Category Archives: Big Picture

The “Big Picture” category covers larger trends and topics that influence both the problems that technology can help address in education as well as the barriers to implementing high-quality technology-supported education. This includes research-based topics such as learning science and program effectiveness studies, philosophical discussions such as outcomes definitions, and macro-forces such as government policy, markets, and business models.

Setting a Standard for Explanations in Learning Science and Ed Tech

Ed tech and learning science are both littered with obscure and hard-to-read journal articles written for a handful of other experts on one hand and empty puff pieces on the other. We need a middle ground. Continue reading

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First Board Meeting For Kaplan / Purdue University: Tuition Levels Set

By Phil HillMore Posts (479) Last week was the first meeting for the board of trustees for NewU, the working name for Kaplan University now that it has been “acquired” by Purdue University. And yes, the scare quotes are intentional … Continue reading

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Whither Moodle?

By Phil HillMore Posts (479) On e-Literate and even more so with our LMS market analysis service, we have called out many times the broad dominance of Moodle in terms of active installations worldwide. In every region outside of North America … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation: Why it’s important to consult the original research

By O’Neal SpicerMore Posts (10) Last week the Brookings Institute published an article in its Economic Studies: Evidence Speaks series titled “Promises and pitfalls in online learning,” by Eric Bettinger and Susanna Loeb of Stanford University. The article is a … Continue reading

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Digital Badges Are Gaining Traction

By Michael FeldsteinMore Posts (1107) One trend that struck me as new at the recent IMS Global and ASU/GSV conferences was a ramping up of activity around digital badges. At the moment, they seem to be filling in cracks that … Continue reading

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