Press Clippings


Press Clippings: Challenges and Trends

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular 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-- -
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. 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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  • Adapting to the iPad, called education's 'equalizer'
    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/special-needs/story/2011-09-11/Adapting-to-the-iPad-called-educations-equalizer/50362426/1
    Tablets are becoming popular for special needs students because the devices can be tailored for each student with specific apps. The author of this article describes how a quadriplegic student, Anthony Leuck, is able to make music with a guitar-playing app and how other apps are able to help bridge communication gaps in non-verbal students.- helga helga Nov 17, 2012 I am aware of a special needs student that can only communicate in school through an app on her iPad. - deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012
  • As Students Scatter Online, Colleges Try to Keep Up
    http://chronicle.com/article/Digitally-Savvy-Students-Play/134224/
    Universities are hiring social media specialists to develop and employ the most effective ways of communicating with students via social media. The trick--find out what students are already using, and identify which emerging platforms will have the most potential.- dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - helga helga Nov 17, 2012 - michael.lambert michael.lambert Nov 19, 2012- lisa.koster lisa.koster Nov 20, 2012 Social media is becoming a chief means of communication not only for peer-scaffolding and project based learning, but also in instructional delivery and classroom discussion sessions.- deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012- lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Dec 2, 2012
  • Discovery learning is the new higher learning
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/discovery-learning-is-the-new-higher-learning/article4610656/
    Higher ed educator believes on the biggest threat to universities is obsolescence if educators and departments don't embrace the possibilities offered by the Internet and digital tools.- helga helga Nov 17, 2012 "If universities want to prosper, they need to embrace a new model of pedagogy." Yes!- jasonr jasonr Nov 19, 2012- Mara Mara Nov 19, 2012- lisa.koster lisa.koster Nov 20, 2012 - neil.witt neil.witt Nov 21, 2012 This needs to apply to ALL staff I agree with this article wholeheartedly, however, this model will only be as successful as the student's ability to self-regulate in an online environment.- deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012 - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu couldn't agree more!- lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Dec 2, 2012
  • Don't Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn
    http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/02/dont-lecture-me-rethinking-how-college-students-learn-2/
    During the Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching (HILT), educators and researchers described the ways they've transitioned from lecture-based learning to a peer instruction-focused curriculum.- helga helga Nov 17, 2012- kumiko.aoki kumiko.aoki Nov 18, 2012 Glad to hear about peer-based learning approaches in practice- jasonr jasonr Nov 19, 2012- paul.turner paul.turner Nov 19, 2012- Mara Mara Nov 19, 2012- michael.lambert michael.lambert Nov 20, 2012- lisa.koster lisa.koster Nov 20, 2012 - neil.witt neil.witt Nov 21, 2012 It is critical for the instructional focus to shift to the student, supporting the emergence of the independent learner.- deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012 - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Nov 26, 2012 a paradigm shift for many university professors, but all too necessary for students of today/
  • Education, Technology "Journalism," and the Apple PR Machine
    http://hackeducation.com/2012/10/24/omg-ipad-mini-education-revolution/index.php
    This post points out the conflicting interests of companies and education, discussing how companies may promote devices supposed to revolutionize education, but without researching into the specifications educational tools need. Also short product life-spans make it difficult to integrate tools into curriculum. "obsolescence and the manufacture of desire"- jasonr jasonr Nov 19, 2012 - bdieu bdieu We have seen this as on of the greatest challenges of instructional design...designing a course for all possible platforms, knowing that the platforms will change easily within six months or so. - deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012
  • Education spending rising, but access to higher education remains unequal in most countries, says OECD
    http://www.oecd.org/edu/educationspendingrisingbutaccesstohighereducationremainsunequalinmostcountriessaysoecd.htm
    A report from the OECD revealed that countries that invest in education experience long-term economic and social benefits, as seen in Australia, Finland, Ireland and Sweden.- dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - helga helga Nov 17, 2012- skeer skeer Nov 20, 2012 - neil.witt neil.witt Nov 21, 2012 I believe this is why MOOCs will become increasingly valuable. - deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Nov 26, 2012
  • Elite Education for the Masses
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/elite-education-for-the-masses/2012/11/03/c2ac8144-121b-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_story.html
    More than 1.7 million people have registered with Coursera since its launch in April, and the list of partner schools providing free courses continues to grow. This article describes the how universities and students perceive the advent of free high-quality education. -
