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3 reasons why post-secondary online learning is absolutely crushing it #elearning

Wed, 2017-08-09 17:04

by eLearning Inside

Enrollment numbers at the university where I attended graduate school indicate a dramatic shift from classroom attendees to distance learners. So much, in fact, that the university recently made their biggest ever cut to staff and faculty positions. The reason was a downturn in student enrollment. The only area in the university still growing? Online learning. The same story is happening everywhere. So why has eLearning suddenly established so much traction at colleges and universities? Here’s some insight.

https://news.elearninginside.com/3-reasons-why-post-secondary-online-learning-is-absolutely-crushing-it/

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Number of minorities, women taking CS is skyrocketing thanks to STEM collaborations

Wed, 2017-08-09 17:03

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Following implementation of a new type of computer science option last fall — AP Computer Science Principles, which puts real-world perspectives on coding — data from 2016 to 2017 shows the number of minorities taking a computer science exam in some form nearly tripled to 22,199, up from 8,283, while the number of girls taking it rose from 12,642 to 29,708.  AP CSP was born out of a collaboration between the National Science Foundation, College Board and Code.org, along with other authorized providers, who are rolling out the course and training teachers to facilitate it, reports NPR — and over half of the schools teaching the course are using curriculum from Code.org, which trained 500 teachers last year.  Though there has been progress, NPR notes that only one in five taking the AP Computer Science exam were minorities, while only one in four were women — but the results show collaboration can have positive outcomes, a reality that should be top of mind for educators across the K-12 and higher education spectrum trying to build the school-to-workforce STEM pipeline.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/number-of-minorities-women-taking-cs-is-skyrocketing-thanks-to-stem-collab/448292/

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Online Courses as Good as In-Person Classes

Tue, 2017-08-08 17:25

by Fred Lokken, Inside Higher Ed

Transitioning to the virtual learning environment has fostered improved faculty training, student preparation and student analytics. Community colleges have crafted a virtual learning environment that is structured, positive and successful. As someone who has taught online classes since 1999 and managed the online program administration at my campus for 16 years, I am personally aware of the progress we have made, the quality of instruction we do achieve, the access door we have opened wider and the difference we have made in the lives of our students. Traditional and nontraditional students alike have demonstrated a remarkable success in online degree programs. An employer can be confident that graduates of an online program have the same knowledge, skills and abilities as a student in a traditional residential program.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2017/08/02/online-courses-good-person-classes

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Creators of Second Life Open Sansar Social VR Platform to the Public

Tue, 2017-08-08 17:25

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The San Francisco-based company behind the social virtual reality (VR) platform Second Life has launched a creator beta for Sansar. According to the announcement from Linden Lab, “Sansar empowers individuals, communities, schools, studios, corporations, brands and others to easily create, share and ultimately sell immersive 3D social experiences for consumers to enjoy on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows PCs.” All creators can now use Sansar’s platform to start creating VR content. “Sansar democratizes social VR,” said Ebbe Altberg, Linden Lab CEO, in the statement. “Until now, complexity and cost has limited who could create and publish in this medium, and Sansar dramatically changes that. It’s been inspiring to see the thousands of virtual creations that have already published with Sansar during our limited preview, and I’m looking forward to the explosion of creativity we’ll see now that we’ve opened the doors in beta.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/01/creators-of-second-life-open-sansar-social-vr-platform-to-the-public.aspx

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6 online cybersecurity courses to help you upskill

Tue, 2017-08-08 17:20

by Jenny Darmody, Silicon Republic

While the tech sector is constantly fighting against the skills shortage and looking for the best talent, few areas struggle to fill its vacancies as much as cybersecurity. And for those in tech looking to upskill, gaining a certification in infosec seems like an obvious choice, given the fruitful job market. But, if you already have full-time work, it can be hard to find the time to upskill with a course that requires you to turn up to physical lectures, especially if they’re nowhere near where you work or live. That’s where online courses come in. While there are countless options that can be helpful for various budgets and skill levels, we’ve rounded up six to help get you started.

https://www.siliconrepublic.com/advice/online-cybersecurity-courses-upskill

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Report: Most Millennials Learn More from Technology than from People #elearning

Tue, 2017-08-08 17:08

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

The majority of millennials ages 18-34 (69 percent) say they learn more information from technology than from people, according to a new report from nonprofit leadership training organization Growing Leaders. In comparison, just 50 percent of surveyed adults ages 45 and up said the same. The online survey of 2,264 American adults ages 18 and older, conducted by Harris Poll, focused on technology’s role in learning as well as different generations’ preparation for adult life. The survey also identified a gender divide when it comes to technology and learning. Thirty-three percent of millennial males “strongly agreed” that they learn more from technology than from people, while 19 percent of millennial females said the same.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/02/report-most-millennials-learn-more-from-technology-than-from-people.aspx

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What schools of business must do: Transform students into conscious leaders

