Press Clippings: Challenges and Trends

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Oct 30, 2011. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • Australia a Hot Destination for Tertiary Study in Business, Engineering and Technology
    New research has revealed that Australia remains a hot destination for international students, with one in three wanting to gain tertiary qualifications in engineering and technology (13 per cent), business and administrative studies (12 per cent), or management studies (eight per cent) at Australian universities yeah, beaches, sun///- gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014
  • Better Public Wi-Fi in Australia? Let’s Send a Signal
    The lack of Wi-Fi infrastructure in Australian cities stands in stark contrast with the uptake of smartphones by Australian consumers. As Google reported this year, almost two thirds of Australians now own internet-enabled smartphones.- joanne.woodrow joanne.woodrow Feb 4, 2014 very very significant - gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014- kevinashfordrowe kevinashfordrowe Feb 8, 2014Surely its time that we began to address this issue of wi-fi accessibility both with our cities in general but also in terms of civic and commercial spaces. I still can't believe how difficult it is to get access to wifi full stop (let alone good quality and cheap access) even in hotels in the national capital or when in other of the large cities.- geoff.romeo geoff.romeo Feb 10, 2014- jason.maddern jason.maddern Feb 12, 2014 like it (Adelaide is a few months away from it's free public wifi that covers the entire city centre)
  • Computer Science Graduates: Why Do They Top Unemployment Tables?
    This article discusses why computer science graduates in the UK are reported to have the worse unemployment rates of any subject at 14%. - Sam Sam Jan 28, 2014
  • The Current MOOC Trends Worth Knowing About
    This infographic takes statistical data from a survey conducted by Enterasys to show MOOC adoption trends worldwide. Unable to open this one for some reason, but
    MOOCs have emerged rapidly as identified in earlier Horizon reports. At World ELearn I attended the Preconference Symposium on MOOCs, and heard George Siemens discussing xMOOCs and cMOOCs, etc and importantly considering 'what's next?'...this is an interesting space to see the shape of future MOOCs...definitely one to have on the radar.- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 7, 2014

  • The Death of Degrees? 9 Alternative Credentialing Approaches
    Education Dive lists the nine most innovative examples of alternative credentialing they have seen thus far, as more and more options are becoming available. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 2, 2014 - dirk dirk Feb 2, 2014- joanne.woodrow joanne.woodrow
    ~ - gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014 (- cpaterso cpaterso Feb 6, 2014) Alternative credentialing approaches is one to highlight, and disrupts more traditional models. To illustrate, I have a Statement of Accomplishment for a MOCC completed at the University of Maryland, and the two MOOCs I'm studying now (through Coursera) offers Signature Track (one had a charge of US$39 and one had a charge of US$49) and upon completion of a defined suite of MOOCs, you can have a Specialization. Some clever thinking happening here about both monetisation and credentialing.- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 7, 2014- geoff.romeo geoff.romeo Feb 10, 2014- jason.maddern jason.maddern Feb 12, 2014

  • Everything in Moderation
    A professor's plan to let students in his Coursera massive open online course moderate themselves recently went awry. The 10-week course, titled “Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World,” is taught by Ebrahim Afsah, associate professor of public international law at the University of Copenhagen. His experiences highlight an important challenge that the scale of MOOCs presents: How do you wrangle tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of students into staying on topic? A traditional face-to-face course might fare well with one or two troublemakers, but those interruptions are magnified when enrollment reaches the thousands -- especially if those students can post anonymously. easy- you dont try and be a didatic teacher?- gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014 I've noted Karen Head's statistics for the Gates funded MOOC she was involved in -
    "We had 21,934 students enrolled, 14,771 of whom were active in the course. Our 26 lecture videos were viewed 95,631 times. Students submitted work for evaluation 2,942 times and completed 19,571 peer assessments (the means by which their writing was evaluated). However, only 238 students received a completion certificate—meaning that they completed all assignments and received satisfactory scores."- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 7, 2014
  • Explainer: what is the open movement?
    A well-written description of the open source movement and how open data, crowdsourcing and intellectual property fit into the larger picture of innovation and the exchange of information.- joanne.woodrow joanne.woodrow Feb 4, 2014 nice- gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014 (- cpaterso cpaterso Feb 6, 2014)- jason.maddern jason.maddern Feb 12, 2014 - andrea.mclagan andrea.mclagan Feb 15, 2014
  • FactCheck: is Australian education highly equitable?
    Whilst OECD data suggests a lower correlation between student background and performance compared to the OECD average, inequalities based on student background are still pronounced. There is also a diverse and complex range of additional inequalities in the Australian education system.
  • 5 Hurdles to OER Adoption
    In their quest to incorporate open educational resources (OERs) into today's college classrooms, OER advocates are coming face to face with technology issues, faculty pushback, information overload, and myriad other obstacles. As the use of digital, non-copyrighted, educational materials proliferates, the number of challenges has also grown. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 2, 2014 - dirk dirk Feb 2, 2014 (- cpaterso cpaterso Feb 6, 2014)Faculty pushback will coninue to be one of the biggest hurdles- crocky1959 crocky1959 Feb 23, 2014

