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Working adults need more higher-education options

Sun, 2018-07-29 17:15

by Rebecca L. Watts, Columbus Dispatch

While Ohio’s widely respected colleges and universities are meeting the higher-education needs of millions of Ohioans, this goal cannot be reached by focusing on traditional-age high-school graduates alone. We must expand our thinking to view education as a continuum over time, which requires a broad array of opportunities for a diverse citizenry with diverse educational needs. Both our current and future needs point to the importance of higher education that can prepare Ohioans for entry into the workforce as well as continued advancement in their careers.  Yet, for many adults who may have some college or an associate’s degree, completing a bachelor’s or master’s is nearly impossible. These individuals often hold one or more jobs and are raising families. They have passed traditional college age and, while they may have started careers, they can’t advance or make a change without more education.

http://www.dispatch.com/opinion/20180709/rebecca-l-watts-working-adults-need-more-higher-education-options

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Future-Proof Your Career?

Sun, 2018-07-29 17:06

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

As Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times writes, “We don’t know how quickly machines will displace people’s jobs, or how many they’ll take, but we know it’s happening.” And happening it is. A 2017 study by a team of economists found that, “one more robot per thousand workers reduces the employment to population ratio by about 0.18-0.34 percentage points and wages by 0.25-0.5 percent.” But in the expertise of accomplished tech workers, it might not be that simple. A 2017 Pew poll, in partnership with Elon University, surveyed tech workers to see if automation and the fourth industrial revolution would cut or create jobs, the opinions were almost evenly split. “48% of the respondents envisioned a future where more jobs are lost than created, while 52% said more jobs would be created than lost.”

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Antioch U trims traditional courses, adds ‘massive online division’

Sun, 2018-07-29 17:05

by James Paterson, Education Dive
Antioch University will significantly trim face-to-face classes at its Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio, while building its online program and adding blended classes that offer a combination of traditional instruction and online course work, a local newspaper in the western Ohio region reported. A college official said Antioch plans a “massive online division” at the Midwest location. Two programs at the campus, a degree completion program – innovative and much-discussed when it was introduced 30 years ago – and a place-based master’s program, will be phased out because of falling enrollment at the campus, now at about 120 from a high of 700 about 10 years ago, according to the Yellow Springs News. Antioch University, with five campuses in four states, reported that while its total enrollment of 4,000 was strong, the system is facing a $1 million deficit this year.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/antioch-u-trims-traditional-courses-adds-massive-online-division/528326/

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Working adults need more higher-education options

Sun, 2018-07-29 17:03

by Rebecca L. Watts, Columbus Dispatch

While Ohio’s widely respected colleges and universities are meeting the higher-education needs of millions of Ohioans, this goal cannot be reached by focusing on traditional-age high-school graduates alone. We must expand our thinking to view education as a continuum over time, which requires a broad array of opportunities for a diverse citizenry with diverse educational needs. Both our current and future needs point to the importance of higher education that can prepare Ohioans for entry into the workforce as well as continued advancement in their careers.  Yet, for many adults who may have some college or an associate’s degree, completing a bachelor’s or master’s is nearly impossible. These individuals often hold one or more jobs and are raising families. They have passed traditional college age and, while they may have started careers, they can’t advance or make a change without more education.

http://www.dispatch.com/opinion/20180709/rebecca-l-watts-working-adults-need-more-higher-education-options

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8 Common Misconceptions About Serious Games In eLearning

Sat, 2018-07-28 17:25

by Christopher Pappas, Growth Engineering

Serious games are one of the latest trends in eLearning. Especially in the corporate sector, organizations are using them to motivate distracted and stressed staff members. However, there are still some who steer clear of gameplay, due to the myths that have surfaced in recent years. It’s time to set the record straight. Here are 8 common misconceptions that surround serious games in eLearning and the truth behind them. Serious games are one of the latest trends in eLearning. Especially in the corporate sector, organizations are using them to motivate distracted and stressed staff members. However, there are still some who steer clear of gameplay, due to the myths that have surfaced in recent years. It’s time to set the record straight. Here are 8 common misconceptions that surround serious games in eLearning and the truth behind them.

