Investment in education technology boomed ahead of Covid-19 outbreak

Posted in Teaching on May 26th, 2020 by steve

“Investment spiked in education technology companies last year, even before the coronavirus crisis forced schools to adopt remote learning en masse, according to new data. The UK’s education technology sector attracted $289m (€265m) in venture capital money last year, according to new data from Dealroom …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 26 May]

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Cost of Online Education May Be Higher Than We Think, Study Suggests

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 28th, 2017 by steve

“A study of the earnings of nearly every person who took postsecondary courses online between 1999 and 2014 finds little evidence that online education saves students or taxpayers money. While it is often thought that online education saves money …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 February]

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NUI Galway aims to enter world ‘top 200’ in new strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway says it plans to become one of the world’s top 200 universities in global rankings by 2020 under a new strategic plan. The five-year strategy, which was presented by college president Prof Jim Browne at an ‘all staff meeting’ on campus on Thursday morning, identifies the professional development of staff – including significant progress on gender equality – as key objectives …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 26 March]

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Indian giant gives lifeline to struggling universities

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“India’s richest company is forging a deal to transform Ireland into the world’s first stop for e-learning and earn millions for the country’s floundering universities …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 30 November]

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7,000 students return to school with digital schoolbags

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“It appears that some 7,000 fewer students will be plagued by back problems caused by carrying heavy bags full of books. Education tech provider Wriggle says it has kitted out 7,000 Irish schoolkids with digital school bags …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 2 September]

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Full-time undergraduate education: an unnecessary extravagance?

Posted in Teaching on June 3rd, 2014 by steve

“It is now thirty years since I started teaching at Institute of Technology, Sligo, and 12 years since I started working with distance learners online. During those 12 years I made two significant observations that have led me to the conclusion that the way we approach higher education needs to be changed …” (more)

[Brian Mulligan, University Blog, 2 June]


New institute aims to boost digital learning

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2013 by steve

“Back in the old days – or maybe even not so old – getting a college education often meant dragging yourself out of bed to make it to lectures. Today though, the mushrooming field of digital learning means that you can learn pretty much anywhere …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Survey Finds Skepticism Among Employers, Students Over Online Degrees

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2013 by steve

“Online education is quickly moving into the higher education mainstream with both fully online education and hybrid programs, but a survey the nonprofit organization Public Agenda found that employers and community college students remain skeptical about the value of online learning …” (more)

[Muhammad Nadeem, Education News, 25 September]

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I used to be an educational technologist. Now what am I about?

Posted in Teaching on September 20th, 2013 by steve

“… Right now, it feels like everything’s been ‘done’. Moodle works well in our institution, as VLEs do in most places. (The PLE has never really taken off, has it?!) We haven’t got any MOOCs yet, and perhaps it might be worth waiting a while before we decide whether to enter that space …” (more)

[Mark Johnson, Improvisation Blog, 19 September]

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EdX, MIT, and online certificates: How non-degree certificates are disrupting traditional university degree programs

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2013 by steve

“The rapid rise of online ‘certificates’ and how they threaten traditional university degree programs …” (more)

[Gabriel Kahn, Slate Magazine, 19 September]

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Education Reform: There’s NOT An App For That

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2013 by steve

“I’m an edTech guy. I celebrate game-based learning. As a result, probably twice a day, people ask me, ‘which apps should I download for my kid?’ …” (more)

[Jordan Shapiro, Forbes, 16 September]


First Look at Socrative Electronic Clickers

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2013 by steve

“I’ve started a trial of Socrative, a free web service that allows me to set up and administers quizzes as an app on iOS, Android or a web browser. I like what I see …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 10 September]


Irish online education provider Alison wins top global education innovation award

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2013 by steve

“Free online education provider Alison has won the World Innovation Summit for Education (Wise) Award for its outstanding quality and exceptional impact on education through innovation …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 9 September]


College Is Going Online, Whether We Like It Or Not

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2013 by steve

“The United States has a problem: rapidly rising student debt. It also has a solution: online education. The primary reason for spiraling student debt is the soaring costs of a college education at a physical college …” (more)

[Zachary Karabell, The Atlantic, 17 May]

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Computer students on cloud nine after graduation

Posted in Teaching on May 10th, 2013 by steve

“They’ve been in the same class for 18 months, but these students only met for the first time yesterday — at the graduation ceremony to mark completion of the country’s first dedicated degrees in cloud computing. The courses were delivered online by Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 May]

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Essay on how technology and new ways of teaching could upend colleges’ traditional models

Posted in Teaching on April 15th, 2013 by steve

“Although massive open online courses have been gathering substantial recent attention, future histories of education will likely only note them as a harbinger of change or transitional step into an educational model that is organized around learning …” (more)

[Richard Holmgren, Inside Higher Ed, 15 April]

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Digital resilience in Higher Ed

Posted in Teaching on March 21st, 2013 by steve

“… In our paper we take the concept and use it as a means of thinking about how HE institutions can view the impact of digital technology. As Joss points out we shouldn’t think of resilience as ‘resisting’, but rather an ability for core functions to persist, in a new context …” (more)

[The Ed Techie, 21 March]

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Magical thinking about technology in education

Posted in Teaching on March 21st, 2013 by steve

“Few high-tech entrepreneurs, pundits, or booster of online learning, much less, policymakers, would ever say aloud publicly that robots and hand-held devices will eventually replace teachers. Yet many fantasize that such an outcome will occur …” (more)

[Larry Cuban, Washington Post, 21 March]


Texting the course

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2013 by steve

“Here’s a phenomenon I hope doesn’t catch on: I recently talked in an airport departure lounge with a student (studying at another university) who told me that his entire knowledge for the forthcoming exams came from mobile phone texts …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 March]

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Learners Are People, Not Isolated Test-Taking Brains: Why MOOCs Both Work and Fail

Posted in Teaching on March 16th, 2013 by steve

“MOOCs – massive open online courses – are not the same thing as the enormously popular interactive games titled Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs). Nor are they the same thing as going to college. And this matters …” (more)

[Susan Blum, Huffington Post, 16 March]

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