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Young Canadians lead the way in attending online course

Wed, 2017-12-13 16:18

by Alex Coop, IT World Canada

Young Canadians aren’t shying away from online courses. According to the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) latest Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard for Canada, more than 77 per cent of Canadians aged 16-24 attended online courses in 2016, nearly doubling runners-up Brazil (43 per cent) and Korea (40 per cent). For Canada, this was a small increase from 2009, when 72.4 per cent of Canadians in the same age group attended online courses. More than 93 of Canadian universities offer online courses and programs, says a 2015 survey from an EduConsillium.

https://www.itworldcanada.com/article/young-canadians-lead-the-way-in-attending-online-course/399675

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Chuck Cohn turned a college project into a global business

Wed, 2017-12-13 16:10

By Jennifer Mason, StL Today

Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction online, on mobile devices and in person. To date, students have accessed more than 2 million hours of live instruction. The company, with a corporate office located in St. Louis, has free online learning tools including test preparation books, practice questions, answers and explanations. After struggling to find an effective tutor to help him in high school, founder and CEO Chuck Cohn recognized there was an opportunity to create a business that helped people learn. Varsity Tutors was founded in 2007 at Washington University in St. Louis.

http://www.stltoday.com/business/advancingstl/chuck-cohn-turned-a-college-project-into-a-global-business/article_ff2c2de2-db68-11e7-8bb5-0f7341613aff.html

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New zero-cost textbook classes minimize educational barriers

Wed, 2017-12-13 16:09

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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Online Students Can Build In-Person Relationships

Wed, 2017-12-13 16:02

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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Virtual and Augmented Reality to Nearly Double Each Year Through 2021

Tue, 2017-12-12 16:15

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Spending on augmented and virtual reality will nearly double in 2018, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp. (IDC), growing from $9.1 billion in 2017 to $17.8 billion next year. The market research company predicts that aggressive growth will continue throughout its forecast period, achieving an average 98.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2021. Consumer spending will be the single largest source of spending on AR and VR in the near term, accounting for $6.8 billion in 2018, with about three quarters of that spending going toward virtual reality hardware and software. The majority of spending on augmented reality in 2018 will go toward software. Spending by consumers will grow more modestly than the market overall, increasing at an average CAGR of 45.2 percent to reach $20 billion in 2021. Gaming will be the leading consumer use case for VR and AR throughout the forecast period.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/12/04/virtual-and-augmented-reality-to-nearly-double-each-year-through-2021.aspx

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

Tue, 2017-12-12 16:08

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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Young Canadians lead the way in attending online course

Tue, 2017-12-12 16:04

by Alex Coop, IT World Canada

Young Canadians aren’t shying away from online courses. According to the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) latest Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard for Canada, more than 77 per cent of Canadians aged 16-24 attended online courses in 2016, nearly doubling runners-up Brazil (43 per cent) and Korea (40 per cent). For Canada, this was a small increase from 2009, when 72.4 per cent of Canadians in the same age group attended online courses. More than 93 of Canadian universities offer online courses and programs, says a 2015 survey from an EduConsillium.

https://www.itworldcanada.com/article/young-canadians-lead-the-way-in-attending-online-course/399675

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Choose an Online Program for a Law Enforcement Career

Tue, 2017-12-12 16:02

By Jordan Friedman, US News

When selecting an online degree, weigh one in criminal justice against a more specialized focus, such as homeland security. Prospective undergraduate and graduate online students have many decisions to make – including the type of credential they pursue. David Poulin, a detective at the Salinas Police Department, is also considering eventually teaching law enforcement courses at a college or university. A master’s will enable him to do that, says the 46-year-old, who adds that he has taken on additional responsibilities at his job since graduating earlier this year. For those hoping to launch or accelerate a law enforcement career, online education offers flexibility in both program types and scheduling, which experts say is beneficial for police officers and others in the field who work shifts around the clock. When looking into different, relevant online options while assessing your career goals, here are four to consider.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-12-07/choose-an-online-program-for-a-law-enforcement-career

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Leaders dissect the partisan divide over higher education’s value

Mon, 2017-12-11 16:25

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

“How can higher education be so bad when there’s so much data” from analytics on jobs and earnings data to quality of life indicators, constantly showing all of the positive outcomes associated with a college degree, asked Shaun Harper, Executive Director of the USC Race and Equity Center and a professor of education and business at the University of Southern California. The question was posed during the Higher Education Government Relations Conference in San Diego Wednesday as a response to a growing partisan divide — and specifically, what seems to be a Republican retreat — on the value of higher education. “I don’t think it’s that necessarily Republicans hate higher ed and Democrats love it, I think it’s that nobody knows what to do with it,” said Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein.

