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Tips for Working Full-Time While Taking Online Classes

Fri, 2018-03-16 17:15

by John Mason, the Sociable

Taking online classes is a great way to help yourself advance in your career while you learn something new. But there’s also the fact that life moves faster than ever, which means you can easily become overwhelmed juggling classes, work, friends and any other obligations you have in your life. Do yourself a favor and learn how to find and maintain balance while enrolled in online courses to jumpstart your career.

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Online MBA With Data Analytics In High Demand

Fri, 2018-03-16 17:09

by Robert Klecha, Business Because

After two years of growth through 2015 and 2016, applications to online MBA programs remained ever popular last year, according to the GMAC 2017 Application Trends Survey Report. This steady rise coincides with the growth of the global digital economy and is symptomatic of shifting preferences towards flexibility and mobility. With online programs having applicants with the highest level of work experience after Executive MBAs. 33% of applicants have 10 or more years of work experience, showing busy business leaders are looking online to upskill themselves. One area which is particularly in need of skilled employees is data analytics—making sense of big data and putting it to use—with a recent report from e-skills UK and SAS claiming the demand for data-savvy staff will increase by up to 23% per annum over the next five years.

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/5087/online-mba-data-analytics

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Online learning offers limitless opportunities to expand

Fri, 2018-03-16 17:05

by Harvard Gazette

Have you ever wanted to make a career change, gain a skill, or just learn something new? On March 1, a group of community members gathered at the Harvard Ed Portal to find out how online learning could help them accomplish these and other goals at “Learn Anything: Exploring the World of Free Online Courses from Top Universities.” Casey Roehrig and Shilpa Idnani of the HarvardX Instructional Development team talked about the free online learning opportunities available. At the event, local residents registered for an edX account and learned how to sign up for and take an online course. Attendees browsed through the more than 100 HarvardX courses available for free, while others expanded their search to the almost 2,000 online courses available on the edX platform.

Online learning offers limitless opportunities to expand

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Faculty Senate passes resolution on monitoring online courses

Fri, 2018-03-16 17:03

By Meredith Roaten, GW Hatchet

The Faculty Senate passed a resolution Friday calling on the University to require that online courses undergo an identical review process as face-to-face classes within their schools. The resolution was passed following 90 minutes of debate and months of discussion about the quality of GW’s online programs, which faculty and officials agreed was strong despite a fall report that raised questions about oversight of courses taught online. Professors said the resolution will give faculty an outline of how to teach online classes and follow uniform procedures.

Faculty Senate passes resolution on monitoring online courses

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4 Things Experts Want You to Know About Blockchain in Higher Ed

Thu, 2018-03-15 17:25

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

Though cryptocurrencies like bitcoin seem to have an uncertain future, the same can’t be said about blockchain, the electronic ledger and database technology used to store them. At universities, blockchain is poised to help in aspects of data management, credentialing and research. From boosting security to enhancing access, the e-ledger tool has a lot of possibility. Here are four ways experts think blockchain has a place in higher education:

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/03/4-things-experts-want-you-know-about-blockchain-higher-ed

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Coursera teams with 5 universities to expand its full masters and bachelors degree programs

Thu, 2018-03-15 17:18

by Ingrid Lunden, Tech Crunch

With traditional university programs getting more expensive and competitive, we’re seeing a boom in the number of alternative programs that are taking advantage of the internet and more flexible teaching and learning formats to fill the gap in the market. The latest development comes from Coursera. Today, the online education startup with 31 million students and some 2,700 courses is adding six new full degrees — including its first bachelors’ degree — in partnership with five top universities.

Coursera teams with 5 universities to expand its full masters and bachelors degree programs

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Google’s DeepMind AI is being taught to understand the thought-process behind the decisions of others just like a human

Thu, 2018-03-15 17:15

by Harry Pettit, Daily Mail
DeepMind software can predict what other AIs will do in a virtual setting
It can even understand whether they hold ‘false beliefs’ about an object
This so-called ‘theory of mind’ is only found in humans, apes and some birds
Google’s AI may one day lead to robots that can think more like humans.  The software is capable of predicting what other AIs will do, and can even understand whether they hold ‘false beliefs’ about the world around them. DeepMind reports its bot can now pass a key psychological test that most children only develop the skills for at around age four.  Its proficiency in this ‘theory of mind’ test may lead to robots that can think more like humans.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5449483/DeepMind-AI-learning-understand-thoughts-others.html

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4 Things Experts Want You to Know About Blockchain in Higher Ed

Thu, 2018-03-15 17:10

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

Though cryptocurrencies like bitcoin seem to have an uncertain future, the same can’t be said about blockchain, the electronic ledger and database technology used to store them. At universities, blockchain is poised to help in aspects of data management, credentialing and research. From boosting security to enhancing access, the e-ledger tool has a lot of possibility. Here are four ways experts think blockchain has a place in higher education:

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/03/4-things-experts-want-you-know-about-blockchain-higher-ed

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Two-thirds of California college students are minorities. Most of their professors are white.

