2012: the Education Revolution: Report from the Front

A revolution is taking place in education.  Based in technology and fueled by the flagging world-wide economy, higher education is reforming.  The business, leisure, and everyday life of most people who live in developed countries (and increasingly in less-developed countries) is far more sophisticated technologically, much more interactive, and more engaging than the model classroom that persisted in America for more than a century.  Those changes that have come quickly elsewhere, bringing new opportunities, new connections, and enhanced informal learning are now seeded in higher education.  We will look at where we are today in this Report from the Front in the Education Revolution.

Why this presentation is Power Pointless !

For the past half dozen years I have - whenever possible - avoided Power Point for presentations.  The concept of developing a presentation that is not native to the Web, that is proprietary in form, and that does not easily promote broad sharing and participation is not consistent with our approach to teaching and learning in the 21st century.  Instead, I have used presentation blogs, Google Sites, Prezi, SlideShare, and other Web-based, open tools.  I believe that these model the practices we should encourage broadly.



Smartphones outselling other instruments (including combined laptop/tablets) 
BYOT and BYOD (not BYOB) 

Apps and the LMS

With more and more students using smartphones and tablets, apps are now replacing even the LMS 

Virtual / Augmented Environment

Here is an example of a virtual augmented environment:


Social constructivist

New Online Teaching Model: Sage-on-the-Side? 

Blended approaches

Hybrid, Blended, Flipped, Inverted - the demise of the passive classroom lecture 

Active Learning

Passive learning is passe' (and not as effective) - Active learning engages each learner in thinking, acting, leading 

Learning Games

Motivation, engagement and opportunities for self-paced learning to accomplished defined outcomes 

Adaptive learning

The Rise of Adaptive Learning   (begin video 3:15 in - run to 6:15)


Combining some of the new technologies with the robust bandwidth of 4G can make for great learning opportunites

Super Wi-Fi
Using "white space" freed up by the move to digital television - broadband can be distributed widely


Competition in cloud storage is heating up - note box.net announced free 50 gB storage for Droid through 4/23
Here is how cloud services accelerate and enhance e-learning:

Learning Environments


Gaming the System: What Higher Ed Can Learn 


MITx launched on March first to provide MIT courses leading to a certificate of completion at low cost
Last month they announced that they expect to reach 1,000,000,000 (one billion) learners in the coming decade 

Badges and Certificates

What are digital academic badges - MacArthur / Mozilla secure badge initiative?  (start 3:55...)

Forces and Factors


graph of tuition increases

For-profit universities are bringing the efficiencies and the competition of the marketplace to higher education
But, at what quality and what success rate?

Certificates, badges, OERu, and more are fueling the rapidly-expanding open learning movement that will affect us all


Nicholas Negroponte reminds that even the youngest learners now expect interactivity:


Predictive data analytics changing the way we teach, enabling students to succeed:

Summing up

Advancing rapidly - almost too fast to track - opportunities abound 
Caution - do not commit long-term to a technology because it is likely to be superseded

Continues to evolve, trailing technology and taking into account the changing student characteristics
Caution - remain open to new approaches to best serve the interests and needs of students

IPv6, 4G, and Super Wi-Fi are expanding the scope and speed of of the network to nearly everyone
Caution - remain alert to new opportunities to provide even greater bandwidth to learners

Learning Environments
Alternative educational certification through badges, certificates are moving very rapidly
Caution - we may need to respond to these changes or face rapid erosion of online student base

Forces and Factors
The youngest of children have come to expect interaction, engagement and active learning
Public higher education has priced itself out of affordability for many students while competition has escalated
Caution - we need to look long and hard at ways to make our learning engaging, affordable and competitive


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