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Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II

Mon, 2017-11-06 16:14

by NMC Horizon Project

Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief is a follow-up to the 2016 strategic brief, supported by Adobe, which explored an increasingly pressing challenge for United States higher education institutions: advancing digital literacy among students and faculty. This second edition aims to examine digital literacy through a global and discipline-specific lens to reveal new contexts that are shaping the way learners create, discover, and critically assess digital content. The NMC’s research examines the current landscape of digital literacy frameworks to illuminate its multiple dimensions — technical, psychological, and interpersonal — around which students’ ability to produce new content generates a sense of empowerment.

https://www.nmc.org/publication/digital-literacy-part-ii-an-nmc-horizon-project-strategic-brief/

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English department offers “Game of Thrones” online class

Mon, 2017-11-06 16:10

by  Natalie Sears, DM Online

The English department has created an online Medieval class to help a student complete his degree while serving in the military overseas. The class — Studies in Medieval Literature: “Game of Thrones” and Its Medieval Worlds — is being adapted to an online format by English professor Mary Hayes, who has taught the class twice before in a traditional classroom setting, and has taught multiple other classes online. Game of Thrones is the popular HBO series based on the book franchise by George Martin. Classic Medieval literature such as “Beowulf” and Machiavelli’s “The Prince” have been cited by Martin as inspiration for his series, making examining the show from a literary standpoint even more fascinating. Ole Miss is not the only place that Game of Thrones has inspired coursework. UC Berkeley offers a linguistics course, and both Northern Illinois University and The University of Tulsa offer history courses.

English department offers “Game of Thrones” online class

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Take an online course in how to teach an online course

Mon, 2017-11-06 16:05

by Mashable

Did you know you can make money by teaching online courses? There’s literally a Coursera class on just about every topic these days, whether it’s Cryptography taught by a Stanford professor or Academic Listening and Note-Taking at UC Irvine. It’s great that so many people want to learn in an accessible way, especially if you’re an instructor, but how can you ensure that the class you’re offering is one people will want to take? Consider taking a course in How To Create An Awesome Online Course (so meta). You probably have a specialized skill you don’t even realize is valuable, like hand-sewing wigs or telling dad jokes. But creating an online course can be tricky if you’ve never done it, so this course will break it down in an easy to digest way across 93 lectures and 8 hours of content (which you can access whenever you want for the rest of your life).

http://mashable.com/2017/11/03/elearning-create-an-online-course/#ELAHtUSkUiqN

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Online Learning vs. Traditional Learning

Mon, 2017-11-06 16:02

By Alyssa Laffitte, Uloop

In a traditional class, you have a professor there in person who can guide you in your studies. It’s easy for them to remind you to stay on track. They can quickly announce before class that there’s a test next week, and sometimes those reminders are much needed. On the other hand, online learners don’t have a professor telling you in person to do your work, so online students should be self-motivated. As an online student, you will have to keep track of due dates and deadlines. No one will be there in person to remind you that the homework assignment is due tomorrow. For this reason, online classes will be easier for someone who is self-motivated. If you are the type of person who needs an extra push, be aware that you will have to be responsible for your work in an online class.

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/251804/Online-Learning-vs-Traditional-Learning

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In China, online classes for kids gaining in popularity

Sun, 2017-11-05 16:24

by China Daily

On a weekend morning in Beijing, Youyou, 7, clicked an app on her iPad, greeted her teacher in the United States, and started her one-on-one online English lesson at home. Having two lessons a week-each lasting about 20 minutes-the first-grade primary school student had been studying this way for almost three months. Her mother, Amy Chang, who had sat with Youyou during all her the lessons, was particularly happy with her performance this time. “She’s getting more used to the teaching approach, mastering the knowledge faster and interacting better with the teacher from afar,” said Chang, who pays about 200 yuan ($30) per online lesson.

https://technology.inquirer.net/68567/china-online-classes-kids-gaining-popularity

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Financial pros flock to online fintech courses

Sun, 2017-11-05 16:16

by Seamus Conwell, CNBC

Financial professionals are taking online financial technology (fintech) courses to fend off competition and stay ahead of disruption. The boost in uptake is due in part to a feeling among those in the industry that financial technology has reached a turning point in its evolution. A report from Citigroup in 2016 caused widespread debate when it estimated that between 2 million and 6 million jobs would be lost in banking across the U.S. and Europe over the next 10 years. That was attributed to both automation and artificial intelligence (AI), innovation and the rise of more efficient and less cost-intensive challenger banks.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/30/financial-pros-flock-to-online-fintech-courses.html

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UM System encourages faculty to use more open educational resources

Sun, 2017-11-05 16:15

BY LILY O’NEILL, Missourian
Beginning next week, professors will have more incentive to offer free or low-cost textbooks. As part of a University of Missouri System initiative on educational resources that are free to access online, the four campuses will be launching an incentive grant program next week. This is intended to encourage faculty members to incorporate more of these resources in their courses. With the rising cost of college textbooks, UM System President Mun Choi announced the initiative last spring. Scott Curtis, who’s on the system’s Affordable & Open Educational Resources Taskforce, said he hopes the lower costs of textbooks will help students academically.

