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Is DeVos Devaluing Degrees?

Sun, 2017-12-03 16:02

By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Education secretary calls for more emphasis on work-force training. Many experts — including those focused on careers — say general education matters more than she suggests. The Trump administration’s higher education policy to date has consisted largely of undoing what it inherited — rolling back, for instance, ambitious Obama era regulations on for-profit colleges and campus policies on sexual assault. Observers looking for an affirmative, forward-looking agenda have been hard-pressed to find much so far. But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this month provided as a clear a sense as observers have yet seen of her vision for her department’s role in, and agenda for, postsecondary education, with a set of comments signaling a shift in emphasis from education to training. In two separate forums this month, she said students have for years received a message that “the only path for a successful life” is through a four-year degree.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/11/28/devos-says-us-has-emphasized-four-year-degrees-expense-work-force-training

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UMass names former Pearson executive to oversee online courses

Sun, 2017-12-03 16:01

By Don Seiffert, Boston Business Journal

The University of Massachusetts has named the former president of Pearson North America to head up its online course offerings. Don Kilburn has been named CEO of UMassOnline, a venture that was launched in 2001. Last year UMassOnline had 75,565 students enrolled, up 7 percent from the previous year, and revenues of more than $100 million for the first time. Online enrollment at UMass has risen 39 percent in the past five years, as revenues have grown 47 percent in the same time. Kilburn, 61, has been president of North America at London-based Pearson plc since January 2014, according to Bloomberg. While Pearson North America has its headquarters in New York City, Kilburn lived in Massachusetts.

https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2017/11/27/umass-names-former-pearson-executive-to-oversee.html

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Teaching Adult Students with Considerable Professional Expertise

Sat, 2017-12-02 16:25

By: Eileen F. Schiffer, Faculty Focus

Trends toward increased enrollment of non-traditional students are expected to continue (Stringer, 2015). Discussions about nontraditional college students often highlight some of the challenges our adult students face, such as balancing work, family, and school commitments, overcoming previous academic patterns that no longer serve them, and adapting to new approaches to learning (such as online classes.) The flip side, though, is that many non-traditional students bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to their pursuit of a new degree, which serves to the benefit their academic cohort (Stringer, 2015). Many non-traditional adult students are “career enhancers” (Pelletier, 2010) By 2021, it’s expected that nearly 7 million postsecondary students will be attending part time, and enrollment of students over age 35 will increase 25%. The total number of master’s degrees awarded is projected to increase 34% and doctoral degrees are expected to increase by 24% (Hussar & Bailey, 2013).

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/teaching-adult-students-considerable-professional-expertise/

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How an Online Personalized Preschool Experiment Could Change the Way Rural America Does Early Education

Sat, 2017-12-02 16:20

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Upstart launched in Utah in 2009 as a low-cost option to expand preschool in a state that didn’t have a state-funded program. Since then, it has been a particular boon for the state’s rural areas. About 30,000 Utah children have gone through the program over the past eight years, with about 14,150 participating this school year. It has also now spread to seven other states, where 700 early learners are enrolled. State and federal policymakers are increasingly recognizing the value of early education, especially in keeping the achievement gap more at bay for disadvantaged children before they enter kindergarten. Preschool programs teach younger children early literacy and math skills alongside essential social-emotional skills. About 1.5 million 3- and 4-year-olds were served in state-funded preschool programs in the 2015–16 school year, more than double the number enrolled in such programs in 2002, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research.

How an Online Personalized Preschool Experiment Could Change the Way Rural America Does Early Education

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Student Demand for eLearning Continues to Grow

Sat, 2017-12-02 16:15

by Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

As reported in this year’s ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, for four years running, the number of students preferring a blended learning environment that includes “some to mostly online components” has increased while students preferring a face-to-face only learning environment has continued to decline. With student demand growing, in 2018, it seems likely that both colleges and universities will continue to scale up their online offerings.

https://news.elearninginside.com/elearning-will-grow-higher-ed-2018/

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Teaching Adult Students with Considerable Professional Expertise

Sat, 2017-12-02 16:07

By: Eileen F. Schiffer, Faculty Focus

Trends toward increased enrollment of non-traditional students are expected to continue (Stringer, 2015). Discussions about nontraditional college students often highlight some of the challenges our adult students face, such as balancing work, family, and school commitments, overcoming previous academic patterns that no longer serve them, and adapting to new approaches to learning (such as online classes.) The flip side, though, is that many non-traditional students bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to their pursuit of a new degree, which serves to the benefit their academic cohort (Stringer, 2015). Many non-traditional adult students are “career enhancers” (Pelletier, 2010) By 2021, it’s expected that nearly 7 million postsecondary students will be attending part time, and enrollment of students over age 35 will increase 25%. The total number of master’s degrees awarded is projected to increase 34% and doctoral degrees are expected to increase by 24% (Hussar & Bailey, 2013).

