In this week’s blog post, we’re excited to share with you some of the most trending industry developments in the higher-ed and edtech fields, as well as some developing student trends. From the emerging field of digital badging, to a web-based game that helps students with finances, this post will take you through the gauntlet of HigherEd improvements and student life. We hope you find this content useful and invite you to reply with comments and suggestions.
- EdSurge – Spotting Trends and Delivering Data to Connect Edtech Tools With Educator Needs – Now more than ever, data’s influence on modern education cannot be understated. Its influence is growing so powerful that edtech entrepreneurs are striving to understand the educators they sell to in order to better assist them in their universal goal of student success. Amy Rambo recognizes this connection and is helping edtech firms understand the changing education landscape to better appeal to educators.
- Forbes – Taming The Wild West Of Digital Badges And Credentials – Badges and Microcredentials continue to grow in use and popularity. Seen as substitutes for degrees and certificates, how effective are they at representing actual accomplishment and mastery? Many agree that Badges and Microcredentials have ways to go before becoming as accredited as their older, more prestigious cousins. However, they are an alternative to the more traditional routes of education and show no signs of disappearing.
- Inside Higher Ed – A Kayak for Credentials – Many students are wondering about the value of their earned college credentials. Students are not alone – employers are equally uninformed about the benefits of hiring a well-credentialed recent grad. Credential Engine is working to develop a common language about credentials, focusing on the “competencies” that students must master before it is earned. This will create a better understanding between students and employers when they’re discussing the merits of credentials.
- Quartz – Your Social Media Profile Photo Makes You Human. Why is it Creepy on Resumes? – Everyone knows that including a photo on a networking site is about as essential as including a resume. A profile without either could never hope to land a job through networking. Since this is the norm on places like LinkedIn, why is it weird to add a photo to a resume? Apparently, this trend is shifting as personal branding becomes more and more prevalent.
- Tech & Learning 5 Tech Trends to Watch this School Year – Every school year, different trends always seem to emerge. For the 2017 school year, this article directs you to keep an eye on such technologies as coding, virtual reality, and real-time learning feedback. Do you think these trends will actually come to fruition this year?
- New York Times – A Game to Help Students Pay the Right Price for College – Teaching students anything may sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Trying to teach a student about their own finances? That’s an uphill battle up Mt. Everest. Luckily, a new edtech tool called Payback is here to help teachers and students alike in their quest to fight financial ruin.
- CNBC – Students Who Work Actually get Better Grades – But There’s a Catch – A working student is a responsible student, or so the saying goes. New research does, in fact, prove this concept with one major caveat – working too much ruins the delicate balance between work and school work. An overworked student will often see their classwork decline and will be less productive at their job. The solution: maintaining a balance between school and work will lead to higher marks, as well as a healthier bank account.
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