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5 ways to use AV to prepare students for 21st-century jobs

Fri, 2017-09-29 17:10

by Scott Evans, eCampus News

Critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity—these are the “Four Cs” that P21 has identified as critical skills for 21st century learning. As educators rethink their lesson plans to cater to these skills, one focus area that could help is AV and media skills. In addition to facilitating learning in multiple subjects, media projects, presentations and online communications advance the uptake of all Four Cs of 21st century learning. Without a crystal ball that tells us exactly what skills our students will need in the future job market, AV projects are a great place to begin preparing students.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/use-av-prepare-students-jobs/

 

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Future-Proofing College by Embracing ‘Purpose Learning’

Fri, 2017-09-29 17:06

By Michelle R. Weise, EdSurge

How can we help students chart a course for themselves and prepare them for the careers and gigs of an AI world? If we wish to meet the rapidly-changing demands of the workforce of the future, we first have to acknowledge that the educational pathways of the future might very well involve skills-based learning that does not necessarily add up to four years, or even a degree. We will have to embrace new and alternative postsecondary educational models, even if they make us feel uncomfortable at first.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-09-21-future-proofing-college-by-embracing-purpose-learning

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At Gathering on Academic Innovation, Leaders Wonder How Fast Colleges Should Change

Fri, 2017-09-29 17:03

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

At one point organizers asked the participants—most of them leaders of academic-innovation efforts on their campuses—to stand in a line, arranging themselves along a spectrum of whether they favored “radical change” or “incremental change.” Where officials stood during this exercise seemed to depend largely on what type of institution they were from. One leader standing at the “radical” innovation end had noted earlier in the day that her institution is in “survival mode” because of changing demographics and is under pressure to try new approaches to improve completion rates and maintain funding.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-09-20-at-gathering-on-academic-innovation-leaders-wonder-how-fast-colleges-should-change

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Explore Online Programs at Top 20 National Universities

Wed, 2017-09-27 17:26

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Those exploring online education at the top 20 ranked National Universities have plenty of options. While not all of these colleges offer fully online degrees, most assign some complementary online coursework in at least a few on-campus programs. Some also have a range of online certificate programs, either for credit or not, along with stand-alone online classes for busy adults and others seeking specific skills. And nearly all offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs, with companies such as edX and Coursera. MOOCs are courses that are available for free to anybody with internet and generally consist of recorded lectures from university professors. Those who pay for MOOCs receive additional features, including a verified certificate of completion.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-09-18/explore-online-programs-offered-at-top-20-national-universities

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Report: AI, IoT, Security Threats Will Shape the Internet’s Future

Wed, 2017-09-27 17:20

By Rhea Kelly, THE Journal

Artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and cyber threats are among the biggest forces that will impact the internet over the next five to seven years, according to a new report from the Internet Society, a nonprofit focused on the open development, evolution and use of the internet. The organization’s 2017 Global Internet Report predicts a mix of promise and uncertainty as we move toward the digital future, and makes recommendations for safeguarding the internet for the next generation.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/09/20/report-ai-iot-cyber-threats-will-shape-the-internets-future.aspx

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Education Data Breaches Double in First Half of 2017

Wed, 2017-09-27 17:14

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal
The number of lost, stolen or compromised records is up 164 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the last half of 2016, according to a new report from Gemalto. The number of breaches in the education sector more than doubled in the same period, jumping 103 percent, according to the report. The report is based on the firm’s Breach Level Index, a database that tracks data breaches around the world and measures their severity using a variety of metrics, including the type of data compromised, the source of the breach, the number of records compromised, how the data was used and whether the data was encrypted.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/09/20/education-data-breaches-double-in-first-half-of-2017.aspx

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You can now take an online course to learn how to build a flying or self-driving car

Wed, 2017-09-27 17:10

by Karen Hao, Quartz

Udacity revealed two new programs in flying and self-driving cars. “Intro to Self-Driving Cars” promises to teach students “the essentials of building a self-driving car” over four months for 10 hours per week. Designed for people with minimal coding experience, the course introduces students to the basic engineering challenges of self-driving cars (there’s also a more advanced “Self-Driving Car Engineer” bootcamp.) Udacity has partnered with Lyft to offer 400 scholarships to underrepresented minorities in tech for the $800 class. The two-term “Flying Car” program, which will open early 2018, brings together aerospace professors from MIT, ETH Zurich, and the University of Toronto. Despite the ambitious name, the curriculum focuses largely on quadrotors and fixed-wing drones, which are used to introduce software skills and basic concepts that might eventually power the flying cars of the future.

https://qz.com/1082609/online-learning-platform-udacity-will-offer-nanodegree-programs-in-flying-and-self-driving-cars/

