News & Thoughts

Subscribe to News & Thoughts feed
Engineering Education
Updated: 10 hours 38 min ago

Expert: U.S. Higher Ed a Key Resource for Global Outreach #elearning

Sun, 2017-08-06 17:02

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Education

American colleges and universities are an “essential part of our nation’s diplomatic outreach” and critical to building the cross-cultural relationships necessary to solve the world’s most pressing problems, a U.S. State Department official said at an international education forum Tuesday. “The citizens of just one nation alone will never overcome our global challenges,” Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the State Department, told attendees at the forum. Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., is U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the State Department. Economic opportunity, good governance, energy security and global security can only be advanced by committed individuals, institutions and nations working together to find solutions,” Shannon said. “It’s all about partnerships.” Shannon made his remarks on the second day of the eighth annual forum of EducationUSA, a State Department network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries.

http://diverseeducation.com/article/99678/

Share on Facebook

New guide designed to help Colorado educators combine online courses with traditional teaching

Sat, 2017-08-05 17:26

By MARISSA PAGE, Chalkbeat Colorado

A new guide released Monday seeks to help Colorado schools successfully introduce blending learning, a growing practice combining traditional classroom instruction with online coursework. The Colorado Blended Learning Roadmap, commissioned by state lawmakers, urges school officials to consider three main priorities: effective teacher training and increased support; flexibility in school policies to support the model; and access to quality technology and other tools.

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/25/colorado-blended-learning-roadmap-online-courses/

Share on Facebook

Tweet This Post

Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?

Sat, 2017-08-05 17:20

by ALICE BONASIO, The Next Web

Another trend that will undoubtedly affect the sector is that as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies improve at an ever-faster pace it will enable much better provisions for personalized learning. But as fantastic as our access to knowledge these days would seem to those born a couple of generations before, it will likely pale in comparison to the next wave of immersive technology. Looking to the not-too-distant future, we can already envisage how Virtual and Mixed Reality technologies will increasingly be incorporated into the online learning strategy of major Universities institutions help to make such distance courses more immersive and engaging, blending the real and virtual world seamlessly and thus vastly increasing our ability to learn.

https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2017/07/19/now-moocs-mainstream-online-learning-go-next/

Share on Facebook

Tweet This Post

New report highlights importance of interaction in online learning

Sat, 2017-08-05 17:15

by Roger Riddell, Education Dive

According to a new report from The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research, “The Online College Students 2017: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,” online students want more interaction with instructors and fellow students. The survey included 1,500 students who were currently enrolled in, recent graduates of, or giving serious consideration to online programs, and more than 50% said that interaction is important, while around 25% said more interaction would improve quality and experience. The report recommends that schools improve their programs by better reflecting students’ career and educational goals, place more emphasis on responsiveness from admissions, and adapt approaches to accommodate mobile tech — as 80% of respondents said they used their device during their search for a school, while 40% said they used a mobile device to access coursework.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/new-report-highlights-importance-of-interaction-in-online-learning/447661/

Share on Facebook

Tweet This Post

Online Education A broader solution

Sat, 2017-08-05 17:10

by Kiran Gautam, My Republica

Online Education is one of the most necessary yet undermined topics in the field of education. Online education is the process of attending college through internet. It basically means that a student can sit in his computer and earn college equivalent degree without even leaving their room. As marvelous as it sounds, online education courses are far from being taken in by the students. The traditional belief of education by person to person interaction seems to be one of many problems. The world population is ever increasing, while schools and colleges are getting crowded. The concept of mass education compromises the quality of education. Students also travel to their respective colleges in their vehicles. The gasoline demands are forever increasing and with the growing population, it is set to get even higher than ever.

http://www.myrepublica.com/news/24728/

Share on Facebook

8 Ways You Can Succeed In A Machine Learning Career

Sat, 2017-08-05 17:05

by Laurence Bradford, Forbes

Machine learning is exploding, with smart algorithms being used everywhere from email to smartphone apps to marketing campaigns. Translation: if you’re looking for an in-demand career, setting yourself up with the skills to work with smart machines/artificial intelligence is a good move. With input from Florian Douetteau, CEO of Dataiku, here are some things you can start doing today to position yourself for a future career in machine learning.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurencebradford/2017/07/28/8-ways-you-can-succeed-in-a-machine-learning-career/

Share on Facebook

High turnover at the top continues to plague total education spectrum

Sat, 2017-08-05 17:02

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

The K-12 system is not the only system facing high turnover at the top; higher ed is also dealing with an uptick in hasty departures and presidential shuffling. With mounting pressure across the education spectrum to do more with less, and increased demands of the job as funding for support staff is cut, the trend should come as no surprise. Presidents and principals are expected to raise academic performance metrics, fundraise, navigate tricky political systems, and on and on. The key for district leaders as well as boards of trustees is to provide ample support and professional development for school leaders, but also to understand no transformation will take place in a year or two.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/high-turnover-at-the-top-continues-to-plague-total-education-spectrum/448350/

