Research Question 3: Key Trends

What trends do you expect to have a significant impact on the ways in which learning-focused institutions approach their core mission of teaching, learning, research, and creative inquiry in STEM+ education?

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  • Institutions are increasingly adopting tools and technologies that allow teachers and students to better collaborate. Social networks and cloud-based tools and applications are changing the ways teachers and students communicate with each other. Open resources such as wikis and Google Apps enable the free exchange of ideas and prompt insightful discussions between teachers and students. The result is more opportunities for collaboration, and what is increasingly seen as a positive change in the dynamics of teacher-student relationships. - Sergio Sergio Aug 9, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013
  • Cloud-based tools will enable rapid innovation for educational environments. Enabling learning approaches that were simply not available to a single vendor. Being able to use, reuse, mix, orchestrate learning experiences. Allowing lower costs to access new technologies. Think about prezi, glogster and slideshare, and not powerpoint (are you aware of how many of your learner are using prezi nowadays?), think about real online google doc collaboration rather than traditional office suites (have you tried it?), how about storytelling reports from students (using digitalfilms, goanimate)?, can we build a timeline (dipity)?. And many more examples. - roc roc Sep 2, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013
  • As the abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet grows, we are ever more challenged to revisit our roles as educators. Institutions must consider the unique value that each adds to a world in which information is everywhere. In such a world, sense-making and the ability to assess the credibility of information are paramount. Mentoring and preparing students for the world in which they will live and work is again at the forefront. Universities have always been seen as the gold standard for educational credentialing, but emerging certification programs from other sources are eroding the value of that mission. - Sergio Sergio Aug 9, 2013- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 24, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013 - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Sep 2, 2013 need to work with other certifications and add enduring value for students through critical skills
  • Computers as we know them are in the process of a massive reinvention. The computer is smaller, lighter, and better connected than ever before, without the need for wires or bulky peripherals. In many cases, smart phones and other mobile devices are sufficient for basic computing needs, and only specialized tasks require a keyboard, large monitor, and a mouse. Mobiles are connected to an ecosystem of applications supported by cloud computing technologies that can be downloaded and used instantly, for pennies. As the capabilities and interfaces of small computing devices improve, our ideas about when — or whether — a traditional computer is necessary are changing as well. - Sergio Sergio Aug 9, 2013- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 24, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013
  • Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning, and collaborative models. Students already spend much of their free time on the Internet, learning and exchanging new information — often via their social networks. Institutions that embrace face-to-face/online hybrid learning models have the potential to leverage the online skills learners have already developed independent of academia. Online learning environments can offer different affordances than physical campuses, including opportunities for increased collaboration while equipping students with stronger digital skills. Hybrid models, when designed and implemented successfully, enable students to travel to campus for some activities, while using the network for others, taking advantage of the best of both environments. - Sergio Sergio Aug 9, 2013- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 24, 2013 I see this happening but I'm not sure we have found the 'best format' that fully engages the learner. Somewhere in this mix, I believe we need to experiment more to give students an opportunity to create their own formula from these ingredients. Learning is reshaping, school is dying...and hopefully, through crowd sourcing we'll find some great learning choices. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 3, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013 As education paradigms shift beyond the "traditional classroom", the education institutions themselves find a need to revisit their role, their strengths, and their unique value among the myriad of new choices available to learners. What kinds of on-ground, face-to-face experiences warrant high tuition costs? What is aspects of learning are still best provided in a "traditional" context? Or even more fundamental, what does great learning and teaching look like? - jim.vanides jim.vanides Sep 1, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013Online learning itself is facing rapid change. What was once an experience that paralleled the on-ground classroom, new models of online learning stretch our imagination for what's possible - and have sparked debates about what great ONLINE learning looks like. What are the limitations of "automated feedback" in an massively open online course? How do we enable peer-to-peer feedback in a way that upholds quality and avoids the "blind leading the blind"? Can learning support be "crowd sourced"? Is "personalized learning" personal enough? The years ahead will be prove to be very exciting, no doubt, as we explore answers to these questions and experiment with new online learning models. - jim.vanides jim.vanides Sep 1, 2013
    - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Sep 2, 2013Coming from a european distance learning context where our "tradition" is high quality text based student centred teaching this debate is equally stimulating. Systems are easily scalable but provision of personal support always comes down to smallish group sizes that individuals can identify with.
