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Does your online program hit the right notes?

Thu, 2019-01-31 16:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Career and employment goals are a top factor in students’ decisions to enroll in online education programs. Career aspirations continue to drive students’ decisions to enroll in online education programs, according to a report from BestColleges.com, which surveyed nearly 300 online program administrators and 1,500 students, to gauge their experiences in online education programs. In addition to career motivations, survey results show online students are getting younger, and schools report an increase in enrollment of traditional college students.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/01/17/does-your-online-program-hit-the-right-notes/

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SIUE’s Zhang advances development of Remote Robotic Teaching Platform

Thu, 2019-01-31 16:05

by Megan Weiser, RiverBender

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering’s Mingshao Zhang, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, continues his development of a remote educational robotic system that is easy-to-use and low cost for the benefit of learners worldwide. “A telepresence robot allows people to participate in video conferences on a moveable platform from a remote location,” Zhang explained. “Such systems, which were originally designed to promote social interaction between people, have become popular in various applications. But, few studies have examined telepresence robots in the classroom. My research seeks to better identify the possible effects such approaches have on student learning and perceptions of instructor credibility.”

https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/siues-zhang-advances-development-of-remote-robotic-teaching-platform-33158.cfm

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5 Tips for Making Online Courses a Success

Thu, 2019-01-31 16:02

By Rachel Perez, Southwest College

I’ve heard a number of students say they avoid online courses like the plague. Having a hard time staying organized, procrastinating and difficulty staying on track without in-class instruction from the professor are all common struggles for many students. However, I am a huge fan of online courses. They allow you to learn at your own pace, set your own study schedule and work from pretty much anywhere. Online classes are a great option for students who might not be able to make it to a traditional classroom, like students with families or students have a tricky work schedule. Another huge bonus is being able to add an online class or two to your schedule to achieve full-time status for financial aid, scholarships or other purposes.

http://news.swccd.edu/2019/01/5-tips-for-making-online-courses-a-success/

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Sometimes the Best Tech is No Tech

Wed, 2019-01-30 16:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The story is told that, in the early days of space exploration, NASA spent millions to develop a pen that could write in zero gravity. Until they achieved this impressive feat, they used a simple pencil. That story might or might not be apocryphal, but it illustrates an important point: sometimes the best tech for the job is no tech. Most educational stakeholders are old enough to remember the days when every single software program and platform that they used had to be purchased at top dollar. In light of this memory, free apps and websites can seem like an unimaginable resource. And they can be. But they aren’t always. After all, the resource itself might be free, but every resource requires professional development time, instructional time, and an opportunity cost, not to mention time spent choosing, implementing, and evaluating the resource. This means that the price tag is still quite high, even if the resource itself is free. This price tag—even for free edtech—means that if instructional needs are currently being met, there is no need to change things for that area in the face of the anticipated costs.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/sometimes-the-best-tech-is-no-tech/

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How Colleges Can Support Faculty New to Teaching Online #DLNchat

Wed, 2019-01-30 16:20

By Michael Sano, EdSurge

“Online teaching is the joy, fun, and magic of bringing teaching and learning into the online environment,” Karen Costa tweeted last Tuesday, January 8, kicking off the #DLNchat. Many may agree with Costa, but for faculty who have spent their academic careers teaching face-to-face, the shift to online instruction can be daunting. So last week, the #DLNchat community shared ideas about how to best support instructors making the transition to the online classroom.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-01-15-how-colleges-can-support-faculty-new-to-teaching-online-dlnchat

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How to Use Tech to Develop Lifelong Learners

Wed, 2019-01-30 16:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Students may not be aware of the kinds of resources that are available to them online—and for free–that they can use to continue to learn beyond the walls of their classroom. They may also be unaware of the best practices for selecting, vetting, and completing learning experiences that are mediated by edtech. When teachers give them opportunities to practice these important skills, students will gain valuable practice in the skills that they will need in order to become lifelong learners. For example, teachers can have students select and complete a project related to the curriculum from a website such as Instructables. This way, students will be familiar with the process and more comfortable using it on their own.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-use-tech-to-develop-lifelong-learners/

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Giving a nudge: How digital alerts can keep students on track

