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Overcoming Professors’ Skepticism About Digital Accessibility

Fri, 2018-09-07 17:04

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Faculty members often worry that making digital courses accessible to all students will be too time-consuming or expensive — but some of their colleagues want to convince them otherwise. Faculty champions can be inspired as much by individual experiences with students as by their engagement with the broad topic of inclusion. Dustin De Felice, assistant professor and director of the master’s program in foreign language teaching at Michigan State, felt wounded after a student complained late in the semester that she couldn’t take online quizzes because she suffered from extreme vertigo when staring at screens for more than a few minutes. The student ended up failing the class and struggling the next semester as well, De Felice said. Now De Felice encourages colleagues to invite him to discuss pathways to accessibility. He gets fewer takers than he’d like, but he always eagerly agrees when asked. He brings two different copies of the same syllabus — one that’s been run through an electronic disability checker, and another that hasn’t. He lets a screen reader interpret both to show attendees the difference.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/08/29/faculty-champions-accessibility-shed-doubts-about-investing-time

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Purdue Global Demands Students Waive Right to Sue

Fri, 2018-09-07 17:03

By Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed

The details are laid out in documents obtained via a records request to the U.S. Department of Education by the Century Foundation, which said the requirements make Purdue University Global “perhaps the first and only public institution to strip students of their legal rights.” The Century Foundation is well-known for challenging for-profit colleges’ policies. In a statement, Tim Doty, a Purdue spokesperson, said Purdue Global “does have an arbitration agreement that it inherited from Kaplan. Whether it continues to employ this policy is ultimately up to the Purdue Board of Trustees which has complete control over Purdue Global, and has the final say as to which policies it retains, and which it alters.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2018/08/29/purdue-global-demands-students-waive-right-sue

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Building Community for Part-Time Students

Thu, 2018-09-06 17:24

By Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Research has shown that the more college credits students take per term, the more likely they are to graduate — and on time. Many colleges and states have responded to those findings and implemented new programs, offered incentives and enacted policy that encourage students to pursue at least 12 college credits per semester to graduate on time within two or four years. But every student can’t attend college full-time. Officials at Boston’s Bunker Hill Community College are finding that part-time students are more likely to re-enroll in learning communities that offer mentors and additional advising.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/28/bunker-hill-sees-increase-part-time-retention-and-persistence

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Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, but Employers Do

Thu, 2018-09-06 17:17

By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
Though public support for higher education seems to be waning, this skepticism doesn’t appear to extend to potential employers, who say they still have faith in colleges and universities, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. But while executives and hiring managers believe that institutions are teaching graduates the skills needed for entry-level jobs, they reported that students usually aren’t ready to be promoted.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/28/survey-business-leaders-believe-students-are-learning-skills-not-those-needed

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The Obvious (and not so obvious) Benefits of Online Employee Training and Development

Thu, 2018-09-06 17:10

by Nikos Andriotis, eLearning Learning
Interactive whiteboards were big news when they arrived on the training scene because they replaced the old chalk and duster as a key tool for teaching and learning. In the 21st century, the importance of online learning tools might just be making traditional classroom training a thing of the past. Today, the benefits of eLearning in the workplace are taking the world by storm. It’s no wonder, then, that this industry reached over $56 billion in 2015 and is expected to hit $200 billion by 2024. Keen to know more? Well, you’re in luck! Because we’ve put together an all-inclusive list of the benefits of online learning that apply to all organizations and their employees.

http://www.elearninglearning.com/edition/weekly-microlearning-developing-elearning-2018-08-18?open-article-id=8775738&article-title=the-obvious–and-not-so-obvious–benefits-of-online-employee-training-and-development

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It’s 2018. Why do we still have textbooks?

Thu, 2018-09-06 17:05

By Study International
Recently, US-based edtech company Cengage announced a new subscription service for college students to access more than 20,000 digital course materials. This includes eBooks, online homework and study guides, at just US$119.99 a semester or US$179.99 a year. Michael Hansen, CEO of Cengage, the US-based education and technology company providing the subscription, said: “For too long, our industry has contributed to the lack of affordable access to higher learning. Despite years of student and faculty complaints, the industry continued to push an outdated, traditional business model that didn’t put students first.” Hansen describes the college textbook business model as “outdated” and he’s not the only one.

It’s 2018. Why do we still have textbooks?

