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Online course enrollments continue to grow

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-01-16 16:15

By Jeremy House, Education Dive
According to new federal data, the number of college students taking online classes continues to grow, reports Inside Higher Ed. In academic year 2016, 6.34 million students were enrolled in at least one online course, compared with 5.99 million students in 2015.  Even as overall enrollment at postsecondary institutions is flat (unlike recent numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse, the federal data show enrollments staying roughly constant, not declining), online enrollments climb.  Enrollment dipped for a few universities with large online programs — especially those offered by for-profits — but most experienced a online student enrollment boost.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/online-course-enrollments-continue-to-grow/514255/

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At MIT, It’s Out With The Old Case Studies, In With Immersive Ones #elearning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-01-16 16:07

by Fred Thys, WBUR
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s leading role in online education for all is changing how its own faculty approach more traditional education. For example, at the MIT Center for Real Estate, professors are rethinking the case study approach common in management training.  The change stems from an effort to introduce case studies to MIT’s “Massive Open Online Courses,” better known as MOOCs. “Of course, the classic case study, it’s a PDF file, about 15 to 20 pages,” says the center’s director, Albert Saiz. “It’s very difficult to implement in an online class. Attention spans of students, especially younger students, are getting shorter.” So Saiz led a team that developed case studies designed to more easily hold the attention of big audiences.

http://www.wbur.org/edify/2018/01/08/mit-case-study-online

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The most popular online courses in the world #elearning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-01-16 16:06

by Jamie McKane, My Broadband

Online learning portal Coursera has released its list of the most popular online courses on its platform. Coursera boasts over 30 million registered learners and over 2,000 online courses from institutions around the world. Upon completing courses online, students are awarded with a signed and shareable electronic course certificate. Specialisation certificates and university-recognised degrees are also offered through the platform. Coursera’s 10 most popular courses highlight a growing global interest in emerging technologies – including blockchains, machine learning, and neural networks.

https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/243612-the-most-popular-online-courses-in-the-world.html

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Online course enrollments continue to grow #elearning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-01-16 16:02

By Jeremy House, Education Dive
According to new federal data, the number of college students taking online classes continues to grow, reports Inside Higher Ed. In academic year 2016, 6.34 million students were enrolled in at least one online course, compared with 5.99 million students in 2015.  Even as overall enrollment at postsecondary institutions is flat (unlike recent numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse, the federal data show enrollments staying roughly constant, not declining), online enrollments climb.  Enrollment dipped for a few universities with large online programs — especially those offered by for-profits — but most experienced a online student enrollment boost.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/online-course-enrollments-continue-to-grow/514255/

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Challenges, and more distractions, lie ahead for colleges

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-15 16:23

by Sandra Beckwith, University Business

How big-picture threats to higher ed are impacting campuses and what administrators are doing to take control.  Although many higher ed leaders are advocating for colleges and their students at the national level, it remains an area where they can control little. They can—and are—however, battening down the hatches on their own campuses to help emerge from this challenging climate intact. This involves having a vision for strengthening the institution’s foundation and agility in managing new responsibilities and demands. Following are seven things higher ed search leaders and administrators believe campus administrators must do in the coming year to get the job done.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/challenges-and-more-distractions-ahead-colleges

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Are Prospective Students About to Disappear?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-15 16:20

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

New book says most colleges — and the vast majority of nonelite institutions — are about to face severe shortage of potential students.  Yes, everyone in admissions knows that certain groups of students — those who graduate from good high schools and have parents able to pay a significant share or all of their tuition and other college expenses — are shrinking in number. And the situation is more severe in the Northeast and Midwest, where populations are shrinking, than in other parts of the country. Those demographic realities, known for years, have led colleges to adjust strategies: new programs to attract adult students. Online education. More outreach to parts of the country where the population is growing. Attracting full-pay international students. Some combination of those and other ideas will work for most institutions, enrollment professionals have said. But what if they are wrong? What if the demographics are about to get much worse for higher education than the experts have expected?

https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/01/08/new-book-argues-most-colleges-are-about-face-significant-decline

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Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-15 16:15

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News.
Students said they vastly prefer classes with digital learning technologies.   Ninety-four percent of students in a new survey said digital learning technologies have helped them retain new concepts, and 53 percent said they prefer classes that use such tools. McGraw-Hill Education’s fourth annual Digital Study Trends Survey, compiled by Hanover Research, includes responses from more than 1,000 college students. Sixty percent of surveyed students said they think digital learning technologies have improved their grades, and one-fifth said those technologies significantly improved their grades. Students in STEM majors were the most likely to say technology has positively impacted their grades. Approximately 60 percent of students agree that digital learning technology increased their engagement with course materials.

Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech

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Are Prospective Students About to Disappear?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-15 16:10

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

New book says most colleges — and the vast majority of nonelite institutions — are about to face severe shortage of potential students.  Yes, everyone in admissions knows that certain groups of students — those who graduate from good high schools and have parents able to pay a significant share or all of their tuition and other college expenses — are shrinking in number. And the situation is more severe in the Northeast and Midwest, where populations are shrinking, than in other parts of the country. Those demographic realities, known for years, have led colleges to adjust strategies: new programs to attract adult students. Online education. More outreach to parts of the country where the population is growing. Attracting full-pay international students. Some combination of those and other ideas will work for most institutions, enrollment professionals have said. But what if they are wrong? What if the demographics are about to get much worse for higher education than the experts have expected?

https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/01/08/new-book-argues-most-colleges-are-about-face-significant-decline

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Small College Struggles in the Sights

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-15 16:04

by Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

Heightened concern about liberal arts institutions is reflected in presidents’ outlooks and an institute program. Numerous presidents at the institute agreed that they see an increased urgency among their peers interested in exploring significant changes in order to stabilize their colleges’ standing or seek long-term viability. In a few cases, presidents pointed to a confluence of trends causing them to reconsider doing business as usual, such as a declining number of traditional high school graduates in their regions, increased financial pressures, stiffer competition from public institutions or the free public college movement. More often, presidents reported having long been aware of headwinds. But their Boards of Trustees, alumni and faculty members have recently become more open to making significant changes, they said.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/01/08/cic-presidents-institute-increases-focus-solutions-struggling-colleges

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Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech #elearning

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-15 16:03

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News.
Students said they vastly prefer classes with digital learning technologies.   Ninety-four percent of students in a new survey said digital learning technologies have helped them retain new concepts, and 53 percent said they prefer classes that use such tools. McGraw-Hill Education’s fourth annual Digital Study Trends Survey, compiled by Hanover Research, includes responses from more than 1,000 college students. Sixty percent of surveyed students said they think digital learning technologies have improved their grades, and one-fifth said those technologies significantly improved their grades. Students in STEM majors were the most likely to say technology has positively impacted their grades. Approximately 60 percent of students agree that digital learning technology increased their engagement with course materials.

Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech

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Young Scientist Challenge Seeks Middle School Innovators

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-14 16:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

This year’s Young Scientist Challenge will award access to 3M scientists who will serve as mentors to help students pursue their innovative ideas. These “young scientists” (from grades 5-8) will also be eligible to receive a considerable amount of money; the grand prize is $25,000. Finalists chosen through a video competition will travel to St. Paul, MN, where they’ll receive a tour of 3M headquarters and meet with a distinguished panel of judges.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/01/04/young-scientist-challenge-seeks-middle-school-innovators.aspx

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10 Things Children Born in 2018 Will Probably Never Experience

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-14 16:19

by Kristin Houser and Patrick Caughill, Futurism

Children born in 2018 will probably never know the feeling of being tethered to a landline. A trip to the local megaplex to catch Blade Runner 2049 may have stirred up adults’ memories of seeing the original, but children born this year may never know what it’s like to watch a film on a smaller screen with a sound system that doesn’t rattle the brain. Technology is currently advancing faster than ever before, so what else will kids born today only read about in books or, more likely, on computer screens? Here’s a list of the top 10 things that children born in 2018 will likely never experience.

