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

Mon, 2018-10-08 17:10

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 17:05

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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How to Get Reluctant Professors on Board with Mobile Learning

Mon, 2018-10-08 17:03

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

 

Mobile learning is a growing trend for students who are increasingly searching for ways to take their education with them. They tend to prize flexibility when it comes to their academics, making it essential that professors start to add more mobile learning components to the curriculum. Old-school professors tend to be more reluctant to get on board with the mobile learning options that students love. However, this hesitancy can set them and their students up for failure as they move forward. How can you get a tentative teacher to start incorporating more mobile learning into their classroom? Here are a few tips to make the idea more palatable to a professor who isn’t quite ready to embrace edtech in the classroom.

How to Get Reluctant Professors on Board with Mobile Learning

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Here’s how to boost enrollment with chatbots

Sun, 2018-10-07 17:25

 

BY DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News
Georgia State University’s virtual assistant helps incoming freshmen navigate the student enrollment process, leading to a significant increase in enrollment. As recently as last year, nearly one in five students who committed to attending Georgia State University (GSU) never showed up for classes in the fall. This problem isn’t unique to GSU, and it’s commonly referred to as the “summer melt.” But GSU has taken an innovative approach to solving this challenge, using an artificially intelligent (AI) chatbot that has led to a significant increase in student enrollment. Summer melt most commonly affects low-income students, many of whom are the first in their family to be accepted into college. Navigating the complex student enrollment process can be intimidating for anyone, but especially these students—and many just give up before they complete the process.

Here’s how to boost enrollment with chatbots

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Google launches “Abtal Al Internet” initiative to teach children online safety habits

Sun, 2018-10-07 17:20

By Ammara Rounaq, Tech Radar
Aiming to encourage children to be confident online explorers while avoiding potential cybersecurity pitfalls, Google has launched “Abtal Al Internet” (Internet Heroes) initiative in Arabic, a free online platform full of learning resources and interactive activities on online safety for kids, parents and educators. This move seems in line with Google’s Be Internet Awesome initiative launched last year.

https://www.techradar.com/news/google-launches-abtal-al-internet-initiative-to-teach-children-online-safety-habits

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Increasing Learner Engagement In Online Courses

Sun, 2018-10-07 17:15

by Business World

Online learning is still saddled with disengaged learners, huge dropout rates, incomplete capstone projects and a nagging doubt about its efficacy and effectiveness. It is wise, therefore, to be skeptical about the claims; yet there are also reasons to believe that a profound shift is occurring and a need to pinpoint different strategies to fix the gaps can’t be undermined.  For online learning to become engaging, it needs to start with engaging content. A course should contain a variety of content formats – videos, text, audio, quizzes, games and more. Several educators have experimented with different video formats – slideshows, live instructors, light boards and animations. Interactive videos, which allow learners to interact with the video content in the form of in-video questions, have taken the engagement level a notch higher. Practice quizzes with instant feedback allow learners to test their knowledge. Games like crossword puzzles, treasure hunts etc. which concentrate on components of the subject matter make learning interesting.

http://www.businessworld.in/article/Increasing-Learner-Engagement-In-Online-Courses-/30-09-2018-161066/

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Here’s how to boost enrollment with chatbots

Sun, 2018-10-07 17:10

BY DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News
Georgia State University’s virtual assistant helps incoming freshmen navigate the student enrollment process, leading to a significant increase in enrollment. As recently as last year, nearly one in five students who committed to attending Georgia State University (GSU) never showed up for classes in the fall. This problem isn’t unique to GSU, and it’s commonly referred to as the “summer melt.” But GSU has taken an innovative approach to solving this challenge, using an artificially intelligent (AI) chatbot that has led to a significant increase in student enrollment. Summer melt most commonly affects low-income students, many of whom are the first in their family to be accepted into college. Navigating the complex student enrollment process can be intimidating for anyone, but especially these students—and many just give up before they complete the process.

