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7 ways the coronavirus pandemic could change college this fall and forever

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-06-30 17:20

Abigail Hess, CNBC

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see enrollment in residential college programs drop by roughly 10% or so in the fall, and revenue to fall around 20% if students won’t be able to attend in-person in the fall,” says Horn. “On the flip side, I think we will see enrollments in online programs rise quite a bit, driven by adult learners — many of whom have been recently laid off — looking to wait out the recession and use their time productively by skilling up.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/19/7-ways-coronavirus-pandemic-may-change-college-this-fall-and-forever.html

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One of the Largest Experiments ever Conducted in Higher Education and Lifelong Learning Happened on edX. Here is what they Learned.

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-06-30 17:15

ANANT AGARWAL, EDX NEWS

Today, we’re excited to share insights from a new study on online learning. The study, which is one of the largest experiments ever conducted in higher education and lifelong learning, shows the incredible power and potential of at-scale online learning platforms, specifically edX, as particle accelerators for learning.  This new study underscores one of the pillars of edX’s founding mission, to advance teaching and learning through research. The study, which was conducted by researchers from MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Cornell, looked at ways to help learners complete online courses.

https://blog.edx.org/one-largest-experiments-ever-conducted-higher-education-lifelong-learning-happened-edx-learned/

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More than half of Yalies consider time off if classes go online

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-06-30 17:14

MATT KRISTOFFERSEN, Yale Daily News

As the Yale community awaits announcements regarding how education will continue in the fall semester, the News surveyed Yale College students from the classes of 2021 through 2023 about their opinions regarding online learning. Results from the survey suggest that 52 percent of student respondents are at least “likely” to postpone enrollment if students are not allowed to return to campus. If students are able to live, learn and attend classes in person, roughly 7 percent would consider taking time off from school. The anonymous survey — which began accepting submissions on May 21 and closed on May 25 — received 2,129 responses, representing about 35 percent of the undergraduate student population

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2020/06/20/fall-2020-more-than-half-of-yalies-consider-time-off-if-classes-go-online/

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7 ways the coronavirus pandemic could change college this fall and forever

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-06-30 17:05

Abigail Hess, CNBC

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see enrollment in residential college programs drop by roughly 10% or so in the fall, and revenue to fall around 20% if students won’t be able to attend in-person in the fall,” says Horn. “On the flip side, I think we will see enrollments in online programs rise quite a bit, driven by adult learners — many of whom have been recently laid off — looking to wait out the recession and use their time productively by skilling up.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/19/7-ways-coronavirus-pandemic-may-change-college-this-fall-and-forever.html

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One of the Largest Experiments ever Conducted in Higher Education and Lifelong Learning Happened on edX. Here is what they Learned.

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-06-30 17:03

ANANT AGARWAL, EDX NEWS

Today, we’re excited to share insights from a new study on online learning. The study, which is one of the largest experiments ever conducted in higher education and lifelong learning, shows the incredible power and potential of at-scale online learning platforms, specifically edX, as particle accelerators for learning.  This new study underscores one of the pillars of edX’s founding mission, to advance teaching and learning through research. The study, which was conducted by researchers from MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Cornell, looked at ways to help learners complete online courses.

https://blog.edx.org/one-largest-experiments-ever-conducted-higher-education-lifelong-learning-happened-edx-learned/

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More than half of Yalies consider time off if classes go online

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-06-30 17:02

MATT KRISTOFFERSEN, Yale Daily News

As the Yale community awaits announcements regarding how education will continue in the fall semester, the News surveyed Yale College students from the classes of 2021 through 2023 about their opinions regarding online learning. Results from the survey suggest that 52 percent of student respondents are at least “likely” to postpone enrollment if students are not allowed to return to campus. If students are able to live, learn and attend classes in person, roughly 7 percent would consider taking time off from school. The anonymous survey — which began accepting submissions on May 21 and closed on May 25 — received 2,129 responses, representing about 35 percent of the undergraduate student population

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2020/06/20/fall-2020-more-than-half-of-yalies-consider-time-off-if-classes-go-online/

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‘Better Every Semester’: How Faculty Use Open Educational Resources to Improve Courses

