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What will learning look like in 2025?

Tue, 2017-04-11 17:10

BY JOHN CAVANAUGH, eCampus News

Alchemy, innovation and learning on the campus of the future. The experience of faculty in 2025 is equally transformed. Georgia Tech’s nearly decade-old experiment with a robotic teaching assistant based on the IBM Watson platform has morphed considerably. Only the most diagnostic data about each student is transmitted to faculty on dashboards organized by course.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/learning-look-like-2025/

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New software tool to provide students with personalized feedback to improve learning

Tue, 2017-04-11 17:06

by UT Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington has partnered with five international universities to create a software tool that provides timely and personalized feedback to help students adjust their studying throughout the course. The online tool, OnTask, uses data about students’ activities throughout the semester and helps instructors to provide suggestions on specific assignments and strategies that enable students to adjust their studying throughout the course in order to be more confident and successful. The tool uses data from video engagement, assessments, student information systems, electronic textbooks and discussion forums. “An important benefit of OnTask is the ability for teachers in large classrooms to still provide individual feedback to each student,” said George Siemens, executive director of The University of Texas at Arlington’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab.

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-software-tool-students-personalized-feedback.html

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An international online course that can get your startup career rolling

Tue, 2017-04-11 17:02

By INDIA BUREAU, Business Insider India

The European Business School HEC Paris and Coursera have joined hands to launch an online international degree program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The course is designed for present and future business leaders who wish to drive innovation within their organizations or launch new ventures. Students work in teams over a six-month period on a project of choice. They will receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders who will meet with them once a week. Successful graduates will be able to move their respective project into its next phase by applying for seed funding from HEC Paris, and have their project come to fruition at HEC’s incubator, based at Station F, the world’s biggest startup campus.

http://www.businessinsider.in/do-you-want-to-learn-entrepreneurship-skills-heres-an-online-course-that-can-get-your-startup-career-rolling/articleshow/57943059.cms

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The More Things Change: AAUP Releases Annual Faculty Salary Survey

Mon, 2017-04-10 17:55
by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed Pay for full-time faculty members rose 2.6 percent this academic year over last, according to “Visualizing Change,” the American Association of University Professors’ Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession. But professors shouldn’t get too excited: adjusted for inflation, that amounts to just 0.5 percent. Released today, AAUP’s annual survey finds that the average salary for full-time ranked faculty members was $80,095 in 2016-17, while the average total pay for part-time faculty members at a single institution was $20,508. Average pay for part-time faculty members teaching on a per-section basis only (excluding professors teaching part-time during phased retirement, for example) was $7,066, with serious limitations to the data. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/04/11/aaup-faculty-salaries-slightly-budgets-are-balanced-backs-adjuncts-and-out-state Share on Facebook

Why STEM education could get a transformative makeover—soon

Mon, 2017-04-10 17:25

BY RUSSELL D. SHILLING, eSchool News

Engaging young children in STEM is critical for creating a lifelong love of learning and for developing critical thinking skills which will serve them well across all academic disciplines and prepare them for the 21st Century workforce. The recently released report, STEM Starts Early: Grounding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Early Childhood by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and New America is a summary of current research and makes critical recommendations for both STEM communication to parents and future research in early childhood STEM. The appropriate use of innovative education technologies will be an essential component to bringing STEM to children wherever they live as part of a well-balanced set of active learning experiences with educators and parents.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/03/31/stem-education-makeover-soon/

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The absence of internet at home is a problem for some students

Mon, 2017-04-10 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

While it may seem like almost everyone has internet access, a shocking number of families lack fast or reliable internet connections. There are roughly 5 million households with school-age children who don’t have broadband internet access at home. That means millions of students are being left behind. There are many ways that a lack of internet access can affect a student’s academic performance. Students without internet can’t connect with teachers or classmates, do independent research, or get online homework help. For families, not having internet access can mean missing out on information or losing out on a direct line of communication with schools and teachers. One of the biggest problems faced by students without internet access at home is their inability to complete homework.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/the-absence-of-internet-at-home-is-a-problem-for-some-students/

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The Myth of the Higher Ed Tech Academic / Administrative Divide

Mon, 2017-04-10 17:15

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Today’s reality is that the line between administrative and academic technology has blurred to such a degree that applying organizational distinctions is no longer useful – and is perhaps actively harmful. The reason for this is that we no longer have a clear line where an academic IT service ends and an administrative IT service begins. Are efforts to leverage learning data to drive student success a task of administrative or academic IT? The answer is that neither the skills of the traditional administrative technology professional or the seasoned academic technology expert are, on their own, adequate to the opportunity. Rather, administrative and academic IT people must work collaboratively – really as a single unit.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/myth-higher-ed-tech-academic-administrative-divide

