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7 Strategies to Promote Community in Online Courses

Mon, 2019-06-10 17:15

By: Brian Udermann, Faculty Focus

One of the concerns I frequently hear from instructors considering teaching online is that they will lose the interaction and sense of community they have with their students when they teach face-to-face. That doesn’t have to be the case; many online instructors successfully create a sense of community in their courses. There are a variety of definitions of community. Most include wording or phrases such as “having something in common,” “feelings of being connected,” “shared goals or aspirations,” and “regular interaction.” This article will explore seven strategies faculty can use to promote and increase community in the online environment.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/seven-strategies-to-promote-community-in-online-courses/

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Learning Crypto and Blockchain is Now Made Easy by an Ivy League University

Mon, 2019-06-10 17:10

Abeer Anwaar, Block Publisher

According to the press release published on May 30, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has officially introduced a new online program focusing on fintech in general, which also includes digital currencies and the distributed ledger technology (DLT). As the acceptance and popularity of cryptocurrency and its underlying blockchain technology increases, the need to study it in more detail also becomes necessary. In light of that necessity, several universities around the globe are offering courses on the new technology. Among them is an Ivy League university from United States, the University of Pennsylvania.

https://blockpublisher.com/learning-crypto-and-blockchain-is-now-made-easy-by-an-ivy-league-university/

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Improving academic success through service-learning

Mon, 2019-06-10 17:05

Patrick Blessinger, Enakshi Sengupta and Taisir Subhi Yamin; University World News

In short, service-learning is a curricula-based approach to teaching and learning that allows students to directly put academic theory into real-world practice. The specifics of a service-learning project will depend on the institutional mission, the academic discipline and programme, the grade level and course type and the specific learning objectives. The research knowledge base on service-learning shows that it can have a positive impact on student engagement, retention and graduation rates. Service-learning is an approach that complements and enhances traditional classroom (face-to-face, hybrid or online) courses through civic engagement and community development.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190526153905418

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7 Strategies to Promote Community in Online Courses

Mon, 2019-06-10 17:03

By: Brian Udermann, Faculty Focus

One of the concerns I frequently hear from instructors considering teaching online is that they will lose the interaction and sense of community they have with their students when they teach face-to-face. That doesn’t have to be the case; many online instructors successfully create a sense of community in their courses. There are a variety of definitions of community. Most include wording or phrases such as “having something in common,” “feelings of being connected,” “shared goals or aspirations,” and “regular interaction.” This article will explore seven strategies faculty can use to promote and increase community in the online environment.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/seven-strategies-to-promote-community-in-online-courses/

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7 programs that are transforming education

Sun, 2019-06-09 17:30

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

Each Transformation Award winner uses online courses and adaptive learning tools to meet the varying needs of their students, who represent different demographic, economic and geographic backgrounds. The winning programs use online learning to overcome challenges in unique and inventive ways, whether through providing students with the means to earn a high school diploma after dropping out, filling teacher vacancies, helping students recover credits, differentiating instruction based on real-time progress data, or providing students with access to a wider variety of elective course

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/05/31/7-programs-that-are-transforming-education/

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NCAN Report: Shrinking Options, Growing Affordability Gaps for Low-Income Students Nationwide

Sun, 2019-06-09 17:25

Bill DeBaun, College Access

A new National College Access Network analysis shows that students are right to be concerned: Affordability is decreasing at two- and four-year public institutions, whose mission is to provide a postsecondary pathway to benefit individuals and the public at large. In 2016-17, just 48% of community colleges in our sample were affordable for the average Pell Grant recipient, according to NCAN’s affordability formula. Only 27% of four-year public institutions were affordable. From academic years 2012-13 to 2016-17, the percentage of affordable institutions declined nationally, while affordability gaps rose.

http://www.collegeaccess.org/BlogItem?dg=9c193a4e63164902adadb8d5612ff29e

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How micro-internships work for students and companies

Sun, 2019-06-09 17:15

Riia O’Donnell, Education dive
“Micro-internships,” or project-based internships, are emerging as a way for students to get a foot in the door and for employers to test talent before making a commitment. Lasting just days or weeks, micro-internships can create a more meaningful experience, too, according to Jeffrey Moss, CEO of Parker Dewey, a platform that enables such arrangements. Rather than longer programs that involve a fair bit of busy work, micro-internships often focus on one, substantive project. This could have an intern writing a blog post or compiling research, for example, he said. For many companies, these are tasks that are important, but don’t always get done.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-micro-internships-work-for-students-and-companies/556022/

