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University of Alabama in Huntsville Student Success Center rolls out online academic coaching and tutoring

Fri, 2018-01-19 16:11

by Jim Steele, UAH

Starting in spring, students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will have a new and more convenient online tutoring and coaching option. The university’s Student Success Center (SSC) is rolling out a live tutoring and coaching service that works with desktops, laptops, iPads, iPhones and Android devices. The sessions will be held using the Zoom video conferencing software/app. “We piloted the program last semester for classes that we tutor and that are offered online, including writing,” says Melissa Berry, SSC virtual learning coordinator.

 

https://www.uah.edu/news/campus/student-success-center-rolls-out-online-academic-coaching-and-tutoring

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Study: More Students Are Enrolling in Online Courses

Fri, 2018-01-19 16:04

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Enrollment in online classes grew more than 5 percent between fall 2015 and 2016, a new report found. Based on federal data from more than 4,700 colleges and universities, more than 6.3 million students in the U.S. – most of whom were undergraduates – took at least one online course in fall 2016, a 5.6 percent increase from the previous year. This is the 14th consecutive year that Babson has reported growth in online enrollment.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-01-11/study-more-students-are-enrolling-in-online-courses

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Report: Students Need More Data on Potential Earnings of Graduate Programs

Fri, 2018-01-19 16:03

By Joelle Fredman, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Despite the growing number of students acquiring master’s degrees, there is still little data on the potential earnings associated with graduate programs. Without this information, prospective students cannot make financially-informed decisions before investing in further schooling, according to a new paper by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The report, The Master’s as the New Bachelor’s Degree: In Search of the Labor Market Payoff, showcases program-level data collected from three states and aims to highlight, based on these findings, how crucial it is that this type of information is collected nationwide, specifically to help students escape loan debt.

https://www.nasfaa.org/news-item/14076/Report_Students_Need_More_Data_on_Potential_Earnings_of_Graduate_Programs

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Libraries Find New Ways to Flourish in the Digital Age

Thu, 2018-01-18 16:25

by Dave Doucette, EdTech
Modern learners seek flexible spaces and guidance on digital literacy.  In higher education, 21st-century librarians are seeing a redefinition of their roles, moving from stewards of physical information to educators on digital literacy. Institutions are also taking a new look at library buildings, which are becoming less about offering a refuge for quiet, independent study and more about creating opportunities for creativity and collaboration. But whether their purpose is to host a makerspace or old-fashioned book stacks, one thing is clear: University libraries are here to stay.

 

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/01/libraries-find-new-ways-flourish-digital-age

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EdTech: Big Data Analytics To Revolutionize Online Learning

Thu, 2018-01-18 16:20

by Marco De Novellis, Business Because

For Ian Myatt, director of educational enterprise at the University of Birmingham, big data analytics could significantly transform the way people learn, but it should be harnessed in the right way to be effective.  “There’s huge potential,” he says. “We strive to provide all students with an excellent experience, but traditional teaching methods make it difficult to customize for personal preferences. However, with online delivery and clever use of analytics, we can more readily accommodate individual learning styles and help them identify areas where they might benefit from a greater focus.”

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/4993/edtech-big-data-analytics-online-learning

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How Admissions Works at Online Bachelor’s Programs

Thu, 2018-01-18 16:14

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Contrary to what some prospective students believe, online bachelor’s programs aren’t always easier to get into than those offered on a physical campus. That’s one of several findings based on an analysis of data that schools submitted to U.S. News in an annual survey about admission to online colleges. The average proportion of applicants who were admitted to online bachelor’s programs between July 2016 and June 2017 was just 2.4 percentage points higher than the average acceptance rate at their on-campus counterparts for students entering in fall 2016. U.S. News data also show that some online bachelor’s programs have lower acceptance rates than their respective in-person offerings.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-01-09/how-admissions-works-at-online-bachelors-programs

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EdTech: Big Data Analytics To Revolutionize Online Learning #elearning

Thu, 2018-01-18 16:05

by Marco De Novellis, Business Because

For Ian Myatt, director of educational enterprise at the University of Birmingham, big data analytics could significantly transform the way people learn, but it should be harnessed in the right way to be effective.  “There’s huge potential,” he says. “We strive to provide all students with an excellent experience, but traditional teaching methods make it difficult to customize for personal preferences. However, with online delivery and clever use of analytics, we can more readily accommodate individual learning styles and help them identify areas where they might benefit from a greater focus.”

