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Seeing The New Academics

Wed, 2018-08-08 17:14

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

The structures that support academia have not kept up with the emerging importance of non-faculty educators. Our language is running behind the reality. Professional associations have not evolved or adapted quickly enough to accommodate the growing community of non-faculty academics working as learning professionals. The old ideas of staff and faculty divide still persist in thousands of ways, both big and small. Career paths, professional recognition, and protections of academic freedom must still be negotiated on a case-by-case and individual basis. We are all making this up as we go along.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/seeing-new-academics

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How to help adult students succeed

Wed, 2018-08-08 17:10

by Darcy Richardson, Education Dive

Today, employers want T-shaped employees, with a depth of knowledge in one area but also skills that translate to many different jobs, such as critical thinking and clear written and verbal communication. Higher education must do more to help adult learners become the candidates that employers need and want to retain. We have a responsibility to help these learners achieve their professional goals by means of accessible, high quality, and relevant courses. Meeting this growing need is becoming more pressing and is directly tied to the future growth of our economy.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-to-help-adult-students-succeed/528940/

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Counting Credentials

Wed, 2018-08-08 17:05

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

In April, a research study commissioned by Credential Engine counted at least 334,114 credentials in the U.S. That number included 213,913 degree programs and 66,997 certificate programs offered by Title IV-eligible postsecondary institutions, 23,454 high school diploma programs, 13,656 registered apprenticeships, 8,864 state-issued occupational licenses, 5,465 boot camp certificates, 23 MicroMasters and 24 Nanodegrees. The total number of U.S. credentials is actually much higher. This first count did not include non-credit-bearing postsecondary certificates, awards by institutions that are not eligible for Title IV funding, unregistered apprenticeships or alternative credentials like digital badges. Subsequent research by Credential Engine that isn’t yet published suggests there are at least 500,000 credentials available in the U.S. and possibly up to 750,000.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/07/31/credential-engine-seeks-map-credential-landscape

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Applications Open for Federal OER Grant

Wed, 2018-08-08 17:03

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

The U.S. Department of Education’s first grant for open educational resources, totaling $5 million, will be awarded in late September to between one and three applicants, the department announced today in a call for proposals published in the Federal Register. In an effort to develop OER content that can be disseminated to the widest possible audience for the largest possible savings, the department plans to award grants to one, two or three consortia that each include at least three higher education institutions, subject matter and technology experts, and an advisory group of at least five employers or work-force representatives.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/07/30/department-education-sets-september-date-one-three-oer-grants-5

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Universities Working to Make Library Metadata Searchable on the Web

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:26

By David Raths, Campus Technology
Since the 1960s, academic libraries have been using their own standards for the communication of metadata about resources in their catalogs. Originally designed for magnetic tape-based computers, machine-readable cataloging (MARC) standards are only understood by library systems. Failure to speak the language of the web has isolated libraries from the broader world of information developing there. Determined to take advantage of the semantic web, Stanford Libraries is working with the libraries of Cornell, Harvard and the University of Iowa to continue the development of a “linked data” metadata environment.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/05/universities-working-to-make-library-metadata-searchable-on-the-web.aspx

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4 Ways to Fine-Tune Academic Innovation in Higher Ed

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:20

By David Raths, Camus Technology
Getting faculty to try out new technologies can be a challenge. And while many universities have established programs to foster digital innovation campuswide, their efforts are constantly evolving with new developments in teaching and learning and changing mindsets around learning analytics, learning design and more. From internal grant programs to forming communities of practice, here are four ways academic technology leaders are fine-tuning their approaches to working with faculty.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/25/4-ways-to-fine-tune-academic-innovation-in-higher-ed.aspx

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Top out-of-state colleges prowl San Diego looking for online students

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:15

by Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune
Its main campus is 2,300 miles away. But Penn State University is on the prowl in San Diego, searching for students willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to earn a degree online. The University of Maryland is doing the same. So are Purdue, Old Dominion, Colorado State, Arizona State, the University of Arizona, Southern New Hampshire University and Grand Canyon University. There’s a feeding frenzy going on in San Diego and other California cities, where big out-of-state schools are trying to capitalize on the promise of online education, largely to offset a huge drop in college enrollment that’s most acute in the Northeast and Midwest.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/sd-me-online-learning-20180715-story.html

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Notes on the Online Learning Revolution – Free eBook by founding executive director of Penn State World Campus

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:11

by Gary Miller, PressBooks

I retired from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007 after a long career in educational media at Penn State and the University of Maryland University College.  In the last decade of my career, I served as Associate Vice President for Outreach for Continuing and Distance Education at Penn State and was the founding Executive Director of the Penn State World Campus.  After my retirement, I began a blog and wrote many postings about my experience with educational media and, in particular, the emerging role of online learning at our universities.  I’ve collected 16 of those posts into this collection, which I hope will be of interest to colleagues in the field.  Because these were all independent postings, I am sorry to say you may find some ideas being repeated along the way, but I hope you will find the collection to be helpful in your own work.

