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How colleges reach remote (rural) students

Fri, 2018-08-10 17:02

Sherrie Negrea, University Business
Imagine coaching a student intern who is teaching in a school that’s so remote, there are no roads leading into town. Or trying to observe a social work major who has a field placement hundreds of miles from campus. For colleges and universities that serve rural areas, interacting with students who do not have access to campus—either by car or the internet—can be a challenge. But higher ed institutions are finding ways to expand their reach into rural communities through video-based distance learning.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/how-colleges-reach-remote-students

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How to help adult students succeed

Thu, 2018-08-09 17:15

by Darcy Richardson, Education Dive

Today, employers want T-shaped employees, with a depth of knowledge in one area but also skills that translate to many different jobs, such as critical thinking and clear written and verbal communication. Higher education must do more to help adult learners become the candidates that employers need and want to retain. We have a responsibility to help these learners achieve their professional goals by means of accessible, high quality, and relevant courses. Meeting this growing need is becoming more pressing and is directly tied to the future growth of our economy.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-to-help-adult-students-succeed/528940/

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The Rocky Road of Using Data to Drive Student Success

Thu, 2018-08-09 17:07

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The California State University system has hit its share of potholes as it tests predictive analytics to forecast student performance in high-failure-rate courses. Here are its lessons learned. But the road to student success in higher education is often pitted with potholes. And California State University is finding its fair share as it pursues a pilot project that grew out of the university system’s “Graduation Initiative 2025.” This is an ambitious plan to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating equity gaps for under-represented minorities and Pell-eligible students. For example, the four-year graduation rate for freshmen is pegged to increase from 23 percent in 2017 to 40 percent by 2025; the six-year rate is expected to rise from 59 percent to 70 percent.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/26/the-rocky-road-of-using-data-to-drive-student-success.aspx

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How To Stop Slacking Off In Your Online Degree

Thu, 2018-08-09 17:05

by LOUISA IRVIN, Junkee

Although the idea of online study seems easy in theory — especially to tech savvy millennials — actually getting on top of the content and staying on track is a lot harder than you might think. The learning is a lot more self-driven, and although traditional on-campus courses are reliant on student involvement, online classes are in league of their own. It is a lot easier to turn off your computer than it is to walk out of a lecture hall. So, we’ve put together some pointers that will help you get through what is the minefield of online studies.

http://junkee.com/stop-slacking-off-online-degree/169602

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How online learning will change education

Thu, 2018-08-09 17:03

BY DENNIS, Baltimore Post

Digital learning is, in many ways, already making inroads into our education system. The internet, and everything surrounding it, has changed the way in which we can carry out research and writing. This trend seems set to continue, and with our technology continually advancing, it will most likely expand in the coming years. How this will change our education, and the way we learn, is yet to be determined. What we know for sure is that it will change both of these things. This article will delve into some of the major ideas surrounding online learning in higher education, which will hopefully give some people a chance to understand the basics of the debates.

How online learning will change education

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If data is the answer in higher ed, what is the question? Empowering leaders to make informed decisions requires more than a four-letter word

Wed, 2018-08-08 17:27

by Richard L. Riccardi, University Business

In this era of increased accountability, diminishing resources and fierce competition, institutions have begun to see a culture of data-informed decision-making as a necessity instead of a luxury. Making good decisions depends on quality data and less on intuition or anecdotes. The days of telling a good story with no concrete evidence to back it up are numbered. Too often leadership’s default answer to a problem is “we need data” without truly understanding what the question is. At a recent enrollment meeting, a vice president emphatically stated that students do not read their emails, and the immediate response from the room was a request for data. Upon further discussion at subsequent meetings, the real question emerged: How can we get students to respond to the important emails we send?

