Every week, Boundless collects the best edtech news to keep you informed of the latest trends.
Mobile or Not? How Students Watch Video Lectures
via Online Learning Insights
Learning how students interact with pre-recorded video lectures offers data on how educators can be more effective in reaching students and delivering meaningful content. Blogger Debbie Morrison says of the survey,
Our goal is to provide options that will help students learn anytime and anywhere, and by offering these options, and obtaining feedback from students, we can determine what works and doesn’t work for students so we can provide relevant and viable delivery formats.
Almost half of the students surveyed for this piece said they watch the lectures on a computer or laptop without downloading the video files, while about 15 percent do the same on their phones or tablets.
Reforming Copyright Is Possible
via The Chronicle of Higher Education
In order to create a national digital library, the backbone of copyright laws must be reformed—and certain organizations and individuals are pressing for change. For example, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a coalition of nonprofit libraries, universities and archives, wants to set a precedent for free knowledge when it rolls out its platform next spring. Though DPLA is opening up digitized copies of million of public-domain works, the article argues a lot of work still needs to be done to reform copyright.
10 Remarkable Statistics About the College Class of 2015
via EdTech Magazine
What should you expect from a college class made up of students who were just 11 years old when Facebook launched? Social media savviness unlike any other. Data from social media firm MRY shows that 59% of students in the class of 2015 admit to updating a social media status while in class. One statistic even shows that these students often watch TV while using at least two other electronic devices. Does this change how you’ll reach your students through social media?
Cheating in Online Courses
via Shanker Blog
After reading an article in The Chronicle that suggests students cheat more in online than face-to-face classes, Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics, offered his own insight into dishonesty. In this piece, he digs into what could account for a rise in cheating in online courses as opposed to traditional ones, and the results are pretty interesting. He writes,
[I]f it’s not necessarily the fear of getting caught, what might the reasons for increased cheating be? Based on our research, I would propose that the primary reason is the increased psychological distance between the dishonest act and its significance, and between teacher and student.
With edtech buzzwords popping up in education-centered conversations everywhere, it’s no wonder educators want to implement new technology into their classrooms. However, before teachers can successfully adopt edtech, they need to know if these tools can easily align to the school’s infrastructure and goals. Answering this article’s four questions will guide educators toward the right edtech plan.
What edtech news were you watching this week? Tell us in the comments below.
Photo by C. Regina