Welcome back to Portfolium’s ongoing blogging series that gives you an in-depth review of what’s been going on in the world of highered and edtech. In this week’s article, we will be looking at a wide variety of topics: microlearning in the workplace, blockchain’s role in edtech, synergies between micro-credentials and eportfolios, and how augmented reality will transform education as we know it. You may be wondering how we decide what to include in this blog – and what to leave out. Each of these articles were carefully curated by us and proved to be the most popular among our audience in the past week.
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- How To Use Microlearning To Promote Informal Learning At The Workplace by Asha Pandey on eLearning Industry – Compared to Formal Learning – practices like online and facilitated training – Informal Learning is learner-centric, triggered by the learner’s motivation. It provides control to the learners to choose the learning content (from various sources), based on their interest, preferences, and relevance. Find out why this model of learning is steadily increasing in usage due to developments in microlearning technology.
- MIT Has Started Issuing Diplomas Using Blockchain Technology by Brad Jones on Futurism – Blockchain technology is beginning to encompass a much larger part of business, education, and life itself. Previously used for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, blockchain has been repeatedly repurposed for things like medical records and logistics. Recently, MIT has utilized blockchain to prove ownership of their degree using the digital ledger. A new app gives graduates easy access to a verifiable, tamper-proof version of their diploma that they can share with potential employers. This new development is ushering in a new age of micro-credentials previously predicted to take years to arrive.
- Digital Portfolios + Micro-credentials = Massive Impact for Students & Teachers by Brianna Hodges on Digital Promise – A combination of digital portfolios and micro-credentials is proving to be one of the most effective methods of fostering student success. Indeed, research reveals that students ubiquitously perceive assessment as something that is “done to them by someone else — and is out of their control.” Now, students can actively grow and display their achievements allowing teachers to assess their progress organically.
- Faculty Buy-in Builds, Bit by Bit: Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology by Doug Lederman and Lindsay McKenzie on Inside Higher Ed – The days of ineffective online learning are effectively in the past, according to a recent survey of online professors. While faculty members remain slightly more likely to disagree than to agree that online courses can achieve student outcomes that are as good as those of in-person courses, the proportion agreeing rose sharply this year, and the proportion strongly disagreeing dropped precipitously. Click the link above to get all the details about how improved online learning techniques are making elearning more effective.
- 6 Broad Trends Emerge for Future of Ed Tech by Dian Schaffhauser on Campus Technology – People researching education technology and learning science — cyberlearning — populate the landscape. A new report has undertaken the ambitious project of sifting through what those researchers are exploring to uncover the major trends and help us understand where education — pre-K-12 and post-secondary — may be headed over the next decade or two.
- How Will AR Transform Education [#Infographic] by Meghan Bogardus Cortez on EdTech – The Summer of 2016 will probably be most remembered for the augmented reality (AR) video game juggernaut “Pokemon Go”, which captured students as a major audience. It also introduced educators to the power of AR. Many in the edtech business now predict that AR will have a more robust role in the educator’s arsenal due to rapidly improving technology. Take a look at this article and included infographic for more details about how AR will revolutionize education in the years to come.
- USM Digital Badging Initiative on William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation – As a way to help bridge the gap between students’ accomplishments in college and their workplace readiness, The University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation is working with institutions within the System to develop digital badges that will help students choose experiences aimed at developing career-ready skills and better communicate what they know and are able to do once they enter the world of work.
As you can probably tell, the highered and edtech world is rapidly changing. It’s our goal to keep you constantly informed on the most important topics facing this industry – and we hope that this helps you. Make sure that you join our mailing list so that you don’t miss any big news or updates.