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-29 17:25

Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge

Much of the attention that open educational resources have earned focuses on their low cost. After all, a free or inexpensive alternative to a pricey commercial textbook can make a big difference for students at institutions like Salt Lake Community College, who are “mostly not affluent,” Hardy says. But OER advocates think open access course materials hold another kind of promise for students, too. Designed to be flexible and alterable, educators and students can continually test how well they work and improve them as necessary, “ensuring the course materials are better every semester than they were the semester before,” says David Wiley, chief academic officer of Lumen Learning, a company that sells low-cost open textbooks and courseware.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-06-18-better-every-semester-how-faculty-use-open-educational-resources-to-improve-courses

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Could the online, for-profit college industry be “a winner in this crisis”?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-29 17:20

MEREDITH KOLODNER and SARAH BUTRYMOWICZ, Hechinger Report

Online for-profit colleges like these see an unusual opportunity to boost enrollment during the coronavirus pandemic. Their flexible academic programs may be newly attractive to the many workers who have lost their jobs, to colleges students whose campuses are closed and to people who, from home, now seek to change careers. And the colleges’ parent companies often have substantial cash reserves that they can pump into marketing and tuition discounts at a time when public universities and nonprofit colleges are seeing their budgets disintegrate.

https://hechingerreport.org/could-the-online-for-profit-college-industry-by-a-winner-in-this-crisis/

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College closings, economic upheaval make a case for blockchain adoption

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-29 17:15

Ted Mitchell, Education Dive

“Addressing issues of interoperability between education and employment are more important than ever,” writes American Council on Education President Ted Mitchell.  In periods of economic crisis like this one, higher education typically serves as both a backstop for displaced workers and an engine for economic recovery. But today’s crisis is exposing widening fault lines between educational institutions and the demands of an increasingly dynamic world of work. At the core of that challenge is a disconnect between the ways higher education and the labor market talk about, measure and signal individuals’ skills.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/college-closings-economic-upheaval-make-a-case-for-blockchain-adoption/580082/

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‘Better Every Semester’: How Faculty Use Open Educational Resources to Improve Courses

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-29 17:10

Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge

Much of the attention that open educational resources have earned focuses on their low cost. After all, a free or inexpensive alternative to a pricey commercial textbook can make a big difference for students at institutions like Salt Lake Community College, who are “mostly not affluent,” Hardy says. But OER advocates think open access course materials hold another kind of promise for students, too. Designed to be flexible and alterable, educators and students can continually test how well they work and improve them as necessary, “ensuring the course materials are better every semester than they were the semester before,” says David Wiley, chief academic officer of Lumen Learning, a company that sells low-cost open textbooks and courseware.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-06-18-better-every-semester-how-faculty-use-open-educational-resources-to-improve-courses

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Could the online, for-profit college industry be “a winner in this crisis”?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-29 17:05

MEREDITH KOLODNER and SARAH BUTRYMOWICZ, Hechinger Report

Online for-profit colleges like these see an unusual opportunity to boost enrollment during the coronavirus pandemic. Their flexible academic programs may be newly attractive to the many workers who have lost their jobs, to colleges students whose campuses are closed and to people who, from home, now seek to change careers. And the colleges’ parent companies often have substantial cash reserves that they can pump into marketing and tuition discounts at a time when public universities and nonprofit colleges are seeing their budgets disintegrate.

https://hechingerreport.org/could-the-online-for-profit-college-industry-by-a-winner-in-this-crisis/

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College closings, economic upheaval make a case for blockchain adoption

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-29 17:02

Ted Mitchell, Education Dive

“Addressing issues of interoperability between education and employment are more important than ever,” writes American Council on Education President Ted Mitchell.  In periods of economic crisis like this one, higher education typically serves as both a backstop for displaced workers and an engine for economic recovery. But today’s crisis is exposing widening fault lines between educational institutions and the demands of an increasingly dynamic world of work. At the core of that challenge is a disconnect between the ways higher education and the labor market talk about, measure and signal individuals’ skills.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/college-closings-economic-upheaval-make-a-case-for-blockchain-adoption/580082/

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The Moral Moments Project: Where Technology and Compassion Meet

