This Flipped Class Is Studying Biology with a $10 Microscope and a Smart Phone — Campus Technology

Take a smartphone, add $10 worth of plywood and Plexiglas, a bit of hardware, laser pointer lenses and LED click lights from a keychain flashlight and you have a DIY microscope worthy of use in college classes. At least, that’s the idea of an instructor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology who is adding the do-it-yourself technology in her biology lab courses.

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When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It

The recent Windows 8.1 August Update blindsided many users with issues. Some experienced BSODs or black screens, while others found themselves stuck in an infinite reboot loop. If you’ve been negatively affected by a Windows Update, here’s a quick list of troubleshooting steps that will help you restore Windows to a functional state. Windows Crashes…

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SHLB Symposium: “School-Library Partnerships and Other Strategies for Anchor Institution Broadband Deployment.”

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014        9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Hamilton  600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Join the SHLB Coaltition in exploring school-library broadband partnerships and other strategies to promote broadband deployment for community anchor institutions. 

We will discuss the implications of the FCC’s most recent E-rate order, the Connect America Fund reforms, and prospects for additional changes to the E-rate Program expected this year.  The program will include an variety of policy-makers, broadband providers and school/library representatives. 

A LIVE webcast option is also available. 

If you are interested in presenting or sponsoring, please contact our

Program Manager, Emily Olson, at

Lev Gonick, the CEO of OneCommunity, will deliver a keynote address about his “Big Gig” grant program announced on Aug. 7.  We are also expecting speakers from the FCC, the Obama Administration, schools and libraries, and broadband companies. 

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Massive Open Online Courses on Health and Medicine: Review

Background: Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become immensely popular in a short span of time. However, there is very little research exploring MOOCs in the discipline of health and medicine.
Objective: We aim to provide a review of MOOCs related to health and medicine offered by various MOOC platforms in 2013, by analyzing and comparing the various offerings, their target audience, typical length of course, and credentials offered. We also discuss opportunities and challenges presented by MOOCs in health and medicine.
Methods: Health and medicine–related MOOCs were gathered using several methods to ensure the richness and completeness of data. Identified MOOC platform websites were used to gather the lists of offerings. In parallel, these MOOC platforms were contacted to access official data on their offerings. Two MOOC aggregator sites (Class Central and MOOC List) were also consulted to gather data on MOOC offerings. Eligibility criteria were defined to concentrate on the courses that were offered in 2013 and primarily on the subject of health and medicine. All language translations in this paper were done using Google Translate.
Results: The search identified 225 courses, of which 98 were eligible for the review. Over half (58%, 57/98) of the MOOCs considered were offered on the Coursera platform, and 94% (92/98) of all the MOOCs were offered in English. Universities offered 90 MOOCs, and the John Hopkins University offered the largest number of MOOCs (12/90). Only three MOOCs were offered by developing countries (China, West Indies, and Saudi Arabia). The duration of MOOCs varied from 3-20 weeks with an average length of 6.7 weeks. On average, MOOCs expected a participant to work on the material for 4.2 hours a week. Verified certificates were offered by 14 MOOCs, while three others offered other professional recognition.
Conclusions: The review presents evidence to suggest that MOOCs can be used as a way to provide continuous medical education. It also shows the potential of MOOCs as a means of increasing health literacy among the public.

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The Disruptive Potential of the Massive Open Online Course: A literature review
Cengage Learning Recognized for Technology Innovation as 2014 Ebbies … - Newswire Today (press release)
Cengage Learning Recognized for Technology Innovation as 2014 Ebbies …

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Resources for Blended Learning Instructional De…

How to design for blended learning and the flipped classroom? This post provides resources for instructional designers to get started.

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21 Incredible Things Your iPhone Could Do

We know, there’s absolutely loads of “things your iPhone can do” and “did you know your iPhone can…” articles out there, but that’s because smartphones these days can do so much stuff! So, the team over at Aplus collected 21 things you can fun with if you happen to have an iPhone, and you may not have even heard of some of these yet!

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Essay on creating an alternative, nationally offered core degree experience @insidehighered

he U.S. Department of Education announceda new round of experimental sites to test new competency-based education (CBE) models. There is a lot of excitement in the CBE community about this development, which will provide welcome regulatory space for aid distribution formulas, an important structural component to any new form of delivery.

However, buried further down in the department’s press release was an additional announcement that has received scant attention, but which made my pulse quicken:

To continue efforts to increase opportunities for Americans to strengthen their professional skillset, the department is also announcing today that it will collaborate with the Department of Labor to develop a $25 million grant competition for an Online Skills Academy to support the development of a platform to enable high-quality, free or low-cost pathways to degrees, certificates or other employer-recognized credentials.

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Putting publishing into the hands of students - Book Creator app | Blog

Jane Ross was bold enough to put publishing into the hands of her students. Look what happened.

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