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Student Spending on College Textbooks Declines for Third Consecutive Year

Thu, 2018-09-06 17:03

by National Association of College Stores and Student Monitor

Student Spending on Course Materials has Declined Significantly over Past 10 Years, from about $700 to $500 Annually.  Average Amount Spent on Each Course Material Unit Declines from $66 in 2016-2017 Academic Year to $64 in the 2017-2018 Academic Year.  According to two new studies, college students spent an average of $500 on textbooks and course materials during the 2017-2018 academic year. This new data, from the National Association of College Stores (NACS) and independent research firm Student Monitor®, found that student spending on materials declined for the third consecutive year. The average amount students spent on a course material unit was $64 – a 3% decline over the prior academic year according to Student Monitor.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180827005520/en/Student-Spending-College-Textbooks-Declines-Consecutive-Year

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Outrage Over a University’s $999 Online Textbook

Thu, 2018-09-06 17:00

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Though the university and publisher argue that the $999 price was just a “placeholder” that no one would actually pay, the incident has caused uncertainty and anger among students who are just trying to purchase the correct items at the best price. The textbook marketplace can already be incredibly confusing due to its plethora of vendors, subtly different textbook editions, disliked single-use access codes and disparate rental programs. While the online-only version of the textbook was priced at $999 in the Wiley marketplace, a bundled print and online textbook was available for $253.25 from the college bookstore. Both options include an access code for the WileyPlus online teaching and learning platform.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/08/28/universitys-999-online-textbook-creates-confusion-and-outrage

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Addressing the gap between enrollment and graduation

Wed, 2018-09-05 17:25

by James Paterson, Education Dive
While more high school graduates from all segments of the population are going to college, one in five will drop out before their second year, and that rate is higher among students whose families traditionally have not attended college, a group higher education needs to attract and keep, according to a detailed account from The Hechinger Report. The U.S. Department of Education reports that 70% of high school graduates went directly to college in 2016 compared to 63% in 2000, however the number who return for a second year has risen very slightly at non-profit institutions. Meanwhile, about 44% of students at for-profit colleges quit before finishing. It means there are almost 3 million fewer college students than in 2011 when enrollment last peaked, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. Dropouts cost higher education about $16.5 billion a year in lost tuition, and even more considering the investment of public money and debt students often incur. With heightened competition for a slumping number of high school graduates in the future, retention is key to survival for colleges.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/addressing-the-gap-between-enrollment-and-graduation/527199/

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Dual enrollment is increasing college-going behavior, but only for some students

Wed, 2018-09-05 17:20

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Federal data show dual enrollment — a process allowing high school students to take college-level courses for postsecondary credit — is gaining steam within the education sector. Between the 2002–03 and 2010–11 academic years, the number of students taking college-level courses within a dual-enrollment program increased 80% to 1.2 million, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. States are following the trend. For example, Illinois passed a law this month that will allow students to take an unlimited number of dual-credit classes. For many in the industry, dual-enrollment practices look great on paper, offering a jump-start on an advanced education. Yet critics question whether this opportunity is truly accessible and therefore effective. Does dual enrollment actually lead to more college-going for all kinds of students or just some? And what can institutions to do help close the achievement gap?

https://www.educationdive.com/news/dual-enrollment-is-increasing-college-going-behavior-but-only-for-some-stu/530590/

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Why learners are coming onto Coursera

Wed, 2018-09-05 17:15

By: Vikram Chaudhary, Financial Express
Raghav Gupta, director, India and APAC, says online education helps people from a career standpoint. But these shouldn’t be seen as a replacement to college life. First, a few statistics. Coursera, which partners with top universities and organisations to offer courses online, has 35 million registered learners globally, and adds half a million new learners every month. Globally, it runs more than 1,400 enterprise partnerships, 2,700 active courses, 250 specialisations and 11 degrees. With 7.7 million users, the US is its biggest market.

https://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/why-learners-are-coming-onto-coursera/1293077/

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Building Community for Part-Time Students

Wed, 2018-09-05 17:10

By Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Research has shown that the more college credits students take per term, the more likely they are to graduate — and on time. Many colleges and states have responded to those findings and implemented new programs, offered incentives and enacted policy that encourage students to pursue at least 12 college credits per semester to graduate on time within two or four years. But every student can’t attend college full-time. Officials at Boston’s Bunker Hill Community College are finding that part-time students are more likely to re-enroll in learning communities that offer mentors and additional advising.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/28/bunker-hill-sees-increase-part-time-retention-and-persistence

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Outrage Over a University’s $999 Online Textbook

Wed, 2018-09-05 17:05

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Though the university and publisher argue that the $999 price was just a “placeholder” that no one would actually pay, the incident has caused uncertainty and anger among students who are just trying to purchase the correct items at the best price. The textbook marketplace can already be incredibly confusing due to its plethora of vendors, subtly different textbook editions, disliked single-use access codes and disparate rental programs. While the online-only version of the textbook was priced at $999 in the Wiley marketplace, a bundled print and online textbook was available for $253.25 from the college bookstore. Both options include an access code for the WileyPlus online teaching and learning platform.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/08/28/universitys-999-online-textbook-creates-confusion-and-outrage

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Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, but Employers Do

