Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Higher Ed · ICT · Teaching

Higher Education In the Digital Age

Title: Higher Education In the Digital Age

Author: William G. Bowen

ISBN: 0691165599, 0691159300 | 2014 | 2013 pages

Two of the most visible and important trends in higher education today are its exploding costs and the rapid expansion of online learning. Could the growth in online courses slow the rising cost of college and help solve the crisis of affordability? In this short and incisive book, William G. Bowen, one of the foremost experts on the intersection of education and economics, explains why, despite his earlier skepticism, he now believes technology has the potential to help rein in costs without negatively affecting student learning. As a former president of Princeton University, an economist, and author of many books on education, including the acclaimed bestseller The Shape of the River, Bowen speaks with unique expertise on the subject.

Surveying the dizzying array of new technology-based teaching and learning initiatives, including the highly publicized emergence of “massive open online courses” (MOOCs), Bowen argues that such technologies could transform traditional higher education–allowing it at last to curb rising costs by increasing productivity, while preserving quality and protecting core values. But the challenges, which are organizational and philosophical as much as technological, are daunting. They include providing hard evidence of whether online education is cost-effective in various settings, rethinking the governance and decision-making structures of higher education, and developing customizable technological platforms. Yet, Bowen remains optimistic that the potential payoff is great.

Based on the 2012 Tanner Lectures on Human Values, delivered at Stanford University, the book includes responses from Stanford president John Hennessy, Harvard University psychologist Howard Gardner, Columbia University literature professor Andrew Delbanco, and Coursera cofounder Daphne Koller.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Research · Science · Springer

Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures

Title: Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA) for Young Scientists

Editors: Alexei V. Samsonovich, Valentin V. Klimov2016 | ISBN-10: 3319325531 | 316 pages


This book presents cutting-edge research focused on current challenges towards the realization of Biologically Inspired intelligent agents, or Cognitive Architectures (BICA). The chapters are written by both world-recognized experts (including Antonio Chella, Olivier Georgeon, Oliver Kutz, Antonio Lieto, David Vernon, Paul Verschure, and others) and young researchers. Together, they constitute a good mixture of new findings with tutorial-based reviews and position papers, all presented at the First International Early Research Career Enhancement School on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (FIERCES on BICA 2016), held April 21-24 in Moscow, Russia. Most works included here cross boundaries between disciplines: from neuroscience to social science, from cognitive science to robotics, and from bioengineering to artificial intelligence. A special emphasis is given to novel solutions to urgent problems that have been resisting traditional approaches for decades. Intended for providing readers with an update on biologically inspired approaches towards the computational replication of all the essential aspects of the human mind (the BICA Challenge), this book is expected to foster lively discussions on the topic and stimulate cross-disciplinary, cross-generation and cross-cultural collaboration.

Books · ICT · Research · Springer

Information Technology: New Generations

Title: Information Technology: New Generations: 13th International Conference on Information Technology

Editor: Shahram Latifi
2016 | ISBN-10: 3319324667 | 1306 pages

This book collects articles presented at the 13th International Conference on Information Technology- New Generations, April, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV USA. It includes over 100 chapters on critical areas of IT including Web Technology, Communications, Security, and Data Mining.

Computer Science · Emerging Trends · ICT · Springer · Video Training · Web Resources

Media Convergence

Title: Media Convergence Handbook – Vol. 1: Journalism, Broadcasting, and Social Media Aspects of Convergence

(Media Business and Innovation)
Authors: Artur Lugmayr, Cinzia Dal Zotto
2015 | ISBN: 3642544835 | English | 429 pages
Media Convergence Handbook - Vol. 1: Journalism, Broadcasting, and Social Media Aspects of Convergence

The Media Convergence Handbook sheds new light on the complexity of media convergence and the related business challenges. Approaching the topic from a managerial, technological as well as end-consumer perspective, it acts as a reference book and educational resource in the field. Media convergence at business level may imply transforming business models and using multiplatform content production and distribution tools. However, it is shown that the implementation of convergence strategies can only succeed when expectations and aspirations of every actor involved are taken into account. Media consumers, content producers and managers face different challenges in the process of media convergence.

Volume I of the Media Convergence Handbook encourages an active discourse on media convergence by introducing the concept through general perspective articles and addressing the real-world challenges of conversion in the publishing, broadcasting and social media sectors.

