Press Clippings: Challenges and Trends

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Feb 7, 2012. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • 10 Reasons Why Students Aren’t Using eTextbooks
    This article pinpoints reasons why eTextbooks haven't taken off the way they were predicted to do. Many champion the idea as a cost-effective approach, but the reality is that they currently don't save students money. E-readers are costly, the books themselves aren't cheap, and students cannot sell books back when they are done with them to recoup some of the cost. {I think this is wonderfully thought-provoking article, as it reminds us that technologies like "paper" actually play an important role. The problem with eBooks as they have first appeared, n my view, is they were trying to emulate "the book" without adding additional value to the learner. Once eBook prices are reasonable and the value exceeds paper, then the disruption happens. - jim.vanides jim.vanides Aug 16, 2013 }{The question here is why SHOULD they use e-textbooks? Convenience is about the only reason I can think of ... and the article points out that they aren't all that convenient. E-books are just books - not vehicles for changing teaching and learning.} - jeanne.century jeanne.century Aug 19, 2013 excellent points brought up here - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Aug 19, 2013- Russ.Meier Russ.Meier Aug 20, 2013
  • Academics will need both the physical and virtual library for years to come
    Jisc and RLUK's recent survey of around 3,500 UK academics highlighted that while academics primarily look to the library to provide the journals and books necessary to their teaching and research, they spend much less time in the physical library than the virtual one. This article describes the statistics and how the figures stress the importance of libraries making their content discoverable online, as well as making freely available content available through their services. - phkim phkim Aug 20, 2013
  • Backward movement in producing STEM graduates
    State lawmakers, economic development officials, educators and many business owners have been pushing science, technology, engineering, and math as vital skills for graduates to obtain before leaping into the workforce, however a new study has shown the number of engineering and information technology degrees awarded declined in southwestern Idaho between 2003 and 2012, despite vigorous efforts in those years to build up existing STEM academic programs, add new ones and attract high school students to enroll in them. This surprises me - Sam Sam Aug 9, 2013 {I'm not surprised - I think "STEM careers" as a whole have a marcom problem; from "Do I want to be a Geek?" to "Will I really have a job when I graduate?" to "What do engineers really do, anyway??" Thankfully, I missed the white-shirt-and-black-tie era, but are students today still struggling with today's stereotypes of STEM-ers? - jim.vanides jim.vanides Aug 16, 2013 }- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 18, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Aug 19, 2013 {Numbers conflict, I think, depending on which reports you look at, the data they use, and when that data was collected. Note that this is a pretty limited location and the numbers of engineering degrees only went down by 3...more interesting, I think was the introduction of a computer science program...often left out of STEM.}- jeanne.century jeanne.century Aug 19, 2013
  • Bandwidth Bottlenecks Stifle Pervasive Networks
    This article brings to light that the increasing push for more external broadband in schools means that " something is going to have to be done about existing network architecture bottlenecks." { This is a boring, solvable, technical problem entangled in politics; we HAVE to solve this for schools - especially rural schools. Everything changes with bandwidth, and everything changes with ubiquitous access. Why is this so hard to solve?? - jim.vanides jim.vanides Aug 16, 2013 } - alanwolf alanwolf Aug 19, 2013
  • Can MOOCs Solve the STEM Problem?
    The MOOC model is being used to disseminate STEM courses from top universities to a wider audience, but it also has its detractors who say MOOCs lower academic standards, particularly in core areas, and reinforce a class divide: poorer students will be forced into the MOOC model while wealthier, on-campus students will find their degrees come with the kind of employment networking opportunities that only personal relationships can offer. { I love this debate! It's VERY important, as many universities are rushing into MOOCs with an eye mostly on cost; it also raises an important debate about "what does great college teaching look like, anyway?" - jim.vanides jim.vanides Aug 16, 2013 }- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 18, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Aug 19, 2013 - mohamed.jemni mohamed.jemni Aug 18, 2013 - Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 20, 2013- Russ.Meier Russ.Meier Aug 20, 2013- sros sros Aug 20, 2013
  • Chancellor Katehi, national university leaders urge politicians to close innovation deficit
    Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of the University of California, Davis, recently joined other university presidents and chancellors across the country in calling on political leaders in Washington to increase investment in research and education and close the innovation deficit. “The vast majority of U.S. innovation in science and technology begins in university research labs. Robust funding for university research, and therefore continued innovation, is essential to maintain America's leadership in the world,” Katehi said.
  • Degree in hand, a generation of engineers looks for alternatives
    The IT industry can’t employ all the engineers that India’s colleges are churning out as they themselves learn to cope with a leaner, meaner business climate. At least two generations of engineering students, including those graduating this year and the ones who passed last year, are realizing they don’t have anywhere to go. Great article about how folks in India are changing the value of 'the degree.'- michael.lambert michael.lambert Aug 17, 2013 - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Aug 20, 2013
  • Digital Divide: Closing Gap Between Access And Innovation In Latin America The Desarrollando América Latina (Developing Latin America) Conference annually brings together Latin American countries to find "digital solutions for social problems."- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 18, 2013 - Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 20, 2013 - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Aug 20, 2013

  • Ed Tech Accessibility
    A federal study in 2011 found college students with a range of disabilities face "unintended and nearly impenetrable barriers" thrown up by some new technology products. Now, the National Federation of the Blind is floating a draft bill designed to ensure students with disabilities are not left behind on college campuses by a wave of new technologies.- mohamed.jemni mohamed.jemni Aug 18, 2013
  • Encouraging STEM Students Is in the National Interest
    This year a report issued by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, on which we serve, concluded that if the United States is to maintain its historic pre-eminence in the STEM fields and gain the social, economic, and national-security benefits that come with such pre-eminence, then we must produce approximately one million more workers in those fields over the next decade than we are on track now to turn out. -- another perspective on this is that these workers will come from somewhere -- the question is who will seize the opportunity? - Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 20, 2013