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/if-data-answer-higher-ed-what-question

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New Spectre attack can remotely steal secrets, researchers say

Wed, 2018-08-08 17:20

By Zack Whittaker for Zero Day
The attack can be run remotely on a target device without running code on the system. Researchers have discovered a new variant of Spectre, a set of processor vulnerabilities dating back two decades, which they now say can remotely steal data from vulnerable systems.  Previously, an attacker would have to run malicious code on an affected device to exploit Intel, AMD, and ARM processors by running malicious JavaScript on a user’s browser. But now, an attacker can pummel a target device with malicious network traffic without running any code on the system, say the paper’s authors.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/new-spectre-attack-can-remotely-steal-secrets-researchers-say/

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Seeing The New Academics

Wed, 2018-08-08 17:14

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

The structures that support academia have not kept up with the emerging importance of non-faculty educators. Our language is running behind the reality. Professional associations have not evolved or adapted quickly enough to accommodate the growing community of non-faculty academics working as learning professionals. The old ideas of staff and faculty divide still persist in thousands of ways, both big and small. Career paths, professional recognition, and protections of academic freedom must still be negotiated on a case-by-case and individual basis. We are all making this up as we go along.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/seeing-new-academics

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How to help adult students succeed

Wed, 2018-08-08 17:10

by Darcy Richardson, Education Dive

Today, employers want T-shaped employees, with a depth of knowledge in one area but also skills that translate to many different jobs, such as critical thinking and clear written and verbal communication. Higher education must do more to help adult learners become the candidates that employers need and want to retain. We have a responsibility to help these learners achieve their professional goals by means of accessible, high quality, and relevant courses. Meeting this growing need is becoming more pressing and is directly tied to the future growth of our economy.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-to-help-adult-students-succeed/528940/

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Counting Credentials

Wed, 2018-08-08 17:05

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

In April, a research study commissioned by Credential Engine counted at least 334,114 credentials in the U.S. That number included 213,913 degree programs and 66,997 certificate programs offered by Title IV-eligible postsecondary institutions, 23,454 high school diploma programs, 13,656 registered apprenticeships, 8,864 state-issued occupational licenses, 5,465 boot camp certificates, 23 MicroMasters and 24 Nanodegrees. The total number of U.S. credentials is actually much higher. This first count did not include non-credit-bearing postsecondary certificates, awards by institutions that are not eligible for Title IV funding, unregistered apprenticeships or alternative credentials like digital badges. Subsequent research by Credential Engine that isn’t yet published suggests there are at least 500,000 credentials available in the U.S. and possibly up to 750,000.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/07/31/credential-engine-seeks-map-credential-landscape

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Applications Open for Federal OER Grant

Wed, 2018-08-08 17:03

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

The U.S. Department of Education’s first grant for open educational resources, totaling $5 million, will be awarded in late September to between one and three applicants, the department announced today in a call for proposals published in the Federal Register. In an effort to develop OER content that can be disseminated to the widest possible audience for the largest possible savings, the department plans to award grants to one, two or three consortia that each include at least three higher education institutions, subject matter and technology experts, and an advisory group of at least five employers or work-force representatives.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/07/30/department-education-sets-september-date-one-three-oer-grants-5

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Universities Working to Make Library Metadata Searchable on the Web

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:26

By David Raths, Campus Technology
Since the 1960s, academic libraries have been using their own standards for the communication of metadata about resources in their catalogs. Originally designed for magnetic tape-based computers, machine-readable cataloging (MARC) standards are only understood by library systems. Failure to speak the language of the web has isolated libraries from the broader world of information developing there. Determined to take advantage of the semantic web, Stanford Libraries is working with the libraries of Cornell, Harvard and the University of Iowa to continue the development of a “linked data” metadata environment.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/05/universities-working-to-make-library-metadata-searchable-on-the-web.aspx

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4 Ways to Fine-Tune Academic Innovation in Higher Ed

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:20

By David Raths, Camus Technology
Getting faculty to try out new technologies can be a challenge. And while many universities have established programs to foster digital innovation campuswide, their efforts are constantly evolving with new developments in teaching and learning and changing mindsets around learning analytics, learning design and more. From internal grant programs to forming communities of practice, here are four ways academic technology leaders are fine-tuning their approaches to working with faculty.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/25/4-ways-to-fine-tune-academic-innovation-in-higher-ed.aspx

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Top out-of-state colleges prowl San Diego looking for online students

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:15

by Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune
Its main campus is 2,300 miles away. But Penn State University is on the prowl in San Diego, searching for students willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to earn a degree online. The University of Maryland is doing the same. So are Purdue, Old Dominion, Colorado State, Arizona State, the University of Arizona, Southern New Hampshire University and Grand Canyon University. There’s a feeding frenzy going on in San Diego and other California cities, where big out-of-state schools are trying to capitalize on the promise of online education, largely to offset a huge drop in college enrollment that’s most acute in the Northeast and Midwest.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/sd-me-online-learning-20180715-story.html

