Tuesday, July 28, 2015

From Online to Blended -- Part 1 (High Tech, High Touch)

Last update: Tuesday 7/28/15
Way back in the fourth century BCE, Aristotle noted that man is a social animal. Twenty-five hundred years later, his judgment stands, unchallenged by modern behavioral science. It also stands as a warning about the limits of innovations, e.g., online education programs, that don't give sufficient importance to people's needs to interact with one another.

Part 1 (High Tech, High Touch) | Part 2 (Uber & Airbnb) | Part 3 (Barnes & Nobel, Paradise Lost)

From Online to Blended -- Part 2 (Uber & AirbnB)

Last update: Tuesday 7/28/15
Some have proposed blended education as the solution; but I say, "not yet". Proponents of blended courses -- courses that mix online instruction with classes that meet fewer hours than traditional face-to-face courses -- cite studies that show that blended courses are as effective as traditional face-to-face courses. But I say, "How could this not be true?" If I can mix all of the best high tech from online courses with just enough face-to-face meetings to satisfy most students' social needs, then my blends, being the best of both worlds, will have to be as good as the traditional courses. Indeed, well designed blended courses should be better than face-to-face courses!!!
Part 1 (High Tech, High Touch) | Part 2 (Uber & Airbnb) | Part 3 (Barnes & Nobel, Paradise Lost)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 7/25/15

Last update: Sunday 7/26/15 @ 11:05 am
This week's cover = photo from tweet that Microsoft reports biggest quarterly loss ever 

... Other top stories = R.I.P for Dr. Cooper, Director White House HBCU Initiative ... FCC approves AT&T-Direct TV merger ... and Profit boosts Amazon shares

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs are using information technology to enhance the effectiveness of their teaching, research, and community service ... plus tweets about Ed Tech, Info Tech, and Hackers ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 7/25/15 @ 3 pm ... Links to previous editions of the Dozens can be found ==> Back issues.

A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  
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