  • Educational games are increasingly being used to not only master STEM concepts, but also apply and assess them. Games have proven benefits in engaging learners of all ages and helping them better understand complex material. Taking that notion one step further, simulations and game-based scenarios enable students to apply what they have learned in a realistic environment and receive instant feedback. Game development is one of many strategies employed in STEM environments, as it is inherently multi-disciplinary, requiring programming, engineering, design, and other key skills to create a successful game. - kstubbs kstubbs Sep 3, 2013- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 24, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013 - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Sep 2, 2013And those skills cost if we are to develop teaching that is as engaging as the entertainment games students access.
  • Increasingly, students want to use their own technology for learning. As new technologies are developed at a more rapid and at a higher quality, there is a wide variety of different devices, gadgets, and tools from which to choose. Utilizing a specific device has become something very personal — an extension of someone’s personality and learning style — for example, the iPhone vs. the Android. There is comfort in giving a presentation or performing research with tools that are more familiar and productive at the individual level. And, with handheld technology becoming mass produced and more affordable, students are more likely to have access to advanced equipment in their personal lives than at school. - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Sep 2, 2013support - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013
  • Massive open online courses are being widely explored as alternatives and supplements to traditional university courses, especially in STEM+ disciplines. Led by the successful early experiments of world-class institutions (like MIT and Stanford), MOOCs have captured the imagination of senior administrators and trustees like few other educational innovations have. High profile offerings are being assembled under the banner of institutional efforts like edX, and large-scale collaborations like Coursera, the Code Academy, and in Australia, Open2Study. As the ideas evolve, MOOCs are seen more and more as a very intriguing alternative to credit-based instruction. The prospect of a single course achieving enrollments in the tens of thousands is bringing serious conversations on topics like micro-credit to the highest levels of institutional leadership. - Sergio Sergio Aug 9, 2013 - sros sros Sep 2, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013
  • New pedagogical models are emerging that encourage a wide range of technologies and tools to be imbedded seamlessly into the course design. In the traditional pattern, when a new technology emerges, there is a period of time where it is studied as an independent variable to find out its impact on learning outcomes. New pedagogies are emerging, however, in which technologies play a supporting, rather than a central role, allowing much faster assessment of the value of the tools employed. In these models, more basic ideas are central, such as 24/7 Internet access for students, use of their personal devices, and considerable flexibility in the apps or software applied to the learning goals.- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 24, 2013 YES! - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 1, 2013 Yes, I agree - mohamed.jemni mohamed.jemni Sep 2, 2013
  • Openness — concepts like open content, open data, and open resources, along with notions of transparency and easy access to data and information — is becoming a value. As authoritative sources lose their importance, there is need for more curation and other forms of validation to generate meaning in information and media. “Open” continues its diffusion as a buzzword in education, and it is increasingly important to understand the definition. Often mistakenly equated only with “free,” open education advocates are working towards a common vision that defines “open” as free, copiable, remixable, and without any barriers to access or interaction. - Sergio Sergio Aug 9, 2013- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 24, 2013 - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Sep 2, 2013 - sros sros Sep 2, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013 - mohamed.jemni mohamed.jemni Sep 2, 2013 Open Education Resources have been around for a long time. But it seems lately there is an interesting confluence of "new tech" and "reduced budgets" that is shining a light on the increasing tension between commercial curriculum and "open (free and remixable) resources". With many States in the US rethinking their textbook adoptions and choosing to allow or prefer OER due to cost, plus with an increasing availability of low cost devices that provide ready access (and less weight) than traditional textbooks, it seems that the textbook industry may be on the verge of its own "iTunes moment". Like the music industry, it is a battle that may end up with new "dis-aggregated" business models. "Why buy the album when all you want is one of the tracks?" becomes, "Why buy the whole textbook when the chapter is all I want for my class?". This is particularly relevent in STEMx education, where topics, discoveries, and technologies change so quickly that classic models of textbook creation, publication, and adoption cannot keep pace. - jim.vanides jim.vanides Sep 2, 2013 Mashable OER combined with "print on demand" technology may see more popularity. "Flexbooks" popularized by CK12.org are one example. - jim.vanides jim.vanides Sep 2, 2013 SETDA and other organizations are working hard to collapse and standardize the language and tagging systems that we use to identify digital content - so that the can be more easily shared and integrated. - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 30, 2013
