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Coursera’s Rick Levin on the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials

Sat, 2017-04-08 17:05

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

EdSurge: I’ve heard folks at Coursera refer to your courses and microcredential programs as “products.” That word struck me, since many academics are worried that higher education is becoming too commercialized. Is there a tension between the for-profit structure of Coursera and the nonprofit mission of your college partners?

RIck Levin: The advantage that we bring as a for-profit company is energy and direction and access to a labor force that’s highly talented. There’s an energy about our being a for-profit Silicon Valley entity that will create other services for university partners. Sometimes our partners say we are moving too fast because we’re coming up with new features all the time, and we’re experimenting with new pricing models, and each of these changes requires a lot of explanations from the university departments who customize them.

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How My Online MBA Is Helping Me Juggle Study, Work, Family, And My Own Business

Sat, 2017-04-08 17:02

by Marco De Novellis, Business Because

At Birmingham, the Online MBA is positioned as a direct alternative to the classroom-based course. Fortnightly live sessions bring distance-learning to life, connecting groups of approximately 25 students together with tutors and lecturers in an immersive online learning environment. The sessions are two and a quarter hours long. Munyaradzi wants a world-renowned, accredited MBA to help him build his IT training business and take his corporate career to new heights. When he graduates from Birmingham’s Online MBA, he’ll receive the same certificate as students on the full-time course.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/4505/how-my-online-mba-is-helping-me-juggle-study-work-family-and-my-own-business

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Supplement or Replacement: Exploring the Role of AI in Teaching and Learning

Fri, 2017-04-07 17:25

by Kyle Johnson, EDUCAUSE Review

These two competing visions of AI in higher education need to be discussed now, before the decisions get made for us. The LAT session brought some important perspective and in-depth conversation around the issue, and I think this is one of the valuable assets LAT brings to the broader teaching and learning community within higher education. I hope that more of these facilitated group-expert discussions can be planned for future conferences so we can continue to grapple with these issues together.

http://er.educause.edu/blogs/2017/3/supplement-or-replacement-exploring-the-role-of-ai-in-teaching-and-learning

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Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A 2020 Vision

Fri, 2017-04-07 17:20

by Brewster Kahle, EDUCAUSE Review

By 2020, we can build a collaborative digital library collection and circulation system in which thousands of libraries unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, enabling free, long-term, public access to knowledge. Much of modern knowledge still exists only on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries haven’t met this digital demand, stymied by costs, e-book restrictions, policy risks, and missing infrastructure. We now have the technology and legal frameworks to transform our library system by 2020. The Internet Archive, working with library partners, proposes bringing millions of books online, through purchase or digitization, starting with the books most widely held and used in libraries and classrooms. Our vision includes at-scale circulation of these e-books, enabling libraries owning the physical works to substitute them with lendable digital copies.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/3/transforming-our-libraries-from-analog-to-digital-a-2020-vision

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CIOs Do It All

Fri, 2017-04-07 17:20

by Jeffrey Pomerantz, EDUCAUSE Review

The job of chief information officer (CIO) has a scope and influence across campus that makes it — according to some, anyway — the best job on campus. Not everyone aspires to the CIO role, however, considering the time, attention, and tolerance for uncertainty required by that level of leadership. Some have argued for eliminating the CIO role entirely and folding its responsibilities into other C-level positions. Yet research has shown that the CIO role is more prevalent and more important in higher education than ever. Data collected by the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service show that 68 percent of institutions of higher education have a position titled CIO; the highest-ranking IT officer at the remainder of institutions may have a different title but performs similar functions. This ubiquity makes it critical for us to understand the nature and scope of the CIO role.

http://er.educause.edu/blogs/2017/3/cios-do-it-all

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UI to offer online master’s program in accounting

Fri, 2017-04-07 17:10

by Julie Wurth, News-Gazette

A third online-only master’s program, this one from the top-ranked accounting department, will soon be available at the University of Illinois. Offered in partnership with the online learning platform Coursera, the program is geared toward professionals who want to beef up their accounting credentials, refresh their skills or change careers. The UI is the first top five accounting program to offer a master of science in accounting completely online, dubbed the “iMSA.” The UI helped pioneer this model with the Silicon Valley-based Coursera last year with an “iMBA,” an online master’s degree in business administration for $20,000, a fraction of the cost of the on-campus MBA program. It currently has 500 students from around the globe.

