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Coursera Could Be a Multi-Billion-Dollar-a-Year Company

Fri, 2018-05-18 17:15

by Cheddar.com

The online education platform offers its 31 million users thousands of courses from established universities for a fraction of the price of on-campus classes. Coursera wants to expand further and bring “the highest quality education” to even more people, says its new CEO Jeff Maggioncalda.

https://cheddar.com/videos/coursera-could-be-a-multi-billion-dollar-a-year-company-2

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2018’s Cities with the Most & Least Student Debt

Fri, 2018-05-18 17:10

by WalletHub

Student-loan debts are more unsustainable in some places than others. WalletHub therefore compared the median student-loan balance against the median earnings of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree in each of 2,515 U.S. cities to determine where Americans are most overleveraged on their college-related debts. Read on for our findings, expert advice from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

https://wallethub.com/student-loan-calculator/

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It’s time to break silos, look at education as a continuum, leaders say

Fri, 2018-05-18 17:07

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
A recent Gallup poll revealed that only about one in four adults believe that students who graduate from high school this year are prepared for college or a career, and Lone Star Community College Chancellor Stephen Head agrees. “I really don’t care what your background is, most students are not prepared for college — they’re just not,” Head said to a crowd assembled last month in Washington, D.C. for a Communities In Schools event. “Grades are one thing, but emotionally, they’re just not ready. They need the background of social help behind the scenes … They don’t even know what they don’t know.” “They need job skills,” he added. “We help them with that, but they need to know how to show up on time, how to handle conflict resolution, how to [succeed].”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/its-time-to-break-silos-look-at-education-as-a-continuum-leaders-say/522869/

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3 proven ways to improve higher-ed collaboration

Fri, 2018-05-18 17:03

BY MATT LOECKE, eCampus News

Working across higher-ed departments is not easy but it can strengthen the institution’s ability to get things done. Collaboration across departments has been identified as the fundamental differentiator in achieving strategic objectives in not only the business community but also in higher education. Today’s challenging higher-ed environment can benefit from more collaboration, particularly between IT, business, and finance leaders. The EDUCAUSE/NACUBO 2017 Enterprise IT Summit identified four main areas that can markedly enhance collaboration:

development of institutional relationships and partnerships
improvement of analytics and data governance initiatives
a forward -thinking leadership team to align unit goals with university goals
cultivation of a better understanding of IT costs and strategic value

3 proven ways to improve higher-ed collaboration

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Online education comparable to traditional learning, but still has flaws

Thu, 2018-05-17 17:25

By Gloria Knott, Arizona Sonora News

Melissa Wuellner, assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Kearney and a former faculty member at South Dakota State, studied natural resources courses online and face-to-face and found that online students spent more time on their classwork than the face-to-face students. She also found that grades in both online and face-to-face classes of the same course, which offered the same type of assignments, were comparable. “Mostly what we found was that students do about the same in both environments,” Wuellner said. Although research shows that academic rigor and grades are similar in both environments, online education still has its flaws — just as face-to-face classes do.

http://arizonasonoranewsservice.com/online-education-comparable-to-traditional-learning-but-still-has-flaws/

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10 free online courses to shape the future of the education

Thu, 2018-05-17 17:20

by Christian Guijosa , Observatory of Education/Innovation

Experts describe a future educational ecosystem in which students have new technological devices; classes happen in virtual and augmented reality classrooms; there are increased distance learning interactions; educational programs teach soft skills; among other characteristics still unexplored. On the other hand, automation and AI are expected to create new jobs that would demand specialized skills. How to face the educational challenge imposed by this rapid technological evolution? Teachers need to adapt and prepare continuously to achieve the success of the new educational programs. For this reason, we share ten free courses of educational tools so that you add skills and competencies to your professional career and begin to shape the future of education.

http://observatory.itesm.mx/edu-news/10-free-online-courses-to-shape-the-future-of-the-education

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Congress must establish clear, equitable internet rules now

Thu, 2018-05-17 17:15

by Robert Hahn, Brookings

First, let’s make all firms in the internet space adhere to a single clear, common set of privacy principles. Right now, internet privacy is a grab bag. Many users were surprised to learn that they can actually control some of what Facebook shares, but its not intuitive, transparent or for many, easy. Think, for example, about how many times you tap the “I agree” button on your smartphone to download an app without having the slightest notion of what you’ve agreed to. Furthermore, the information that Facebook collects is different than what Google or LinkedIn collects, or what your internet service provider may ask for.

