EdTech News and Trends
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earson, the world’s leading learning company, announced today that it has acquired Learning Catalytics, an advanced, cloud-based learning analytics and assessment system developed by Eric Mazur, Brian Lukoff, and Gary King of Harvard University.
A growing number of colleges obtained the necessary approvals in states in which they serve distance students, but many have a long way to go. As an alternative to seeking approval, an increasing number of institutions no longer accept students from some states. These are the findings of a survey of nearly 200 colleges conducted jointly by three leading distance education organizations.
March 14 - Echo360 Active Learning Platform Delivers Student Analytics with Insight on Student Activity, Participation and Engagement
Echo360, the global leader in campus-wide active and distance learning solutions, is announcing a product release that provides analytics for student activity before, during and after class. Data-rich summaries provide instructors intelligent insight on each student’s participation, flags topics of difficulty and measures student engagement in and out of class. Ultimately, this data will guide instructor-led course adjustments and improve academic outcomes as teaching pedagogies changes to respond to student cues in real time.
March 5 - McGraw-Hill Education Enters Higher Education Gaming Market with Launch of McGraw-Hill Practice Line of Simulations at SXSWedu
Gaming has been one of the most popular trends in education in recent years. While all students have their own unique and preferred learning style, learning by actively engaging with a subject is a learning method shown to appeal to a large number of today’s students. Popularized by educational theorist David Kolb and supported by numerous studies, experiential learning has been proven to be one of the most efficient and effective ways to learn difficult or complex concepts. Government in Action, which was built based on the cognitive science behind experiential learning, helps students not only engage with the concepts of their American Government course but apply those concepts in their daily lives and personally understand how the American government actually works.
February 18 - NetClick Makes Classroom Interaction Easy
With the use of mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops transforming the 21st century classroom, teachers and professors around the world are looking to streamline and revolutionize the way they present content and interact with students. To meet this demand for Education 2.0, Waterloo technology startup NetClick today announced the release of its new Cloud-based solution that helps educators transform their lessons and lectures into engaging, interactive classroom experiences in seconds and with use of existing class infrastructure. It is a unique, patent pending service, not available in any other Classroom Response System.
February 12 - McGraw-Hill Education Joins Forces with Magna Publications to Launch the McGraw-Hill Learning Institute
To help educators respond effectively to these challenges, McGraw-Hill Education today announced the launch of McGraw-Hill Learning Institute, a professional development program created to keep institutions and instructors up-to-date on the latest education technologies and provide guidance in determining which emerging technologies and best practices are right for their needs. As part of the McGraw-Hill Learning Institute launch, McGraw-Hill Education and Magna Publications today announced a new agreement to jointly develop and offer professional development products and services to educators and institutions.
Courseload has announced the release of Courseload Version 2.3 (Courseload v2.3), the first eText platform to provide a single, unified collaborative experience for faculty and students of all abilities.
Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptive online curriculum resources that individualize each student’s learning experience, has released new social learning tools as part of its courseware offerings. The tools promote increased online collaboration among students and with instructors. The goal of Adapt Courseware’s approach to community-based learning is to deliver a more engaging educational experience where each student can benefit from a high level of support and interaction.
eInstruction expands its line of products with the release of Wave, a centralized, online solution for higher education. Wave extends the functionality of an institution’s learning management system (LMS) by facilitating summative and formative assessment with the use of student response devices such as clickers, smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
January 8 - New Study: More than 6.7 Million Students Learning Online, Most Institutions Undecided about MOOCs
The 2012 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group reveals the number of students taking at least one online course has surpassed 6.7 million. Higher education adoption of Massive Open Online Courses remains low, with most institutions still on the sidelines.