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5 Ways Online Graduate Programs Prepare Future Teachers

Mon, 2017-04-10 17:05

By Marian Stoltz-Loike, US News

Through online graduate education programs, future educators might learn how to incorporate digital tools into their classes.Teaching is often seen as a great field for career changers and other nontraditional students. Some pursue teaching because they want to contribute to society in a meaningful way. Others may desire to share the knowledge and expertise they gained in another setting, or they may no longer want to compete in the corporate world. Online education is an ideal way for future teachers to build the expertise they need while balancing school with work, family or other commitments. Here are five ways online graduate education programs offer value for future teachers.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-03-31/5-reasons-online-graduate-education-programs-build-good-teachers

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Harvard Medical School Launches First Online Certificate Program

Mon, 2017-04-10 17:03

By WILLIAM L. WANG, Harvard Crimson

Harvard Medical School will launch its first online certificate program this summer for people considering health careers, offering four paid courses on topics in medicine. The program, titled “HMX Fundamentals,” will be open to the public through a brief application and includes courses in physiology, immunology, biochemistry and genetics. Upon completion of a course, students will receive a PDF certificate which will not count for academic credit at Harvard. Unlike Harvard’s edX and HarvardX platforms, which offer their online classes for free, access to HMX Fundamentals will come at a cost. Tuition will cost $800 for a single HMX Fundamentals course, $1,000 for two courses, and $1,800 for all four.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/3/31/hms-launches-first-online-certificate-program/

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These are the most in-demand skills in the United States

Mon, 2017-04-10 17:01

by eCampus News

Major online learning provider Alison releases data on the skills most sought-after by students and professionals looking to upskill. Americans looking to upskill online are focusing on hard skills they can use in the workplace, according to new data released by Alison. The list of the top 10 most popular courses on Alison, a free e-learning site, was dominated by Customer Service, IT, and workplace skills like time management. Health and education related courses also claimed many of the top spots, including courses focusing on mental health, working with students with special needs and teaching English as a foreign language.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/demand-skills-united-states/

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UMUC to Offer Free Online Coding Program for Students and Grads

Sun, 2017-04-09 17:24

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

University of Maryland University College students and graduates can sharpen their coding skills at no cost thanks to a new partnership with technology talent development company Revature. Revature’s online training program is designed to provide a pathway to successful software development careers regardless of a student’s major or technical experience, according to a press release. “Through this partnership, students with non-technical academic backgrounds can expand their career options by mastering the latest software programs and computer platforms,” said Nikki Sandoval, associate vice president for alumni and career services at UMUC, in a statement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/03/29/umuc-to-offer-free-online-coding-program-for-students-and-grads.aspx

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Higher Ed Analytics Market Is Growing in Complexity

Sun, 2017-04-09 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The availability of analytics products for higher education is on the rise, and the applications tend to fall into two broad camps: learning analytics, designed to be used by instructional staff to examine data tied to student engagement and academic outcomes; and operational analytics, for use by administrators to explore operational and financial areas, such as admission, enrollment and retention. That’s how a new report from Eduventures classifies the more than two dozen offerings it has identified in the current analytics marketplace.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/03/30/higher-ed-analytics-market-is-growing-in-complexity.aspx

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Jump-Start a Career With an Online Graduate Degree

Sun, 2017-04-09 17:14

By Courtney Rubin, US News

New online master’s degree options offer students paths to business, engineering and more. Online graduate education, once a caveat emptor Wild West of questionable quality, has come a long way. “The online degree market is pretty well established, especially in terms of acceptance in the employer community,” says Sean Gallagher, executive director of the Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy at Northeastern University and author of “The Future of University Credentials,” published last year. The ability to deliver instruction online has opened up a world of possibility beyond traditional degrees. Both for-profit companies and universities – including elite ones – are racing to market with a range of options, from traditional academic degrees to occupational credentialing and professional development.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-03-29/jump-start-a-career-with-an-online-graduate-degree

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UC Irvine Launches Research Hub for Connected Learning

Sun, 2017-04-09 17:07

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

A new Connected Learning Lab (CLL) at the University of California, Irvine will focus on equity-oriented, learner-centered innovation in education technology. Sponsored by UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, School of Education and School of Social Sciences, as well as the UC Humanities Research Institute, the lab will serve as an interdisciplinary hub for research and innovation, providing an “experimental site for pushing the boundaries of connected learning.” “Connected learning happens when someone is pursuing a personal interest with the support of peers, mentors and caring adults, and in ways that open up opportunities for them,” a CLL statement explained.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/03/30/uc-irvine-launches-research-hub-for-connected-learning.aspx

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Ranking report: Is your state among the best for higher education?

