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3 Reasons to Consider MOOCs Over an Online Degree

Thu, 2017-04-27 17:08

By John LaMar, US News

Massive open online courses allow prospective students to gauge their interest in different majors at no cost. Having now also completed an online bachelor’s program at Oregon State University Ecampus, I feel it might be helpful for other prospective students to understand the benefits and challenges of a MOOC, and when it might make more sense to enroll in a more structured online degree program.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-04-17/3-reasons-to-consider-moocs-over-an-online-degree

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Online Learning and Institutional Resilience and Business Continuity

Thu, 2017-04-27 17:05

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Should every institution develop some capacity for online learning? What about small residential colleges, places that differentiate around an in-person residential learning experience? I’ve argued that small-scale online and low-residency programs are a way to build on institutional strengths, grow the knowledge and skills of our educators, and reach new groups of students. Online learning can also be a catalyst for organizational change, as the impact of traditional and open online learning programs on improving residential teaching and learning has been consistently under-appreciated. Need another reason to invest in online learning? How about institutional resilience. Will your institution be able to keep going if a black swan lands on your campus?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/online-learning-and-institutional-resilience

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Carnegie Mellon University Nonprofit Pitches Robotics to Business Leaders

Thu, 2017-04-27 17:03

By Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

During the ARM Institute’s first membership recruitment meeting, members hammered out agreements with corporations and development agencies alike to gain private funding and strengthen the manufacturing workforce. At the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville, two decades of robotics research is on display in the 28 gleaming plaques on the wall: inscribed patents for pieces of technology invented at Carnegie Mellon University. Now, flush with government money and commitments from private industry, a nonprofit founded at the school is embarking on a new mission: selling the value of robotics and automation to American manufacturing. The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, called the ARM Institute, hosted more than 200 people from across the country on Wednesday at the cavernous research center for the ambitious undertaking’s first membership recruitment meeting.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/higher-ed/Carnegie-Mellon-University-Nonprofit-Pitches-Robotics-to-Business-Leaders.html

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Purdue U. Is Expected to Buy Mega For-Profit Kaplan U., Turn It Into a ‘Public University’

Thu, 2017-04-27 08:59

by the Chronicle of Higher Ed

Purdue University’s Board of Trustees is expected to buy the for-profit Kaplan University, which is a division of Graham Holdings Company. The surprise announcement was made in a corporate filing by the company on Thursday morning. According to the filing, Kaplan will become a new “nonprofit, public-benefit corporation” called “New University.” It continues: “New University will operate as a new Indiana public university, as authorized by the Indiana legislature, affiliated with Purdue University and focused on expanding access to education for non-traditional adult learners.”

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/purdue-u-is-expected-to-buy-mega-for-profit-kaplan-u-turn-it-into-a-public-university/

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This is what Gen Z-designed curriculum looks like for the future

Wed, 2017-04-26 17:26

BY DARREN FAUST, eSchool News

Cross-curricular lessons help Generation Z develop the problem-solving skills they will need in an ever-changing world for tomorrow’s jobs. Cross-curricular lessons are one way educators can prepare students for an uncertain future. With the national emphasis on STEM, cross-curricular learning teaches students about history, science, technology, engineering, and math (as well as art and literature), all while inspiring students to explore these subjects and make connections on their own. By making these connections and using multiple disciplines in their learning, students are learning creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, all of which will be relevant no matter which career path they choose.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/04/17/gen-z-designed-curriculum/

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Researchers examine the effectiveness of a psychological strategy on online learners

Wed, 2017-04-26 17:20

by Milenko Martinovich, Phys.org

While online education has opened access to learners worldwide, new Stanford research suggests that a single approach to teaching everyone in an online class may not yield the best outcome, especially when it comes to course completion. The key, the Stanford researchers say, is to recognize cultural differences among class participants, especially the difference between cultures that celebrate the power of the individual versus those where the good of the group comes first. Instructors can then tailor teaching strategies to best meet the learners’ needs. In a new study published last week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, results support the need for tailored strategies – based on cultural backgrounds – that can be scaled and help millions of learners worldwide.

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-effectiveness-psychological-strategy-online-learners.html

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Online courses make up more than half of CPS’s revenue

Wed, 2017-04-26 17:15

By Liz Konneker, GW Hatchet

The College of Professional Studies is earning more than half of its revenue from online courses – making the college a leader in online learning at GW.Fifty-four percent of the college’s revenue comes from students enrolled in online programs or courses and 60 percent of its students took at least one online course this academic year, Ali Eskandarian, the dean of the college, said at the April Faculty Senate meeting. Faculty said the school has embraced online learning because many of their students are non-traditional, meaning they already have professional jobs or families that take up a significant amount of time. The school began offering online courses a decade ago, and since then online learning has become a dominant part of the school’s mission, Eskandarian said in an email.

https://www.gwhatchet.com/2017/04/17/online-courses-make-up-more-than-half-of-cpss-revenue/

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Why Richard Culatta Will Be the New ISTE CEO

