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K-12 Schools, Universities Boost Cybersecurity Education to Close the Skills Gap

Sat, 2017-12-16 16:25

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

With the global number of cybersecurity professionals down, schools need to prepare students for future jobs. Meghan is an associate editor with EdTech: Focus on Higher Education. She enjoys coffee, cats and science fiction TV. By 2019, there were will be a global shortage of cybersecurity professionals of about 2 million, IT governance nonprofit ISACA reported in a 2016 skills gap analysis. With this looming over their heads, university leaders have recognized that they need to better train cybersecurity students — from creating more engaging experiences to reshaping programs so they go beyond just the technical skills. But most students have already ruled out careers in cybersecurity by the time they reach college, so the responsibility of closing the skills gap also is falling on K-12 schools.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/12/k-12-schools-universities-boost-cybersecurity-education-close-skills-gap

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Moody’s: Higher education sector outlook negative

Sat, 2017-12-16 16:20

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

The credit-rating agency Moody’s downgraded the outlook of the higher education sector from stable to negative, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. Moody’s cites the industry’s inability to lower tuition rates and uncertainty around potential federal policy and tax reform changes, which could have an impact on “enrollment and tuition-revenue growth, philanthropic support and the cost of borrowing.” Moody’s assigned a negative rating to the sector in 2013, but amended it to stable two years later in anticipation that states would increase funding and revenue would grow at four-year institutions.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/moodys-higher-education-sector-outlook-negative/512351/

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‘New education methods will transform the way students learn’

Sat, 2017-12-16 16:15

by Lalatendu Mishra, the Hindu

Education is set for massive transformation as technology is ushering in a new era in the field of learning, said T.V. Mohandas Pai , Chairman Aarin Capital. In the new scheme of things the student would be at the core and would decide as well as create her/his own degree at one’s own pace and medium. Mr. Pai, former Infosys CFO, and who is also Chairman, Manipal Global Education Services, explains what Education 4.0 is all about.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-business/new-education-methods-will-transform-the-way-students-learn/article21383774.ece

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Report: Degree-holders boosting tech resume with online courses, but rewards divided

Sat, 2017-12-16 16:09

By Olivia Krauth, Tech Republic

More than half of people using online coding courses are trying to boost their degree value, a new report from Codecademy found. According to Codecademy, 2017 might have been the year of re-education. New research from the online coding resource said more than half of its users this year hold a college degree, using their free time to boost their skill set by learning to code. About 55% of Codecademy’s users reported having some kind of college degree, showing that tech professionals are finding ways to expand their resume and stay relevant in a constantly changing field. “We’re hearing increasingly from people learning to code to get a leg up in their current industry and from people who want to move into tech adjacent fields,” the report said. “Considering that this is one of the few sectors of the economy that’s growing, it makes sense.”

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/report-degree-holders-boosting-tech-resume-with-online-courses-but-rewards-divided/

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K-12 Schools, Universities Boost Cybersecurity Education to Close the Skills Gap

Sat, 2017-12-16 16:05

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

With the global number of cybersecurity professionals down, schools need to prepare students for future jobs. Meghan is an associate editor with EdTech: Focus on Higher Education. She enjoys coffee, cats and science fiction TV. By 2019, there were will be a global shortage of cybersecurity professionals of about 2 million, IT governance nonprofit ISACA reported in a 2016 skills gap analysis. With this looming over their heads, university leaders have recognized that they need to better train cybersecurity students — from creating more engaging experiences to reshaping programs so they go beyond just the technical skills. But most students have already ruled out careers in cybersecurity by the time they reach college, so the responsibility of closing the skills gap also is falling on K-12 schools.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/12/k-12-schools-universities-boost-cybersecurity-education-close-skills-gap

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Top 5 Strategies to Increase Student Engagement Online

Sat, 2017-12-16 16:03

by Allen Schwartz, Xconomy

Good teachers often say that “95 percent of good teaching is just getting students motivated.” Online learning presents a new opportunity to both measure engagement and create learning methods that increase it. Facebook sets the high bar for online engagement—65 percent of its billion-plus users are on the platform for an average of 40 minutes per day. The challenge for online platforms is to infuse themselves with some of the Facebook mojo to drive up engagement rates. Here are 5 strategies that showcase what best-in-class online learning platforms are using to do just that.