Congress must establish clear, equitable internet rules now

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Campus network security officials step up fight against cyberattacks

Thu, 2018-05-17 17:10

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
University of Arizona Chief Information Security Officer Lanita Collette told EdTech Magazine that when it comes to securing the university campus, there is a “tension between our need to provide an open environment where people can collaborate easily and the need to protect private information.”  At Arizona, IT security officials make sure that servers remain updated, there are intense monitoring procedures in place, and the team continuously uses the latest patches to prohibit digital currency mining, which can overload the system — a similar approach that was taken by IT officials at Northwestern University when computer chip malfunctions could have potentially disrupted the institution’s entire network.  University of Wisconsin-Madison CISO Bob Turner told EdTech Magazine that ransomware is high on his monitoring and response list and suggests campuses adapt to better respond, explaining that “in order to deal with risk, you have to deal with the pace of technology, along with the pace of the threats that are coming at your organization,” he said.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/campus-network-security-officials-step-up-fight-against-cyberattacks/522922/

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It’s time to break silos, look at education as a continuum, leaders say

Thu, 2018-05-17 17:05

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
A recent Gallup poll revealed that only about one in four adults believe that students who graduate from high school this year are prepared for college or a career, and Lone Star Community College Chancellor Stephen Head agrees. “I really don’t care what your background is, most students are not prepared for college — they’re just not,” Head said to a crowd assembled last month in Washington, D.C. for a Communities In Schools event. “Grades are one thing, but emotionally, they’re just not ready. They need the background of social help behind the scenes … They don’t even know what they don’t know.” “They need job skills,” he added. “We help them with that, but they need to know how to show up on time, how to handle conflict resolution, how to [succeed].”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/its-time-to-break-silos-look-at-education-as-a-continuum-leaders-say/522869/

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Coursera Could Be a Multi-Billion-Dollar-a-Year Company

Thu, 2018-05-17 17:03

by Cheddar.com

The online education platform offers its 31 million users thousands of courses from established universities for a fraction of the price of on-campus classes. Coursera wants to expand further and bring “the highest quality education” to even more people, says its new CEO Jeff Maggioncalda.

https://cheddar.com/videos/coursera-could-be-a-multi-billion-dollar-a-year-company-2

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Free Digital Badge Toolkit Helps Students Show Off Their 21st Century Skills

Wed, 2018-05-16 17:26

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

A nonprofit that tests out new models of education and credentials has launched a free digital badge toolkit. The goal: to help schools outfit students with the skills employers are seeking. Education Design Lab’s 21st century skills badge program covers eight microcredentials as well as facilitation tools. The badges are intended to be used on students’ LinkedIn accounts, resumes and e-portfolios. In return, schools that use the badges agree to adhere to the specific language in their definitions, use a “360 assessment” at the beginning of the badge-earning process and share metrics and what they’ve learned in the process.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/05/01/free-digital-badge-toolkit-helps-students-show-off-their-21st-century-skills.aspx

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Why One Professor Prefers Electronic Ink Over Fancy Tablets

Wed, 2018-05-16 17:19

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

A professor of electrical engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University uses Sony’s Digital Paper device for e-textbooks, lecture notes, grading and more. There is no app store where people can acquire new uses for it. The interface is dim. And the stylus has to be recharged just like the device itself. Yet, at least one instructor wouldn’t give up his Sony Digital Paper, even for the most tricked-out iPad Pro or Microsoft Surface. But then Akhan Almagambetov isn’t like most people. This assistant professor in electrical engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus disavows PowerPoints, has been known to rip up textbooks and is highly protective of his eyes.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/18/why-one-professor-prefers-electronic-ink-over-fancy-tablets.aspx

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7 Roles for Artificial Intelligence in Education

Wed, 2018-05-16 17:13

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Artificial Intelligence is no longer just contained in science fiction films. It is a part of our everyday lives and in our classrooms. As we use tools like Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, we are just beginning to see the possibilities of AI in education. And, we should expect to see more. The Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector 2017-2021 report suggests that experts expect AI in education to grow by “47.50% during the period 2017-2021.” With the expected growth of AI in education, here is a glimpse into some of the roles it will play in the classroom.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-roles-for-artificial-intelligence-in-education/

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Student to graduate from both high school, LCC this year

Wed, 2018-05-16 17:07

By Colleen Williamson, Parsons Sun
Skylar Burzinski, though she took honors courses since her freshman year and achieved straight A’s throughout high school, will not be honored as a salutatorian or valedictorian, as she was unable to complete one of the Kansas Regents Curriculum courses required for the honor. While it would have been nice, there simply wasn’t enough time in Burzinski’s busy schedule working toward a greater reward — graduating with her high school diploma and graduating from Labette Community College with her associate degree in general studies, only days apart, giving her parents Jody and Thad Burzinski two commencements to attend back to back. Her junior year, Burzinski began “seriously” taking college classes, though receiving her degree by the time she graduated high school was not forefront in her mind at that time.