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-06-28 17:20

Susan Russell, et al; EDUCAUSE Review

An online project asks students and instructors to reflect on their thoughts and their interactions with others in order to build community, inclusion, motivation, and empathy.  We cannot change the past, but we can address the present needs of our young people by reframing teaching and learning in our classrooms and our communities. The Moral Moments Project is just such a reframing. The Moral Moments Project is a movement, a lifestyle, a sustainable process of self-reflection and community building based on knowable, teachable, and repeatable skills of communication, empathy, compassion, and strategic decision-making.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/6/the-moral-moments-project-where-technology-and-compassion-meet

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Matters

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-06-28 17:20

Ted Mitchell and John O’Brien, EDUCAUSE Review

Aspirations for social equity and transformation of students’ lives have been the heart and soul of higher education from its inception.  At the same time, despite idealistic aspirations and concrete progress, inequities in higher education persist. Indeed, higher education, a sector that leads in so many areas, still has much progress to make in leading the way for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/5/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-dei-matters

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Reopening guide encourages colleges to have a backup plan

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-06-28 17:15

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
A new guide jointly published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and Tuscany Strategy Consulting spells out the steps college leaders must take to resume in-person instruction amid the pandemic.  That includes developing a way to monitor the spread of the virus on campus and ensuring the institution has the financial resources to respond to unforeseen circumstances. The report, which provides colleges with a self-assessment tool to gauge their baseline risk factors for reopening, comes as institutions are releasing their plans for the fall term — though many still need to flesh out key details.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/reopening-guide-encourages-colleges-to-have-a-backup-plan/579931/

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Matters

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-06-28 17:05

Ted Mitchell and John O’Brien, EDUCAUSE Review

Aspirations for social equity and transformation of students’ lives have been the heart and soul of higher education from its inception.  At the same time, despite idealistic aspirations and concrete progress, inequities in higher education persist. Indeed, higher education, a sector that leads in so many areas, still has much progress to make in leading the way for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/5/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-dei-matters

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The Moral Moments Project: Where Technology and Compassion Meet

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-06-28 17:04

Susan Russell, et al; EDUCAUSE Review

An online project asks students and instructors to reflect on their thoughts and their interactions with others in order to build community, inclusion, motivation, and empathy.  We cannot change the past, but we can address the present needs of our young people by reframing teaching and learning in our classrooms and our communities. The Moral Moments Project is just such a reframing. The Moral Moments Project is a movement, a lifestyle, a sustainable process of self-reflection and community building based on knowable, teachable, and repeatable skills of communication, empathy, compassion, and strategic decision-making.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/6/the-moral-moments-project-where-technology-and-compassion-meet

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Reopening guide encourages colleges to have a backup plan

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-06-28 17:02

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
A new guide jointly published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and Tuscany Strategy Consulting spells out the steps college leaders must take to resume in-person instruction amid the pandemic.  That includes developing a way to monitor the spread of the virus on campus and ensuring the institution has the financial resources to respond to unforeseen circumstances. The report, which provides colleges with a self-assessment tool to gauge their baseline risk factors for reopening, comes as institutions are releasing their plans for the fall term — though many still need to flesh out key details.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/reopening-guide-encourages-colleges-to-have-a-backup-plan/579931/

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Blended learning will reshape the future of learning

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-06-27 17:25

JARED STEIN, eCampus News

Some have called the COVID-19-related campus closures education’s black swan event. It may well prove to be. At the very least, the current moment presents higher education with an opportunity to adapt how it designs and delivers education in ways that anticipate future crises, and ultimately make teaching more effective and engaging for students. I don’t mean that every faculty member must become an ardent online teacher, content with remote interactions over face-to-face. But every faculty member must become fluent with critical technology, leveraging it in even their traditional brick and mortar courses as naturally as they might.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/06/16/blended-learning-will-reshape-the-future-of-learning/

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Coursera’s new Workforce Recovery Initiative gives unemployed workers free access to 90% of its online course catalog

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-06-27 17:20

Mara Leighton, Business Insider

Coursera, a popular online learning platform, has launched a Workforce Recovery Initiative that gives unemployed workers access to 90% of its catalog of courses and certificate programs through government agencies and community colleges for zero cost to either one. Ideally, it’ll help unemployed workers re-skill and re-enter the workforce.

https://www.businessinsider.com/coursera-workforce-recovery-initiative

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