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

Sun, 2018-08-05 17:05

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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Parker McCurley’s Amazing Journey To Becoming A Blockchain Developer

Sun, 2018-08-05 17:03

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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Transform Your Staff Meetings with Edtech

Sat, 2018-08-04 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

As necessary as they may be, staff meetings are usually not something most teachers look forward to.  The meetings are often held at the end of the day when teachers are exhausted and likely to disengage from instructional matters. The meetings inevitably turn into informational sessions that could have been better handled through email, and your teachers have lost out on a collaborative opportunity. To transform your staff meetings, use edtech to encourage collaboration among education professionals.

 

Transform Your Staff Meetings with Edtech

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Fewer Americans are making more than their parents did—especially if they grew up in the middle class

Sat, 2018-08-04 17:19

Richard V. Reeves and Katherine Guyot, Brookings

One of the most striking social science findings of recent years is that only half of today’s 30-year-olds earn more than their parents. Raj Chetty and his coauthors showed that rates of absolute mobility—that is, the share of children with higher inflation-adjusted incomes than their parents—declined from around 90 percent for children born in 1940 to just 50 percent for those born in 1984.  For many people, mobility does consist of doing better than your parents did, in absolute terms. This seems to have become steadily harder to achieve for those born into middle-class families in particular from 1950 onward. The challenge is to learn from these historical trends in order to secure a better future for the middle class.

 

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How Alexa and Siri are changing SEO: AI and Voice Search

Sat, 2018-08-04 17:15

by Tom Desmond, ClickZ

Alexa, how is AI-assisted voice search changing the SEO landscape? It’s putting more emphasis than ever on conversational content, integration with Google Maps, and dominating the SERPs.  As smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo become more popular and available, people are beginning to use them to conduct searches. Because smart speakers aren’t linked to a screen or display of any kind, users only receive a verbal response to voice searches. That response is often based on a single search result—chosen by the AI assistant in an unseen selection process that takes only a few seconds. A page two or even top five ranking isn’t what it used to be. As voice search gains traction, being number one becomes more important than ever.

How Alexa and Siri are changing SEO: AI and Voice Search

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The pros and cons of online classes

Sat, 2018-08-04 17:09

By Colin_Peterson,  The Triangle
Online courses at universities have become more widely taken advantage of recently, with the quick advancement of technology, which has allowed people to access the internet in the most remote areas. It is largely because those courses work so well if you are busy with various other aspects of life. Taking a course online gives you all kinds of flexibility and freedom to choose when to do your work as long as you get it all completed by the deadline. In general, taking a course online works very well if your living and commuting situations make taking traditional classes difficult. However, if commuting hassles don’t bother you much, you might prefer tradition because you’ll have a more coherent way of communicating.

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True or false: Breaking down myths about online classes

Sat, 2018-08-04 17:05

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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How Udacity Decides What Subjects To Offer Courses In (And Why It Isn’t Doing New University Partnerships)

Sat, 2018-08-04 17:02

By Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

EdSurge recently sat down with Clarissa Shen, Udacity’s chief operating officer, to learn more about how Udacity selects what will be taught on its platform and its industry-centered education strategy. Here’s an excerpt of the interview, which has been edited and condensed:  With the so-called ‘new collar economy,’ there are a lot of jobs popping up that haven’t existed, and a lot of jobs that do exist that are going away. There’s a little bit of art and science to this. I won’t say we always get it right, but I think we look at not just the number of jobs, but growth for those jobs. Because certainly, there’s a lot of jobs that you could say are out there but they may be actually declining. So, we want to always look at where the options are, that they’re at least growing.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-07-26-how-udacity-decides-what-subjects-to-offer-courses-in-and-why-it-isn-t-doing-new-university-partnerships

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California’s online community college will break new ground in higher ed

Sat, 2018-08-04 07:55

by Nico Savidge, EdSource

Gov. Jerry Brown envisions the college as a training option for so-called “stranded workers” – the estimated 2.5 million 25- to 34-year-old Californians who don’t have a college education. Once it opens in 2019 it will become a key piece of Brown’s education legacy for California. Brown and the college’s proponents say it will also help fuel the state’s economy — the fifth-largest in the world — and its insatiable need for skilled labor.

