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OCLC WHITE PAPER: At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning & Libraries

OCLC’s new study about MOOCs, At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning & Libraries

http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/oclc/reports/tipping-point/215133-tipping-point.pdf

“We are quickly approaching the tipping point into a new future for American education.

This transformation follows tipping points that have already occurred in how most of us consume and
evaluate information, how we shop and buy, how we date and break up, and how we manage our careers
and our retirement portfolios. Web and mobile services have forever changed how we manage our days,
our jobs, and very soon, how we learn and manage our education.
We now spend nearly as much time exploring online, watching videos on our mobile phones, texting and
tweeting each day as we do sleeping. So every day, keystroke by keystroke, click by click, we become more
skilled, more confident and more empowered.
It should not come as a surprise then that the skills and talents that we have already unleashed on so
many aspects of our lives would come to guide how we learn and educate ourselves. It is simply ‘what’s
next’ in our digital evolution.
Yet, as is often the case in times of change, many of the primary purveyors of the traditional services that
are being reshaped, or more likely unseated, don’t see the shift coming. Perhaps we are too close for
proper viewing or too comforted by loyal customers and high customer service ratings; we don’t feel the
tip or sense shifts in the landscape. We misread the cues.
This impending education tipping point is not the result of any single event or set of new services. It is
not the result of the recent appearance of one online education model, MOOCs. It is not the result of
an outcry of parents, looking for alternatives to what many are calling “unfundable college educations.”
Nor is it because of the rise of easy-to-use self-help videos and tutorials. Education will tip into a new
future because of the cumulative weight of all of these factors—new consumer practice, evolving
technological capabilities and increasing economic incentives.
As social scientist Malcolm Gladwell tells us, “A tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend
or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips and spreads like wildfire.”
The sparks are visible.”

Stephen

Posted on: August 27, 2014, 1:09 pm Category: Uncategorized

Visual Storytelling: Where We Are & Where We’re Headed in 2014

Lots to learn here about how libraries can craft their messaging inexpensively and with impact.

Visual Storytelling: Where We Are & Where We’re Headed in 2014

http://www.slideshare.net/au1153/visual-storytelling-where-we-are-where-were-headed-in-2014

Stephen

Posted on: August 27, 2014, 12:21 pm Category: Uncategorized

BISG study: A buffet of digital book subscriptions

BISG study: A buffet of digital book subscriptions

http://www.futurebook.net/content/bisg-study-buffet-digital-book-subscriptions

“With almost the kind of timing that Amazon Prime promises its members, Len Vlahos’ Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has arrived to deepen the debate about subscriptions and their potential in publishing.

Only days after Seattle launched its Kindle Unlimited subscription program — quickly pulling up alongside Oyster and Scribd (pronounced “Scribbed”) as one of the most-debated elements of the topic — BISG’s Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy is being released with a message that sounds like the voice of the digital disruption, itself.

While we are still in the early days, our findings suggest that most book publishers will accept that subscription businesses are an inevitable part of the transformation from print to digital book publishing.”

Snippets:

“No one is going to consume just one form of digital media”

“Whoever is very successful is likely to be bought”

“On Safari for success: So many issues”

“And what about authors’ compensation?”

“Final analysis: There is no final analysis”

- See more at: http://www.futurebook.net/content/bisg-study-buffet-digital-book-subscriptions#sthash.0Q9DYzqS.dpuf 

Stephen

Posted on: August 27, 2014, 6:34 am Category: Uncategorized

Return on Educational Investment: 2014 — A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity

Return on Educational Investment: 2014 — A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity

http://fulltextreports.com/2014/07/21/return-on-educational-investment-2014-a-district-by-district-evaluation-of-u-s-educational-productivity/

Return on Educational Investment: 2014 — A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity
Source: Center for American Progress

In 2011, the Center of American Progress released the first-ever attempt to evaluate the productivity of almost every major school district in the country. That project developed a set of relatively simple productivity metrics in order to measure the achievement that a school district produces relative to its spending, while controlling for factors outside a district’s control, such the cost of living and students living in poverty.

The findings of that first report were worrisome and underscored the fact that the nation suffers from a productivity crisis. The data suggested that low productivity might cost the nation’s school system billions of dollars a year. What’s more, too few states and districts tracked the bang that they received for their education buck.

In this updated report, CAP uses these same metrics to once again examine the productivity of the nation’s school districts. We embarked on this second evaluation for a number of reasons. In many areas, education leaders continue to face difficult budget choices, and more than 300,000 education-related jobs have been lost since the start of the Great Recession. At the same time, the advent of the new, more rigorous Common Core standards will demand that far more from educators, including better, tougher exams. In short, many educators are being asked to do more with less.

But still, school productivity has not become part of the reform conversation, and with this project, our hope is to shine a light on how productivity differs across districts, as well as to identify key areas of reform. Moreover, for the first time, we conducted a special analysis of educational fiscal practices, diving deep into state budgeting approaches. We believe that if our education system had a more robust way of tracking expenditures, it could do more to increase productivity. Together with this report, we have also released analysis by CAP Senior Policy Analyst Robert Hanna on twin districts. Hanna’s analysis looks more closely at the programs and practices of more effective districts.”

Stephen

Posted on: August 27, 2014, 6:29 am Category: Uncategorized

Infographic: DATA NEVER SLEEPS 2.0

DATA NEVER SLEEPS 2.0

http://www.domo.com/learn/data-never-sleeps-2

infographic

Stephen

Posted on: August 26, 2014, 12:34 pm Category: Uncategorized

Psychologists Find a Surprising Thing Happens to Kids Who Read Harry Potter

Psychologists Find a Surprising Thing Happens to Kids Who Read Harry Potter

http://mic.com/articles/95236/psychologists-find-a-surprising-thing-happens-to-kids-who-read-harry-potter

“The news: Harry Potter’s greatest feat might not have been defeating Voldemort, but teaching young people around the world to battle prejudice. At least that’s the finding of a new paper in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, which claims reading the Harry Potter series significantly improved young peoples’ perception of stigmatized groups like immigrants, homosexuals or refugees.

The studies: The Pacific Standard broke down the three studies used in this paper.”

Stephen

Posted on: August 26, 2014, 6:49 am Category: Uncategorized

Netflix passes 50 million member milestone in 2nd quarter

Netflix passes 50 million member milestone in 2nd quarter

Shares jump as streaming service announces $71 million in profit

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/netflix-passes-50-million-member-milestone-in-2nd-quarter-1.2713728?cmp=rss

“Netflix announced it has more than 50 million members in 40 countries worldwide as it released its second-quarter earnings today.

And it’s going after more, announcing it will launch in September in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Netflix reported a profit of $71 million US, or $1.15 a share in its second quarter. That’s up from $29.5 million, or 49 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue increased to $1.34 billion from $1.07 billion.”

Netflix Revenue Passes HBO’s Subscriber Revenue For The First Time Ever

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Stephen

Posted on: August 26, 2014, 6:27 am Category: Uncategorized