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    Call it the Grand MOOC Challenge.- dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - andrew.barras andrew.barras Nov 16, 2012 - j.zagami j.zagami Nov 16, 2012 " “It’s like teaching a stadium...You could teach a lecture course in a stadium, but how engaged would the students be sitting in the top row?”" Always glad to see a critical POV of MOOCs.- jasonr jasonr Nov 19, 2012 Just finished taking an 8-week Coursera course...and loved it. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Nov 20, 2012- lisa.koster lisa.koster Nov 20, 2012- skeer skeer Nov 20, 2012 I've taken two Coursera courses and am currently enrolled in two Venture-Lab courses from Stanford. All of them have been well executed, taught well and as responsive as possible to the massive enrollments. I would take these courses regardless of receiving 'credit' or credentialing of any kind.- deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012 While many mass representatives may join the course because it is free, very few are able to follow or derive benefit from in their contexts. Only those already acquainted with the culture and digitally literate benefit from it. - bdieu bdieu Nov 22, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012- lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Dec 2, 2012
  • Explainer: what is the open movement?
    http://theconversation.edu.au/explainer-what-is-the-open-movement-10308
    A well-written description of the open source movement and how open data, crowdsourcing and intellectual property fit into the larger picture of innovation and the exchange of information.-
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    A vital part of the landscape, one with a long-term adoption curve. - helga helga Nov 17, 2012 - jochen.robes jochen.robes Nov 18, 2012- Mara Mara Nov 19, 2012 would like to see more discussion about the value of openness for choice and innnovation - bdieu bdieu- skeer skeer Nov 20, 2012 - neil.witt neil.witt Nov 21, 2012 Crowdsourcing can prove to be very valuable with innovative efforts. Tina Seelig in Standford's "Crash Course on Creativity" talks about this use of crowdsourcing. - deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Nov 26, 2012
  • The Future of Education: Tablets vs. Textbooks
    http://mashable.com/2012/10/05/tablets-vs-textbooks/
    Tablet computers are being pushed into education by the government, publishers and the edtech industry because they are cost-effective and interactive teaching tools. But schools must have good infrastructure before these devices are widely adopted. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Nov 18, 2012- rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Nov 19, 2012- jasonr jasonr Nov 19, 2012- lisa.koster lisa.koster Nov 20, 2012- skeer skeer Nov 20, 2012 Local school IT environments need to be prepared to deal with this new infusion of technology....including bandwidths, firewalls, whitelisting sites and so on. Teachers need to receive professional development in the use of these devices.- deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012
  • Gates Foundation Kicks Off $2.5M College Knowledge App Contest With EdTech Hackathon At Facebook
    http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/27/gates-foundation-college-knowledge-challenge/
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a contest in September asking developers to focus on education and accepting submissions for educational apps that will help kids get in and stay in college. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Nov 18, 2012 I like this idea for two reasons: building college readiness support and creating personalized learning.- deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012
  • The graduates of 2012 will survive only in the cracks of our economy
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/01/graduates-2012-survive-in-cracks-economy
    This article compares Europe's economic and living expectations of the past with the new curve, showing how this generation of young, education people will grow up poorer than their parents. The leap in youth unemployment and debt has proven that "for the future to be better, we need to break with an economic model that no longer works." -
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    Not just Europe. How will the Great Recession change a generation of students?- dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - helga helga Nov 17, 2012- jasonr jasonr Nov 19, 2012 From all that I've read about the global economy, this article is true and does not only apply to Europe.- deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012
  • Heutagogy


    http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1076
    A form of self-determined learning with practices and principles rooted in andragogy, has recently resurfaced as a learning approach after a decade of limited attention. In a heutagogical approach to teaching and learning, learners are highly autonomous and self-determined and emphasis is placed on development of learner capacity and capability with the goal of producing learners who are well-prepared for the complexities of today’s workplace. The approach has been proposed as a theory for applying to emerging technologies in distance education and for guiding distance education practice and the ways in which distance educators develop and deliver instruction using newer technologies such as social media. The interest in MOOC's also contributes to increased awareness. the numbers (including myself) involved in Thrun's and Norvig's AI class are evidence that there is an audience for this - driven in part by curiosity, fees but also self empowerment cf occupy.- DaveP DaveP Nov 27, 2012How Will Classrooms Change With the Use of Computers?
