Tuesday Links – March 15, 2016

Every other Tuesday, Vision publishes links to the articles that we instructional designers have read and found interesting during the previous two weeks. The opinions expressed in these articles don’t always reflect our own. Rather, we share them because we think they compel conversation, which we’re happy to have with our readers in the comments field below. 

Never judge a book by its cover—use student achievement instead – Brookings

by Thomas J. Kane – March 3, 2016

Kane covers a recent study, the findings of which indicating that the quality of the textbook used in a class can be responsible for 3.6% of the grade in averaged student outcomes.

Barnes & Noble Education Buys LMS Provider LoudCloud Systems For $17.9 Million – e-Literate

by Phil Hill – March 9, 2016

Hill covers recent LMS purchase. Link: http://mfeldstein.com/barnes-noble-education-buys-lms-provider-loudcloud-systems/

4 Must Watch TED Talks for Anyone in the eLearning Industry – OpenSesame

by Laura Wurster – March 9, 2016

Wurster curates a list of education technology videos.

Trump University’s Online Materials Are a Lot Better Than Your University’s Online Materials – Hapgood

by Mike Caulfield – March 8, 2016

Caulfield looks at Trump University’s online courses and course materials, and makes a (qualified) case for their good quality.

Why do Colleges Still Use Grades? – The Chronicle for Higher Education

by Corinne Ruff – March 1, 2016

Ruff examines why colleges still award grades, and makes a case for how they can be better utilized.

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