Wed, 2019-01-30 16:12

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Colleges are using student data to craft custom text messages and other prompts to boost retention, but experts warn they can backfire. Nudges, when done right, are proving up to that task. Nudging is a concept that has gained traction in higher ed ever since the 2008 release of the book “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness” brought the subject to the public’s attention. Put simply, nudges are interventions that steer someone toward a better decision without taking away their choice. In higher ed, they take the form of messages delivered through texts, emails or the learning management system that warn a student if they’ve fallen off track, alert them to important deadlines and make them aware of campus resources. Student data comes into play by helping colleges figure out who needs what kind of information most.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/giving-a-nudge-how-digital-alerts-can-keep-students-on-track/545993/

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AI surveillance goes to school

Wed, 2019-01-30 16:10

Kaveh Waddell, Axios
A new breed of intelligent video surveillance is being installed in schools around the country — tech that follows people around campus and detects unusual behaviors. Why it matters: This new phase in campus surveillance responds to high-profile school shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, last February. School administrators are now reaching for security tech that keeps a constant, increasingly sophisticated eye on halls and classrooms. One drawback: a major blow to student privacy.

https://www.axios.com/ai-video-surveillance-schools-a5845755-9c68-480a-a4d6-5e075a4d17b4.html

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Doctors Are Confident That AI Won’t Replace Them

Wed, 2019-01-30 16:03

Adi Gaskell, Forbes
Companies such as DeepMind and IBM have been at the forefront of introducing AI into healthcare, with their smart algorithms proving adept at finding patterns in large quantities of data that enable the machines to make accurate predictions in the diagnosis of a range of conditions. There have been projects to provide more accurate and earlier diagnoses for mental health, dementia, Parkinson’s, skin cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and, well, you get the picture. The reporting of many of these projects has been accompanied by breathless claims that doctors work will soon be automated, with these claims seeming to be supported by the growing number of AI-based triage systems on the market that claim to be able to accurately diagnose patients after hearing of their various symptoms.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adigaskell/2019/01/18/doctors-are-confident-that-ai-wont-replace-them/#f22e2bf74044

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Online Education Rules Under the Microscope

Tue, 2019-01-29 16:25

Lindsay McKenzie and Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Definitions of innovative teaching models and expectations for accreditors of new programs are on the agenda as the Department of Education considers changing standards. As the Trump administration this week convenes a panel of experts to consider rewriting federal policies around digital learning and innovation, the eternal tension between fostering experimentation and protecting educational quality will be on prominent display. The process, known as negotiated rule making — or “neg reg,” for those in a rush — began Tuesday with a wide-ranging session on the role of accreditors in policing innovation.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/16/department-education-rule-making-process-puts-online-education

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Verizon Promises to #ReverseTheFee on Remind After Educators’ Outcry

Tue, 2019-01-29 16:20

By Emily Tate, EdSurge

After an outcry from educators on social media, along with countless phone calls to Verizon customer service, the telecommunications company says it will not enforce the 11-fold fee increase that was slated to hit Remind, a messaging service used widely by teachers and parents in the U.S., come February. On Monday, Remind notified its users, 7 million of whom are Verizon Wireless customers, that with the new fee hike, it would no longer be able to absorb the cost of its users sending text messages on its platform. Remind users weren’t going down without a fight. Thousands of them posted on Twitter with the hashtags #ReverseTheFee and #NotSpam. The latter refers to Verizon’s justification for these fees as a way to help the telecommunications company curb spam messages, which Remind inadvertently got clumped into.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-01-16-verizon-promises-to-reversethefee-on-remind-after-educators-outcry

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Massive Online Courses Find A New Audience With Continuing Medical Education

Tue, 2019-01-29 16:15

By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
Applications are surging for New York University’s School of Medicine after the university announced last year that its medical program would be tuition-free for all students. But NYU isn’t the only school trying to offer free medical training. Dozens of colleges and universities are taking courses in healthcare and medicine online—and making them free or low-cost—with massive online course platforms. Coursera, a company that hosts massive online courses and degrees, is the latest entrant among a growing number of online education providers that are entering the medical space.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-01-17-massive-online-courses-find-a-new-audience-with-continuing-medical-education

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5 ways to help students feel connected to your campus

Tue, 2019-01-29 16:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Are you doing all you can to support students’ mental health and success? Students who report a strong sense of belonging at their college or university typically do better in school, and a new survey points to five key steps schools can take to support students’ mental health and success. This sense of belonging is critical for students, especially students who are first-generation college students and students of color from low-income backgrounds. In fact, feeling a sense of belonging has been proven to have an effect on college completion rates.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/01/18/5-ways-to-help-students-feel-connected-to-your-campus/