Sun, 2017-04-09 17:05

BY LAURA ASCIONE,eCampus News

Virginia tops a new ranking that analyzes the best states for higher education. The state took the No. 1 spot based on its ability to educate its residents and high graduation rates. The annual list, from financial technology company SmartAsset, compares four-year public colleges and universities using various metrics such as undergraduate graduation rates, average net price, 20-year return on investment (ROI), and the student-faculty ratio. For 2017, both the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary rank among the top 10 public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/news/state-among-best-higher-education/

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The Myth of the Higher Ed Tech Academic / Administrative Divide

Sun, 2017-04-09 17:02

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Today’s reality is that the line between administrative and academic technology has blurred to such a degree that applying organizational distinctions is no longer useful – and is perhaps actively harmful. The reason for this is that we no longer have a clear line where an academic IT service ends and an administrative IT service begins. Are efforts to leverage learning data to drive student success a task of administrative or academic IT? The answer is that neither the skills of the traditional administrative technology professional or the seasoned academic technology expert are, on their own, adequate to the opportunity. Rather, administrative and academic IT people must work collaboratively – really as a single unit.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/myth-higher-ed-tech-academic-administrative-divide

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Penn State e-Learning Institute broadens focus, renamed Office of Digital Learning

Sat, 2017-04-08 17:25

by Penn State

In recognition of the increasing scope of digital learning, the College of Arts and Architecture’s e-Learning Institute will be renamed the Office of Digital Learning, effective April 1. Gary Chinn, director of the e-Learning Institute, will become assistant dean for digital learning. “A broader conceptualization of digital learning acknowledges that today’s courses can move across a continuum of completely in-person and completely online,” explained Chinn. “Blended learning courses, which utilize a combination of online materials and in-person lectures, continue to grow in popularity. Courses that take place in a lecture hall but feature class assignments that have a strong digital aspect are another example. As students flow in and out of physical classroom spaces and virtual environments, a broader term like ‘digital learning’ better captures this fluidity of learning context.”

http://news.psu.edu/story/458885/2017/03/29/e-learning-institute-broadens-focus-renamed-office-digital-learning

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Why digital learning is re-shaping education

Sat, 2017-04-08 17:19

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Technology has changed just about every field, including education. Digital learning is reshaping education in unprecedented ways. The ways in which students learn are changing rapidly thanks to technology, and both students and teachers will benefit from it. There are several specific changes that we can expect to see as digital learning takes over education. For one, the way teachers present information and how students work with that information has changed. Students are asked to be more hands-on and collaborative than ever before. There are also new skills that students must learn, such as digital literacy.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/why-digital-learning-is-reshaping-education/

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Houston Nonprofit Delivers Refurbished Computers, Tech Education to Underserved Youth

Sat, 2017-04-08 17:15

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal

In the greater Houston area, an estimated 133,000 families do not have a computer at home. To help bridge the digital divide, the nonprofit Comp-U-Dopt has delivered more than 8,600 refurbished computers to Houston students from underserved communities. Comp-U-Dot celebrates 10 years of providing technology access and education training. Its Computer Adoption Program, for instance, involves taking in lightly used, donated corporate computers; converting them to a Linux operating system; loading freeware education programs; and distributing the devices to applicants who demonstrate a need for a computer.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/03/27/houston-nonprofit-delivers-refurbished-computers-tech-education-to-thousands-of-underserved-youth.aspx

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Higher Ed Analytics Market Is Growing in Complexity

Sat, 2017-04-08 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The availability of analytics products for higher education is on the rise, and the applications tend to fall into two broad camps: learning analytics, designed to be used by instructional staff to examine data tied to student engagement and academic outcomes; and operational analytics, for use by administrators to explore operational and financial areas, such as admission, enrollment and retention. That’s how a new report from Eduventures classifies the more than two dozen offerings it has identified in the current analytics marketplace.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/03/30/higher-ed-analytics-market-is-growing-in-complexity.aspx

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