09.25.2014

CQ University brings human body studies closer to home

1Central Queensland University is giving its distance education students the ability to conduct practical laboratory studies of the human body through an online platform.

The university has adopted an adaptive e-learning platform, developed by Australian education technology start-up Smart Sparrow. It will allow students to undertake studies of the human body using online virtual patients, clinics, dissecting rooms, labs, and diagnostic tools through interactive and adaptive learning experiences powered by learning analytics.

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09.25.2014

The MOOC Completion Conundrum: Can ‘Born Digital’ Fix Online Education?

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One of the great ironies of online learning is that a tool created to foster personalized learning is actually quite impersonal, in practice. It doesn’t have to be that way.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are based on a simple premise: deliver free content from the world’s greatest professors to the masses, and a global community of students could take the same courses as students attending elite colleges and universities.

The hope was that broad-based access to higher education would enable unprecedented numbers of learners to fulfill the democratic promise of higher education, social mobility and professional attainment.

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09.25.2014

Understanding What Tools Professors Actually Want: The Need For Design Thinking In Higher Ed

The following narrative is famous in the design world: A man named Sam Farber noticed that his wife’s arthritis made it difficult for her to use a vegetable peeler, so he created a version with a much larger, softer handle that was easy to grip.

As it turned out, many other people had similar needs— or just appreciated the comfort of the design. In just a few short years, the company he created—OXO—went from a small maker of kitchen gadgets to a product empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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