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OPINION: The serious consequences of DeVos’ about-face on for-profit colleges Will students of color suffer the most?

Mon, 2018-05-28 17:10

by Hechinger Report

The Education Department, under Betsy DeVos, halted the gainful employment regulation and proposed a new rule in its stead that would eliminate any sanctions — that is, institutions would no longer lose access to federal aid if the employment rates and salaries of graduates fall below the federal threshold. The Department also suspended the borrower defense rule. And, according to The New York Times, the department has sharply cut back the staff and mission of the enforcement unit. It now consists of only three people and is focusing on student-loan forgiveness rather than investigating the practices of for-profit institutions.

http://hechingerreport.org/opinion-the-serious-consequences-of-devos-about-face-on-non-profit-colleges/

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Georgia Tech Envisions ‘Deliberate Innovation, Lifetime Education’ in New Report

Mon, 2018-05-28 17:06

by Susie Ivy, Georgia Tech

The Georgia Institute of Technology announces the official release of Deliberate Innovation, Lifetime Education, a report based on input and recommendations from the Commission on Creating the Next in Education, an Institute-wide commission of more than 50 faculty, staff, and students. Using the year 2040 as a long-term vantage point, the Commission was asked to explore and evaluate innovative approaches to higher education, and address issues facing current and future students. The group was also tasked with making recommendations on alternative educational models that reduce costs, improve the effectiveness of current methodologies, and increase opportunities and accessibility to serve the needs of the next generation and beyond.

http://www.news.gatech.edu/2018/04/24/georgia-tech-envisions-deliberate-innovation-lifetime-education-new-report

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How Digital Credentialing is Driving the Shift Towards a Learning Economy

Mon, 2018-05-28 17:03

by Louis Soares, Evolllution

Digital credentials are at the forefront of broader technological innovation in the academic sector and signal the possibility of broader cooperation between higher education and the labor market—but, as Louis Soares points out, the revolution towards a true learning economy is far from finished. For evidence of this expansion, the American Council on Education (ACE) has partnered with Credly to allow participants in ACE’s College Credit Recommendation Service to award badges recognizing professional and academic achievements. In this interview, Soares lays the groundwork for continued growth in digital credentialing, and discusses the role of the ACE in exploring, adopting and acculturating technological change in higher education.

How Digital Credentialing is Driving the Shift Towards a Learning Economy

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Don’t know the graduate next to you? You’re not alone. One-third of students take at least one class online.

Sun, 2018-05-27 17:25

By Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post
Two decades ago, when I was a student in a part-time master’s degree program at Johns Hopkins University, I would hurry from my office twice a week to make class, hoping like many of my classmates for a few minutes to grab coffee and a bite to eat before settling in for the 2 1/2-hour seminars.  Next week, when I address the graduating class of the same school, most of them will probably be meeting face to face for the first time at commencement: Seventy percent of this year’s graduates earned their master’s degrees online.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2018/05/17/dont-know-the-graduate-next-to-you-youre-not-alone-one-third-of-students-take-at-least-one-class-online/?noredirect=on

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What is machine learning? Everything you need to know

Sun, 2018-05-27 17:20

by Nick Heath, ZDNet

At a very high level, machine learning is the process of teaching a computer system how to make accurate predictions when fed data. Those predictions could be answering whether a piece of fruit in a photo is a banana or an apple, spotting people crossing the road in front of a self-driving car, whether the use of the word book in a sentence relates to a paperback or a hotel reservation, whether an email is spam, or recognizing speech accurately enough to generate captions for a YouTube video. The key difference from traditional computer software is that a human developer hasn’t written code that instructs the system how to tell the difference between the banana and the apple.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-is-machine-learning-everything-you-need-to-know/

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Educause Releases 2018 Horizon Report Preview – Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Sun, 2018-05-27 17:15

After acquiring the rights to the New Media Consortium’s Horizon project earlier this year, Educause has now published a preview of the 2018 Higher Education Edition of the Horizon Report — research that was in progress at the time of NMC’s sudden dissolution. The report covers the key technology trends, challenges and developments expected to impact higher ed in the short-, mid- and long-term future.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/27/educause-releases-2018-horizon-report-preview.aspx