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/4993/edtech-big-data-analytics-online-learning

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How Admissions Works at Online Bachelor’s Programs #elearning

Thu, 2018-01-18 16:03

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Contrary to what some prospective students believe, online bachelor’s programs aren’t always easier to get into than those offered on a physical campus. That’s one of several findings based on an analysis of data that schools submitted to U.S. News in an annual survey about admission to online colleges. The average proportion of applicants who were admitted to online bachelor’s programs between July 2016 and June 2017 was just 2.4 percentage points higher than the average acceptance rate at their on-campus counterparts for students entering in fall 2016. U.S. News data also show that some online bachelor’s programs have lower acceptance rates than their respective in-person offerings.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-01-09/how-admissions-works-at-online-bachelors-programs

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How will the social media landscape change in 2018?

Thu, 2018-01-18 16:02

How will the social media landscape change in 2018?
by Tereza Litsa, ClickZ

Even if our crystal ball doesn’t end up being accurate, these tips should help you: Use social media to engage your audience. Think like a human being, not like a brand. Find the best ways to blend creativity and personalization. Invest in analytics to find the challenging ROI. Don’t forget to be authentic, even as an automated chatbot.​

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How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of Training? Updated for 2017

Wed, 2018-01-17 16:25

By Robyn Defelice, ATD

In this article, we will explore the results from a 2017 survey, compare that data to the previous two studies, and discuss a few trends that have emerged over the years. If you are unfamiliar with the research, the data helps to squelch the desire to say, “It depends…” when a client asks how long it will take to develop training. These numbers provide another way for project planners to budget time and resources, and they can be used in place of or in conjunction with estimates based on old projects with similar needs. At a minimum, it provides a method for making estimates, comparisons, or both.

https://www.td.org/insights/how-long-does-it-take-to-develop-one-hour-of-training-updated-for-2017

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Top 5 Data Science Publications You Should Read In 2018

Wed, 2018-01-17 16:20

By Sam Nelson, Udacity

Any online program that has the main goal of revenue generation will, in the end, wind up creating a host of unforeseen and undesirable consequences. This is not to say that online program should not be economically sustainable, and should make sense from an opportunity cost and investment perspective. They should, and they are. In some cases it is also true that new online programs can create revenues that can be utilized to support other strategic programs and initiatives. Higher education, like many activities that exist for the public good, relies on cost sharing to survive. Putting money as the first and ultimate goal of online education will cause a school to make a series of bad choices, while simultaneously closing off other potential benefits of online learning.

https://blog.udacity.com/2018/01/top-5-data-science-publications.html

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Your School Should Not Pursue Online Education for the Money

Wed, 2018-01-17 16:14

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Any online program that has the main goal of revenue generation will, in the end, wind up creating a host of unforeseen and undesirable consequences. This is not to say that online program should not be economically sustainable, and should make sense from an opportunity cost and investment perspective. They should, and they are. In some cases it is also true that new online programs can create revenues that can be utilized to support other strategic programs and initiatives. Higher education, like many activities that exist for the public good, relies on cost sharing to survive. Putting money as the first and ultimate goal of online education will cause a school to make a series of bad choices, while simultaneously closing off other potential benefits of online learning.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/your-school-should-not-pursue-online-education-money

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5 Steps to Restart Online College After Failing, Dropping Out #elearning

Wed, 2018-01-17 16:10

By Bradley Fuster, US News

After assessing what went wrong the first time around, look into online programs that better meet your needs.  Picking up the pieces and restarting an online bachelor’s program following an unsuccessful first attempt is difficult but admirable. Returning to an online college may also still be the best path to academic recovery as a working adult. Here are five steps to take if you’re ready to return as an online student after previously failing or dropping out of an online undergraduate program. Be sure to also consult an adviser with questions along the way.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-01-09/restart-an-online-bachelors-program-after-failing-dropping-out

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How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of Training? Updated for 2017

Wed, 2018-01-17 16:04

By Robyn Defelice, ATD

In this article, we will explore the results from a 2017 survey, compare that data to the previous two studies, and discuss a few trends that have emerged over the years. If you are unfamiliar with the research, the data helps to squelch the desire to say, “It depends…” when a client asks how long it will take to develop training. These numbers provide another way for project planners to budget time and resources, and they can be used in place of or in conjunction with estimates based on old projects with similar needs. At a minimum, it provides a method for making estimates, comparisons, or both.

