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Hybrid study model is effective

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:09

by Wendy R Kilfoil, Mail and Guardian

The University of Pretoria’s hybrid learning programme proved to be invaluable last year when classes were disrupted by the #FeesMustFall protests. As most of our courses already include robust online components, we were able to make the transition relatively seamlessly to online-only coursework when the campus was closed during the unrest. This flexible approach allowed students to continue their studies uninterrupted and finish their degrees on time.

https://mg.co.za/article/2017-07-28-00-hybrid-study-model-is-effective

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The Rose-Colored Glasses Come Off: a Survey of Business Officers

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:05
by Doug Lederman and Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed Chief business officers increasingly agree that higher education is in the midst of a financial crisis, according to the 2017 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Business Officers. Some are also starting to lose faith in the idea that they can overcome revenue shortfalls using the often-cited strategy of increasing enrollment. Many respondents were open or supportive of the idea of consolidating programs or academic operations with other institutions. The emerging picture is decidedly less optimistic than that of previous years. This year, 71 percent of chief business officers agreed with the statement that media reports saying higher education is in the midst of a financial crisis are accurate. That is up from 63 percent in 2016 and 56 percent in 2015. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/survey-finds-business-officers-increasingly-considering-more-painful-options Share on Facebook

MIT Deems MicroMasters a Success

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:02

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Administrators at Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they are “floored” by the quality of students in its half online, half in-person master’s degree program. Expansion plans are in the works.The first of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s half online, half in-person master’s degree programs is making a profit and bringing dozens of new degree-seeking students to campus. MIT calls that process “inverted admissions,” as prospective students are able to complete courses before they are technically admitted to the program. Numbers MIT shared with Inside Higher Ed show that nearly 200,000 learners have signed up for the online courses to date. Most of them have taken the courses for free, but MIT has awarded nearly 19,000 certificates. A group of about 1,100 learners last month became the first to finish the five MOOCs required to take the comprehensive final exam. Nearly 800 did took the test, and 622 passed.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/07/26/mit-deems-half-online-half-person-masters-program-success

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Online learners say these social perks are program musts

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:26

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A new survey reveals that fully-online students identified interaction with instructors, classmates as paramount to their learning experience. The research, compiled from a survey of 1,500 students who are seriously considering, currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from a fully online program aims to help higher-ed leaders and policymakers better understand both the traits of online college students and what they’re looking for in their educational experience. The Online College Students 2017: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences report, from The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research, shows that online students are seeking interaction with their classmates and course instructors. In fact, more than half of survey respondents said interaction with the academic community is important.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/online-learning/social-perks-programs/

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Online Courses Projected to Drive Credit Card Fraud to $24B by 2018

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:20

by Kelly Sheridan, Dark Reading

An underground ecosystem provides cybercriminals with online tutorials, tools, and credit card data they need to commit fraud. An ecosystem of payment card fraud will drive a projected $24 billion in losses by the end of 2018. Cybercriminals are working together to share tools, tutorials, and credit card data to scam victims. It turns out payment card fraudsters learn their skills as many professionals do: through online learning. Researchers at Digital Shadows discovered a Russian carding forum provides a course on how to commit fraud, complete with instructors, syllabus, webinars, and reading material. “We were surprised by the sophistication of the teaching site,” says Michael Marriott, research analyst at Digital Shadows. “There were weekly webinars, course material, links to software [students] could use, interactive Q&A sessions.”

http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/online-courses-projected-to-drive-credit-card-fraud-to-$24b-by-2018/d/d-id/1329408

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7 Top EdTech Tools for Higher Ed

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Higher education is experiencing a time of rapid change. The traditional picture of a college-aged student sitting in a large lecture hall is no longer. Students complete their education at any age, in a variety of formats, and, sometimes, from multiple institutions. A recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group as reported in US News and World Report found that approximately 5.8 million students took at least one online class in 2014. The average age of someone enrolled in higher education now is 25. This change puts the focus on educational technologies that can provide solutions for classroom management, assessment, microlearning, affordability, and collaboration. These identified areas of need for higher education lead to 7 quality educational technology tools and apps for leading the way in an era of rapid change.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/top-7-educational-technology-tools-apps-resources-higher-education/

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Consider an Online Degree Program From a State System

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:10

By Bradley Fuster, US News

In some states, online students can seamlessly transfer credits from one public school to another.Private, nonprofit institutions have traditionally been viewed as more prestigious and are generally more expensive, while state schools pride themselves on affordability, especially for in-state residents. But as online learning has evolved, students are having more difficulty seeing any real differences between public institutions and their private competitors.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-07-14/consider-an-online-degree-program-from-a-state-system Share on Facebook

Average Cost Per Record of US Data Breach in Ed: $245

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

The average cost of a data breach in the United States rose for the fourth straight year, hitting $225 per compromised record–the highest it has been since 2006, when the Ponemon Institute began to publish research on the topic. In education, which tends to be more heavily regulated regarding data privacy, the average “per capita” cost for 2017 in this country is even higher: $245. That’s considerably more than the worldwide per-record cost in education of $200. (Per capita represents the total cost of the data breach divided by the number of lost or stolen records.) According to Ponemon’s “2017 Cost of Data Breach Study,” the average total organizational cost across all segments, not just education, is $7.35 million, up almost five percent over last year’s $7 million. The average number of records exposed was 28,512.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/18/average-cost-per-record-of-us-data-breach-in-ed-245.aspx