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Student ROI more dependent on degree than status of institution

Sun, 2018-05-27 17:10

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
When it comes to student return on investment, differences in marketplace value among fields of study means that students are often able to earn higher salaries with significantly less education, because what they make no longer depends on “how many degrees” are earned or “where you go to college,” said Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, during a recent episode of “In Focus” from Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies.  Carnevale said there’s a $3.3 million career-earnings difference between the highest-paying bachelor’s degree and the lowest-paying bachelor’s degree, and because of this gap, 40% of people with bachelor’s degrees make more than those with graduate degrees, on average.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/student-roi-more-dependent-on-degree-than-status-of-institution/523421/

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How artificial intelligence will change the future of work

Sun, 2018-05-27 17:04

by Fred Dews, Darrell M. West, and Bill Finan; Brookings

Darrell West, director of the Center for Technology Innovation, discusses his recent book “The Future of Work: Robotics, AI, and Automation.” West explains that as robots, artificial intelligence, and automation make it possible to be more productive while working fewer hours, society must change its definition of work.

 

How artificial intelligence will change the future of work

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Will Google Duplex Evolve Into a Virtual Teaching Assistant?

Sun, 2018-05-27 17:02

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Once we get over Google’s boneheaded failure to clearly indicate that the calls were originating from a computer, can we take a step back and try to think about the implications of this technology? What Google is demonstrating with Duplex is the ability of AI (artificial intelligence) to have conversations.  Right now, these conversations are limited.  Duplex will be able to call and make a dinner reservation or a styling appointment, but it is not clear what else the technology will be able to do. The current generation of personal digital voice assistants – Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana – are just not all that useful.  They seem like a technology in search of a problem to solve.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/will-google-duplex-evolve-virtual-teaching-assistant

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How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design?

Sat, 2018-05-26 17:25

By Michael Sano, EdSurge

Regardless of how they represented their concepts, #DLNchat-ters agreed: accessibility starts at the beginning of the design process. Phyllis Brodsky put it this way, “The commitment to accessibility should be authentic, not rote, and up front, not an afterthought… Applying sound pedagogy that drives design and truly integrates UDL is foundational.”  Part of this process is considering the platform in which the course will be designed. As Albat pointed out, “Just the LMS can be a challenge in itself. Screen readers have an awful time with the separate sections.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-09-how-can-we-improve-accessibility-through-instructional-design-dlnchat

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Where Are All the Faculty in the Open Education Movement?

Sat, 2018-05-26 17:20

By Jasmine Roberts, EdSurge

Open educational resources (OER) are gaining increasing popularity. And as an active member in what advocates define as the “open education movement,” I frequently hear about the growing dissatisfaction of textbook costs and pedagogical concerns among faculty about outdated course materials. When I attend professional gatherings on open education, however, instructors like myself are often the minority. Yet open educational materials impact faculty and students alike, and many instructors are using these resources today. So why are there so few practitioners actively involved in increasing open education?

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-16-where-are-all-the-faculty-in-the-open-education-movement

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Using Google to Maximize Student Organization and Productivity

Sat, 2018-05-26 17:14

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In recent years, Google has positioned itself as a powerful presence in the educational sector. Since an increasing number of students are using Chromebooks and other Google products, it makes sense to select organization and productivity tools from Google to ensure compatibility. Here are four ideas for using Google to maximize student organization and productivity:

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-google-to-maximize-student-organization-and-productivity/

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For Free Community College, Online Learning Isn’t Always Part of the Recipe for Success

Sat, 2018-05-26 17:06

By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

Free community college programs are springing up around the country, aiming to bring more students to local higher-ed institutions. But several colleges experimenting with such programs are avoiding a tactic that other public institutions are increasingly using to boost numbers: online learning. That’s the case in Tennessee—one of the first states to introduce a free college program, called Tennessee Promise—where advisors at some campuses steer students participating in the program away from online courses. Students entering their first year in Tennessee Promise aren’t prohibited from taking online courses, says Judy Lowe, assistant vice president for academic resources and testing at Chattanooga State Community College. However, she and other officials at Chattanooga State worry that sending students straight into online courses might hurt their chances of success.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-18-for-free-community-college-online-learning-isn-t-always-part-of-the-recipe-for-success