  • http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/11/whats-the-best-way-of-using-computers-in-schools/
    Ideally learning with technology includes time for online learning, face-to-face interaction, and collaboration for students--or, blended learning. It is extremely difficult for teachers to establish this workflow without strategy or support, though. - richard.holeton richard.holeton Nov 17, 2012 I think this article barely scratches the surface and could've been written nearly the same way 10 or 15 years ago. I will keep my eye out for some alternative suggested articles, but I think this question should be reframed for 2012 in terms of the pedagogical design (or lack thereof) of MOOC platforms coming into widespread use. There are three decades of research on computer-mediated communication, computer-supported collaborative learning, and online and blended learning that should be informing the design of MOOC platforms. To what extent is this happening?
  • Learning in the social workplace: the impact of social media
    http://de.slideshare.net/janehart/learning-in-a-social-workplace-the-impact-of-social-media
    Presented at the 2012 CSTD Conference, Jane Hart's slidshow introduces the idea of social learning via the ‘Smart Worker’--a person who learns continuously on the job using collaborative techniques via the Web and social media platforms - andrew.barras andrew.barras Nov 16, 2012 a person who learns continuously or Just In Time is not going to get a degree. They will be constantly taking classes either for free or for very low cost and reshaping their skill set as the market changes.- helga helga Nov 17, 2012- lisa.koster lisa.koster Nov 20, 2012 I agree with the ideas of this presentation and see it happening at my work place every day. I use social media each day to keep up, get information and training and bring new information into our workgroup. Without access to social media, we would miss important developments in our field. - deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012
  • Not All Students Are Treated Equally in Today's Digital Era: A Call for Accessible Technology in Higher Education
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sean-devine/not-all-students-are-trea_b_1752292.html
    Though "38 percent of students said that they could not go more than 10 minutes without checking their mobile device and 98 percent of students reported owning a digital device," a report has shown that the needs of visually impaired students are not being met and education technology providers as well as professors need to be accountable to ensure their offerings are accessible to students with print-related disabilities.- dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - helga helga Nov 17, 2012- jasonr jasonr Nov 19, 2012 - bdieu bdieu Nov 20, 2012
  • Penn State branch campuses virtually linked through hybrid classes
    http://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/penn-state-branch-campuses-virtually-linked-through-hybrid-classes/
    The Penn State Video Learning Network (VLN) allows students at Penn State branch campuses to take a course from other locations through video conferencing to deliver the course live.- dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012- lisa.koster lisa.koster Nov 20, 2012This certainly opens the door for students to take courses not otherwise offered at their campus.
