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EdX Engineers Are Building a Transferrable Student Records Tool

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-07-13 17:02

by IBL News

edX is building a transferrable student records tool, which will be ready in the next “Ironwood” version of the Open edX platform, scheduled for the first quarter of 2019. Bill De Rusha, an edX engineer, shared some insights about this development on a talk from the 2018 Open edX conference in Montreal. The first implementation of transferrable student records will be available on edx.org in the coming weeks. This software is a need today for learners who want to apply their MicroMasters credentials as transfer credits and share their edX records with partner institutions.

EdX Engineers Are Building a Transferrable Student Records Tool

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More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-12 17:25

by Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

While the number of students has been rising, however, so has the proportion who begin as full-time freshmen but fail to come back for a second year. Fifty-five percent who started in 2015 were gone by the following year, the most recent period for which the figures are available, according to U.S. Department of Education data analyzed by The Hechinger Report. That’s up from 44 percent two years before.

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/07/05/more-high-school-grads-ever-are-going-college-1-5-will-quit/

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Why Online?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-12 17:20

by deToledo High School

Online learning is no longer the wave of the future. Today, it is a significant part of many students’ educational experience and estimates suggest that, by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses will be offered online. To accommodate this growing need, deTOP partners with award-winning, UC-approved online providers to deliver content and instruction. Lesson materials are appropriate, flexible, and engaging and include lab activities, written assignments, and discussion questions. Assessments (which range from quizzes to a final exam) test for knowledge at various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. https://www.dths.org/page/academics/signature-programs/detop/online-learning Share on Facebook

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How the Blockchain Can Transform Government

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-12 17:15

by Wharton
The blockchain is one of the most significant, fundamental advances in digital platforms since the internet and also probably the most overhyped technology in current times, according to Kevin Werbach, Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics, at the inaugural annual Penn Wharton Budget Model Spring Policy Forum, held recently in Washington. The basic idea behind blockchain is that one can trust the system as a whole without necessarily trusting any of the participants, Werbach said. The blockchain is a ledger — record of transactions in a database — distributed to people in a network. Everyone on that network has their own copy of the ledger and be “actually confident, based on mathematical structures of cryptography, that every copy is the same.” So even though there is no central intermediary — like Equifax, a bank or the Federal Reserve — all the players in the blockchain network can trust the information.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/blockchain-can-transform-government/

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After Substandard Classes In College, I Stumbled Upon A New Way Of Learning

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-12 17:10

by Vivek Ranjan in Education, Sci-Tech

So, what should be the promise for the next generation’ education? Who will be the stakeholders? What would be the mechanism? No single system or mechanism is going to solve everything. There have to be many interdependent elements aiding each other which would create a robust education ecosystem. But one element which can improve the quality of education is more encouragement to MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. These are courses delivered online with some set mechanisms like deadlines for taking assignments and quizzes.

https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2018/07/new-generation-education-learning-the-mooc-way/

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Introduction to Cryptography

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-12 17:05

by Futurelearn
Explore how code breakers and spies influenced cryptography and explore the role it plays in modern secure communication.Is it possible to prove the security of encrypted data? Will every algorithm fail given sufficient time or computing power? On this course you will get an introduction to cryptography and cryptanalysis. From ancient examples of secret messages and the spies that cracked them to modern cryptographic applications, you will have the opportunity to explore the foundations of data security. During the course you will also get an opportunity to try encrypting data yourself by completing a cryptography and cryptanalysis challenge.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/cryptography

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How the Blockchain Can Transform Government

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-12 17:02

by Wharton
The blockchain is one of the most significant, fundamental advances in digital platforms since the internet and also probably the most overhyped technology in current times, according to Kevin Werbach, Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics, at the inaugural annual Penn Wharton Budget Model Spring Policy Forum, held recently in Washington. The basic idea behind blockchain is that one can trust the system as a whole without necessarily trusting any of the participants, Werbach said. The blockchain is a ledger — record of transactions in a database — distributed to people in a network. Everyone on that network has their own copy of the ledger and be “actually confident, based on mathematical structures of cryptography, that every copy is the same.” So even though there is no central intermediary — like Equifax, a bank or the Federal Reserve — all the players in the blockchain network can trust the information.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/blockchain-can-transform-government/

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Skills gap could have alarming consequences

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-11 17:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The study estimates the skills gap between future talent supply and demand will occur in 20 major economies at three milestones: 2020, 2025 and 2030, and across three sectors: financial and business services; technology, media and telecommunications; and manufacturing. It found that left to run its course, this shortage will create 85.2 million unfilled jobs and nearly $8.5 trillion in unrealized revenue in the economies analyzed. What’s more, a shortage of what the report calls “Level A” workers–those who have completed postsecondary education or a high-level trade college qualification–could equal 21 percent of the highly-skilled workforce of the 20 countries in the study.

Skills gap could have alarming consequences

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IT Leadership: Key Facts to Advance Ed Tech in America

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-11 17:20

By Keith R. Krueger, THE Journal

This year’s report found that school leaders place a high priority on cybersecurity and broadband/network capacity. When asked to rate the importance of privacy and security of student data, 68 percent of IT leaders indicated that it was more important than the prior year. For the fourth straight year, budget constraints are the top challenge facing school technology leaders, followed by the unavailability of relevant training and professional development, as well as the existence of silos in school districts. In addition, integrating technology into the classroom continues to be the most understaffed IT function in schools — it has remained the most understaffed IT function for three straight years by a significant margin. And 43 percent of respondents said that their staffs are “stretched too thin.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/06/28/key-facts-to-advance-ed-tech-in-america.aspx

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Personalized learning has broad appeal, but may be more revolutionary than we think

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-11 17:14

by LAURA PAPPANO , Hechinger Report

Amid all the bellowing about charters, school choice and vouchers, a potentially more revolutionary reform movement is bubbling up. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning. The big idea is to create a customized path so students learn at their own pace, in the manner that resonates best with them, with content tailored to their interests, aided by their computers. It feels natural to a generation groomed to presume that everything is calibrated to their needs and wants — whether it’s online shopping, news or math homework — and raised with smartphones in their hands.  It sounds benign, and wonderful, to many parents. Schools, districts and even entire states are embracing it. Teacher unions cautiously endorse it, while flagging the concern that teachers could be replaced by technology. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Skills gap could have alarming consequences

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-11 17:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The study estimates the skills gap between future talent supply and demand will occur in 20 major economies at three milestones: 2020, 2025 and 2030, and across three sectors: financial and business services; technology, media and telecommunications; and manufacturing. It found that left to run its course, this shortage will create 85.2 million unfilled jobs and nearly $8.5 trillion in unrealized revenue in the economies analyzed. What’s more, a shortage of what the report calls “Level A” workers–those who have completed postsecondary education or a high-level trade college qualification–could equal 21 percent of the highly-skilled workforce of the 20 countries in the study.

Skills gap could have alarming consequences

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Personalized learning has broad appeal, but may be more revolutionary than we think

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-11 17:05

by LAURA PAPPANO , Hechinger Report

Amid all the bellowing about charters, school choice and vouchers, a potentially more revolutionary reform movement is bubbling up. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning. The big idea is to create a customized path so students learn at their own pace, in the manner that resonates best with them, with content tailored to their interests, aided by their computers. It feels natural to a generation groomed to presume that everything is calibrated to their needs and wants — whether it’s online shopping, news or math homework — and raised with smartphones in their hands.  It sounds benign, and wonderful, to many parents. Schools, districts and even entire states are embracing it. Teacher unions cautiously endorse it, while flagging the concern that teachers could be replaced by technology. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Online classes give students a digital edge

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-11 17:03

by Lauren Barack, Education Dive
Summer school for students in California’s West Sonoma County Union High School District is now entirely online starting this year, a financial decision that shaved costs down by half. Students will be able to test out of lessons they don’t need, letting them finish more quickly — in some cases in two weeks instead of six, wrote The Press Democrat. The savings will be used to boost budgets at schools with a higher enrollment of English language learners and students from low-income families.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/online-classes-give-students-a-digital-edge/526924/

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Digital evolution: a new approach to learning and teaching in higher education

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-10 17:21

By Renee Patton, Times Higher Education

Technology continually disrupts almost every area of our lives, resulting in constant shifts across all segments of our society. This is something we’ve examined at length in our research “Digital Vortex How Digital Disruption Is Redefining Industries”, developed with IMD, and our book on the same subject, where we studied the ways in which many industries are being impacted by new digital technologies. Today’s students want always-on access to the network and resources, wherever they are on or off campus, for a deeper and more flexible learning experience. Traditional rigid modes of classroom instruction are unlikely to inspire students whose online life outside the classroom is dynamic and evolutionary. Creating an effective digital learning environment is not just about offering convenience and familiarity to students, however. The consequences for their futures if we don’t keep pace are manifold and damaging.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/digital-evolution-new-approach-learning-and-teaching-higher-education

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Yet another report says fewer Americans value 4-year degree

