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Survey of College Leaders Affirms Previous Reports, Uncovers Mismatches in Some Online Programs, Student Services

Thu, 2018-10-18 17:15

Business Insider

The Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) and Learning House released the findings of the Online Learning in Continuing Higher Education report.

Key findings include:

Disconnect between institutions offering online computer science and high student demand for these programs
Continuing Education (CE) units still play a significant role in online learning on their respective campuses
Fifty seven percent of ACHE members reported either maintaining or increasing revenue from online programs in 2017-2018
Institutions with five or more online programs are much more likely to report overcoming barriers such as the cost of developing and delivering online courses and the time and buy-in required of faculty

https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/survey-of-college-leaders-affirms-previous-reports-uncovers-mismatches-in-some-online-programs-student-services-1027597436

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Next for SNHU: Game-Based Learning and Digital Badges for Middle Schoolers

Thu, 2018-10-18 17:12

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

The nonprofit university, which has one of the largest online enrollments in the country, announced today that it is acquiring the nonprofit LRNG — a Chicago-based organization that helps young people find job opportunities by encouraging them to acquire digital badges on its game-based learning platform.  With LRNG, Southern New Hampshire plan to launch physical community-based learning spaces where students aged 14 to 24 can study toward free or low-cost credentials. LeBlanc plans to create a pathway for students to earn digital badges on the LRNG platform that can then be counted toward a competency-based degree through the university’s College for America program. Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield, agreed the merger may help to “address the disconnect between degrees and jobs.” Efforts to develop a pipeline of students between school, college and work are not new, he said, adding, however, that “this is the first time that I have encountered such a relationship that reaches down to early teenagers.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/10/19/acquisition-university-seeks-pathway-between-k-12-college-and

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New 2-Year Online College Aims to Grow Quickly (But Without Traditional Gen-Ed Courses)

Thu, 2018-10-18 17:04

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
Alternative higher education programs don’t always work out. But one former Harvard University dean is giving it a try. That former Harvard dean, Stephen Kosslyn, opened an online two-year college this week with an experimental academic program promising something between a vocational education and a traditional general-education curriculum. Among its innovations: no homework. It’s called Foundry College, and it is a for-profit college that plans to seek regional accreditation so that its students can eventually qualify for financial aid. Its leaders hope to partner with employers and convince them to cover some of the tuition costs for students.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-10-11-new-two-year-online-college-aims-to-grow-quickly-but-without-traditional-gen-ed-courses

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Online course can help boost business savvy

Thu, 2018-10-18 17:03

Sandy Nelson, Las Cruces Sun

Not everyone has the resources to go to college for an MBA, but anyone with an internet connection and some self-discipline can learn business basics through the DreamBuilder program offered by the nonprofit small-business development and training organization WESST. DreamBuilder targets women who want to start their own businesses or need additional support to increase profitability. It’s one of a growing number of massive open online courses (MOOCs) that offer busy people a way to explore subjects that interest them — and often to earn credit for their efforts.

https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/money/business/2018/10/12/online-course-can-help-boost-business-savvy/1574044002/

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Tusla equips social workers with valuable online learning tool

Thu, 2018-10-18 17:01

by Katherine Donnelly, Independent

Education does not end with a Leaving Certificate or a college degree. New challenges are emerging all the time, but there are also rapid advances in knowledge. For any career, the key is to keep up to date with developments. Such thinking was part of the rationale underpinning the bringing together of traditional teacher training colleges such as St Pat’s, Drumcondra, and the Church of Ireland College of Education into Dublin City University. It is regarded as important for trainee teachers to study in a research-intensive environment so they have access and are alert to cutting-edge knowledge, both to aid their education and to lay foundations for a culture of professional curiosity and discovery when they are working in classrooms. The child and family agency, Tusla, has brought that a step further with a new initiative, EPPI, giving practising social workers access to an online, interactive resource based on the most up-to-date research.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/tusla-equips-social-workers-with-valuable-online-learning-tool-37401090.html

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Online Classes: Interactive or Inactive?

Wed, 2018-10-17 17:25

Mackenzie Peterson, Stoutonia

Online classes are something that is offered at many schools. They are convenient and flexible with busy schedules, there is zero commute, and it can help improve student’s self discipline. Yet, many students tend to not utilize this option and stick with traditional classes. There are many different reasons why students may not incorporate online classes into their schedule. One reason many students agreed upon was that they aren’t as interactive as they would like them to be.  Some professors gave their views as well. Professor of communication and emerging media Mitchell Ogden has taught many online classes in the past. He said, “I think online learning can really foster the discipline and habit of independent learning and exploration that can sometimes be harder to promote in a face-to-face classroom.”

http://stoutonia.com/online-classes-interactive-or-inactive/

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Online classes are as good as in-person classes