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-03-29/ui-offer-online-masters-program-accounting.html

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

Fri, 2017-04-07 17:04

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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Government boosts funding for computer science ed to combat threats

Fri, 2017-04-07 17:02

by Stephen Noonoo, Education Dive

A shortage of trained professionals who can deal with sophisticated cybersecurity threats has put renewed focus on K-12 education efforts in the sector, both at the federal and state level. Preisdent Donald Trump is considering an executive order that would review cybersecurity education efforts. Various federal departments sponsor cybersecurity training initiatives, and several states including Virginia, Michigan and Colorado are taking proactive steps to boost graduates with skills in these areas. Despite the push, less than 25% of high school students have taken a computer science course, with the percentage even lower for students from minority backgrounds.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/government-boosts-funding-for-computer-science-ed-to-combat-threats/438827/

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5 ways to drastically improve the impact from virtual classrooms

Thu, 2017-04-06 17:24

by Ilja Rijnen, Human Resources Online

Since the late 90s, e-learning has been introduced to the world of learning and in the recent times, especially with the arrival of enterprise systems, the digital form of education has become the preferred choice for many organisations due to its perceived benefits: it offers its learners a flexible schedule, cheap and efficient ways of education and convenient ways of offering content on demand. However, the individual learning experiences that are being created seem contradictory though to the social ways in which people learn, which is why many digital forms of learning have failed in the past decade. Nevertheless, by working with the approaches from the social learning theories, it is possible to drive the learner’s intrinsic motivation and involvement. This will drastically improve the effect from virtual classrooms in the enterprise world.

http://www.humanresourcesonline.net/5-ways-to-drastically-improve-the-impact-from-virtual-classrooms/

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Trump budget cuts could hit research universities hard, Moody’s warns

Thu, 2017-04-06 17:20

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post

The credit rating agency warns that the proposed $5.8 billion cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health would have the most significant impact on higher education. Roughly 80 percent of NIH’s budget supports grants to 300,000 researchers at universities across the country. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, for instance, was awarded $651 million in NIH funding in 2016, while University of California at San Francisco received $578 million. Moody’s analysts are also concerned about the ripple effects of the proposed elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Many of the schools rated by Moody’s receive grants from both entities, though the awards are a small portion of their budgets. Still, those grants often fund programs that are appealing to students and donors, who might lose interest in the school if certain arts programs disappear, Fitzgerald said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/03/28/trump-budget-cuts-could-hit-research-universities-hard-moodys-warns/

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Coursera Plans Expansion of Full Degree Programs

Thu, 2017-04-06 17:15

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Online education platform Coursera has set a goal of offering 15 to 20 degree programs by the end of 2019. The company took another step toward that goal Wednesday, announcing new degree offerings from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and France’s HEC Paris. “This is our coming-out party for online degrees on Coursera,” Nikhil Sinha, Coursera’s chief business officer, said in an interview. HEC Paris plans to launch a master’s degree in innovation and entrepreneurship. UIUC, which already offers two degrees on Coursera, will launch a third: a master’s degree in accounting. The university also offers an M.B.A., known as the iMBA program, and a master of computer science in data science. The programs will launch this fall.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/03/29/coursera-plans-expansion-online-degrees

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Why digital learning is re-shaping education

Thu, 2017-04-06 17:10

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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Supplement or Replacement: Exploring the Role of AI in Teaching and Learning

Thu, 2017-04-06 17:04

by Kyle Johnson, EDUCAUSE Review

These two competing visions of AI in higher education need to be discussed now, before the decisions get made for us. The LAT session brought some important perspective and in-depth conversation around the issue, and I think this is one of the valuable assets LAT brings to the broader teaching and learning community within higher education. I hope that more of these facilitated group-expert discussions can be planned for future conferences so we can continue to grapple with these issues together.

http://er.educause.edu/blogs/2017/3/supplement-or-replacement-exploring-the-role-of-ai-in-teaching-and-learning

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Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A 2020 Vision

Thu, 2017-04-06 17:02

by Brewster Kahle, EDUCAUSE Review

By 2020, we can build a collaborative digital library collection and circulation system in which thousands of libraries unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, enabling free, long-term, public access to knowledge. Much of modern knowledge still exists only on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries haven’t met this digital demand, stymied by costs, e-book restrictions, policy risks, and missing infrastructure. We now have the technology and legal frameworks to transform our library system by 2020. The Internet Archive, working with library partners, proposes bringing millions of books online, through purchase or digitization, starting with the books most widely held and used in libraries and classrooms. Our vision includes at-scale circulation of these e-books, enabling libraries owning the physical works to substitute them with lendable digital copies.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/3/transforming-our-libraries-from-analog-to-digital-a-2020-vision