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The Most Diverse U.S. Universities Are Online

Wed, 2017-09-27 17:04

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Last month, the New York Times reported that leading U.S. colleges are less diverse than they were 30 years ago. Compared to their populations in the U.S., both black and Hispanic students are underrepresented by a factor of roughly 8% each. In other words, the proportion of white people attending college in person exceeds the proportion they make up in the U.S. as a whole. But when it comes to online education, there’s a different story to be told. The diversity of people seeking online degrees tends to be far higher than traditional campus-oriented universities. For example, the Computer Science Master’s program at Georgia Tech counted a total of 276 students for their 2017 spring semester. Of these, 64 attended class in person, while 212 studied remotely. While campus diversity tracked along with most other colleges, women made up 13.9% of the remote population, and ethnic minorities made up 14.7%. This is nearly double the percentage of most college computer science programs.

https://news.elearninginside.com/diverse-u-s-universities-online/

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Assess Your Goals to Select an Online Bachelor’s Degree

Wed, 2017-09-27 17:02

By Eric Broadfoot, US News

It’s always helpful to determine your long-term goals when deciding whether to further your undergraduate education. Before I researched and chose an online bachelor’s program, I made sure I understood what I wanted to do with my degree. That included expanding my career opportunities in project management and eventually pursuing medical school. Having a long-term plan also motivated me to complete my online program. Here are four examples of possible goals and the factors that prospective students should consider to select the right online bachelor’s program.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-09-19/assess-long-term-goals-before-pursuing-an-online-bachelors-degree

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The future of teaching in China is online

Tue, 2017-09-26 17:25

by Singapore Straits Times

Millions of children are pouring into classes for English, mathematics and the sciences to gain the skills they need in a knowledge economy. Chinese parents have always prioritised academic achievement. Now, they have the means to invest in extra-curricular education, propelling a domestic market that UBS said will double to US$165 billion (S$223 billion) within five years. Now, online start-ups are gaining ground with parents who grew up in the Internet era. Beijing-based VIPKid has expanded to 200,000 students and just raised venture money at a valuation of more than US$1.5 billion from Sequoia Capital and Tencent Holdings.

http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/the-future-of-teaching-in-china-is-online

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U of L offering new online winter term

Tue, 2017-09-26 17:15

By Janet Dake, Louisville Cardinal
For the first time ever, U of L students can take online classes in a new winter term that runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 4. Students can register for winter term classes Oct 16. There will be a total of 36 undergraduate and graduate courses. Most are worth three credit hours. According to the university’s winter term webpage, they will operate as a three-week intensive and will be strictly online. Acting Provost Dale Billingsley said the university made the decision for this new term in late spring 2017.

http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/09/u-l-offering-new-online-winter-term/

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Explore Online Programs at Top 20 National Universities

Tue, 2017-09-26 17:10

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Those exploring online education at the top 20 ranked National Universities have plenty of options. While not all of these colleges offer fully online degrees, most assign some complementary online coursework in at least a few on-campus programs. Some also have a range of online certificate programs, either for credit or not, along with stand-alone online classes for busy adults and others seeking specific skills. And nearly all offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs, with companies such as edX and Coursera. MOOCs are courses that are available for free to anybody with internet and generally consist of recorded lectures from university professors. Those who pay for MOOCs receive additional features, including a verified certificate of completion.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-09-18/explore-online-programs-offered-at-top-20-national-universities

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Best Practice in Online Learning: Verlick Business School, Belgium

Tue, 2017-09-26 17:05

by Peter Chadwick, IEDP

While the logistical benefits of online learning are clear, business schools need to answer two types of doubt around the quality. The first comes from existing clients who appreciate the value of traditional classroom programs and have perhaps had bad experiences of sub-standard online training in the past. The second comes from the genuinely confused who struggle to understand where business school programs sit in the ever-expanding ecosystem of online learning. In our discussion, Benjamin de Wulf, Senior Learning and Development Consultant at Vlerick Business School, was able to shed some light on how one of the pioneers in online executive education has approached the transformation challenge. De Wulf is part of a team developing a portfolio of blended and fully online programs – a team that is focused on developing a pedagogy that is fit for the future as much as on the technology that supports it.

http://www.iedp.com/articles/best-practice-online-learning/

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First-year students should avoid online classes

