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Aligning the Regulatory Environment with the 21st Century Realities

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-18 17:25

Robert Hansen,  Kathleen Ives, Russ Poulin; EvoLLLution
Despite changing student demographics and technological advancements, the American higher education regulatory infrastructure and related legislation continue to address only the needs of traditional postsecondary students. In this interview, leaders from three associations serving providers of non-traditional higher education—Robert Hansen from UPCEA, Kathleen Ives from OLC and Russ Poulin from WCET—discuss some of the critical reforms needed for federal legislation to better fit the 21st-century model of higher education.

Aligning the Regulatory Environment with the 21st Century Realities

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Minerva’s Innovative Platform Makes High Quality Higher Ed Personal And Affordable

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-18 17:20

Tom Vander Ark, Forbes
Minerva might be the most interesting and important higher education program in the world. The school, sponsored by Keck Graduate Institute at Claremont, offers an undergraduate program with a rigorously designed curriculum that develops knowledge and skills in about 100 foundational concepts and habits of success. Students focus on thinking critically and creatively and communicating and interacting effectively. They study and apply their learning in seven cities. The first class of world changers will graduate next month.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2019/04/08/minervas-innovative-platform-makes-high-quality-higher-ed-personal-and-affordable/#2a7ed2545742

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How to Access Lynda LinkedIn Learning for Free

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-18 17:15

TJ McCue, Forbes

Whether you are a business executive, a young computer coder, or a consumer who simply wants to keep learning, the Lynda.com website (acquired by LinkedIn a few years ago and now called LinkedIn Learning officially) is often available at a public library for free. If you wonder if those soft skills are really valuable, the third annual 2019 Workplace Learning Report found some of the country’s fastest growing roles—sales development, customer success, and customer experience jobs—are largely soft skills-based. The most in-demand skill is Creativity, followed by Persuasion, Analytical reasoning, Collaboration, and, Flexible approach (a.k.a. Adaptability). If you thought all those soft skills were not needed in the workplace, think again. The online learning platform has all of these courses.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2019/04/07/how-to-access-lynda-linkedin-learning-for-free/#746951861ee9

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The Need for a Corporate Training Culture in New Age Enterprises

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-18 17:09

Sanjay Bahl, Entrepreneur India
A decade ago, when India began it ascends to high GDP rates, companies realized that the workforce needs to step up and embrace the inevitable effects of change. Jargons like VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) and growth mindset were not widespread and most training intervention was led by instructors using projector and PPTs! But today these jargons are the harsh reality that unicorns of India Inc. have accepted and inculcated in their strategy. The need is to align the corporate training with a mindset of delivering quality learning & development solutions, which have a direct and measurable impact on key business performance indicators. Today, employees are looking to upgrade their knowledge as well as skills required for their job roles and are keener to join organizations that provide opportunities to grow.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/331829

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Credential Clout: How Higher Education Can Prepare for an Evolving Job Market: a survey of US students and recruiters

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-18 17:07

Ellucian

This survey report outlines perceptions and prospects for careers among students and HR recruiters.  Among the results: GenZ students feel less prepared than prior generations and employers are seeking an array of soft skills led by communication, industry-specific skills, critical thinking and accountability.  Both students and employers agree that continuous learning is necessary.

https://www.ellucian.com/assets/en/white-paper/credential-clout-survey.pdf

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4 myths about accessibility and online learning

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-18 17:04

BY REBECCA GRAETZ, eCampus News

Online education is supposed to be inclusive; here’s how to ensure that it is. Those who are in higher education are probably tired of hearing about accessibility. But accessibility awareness is the key point to making courses accessible. Bringing this awareness to faculty on how they design a course had been an ongoing charge for those in higher education that work with course design.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/18/4-myths-about-accessibility-online-learning/

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VR, AR, AI Worldwide Perspectives

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-17 17:27

by Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

There is much at stake in the development of AI. The “big nine” corporations are the linkages that ideally will bring cultures together and create a compass for development in this field. Action must be taken now to assure that the underlying assumptions are in the best interests of the learners. A first model for a governance framework for AI has been developed by the Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore. The 27-page instrument is well worth reading to gain a better understanding of AI and its implications.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/vr-ar-ai-worldwide-perspectives

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What the Tech? App of the Day: LinkedIn Learning