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Pros, Cons of Online Learning for Students With Disabilities

Sat, 2018-05-26 17:04

By Jan Holloway and Chris Foley, US News

Online learning can provide a practical, workable option for diverse populations of learners, including students with various kinds of disabilities. Attending an online college offers flexibility, convenience and privacy. Various assistive devices and applications can help students consume information in formats that align with their needs. Before pursuing a degree online, though, be sure to consider the pros and cons.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-05-18/pros-cons-of-online-education-for-students-with-disabilities

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Educause Releases 2018 Horizon Report Preview – Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Sat, 2018-05-26 17:03

After acquiring the rights to the New Media Consortium’s Horizon project earlier this year, Educause has now published a preview of the 2018 Higher Education Edition of the Horizon Report — research that was in progress at the time of NMC’s sudden dissolution. The report covers the key technology trends, challenges and developments expected to impact higher ed in the short-, mid- and long-term future.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/27/educause-releases-2018-horizon-report-preview.aspx

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20 skills that are quickly gaining traction in the freelance job market — and the online courses to learn them

Fri, 2018-05-25 17:25

Mara Leighton, Business Insider

Freelancing is a competitive field, and without face-to-face interactions, it can be disproportionately difficult to discern what employers want from you. Upwork, the world’s largest freelancing site, compiled a list of the 20 fastest-growing skills in the freelance job market in 2018. Below are the 20 top skills accompanied by online courses you can take to develop and demonstrate your ability.

http://www.businessinsider.com/best-freelance-skills-to-get-jobs-upwork-2018

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Indications that EdTech May Not Be a Strategic Investment

Fri, 2018-05-25 17:21

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

The edtech market has seen rapid growth over the past decade, but is edtech actually a good investment? On the one hand, the rapid growth in some areas of the edtech market suggests that it is a strong investment option. The coding academy market, for example, has seen over 900% growth since it first appeared around 2011. Many MOOC and LMS companies such as Coursera, Udacity, and Instructure also continue to perform well. On the other hand, there are signs that edtech may not offer returns high enough to ultimately attract and hold the interest of big investors. On this account, two recent events are especially alarming.

Indications that EdTech May Not Be a Strategic Investment

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How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design?

Fri, 2018-05-25 17:10

By Michael Sano, EdSurge

Regardless of how they represented their concepts, #DLNchat-ters agreed: accessibility starts at the beginning of the design process. Phyllis Brodsky put it this way, “The commitment to accessibility should be authentic, not rote, and up front, not an afterthought… Applying sound pedagogy that drives design and truly integrates UDL is foundational.”  Part of this process is considering the platform in which the course will be designed. As Albat pointed out, “Just the LMS can be a challenge in itself. Screen readers have an awful time with the separate sections.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-09-how-can-we-improve-accessibility-through-instructional-design-dlnchat

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Where Are All the Faculty in the Open Education Movement?

Fri, 2018-05-25 17:06

By Jasmine Roberts, EdSurge

Open educational resources (OER) are gaining increasing popularity. And as an active member in what advocates define as the “open education movement,” I frequently hear about the growing dissatisfaction of textbook costs and pedagogical concerns among faculty about outdated course materials. When I attend professional gatherings on open education, however, instructors like myself are often the minority. Yet open educational materials impact faculty and students alike, and many instructors are using these resources today. So why are there so few practitioners actively involved in increasing open education?

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-16-where-are-all-the-faculty-in-the-open-education-movement

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The Good Life and Open Online Learning: MOOCs after the hype.

Fri, 2018-05-25 17:05

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

MOOCs are one more platform that faculty can use for public engagement. An advantage of MOOCs is that this public engagement can be interactive, two-way, and participatory. Good open online courses have high levels of engagement. Much of the connections formed in a MOOC are between and across learners. Still, these are real learning communities. There are many other complementary advantages to open online education. Well run MOOC programs will help advance the core residential, blended, and online teaching on the campuses in which they originate. MOOCs can be opportunities to develop new materials – such as simulations and assessments – that can be re-purposed for traditional (small-scale) courses.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/good-life-and-open-online-learning

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