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https://www.educationdive.com/news/leaders-dissect-the-partisan-divide-over-higher-educations-value/512513/

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U Maryland Baltimore County Plugs in Hybrid Reality Wall

Mon, 2017-12-11 16:19

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
The University of Maryland Baltimore County last month cut the ribbon on a new immersive “hybrid reality” lab for working with 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality. The University of Maryland Baltimore County last month cut the ribbon on a new immersive “hybrid reality” lab for working with 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality. The university said the technology will facilitate new research efforts with visual exploration of data for biology, math, engineering, visual arts and digital humanities while also serving as a tool for studying the potential of the medium itself. “π²” — pi squared — as it’s called, features a curved wall with 50 million-pixel resolution. The wall stands 15 feet tall by 20 feet wide. It was made from multi-column, thin-bezel, stereo-capable LCDs and is intended to accommodate a variety of uses: immersion, hybrid reality, high resolution, large field of view, large space and size, body-centric human-computer interaction and support for data fusion.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/12/04/u-maryland-baltimore-county-plugs-in-hybrid-reality-wall.aspx

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This is how you measure the viability of academic programs

Mon, 2017-12-11 16:12

BY KARLI GRANT, eCampus News
One of the most frequent questions I hear when visiting colleges and universities is, “What about a tool for measuring the viability of our academic programs?” Institutions are seeking greater insight into the true value of programs beyond traditional metrics or accounting methods, especially as budgets continue to shrink and regulatory accountability for student outcomes increases. This is difficult to achieve through traditional higher education accounting, in which revenues, program needs, and student success initiatives are often opaque to each other and treated as discrete functions. To gain greater insight into program and institutional ROI, more institutions are looking at the way businesses use activity-based costing to determine the bottom line value of products and services. The goal is to tie the cost of these discrete functions to the big picture of operational and student success.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/viability-academic-programs/

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What higher ed leaders need to know about what’s going on in Washington

Mon, 2017-12-11 16:10

By Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

Advocacy experts talk what’s happening on Capitol Hill and how institutions will be impacted. The proposed tax reform legislation working its way through Congress has raised a lot of concerns for higher ed stakeholders and advocates. Brian Flahaven, senior director of advocacy for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, said “negotiations [between the conferees] are really happening already” and the convening of a conference committee is really “more of a theater conference.” “It’s now or never on the conference issues,” he said during a session at the Higher Education Relations Conference Thursday. “If you have been weighing in, if you have been talking about your presidents about weighing in, weigh in now.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/tax-bill-hea-and-budgets-oh-my-what-higer-ed-leaders-need-to-know-abou/512623/

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Syracuse University’s 2018 budget projections, shows growth in online education programs

Mon, 2017-12-11 16:05

By Michael Burke, Daily Orange

Syracuse University’s fiscal year 2017 budget and projected 2018 budget each feature a surplus and illustrate a growing presence of online education programs at the university, a University Senate report shows. The distribution of the university’s revenues and expenses outlined in the report closely mirror distributions in years past, but the report does highlight one new trend at SU: There has been rapid growth of online education in recent years. Tuition revenue from online graduate programs has more than doubled since 2015, a period of growth that coincides with the launch of partnerships between several of SU’s schools and colleges and 2U Inc., a provider of online education degree programs.

http://dailyorange.com/2017/12/committee-report-outlines-syracuse-universitys-2018-budget-projections-shows-growth-online-education-programs/

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Leaders dissect the partisan divide over higher education’s value

Mon, 2017-12-11 16:02

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

“How can higher education be so bad when there’s so much data” from analytics on jobs and earnings data to quality of life indicators, constantly showing all of the positive outcomes associated with a college degree, asked Shaun Harper, Executive Director of the USC Race and Equity Center and a professor of education and business at the University of Southern California. The question was posed during the Higher Education Government Relations Conference in San Diego Wednesday as a response to a growing partisan divide — and specifically, what seems to be a Republican retreat — on the value of higher education. “I don’t think it’s that necessarily Republicans hate higher ed and Democrats love it, I think it’s that nobody knows what to do with it,” said Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein.

