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Rethinking Education for 21st Century Careers

Thu, 2017-09-21 17:15

Rethinking Education for 21st Century Careers
by Lauren Cuzzaniti,  Coursera Blog

College can be an incredibly valuable experience. At its best, college is a place that teaches you to work well with others, challenges you to think critically, and gives you the skills you need to embark on a career. Unfortunately, not all college graduates have that experience. And while it’s universally recognized that college is no longer the ticket to a secure future it once was — the proportion of college graduates has tripled since 1970 (11% to 33.4%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau)–what is troubling is that not only are students not getting the job outcomes, but they also are not getting the skills they should from higher education.

https://blog.coursera.org/rethinking-education-21st-century-careers/

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US Dept of Ed approves sale of Kaplan to Purdue

Thu, 2017-09-21 17:15

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

The U.S. Department of Education has approved the sale of Kaplan University to Purdue University — a controversial transaction which came with a $1 price tag and allows the Kaplan company to still maintain administrative control, while potentially reaping profits. The department also gave its blessing on the sale of for-profit Art Institutes, which Buzzfeed calls “much murkier” because the buyer, the Dream Center, is “a tiny, inexperienced nonprofit.” These approvals are a good sign for the rest of the industry, as more for-profit institutions consider converting to non-profits as a way to revive the struggling institutions.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/us-dept-of-ed-approves-sale-of-kaplan-to-purdue/505219/

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Federal Audit Challenges Faculty Role at WGU

Thu, 2017-09-21 17:11

By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Education Department’s inspector general labels Western Governors as a correspondence-course provider, seeks reimbursement of $713 million in aid and may broadly threaten competency-based education. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General has released the results of a much anticipated high-stakes audit of Western Governors University, with negative findings that could threaten the large online university and, more broadly, the growing field of competency-based education. Citing concerns about an inadequate faculty role — which the competency-based university contests — the inspector general called for the department to make WGU pay back at least $713 million in federal financial aid.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/09/21/education-depts-inspector-general-calls-western-governors-repay-713-million-federal

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Survey of Tech in Education Finds Mixed Results

Thu, 2017-09-21 17:06

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

If you’re trying to hunt down research to justify the use of technology in the classroom or argue against it, a working paper may provide you with information you need. “Education Technology: An Evidence-Based Review,” published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), takes a global view in examining how technology can be used to support K–12 and post-secondary education. The goal? To figure out what the literature says overall about causal effects or lack thereof in four areas.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/09/14/survey-of-tech-in-education-finds-mixed-results.aspx?admgarea=news

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Students have new ways of measuring degrees of success

Wed, 2017-09-20 17:26

By Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post

Fewer students are going to college this fall, as enrollment in higher education has fallen for five straight years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks enrollment. Some 2.4 million fewer students are enrolled than at the recent peak in 2011.  Several factors are to blame for declining enrollments…. But a third factor that is rarely discussed is also at play: the rise of alternative types of higher-education credentials in an age when we always need to be learning…. The demand for alternative types of credentials suggests another reason: Colleges might not be offering what students want and what today’s workforce needs as entire occupations expand and contract at an alarming pace.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/09/17/students-have-new-ways-of-measuring-degrees-of-success/

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Digital English Market in China Surges to $1.4 Billion by 2022

Wed, 2017-09-20 17:20

by Markets Insider

The growth rate for Digital English Language Learning in China is a healthy 8.5% and revenues will spike to $1.4 billion by 2022, according to the new report by Metaari called “The 2017-2022 China Digital English Language Learning Market.” There are six major catalysts driving the current Digital English Language Learning market in China: a booming online English tutoring industry, a dramatic increase in private investments made to digital English companies, emphasis on digital English in the schools, the growing use of English in the higher education segment, strong consumer demand for mobile Digital English Language Learning apps, and a high demand for English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Digital-English-Market-in-China-Surges-to-1-4-Billion-by-2022-1002359286

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This Is How Entrepreneurs, Students And Teachers Can Benefit From LinkedIn Learning

Wed, 2017-09-20 17:15

Robyn Shulman, Forbes

LinkedIn Learning provides a personalized learning experience via high-quality, personally curated and easily digestible content. The platform has more than 10,000 courses across business, creative and tech categories and offers this content in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese. Higher education students will also find various resources on LinkedIn. Beside LinkedIn Learning, students can stop by LinkedIn for Students for a plethora of resources including LinkedIn “how-to” videos, tip sheets, career guides, and handbooks. For those on their career paths for the jobs of tomorrow, LinkedIn also provides the opportunity for students to become campus editors for their institutions. Students who like to write, curate content, and represent their universities can find applications open now for the 2017-2018 school year.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robynshulman/2017/09/11/this-is-how-entrepreneurs-students-and-teachers-can-benefit-from-linkedin-learning/#6f9b5a792ec9

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Standard Operating Procedure?