 

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Columbia U Opens Research Center Devoted to Blockchain Tech

Fri, 2018-08-03 17:28

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

A new center at Columbia University will focus on research and innovation in blockchain technology. The institution partnered with IBM to create the Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, which will “combine cross-disciplinary teams from the academic, scientific, business and government communities to explore key issues related to the policy, trust, sharing and consumption of digital data when using blockchain and other privacy-preserving technologies,” according to a news announcement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/23/columbia-u-opens-research-center-devoted-to-blockchain-tech.aspx

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The Next Revolution In Global eLearning

Fri, 2018-08-03 17:20

by  Chris Richardson, Forbes

Online learning is not only for those who want to learn a language or broaden personal skill sets. Businesses, schools and even government organizations have adopted and embraced eLearning models for compliance training, continuing education and certification, as well as higher degree programs. In fact, according to Edgepoint Learning, 40% of Fortune 500 companies use eLearning for professional development with over 72% of American organizations believing eLearning gives them a competitive advantage. Professionals from various industries such as public safety, law and medicine who once had to travel to different conferences, lectures or courses to clock hours for certification can now tune in via webinars and lectures from their home.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/07/25/the-next-revolution-in-global-elearning/

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World Campus researches effectiveness of VR headsets and video in online classes

Fri, 2018-08-03 17:15

by the Penn State University

Penn State instructional designers are researching whether using virtual reality and 360-degree video can help students in online classes learn more effectively. Designers worked with professors in the College of Nursing to incorporate 360-degree video into Nursing 352, a class on Advanced Health Assessment. Students in the class, offered online through Penn State World Campus, were offered free VR headsets to use with their smartphones to create a more immersive experience while watching the video, which shows safety and health hazards in a patient’s home. Bill Egan, the lead designer for the Penn State World Campus RN to BSN nursing program, said students in the class were surveyed as part of a study approved by the Institutional Review Board and overwhelmingly said that they enjoyed the videos and thought they provided educational value. Eighty percent of the students said they would like to see more immersive content such as 360-degree videos in their online courses, he said.

https://news.psu.edu/story/529049/2018/07/25/research/world-campus-researches-effectiveness-vr-headsets-and-video-online

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Fewer Americans are making more than their parents did—especially if they grew up in the middle class

Fri, 2018-08-03 17:10

Richard V. Reeves and Katherine Guyot, Brookings

One of the most striking social science findings of recent years is that only half of today’s 30-year-olds earn more than their parents. Raj Chetty and his coauthors showed that rates of absolute mobility—that is, the share of children with higher inflation-adjusted incomes than their parents—declined from around 90 percent for children born in 1940 to just 50 percent for those born in 1984.  For many people, mobility does consist of doing better than your parents did, in absolute terms. This seems to have become steadily harder to achieve for those born into middle-class families in particular from 1950 onward. The challenge is to learn from these historical trends in order to secure a better future for the middle class.

 

Fewer Americans are making more than their parents did—especially if they grew up in the middle class

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Cryptomining Malware Is Infecting Corporate Networks Worldwide

Fri, 2018-08-03 17:05

by Victor Tangermann, Futurism
Security firm Kaspersky Lab just exposed an international cryptocurrency mining ring that is using malware software called PowerGhost to spread across vast corporate networks. The malware is infecting anything from workstations to entire server farms, using corporate hardware to dedicate a portion of the computer’s power to mine a yet-unknown cryptocurrency. Once a computer is infected, a script downloads the mining tool, which uses the hardware’s processing power to solve complex computational problems. The small amounts of cryptocurrency it mines gets sent back to the attacker’s wallet; the virus, meanwhile, launches a copy of itself to infect other computers connected to the same network. Previous analyses by Kaspersky Lab and security firm Skybox suggested that it is more profitable for cybercriminals to install cryptocurrency mining malware, rather than holding data hostage using ransomware. Browser-based cryptojacking attacks rose 80 percent in 2017, they found.