Share on Facebook

Online learning on the uptake in international education

Fri, 2017-08-04 17:25

By Chuck Chiang, Business in Vancouver

We’ve reached a tipping point, warns industry consultant. While Canada’s bricks-and-mortar institutions have not seen too much impact from online courses and schools, the figurative “tipping point” for students’ acceptance of online education appears to have been reached, says Mike Henniger, vice-president of sales and marketing at ICEF, an international education marketing and recruitment strategy consultancy. Examples include Udacity and MicroMasters, which offer free or paid courses in certain sectors where employers demand a certain skill set. Udacity even guarantees students will find a job upon completing the online program or receive a full refund.

https://www.biv.com/article/2017/7/online-learning-uptake-international-education/

Share on Facebook

Tweet This Post

How to Choose the Right Digital Learning Device

Fri, 2017-08-04 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Choosing the right digital learning device can be tricky. As more schools go one-to-one, offering every student a computer or tablet, they are faced with the difficult choice of picking one device that will work for all purposes. It can be tough to find a device that is tough enough to withstand everything students will throw at it, is easy to carry around, and can do everything teachers and students need it to do. Ultimately, there is no one right digital learning device for every school. But there are some basic guidelines that schools can follow to help them choose the right digital learning device for their needs.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/choose-right-digital-learning-device/

Share on Facebook

Tweet This Post

Nobody’s Watching: Proctoring in Online Learning

Fri, 2017-08-04 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Using answers provided beforehand to pass online tests; checking a cell phone display to look up a formula in a closed-book exam; conferring with an unseen person in the room for the right responses. This is hardly a new challenge for schools. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 lays out the rule: An institution offering “distance education” needs to have processes in place for verifying student identity to ensure that the student who registers for a class is the “same student who participates in and completes the program and receives the academic credit.” Jory Hadsell, executive director of the CCC OEI, spoke at this year’s OLC (Online Learning Consortium) Innovate conference and shared the solution: a combination of the use of an automated proctoring application and the creation of a network of colleges across the state that would provide no-cost proctoring on their campuses for students attending any of the member schools.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/26/nobodys-watching-proctoring-in-online-learning.aspx

Share on Facebook

Tweet This Post

How Harvard Business School’s HBX Is Different From Other Online Programs

Fri, 2017-08-04 17:09

by Pranay Parab, NDTV 360

Did you know that you can study from Harvard right from your home? Going to Harvard Business School is a dream for many but only around 900 students make it to the famed institute every year. However, the institute has an online learning program called HBX, featuring relatively short courses that you can sign up for. Raj Desai, who studied at HBX, and has since founded a Hyderabad-based startup called School of Accelerated Learning, says, “HBX is not like other online learning programs. You have to apply for it and get selected for it.” The selection process, Desai says, adds a lot of value to the certificate, which already has the Harvard brand name on it.

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/features/harvard-business-school-online-learning-hbx-india-1730267

Share on Facebook

E-Learning Platforms Could be Latin America’s Solution to Tech Talent Shortage

Fri, 2017-08-04 17:04

By Matt Kendall, Nearshore

In the battle against regional IT talent shortage, e-learning platforms and massive open online courses (MOOCs) are fast becoming Latin America’s secret weapon, attracting the attention of wannabe programmers, schools, governments, and global investors alike. As digital inclusion increases, e-learning is quickly creating a level playing field for students and professionals in the region, where many of the population lack access to high-quality educational amenities. Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico are currently among the leading adopters of e-learning, with schools being the major market in Brazil, and corporations and government being the main consumers in Argentina and Mexico, respectively.

http://www.nearshoreamericas.com/e-learning-latin-america-solution-talent-shortage/

Share on Facebook

Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?

Fri, 2017-08-04 17:03

by ALICE BONASIO, The Next Web

Another trend that will undoubtedly affect the sector is that as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies improve at an ever-faster pace it will enable much better provisions for personalized learning. But as fantastic as our access to knowledge these days would seem to those born a couple of generations before, it will likely pale in comparison to the next wave of immersive technology. Looking to the not-too-distant future, we can already envisage how Virtual and Mixed Reality technologies will increasingly be incorporated into the online learning strategy of major Universities institutions help to make such distance courses more immersive and engaging, blending the real and virtual world seamlessly and thus vastly increasing our ability to learn.

https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2017/07/19/now-moocs-mainstream-online-learning-go-next/

Share on Facebook

8 principles to help you advance to Flipped Learning 3.0

Thu, 2017-08-03 17:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

Flipped learning pioneer Jon Bergmann outlined critical steps to building an effective flipped learning school. At ISTE 2017, flipped learning pioneer Jon Bergmann introduced session attendees to Flipped Learning 3.0, and described the 8 principles that are crucial to any school’s flipped learning journey. Bergmann referenced the Flipped Learning Network’s definition as a pretty solid explanation for educators who are unsure: “Flipped learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.”