  • Plan a Trip Through History with ORBIS, a Google Maps for Ancient Rome http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/plan-a-trip-through-history-with-orbis-a-google-maps-for-ancient-rome/257554/

    http://dhs.stanford.edu/orbis/catastrophic-success/


    Not only a geospatial network model of the Roman world, ORBIS offers an evolved model for interactive scholarly publication -- website, database, visualization tool, scholarly paper. - richard.holeton richard.holeton Nov 17, 2012
  • Universities are Engines for the Creative Economy
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-van-zandt/design-school_b_1367783.html?ref=education&ir=Education
    This article brings up the importance of design skills to employ creativity in industry and that programs involving design truly enhance other disciplines. Some examples of new degree created in this vein include design and technology, urban design, cross-disciplinary design, and design and management- dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - j.zagami j.zagami Nov 16, 2012All 21st century university graduates should take at least one design course. We need more makers!- paul.turner paul.turner Nov 19, 2012 - bdieu bdieu Nov 20, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012- lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Dec 2, 2012
  • Why Social Media Needs to Be Part of Every College's Crisis Communication Plan [Infographic]
    http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2012/10/why-social-media-needs-be-part-every-colleges-crisis-communication-plan-infographic
    In a crisis, colleges need to be able to deliver messages through various mediums. In the case of Hurricane Sandy, Fordham University, located in the Bronx, lost access to its website and e-mail system as a result of a power outage, and took to Facebook and Twitter to give updates. - neil.witt neil.witt Nov 21, 2012 Having just had a Learning System outage for a week this is very high on my agenda Very important...meet the students where they are. - deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012
  • With 'Access Codes,' Textbook Pricing Gets More Complicated Than Ever
    http://chronicle.com/article/What-Is-an-Access-Code-Worth-/134048/
    [[@http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-did-the-robot-end-up-with-my-job.html?_r=1&|A student at the University of Maine drew attention to the trouble with bundling access codes to online content with print textbooks-- an issue that highlights the "awkward transition" from print to digital textbooks. - andrew.barras andrew.barras Nov 16, 2012 trying to preserve a scarcity model in an age of abundant information. Not going to work for long. see How A Robot Will Steal Your Job]], specificallythe section on machine created news stories. How Did the Robot End Up With My Job? - michael.lambert michael.lambert Nov 20, 2012
  • A world map of Open Educational Resources initiatives: Can the global OER community design and build it together?
    http://efquel.org/a-world-map-of-open-educational-resources-initiatives-can-the-global-oer-community-design-and-build-it-together/
    Athabasca University is seeking to engage the international OER community in a series of conversations about designing and establishing a network of OER initiatives, much like the Open CourseWare Consortium, and the Open University OLnet project in the UK.- dolors.reig dolors.reig Nov 16, 2012 - helga helga Nov 17, 2012 Very much needed to circumnavigate the OER space- jasonr jasonr Nov 19, 2012 the movement is gathering strength and speed thanks to the commitment of its members - bdieu bdieu Nov 20, 2012 - neil.witt neil.witt Nov 21, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012
  • Hybrids, convertibles or tablets?
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/are-hybrids-and-convertibles-the-future-of-computing-or-destined-to-fail/ Tablets are one important topic, but there are possible alternatives...- rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Nov 19, 2012
  • Chinese Higher Education Trendshttp://mjdennisconsulting.com/2012/05/chinese-higher-education-trends/
    "Chinese student enrollment will continue to increase and dominate international student enrollment in the immediate future. However, as the Chinese government continues to fund higher education and Chinese colleges and universities improve fewer students will leave China to study. It won’t happen tomorrow but is a trend to watch with huge implications for colleges and universities around the world who depend on Chinese enrollment for financial viability." Perhaps, others may feel this is not an issue...but with the increase acceptance of foreign students due to lack of money to support the university, and universities starting their own colleges in China and beyond, foreign students will begin playing a major in the course offerings, curriculum, etc. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Nov 20, 2012 I see this happening at the University of Oregon. Our programs that involve Asian students coming to the US for internships, cultural exchange and the opportunity for graduate degrees are growing rapidly. - deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012
  • Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Learner
    http://edcrunch.org/2012/03/09/cultivating-the-entrepreneurial-learner/
    Here are a couple of bullets in this 80 min video: The technology is the easy part. The hard part is what are the social practices around this and the institutional structures that match the new technology/tools; Half-life of skills is ~5 years, people must be constantly reinventing themselves and their skills. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Nov 20, 2012 I think the last statement mentioned above is the new truth for all of us in the current fragile global economy. Constant reinvention, improvement and skill building is a necessity if one expects to remain relevant. - deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012 - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Nov 23, 2012- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Nov 26, 2012
  • This Visible College
    http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/visible-college
    What does the future hold for higher education? How is American academia changing under the impact of continuous technological transformation? [[user:michael.lambert|1353330649]- jasonr jasonr Nov 19, 2012 Higher education has got to realize that the tsunami of technological transformation is inevitable. - deborah.heal deborah.heal Nov 21, 2012