 

 

Top 5 Strategies to Increase Student Engagement Online

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BU End-of-semester course evaluations go digital

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:25

by Sarika Ram, Daily Free Press

The Boston University provost-appointed Task Force on Evaluating Teaching initiated an expanded pilot program for online course evaluations — in lieu of paper evaluations — in several BU schools this semester. The pilot program was launched to address student requests for online evaluation forms, Gillian Pierce, the university’s director of learning assessment and task force chair, said. “Students have been wanting online course evaluations for a long time now, and they also have wanted results to be shared with them, so in response to that, we had asked for this expanded pilot of online course evaluations,” Pierce said. The task force first successfully tested online evaluation forms last spring in a select number of College of Arts and Sciences courses. Most notable in their results, Pierce said, was the fact that students responded at the same rate for the online evaluations as for paper evaluations, an initial concern to faculty, warranting the expanded pilot.

http://dailyfreepress.com/2017/12/10/end-semester-course-evaluations-go-digital/

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Cybersecurity trends for 2018

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:23

by Debbie Garside, CSO Online

So, what exactly will 2018 have in store? McAfee Inc.’s recent threats predictions report identified five key cyber security trends to watch in 2018:

  • An adversarial machine learning “arms race” between attackers and defenders
  • Ransomware to evolve from traditional PC extortion to IoT, high net-worth users, and corporate disruption
  • Serverless Apps to create attack opportunities targeting privileges, app dependencies, and data transfers
  • Connected home devices to surrender consumer privacy to corporate marketers
  • Consumer apps collection of children’s content to pose long-term reputation risk

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3241122/cyber-attacks-espionage/cybersecurity-trends-for-2018.html

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New zero-cost textbook classes minimize educational barriers

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:21

by David Neder, Pasadena City College Courier

Recently, Pasadena City College took action to create an easier way for students to take classes without the need of purchasing expensive textbooks. Beginning during the Winter 2018 intersession, students are able to search the course catalog for classes that only use zero-cost textbooks. This applies to not only traditional classes, but also online classes. These classes will utilize only open educational resources (OER) available for free online. The initiative is part of the College Textbook Affordability Act that was passed back in 2015 by the state of California.

http://www.pcccourier.com/news/new-zero-cost-textbook-classes-minimize-educational-barriers.html

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Is Alison The Answer To The World’s Education Needs?

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:10

by Peter High , Forbes

With nearly 12 million registered learners, 1.5 million graduates, and 1,000 free courses, the first ever massive open online course (MOOC) Alison has become one of the world’s largest players in online education – and one of the world’s largest certifiers of educational and skills attainment. Founder Mike Feerick’s model for equal access to learning is gaining traction, not only in the United States, Alison’s largest market, but also across the world, not least in developing nations. To hear Feerick talk about Article 26 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights Resolution that asserts that “Education will be free”, his passion and belief in the idea is evident. He believes he has found a way to make all knowledge and skills training sustainable and available at scale to everyone via the web, and, as the statistics above make clear, he has the data to prove that he is making serious progress.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhigh/2017/12/11/is-alison-the-answer-to-the-worlds-education-needs/#28159cd85e4b

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Two University of Newcastle academics win a top edX global accolade for online teaching.

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:05

by the Australian

Two University of Newcastle academics have won one of the highest world accolades it’s possible to get for excellence in online education. Andrew Howells and Bernadette Drabsch are this year’s winners of the annual Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning awarded by US massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX. The pair were chosen from a field of 14 finalists. Their course, Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101 which is offered by edX, broke new ground by teaching drawing online.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/high-wired/top-global-online-education-award-to-aussies/news-story/ee5a4680074d123758fcd2e7948ab27d

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Moody’s: Higher education sector outlook negative

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:02

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

The credit-rating agency Moody’s downgraded the outlook of the higher education sector from stable to negative, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. Moody’s cites the industry’s inability to lower tuition rates and uncertainty around potential federal policy and tax reform changes, which could have an impact on “enrollment and tuition-revenue growth, philanthropic support and the cost of borrowing.” Moody’s assigned a negative rating to the sector in 2013, but amended it to stable two years later in anticipation that states would increase funding and revenue would grow at four-year institutions.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/moodys-higher-education-sector-outlook-negative/512351/

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Education technology meets its limits

Thu, 2017-12-14 16:25

by Ryan Craig, TechCrunch

One of the challenges facing online providers is the question of efficacy. It turned out that the online education revolution wasn’t in quality or outcomes, but rather access — allowing millions of Americans to pursue degrees on their own time. Completion rates remain low and prominent researchers have questioned the return on investment of online programs. Concerns about quality may explain why none of the major employers associated with Coursera and Udacity have committed to hire or even interview graduates of these novel online programs. No one seemed surprised at VentureBeat’s report from mid-2017 that of the 10,000 nanodegree graduates, “more than 1,000 participants have found jobs” — a ~10 percent placement rate that should spell the demise of any last-mile program.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/08/education-technology-meets-its-limits/

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Online Students Can Build In-Person Relationships

