Blended Learning is helping to evolve teaching as it provides increased benefits for both teachers and students.

The infographic below highlights the benefits of blended learning and how blended learning can improve conditions and provide for increased career opportunities within education.

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OPEN Courseware (OCW)

What is Open Courseware?

Open courseware (OCW) programs are developed by universities. These universities have a department especially for develop OCW content. The content is just recordings, assignments, and readings from professors teaching a class on campus. In essence, Open Courseware (OCW) is repurposed content from traditional course.

How Does It Work?

These resources are collected and uploaded to a website accessible to everyone from around the world. OCW courses don’t involve real time professor to student communication, any deadlines or required assignments, and there’s no credit granted at the end of the course (or degree for that matter) but the classes also don’t cost anything and people can start and stop them whenever they wish. The bottom line is: OCW is all about self-learners, people who just have the thirst for knowledge. And the best part is – the top colleges in the country and world are getting on board with this, which means OCW offers fairly expensive content completely for free.

How Is It Useful?

While it might seem like kicking off an OCW site would be cheap for universities – the content is already in existence, after all – but Yale predicts it costs them about $30,000-$40,000/ year to keep their OCW running. These costs include the video equipment, the employees managing the site, and more. This isn’t a particularly huge dent at a college like Yale, but it is a completely free service and therefore Yale has no way of recouping its costs. The mission of OCWs, however, is to distribute free content. Fortunately there are many non-profits who see the value in this kind of accessible education and are donating grants and funds to the cause.

Open Courseware Organizations

The following Infographic from OnlineCollegeCourses.net presents the important points around open courseware:
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I Love Cloud Based Apps!

It was an easy for me to move to cloud-based software services (apps) and put an end to mailing myself documents or carrying disks (I’m old! LOL) or thumb drives of large presentations. To have the convenience of having EVERYthing accessible from any Internet connected device was a dream come true!

The free services continue to grow in Higher Education and where colleges previously spent millions, Google and Microsoft are fulfilling the need. The two also have versions they promote as safer alternatives for younger students in K-12.

EdTechMagazine  wrote about this growth recently  on college campuses and shared a wonderful infographic:

Available at no cost to students and faculty, Google Apps includes cloud email, storage, hosting, word processing and collaboration tools. Previously, colleges were forced to invest millions in these services and struggled to modernize outdated technology, not to mention maintain email servers and data centers. Microsoft has followed suit with their Office 365 solution, and the cloud revolution is in full swing on campuses.

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From EdTechMagazine.com

When it comes to authentication, most IT departments and end users trade internet security for convenience. Trying to remember long, complex passwords and using multifactor authentication is a pain and makes accessing data, e-mail and applications difficult. As the web has evolved, users tend to have user names and passwords for dozens, maybe even hundreds, of websites and applications. The cloud, while solving many problems, creates a new one: Our data is protected by only a password, with multiple points of failure.

Internet Security

If you have a wordpress web site you’re probably aware of the brute force attacks that happened at the end of last year and just this past April, where bots registered tens of millions of automated password crack attempts, targeting the default “admin” user name.

Automated computer programs are getting too sophisticated and too fast for simple passwords based on convenience.

Check-out the infographic below (click for larger image)

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Mobile Learning– Younger & Younger

I have six nieces and nephews under 10 and all of them are avid mobile learners. Some have their own ipads, a couple have other tablets and all of them can use their parents’ smartphones like pros. In fact, my sister-in-law joked that when she’s talking about things with her two boys, THEY tell her there’s never a reason not to know an answer. “Just use your iPhone” they’ll say!

Below find the latest research from PARENTS on early childhood use of mobile devices. The Infographic is compelling in its detail and the full (public) report is available from the download link.

Parents recognize the benefits.

Seventy-one percent of parents say mobile devices open up learning opportunities while, 62 percent say the devices benefit students’ learning and 59 percent say the devices engage students in the classroom. (see infographic below for a comprehensive list of statistics)

Parents are ready for change.

Forty-five percent of parents say they plan to buy, or have already bought, a mobile device to support their child’s learning. (use the download link below for the full report)

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Parents want to collaborate with educators.

Forty-three percent of parents say they need help finding good educational apps for their children.

Gunwald and Associates created the infographic below which also contains other interesting survey results.  What catches your attention about the future or mobile learning as it occurs at younger and younger ages?

*DOWNLOAD the FULL REPORT HERE

 

Mobile Learning - Parents Thoughts About Mobile Devices for Early Childhood and K-12 Learning

Source: http://www.Grunwald.com
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The following infographic analyzes 173 college majors and shows the top and bottom 15 unemployment rates along with their rank in popularity.

Perhaps more important than UNemployment is UNDERemployment–the notion that college graduates are employed in fields that don’t require a degree.

The Accenture 2013 College Graduate Employment Survey [DOWNLOAD HERE] indicates 41% of college graduates from the past two years are stuck in jobs that don’t require their degree.
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