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https://www.educationdive.com/news/leaders-dissect-the-partisan-divide-over-higher-educations-value/512513/

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Google’s ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI

Sun, 2017-12-10 16:25

By SHIVALI BEST and JOE PINKSTONE, Daily Mail

Google’s latest artificial intelligence, AlphaZero, has defeated one of the best chess programs in the world after learning the game from scratch in just four hours. The ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI played 100 games against rival computer program Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them. The AI is the work of Google’s DeepMind division, and is the latest in a series of incredible AI achievements by the company. An earlier version of the machine, dubbed AlphaGo, was able to defeat the world’s top human players of the Chinese board game Go.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5155009/Googles-AI-mastered-chess-four-hours-scratch.html

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Google’s ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI

Sun, 2017-12-10 16:20

By SHIVALI BEST and JOE PINKSTONE, Daily Mail

Google’s latest artificial intelligence, AlphaZero, has defeated one of the best chess programs in the world after learning the game from scratch in just four hours. The ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI played 100 games against rival computer program Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them. The AI is the work of Google’s DeepMind division, and is the latest in a series of incredible AI achievements by the company. An earlier version of the machine, dubbed AlphaGo, was able to defeat the world’s top human players of the Chinese board game Go.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5155009/Googles-AI-mastered-chess-four-hours-scratch.html

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As online learning tools for preschoolers prove popular with parents, experts warn against excess screen time

Sun, 2017-12-10 16:15

By Madeleine Cummings, Edmonton Examiner

Advocates argue online tools help prepare young children for kindergarten, but early education experts urge caution when it comes to putting children in front of screens for long periods of time. “It’s very much a supplement for classroom education,” said Zachary Katz, the senior vice-president of corporate development for Age of Learning (the company behind ABCmouse Early Learning Academy.) He said 45 minutes with the program per week is enough for children to see meaningful gains in early literacy and math. Rachel Johnson’s daughter and son used Starfall, Reading Eggs, BrainPOP Jr., and IXL to learn letter and number recognition and introductory phonics.

http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2017/12/06/as-online-learning-tools-for-preschoolers-prove-popular-with-parents-experts-warn-against-excess-screen-time

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This is how you measure the viability of academic programs

Sun, 2017-12-10 16:07

BY KARLI GRANT, eCampus News
One of the most frequent questions I hear when visiting colleges and universities is, “What about a tool for measuring the viability of our academic programs?” Institutions are seeking greater insight into the true value of programs beyond traditional metrics or accounting methods, especially as budgets continue to shrink and regulatory accountability for student outcomes increases. This is difficult to achieve through traditional higher education accounting, in which revenues, program needs, and student success initiatives are often opaque to each other and treated as discrete functions. To gain greater insight into program and institutional ROI, more institutions are looking at the way businesses use activity-based costing to determine the bottom line value of products and services. The goal is to tie the cost of these discrete functions to the big picture of operational and student success.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/viability-academic-programs/

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The Case for Synchronous Online Courses

Sun, 2017-12-10 16:03

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

For many learners, online degrees are ideal because they are non-synchronous. They allow people to complete their studies and further their career on their own time, outside of a semester schedule. They can keep their jobs, maintain their roles in their family, and remain with their community while learning.  This benefit also has its downsides. Most importantly for many learners, remote degrees can feel isolating. Many people hope to engage with their instructors and other learners while they get their degree. These relationships can lead to friendships and helpful professional connections Unfortunately, many iterations of eLearning—such as most MOOCs, many online university degrees, coding bootcamps, and other programs—do not allow for a social learning experience.

The Case for Synchronous Online Courses

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Google’s ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI

Sun, 2017-12-10 16:02

by SHIVALI BEST and JOE PINKSTONE, Daily Mail

Google’s latest artificial intelligence, AlphaZero, has defeated one of the best chess programs in the world after learning the game from scratch in just four hours. The ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI played 100 games against rival computer program Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them. The AI is the work of Google’s DeepMind division, and is the latest in a series of incredible AI achievements by the company. An earlier version of the machine, dubbed AlphaGo, was able to defeat the world’s top human players of the Chinese board game Go.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5155009/Googles-AI-mastered-chess-four-hours-scratch.html

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