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/teaching-adult-students-considerable-professional-expertise/

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Student Demand for eLearning Continues to Grow

Sat, 2017-12-02 16:06

by Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

As reported in this year’s ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, for four years running, the number of students preferring a blended learning environment that includes “some to mostly online components” has increased while students preferring a face-to-face only learning environment has continued to decline. With student demand growing, in 2018, it seems likely that both colleges and universities will continue to scale up their online offerings.

https://news.elearninginside.com/elearning-will-grow-higher-ed-2018/

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Online learning can ease economic inequality

Sat, 2017-12-02 16:02

by Boston Globe Editorial

Digital learning is often seen a complement to sit-in-the-classroom colleges courses, but at a recent conference at MIT, experts convincingly portrayed innovative online offerings as a key tool for helping those of modest means move up the economic ladder.  College degrees pay off. But low-income students often face family, financial, or work constraints that keep them from pursuing higher education full-time or even on a regular nights-and-weekend basis. Citing the fact that 36 million Americans have some college but no degree, keynote speaker Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education and a former federal undersecretary of education, said the American higher education system is “leaving too many students along the side of the road.”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2017/11/27/online-learning-can-ease-economic-inequality/Z4TYVHIX6GuSR7pYjEopnK/story.html

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Teacher ed programs turn to virtual reality

Fri, 2017-12-01 16:27

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Some future teachers are using augmented and virtual reality programs to gain classroom experience before they ever lead an actual class, according to University Business. The programs, increasingly in use at institutions throughout the country, offer future teachers the opportunity to fail and learn from mistakes in a “low-stakes” setting, according to Penn State Ed Tech Services Director Kyle Bowen. The virtual classroom students have individualized personalities and react to the instruction of the student in the VR space, and supporters say programs say they can be amended to accommodate for changes in student age, background and subject matter.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/teacher-ed-programs-turn-to-virtual-reality/511608/

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Teacher ed programs turn to virtual reality

Fri, 2017-12-01 16:26

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Some future teachers are using augmented and virtual reality programs to gain classroom experience before they ever lead an actual class, according to University Business. The programs, increasingly in use at institutions throughout the country, offer future teachers the opportunity to fail and learn from mistakes in a “low-stakes” setting, according to Penn State Ed Tech Services Director Kyle Bowen. The virtual classroom students have individualized personalities and react to the instruction of the student in the VR space, and supporters say programs say they can be amended to accommodate for changes in student age, background and subject matter.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/teacher-ed-programs-turn-to-virtual-reality/511608/

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8 Must-have artificial intelligence apps and tools

Fri, 2017-12-01 16:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Is your teaching about to be disrupted? The answer is yes, it definitely is! But in a good way. The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) technology is transforming every aspect of education, from curriculum development all the way to assessment. Do you want to bring some of these cutting-edge advances to your own classroom, but you’re not sure how to do it? Linked below are eight AI tools and apps that are well worth the necessary learning curve.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/8-must-artificial-intelligence-apps-tools/

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IBM Raises the Bar with a 50-Qubit Quantum Computer

Fri, 2017-12-01 16:15

by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review

Researchers have built the most sophisticated quantum computer yet, signaling progress toward a powerful new way of processing information. IBM established a landmark in computing last month, announcing a quantum computer that handles 50 quantum bits, or qubits. The company is also making a 20-qubit system available through its cloud computing platform. IBM, Google, Intel, and a San Francisco startup called Rigetti are all currently racing to build useful quantum systems. These machines process information in a different way from traditional computers, using the counterintuitive nature of quantum physics. The announcement does not mean quantum computing is ready for common use.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609451/ibm-raises-the-bar-with-a-50-qubit-quantum-computer/

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8 Must-have artificial intelligence apps and tools

Fri, 2017-12-01 16:10

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Is your teaching about to be disrupted? The answer is yes, it definitely is! But in a good way. The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) technology is transforming every aspect of education, from curriculum development all the way to assessment. Do you want to bring some of these cutting-edge advances to your own classroom, but you’re not sure how to do it? Linked below are eight AI tools and apps that are well worth the necessary learning curve.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/8-must-artificial-intelligence-apps-tools/

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Faculty Attitudes About Online Learning Are Changing…Slowly

Fri, 2017-12-01 16:04

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

While the majority of faculty surveyed by Inside Higher Ed indicate that they have never taught an online course for credit, the survey suggests that this may soon change. Currently, “Forty-two percent of professors say they have taught an online course, and 36 percent have taught a blended or hybrid course,” but “A year ago, 39 percent reported teaching an online course, and in 2013, 30 percent did.” Other key findings concerned support, with the report finding that “Slightly less than half of faculty members say they have received professional development to help design or revise an online or blended course. About one in four say they have worked with instructional designers to create or revise in-person or online courses.” While online teaching is on the rise, the report did find that skepticism remains high.