Thu, 2017-12-14 16:19

By Olena Reid, US News

Opportunities are available for online students to engage with classmates at local and on-campus events.  Even in an online degree program, whether you live close to the school’s campus or hundreds of miles away, you have ways to meet classmates, faculty and alumni in person. If your main hesitation in pursuing an online education is the fear of being isolated, know that you will likely have opportunities to engage with others face to face. Here are four examples.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-12-08/online-students-can-build-in-person-relationships

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How Stony Brook U. launched a successful mobile app for student engagement

Thu, 2017-12-14 16:14

By Patti Zarling, Education Dive
More than 60 percent of freshmen walking the Stony Brook University campus in New York this fall downloaded the new Guide app onto their smartphones — a type of personal college advisor in their pockets. But Stony Brook isn’t the first institution to take up this trend.  Actually, it’s one of 50 schools throughout the U.S. to be an early adopter of Guide, which helps students choose the right major, navigate requirements from financial aid to course registration, make advising appointments and stay on top of important dates and deadlines. About 5,100 Stony Brook students — half of which were new and the other continuing students or upperclassmen — downloaded the free app.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-stony-brook-u-launched-a-successful-mobile-app-for-student-engagement/512335/

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Is this the field best suited for the flipped classroom model?

Thu, 2017-12-14 16:08

BY DUSTYN WILLIAMS, eCampus News
Why the flipped classroom model is particularly helpful for medical students for its ability to enhance training. For medical students in particular, when clinical questions are encountered later in education and practice, they will possess the tools necessary to discover and learn from the answers.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/field-best-flipped-classroom/

 

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3 cybersecurity best practices for global research institutions

Thu, 2017-12-14 16:04

BY SUSAN BIDDLE, eCampus News
Today, innovation knows no borders. Labs and postdocs at universities worldwide are conducting more research from the field and more cross-institutional research than ever before. But transmitting this data from the field and across global networks means that cybersecurity is paramount. What are the cybersecurity concerns and best practices that global research universities should be aware of to protect data in the field and in global collaborations?

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/cybersecurity-global-research/

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BU End-of-semester course evaluations go digital

Thu, 2017-12-14 16:03

by Sarika Ram, Daily Free Press

The Boston University provost-appointed Task Force on Evaluating Teaching initiated an expanded pilot program for online course evaluations — in lieu of paper evaluations — in several BU schools this semester. The pilot program was launched to address student requests for online evaluation forms, Gillian Pierce, the university’s director of learning assessment and task force chair, said. “Students have been wanting online course evaluations for a long time now, and they also have wanted results to be shared with them, so in response to that, we had asked for this expanded pilot of online course evaluations,” Pierce said. The task force first successfully tested online evaluation forms last spring in a select number of College of Arts and Sciences courses. Most notable in their results, Pierce said, was the fact that students responded at the same rate for the online evaluations as for paper evaluations, an initial concern to faculty, warranting the expanded pilot.

http://dailyfreepress.com/2017/12/10/end-semester-course-evaluations-go-digital/

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Republican proposal could create bigger role for private industry in higher education

Wed, 2017-12-13 16:25

By Jillian Berman, MarketWatch

The bill proposes limiting the federal government’s role in regulating colleges, capping graduate student borrowing, making it easier for schools to limit undergraduate borrowing and overhauling the student loan repayment system.  Much of the proposal that House Republicans released last week is controversial and likely won’t make it into the final law, but the plan provides an indication of Congressional Republicans’ priorities for the nation’s higher education system. Those priorities include limiting the federal government’s role in regulating colleges, capping graduate student borrowing, making it easier for schools to limit undergraduate borrowing — and overhauling the student loan repayment system. Many of those moves have the potential to create a larger role for private industry.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/republican-proposal-could-create-bigger-role-for-private-industry-in-higher-education-2017-12-04

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3 ways of leveraging STEM expertise for ed tech success

Wed, 2017-12-13 16:20

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Divev
When it comes to successful integration of technology — whether it’s a new learning management system across multiple campuses or video capture tools in the classroom — poor implementation or haphazard rollout can end up costing the institution more than the initial investment. Recently, for example, the state of Washington paid $2.6 million to settle a dispute after it canceled a contract with an ed tech company following its inability to effectively install a computer software program. But leveraging the talents of faculty and students with STEM skills in the ed tech decision making and adoption process may help alleviate some of the challenges. In some cases, as suggested by Virginia Tech CIO Scott Midkiff in conversation with Education Dive, integrating campus members can also cut costs the might come from hiring more IT staff and build technical expertise among technology users.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/3-ways-of-leveraging-stem-expertise-for-ed-tech-success/512544/

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