10 Things Children Born in 2018 Will Probably Never Experience

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It’s Time to Weave Computational Thinking into K-12

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-14 16:14

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

The new report, “Computational Thinking for a Computational World,” explains its theme of computational thinking by borrowing a description from a long-ago article published by the Association for Computing Machinery: It is “a way of solving problems, designing systems and understanding human behavior that draws on concepts fundamental to computer science… a fundamental skill for everyone, not just computer scientists.” More simply, the report noted, “The skill required to tell a computer what to do is programming. The thought process behind programming is computational thinking.” What it isn’t is humans thinking like computers. And, according to the report’s authors, it’s something that needs to be taught across subjects in K-12 schools.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/01/02/its-time-to-weave-computational-thinking-into-k12.aspx

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10 Things Children Born in 2018 Will Probably Never Experience

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-14 16:06

by Kristin Houser and Patrick Caughill, Futurism

Children born in 2018 will probably never know the feeling of being tethered to a landline. A trip to the local megaplex to catch Blade Runner 2049 may have stirred up adults’ memories of seeing the original, but children born this year may never know what it’s like to watch a film on a smaller screen with a sound system that doesn’t rattle the brain. Technology is currently advancing faster than ever before, so what else will kids born today only read about in books or, more likely, on computer screens? Here’s a list of the top 10 things that children born in 2018 will likely never experience.

10 Things Children Born in 2018 Will Probably Never Experience

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3 big ways today’s college students are different from just a decade ago

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-14 16:03

by  BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Gen Z, the digital generation, non-traditional students, and potentially many more descriptions have been used to label the current postsecondary body of students, but what may not be so evident is exactly how much their preferences, lifestyles and experiences have radically changed from even a decade ago.  And it’s these large changes that are critical for colleges and universities not just to take notice of now, but also to anticipate what students and their needs may look like in 2027.

#3: 3 big ways today’s college students are different from just a decade ago

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Apple Waives Developer Fees for Schools, Nonprofits

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-14 16:02

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal
Apple is now waiving the fees for its developer program for accredited educational institutions and other qualifying organizations. Members of the developer program are able to distribute apps through the Apple App Store and gain access to tools such as app analytics, beta testing resources such as TestFlight, beta software and advanced app capabilities. The move comes in response to complaints directed at the company when it banned apps generated from templates last year, according to TechCrunch.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/01/03/apple-waives-developer-fees-for-schools-nonprofits.aspx

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As Universities Go Online, Architects Rework Buildings For ‘Active’ Learning

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-13 16:20

by Adam Gordon, Forbes
Many leaders in industries going through digital transformation experience a certain spine-tickling moment when “futures flip-over” happens. That moment is when you get-it that the previously marginal online offering has become the default and the traditional solution has become the exotic. It has happened in music, in newspapers, etc., and this is where university campuses and business schools are fast heading as education designers, coders and entrepreneurs close in on online platforms that replicate and in many ways improve on the traditional live experience. All for much less money.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamgordon/2018/01/05/as-universities-go-online-architects-rework-buildings-for-active-learning/#38e5d2db2a24

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Worldwide change takes global effort

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-13 16:18

by MIT Open Learning

In keeping with its mission to expand access to affordable education around the world through the innovative use of online learning, MIT Open Learning welcomes an international university that has elected to grant course credits to their students who complete the MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP). The American University in Cairo (AUC) will be the first school in the world to pair with MIT in accepting the DEDP MicroMasters credential to help students embark on their master’s education.

http://news.mit.edu/2018/mit-auc-partnership-masters-credits-mitx-0105

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Gain Skills in Online Courses Requiring Group Work

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-13 16:15

By Marian Stoltz-Loike, US News

Group work in online classes can teach students about working with others remotely and giving virtual presentations.  Many careers today involve collaborating virtually with colleagues who may be located throughout the country or even internationally. To be successful, you will need to develop strong strategies to get the work done – and this can be challenging. Online courses may require students to complete projects virtually in groups, which can teach them critical skills for the fast-paced, rapidly changing, 24/7 global business world. Linked below are four areas where you can develop skills through group work in an online degree program.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-01-05/gain-skills-in-online-courses-requiring-group-work

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As Universities Go Online, Architects Rework Buildings For ‘Active’ Learning #elearning

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-13 16:05

by Adam Gordon, Forbes
Many leaders in industries going through digital transformation experience a certain spine-tickling moment when “futures flip-over” happens. That moment is when you get-it that the previously marginal online offering has become the default and the traditional solution has become the exotic. It has happened in music, in newspapers, etc., and this is where university campuses and business schools are fast heading as education designers, coders and entrepreneurs close in on online platforms that replicate and in many ways improve on the traditional live experience. All for much less money.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamgordon/2018/01/05/as-universities-go-online-architects-rework-buildings-for-active-learning/#38e5d2db2a24

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