Wed, 2017-04-26 17:12

BY TANYA ROSCORLA, Converge

The Rhode Island innovation leader hopes to use his new position to tackle tech challenges related to digital equity, next-generation assessments and transitions between high school and college. After 18 months as Rhode Island’s first chief innovation officer, Richard Culatta will become the new CEO of the nonprofit International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) on May 1. The ISTE Board of Directors* had been looking for a new CEO since Brian Lewis’ employment ended last September. Out of a 42-person interview pool, Culatta earned that spot because of his proven innovation record at the U.S. Education Department and the state of Rhode Island, along with a good grasp of the needs of ISTE’s members, who hail from more than 92 countries and number upward of 17,000.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/higher-ed/Why-Richard-Culatta-Will-Be-the-New-ISTE-CEO.html

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Will higher ed funding hit $0 in New Mexico in 2018?

Wed, 2017-04-26 17:09

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed 100% of higher education funding for next fiscal year, The Washington Post reports, and the legislature won’t be able to overturn her veto. Public colleges and universities in the state have seen a 32% drop in funding since the recession. Increases to the state’s public school system were also a part of the veto package, continuing a downward trend that has amounted to a 14% cut in public school funding since the recession. Martinez expressed frustration over the state Senate’s failure to schedule confirmation hearings for her Board of Regents nominees. New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers decried the idea that the state’s public universities are getting “caught up in political strategy,” and Democratic leaders in the legislature are planning to sue the governor over the veto.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/will-higher-ed-funding-hit-0-in-new-mexico-in-2018/440659/

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7 Ways Digital Technology is Changing the Face of Education

Wed, 2017-04-26 17:03

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

How is digital technology changing education? An easier question to answer perhaps is: How is digital technology not changing education. Availability of Online Classes and Programs: One of the first easy observations regarding digital technology and education is that online schools and classes are becoming widely available. Even free online classes called “MOOC’s” otherwise known as Massive Open Online Courses are becoming widely popular. Online courses and full online programs are making it possible for learners young and old to unite from all over the world at any given moment, and to have easy access to a course or program from home.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-ways-digital-technology-changing-face-education/

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11 Ways to Make Your Online Course Go Global as a Freelance Educator

Tue, 2017-04-25 17:25

By Sarah Cordiner, THE Journal

The continued growth of online courses and the introduction of alternative accreditations will spawn a growth in freelance or independent professors. By 2025, all you need to start your own university is a great online teaching style, course materials and marketing plan.” The booming demand for self-study, on-demand and access-anytime training and education is evident through the popularity of platforms like Udemy and Coursera. The online learner is ready and waiting for your course. Many educators are shifting away from their traditional teacher, trainer and professor roles at brick-and-mortar institutions and realizing the benefits of freelancing, such as sharing their expertise beyond the walls of their classroom and earning extra compensation.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/04/11/11-ways-to-make-your-online-course-go-global-as-a-freelance-professor.aspx

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Seventeen jobs, five careers: learning in the age of automation

Tue, 2017-04-25 17:20

by Max Opray, the Guardian

Welcome to the fourth industrial revolution: the economy of always learning. Staying still is more likely than ever to result in obsolescence, as indicated by a report released last month by consultancy firm PwC, which estimated 30% of British jobs could be automated by 2030. As professionals need to update their skills more frequently than ever, so too the education sector is evolving to cater to a new state of affairs in which young people are projected to have 17 jobs over five different careers, according to the Foundation for Young Australians 2015 report, The New Work Order.

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/apr/15/seventeen-jobs-five-careers-learning-in-the-age-of-automation

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China’s Artificial-Intelligence Boom

Tue, 2017-04-25 17:15

by SARAH ZHANG, the Atlantic

The country’s universities and tech giants are starting to surpass American ones when it comes to researching and implementing AI. China’s rapid rise up the ranks of AI research has people taking notice. In October, the Obama White House released a “strategic plan” for AI research, which noted that the U.S. no longer leads the world in journal articles on “deep learning,” a particularly hot subset of AI research right now. The country that had overtaken the U.S.? China, of course. It’s not just academic research. Chinese tech companies are betting on AI, too. Baidu (a Chinese search-engine company often likened to Google), Didi (often likened to Uber), and Tencent (maker of the mega-popular messaging app WeChat) have all set up their own AI research labs. With millions of customers, these companies have access to the huge amount of data that training AI to detect patterns requires.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/02/china-artificial-intelligence/516615/

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Researchers examine the effectiveness of a psychological strategy on online learners

Tue, 2017-04-25 17:08

by Milenko Martinovich, Phys.org

While online education has opened access to learners worldwide, new Stanford research suggests that a single approach to teaching everyone in an online class may not yield the best outcome, especially when it comes to course completion. The key, the Stanford researchers say, is to recognize cultural differences among class participants, especially the difference between cultures that celebrate the power of the individual versus those where the good of the group comes first. Instructors can then tailor teaching strategies to best meet the learners’ needs. In a new study published last week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, results support the need for tailored strategies – based on cultural backgrounds – that can be scaled and help millions of learners worldwide.

