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3 Costs Online Education Saves Students

Mon, 2017-06-19 17:06

By Darwin Green, US News

When I went back to college as a bill-paying, responsible and supportive member of a family, I became aware of financial considerations I hadn’t paid much attention to as a teenager. I knew enrolling in an online bachelor’s program would require me to pay different fees than a traditional college would, but I couldn’t attend school on a physical campus given my status as a stay-at-home father. When comparing the costs of my different options, I realized I could avoid unnecessary costs by applying to an online college. Here are some costs that traditional students often must pay but that can be avoided by pursuing an online degree. Pursuing a degree online eliminates room and board fees and money spent commuting to campus.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-06-02/3-costs-online-education-saves-students

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What next for blockchain?

Mon, 2017-06-19 17:03

by McKinsey&Company

Blockchain technology is a distributed ledger. It allows for the permanent and immutable transparent recording of data, essentially, and transactions specifically. That can be used to exchange any number of things that have value, whether that’s an actual item [or something else]. It could be tea leaves making their way to the final tea maker. Or it could be me sending you a payment person to person without the need for intermediaries. I think of Bitcoin as being the entry point to a digital future where everything of value can and likely will be exchanged in digital format. Central banks will look to the Bitcoin experience to build central-bank-backed digital assets.

http://www.mckinsey.com/industries/high-tech/our-insights/what-next-for-blockchain

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Does your campus have a strong video culture? Here’s why it should

Sun, 2017-06-18 17:25

BY ROB LIPPS, eCampus News

A recent study from Wainhouse Research revealed the ability to capture lectures as video for student access is a key success factor in increased retention and graduation. From lecture capture to flipped classrooms to streaming education, video technology is a key driver of advancements in higher education. But what drives the successful use of video on campus? How do you facilitate a campus-wide shift to leveraging video strategically? More importantly, how do you instill a strong video culture on your campus?

http://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/campus-strong-video-culture-heres/

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5 ways to use predictive analytics in an ethical manner

Sun, 2017-06-18 17:20

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Institutions are increasingly turning to predictive analytics to help determine if students will enroll, and if so, whether or not they’ll need support to stay on track for graduation. But this data use begs the question–are decision-makers using the data ethically? The pressure to recruit and retain students grows daily in higher education, where institutions strive to ensure students earn diplomas. Predictive analytics–analyzing past student data to predict various things about current and prospective students–can help institutions meed enrollment and financial goals, according to a new policy paper from New America. Because without ethical practices, the use of student data could end up hurting students’ academic progress instead of helping it.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/news/predictive-analytics-ethical/

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How Blockchains Can Transform Colleges in a Networked World

Sun, 2017-06-18 17:14

by Richard DeMillo, Evolllution

With rising third-party costs for colleges and universities as well as students’ “less traditional” educational trajectories (jumping between traditional university coursework, online and employer certifications, and other new alternatives to the “course unit”), it seems that the American system of transcripts is due for a digital overhaul. That’s where blockchains come in. Blockchain technology borrows from the infrastructure that was invented to enable cryptocurrencies like BitCoin™ to function independent of central authorities. What if universities ditched the traditional, musty transcript in favor of a single, secure, global, distributed “registrar” to record all educational achievements? Utilizing blockchain technology, it is now possible to create a decentralized transcript.

http://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/this-will-go-on-your-permanent-record-how-blockchains-can-transform-colleges-in-a-networked-world/

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Facebook is letting Groups create online learning courses – what could possibly go wrong?

Sun, 2017-06-18 17:10

by MATTHEW HUGHES, the Next Web

Facebook, a brand with an untarnished reputation and a pedigree for reliability, is getting into the e-learning game. The social media behemoth is quietly testing a feature that would let anyone running a group to create their own online classes, which would include units and discussions. I have no idea how this could possibly backfire in any way. This move puts Facebook in the same game as more established sites, like Udemy and Udacity. From what I can tell, there are some key features missing from this newest offering. There’s no way to monetize classes, for example. It’ll also be interesting to see how Facebook reconciles its light-touch approach with the moderation challenges inherent with running an e-learning platform.

https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2017/06/01/facebook-letting-groups-create-online-learning-courses-possibly-go-wrong/#.tnw_UJhmHdlq

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Experts Say AI Has a 50% Chance of Beating All Human Intelligence Within 45 Years

Sun, 2017-06-18 17:05

by Karla Lant, Futurism

Researcher Katja Grace at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and a team surveyed 1,634 of the leading artificial intelligence researchers. 352 of the experts responded, and the team then calculated median responses. The experts predicted that within the next decade, AI will outperform humans in tasks like driving trucks (by 2027), translating languages (by 2024), and writing high school essays (by 2026). The consensus was that other tasks such as writing a bestseller (2049) or carrying out surgeries (2053) wouldn’t be quite so imminent. Interestingly, the experts (who answered in 2015) predicted that AI would not surpass humans at Go until 2027 — yet that’s already happened.