Thu, 2018-03-15 17:05

BY ALEXEI KOSEFF, Sacramento Bee

 

While the student bodies at California’s public colleges and universities are rapidly diversifying, the academic leadership has not kept up with the state’s changing demographics. A new report from The Campaign for College Opportunity found that more than two-thirds of faculty, senior administrators and board members in the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges systems are white. By contrast, more than two-thirds of the 2.8 million students at those schools are minorities. At UC, nearly 40 percent of undergraduates are Asian American, while Latinos make up more than 40 percent of enrollment at CSU and community colleges.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article203641349.html

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Coursera teams with 5 universities to expand its full masters and bachelors degree programs

Thu, 2018-03-15 17:03

by Ingrid Lunden, Tech Crunch

With traditional university programs getting more expensive and competitive, we’re seeing a boom in the number of alternative programs that are taking advantage of the internet and more flexible teaching and learning formats to fill the gap in the market. The latest development comes from Coursera. Today, the online education startup with 31 million students and some 2,700 courses is adding six new full degrees — including its first bachelors’ degree — in partnership with five top universities.

Coursera teams with 5 universities to expand its full masters and bachelors degree programs

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Washington State Passes Law Protecting Net Neutrality

Wed, 2018-03-14 17:25

by Dom Galeon, Futurism

The state of Washington has put its foot down on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality repeal, passing a new law that instead safeguards these protections. On Monday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2282, which state legislators from both parties passed in February, protecting net neutrality within the state. “This is not a partisan issue,” Republican representative Norma Smith, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, said in an earlier statement. “This is about preserving a fair and free internet so all Washingtonians can participate equally in the 21st century economy.”  The repeal will officially end these restrictions by April 23rd.

Washington State Passes Law Protecting Net Neutrality

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Online University Programs and Microcredentials Enhance Professional Learning

Wed, 2018-03-14 17:20

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech
Short, tailored programming makes it easier for businesses to support employees looking to continue education. Partnerships between businesses and universities have been integral to helping college graduates meet the changing technological demands in the workforce. But, what about people already in the workforce? How do they keep up? Allowing professionals to more easily seek out additional education was the impetus behind edX, a nonprofit company that MIT and Harvard established in 2012 to offer free versions of their online classes.  Evolving from the MOOCs it traditionally offered, MIT announced Digital Plus Programs, which allow enrolled professionals to seek out certificates, an EdSurge story reports. Instead of allowing for open enrollment, however, the online courses are only available to companies and organizations that pay for their employees to further their education. Each course is capped around 50 students, according to EdSurge.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/03/online-university-programs-and-microcredentials-enhance-professional-learning

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Here’s 5 Reasons Why You Should Study An Online MBA In 2018

Wed, 2018-03-14 17:15

by Thomas Nugent, Business Because

Online MBAs offer opportunities for women in business, career progression, and flexible learning.   A labyrinth of opportunity is opening up for students in search of an MBA, but who struggle to find the time amid family and work commitments—distance learning manages to conjure up more hours in the day. Learning through fortnightly live sessions, connecting with tutors, lecturers, and groups of students in an interactive, online learning environment, students glean knowledge they can translate directly back into their working life—time, location, and travel to and from campus are no longer an issue. Here are 5 reasons you should study an Online MBA in 2018:

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/5066/5-reasons-study-mba-online-2018

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In Search of OER’s Future and Edtech’s Missing Evidence at SXSW EDU

Wed, 2018-03-14 17:12

By Jeffrey R. Young, Jenny Abamu, Michael Sano, Sydney Johnson, Tina Nazerian and Tony Wan, EdSurge

Monday marked day one of Open Education Week, and speakers at a panel used the opportunity to discuss the potential for open educational resources as an alternative to increasingly unaffordable textbooks—as well as the challenges and misconceptions that the open movement still faces. Panelists started by drawing attention to Austin Community College, where students are advised to budget at least $1,200—about a third of tuition costs—for textbooks. While OER was presented as one way to ease course material costs, other challenges remain, starting with understanding and awareness of what the term means. “‘Open’ is not the same thing as digital,” said Nicole Allen, director of open education at SPARC, an academic coalition that advocates for open sharing and resources. “And open doesn’t only mean ‘free.’”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-03-05-in-search-of-oer-s-future-and-edtech-s-missing-evidence-at-sxsw-edu

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Can the Minerva Model of Learning Disrupt Higher Education?

