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Berkeley College Faculty Test VR for Learning

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-09-17 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
In a pilot program at Berkeley College, members of a Virtual Reality Faculty Interest Group tested the use of virtual reality to immerse students in a variety of learning experiences. During winter 2018, seven different instructors in nearly as many disciplines used inexpensive Google Cardboard headsets along with apps on smartphones to virtually place students in North Korea, a taxicab and other environments as part of their classwork. Participants used free mobile applications such as Within, the New York Times VR, Discovery VR, Jaunt VR and YouTube VR. Their courses included critical writing, international business, business essentials, medical terminology, international banking, public speaking and crisis management.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/09/05/berkeley-college-faculty-test-vr-for-learning.aspx

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Making E-Textbooks More Interactive

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-09-17 17:02

by David Raths, Campus Technology

Columbus State Community College created a multimedia e-book for English composition students that reduces textbook costs and reimagines the ways learners engage with course material.   CSCC’s “iComp: A Guide to First-Year Writing” Multi-Touch iBook has completed a two-semester, seven-class pilot phase and is now being rolled out to four courses. According to the project team, the book eliminates the need for traditional textbooks and re-frames the ways students engage with course material. While it is important that students are saving money, the hope is that the innovative curriculum design will increase student success and retention. “We wanted to have the textbook be something students are constantly interacting with as a means of doing the work, not a supplementary thing,” explained Nicholas Lakostik, an associate professor of rhetoric and composition and one of the four authors of the book.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/09/05/making-etextbooks-more-interactive.aspx

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How AI will shape the university of the future

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-09-16 17:25

BY ANDREW KING, eCampus News
From automating the scheduling process to streamlining the admissions process, AI has great potential in higher ed. In light of the fact that only 59 percent of students who begin pursuing a four-year degree at a higher-ed institution graduate within six years, many in the industry are seeking innovative ways to improve student outcomes. Recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) have led to its adoption across many sectors. The multidisciplinary field presents a wide variety of opportunities for application, giving it great potential for use in higher education. AI encompasses these sub fields:

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2018/09/10/how-ai-will-shape-the-university-of-the-future/

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More than any generation on record, Gen Z wants financial security.

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-09-16 17:15

By Janet Adamy with Visuals by Tyler Paige and Jieqian Zhang, Wall Street Journal

“They have a stronger work ethic,” says Jean Twenge, a San Diego State University psychology professor whose book “iGen” analyzes the group. “They’re really scared that they’re not going to get the good job that everybody says they need to make it.” Just 30% of 12th-graders wanted to be self-employed in 2016, according to the Michigan survey, which has measured teen attitudes and behaviors since the mid-1970s. That is a lower rate than baby boomers, Gen X, the group born between 1965 and 1980, and most millennials when they were high-school seniors. Gen Z’s name follows Gen X and Gen Y, an early moniker for the millennial generation.

https://www.wsj.com/graphics/genz-is-coming-to-your-office/

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Expanded UF Online partnership will provide education benefits to more than 80,000 hourly Disney employees nationwide

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-09-16 17:10

by University of Florida

University of Florida Online is once again partnering with a leading employer – The Walt Disney Company – to expand access to high quality online bachelor’s degrees. Disney Aspire, recently launched by The Walt Disney Company, is a comprehensive education benefits program focused on the career development of Disney’s workforce. With the Disney Aspire initiative, more than 80,000 full-time and part-time hourly employees, who have more than 90 days of service, will be eligible to have 100 percent of their tuition, required textbooks and course materials, plus application and program fees paid up front by the company. As part of this relationship, Disney employees may apply to one of several fully online bachelor’s degrees – the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in business administration from the Warrington College of Business; the Bachelor of Science in sport management from the College of Health and Human Performance; and the Bachelor of Science in public relations, and the Bachelor of Science in telecommunication from the College of Journalism and Communications. If granted admission by the University of Florida, Disney cast members could begin UF Online classes in January 2019 as part of the University’s spring semester. Disney employees and Cast Members can learn more and sign up at aspire.disney.com.

http://news.ufl.edu/articles/2018/09/expanded-uf-online-partnership-will-provide-education-benefits-to-more-than-80000-hourly-disney-employees-nationwide.php

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Sullivan University’s Northern Kentucky Center for Learning has closed; majority studying online

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-09-16 17:05

by Northern Kentucky Tribune
Sullivan University’s Center for Learning- Northern Kentucky closed its doors over the weekend. A spokesperson for the university said the majority of students were enrolling in online degrees or in the culinary programs in Louisville and Lexington. Vicki Berling, director of the center, confirmed the closing. Sullivan University is undergoing a significant reorganization, a merger of the Sullivan College of Technology and Design and Spencerian College into the university. This was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and was final in June.

