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Some colleges see online programs as a way to stay afloat

Thu, 2018-01-25 16:19

by Patti Zarling, Education Dive

Online courses tend to better meet the needs of working adults, who now make up 40 percent of college enrollments, and many colleges are adding or expanding digital programs to attract older students. That’s especially true for schools like Riverland Community College, a public two-year school with three campuses in Austin, Albert Lee and Owatonna, all in rural southeastern Minnesota, where administrators say they can’t rely on traditional students to stay afloat. For instance, Riverland’s Austin campus serves about 3,300 students in a town of 25,000 people.“You are at the mercy of demographics,” said J.C. Turner, who directs Riverland’s new online FlexPace program. “Over time, the population shifted and the number of younger students continued to drop. To stay viable as an institution, Riverland had to look to creating online courses. Now more than half of our full-time students are in some type of online program.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/some-colleges-see-online-programs-as-a-way-to-stay-afloat/514754/

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How is education being disrupted by technology?

Thu, 2018-01-25 16:16

by Krista Garcia, Rappler

In the past 10 years or so, we’ve witnessed a pace of disruption in education that’s unmatched in previous decades. Books, curriculums, and even teachers are rapidly being replaced or complemented by online resources and digital tools such as tablets and mobile phones. Technology has always played a role in equipping students with timely skills and up-to-the minute ideas and discoveries. But now, we see innovations challenging even the very existence of four-walled classrooms and teacher-student ratios. All of these benefit today and tomorrow’s students, as learning becomes cheaper, faster, and more accessible.

https://www.rappler.com/brandrap/futurereadyph/193447-philippines-education-then-now-slideshow

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Colleges and universities might become obsolete due to AI

Thu, 2018-01-25 16:10

BY MARKOS PAPADATOS, Digital Journal
Artificial intelligence has transformed many industries such as manufacturing, corporations and retail, and now traditional challenges and universities are being challenged, as they need to prepare for a “technology-enabled” future. In the present moment, universities and traditional colleges are worried about competition derived from academic institutions that are using online learning technologies. Dr. Subhash Kak, a Regents Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oklahoma State University, noted that online education is serious: a “disruptive challenge.”  One of the most powerful aspects of his article, which was published in The Conversation, dealt with the ever-changing job market. He makes a very valid point in that the number of jobs that involves cognitive and physical skills is diminishing, especially since automation at factories is replacing actual workers all around the world; moreover, artificial intelligence is eliminating high-skill jobs in offices.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/colleges-and-universities-might-become-obsolete-due-to-ai/article/512208

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News Housing Jobs Tutors Textbooks Test Prep Study Abroad Student Loans More 5 Ways to Stay Organized When Taking an Online Course

Thu, 2018-01-25 16:05

by Christine Ascher, ULoop
The opportunity to take an online course is one major benefit of technology when it comes to education. Online courses offer you more flexibility in terms of when and where you can complete your coursework than a traditional classroom-style course, and they allow you to learn about different websites or apps that can be helpful in academia. However, there are also some downsides that can come with participating in an online course: most notably the fact that, because you’ll be a bit more independent, it can be more difficult to stay on top of everything. Taking an online course may require more self-motivation and self-scheduling than you’re accustomed to, but if you know this going into the course and figure out some strategies to cope, you’ll be right on track.

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/256968/5-Ways-to-Stay-Organized-When-Taking-an-Online-Course

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Universities jump into online courses

Thu, 2018-01-25 16:03

by  China Daily
China ranks first in the number of Massive Online Open Courses-with 3,200 launched by 460 higher education institutes, including 200 courses available on foreign MOOC platforms-the Ministry of Education said on Monday. Since 2012, China has established 10 MOOC platforms, and 55 million people have tried the courses, including more than 6 million university students who have earned credits by finishing the courses, said Wu Yan, director of the ministry’s Department of Higher Education. On Monday, the ministry selected and released the first batch of 490 national-level MOOCs, 70.2 percent of which were established by China’s top universities.

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2018-01/16/content_50231265.htm

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Could an online postgraduate course be right for you?

