October 2, 2018
This week, Mike and Brandon are joined by David Niemi, Kaplan's VP of Measurement and Larry Rudman, Kaplan's VP of Instruction to discuss David's recently published book, Learning Analytics in Education. David explains what went into creating the book, which he Edited and Co-Authored, as the group takes a critical look at how to think about measurement and learning analytics our rapidly changing digital world. How should we think about learning analytics in a burgeoning sea of Big Data? What can be gleaned from new troves of clickstream data? We talk about how this new field has the potential to increase learner success through a deeper understanding of the academic, social-emotional, motivational, and meta-cognitive context each learner uniquely brings. In particular, we dig into the problem of persistence to explore how data and learning analytics can help inform motivational interventions and other tactics to reach learners at risk of dropping out of high school or college. Listen in to get a taste of the fascinating concepts covered in depth in David's book Learning Analytics in Education.
September 25, 2018
Mike, Brandon, and Dan welcome in Dan Gonzalez, co-founder of District C, to the show. Distric C is a non-profit focused on workforce training and real-life learning for high schoolers through partnerships with local businesses. We discuss what employers and managers say most new hires are missing and how students can get a head start on workforce preparedness. Dan Gonzalez discusses how important using real world businesses problems and teaming with diverse teammates is to the learning experience of District C scholars. What can students learn from these encounters? How can intergenerational connections help grow the students’ and their corporate partners’ perspectives? All that and more on this week's Trending in Education.
September 21, 2018
On this extra, Mike and Dan dig into a few recent articles on GenZ and their preferred learning modes and platforms. Spoiler alert: research is showing GenZ prefers visual, video content and Youtube. How does this differ from Millennials and older generations? Along similar lines, we explore the decision by the New York Times Magazine to go audio and visual (text free) for this weekend's Sunday Magazine. Are new media trends unique to the younger generations or are they part of broader trends? How can we build towards approaches and platforms that facilitate cross-generational diversity and engagement so we can better learn from and listen to each other? Listen in to hear all about it.
September 18, 2018
The squad sits down with Jean Ellen Cowgill, the GM of Tic Toc Media, the social arm of Bloomberg Media, to explore how media consumption patterns are changing and how media (and learning) companies are evolving to meet the change. Jean Ellen explains how Tic Toc was formed and how they think about creating "nutirent-rich" short-form videos to share on Twitter and the inherent challenges therein. The group explores the complexities around fake news and problems of trust which apply to both news context but also to learning and media more broadly. Whether you're an educator, a media professional, or someone curious about how news and media are evolving, there's a lot to gain by listening in to this week's show. Enjoy!
September 13, 2018
Mike and Brandon sit down with Professor Nicholas Tampio of Fordham University to discuss his recent Aeon article on "looking up from your screens." Professor Tampio argues in favor of limiting screen time amongst school age children and getting out in nature more. The conversation covers the drawbacks to too much screen time, how parents can manage devices and more, and how schools are utilizing computers and tablets. Can screen time be limited, or all together restricted or do instructors and parents need to integrate the emerging technologies in more thoughtful ways? Tune in to find out.
September 11, 2018
On this week's episode, we discuss a recent article from Dr. Maryanne Wolf, Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. The article breaks down the changes Dr. Wolf has seen in how technology has lead to further skimming from readers. She discusses the changes happening to our brains as well as the differences in comprehension and retention of information. How does skimming compare to audio books and podcasts? What could the future of reading be as skimming becomes more and more of a reality? Tune in to find out.
September 4, 2018
Mike, Brandon, and Dan welcome Scott Jaschik, Co-Founder and Editor of Insidehighered.com, to the show. The group walks through a wide variety of topics concerning colleges and universities, from discuss dwindling enrollments and population changes in the Northeast to challenges emerging around international students. What are some of the biggest issues emerging on campuses today? Listen in to find out.
August 28, 2018
It's that time of year again! Mike, Brandon, and Dan take a look at the newly released Gartner Hype Cycle. Our trio of hosts breaks down how the cycle works, some of their favorite technologies featured this year, and some of the year over year changes. They also discuss what an education and EdTech hype cycle might look like. What do you think should make it on? Get hyped!
August 23, 2018
Mike sits down with Larry Rudman, VP of Learning Science and Instructional Design at Kaplan, to engage in a free-flowing discussion about the problems inherent in applying learning science findings in real life contexts in the modern world. Larry shares his personal experiences from a long and varied career in the field while summoning up fascinating examples of researchers, educators, and learning engineers grappling with the thorny problems we're all wrestling with in learning and education today.
August 21, 2018
Mike, Brandon and Dan dive into a recent article by Eli Sheldon of Edsurge titled "How Data Science Adds Computational Thinking - and Fun - To Gym Class." The trio walks through the use of statistical analysis and data science to expand gym class beyond the physical and explore the concept of SABRLearning, one of Mike's predictions for 2018. Can sports bridge into math through real life applications of next level computational analytics? There's reminiscences of middle school sports careers, discussions about Data Captains, and some interesting thoughts for educators and learning professionals curious about designing lesson plans that resonate with the future of work.