Press Clippings: Miscellanea- Stories, Examples, Food for Thought

The initial listing of examples, ideas, and miscellaneous technology or news was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regluar basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Oct 30, 2011. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • Brown University Creates Online Course for High School Students
    In what seems to be the first major effort by a university to tailor a massive open online course, or MOOC, specifically to high school students, Brown University is preparing to offer a free online engineering class with the aim of teaching high school students about the merits and challenges of the field. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013
  • California’s Community Colleges Shift to Creative Commons Licenses
    The board that governs California’s 112 community colleges has started requiring that courses, research, and other work paid for by the system chancellor’s office be made available free to all users under Creative Commons “attribution” licenses. While the system will retain the copyright on the materials, other users will be able to take advantage of them as long as the originators are properly credited. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2013 - jasonr jasonr Oct 7, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • Campus Tech: Social Engagement with Distance Learners at Abilene Christian University
    To increase social engagement for students worldwide, Abilene Christian University has implemented Pearson’s OpenClass – a cloud-based learning management system with a wide variety of built-in social features. Instead of relying on Facebook for academic interaction, OpenClass users can use the browser-based software to create networks of classmates, post to course pages, and encourage conversation with threaded comments. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Oct 7, 2013 - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • Classroom Analytics at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
    At the University of Colorado Denver, medical faculty employ sophisticated analytics programs in virtual patient cases. Good or bad, every choice a student makes is entered into an algorithm which computes the results and displays new options. All of this data is also used to pinpoint individual and course-wide weaknesses, so teachers know exactly where to focus their efforts. So far, the results have been outstanding. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - lkoster lkoster Oct 6, 2013
  • Colleges Make the Shift to Open Courseware
    Open Course Library and OpenStax College are two non-profit organizations that are reshaping instruction through the use of free or low-cost textbooks in the most highly enrolled colleges classes. This article offers a closer look at the two models. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013
  • 'Disruptive Innovation': We Need to Prepare Students for Changing Industries
    After meeting with hundreds of middle school students at the recent Minneapolis STEM Expo, the author of this article was struck by the fact that no matter what their dreams each were, they would all need to learn to use certain technologies during the course of their careers. Our schools need to prepare students for tech-infusion in all industries from entertainment to healthcare to retail. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Oct 7, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • The Gates Effect
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has helped get a program at Southern New Hampshire University off the ground, that allows students to prove mastery of a subject to get credit for it, rather than logging hours and tuition through a class. The program has also produced a key think-tank report that advocates moving beyond the credit hour to persuade a risk-averse Education Department to open federal coffers to competency-based education. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013
  • Google and EdX Are Building a "YouTube for MOOCs"
    Google is teaming up with EdX, an open-source online education nonprofit started by Harvard and MIT, to create a new site that EdX’s president compared to a YouTube for MOOCs, called Meanwhile, Google will also become a partner in developing the Open EdX platform itself—that is, the open-source technology that allows professors to conduct their courses online. - For better or worse, this sounds like a powerful new force to be reckoned with - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Oct 7, 2013 - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • Harvard Makes Space for Venture Capitalist
    From an outpost inside Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Van Vuuren helps run the Experiment Fund, a roughly $10 million investment pool backed by successful venture capitalists who are Harvard graduates themselves. Harvard appears to be the first university to officially collaborate with an investment firm to target its students while working from an office on campus.
  • Let’s Stop Focusing on Shiny Gadgets and Start Using Tech to Empower People
    This essay discusses the life of Red Burns, most famous for cofounding the groundbreaking Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU. However she wasn’t that interested in technology per se; she saw it as something you needed to get to the real work: improving people’s lives, making them feel more connected, bringing delight in big and small ways, and empowering them to affect change. "That you think of technology as a verb, not a noun" - jasonr jasonr Oct 7, 2013
  • Melding the Web and the Tactile
    Harvard University, University of Alaska Museum of the North, The University of New Mexico - UNM, and University of California are all working together to bring more museum collections, content, and data into their classrooms virtually. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013
  • Mississippi Virtual Community College Moves LMS to the Cloud
    Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC), a joint distance learning effort of the state's 15 community colleges, has adopted a new cloud-based learning management system for its e-learning courses. The institution signed a five-year contract to use Canvas, after reviewing a number of LMS platforms. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013
  • The MOOC Business Plan
    Now that millions are signing up for massive open online courses at no cost, the companies like Coursera, and edX who are offering these courses are looking to find stainable business models. Each is currently going about this in a different way, and the author delineates how in this article, citing the most promising areas for potential revenue as content licensing, paid accreditation, and blended MOOCs. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2013
  • MOOC Fatigue or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the MOOC
    The authors of this article argue that "both the new MOOC providers (including the commercial start-ups and the prestigious universities entering the online space) and the popular press seem to be defining MOOCs as equivalent to online learning writ large. Those of us who have been quietly (and successfully) building, delivering, and evaluating online learning for almost two decades seem to have been overloooked amid the MOOC sound and fury." - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Oct 7, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • Multi-Year iPad Deployment At UC Irvine Med School: The Results Are In
    The University of California, Irvine has been using tablet PCs in a pilot begun in 2010 and has proven to be successful. Students enrolled in the college’s med school that are part of the program that is using the mobile devices are getting better results than their university peers, they are developing apps for the technology and they are even working to improve healthcare overall. - I find the "even" in the last part of the sentence slightly disturbing, as after all improving healthcare is what it should all be about, and it´s great if the technology helps ;-) - helga helga Oct 4, 2013
  • A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving
    University of Virginia's Darden School of Business offered a MOOC through Coursera that included a final project inviting students to help real organizations by performing a strategic analysis of an existing firm's business operations. 100 organizations joined the course and actively connected with learners... The result: of those organizations that were in existence for 10 years or more and who completed the post-course survey, nearly 60% indicated that they would want to collaborate with students to address future business problems.
  • 6 Offbeat MOOCs that Merge Education with Fun
    The University of Irvine grabbed headlines last week with its announcement that it was working with Instructure to organize a MOOC based on AMC's zombie show "The Walking Dead." This article lists some of the most attention-grabbing online courses available.
  • Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care
    Though open educational resources have been in the educational landscape since 2002, they have not affected the traditional education model and this article discusses four hurdles for the adoption of OER’s: discoverability, quality control, bridging the last mile, and acquisition. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • Top 10 Misconceptions About MOOCs -- Free Online University Courses
    A professor embarking on teaching his first MOOC reveals what he has learned in his research on formatting a MOOC course. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • Video Game Courses Score Big on College Campuses
    According to a new report from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), U.S. colleges and universities have taken to games a big way, now offering more coursework and degrees dedicated to the study of video games than ever before. The report — largely a compilation of all things video game-related in the world of American academia — says that 385 higher education institutions now offer either individual courses or full degrees in game design.
  • What Data Can’t Do
    This article discusses the limitations of data, especially in measuring social relationships because it struggles with context, and is never actually raw because it’s always structured according to somebody’s predispositions and values. The author urges us to be aware that data is a good tool for some things but not all things. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 Data has its place, but as a qualitative researcher, I couldn't agree more with Brooks. - jasonr jasonr Oct 7, 2013 I have placed a link to Consolidate This on the Future Reads page which reinforces this. "Data is just data. It becomes an order of magnitude more interesting when a story takes form". - bdieu bdieu Oct 14, 2013

Footnote: I´ve probably not been helpful on this page by marking almost every entry as important, but it´s hard not to - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - I have to agree with you! - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
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