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FutureLearn launches fully online BA

Thu, 2018-10-11 17:25

by Patrick Atack
FutureLearn, the online learning platform attached to the British Open University, has launched its first undergraduate full degree program, in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Australia. The degree will be available across four subject areas of: Film, Media and Cultural Studies; English and Writing; History; and Sociology and Anthropology. Students will choose major and a minor subjects, picking individual courses accordingly. “It’s an important expansion of the university’s long history of flexible delivery” Each of the programs will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, broken down into four, three-week courses.

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A comparison of human-machine working hours for 2018 and 2022.

Thu, 2018-10-11 17:20

Future of Jobs Survey 2018, World Economic Forum

Will we humans lose more jobs than we gain when machines take over the world of work, or will it be just the opposite? The experts are still trying to figure that out. In December 2017, a report from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, “Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation,” predicted that between “almost zero” and a third of work activities could be displaced by 2030, with wide variation among countries. (The more advanced the economy, the more likely the impact of automation.) While workforce transitions could hit between 75 million and 375 million people, overall, McKinsey found, more occupations will change than will be lost in a machine-driven world.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/03/the-future-of-work-when-machines-take-it-over.aspx

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Houston CC Opens Online Campus

Thu, 2018-10-11 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When one Texas community college system launched its seventh campus, the ceremony was digital: At the appropriate moment, event attendees armed with tablets were invited to swipe their fingers across their screens to “cut” the virtual ribbon on Houston Community College’s new online college. HCC Online launched with 31 fully online programs, including 15 associate degree-level and 16 certificate offerings in both academic and workforce areas. It expects to expand the total to 70 by fall 2019.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/04/houston-cc-opens-online-campus.aspx

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The 5 Keys for Developing Effective Online Learning Courses

Thu, 2018-10-11 17:08

Christopher Pappas, Business2Community

Customers are busier than ever — in fact, more than 60 percent of people work at least 40 hours a week on top of countless hours of housework. Even with this full plate, they still must make well-informed buying decisions and find ways to familiarize themselves with brands. As a result, your organization should provide personalized customer online training resources that audiences can peruse at their own pace. With eLearning course development, you can tailor your brand to tech-savvy customers instead of relying on traditional strategies that feel more intrusive. Developing effective online learning courses isn’t easy — especially when you’re just starting out. It’s important to consider a few circumstances before implementing an online training course.

https://www.business2community.com/strategy/the-5-keys-for-developing-effective-online-learning-courses-02127651

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FutureLearn launches fully online BA

Thu, 2018-10-11 17:05

by Patrick Atack
FutureLearn, the online learning platform attached to the British Open University, has launched its first undergraduate full degree program, in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Australia. The degree will be available across four subject areas of: Film, Media and Cultural Studies; English and Writing; History; and Sociology and Anthropology. Students will choose major and a minor subjects, picking individual courses accordingly. “It’s an important expansion of the university’s long history of flexible delivery” Each of the programs will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, broken down into four, three-week courses.

FutureLearn launches fully online BA

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A comparison of human-machine working hours for 2018 and 2022

Thu, 2018-10-11 17:03

Future of Jobs Survey 2018, World Economic Forum

Will we humans lose more jobs than we gain when machines take over the world of work, or will it be just the opposite? The experts are still trying to figure that out. In December 2017, a report from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, “Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation,” predicted that between “almost zero” and a third of work activities could be displaced by 2030, with wide variation among countries. (The more advanced the economy, the more likely the impact of automation.) While workforce transitions could hit between 75 million and 375 million people, overall, McKinsey found, more occupations will change than will be lost in a machine-driven world.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/03/the-future-of-work-when-machines-take-it-over.aspx

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Older students are the new normal at college. The reason? The recession and new technology

Wed, 2018-10-10 17:25

Leigh Guidry, Lafayette Daily Advertiser]

