Impressive! Machine learning during the last five years.

Just the latest:

“2016 – Google’s artificial intelligence algorithm beats a professional player at the Chinese board game Go, which is considered the world’s most complex board game and is many times harder than chess. The AlphaGo algorithm developed by Google DeepMind managed to win five games out of five in the Go competition.”

See more here.

10 must-haves to appease online students

While we do not have online students, I believe these 10 must-haves would be great for any student:

  1. Must help with students’ careers
  2. Must offer choices for personalization
  3. Must be flexible with policies and processes
  4. Must provide local sources of information
  5. Must have a great website
  6. Must be affordable
  7. Must include instructor communication
  8. Must offer fully online…but also blended
  9. Must have transparent data
  10. Must market to all ages

See more for details.

NMC Horizon Report 2016 Higher Education Edition Is out!

“This 13th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges, and detailed in succinct, non-technical, and unbiased presentations.” More here.


Long-Term Impact Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for five or more years

  • Advancing Cultures of Innovation
  • Rethinking How Institutions Work

Mid-Term Impact Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for three to five years

  • Redesigning Learning Spaces
  • Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches

Short-Term Impact Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in higher education for the next one to two years

  • Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
  • Increasing Use of Blended Learning Designs

The full report is available online.


7 Tools for Hosting Online Brainstorming Sessions

Great ideas here!

“Whether it is to solve a problem, plan a project, or develop new story ideas there are plenty of occasions in the course of a school year for students to brainstorm together… For those times when in-person brainstorming sessions are not possible, the tools featured above offer good ways to host brainstorming sessions online.”

More (and a list of tools with their brief description) is on the F4FT.