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The Future of Digital Education

A collection of podcasts and blog posts discussing the role of technology in education

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Blog Post

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Assessing the Challenges of Digital Assets – Steven Furino

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I first authored an online course in 2010 and offered that same course in Fall 2010. I have been involved with online education ever since in a number of capacities: author, teacher, encourager, funder, administrator, champion, and colleague of Maplesoft. The Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo now offers more than 60 degree credit courses online, a graduate degree online and has courseware available to roughly 120,000 high school students.

My experience has made me somewhat skeptical in general. Though I continue to be thrilled by the enthusiasm of those joining the move to digital assets, there has been a certain amount of naiveté in that enthusiasm. As a result, when people advocate for this or that particular digital initiative, it occasionally causes others to ask, “What could possibly go wrong?”

Podcast

Digital Assessment – Jim and Mark (Part 1)

Mark Schneider explores the topic of digital assessment tools this week with Jim Cooper, in the first part of their discussion about digital education.

At the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Mark Schneider is best known not only for his passion for delivering instruction but also for his ongoing commitment to educational technology research.   Since 2011, Mark has delivered mathematics instruction geared toward Engineering Technologies as well as Academic Upgrading.  Quite recently, he was seconded to a consulting role to lead a campus-wide initiative to phase out a legacy Learning Management System.  As a polytechnic, NAIT provides career programs in diverse areas where Mark has become actively engaged by providing these areas with assistance in developing an online footprint and crafting computer-mediated assessments to improve both faculty and student experiences.  Mark graduated with degrees in mathematics and education, with a strong interest in computation and assessment in each respective area. In this two part podcast, Mark talks with Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft, to discuss how and why to implement digital assessment tools.

Blog Post

Humanity Should Guide Technology into the Future – Sunil Singh

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In my 20 years of teaching, I never used technology. I began my teaching career in 1994, where the gold standard for breakthrough technology was Geometer’s Sketchpad. It had just had its wide release three years earlier. While I saw the immense power of GSP many times, we never really crossed paths — I was ridiculously faithful to my chalk.

I have always loved chalk. I love the feel of it. I love the sound it makes on the chalkboard. I even love the chalk powder getting all over my clothes. All these things are minor, but the whole experience of teaching with chalk — especially the use of many colors — made the  whole teaching of mathematics feel more organic. The tips of my fingers were caked in different colors. Maybe it’s strange, but seeing those colored smudges of calcite made me feel like an artist, honoring the creativity/grit/tenacity that is mathematics.

So, it might seem ironic, perhaps even contradictory, that I work — quite happily — for a company that is fully immersed in creating an online/digital math platform. That is because the company sees itself as learners responding to the adapting needs of educators and teachers. That is an ethos that resonates with me because I always felt that my teaching was critically incumbent on my desire to learn.

Podcast

Onwards and Upwards – Jim and Steve (Part 4)

Dr. Jim Cooper and Dr. Steven Furino conclude by discussing the onwards and upwards trajectory of digital education, in this final of this four part discussion.

The Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo (UW) has the largest concentration of mathematical and computer science talent in the world and has been offering online mathematics courses since 2003. Over 21,000 UW students per year enroll in online for-credit math courses and the number of unique users visiting UW’s open educational resources in the hundreds of thousands each year. UW understands the challenges that online math and other STEM development projects encounter, and has made great progress in overcoming many of them. Listen as Dr. Steve Furino, Assistant Dean of Online Studies at the University of Waterloo discusses the history and future of digital education with Dr. Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft, a leading provider of STEM-focused solutions for online education.

Podcast

Mobility and Infrastructure – Jim and Steve (Part 3)

Dr. Jim Cooper and Dr. Steven Furino examine how mobility and infrastructure play a key role in digital education in the third of this four part discussion.

The Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo (UW) has the largest concentration of mathematical and computer science talent in the world and has been offering online mathematics courses since 2003. Over 21,000 UW students per year enroll in online for-credit math courses and the number of unique users visiting UW’s open educational resources in the hundreds of thousands each year. UW understands the challenges that online math and other STEM development projects encounter, and has made great progress in overcoming many of them. Listen as Dr. Steve Furino, Assistant Dean of Online Studies at the University of Waterloo discusses the history and future of digital education with Dr. Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft, a leading provider of STEM-focused solutions for online education.

Podcast

Inside and Outside Post-Secondary – Jim and Steve (Part 2)

Dr. Jim Cooper and Dr. Steven Furino review digital education, both inside and outside post-secondary education in the second of this four part discussion.

The Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo (UW) has the largest concentration of mathematical and computer science talent in the world and has been offering online mathematics courses since 2003. Over 21,000 UW students per year enroll in online for-credit math courses and the number of unique users visiting UW’s open educational resources in the hundreds of thousands each year. UW understands the challenges that online math and other STEM development projects encounter, and has made great progress in overcoming many of them. Listen as Dr. Steve Furino, Assistant Dean of Online Studies at the University of Waterloo discusses the history and future of digital education with Dr. Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft, a leading provider of STEM-focused solutions for online education.

Podcast

The History (and Future) of Digital Education – Jim and Steve (Part 1)

Dr. Jim Cooper and Dr. Steven Furino discuss the history and future of digital education in this week’s podcast, the first installment of this four part discussion.

The Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo (UW) has the largest concentration of mathematical and computer science talent in the world and has been offering online mathematics courses since 2003. Over 21,000 UW students per year enroll in online for-credit math courses and the number of unique users visiting UW’s open educational resources in the hundreds of thousands each year. UW understands the challenges that online math and other STEM development projects encounter, and has made great progress in overcoming many of them. Listen as Dr. Steve Furino, Assistant Dean of Online Studies at the University of Waterloo discusses the history and future of digital education with Dr. Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft, a leading provider of STEM-focused solutions for online education.