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:25

by Gavan Naven, the Guardian

Full-time, part-time, online, or a mix of all three – the variety of postgraduate study options can be bewildering. This wide choice, however, does give scope to suit prospective students’ differing circumstances and lifestyles. While traditional campus-based courses remain the most popular, there is an increasing interest in online study, with its flexibility and easy access. Edinburgh University’s head of submissions, Iain Sutherland, says that online courses are proving particularly attractive to those students who may have family and work commitments.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/12/online-postgraduate-course-right-for-you-university

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Look at Student Reviews of Online Courses Before Enrolling

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:20

By Jan Holloway and Chris Foley, US News

Seek out student testimonials that address common concerns about online education, such as time management.  Testimonials are ubiquitous: on marketplaces like Amazon, on product pages and on social media. Writing testimonials is also big business, and fake testimonials abound on the internet. Yet, they can be a valuable source of information, especially when choosing an online degree program to meet your professional needs. Student reviews can answer questions about interaction with classmates, time management and required technology. When accessing student testimonials online, first make sure they refer to actual accredited online degree programs. To read examples, conduct an internet search for phrases such as “student testimonials online learning.”

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-01-12/look-at-student-reviews-of-online-courses-before-enrolling

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EdTech Should Change the Way Teachers Teach

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:14

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

For a long time, teaching was teacher-centered: the teacher dispensed information through lecture, handouts, or presentations; the students absorbed the information by listening and taking notes. It was repetitive, could become monotonous, and left little room for student exploration or creativity. It was also detrimental to students who couldn’t keep pace with the teacher’s lessons or students who learned in way different from the teacher’s presentation. The past ten years have seen a surge in student-centered learning, and the integration of technology into the classroom makes it increasingly easy to create engaging lessons that reach a variety of learners in a variety of ways. There are many ways that technology has changed and improved teaching methods, making education more meaningful and accessible to all students.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/edtech-change-way-teachers-teach/

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Report: OER Continues Moderate Growth Track

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:10

While open educational resources (OER) are making headway in higher education classrooms, it’s slow going. That’s what a recent survey by the Babson Survey Research Group found when it queried 2,711 teaching faculty members within U.S. colleges and universities. On the positive side, awareness and adoption have grown from previous years. Use of open-licensed textbooks has risen from 5 percent in 2015-2016 to 9 percent the following year. Also, awareness of OER is up by a third in 2016-2017 compared to 2014-2015. In the latest year of the survey, 30 percent of respondents said they were “aware” or “very aware” of OER; two years prior only 20 percent said the same.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/16/report-oer-continues-moderate-growth-track.aspx

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Some colleges see online programs as a way to stay afloat

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:05

by Patti Zarling, Education Dive

Online courses tend to better meet the needs of working adults, who now make up 40 percent of college enrollments, and many colleges are adding or expanding digital programs to attract older students. That’s especially true for schools like Riverland Community College, a public two-year school with three campuses in Austin, Albert Lee and Owatonna, all in rural southeastern Minnesota, where administrators say they can’t rely on traditional students to stay afloat. For instance, Riverland’s Austin campus serves about 3,300 students in a town of 25,000 people.“You are at the mercy of demographics,” said J.C. Turner, who directs Riverland’s new online FlexPace program. “Over time, the population shifted and the number of younger students continued to drop. To stay viable as an institution, Riverland had to look to creating online courses. Now more than half of our full-time students are in some type of online program.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/some-colleges-see-online-programs-as-a-way-to-stay-afloat/514754/

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These jobs hold the most promise in 2018, LinkedIn says

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:03

BY KALIN KIPLING, Sacramento Bee

If you’re on the hunt for a job or considering switching fields, this list could help with that. LinkedIn, a career networking and job search site with at least 530 million members, has unveiled the most promising jobs of 2018. In its research, LinkedIn used a formula that takes into account five key categories: from most important to least, salary, advancement, job openings in the U.S., growth of job openings (year-over-year) and regional demand. It also used information from its network, including user profiles and jobs listings.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article194647309.html

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The Internet of Things: Still Lots for You to Learn

Tue, 2018-01-23 16:23

by John Edwards, Information Week
IT groups will need to provide architecture, data-mining tools and connectivity, while giving business groups the freedom to innovate on their own with the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) is already making a significant impact in a variety of business areas, including industrial monitoring and production, supply chain tracking, and multiple retail processes. Down the road, experts see the IoT becoming nothing less than an integral aspect of everyday life, with a huge role for IT to play. Earlier this year, Gartner forecast that 8.4 billion connected “things” will be in use worldwide this year, up 31% from last year.

https://www.informationweek.com/big-data/the-internet-of-things-still-lots-for-you-to-learn/a/d-id/1330794

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5 key steps in developing a system for digital credentials

Tue, 2018-01-23 16:20

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

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. The five digital-credential strategies come from best practices of institutions profiled in the report.

