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The Online Revolution In Business Education — And How To Thrive With It

Thu, 2017-06-15 17:25

by Peter Todd, Forbes

The ever-accelerating pace of online technology has completely changed the way we work, entertain ourselves, communicate and connect. And now it is revolutionizing the way we learn. Of course, digital technology in education, and in particular, business education is nothing new. The iTunesU platform and MOOCs – both of which we have embraced at HEC Paris – have been with us for more than a decade now, and we’ve accompanied Learning Management Systems for almost 20 years. But what we are on the cusp of now is an ability to deliver a complete learning experience online which can compete directly with and, in some cases, may even supplant the traditional classroom delivery model. But how prepared is the international business school community to cope with this transformation?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hecparis/2017/05/29/the-online-revolution-in-business-education-and-how-to-thrive-with-it/

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What you need to know as Gen Z enters the workforce

Thu, 2017-06-15 17:16
By Ken Tysiac, Journal of Accountancy

The author of GenZ @ Work, Stillman presents with his 17-year-old son (and Gen Z member) Jonah and is armed with research from three national surveys he has done with members of Gen Z. The first is trait of Gen Z is “Phigital,” which Stillman explains means that the lines between physical and digital have been eliminated. The second Gen Z trait Stillman discussed is a quality he calls “hyper-custom.” Personalized marketing has given them opportunities for customized experiences as consumers. “FOMO” (fear of missing out) was the third Gen Z trait that Stillman discussed. Gen Z members have spent their lives connected to news sources 24 hours a day.

http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/news/2017/may/generation-z-enters-workforce-201716711.html

By Ken Tysiac, Journal of Accountancy

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ED-Funded VR Game Simulates Chemistry Lab Experiences

Thu, 2017-06-15 17:14

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal

Schell Games, a full-service game design and development company based in Pittsburgh, recently released a video trailer for its upcoming educational virtual reality (VR) game that seeks to better engage high school students in chemistry concepts. SuperChem VR is supported by Phase I and II funding from the Institution of Education Sciences (IES) within the United States Department of Education (ED) as part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The game was developed for use on commercially available VR systems that include headsets with controllers, such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/05/26/ed-funded-vr-game-simulates-chemistry-lab-experiences.aspx

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Governors ask Congress to prioritize education, workforce development

Thu, 2017-06-15 17:09

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Federal support for education and workforce training should continue, and in negotiations for the coming year’s budget Congress should ensure funding to make the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act successful, according to a letter from the National Governors Association. The letter, addressed to the chairs and ranking members of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education in the House and Senate, marks the first time since 2007 that governors have collectively advocated regarding federal funding levels.The governors also requested that Congress work to ensure proper funding is continued for state grants under the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, Preschool Development Grants and state grants available due to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/governors-ask-congress-to-prioritize-education-workforce-development/443663/

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Fine Print and Tough Questions for the Purdue-Kaplan Deal

Thu, 2017-06-15 17:04

by Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

The Higher Learning Commission faces  a challenging task as it kicks the tires of the new institution. Faculty members at Purdue have raised a broad range of concerns about the deal, including complaints about shared governance for the new university and not being notified about the negotiations with Kaplan until an hour before the news went public. “Any way you look at it, this is going to trigger a very careful review,” said Judith Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Russ Poulin agreed. As the director of policy and analysis for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Poulin said the HLC review will be where critics of the deal make their stand. “They’re going to be under tremendous pressure from both sides on this.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/30/regulators-and-accreditor-begin-review-purdues-boundary-testing-deal-kaplan

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The Online Revolution In Business Education — And How To Thrive With It

Thu, 2017-06-15 17:03

by Peter Todd, Forbes

The ever-accelerating pace of online technology has completely changed the way we work, entertain ourselves, communicate and connect. And now it is revolutionizing the way we learn. Of course, digital technology in education, and in particular, business education is nothing new. The iTunesU platform and MOOCs – both of which we have embraced at HEC Paris – have been with us for more than a decade now, and we’ve accompanied Learning Management Systems for almost 20 years. But what we are on the cusp of now is an ability to deliver a complete learning experience online which can compete directly with and, in some cases, may even supplant the traditional classroom delivery model. But how prepared is the international business school community to cope with this transformation?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hecparis/2017/05/29/the-online-revolution-in-business-education-and-how-to-thrive-with-it/

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Udacity Boosts Projects in Intro to Programming Nanodegree Program

Wed, 2017-06-14 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, eCampus News

Amid news that coding bootcamp graduates are finding work, Udacity has tweaked the formula for its popular introductory course in programming by adding three new projects. The “Intro to Programming” program launched in March 2015. Since then, according to the company, more than 1,600 students from around the world have completed the program, and 3,400 others are currently enrolled. The company has also announced a new pricing model. Started by MOOC pioneer Sebastian Thrum, Udacity offers free courses as well as paid courses that lead to “nanodegrees,” alternative credentials awarded for online training when an individual proves his or her competency.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/technology-digital-5-years/

