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10 Notables Changing the Future of Learning and Teaching

Mon, 2017-06-05 17:27

BY Rich Baxter, EdNews Daily

Authentic personalized learning requires that 21st century schools are filled with students and families who are provided the opportunity to take on more responsibility for their learning, in response to the exponential increase in resources provided by the Internet. Excellent teaching and AI will guide this upward innovation movement, but ‘a shared leadership’ will facilitate more and more partnerships within communities and between them. Education is merging with neuroscience, quantum computing, and AI, redefining what it means to be human and thus what it means to learn and to teach. Where does that put education as a human endeavor and what other factors do we need to consider in order to take full advantage of the present knowledge revolution?

http://www.ednewsdaily.com/10-notables-changing-the-future-of-learning-and-teaching/

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Should There Be a Universal Skills Measurement System?

Mon, 2017-06-05 17:20
by Lauren Dixon, Talent Economy And as talent becomes more of a focal point for businesses looking to acquire competitive advantage, should there be a more universal system for defining and tracking workers’ skills, instead of focusing on jobs? Credly, for its part, uses badges to display skills earned. Formal assessments are one way that talent can gain badges, or a manager can follow a defined rubric when issuing various badges internally. Finkelstein said a universal system like this means the employer would rely less on self-reporting of skills proficiency from candidates. Employers would also be able to focus on the skills needed for a job, rather than college degrees acquired, which don’t necessarily indicate one’s ability to perform in the business world. Job descriptions could also be more focused on skills and be more searchable than they currently are. A combination of these factors would make it easier to source talent both externally and internally, Finkelstein said.

http://www.talenteconomy.io/2017/05/17/universal-skills-measurement-system/

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Report: Female professors seeking leadership roles face inherent biases

Mon, 2017-06-05 17:15

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Female faculty members at colleges and universities who hope to achieve greater professional success and leadership are consistently stymied in male-dominated environments where they must work far harder than men to receive similar awards, according to a new study conducted by a professor at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. The study examined appointments to named professorships by gender using a sample of 511 faculty from research universities throughout the country, finding women were less likely to be awarded such positions and are inadequately appointed to endowed chairs in return for their significant scholarly work. The biases will be difficult to excise because they are so embedded in the college culture, according to the researchers, but they are hopeful that the study will lend more insight into the issue.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/report-female-professors-seeking-leadership-roles-face-inherent-biases/443140/

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Building Support for Online Learning at Small Residential Institutions

Mon, 2017-06-05 17:10

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Big time online learning gets all the press. Read the Digital Learning Compass report on online education enrollment and you will see lots of big numbers. In 2015 over 6 million students took at least one online course – 5 million undergrad, a million grad – with bout half of these distance learners are taking courses exclusively online. The real online learning story, however, is not about size. It’s about change. The big online learning story of 2017 is not about the few schools that offer distance education to ten of thousands of students. Rather, it is about the impact that online education can have on teaching and learning at every institution. And this impact may be greatest at our most traditional residential colleges and universities.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/building-support-online-learning-small-residential-institutions

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Seven things we learned about WannaCry

Mon, 2017-06-05 17:05

by Ian Sherr, CNet

The cyberattack is one of the worst of its kind in history, disrupting businesses, hospitals and government agencies. Here’s everything we know so far. This attack will continue for a while. This is perhaps the most frustrating part of WannaCry. Because it spreads through file-sharing technology built into the Windows software that powers most of the world’s PCs, and because people are slow to update their computers, it’s likely we’ll be feeling the reverberations of this attack for some time. The Shadow Brokers, the hackers behind the NSA leak that arguably helped kick off this mess, say they have more unreleased hacking tools. The group said that starting in June, it will begin a “Data Dump of the Month” service. Think of it as a wine of the month club — except, y’know, less fun.

https://www.cnet.com/news/seven-things-we-learned-about-wannacry-microsoft-windows-ransomware-nsa/

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Do Mobile Devices in the Classroom Really Improve Learning Outcomes?

Mon, 2017-06-05 17:02

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Mobile devices as teaching tools are becoming a more and more common part of the American education experience in classrooms, from preschool through graduate school. As far back as 2010, reports were surfacing that mobile apps are not only engaging, but educational, for children as young as preschool. PBS Kids, in partnership with the US Department of Education, found that the vocabulary of kids ages three to seven who played its Martha Speaks mobile app improved up to 31%. Abilene Christian University conducted research around the same time that found math students who used the iOS app “Statistics 1” saw improvement in their final grades. They were also more motivated to finish lessons on mobile devices than through traditional textbooks and workbooks.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/mobile-devices-classroom-really-improve-learning-outcomes-2/

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The Rising “Phigital” Student: Education must adapt now to accommodate Gen Z — but how?

