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

Thu, 2017-07-27 17:03

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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Report: Millennials and Generation Z are Changing Media Habits

Wed, 2017-07-26 17:25

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

A recent study states that younger internet users, the so-called Generation Z (ages 13 to 17), are moving away from text-based content online, as well as television, while increasing their time with video and social media. These findings come from a March 2017 survey by content provider and streaming solutions company Fullscreen and market research firm Leflein Associates, which polled 1,173 American internet users from ages 13 to 34. Both the millennials and Gen Z respondents were more apt to say they were “spending more time streaming full-length TV shows and movies, and similar percentages said they were spending more time with short online video,” according to a report by eMarketer.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/17/report-millennials-and-generation-z-are-changing-media-habits.aspx

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Evaluating the Success of Your Ed Tech Program

Wed, 2017-07-26 17:20

by Jeff Mao, THE Journal

The United States Department of Education commissioned the creation of an online tool — the Ed Tech RCE Coach — that not only helps you identify what you’re really trying to measure but also will help you crunch the data and analyze it. Using the Ed Tech RCE Coach requires some work and planning and I don’t believe it’s necessary for each and every lesson that you teach. However, if you’re considering adopting a new technology tool for your district, school, or classroom or a significant change in how you teach a skill or concept, taking the extra time to leverage the tool can help you better gauge if you’re moving in the right direction.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/12/evaluating-the-success-of-your-ed-tech-program.aspx

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The Smartphone Is Eventually Going to Die, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook Are Racing to Kill It

Wed, 2017-07-26 17:15

by Business Insider, Futurism

Because while Apple and Google may dominate the smartphone market today, technologies like augmented reality present whole-new platforms where there’s no clear winner. So Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook, having missed out on owning a mobile platform, are doing their damndest to hasten the end of the smartphone — and the end of Apple and Google’s duopoly, while they’re at it.

https://futurism.com/the-smartphone-is-eventually-going-to-die-and-apple-google-microsoft-and-facebook-are-racing-to-kill-it/

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9 online learning predictions for the upcoming term

Wed, 2017-07-26 17:10

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

Wed, 2017-07-26 17:05

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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Credly Receives Open Badges Certification

Wed, 2017-07-26 17:03

by Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Digital credentials provider Credly has become the first platform to receive official certification from the IMS Global Learning Consortium for compliance with the Open Badges Standard. Originally developed by the Mozilla Foundation, the Open Badges specification is designed to “ensure a plug-and-play ecosystem for digital credentials earned across different environments,” according to a press release. Management of the standard was taken over by IMS Global this past January. The current version of the standard, Open Badges Standard 1.1, focuses on interoperability and portability. In the works now is version 2.0, which will incorporate “new endorsement functionality, enhanced data support for evidence and greater access to digital badges across multiple languages, locations, platforms and industries.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/14/credly-receives-open-badges-certification.aspx

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E-learning is imperative to build individual and workforce capability

Tue, 2017-07-25 17:25

by Arun Rajamani, Economic Times CIO

Learning has becoming operationally mission critical for individuals and companies. Learning is driving talent transformation, business agility and ROI for the business. Chief Learning Officers are finding seats in executive decision making more than before and are collaborating actively with the C-suite to find ways to effectively operationalize business strategies. For individual, skill development will be a key career catalyst helping them find jobs in the new tech-led services market. Indian enterprises will shift more of their learning investments to online platforms. With digital-led services being the next growth lever for the Indian IT industry, online platforms will be used to re-skill employee base on digital technologies via talent transformation initiatives. Individuals who are already used to consuming content in a multi-channel environment (desktop, laptop, tv, mobile) will welcome digital-enabled learning platforms

http://cio.economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech-talk/reskill-before-restart-e-learning-is-imperative-to-build-individual-and-workforce-capability/2485

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3 big ways today’s college students are different from just a decade ago

