Hack Education Weekly News: US Midterm Elections

Hack Education Weekly News: US Midterm Elections

A very quick round-up of the US Midterm Election results, mostly because seeing the Republican Party pick up so many offices across the country (particularly at the state level where the influence on education is huge) just makes me too sad. And this week was crappy enough already. (THANKS MOZILLA!) There were a couple of MOOC updates, a couple of sports-related scandals, some more spying undertaken by Harvard, some startup fundings, some product releases, and some "research." The usual... [...]

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The Future of Education: Programmed or Programmable

The Future of Education: Programmed or Programmable

Here is the transcript and slides from my talk tonight at Pepperdine University about the past, present, and future of education technology (along with my own experiences that leads me to make some of these claims). I'm making far too simple a divide here between programmed instruction and the programmable web, I realize. But I think we must talk more about the ideologies that are pushing ed-tech. Because ed-tech is deeply, deeply ideological. And those who pretend that isn't the case... well... [...]

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Maggie's Digital Content Farm

Maggie's Digital Content Farm

I was asked to be a "guest speaker" for Digital Writing Month, so here's my contribution. This first appeared on the DigiWriMo blog and on Hybrid Pedagogy. I debated whether or not it was appropriate for Hack Education or better perhaps for my personal blog. But it seems like we're asking students to do more and more of this content farm work. Educators are doing more and more of it too. I think it's time we protest. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: "Gainful Employment" Rules and More

This week was full of weird MOOC-related news. It's like MOOCs -- hell, much of ed-tech -- are still trying so desperately to stay relevant and to not sound completely a) evil or b) full of shit. Speaking of full shit, the Obama Administration released the latest version of its "gainful employment" rules, and no one is happy. Well, maybe the lobbyists are semi-happy. I mean, they dumped enough money into the effort. So yeah, for-profit education, NCAA-related news (also for-profit education, no?), and startup stuff. It's a healthy, vibrant sector we got goin' on here. [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: UNC Cheaters and Keene State Rioters

Hack Education Weekly News: UNC Cheaters and Keene State Rioters

It's school pride week, I guess, except not really. Students at Keene State rioted at the annual pumpkin festival. A report was published documenting 18 years of academic fraud involving student athletes (and professors and coaches and administrators) at the University of North Carolina. The University of Guelph has filed a trademark on "OpenEd." Boston Public Schools want campus cops to use pepper spray. The University of South Florida and schools in New Jersey and Maine freak out for no reason over Ebola. Meanwhile, another school shooting... [...]

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Hack Education Weekly News: Yes, #Gamergate is an Ed-Tech Issue

Hack Education Weekly News: Yes, #Gamergate is an Ed-Tech Issue

Ebola ebola ebola. MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs. College sports scandals. Violence against women online. More violence against women online. Denial about violence against women online. Security vulnerabilities. Funding for silly things. You know, the usual. Or at least, these are some of the major trends in education over the last few weeks. Strong work, team. [...]

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