Sun, 2017-06-04 17:24

by Maris Stansbury, edCircuit

A major generational clash is underway, says a foremost expert, and it’s affecting all industries, including education. The clash is coming from so-called Gen Z, the first generation to be considered fully “phigital” — unwilling or unable to draw a distinction between the physical world and its digital equivalent. So what does that mean for educators? Well, buckle up and hold on.

http://www.edcircuit.com/rising-phigital-student/

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‘Glacial Progress’ on Digital Accessibility

Sun, 2017-06-04 17:20

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

New data from Blackboard show that the most common types of course content that students use on a daily basis — images, PDFs, presentations and other documents — continue to be riddled with accessibility issues. And while colleges have made some slight improvements over the last five years, the issues are widespread. The findings come from Ally, an accessibility tool that Blackboard launched today (the company in October acquired Fronteer, the ed-tech company behind the tool). Ally scans the course materials in a college’s learning management system, comparing the materials to a checklist based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative. If any issues arise, the tool flags them and suggests accessible alternatives.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/18/data-show-small-improvements-accessibility-course-materials

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The Coming of the Phigital Generation — and Reality

Sun, 2017-06-04 17:15

by Michael Stoner, Inside Higher Ed

For marketers, preparation for the arrival of a new group on campus involves supporting IT and curricular initiatives as well as optimizing websites and other marketing channels. “Phigital” is the recently coined name for the upcoming generation of students who don’t draw a distinction between the physical and digital worlds and are comfortable in both. [Or maybe that’s apparently comfortable in both.] We shouldn’t be surprised that people, raised in a world of mobile devices and technology, have expectations about how organizations should function. Phigitals wonder why all organizations don’t just “get” mobile and optimize for it in every aspect of their operations. After all, when you can buy stuff on Amazon’s app and have it delivered in the afternoon (assuming you live in the right place, of course), you begin to wonder why every aspect of your life doesn’t function in the same way.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/call-action-marketing-and-communications-higher-education/coming-phigital-generation-%E2%80%94-and

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Penn State Entrepreneurship courses available to campuses through Digital Learning Co-op

Sun, 2017-06-04 17:08

by Carolyn Gette, Penn State

Three core courses required for students enrolled in the Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) are now available to all Penn State campuses through the Digital Learning Cooperative, an administrative system that assists campuses and colleges in the sharing of online, hybrid and video courses. Through the use of the cooperative, any campus can now expect regular access to the 9 credits that form the core of the ENTI minor curriculum: MGMT 215: The Entrepreneurial Mindset; ENGR 310: Entrepreneurship Leadership; and MGMT 425: New Venture Creation. No transfer of funds from campuses will be required for access to these courses, as the regular credit-hour fees for the Digital Learning Cooperative have been waived.

http://news.psu.edu/story/468665/2017/05/17/academics/entrepreneurship-courses-available-campuses-through-digital

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Should There Be a Universal Skills Measurement System?

Sun, 2017-06-04 17:05

by Lauren Dixon, Talent Economy

And as talent becomes more of a focal point for businesses looking to acquire competitive advantage, should there be a more universal system for defining and tracking workers’ skills, instead of focusing on jobs? Credly, for its part, uses badges to display skills earned. Formal assessments are one way that talent can gain badges, or a manager can follow a defined rubric when issuing various badges internally. Finkelstein said a universal system like this means the employer would rely less on self-reporting of skills proficiency from candidates. Employers would also be able to focus on the skills needed for a job, rather than college degrees acquired, which don’t necessarily indicate one’s ability to perform in the business world. Job descriptions could also be more focused on skills and be more searchable than they currently are. A combination of these factors would make it easier to source talent both externally and internally, Finkelstein said.

http://www.talenteconomy.io/2017/05/17/universal-skills-measurement-system/

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Report: Female professors seeking leadership roles face inherent biases

Sun, 2017-06-04 17:03

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Female faculty members at colleges and universities who hope to achieve greater professional success and leadership are consistently stymied in male-dominated environments where they must work far harder than men to receive similar awards, according to a new study conducted by a professor at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. The study examined appointments to named professorships by gender using a sample of 511 faculty from research universities throughout the country, finding women were less likely to be awarded such positions and are inadequately appointed to endowed chairs in return for their significant scholarly work. The biases will be difficult to excise because they are so embedded in the college culture, according to the researchers, but they are hopeful that the study will lend more insight into the issue.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/report-female-professors-seeking-leadership-roles-face-inherent-biases/443140/

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Course Workload Estimator

Sat, 2017-06-03 17:26

by Rice University

My colleague, Dr. Vickie Cook, shared this site with me. I think that you may find it useful! Somewhat surprisingly, there is very little research about the amount of time it takes the average college student to complete common academic tasks. We know quite a bit about how students tackle common academic tasks, but those studies rarely ask students to report on how long it takes them to complete the task (whether reading a book, writing a paper, or studying for an exam). The testing literature provides some clues (because valid instrument design depends on data about the average speed of test takers), but it’s tough to generalize from the experience of taking high-stakes, timed tests to the experience of working on an assignment in the comfort of your dorm. And while there is a sizable literature on reading, the nature and purpose of the reading tasks in these experiments are also quite different from what students typically encounter in college. All of which is to say the estimates linked below are just that: estimates.