Title: Media Convergence Handbook – Vol. 2: Firms and User Perspectives

Media Convergence Handbook - Vol. 2: Firms and User Perspectives
(Media Business and Innovation)
Author: Artur Lugmayr, Cinzia Dal Zotto
2016 | ISBN: 364254486X | English | 473 pages

Volume II of the Media Convergence Handbook tackles these challenges by discussing media business models, production, and users’ experience and perspectives from a technological convergence viewpoint.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Springer · Teaching

Contextual Information Fusion

Context-Enhanced Information Fusion: Boosting Real-World Performance with Domain Knowledge

Title: Context-Enhanced Information Fusion: Boosting Real-World Performance with Domain Knowledge

Editor: Lauro Snidero

English | ISBN: 3319289691 | 2016 | 703 pages

This text reviews the fundamental theory and latest methods for including contextual information in fusion process design and implementation. Chapters are contributed by the foremost international experts, spanning numerous developments and applications. The book highlights high- and low-level information fusion problems, performance evaluation under highly demanding conditions, and design principles. A particular focus is placed on approaches that integrate research from different communities, emphasizing the benefit of combining different techniques to overcome the limitations of a single perspective. Features: introduces the terminology and core elements in information fusion and context; presents key themes for context-enhanced information fusion; discusses design issues in developing context-aware fusion systems; provides mathematical grounds for modeling the contextual influences in representative fusion problems; describes the fusion of hard and soft data; reviews a diverse range of applications.

Title: Empirical Research in Statistics Education

Author: Andreas Eichler
English | ISBN: 331938967X | 2016 | 48 pages
Empirical Research in Statistics Education

This ICME-13 Topical Survey provides a review of recent research into statistics education, with a focus on empirical research published in established educational journals and on the proceedings of important conferences on statistics education. It identifies and addresses six key research topics, namely: teachers knowledge; teachers role in statistics education; teacher preparation; students knowledge; students role in statistics education; and how students learn statistics with the help of technology. For each topic, the survey builds upon existing reviews, complementing them with the latest research.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Gamification · Smart Education · Springer · Teaching

Smart Education

Title: Smart Education and e-Learning 2016 (Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies

Authors: Vladimir Uskov, Robert J. Howlett, Lakhmi C. Jain
2016 | ISBN: 3319396897 | English | 567 pages
Smart Education and e-Learning 2016

This book contains the contributions presented at the 3rd international KES conference on Smart Education and Smart e-Learning, which took place in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain, June 15-17, 2016. It contains a total of 56 peer-reviewed book chapters that are grouped into several parts:

  • Part 1 – Smart University: Conceptual Modeling
  • Part 2 “ Smart Education: Research and Case Studies
  • Part 3 “ Smart e-Learning,
  • Part 4 “ Smart Education: Software and Hardware Systems,
  • Part 5 “ Smart Technology as a Resource to Improve Education and Professional Training.

We believe that the book will serve as a useful source of research data and valuable information for faculty, scholars, Ph.D. students, administrators, and practitioners – those who are interested in innovative areas of smart education and smart e-learning.

Serious Games, Interaction, and Simulation

Title: Serious Games, Interaction, and Simulation

Editors: Carlos Vaz de Carvalho and Paula Escudeiro,
English | ISBN: 3319290592 | 2016 | 148 pages

This volume constitutes the proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Serious Games, Interaction, and Simulation, held in Novedrate, Italy, in September 2015.
The 16 revised full papers together with 2 keynote papers were carefully reviewed and selected for inclusion in this book. They focus on the design, development, use, and application of games for purposes other than entertainment. As such they cover areas like cognition, psychology, technology-enhanced education, evaluation and assessment, multimedia and information technology, and feature new scientific approaches and results from experiments and real-life applications.

Books · Emerging Trends · ICT · Springer

New Advanced in Information Systems

Title: New Advances in Information Systems and Technologies: Volume1

Editors: Álvaro Rocha, Ana Maria Correia
2016 | ISBN-10: 3319312316 | 1160 pages
This book contains a selection of articles from The 2016 World Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (WorldCIST’16), held between the 22nd and 24th of March at Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. WorldCIST is a global forum for researchers and practitioners to present and discuss recent results and innovations, current trends, professional experiences and challenges of modern Information Systems and Technologies research, together with their technological development and applications.

Title: New Advances in Information Systems and Technologies: Volume 2

Editors: Álvaro Rocha, Ana Maria Correia
2016 | ISBN-10: 3319313061 | 773 pages

The main topics covered are: Information and Knowledge Management; Organizational Models and Information Systems; Software and Systems Modeling; Software Systems, Architectures, Applications and Tools; Multimedia Systems and Applications; Computer Networks, Mobility and Pervasive Systems; Intelligent and Decision Support Systems; Big Data Analytics and Applications; Human-Computer Interaction; Health Informatics; Information Technologies in Education; Information Technologies in Radiocommunications.

 

 

Books · Emerging Trends · Hardware · Research · Springer · Teaching

Digital Ink

Title: Revolutionizing Education with Digital Ink: The Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education

Authors:  Tracy Hammond, Stephanie Valentine
2016 | ISBN-10: 3319311913 | 385 pages


Derived from contributions to the Workshop on Pen and Touch Technology on Education (WIPTTE) in 2015

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his edited volume highlights recent developments for pen and tablet research with

in the education system with a particular focus on hardware and software developments, comprising the perspectives of teachers, school and university administrators, and researchers for educators at every level.

Split into six distinct parts, the book explores topics like how classrooms are increasingly using sketch-based videos, created by teachers and students alike, and how the teaching of key skills such as literacy, languages, math, and art

via pen and touch technologies within the classroom are leading to improvements in engagement, learning, and retention levels amongst students. Future perspectives of digital learning, as envisioned by current high school students, are also explored.