Tue, 2017-09-26 17:02

by Spencer Kain, North Texas Daily

These courses require the student to take on more responsibility than if they were to be in a traditional classroom setting. Contrary to how high school teachers nag their students about being independent, it is actually helpful to have a professor audibly remind you of assignments and tests that are due instead of completely relying on an online program. While some may call this irresponsible or neglectful, I call it resourceful and collaborative since an instructor provides college students with an extra aid to alleviate their already heavy workload. While many students are ready to be independent as first-years, others may need more of an adjusting period, one that online courses do not provide in the student’s new environment. In short, online classes are a nuisance. I highly encourage freshmen to avoid taking them their first year of college. While most freshmen think they are ready for that level of independence, they will quickly find themselves overwhelmed.

http://ntdaily.com/first-year-students-should-avoid-online-classes/

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How Universal Design for Learning can help the LMS reach every learner

Mon, 2017-09-25 17:25

BY KENNETH CHAPMAN, eCampus News
UDL is gaining attention in colleges and universities as a way to make digital learning programs more accessible to all learners. An exciting and well-established concept known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is gaining attention in higher education as a way to make digital learning programs more accessible to all learners, including those with a wide variety of learning challenges. Endorsed by EDUCAUSE’s Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE) and the Department of Education’s Horizon Report, UDL is a framework to design learning in a systematic way to anticipate and remove barriers to student learning. UDL isn’t about accommodating people after the fact, or just for students with physical or learning challenges–it is meant to design learning that’s engaging and effective for everyone, right from the get-go.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/ed-tech-leadership/udl-lms-reach-every-learner/

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How to avoid degree ‘mills’ and online college scams

Mon, 2017-09-25 17:20

Jessica Presinzano, North Jersey

Looking to enter an online degree program to help your career or gain a new skill set? Welcome. You are about to join 5.8 million other Americans who have enrolled in an online class. Online learning goes by many names, including a virtual classroom, MOOC (massive open online course), e-learning or online course, but all offer learning convenience and flexibility. That is, as long as you’re not getting scammed. Education scams aren’t new. Degree “mills” and fake university scams (think of the 2006 movie “Accepted”) have existed since the 19th century, but learning online has made it easier for scammers to cheat you out of your education — and money.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/education/2017/09/15/how-avoid-degree-mills-and-online-college-scams/669295001/

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Humboldt State offering online class for parents Course aims to help their student succeed

Mon, 2017-09-25 17:15

by Geneva Peppars, KRCR

Humboldt State University is now offering a new online class to help family members get educated on how they can help their student succeed in college. The course is called Forever Humboldt Families 101 and the class launched in August, coinciding with the beginning of the Fall Semester. Parents were introduced to the course during student orientation. HSU is not the first university to have parent programs, however, the campus is taking an unusual approach for families to familiarize themselves with the college experience. Family members take the course for free through “Canvas”, the same online learning system used by HSU students. The course covers topics such as the transition to college, academic support, student health, and campus involvement.

http://www.krcrtv.com/north-coast-news/humboldt-state-offering-online-class-for-parents/620913706

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Rethinking Education for 21st Century Careers

Mon, 2017-09-25 17:11

Rethinkby Lauren Cuzzaniti,  Coursera Blog

College can be an incredibly valuable experience. At its best, college is a place that teaches you to work well with others, challenges you to think critically, and gives you the skills you need to embark on a career. Unfortunately, not all college graduates have that experience. And while it’s universally recognized that college is no longer the ticket to a secure future it once was — the proportion of college graduates has tripled since 1970 (11% to 33.4%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau)–what is troubling is that not only are students not getting the job outcomes, but they also are not getting the skills they should from higher education.

https://blog.coursera.org/rethinking-education-21st-century-careers/

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The future of teaching in China is online

Mon, 2017-09-25 17:10

by Singapore Straits Times

Millions of children are pouring into classes for English, mathematics and the sciences to gain the skills they need in a knowledge economy. Chinese parents have always prioritised academic achievement. Now, they have the means to invest in extra-curricular education, propelling a domestic market that UBS said will double to US$165 billion (S$223 billion) within five years. Now, online start-ups are gaining ground with parents who grew up in the Internet era. Beijing-based VIPKid has expanded to 200,000 students and just raised venture money at a valuation of more than US$1.5 billion from Sequoia Capital and Tencent Holdings.

http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/the-future-of-teaching-in-china-is-online

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U of L offering new online winter term

Mon, 2017-09-25 17:06

By Janet Dake, Louisville Cardinal
For the first time ever, U of L students can take online classes in a new winter term that runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 4. Students can register for winter term classes Oct 16. There will be a total of 36 undergraduate and graduate courses. Most are worth three credit hours. According to the university’s winter term webpage, they will operate as a three-week intensive and will be strictly online. Acting Provost Dale Billingsley said the university made the decision for this new term in late spring 2017.

http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2017/09/u-l-offering-new-online-winter-term/

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