Can Digital Badges Help Encourage Professors to Take Teaching Workshops?
Ensuring faculty find the time to continue developing their teaching skills is a common topic of discussion. The article below considers how badges may serve as an incentive.
Excerpt: “Several badge formats have emerged that can be embedded on a LinkedIn profile or a personal web page, in a way that certifies the achievement was in fact earned and can be clicked on to reveal a detailed record of what the learner did to get the badge. Among the most popular badge platforms are Credly and the Mozilla Open Badges project.”
“Now some colleges are trying the badge approach in their in-house training, in part to expose more professors to the badge concept so they might try it in their own courses.”
Amid Fast Change, Group Seems Slow to Enhance Colleges’ Control of Online Courses
Developing successful alliances between universities can be hard going. We touched on some of the issues in an earlier piece, here and here. Below, The Chronicle reports on the slow growth of Unizin, a high-profile effort launched last year.
Excerpt: “Last spring a group of university leaders announced a bold, new project intended to help colleges gain more control of their online course platforms, as they increasingly turned to providers like Coursera or edX. A year later some observers are wondering what the group has actually accomplished, and where the consortium is headed.”
LinkedIn Eats the University
Ryan Craig interprets the recent move by Linked In to build a competency marketplace as an embodiment of Marc Andreessen’s claim that “software will eat everything“.
Excerpt: “LinkedIn’s competency marketplace is the “software” Marc Andreessen has been waiting for and that colleges and universities have long feared. And by owning the marketplace, LinkedIn is betting $1.5 billion that its own courseware will be disruptive as well.”
New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play
Connecting gaming to learning is the dream of many educators. Easier said than done, though. Here’s one approach that uses the incredibly popular Minecraft to teach beginner programming.
Excerpt: “Strum is one of 150 students who are now tinkering with LearnToMod, an educational add-on teaches you the basics of programming while creating tricks and tools that you can use within the Minecraft. The mod will be available to the general public in October, and its creators hope it will help turn Minecraft into a kind of gateway drug for computer programming.”
The Fascinating Science Of Aesthetics
Science is fundamental to what we do at Acrobatiq. In this article, scientists explore the connection between images and emotion.
Excerpt: “Filters may also stir up emotions that draw people to the image. The study authors note this connection—their findings mirror other studies showing that emotional response drives people’s engagement in social media. “Filters could have an effect on how the viewer feels,” explains Oshin Vartanian, a psychologist who studies cognitive neuroscience at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and who wasn’t involved in the study. “And there’s strong evidence for a link between an emotional response and aesthetic preferences.”