Revolutionizing Education with Digital Ink is a must-read for those seeking to understand the direction of current and future pen and touch research, its current use in classrooms, and future research directions.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Research · Springer

Title: Innovative Business Education Design for 21st Century Learning

Author: Peter Daly
English | 31 July 2016 | ISBN: 3319326201 | 156 Pages


This volume explores two aspects of change within higher education: macro factors governing and influencing the institutional environment, and micro issues taking place within the institutions themselves. The first part of the book examines some of the micro issues that influence business and economics pedagogy. It presents reflections and analyses of teaching roles and values, the enhancement of the student learning experience with technology and real world experiences, and what students want and need to learn. The second part of the book looks at the wider institutional environment of change – the shifts in values, new stakeholders, and a change of focus toward developing skills students need to succeed in business. The book highlights the inter-related nature of these changes and shows that both aspects are important in motivating and inspiring students to be able participants in a 21st century global society. Its focus on interdisciplinarity, curriculum structures, and changing stakeholders helps to analyse the roles and models of business and economics education in addressing the needs of today’s global environment.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Math · Teaching

Mindsets in the Classroom

Title: Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching
Author: Jo Boaler
ISBN: 0470894520 | 2015 | 320 pages |

Banish math anxiety and give students of all ages a clear roadmap to success.

Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. Jo Boaler—Stanford researcher, professor of math education, and expert on math learning—has studied why students don’t like math and often fail in math classes. She’s followed thousands of students through middle and high schools to study how they learn and to find the most effective ways to unleash the math potential in all students.
There is a clear gap between what research has shown to work in teaching math and what happens in schools and at home. This book bridges that gap by turning research findings into practical activities and advice. Boaler translates Carol Dweck’s concept of ‘mindset’ into math teaching and parenting strategies, showing how students can go from self-doubt to strong self-confidence, which is so important to math learning. Boaler reveals the steps that must be taken by schools and parents to improve math education for all. Mathematical Mindsets:

• Explains how the brain processes mathematics learning
• Reveals how to turn mistakes and struggles into valuable learning experiences
• Provides examples of rich mathematical activities to replace rote learning
• Explains ways to give students a positive math mindset
• Gives examples of how assessment and grading policies need to change to support real understanding

Scores of students hate and fear math, so they end up leaving school without an understanding of basic mathematical concepts. Their evasion and departure hinders math-related pathways and STEM career opportunities. Research has shown very clear methods to change this phenomena, but the information has been confined to research journals—until now. Mathematical Mindsets provides a proven, practical roadmap to mathematics success for any student at any age.

Title: The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity
Author: George Couros
English | 2015 | ISBN: 0986155497 | 252 pages

Kids walk into schools full of wonder and questions. How you, as an educator, respond to students’ natural curiosity can help further their own exploration and shape the way they learn today and in the future.

The traditional system of education requires students to hold their questions and compliantly stick to the scheduled curriculum. But our job as educators is to provide new and better opportunities for our students. It’s time to recognize that compliance doesn’t foster innovation, encourage critical thinking, or inspire creativity—and those are the skills our students need to succeed.

In THE INNOVATOR’S MINDSET, George Couros encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore—and to become forward-thinking leaders.

If we want innovative students, we need innovative educators. In other words, innovation begins with you. Ultimately, innovation is not about a skill set but about mindset.

THE INNOVATOR’S MINDSET is for you if:
• You are a superintendent, district administrator, or principal who wants to empower your staff to create a culture of innovation.
• You are a school leader—at any level—and want help students and educators become their personal best.
• You are a teacher who wants to create relevant learning experiences and help students develop the skills they need to be successful.

THE INNOVATOR’S MINDSET includes practical suggestions for unleashing your students’ and teachers’ talent. You’ll also read encouraging accounts of leaders and learners who are innovating “inside the box.”

You’ll be inspired to:
• Connect with other innovative educators
• Support teachers and leaders as learners
• Tap into the strengths of your learning community
• Create ongoing opportunities for innovation
• Seek more effective methods for measuring progress

Title: Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools

Author: Mary Cay Ricci
English | 2013 | ISBN: 1618210815 | ISBN-13: 9781618210814 | 170 pages

When students believe they can that dedication and hard work can change their performance in school, they grow to become resilient, successful students. Inspired by the popular mindset idea that hard work and effort can lead to success, Mindsets in the Classroom provides educators with ideas for ways to build a growth mindset school culture, wherein students are challenged to change their thinking about their abilities and potential.

The book includes a planning template, step-by-step description of a growth mindset culture, and “look-fors” for adopting a differentiated, responsive instruction model teachers can use immediately in their classrooms. It also highlights the importance of critical thinking and teaching students to learn from failure. The book includes a sample professional development plan and ideas for communicating the mindset concept to parents. With this book’s easy-to-follow advice, tasks, and strategies, teachers can grow a love of learning in their students.