Tue, 2017-07-25 17:20

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Recent data shows just how much college students, and their experiences, have changed in just a few short years. Gen Z, the digital generation, non-traditional students, and potentially many more descriptions have been used to label the current postsecondary body of students, but what may not be so evident is exactly how much their preferences, lifestyles and experiences have radically changed from even a decade ago. And it’s these large changes that are critical for colleges and universities not just to take notice of now, but also to anticipate what students and their needs may look like in 2027.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/college-students-different/

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President Trump’s support for apprenticeships puts them back into the spotlight

Tue, 2017-07-25 17:15

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

With growing state support, K-12 and higher ed have a role to play in the workforce development model. Though some critics still say that such programs disrupt higher education enrollment and shortchange a liberal arts curriculum that gives students lifelong “soft” skills they need for success, more and more stakeholders in the industry are deciding to embrace it as they see long-run advantages.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/president-trumps-support-for-apprenticeships-puts-them-back-into-the-spotl/446856/

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What is intelligent content, and how can it future-proof your content marketing?

Tue, 2017-07-25 17:08

by Rebecca Sentance, Click Z

Ann Rockley, CEO of The Rockley Group and founder of the Intelligent Content conference, defines intelligent content as content that is “structurally rich and semantically aware, and is therefore automatically discoverable, reusable, reconfigurable and adaptable.” Intelligent content is part practice, and part mindset. The practice of creating intelligent content involves taking the content out of the context of its presentation layer (such as a website) and breaking it down into fragments. These fragments (which are also sometimes referred to as atoms, chunks or modules) are then structured with semantic metadata, to enable easy assembly, formatting and delivery.

https://www.clickz.com/what-is-intelligent-content-and-how-can-it-future-proof-your-content-marketing/111990/

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The Culling of Higher Ed Begins

Tue, 2017-07-25 17:06

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

The number of colleges and universities eligible to award federal financial aid dropped by 5.6 percent in 2016-17. The vast majority of disappearing institutions were for-profit colleges, but more than 30 private nonprofits were among them. New federal data suggest the increasing financial pressures may be starting to take a toll on institutions. An annual report from the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics shows that the number of colleges and universities eligible to award federal financial aid to their students fell by 5.6 percent from 2015-16 to 2016-17. That’s the fourth straight decline since a peak of 7,416 institutions in 2012-13. It is also by far the largest (the others were 0.3, 1.2 and 2.0 percent, in order).

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/07/19/number-colleges-and-universities-drops-sharply-amid-economic-turmoil

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The Smartphone Is Eventually Going to Die, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook Are Racing to Kill It

Tue, 2017-07-25 17:02

by Business Insider, Futurism

Because while Apple and Google may dominate the smartphone market today, technologies like augmented reality present whole-new platforms where there’s no clear winner. So Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook, having missed out on owning a mobile platform, are doing their damndest to hasten the end of the smartphone — and the end of Apple and Google’s duopoly, while they’re at it.

https://futurism.com/the-smartphone-is-eventually-going-to-die-and-apple-google-microsoft-and-facebook-are-racing-to-kill-it/

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Is innovation severely lacking in online education?

Mon, 2017-07-24 17:25

by LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A new survey tracks online education’s growth, along with technology innovations. Online education programs are seeing steady growth, though lower tuition and the use of innovative technologies and tools seem to be lagging, according to the Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE). CHLOE is a new survey of chief online officers at community colleges and four-year public and private nonprofit institutions and focuses on the management of online education as it becomes more mainstream at U.S. institutions. The emergence of the chief online officer position at many institutions is strong evidence that online education is becoming more mainstream, and the CHLOE survey draws upon feedback from 104 chief online officer responses to inform its report on current online education trends, including resource allocation, emerging tools, instructional innovations, and more.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/online-learning/online-education-wheres-innovation/

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OER Pioneer OpenStax Launches Personalized Learning Tool for 3 Courses

Mon, 2017-07-24 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The Rice University non-profit that has released almost two-dozen free textbooks into academia is beta-testing a new personalized learning system that works with its materials. OpenStax, which stated that it provides open educational resources to a million students each year, has been developing OpenStax Tutor for three years. The new service will be available this fall for three courses: college physics, biology and sociology. The tutoring service, which is available online, uses web-based OpenStax textbooks to deliver content, simulations, videos, “spaced” practice questions and instant feedback.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/12/oer-pioneer-openstax-launches-personalized-learning-tool-for-3-courses.aspx