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New OpenStax Tutor Beta Offers Personalized Learning

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:03

By Hillary Miller, eLearning Inside

An initiative of Rice University, OpenStax was first launched in 2012 with the goal of cultivating peer-reviewed, high-quality textbooks that were low-cost in print and entirely free online. Today, the publisher provides titles for over 30 courses, including U.S. History, Macroeconomics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology. Each book is authored by a team of leading experts from universities all across the United States. The goal of OpenStax Tutor Beta is to provide instantaneous feedback and custom-tailored learning support for every learner. Students utilizing OpenStax Tutor don’t need to download any software to use the product; they simply log on to the OpenStax Tutor website to access their course textbook and complete their assignments.

https://news.elearninginside.com/new-openstax-tutor-beta-offers-personalized-learning/

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Trailblazers in EdTech

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:25

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, tech Edvocate

The influencers that we chose are all active in the area of edtech, doing something influential in edtech, well-known throughout the edtech landscape, and making an impact globally. We are excited to witness how these influencers continue to change the world this year, and we are anxious to see who will stand on the shoulders of these giants, and as a result, become a part of this series. In this installment of “Trailblazers in Edtech,” we will profile Todd Brekhus, President of myON.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/trailblazers-edtech-todd-brekhus/

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5 Best Social Media Practices for Higher Ed

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Social Media has undeniably become a part of our everyday lives. Grandmothers and 12-years old alike are opening Facebook accounts, and there are Facebook pages even for people’s dogs and cats. Companies are using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media sites for marketing and advertising. Universities are now also using social media pages because people are reading and accessing social media sites daily. How can universities and colleges best take advantage of the benefits that social media has to offer in our technology-heavy 21st century?

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-best-social-media-practices-higher-education/

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Google’s AI Fight Club Will Train Systems to Defend Against Future Cyberattacks

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:15

by Futurism

Google Brain and data science platform Kaggle have announced an “AI Fight Club” to train machine learning systems on how to combat malicious AI. As computer systems become smarter, cyberattacks also become tougher to defend against, and this contest could help illuminate unforeseen vulnerabilities. This AI fight club will feature three adversarial challenges. The first (non-targeted adversarial attack) involves getting algorithms to confuse a machine learning system so it won’t work properly. Another battle (targeted adversarial attack) requires training one AI to force another to classify data incorrectly. The third challenge (defense against adversarial attacks) focuses on beefing up a smart system’s defenses.

https://futurism.com/googles-ai-fight-club-will-train-systems-to-defend-against-future-cyberattacks/

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Online learners say these social perks are program musts

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A new survey reveals that fully-online students identified interaction with instructors, classmates as paramount to their learning experience. The research, compiled from a survey of 1,500 students who are seriously considering, currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from a fully online program aims to help higher-ed leaders and policymakers better understand both the traits of online college students and what they’re looking for in their educational experience. The Online College Students 2017: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences report, from The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research, shows that online students are seeking interaction with their classmates and course instructors. In fact, more than half of survey respondents said interaction with the academic community is important.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/online-learning/social-perks-programs/

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7 Top EdTech Tools for Higher Ed

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:02

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Higher education is experiencing a time of rapid change. The traditional picture of a college-aged student sitting in a large lecture hall is no longer. Students complete their education at any age, in a variety of formats, and, sometimes, from multiple institutions. A recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group as reported in US News and World Report found that approximately 5.8 million students took at least one online class in 2014. The average age of someone enrolled in higher education now is 25. This change puts the focus on educational technologies that can provide solutions for classroom management, assessment, microlearning, affordability, and collaboration. These identified areas of need for higher education lead to 7 quality educational technology tools and apps for leading the way in an era of rapid change.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/top-7-educational-technology-tools-apps-resources-higher-education/

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Online Courses Projected to Drive Credit Card Fraud to $24B by 2018

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:01

by Kelly Sheridan, Dark Reading

An underground ecosystem provides cybercriminals with online tutorials, tools, and credit card data they need to commit fraud. An ecosystem of payment card fraud will drive a projected $24 billion in losses by the end of 2018. Cybercriminals are working together to share tools, tutorials, and credit card data to scam victims. It turns out payment card fraudsters learn their skills as many professionals do: through online learning. Researchers at Digital Shadows discovered a Russian carding forum provides a course on how to commit fraud, complete with instructors, syllabus, webinars, and reading material. “We were surprised by the sophistication of the teaching site,” says Michael Marriott, research analyst at Digital Shadows. “There were weekly webinars, course material, links to software [students] could use, interactive Q&A sessions.”

http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/online-courses-projected-to-drive-credit-card-fraud-to-$24b-by-2018/d/d-id/1329408

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