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Improving Connections: The Advantages of Wi-Fi 6 for Online Learning

Sat, 2020-07-11 17:20

Doug Bonderud, EdTech
Zoom classes. Netflix shows. Livestreamed work webinars. With the majority of Americans continuing to work and learn from home, annoying network congestion is plaguing families who struggle with the limited bandwidth of Wi-Fi 5. This can be particularly frustrating for college students and their professors, especially with a significant portion of higher education schools planning to adopt the blended learning model in the coming academic year. But there is a solution for that: Wi-Fi 6 can support up to four times the number of devices that Wi-Fi 5 can. Also known as the 802.11ax, this relatively new wireless connection standard promises big benefits for postsecondary schools — especially when paired with other emerging technologies, such as 5G mobile networks.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2020/07/improving-connections-advantages-wi-fi-6-online-learning

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How Should the Edutech Industry Preserve Momentum During and After the Covid-19 Cataclysm?

Sat, 2020-07-11 17:10

Anant Goyal, Entrepeneur

It is nothing short of a prospective moment under the sun for the online learning lobby, provided it wholly capitalizes on such a chance offering. With students facing a severe discontinuity of their learning process, it is up to the e-learning platforms to supplement the educational loss of students as well as the professional void of teachers. As the essential procurers of knowledge, the students as guided by their teachers will naturally turn to online learning modes for continuing their learning trajectory. It is then up to the edutech players to preserve the momentum, even more so after the initial popular and massive adoption of e-learning platforms and new-age knowledge portals amongst the primary stakeholders as the go- to-mode for acquiring education.
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/352727

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Improving Connections: The Advantages of Wi-Fi 6 for Online Learning

Sat, 2020-07-11 17:05

Doug Bonderud, EdTech
Zoom classes. Netflix shows. Livestreamed work webinars. With the majority of Americans continuing to work and learn from home, annoying network congestion is plaguing families who struggle with the limited bandwidth of Wi-Fi 5. This can be particularly frustrating for college students and their professors, especially with a significant portion of higher education schools planning to adopt the blended learning model in the coming academic year. But there is a solution for that: Wi-Fi 6 can support up to four times the number of devices that Wi-Fi 5 can. Also known as the 802.11ax, this relatively new wireless connection standard promises big benefits for postsecondary schools — especially when paired with other emerging technologies, such as 5G mobile networks.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2020/07/improving-connections-advantages-wi-fi-6-online-learning

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Virtual science labs are real, can be used in blended learning

Sat, 2020-07-11 17:03

Josephine Larbi-Apau, University World News

Authoring this article was spurred by a progressive dialogue among a community of scientists at Cornell University, where I studied. Amid the COVID-19 plague, these adroit academics are sharing knowledge on how to handle science laboratories virtually and effectively to benefit the learning needs of students. The need to perform as an innovative, resourceful and effective classroom teacher and administrator cannot be overstated.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200630093204248

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Pandemic Spurs Drive-Up Access for Online Learning

Fri, 2020-07-10 17:23

Network World

At the beginning of March, when California was in the early stages of realizing the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had already begun plans to transition to virtual learning at Sacramento State. However, given the diversity of our students, and their varied living situations, we knew that delivering classes online would work only if all of our students could access them.  Fortunately, our new six-floor parking structure provided us with a solution. We determined that we could deploy Wi-Fi on floors 2-6 by leveraging the existing telecom closets on those floors. Then students could drive up to a designated parking spot and access online courses securely using their Sacramento State eduroam credentials.

https://www.networkworld.com/article/3563764/pandemic-spurs-drive-up-access-for-online-learning.html

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DeSantis kills online learning program amid virus resurgence

Fri, 2020-07-10 17:20

By ANDREW ATTERBURY, Politico.com

The move, barring action before midnight Tuesday, will kill the Complete Florida Plus Program, an array of technology systems that faculty, staff and students throughout Florida rely on, never more so than now, in the midst of a pandemic that has amplified reliance on distance learning. The cuts include a database of online courses and an online library service that provides 17 million books to 1.3 million students, faculty and staff. At least 2,000 adult learners could be cut off from their scholarships and school accreditation could even be at risk without the resources housed under Complete Florida, which are used by students at high schools, state colleges and universities. https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2020/06/30/desantis-kills-online-learning-program-amid-virus-resurgence-1296178