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13 Industries Soon To Be Revolutionized By Artificial Intelligence

Tue, 2019-01-29 16:05

Forbes Technology Council

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have a rapidly growing presence in today’s world, with applications ranging from heavy industry to education. From streamlining operations to informing better decision making, it has become clear that this technology has the potential to truly revolutionize how the everyday world works. While AI and ML can be applied to nearly every sector, once the technology advances enough, there are many fields that are either reaping the benefits of AI right now or that soon will be. According to a panel of Forbes Technology Council members, here are 13 industries that will soon be revolutionized by AI.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/01/16/13-industries-soon-to-be-revolutionized-by-artificial-intelligence/

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How Colleges Can Support Faculty New to Teaching Online #DLNchat

Tue, 2019-01-29 16:02

By Michael Sano, EdSurge

“Online teaching is the joy, fun, and magic of bringing teaching and learning into the online environment,” Karen Costa tweeted last Tuesday, January 8, kicking off the #DLNchat. Many may agree with Costa, but for faculty who have spent their academic careers teaching face-to-face, the shift to online instruction can be daunting. So last week, the #DLNchat community shared ideas about how to best support instructors making the transition to the online classroom.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-01-15-how-colleges-can-support-faculty-new-to-teaching-online-dlnchat

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Learning Engineering: Making Education More “Professional”

Mon, 2019-01-28 16:27

A Q&A with Ellen Wagner by Mary Grush, Campus Technology
Learning engineering has taken many forms since the term was coined by Herbert Simon back in the 1960s. Ellen Wagner, who chairs IEEE’s ICICLE SIG on Learning Engineering Among the Professions offers some perspective — from Simon’s original insight to LE’s application and potential today. “The evolution of ed tech has always demonstrated that as tech platforms get more complex, product teams turn to other disciplines to get the expertise they need.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/14/learning-engineering-making-education-more-professional.aspx

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Survey: Online, Blended Dominate Today’s Learning Environments

Mon, 2019-01-28 16:21

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
In our latest Teaching with Technology Survey, the vast majority of faculty members said they teach in either a fully online or blended format.  In a recent survey, nearly nine in 10 faculty members (87 percent) at colleges and universities across the country said they are using either fully online or a mix of online and face-to-face instruction in their courses. That leaves just 13 percent who are still teaching exclusively face-to-face. These findings come out of Campus Technology’s 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey, which asked higher education faculty about their work with online and blended courses and their plans for exploring those modes in the future. The blended model was the most common among our respondents, at 76 percent, up from 73 percent in 2017.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/16/survey-online-blended-dominate-todays-learning-environments.aspx

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Experts Debate Merits of AI in Education

Mon, 2019-01-28 16:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Will artificial intelligence make most people better off over the next decade, or will it redefine what free will means or what a human being is? A new report by the Pew Research Center has weighed in on the topic by conferring with some 979 experts, who have, in summary, predicted that networked AI “will amplify human effectiveness but also threaten human autonomy, agency and capabilities.” the experts were asked whether AI and related technology will by the year 2030 enhance human capacities or allow them to deteriorate, the majority (63 percent) said most people will be better off.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/12/20/experts-debate-merits-of-ai-in-education.aspx

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Coursera Targets Health-Care Education Market

Mon, 2019-01-28 16:06

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Online learning provider Coursera has traditionally focused on developing courses in business, data and tech, areas where there is clear employer demand for skills. But the company is now targeting the health-care industry, which is also experiencing worker shortages. Coursera yesterday announced the launch of 100 new courses related to health care, 30 specializations — which are a series of related courses on one broad topic — and two master’s degrees in public health. The well-known purveyor of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, was already offering health-care-related courses, like many other online providers, but this is the first time the company has made health care a deliberate focus of its content development, said Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/18/coursera-expands-online-courses-health-care-professionals

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Online Education Rules Under the Microscope

Mon, 2019-01-28 16:05

Lindsay McKenzie and Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Definitions of innovative teaching models and expectations for accreditors of new programs are on the agenda as the Department of Education considers changing standards. As the Trump administration this week convenes a panel of experts to consider rewriting federal policies around digital learning and innovation, the eternal tension between fostering experimentation and protecting educational quality will be on prominent display. The process, known as negotiated rule making — or “neg reg,” for those in a rush — began Tuesday with a wide-ranging session on the role of accreditors in policing innovation.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/16/department-education-rule-making-process-puts-online-education

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