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Why Mark Cuban is taking coding classes

Sun, 2019-06-09 17:11

JP Mangalindan, Yahoo Finance

Cuban told Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer in a recent interview he has taken several online courses to stay up-to-date on programming languages and evolving technologies, including machine learning. Doing so arguably makes him a savvier investor when some tech startups pitch him. “I mean, I’ve been on Amazon doing the machine learning tutorials,” Cuban said. “Right now I’m going through… I’ve taken Python online classes.” “I just started JavaScript neural networks,” added Cuban, referring to computing systems that act similarly to biological neural networks and adapt to perform tasks. “There’s a little tutorial where they’ve got most of the libraries … And if you have a background in programming, it’s not hard.”

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/mark-cuban-coding-113412974.html

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NCAN Report: Shrinking Options, Growing Affordability Gaps for Low-Income Students Nationwide

Sun, 2019-06-09 17:05

Bill DeBaun, College Access

A new National College Access Network analysis shows that students are right to be concerned: Affordability is decreasing at two- and four-year public institutions, whose mission is to provide a postsecondary pathway to benefit individuals and the public at large. In 2016-17, just 48% of community colleges in our sample were affordable for the average Pell Grant recipient, according to NCAN’s affordability formula. Only 27% of four-year public institutions were affordable. From academic years 2012-13 to 2016-17, the percentage of affordable institutions declined nationally, while affordability gaps rose.

http://www.collegeaccess.org/BlogItem?dg=9c193a4e63164902adadb8d5612ff29e

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WORLD – TWO-THIRDS OF POPULATION FALLING BEHIND IN CRITICAL SKILLS, REPORT FINDS

Sun, 2019-06-09 17:03

Staffing Industry Analysis

Two-thirds of the world’s population is falling behind in critical skills, including 90% of developing economies, according to a new report from online learning platform Coursera. The report, Coursera’s Global Skills Index, takes an in-depth look at skill trends and performance around the world. Countries that rank in the lagging or emerging categories (the bottom two quartiles) in at least one domain make up 66% of the world’s population, indicating a critical need to upskill the global workforce. The report suggested that such a large proportion of ill-prepared workers calls for greater investment in learning to ensure they remain competitive in the new economy.

https://www2.staffingindustry.com/row/Editorial/Daily-News/World-Two-thirds-of-population-falling-behind-in-critical-skills-report-finds-50118

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These fake images tell a scary story of how far AI has come

Sat, 2019-06-08 17:40

By Kelsey Piper, Vox

Five years ago, the technique for deepfakes was invented. Here’s what we’re capable of now.  In the past five years, machine learning has come a long way. You might have noticed that Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are way better than they used to be, or that automatic translation on websites, while still fairly spotty, is hugely improved from where it was a few years ago. But many still don’t quite grasp how far we’ve come, and how fast. Recently, two images made the rounds that underscore the huge advances machine learning has made — and show why we’re in for a new age of mischief and online fakery.

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/5/31/18645993/ai-deepfakes-gan-explained-machine-learning

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These fake images tell a scary story of how far AI has come

Sat, 2019-06-08 17:25

By Kelsey Piper, Vox

Five years ago, the technique for deepfakes was invented. Here’s what we’re capable of now.  In the past five years, machine learning has come a long way. You might have noticed that Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are way better than they used to be, or that automatic translation on websites, while still fairly spotty, is hugely improved from where it was a few years ago. But many still don’t quite grasp how far we’ve come, and how fast. Recently, two images made the rounds that underscore the huge advances machine learning has made — and show why we’re in for a new age of mischief and online fakery.

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/5/31/18645993/ai-deepfakes-gan-explained-machine-learning

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7 programs that are transforming education

Sat, 2019-06-08 17:20

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

Each Transformation Award winner uses online courses and adaptive learning tools to meet the varying needs of their students, who represent different demographic, economic and geographic backgrounds. The winning programs use online learning to overcome challenges in unique and inventive ways, whether through providing students with the means to earn a high school diploma after dropping out, filling teacher vacancies, helping students recover credits, differentiating instruction based on real-time progress data, or providing students with access to a wider variety of elective course

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/05/31/7-programs-that-are-transforming-education/

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Could Artificial Intelligence Automate Student Note-Taking?

