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Consider an Online Degree Program From a State System

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:10

By Bradley Fuster, US News

In some states, online students can seamlessly transfer credits from one public school to another.Private, nonprofit institutions have traditionally been viewed as more prestigious and are generally more expensive, while state schools pride themselves on affordability, especially for in-state residents. But as online learning has evolved, students are having more difficulty seeing any real differences between public institutions and their private competitors.

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Average Cost Per Record of US Data Breach in Ed: $245

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

The average cost of a data breach in the United States rose for the fourth straight year, hitting $225 per compromised record–the highest it has been since 2006, when the Ponemon Institute began to publish research on the topic. In education, which tends to be more heavily regulated regarding data privacy, the average “per capita” cost for 2017 in this country is even higher: $245. That’s considerably more than the worldwide per-record cost in education of $200. (Per capita represents the total cost of the data breach divided by the number of lost or stolen records.) According to Ponemon’s “2017 Cost of Data Breach Study,” the average total organizational cost across all segments, not just education, is $7.35 million, up almost five percent over last year’s $7 million. The average number of records exposed was 28,512.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/18/average-cost-per-record-of-us-data-breach-in-ed-245.aspx

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New OpenStax Tutor Beta Offers Personalized Learning

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:03

By Hillary Miller, eLearning Inside

An initiative of Rice University, OpenStax was first launched in 2012 with the goal of cultivating peer-reviewed, high-quality textbooks that were low-cost in print and entirely free online. Today, the publisher provides titles for over 30 courses, including U.S. History, Macroeconomics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology. Each book is authored by a team of leading experts from universities all across the United States. The goal of OpenStax Tutor Beta is to provide instantaneous feedback and custom-tailored learning support for every learner. Students utilizing OpenStax Tutor don’t need to download any software to use the product; they simply log on to the OpenStax Tutor website to access their course textbook and complete their assignments.

https://news.elearninginside.com/new-openstax-tutor-beta-offers-personalized-learning/

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Trailblazers in EdTech

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:25

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, tech Edvocate

The influencers that we chose are all active in the area of edtech, doing something influential in edtech, well-known throughout the edtech landscape, and making an impact globally. We are excited to witness how these influencers continue to change the world this year, and we are anxious to see who will stand on the shoulders of these giants, and as a result, become a part of this series. In this installment of “Trailblazers in Edtech,” we will profile Todd Brekhus, President of myON.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/trailblazers-edtech-todd-brekhus/

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5 Best Social Media Practices for Higher Ed

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Social Media has undeniably become a part of our everyday lives. Grandmothers and 12-years old alike are opening Facebook accounts, and there are Facebook pages even for people’s dogs and cats. Companies are using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media sites for marketing and advertising. Universities are now also using social media pages because people are reading and accessing social media sites daily. How can universities and colleges best take advantage of the benefits that social media has to offer in our technology-heavy 21st century?

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-best-social-media-practices-higher-education/

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Google’s AI Fight Club Will Train Systems to Defend Against Future Cyberattacks

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:15

by Futurism

Google Brain and data science platform Kaggle have announced an “AI Fight Club” to train machine learning systems on how to combat malicious AI. As computer systems become smarter, cyberattacks also become tougher to defend against, and this contest could help illuminate unforeseen vulnerabilities. This AI fight club will feature three adversarial challenges. The first (non-targeted adversarial attack) involves getting algorithms to confuse a machine learning system so it won’t work properly. Another battle (targeted adversarial attack) requires training one AI to force another to classify data incorrectly. The third challenge (defense against adversarial attacks) focuses on beefing up a smart system’s defenses.

https://futurism.com/googles-ai-fight-club-will-train-systems-to-defend-against-future-cyberattacks/

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Online learners say these social perks are program musts

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A new survey reveals that fully-online students identified interaction with instructors, classmates as paramount to their learning experience. The research, compiled from a survey of 1,500 students who are seriously considering, currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from a fully online program aims to help higher-ed leaders and policymakers better understand both the traits of online college students and what they’re looking for in their educational experience. The Online College Students 2017: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences report, from The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research, shows that online students are seeking interaction with their classmates and course instructors. In fact, more than half of survey respondents said interaction with the academic community is important.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/online-learning/social-perks-programs/

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7 Top EdTech Tools for Higher Ed

