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Making Virtual Reality a Reality in Today’s Classrooms

Sun, 2018-02-04 16:20

By Meredith Thompson, THE Journal
The market for virtual reality applications is growing at a rapid pace, and is expected to double in the next five years (Bolkan, 2017). As the cost of equipment falls and schools have greater access to technology, there is great interest in virtual reality as an educational tool. A small but growing group of educators have started to integrate virtual reality in their classrooms, with promising results (Castaneda, Cechony & Bautista, 2017). We reached out to teachers and administrators who are currently using virtual reality in their classrooms to hear their perspectives and practical strategies for infusing this resource into their classrooms.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/01/11/making-virtual-reality-a-reality-in-todays-classrooms.aspx

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7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

Sun, 2018-02-04 16:13

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Whenever we analyze the landscape of higher education technology, we find a range of trends in various stages of development. There are topics with real staying power, such as learning space design (which has factored into our trends list for several years). Others have evolved over time: Virtual reality made our list in 2016, then expanded to include augmented and mixed reality in 2017, and this year makes up part of a broader concept of immersive learning. And while some topics, like video, have been around for ages, new developments are putting them into a different light. To help make sense of it all, we asked a panel of four IT leaders from institutions across the country for their thoughts.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/11/7-ed-tech-trends-to-watch-in-2018.aspx

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5 ways to get started with OER

Sun, 2018-02-04 16:09

BY ANDREW MARCINEK, eSchool News

It has been almost three years since the launch of the United States Department of Education’s #GoOpen movement. If you are late to the #GoOpen party, it is the commitment to expand and accelerate the use of openly licensed educational resources in schools across the country. The commitment, in a nutshell, is to replace at least one textbook with open educational resources (OER) within one year, share in a community of practice with other school districts, and share the resources created with a Creative Commons license.

5 ways to get started with OER

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Most institutions developing online programs have it all wrong—here’s how to do it right

Sun, 2018-02-04 16:04

BY FURQAN NAZEERI, eCampus News

Instead of thinking about your new online initiative—whether it’s a single course or an entire degree program—as a generic rework of your on-campus courses, we recommend thinking of it as an entirely new educational experience. A new product. One that demands that you carefully evaluate all your requirements and ensure the program is designed specifically with your target audience of current students and prospective students in mind.

Most institutions developing online programs have it all wrong—here’s how to do it right

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What does experiential learning look like?

Sun, 2018-02-04 16:03

BY JAMIE FITCH, eCampus News

The term millennial is a word that big education aspires to connect with, yet has trouble relating to. Too often in higher education it simply means 20-somethings, and the question then becomes: “How do we market to millennials so they understand that education is an experience?” Make no mistake–experiential learning is a requirement. It only intensifies as you move up the educational ladder. Concepts become multi-faceted and gray. They are no longer black-and-white with correct answers, but rather a multitude of scenarios requiring critical thinking to arrive at one of infinite possible solutions. And for that reason, college is a valuable experience. Never mind the social and cultural elements–college excels at teaching you how to think.

What does experiential learning look like?

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In Evolving World of Microcredentials, Students, Colleges and Employers Want Different Things

Sat, 2018-02-03 16:24

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Many colleges these days are experimenting with short-form online degrees to try to reach new audiences and offer new options, often at a lower cost. And new upstart providers are also getting into the mix, including coding bootcamps and startups like Udacity, which offers unaccredited nanodegrees. These trends raise a host of questions about the future of credentialing.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-01-23-in-evolving-world-of-microcredentials-students-colleges-and-employers-want-different-things

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EdX Partners with Microsoft, GE to Provide Subsidized Courses

Sat, 2018-02-03 16:19

By CINDY H. ZHANG, Harvard Crimson

Microsoft will subsidize course fees for Massachusetts community college students taking edX’s introductory Computer Science Professional Certificate course. For six months, starting on May 1, Microsoft will cover tuition for the final segment of the three-part course for students who successfully complete the first two parts. In addition, the company is offering 500 coupons for Massachusetts residents to enroll in any Microsoft-developed edX certificate course free of charge. “By providing students and Massachusetts citizens with the necessary skills to bridge gaps in the tech industry, it helps them open new opportunities and be successful in their careers,” Chris Roy, a senior director at Microsoft, said in a press release.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/1/24/edX-microsoft-GE-partnership/

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As robots replace Indian techies, online education strikes gold

