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Jory Hadsell, Executive Director of the California Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeThe end of 2016 and move into 2017 kicks off a transition to a new phase for the California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI). Having served as the Chief Academic Officer for the project since almost the beginning of the initiative, and more recently taking over as

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Pat James, Executive Director, California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI)It’s hard to believe we are already at the end of 2015. This year for the California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) has been a busy one! In this blog post, I’d like to reflect on all we’ve accomplished and the results.

California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative(Warning: The first part of this blog is my own thinking about what we are accomplishing. The second is updates on the California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI). If you are here strictly for the updates, feel free to jump to the middle of the post. Otherwise, you might

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Photo by K. HanzWhile presenting recently, I used a PowerPoint slide that broke all of the style rules. It had way too much stuff on it, lots of writing crammed onto one small screen space. I did it on purpose. It was the list of what we have accomplished in two years! I call it the “WOW” slide and I’ve included it

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California Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeThe California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) has recently hit some major milestones–most significantly the selection of Instructure’s Canvas as the common course management system (CCMS) for our colleges.

The process actually started last summer at the Distance

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A Big Thank You: This, being my last “Tech Grants” blog, I would like to acknowledge several individuals who have made a difference. First, thank you to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Vice Chancellor Patrick Perry, who has been supportive of the efforts at all 112

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Hersh blog abstract(Watch This And Know What God Looks Like...)

It sounds like a joke: what happens when you cross a 3-D printer with a computer simulation of the human brain can that can count, remember and even gamble? A grant with a cash flow problem?

Martin Luther King. Jr. once noted that “we may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.” For the California Community Colleges, this boat is the Online Education Initiative (OEI). Funded by the California Legislature in 2013, it represents an initial investment of $57

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With over 100 million tweets overall, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London is now considered one of the most twittered about events in history. Usain Bolt's victory in the 2000-meter sprint garnered 80,000 tweets per minute (tpm), even more than the parachuting queen and Great Britain's gold

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This clever animated short—viewed by more than 1.85 million people on YouTube—lays out Sir Ken Robinson’s view of contemporary public education and how it needs to be reformed.

Turing with Siri

Over sixty years ago, the computer scientist Alan Turing set the bar for artificial intelligence to the level of any interface where human interlocutors are unable to distinguish whether they are talking to a computer or to another person. “Are there imaginable digital computers which
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Image created by Meredith Roberts.The war on everything, at your doorstep soon.

Has Apple hit a home run or committed a hit-and-run with the release of its redesigned and highly anticipated iPhone 4? Now that the Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports and other publications have given the product a thumbs-down, the controversy brewing about the iPhone 4's dropped calls,

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Will a “man on the moon” strategy of investment in educational technology lead to an era of unprecedented economic prosperity for the United States? The Obama administration thinks so, and is putting its money where its mouth is in its 2012 fiscal year budget with a proposed $90 million education

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Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Tom Petty, Ravi Shankar and other luminaries populate Martin Scorcese’s 2011 biopic titled “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.”

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“What, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I pray you excuse me. I have not time to listen to such nonsense!”

—Napoleon Bonaparte to Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamship

Cover of Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States 2011 According to the Sloan Consortium’s recent report titled "Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011:"

  • Online enrollments are growing at ten times the rate of the overall higher education student population.
  • Thirty-one percent of all higher education students now take at least
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As to the age-old student question, “what’s the point of learning this?” my mentor and Yale President, A. Bartlett Giamatti, replied that “it may not make you richer, but it will definitely make you richer inside.” Evidently Peter Thiel thinks differently. With a net worth of over 1.6 billion

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Many agree that for distance education to be truly successful, “human presence,” the ability to interact authentically with other human beings, must be central to the pedagogical design. YouSeeU.com capitalizes on this principle by providing customized LMS-agnostic

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robme1.jpg“The rate at which technology develops allows us to do more amazing stuff every day. It’s important to reconsider basic things like privacy at the same pace.”

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While some learning theories view student note-taking as an essential means of knowledge reconstruction, many students find the multitasking requirements daunting. Pedagogy 2.0 speaks with Cogi.com to learn about a mobile note-talking app that promises to help students listen

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In this edition of Pedagogy 2.0, I’d like to focus on a quiet revolution that is less about gold-plated iPhones and more focused on wonder, excitement, and just plain fun. I am referring to how a new generation of dreamers will change your life through a combination of daring, design, and

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What do you do when it is time for a new pair of shoes, a new bag or phone? Chances are you will shop for them online or buy them at the local mall. Yet a technical revolution on the scale of the Gutenberg press is quietly changing how we produce, what we consume, and perhaps most important, the role

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Written by Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network," "Charlie Wilson’s War," "The West Wing") and Steve Zaillian ("American Gangster," "Gangs of New York," "Schindler’s List"), the new film "Moneyball" opens with a simple white line against a panorama of the purest black. It reads:

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technology trends in higher education

 

Pedagogy 2.0If Homo sapiens are learning animals, shouldn't higher education be the most human of all professions? Pedagogy 2.0 considers the evolving discipline of education, how technology informs it, and how these changes in turn inform our view of who we are as a species.

 

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I don’t do social networks. I just don’t. You can take your Facebook, your LinkedIn, your Bebo, Blogster, Classmates.com, Delicious, Foursquare, Meetup.com, MySpace, Ning, Twitter, your Zoopa and the rest and, well, share them with your friends.

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The latest in a series of cloud-based Pedagogy 2.0 tools for creating and uploading educational videos is the YouTube Video Editor. Check out this short video and learn why this new application constitutes an important release, what it comprises and how you use it.

 

Montgolfier Aérostat Réveillon, 1783.The Montgolfier brothers could have lofted their Aérostat Réveillon on the sighs of relief issued by distance educators when the U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court ruling on June 5th, 2012 to vacate U.S. Department of Education §600.9c.