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:02

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Higher education is experiencing a time of rapid change. The traditional picture of a college-aged student sitting in a large lecture hall is no longer. Students complete their education at any age, in a variety of formats, and, sometimes, from multiple institutions. A recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group as reported in US News and World Report found that approximately 5.8 million students took at least one online class in 2014. The average age of someone enrolled in higher education now is 25. This change puts the focus on educational technologies that can provide solutions for classroom management, assessment, microlearning, affordability, and collaboration. These identified areas of need for higher education lead to 7 quality educational technology tools and apps for leading the way in an era of rapid change.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/top-7-educational-technology-tools-apps-resources-higher-education/

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Online Courses Projected to Drive Credit Card Fraud to $24B by 2018

Sat, 2017-07-29 17:01

by Kelly Sheridan, Dark Reading

An underground ecosystem provides cybercriminals with online tutorials, tools, and credit card data they need to commit fraud. An ecosystem of payment card fraud will drive a projected $24 billion in losses by the end of 2018. Cybercriminals are working together to share tools, tutorials, and credit card data to scam victims. It turns out payment card fraudsters learn their skills as many professionals do: through online learning. Researchers at Digital Shadows discovered a Russian carding forum provides a course on how to commit fraud, complete with instructors, syllabus, webinars, and reading material. “We were surprised by the sophistication of the teaching site,” says Michael Marriott, research analyst at Digital Shadows. “There were weekly webinars, course material, links to software [students] could use, interactive Q&A sessions.”

http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/online-courses-projected-to-drive-credit-card-fraud-to-$24b-by-2018/d/d-id/1329408

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Lifetime Learning is the New Model for Higher Education

Fri, 2017-07-28 17:25

by Amy Burroughs, EdTech Magazine

The future of higher education will likely be crafted by both incremental changes and a drastic rethinking of the institutional model, according to the predictions of Jeff Selingo, Washington Post columnist and author of three books, most recently, There Is Life After College. “We have to think of new models to serve lifelong learners,” said Selingo, who delivered the keynote address on Wednesday at the Campus Tech conference in Chicago. The challenge? Educators may not be prepared for the extent of change that’s ahead.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/07/campus-technology-2017-lifetime-learning-new-model-higher-education

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Are schools overpaying for online learning?

Fri, 2017-07-28 17:20

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

A research project from Arizona State University’s EdPlus Action Lab is seeking to consider whether schools are overpaying for the online learning they offer, and whether the sustainability of online courses in higher ed could be better assured if those courses were scaled, according to Campus Technology. Though the research report is not yet finalized, principle researcher Lou Pugliese shared some initial findings, including a drastic change in the definition of who learns online to include a far more diverse student population than the conventional four-year undergraduate student earning a degree. Pugliese stressed that it is important for colleges and universities is to consider moving from a decentralized to a centralized approach for digital learning operating models, noting there is more quality control and a greater opportunity for strong professional development, which will help to cut costs over time.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/are-schools-overpaying-for-online-learning/447521/

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Classroom Utilization, Online Learning and Retail Store Closings: How should we think about these trends?

Fri, 2017-07-28 17:16

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

I’m trying to make sense of the relationship between two trends. Maybe you can help. The first trend is retail store closings. The second trend is classroom utilization. The question I have is if the first trend tells us anything about the second? According to a recent report, The Higher Education Scheduling Index put out by Ad Astra Information Systems, higher ed classrooms are significantly underutilized. Do we expect that classroom demand, and utilization, will increase in the next decade? Are the same forces that are driving the closure of retail stores also important in understanding why physical classrooms are so underutilized? Or are these separate and distinct trends, without any shared underlying causes?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/classroom-utilization-online-learning-and-retail-store-closings

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Weigh Noncredit, For-Credit Online University Courses

Fri, 2017-07-28 17:10

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Many noncredit online courses, experts say, allow working adults to prep for certification exams in various fields. Many prospective online students aim to change careers or earn a promotion, but there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to get there, experts say. That might involve deciding between an online course or program that’s for college credit and one that’s not. That distinction is more relevant to some prospective online students than others, experts say. But for those making a choice, here are four factors to consider.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-07-20/decide-between-noncredit-for-credit-online-university-courses

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5 Best Social Media Practices for Higher Ed

Fri, 2017-07-28 17:05

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Social Media has undeniably become a part of our everyday lives. Grandmothers and 12-years old alike are opening Facebook accounts, and there are Facebook pages even for people’s dogs and cats. Companies are using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media sites for marketing and advertising. Universities are now also using social media pages because people are reading and accessing social media sites daily. How can universities and colleges best take advantage of the benefits that social media has to offer in our technology-heavy 21st century?