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The 100 Most Popular Courses During the Pandemic

Fri, 2020-07-10 17:15

Christof Rindlisbacher, Class Central

In total, the top 100 courses represent approximately 11.7 million new enrollments during the pandemic. Surprisingly, a substantial portion (nearly 20%) of those 11.7 million enrollments came from one course: Yale University’s The Science of Well-Being. A few courses related to COVID-19 that were launched during the pandemic also made it to the list. Overall, 30+ such courses have been launched by institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

https://www.classcentral.com/report/coronavirus-most-popular-courses/

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Pandemic Spurs Drive-Up Access for Online Learning

Fri, 2020-07-10 17:10

Network World

At the beginning of March, when California was in the early stages of realizing the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had already begun plans to transition to virtual learning at Sacramento State. However, given the diversity of our students, and their varied living situations, we knew that delivering classes online would work only if all of our students could access them.  Fortunately, our new six-floor parking structure provided us with a solution. We determined that we could deploy Wi-Fi on floors 2-6 by leveraging the existing telecom closets on those floors. Then students could drive up to a designated parking spot and access online courses securely using their Sacramento State eduroam credentials.

https://www.networkworld.com/article/3563764/pandemic-spurs-drive-up-access-for-online-learning.html

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DeSantis kills online learning program amid virus resurgence

Fri, 2020-07-10 17:04

By ANDREW ATTERBURY, Politico.com

The move, barring action before midnight Tuesday, will kill the Complete Florida Plus Program, an array of technology systems that faculty, staff and students throughout Florida rely on, never more so than now, in the midst of a pandemic that has amplified reliance on distance learning. The cuts include a database of online courses and an online library service that provides 17 million books to 1.3 million students, faculty and staff. At least 2,000 adult learners could be cut off from their scholarships and school accreditation could even be at risk without the resources housed under Complete Florida, which are used by students at high schools, state colleges and universities. https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2020/06/30/desantis-kills-online-learning-program-amid-virus-resurgence-1296178

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The 100 Most Popular Courses During the Pandemic

Fri, 2020-07-10 17:02

Christof Rindlisbacher, Class Central

In total, the top 100 courses represent approximately 11.7 million new enrollments during the pandemic. Surprisingly, a substantial portion (nearly 20%) of those 11.7 million enrollments came from one course: Yale University’s The Science of Well-Being. A few courses related to COVID-19 that were launched during the pandemic also made it to the list. Overall, 30+ such courses have been launched by institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

https://www.classcentral.com/report/coronavirus-most-popular-courses/

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The Role of Learning in Colleges’ Decisions About Fall

Thu, 2020-07-09 17:25

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Presidents weren’t wowed by their colleges’ performance in delivering instruction this spring. Their worries about how effectively they can teach online, and students’ potential dissatisfaction with that learning, are part of what’s driving most of them to physically reopen their campuses this fall. (Yes, money is a major factor, too.) They may be overestimating their ability to ensure a safe and comfortable physical environment for learning.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2020/07/01/presidents-give-their-colleges-mixed-grades-remote-learning-how

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What Will Higher Ed Hybrid Learning Classrooms Look Like?

Thu, 2020-07-09 17:20

Amelia Pang, Educational Tech

As colleges and universities across the nation plan for an unprecedented transition to hybrid learning, what are some common issues they should be anticipating? And how can schools help their faculty and instructors better prepare? We asked two higher education experts to share their plans and solutions: Joe Way, director of learning environments at the University of Southern California, and John Hulen, national education director at Crestron Electronics.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/article/2020/07/what-will-higher-ed-hybrid-learning-classrooms-look

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Why Nurturing Talent Will Help Companies Survive the Pandemic

Thu, 2020-07-09 17:15

Sydney Finkelstein, Knowledge at Wharton

What is common between leaders like San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh, Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison and California cuisine pioneer Alice Waters? They, and scores of others like them, “generate and regenerate talent on a continuous basis,” according to Sydney Finkelstein, a professor of management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/why-nurturing-talent-will-help-companies-survive-the-pandemic/

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The Role of Learning in Colleges’ Decisions About Fall

Thu, 2020-07-09 17:09

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Presidents weren’t wowed by their colleges’ performance in delivering instruction this spring. Their worries about how effectively they can teach online, and students’ potential dissatisfaction with that learning, are part of what’s driving most of them to physically reopen their campuses this fall. (Yes, money is a major factor, too.) They may be overestimating their ability to ensure a safe and comfortable physical environment for learning.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2020/07/01/presidents-give-their-colleges-mixed-grades-remote-learning-how

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What Will Higher Ed Hybrid Learning Classrooms Look Like?