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-17 17:25

WFMZ
If you’ve ever thought about changing careers, you might have also thought about going back to school.   It can be expensive and time-consuming, but thanks to online learning, you can take classes anytime you want.  LinkedIn Learning is an app that offers online training for jobs that are in demand now, like web and graphic design, sales and marketing. You can learn dozens of skills, including Google and Microsoft software. Learn how to create your own business plan or become a web developer.

http://www.wfmz.com/features/what-the-tech/what-the-tech-app-of-the-day-linkedin-learning/1066867860

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The Need for a Corporate Training Culture in New Age Enterprises

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-17 17:15

Sanjay Bahl, Entrepreneur India
A decade ago, when India began it ascends to high GDP rates, companies realized that the workforce needs to step up and embrace the inevitable effects of change. Jargons like VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) and growth mindset were not widespread and most training intervention was led by instructors using projector and PPTs! But today these jargons are the harsh reality that unicorns of India Inc. have accepted and inculcated in their strategy. The need is to align the corporate training with a mindset of delivering quality learning & development solutions, which have a direct and measurable impact on key business performance indicators. Today, employees are looking to upgrade their knowledge as well as skills required for their job roles and are keener to join organizations that provide opportunities to grow.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/331829

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VR, AR, AI Worldwide Perspectives – Ray Schroeder

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-17 17:12

by Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

There is much at stake in the development of AI. The “big nine” corporations are the linkages that ideally will bring cultures together and create a compass for development in this field. Action must be taken now to assure that the underlying assumptions are in the best interests of the learners. A first model for a governance framework for AI has been developed by the Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore. The 27-page instrument is well worth reading to gain a better understanding of AI and its implications.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/vr-ar-ai-worldwide-perspectives

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How to Access Lynda LinkedIn Learning for Free

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-17 17:05

TJ McCue, Forbes

Whether you are a business executive, a young computer coder, or a consumer who simply wants to keep learning, the Lynda.com website (acquired by LinkedIn a few years ago and now called LinkedIn Learning officially) is often available at a public library for free. If you wonder if those soft skills are really valuable, the third annual 2019 Workplace Learning Report found some of the country’s fastest growing roles—sales development, customer success, and customer experience jobs—are largely soft skills-based. The most in-demand skill is Creativity, followed by Persuasion, Analytical reasoning, Collaboration, and, Flexible approach (a.k.a. Adaptability). If you thought all those soft skills were not needed in the workplace, think again. The online learning platform has all of these courses.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2019/04/07/how-to-access-lynda-linkedin-learning-for-free/#746951861ee9

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The pros of taking online courses outweigh their questionable cons.

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-17 17:02

Diya Jain, NYU News

While access is limited to those with internet, there is work being done to bring online education to every corner of the globe. Online courses are an important part of the changing nature of education and should not be dismissed. Universities such as the University of California, Berkeley and Ashton College in Canada provide a variety of online courses for students who want to study at their own pace or from a space in which they are comfortable. The internet facilitates easy access to a host of professors who can convey information through video and audio.

https://nyunews.com/opinion/2019/04/08/online-courses-education-reform/

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How adaptive learning changes the game

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-16 17:25

BY DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News

Time and cost are two key barriers standing in the way of college completion, and that’s especially true for working adults going back to school. To eliminate these barriers and help registered nurses make faster progress toward earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the University of Memphis School of Health Studies is using adaptive learning technology and other practices to accelerate completion—reportedly saving participants more than $100,000 in collective tuition costs in a single year. “Students shouldn’t get bogged down with paying to learn things they already know,” says Richard Irwin, dean of UofM Global, the university’s online program. “Adaptive learning helps students move through the content at a more rapid pace.”

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/04/05/benefits-adaptive-learning/

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ASU opts for smaller classes, online tools and phasing out traditional classrooms

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-16 17:20

Jennifer Auh, Fox 10 Phoenix

Arizona State University is currently phasing out the traditional classroom setting, at least for its math and science courses.  This new way of teaching is about providing a more interactive learning experience for students, and the new system has been so successful that it has been adopted by about 30 other universities across the country. Instead of going to class to listen to lectures, students in Professor Susan Holechak’s class do that online. Then, they go to class to work on problem-solving in small groups. “I feel the students are more engaged, because in a setting like this, they work in groups and able to go table by table, group by group. I can interact with them,” said Holechak, an instructor at ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/asu-phasing-out-traditional-classrooms-in-favor-of-new-approach-to-teaching

