A nice tie in with my article “Teaching with SmartPhones,” this infographic highlights the role that mobile phones (especially smartphones) have in the learning and living of college students. Thank you onlinedegrees for sharing it!
The Economist looks at Higher Education in American and examines whether the cost is truly ‘worth it’ for most American students now pursuing 4-year degrees.
With the introduction of the iPad, educators and administrators have been eager to see its potential for application in the realm of education and academics. Abilene Christian University has pioneered an aggressive mobile technology program in higher education (a first of its kind) for the past three years and is about to publish some rather surprising and positive results.
Namely, their findings that in undergraduate study, researchers state:
students who annotated text on their iPads scored 25% higher on questions regarding information transfer than their paper-based peers. In a separate project covering iPad usage patterns, two researchers studying ACU’s first all-digital class discovered that the iPad promotes “learning moments” and helps students make more efficient use of their time. Grad students working in an online program reported a 95% satisfaction rate for online iPad-based coursework. As far as the ACU studies are concerned, the iPad in education is a success story.
Today, The Daily Infographic has published information about the new economic bubble – students loans. It highlights the skyrocketing cost of higher education, the replacement of grants/scholarships with student loans, and the decline in value of a college education. It’s a very interesting and disturbing read.
The University of California at Berkeley at has made available a good chunk of its Fall 2011 courses via iTunes U for free! You can download courses on Biology, Chemistry, Economics, History, International Relations, Mathematics, Public Health, and more. These courses are entirely free – they require only a PC or a Mac with Apple’s iTunes software installed (also a free program). If you have an iPod, you can also take them on the go!
To look at the course offerings, click on this iTunes U link.
A recent article at Scholarships.com asserts that recent high school grads recognize that their High School classes were not challenging enough to prepare them for college and/or the ‘real world.’ See the article:
What high school student doesn’t love the idea of selecting a course based on the common knowledge the teacher is totally laidback and you’re guaranteed an easy A without much effort? We’ve all been there before and with all the classes high school students are required to take, many attempt to pack their electives with cushy classes before the reality of challenging college courses set in. But at what cost? According to a survey of 2010 high school graduates released by the College Board, 90 percent said their high school diplomas were not enough to compete in today’s society.
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Check out this very cool info graphic from Geeksaresexy.net. Some very cool (and some very frightening) info: