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Seven Steps toward IT Accessibility Compliance

Mon, 2017-09-18 17:05

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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Report: Faculty want more OER-here’s why

Mon, 2017-09-18 17:02
By LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The study, Launching OER Degree Pathways: An Early Snapshot of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and Emerging Lessons, was released by Achieving the Dream (ATD) and conducted by SRI International and the rpk GROUP. The report indicates that faculty at colleges participating in ATD’s OER Degree Initiative are changing their teaching and that students are at least as or more engaged using OER courses than students in non-OER classrooms. Eighty-four percent of faculty members surveyed said students in the new OER courses had the same or a higher level of engagement with the learning materials as compared to courses they have taught using traditional course materials. Meanwhile, faculty with experience in using open resources who received assistance from technology specialists and librarians in developing their courses were most likely to report changes in their teaching, the report says.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/report-faculty-oer/

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How adults can compete for ‘new-collar’ jobs

Sun, 2017-09-17 17:25

by Kevin Johnson, the Hill

It wasn’t so long ago that people with a high-school diploma, a good work ethic, and a strong body could build solid, middle-class careers in blue-collar jobs like manufacturing and construction. That’s no longer possible.
As traditional blue-collar jobs dwindle, another promising category of jobs is growing: jobs that require a baseline of technical skills but not necessarily a four-year degree. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty calls them “new-collar” jobs and cites examples like cloud computing analyst and services delivery specialists. If those titles sound unfamiliar, that’s the point. These roles didn’t exist a short while ago, and workers suited to new-collar jobs will need to retrain to meet employers’ needs.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/labor/349480-how-adults-can-compete-for-new-collar-jobs

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Freshman Orientations Now Include Online Learning

Sun, 2017-09-17 17:17

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Most colleges and universities now have some sort of online orientation. In some cases, it’s a simple required module solely designed to ensure all new students know how to log into the universities learning platform prior to the start of classes. In some cases, the activity is designed to direct students to use a specific part of the university’s online learning platform. In other cases, the university is asking students to complete essential modules (e.g., on sexual assault) to be in compliance with efforts to address chronic on campus problems. Rutgers University in New Jersey requires freshmen to complete three online courses. If they don’t complete the courses, they can’t register for the Spring semester.

https://news.elearninginside.com/freshman-orientations-now-include-online-learning/

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Digital literacy a key factor for employers, report finds

Sun, 2017-09-17 17:15

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Higher ed institutions ought to be prioritizing digital literacy skills revolving around digital savvy, creativity, and complex thinking, as employers increasingly value these qualities in college graduates. The World Economic Forum predicts 35% of the top ten skills employers say they want will change by 2020, and will increasing include to include these competencies, according to a new report from the New Media Consortium.  The report shares digital literacy frameworks from other nations and U.S. schools they consider worth emulating, such as The University of Pennsylvania, which offers students workshops on how to produce and share digital content legally, writes Campus Technology. Most of these frameworks revolve around how to use technology to develop communication, critical thinking, technical, citizenship, and cultural and political awareness.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/digital-literacy-a-key-factor-for-employers-report-finds/504321/

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Under the Hood: Learning Design Behind Georgia Tech’s Degrees at Scale

Sun, 2017-09-17 17:07

by Shabana Figueroa and Yakut Gazi, Evolllution

In our at-scale courses and programs, the role of faculty is different than in our residential programs. In residential programs, faculty own and produce the content as the subject matter experts, deliver the content, engage students in learning, and assess student learning and progress. In a degree program with thousands of students, sometimes 400 to 500 students in a single course, we follow a model that unbundles the traditional faculty role.  Faculty are still content owners and creators as well as the face of the course, but delivery of course content and activities is heavily assisted by the instructional team of teaching assistants and instructional designers. Teaching assistants also facilitate learning, actively participating in course discussion forums, conducting real-time recitation sessions, as well as answering student questions. In addition, the student services team answers students’ program-related questions, providing relief to the instructor and program advisors by responding to tier I-type questions.

Under the Hood: Learning Design Behind Georgia Tech’s Degrees at Scale

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Cooperating to Serve Students Across Institutional Boundaries: Leveraging Online Ed in New Ways

Sun, 2017-09-17 17:04

by David Stone, Evolllution

The Pennsylvania State University created an online course cooperative in 2003 to facilitate online course sharing across the campuses and colleges that comprise Penn State. This initiative has grown into a Digital Learning Initiative that aligns with the University’s access and affordability priority. This effort is a partnership between the Commonwealth Campuses, Undergraduate Education, and World Campus to provide students with access to high demand courses, reduce bottlenecks for program progression, and widely provide access to online course content to faculty for use in both residential and online courses. Many of the Penn State colleges have developed courses as part of programs developed for delivery via the World Campus. The online cooperative, now named the Digital Learning Cooperative, is designed for the planned sharing of these courses across locations. Courses that will be shared are offered on the Digital Learning Cooperative (DLC) for other locations to reserve seats for their location. Each location has the option to reserve or offer courses to other campuses.

https://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/distance_online_learning/cooperating-to-serve-students-across-institutional-boundaries-leveraging-online-ed-in-new-ways/

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Converge Top 30: Witt Salley

Sun, 2017-09-17 17:02

by Julia McCandless, Converge

When most eighth graders were prepping for high school, he was taking his first college course. By the time he was about 18 years old, he had already earned his bachelor’s degree. In his current role at Maryland University of Integrative Health, he is establishing a new center for online teaching and learning that supports faculty. With a doctorate in education, e-learning and teaching online, Salley has a deep understanding and passion for pedagogical models in the online classroom. For Salley, online learning is not just a way to leverage cutting-edge technology. He recognizes that it’s critical to the future of education. “It is the single most powerful way to transform higher education,” he said. “I think that online education compels us to discover, invent and implement innovative pedagogies that better serve students and yield better learning outcomes.”

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/top30/Witt-Salley-EdD.html

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4 Steps for Students to Get Organized for Online Courses

Sat, 2017-09-16 17:25

By Joe Chapman, US News

Even as thousands of students head back to college campuses nationwide, enrollment in online courses continues to grow. For students starting online courses, it’s important to set yourself up for success – particularly if you work full or part time and juggle other family and personal responsibilities. Get a head start by thinking through your personal and online course schedules, organizing your materials and identifying a solid support structure. Here are a few tips to help online students get organized before beginning classes.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-09-08/4-steps-to-get-organized-for-online-courses

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Nearly a third of U.S. teenagers use technology to cheat

Sat, 2017-09-16 17:20

By SHARON NOGUCHI, Mercury News

U.S. teenagers think they are savvy about cybersecurity–so much that nearly one-third skirt school safeguards to access banned content and 29 percent admit to using tech devices to cheat in school–but more than twice that many say they know of classmates who have cheated with devices, a survey found. The findings of the survey by the computer security firm McAfee are in proportion with a 2009 survey by Common Sense Media–although the exact extent of cheating, and whether it’s changed over the years, is unknown.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/09/07/teenagers-use-electronics-cheat/

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Gamification: What E-Learning Modules Can Learn from Video Games

Sat, 2017-09-16 17:16

By Henry Kronk, e-learning inside
When most people start a new job at a fast food restaurant, they might expect to watch a requisite – and boring – training video. But for new cooks at KFC, the initiation process is definitely weirder. As new employees enter on their first day, they are now given an Oculus Rift VR headset to wear. The game they must play is best described as an insane VR escape room where they must correctly progress through the five steps of the KFC cooking process before they can get out. Colonel Sanders himself heckles each employee throughout the process. The new system might sound like a quirky publicity stunt, but KFC claims that it takes players an average of 10 minutes to beat the game, while the previous teaching method took 25 minutes.

https://news.elearninginside.com/gamification-e-learning-modules-can-learn-video-games/

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College deans predict higher-ed is in for remarkable changes in 10 years

Sat, 2017-09-16 17:10

By LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Nearly all deans (91 percent) believe there will be an increase in online education programs at their institution in the next decade. Deans were divided on whether faculty members get enough support in teaching courses online–43 percent said faculty are getting shortchanged in how much help they get in rethinking their courses and teaching with technology, while 40 percent said they believe they are getting enough support and 14 percent are neutral. One-third of deans agree online courses are comparable to face-to-face courses, and roughly the same proportion said they disagree.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/news/college-deans-changes-10-years/

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How adults can compete for ‘new-collar’ jobs

Sat, 2017-09-16 17:05

by Kevin Johnson, the Hill

It wasn’t so long ago that people with a high-school diploma, a good work ethic, and a strong body could build solid, middle-class careers in blue-collar jobs like manufacturing and construction. That’s no longer possible.
As traditional blue-collar jobs dwindle, another promising category of jobs is growing: jobs that require a baseline of technical skills but not necessarily a four-year degree. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty calls them “new-collar” jobs and cites examples like cloud computing analyst and services delivery specialists. If those titles sound unfamiliar, that’s the point. These roles didn’t exist a short while ago, and workers suited to new-collar jobs will need to retrain to meet employers’ needs.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/labor/349480-how-adults-can-compete-for-new-collar-jobs

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Freshman Orientations Now Include Online Learning