Sat, 2018-02-03 16:15

By Rajiv Rao, ZDnet

Under siege by robots and hampered by outdated skills in an environment of drastic change, India’s tech workers and tech giants are increasingly leaning on online education outfits for a much-needed reboot.  A few days ago, a crucial deal struck between Indian IT major Tech Mahindra and edX reveals the true potential of the above-mentioned online platforms. edX would reskill 117,000 of its employees in India and around the world in skill sets that are desperately sought-after today: IoT, cybersecurity, virtual reality, machine learning, big data and analytics. In an ancillary boost to edX, Mahindra also stated that it would select high performers in the MicroMasters learning platform who were not amongst the IT major’s employees for interviews, provided they fulfilled the minimum criteria of education and work experience — basically the equivalent of winning the lottery in a country where opportunities are slim.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/as-robots-replace-indian-techies-online-education-strikes-gold/

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In Evolving World of Microcredentials, Students, Colleges and Employers Want Different Things

Sat, 2018-02-03 16:10

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Many colleges these days are experimenting with short-form online degrees to try to reach new audiences and offer new options, often at a lower cost. And new upstart providers are also getting into the mix, including coding bootcamps and startups like Udacity, which offers unaccredited nanodegrees. These trends raise a host of questions about the future of credentialing.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-01-23-in-evolving-world-of-microcredentials-students-colleges-and-employers-want-different-things

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EdX Partners with Microsoft, GE to Provide Subsidized Courses

Sat, 2018-02-03 16:07

By CINDY H. ZHANG, Harvard Crimson

Microsoft will subsidize course fees for Massachusetts community college students taking edX’s introductory Computer Science Professional Certificate course. For six months, starting on May 1, Microsoft will cover tuition for the final segment of the three-part course for students who successfully complete the first two parts. In addition, the company is offering 500 coupons for Massachusetts residents to enroll in any Microsoft-developed edX certificate course free of charge. “By providing students and Massachusetts citizens with the necessary skills to bridge gaps in the tech industry, it helps them open new opportunities and be successful in their careers,” Chris Roy, a senior director at Microsoft, said in a press release.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/1/24/edX-microsoft-GE-partnership/

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Confounding Traditional and Open Online Courses

Sat, 2018-02-03 16:03

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Many of us who have worked for many years in online education are committed to a model of intimate learning. This means small classes, built on active learning and intensive interactions between professors and students. The online learning community is committed to advancing a learner-centric model. Across higher education, it is online learning groups (and especially instructional designers) who have helped introduce research-based pedagogical practices into their institutions. In her article, Dr. Dynarski recognizes many of the potential benefits of online learning. She talks about blended learning, as well as shift towards leveraging online courses as a new admissions funnel.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/confounding-traditional-and-open-online-courses

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University online education enrollment rates increase, traditional college enrollment rates remain stagnant

Fri, 2018-02-02 16:20

by Diana Riojas, Daily Orange

Enrollment in nonprofit education programs is growing while for-profit enrollment rates are dropping significantly, a new federal study shows. Affordability, flexibility and quality of education are some benefits of enrolling in an online program, Shai Reshef, president of the University for the People, said in an email. UoPeople is an online nonprofit, tuition-free institution. Online students are usually an average age of about 32 at the undergraduate level and 35 at the graduate level, he said. From 2012 to 2016, student enrollment in at least one distance learning course has increased by 1.2 million, according to Inside Higher Ed.

http://dailyorange.com/2018/01/study-online-education-enrollment-rates-increase-traditional-college-enrollment-rates-remain-stagnant/

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Report: For many adult learners, going to college is desirable but unaffordable

Fri, 2018-02-02 16:15

by Jeremy House, Education dive

Adult learners without college degrees are apprehensive about the cost of higher education and the quality of online courses, but they expressed a desire to return to school, according to a nationwide survey from Champlain College Online. Respondents said they prefer traditional face-to-face learning over online courses, but acknowledged that online education can be effective if administered using the industry’s best practices. Adult learners who responded to the survey also said they believe that more college education can unlock new career opportunities, but most felt that going back to school was not financially feasible.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-for-many-adult-learners-going-to-college-is-desirable-but-unafford/

 

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6 ways hackers will use machine learning to launch attacks

Fri, 2018-02-02 16:15

by Doug Drinkwater, CSO
Machine learning algorithms will improve security solutions, helping human analysts triage threats and close vulnerabilities quicker. But they are also going to help threat actors launch bigger, more complex attacks. Defined as the “ability for (computers) to learn without being explicitly programmed,” machine learning is huge news for the information security industry. It’s a technology that potentially can help security analysts with everything from malware and log analysis to possibly identifying and closing vulnerabilities earlier. Perhaps too, it could improve endpoint security, automate repetitive tasks, and even reduce the likelihood of attacks resulting in data exfiltration.