Cryptomining Malware Is Infecting Corporate Networks Worldwide

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Report: Education Dept. Will End ‘Gainful’ Rules

Fri, 2018-08-03 17:03

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
The Education Department plans to eliminate rather than revise Obama-era rules that required for-profit and vocational programs to prove that they are preparing graduates for gainful employment, according to a memorandum obtained by The New York Times. A decision to pull the plug on the gainful-employment regime, which had been bitterly contested by for-profit colleges and strongly supported by advocates for consumers and students, would represent the latest in a series of actions by the Trump administration to undermine or reverse rules put in place by the Obama administration to protect the integrity of federal financial aid programs.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2018/07/27/report-education-dept-will-end-gainful-rules

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The Increasing Presence of IoT and How to Prepare Your College Campus

Thu, 2018-08-02 17:24

by IOT for all

When it comes to the campus, IoT-enabled technologies can let students know when their laundry is washed, track traffic patterns to plan sidewalk construction, track an athlete’s behavior and progress and monitor environmental factors for optimal training. This also means that the staff can control electricity, lighting and plumbing to prevent issues and deal with problems on time, not when they occur. In the classroom, IoT can track how emotions affect learning, study the posture of students, give us insights into how biological factors affect emotions, and improve safety and ease of life on campus. There are some concerns, however, like privacy, number of the devices involved or bandwidth demands, but IoT is still evolving and at this point the benefits far outweigh doubts.

The Increasing Presence of IoT and How to Prepare Your College Campus

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Textbook Trade-Offs

Thu, 2018-08-02 17:20

by Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed
It’s well documented that textbooks aren’t cheap, but for some students, affording course materials takes priority over paying for meals or flights home, or pursuing their first choice of major. A new study by Morning Consult for Cengage, an educational technology and services company, asked 1,651 current and former college students how purchasing textbooks figures into their financial picture. Forty-one percent of those students said that textbooks and other course materials had “somewhat of an impact” on their financial situation, and 46 percent said that it had “a big impact.” “We truly are in an access crisis,” said Richard Baraniuk, a professor at Rice University and founder of OpenStax, a nonprofit that provides access to free digital editions of textbooks. “Over the past 40 years, college textbook prices have risen about 1,000 percent, which is extraordinary.”
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/07/26/students-sacrifice-meals-and-trips-home-pay-textbooks

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Temple Rankings Scandal: From Bad to Worse

Thu, 2018-08-02 17:15

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

The rankings scandal at Temple University keeps getting worse.  This month, after an independent investigation, the university admitted that its Fox School of Business had for several years intentionally submitted false data to boost the rankings of its online M.B.A. program. The falsehoods were about standardized admissions tests, grades of new students, debt of graduates and more. The independent investigation hinted that the lies might have extended beyond the online M.B.A. On Wednesday, the university said that was in fact the case. A statement it released said that false data had been submitted for rankings purposes by six other programs at the business school.

https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/07/26/temple-admits-it-provided-false-rankings-data-six-more-programs

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Columbia U Opens Research Center Devoted to Blockchain Tech

Thu, 2018-08-02 17:10

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

A new center at Columbia University will focus on research and innovation in blockchain technology. The institution partnered with IBM to create the Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, which will “combine cross-disciplinary teams from the academic, scientific, business and government communities to explore key issues related to the policy, trust, sharing and consumption of digital data when using blockchain and other privacy-preserving technologies,” according to a news announcement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/23/columbia-u-opens-research-center-devoted-to-blockchain-tech.aspx

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Online classes help Eastern Michigan, WCC students earn degrees from home

Thu, 2018-08-02 17:05

By Martin Slagter, MLive

Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have bolstered efforts to attract non-traditional students through online offerings in recent years as credit hours for in-state students have been on the decline.  MaggiAnn Monroe is the kind of “non-traditional” student that colleges and universities are trying to attract to their online degree programs. Monroe, 36, graduated as a licensed practical nurse eight years ago before earning an associate degree in nursing from Kellogg Community College in 2015. Today, she works as a registered nurse at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson. After completing her first shift work and driving home, she makes dinner for her children before putting them to bed. When the day is “done,” she gets back to work earning her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Eastern Michigan University. She does her work online.

https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2018/07/as_credit_hours_fall_emu_and_w.html

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