“https://psu.pb.unizin.org/notesontheolr/part/main-body/”

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Future-proof your college before it’s too late

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:10

BY BRADLEY FUSTER, eCampus News
The current campus-based, semester-delivery model is unlikely to sustain itself into the next century.  Since the proliferation of the internet and digitization of information, we have witnessed several warning signs. Online course delivery, e-textbooks, the rise and fall of large for-profit institutions, MOOCS, certificates, and micro-credentialing have each commanded attention in the past two decades. While some of these innovations have persisted and some failed, each represents a foreshock prior to a large seismic event that we have not yet experienced.

Future-proof your college before it’s too late

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Using workforce data to improve student outcomes

Tue, 2018-08-07 17:06

BY ROB SPARKS, eCampus News
Institutions can better serve students by using technology to evaluate skills development and its relevance to workforce needs.  At a time when higher education institutions are being held increasingly accountable for student outcomes and striving to prove their worth as an investment, the six-year completion rate for those who enrolled in 2011 was 56.9 percent. This number indicates that colleges and universities could be doing more to ensure that students see tangible value from their education in the form of a defined career path.

Using workforce data to improve student outcomes

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Moodle Drops Blackboard Partnership

Mon, 2018-08-06 17:25

By Rhea Kelly, THE Journal
Open source software company Moodle today announced it is ending its partnership with LMS giant Blackboard. Blackboard will “transition out of Moodle’s Certified Moodle Partner program in the coming months,” and “will no longer be allowed to use the Moodlerooms name or the Moodle trademarks that had been licensed to them to advertise their Moodle-related services,” according to a press release. Blackboard has been a Moodle partner since 2012, when it acquired Moodlerooms and several other companies with Moodle licenses.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/07/27/moodle-drops-blackboard.aspx

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Survey: Students say textbook costs have ‘big impact’ on finances

Mon, 2018-08-06 17:20

By James Paterson, Education Dive
A new Morning Consult study shows that 46% of students surveyed believe textbooks and other course materials have a “big impact” on their financial situations, and some experts say the costs heighten stress and force students to make tradeoffs that affect their ability to pay for housing and food, according to Inside Higher Education. About 43% of students surveyed said they skipped meals because of the expense for books, about 70% said they took on a part-time job because of the the added costs and around 30% said they had to take fewer classes. Some respondents even changed their major or opted out of a specific course so they would not have to pay the extra money. The head of the the education technology firm Cengage, which sponsored the survey of more than 1,600 students, said that textbooks and other course materials cost on average $1,200 a year per student, though learners often find other avenues — including renting books or copying what they need — but still pay almost half that.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-students-say-textbook-costs-have-big-impact-on-finances/528744/

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OER is at a tipping point. Here’s how to keep it moving in the right direction.

Mon, 2018-08-06 17:15

By Regina Gong, EdScoop
In his now-classic book “The Tipping Point,” Malcolm Gladwell explains how everything from “Sesame Street” to Airwalk shoes has sky-rocketed in popularity and shaped society. Gladwell posits that when the right elements are in place, a good idea can gain traction, reach a “point of critical mass,” and then spread like wildfire. Open educational resources (OER) are reaching the type of tipping point that Gladwell describes. While the rise of OER — freely available, openly licensed materials that can be downloaded, edited, and shared — has happened gradually over the past decade, these resources are now poised to transform both K-12 and higher education for the better.

https://edscoop.com/oer-is-at-a-tipping-point-heres-how-to-keep-it-moving-in-the-right-direction

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4 Ways to Fine-Tune Academic Innovation in Higher Ed

Mon, 2018-08-06 17:10

By David Raths, Camus Technology
Getting faculty to try out new technologies can be a challenge. And while many universities have established programs to foster digital innovation campuswide, their efforts are constantly evolving with new developments in teaching and learning and changing mindsets around learning analytics, learning design and more. From internal grant programs to forming communities of practice, here are four ways academic technology leaders are fine-tuning their approaches to working with faculty.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/25/4-ways-to-fine-tune-academic-innovation-in-higher-ed.aspx