Sat, 2017-09-16 17:03

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Most colleges and universities now have some sort of online orientation. In some cases, it’s a simple required module solely designed to ensure all new students know how to log into the universities learning platform prior to the start of classes. In some cases, the activity is designed to direct students to use a specific part of the university’s online learning platform. In other cases, the university is asking students to complete essential modules (e.g., on sexual assault) to be in compliance with efforts to address chronic on campus problems. Rutgers University in New Jersey requires freshmen to complete three online courses. If they don’t complete the courses, they can’t register for the Spring semester.

https://news.elearninginside.com/freshman-orientations-now-include-online-learning/

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Chicago’s Path to Become a ‘City of Learning’

Fri, 2017-09-15 17:26

LINDA POON, City Lab
Four years after launching a digital platform to connect students with out-of-school programs, researchers are reaping the benefits: a large pool of data to study the inequity of informal education.  Chicago’s 400,000 public school students are shuffling back into classrooms this week for ice breakers, syllabus rundowns, and the first lessons of the school year. For some, though, the learning never really stopped in the summer months, thanks to the thousands of sports camps, coding academies, art lessons, and other programs available to children in the city. Similar after-school programs are key to keeping kids off the streets year-round—but that’s only the case if the students are able to access the programs designed to serve them. Nearly four years ago, in an effort to help connect students to extracurricular offerings, Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the Chicago City of Learning online platform (CCOL). It’s something of a one-stop shop that allows kids to easily search through hundreds of out-of-school programs based on their interests.

https://www.citylab.com/solutions/2017/09/chicago-after-school-programs-digital-youth-network/537591/

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New report illustrates challenges part-time students face

Fri, 2017-09-15 17:19

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Higher education institutions are failing to adequately service part-time students, with only about a quarter of such students attaining a degree within the eight years they begin college, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress, with four out of every ten students who enrolled exclusively part-time in their first year not returning for their second. Part of the issue is due to a lack of comprehensive data at the national level, according to Marcella Bombardieri, the author of the report and a senior policy analyst on the postsecondary education team for CAP. She noted that often community college administrators, when asked about what they were doing to assist part-time or transfer students, would respond that “everything” they do is for those student groups, because they often make up the most significant proportion of community college enrollees.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/new-report-illustrates-challenges-part-time-students-face/504501/

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How online graduate programs offer degrees at significant savings

Fri, 2017-09-15 17:15

by PBS

As technology evolves and more online graduate programs become available at a much lower cost, should we reconsider traditional higher education in a classroom setting? Hari Sreenivasan reports on how some students earning master’s degrees at Georgia Tech are paying little or nothing for online courses from a top program.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/online-graduate-programs-offer-degrees-significant-savings/

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Digital literacy a key factor for employers, report finds

Fri, 2017-09-15 17:10

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Higher ed institutions ought to be prioritizing digital literacy skills revolving around digital savvy, creativity, and complex thinking, as employers increasingly value these qualities in college graduates. The World Economic Forum predicts 35% of the top ten skills employers say they want will change by 2020, and will increasing include to include these competencies, according to a new report from the New Media Consortium.  The report shares digital literacy frameworks from other nations and U.S. schools they consider worth emulating, such as The University of Pennsylvania, which offers students workshops on how to produce and share digital content legally, writes Campus Technology. Most of these frameworks revolve around how to use technology to develop communication, critical thinking, technical, citizenship, and cultural and political awareness.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/digital-literacy-a-key-factor-for-employers-report-finds/504321/

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Newt Gingrich Went on Hannity to Plug an Online Course He’s Teaching — the Twitter Reactions Are Gold

Fri, 2017-09-15 17:05

by Joe DePaolo, Mediaite

Thursday night on Hannity, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stopped by to plug an online course he’s teaching called “Defending America.” “It’s really on how to defeat the left intellectually,” Gingrich said. “And remind people why America is unique and why American history matters and why being patriotic is important.”  It’s a standalone course — not being taught in association with any institution of higher learning — for which the former House Speaker is charging $49.99 (with 20 percent off for early registrants). The comparisons to Trump U, of course, are inevitable. And Twitter didn’t disappoint.

https://www.mediaite.com/online/newt-gingrich-went-on-hannity-to-plug-an-online-course-hes-teaching-the-twitter-reactions-are-gold/

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4 Steps for Students to Get Organized for Online Courses

Fri, 2017-09-15 17:03

By Joe Chapman, US News

Even as thousands of students head back to college campuses nationwide, enrollment in online courses continues to grow. For students starting online courses, it’s important to set yourself up for success – particularly if you work full or part time and juggle other family and personal responsibilities. Get a head start by thinking through your personal and online course schedules, organizing your materials and identifying a solid support structure. Here are a few tips to help online students get organized before beginning classes.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-09-08/4-steps-to-get-organized-for-online-courses

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