  • Exploring the Potential of MLearning in Emerging Markets
    It is estimated that by 2020, every single person in Africa will own a mobile phone. A 2011 country census revealed that households in India were more likely to own a mobile phone than a toilet: 59% have mobile phones compared to 47% who have toilets. Given the data, social enterprises are using mobile technology to address social issues, such as providing access to financial services. Now, a new survey by the GSMA and The MasterCard Foundation identifies the potential of mobile technology to address educational needs for young people in emerging markets.- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 18, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Aug 19, 2013 - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Aug 20, 2013- Russ.Meier Russ.Meier Aug 20, 2013
  • Forget MOOCs--Let's Use MOOA
    A John Hopkins University professor has announced plans for MOOA (Massive Open Online Administrations) that could make decisions for hundreds of campuses simultaneously, expeditiously and economically. Since many colleges and universities face the same administrative issues every day, a central MOOA would generate cost savings, allowing colleges to dispense with a large part of their own administrators.- sros sros Aug 20, 2013
  • How technology has changed our idea of ‘knowledge,’ and what this means for schools
    The concept of "knowledge" has changed with the emergence of the internet. Dennis Pierce discusses how organically growing online communities like reddit exemplify this and the profound implications this changing concept has for schools.- Russ.Meier Russ.Meier Aug 20, 2013
  • Is it Time to Change the Gen Ed Core?
    General education courses can really hurt a student’s chances of landing the position, job, or getting into the master’s or continued education program of their choice, because courses that students struggle with, yet aren’t directly related to their career goals may bring down their GPA significantly. A great concept that Full Sail University employed - program specific gen ed courses - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Aug 19, 2013 Love Full Sail U courses. We need new courses--communication skills--no more of just reading and writing; we need coding/programming, not just math (all grades), we need entrepreneurship classes coupled with financial literacy, letting go of the AP Economics class. Students need experiences. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Aug 20, 2013
  • Open data for science education
    This article covers the importance of the open data movement to contribute to science education by enabling more frequent replication of studies and accelerating the pace of research. - Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 20, 2013 - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Aug 20, 2013

  • Op-Ed: Don’t Let Privacy Concerns Stifle Innovation
    Despite its promise, many worry the Internet of Things will hurt our privacy. By necessity, the backbone of the network is data about you, the user. Your data gives manufacturers and providers the information they need to figure out what services will benefit you most, based on where you live and spend your time, how you spend your money and so on. Concerns about privacy and security should be taken seriously. But we have to be careful that such concerns don’t stop disruptive innovation.
  • Project highlights forgotten female scientists
    The National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) hosted a Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thon’ aimed at bolstering entries for female Medical Research Council-affiliated scientists and creating articles for others who have been forgotten. A PhD student at the NIMR and University College London, Benjamin Drury, who edited the page about geneticist Florence Durham, said he was there to learn as well as contribute, explaining how “there are definitely missing women, and I wanted to find out who they are, especially in my field.” - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Aug 19, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Aug 19, 2013
  • Troubleshooting The Need For More Girls In STEM
    It is well documented that girls seem to disengage with STEM subjects at a young age only (13 percent of high school girls plan to pursue STEM careers), in college, and over 50 percent leave STEM careers. In this article Julie Kantor, Chief Partnership Officer at STEMconnector discusses how they are working with National Girls Collaborative Project, MentorNet, NPower, and more to invite mentors from entrepreneurial companies, Fortune 500's, Government and Higher Ed to show girls and young women the viable and awesome career opportunities available in STEM -- where one can both be in your cave and engaging in meaningful collaboration with your team and mentors.- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 18, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Aug 19, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Aug 19, 2013 - Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 20, 2013- Russ.Meier Russ.Meier Aug 20, 2013

  • Who Benefits from Online Ed?
    This article discusses a recent study that highlights the types of individuals who have difficulty in online learning environments. The working paper shows that older students, some minorities, and academically underprepared students are less likely to succeed from online learning as they are from face to face instruction.
  • Why Some Colleges Are Saying No to MOOC Deals, at Least for Now
    As colleges scramble to join the ranks of high-profile consortiums like edX and Coursera, the faculty committee from Amherst College has decided to move cautiously. They voted to not team up with edX because they believed that MOOCs run counter to Amherst College’s commitment to learning through colloquy.- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 18, 2013
  • Seth's Blog:An end of books
    According to Seth, books are a dying ecosystem.- michael.lambert michael.lambert Aug 17, 2013
  • Consolidation of STEM education programs funded by the US government
    There is great uncertainty by the US STEM education community about the implications of these changes and consolidation of programs, a commonly stated fear is that this will lead to decreased resources for STEM education overall. Supporters suggest it will mean more cohesive STEM education policy. - alanwolf alanwolf Aug 19, 2013
  • Public Access to US Federal research
    The OSTP is committed to creating a policy that the publications and data generated by US funded research becomes publicly available. This and the related pending FASTR US legislation will make available a fantastic collection of materials that can become a great resource for the creation of authentic STEM education resources. - alanwolf alanwolf Aug 19, 2013
  • Post common core standards: dramatic drop in grades 3-8 assessment results - See more at: - phkim phkim Aug 20, 2013
  • Common Core: Reinforcing Failure - - phkim phkim Aug 20, 2013