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Amgen Foundation And Harvard Team Up To Offer Free Online Science Education Platform

Sun, 2018-06-10 17:12

The Amgen Foundation and Harvard University today announced plans to launch a free online science education platform uniquely designed to level the playing field for aspiring scientists. The LabXchange platform, which will launch with a focus in biology, will offer digital instruction and virtual lab experiences to high school and college students, enabling them to gain meaningful exposure to the scientific process. It will also include online networking focused on collaboration and mentoring.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/amgen-foundation-and-harvard-team-up-to-offer-free-online-science-education-platform-300656825.html

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MOOC Expert Fiona Hollands Makes A Suggestion and a Prediction

Sun, 2018-06-10 17:10

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Delivering a keynote address at this week’s Open edX 2018 conference, MOOC expert Fiona Hollands made two predictions about the future of her research subject.  Hollands’ first prediction was more of a directive and a call to action. She began by describing the students for whom MOOCs work quite well and compared them with others who don’t thrive on the format. She then applied that to the cost-saving some universities have begun to see with replacing entry-level courses with MOOCs. “If you can save money by offering education at scale to highly motivated students by replacing some introductory materials with some NDLEs,” Hollands said, “then take those savings and invest in experiential learning for the students who don’t fare well in online learning experiences. So far, MOOCs have made more of a dent in how business provide employee training than in how higher education operates.”

MOOC Expert Fiona Hollands Makes A Suggestion and a Prediction

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edX CEO Anant Agarwal Announces Ambitious Goals for 2022

Sun, 2018-06-10 17:05

By Henry Kronk. eLearning Inside

For the most ambitious, Agarwal hopes to attract 100 million learners to edX in five years’ time. The non-profit MOOC provider has, one might argue, remained truest to the original promise of MOOCs (keeping them open and massive) when they exploded in 2011 and 2012. The platform has trained 16 million learners with courses from over 130 different institutions. Using the Open edX platform, a further 18 million + have taken at least one university course, bringing the total number to roughly 35 million.  In addition to a few other goals, Argawal wants to foster a culture in which university credits are more transferable and widely accepted. “Why is it so hard to do?” he asked. He hopes to generate a community in which 25% of edX courses will count anywhere. “Let’s say I want to launch an online masters degree in computer science and I want to teach AI as part of it,” Argawal said.

edX CEO Anant Agarwal Announces Ambitious Goals for 2022

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eLearning in 2018

Sun, 2018-06-10 17:03

by Karthik Reddy, HR Technologist

eLearning can be described as using electronic technology for any educational activities, and over the past few years, it has steadily grown in popularity, particularly to online course distributors like Udemy. This is especially true for the younger generation who have not only grown up using the internet but also have begun to use technology in schools. There are many different types of eLearning, each coming with various benefits. Everyone has a kind of learning that works best for them, but often it can be the most effective if different methodologies are used in conjunction with each other.

https://www.hrtechnologist.com/articles/learning-development/a-new-type-of-learning/

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Making Analytics the Campus Modus Operandi

Sat, 2018-06-09 17:27

by Darren Catalano, EDUCAUSE Review

The mantra “data-driven decision-making” is one that institutions of higher education are adopting at an increasing clip. More than three-quarters of colleges and universities say institutional analytics is a priority. However, as more projects get off the ground, some initiatives are falling flat. What’s happening? Data are being kept in the periphery. For an analytics program to be useful, leaders must build an institutional data culture that sets analytics as its modus operandi.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/5/making-analytics-the-campus-modus-operandi

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Seven strategies for minimizing tech services staff issues

Sat, 2018-06-09 17:20

by Mark Rowh, University Business

Tackle issues head-on and promptly. This may be especially important for tech staff who ignore policies, fail to carry their load or can’t seem to get along with co-workers. “Don’t let the bad behavior of a few poison those who want to work,” says CIO Yvette Brown Koottungal at Barry University in Florida. She is also vice president for technology at the university, where she manages a team of 63.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/seven-strategies-minimizing-tech-services-staff-issues

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It’s Official: State authorization rule to be delayed for two more years

Sat, 2018-06-09 17:15

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
The U.S. Education Department announced it will delay for two more years implementation of its controversial regulations requiring all online programs to show they are approved to operate in every state where they enroll students, according to Inside Higher Ed. The government says it will publish the regulations in July 2020, a decade after the saga all began, after another public comment period.  WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) offers a timeline and analysis of continuing congressional delays of state authorization for distance education provision. In the works since 2016 and originally scheduled to take effect in July of this year, the Department of Education last Friday confirmed another round of negotiated rulemaking for online learning access and eligibility of various institution types.  Colleges and universities have largely looked to individual state regulations and State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements to self-govern online offerings and expansion. “The institution is still under a regulatory obligation to the states in which the institution enrolls students, offers services, or participates in activities.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/state-authorization-rule-to-be-delayed-for-two-more-years/523844/

