Until I looked really, really hard.
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.
California is supporting the research-backed practice of emergency financial support, which is good. But they don’t appear to be approaching it in a research-minded way, which is bad.
Get ’em while they’re hot!
PIRG’s SPARC group filed a brief with the Department of Justice opposing the merger between Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education. The section on data danger is worth a close read.
One of the challenges facing higher education is a huge amount of tacit knowledge—things that we don’t know we know—about both our academic expertise and our teaching expertise. We need to make that knowledge explicit in order to make progress. This post unpacks a peculiar kind of literacy problem.
The IMS has been amazingly successful. I take a deep dive into both the what and the why, and then look at how the next challenge of learning analytics is going to mean the next decade of interoperability work will be different from the last one.
e-Literate is changing its URL, its look and feel and, most importantly, is morphing into a much broader organization with multiple functions. This post provides an overview of the new world.