https://www.nkytribune.com/2018/09/sullivan-universitys-northern-kentucky-center-for-learning-has-closed-majority-studying-online/

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Close the distance

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-09-16 17:02

by Kathleen Golden, Smart Brief

Online courses give learners and instructors flexible class options, but they also pose difficulties that instructors must overcome. Research shows that online students crave more interactions with their peers and instructors. Unfortunately, it’s challenging to forge meaningful connections with people in the course through email or text-driven forums alone. The distance between students and their instructor often creates a divide — one that’s been proven to affect learning outcomes as well as student satisfaction. Video assessment can help online teachers bridge this divide. Video assessment refers to instructors evaluating recordings of students completing a task, demonstrating a skill or any other activity that showcases their knowledge.

http://www.smartbrief.com/original/2018/09/close-distance

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Why Libraries Should Be Leading the OER Revolution

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-09-15 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

While OER moves away from traditional textbooks, according to CNN, “the goal of the library remains the same: To be a free place where people can access and share information.” Librarians want to help students achieve success, but one of the things holding students back today is the high cost of textbooks. If libraries can help teachers find quality free digital resources, it will benefit their students greatly.

Why Libraries Should Be Leading the OER Revolution

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College students say they want a degree for a job. Are they getting what they want?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-09-15 17:21

By Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post

A recent Harris Poll found that two-thirds of 14- to 23-year-old students want a degree to provide financial security, ranking it above all else when it comes to their motivation for going to college. At the same time, fewer students are majoring in the humanities, according to newly released government data. More flock toward science, technology, engineering and math majors — known collectively as STEM — that they think will burnish their employment prospects. While unemployment among recent college graduates is at historic lows, underemployment is not. Some 40 percent of college graduates are underemployed, meaning they are in jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Colleges have been slow to react to this shift in the mind-set of students, largely resisting efforts to make campuses look and act more like trade schools — and for good reason.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2018/09/01/college-students-say-they-want-a-degree-for-a-job-are-they-getting-what-they-want/

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Today’s College Students Aren’t Who You Think They Are

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-09-15 17:15

by Elissa Nadworny, NPR

So here’s a snapshot of the 17 million Americans enrolled in undergraduate higher education, according to numbers culled by the National Center for Education Statistics.

  • 1 in 5 is at least 30 years old
  • About half are financially independent from their parents
  • 1 in 4 is caring for a child
  • 47 percent go to school part time at some point
  • A quarter take a year off before starting school
  • 2 out of 5 attend a two-year community college
  • 44 percent have parents who never completed a bachelor’s degree

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/09/04/638561407/todays-college-students-arent-who-you-think-they-are

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Why there is so much more to eLearning than just Cost Reduction

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-09-15 17:05

by Amit Garg, Upside Learning

eLearning has myriad benefits. Studies have shown that eLearning can reduce the overall training time by as much as 40% to 60%. This can help businesses cut down on the assorted expenses and experience a rise in productivity and in turn profitability. Besides the cost part, eLearning also offers several other paybacks for organizations. It provides easier tracking and record keeping, which means L&D can gauge the progress of learners, examine their weak areas and plan future courses based on this analysis. Most importantly, eLearning offers the flexibility of anytime, anywhere training, considering today’s workforce is a busy lot and may not have the time to take training sessions tethered to workstations or training bays. Another advantage is that in a dynamic market where time matters the most, eLearning provides quicker delivery cycles as compared to traditional classroom-based instruction. Learners can set their own pace of learning and can focus on specific elements of the program while skipping what they already know.

http://www.elearninglearning.com/edition/weekly-wage-and-hour-training-corporate-elearning-2018-09-01

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ABA Online Credit Increase A Step In The Right Direction

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-09-15 17:02

By Martin Pritikin, Law 360
In August, the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association adopted a rule that increased the amount of credit hours that its law schools could offer through distance learning means. This is certainly a positive development — although it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Prior Standard 306 of the ABA Standards for Accreditation of Law Schools limited law schools to offering no more than 15 credits to be taught online.

https://www.law360.com/legalindustry/articles/1076685

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Making Cents: Plenty of free online courses to fire imagination

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-09-15 17:01

By Grainne McGuinness, Irish Examiner

Alison is just one provider, there are many others, often backed by prestigious colleges with global reputations. Stanford graduates established Coursera, which has gone on to educate millions for free, while Futurelearn, whose courses I have completed in the past, is an offshoot of the Open University. Other websites worth checking out include Udacity, EdX and Open Learn. These do not just offer academic subjects, they offer many courses to allow you to learn more about a particular area of interest.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/features/making-cents-plenty-of-free-online-courses-to-fire-imagination-866533.html