http://cte.rice.edu/workload/

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Teaching Medicine as an Immersive Experience

Sat, 2017-06-03 17:23

by Michael Parker, EDUCAUSE Review

In rethinking medical education, an interdisciplinary team at Harvard Medical School designed a new fundamentals curriculum for online health care learning. HMX Fundamentals takes advantage of how people learn and an array of online tools to provide an immersive online program for students just beginning their studies in health care. Courses integrate clinical applications, opportunities for active learning, and biomedical visualizations that help make concepts more intuitive and memorable. Students from the pilot at one HMX partner institution increased scores by an average of 55 percent from pre-course to post-course quizzes, with similar trends for groups at other schools.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/5/teaching-medicine-as-an-immersive-experience

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OER Could Boost Colleges’ Revenues

Sat, 2017-06-03 17:15

By Jean Dimeo, Inside Higher Ed

Although tuition certainly matters to students, what matters more is “total cost of attendance.” That includes fees, books, transportation, and the opportunity cost of taking classes, among other things. (Reduced work hours to make time for classes leads to reduced income in the short term, which is a cost. Over time, if they graduate, they more than make it back, but in the here and now, it’s a cost.) Opportunity cost is lowest in recessions and highest during expansions, which is why our enrollments are counter-cyclical. So here’s the plan. If we get critical mass of sections using OER, and we can quantify the typical savings to students in some sort of credible way, I’d like to go to the Board with the following argument: If we raise tuition $5 a credit, a student taking 30 credits pays an extra $150 a year. But if we’re using OER in enough places that the student is saving $500 a year on books, she’s still coming out ahead.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/insights/2017/05/17/oer-could-boost-revenues

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The Rising “Phigital” Student: Education must adapt now to accommodate Gen Z — but how?

Sat, 2017-06-03 17:10

by Maris Stansbury, edCircuit

A major generational clash is underway, says a foremost expert, and it’s affecting all industries, including education. The clash is coming from so-called Gen Z, the first generation to be considered fully “phigital” — unwilling or unable to draw a distinction between the physical world and its digital equivalent. So what does that mean for educators? Well, buckle up and hold on.

http://www.edcircuit.com/rising-phigital-student/

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The Coming of the Phigital Generation — and Reality

Sat, 2017-06-03 17:06

by Michael Stoner, Inside Higher Ed

For marketers, preparation for the arrival of a new group on campus involves supporting IT and curricular initiatives as well as optimizing websites and other marketing channels. “Phigital” is the recently coined name for the upcoming generation of students who don’t draw a distinction between the physical and digital worlds and are comfortable in both. [Or maybe that’s apparently comfortable in both.] We shouldn’t be surprised that people, raised in a world of mobile devices and technology, have expectations about how organizations should function. Phigitals wonder why all organizations don’t just “get” mobile and optimize for it in every aspect of their operations. After all, when you can buy stuff on Amazon’s app and have it delivered in the afternoon (assuming you live in the right place, of course), you begin to wonder why every aspect of your life doesn’t function in the same way.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/call-action-marketing-and-communications-higher-education/coming-phigital-generation-%E2%80%94-and

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‘Glacial Progress’ on Digital Accessibility

Sat, 2017-06-03 17:05

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

New data from Blackboard show that the most common types of course content that students use on a daily basis — images, PDFs, presentations and other documents — continue to be riddled with accessibility issues. And while colleges have made some slight improvements over the last five years, the issues are widespread. The findings come from Ally, an accessibility tool that Blackboard launched today (the company in October acquired Fronteer, the ed-tech company behind the tool). Ally scans the course materials in a college’s learning management system, comparing the materials to a checklist based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative. If any issues arise, the tool flags them and suggests accessible alternatives.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/18/data-show-small-improvements-accessibility-course-materials

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Chromebook takeover signals major shift in education…but not in the way you may think

Fri, 2017-06-02 17:25

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eSchool News

Google’s Chromebooks are now the most used devices in K-12 classrooms across the U.S.  The use of Google in the classroom is true Googlification, or modeling learning off of Google’s own employee skillset, in that the use of Google and Chromebooks in the classroom aims to turn today’s students into creative and collaborative problem-solvers that know how to intuitively harness online and in-hand technologies. “Google is helping to drive a philosophical change in public education—prioritizing training children in skills like teamwork and problem-solving while de-emphasizing the teaching of traditional academic knowledge, like math formulas,” writes the New York Times.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/05/17/google-shift-education/

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Bill Gates reveals what he’d study if he were a college freshman today

Fri, 2017-06-02 17:20

by Chris Weller, Business Insider

Take notice, incoming college freshmen — the richest person in the world has some advice for what you should study. In a Twitter thread on Monday, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates said if he were to enter college now, he’d major in artificial intelligence, energy, or biosciences. He called them all “promising fields where you can make a huge impact.” Experts in technology and economics generally agree that there will be profound changes in the next 20 years in the way companies use AI to automate their factories, construction sites, and retail locations.

http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-what-college-freshman-should-study-2017-5

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