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Universities brace for lasting impact of coronavirus outbreak

Mon, 2020-02-24 16:25

Joyce Lau and John Ross, THE

While much harm has been done by epidemic, institutions could use crisis to sharpen strategies and practices in areas such as internationalisation and e-learning, experts say. In the most affected areas, universities face the prospect of losing an entire semester or more. In China, where the health emergency started and where most of the cases have occurred, institutions – including foreign branch campuses – have called a halt to in-person teaching. Administrators in Hong Kong universities, which are among the most internationalised in the world, have been frank in their assessment that a return to normal teaching in early March is “unlikely”.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/universities-brace-lasting-impact-coronavirus-outbreak

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Is Online Learning The Future Of Education Industry

Mon, 2020-02-24 16:20

By William Derringer, Union Journal
Technology has changed all sectors of the economy, including education. For example, the fact that you don’t need to attend a physical class to learn is one great improvement in the way courses are delivered nowadays. With e-learning, you don’t have to commute to class and you can learn at your own pace. The only thing you need for this to work is internet connections and an electronic device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone. While some courses such as medicine and engineering courses would still need students to attend classes for practical operation of machinery, it’s clear that e-learning has eliminated barriers to deliver education more effectively. Here are five reasons why e-learning is the future of education.

https://theunionjournal.com/is-online-learning-the-future-of-education-industry/

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India Opens the Door Wide for Online Learning

Mon, 2020-02-24 16:15

Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

The government of India is for the first time allowing universities to offer fully online degrees — a change that could reshape education delivery in the country while blowing open the door to a previously limited market for U.S.-based online education services companies. For many years, Indian universities and colleges were not permitted to offer more than 20 percent of a degree online, in part because of concerns about quality and limited mechanisms for oversight and regulation. Now, as part of a push to widen access to higher education and raise the profile of Indian institutions globally, restrictions on online learning are starting to lift.  Massive open online education providers Coursera and edX both say they hope to increase their existing presence in India and partner more deeply with institutions there.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/02/17/indian-government-opens-market-online-higher-education

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Universities brace for lasting impact of coronavirus outbreak

Mon, 2020-02-24 16:10

Joyce Lau and John Ross, THE

While much harm has been done by epidemic, institutions could use crisis to sharpen strategies and practices in areas such as internationalisation and e-learning, experts say. In the most affected areas, universities face the prospect of losing an entire semester or more. In China, where the health emergency started and where most of the cases have occurred, institutions – including foreign branch campuses – have called a halt to in-person teaching. Administrators in Hong Kong universities, which are among the most internationalised in the world, have been frank in their assessment that a return to normal teaching in early March is “unlikely”.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/universities-brace-lasting-impact-coronavirus-outbreak

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Is Online Learning The Future Of Education Industry

Mon, 2020-02-24 16:05

By William Derringer, Union Journal
Technology has changed all sectors of the economy, including education. For example, the fact that you don’t need to attend a physical class to learn is one great improvement in the way courses are delivered nowadays. With e-learning, you don’t have to commute to class and you can learn at your own pace. The only thing you need for this to work is internet connections and an electronic device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone. While some courses such as medicine and engineering courses would still need students to attend classes for practical operation of machinery, it’s clear that e-learning has eliminated barriers to deliver education more effectively. Here are five reasons why e-learning is the future of education.

https://theunionjournal.com/is-online-learning-the-future-of-education-industry/

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India Opens the Door Wide for Online Learning

Mon, 2020-02-24 16:03

Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

The government of India is for the first time allowing universities to offer fully online degrees — a change that could reshape education delivery in the country while blowing open the door to a previously limited market for U.S.-based online education services companies. For many years, Indian universities and colleges were not permitted to offer more than 20 percent of a degree online, in part because of concerns about quality and limited mechanisms for oversight and regulation. Now, as part of a push to widen access to higher education and raise the profile of Indian institutions globally, restrictions on online learning are starting to lift.  Massive open online education providers Coursera and edX both say they hope to increase their existing presence in India and partner more deeply with institutions there.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/02/17/indian-government-opens-market-online-higher-education

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Cyborgs, trolls and bots: A guide to online misinformation