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Most Experts Predict a “Mix of Models” for Future of Ed

Wed, 2017-06-14 17:21

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Experts in higher education, technology, government and research expect the future of workplace training to include new kinds of educational offerings that can train large numbers of workers in the skills they’ll need. That overall conclusion came out of a query on the topic posed by the Pew Research Center and Elon University, generating some 1,400 responses. The specific question people were answering was this: “In the next 10 years, do you think we will see the emergence of new educational and training programs that can successfully train large numbers of workers in the skills they will need to perform the jobs of the future?” Among those answering were education leaders, scholars, technologists, practitioners and other “strategic thinkers.” Seven in 10 respondents said, yes, that such programs would emerge and be successful.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/26/most-experts-predict-a-mix-of-models-for-future-of-ed.aspx

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Data: For-profits worst at graduating low-income students

Wed, 2017-06-14 17:15

by A. Arnett, Education Dive

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows private, for-profit institutions do the worst job of graduating Pell-eligible students. While 3 in 4 students at these institutions receive Pell grants, only 16% actually graduate with a bachelor’s degree in six years, and The Hechinger Report’s Jon Marcus and Sarah Butrymowicz noted in their analysis of the report that shorter-term for-profit programs (two years or less) see much greater success with getting these students a higher ed credential. Nonprofit institutions, by comparison, graduate between 50-55%, but they enroll significantly fewer Pell-dependent students.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/data-for-profits-worst-at-graduating-low-income-students/443570/

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What you need to know as Gen Z enters the workforce

Wed, 2017-06-14 17:09
By Ken Tysiac, Journal of Accountancy

The author of GenZ @ Work, Stillman presents with his 17-year-old son (and Gen Z member) Jonah and is armed with research from three national surveys he has done with members of Gen Z. The first is trait of Gen Z is “Phigital,” which Stillman explains means that the lines between physical and digital have been eliminated. The second Gen Z trait Stillman discussed is a quality he calls “hyper-custom.” Personalized marketing has given them opportunities for customized experiences as consumers. “FOMO” (fear of missing out) was the third Gen Z trait that Stillman discussed. Gen Z members have spent their lives connected to news sources 24 hours a day.

http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/news/2017/may/generation-z-enters-workforce-201716711.html

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Udacity Boosts Projects in Intro to Programming Nanodegree Program

Wed, 2017-06-14 17:04

By Dian Schaffhauser, eCampus News

Amid news that coding bootcamp graduates are finding work, Udacity has tweaked the formula for its popular introductory course in programming by adding three new projects. The “Intro to Programming” program launched in March 2015. Since then, according to the company, more than 1,600 students from around the world have completed the program, and 3,400 others are currently enrolled. The company has also announced a new pricing model. Started by MOOC pioneer Sebastian Thrum, Udacity offers free courses as well as paid courses that lead to “nanodegrees,” alternative credentials awarded for online training when an individual proves his or her competency.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/technology-digital-5-years/

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3 Steps to Take Before Starting an Online Program

Wed, 2017-06-14 17:02

By Olena Reid,US News

Being a prospective online student can be stressful. You may investigate seemingly endless options for programs, and even when you find a perfect match, your journey is still only just beginning. There are a few things prospective students can do to find a best-fit online program that will, at the same time, help them transition into returning to school. Prepare a short self-introduction speech to impress admissions officers and stand out in online classes.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-05-26/3-steps-to-take-before-starting-an-online-program

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After the Hype, Do MOOC Ventures Like edX Still Matter?

Tue, 2017-06-13 17:25

Anant Agarwal Interviewed By Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Ed

As a nonprofit, you want to have the biggest impact, not necessarily the biggest ROI for investors. You can do things like that. So we give our platform away for free. A second example is that on edX, we are still offering MOOCs, which are courses where people can do the whole learning for free. You may have to pay for a credential, but we still offer MOOCs, and virtually all our courses are MOOCs. Even for a MicroMasters and premium offerings, people can learn completely for free. A lot of the for-profits have pivoted and put up paywalls in their programs. And edX pretty much has and will continue to offer free courses and programs. And as a nonprofit, that certainly reduces the revenue that you can generate. But we have a very long-term horizon.

http://www.chronicle.com/article/After-the-Hype-Do-MOOC/240155

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6 Keys to Working with Vendors in a Next-Gen Enterprise IT World

Tue, 2017-06-13 17:15

by Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

As IT departments become “brokers” rather than single-service providers, vendor management skills are becoming paramount. Here’s how two institutions deal with contracts, vendor relationships and more. When Educause called out “next-generation enterprise IT” as one of its top 10 IT issues in 2017, the higher education technology association also asked members of its advisory board to explain just what’s meant by that. Michael Quiner, CIO at Oregon’s Linn-Benton Community College, says “The new baseline for enterprise IT is to anticipate the needs of the institution and look outside the services and systems traditionally found in the IT department,” Quiner explained. “The new goal of enterprise IT is to make the college’s ‘Christmas list’ a reality by looking beyond what our campus already has on our IT shelves and by becoming a broker instead of a single-service provider.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/25/6-keys-to-working-with-vendors-in-a-next-gen-enterprise-it-world.aspx

