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.

New NBER Study on Online Education is Deeply Flawed

By Phil HillMore Posts (466) Caroline Hoxby from Stanford University just published a working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) claiming to analyze “The Returns to Online Postsecondary Education”. tl;dr This report is a hot mess that that … Continue reading

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Understanding Learning Science and Its Value to Educators

By Michael FeldsteinMore Posts (1097) In a world where we are constantly barraged with product claims about “learning science,” most educators have very little sense of what that really means and how it is relevant to what they do. I … Continue reading

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Improved NAU Student Success in Subsequent Courses After Math Emporium

By Phil HillMore Posts (466) Last week I published three e-Literate TV episodes on Northern Arizona University and their suite of initiatives aimed at helping first-year (and often first-generation) students. In those videos, NAU staff made some interesting claims, in … Continue reading

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Winter Is Here: EdTech investments and M&A dropped significantly in 2016

By Phil HillMore Posts (466) With the long-term rise in Ed Tech investments – starting in roughly 2007 – many analysts have been predicting a fall for several years. Maybe not a bubble burst like we saw in 2001, but a real … Continue reading

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Schoology Layoffs: Focusing on smaller higher ed opportunities

By Phil HillMore Posts (466) We’ve noticed and had several people ask us about corporate changes at Schoology, the LMS vendor. More specifically, the questions have been based on whether they are laying off staff, and what that means for … Continue reading

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