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/higher_education/um-system-encourages-faculty-to-use-more-open-educational-resources/article_b602a3dc-b9d3-11e7-adfb-2f83e6711418.html

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10 Twitter accounts every higher ed leader should follow

Sun, 2017-11-05 16:08

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
To stay ahead, higher education leaders must constantly be aware of the latest trends and policies taking over the industry — and social media is often the perfect place to find this. Everything from general tips on improving an institution’s online presence to getting inspiration for innovation on the campus. Here we present ten twitter accounts all higher education leaders ought to follow, so that fresh ideas and quick industry news will rise to the top of their feeds.  [ed note:  Special Thanks for listing my @rayschroeder ]

https://www.educationdive.com/news/10-twitter-accounts-every-higher-ed-leader-should-follow/509800/

 

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Over One Million People Enroll in Online Crypto Class

Sun, 2017-11-05 16:02

by C. Edward Kelso, Bitcoin.com

Professor Dan Boneh of Stanford University Computer Security Lab discussed the attraction to his cryptography course, and how it is due to “the huge valuations in these currencies” such as bitcoin. Second only to machine learning, Computer Security and Cryptography is a wildly popular course. It’s also true bitcoin is “a wonderful way to teach cryptography” he told Mr. Levy of CNBC. The advent of cryptocurrencies means “there are a whole bunch of new applications for cryptography that didn’t exist before,” Professor Boneh added. Getting to cryptography through bitcoin has meant a renewed interest in the mathematical language. Professor Boneh “said that more than 1 million people have signed up for an online cryptography class he teaches through the website Coursera,” CNBC reports.

https://news.bitcoin.com/over-one-million-people-enroll-in-online-crypto-class/

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Some of Coursera’s top execs leave amid shakeup at online ed startup

Sun, 2017-11-05 16:02

By Cromwell Schubarth, Silicon Valley Business Journal
Some senior executives have reportedly left Coursera Inc. in a wave of departures from the online education startup just months after it raised $64 million in fresh funding and brought in a new CEO. Recode cited unnamed sources in a report that said those who have left the Mountain View company include Chief Operations Officer Lila Ibrahim; Chief Marketing Officer Kurt Apen; Chief Financial Officer John Madigan; General Counsel David Liu and Chief Product Officer Tom Willerer. Willerer joined the venture capital firm Venrock earlier this month. Ibrahim wrote on social media that she “decided it’s time for my next career adventure.” A total of as many as 40 employees have departed, Recode’s sources said.

https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2017/10/30/coursera-executives-leave-shakeup-funding-ceo.html

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Future-forward: How to incorporate the 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century learning

Sat, 2017-11-04 17:25

BY GENEVRA WALTERS, NICOLE DEVRIES, AND JAMIE HARBIN, eSchool News
Three educators explain how they include career readiness in their 21st-century learning initiatives. Many of you are familiar with the four C’s of the 21st-century learning framework: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. But step back for a second and remember why you teach students in the first place–so they can be successful adults who contribute to society and thrive while pursuing a fulfilling career. This is why we add to our list of 21st-century learning skills a fifth C: career readiness. Career readiness can be engrained into the teaching and learning landscape in many ways. Educators across the nation are latching on to project-based learning (PBL) as an effective teaching method for building 21st-century skills. Career-focused PBL gives students the freedom to explore a variety of careers from the comfort of their classroom.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/10/25/future-5th-c-career-readiness/

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Getting Beyond the Vicious Cycle of Outdated IT

Sat, 2017-11-04 17:20

By David Raths, Campus Technologies

Before 2009, the IT leadership team at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS, was stuck in a vicious cycle of falling behind on technology infrastructure replacements, squeaking by with patches and maintenance on older systems. Without a dedicated funding stream, IT floundered — and faculty, staff and students had low expectations of what technology could bring to the campus. Something as simple as video streaming in the classroom was difficult because of poor network infrastructure. Flash forward to 2017: An ongoing and sustainable infrastructure rebuild, including working with cloud and hosted vendors, is reshaping the culture within the IT group and the perception of IT on campus. How has the department made this transition and had such a great impact?