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/07/27/flipped-learning-30/

Share on Facebook

Tweet This Post

University leads the way with new $10m Refugee Education Initiative

Thu, 2017-08-03 17:25

BY eCampus News

Southern New Hampshire University’s multi-million-dollar project will bring U.S.-accredited degrees to refugees at home and abroad. Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has launched a major initiative to bring university degrees to refugees in the U.S. and around the world. Over the last decade, the refugee crisis has dramatically accelerated with 65.3 million displaced worldwide, and globally, less than one percent of refugees have access to higher education. This will be the first large-scale initiative to bring American accredited university degrees to the most marginalized population in the world with a goal of educating 50,000 refugees in 20 locations by 2022. Phase one of the initiative, a $10-million-dollar effort to bring SNHU’s online, competency-based bachelor’s and associate degrees to refugees and others affected by displacement, was made possible by a group of anonymous donors.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/news/university-refugees-education/

Share on Facebook

Tweet This Post

With more students streaming classes online, school plans to sell campus and find smaller facility

Thu, 2017-08-03 17:20

BY TIM FUNK, Charlotte Observer

With a majority of its students now taking classes online rather than on-site, Southern Evangelical Seminary is selling its 10.7-acre campus in Matthews and plans to move into a smaller facility next year. Seminary president Richard Land said that when he came to the school four years ago, 60 percent of its students attended classes at the Matthews site and 40 percent took classes online. Now, he said, those percentages have been reversed: Of the 237 students who were enrolled in 2016-17, about 60 percent of them were online. Most of the seminary’s classes are conducted on the campus at night – between 6 and 10 p.m., Land said. And three-fourths of the seminary’s online students stream those classes in real time.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/religion/article164354757.html

Share on Facebook

Tweet This Post

New report highlights importance of interaction in online learning

Thu, 2017-08-03 17:10

by Roger Riddell, Education Dive

According to a new report from The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research, “The Online College Students 2017: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,” online students want more interaction with instructors and fellow students. The survey included 1,500 students who were currently enrolled in, recent graduates of, or giving serious consideration to online programs, and more than 50% said that interaction is important, while around 25% said more interaction would improve quality and experience. The report recommends that schools improve their programs by better reflecting students’ career and educational goals, place more emphasis on responsiveness from admissions, and adapt approaches to accommodate mobile tech — as 80% of respondents said they used their device during their search for a school, while 40% said they used a mobile device to access coursework.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/new-report-highlights-importance-of-interaction-in-online-learning/447661/

Share on Facebook

Online learning on the uptake in international education

Thu, 2017-08-03 17:05

By Chuck Chiang, Business in Vancouver

We’ve reached a tipping point, warns industry consultant. While Canada’s bricks-and-mortar institutions have not seen too much impact from online courses and schools, the figurative “tipping point” for students’ acceptance of online education appears to have been reached, says Mike Henniger, vice-president of sales and marketing at ICEF, an international education marketing and recruitment strategy consultancy. Examples include Udacity and MicroMasters, which offer free or paid courses in certain sectors where employers demand a certain skill set. Udacity even guarantees students will find a job upon completing the online program or receive a full refund.

https://www.biv.com/article/2017/7/online-learning-uptake-international-education/

Share on Facebook

Nobody’s Watching: Proctoring in Online Learning

Thu, 2017-08-03 17:02

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Using answers provided beforehand to pass online tests; checking a cell phone display to look up a formula in a closed-book exam; conferring with an unseen person in the room for the right responses. This is hardly a new challenge for schools. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 lays out the rule: An institution offering “distance education” needs to have processes in place for verifying student identity to ensure that the student who registers for a class is the “same student who participates in and completes the program and receives the academic credit.” Jory Hadsell, executive director of the CCC OEI, spoke at this year’s OLC (Online Learning Consortium) Innovate conference and shared the solution: a combination of the use of an automated proctoring application and the creation of a network of colleges across the state that would provide no-cost proctoring on their campuses for students attending any of the member schools.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/26/nobodys-watching-proctoring-in-online-learning.aspx

Share on Facebook

Students list the top 5 benefits of a campus app

Wed, 2017-08-02 17:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The right campus app can help support students’ academic success. A new survey reveals that while 38 percent of students are somewhat or very worried they will not graduate on time, students also say their campus app helps them stay on top of their academic responsibilities. The 2017 Student Life and Technology survey comes from DubLabs, a provider of personalized campus mobile applications focused on the student experience. The survey aims to understand today’s postsecondary student experience and it reveals potential barriers to graduation and how students are leveraging campus resources to stay on track.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/top-5-benefits-campus-app/

Share on Facebook

Tweet This Post

Pages