Sun, 2020-02-23 16:25

David Klepper, Daily Progress

Cyborgs, trolls and bots can fill the internet with lies and half-truths. Understanding them is key to learning how misinformation spreads online. As the 2016 election showed, social media are increasingly used to amplify false claims and divide Americans over hot-button issues including race and immigration. Researchers who study misinformation predict it will get worse leading up to this year’s presidential vote. Here’s a guide to understanding the problem:

https://www.dailyprogress.com/opinion/opinion-commentary-cyborgs-trolls-and-bots-a-guide-to-online/article_f11c5ca6-a2ad-5b3a-8dc3-bddd9db2a074.html

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China: Online educational services see demand surge amid virus epidemic

Sun, 2020-02-23 16:20

Cheng Yu, China Daily
Online education companies across China are seeing a surge in demand for study-at-home products as the novel coronavirus epidemic has hampered normal educational services in the country. Following the postponement of school semesters, over 80 educational companies have offered free online courses to students in China, a country that boasts nearly 280 million students ranging from kindergarten to universities.

https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0006353557

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ACE Receives ED Funds to Explore Blockchain’s Potential

Sun, 2020-02-23 16:15

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

The committee will oversee the development of a research paper that will “review the current use of blockchain in education as well as identify opportunities and challenges for potential applications that can advance equity in educational and workforce outcomes.” In addition, the initiative plans to launch a competitive challenge to fund blockchain pilot programs, with winners to be selected by the committee members. A process and criteria for pilot project selection will be released later this year.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/02/06/ace-receives-ed-funds-to-explore-blockchains-potential.aspx

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Cyborgs, trolls and bots: A guide to online misinformation

Sun, 2020-02-23 16:07

David Klepper, Daily Progress

Cyborgs, trolls and bots can fill the internet with lies and half-truths. Understanding them is key to learning how misinformation spreads online. As the 2016 election showed, social media are increasingly used to amplify false claims and divide Americans over hot-button issues including race and immigration. Researchers who study misinformation predict it will get worse leading up to this year’s presidential vote. Here’s a guide to understanding the problem:

https://www.dailyprogress.com/opinion/opinion-commentary-cyborgs-trolls-and-bots-a-guide-to-online/article_f11c5ca6-a2ad-5b3a-8dc3-bddd9db2a074.html

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China: Online educational services see demand surge amid virus epidemic

Sun, 2020-02-23 16:05

Cheng Yu, China Daily
Online education companies across China are seeing a surge in demand for study-at-home products as the novel coronavirus epidemic has hampered normal educational services in the country. Following the postponement of school semesters, over 80 educational companies have offered free online courses to students in China, a country that boasts nearly 280 million students ranging from kindergarten to universities.

https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0006353557

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ACE Receives ED Funds to Explore Blockchain’s Potential

Sun, 2020-02-23 16:02

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

The committee will oversee the development of a research paper that will “review the current use of blockchain in education as well as identify opportunities and challenges for potential applications that can advance equity in educational and workforce outcomes.” In addition, the initiative plans to launch a competitive challenge to fund blockchain pilot programs, with winners to be selected by the committee members. A process and criteria for pilot project selection will be released later this year.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/02/06/ace-receives-ed-funds-to-explore-blockchains-potential.aspx

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AI and machine learning will dominate the CIO agenda this year

Sat, 2020-02-22 16:25

By Steve Phillpott, Information Management

Some industry experts say over 90 percent of the world’s data was generated in the last two years alone. By 2023, enterprises, machines, industries, consumers, science and more will be generating 103 zettabytes per year, according to IDC. Now more than ever, organizations realize that to manage this unprecedented data growth, a solid data strategy must be front and center for them to survive and thrive. This includes thinking about where your company’s data should reside and how to incorporate the latest innovations to harness that data and turn it into valuable insights.

https://www.information-management.com/opinion/ai-and-machine-learning-will-dominate-the-cio-agenda-this-year

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Anant Agarwal and the democratization of education through technology

Sat, 2020-02-22 16:20
Digital Future Society Recognizing that we need to expand the options for students to gain an education, higher education institutions are starting to innovate, creating new ways to unbundle degrees and create non-linear, modular career and education pathways. One main change we’ll see is the unbundling of traditional learning “packages” — Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees — into more manageable learning chunks that are also tied to real career and life outcomes. This is called modular learning, and it enables working professionals to learn new skills in shorter amounts of time, even while they work, and those seeking a degree are able to do so in a much more attainable way. They also earn credentials for the smaller modules of learning, thereby garnering value and positive feedback early in the process of advancing towards full degrees.

