Blackboard’s “Modern-Day Pragmatism” K-12 Trend Report

Jon Kolko, Blackboard Blog, Apr 26, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So today's newsletter takes a tour around some of the companies active in the field of online learning - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

This post starts with some of the good. It is a report freely available from Blackboard summarizing some of its recent research on personalizing education. "An expectation of inclusion has led to personalized learning in a supportive context, but has increased the workload and demands on the individual k-12 instructor... This implies a different set of teaching methods and a different set of educational outcomes. Teachers need to become more comfortable with a broader, worldly set of skills – facilitating a cultural educational space, rather than disseminating knowledge."

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