Here’s how to boost enrollment with chatbots

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Increasing Learner Engagement In Online Courses

Sun, 2018-10-07 17:05

by Business World

Online learning is still saddled with disengaged learners, huge dropout rates, incomplete capstone projects and a nagging doubt about its efficacy and effectiveness. It is wise, therefore, to be skeptical about the claims; yet there are also reasons to believe that a profound shift is occurring and a need to pinpoint different strategies to fix the gaps can’t be undermined.  For online learning to become engaging, it needs to start with engaging content. A course should contain a variety of content formats – videos, text, audio, quizzes, games and more. Several educators have experimented with different video formats – slideshows, live instructors, light boards and animations. Interactive videos, which allow learners to interact with the video content in the form of in-video questions, have taken the engagement level a notch higher. Practice quizzes with instant feedback allow learners to test their knowledge. Games like crossword puzzles, treasure hunts etc. which concentrate on components of the subject matter make learning interesting.

http://www.businessworld.in/article/Increasing-Learner-Engagement-In-Online-Courses-/30-09-2018-161066/

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The one thing missing in most eLearning courses

Sun, 2018-10-07 17:03

Rapid eLearning

Between the workshops I run, blog emails received, and helping in the community, I get to see hundreds of e-learning courses. A common issue for many courses is transitioning from sharing content to helping people use the content to make the appropriate decisions. Many course developers focus on making the content interactive, which is good. But much of the interactivity is novel or exists at a very basic level. What tends to be missing is the more complex decision-making interactivity. The challenge is how to move past rote facts and get to a place where the learners can practice making the kinds of decisions they’d make in the real world.

https://www.elearninglearning.com/edition/weekly-learning-portal-industry-2018-09-22

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Free Online Content from Harvard Faculty on edX to Enrich Classroom Experiences

Sat, 2018-10-06 17:25

By IBL News

Harvard University’s cutting-edge and free 100 courses on edX.org –covering topics from calculus and climate change to Shakespeare and Stravinsky– are a good tool to enrich a face-to-face classroom experience and enhance professional development-oriented skills.

Free Online Content from Harvard Faculty on edX to Enrich Classroom Experiences

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Better Together: Creating a Highly Engaging Online Class

Sat, 2018-10-06 17:20

Lisa Rice, Ohio University
Instructional design staff meet with a faculty member to review a sample figure on a large television screen.
Associate Educational Technologist Ross Tamburro (left) reviews a multimedia learning object with biomedical informatics instructor Kimerly Powell and Associate Instructional Designer Steven Nagel.
When Kimerly Powell, faculty in The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine (link is external), was tapped to design and lead an online course in biomedical informatics, she enlisted the help of Marjorie Kelley, a consultant with online teaching and course design experience. The two collaborated with staff from The Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE), leveraging their own experience and the latest in online education standards. Together, they created an online course that engaged students in ways they’d never before envisioned.

https://odee.osu.edu/news/2018/09/25/better-together-creating-highly-engaging-online-class

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Colleges address cybersecurity training gap with degrees, partnerships

Sat, 2018-10-06 17:14

By Hallie Busta James Paterson, Education Dive
More than 3 million cybersecurity jobs will be unfilled in 2021, a fact that is spurring college investment in education and training opportunities to help students take advantage of job opportunities in the growing field, EdTech reported. So far, relatively few colleges offer undergraduate or graduate cybersecurity degrees, but that could change. Colleges are partnering with the private sector to design new programs and curriculum that meets workforce needs and, in some cases, to help shoulder the cost of expensive training and simulation facilities such as cyber ranges. Colleges investing in cybersecurity programs include Augusta University, Montgomery College of Maryland, Regent University, Texas A&M University, the University of Michigan and Virginia Tech, among others.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-address-cybersecurity-training-gap-with-degrees-partnerships/533355/

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Are You Ready For Prime Time? Reinvent How You Learn

Sat, 2018-10-06 17:07

by Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes

ContributorMark Twain said he never let his schooling interfere with his education. That sentiment feels especially relevant today. In an age when information access enables companies to blossom (or disappear) seemingly overnight, there’s more need than ever to re-examine our approaches to education. Does a university degree automatically open the doors it once did? Is trade school the best bet for many tech-savvy up-and-comers? What role do e-learning and tools like audiobooks and podcasts play in not only preparing people for the workplace but helping them keep pace with rapid change? These and many related questions are addressed in The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed. Authors Kelly Palmer and David Blake represent a rising generation of smart disrupters who are making a mark in multiple industries.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rodgerdeanduncan/2018/09/18/are-you-ready-for-prime-time-reinvent-how-you-learn/#1e891350700a

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Higher Education: Late to Online Learning

Sat, 2018-10-06 17:05

Lee Maxey, Chief Learning Officer

Being late to the world of online learning has positioned universities to take advantage of technology that’s now far less expensive than it was when originally conceived in the 1990s. All one has to do is compare the array of applications and devices for mobile learning available today with concepts like performance support and clunky, unfriendly software such as learning management systems.