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Online classes provide students with options

Wed, 2017-04-05 17:25

By John Hoang, The Shorthorn

Learning through online classrooms can give students more options to incorporate into a busy schedule. Flexibility is a strong benefit for students taking online courses, said Jodi Tommerdahl, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, in an email. Students have more room to work and take care of college responsibilities. Students struggling with commuting to campus and work schedules that fall outside most class schedules can be alleviated through technology.

http://www.theshorthorn.com/life_and_entertainment/online-classes-provide-students-with-options/article_b9597dae-13ec-11e7-b0e7-db85e64d9b39.html

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Tackling the ‘learning styles’ myth

Wed, 2017-04-05 17:21

by Tanya Vaughan, ACER

The common myth for learning styles as an effective teaching and learning approach is that students will improve their learning if they are taught in their particular learning style (Evidence for Learning, 2017a). There is a range of different types of learning styles, for example auditory, visual, tactile or kinaesthetic styles (Hattie, 2009). There is very limited evidence for any consistent set of learning ‘styles’ that can be used reliably to identify genuine differences in the learning needs of young people, and evidence suggests that it is unhelpful to assign learners to groups or categories on the basis of a supposed learning style (Evidence for Learning, 2017a).

https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/article/tackling-the-learning-styles-myth

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An Open Online Harvard

Wed, 2017-04-05 17:14

By AKHIL S. WAGHMARE, Harvard Crimson

Thanks to the explosion of the internet, it is now possible to share content with billions of people. This has also allowed for increased access to high quality education through online platforms. Services like Khan Academy have reached millions of students worldwide and offered them resources for the classroom and traditionally expensive test prep for exams such as the SAT. And the rise of Massive Online Open Courses has given universities platforms for offering free, online versions of their own classes. Harvard has produced many of these, replicating almost 100 courses through the edX platform which it cofounded with MIT.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/3/27/waghmare-open-online-harvard/

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5 ways to drastically improve the impact from virtual classrooms

Wed, 2017-04-05 17:09

by Ilja Rijnen, Human Resources Online

Since the late 90s, e-learning has been introduced to the world of learning and in the recent times, especially with the arrival of enterprise systems, the digital form of education has become the preferred choice for many organisations due to its perceived benefits: it offers its learners a flexible schedule, cheap and efficient ways of education and convenient ways of offering content on demand. However, the individual learning experiences that are being created seem contradictory though to the social ways in which people learn, which is why many digital forms of learning have failed in the past decade. Nevertheless, by working with the approaches from the social learning theories, it is possible to drive the learner’s intrinsic motivation and involvement. This will drastically improve the effect from virtual classrooms in the enterprise world.

http://www.humanresourcesonline.net/5-ways-to-drastically-improve-the-impact-from-virtual-classrooms/

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Trump budget cuts could hit research universities hard, Moody’s warns

Wed, 2017-04-05 17:05

by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post

The credit rating agency warns that the proposed $5.8 billion cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health would have the most significant impact on higher education. Roughly 80 percent of NIH’s budget supports grants to 300,000 researchers at universities across the country. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, for instance, was awarded $651 million in NIH funding in 2016, while University of California at San Francisco received $578 million. Moody’s analysts are also concerned about the ripple effects of the proposed elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Many of the schools rated by Moody’s receive grants from both entities, though the awards are a small portion of their budgets. Still, those grants often fund programs that are appealing to students and donors, who might lose interest in the school if certain arts programs disappear, Fitzgerald said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/03/28/trump-budget-cuts-could-hit-research-universities-hard-moodys-warns/

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11 online tools & apps for dyslexic students

Wed, 2017-04-05 17:03

BY SHARON CONWELL, eSchool News

In the past, dyslexia was rarely recognized, and when it was, very little was put in place for the student. It was assumed that students were being lazy, not paying attention, or being disruptive because they were badly behaved, not because they were infuriated. Nowadays, however, so much has changed, and students with dyslexia are able to thrive in the classroom. The following teaching tools and apps can make learning a lot more enjoyable for dyslexic students.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/03/20/tools-apps-dyslexic-students/

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