American universities are becoming less traditional — or at least their students are. People over 25 or those with children are enrolling in college classes — so many that nearly 74 percent of American undergraduate students are “nontraditional.” They’re compelled by a recession that especially hurt less-educated employees, along with the worry that advancing technology could leave them without a job. Nontraditional students now outnumber those who start as 18-year-old freshmen supported by their parents, according to data from RTI International, a North Carolina think tank.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/10/03/adult-older-nontraditional-college-students-louisiana/1504180002/

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15 of the Best Tools for Blockchain Development

Wed, 2018-10-10 17:20

by Blockgeeks
The blockchain has evolved pretty drastically over the last few years. What started as a means to power up a decentralized payment network has morphed into a decentralized supercomputer where developers from all around the world can come and create their own software applications. This is a truly exciting space with lots of scope for development. However, as a developer who is a new entrant in this space, you might feel a little lost. So, we have created this guide specifically for you.

https://blockgeeks.com/guides/15-best-tools-blockchain-development/

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Introducing Bumo Blockchain

Wed, 2018-10-10 17:16

by Blockgeeks

BUMO is a next-generation commercial-grade public Blockchain for ubiquitous and trusted value transfer, which is aimed to build a decentralized application ecosystem featured with extensive digital trust, free-flowing value and public-sharing apps.

https://blockgeeks.com/guides/introducing-bumo-blockchain/

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View Printable Version AFRICA Online MOOCs battle against traditional mindsets

Wed, 2018-10-10 17:10

by  Wachira Kigotho, University World News

“Free MOOCs are also being used to accelerate youth employment in Africa,” she told University World News. The MOOCs are also being targeted at graduate and postgraduate teachers, head teachers, teacher educators and education officers, in order to improve teaching skills and the curriculum, said Olivier Biard, senior project manager at Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) – a consortium coordinated by the Open University in the UK, offering open online courses to teachers in developing countries. “Our main objectives are disrupting traditional teaching practices through e-learning and introducing new pedagogies relevant in the 21st century,” Biard told University World News.

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20181003160049490

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MIT – edX MicroMasters Adds Harvard Extension School and Four More Institutions

Wed, 2018-10-10 17:05

By IBL News
The list of universities that recognize the MITx / edX MicroMasters credential has grown until 19 pathway institutions in 11 countries and 58 different pathways to a master’s degree. The last five institutions joining the MicroMasters are:

Harvard Extension School for the programs in supply chain management (SCM) and data, economics and development policy (DEDP);
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México for DEDP;
Hong Kong Polytechnic University for SCM;
Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, in Thailand, for SCM, DEDP, and the programs in manufacturing principles and statistics and data science; and
Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg, in Germany, for SCM.

MIT – edX MicroMasters Adds Harvard Extension School and Four More Institutions

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Older students are the new normal at college. The reason? The recession and new technology

Wed, 2018-10-10 17:02

Leigh Guidry, Lafayette Daily Advertiser

American universities are becoming less traditional — or at least their students are. People over 25 or those with children are enrolling in college classes — so many that nearly 74 percent of American undergraduate students are “nontraditional.” They’re compelled by a recession that especially hurt less-educated employees, along with the worry that advancing technology could leave them without a job. Nontraditional students now outnumber those who start as 18-year-old freshmen supported by their parents, according to data from RTI International, a North Carolina think tank.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/10/03/adult-older-nontraditional-college-students-louisiana/1504180002/

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WeWork Spurs Online Learning’s Next Step Forward

Tue, 2018-10-09 17:24

Michael Horn, Forbes
WeWork, the leader in coworking spaces, has been turning heads in education circles for the last year. It acquired Flatiron, a prominent coding bootcamp, and MissionU, a one-year college alternative. Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company. Among other things, the partnership allows 2U students to use WeWork’s office space as study halls, and the two companies will build a learning center together in 2019. The place-based aspect of the partnership is what is so interesting, as it is points to what will happen next with the disruptive innovation of online learning, namely how it will improve.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhorn/2018/10/04/wework-spurs-online-learnings-next-step-forward/

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Ohio State plans esports program across 5 colleges