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Online learning on the rise

Sat, 2018-06-09 17:09

by London School of Business

Online MBA programs offer students the ability to study anywhere and at any time they choose, even while holding down a job, so long as they have access to the internet. According to the Graduate Management Admissions Council, flexibility, and having access to high-quality programs without the need for travel, are two of the biggest reasons why students are choosing to take an MBA program online rather than on a traditional campus. There are a wide array of MPA programs beginning to pop up online, and while most require at least some campus time for students, a growing number are delivering their courses completely online. Online degrees can be more affordable for students but without sacrificing anything in the way of quality instruction or academic rigour, and many graduates prefer the new method of learning.

https://www.lsbf.org.uk/blog/news/education-careers/distance-learning-on-the-rise/115816

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Making Analytics the Campus Modus Operandi

Sat, 2018-06-09 17:06

by Darren Catalano, EDUCAUSE Review

The mantra “data-driven decision-making” is one that institutions of higher education are adopting at an increasing clip. More than three-quarters of colleges and universities say institutional analytics is a priority. However, as more projects get off the ground, some initiatives are falling flat. What’s happening? Data are being kept in the periphery. For an analytics program to be useful, leaders must build an institutional data culture that sets analytics as its modus operandi.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/5/making-analytics-the-campus-modus-operandi

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It’s Official: State authorization rule to be delayed for two more years

Sat, 2018-06-09 17:03

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
The U.S. Education Department announced it will delay for two more years implementation of its controversial regulations requiring all online programs to show they are approved to operate in every state where they enroll students, according to Inside Higher Ed. The government says it will publish the regulations in July 2020, a decade after the saga all began, after another public comment period.  WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) offers a timeline and analysis of continuing congressional delays of state authorization for distance education provision. In the works since 2016 and originally scheduled to take effect in July of this year, the Department of Education last Friday confirmed another round of negotiated rulemaking for online learning access and eligibility of various institution types.  Colleges and universities have largely looked to individual state regulations and State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements to self-govern online offerings and expansion. “The institution is still under a regulatory obligation to the states in which the institution enrolls students, offers services, or participates in activities.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/state-authorization-rule-to-be-delayed-for-two-more-years/523844/

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VR Ed Company Targets Low-Cost Oculus Go for Science Units

Fri, 2018-06-08 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
VictoryVR, a company that creates virtual reality curriculum for grades 5–12, will be making its science content available for the Oculus Go beginning this summer.
VictoryVR, a company that creates virtual reality curriculum for grades 5–12, will be making its science content available for the Oculus Go beginning this summer. At $199 for the 32 GB edition, the Go is being promoted as “VR for everyone,” serving as an entry-level alternative to pricier options, including the Oculus Rift, which sells for $399. A 64 GB version of the Go is $249.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/05/09/vr-ed-company-targets-low-cost-oculus-go-for-science-units.aspx

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How to Use Games to Juice up Science Lessons

Fri, 2018-06-08 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

The use of gaming for student-centered learning eliminates constraints, increases engagement, boosts collaboration and empowers students to find answers through deep and rich experiences. The idea of using games to facilitate student-centered learning doesn’t eliminate “good teaching,” said Meenoo Rami, author, trainer and teacher and, currently, manager for Minecraft: Education Edition. “The content doesn’t go away. It’s more about meeting the students where they are, taking their passion and turning it into an opportunity for learning.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/05/23/how-to-use-games-to-juice-up-science-lessons.aspx

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Report: Smartphone Sales Swing up Following Recent Decline

Fri, 2018-06-08 17:15

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal
Worldwide shipments of smartphones grew 1.3 percent, year over year, in the first quarter of 2018 following a decline in sales the previous quarter, according to a report from Gartner. Smartphones made up 84 percent of the total mobile phone market, accounting for nearly 384 million of the 455 million units sold. Much of that good news came at the low end of the market, however. “Demand for premium and high-end smartphones continued to suffer due to marginal incremental benefits during upgrade,” said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner, in a prepared statement.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/05/30/report-smartphone-sales-swing-up-following-decline.aspx

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Higher Ed’s Role in Shaping the U.S. Workforce

Fri, 2018-06-08 17:06

by Jeff Selingo and Michael Horl with Mamie Merisotis, Future Cast
Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis talks with Jeff and Michael about his organization’s goal to help higher ed institutions develop students to be better prepared to contribute to the future workforce.

