Ed-tech

Building a tech toolkit to solve online teaching challenges

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 04/08/2021 - 14:30
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To provide a quality online education, universities need edtech tools in place to answer three main challenges:

  • how to run classes via online conferencing, with quick and easy access

  • how to share teaching materials and teaching plans, and conduct exams, assignments and quizzes

  • how to check whether students are copying each other and minimise plagiarism in exams and assignments

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Duminda Jayaranjan and Kanthima Kongsathitsuwan outline how to build a basic tech toolkit that will support effective online teaching
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Duminda Jayaranjan and Kanthima Kongsathitsuwan outline how to build a basic tech toolkit that will support effective online teaching

Is blended learning just a pipe dream for Indian HE?

Submitted by dene.mullen on Tue, 03/08/2021 - 09:00
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As we all know by now, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced online education on to teachers and students alike all over the globe. On a positive note, learning online does theoretically make it possible for students with limited flexibility and resources to obtain world-class education through a single internet connection.

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It’s unlikely we are ready for a seismic shift while simultaneously trying to improve the quality of university education in general, say Gunjan Rajput and Swapnarag Swain
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It’s unlikely we are ready for a seismic shift while simultaneously trying to improve the quality of university education in general, say Gunjan Rajput and Swapnarag Swain

A guide to selecting the right edtech tools for your university 

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 27/07/2021 - 09:00
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With more than 1.2 billion young people forced out of their classrooms by Covid-19, according to reports, educators have been exploring new ways of working to retain – or enhance – the quality of teaching.

Gone are the days when students had to make appointments to meet professors. Today, with the rise of educational technology, everything is a few clicks away. Faculty are increasingly familiar with phrases such as immersive learning, gamification, flexible education and AI-adaptive learning.

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Vikas Nand Kumar Batheja presents the key considerations and questions to ask when selecting new technological tools to support your teaching and university support services
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Vikas Nand Kumar Batheja presents the key considerations and questions to ask when selecting new technological tools to support your teaching and university support services

This is our chance to create the classroom of the future

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 28/06/2021 - 09:00
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It’s no secret that the sudden shift to an online teaching format left many students feeling disengaged and instructors struggling to connect with their students. And although it might seem that the answer is to return to “normal”, for most students, “normal” was far from optimal.

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We know what works best for learning, and most of it is easier to implement in the online world, says Daphne Koller
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We know what works best for learning, and most of it is easier to implement in the online world, says Daphne Koller

Covid-19 has reinforced China’s role as global leader in edtech

Submitted by dene.mullen on Thu, 13/05/2021 - 01:01
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On the morning of 24 February 2020, Beijing Normal University (BNU) started a new semester with its traditional flag-raising ceremony. This moment had already been postponed several weeks because of Covid-19, and students had not been able to return to BNU. The campus was empty, but online classrooms were full − more than 3,000 courses had been planned for the semester, involving more than a thousand faculty members and tens of thousands of students. For the first time in its history, all courses at BNU’s 30 schools and faculties were delivered online.

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The country’s giant companies benefit from an ecosystem that supports online learning and a cultural propensity to prioritise education, says Tom C. Varghese
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The country’s giant companies benefit from an ecosystem that supports online learning and a cultural propensity to prioritise education, says Tom C. Varghese

Secure and transparent use of student data

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 06/05/2021 - 09:00
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Over the past decade, the range of digital education technologies available to students and staff within higher education has risen dramatically. Alongside edtech and the rapid growth of blended, hybrid and fully online curricula, attention has turned to how students are interacting with such technologies and what impact they have on learning and outcomes.

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Bronwen Swinnerton and James Pickering outline the steps all universities should take to ensure ethical and transparent collection and use of student data via edtech platforms
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Bronwen Swinnerton and James Pickering outline the steps all universities should take to ensure ethical and transparent collection and use of student data via edtech platforms

Responsible use of learning analytics to improve the university experience

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 06/05/2021 - 08:00
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The promise of learning analytics is they enable us to use educational data to improve the quality of the learning experience within our universities. In order to achieve this, it is crucial that data is sourced and used responsibly and the focus is on solving problems for learners and educators.

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Rebecca Ferguson presents useful guidelines and frameworks for using learner analytics safely and effectively to inform improvements to teaching and student services
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Rebecca Ferguson presents useful guidelines and frameworks for using learner analytics safely and effectively to inform improvements to teaching and student services

Cybersecurity in online learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 30/04/2021 - 09:00
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When then UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for free high-speed broadband was presented in 2019 it was seen as “crazed” by some, but then the pandemic hit and we realised that access to the internet should be seen in the same light as electricity – as an essential utility. Access to the internet has been vital over the past year as many were forced to work from home and needed to connect with others.

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Mohammed Rehman explains what steps universities should take to educate staff and students about cybersecurity and how to protect themselves when teaching and learning online
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Mohammed Rehman explains what steps universities should take to educate staff and students about cybersecurity and how to protect themselves when teaching and learning online

The campus is dead, long live the campus

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 19/04/2021 - 01:01
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As campuses worldwide mark one year since the sudden switch online, the question must be asked: has this experiment pronounced the campus dead? As an architect who believes the environment is the third teacher, I’ve been motivated to discover the lasting effects of a year of the distributed, digital campus. Since spring 2020, I’ve interviewed more than 125 faculty and students at more than 100 institutions, gaining perspective into how their ongoing experiences will reshape university life.

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Potential post-Covid changes to campus design will slide along a spectrum from optimising space to rethinking academic structures, says Jay Deshmukh
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Potential post-Covid changes to campus design will slide along a spectrum from optimising space to rethinking academic structures, says Jay Deshmukh

Using learning technologies to enhance students’ professional communication skills

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 09/04/2021 - 10:00
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In a year, we have trained more than 6,000 faculty, instructional designers and instructional support staff to work with the technology needed to engage in live, interactive learning with students both inside and outside the classroom.

Live-hosted online classes provided via ASU Sync use a variety of digital tools to support and maintain strong connections between faculty and students learning remotely. Combined, these technologies facilitate small-group interactions, presentations and digital co-creation.

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Learning technology offers an opportunity to embed useful workplace skills training into university courses, as Kyle Bowen and Allison Hall explain
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Learning technology offers an opportunity to embed useful workplace skills training into university courses, as Kyle Bowen and Allison Hall explain