8 Common Misconceptions About Serious Games In eLearning

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Blockchain in higher ed moving from idea to reality

Sat, 2018-07-28 17:20

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Greater numbers of institutions are investing in research programs on blockchain, the infrastructure needed to manage cryptocurrency, including MIT, Stanford and University College London, among others, reports Bitcoin Magazine. Columbia University is the latest to hop on the trend, announcing yesterday in a press release a joint development with technology company IBM a research center to cultivate “scientific breakthroughs” in data transparency, blockchain and technology capabilities that apply blockchain in new ways. Central New Mexico Community College has already used blockchain infrastructure to issue around 300 digital bitcoin diplomas. in place,” said Chief Technology Officer Halverson, who noted the college is also working on a simple transcript. Like Columbia, CNM is also implementing blockchain research programs in an effort to sustainably build out and manage its infrastructure and so that students can help evolve the technology’s development, said Halverson.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/blockchain-in-higher-ed-moving-from-idea-to-reality/527879/

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Digital Learning on a Budget: How to Stretch Your Edtech Dollars

Sat, 2018-07-28 17:15

By Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The old business adage is that you have to spend money to make money – and that should be the mentality when looking at struggling schools or districts that need, sometimes costly, digital devices and products. By smartly investing the money, even just in a few key areas, schools will see a return on that edtech investment in the way of more successful, higher achieving students. And really – edtech does not need to cost a fortune to make a difference. In truth, many digital learning efforts are cost-effective and can be implemented by resourceful educators. When there is a lack of money, edtech tool acquisition is contingent upon the faith and commitment level of the faculty and staff. Money should not be wasted on model products and unsubstantiated trends. Digital leadership groups will have to work diligently and efficiently to implement the chosen digital learning efforts properly and effectively.

Digital Learning on a Budget: How to Stretch Your Edtech Dollars

 

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Here’s what makes students 200 percent more likely to pass

Sat, 2018-07-28 17:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Digital learning resources could prove invaluable when it comes to course achievement.  A new study indicates that students who engage with digital learning tools are dramatically more likely to pass their courses. The research comes from Blackboard, VitalSource, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and is based on UMBC student engagement data across a diverse range of courses, including a variety of course subjects and class sizes. It assessed students’ use of Blackboard Learn and Bookshelf by VitalSource.

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9 things your online learning program should know about students

Sat, 2018-07-28 17:04

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Online students say tuition and fees are among their top three deciding factors when it comes to choosing an institution, according to a Learning House survey of 1,500 students who are considering, enrolled in, or have graduated from an online learning program. The report reveals a number of key trends as online learning evolves and becomes widely-used for career outcomes. Seventy-four percent of surveyed students enrolled in their online learning program due to career reasons.

9 things your online learning program should know about students

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8 Common Misconceptions About Serious Games In eLearning

Sat, 2018-07-28 17:02

by Christopher Pappas, Growth Engineering

Serious games are one of the latest trends in eLearning. Especially in the corporate sector, organizations are using them to motivate distracted and stressed staff members. However, there are still some who steer clear of gameplay, due to the myths that have surfaced in recent years. It’s time to set the record straight. Here are 8 common misconceptions that surround serious games in eLearning and the truth behind them. Serious games are one of the latest trends in eLearning. Especially in the corporate sector, organizations are using them to motivate distracted and stressed staff members. However, there are still some who steer clear of gameplay, due to the myths that have surfaced in recent years. It’s time to set the record straight. Here are 8 common misconceptions that surround serious games in eLearning and the truth behind them.