Thu, 2020-07-09 17:05

Amelia Pang, Educational Tech

As colleges and universities across the nation plan for an unprecedented transition to hybrid learning, what are some common issues they should be anticipating? And how can schools help their faculty and instructors better prepare? We asked two higher education experts to share their plans and solutions: Joe Way, director of learning environments at the University of Southern California, and John Hulen, national education director at Crestron Electronics.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/higher/article/2020/07/what-will-higher-ed-hybrid-learning-classrooms-look

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Why Nurturing Talent Will Help Companies Survive the Pandemic

Thu, 2020-07-09 17:02

Sydney Finkelstein, Knowledge at Wharton

What is common between leaders like San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh, Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison and California cuisine pioneer Alice Waters? They, and scores of others like them, “generate and regenerate talent on a continuous basis,” according to Sydney Finkelstein, a professor of management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/why-nurturing-talent-will-help-companies-survive-the-pandemic/

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The Wild Card For An In-Person Fall: College Student Behavior

Wed, 2020-07-08 17:25

ELISSA NADWORNY, NPR

Around the U.S., coronavirus cases are rising among young people. The spread of the virus has been connected to college-related events such as fraternity parties, drinking at off-campus bars and athletic practices. For colleges planning to bring thousands of students together in the fall, student spread is a real worry. And the stakes are high: If there are outbreaks, campuses may once again be forced to shut down, scattering students and disrupting academics and college finances all over again.  To keep that from happening, schools have created robust guidelines — but those plans rely on a major wild card: students following the rules.

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/29/873798541/the-wild-card-for-an-in-person-fall-college-student-behavior

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Bracing for a Fall

Wed, 2020-07-08 17:18

Teresa Valerio Parrot and Erin Hennessy, Inside Higher Ed

Each day, colleges and universities announce their fall semester plans with great confidence, fanfare and media coverage. And yet somewhere out there is the first institution — and the second institution, and the third and so on — to be forced by circumstances outside its control to pivot from those plans to something different. Fall plans were created with wiggle room built in, however, communications about a shift must be carefully constructed to retain credibility and preserve enrollment while accepting the reality that health and safety of our communities have to supersede the value of the on-campus experience and ideology of in-person learning.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2020/07/01/if-colleges-have-change-their-fall-plans-they-must-communicate-carefully-preserve

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The Remote Learning Diaries: Moving Forward and Improving the Future of Online Learning

Wed, 2020-07-08 17:15

Jackie Chris, EdTech

The beauty of an e-learning classroom is its malleability, and the potential for it to be as accommodating, accessible and collaborative as possible to meet the needs of professors and students. Improvement comes from a willingness from students to take full advantage of platform features and offer substantive feedback — and from instructors working to determine best practices for virtual classrooms. While we are making the most of being alone together, we should also be striving to find new ways of connecting to one another.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2020/06/remote-learning-diaries-moving-forward-and-improving-future-online-learning

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The Wild Card For An In-Person Fall: College Student Behavior

Wed, 2020-07-08 17:10

ELISSA NADWORNY, NPR

Around the U.S., coronavirus cases are rising among young people. The spread of the virus has been connected to college-related events such as fraternity parties, drinking at off-campus bars and athletic practices. For colleges planning to bring thousands of students together in the fall, student spread is a real worry. And the stakes are high: If there are outbreaks, campuses may once again be forced to shut down, scattering students and disrupting academics and college finances all over again.  To keep that from happening, schools have created robust guidelines — but those plans rely on a major wild card: students following the rules.

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/29/873798541/the-wild-card-for-an-in-person-fall-college-student-behavior

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