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

Thu, 2018-02-01 16:09

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

Thu, 2018-02-01 16:05

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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Online classes continue to grow at Texas Tech

Thu, 2018-02-01 16:03

by Lubbock Online

The portion of Texas Tech undergraduates enrolled in at least one distance education course has grown almost 3 percent since 2014, while the portion of graduate students enrolled at least partially online has grown by more than 4 percent. Like other universities, Texas Tech is seeing continuing increases in the number of students enrolled in at least one online course, according to an article from Inside Higher Ed. Based on the number of students enrolled at four-year, non-profit institutions, Tech ranked 14th out of 99 institutions in the country for online enrollment.

http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/news/education/2018-01-21/online-classes-continue-grow-texas-tech

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Google starts certificate program to fill empty IT jobs

Wed, 2018-01-31 16:25

by Kim Hart, Axios
There are 150,000 open IT jobs in the U.S., and Google wants to make it easier to fill them. Today the company is announcing a certificate program on the Coursera platform to help give people with no prior IT experience the basic skills they need to get an entry-level IT support job in 8 to 12 months.

https://www.axios.com/google-starts-it-certificate-program-to-fill-empty-jobs-1516053831-ea04b5f6-eb8a-4eef-b628-43feca19effc.html

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If you really want to design useful edtech, start with the students

Wed, 2018-01-31 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

All instruction begins with students. Educators call this student-centered learning, and if you’re going to design a useful edtech product, you’ll start with students, too. This design approach isn’t too different from a business model in which you create a product that provides solutions for consumer problems. Begin at the grassroots level. Designing useful edtech is a lot less about creating what you like than it is about providing what students need. They need human-centered design, which is an approach that begins with people.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/really-want-design-useful-edtech-start-students/

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How to engage digitally distracted students

Wed, 2018-01-31 16:14

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Students today are more distracted than ever before. Why is this happening? To explain it simply, they are immersed in their digital devices. In the classroom, this becomes an even larger problem. A recent Pew Research Study found, “87% say these technologies are creating an ‘easily distracted generation with short attention spans’ and 64% say today’s digital technologies ‘do more to distract students than to help them academically.’” While it is clear that digital technology is distracting students, the technology is here to stay. For example, while most teachers agree the best way to turn digital distraction is to not allow mobile devices in the classroom, these same teachers agree this is ineffective in the long run. Instead, educators must be proactive and teach proper digital device usage in the classroom. Therefore, teachers must find ways to engage digitally distracted students.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/engage-digitally-distracted-students/

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

Wed, 2018-01-31 16:05

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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Online Course Enrollment Sees Relentless Growth #elearning

Wed, 2018-01-31 16:03

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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Google starts certificate program to fill empty IT jobs #elearning

Wed, 2018-01-31 16:02

by Kim Hart, Axios
There are 150,000 open IT jobs in the U.S., and Google wants to make it easier to fill them. Today the company is announcing a certificate program on the Coursera platform to help give people with no prior IT experience the basic skills they need to get an entry-level IT support job in 8 to 12 months.

https://www.axios.com/google-starts-it-certificate-program-to-fill-empty-jobs-1516053831-ea04b5f6-eb8a-4eef-b628-43feca19effc.html

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Schools around the world are now teaching kids to spot fake news

Tue, 2018-01-30 16:25

by Siyi Chen, Quartz

Do students need to learn about fake news? And more generally, should they learn how news is created and how to evaluate its credibility? Thousands of schools all over the world believe the answer is yes. Over 3,300 educators from all 50 states in the US and 69 countries outside the US have adopted a curriculum to teach kids how to distinguish facts from fiction. The curriculum was developed by a US nonprofit called the News Literacy Project. It has 12 lessons which teachers can incorporate into their current classes and a virtual classroom with online courses and exercises.

https://qz.com/1175155/a-special-class-how-to-teach-kids-to-spot-fake-news/

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Education technology is a global opportunity

Tue, 2018-01-30 16:21

by Emmanuel Nataf, Tech Crunch

$8.15 billion. That’s the amount global investors staked in edtech companies in the first 10 months of 2017. Education used to be simple: there was a blackboard, a teacher and desks in a classroom. Today, a student can practice English online, upload homework through a portal and learn chemistry through 3D immersion — such is the rise of educational technologies. And nowhere is the advent of edtech climbing more quickly than in Asia.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/19/education-technology-is-a-global-opportunity/

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Prediction: 2018 Will See More Blended Learning, Alternative Credentials and International Competition

Tue, 2018-01-30 16:14

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Over the next year, the higher education segment can expect to see a major shift to blended learning; an innovative education stack from an existing institution to “rival” the bachelor’s degree; and serious inroads to cross-border online learning. Those are the predictions for 2018 from Eduventures, a membership advisory service for colleges and universities. The company said it expects a “regionally accredited four-year institution” to put together “a creative combination of pedagogy, experience, assessment and delivery mode” that will offer an alternative to the traditional undergraduate degree — but in a shorter amount of time and for less money. “This year, we expect a credential newcomer that will really shake things up,” said Richard Garrett, Eduventures’ chief research officer.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/19/prediction-2018-will-see-more-blended-learning-alternative-credentials-and-international-competition.aspx

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Why your institution should have a Chief Innovation Officer in 2018

Tue, 2018-01-30 16:09

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Though most research universities have a technology transfer office (TTO) that helps bring new discoveries to market, a dedicated innovation officer is not as common–but that’s changing, according to The Emergence of the Chief Innovation Officer in Higher Education, a new report from Russell Reynolds Associates. But the emergence of the chief innovation officer position is spurred by various changes in higher education. As government funding declines, as nontraditional education opportunities increase, and as educators focus on how students learn best and turn to new learning experiences, some universities are rethinking how they position their institutions.

