Free handouts: Education technology trends in 2015

Jo NorburyJoanne is the content services manager at eWorks and a self-confessed e-learning geek. Specialising in learning solutions using digital technology, it is her job to stay up to date with the latest trends and innovations in this area. And that’s great – because then the rest of us can simply ask Jo. Here Jo shares key messages from her ACPET 2015 presentation on the latest emerging trends in digital learning, and – as promised – tells you where to access:
  1. An educational technology glossary of terms.
  2. An overview of commonly used software tools and applications used by vocational education and training (VET) teachers and trainers to deliver e-learning.
  3. A Totara 2.7 component overview.

How do you transform your learning delivery…

and get creative using educational technology? By staying up to date with emerging trends in digital learning. That means anything and everything from learning management to social learning, to mobility and accessibility, and voice, touch and gesture technology. But chances are you don’t have time to keep an eye on it all – there seems to be something new just about every day. How do we know which technologies are transient toys? Are they respected by educators and will any of them be around for the long-haul? What is everybody else doing? Most importantly, when is it safe to invest? These are just some of the questions that we considered at ACPET 2015.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

What a great turnout at the ACPET conference 2015. I was thrilled (and slightly terrified) to see that it was standing room only at my presentation on the latest emerging trends in digital learning. We started off by looking at the Internet of Things (IoT). The Internet of Things is made up of billions of smart devices using wireless technology to talk to each other. It is expected to grow from two billion objects in 2006 to 200 billion by 2020  – that’s around 26 smart objects for every human on the planet! So why all of these smart objects all of a sudden? Well, they give major industries the vital data they need to track inventory, manage machines, increase efficiency and save costs.

Flying cameras (aka drones)

Then we moved on to cameras more specifically, considering how technology has come such a long way, and that at the rate things are going we will soon be able to access cameras that have face recognition capabilities. And what about flying cameras – affordable, simple to fly drones? At around 800 dollars they are becoming far more affordable – there is even one in the latest Aldi (supermarket chain) catalogue. $99 gets you a drone with a camera that flies at a 50-meter distance. It only flies for seven minutes before you need to recharge, but even then – wow!

Point of view glasses

We also talked about point of view glasses, which allow you to film video and capture still images. These glasses are great for showcasing skills, creating point of view tutorial videos, recording assessment and more. Part of what makes them so great is that they are smart too (think IoT), so they record and Bluetooth the video to your device where you can use a smart video app (on an IOS devices I use YouTube’s Capture) to quickly edit and produce the video.

3D printers and holograms

What about 3D printers? Like flying cameras they are becoming more affordable. Imagine for a moment that instead of inkjet your printer prints with plastic dots that join together to form a 3D object. This isn’t sci-fi, it is actually coming to life – apparently Bunnings (hardware chain) will soon be selling them! This lead to holograms. One day, instead of sitting down to contact your students via phone or Skype or online forum, you could hologram into their lounge room. Yes, this could become reality. If Elvis, 37 years after his death, can perform a concert in Los Angeles (I’m not joking), it won’t be long before we can join in.

The 2015 Horizon Report

Assistive technology and student/user experience, including big data and what to do with it, are currently big trends according to the Horizon report of 2015, which states that Education is embarking on a … pursuit into data science with the aim of learner profiling, a process of gathering and analyzing large amounts of detail about individual student interactions in online learning activities. The report also suggests that a lack of comfort with digital strategies and how to use them to improve instruction is one of our greatest challenges. If you are a trainer or teacher it is important to remember that digital literacy is less about tools and more about thinking. If you make yourself just a little aware of what is out there, so that you can ask questions, things will become more affordable and easier to access, manage and use.

ACPET 2015 – been there, done that, here are the handouts

As promised we created a huge glossary of educational technology terms for 2015 for you, E-Standards for Training released the 2015 commonly used tools in VET, and we have also included an LMS component overview for Totara 2.7. Enjoy!

  1. An educational technology glossary of terms.
  2. An overview of commonly used software tools and applications used by vocational education and training (VET) teachers and trainers to deliver e-learning.
  3. A Totara 2.7 component overview.

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