https://futurism.com/experts-say-ai-has-a-50-chance-of-beating-all-human-intelligence-within-45-years/

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5 ways to use predictive analytics in an ethical manner

Sun, 2017-06-18 17:02

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Institutions are increasingly turning to predictive analytics to help determine if students will enroll, and if so, whether or not they’ll need support to stay on track for graduation. But this data use begs the question–are decision-makers using the data ethically? The pressure to recruit and retain students grows daily in higher education, where institutions strive to ensure students earn diplomas. Predictive analytics–analyzing past student data to predict various things about current and prospective students–can help institutions meed enrollment and financial goals, according to a new policy paper from New America. Because without ethical practices, the use of student data could end up hurting students’ academic progress instead of helping it.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/news/predictive-analytics-ethical/

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Higher ed stepping in to fill cybersecurity gaps

Sat, 2017-06-17 17:24

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

In recent weeks, a pervasive ransomware attack affected systems throughout the world, causing chaos in National Health System hospitals in Great Britain and continuing to cripple hundreds of thousands of computers. The increase in cyberattacks has led to an increase in demand for qualified cybersecurity employees in government and private industry. Colleges and universities throughout the country are responding by offering degrees, certificates and tutorials in the burgeoning field. Texas A&M University at College Station recently instituted a minor degree program, while other institutions continue to find increased support and interest in cybersecurity degrees.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-stepping-in-to-fill-cybersecurity-gaps/443370/

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10 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

Sat, 2017-06-17 17:19

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

It is no secret that many students are not passionate about math. Students feel disconnected from what is taught in class, unsure of the benefits of math and reluctant to pursue careers in the field. Edtech is trying to change these attitudes by providing them with new ways to engage with numbers. Many companies have developed virtual tools for math, which allow students to learn, practice, and have fun with different math concepts. We will discuss ten of the best on the market.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/edtech-tools/

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The future of school in India is online

Sat, 2017-06-17 17:15

by Maria Thomas May, Quartz

By 2021, the country’s online education industry is expected to be worth $1.96 billion, a huge jump from just $247 million in 2016, according to a new report by Google and KPMG. While re-skilling and online certification courses constitute the biggest category today, particularly popular among IT workers, the report forecasts that it’s primary and secondary supplemental education that will dominate in a few years. That’s because students from smaller towns and cities will benefit from increasing access to the internet. Titled Online Education in India: 2021, the report also forecasts that test preparation courses will be the fastest-growing category as engineering and government service aspirants look to better their chances at entrance exams.

https://qz.com/994196/the-future-of-school-in-india-is-online/

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How Blockchains Can Transform Colleges in a Networked World

Sat, 2017-06-17 17:09

by Richard DeMillo, Evolllution

With rising third-party costs for colleges and universities as well as students’ “less traditional” educational trajectories (jumping between traditional university coursework, online and employer certifications, and other new alternatives to the “course unit”), it seems that the American system of transcripts is due for a digital overhaul. That’s where blockchains come in. Blockchain technology borrows from the infrastructure that was invented to enable cryptocurrencies like BitCoin™ to function independent of central authorities. What if universities ditched the traditional, musty transcript in favor of a single, secure, global, distributed “registrar” to record all educational achievements? Utilizing blockchain technology, it is now possible to create a decentralized transcript.

http://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/this-will-go-on-your-permanent-record-how-blockchains-can-transform-colleges-in-a-networked-world/

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Higher ed stepping in to fill cybersecurity gaps

Sat, 2017-06-17 17:04

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

In recent weeks, a pervasive ransomware attack affected systems throughout the world, causing chaos in National Health System hospitals in Great Britain and continuing to cripple hundreds of thousands of computers. The increase in cyberattacks has led to an increase in demand for qualified cybersecurity employees in government and private industry. Colleges and universities throughout the country are responding by offering degrees, certificates and tutorials in the burgeoning field. Texas A&M University at College Station recently instituted a minor degree program, while other institutions continue to find increased support and interest in cybersecurity degrees.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-stepping-in-to-fill-cybersecurity-gaps/443370/

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Myth vs. Reality: Four Behaviors That Define Successful Leaders