Higher Education: Late to Online Learning

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Online education unicorn Udacity has quietly laid off 5% of staff — at least 25 people — since August

Sat, 2018-10-06 17:03

Ingrid Lunden, Tech Crunch
Online education is a $160 billion+ industry today, but as it continues to mature, there are some inevitable ebbs and flows. In the latest development, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Udacity — the $1 billion startup co-founded by Sebastian Thrun that specialises in “nanodegrees” in tech subects that range from AI and coding through to the how-tos of digital marketing — has quietly cut about five percent of its staff since August across multiple offices globally. “Back in August, five percent of our global employees were laid off based on carefully considered, strategic business decisions,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch in an emailed statement. “We are supporting our former and current employees through the transition. Our business continues to grow, with offices in India, China, Germany, Brazil, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to Silicon Valley. We continue to hire for key roles.”

Online education unicorn Udacity has quietly laid off 5% of staff — at least 25 people — since August

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Game on: How UNLV is teaching students the esports business

Fri, 2018-10-05 17:25

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive

The director of the Esports Lab at the University of Nevada Las Vegas details strategies for teaching students the emerging business model and how other colleges can, too.  At 30,000-square-feet, it’s small stakes by Vegas standards, but the Esports Arena at the Luxor shows an industry on the rise. Visitors, many of whom are locals, pay to play at more than 100 PCs and consoles set in rows and clusters throughout the two-level space. They all frame the main event: a raised stage on which players will face off in any number of video games — including popular titles Fortnite, League of Legends and Overwatch — all while their characters’ movements and their own game faces are projected on the 50-foot LED video wall behind them.

 

https://www.educationdive.com/news/game-on-how-unlv-is-teaching-students-the-esports-business/533440/

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UCLA must support students by providing more accessible options for textbooks

Fri, 2018-10-05 17:20

PRAVIN VISAKAN , Daily Bruin

Bruins don’t have an easy time getting ahold of textbooks, with long lines in the Ackerman Student Union bookstore and per-quarter price tags. Textbooks take up money and time in terms of hunting for used book deals or waiting in lines. These issues are only getting worse. According to a 2014 report by The Economist, textbook prices are only getting higher, at three times the rate of inflation since 1970. Class sizes are also climbing, with an increase of enrolled undergraduates at UCLA of more than 4,000 students in the last eight years. The demand for textbooks will likely stay high, and physical distribution of textbooks will likely remain impacted. In other words, acquiring textbooks will only get more difficult. Luckily, you won’t have to fish your grandpa’s old textbook out of the attic. The university has an option that could ease students’ cost and accessibility woes: digital textbooks.

http://dailybruin.com/2018/09/27/ucla-must-support-students-by-providing-more-accessible-options-for-textbooks/

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How to Prevent High-Tech Cheating

Fri, 2018-10-05 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Cheating has always been a cultural phenomenon, but today’s digital age makes it easier than ever. It can be tempting to find creative solutions to raise your grades without putting in the work. Papers can be written in minutes and the answers to the final exam are easily found online. Teachers and parents have to be aware of the methods students are using to improve their grades and raise their test scores. High-tech cheating has become more difficult to stop than ever before, but our schools must find a way to put an end to it. What steps can schools take to start preventing high-tech cheating before it even happens? Here are a few guidelines you may want to set in place for your classroom.

How to Prevent High-Tech Cheating

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THIS FALL, SUNY EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE WILL DEBUT A VIRTUAL RESIDENCY

Fri, 2018-10-05 17:10

by Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

“About a year ago, we had a situation where we were going to do an in-person residency in Lebanon, and, at the very last minute, it got canceled,” Rogers said. “As a group of faculty, we were trying to figure out how we would make this residency work. We had a whole bunch of students coming in, there were 12 classes scheduled and 3 days before we were going to leave, we learned that we wouldn’t be able to go. And the students were all ready, they had taken off work, and we wanted to make sure that they still had an engaging experience. So that was the beginning.” Zoom, the videoconferencing application Rogers was already using for the residency, played an instrumental role in the initiative.

This Fall, SUNY Empire State College Will Debut A Virtual Residency

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Will Moving Office Hours Online Get Students to Show Up?

Fri, 2018-10-05 17:05

by Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

What happens in the office hour is the same virtually as it is for students who show up in person: Students ask questions about particular problems or topics, and the professor works through them as if he were in front of the class. Shifting to the online whiteboard gives him a “virtual extension” of his office, he says.  Stoll has offered online office hours for years, and he says it started out of necessity. “It was hard to find time slots during the week when students are available,” he explains. “Undergrads have very diverse schedules, especially in general-ed courses.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-09-27-will-moving-office-hours-online-get-students-to-show-up

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