Wed, 2017-09-20 17:10

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

A regional accreditor recently denied an Arizona community college’s bid to increase its online degree offerings.  In particular, the reviewers found a lack of required training for online instruction and a general lack of consistency. Meanwhile, success rates in Scottsdale Community College’s face-to-face courses stood at 75.2 percent, compared to 65.4 percent in online courses last fall. This issue prompted several questions: How much standardization of course design, navigation, underlying technology and academic support (among other features) should an institution mandate — and be required to mandate — for its online courses? How should colleges and universities balance the potentially conflicting goals of ensuring that its distance education courses are student centered and of maintaining faculty control over course content?

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/09/20/experts-weigh-standardization-accreditor-dings-arizona-community

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Students have new ways of measuring degrees of success

Wed, 2017-09-20 17:06

By Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post

Fewer students are going to college this fall, as enrollment in higher education has fallen for five straight years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks enrollment. Some 2.4 million fewer students are enrolled than at the recent peak in 2011.  Several factors are to blame for declining enrollments…. But a third factor that is rarely discussed is also at play: the rise of alternative types of higher-education credentials in an age when we always need to be learning…. The demand for alternative types of credentials suggests another reason: Colleges might not be offering what students want and what today’s workforce needs as entire occupations expand and contract at an alarming pace.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/09/17/students-have-new-ways-of-measuring-degrees-of-success/

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A New Way to Learn Economics

Wed, 2017-09-20 17:03

By John Cassidy, the New Yorker

With the new school year starting, there is good news for incoming students of economics—and anybody else who wants to learn about issues like inequality, globalization, and the most efficient ways to tackle climate change. A group of economists from both sides of the Atlantic, part of a project called core Econ, has put together a new introductory economics curriculum, one that is modern, comprehensive, and freely available online.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/a-new-way-to-learn-economics

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18 edtech developments set to impact schools

Tue, 2017-09-19 17:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
Annual report documents how different ed-tech trends and challenges shape K-12 education Coding as a literacy and the rise of STEAM learning are two key trends driving K-12 technology adoption for the next 1-2 years, according to the latest New Media Consortium and CoSN Horizon Report. The report is organized into 6 key trends, 6 significant challenges, and 6 developments in edtech that are going to impact K-12 teaching, learning and creative inquiry. Overall, the report series tracks the five-year impact that innovative practices and new technologies have on K-12 education.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/09/13/edtech-k12-technology/

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Georgia Tech presents model for designing online degrees

Tue, 2017-09-19 17:20

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

In a guest post for Evolllution, Shabana Figueroa and Yakut Gazi of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Professional Education (GTPE) division detail how the institution worked to develop an efficient design approach for its second entirely-online master’s degree program, which would also improve student user experience studied from the launch of the first online degree.  Among these strategies, the authors write that for site development GTPE created a group cross-functional group of independent instructional design and studio teams, the director of learning met one-on-one with faculty members to figure out course content and teaching styles and attended some in-person class sessions for inspiration, and the faculty worked in two-to-four hour design sessions so that content was 95% complete before production commenced.  Some challenges the authors list include needing to become comfortable with the edX hosting platform, developing logistics and technology to handle proctored exams, meeting the needs of students through flexibility, and designing various versions of the same courses for different cohorts. And with the guidance of faculty, the team was able to begin the project in Dec. 2016 and finish in mid-August of 2017 — which is on track for one year.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/georgia-tech-presents-model-for-designing-online-degrees/504806/

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Seven Steps toward IT Accessibility Compliance

Tue, 2017-09-19 17:15

by Sheryl Burgstahler and Christian Vinten-Johansen, EDUCAUSE Review
Colleges and universities are subject to various laws and regulations regarding the accessibility of the IT resources they provide. Accessibility leadership can and should come from different levels of an organization. Full accessibility compliance can seem intimidating, but it’s important to begin the work, develop priorities, and sustain the effort.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/9/seven-steps-toward-it-accessibility-compliance

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Digital English Market in China Surges to $1.4 Billion by 2022

Tue, 2017-09-19 17:07

by Markets Insider

The growth rate for Digital English Language Learning in China is a healthy 8.5% and revenues will spike to $1.4 billion by 2022, according to the new report by Metaari called “The 2017-2022 China Digital English Language Learning Market.” There are six major catalysts driving the current Digital English Language Learning market in China: a booming online English tutoring industry, a dramatic increase in private investments made to digital English companies, emphasis on digital English in the schools, the growing use of English in the higher education segment, strong consumer demand for mobile Digital English Language Learning apps, and a high demand for English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Digital-English-Market-in-China-Surges-to-1-4-Billion-by-2022-1002359286