Wed, 2018-03-14 17:05

by Knowledge@Wharton

Traditional universities — including Ivy League schools — fail to deliver the kind of learning that ensures employability. That perspective inspired Ben Nelson, founder and CEO of the six-year-old Minerva Schools in San Francisco. His goal is to reinvent higher education and to provide students with high-quality learning opportunities at a fraction of the cost of an undergraduate degree at an elite school. While tuition at top-tier universities in the U.S. can run more than $40,000 a year, Minerva charges $12,950 a year, according to its website. In a recent test, its students showed superior results compared to traditional universities while also attracting a large number of applicants.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/can-the-minerva-model-of-learning-disrupt-higher-education/

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Online University Programs and Microcredentials Enhance Professional Learning

Wed, 2018-03-14 17:03

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech
Short, tailored programming makes it easier for businesses to support employees looking to continue education. Partnerships between businesses and universities have been integral to helping college graduates meet the changing technological demands in the workforce. But, what about people already in the workforce? How do they keep up? Allowing professionals to more easily seek out additional education was the impetus behind edX, a nonprofit company that MIT and Harvard established in 2012 to offer free versions of their online classes.  Evolving from the MOOCs it traditionally offered, MIT announced Digital Plus Programs, which allow enrolled professionals to seek out certificates, an EdSurge story reports. Instead of allowing for open enrollment, however, the online courses are only available to companies and organizations that pay for their employees to further their education. Each course is capped around 50 students, according to EdSurge.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/03/online-university-programs-and-microcredentials-enhance-professional-learning

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3 Technologies that Education Needs, But Have Not Been Created

Tue, 2018-03-13 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Over the last two-decades, technology innovations have proliferated at an exponential rate. From tablets to affordable virtual reality options, companies have created a fantasy list of technology devices that can be used in education. I am grateful for these advancements, but I am anxious to see what we create next. While pondering this, I decided to come up with a wish list of technologies that education needs, but have not been created.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/3-technologies-education-needs-not-created/

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Stoneman Douglas survivor to take online classes while advocating for gun control

Tue, 2018-03-13 17:20

by WSVN

A survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will finish out her senior year online to give her extra time to advocate for increased gun control laws. Samantha Fuentes was among those students who returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday. However, instead of returning for class, she returned to withdraw and become an online student. “I’m withdrawing from school, so I can finish it online,” she said. “I feel mixed opinions, or mixed emotions. I mean, I want to be part of Stoneman Douglas, and I want to live out the rest of my high school career normally, but there is no such thing as normal anymore.” Fuentes was shot in both legs, and has several pieces of shrapnel lodged in her leg and face.

Stoneman Douglas survivor to take online classes while advocating for gun control

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Look Who’s Championing the Degree

Tue, 2018-03-13 17:15

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Coursera is now putting much of its energy into — and staking much of its future on — academic programs launched in conjunction with some of the world’s leading universities, with Arizona State University, Imperial College London and the Universities of London and Michigan joining its degree-program ranks today. The company and its campus partners believe these new credentials can take advantage of the platform’s extensive reach of 31 million users to drive down the costs of recruiting students (and hence the tuitions they charge) and help the universities begin to slice their degree programs into shorter-term credentials. At the same time, he says, the company and its university partners are focused on “redesigning the degree to make it extremely compelling to learners around the world, and a formidable answer to any emerging credentials that might challenge the degree.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/03/06/coursera-purveyor-moocs-bets-big-university-degrees

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Stoneman Douglas survivor to take online classes while advocating for gun control

Tue, 2018-03-13 17:10

by WSVN

A survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will finish out her senior year online to give her extra time to advocate for increased gun control laws. Samantha Fuentes was among those students who returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday. However, instead of returning for class, she returned to withdraw and become an online student. “I’m withdrawing from school, so I can finish it online,” she said. “I feel mixed opinions, or mixed emotions. I mean, I want to be part of Stoneman Douglas, and I want to live out the rest of my high school career normally, but there is no such thing as normal anymore.” Fuentes was shot in both legs, and has several pieces of shrapnel lodged in her leg and face.

Stoneman Douglas survivor to take online classes while advocating for gun control

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