  • 5 Things To Consider Before Teaching An Online Course
    Distance education has become increasingly popular but most institutions are not prepared to provide it. This article gives five main areas to consider when creating an online course.
  • In Shadow Of MOOCs, Open Education Makes Progress
    The author underscores the importance of differentiating open educational content from MOOCs and how they are often being lumped together in a detrimental way.
  • Internet Traffic Rise Needs Infrastructure Upgrade
    Australian internet traffic will increase by more than five times to hit one exabyte (one billion gigabytes) of data a month by 2016, a University of Adelaide mathematician and internet researcher has predicted. Professor Roughan is now working to generate new internet traffic matrices which will help network providers design efficient communications networks to cope with the increasing traffic.
  • Low-Income Australians Unacceptably Internet Deprived
    A recent survey by Anglicare Victoria, funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), has found that 49.2 per cent of low-income earners seeking emergency relief and financial counselling have no access to home internet, and mobile internet is inaccessible to 56.1 per cent. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 2, 2014 Equity issues have been noted in an associated workshop at an earlier launch of the Horizon Report. That is, it seemed that our reports might have an assumption that access to the Internet is a given, so there's a tension in identifying thee technologies and the trends across the 3 adoption horizons with understanding the challenges associated with equity.- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 7, 2014- geoff.romeo geoff.romeo Feb 10, 2014- jason.maddern jason.maddern Feb 12, 2014
  • Maths and Science Lecturers Struggle with Ill-Prepared University Students
    In the current schooling structure a student can undertake a degree in medical science, engineering or even actuarial studies at the state's top universities without having studied any science or maths since junior high school. Trying to make up for two years of education in what is a 12- to 13-week course is difficult on the students and professors. This relates more to issues of entry requirements, and difficult to see how this relates to our task, other than to consider how might new and emerging technologies require and/or enable new understandings of how people work and think mathematically and scientifically in a digital, networked world. Care is needed with ensuring that there's appropriate declarative knowledge, procedural knowledge and conditional knowledge developed prior to entry to University.- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 7, 2014
  • The Problem With Apps Is Smartphones
    This article brings up the clunkiness of our devices and explains why wearable, gesture-based and other more natural user interfaces will greatly enhance the way we access apps. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 2, 2014- joanne.woodrow joanne.woodrow Feb 4, 2014 - fang fang Feb 4, 2014- gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014 (- cpaterso cpaterso Feb 6, 2014) Yes, huge potential market for wearable technologies and likely to be 'disruptive' in that it will be driven by consumers, not educators.- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 7, 2014- geoff.romeo geoff.romeo Feb 10, 2014- jason.maddern jason.maddern Feb 12, 2014
  • Screen Addiction: Health Experts Say Excessive Amounts of Time Spent on Phones, Tablets Can Affect Childhood Development
    Spending large amounts of time on tablets, smartphones, laptops and applications like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can change our brains over time. Ms Highfield says while tablets, computers and mobile devices can be useful educational tools some children are overly relying on digital media. If I'm engaging with digital media, playing games and reading digital books, it might mean that I'm not building with blocks or painting with real paints or running outside and playing. Scrooge type view of smart phones- gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014 (- cpaterso cpaterso Feb 6, 2014) There's always a need for balance, whatever that might be or refer to (we're always told that too much of anything might not be good for your health)...not sure that this rates highly for our task here.- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 7, 2014
  • Time to Uncap and Unbundle University Education: Barber
    The concept of 'unbundled' education refers to the emergent practice of allowing students to pay for those services, and only those services, that they actually require. Optional extras in the form of tutorials, one-to-one coaching and a range of other academic and support services, all of which are currently bundled into the price of a degree, are stripped out and made available as premium products on a fee-for-service basis. not exactly new ideas- gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014
  • Unhangouts
    Unhangouts encourage students to explore their passions, and band together with others to tackle problems they care about. Cofounder of P2PU is working to create an online model of the unhangout that mimics an unconference where the agenda is not fixed, but participants can add sessions or float between different rooms. The platform is built an open source platform that leverages Google Hangouts. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 Similar to Google Hangout Parties which is a strong collaborative tool. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 2, 2014
  • University Libraries: 10 Global Portraits
    The Guardian interviewed 10 University Library chiefs across the globe to discuss challenges they face, plans for the future, and their role in higher education. nice piece- gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014
  • we need much better knowledge advocates Seat on the Board/executive?- gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014 For me, the implications for people and how they use technologies are exciting for the design of learning spaces (and how we more comprehensively define learning spaces). From personal experience in higher education over the last 15 years, more students are using our libraries and their resources, and these are now vibrant spaces and look and feel very different from the libraries in the 1990's...I think this requires Thought Leadership.- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 7, 2014
  • Universities Seek Copyright Law Reform to Enable MOOCs
    The university of Sydney and Universities Australia are soliciting for a review of the Copyright Act so that copyrighted academic material can reach wider audiences via MOOCs. About time- gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014 - andrea.mclagan andrea.mclagan Feb 15, 2014 - an interesting follow-on to this on Feb 14 with comments from Attorney-General George Brandis, as reported in the Guardian.
  • What Are the Essential Tools for BYOD in Higher Ed?
    As students come to campus, they now expect to be connected everywhere they go, therefore schools need to assess their current wireless network and add the routers and hubs needed to handle more devices and data. - gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014 The learner is now mobile and part of a larger digital ecosystem, connecting to the LMS and beyond, while they're on their way to and from University, having coffee, anywhere, anytime, so access, charging facilities, etc are becoming important, essential infrastructure.- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 7, 2014- geoff.romeo geoff.romeo Feb 10, 2014- jason.maddern jason.maddern Feb 12, 2014
  • What Everybody Should Know About Online Learning Environments
    Peter West, Director of eLearning at Saint Stephen’s College in Australia, discusses why integrating learning resources is important for blended learning strategies because integration removes the need to manage multiple accounts for users. ok yep - gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 6, 2014 Makes a useful distinction between LMS and OLE (online learning environments) - glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 7, 2014