Tue, 2017-08-08 17:05

by John Marques, Education Dive

Higher education, and certainly business education, has indeed established a strong focus on the “intelligence” part of the equation.  Unfortunately, the “character” component has too often been honored in the breach. So, as the dean of a business school, I have something of a hidden agenda. Without sounding grandiose, my vision is to transform current students into future leaders who possess a socially-conscious approach to doing business. I see a pedagogy that blends consciousness, spirituality and sustainability and thereby elevates business conduct within our system to a whole new level.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/what-schools-of-business-must-do-transform-students-into-conscious-leader/448246/

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In 2 years, ransomware raked in an estimated $25M #elearning

Tue, 2017-08-08 17:03

by Roger Riddell, Education Dive

Estimates released by researchers from New York University, the University of California San Diego, Google and blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis peg the cost of ransomware over the past two years to over $25 million paid by victims. Campus Technology reports that the team’s research looked at 300,000 files from over 30 types of ransomware, tracking the amount paid based on blockchain payments, with UCSD Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. candidate Danny Yuxing Huang tracking the transfer of bitcoins from victims to ransomware operators to coin exchanges. The researchers say ransomware became a multi-million-dollar industry last year, with the lesser-known Locky being the first ransomware to bring in over $1 million in a month.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/in-2-years-ransomware-raked-in-an-estimated-25m/448480/

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Drexel University Online: Try Before You Buy

Mon, 2017-08-07 17:25

by Jennifer Goodman, Inside Higher Ed

Melanie Finn, elementary school teacher in East Granby, Conn., enrolled in a program at Drexel University, her grandfather’s alma mater, that allowed her to participate in a week of free training and demo programs to experience the ins and outs of virtual learning. In March, she took part in the one-week Drexel University Online Test Drive course, which allowed her to interact with professors, grad students and alumni. She completed a virtual scavenger hunt, uploaded a paper and got mock feedback on her work. The test drive helped her realize she would be comfortable learning in an online setting, and she enrolled in a 10-week online educational policy class at Drexel just a few weeks later. “It was a really good way for me to see if an online learning program would be something I could manage,” she said. Finn’s experience is similar to that of many of Drexel’s online students who participate in the test drive and end up enrolling, according to Susan Aldridge, president of Drexel University Online, which has an enrollment of 7,300.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/08/02/drexels-test-drive-allows-students-try-out-online-learning

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The New Wave in Digital Humanities

Mon, 2017-08-07 17:20

By Will Fenton, Inside Higher Ed

The digital humanities have supported a remarkable diversity of teaching, scholarship and service pursued by a diverse group of leaders who are shaping the field’s values and priorities. Inside Digital Learning here showcases the contributions of five rising stars of the digital humanities: Alex Gil, Lauren Klein, Marisa Parham, Miriam Posner and Jacqueline Wernimont. While no selection can represent the full scope of a field, these scholars represent the emergent and promising work within digital humanities. “These scholars demonstrate again and again the promise of digital technologies for exploring the most crucial, critical questions in the humanities,” said Kathleen Fitzpatrick, who until recently was associate executive director and director of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association. These five rising stars work in alternative-academic and traditional tenure-track positions at public research, liberal arts and Ivy League institutions.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/08/02/rising-stars-digital-humanities

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Expert: U.S. Higher Ed a Key Resource for Global Outreach

Mon, 2017-08-07 17:15

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Education

American colleges and universities are an “essential part of our nation’s diplomatic outreach” and critical to building the cross-cultural relationships necessary to solve the world’s most pressing problems, a U.S. State Department official said at an international education forum Tuesday. “The citizens of just one nation alone will never overcome our global challenges,” Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the State Department, told attendees at the forum. Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., is U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the State Department. Economic opportunity, good governance, energy security and global security can only be advanced by committed individuals, institutions and nations working together to find solutions,” Shannon said. “It’s all about partnerships.” Shannon made his remarks on the second day of the eighth annual forum of EducationUSA, a State Department network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries.

http://diverseeducation.com/article/99678/

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Carnegie Mellon Engineering Prof Teaches Materials Science with Minecraft #elearning

Mon, 2017-08-07 17:10

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

An assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University(CMU) is using Minecraft to teach her students about the properties of building materials. B. Reeja Jayan is using the game in her special topics course, “Materials and Their Processing for Mechanical Engineers,” by asking students to build games and rooms on the classroom server for their final projects. Jayan said it’s the first time the world-building game has been fully integrated with an engineering course at the university level. Minecraft allows players to explore and interact with a virtual world and build structures within it.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/02/carnegie-mellon-engineering-prof-teaches-materials-science-with-minecraft.aspx

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6 online cybersecurity courses to help you upskill #elearning

Mon, 2017-08-07 17:05

by Jenny Darmody, Silicon Republic

While the tech sector is constantly fighting against the skills shortage and looking for the best talent, few areas struggle to fill its vacancies as much as cybersecurity. And for those in tech looking to upskill, gaining a certification in infosec seems like an obvious choice, given the fruitful job market. But, if you already have full-time work, it can be hard to find the time to upskill with a course that requires you to turn up to physical lectures, especially if they’re nowhere near where you work or live. That’s where online courses come in. While there are countless options that can be helpful for various budgets and skill levels, we’ve rounded up six to help get you started.