https://digitalfuturesociety.com/qanda/anant-agarwal-and-the-democratization-of-education-through-technology/

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Coursera Introduces an Annual Subscription Plan for Learners Similar to Its Business and Campus Offering

Sat, 2020-02-22 16:16

IBL News

This week, Coursera started piloting a new annual subscription program for individual learners at $399 per year. This offering, called Coursera Plus, resembles the existing subscription plans of Coursera for Business and Coursera for Campus – although these ones include analytics and other integration services. Coursera’s plan follows the trend towards the subscription pricing model, increasingly executed among MOOC platforms and initiatives at scale such as Pluralsight or A Cloud Guru.

https://iblnews.org/coursera-introduces-an-annual-subscription-plan-for-learners-similar-to-its-business-and-campus-offering/

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AI and machine learning will dominate the CIO agenda this year

Sat, 2020-02-22 16:10

By Steve Phillpott, Information Management

Some industry experts say over 90 percent of the world’s data was generated in the last two years alone. By 2023, enterprises, machines, industries, consumers, science and more will be generating 103 zettabytes per year, according to IDC. Now more than ever, organizations realize that to manage this unprecedented data growth, a solid data strategy must be front and center for them to survive and thrive. This includes thinking about where your company’s data should reside and how to incorporate the latest innovations to harness that data and turn it into valuable insights.

https://www.information-management.com/opinion/ai-and-machine-learning-will-dominate-the-cio-agenda-this-year

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Anant Agarwal and the democratization of education through technology

Sat, 2020-02-22 16:05
Digital Future Society Recognizing that we need to expand the options for students to gain an education, higher education institutions are starting to innovate, creating new ways to unbundle degrees and create non-linear, modular career and education pathways. One main change we’ll see is the unbundling of traditional learning “packages” — Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees — into more manageable learning chunks that are also tied to real career and life outcomes. This is called modular learning, and it enables working professionals to learn new skills in shorter amounts of time, even while they work, and those seeking a degree are able to do so in a much more attainable way. They also earn credentials for the smaller modules of learning, thereby garnering value and positive feedback early in the process of advancing towards full degrees.

https://digitalfuturesociety.com/qanda/anant-agarwal-and-the-democratization-of-education-through-technology/

 

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Coursera Introduces an Annual Subscription Plan for Learners Similar to Its Business and Campus Offering

Sat, 2020-02-22 16:02

IBL News

This week, Coursera started piloting a new annual subscription program for individual learners at $399 per year. This offering, called Coursera Plus, resembles the existing subscription plans of Coursera for Business and Coursera for Campus – although these ones include analytics and other integration services. Coursera’s plan follows the trend towards the subscription pricing model, increasingly executed among MOOC platforms and initiatives at scale such as Pluralsight or A Cloud Guru.

https://iblnews.org/coursera-introduces-an-annual-subscription-plan-for-learners-similar-to-its-business-and-campus-offering/

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Opportunities and challenges as lessons go online amid the coronavirus outbreak

Fri, 2020-02-21 16:24

Heather Hao and Zhang Huimin, CGTN

Taking advantage of the moment, online educational companies have started taking their operations online. EF Education First, an English language training provider has canceled or postponed all offline lessons and then, took them online.  Many private educational and training institutions besides the Lucerne-based education giant, such as New Oriental, TAL Education, and Offcn Education have successively shifted their focus to online lessons.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-02-14/School-lessons-move-online-amid-the-coronavirus-outbreak-O58WBz7oZ2/index.html

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How one university is teaching through the coronavirus outbreak

Fri, 2020-02-21 16:20

Hallie Busta, Education Dive

Colleges with campuses in China have been affected more directly. New York University has turned to remote communication and instructional technology at its Shanghai campus, which so far has been delayed from opening until Feb. 17. About half of the 1,500 students there are are Chinese nationals. Uncertain about when travel to the region will reopen, the university expects to rely on a mix of digital and classroom-based instruction this semester. While NYU has had to respond to situations in which students are unable to get to or from a campus, the scale of the current outbreak is “unprecedented,” said Clay Shirky, the university’s vice provost for educational technologies.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-one-university-is-teaching-through-the-coronavirus-outbreak/572385/

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