Sat, 2019-06-08 17:15

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

What if you could have an artificial intelligence assistant to take down your notes for you? You could just sit back and give your full attention to the lecture secure in the knowledge that at the end of the lecture, you will have everything that was said organized in notes.In the business world, there are already a few companies that have developed solutions to automate note-taking at meetings.  As far as we could ascertain, there is room for the development of AI solutions that would automate note-taking for students. Such solutions, especially if they could summarize the important aspects of a lecture, would be invaluable to students who could then focus all their attention on the lecture while knowing that notes are being created for them.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/could-artificial-intelligence-automate-student-note-taking/

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Is There Still a Meaningful Difference Between For-Profit and Public Higher Ed?

Sat, 2019-06-08 17:10

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

The other day I was scrolling through Twitter when a message caught my eye. It came from George Siemens, a longtime leader in trying to understand the impact of technology on higher ed. He wrote: “I no longer think there’s a huge difference between for-profit and public higher education. Sit in enough faculty meetings, meet with enough leadership, and it becomes clear that it’s all about money. The difference between for-profit and public is mainly about appearances. In public institutions, we claim the higher ground but almost everything is driven by student numbers, enrollment, and dollars. Education could be less expensive, it could be more engaging, it could have a bigger impact, but we are confined to a system that values dollars first.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-05-30-is-there-still-a-meaningful-difference-between-for-profit-and-public-higher-ed

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Online training in digital accessibility for visually impaired people opens doors to new job opportunities

Sat, 2019-06-08 17:05

Newz Hook
The National Association for the Blind is organising online programmes on digital accessibility training for visually impaired people. This is important given the potential growth of job opportunities companies need people who can test websites and other digital mediums to ensure they are accessible for people with disabilities. With information technology accessibility (ICT Accessibility) among the key mandates of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPWD Act), digital accessibility is offering many promising employment opportunities for people with visual impairments. Companies are looking for qualified people who can ensure that their digital systems are usable and accessible to people with disabilities on a sustained basis.

https://newzhook.com/story/22390

 

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Two more universities get into blockchain education with specialized online courses

Sat, 2019-06-08 17:03

Matthew Beedham, the Next Web

Ireland‘s new blockchain Master’s was developed in collaboration with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, a government funded ICT training organization, and Dublin City University. The course is targeted primarily at IT professionals looking to build their blockchain dev skills. The “MSc in Blockchain” aims to close the skills gap that ICT Skillnet claims is currently preventing adoption of the technology, and to help Ireland become one of the world’s leading developers of blockchain related technology, according to the prospectus.

https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2019/05/31/universities-decentralized-online-blockchain-courses/

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Universities that are recruiting older students often leave them floundering

Fri, 2019-06-07 17:25

Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

With the number of 18- to 24-year-olds down and expected to remain flat through at least 2035, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Twenty-nine percent of undergraduate and 77 percent of graduate students are 25 or older, the U.S. Department of Education reports.  Among these older students, more than half are parents, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Two-thirds have low incomes, compared to 36 percent of their traditional-aged classmates. Fifty-seven percent work at least 20 hours a week, versus 39 percent of younger students. And 44 percent, compared to 19 percent of traditional undergrads, enroll part-time.

https://hechingerreport.org/universities-that-are-recruiting-older-students-often-leave-them-floundering/

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New Tech Tests Usability of Virtual Apps

Fri, 2019-06-07 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A researcher in Germany has developed technology for automatically detecting the usability and user-friendliness of virtual environments. Previously, said Patrick Harms from the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Göttingen, the only way to check these aspects of virtual reality and the virtual world was through manual testing. Harms wrote about his results in the May 2019 issue of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/29/new-tech-tests-usability-of-virtual-apps.aspx

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Here’s why understanding adult learners is absolutely critical

Fri, 2019-06-07 17:15

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Adults are quickly taking over a larger and larger part of the student population at colleges and universities–and understanding adult learners is key to institutional success. The idea of the “traditional student,” who graduates high school and enrolls in a university, graduating in four years, is transforming. The majority of today’s learners are adult learners–those juggling school with work or family responsibilities, or those seeking new skills or a complete career change. Many institutions are focusing on adult learner programs to help boost their growth and revenue as enrollment projections decline.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/05/27/heres-why-understanding-adult-learners-is-absolutely-critical/

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