Interesting Reading


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Provocative quotes from Making Sense of Blended Learning:
  • "institutions should not waste money on trying to re-create the impression of live, face-to-face instruction by investment in expensive remote classroom systems for synchronous instruction">
  • "teaching in higher education is still a cottage industry where one individual is responsible for all stages of production and delivery"

One-Stop Shopping for (Free) Virtual Reality Contentlinks to external site
Article about Drexel University's repository of VR and AR Objects - to be used in both classroom and online environments

Can a Family of Bots Reshape College Teaching?links to external site
Article about a computer science professor who designed chatbots for his artificial intelligence online course and asked students to identify the chat bots from human teaching assistants. Not all students could.

The Important Distinction Between 'Digital' and 'Technology-Enabled' Learninglinks to external site
This article is targeted towards corporate learning (L&D) but if you exchange these words with "higher education" you can see that this topic really applies to our environment as well. "Digital, today, does not mean the application of technology. It means user-centricity [learner centredness]; it means adding value to the customer [learner]'s journey..."

2018 Horizon Report
This report, now produced by Educause, highlights trends in education technology, estimated time to adoption and presenting challenges.

New Virtual Reality School Hopes To Educate Canadianslinks to external site
Empathy is sometimes hard to teach and Canadian Residential Schools is a challenging topic to address and understand. Some researchers from the University of Manitoba are using an immersive environment to build a virtual residential school to allow learners to experience what it might have felt like from the student's perspective. 

The History of Augmented and Virtual Realitylinks to external site

Who knew that augmented and virtual reality went back to 1838? 

Ten Facts About Learning Analytics
Excellent fact sheet about learning analytics from Contact North. I like fact #1 - learning analytics are aimed at improving teaching and learning.

Mitigating Conflict in Online Student Teamslinks to external site
Practical article about how to handle conflict in online teams when you are the professor.

Athabasca University reaches deal with cloud-computing giant Amazonlinks to external site
Now this is innovative and out of the box thinking. It will be interesting to see what develops out of this relationship

Ten Facts About Artificial Intelligence in Teaching and Learninglinks to external site
Nice succinct article about the main aspects of AI and how it applies to learning and teaching in higher education. With references.

84 year old Texas Woman is About To Earn Her College Degree
I like these stories - shows that you are never too old to learn. Online learning played a role here in removing barriers to learn which makes this story extra cool.