Episode 15: Higher Ed’s Role in Shaping the U.S. Workforce

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Are We at Peak Higher Ed?

Fri, 2018-06-08 17:04

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed (Fellow, UPCEA National Council for Online Education)

Are we at peak higher ed? My answer is no, but that answer depends on the definitions that we choose. Does peak higher ed refer to the number of schools, or the number of students enrolled? The number of people employed in higher ed (or just faculty), or the number of credentials granted? Tenure-track faculty jobs or the impact on the lives of graduates? The total number of colleges and universities, or the total value of the knowledge created? Bryan Alexander’s recent piece “American Higher Education Enrollment Declined. Again” would tend to support the peak-higher-ed hypothesis.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/are-we-peak-higher-ed

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Social media as a student response system: new evidence on learning impact

Fri, 2018-06-08 17:02

by Chelsea Liu, Journal of ALT

This study explores two key questions: (1) ‘what encourages students to actively utilise social media in their learning process?’ and (2) ‘what pedagogical advantages are offered by social media in enhancing students’ learning experiences?’ Results of a student survey administered at the end of the course show that (1) students are more likely to participate in in-lecture Twitter activities if they are familiar with the technology, (2) Twitter activities encourage students to participate in active learning, (3) Twitter provides a platform enabling two-way student–instructor communication and (4) students find Twitter activities helpful regardless of whether they attend the lecture in real time or view online lecture recordings. These findings deepen our understanding of the pedagogical benefits of using Twitter as a student response system, which will assist educators to better harness the power of social media in the learning–teaching process.

https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2043

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The Problem With “Learning Styles”

Thu, 2018-06-07 17:20

by Cindi May, Scientific American

A recent review of the scientific literature on learning styles found scant evidence to clearly support the idea that outcomes are best when instructional techniques align with individuals’ learning styles. In fact, there are several studies that contradict this belief. It is clear that people have a strong sense of their own learning preferences (e.g., visual, kinesthetic, intuitive), but it is less clear that these preferences matter. Research by Polly Hussman and Valerie Dean O’Loughlin at Indiana University takes a new look at this important question. Most previous investigations on learning styles focused on classroom learning, and assessed whether instructional style impacted outcomes for different types of learners. Some might argue that, in this era of flipped classrooms and online course materials, students master more of the information on their own. That might explain why instructional style in the classroom matters little. It also raises the possibility that learning styles do matter—perhaps a match between students’ individual learning styles and their study strategies is the key to optimal outcomes.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-problem-with-learning-styles/

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AI and the holy grail of education

Thu, 2018-06-07 17:14

by Kelly Walsh, University Business
Personalized learning has long been a “holy grail” in education. Ideally, we would love to be able to work with each student to achieve a more personalized level of learning that taps into individual interests, skills and desires. But doing so can take far more time than we have. Our education system was not designed to accommodate this, and moving this mountain seems far too daunting a task. Or is it? The growing interest in artificial intelligence may hold the key to a more personalized learning experience.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/ai-and-holy-grail-education

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Gamifying reality: How AR and VR will combine to transform experience

Thu, 2018-06-07 17:13

by MIKE COLAGROSSI, the Big Think

New and exciting realities are now just a few screens away. The wildest dreams of fiction writers are slowly seeping their way into our current day and age. Many people are familiar with virtual reality. You put on some kind of headset and you’re whisked into an all-encompassing world of sound and sight. VR’s closest cousin, augmented reality, comes in a few different forms – overlaid blocks of text and information, sometimes cartoonish images and games that let you interact with the world around you. Both of these types of tech have earned their namesake, but what about when you combine the two of them?

http://bigthink.com/mike-colagrossi/gamifying-reality-how-ar-and-vr-will-combine-to-transform-experience

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The Problem With “Learning Styles”

Thu, 2018-06-07 17:10

by Cindi May, Scientific American

A recent review of the scientific literature on learning styles found scant evidence to clearly support the idea that outcomes are best when instructional techniques align with individuals’ learning styles. In fact, there are several studies that contradict this belief. It is clear that people have a strong sense of their own learning preferences (e.g., visual, kinesthetic, intuitive), but it is less clear that these preferences matter. Research by Polly Hussman and Valerie Dean O’Loughlin at Indiana University takes a new look at this important question. Most previous investigations on learning styles focused on classroom learning, and assessed whether instructional style impacted outcomes for different types of learners. Some might argue that, in this era of flipped classrooms and online course materials, students master more of the information on their own. That might explain why instructional style in the classroom matters little. It also raises the possibility that learning styles do matter—perhaps a match between students’ individual learning styles and their study strategies is the key to optimal outcomes.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-problem-with-learning-styles/

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