Wed, 2018-10-17 17:20

BY TAYLOR NEWMAN, Daily Texan
We’ve all heard that online classes don’t work — you’re probably going to forget to watch them, zone out from your bed and won’t get direct student-professor engagement. But the reality is, the majority of online classes at UT are designed with this in mind and prove to be more beneficial than disappointing. Online classes yield a result heavily reliant on what students put into them. In remotely taught classes, students are less likely to reach out to their professors as they would in a physical classroom. Students may also be hesitant to respond in a class chat with hundreds of students watching. But students who do choose to engage in online classes and dedicate the necessary time to succeed in any class are just as, if not more, successful. Overwhelmingly, students responded that both of these courses were beneficial. In Government 312L, 84.4 percent of students said they “agreed or strongly agreed” with the statement that they “learned a great deal in the course” and for Psychology 301 it was 83.5 percent.

http://dailytexanonline.com/2018/10/08/online-classes-are-as-good-as-in-person-classes

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A Course Experiment Tackles Textbook Costs

Wed, 2018-10-17 17:14

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Students in a political science class at California Polytechnic State University embarked on an unusual challenge last year. They drafted legislation to see if they could get it passed by the state Legislature. The bill became law this past summer. In the process, the students learned how lawmaking works and got invaluable experience on using the political process to push for change — even if it’s only incremental change — on a higher ed issue close to their hearts. The students in the California Bill Project class set out to write a bill that would benefit fellow California students but not cost the state any money.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/10/california-students-take-publishers-legislatively-reduce-textbook-costs

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EdX: From MicroMasters to Online Master’s Degrees

Wed, 2018-10-17 17:12

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Six more institutions are following Georgia Tech’s lead and launching affordable online master’s degrees with edX. Online learning provider edX this week took a big step into the online degree space by announcing plans to launch nine low-cost, large-scale, fully online master’s programs from selective institutions. The nonprofit company, one of the early providers of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, will offer the degrees from seven universities: the Georgia Institute of Technology; the University of Texas at Austin; Indiana University; the University of California, San Diego; Arizona State University and two Australian universities — the University of Queensland and Curtin University.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/12/edx-launches-nine-low-cost-online-degrees

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Report: Students Prefer Courses that Use Open Educational Resources

Wed, 2018-10-17 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Students like courses that use open education resources over their typical classes. In a recent research project, most (61 percent) reported that they experienced a boost in their learning experience; 59 percent said the quality of the instructional materials was better; 57 percent considered the caliber of teaching higher; and 54 percent claimed a stronger level of engagement. OER also made classes more affordable. Those results come from a study examining the implementation of OER in colleges. The work was commissioned by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit that works with a network of community colleges to help students succeed.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/12/report-students-prefer-courses-that-use-open-educational-resources.aspx

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Why Edupreneurship May Be Perfect for You

Wed, 2018-10-17 17:03
by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate Do you have a background in education and a desire to run your own business? Many people are interested in a new category of business, commonly referred to as edupreneurship. It’s a play on words and combines two of the most important terms: education and entrepreneurship. This creates a unique category and content for potential candidates who are interested in a new way of teaching. You may be wondering if this path is the right one for you to pursue, and it very well might be. To make a decision, here are a few reasons why edupreneurship may be perfect for you.

Why Edupreneurship May Be Perfect for You

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Nearly all states slashed college funding over last decade

Tue, 2018-10-16 17:25

James Paterson, Education Dive
Adjusted for inflation, state funding for higher education has fallen by more than $7 billion since 2008, before the Great Recession caused deep cuts in spending on public two- and four-year colleges, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).  While state revenues have largely returned to pre-recession levels, higher education funding has been slow to increase. Funding was largely flat from the 2017-18 to 2018-19 academic years, with an average 3.4% increase per student in 18 states and an average 2.6% decline in 31 states.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/nearly-all-states-slashed-college-funding-over-last-decade/538941/

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5 things helping schools implement high-speed internet

Tue, 2018-10-16 17:20

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
State leaders and better infrastructure are helping schools connect students to the high-speed internet necessary for digital learning.  More and more students have access to high-speed internet in schools, but there are still students left without the connectivity they need to grow and learn, according to the annual State of the States report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway (ESH). Today, 98 percent of public schools have next-generation fiber infrastructure, and 96 percent have enough internet connectivity to make digital learning possible in classrooms, says ESH CEO Evan Marwell in the report’s introduction.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/09/ivy-tech-cc-rolls-out-interactive-adaptive-digital-biology-course.aspx

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Ivy Tech CC Rolls out Interactive, Adaptive Digital Biology Course

Tue, 2018-10-16 17:15

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana recently announced it will use BioBeyond as the standard course for all of its online introductory biology courses. The college, which has more than 40 campus locations serving nearly 71,000 students, piloted the digital biology course over the summer, and now plans to use it in 37 online sections. BioBeyond “takes students on a journey to learn how life works,” according to a company statement. Designed to replace traditional textbooks, the course offers 56 adaptive lessons, using virtual field trips, interactive simulations and other inquiry-based materials to teach students to make observations, test hypotheses and engage with science. “This new course is a game changer, both in how students engage with and understand the course material, and the insights instructors gain on students’ grasp of concepts throughout the semester,” said Reid Morehouse, assistant professor of life and physical sciences at Ivy Tech, in a statement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/09/ivy-tech-cc-rolls-out-interactive-adaptive-digital-biology-course.aspx

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What’s the blueprint for a 21st-century college campus?

