Welcome back to This Week in EdTech. Each week we share some of the articles that D2L staff are reading and talking about. Read on to find out what matters to the next-gen student, how to decipher “edu-speak” (and other educational jargon), and how some kids may never again get a snow day.
A Serious Rant about Education Jargon and How It Hurts Efforts to Improve Schools
MOOCs, STEM, IDEA, PD, SIS, 1-to-1. WTH? How are you supposed to understand what’s going on in education when you don’t even understand the language being used? Check out this rant from Liz Willen, editor of the Hechinger Report, on “edu-speak”.Read article
An EdTech Buzzword Bingo Card
The Still confused? NPR tried to explain some of the common “edu-speak” buzzwords we’re hearing a lot of these days (bingo card not included).Read article
Why Personalized Learning Matters to a New Generation of College Students
Personalized learning is about educating real people, with unique backgrounds, education and experiences, rather than a one-size-fits-all “student”. Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein examine this, and a few different approaches that colleges are taking.Read article
Where is L&D Heading?
Corporate learning expert, Ryan Tracey, recently spoke on the future of L&D at the Sydney eLearning and Instructional Design meetup. He collected some of the Q&A from that session on his blog.Read article
EdTech Around the World
UK Government Sets Out Green Paper Plans to Improve Higher Education
This new paper from the UK government includes proposals for aspects of their higher education system, ranging from tuition fees to enhancing high-quality teaching, and helping students decide what institutions to attend.Read article
More Arab Region Universities Offer Blended Learning
While pure online higher education programs are nearly nonexistent in the Middle East, blended programs are becoming more common as a way to offer students the convenience of online and on-campus classes together.Read article
What It Means to Be an Outstanding School
A recent study from Southern Cross University in Australia has outlined the 4 key elements to running an ‘outstanding’ school, where students sustainably achieve defined learning outcomes.Read article