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Envisioning the Future: An Interview with John O’Brien

Sat, 2017-04-01 17:22

by John O’Brien and Ray Schroeder, Unbound

Ray Schroeder, Director of the Center for Online Leadership at UPCEA, interviews John O’Brien, CEO of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. The two discuss questions raised by Schroeder regarding the potential threats and opportunities in higher education, with an emphasis on academics and technologists working together to build the future.

https://unbound.upcea.edu/online-2/technology-and-tools/envisioning-the-future-an-interview-with-john-obrien/

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4 Facts About Internships for Online Bachelor’s Students

Sat, 2017-04-01 17:15

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Prospective online undergrads should consider whether a program allows students to intern near home, experts say. Though some online students live far away from their institution’s campus, they might be allowed to find opportunities in their own communities. “That becomes a real benefit to the experience because these students are building those networks in the community that they’re ultimately going to work in,” says Shannon Corkery, director of human development and family studies online programs at Pennsylvania State University—World Campus, which has a required internship component for bachelor’s students. It’s also not uncommon for online students to find internships with their current employer in a different department.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-03-23/4-facts-about-completing-internships-as-an-online-bachelors-student

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Develop a Cocurricular Transcript as an Online Student

Sat, 2017-04-01 17:07

By Bradley Fuster, US News

Online students should consider participating in virtual clubs to build their transcripts. In the early 1990s, residential colleges began encouraging students to develop cocurricular transcripts as a way to organize and document their learning experiences outside the classroom. Increasingly since then, many residential colleges and a few progressive online programs have adopted cocurricular transcripts or similar e-portfolios to help students showcase their out-of-class experiences. While these transcripts lend themselves more organically to on-campus students, I encourage online students to embrace this practice. Doing so can help level the playing field with on-campus students when applying to graduate school, internships, jobs, awards or scholarships.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-03-24/develop-a-cocurricular-transcript-as-an-online-student

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Should we re-think the traditional credit hour structure?

Sat, 2017-04-01 17:04

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

For-profit higher education conglomerate American Public University System has announced that four of its online undergraduate degree programs will require learners to master at least 60 competency-based modules for completion, eliminating the traditional credit hour model, Inside Higher Ed reports. APUS is the third institution in the last three years to replace the credit hour system of learning, following fellow for-profit Capella University and non-profit Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America. The APUS “Momentum” program has not yet received approval from the federal government for students to receive student financial aid.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/should-we-re-think-the-traditional-credit-hour-structure/438458/

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Envisioning the Future: An Interview with John O’Brien

Sat, 2017-04-01 17:02

by John O’Brien and Ray Schroeder, Unbound

Ray Schroeder, Director of the Center for Online Leadership at UPCEA, interviews John O’Brien, CEO of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. The two discuss questions raised by Schroeder regarding the potential threats and opportunities in higher education, with an emphasis on academics and technologists working together to build the future.

https://unbound.upcea.edu/online-2/technology-and-tools/envisioning-the-future-an-interview-with-john-obrien/

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Blockchain: Letting Students Own Their Credentials

Fri, 2017-03-31 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Very soon this nascent technology could securely enable registrars to help students verify credentials without the hassle of ordering copies of transcripts. While truth may seem evasive on many fronts, a joint academic and industry effort is underway to codify it for credentialing. At the core of the effort is blockchain, a trust technology developed for bitcoin and used in solving other forms of validation between individuals and organizations. Still in its nascent stage, the technology could, within just a year or two, provide the core services that would enable schools to stop acting as if they own proof of learning and help students verify their credentials as needed — without waiting on a records office to do it for them.

https://campustechnology.com/Articles/2017/03/23/Blockchain-Letting-Students-Own-Their-Credentials.aspx

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6 growing trends taking over academic libraries