8 Common Misconceptions About Serious Games In eLearning

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E-Learning Research Report 2017 Analysis of the main topics in research indexed articles

Fri, 2018-07-27 17:25

by  Núria Molas-Castells & Marc Fuertes-Alpiste, eLearn Center Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

What do the articles on e-learning published in academic journals during 2017 talk about? To answer this question we analysed all the impact publications made during this period, with the aim of drawing a map that is useful for seeing where research efforts have been focused in recent years and what topics feature in indexed scientific publications. The report has analyzed 855 articles obtained from the two main databases for scientific articles, Scopus and Web of Science.

http://openaccess.uoc.edu/webapps/o2/bitstream/10609/75705/6/ELR_Report_2017.pdf

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Schools and Colleges Try Virtual Reality Science Labs. But Can VR Replace a Cadaver?

Fri, 2018-07-27 17:20

By Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

Case Western Reserve University plans to replace the usual anatomy labs with a new series of hands-on experiences, including a virtual-reality simulation. The reason, says Mark Griswold, a professor at the medical school, is that running a cadaver lab is costly and difficult. “What everybody pretty quickly realized was that digital technology combined with medical imaging and our ability to make 3D models as biomedical illustrators, those three factors all combine to really make it possible to teach anatomy in this way,” Griswold says. “That was not possible 10 years ago.” The school is just one of many experimenting with replacing traditional laboratory classes with VR labs. And a range of companies have recently started offering products to outfit such digital alternatives.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-07-19-schools-and-colleges-try-virtual-reality-science-labs-but-can-vr-replace-a-cadaver

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8 Attributes of Successful Schools in the Digital Age

Fri, 2018-07-27 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

If you have been studying the field of education closely, then you know that it is undergoing a metamorphosis. Students of today no longer respond to the school configurations and instructional strategies that our ancestors did. No, they grew up in a world that is dominated by and integrated with technology. To educate today’s students, schools have to adapt to this and provide a modern education, that is infused with technology. To be successful, schools need to change how they do business, and their teachers have to add new skill sets to their repertoire. In this article, we will discuss 8 attributes of successful schools in the digital age.

8 Attributes of Successful Schools in the Digital Age

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Blockchain in higher ed moving from idea to reality

Fri, 2018-07-27 17:09

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Greater numbers of institutions are investing in research programs on blockchain, the infrastructure needed to manage cryptocurrency, including MIT, Stanford and University College London, among others, reports Bitcoin Magazine. Columbia University is the latest to hop on the trend, announcing yesterday in a press release a joint development with technology company IBM a research center to cultivate “scientific breakthroughs” in data transparency, blockchain and technology capabilities that apply blockchain in new ways. Central New Mexico Community College has already used blockchain infrastructure to issue around 300 digital bitcoin diplomas. in place,” said Chief Technology Officer Halverson, who noted the college is also working on a simple transcript. Like Columbia, CNM is also implementing blockchain research programs in an effort to sustainably build out and manage its infrastructure and so that students can help evolve the technology’s development, said Halverson.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/blockchain-in-higher-ed-moving-from-idea-to-reality/527879/

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E-Learning Research Report 2017 Analysis of the main topics in research indexed articles

Fri, 2018-07-27 17:05

by  Núria Molas-Castells & Marc Fuertes-Alpiste, eLearn Center Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

What do the articles on e-learning published in academic journals during 2017 talk about? To answer this question we analysed all the impact publications made during this period, with the aim of drawing a map that is useful for seeing where research efforts have been focused in recent years and what topics feature in indexed scientific publications. The report has analyzed 855 articles obtained from the two main databases for scientific articles, Scopus and Web of Science.

http://openaccess.uoc.edu/webapps/o2/bitstream/10609/75705/6/ELR_Report_2017.pdf

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Schools and Colleges Try Virtual Reality Science Labs. But Can VR Replace a Cadaver?

