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Why Higher Ed Should Do More with Blockchain Tech

Thu, 2018-08-16 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When Oral Roberts University hosted the one-day event, “Blockchain Essentials in Education,” all attendees received a blockchain-based certificate from the Tulsa university verifying their participation. As CIO Michael Mathews, the event’s organizer, explained, blockchain will be as important to transforming education as the internet was. He said he believes those colleges and universities that jump on the secure public ledger concept early enough and begin testing it out will be the ones who could see the biggest benefits. Mathews believes blockchain will have the “biggest payback” within an organization’s processes where trust is essential as part of a “value chain”: student application processing, transcript evaluations, articulation agreements. Blockchain “templates” that run in the cloud could replace “entire cumbersome processes” — akin, he added, to when Microsoft Word templates were first introduced and people figured out how they could optimize word processing and mail merge.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/09/why-higher-ed-should-do-more-with-blockchain-tech.aspx

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Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Online for Less Than $10,000

Thu, 2018-08-16 17:15

By Institute Communications at Georgia Tech
The Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a new online cybersecurity master’s degree that will be offered for less than $10,000 and delivered in collaboration with edX. The Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity (OMS Cybersecurity) is designed to address a severe global workforce shortage in the field. According to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, the shortage is expected to reach 1.8 million people by 2022.

https://www.news.gatech.edu/2018/08/08/georgia-tech-creates-cybersecurity-masters-degree-online-less-10000

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Panicked universities in search of students are adding thousands of new majors

Thu, 2018-08-16 17:09

by Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

Administrators at universities and colleges across the country have been spending the summer in the same level of suspense as they invest scarce resources in large numbers of new programs they hope will bolster sagging enrollment. Largely unnoticed federal figures show that, even as their finances have become more and more strained and their student populations have declined, public and private higher education institutions have added 41,446 degree or certificate programs since 2012. That’s a 21 percent increase in the number that existed when the dramatic slide in enrollment began.

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Report: Only 5.6% of two-year college students transferred to four-year institutions WITH an associates or other degree/certificate

Thu, 2018-08-16 17:05

by Halona Black, Education Dive
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Transfer and Mobility study for 2018 reports that only 5.6% of the fall 2011 cohort of students attending two-year institutions in the U.S. transferred to four-year institutions after receiving either a certificate or an associate degree from their starting institutions. The vast majority of students transferred without a degree. Of those students who transferred, slightly more than half (50.5%) started at a two-year institution and transitioned to a four-year institution. Asian and white students at two-year institutions were more likely to transfer to a four-year institution (49.8% and 50.4%, respectively) than black and Hispanic students (33.2% and 39.5%, respectively).

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-only-56-of-two-year-college-students-transferred-to-four-year-ins/529845/

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What if A.I. is coming for jobs faster than we thought?

Thu, 2018-08-16 17:02

by ALEX SALKEVER, the Big Think

The general consensus on whether robots will take jobs wholesale remains mixed but is trending towards resignation. The optimists believe that, as with the Industrial Revolution and the Agricultural Revolution, the technological improvements that will come from the dawning era of artificial intelligence and its offshoot in modern robotics will create more new jobs than they destroy.  But until now, those conversations have held that the robots and AI will replace human jobs at some point in the future.  What if, in fact, the robots and AI have already started coming for jobs and this is happening not due to simple automation but because these systems are rapidly attaining capabilities and skills once presumed to be defensible by humans?  In fact, the pool of things that “AI Can’t Do” appears to be steadily shrinking.

https://bigthink.com/alex-salkever/what-if-ai-is-coming-for-jobs-faster-than-we-thought

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Emerging Trend Of Using Mobiles At Workplace – Delivering Smart And Just Enough Learning

Wed, 2018-08-15 17:25

By Anubha Goel, G-Cube Blog

In today’s digital scenario, Learning & Development departments have adopted an increasing number of methods to support effective workplace learning. Training has become training & development, which is a blend of formal instruction and workforce development. Smartphones and tablets provide L&D with the flexibility to reach the globally diversified audience, with a key focus on an individual’s performances. The use of personalized mobile devices, aids the modern learners to access information when they need it, no matter where they are. Realization of the real potential of mobiles is shifting the focus of a majority of industry leaders towards a mobile-first strategy.

https://www.gc-solutions.net/blog/emerging-trend-of-using-mobiles-at-workplace-delivering-smart-and-just-enough-learning/

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Defining ‘Regular and Substantive’ Interaction in the Online Era

Wed, 2018-08-15 17:20

by Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed

Diane Auer Jones, the administration’s top higher education official, said in an interview last month with Inside Higher Ed that the U.S. Department of Education is considering eliminating not just the standard credit-hour definition of academic course work — it may also overhaul “regular and substantive” requirements. Online education proponents and a few others call it an anachronistic impediment to innovation in an era where one-third of students study at least partially online, but others aren’t so sure. “It is an ancient rule by Title IV standards, but also it is a rule that reflects its time — and that time has passed,” said Dan Madzelan, associate vice president at the American Council on Education who previously served for years as a career official at the Education Department.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/08/08/new-debate-regular-and-substantive-interaction-between

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What will AI and robotics mean for higher education?

