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Last weeks Forbes released the 2019 college rankings. While these rankings can be useful for students when deciding which schools to apply to or attend, it is also important to understand their limits and flaws:
Some statistics are self-reported by schools and can be manipulated or falsified
-Algorithm adjustments imply larger year-over-year changes than reality
-Tuition cost information—including ‘Net Price’ and ‘Average Aid’—is misleading
-The exact ranking of a college is less significant than which tier the college is in.
While online education is increasing globally, there is considerable unevenness in quality across regions which results from a lack of standards. This is the primary finding of a new report from the International Council for Open and Distance Education, which analyzes digital and distance education in seven regions around the world.
With two acquisition deals alone totaling $2.5 billion, 2019 offers some edtech investors hope that their bets could pay off. But others had to cut their losses, as there were also distress deals with transaction amounts too low to publicly disclose or acknowledge.
Maybe you have colleagues who are the first to leap onto technology trends. No doubt you’ve heard them reminiscing about all the stuff they started using before anyone else — class Facebook pages, Twitter hashtags, in-class polling. Or maybe you’re a member of Club Early Adopter yourself?
And therein lies the problem: With such a wealth of options, how do you choose what will work best in your classroom?
Laura Truncellito- Laura is the founder and CEO of Language Scholars, LLC, a company which seeks to utilize cutting edge technology to enhance global learning and communication. firstname.lastname@example.org
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