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-effectiveness-psychological-strategy-online-learners.html

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Online courses make up more than half of CPS’s revenue

Tue, 2017-04-25 17:06

By Liz Konneker, GW Hatchet

The College of Professional Studies is earning more than half of its revenue from online courses – making the college a leader in online learning at GW.Fifty-four percent of the college’s revenue comes from students enrolled in online programs or courses and 60 percent of its students took at least one online course this academic year, Ali Eskandarian, the dean of the college, said at the April Faculty Senate meeting. Faculty said the school has embraced online learning because many of their students are non-traditional, meaning they already have professional jobs or families that take up a significant amount of time. The school began offering online courses a decade ago, and since then online learning has become a dominant part of the school’s mission, Eskandarian said in an email.

https://www.gwhatchet.com/2017/04/17/online-courses-make-up-more-than-half-of-cpss-revenue/

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College has new twist to online learning

Tue, 2017-04-25 17:03

by News Channel 13

“We are providing to the learner the ability to affordably, flexibly and in a personalized way get the education that they want,” explained Nurit Sonnenschein, the Center for Educational Measurement general manager at Excelsior College, It’s called a CourXam. Excelsior College teamed up with Cengage Learning to create college credit worthy exams that offer more flexibility than standard online courses. “We have these pacing guides right in the welcome section of every product that says, ‘Do you have six weeks to do this do you want to do this in 12 weeks,’” noted Sonnenschein. Split up into modules, complete with readings, activities and quizzes, the CourXam also breaks down how much time each lesson will take to complete, allowing you to choose what you learn and when you learn it.

http://wnyt.com/stem/excelsior-college-online-learning-courxam-program/4455050/

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The Democratization of Machine Learning: What It Means for Tech Innovation

Mon, 2017-04-24 17:25

by Kartik Hosanagar and Apoorv Saxena, Wharton

Now we are on the cusp of a new grand leap thanks to the democratization of machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence that enables computers to learn without being explicitly programmed. As recently as 2015, only large companies like Google, Amazon and Apple had access to the massive data and computing resources needed to train and launch sophisticated AI algorithms. Small startups and individuals simply didn’t have access and were effectively blocked out of the market. That changes now. The democratization of ML gives individuals and startups a chance to get their ideas off the ground and prove their concepts before raising the funds needed to scale. There is an effort underway to standardize and improve access across all layers of the machine learning stack.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/democratization-ai-means-tech-innovation/

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6 improvement trends spreading like fire across all colleges and universities

Mon, 2017-04-24 17:20

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Academic program creation and evaluation is top-of-mind with institutions. This year colleges and universities are looking to diversify their program portfolios, either through offering online or blended learning offerings, through offering micro-credentials, or by placing their bets on emerging programs. What’s also noteworthy this year is that Hanover has gone a step further in identifying the overarching improvement trend of academic program creation and review by including a list of the top high-growth and emerging programs in higher ed at the moment. “Facing declining enrollments and reductions in funding across key academic offerings, higher education institutions are diversifying their program offerings, experimenting with new teaching methods, and emphasizing the value in higher education to key external stakeholders.”

http://www.ecampusnews.com/alternative-pathways/improvement-trends-universities/

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Training Program Automation & Online Courses Nine Step Cheat Sheet Launched

Mon, 2017-04-24 17:15

by Military Technologies

A new nine step cheat sheet has been launched by Training Automation Secrets. The cheat sheet is aimed at trainer, coaches and consultants who wish to learn how to automate their training programs. Training Automation Secrets are offering an exclusive, free cheat sheet filled with the nine most valuable secrets to training business automation. This cheat sheet is aimed at trainers, coaches and consultants. These nine proven steps to automating training businesses online saves business owners time and money. The traditional method of training is to find customers and then train them, before repeating the process. The business owner who provides the training is involved in this process and it is time consuming for them. The cheat sheet explains that traditional offline training is good but by going online and automating the training program, the business owner can expand their business and free up valuable time.

http://www.military-technologies.net/2017/04/08/training-program-automation-online-courses-nine-step-cheat-sheet-launched/

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Simulated classroom learning

Mon, 2017-04-24 17:10

By Robert Klimper, Coyote Chronicle

Online courses sometimes are exactly what a busy college student needs, allowing for a more flexible schedule. Though online courses offer a more flexible schedule, it is not unheard of for students to feel a somewhat of a disconnect to the instructor of the courses as they can just be a wall of text with no face to face interaction. “If it is done well, an online course can connect you in very interesting ways to you students,” said Dr. Mihaela Popescu, communication professor and faculty associate with Academic Technologies & Innovation (ATI). Dr. Popescu sees a purpose in online courses and tries to work around the issue of the disconnect that can come from online only courses. She tries to achieve this through allowing the students themselves to introduce each other through outlets like video or audio so that other students feel a sense of connection.

http://coyotechronicle.net/simulated-classroom-learning/

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