Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Google launches online IT courses in India

Search engine giant Google and online education company Udacity on Monday launched IT courses in India.

Google is branching outside the US to tap India’s millions of software developers who are scrambling for jobs.

Google and Udacity teamed with Indian conglomerate Tata to offer online technical training courses. They are focusing on teaching software developers to build apps for Android.

Android is the Google-backed mobile operating system.

Costing 9,800 rupees a month, the degrees will take between six and nine months to complete, with lessons from Google instructors based in the United States.

Students will get 50 per cent of tuition costs back on graduation.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Is anyone learning here?

Here is an interesting article on "Is anyone learning here?":


Some research findings:

"Researchers tracked 3,000-plus students at different schools for four years. Students took the College Learning Assessment before their freshman year started, at the end of their sophomore year, and after their fourth year of school. The key results:

45% showed no significant improvement in critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years, and 36% showed little or no improvement in those areas from freshman year to senior year."

The study also found that:

"Only 50% of the students took a single course that required 20 pages of writing in a typical semester, and
Just a third took a single course that required 40 pages of reading in the previous semester."

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Computers in classroom have 'mixed' impact on learning

Computers in classroom have 'mixed' impact on learning: OECD report


OECD - Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

"The key to any technology rollout in the classroom is clear goals and training for teachers, but ultimately it is about training good teachers."

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Changes and Tendencies of Today's Training

The changes and tendencies of today's training can be due to the following factors:

1. Use of mobile technology,

2. Adoption of social learning tools,

3. Alignment with corporate objectives,

4. Use of adaptive learning principles, and the

5. Ability to measure effectiveness (both informal & formal learning)

For more information on the above factors, please visit:


Saturday, August 1, 2015


From the home page of http://edfutures.net:

EdFutures is dedicated to helping change the current education system to make it fit for the 21st century.

Their initial focus is on the role(s) that technology might play as a lever for change (or trojan mouse).

The above website is a wiki - so everything is 'under development'.

Participants are encouraged to join the EdFutures community and help them improve the wiki (and ultimately the education systems).

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tracking Microlearning with Tin Can API

This is an interesting article written by Tadej Stanic. According to him,

"Learning analytics is one of the holy grails of today’s eLearning industry. It is a part of the Internet mainstream called big-data and Tin Can API or xAPI, as a relativity new technical standard, is introducing this mainstream to online learning. With this article I’ll share some thoughts on how microlearning and Tin Can API might be the key factors of the future learning."

Website: http://elearningindustry.com/tracking-microlearning-with-tin-can-api

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Smart Sparrow - Adaptive Learning Platform

Smart Sparrow (https://www.smartsparrow.com/)

1. Smart Sparrow is an education technology start-up.

2. It started within the Adaptive eLearning Research Group at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

3. This research group commercialized an adaptive learning technology.

4. Adaptive learning is an educational method which uses computers as interactive teaching devices and adapts educational materials according to the students’ learning needs.

5. The technology incorporates the interactivity previously only afforded by an actual human teacher.

6. It also integrates ideas from various fields, including computer science, education, and psychology.

7. The Smart Sparrow software tools, known collectively as the Adaptive eLearning Platform, are a web-based suite that develops adaptive learning content and applications.

8. The suite deploys that material to students and analyses how students learn from their responses to the material.

9. The platform implements an intelligent tutoring system that combines Constraint-Based Modeling with Model Tracing.

10. In 2013, an educational white paper "LEARNING TO ADAPT: A Case for Accelerating Adaptive Learning in Higher Education" identified Smart Sparrow as one of six ‘notable’ adaptive learning platform providers.

11. The same paper, part of a study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, cited the impact of the Smart Sparrow platform on increasing enrolments and reducing dropouts.

12. Other studies cite accelerated learning times with the platform.

13. By 2013, the Smart Sparrow platform had become the basis of Australia’s national Biomedical Education Skills and Training Network.

14. The Smart Sparrow platform was integrated into tertiary courses in differing disciplines at universities in the US and Australia.

15. By later 2013, Smart Sparrow was being deployed in Australian high schools, as part of a collaborative partnership with Australian universities to improve student engagement in mathematics and science.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_Sparrow