https://www.siliconrepublic.com/advice/online-cybersecurity-courses-upskill

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E-Learning for All #elearning

Mon, 2017-08-07 17:02

by Kevin Gumienny, ATD

Time- and cost-effective ways to make e-learning usable for learners with and without disabilities… There’s recently been renewed attention to the need to make e-learning “accessible.” That is, the need to make e-learning as usable by those who have disabilities as it is by those without. So what’s the best way to ensure that your e-learning is accessible? And, given that anything that adds to course creation time also adds cost, how can it be done in a cost-effective manner? The most effective and efficient way to make e-learning accessible is to incorporate accessibility into your overall course development process from the beginning.

https://www.td.org/Publications/Magazines/TD/TD-Archive/2017/08/Elearning-for-All

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Could Georgia Tech Use Online to Shave Time Off Bachelor’s Degrees? #elearning

Mon, 2017-08-07 03:45

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Georgia Institute of Technology’s online, MOOC-inspired master’s degree in computer science has many educators watching closely. This spring, the university tried a similar approach for undergraduates and found it so successful that it’s continuing along a path to shave off up to a year and a half of in-person instruction for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/08/07/georgia-tech-plans-extension-undergraduate-online-computer

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8 Ways You Can Succeed In A Machine Learning Career

Sun, 2017-08-06 17:24

by Laurence Bradford, Forbes

Machine learning is exploding, with smart algorithms being used everywhere from email to smartphone apps to marketing campaigns. Translation: if you’re looking for an in-demand career, setting yourself up with the skills to work with smart machines/artificial intelligence is a good move. With input from Florian Douetteau, CEO of Dataiku, here are some things you can start doing today to position yourself for a future career in machine learning.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurencebradford/2017/07/28/8-ways-you-can-succeed-in-a-machine-learning-career/

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Textbooks in the Digital World

Sun, 2017-08-06 17:20

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate

For decades, textbooks were seen as the foundation for instruction in American schools. These discipline-specific tomes were a fundamental part of the educational infrastructure, assigned to students for each subject and carried in heavy backpacks every day – from home to school and back again. The experience of students is much different today. As a scholar of learning technologies and a director for outreach and engagement at Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology, we’ve seen how technological advances and an increase in digital curriculum materials have hastened the move away from textbooks. Does all of this technology spell the end of traditional textbooks? And if so, is that actually a good thing for students and teachers?

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/textbooks-digital-world/

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Is it time for a QR code comeback?

Sun, 2017-08-06 17:14

by Rebecca Sentance, ZD Net

Remember QR codes? Those blocky, black-and-white graphics that take you to a URL when scanned with your phone were everywhere from about 2011 to 2013. Brands splashed them across posters, put them in shop windows and integrated them into creative advertising. But despite the ostensible usefulness of QR codes in linking the offline and online worlds, QR codes have since mostly died out, due to a combination of poor implementation, subpar technology, and a lack of native support for QR codes in smartphones. In the meantime, QR codes have taken off in China in a way they never achieved in the west, where they’re used for everything from payments to exchanging personal details, proving that it’s possible to make a success of QR codes when they’re approached with a truly mobile-first mindset.

https://www.clickz.com/is-it-time-for-a-qr-code-comeback/112196/

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Fix the Rankings List #elearning

Sun, 2017-08-06 17:09

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Why should we even talk about the U.S. News & World Report higher education rankings? Everybody hates them. Nobody that I know thinks they’ve done anything good for students, professors or schools. The answer is that I just can’t help myself. Wishing that the U.S. News college rankings would cease to exist will do nothing to mitigate their pernicious influence on our industry. We need to engage with this thing head-on. Still, I’m going to try to pick my battles. Rather than simply adding one more voice to the chorus of criticism about the validity of the overall U.S. News rankings, I’m going to focus on just one of the lists that that they publish. This is the Best Undergraduate Teaching rankings, which U.S. News publishes for both national universities and national liberal arts colleges. Josh Kim provides an alternative input-based methodology for the U.S. News & World Report best undergraduate teaching ranking.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/how-fix-‘us-news’-best-undergraduate-teaching-survey

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Drexel University Online: Try Before You Buy #elearning

Sun, 2017-08-06 17:06

By Jennifer Goodman, Inside Higher Ed

Melanie Finn, elementary school teacher in East Granby, Conn., enrolled in a program at Drexel University, her grandfather’s alma mater, that allowed her to participate in a week of free training and demo programs to experience the ins and outs of virtual learning. In March, she took part in the one-week Drexel University Online Test Drive course, which allowed her to interact with professors, grad students and alumni. She completed a virtual scavenger hunt, uploaded a paper and got mock feedback on her work. The test drive helped her realize she would be comfortable learning in an online setting, and she enrolled in a 10-week online educational policy class at Drexel just a few weeks later. “It was a really good way for me to see if an online learning program would be something I could manage,” she said. Finn’s experience is similar to that of many of Drexel’s online students who participate in the test drive and end up enrolling, according to Susan Aldridge, president of Drexel University Online, which has an enrollment of 7,300.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/08/02/drexels-test-drive-allows-students-try-out-online-learning

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