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How Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur

Mon, 2017-07-24 17:15

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Some employers are starting to focus more energy on offering educational benefits to their employees, while colleges are struggling to respond to the growing interest by students in helping them land a job. A new center at Northeastern University sits at the intersection of these two areas—called the Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy. Its director, Sean Gallagher, thinks it’s time for college leaders and employers to sit down and collaborate, even as he stresses that colleges need to assert their broader educational goals (such as preparing people to continue learning beyond just the skills of today). EdSurge sat down with Gallagher during the ASU+GSV Summit in May to learn about why he predicts that when it comes to education, the line between colleges and companies will continue to blur.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-07-10-how-boundaries-between-colleges-and-companies-will-continue-to-blur

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Moodle Community Platform to Offer Closer Ties to OER, Crowdfunding Mechanism

Mon, 2017-07-24 17:08

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Martin Dougiamas, the founder and CEO of the open source learning platform Moodle, does not mince words about the conflict he sees between open and proprietary developments in educational technology and in society at large. “There is a bit of a war going on around the planet right now,” Dougiamas said in his opening comments to a recent Future Trends Forum video chat hosted by futurist Bryan Alexander. “We find ourselves at the vanguard of people who believe in openness, who believe in social good and social justice. On the other side of the fence, as you have in your country right now, there is a corporate takeover of the government. There is an increasing effect of very large, wealthy organizations focused on profits and increasing the inequality gap and focused on commercializing public services.” Speaking from his home in Perth, Australia, Dougiamas said he has started to refocus Moodle’s activities to do a more effective job of spreading openness — particularly in education.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/17/moodle-community-platform-to-offer-closer-ties-to-oer-crowdfunding-mechanism.aspx

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E-learning is imperative to build individual and workforce capability

Mon, 2017-07-24 17:06

by Arun Rajamani, Economic Times CIO

Learning has becoming operationally mission critical for individuals and companies. Learning is driving talent transformation, business agility and ROI for the business. Chief Learning Officers are finding seats in executive decision making more than before and are collaborating actively with the C-suite to find ways to effectively operationalize business strategies. For individual, skill development will be a key career catalyst helping them find jobs in the new tech-led services market. Indian enterprises will shift more of their learning investments to online platforms. With digital-led services being the next growth lever for the Indian IT industry, online platforms will be used to re-skill employee base on digital technologies via talent transformation initiatives. Individuals who are already used to consuming content in a multi-channel environment (desktop, laptop, tv, mobile) will welcome digital-enabled learning platforms

http://cio.economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech-talk/reskill-before-restart-e-learning-is-imperative-to-build-individual-and-workforce-capability/2485

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3 big ways today’s college students are different from just a decade ago

Mon, 2017-07-24 17:03

By MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Recent data shows just how much college students, and their experiences, have changed in just a few short years. Gen Z, the digital generation, non-traditional students, and potentially many more descriptions have been used to label the current postsecondary body of students, but what may not be so evident is exactly how much their preferences, lifestyles and experiences have radically changed from even a decade ago. And it’s these large changes that are critical for colleges and universities not just to take notice of now, but also to anticipate what students and their needs may look like in 2027.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/college-students-different/

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Effective Teaching Online

Sun, 2017-07-23 17:25

By Sharon O’Malley, Inside Higher Ed

Four authors of books about online course development offer guidelines for engaging learners in distance education courses. Inside Digital Learning asked for their expert advice on how instructors and their institutions can excel in virtual course instruction. The authors agreed that the online classroom is different enough from the traditional one that faculty members and adjuncts need to create courses for digital delivery that are substantially different from those they teach on campus. And they said teaching online requires an even keener focus on student engagement than the face-to-face model does.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/07/12/7-guidelines-effective-teaching-online

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