  • People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want. Life in an all the time more busy world where learners must balance demands from home, work, school, and family poses a host of logistical challenges with which today’s ever more mobile students must cope. Work and learning are often two sides of the same coin, and people want easy and timely access not only to the information on the network, but also to tools, resources, and up-to-the-moment analysis and commentary. These needs, as well as the increasingly essential access to social media and networks, have risen to the level of expectations. The opportunities for informal learning in the modern world are abundant and diverse, and greatly expand on earlier notions like “just-in-time” or “found” learning. - Sergio Sergio Aug 9, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013
  • Social media is changing the way people interact, present ideas and information, and judge the quality of content and contributions. More than one billion people use Facebook regularly; other social media platforms extend those numbers to nearly one third of all people on the planet. Educators, students, alumni, and even the general public routinely use social media to share news about scientific and other developments. The impact of these changes in scholarly communication and on the credibility of information remains to be seen, but it is clear that social media has found significant traction in almost every education sector.- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 24, 2013
  • The technologies we use are more and more cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized. The continuing acceptance and adoption of cloud-based applications and services is changing not only the ways we configure and use software and file storage, but also how we conceptualize those functions. It does not matter where our work is stored; what matters is that our information is accessible no matter where we are or what device we choose to use. Globally, in huge numbers, we are growing accustomed to a model of browser-based software that is device independent. While some challenges still remain, specifically with notions of privacy and sovereignty, the promise of significant cost savings is a driver in the search for solutions.- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 24, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013 - sros sros Sep 2, 2013 - mohamed.jemni mohamed.jemni Sep 2, 2013
  • There is a growing interest in using new sources of data for personalizing the learning experience and for performance measurement. As learners participate in online activities, they leave a clear trail of analytics data that can be mined for insights. Learning analytics experiments and demonstration projects are currently examining ways to use data for enrichment. Dashboards filter this information so that student progress can be monitored in real time. As the field of learning analytics matures, the hope is that this information will enable continual improvement of learning outcomes. - Sergio Sergio Aug 9, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013
    - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Sep 2, 2013 ~
    - sros sros - mohamed.jemni mohamed.jemni Sep 2, 2013
  • The world of work is increasingly collaborative, driving changes in the way student projects are structured. This trend is being driven by the increasingly global and cooperative nature of business interactions facilitated by Internet technologies. The days of isolated desk jobs are disappearing, giving way to models in which teams work actively together to address issues too far-reaching or complex for a single worker to resolve alone. While this trend is not widespread, where schools have created a climate in which students, their peers, and their teachers are all working towards the same goals, where research is something open even to first year students, the results have shown tantalizing promise. Over the past few years, the emergence of a raft of new (and often free) tools has made collaboration easier than at any other point in history. - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Sep 2, 2013
  • The availability of quality online videos from key international experts in each field fosters the flipped classroom. The rise of MOOCs and platforms such as Khan Academy promotes the practice-oriented work in the classroom and the theory video watching for homework.- Sergio Sergio Aug 9, 2013- Uriel.Cukierman Uriel.Cukierman Aug 24, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013
  • Lab federation and sharing is becoming increasingly important for institutions. The creation and maintenance of virtual and remote labs can be expensive and time-consuming for many researchers leading very often to non-professional labs. Thus, several platforms, such as Go-Lab, WebLab Deusto, LabShare or Sahara, are fostering the federation and sharing of professional virtual and remote labs among institutions providing policy-based access to reach a really large-scale audience. - Sergio Sergio Aug 1, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013 - sros sros Sep 2, 2013 - mohamed.jemni mohamed.jemni Sep 2, 2013
  • Computer-based assessment and feedback, and ICT support for assessment and fast and personalized feedback is becoming increasingly important; it will support a verity of learning settings - Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 25, 2013- kstubbs kstubbs Aug 30, 2013 Agree. As a classroom teacher, I'm having difficulty of making this shift. Not sure what the blocks are. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 1, 2013
  • In the interest of being a "friendly-rebel rouser".... many of these above trends are worded the same way that we word them on the Horizon K12 report. I'd politely recommend that we not recycle those same trends...- kstubbs kstubbs Aug 30, 2013