http://www.parsonssun.com/news/article_892baa64-5002-11e8-88ba-47d1e1808464.html

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10 free online courses to shape the future of the education

Wed, 2018-05-16 17:04

by Christian Guijosa , Observatory of Education/Innovation

Experts describe a future educational ecosystem in which students have new technological devices; classes happen in virtual and augmented reality classrooms; there are increased distance learning interactions; educational programs teach soft skills; among other characteristics still unexplored. On the other hand, automation and AI are expected to create new jobs that would demand specialized skills. How to face the educational challenge imposed by this rapid technological evolution? Teachers need to adapt and prepare continuously to achieve the success of the new educational programs. For this reason, we share ten free courses of educational tools so that you add skills and competencies to your professional career and begin to shape the future of education.

http://observatory.itesm.mx/edu-news/10-free-online-courses-to-shape-the-future-of-the-education

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Congress must establish clear, equitable internet rules now

Wed, 2018-05-16 17:03

 

by Robert Hahn, Brookings

First, let’s make all firms in the internet space adhere to a single clear, common set of privacy principles. Right now, internet privacy is a grab bag. Many users were surprised to learn that they can actually control some of what Facebook shares, but its not intuitive, transparent or for many, easy. Think, for example, about how many times you tap the “I agree” button on your smartphone to download an app without having the slightest notion of what you’ve agreed to. Furthermore, the information that Facebook collects is different than what Google or LinkedIn collects, or what your internet service provider may ask for.

Congress must establish clear, equitable internet rules now

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Are Etextbooks Affordable Now? In a bid to gain market share, publishers have slashed the cost of digital textbooks

Tue, 2018-05-15 17:25

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

New print textbooks can still cost students hundreds of dollars, but the cost of etextbooks is falling fast, according to data from etextbook distribution platforms VitalSource and RedShelf — both of which work with all major publishers. Since 2016, the average price of etextbooks on VitalSource has fallen by 31 percent, from $56.36 in 2016 to $38.65 in 2018. Some areas, such as mathematics, have seen more drastic change, said VitalSource. In 2016, the average math etextbook cost $79. Now it’s $39 — a decrease of almost 50 percent. RedShelf confirmed a similar price drop. In 2015, the average etextbook cost $53.11, the company said. Now it’s $39.24.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/05/01/publishers-race-reduce-costs-digital-textbooks

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MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?

Tue, 2018-05-15 17:25

By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

Coursera has already released updates to its terms of service addressing GDPR requirements. And when asked if the company plans to review instructor data-collection practices, the spokesperson said Coursera is “working closely with university partners to mutually take measures required for GDPR compliance.” The GDPR will go into effect on May 25, and failure to comply could result in fines of 20 million euros or 4 percent of the entity’s global annual revenue, depending on what is greater. But there’s a caveat: “Each supervisor authority that enforces this will determine what [consequence] should be applied,” explains Johnson. “A lot of provisions are open to interpretation.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-03-moocs-are-global-so-where-do-they-stand-with-new-european-privacy-laws

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Do digital tools improve reading outcomes?

Tue, 2018-05-15 17:16

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With the recent advancement of technology, it changes the tools children use to learn. When it comes to reading, there are many different apps and programs that can be used to keep children engaged and help them practice reading skills. Technology used as a tool for reading instruction can supplement the skills being taught, engage students more, and allows them to take charge of their own learning. To understand how technology can be helpful to children learning to read, it must be understood that there are different types of learners and various factors that affect learning. Some of these factors are the environment in which they have learned and continue to read, socio-economic family status, and whether or not there are learning disabilities involved. Technology may be of benefit to support these types of learners, especially.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/do-digital-tools-improve-reading-outcomes/

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Education Dept. dismantles team focused on fraud at for-profit colleges: report

Tue, 2018-05-15 17:12

by Brett Samuels, the Hill

The Education Department has in recent months largely dismantled a team charged with investigating abuses by for-profit colleges, The New York Times reported Sunday. The investigative team was created in 2016 to look into widespread fraud claims against for-profit colleges. Roughly a dozen investigators and lawyers were later added to the unit. The Times reported that the team now consists of three employees, who focus mainly on student loan forgiveness applications. The investigations into for-profit colleges have largely come to a stop, according to the report.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/387507-education-department-dismantles-team-focused-on-fraud-at-for-profit

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