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Institutions must think broader when utilizing analytics

Tue, 2017-06-13 17:08

by Roger Riddell, Education Dive

Jack Neill, vice president of client services at HelioCampus and former senior director of analytics at University of Maryland University College, says institutions must think “bigger and broader” when it comes to the possibilities of utilizing analytics. Neill writes that when looking to leverage analytics, institutions should ask questions around whether the students being recruited are those most likely to succeed there, what the patterns around degree completion are and how to improve them, and how students can be segmented into subpopulations for better service. Thinking broader in this manner, according to Neill, can help institutions shine light on potentially expensive blind spots that, despite how well-meaning leaders may be, can sometimes only expand the problem.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/institutions-must-think-broader-when-utilizing-analytics/443197/

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Data: For-profits worst at graduating low-income students

Tue, 2017-06-13 17:05

by A. Arnett, Education Dive

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows private, for-profit institutions do the worst job of graduating Pell-eligible students. While 3 in 4 students at these institutions receive Pell grants, only 16% actually graduate with a bachelor’s degree in six years, and The Hechinger Report’s Jon Marcus and Sarah Butrymowicz noted in their analysis of the report that shorter-term for-profit programs (two years or less) see much greater success with getting these students a higher ed credential. Nonprofit institutions, by comparison, graduate between 50-55%, but they enroll significantly fewer Pell-dependent students.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/data-for-profits-worst-at-graduating-low-income-students/443570/

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After the Hype, Do MOOC Ventures Like edX Still Matter?

Tue, 2017-06-13 17:02

Anant Agarwal Interviewed By Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Ed

As a nonprofit, you want to have the biggest impact, not necessarily the biggest ROI for investors. You can do things like that. So we give our platform away for free. A second example is that on edX, we are still offering MOOCs, which are courses where people can do the whole learning for free. You may have to pay for a credential, but we still offer MOOCs, and virtually all our courses are MOOCs. Even for a MicroMasters and premium offerings, people can learn completely for free. A lot of the for-profits have pivoted and put up paywalls in their programs. And edX pretty much has and will continue to offer free courses and programs. And as a nonprofit, that certainly reduces the revenue that you can generate. But we have a very long-term horizon.

http://www.chronicle.com/article/After-the-Hype-Do-MOOC/240155

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AI. Machine Learning. What’s the Impact on Digital Marketing Today?

Mon, 2017-06-12 17:25

by Marc Poirier, SEJ Journal

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have been highly predicted trends in marketing and SEO. But how are they changing the industry now? Read on to find out more about the influence of AI on the marketing world in this Search Engine Nerds episode. Marc Poirier, CEO and co-founder of Acquisio, joins SEJ’s Brent Csutoras to talk about how artificial intelligence and machine learning impacts online marketing. Poirier also gives us a primer on how AI is affecting local search, and shares his verdict on the battle between AI and humans in search and marketing.

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/ai-machine-learning-online-marketing-podcast/199462/

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Where do teachers turn for tech help?

Mon, 2017-06-12 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Being a teacher and being a technology expert are two very different professions, and although some teachers are also technology experts, many teachers are left in the dark with regards to technology. Where can teachers go for technology assistance in our very technology heavy 21st century? For some teachers, especially those who have more experience, and are inching towards retirement, advances in technology are happening too quickly for teachers to keep up with the changes.  The first place many teachers are looking for help regarding technology issues is the internet. Within the last 30 years, the internet has become the primary source of information sharing worldwide. According to a 2016 survey taken by the thejournal.com, 37% of teachers go directly online to look for help regarding the use of new technologies in the classroom. The second largest category where teachers seek help is not surprisingly peers at 23%.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/teachers-turn-technology-assistance/

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Going back to school online

Mon, 2017-06-12 17:19

By Tania Kishore Jaleel, Fortune India

Until now, online MOOC courses were mostly popular with students and professionals on a budget looking for an Ivy League education. Thousands of young students took courses in everything from mathematical thinking to mechanics from leading U.S. universities such as Yale or Stanford without ever leaving Indian shores. But, now, leading online course providers such as U.S.-based Coursera and Simplilearn are looking beyond students and talking to the government on digital literacy programmes to help bridge the skill gap in India and prepare workers for the jobs of the future. Some online education providers won’t just train the growing work force but also government employees in the intricacies of everything from data analytics to cloud computing as the country goes increasingly digital.

http://fortuneindia.com/2017/may/going-back-to-school-online-1.10866

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