Wed, 2018-09-05 17:02

By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
Though public support for higher education seems to be waning, this skepticism doesn’t appear to extend to potential employers, who say they still have faith in colleges and universities, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. But while executives and hiring managers believe that institutions are teaching graduates the skills needed for entry-level jobs, they reported that students usually aren’t ready to be promoted.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/28/survey-business-leaders-believe-students-are-learning-skills-not-those-needed

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These 4 areas are critical to higher ed’s technological transformation

Tue, 2018-09-04 17:24

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Higher-ed leaders must prepare their campuses for augment reality, artificial intelIigence, and more…. Higher ed is in the middle of a critical–yet often invisible–technological transformation, according to a new report from the Center for Digital Education (CDE). Technologies such as augmented reality and artificial intelligence are hyped daily for their future impact, but higher-ed leaders must first prepare their campuses for these `technological revolutions.  A CDE survey finds that college and university leaders are focusing on transforming academics, securing students and data, improving student services, and modernizing IT. These four core areas, they believe, will establish a solid foundation to support future innovation on campus.

 

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4 steps higher ed information security officers can take to manage cyber risk

Tue, 2018-09-04 17:20

by Brian Kelly and Scott Kannry, Education Dive

The decentralized nature of educational institutions works well for research and learning, but it creates silos from a risk-management perspective. Before CISOs can do anything — for example, create a comprehensive cybersecurity program or implement controls for regulatory compliance — they must first justify their budget requests to a diverse group of stakeholders that perceive and communicate risk in different ways. This requires quantifying risk in a nomenclature that matters to the risk manager as well as to finance, the board of trustees and the provost. This can be achieved by undergoing the following exercise:

https://www.educationdive.com/news/4-steps-higher-ed-information-security-officers-can-take-to-manage-cyber-ri/530826/

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Why it’s difficult to track how many adults are in college

Tue, 2018-09-04 17:17

by James Paterson, Education Dive
Experts have differing views about whether the number of adult learners is growing, but a group representing non-traditional students says that regardless of the trend, institutions should be doing more to target this group specifically, according to The Hechinger Report. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics indicates that the number of students over the age of 25 hit a high point of 8.9 million in 2010 and has since declined. But other data suggest that the number is rising, although the figure can be difficult to determine because adult learners may leave their institutions for periods of time and therefore not be counted even though they intend to return.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/why-its-difficult-to-track-how-many-adults-are-in-college/530944/

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Online education: A ‘learning’ curve

Tue, 2018-09-04 17:10

By: Anirban Roy Choudhury, Financial Express
The online learning or edutech industry had humble beginnings in India, when technology happened to be too complex.
In today’s fast-paced world, there is little time to stand and stare longingly at a reputed B School campus; nor is there time for preparation for a dream course in an IIM. Today’s students looking to enter the workforce, or employees looking for promotions based on acquiring certain skillsets have options that don’t involve waiting for the next admission forms for courses to be available. From strategic media planning to software development to specialised courses in marketing and communication, online education platforms claim to have answers for every academic problem. The wide variety of specialised courses target working professionals, school goers as well as 20-somethings trying to crack an entrance examination or climb up the corporate ladder.

https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/technology/online-education-a-learning-curve/1293101/

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Addressing the gap between enrollment and graduation

Tue, 2018-09-04 17:05

by James Paterson, Education Dive
While more high school graduates from all segments of the population are going to college, one in five will drop out before their second year, and that rate is higher among students whose families traditionally have not attended college, a group higher education needs to attract and keep, according to a detailed account from The Hechinger Report. The U.S. Department of Education reports that 70% of high school graduates went directly to college in 2016 compared to 63% in 2000, however the number who return for a second year has risen very slightly at non-profit institutions. Meanwhile, about 44% of students at for-profit colleges quit before finishing. It means there are almost 3 million fewer college students than in 2011 when enrollment last peaked, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. Dropouts cost higher education about $16.5 billion a year in lost tuition, and even more considering the investment of public money and debt students often incur. With heightened competition for a slumping number of high school graduates in the future, retention is key to survival for colleges.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/addressing-the-gap-between-enrollment-and-graduation/527199/

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Why learners are coming onto Coursera

Tue, 2018-09-04 17:02

By: Vikram Chaudhary, Financial Express
Raghav Gupta, director, India and APAC, says online education helps people from a career standpoint. But these shouldn’t be seen as a replacement to college life. First, a few statistics. Coursera, which partners with top universities and organisations to offer courses online, has 35 million registered learners globally, and adds half a million new learners every month. Globally, it runs more than 1,400 enterprise partnerships, 2,700 active courses, 250 specialisations and 11 degrees. With 7.7 million users, the US is its biggest market.

https://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/why-learners-are-coming-onto-coursera/1293077/

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