Sat, 2017-06-17 17:03

by Knowledge@Wharton

The data was fascinating. We embarked on the research; we weren’t fishing for any particular hypothesis to prove or disprove it. We applied a multitude of analytical approaches. What we found in terms of what didn’t matter surprised us as much as what we found of what did matter. For example, [we found] that the stereotypical, larger-than-life, charismatic CEO who never makes mistakes and is probably the smartest person in the room and rides in and out on a white horse with a perfect, unblemished record only exists in urban legends. And I’ve since come to realize that the only perfect CEOs I know are the ones whom I don’t know.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/myth-vs-reality-four-behaviors-define-successful-leaders/

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Educators can use digital literacy to combat misleading information

Fri, 2017-06-16 17:26

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

As the speed of information makes it all the more important to contextualize news and weed out misleading information, educators must work to instill strong digital literacy in students by coaching them in ways to identify reputable sources, according to Ed Tech: Focus on Higher Ed. With so much of students’ research and analysis done via internet browsing and searches, educators must also teach students “effective search processes,” including how to properly utilize databases and what types of resources can typically be considered accurate. In addition to properly teaching students how to find and use accurate data, colleges and institutions must ensure that their own facilities are secure. Though institutions are working to respond to cyber attacks and hacking, proper awareness among students and staff may help prevent issues in the first place.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/educators-can-use-digital-literacy-to-combat-misleading-information/443762/

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Continuing education enhances business, brings its own rewards

Fri, 2017-06-16 17:19

by Eva Fedderly, Savannah Morning News

The “abilities” — availability, flexibility and affordability — are luring more business professionals than ever to pursue continuing education. And many are finding it the key to advancement, say educators who have made lifetime learning their business. “Continuing education has been around for well over 100 years,” said Dr. Tracey Wofford, Mercer University’s Director of Admissions for Adult Learning Programs and adjunct faculty member. The classic definition of continuing education, according to Wofford, is when adult learners, who have a college education, seek higher degrees. “That definition is shifting because of online courses. Online extends the accessibility of programs.”

http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2017-05-29/continuing-education-enhances-business-brings-its-own-rewards

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Can you learn a foreign language online?

Fri, 2017-06-16 17:16

by Arlene Harris, Irish Times

There was a time when having a smidgeon of French and self-consciously ordering a verre de vin could elevate someone to a status of fluency within minutes of a holiday abroad. But times have changed – and being able to communicate well in a foreign language is becoming more and more important for both career prospects and self-development. While being proficient in two or more languages has become de rigueur, finding the time to attend classes is another story. It’s one reason why more and more would-be linguists are flocking to online language courses. Duolingo, a free service, has gained more than 170 million users in the past five years or so. Irish, incidentally, features in its top-10 of most popular languages.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/can-you-learn-a-foreign-language-online-1.3094856

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Continuing education enhances business, brings its own rewards

Fri, 2017-06-16 17:11

by Eva Fedderly, Savannah Morning News

The “abilities” — availability, flexibility and affordability — are luring more business professionals than ever to pursue continuing education. And many are finding it the key to advancement, say educators who have made lifetime learning their business. “Continuing education has been around for well over 100 years,” said Dr. Tracey Wofford, Mercer University’s Director of Admissions for Adult Learning Programs and adjunct faculty member. The classic definition of continuing education, according to Wofford, is when adult learners, who have a college education, seek higher degrees. “That definition is shifting because of online courses. Online extends the accessibility of programs.”

http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2017-05-29/continuing-education-enhances-business-brings-its-own-rewards

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Support grows for public availability of student employment outcomes

Fri, 2017-06-16 17:10

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

There is an increased call for support of bipartisan legislation authorizing the federal government to release information regarding employment outcomes for students graduating from higher educational institutions, with supporters saying the data could help students and parents in the college selection process, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The “College Transportation Act” would reduce regulations on colleges and universities, enabling them to more easily submit information — and while its passage as seen as unlikely without a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, supporters say it is a matter of time before this bill or a similar one passes. Critics of the bill are concerned with privacy matters, arguing that the legislation would constitute a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, with an association representing private colleges saying it releases data without students’ permission — though supporters of the bill say the legislation mandates strict data protocols.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/support-grows-for-public-availability-of-student-employment-outcomes/443766/

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Can you learn a foreign language online?

Fri, 2017-06-16 17:03

by Arlene Harris, Irish Times

There was a time when having a smidgeon of French and self-consciously ordering a verre de vin could elevate someone to a status of fluency within minutes of a holiday abroad. But times have changed – and being able to communicate well in a foreign language is becoming more and more important for both career prospects and self-development. While being proficient in two or more languages has become de rigueur, finding the time to attend classes is another story. It’s one reason why more and more would-be linguists are flocking to online language courses. Duolingo, a free service, has gained more than 170 million users in the past five years or so. Irish, incidentally, features in its top-10 of most popular languages.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/can-you-learn-a-foreign-language-online-1.3094856

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