Fri, 2018-07-27 17:03

By Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

Case Western Reserve University plans to replace the usual anatomy labs with a new series of hands-on experiences, including a virtual-reality simulation. The reason, says Mark Griswold, a professor at the medical school, is that running a cadaver lab is costly and difficult. “What everybody pretty quickly realized was that digital technology combined with medical imaging and our ability to make 3D models as biomedical illustrators, those three factors all combine to really make it possible to teach anatomy in this way,” Griswold says. “That was not possible 10 years ago.” The school is just one of many experimenting with replacing traditional laboratory classes with VR labs. And a range of companies have recently started offering products to outfit such digital alternatives.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-07-19-schools-and-colleges-try-virtual-reality-science-labs-but-can-vr-replace-a-cadaver

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Why The Online MBA Matters, According To Business Schools

Thu, 2018-07-26 17:25

by Craig O’Callaghan, Business Because

The QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2018 is the largest global ranking of online MBA programs, with 50 business schools featured this year. IE Business School tops the list this time, while Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business ranks highest in the US, and Imperial College Business School ranks best in the UK. Should you consider an online MBA? Here are some key things we learned from this year’s results:

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/5358/why-online-mba-matters-according-to-business-schools

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TCUs: Saving Native American Education

Thu, 2018-07-26 17:21

by Rachel E. Bryan, Diverse Education

Native Americans have the lowest educational attainment of any race. In 1990, only 9 percent of Native Americans under the age of 25 had a bachelor’s degree, compared to 21 percent of all U.S. citizens. Fortunately, with the preparation of a two-year tribal college or university (TCU), Native American students are four times more likely to earn their bachelor’s degree than those who entered a mainstream four-year institution out of high school, and 86 percent of students who attend TCUs earn a degree. Why is this gap in educational attainment so vast? One of the ways in which mainstream institutions are failing their Native American students is that they are simply not addressing the values of Native American students. For example, family is such an important value in Native American culture that it can “take priority over their personal academic progress.” Additionally, Native American families struggle with high rates of poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse and domestic violence, which can affect students and even result in them dropping out of college.

http://diverseeducation.com/article/120277/

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California making headway on plans for first fully online community college

Thu, 2018-07-26 17:15

by Ryan Duffy, EdScoop
Gov. Jerry Brown, delivering remarks to the California Community Colleges Board of Governor in Sacramento on Monday, continued to push his plan to deliver a new type of online community college for California’s working adults. Brown, a Democrat, also shared details of the advances the state has made toward designing the college, which aims to be infinitely scalable. The office of California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley in previous months has convened “Future of Work” meet-ups to determine how emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), and new trends, such as the rise of the gig economy, are affecting the current workforce and shaping future opportunities. Using the feedback generated from these meetings, the chancellor’s office is working to determine education and training needs of potential adult learners across California.

https://edscoop.com/gov-brown-lays-out-progress-towards-statewide-online-community-college

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Understanding Student Engagement in Large-Scale Open Online Courses: A Machine Learning Facilitated Analysis of Student’s Reflections in 18 Highly Rated MOOCs

Thu, 2018-07-26 17:10

 

by Khe Foon Hew, Chen Qiao, Ying Tang, IRRODL

Although massive open online courses (MOOCs) have attracted much worldwide attention, scholars still understand little about the specific elements that students find engaging in these large open courses. This study offers a new original contribution by using a machine learning classifier to analyze 24,612 reflective sentences posted by 5,884 students, who participated in one or more of 18 highly rated MOOCs. Highly rated MOOCs were sampled because they exemplify good practices or teaching strategies. We selected highly rated MOOCs from Coursetalk, an open user-driven aggregator and discovery website that allows students to search and review various MOOCs. We defined a highly rated MOOC as a free online course that received an overall five-star course quality rating, and received at least 50 reviews from different learners within a specific subject area. We described six specific themes found across the entire data corpus: (a) structure and pace, (b) video, (c) instructor, (d) content and resources, (e) interaction and support, and (f) assignment and assessment. The findings of this study provide valuable insight into factors that students find engaging in large-scale open online courses.

http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/3596/4656

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