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New study points to benefits of personalized learning

Tue, 2017-09-19 17:05

by Linda Jacobson, Education Dive

A new study from Education Elements finds that personalized learning programs, in which students typically work at their own pace on laptops or tablets, are leading to growth in math and reading skills, according to Business Insider. The consulting organization’s study of 36,000 students in five districts focuses on performance on the NWEA’s MAP and other assessments, and one Alabama district saw 72% of students in grades 3 through 8 reach their target scores on the ACT Aspire test, up from just 28% in the 2014-15 school year. The article notes additional research from the RAND Corporation, which suggested that students using online learning programs performed better than those in classrooms where teachers lectured.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/new-study-points-to-benefits-of-personalized-learning/504663/

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This Is How Entrepreneurs, Students And Teachers Can Benefit From LinkedIn Learning

Tue, 2017-09-19 17:03

Robyn Shulman, Forbes

LinkedIn Learning provides a personalized learning experience via high-quality, personally curated and easily digestible content. The platform has more than 10,000 courses across business, creative and tech categories and offers this content in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese. Higher education students will also find various resources on LinkedIn. Beside LinkedIn Learning, students can stop by LinkedIn for Students for a plethora of resources including LinkedIn “how-to” videos, tip sheets, career guides, and handbooks. For those on their career paths for the jobs of tomorrow, LinkedIn also provides the opportunity for students to become campus editors for their institutions. Students who like to write, curate content, and represent their universities can find applications open now for the 2017-2018 school year.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robynshulman/2017/09/11/this-is-how-entrepreneurs-students-and-teachers-can-benefit-from-linkedin-learning/#6f9b5a792ec9

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Most Ed Institutions Unprepared for Data Risks

Mon, 2017-09-18 17:25

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Nearly four in five, 77 percent, of education institutions are unprepared for IT risks, according to a new survey from Netwrix. Respondents told researchers that employees are the biggest threat to system availability and security at the same rate, 77 percent and 79 percent said that they do not use any software for information security or risk management.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/09/08/most-ed-institutions-unprepared-for-data-risks.aspx

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Faculty Say Laptops, Mobile Phones Are Most Popular Student Devices

Mon, 2017-09-18 17:20

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Any faculty member who has looked out at a sea of open laptops in class can tell you that the devices are the go-to technology for college and university students today. In fact, 57 percent of respondents in our 2017 Teaching with Technology Survey, which asked faculty to dish on their experiences with technology in the classroom, singled out laptops as the No. 1 favorite computing device used by their students. Mobile phones came in second, cited by 33 percent of respondents.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/09/06/faculty-say-laptops-mobile-phones-are-most-popular-student-devices.aspx

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Smartwatches Overtake Fitness Trackers

Mon, 2017-09-18 17:15

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Shipments of wearable devices continued to improve in the second quarter of 2017, showing a 10.3 percent improvement over the same period last year, according to a new report from International Data Corp. (IDC). The quarter saw 26.3 million shipments and was also the first period in which basic wearables — those that do not run third-party apps — saw a decline with negative 0.9 percent growth year over year. Smartwatches, on the other hand, saw strong growth at 60.9 percent. “The transition towards more intelligent and feature-filled wearables is in full swing,” said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, in a prepared statement.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/09/01/smartwatches-overtake-fitness-trackers.aspx

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Georgia Tech presents model for designing online degrees

Mon, 2017-09-18 17:10

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

In a guest post for Evolllution, Shabana Figueroa and Yakut Gazi of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Professional Education (GTPE) division detail how the institution worked to develop an efficient design approach for its second entirely-online master’s degree program, which would also improve student user experience studied from the launch of the first online degree.  Among these strategies, the authors write that for site development GTPE created a group cross-functional group of independent instructional design and studio teams, the director of learning met one-on-one with faculty members to figure out course content and teaching styles and attended some in-person class sessions for inspiration, and the faculty worked in two-to-four hour design sessions so that content was 95% complete before production commenced.  Some challenges the authors list include needing to become comfortable with the edX hosting platform, developing logistics and technology to handle proctored exams, meeting the needs of students through flexibility, and designing various versions of the same courses for different cohorts. And with the guidance of faculty, the team was able to begin the project in Dec. 2016 and finish in mid-August of 2017 — which is on track for one year.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/georgia-tech-presents-model-for-designing-online-degrees/504806/

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