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-best-social-media-practices-higher-education/

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Google’s AI Fight Club Will Train Systems to Defend Against Future Cyberattacks

Fri, 2017-07-28 17:02

by Futurism

Google Brain and data science platform Kaggle have announced an “AI Fight Club” to train machine learning systems on how to combat malicious AI. As computer systems become smarter, cyberattacks also become tougher to defend against, and this contest could help illuminate unforeseen vulnerabilities. This AI fight club will feature three adversarial challenges. The first (non-targeted adversarial attack) involves getting algorithms to confuse a machine learning system so it won’t work properly. Another battle (targeted adversarial attack) requires training one AI to force another to classify data incorrectly. The third challenge (defense against adversarial attacks) focuses on beefing up a smart system’s defenses.

https://futurism.com/googles-ai-fight-club-will-train-systems-to-defend-against-future-cyberattacks/

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9 online learning predictions for the upcoming term

Thu, 2017-07-27 17:25

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

From two-way collaboration to growing data demands, online learning promises even more tech innovation for the upcoming term. When talking about online learning, every passing year brings new advancements in technology and pedagogy—often with successful student learning results. As online learning as a whole is expected to increase in the foreseeable future, it’s critical for faculty and higher ed stakeholders to ponder new usability and functionality within this trendy mode of learning. In recent research conducted by ProProfs, a professional LMS provider, the company identified the top 9 online learning predictions for the rest of the year. Their infographic helps guide online learning enthusiasts and teachers through the eLearning trends and predictions that their research reveals will play a key role in learning for the upcoming term; with the aim of helping learning and development specialists get a clearer picture of the global eLearning landscape, and in turn help them make necessary changes in their existing strategies.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/online-learning-predictions/

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Finding the ROI of Online Programs

Thu, 2017-07-27 17:19

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

It’s time to get serious about growing online education programs if your institution wants them to be sustainable. This Arizona State University research project is examining the costs and benefits of scaling digital learning in order to share replicable return-on-investment mechanics and tools for any school willing to take on the challenge. What differentiates the lab from other initiatives of its ilk is an emphasis on seeking outcomes that can be put to work. “I got into this research business when I came to ASU about a year-and-a-half ago,” explained Pugliese. “What I found is that most of the research that’s out there — no matter what — is not really actionable. There wasn’t a takeaway from much of the research. That’s why I changed the dimension of the Action Lab to make it useful and implementable.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/19/finding-the-roi-of-online-programs.aspx

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Girls Learn Virtuous Hacking at Tandon School of Engineering

Thu, 2017-07-27 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The program, Computer Science for Cyber Security (CS4CS), lasts three weeks and will culminate with a cyber-mystery that involves, aptly, the theft of Wonder Woman’s iconic lasso. The students meet daily, Monday through Friday. During the first part of the camp, they receive lessons in programming, depending on their level of expertise. Then they receive an introduction to cryptography, by examining the classic cyphers, frequency analysis, hashing and related topics. From there, it’s onto operating systems, steganography (the study of message concealment) and image analysis, networks, the web, databases and forensics. The program is led by members of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Offensive Security, Incident Response and Internet Security (OSIRIS) Laboratory.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/17/girls-learn-virtuous-hacking-at-tandon-school-of-engineering.aspx

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Lifetime Learning is the New Model for Higher Education

Thu, 2017-07-27 17:10

by Amy Burroughs, EdTech Magazine

The future of higher education will likely be crafted by both incremental changes and a drastic rethinking of the institutional model, according to the predictions of Jeff Selingo, Washington Post columnist and author of three books, most recently, There Is Life After College. “We have to think of new models to serve lifelong learners,” said Selingo, who delivered the keynote address on Wednesday at the Campus Tech conference in Chicago. The challenge? Educators may not be prepared for the extent of change that’s ahead.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/07/campus-technology-2017-lifetime-learning-new-model-higher-education

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Are schools overpaying for online learning?

Thu, 2017-07-27 17:05

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

A research project from Arizona State University’s EdPlus Action Lab is seeking to consider whether schools are overpaying for the online learning they offer, and whether the sustainability of online courses in higher ed could be better assured if those courses were scaled, according to Campus Technology. Though the research report is not yet finalized, principle researcher Lou Pugliese shared some initial findings, including a drastic change in the definition of who learns online to include a far more diverse student population than the conventional four-year undergraduate student earning a degree. Pugliese stressed that it is important for colleges and universities is to consider moving from a decentralized to a centralized approach for digital learning operating models, noting there is more quality control and a greater opportunity for strong professional development, which will help to cut costs over time.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/are-schools-overpaying-for-online-learning/447521/

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