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-10 17:20

By James Paterson, Education Dive
More Americans believe a four-year degree is not worth the financial cost, according to a CNBC All-American Economic Survey, which found the the number had increased to 44% from about 40% five years ago. The survey also found that fewer felt a four-year college degree was the best type of training, down to about 50% from nearly 60%. About 60% of Democrats favor a bachelor’s degree and 40% of Republicans. The survey additionally found that more people believe two-year schools may be of greater value. The biggest increase was seen for trade schools, which 26% of Americans felt were a good value, compared to 18% in 2013.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/yet-another-report-says-fewer-americans-value-4-year-degree/526820/

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Trump administration plans to rescind policies that encourage affirmative action in college admissions

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-10 17:15

By Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
The Trump administration is planning to rescind Obama-era 2011 and 2016 guidance documents encouraging the use of race in college admissions to promote diversity on campus, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.  Administration officials will argue that the guidelines reach beyond the Supreme Court precedent and oversimplify what is allowed under the law.  The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing claims from Asian-American students who believe they were unfairly discriminated against in Harvard University’s admissions practices. A similar complaint was dismissed last year by the Obama administration.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/trump-administration-plans-to-rescind-policies-that-encourage-affirmative-a/527039/

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State Authorization Compliance Continues Despite Delay

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-10 17:10

by Russ Poulin, WCET

Regardless of the status of a federal regulation, we wish to be emphatic that every institution must thoroughly understand that compliance for out-of-state activities of the institution must be maintained per the following:

State regulations. For both institutional authorization on professional licensure programs, institutions need to know the requirements of any state in which they are recruiting and/or enrolling students.
SARA requirements (see the SARA Manual). These remain in effect for member institutions.
Federal regulations currently in effect (we will write more on these in an upcoming post):
34 CFR 43(b) – Institutional Information (Student Complaint location);
34 CFR 71 and 34 CFR 668.72 (c) (2) Misrepresentation – with specific language about professional licensure;
34 CFR 17(g)(2) – at registration or enrollment, in writing, notify students of any projected additional student charges (proctoring).
Department of Defense (DoD) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) requires participating institutions to comply with all state authorization requirements for providing distance education to participate in the Tuition Assistance Program for active duty military students.
These requirements did not get delayed. As a matter of fact, compliance with the above requirements and regulations should already be in place for every institution.

The Announcement of the Delay was Delayed, but the Result is a Delay!

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Yet another report says fewer Americans value 4-year degree

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-10 17:05

By James Paterson, Education Dive
More Americans believe a four-year degree is not worth the financial cost, according to a CNBC All-American Economic Survey, which found the the number had increased to 44% from about 40% five years ago. The survey also found that fewer felt a four-year college degree was the best type of training, down to about 50% from nearly 60%. About 60% of Democrats favor a bachelor’s degree and 40% of Republicans. The survey additionally found that more people believe two-year schools may be of greater value. The biggest increase was seen for trade schools, which 26% of Americans felt were a good value, compared to 18% in 2013.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/yet-another-report-says-fewer-americans-value-4-year-degree/526820/

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Unpacked: Repeal of Open Internet Rule enables monopoly networks

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-10 17:02

by Tom Wheeler, Brookings

*Internet services will likely not jump on this quickly and begin to extract the advantages of this repeal, but they will begin to discriminate in subtle way

*There is a pending court appeal that challenges the FCC’s ability to repeal Net Neutrality

*The Congressional Review Act, which has already passed the Senate, would repeal the FCC’s decision

*To understand what impact the repeal of the Open Internet rule might have, you have to understand why it was put in place to begin with

*The underlying concept of networks in America, all the way back to the telegraph, has been that there needs to be first-come, first-serve, non-discriminatory access

*The reason why we have this rule is because of monopoly networks

 

Unpacked: Repeal of Open Internet Rule enables monopoly networks

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Guiding Faculty into Immersive Environments

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-09 17:25

By David Raths, Campus Technology
In 2015, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT) launched the Cube, an adaptable space for research and experimentation housed in the campus’s Moss Arts Center. One of the first things ICAT did was to hire an immersive environment specialist to help faculty members who were incorporating the new space into their curricula.  “I remember Ben Knapp, ICAT’s director, used the term ‘concierge’ when he came up with the position,” recalled Zach Duer, who served in the job for a year and a half before becoming an assistant professor in the school of visual arts.  According to Duer, it’s a common problem that universities invest in new technologies such as immersive learning spaces but fail to create positions like his to help faculty learn how to use them.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/03/guiding-faculty-into-immersive-environments.aspx

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