  • STEM+ has gained international attention - as seen through Digital Promise, CCSS, publications and conference offerings, et al., this rise in attention is, itself, a trend, and one that is here to stay. Students who can express natural STEM+ related talent are predicted to experience professional success. - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 30, 2013 In my view, the importance of STEM+ (or STEMx) extends well beyond "students who express natural talent" for the subjects. In a high-tech society, everyone benefits when everyone has a higher level of STEMx understanding than ever before. It's not just for the "chosen few", but the bar has been raised for ALL students. As society faces seemingly intractable challenges, policy makers and high-tech innovators need to be on the same page, collaborating with the same foundational understanding. Understanding graphs, statistical "significance", and how to visualize large data-sets, must not be left to a few experts. We all need to ask "why", and be able to discern sound replies. - jim.vanides jim.vanides Sep 1, 2013 - Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Sep 2, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013
  • Cultivating STEM+ skills is promoted in pre-K through K classrooms - from sandbox learning experiences to technology-fueled experiments, our nation continues to emphasize these skills in our youth. - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 30, 2013 It might be interesting to explore the number of apps and/or website that contain STEM content now versus 3 years ago? - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 30, 2013
  • STEM projects are redesigning the four-walled classroom. There is an increase in creating learning environments that are used by all age-groups. Projects/museum-like exhibits/interactive space are the new environment. Space is different; it's not just for a specific class, a designated time, an assigned group of people...it's a become an interactive, 24/7 area for all ages. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 1, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013
  • STEM is dead; long live STEMx. Educators are beginning to recognize that the acronym itself is out of date. While some try to address this by adding "A" for arts (STEAM) or "C" for computer science (SCTEAM), an honest look at the acronym reveals that there are MANY missing letters. For some, STEMx is more fitting, where x= all the missing disciplines and 21st century skills that are often lost in a traditional "STEM" scope and sequence. This goes beyond "CS" (computer science), and includes interdisciplinary topics like "BT" (bio-tech) and "NT" (nano-tech) that don't fit neatly into S.T.E. or M. The "x" includes other key skills for a high-tech world, such as "GT" (I think the previous abbreviation should be "GF" -- global fluency - the ability to collaborate across cultures and timezones) - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013
    . Finally, students need to see that all the letters interconnect, and they are not standalone silos as they were once taught. (ref: "Re-Imagining STEMx Education") - jim.vanides jim.vanides Sep 1, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013- Keith.Williams Keith.Williams Sep 2, 2013Not so concerned about coping with subsets such as Nano Technology but strongly support extension to address the global and societal aspect- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013
  • Citizen science projects increasingly provide formal students and lifelong learners the opportunity to participate and learn in real STEM projects. Projects like FoldIt, GalaxyZoo, Project Feederwatch & others from Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology are a few examples of how to engage the public a real observations and analyses. - alanwolf alanwolf Sep 2, 2013~ Yes. Would like to see our schools/learning environments designed in such a manner as if one was walking through an interactive learning museum/mall. Projects that are on-going, not just another stationary display. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Sep 3, 2013
  • The role of computational tools in science and engineering learning is increasing. The intersection of computation and science - I'm not sure what the formal name for this should be. This isn't just programming for computer scientists, but also biologists, physicists and medical researchers as well.- klopfer klopfer Aug 21, 2013 I think Klopfer refers to what is called Biomedical Informatics & Computational Biology - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Aug 23, 2013 [Ed. - Moved from RQ2]
  • From rapid prototyping with 3D printers, to building simple circuits and robots - “making” is now more affordable and accessible than ever. One of the most disruptive trends right now is the “maker movement” - a movement that believes learning happens through the act of creating. From rapid prototyping with 3D printers, to building simple circuits and robots - “making” is now more affordable and accessible than ever. Bringing “Making” into education addresses STEM and CREATIVITY skills that many educators and policy makers consider most important to be productive in the 21st century. Here's a link to Maker Media http://makermedia.com/ and an upcoming Makers Faire in NYC. Here's a video that captures the concept of a Makers Faire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD_JpGgUFQQ - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 28, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013 [Ed: Moved from RQ2]
  • There is a significant shift in assessment, partially driven by CCSS, partially by mobile devices and increased personalization of learning, partially influenced by digital content and educational games... I think that we're experiencing a shift in how we think about assessing student learning and how we are going about doing it. Because technology is a key driver in these changes, I think it should be part of the conversation. - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 30, 2013 [Ed: Moved from RQ2]



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  • SETDA and other organizations are working hard to collapse and standardize the language and tagging systems that we use to identify digital content - so that the can be more easily shared and integrated. - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 30, 2013 [Ed: Added to the Openess topic]