As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. (Heard on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday 4/17/16)
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Entries by innovate @ umass
(Goal: Promote Innovative Teaching/Research)
The Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) model complements course lectures by actively engaging students in solving structured problems collaboratively, working in small groups of six to eight students led by a trained peer. (April 4, 2016 Educause Review article, Elyse Feder, Ibrahim Khan, Gabriela Mazur, Tyler Vernon, Thomas Janke, James R. Newbrough, Lorie Shuck, Lin Zhu, and Pratibha Varma-Nelson)
What’s the first step of learning? Paying attention. Which may be hard for students to do when they’re constantly peeking at their phones. So, as the adage goes: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. (Jacquie Lee, nprED, 3/29/16)
77% of college students use the app on a daily basis. (EAB Daily Briefing, 3/30/16) Instead of fighting to keep students off of their cell phones and looking at their books, one professor is meeting his class where they spend much of their time: on mobile app Snapchat.
We are about to see a new kind of student on campus. They are the first wave of a post-millennial generation. They were born into a world of Google, Wikipedia, and cell phones, and entered adolescence the same year that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Netflix Streaming, iPhones, GMail, and Google Docs all came into being. On […]
In this 3/21/16 Educause Review article, Helen L. Chen, Lisa H. Grocott, and Ashley L. Kehoe highlight promising, cross-cutting technological and pedagogical models that connect the dots toward agile, personalized evidence of learning.
JCAL special issue on “Learning analytics in massively multi-user virtual environments and courses.” (M.J.W. Lee, P.A. Kirschner and L. Kester) “Recent interest in online assessment of scientific inquiry has led to several new online systems that attempt to assess these skills, but producing models that detect when students are successfully practising these skills can be […]
When it comes to efficacy, the only definitive answer to the question “Is is this edtech tool efficient?” is “It depends.” In this 3/23/16 EdSurge article, Patricia Gomes interviews Barbara Means and Jeremy Roschelle (Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International) to hear their thoughts.
This article (“Collaborative learning“) presents the outcomes of a pilot study investigating factors that supported and constrained collaborative learning in a blended reality environment. Bower, M., Lee, M. J. W., & Dalgarno, B. (2016). Collaborative learning across physical and virtual worlds: Factors supporting and constraining learners in a blended reality environment. British Journal of Educational Technology. […]
Brian Fleming (Senior Analyst) offers some insights into adaptive learning technologies that might be helpful when designing an adaptive learning strategy. “Adaptive Learning Technology: What It Is, Why It Matters” (Eduventures, 4/1/14)
(Goal: Greater Emphasis on Student Agency)
Develop infrastructure to support faculty with “greenhouse” projects including student interns. (Goal: Promote Innovative Teaching/Research)
As campus exploration of adaptive learning tools grows in Year 2, we need to anticipate that we will be providing support for some of these tools through the Instructional Media Lab. (Goal: Greater Emphasis on Student Agency)
In the New York Times article (9/12/15), “Are College Lectures Unfair?,” Annie Murphy Paul explores the question of inherent bias in lectures. A study on flipped classrooms conducted in part by UMass Amherst Professor David Gross is mentioned.
“Higher education is in the midst of a kind of Renaissance.” In this Campus Technology article, John Waters explores the differences between “adaptive learning,” “personalization” and “personalized learning.” The article explores the impact of Gates Foundation funding in this area with discussion of early pilots at Arizona State, Rio Salado College, and publisher collaborations.
Makerspaces are playing an important role in how and where people learn.
Students engage more deeply when they build their own collections of materials.
Students working in groups can evaluate each other.
Work spaces with computers for individual or group work are popular with students.
Instructors can move around the room, project from mobile devices, and hand devices to students to work on problems.
Assess originality of student work and ensure proper citation of references.
Explore new ways to securely deliver homework and exams online.
Facilitate team-based, case study, and other active learning methods.
Host courses or collections of lectures, videos, books and other resources on iTunes U.