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Connect with your virtual teacher

Mon, 2018-08-06 17:06

by CA Sana Baqai, the Hindu

With the pioneering of digitalisation in India, education sector has taken complete advantage of the opportunity of online education. E-learning in India is not new yet it is, in a way of approaching the students. With the advantages of studying at the comfort of your home, re-watching a video to clarify or revise and studying at a time comfortable for you, e-learning is giving a tough competition to the classrooms.  Not only is it helping students but at the same time it is also a hot job these days for teachers who want to teach from home and do not want the hassles of arranging tuition classes. Not only does it save you time and money it also gets you to reach a far greater number of students than classroom teaching, and that’s what a lot of teachers these days are looking for.

https://www.thehindu.com/education/connect-with-your-virtual-teacher/article24539181.ece

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Top out-of-state colleges prowl San Diego looking for online students

Mon, 2018-08-06 17:02

by Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune
Its main campus is 2,300 miles away. But Penn State University is on the prowl in San Diego, searching for students willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to earn a degree online. The University of Maryland is doing the same. So are Purdue, Old Dominion, Colorado State, Arizona State, the University of Arizona, Southern New Hampshire University and Grand Canyon University. There’s a feeding frenzy going on in San Diego and other California cities, where big out-of-state schools are trying to capitalize on the promise of online education, largely to offset a huge drop in college enrollment that’s most acute in the Northeast and Midwest.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/sd-me-online-learning-20180715-story.html

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Parker McCurley’s Amazing Journey To Becoming A Blockchain Developer

Sun, 2018-08-05 17:25

By Adam Lane, Udacity

He got kicked out of high school in Ohio. Today, he’s the co-founder of a blockchain technology firm. His company is making money, and he’s now contributing his subject matter expertise to Udacity’s Blockchain Developer Nanodegree program. In short, life is going really well for Parker. Yet his trajectory could easily have been very different, were it not for his dedication to learning and one unexpected conversation that opened his eyes to a new career. He spent the next few months studying with Udacity, working part-time jobs, and going to school full-time. It was difficult to balance it all, but his interest in programming had grown into a passion, and he wanted to turn it into his career.

Parker McCurley’s Amazing Journey To Becoming A Blockchain Developer

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Don’t assume online students are more likely to cheat. The evidence is murky

Sun, 2018-08-05 17:20

by Chris Pilgrim And Christopher Scanlon, The Conversation
Don’t assume online students are more likely to cheat. The evidence is murky.  You’d think that studying online would make it easier to cheat. But don’t jump to conclusions.  More university students are choosing to study online rather than face-to-face, prompting concerns about academic integrity. If you’re tempted to cheat in face-to-face courses, even during exams, how much easier would it be to pass off work that isn’t your own when you’re online? But research by us and others shows how university courses are delivered is less important in predicting which students are more likely to cheat. A better predictor is students’ demographic characteristics, particularly their age.

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-dont-assume-online-students-evidence.html

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True or false: Breaking down myths about online classes

Sun, 2018-08-05 17:15

BY ALLISON COLLINS, the Missourian
Nearly half of all MU students took an online class during the 2016-17 school year, according to the university’s website. They are popular for a variety of reasons. Some students like to free up their daily schedule for work or other activities, while others like the convenience of pacing their work around other deadlines and busy times during the semester. Online classes can even help students graduate faster. Online classes can be a great resource to a busy college student, but misperceptions about them can cause confusion. Successfully completing an online class demands strong study habits and good time management skills.

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/special_section/collegetown/true-or-false-breaking-down-myths-about-online-classes/article_86d3b8fc-7d79-11e8-a16c-07e31dc22113.html

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Survey: Students say textbook costs have ‘big impact’ on finances

Sun, 2018-08-05 17:10

By James Paterson, Education Dive
A new Morning Consult study shows that 46% of students surveyed believe textbooks and other course materials have a “big impact” on their financial situations, and some experts say the costs heighten stress and force students to make tradeoffs that affect their ability to pay for housing and food, according to Inside Higher Education. About 43% of students surveyed said they skipped meals because of the expense for books, about 70% said they took on a part-time job because of the the added costs and around 30% said they had to take fewer classes. Some respondents even changed their major or opted out of a specific course so they would not have to pay the extra money. The head of the the education technology firm Cengage, which sponsored the survey of more than 1,600 students, said that textbooks and other course materials cost on average $1,200 a year per student, though learners often find other avenues — including renting books or copying what they need — but still pay almost half that.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-students-say-textbook-costs-have-big-impact-on-finances/528744/

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