I have been a professor of Computer Information Systems at Union County College (Cranford, Elizabeth and Plainfield NJ) since 1983. My courses change as the computer field and knowledge about how people learn grows.
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  • Community college in New Jersey struggles to break through with adaptive math courses | InsideHigherEd on Sep 01, 15
    • “ALEKS has zero multiple-choice questions
    • despite all the hard work, and the money spent, the adaptive project at Essex isn’t working.
    • Dror Ben-Naim attended the meeting. The founder and CEO of Smart Sparrow, an adaptive learning company, said Walcerz offered a “realistic” take on the hard work it takes to make adaptive learning work on a campus.

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  • How about no grades for classwork? It might happen in some North Texas classrooms this fall | | Dallas Morning News on Aug 31, 15
    • One idea brought up by several speakers this year is a hybrid grades-free way of evaluating students. In each case, it included a high-bar pass/fail approach to class assignments, with a final, more regular grade for the entire semester.

       

      One of the speakers who presented what he called a “Not Yet” grade was “digital ethnographer” Michael Wesch, a professor at Kansas State University. That’s his photo at the top.

       

      He told the crowd that they had to inspire “wonder” in their students in order to get them to learn as much as possible. Some key quotes from him:

       

      “Low standards/high stakes are the opposite of what you want.”

    • “The new divide will be between those with wonder and curiosity and those without.”

       

    • Keynote speaker George Couros is a what’s called a “division principal” back home in Canada. He’s a blogger and author who is all about encouraging creativity and change in public education with an emphasis on taking advantage of digital tools.

       

      He told the conference that that it’s foolish to deny students use of their smartphones and other digital tools in the classroom — and even on exams. In 2015, being able to figure out what information is relevant is more important than memorization when most facts are a click away, he said.

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  • Technology reshapes education, 'making thinking visible' - Chicago Tribune on Aug 30, 15
    • Technology, she says, makes learning more “robust” and individualized, allows students to embrace creativity and offers new learning strategies.
    • The book’s author, Greg Toppo, a former teacher who’s now education writer for USA Today, said Stanford math professor Keith Devlin told him that if video games had been around in 350 B.C., Euclid would have made one.
  • The Basics of Open Technology | Edutopia on Aug 29, 15
    • The promise of contemporary technology lives in what these tools can do that previous learning and educational technologies could not -- they are open, connected, individualizable, and flexible.
    • if your school adopts these new technologies without adopting the policies and practices that take advantage of these differences, you have likely defeated your students before you've even begun
    • those students are the local administrators of their devices. They can download software, change settings, rearrange icons and menus, and personalize with on-screen images and bookmarks, or with stickers. They can make the computer fully theirs. Why? Because these are lifetime skills that they must learn, and because a "personalized learning device" is not that if we (not they) control it.

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  • These Videos Could Change How You Think About Teaching - Teaching - The Chronicle of Higher Education on Aug 27, 15
    • He tells his students that they shouldn’t worry about grades, and that they will get an A in the course unless he notifies them that their work is not strong enough to deserve it. In those cases their grade is "not yet," and he gives them a chance to try again. "I just let them do it over and over until they get it."
  • 6 Unusual Uses for Mouthwash - Grandparents.com on Aug 14, 15
  • Turnitin faces new questions about efficacy of plagiarism detection software | InsideHigherEd on Aug 14, 15
    • We say that we’re using this software in order to teach students about academic dishonesty, but we’re using software we know doesn’t work,” Schorn said. “In effect, we’re trying to teach them about academic dishonesty by lying to them.”
    • “teachers often find themselves playing an adversarial role as ‘plagiarism police’ instead of a coaching role as educators.”
    • In a position paper adopted in 2013, the National Council of Teachers of English said machine grading “compels teachers to ignore what is most important in writing instruction in order to teach what is least important.” Coupled with the rise in standardized testing, machine grading threatens to “erode the foundations of excellence in writing instruction,” the paper reads.

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  • Larry Lessig Believes Democracy Is Screwed. So He's Running For President To Save It. on Aug 11, 15
    • People will realize, "as Elizabeth Warren puts it, that we have to unrig the system,” he said.

       
       
       

    • What you’ve got to do is intervene in a way that gets them away from the resignation that nothing is possible,
  • Why Hillary Clinton’s college-tuition reform plan won’t help students - MarketWatch on Aug 11, 15
    • This isn’t just math, conjecture and common sense. Just last month the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which has become the center for research into student debt, published a new paper on precisely this topic.
    • searchers found a direct connection between increases in aid — such as federal loans and Pell Grants — and rising tuition.
    • Each dollar of extra student loan availability raised tuition by about 65 cents,

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  • Following the Money in Ed-Tech Investment: Number of Mergers Grows – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education on Aug 10, 15
    • Colleges are becoming more aware of the need to ensure that students are “employment ready” when they graduate,

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