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Workforce development, entrepreneurship are growing priorities for public research universities

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-09-14 17:25

by Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Land grant and other large research universities are taking on the mantle of workforce development and fostering entrepreneurship — long the domain of community colleges and vocational programs — and that federal government partnerships are essential to doing so, the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities explained in a policy position paper released Wednesday. The paper discusses five areas that universities and federal policymakers must address to ensure higher education institutions are meeting workforce needs. Those include supporting rural communities, establishing American leadership in advanced manufacturing, and bolstering innovation and entrepreneurship within institutions. The high-level recommendations are intended as a reference point for progress achieved by partnerships to date as well as a jumping-off point for future collaborations.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/workforce-development-entrepreneurship-are-growing-priorities-for-public-r/531685/

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Chrome 69 released with new UI and random password generator

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-09-14 17:20

By Catalin Cimpanu, ZDnet
After celebrating Chrome’s ten-year anniversary on Sunday, Google released today version 69 of the Chrome browser, one of the most feature-rich versions in recent years. With today’s release, Chrome now joins Mozilla and Microsoft as browser makers who completely redesigned their browsers. Firefox went through two major UI updates with the Aurora and Quantum releases, Microsoft replaced Internet Explorer with the lighter Edge, and, today, Google gave Chrome its first major facelift since its release in 2008. This new user interface is easy to spot because it uses a predominantly white color tone along with rounded tabs, a big shift from Chrome’s regular grayish UI with angled tabs.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/chrome-69-released-with-new-ui-and-random-password-generator/

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New Resource Offers Ideas for Advocating OER Adoption

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-09-14 17:15

by Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Lumen Learning has created an online resource to help proponents of open educational resources make the case for OER use on campus. The OER Champion Playbook offers a collection of ideas, tips and tools for building effective OER initiatives. The content spans five categories: Making the Case for OER; Measuring Impact with OER; Building Awareness & Enthusiasm; Supporting Faculty through Change; and Sustaining Change & Impact. Each category provides a variety of suggested activities, each with links to additional information, worksheets, examples and more.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/09/04/new-resource-offers-ideas-for-advocating-oer-adoption.aspx

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How AI will shape the university of the future

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-09-14 17:10

BY ANDREW KING, eCampus News
From automating the scheduling process to streamlining the admissions process, AI has great potential in higher ed. In light of the fact that only 59 percent of students who begin pursuing a four-year degree at a higher-ed institution graduate within six years, many in the industry are seeking innovative ways to improve student outcomes. Recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) have led to its adoption across many sectors. The multidisciplinary field presents a wide variety of opportunities for application, giving it great potential for use in higher education. AI encompasses these sub fields:

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2018/09/10/how-ai-will-shape-the-university-of-the-future/

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Here’s how technology is revolutionizing the student experience

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-09-14 17:05

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

OSU has launched a strategic digital learning initiative to help students learn technology and coding skills for academic success and career readiness. The Digital Flagship Initiative gives students in-demand skills and meets students where they are in terms of technology use. Part of that initiative is an iPad for each of the 11,000 first-year students at OSU’s Columbus and regional campuses, with a growing number of courses requiring the tablets.

 

Here’s how technology is revolutionizing the student experience

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As Woz U turns 1, program matches newly minted tech talent to a hungry workforce

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-09-14 17:02

by Alex Hickey, Education Dive

Software development is Woz U’s largest track and includes several programming languages as well as fundamentals and core software engineering. The breadth of the track allows Woz U to tailor the tools in the program to match the demand in a given city, according to Coleman. Adult education is the largest focus right now: Most of Woz U’s students are in the 25-35 year age range, with almost two-thirds already holding a degree and looking for a second career, Coleman said. There’s also a lot of opportunity for Woz U to partner with existing institutions that don’t have the resources they need to run a technology education program and help fill those needs. But universities alone aren’t producing enough computer science talent to fill all the openings, and with even more digital jobs expected in coming years, alternative paths to recruitment are becoming more popular.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/as-woz-u-turns-1-program-matches-newly-minted-tech-talent-to-a-hungry-work/531540/

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Platforms that support as virtual tutors in new age education system

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-09-13 17:24

by Business Standard
Teachers play a vital role in the process of learning as they impart education and encourage students towards reaching their ambition. The disruption in the education sector and living in an age where digital learning has impacted almost everyone around us. Virtual Tutors have gained popularity due to its effective teaching methods where a student is not bound to time or location. These methods have been very fruitful for this digitally influenced generation as it creates a platform where a student can interact, learn and grow along with the learners from different parts of the world.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/platforms-that-support-as-virtual-tutors-in-new-age-education-system-118090300598_1.html

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