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Notes on the Online Learning Revolution – Free eBook by founding executive director of Penn State World Campus

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:11

by Gary Miller, PressBooks

I retired from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007 after a long career in educational media at Penn State and the University of Maryland University College.  In the last decade of my career, I served as Associate Vice President for Outreach for Continuing and Distance Education at Penn State and was the founding Executive Director of the Penn State World Campus.  After my retirement, I began a blog and wrote many postings about my experience with educational media and, in particular, the emerging role of online learning at our universities.  I’ve collected 16 of those posts into this collection, which I hope will be of interest to colleagues in the field.  Because these were all independent postings, I am sorry to say you may find some ideas being repeated along the way, but I hope you will find the collection to be helpful in your own work.

“https://psu.pb.unizin.org/notesontheolr/part/main-body/”

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Future-proof your college before it’s too late

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:10

BY BRADLEY FUSTER, eCampus News
The current campus-based, semester-delivery model is unlikely to sustain itself into the next century.  Since the proliferation of the internet and digitization of information, we have witnessed several warning signs. Online course delivery, e-textbooks, the rise and fall of large for-profit institutions, MOOCS, certificates, and micro-credentialing have each commanded attention in the past two decades. While some of these innovations have persisted and some failed, each represents a foreshock prior to a large seismic event that we have not yet experienced.

Future-proof your college before it’s too late

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Using workforce data to improve student outcomes

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:06

BY ROB SPARKS, eCampus News
Institutions can better serve students by using technology to evaluate skills development and its relevance to workforce needs.  At a time when higher education institutions are being held increasingly accountable for student outcomes and striving to prove their worth as an investment, the six-year completion rate for those who enrolled in 2011 was 56.9 percent. This number indicates that colleges and universities could be doing more to ensure that students see tangible value from their education in the form of a defined career path.

Using workforce data to improve student outcomes

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Moodle Drops Blackboard Partnership

Mon, 2018-08-06 17:25

By Rhea Kelly, THE Journal
Open source software company Moodle today announced it is ending its partnership with LMS giant Blackboard. Blackboard will “transition out of Moodle’s Certified Moodle Partner program in the coming months,” and “will no longer be allowed to use the Moodlerooms name or the Moodle trademarks that had been licensed to them to advertise their Moodle-related services,” according to a press release. Blackboard has been a Moodle partner since 2012, when it acquired Moodlerooms and several other companies with Moodle licenses.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/07/27/moodle-drops-blackboard.aspx

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Survey: Students say textbook costs have ‘big impact’ on finances

Mon, 2018-08-06 17:20

By James Paterson, Education Dive
A new Morning Consult study shows that 46% of students surveyed believe textbooks and other course materials have a “big impact” on their financial situations, and some experts say the costs heighten stress and force students to make tradeoffs that affect their ability to pay for housing and food, according to Inside Higher Education. About 43% of students surveyed said they skipped meals because of the expense for books, about 70% said they took on a part-time job because of the the added costs and around 30% said they had to take fewer classes. Some respondents even changed their major or opted out of a specific course so they would not have to pay the extra money. The head of the the education technology firm Cengage, which sponsored the survey of more than 1,600 students, said that textbooks and other course materials cost on average $1,200 a year per student, though learners often find other avenues — including renting books or copying what they need — but still pay almost half that.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-students-say-textbook-costs-have-big-impact-on-finances/528744/

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OER is at a tipping point. Here’s how to keep it moving in the right direction.

Mon, 2018-08-06 17:15

By Regina Gong, EdScoop
In his now-classic book “The Tipping Point,” Malcolm Gladwell explains how everything from “Sesame Street” to Airwalk shoes has sky-rocketed in popularity and shaped society. Gladwell posits that when the right elements are in place, a good idea can gain traction, reach a “point of critical mass,” and then spread like wildfire. Open educational resources (OER) are reaching the type of tipping point that Gladwell describes. While the rise of OER — freely available, openly licensed materials that can be downloaded, edited, and shared — has happened gradually over the past decade, these resources are now poised to transform both K-12 and higher education for the better.

https://edscoop.com/oer-is-at-a-tipping-point-heres-how-to-keep-it-moving-in-the-right-direction

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