Fri, 2017-03-31 17:20

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Spreading digital fluency is now a core responsibility of academic libraries, and Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) are poised to amplify the utility and reach of library services like never before. These are just two of the revelations part of the New Media Consortium’s (NMC)Annual Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition. The report, which decides the trends and technologies that will have a dramatic influence on academic libraries in the next 5 years—thanks to a panel of 75 experts composed of library leaders, librarians, technologists, industry leaders, and other key stakeholders from 14 countries—aims to help leaders seeking inspiration, models, and tactical insight around strategy and technology deployment for academic libaries.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/growing-trends-academic-libraries/

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Government boosts funding for computer science ed to combat threats

Fri, 2017-03-31 17:15

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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4 Facts About Internships for Online Bachelor’s Students

Fri, 2017-03-31 17:05

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Prospective online undergrads should consider whether a program allows students to intern near home, experts say. Though some online students live far away from their institution’s campus, they might be allowed to find opportunities in their own communities. “That becomes a real benefit to the experience because these students are building those networks in the community that they’re ultimately going to work in,” says Shannon Corkery, director of human development and family studies online programs at Pennsylvania State University—World Campus, which has a required internship component for bachelor’s students. It’s also not uncommon for online students to find internships with their current employer in a different department.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-03-23/4-facts-about-completing-internships-as-an-online-bachelors-student

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Florida state universities seeing more online learning

Fri, 2017-03-31 17:02

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, News Service of Florida

One of the benefits of an expansion of online classes in Florida universities is that it gives students more flexibility in balancing their academic loads with extracurricular activities like jobs, student government or clubs. It has helped a University of Central Florida senior devote the majority of her time this spring to her extracurricular activity: serving as a member of the Florida House of Representatives. As a new House member serving on six committees, Rep. Amber Mariano, R-Hudson, is enrolled in two online classes from UCF. The political science major is taking an online research class where she is developing her senior thesis and another online class called: “Democracy, Capitalism and the Individual.”

http://www.news4jax.com/education/state-universities-seeing-more-online-learning

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Lifelong courses help with second careers

Fri, 2017-03-31 17:01

by Korea Herald

Shim Jae-chul, 57, had a new way to make a living when he lost his job three years ago. To restart his career, Shim chose to take online courses to obtain an electrician’s certificate. “I had to find a new job to support my family. However, people who are old like me have problems learning as quickly as young people,” Shim said. “Online courses let me review materials repeatedly. I can even slow down the speed (of the lectures), which is great!”

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170324000820

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11 online tools & apps for dyslexic students

Thu, 2017-03-30 17:25

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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Research: Let’s Move STEM Learning Earlier

Thu, 2017-03-30 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

According to a new research project, children who engage in scientific activities at an early age (between birth and age develop positive attitudes toward science, build up their STEM “vocabularies” and do better at problem solving, meeting challenges and acquiring new skills. “STEM starts early: Grounding science, technology, engineering and math education in early childhood,” published by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and New America and supported by a National Science Foundation grant, has asserted that “the seeds of STEM must be planted early,” right alongside the “seeds of literacy.” Together, the report said, “these mutually enhancing, interwoven strands of learning will grow well informed, critical citizens prepared for a digital tomorrow.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/03/20/research-lets-move-stem-learning-earlier.aspx

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Why the next 10 years of edtech will crush the last 10

Thu, 2017-03-30 17:14

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

With some of the biggest names in technology focusing their creative and financial assets on education, edtech will be at the forefront of education reform over the next decade. Bill Gates is investing billions and Mark Zuckerberg 100’s of millions, into the future of learning. We expect Edtech to transform the way we teach and learn. Imagining the edtech reformation of education we will see over the next 10 years; you may feel like you are falling through the rabbit hole. But don’t be frightened, just buckle-up and enjoy the fall into the brilliant future of edtech and education.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/why-the-next-10-years-of-edtech-will-crush-the-last-10/

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Executive’s guide to implementing blockchain technology

Thu, 2017-03-30 17:10

By Laura Shin, ZDNet

The technology behind bitcoin is one of the internet’s most promising new developments. The applications for blockchain technology seem endless. While the first obvious ones are financial — international payments, remittances, complex financial products — it can also solve problems and create new opportunities in healthcare, defense, supply chain management, luxury goods, government, and other industries. In more advanced stages, the technology could give rise to what Gartner calls “the programmable economy,” powered by entirely new business models that eliminate all kinds of middlemen, machine networks in which devices engage in economic activity, and “smart assets.”

http://www.zdnet.com/article/executives-guide-to-blockchain/

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Could blockchain tech make the registrar’s office obsolete?