Faculty Attitudes About Online Learning Are Changing…Slowly

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6 reasons why course visuals are a must for today’s college students

Thu, 2017-11-30 16:25

BY RYAN EASH, eCampus News

The higher education landscape is shifting and institutions are facing a decline in overall enrollment. Rather than opting for a traditional classroom experience, students today have come to expect greater flexibility in deciding when, where and how to learn. In fact, it is predicted that by 2019 at least 50 percent of all classes will be delivered online and that percentage will only continue to increase. To adjust to student expectations and keep enrollment up, higher education institutions must offer online courses or blended classrooms to compete with other colleges that already have those options. Using technology in the classroom is beneficial as it can serve as a solution for meeting students’ expectations while also keeping enrollment up. For example, instructors can use technology to engage with students through visual communications and learning.

6 reasons why course visuals are a must for today’s college students

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5 innovative strategies to support non-traditional students

Thu, 2017-11-30 16:20

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A previous Barnes and Noble College study of nearly 800 non-traditional students as a whole revealed that nearly twice as many non-traditional students are at risk of dropping out when compared to traditional peers. The report notes that the number of non-traditional students is projected to increase more than twice as fast as traditional students from 2012 to 2022, according to the CLASP Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success. And because non-traditional students are among the fastest-growing student groups, this means schools face retention challenges. Only 37 percent of at-risk students said they feel confident they will accomplish their educational goals, and 33 percent of those at risk participate in extra-curricular activities, compared to 62 percent of non-traditional students who are not at risk of not graduating.

5 innovative strategies to support non-traditional students

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Digitalization and the American workforce

Thu, 2017-11-30 16:15

by Mark Muro, Sifan Liu, Jacob Whiton, Siddharth Kulkarni, Brookings

In remaking the U.S. economy and the world of work. The “digitalization of everything” has at once increased the potential of individuals, firms, and society while also contributing to a series of troublesome impacts and inequalities, such as worker pay disparities across many demographics, and the divergence of metropolitan economic outcomes. In light of that, this report presents a detailed analysis of changes in the digital content of 545 occupations covering 90 percent of the U.S. workforce in all industries since 2001. The analysis categorizes U.S. occupations into jobs that require high, medium or low digital skills and tracks the impacts of rapid change.

https://www.brookings.edu/research/digitalization-and-the-american-workforce/

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Digitalization and the American workforce

Thu, 2017-11-30 16:05

by Mark Muro, Sifan Liu, Jacob Whiton, Siddharth Kulkarni, Brookings

In remaking the U.S. economy and the world of work. The “digitalization of everything” has at once increased the potential of individuals, firms, and society while also contributing to a series of troublesome impacts and inequalities, such as worker pay disparities across many demographics, and the divergence of metropolitan economic outcomes. In light of that, this report presents a detailed analysis of changes in the digital content of 545 occupations covering 90 percent of the U.S. workforce in all industries since 2001. The analysis categorizes U.S. occupations into jobs that require high, medium or low digital skills and tracks the impacts of rapid change.

https://www.brookings.edu/research/digitalization-and-the-american-workforce/

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6 reasons why course visuals are a must for today’s college students

Thu, 2017-11-30 16:03

BY RYAN EASH, eCampus News

The higher education landscape is shifting and institutions are facing a decline in overall enrollment. Rather than opting for a traditional classroom experience, students today have come to expect greater flexibility in deciding when, where and how to learn. In fact, it is predicted that by 2019 at least 50 percent of all classes will be delivered online and that percentage will only continue to increase. To adjust to student expectations and keep enrollment up, higher education institutions must offer online courses or blended classrooms to compete with other colleges that already have those options. Using technology in the classroom is beneficial as it can serve as a solution for meeting students’ expectations while also keeping enrollment up. For example, instructors can use technology to engage with students through visual communications and learning.

6 reasons why course visuals are a must for today’s college students

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5 innovative strategies to support non-traditional students

Thu, 2017-11-30 16:02

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A previous Barnes and Noble College study of nearly 800 non-traditional students as a whole revealed that nearly twice as many non-traditional students are at risk of dropping out when compared to traditional peers. The report notes that the number of non-traditional students is projected to increase more than twice as fast as traditional students from 2012 to 2022, according to the CLASP Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success. And because non-traditional students are among the fastest-growing student groups, this means schools face retention challenges. Only 37 percent of at-risk students said they feel confident they will accomplish their educational goals, and 33 percent of those at risk participate in extra-curricular activities, compared to 62 percent of non-traditional students who are not at risk of not graduating.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/strategies-non-traditional-student/

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