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3250144/machine-learning/6-ways-hackers-will-use-machine-learning-to-launch-attacks.html

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Rural recruiting problems

Fri, 2018-02-02 16:10

By Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed

Take Illinois, where dual-credit instruction has been growing for the last 10 years despite a statewide budget crisis. Durham said the Illinois community college board has had recent discussions with universities and the school districts about offering online courses for teachers to help them meet the qualifications, but nothing has moved beyond the discussion stage. Ohio, which had similar standards in place for faculty members, still found a pipeline issue for high school teachers with credentials for dual-credit courses. So in 2015 the state spent $10 million to help teachers get the appropriate graduate course work. Half of the $10 million went directly to the teachers, while the other half went to colleges and universities to create “teacher-friendly” programs such as online or weekend classes, said Stephanie Davidson, vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/01/23/colleges-and-states-scramble-comply-instructor-credential-rules-dual-credit-courses

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Nothing soft about learning workplace skills – UK Education Secretary

Fri, 2018-02-02 16:05

By Press Association

 

There is nothing “soft” about learning vital workplace skills as well as traits such as resilience, according to the new Education Secretary. In his first speech in his new role, Damian Hinds also argued that at a time when children are growing up as “digital natives” it is important that they learn the technology skills – such as writing apps – that they will need for the jobs of the future. Mr Hinds told the Education World Forum in London that while qualifications are of vital importance, there is much else that “counts a great deal” as well. In his former job as employment minister, Mr Hinds said he had learnt from businesses about the importance of employability skills, sometimes known as “soft” skills.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-5298311/Nothing-soft-learning-workplace-skills–Education-Secretary.html

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As robots replace Indian techies, online education strikes gold

Fri, 2018-02-02 16:02

By Rajiv Rao, ZDnet

Under siege by robots and hampered by outdated skills in an environment of drastic change, India’s tech workers and tech giants are increasingly leaning on online education outfits for a much-needed reboot.  A few days ago, a crucial deal struck between Indian IT major Tech Mahindra and edX reveals the true potential of the above-mentioned online platforms. edX would reskill 117,000 of its employees in India and around the world in skill sets that are desperately sought-after today: IoT, cybersecurity, virtual reality, machine learning, big data and analytics. In an ancillary boost to edX, Mahindra also stated that it would select high performers in the MicroMasters learning platform who were not amongst the IT major’s employees for interviews, provided they fulfilled the minimum criteria of education and work experience — basically the equivalent of winning the lottery in a country where opportunities are slim.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/as-robots-replace-indian-techies-online-education-strikes-gold/

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Online Course Enrollment Sees Relentless Growth

Thu, 2018-02-01 16:21

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
According to the Babson Survey Research Group’s latest annual report on distance education in the United States, online student enrollment has grown for the 14th year in a row. Nearly a million additional students took distance education courses in 2016 compared to 2012, a count consisting of both people who took online classes (or other forms of distance ed) exclusively as well as those who took a mix of online and face-to-face courses. That translates to more than 30 percent of colleges students — 6.4 million in total — who took at least one distance education course during the 2015-2016 academic year. Conversely, a million fewer students came to campus for their college education in 2016 than in 2012.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/22/online-course-enrollment-sees-relentless-growth.aspx

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Pew survey highlights need for K-12, university partnerships in STEM promotion

Thu, 2018-02-01 16:20

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Half of American adults believe students don’t pursue STEM degrees because the field is too difficult, according to the results of a Pew Research Center survey.  Pew reports only about a third of workers over the age of 25 have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field; but while only 13% of the U.S. workforce was employed in a STEM job in 2016, 40% of non-STEM workers said they were interested in the field at some point. When asked why they didn’t pursue a STEM career or degree, 27% of respondents said they thought it was too costly and time-intensive to pursue, while only 14% said it had to do with classes being too difficult — statistics that reflect how lack of opportunities of promotion at the K-12 level may be a greater barrier to STEM participation in college and career.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/pew-survey-highlights-need-for-k-12-university-partnerships-in-stem-promot/

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If Your Employees Aren’t Learning, You’re Not Leading

Thu, 2018-02-01 16:14

by Mark Murphy, Forbes

There’s a strong positive relationship between how much people learn on the job and how much they love their job. Employees who score high on survey questions like “I will have to learn new skills to achieve my assigned goals for this year” have higher scores on such questions.   Unfortunately, we know from the study “Are SMART Goals Dumb?” that only 42% of workers say they are always or frequently learning on the job, while another 39% percent say they are never or rarely learning.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/markmurphy/2018/01/21/if-your-employees-arent-learning-youre-not-leading/#2b1ae7319478

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