback in real time in order to make valuable lecture time more helpful.
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