Wed, 2018-08-15 17:15

BY DIANA G. OBLINGER, eCampus News

AI and robotics, as areas of study, are catalyzing the creation of new majors, minors, and certificate programs in our colleges and universities. Beyond the study of AI or robotics are the complexities of how our work as professionals changes alongside increasingly capable machines. As our roles change, educational needs will change. The real challenge for higher education is to look beyond the delivery of higher education to how AI, big data, analytics, robotics, and wide-scale collaboration might impact the substance of education. What students learn, what college credentials signify, and how we keep abreast of changes may all shift.

What will AI and robotics mean for higher education?

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Why Higher Ed Should Do More with Blockchain Tech

Wed, 2018-08-15 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When Oral Roberts University hosted the one-day event, “Blockchain Essentials in Education,” all attendees received a blockchain-based certificate from the Tulsa university verifying their participation. As CIO Michael Mathews, the event’s organizer, explained, blockchain will be as important to transforming education as the internet was. He said he believes those colleges and universities that jump on the secure public ledger concept early enough and begin testing it out will be the ones who could see the biggest benefits. Mathews believes blockchain will have the “biggest payback” within an organization’s processes where trust is essential as part of a “value chain”: student application processing, transcript evaluations, articulation agreements. Blockchain “templates” that run in the cloud could replace “entire cumbersome processes” — akin, he added, to when Microsoft Word templates were first introduced and people figured out how they could optimize word processing and mail merge.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/09/why-higher-ed-should-do-more-with-blockchain-tech.aspx

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Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Online for Less Than $10,000

Wed, 2018-08-15 17:06

By Institute Communications at Georgia Tech
The Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a new online cybersecurity master’s degree that will be offered for less than $10,000 and delivered in collaboration with edX. The Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity (OMS Cybersecurity) is designed to address a severe global workforce shortage in the field. According to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, the shortage is expected to reach 1.8 million people by 2022.

https://www.news.gatech.edu/2018/08/08/georgia-tech-creates-cybersecurity-masters-degree-online-less-10000

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New approaches needed to prepare students for unknown careers

Wed, 2018-08-15 17:03

By Amelia Harper, Education Dive

The workplace is “on the cusp of a major evolution, eSchool News reports, and educators need to prepare students for a future in which 85% of the jobs have not been invented yet and many jobs will require increased digital skills and the ability to work with machines as an integrated team. The changing workplace will also allow lesser-skilled workers to accomplish tasks with the aid of machines and AI and could allow workers to focus on more creative and critical thinking efforts when freed from mundane tasks. In order to prepare students for this future, teachers will need to become “collaborative mentors” who encourage the development of creativity and critical thinking skills through the use of project-based learning and the increased use of performance-based assessments that focus on individual mastery of skills.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/new-approaches-needed-to-prepare-students-for-unknown-careers/529604/

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Career-ready diploma seals show students are ‘ready for life’

Tue, 2018-08-14 17:25

by Joshua Silavent, Gainsville Times

With enrollment growing in work-study programs and other curriculum designed to prepare high school students for life beyond the classroom, the Georgia Department of Education has unveiled a series of gold seals to be stamped on the diplomas of graduates who are considered “career-ready.” “We think this is a very positive step for a lot of our students,” said Kevin Bales, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for the Hall County School District. “Absolutely, our schools will be involved.”

https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/career-ready-diploma-seals-show-students-are-ready-for-life/

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Building Tomorrow’s Talent: Collaboration Can Close Emerging Skills Gap

Tue, 2018-08-14 17:20

by Bloomberg
Business and academia in the U.S. have traditionally been able to equip new workforce recruits with the hard skills they need to perform at a high level in the workplace. But with the regular flow of new technologies and business models into the market, today’s employees must navigate all this change with a varied skill set. This means soft skills such as adaptability and complex problem-solving are more important than ever for recent college grads, mid-career professionals, and seasoned executives. Employer needs are continually shifting in response to changes in industry and the marketplace, so workers also need to keep refreshing both their hard and soft skills.

https://www.bna.com/uploadedFiles/BNA_V2/Micro_Sites/2018/Future_of_Work/Workday%20Bloomberg%20Build-Tomorrow-Talent_FINAL.pdf

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Colleges and Universities Woo Once-Overlooked Transfer Students

Tue, 2018-08-14 17:14

by Allna Tugend, NY Times

Transfer students — whose challenges have often been ignored in higher education — are feeling a surge in popularity as colleges and universities are increasingly wooing them. “This was a group that was always taken for granted,” said Todd Rinehart, vice chancellor for enrollment at the University of Denver. But last month, the University of California system announced that it has accepted more transfer students than ever before. And in a move that is perhaps more symbolic than substantive, Princeton University has, for its 2018 class, accepted 13 transfer students, the first such students it has enrolled since 1990.