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/26/getting-beyond-the-vicious-cycle-of-outdated-it.aspx

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Wake Tech works to improve success gap between seated, online classes

Sat, 2017-11-04 17:14

by WRAL

Online college courses offer convenience and flexibility, but they also come with challenges. Wake Technical Community College looked at some of its most popular classes in 2015 and noticed students were not doing as well in the online classes as they were in the traditional “seated” classes. In 2015, 67 percent of students in traditional classes earned an “A”, “B” or “C” grade, while only 58 percent of students in online classes earned the same grades.  One of the things we found out is students, even young students, who had grown up as digital natives aren’t as well prepared for taking online classes as you may think,” said Wake Tech Senior Vice President of Effectiveness and Innovation Bryan Ryan.

http://www.wral.com/wake-tech-works-to-improve-success-gap-between-seated-online-classes/17058000/

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Debunk the Myth That Online Degrees Are Always Easier

Sat, 2017-11-04 17:10

By Olena Reid, US News

Many times I’ve heard someone say that online degrees aren’t as legitimate or rigorous as on-campus programs. But that mostly comes from those who have never experienced an online course, whether in a structured program or a single class. I want to debunk this notion that online education is always easier than in-person studies. Generally, when we think of an “easier” degree program, we may think of one that takes less time and effort and doesn’t hold students to high standards. Consider these three facts about online degree programs to see how far that is from the truth.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-10-30/debunk-the-myth-that-online-degrees-are-always-easier

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Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II

Sat, 2017-11-04 17:06

by NMC Horizon Project

Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief is a follow-up to the 2016 strategic brief, supported by Adobe, which explored an increasingly pressing challenge for United States higher education institutions: advancing digital literacy among students and faculty. This second edition aims to examine digital literacy through a global and discipline-specific lens to reveal new contexts that are shaping the way learners create, discover, and critically assess digital content. The NMC’s research examines the current landscape of digital literacy frameworks to illuminate its multiple dimensions — technical, psychological, and interpersonal — around which students’ ability to produce new content generates a sense of empowerment.

https://www.nmc.org/publication/digital-literacy-part-ii-an-nmc-horizon-project-strategic-brief/

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Financial pros flock to online fintech courses

Sat, 2017-11-04 17:03

by Seamus Conwell, CNBC

Financial professionals are taking online financial technology (fintech) courses to fend off competition and stay ahead of disruption. The boost in uptake is due in part to a feeling among those in the industry that financial technology has reached a turning point in its evolution. A report from Citigroup in 2016 caused widespread debate when it estimated that between 2 million and 6 million jobs would be lost in banking across the U.S. and Europe over the next 10 years. That was attributed to both automation and artificial intelligence (AI), innovation and the rise of more efficient and less cost-intensive challenger banks.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/30/financial-pros-flock-to-online-fintech-courses.html

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Spoiler Alert: Millennials Prefer Digital for All Communications

Fri, 2017-11-03 17:22

by eMarketer Daily

A September 2017 survey of young adult internet users in select countries painted an interesting—and yet unsurprising—picture of their typical day-to-day interactions. The study from LivePerson, a provider of cloud-based mobile and online business messaging solutions, surveyed 4,013 internet users ages 18 to 34 in six countries: Australia, Germany, France, Japan, the UK and the US.  In the US and the UK, nearly three-quarters of respondents said they were more likely to communicate digitally—whether via email, SMS or social media—rather than in person.

https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Spoiler-Alert-Millennials-Prefer-Digital-All-Communications/1016677

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Learning to Code Is Easy With These 5+ Apps

Fri, 2017-11-03 17:20

by Jeff Butts, Mac Observer
Programming can be a very rewarding endeavor, but most people don’t know how to get started. With so many options available, most of which quite frankly suck, folks need to know which educational coding apps are worth the space they take up on their iOS devices. The Terminal Tinkerer is coming to the rescue with my top five apps for learning to code.

https://www.macobserver.com/tips/quick-tip/learning-to-code-fun-easy-5-apps/

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Three Silicon Valley Companies Bridging The Gap Between Education And Workplace Readiness

Fri, 2017-11-03 17:14

by Mark Hall, Forbes

For many young adults, the process of transitioning into the corporate workforce can be met with a number of difficult challenges. Gaining role-specific education is not easy, particularly if you are trying to avoid being part of the $1.3 trillion student debt crisis. Convincing a great company to hire you without having a track record of success is no simple task either. Landing a highly competitive job without having either a university degree or prior work experience used to be practically impossible, until now. Three Silicon Valley companies are improving how emerging professionals become job-ready by filling the practical skills gap felt by so many workforce newcomers. Coursera, Udacity and Udemy are three alternative education platforms, known as massive open online courses (MOOCs), on a mission to redefine workplace readiness and industry-specific education.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/markhall/2017/10/27/three-silicon-valley-companies-bridging-the-gap-between-education-and-workplace-readiness/

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What’s the Ideal Mix of Online and Face-to-Face Classes?

Fri, 2017-11-03 17:10

By Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Ed

If students rarely set foot on campuses, says Peter Shea, they may feel less invested in their education. Is there a tipping point at which students who take a blend of online and in-person coursework are doing too much online? That question goes to the heart of something called the online paradox. The online paradox has inspired much debate, and it describes two seemingly contradictory things. The first is that community-college students who take an online course are more likely to fail than are those who take it face-to-face. The second is that community-college students who take some online classes are more likely to complete their degrees than are those who don’t take any.

http://www.chronicle.com/article/What-s-the-Ideal-Mix-of/241616

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