5 key steps in developing a system for digital credentials

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Colleges Offer Resume-Boosting Digital Badges

Tue, 2018-01-23 16:15

By Courtney Rubin, US News

These smaller credentials recognize students’ specific skills or achievements in online and on-campus undergraduate courses.  Besides their transcript, graduates of Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business can show potential employers that they’ve earned a digital badge for Event Leadership or Mobile – as in mobile programming. At Santa Barbara City College, students can take free courses through the School of Extended Learning – usually eight to 16 hours – to earn badges in Blogging for Business or Workplace Essentials, such as business writing and time management. The badges can be shared on social media, LinkedIn profiles and personal websites.

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2018-01-11/colleges-offer-resume-boosting-digital-badges

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Look at Student Reviews of Online Courses Before Enrolling

Tue, 2018-01-23 16:09

By Jan Holloway and Chris Foley, US News

Seek out student testimonials that address common concerns about online education, such as time management.  Testimonials are ubiquitous: on marketplaces like Amazon, on product pages and on social media. Writing testimonials is also big business, and fake testimonials abound on the internet. Yet, they can be a valuable source of information, especially when choosing an online degree program to meet your professional needs. Student reviews can answer questions about interaction with classmates, time management and required technology. When accessing student testimonials online, first make sure they refer to actual accredited online degree programs. To read examples, conduct an internet search for phrases such as “student testimonials online learning.”

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-01-12/look-at-student-reviews-of-online-courses-before-enrolling

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Could an online postgraduate course be right for you?

Tue, 2018-01-23 16:05

by Gavan Naven, the Guardian

Full-time, part-time, online, or a mix of all three – the variety of postgraduate study options can be bewildering. This wide choice, however, does give scope to suit prospective students’ differing circumstances and lifestyles. While traditional campus-based courses remain the most popular, there is an increasing interest in online study, with its flexibility and easy access. Edinburgh University’s head of submissions, Iain Sutherland, says that online courses are proving particularly attractive to those students who may have family and work commitments.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/12/online-postgraduate-course-right-for-you-university

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EdTech Should Change the Way Teachers Teach

Tue, 2018-01-23 16:03

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

For a long time, teaching was teacher-centered: the teacher dispensed information through lecture, handouts, or presentations; the students absorbed the information by listening and taking notes. It was repetitive, could become monotonous, and left little room for student exploration or creativity. It was also detrimental to students who couldn’t keep pace with the teacher’s lessons or students who learned in way different from the teacher’s presentation. The past ten years have seen a surge in student-centered learning, and the integration of technology into the classroom makes it increasingly easy to create engaging lessons that reach a variety of learners in a variety of ways. There are many ways that technology has changed and improved teaching methods, making education more meaningful and accessible to all students.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/edtech-change-way-teachers-teach/

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Here’s what U.S. colleges will look like in 2030

Mon, 2018-01-22 16:25

By Jillian Berman, Marketwatch

Many American colleges will have to look different decades from now if they’re going to survive. That’s one of the many arguments in “Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education,” a book by Nathan Grawe, an economics professor at Carleton College, published late last year. Grawe explores how demographic trends — like the shift from majority white to majority-minority, from northeastern population centers to the Southwest, and declining birth rates — will affect American colleges.  Schools that don’t think creatively about how to adapt to these changes could be forced to merge or shutdown, he concludes. Those same outcomes are predicted by Moody’s Investors Service and others. Schools likely won’t face these challenges acutely until at least 2026 and beyond, but Grawe suggests they use the time they still have to prepare.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-what-us-colleges-will-look-like-in-2030-2018-01-11

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Why EdTech Firms Should Hire Educators

Mon, 2018-01-22 16:19

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Edtech companies often focus on technology development, testing, and integration. However, a significant number of them are doing so without the input of education professionals. What do traditional educators have to offer edtech companies? In short, a lot. Here are the most significant reasons edtech companies need to employ teachers. Unless you come from a teaching background before starting your edtech company, you likely don’t have intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the education system. This lack of experience can make it hard to interact with potential buyers and sell your product. No matter what you offer, the rule is to know your customer.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/edtech-companies-hire-educators/

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The reimagination of higher education in 21st Century America

Mon, 2018-01-22 16:14

BY QUARDRICOS BERNARD DRISKELL, the Hill

Higher education must change to fit this new global economy. Moreover, since higher education is huge business in America more students are walking away with higher debt. Is a college education worth its price anymore? The real problem with higher education is with a failure of imagination of the creative possibilities for secondary education – and post-secondary educational options that are alternative to traditional college/university education. The failure of secondary education to be as meaningful as it could be, apart from its socialization effects, is the true great dilemma in preparing future generations for creative and productive life by varied measures. For my parents’ generation, education for them was to get a good education and get a good job. For this current generation, a good education will mostly likely lead them to high debt and employment in retail and/or at fast food restaurants.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/368358-the-reimagination-of-higher-education-in-21st-century-america

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