Tue, 2018-10-09 17:20

By Hallie Busta , Education Dive
Ohio State University is launching an interdisciplinary gaming studies and esports program that will span five of its colleges — Engineering, Education and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Business and Medicine — and include at least one undergraduate degree, according to the university. The program doesn’t yet have a launch date, though it is expected to be at least a year out. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center already researches mental and physical behavior of elite esports athletes.  The initiative will also include an elective class in esports content production, a gaming speaker series and an online certification. The certification and online classes will be developed after the degree program is in place, a university representative told Education Dive in an email. A planned 4,000-square-foot, 80-plus-seat esports arena will serve the program and be home to a new university esports team.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/ohio-state-plans-esports-program-across-5-colleges/538928/

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3 ways technology & innovation are transforming classrooms

Tue, 2018-10-09 17:14

BY MATT PRUSIECKI, eSchool News

A superintendent shares three tools his district uses to prepare their students for life.  As we continue to embark through the Information Age, it’s crucial for educators to implement new strategies that will meet the needs of both students and industries. Thanks to recent technology and innovative solutions, students are gaining more and more access to education outside the classroom, thereby expanding their learning and career opportunities in a variety of ways. Technology and innovation are a growing priority in school districts nationwide, and the following three tactical tools are ways educators today can use technology to transform their classrooms.

3 ways technology & innovation are transforming classrooms

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15 of the Best Tools for Blockchain Development

Tue, 2018-10-09 17:09

by Blockgeeks
The blockchain has evolved pretty drastically over the last few years. What started as a means to power up a decentralized payment network has morphed into a decentralized supercomputer where developers from all around the world can come and create their own software applications. This is a truly exciting space with lots of scope for development. However, as a developer who is a new entrant in this space, you might feel a little lost. So, we have created this guide specifically for you.

https://blockgeeks.com/guides/15-best-tools-blockchain-development/

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WeWork Spurs Online Learning’s Next Step Forward

Tue, 2018-10-09 17:02

Michael Horn, Forbes
WeWork, the leader in coworking spaces, has been turning heads in education circles for the last year. It acquired Flatiron, a prominent coding bootcamp, and MissionU, a one-year college alternative. Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company. Among other things, the partnership allows 2U students to use WeWork’s office space as study halls, and the two companies will build a learning center together in 2019. The place-based aspect of the partnership is what is so interesting, as it is points to what will happen next with the disruptive innovation of online learning, namely how it will improve.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhorn/2018/10/04/wework-spurs-online-learnings-next-step-forward/

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Research Dispels Myth that Adult Students Don’t Cheat in Online Classes

Mon, 2018-10-08 17:25

Lindsey Rae Downs, WCET Frontiers

The results have been consistent: adult students often cheat on exams. They search the web for answers. They use smart phones and mobile devices, so locking down browsers while taking a test has little, if any, effect on cheating. They use Google searches and specialized websites that provide answers to open-ended as well as closed-ended assessments. They perceive less opportunity to cheat when they are monitored by automated proctoring systems.

Research Dispels Myth that Adult Students Don’t Cheat in Online Classes

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A Two-Minute Guide To Artificial Intelligence

Mon, 2018-10-08 17:21

Parmy Olson, Forbes

If you keep hearing about artificial intelligence but aren’t quite sure what it means or how it works, you’re not alone. There’s been much confusion among the general public about the term, not helped by dramatic news stories about how “AI” will destroy jobs, or companies that overstate their abilities to “use AI.” A lot of that confusion comes from the misuse of terms like AI and machine learning. So here’s a short text-and-video guide to explain them:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2018/10/03/a-two-minute-guide-to-artificial-intelligence/

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Internet Safety Tips for School-age Kids

Mon, 2018-10-08 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With teens reportedly spending one-third of their days online—and younger kids not far behind—it’s imperative that parents and teachers ensure the safety of school-aged kids on the Internet. Of course, the Internet is a big place, and it’s populated by hackers, bullies, and those who would take advantage of children and teens. So how can we truly monitor kids and keep them safe? Start by following the Internet safety tips below!

Internet Safety Tips for School-Aged Kids

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