Tue, 2018-10-16 17:05

by James Paterson, Education Dive
With enrollments declining and technology advancing, colleges are breaking ground on spaces that give students and faculty new ways to engage. Facing headwinds that are muddling their missions and their budgets and luring away prospective students, college and university officials are adapting their campuses in big and small ways that they hope will help them navigate it all. From soaring, high-tech innovation labs that attract new students, to small-scale huddle spaces and digital campsites that foster the soft skills bosses increasingly want, colleges are building anew or repurposing existing infrastructure to meet the learning needs of today’s college students. And flexibility is key.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/whats-the-blueprint-for-a-21st-century-college-campus/539281/

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EdX addresses tech skills gap with online master’s degrees under $10K

Tue, 2018-10-16 17:02

By Macy Bayern, Tech Republic

EdX.org, founded by Harvard and MIT, has launched a series of new online Master’s degree programs in desirable fields like analytics, computer science, and cybersecurity, according to a Thursday press release. The programs are offered by top-ranked, high quality universities often at a low cost, added the release. The online Master’s program from EdX was launched after a successful run of the initial pilot program, said the release. Partnering with Georgia Institute of Technology in Analytics, the pilot program had 250 students in Fall 2018, growing to more than 1,200 students in Fall 2018. Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Analytics (OMS Analytics) degree is offered for less than $10,000, according to the release.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/edx-addresses-tech-skills-gap-with-online-masters-degrees-under-10k/

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Survey of College Leaders Affirms Previous Reports, Uncovers Mismatches in Some Online Programs, Student Services

Tue, 2018-10-16 17:02

Business Insider

The Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) and Learning House released the findings of the Online Learning in Continuing Higher Education report.

Key findings include:

Disconnect between institutions offering online computer science and high student demand for these programs
Continuing Education (CE) units still play a significant role in online learning on their respective campuses
Fifty seven percent of ACHE members reported either maintaining or increasing revenue from online programs in 2017-2018
Institutions with five or more online programs are much more likely to report overcoming barriers such as the cost of developing and delivering online courses and the time and buy-in required of faculty

https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/survey-of-college-leaders-affirms-previous-reports-uncovers-mismatches-in-some-online-programs-student-services-1027597436

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Four Keys to a Modern IT Approach in K-12 Schools

Mon, 2018-10-15 17:25

by Andrew Graf, Tech Edvocate

The majority of school district IT departments are short on time and resources, and this makes it hard to implement technology effectively. In a recent survey of K-12 IT leaders, 45 percent said they don’t have enough IT employees to support their existing technologies well, never mind trying to add new devices and systems. This problem has serious implications for student success. As education becomes more personalized and data-driven, teachers and administrators are increasingly reliant on technology to help them diagnose students’ precise learning needs and deliver highly targeted instruction to fill these knowledge gaps. If school district IT departments are going to support the demand for new technologies successfully, they will have to learn how to do more with less. Fortunately, IT staff can work more intelligently and use their existing resources more effectively by become more proactive in their approach.

 

Four Keys to a Modern IT Approach in K-12 Schools

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Falling Confidence in Higher Ed

Mon, 2018-10-15 17:20

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Just under half (48 percent) of American adults have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in higher education, according to an analysis released by Gallup. That figure is down from 57 percent in 2015 and represents a larger than typical decline in confidence in an American institution in a relatively short time period, according to Gallup. The largest confidence drops were found among Republicans. And based on this year’s responses, higher education enjoys more confidence than do many other institutions (including the presidency, Congress, newspapers and public schools). Only the military, small business and police enjoy more confidence than does higher education.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/09/gallup-survey-finds-falling-confidence-higher-education

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AI is perhaps the biggest revolution of the modern age

Mon, 2018-10-15 17:15

by Sebastian Thrun, Live Mint

For me, AI is perhaps the biggest revolution of the modern age. The fundamental innovation is that in the past, the computer would blindly follow rules. But with the use of AI, and Machine Learning in particular, the computer can now get examples and find its own moves. It takes years of training to become a good doctor or a lawyer but with AI, we could turn people into instant experts on day one. For example, we trained an AI system to recognise skin cancer–it became as good as a certified doctor who has spent years and years in training.

https://www.livemint.com/Technology/ANftFSfsFkfZm1GcehZ0IO/AI-is-perhaps-the-biggest-revolution-of-the-modern-age-Seba.html

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