Thu, 2017-03-30 17:05

by Stephen Noonoo, Education Dive

Blockchain technology — a means of providing independent verification between two parties — is being looked at by schools and registrar’s offices as a way to provide student transcripts instantly and for free. MIT’s Media Lab is already using the method to make some certificates available to alumni, and it has created an open standards toolkit to help others get started. The goal is to put students in control of their own records, allowing them greater say in when and how their records can be shared (publicly, with potential employers, etc). Proponents hope that more ed tech companies will build blockchain technology into their products in the near future.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/could-blockchain-tech-make-the-registrars-office-obsolete/438833/

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It’s Time to Build a GPS for Credentialing

Thu, 2017-03-30 17:02
by Holly Zanville, Lumina Foundation What if we had a “GPS” for credentialing—an easy-to-use system that would help us navigate the maze of degrees, certificates, certifications, and other credentials in today’s workplace? Such a system would benefit everyone—including learners, employers, policymakers, career counselors, licensing and certification organizations and accrediting agencies—by providing accurate, current, and transparent information about the array of credentials awarded by multiple providers. https://www.luminafoundation.org/news-and-views/its-time-to-build-a-gps-for-credentialing

It’s Time to Build a GPS for Credentialinghttps://www.luminafoundation.org/news-and-views/its-time-to-build-a-gps-for-credentialing

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Innovations in online education

Wed, 2017-03-29 17:25

By Matt Windsor, UAB

It’s kind of like a call-in show — for equations. Digital marker in hand,instructor Mitzy Erdmann sketches out the answers to practice problems on the Lightboard in the Digital Media Studio in UAB’s Hulsey Center. Her students, watching the broadcast live with GoToMeeting software, “can stop me and ask questions about the problem — or anything — through an earpiece I wear,” she says. Erdmann, facing the camera, writes out chemical equations and scientific names on the Lightboard, which reverses the images so they appear legible to her online audience. “It’s a way for the students to directly interact with me in real time, even though we’re never in the same room,” she says. “It creates more of a sense of belonging to a group, and it’s fairly well documented that students perform better when online courses can create this sense of belonging.”

http://www.uab.edu/mix/stories/innovations-in-online-education

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Tips for using iPads in the classroom

Wed, 2017-03-29 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Open Colleges states that 81% of U.S teachers think that tablets can enrich the educational experience and that students believe so too. iPads can be very solitary and as colorful as the online world may be, classrooms need to be just as decorated. The displaying of art, achievements, and inspiration is particularly important in younger grades as it creates a space that is conducive to learning and pride. Technology brings with it exciting uses, but without preparation and realistic expectations, it also can fail in the most organized classroom. Educators need to have a reason to use an iPad and in turn, understand the new problems and procedures that come with it. Using an iPad may be a great education tool, but it needs to be milked for all it is worth if it is to make a difference in the classroom.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/tips-for-using-ipads-in-the-classroom/

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E-learning day a breeze for tech-savvy students

Wed, 2017-03-29 17:15

By ALLEN LAMAN, the Herald

Wrapped in blankets and propped up on pillows, Jasper High School and Middle School students had the opportunity to attend virtual classes from home on Thursday. Teachers assembled lessons, each designed to take students 45 minutes to complete, prior to the special day of instruction, and kids could start working on the material on Wednesday afternoon. They had until 8 a.m. this morning to turn in the e-assignments — which will be graded like normal work. The assignments included short English essays, multiple-choice practice assessments, workout instructions for P.E. and short-answer musical reflections for band members.

https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/virtual-learning-day-a-breeze-for-tech-savvy-students

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