https://www.td.org/insights/how-long-does-it-take-to-develop-one-hour-of-training-updated-for-2017

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Your School Should Not Pursue Online Education for the Money #elearning

Wed, 2018-01-17 16:02

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Any online program that has the main goal of revenue generation will, in the end, wind up creating a host of unforeseen and undesirable consequences. This is not to say that online program should not be economically sustainable, and should make sense from an opportunity cost and investment perspective. They should, and they are. In some cases it is also true that new online programs can create revenues that can be utilized to support other strategic programs and initiatives. Higher education, like many activities that exist for the public good, relies on cost sharing to survive. Putting money as the first and ultimate goal of online education will cause a school to make a series of bad choices, while simultaneously closing off other potential benefits of online learning.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/your-school-should-not-pursue-online-education-money

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The most popular online courses in the world

Tue, 2018-01-16 16:26

by Jamie McKane, My Broadband

Online learning portal Coursera has released its list of the most popular online courses on its platform. Coursera boasts over 30 million registered learners and over 2,000 online courses from institutions around the world. Upon completing courses online, students are awarded with a signed and shareable electronic course certificate. Specialisation certificates and university-recognised degrees are also offered through the platform. Coursera’s 10 most popular courses highlight a growing global interest in emerging technologies – including blockchains, machine learning, and neural networks.

https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/243612-the-most-popular-online-courses-in-the-world.html

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HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN BE USED TO CREATE BETTER ASSESSMENTS

Tue, 2018-01-16 16:20

By Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

One of the many changes that students are experiencing is their ability to be assessed not only in the classroom but also online. Students of all ages can be tested and assessed through the use of online tools and assessments. In the 21st century, we are seeing a shift in views regarding how students can be tested and assessed based on their performances inside and outside the classroom. Students can also be assessed by creating and displaying their work online through social media, YouTube, and digital portfolios. Additionally, many university classes are encouraging and even requiring student contribution on online blackboards and forums. Regardless of the format of assessment, technology is becoming a critical part of learning as well as student performance. So, how we can use technology to create better assessments? Read on to find out.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/technology-can-used-create-better-assessments/

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Online course enrollments continue to grow

Tue, 2018-01-16 16:15

By Jeremy House, Education Dive
According to new federal data, the number of college students taking online classes continues to grow, reports Inside Higher Ed. In academic year 2016, 6.34 million students were enrolled in at least one online course, compared with 5.99 million students in 2015.  Even as overall enrollment at postsecondary institutions is flat (unlike recent numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse, the federal data show enrollments staying roughly constant, not declining), online enrollments climb.  Enrollment dipped for a few universities with large online programs — especially those offered by for-profits — but most experienced a online student enrollment boost.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/online-course-enrollments-continue-to-grow/514255/

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At MIT, It’s Out With The Old Case Studies, In With Immersive Ones #elearning

Tue, 2018-01-16 16:07

by Fred Thys, WBUR
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s leading role in online education for all is changing how its own faculty approach more traditional education. For example, at the MIT Center for Real Estate, professors are rethinking the case study approach common in management training.  The change stems from an effort to introduce case studies to MIT’s “Massive Open Online Courses,” better known as MOOCs. “Of course, the classic case study, it’s a PDF file, about 15 to 20 pages,” says the center’s director, Albert Saiz. “It’s very difficult to implement in an online class. Attention spans of students, especially younger students, are getting shorter.” So Saiz led a team that developed case studies designed to more easily hold the attention of big audiences.

http://www.wbur.org/edify/2018/01/08/mit-case-study-online

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The most popular online courses in the world #elearning

Tue, 2018-01-16 16:06

by Jamie McKane, My Broadband

Online learning portal Coursera has released its list of the most popular online courses on its platform. Coursera boasts over 30 million registered learners and over 2,000 online courses from institutions around the world. Upon completing courses online, students are awarded with a signed and shareable electronic course certificate. Specialisation certificates and university-recognised degrees are also offered through the platform. Coursera’s 10 most popular courses highlight a growing global interest in emerging technologies – including blockchains, machine learning, and neural networks.

https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/243612-the-most-popular-online-courses-in-the-world.html

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