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Everyone learns their own way. So what’s best for you and your team? –

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-16 17:15

Helen Lammers-Helps, Country Guide

We’re told there has never been a time in all of human history when things have changed at such a rapid pace. And this is especially true for agriculture. Nor are farmers just letting it happen. Instead, they’re embracing lifelong learning to prepare and to adapt, whether it’s learning new software programs, farm business management skills or any of a thousand different things. Fortunately, the internet has made it easier for those in rural and remote areas to access a wide array of new information from anywhere in the world, provided of course that you can put up with interruptions due to bandwidth and program speed.

https://www.country-guide.ca/guide-life/do-you-know-what-learning-styles-work-best-for-you-and-your-team/

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Ray Schroeder Discusses The Plight of Small Colleges in the Age of Online Learning and the Promise of AI in Personalized Learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-16 17:09

Henry Kronk, IBL News

Professor Emeritus Ray Schroeder finds it difficult to stop working. As the Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield and the founding director of the National Council for Online Education at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), he has a lot on his plate. IBL News recently got in touch with Professor Schroder to discuss his current work and a few trends in online learning. The interview occurred on the afternoon of March 12th, and the first topic of conversation had to be the admissions scandal that had come to light that morning.

Ray Schroeder: “Universities Have to Change To Meet Students’ Needs”

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Researchers Put Machine Learning on Path to Quantum Advantage

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-16 17:04

Kristan Temme and JAY GAMBETTA, IBM Research Blog

There are high hopes that quantum computing’s tremendous processing power will someday unleash exponential advances in artificial intelligence. AI systems thrive when the machine learning algorithms used to train them are given massive amounts of data to ingest, classify and analyze. The more precisely that data can be classified according to specific characteristics, or features, the better the AI will perform. Quantum computers are expected to play a crucial role in machine learning, including the crucial aspect of accessing more computationally complex feature spaces – the fine-grain aspects of data that could lead to new insights.

https://www.ibm.com/blogs/research/2019/03/machine-learning-quantum-advantage/

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Stepping Back from the Cliff: Facing New Realities of Changing Student Demographics

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-16 17:03

Jim Shaeffer, The EvoLLLution
Most universities that plan to stick to the status quo and serve exclusively traditional learners are facing a cliff. CE divisions can help their institutions avoid a potential drop, but only if they’re empowered. Demographics of students enrolling at colleges and universities are evolving. And students’ expectations are evolving as well. As the numbers of 18-22 year olds fresh out of high school drop, the recruitment of non-traditional students is becoming more important than ever. In this interview, James Shaeffer discusses the role continuing education (CE) departments can play as drivers of innovation and reflects on how CE leaders can help their main campus colleagues embrace transformational change.

https://evolllution.com/managing-institution/higher_ed_business/stepping-back-from-the-cliff-facing-new-realities-of-changing-student-demographics/

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When Colleges Consider Outsourcing Online Programs, Calculations Can Get Complicated

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-15 17:24

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

A growing number of colleges are turning to for-profit companies to help them run their online programs, and to help finance them. These companies are known as online program managers, or OPMs. The relationships can mean a clash of cultures. One college official recalled a meeting where the head of a popular OPM showed up wearing a gold chain and talking about the “cost of acquisition” of students. That focus on sales can be uncomfortable for traditional colleges, who prefer to talk about their nonprofit missions of preparing students to be good citizens.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-04-04-when-colleges-consider-outsourcing-online-programs-calculations-can-get-complicated

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Amazon’s big internet plan: 3,236 satellites to beam faster, cheaper web to millions

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-15 17:15

Liam Tung, ZDnet

Amazon has plans to establish a constellation of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit to patch up areas with poor or no internet connectivity. The documents were filed by Kuiper Systems LLC. First spotted by Geekwire, the documents reveal Amazon plans to put 3,236 satellites at three different altitudes. There would be 784 satellites orbiting at an altitude of 367 miles (590km); 1,296 satellites at 379 miles (610km); and 1,156 satellites at 391-mile (630km). An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the existence of Amazon’s satellite broadband ambitions, noting that it was a “long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet”.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/amazons-big-internet-plan-3236-satellites-to-beam-faster-cheaper-web-to-millions/

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