Why your institution should have a Chief Innovation Officer in 2018

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5 key steps in developing a system for digital credentials

Tue, 2018-01-30 16:04

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
As job applicants seek to demonstrate their skills, institutions can arm their students with digital credentials.  A new field guide for community college and university leaders outlines five key strategies to help institutions develop a system for digital credentials. The guide, “Partnering with Employers to Create Workforce-Relevant Credentials,” is intended to steer faculty and administrators through a collaborative design and implementation process for developing a workforce-relevant credentialing system.

5 key steps in developing a system for digital credentials

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Schools around the world are now teaching kids to spot fake news

Tue, 2018-01-30 16:03

by Siyi Chen, Quartz

Do students need to learn about fake news? And more generally, should they learn how news is created and how to evaluate its credibility? Thousands of schools all over the world believe the answer is yes. Over 3,300 educators from all 50 states in the US and 69 countries outside the US have adopted a curriculum to teach kids how to distinguish facts from fiction. The curriculum was developed by a US nonprofit called the News Literacy Project. It has 12 lessons which teachers can incorporate into their current classes and a virtual classroom with online courses and exercises.

https://qz.com/1175155/a-special-class-how-to-teach-kids-to-spot-fake-news/

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Recent CSU Report Describes Benefits, Challenges, and Potential of Online Courses

Mon, 2018-01-29 16:25

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

One of the most glaring issues with the current state of online courses among CSUs is that very few students enroll in online courses at different campuses. To be exact, an average of just two full-time students per campus enrolled in another campuses’ course in the fall semester of 2015. To be clear: many CSU students enroll in online courses. At some campuses, it’s as many as 1 in 10. One possible explanation for this is that the online database of every CSU online class is not exactly easy to find or use. Another issue which has probably larger consequences is that many CSU campuses use different learning management systems, making it more difficult for students unused to the interface. In answer, Steenhausen recommends adopting a single CSU-wide LMS.

https://news.elearninginside.com/recent-csu-report-describes-benefits-challenges-potential-online-courses/

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Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help

Mon, 2018-01-29 16:18

By SUSAN DYNARSKI, NY Times

A single teacher can reach thousands of students in an online course, opening up a world of knowledge to anyone with an internet connection. This limitless reach also offers substantial benefits for school districts that need to save money, by reducing the number of teachers. But in high schools and colleges, there is mounting evidence that the growth of online education is hurting a critical group: the less proficient students who are precisely those most in need of skilled classroom teachers. Online courses can be broken down into several categories, and some are more effective than others.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/business/online-courses-are-harming-the-students-who-need-the-most-help.html

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8 Must have classroom presentation apps and tools

Mon, 2018-01-29 16:14

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

It’s important for teachers to master the art of presenting engaging lectures that keep kids interested in the material as the weeks wear on. However, it’s equally important for students to master the same trade. As kids progress through school, higher education and, eventually, their professional lives, they’ll need tools besides PowerPoint to effectively pitch ideas and communicate dense material to seminars of bored classmates. We’re breaking down 8 must-have presentation apps to help both teachers and students find their inner aesthetic and create drool-proof, prize-winning presentations.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/8-must-classroom-presentation-apps-tools/

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Prediction: 2018 Will See More Blended Learning, Alternative Credentials and International Competition

Mon, 2018-01-29 16:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Over the next year, the higher education segment can expect to see a major shift to blended learning; an innovative education stack from an existing institution to “rival” the bachelor’s degree; and serious inroads to cross-border online learning. Those are the predictions for 2018 from Eduventures, a membership advisory service for colleges and universities. The company said it expects a “regionally accredited four-year institution” to put together “a creative combination of pedagogy, experience, assessment and delivery mode” that will offer an alternative to the traditional undergraduate degree — but in a shorter amount of time and for less money. “This year, we expect a credential newcomer that will really shake things up,” said Richard Garrett, Eduventures’ chief research officer.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/19/prediction-2018-will-see-more-blended-learning-alternative-credentials-and-international-competition.aspx

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Recent CSU Report Describes Benefits, Challenges, and Potential of Online Courses

Mon, 2018-01-29 16:05

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

One of the most glaring issues with the current state of online courses among CSUs is that very few students enroll in online courses at different campuses. To be exact, an average of just two full-time students per campus enrolled in another campuses’ course in the fall semester of 2015. To be clear: many CSU students enroll in online courses. At some campuses, it’s as many as 1 in 10. One possible explanation for this is that the online database of every CSU online class is not exactly easy to find or use. Another issue which has probably larger consequences is that many CSU campuses use different learning management systems, making it more difficult for students unused to the interface. In answer, Steenhausen recommends adopting a single CSU-wide LMS.

https://news.elearninginside.com/recent-csu-report-describes-benefits-challenges-potential-online-courses/

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