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EdX Lists 13 Upcoming Online Masters Degree Program

Tue, 2018-08-14 17:10

by Class Central

A frequent commenter on Class Central’s MOOC Report alerted us to a new page that edX added to their websiBeyond this list of names, not much information is available. The pages for these individual degrees consists of no details and a signup form to learn more. The ‘Masters’ page on edX lists thirteen upcoming master’s degree programs and one Online Master of Science in Analytics Degree from Georgia Tech.

EdX Lists 13 Upcoming Online Masters Degree Program

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Defining ‘Regular and Substantive’ Interaction in the Online Era

Tue, 2018-08-14 17:05

by Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed

Diane Auer Jones, the administration’s top higher education official, said in an interview last month with Inside Higher Ed that the U.S. Department of Education is considering eliminating not just the standard credit-hour definition of academic course work — it may also overhaul “regular and substantive” requirements. Online education proponents and a few others call it an anachronistic impediment to innovation in an era where one-third of students study at least partially online, but others aren’t so sure. “It is an ancient rule by Title IV standards, but also it is a rule that reflects its time — and that time has passed,” said Dan Madzelan, associate vice president at the American Council on Education who previously served for years as a career official at the Education Department.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/08/08/new-debate-regular-and-substantive-interaction-between

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What will AI and robotics mean for higher education?

Tue, 2018-08-14 17:02

BY DIANA G. OBLINGER, eCampus News

AI and robotics, as areas of study, are catalyzing the creation of new majors, minors, and certificate programs in our colleges and universities. Beyond the study of AI or robotics are the complexities of how our work as professionals changes alongside increasingly capable machines. As our roles change, educational needs will change. The real challenge for higher education is to look beyond the delivery of higher education to how AI, big data, analytics, robotics, and wide-scale collaboration might impact the substance of education. What students learn, what college credentials signify, and how we keep abreast of changes may all shift.

What will AI and robotics mean for higher education?

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LMS market after Blackboard-Moodle breakup

Mon, 2018-08-13 17:25

By James Paterson, Education Dive
Two of the leading learning management system companies are cutting ties after a six-year partnership — a split that Inside Higher Education reported was likely “messy.” U.S.-based Blackboard and Australia’s Moodle separately announced the end to the partnership, which will mean that Blackboard won’t use the Moodle name in the future, but its Moodlerooms product will be maintained. Inside Higher Education reported it was a “bold move” for Moodle to strike out on its own, although Blackboard reported it had taken the action. It said it refused to renew Moodle’s contract, in part because Moodle was prioritizing separate partnerships that allowed clients to self-host rather than work with Blackboard’s Moodlerooms. Moodle CEO Martin Dougiamas said the partnership had been “awkward” and “uncomfortable” from the start.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/lms-market-after-blackboard-moodle-breakup/529147/

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New partnership offers colleges soft skills credentials for their students

Mon, 2018-08-13 17:20

By James Paterson, Education Dive
Two much-talked about concepts in higher education are coming together in an agreement that joins a organization offering assessments for “21st century skills” with an ed-tech firm that specializes in credentials. Education Design Lab, a nonprofit that uses design-thinking concepts to assess the soft skills that some employers say college graduates are missing, reported it is partnering with the Credly, which provides a platform for workforce skills credentials. Credly says its working with 12,000 institutions. George Mason University in Virginia is one of the institutions that worked with Education Design Lab to develop a blended program to teach students soft skills. The nonprofit piloted the program with a number of institutions to test their methods of assessing, recognizing and badging these abilities.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/new-partnership-offers-colleges-soft-skills-credentials-for-their-students/529188/

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11 Key Attributes of Successful Teachers in the Digital Age

Mon, 2018-08-13 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

If you have been studying the field of education closely, as we have, you know that it is undergoing a metamorphosis. Students no longer respond to the teacher-centered pedagogy that our forefathers did. No, today’s students are immersed in a technologically advanced world and possess attention spans that last only a few seconds. Because of this, today’s teacher needs to add a new skill set to their repertoire to be successful. In this article, we will discuss the 11 key attributes that successful digital age teachers possess.

11 Key Attributes of Successful Teachers in the Digital Age

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