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Harvard Hosts 60-Year Curriculum Symposium

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-06-13 17:25

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

In a 2017 interview with the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Dean Hunt Lambert, who leads Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education, emphasized that the 60-year curriculum recognizes that people begin their learning careers in earnest in their teens, continue learning throughout their work years, and even continue their educations during their retirements. Continuing education programs evidently play an integral part in the learning lives of most adults, but this will expand as the need to reskill increases over the coming decades. As several recent studies have found, in today’s disrupted economy, life-long learning is no longer just for ambitious upskillers. To survive in today’s economy, everyone needs to commit to reskilling on a constant basis. The idea of 60-year curriculum captures this shift, and this weekend’s symposium is a chance for thought leaders to begin exploring its far-reaching implications on higher education.

Harvard Hosts 60-Year Curriculum Symposium

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Ideas for Creating an Effective Syllabus for Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-06-13 17:19

By: Danielle Geary, Faculty Focus

Online students need to feel an instructor presence in their classes. Thorough explanations and effective communication help fulfill this need and can transform a mediocre online course into a great one—and it all starts with the syllabus. Structure and communication. That’s what I’ve found to be the keys to an effective online course syllabus. Well, that, and something I call a chapter checklist, to go along with the syllabus. I’ve discovered both to be essential to my asynchronous online foreign language course.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/ideas-for-creating-an-effective-syllabus-for-online-learning/

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India’s top universities can now offer full degree programmes online – but there are concerns

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-06-13 17:15

by Scroll India

On May 24, the University Grants Commission, India’s higher education regulator, approved new regulations for online education. The regulations are yet to be formally notified but the commission said they “will be made applicable from the academic session 2018-19”. The regulations clear the way for universities that rank high in the government’s ranking and rating systems to offer even degree programmes online. In theory at least, a student will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree without attending college. Lectures will be recorded or delivered through video-conferencing and discussed in an online discussion forum; e-content will replace textbooks and there will be a provision for self-assessment.

https://scroll.in/article/880977/indias-top-universities-can-now-offer-full-degree-programmes-online-but-there-are-reservations

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Harvard Hosts 60-Year Curriculum Symposium

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-06-13 17:10

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

In a 2017 interview with the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Dean Hunt Lambert, who leads Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education, emphasized that the 60-year curriculum recognizes that people begin their learning careers in earnest in their teens, continue learning throughout their work years, and even continue their educations during their retirements. Continuing education programs evidently play an integral part in the learning lives of most adults, but this will expand as the need to reskill increases over the coming decades. As several recent studies have found, in today’s disrupted economy, life-long learning is no longer just for ambitious upskillers. To survive in today’s economy, everyone needs to commit to reskilling on a constant basis. The idea of 60-year curriculum captures this shift, and this weekend’s symposium is a chance for thought leaders to begin exploring its far-reaching implications on higher education.

Harvard Hosts 60-Year Curriculum Symposium

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Ideas for Creating an Effective Syllabus for Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-06-13 17:05

By: Danielle Geary, Faculty Focus

Online students need to feel an instructor presence in their classes. Thorough explanations and effective communication help fulfill this need and can transform a mediocre online course into a great one—and it all starts with the syllabus. Structure and communication. That’s what I’ve found to be the keys to an effective online course syllabus. Well, that, and something I call a chapter checklist, to go along with the syllabus. I’ve discovered both to be essential to my asynchronous online foreign language course.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/ideas-for-creating-an-effective-syllabus-for-online-learning/

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India’s top universities can now offer full degree programmes online – but there are concerns

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-06-13 17:03

by Scroll India

On May 24, the University Grants Commission, India’s higher education regulator, approved new regulations for online education. The regulations are yet to be formally notified but the commission said they “will be made applicable from the academic session 2018-19”. The regulations clear the way for universities that rank high in the government’s ranking and rating systems to offer even degree programmes online. In theory at least, a student will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree without attending college. Lectures will be recorded or delivered through video-conferencing and discussed in an online discussion forum; e-content will replace textbooks and there will be a provision for self-assessment.

https://scroll.in/article/880977/indias-top-universities-can-now-offer-full-degree-programmes-online-but-there-are-reservations

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Bill Gates wants everyone to take this free online course because it explains origin and future of humans

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-06-12 17:25

by Shweta Ganjoo, India Today

We all know that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is an avid reader. Over the years the business manganate has shared numerous book recommendations on his blog. The list of his recommended books include Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo Da Vinci, Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens For A Reason and Neal Stephenson’s Sebeneves among others. And now Gates in his blog has listed another recommendation. But this time it’s not a book but an online course. Gates, in a recent post on his blog, recommended an course online titled “Big History” by an Australian historian Christian David. Interestingly, unlike most online courses this one is absolutely free. “As the creator of Big History- my favorite course of all time- David is well-suited to write about how we came to be,” he wrote in his blog praising the author.

https://www.indiatoday.in/technology/news/story/bill-gates-wants-everyone-to-take-this-free-online-course-because-it-explains-origin-and-future-of-humans-1247768-2018-06-01

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Here are 10 top college majors, according to Princeton Review

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-06-12 17:25

By Ann Marie Barron, SILive
Trying to choose a college major that’ll pay off down the road? Computer science, communications and political science top the list, according to the most recent study by the Princeton Review. Research conducted by the college admission services company resulted in a list of the top 10 college majors based on a few different things, including job prospects, alumni salaries and popularity. And while those three topped the list, other majors on it also offer myriad benefits and opportunities, researchers said.

https://www.silive.com/news/2018/06/college_majors_here_are_the_to.html

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California Universities and CCs Launch Online Course Finder with 10,000 Classes

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-06-12 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
The California State University and California Community Colleges systems have teamed up to launch a new online course finder that will provide students enrolled at either set of institutions access to more than 10,000 online, transferable classes. The program is live in time for students to take summer 2018 classes. “Finish Faster,” as it’s called, is part of the Online Education Initiative, a collaborative effort among several community colleges in the state to push students to finish their educational goals faster. Besides the online courses, the project incorporates resources to help online students succeed, including counseling, tutoring and access to library services.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/05/31/california-universities-and-ccs-launch-online-course-finder-with-10000-classes.aspx

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Bill Gates wants everyone to take this free online course because it explains origin and future of humans

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-06-12 17:09

by Shweta Ganjoo, India Today

We all know that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is an avid reader. Over the years the business manganate has shared numerous book recommendations on his blog. The list of his recommended books include Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo Da Vinci, Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens For A Reason and Neal Stephenson’s Sebeneves among others. And now Gates in his blog has listed another recommendation. But this time it’s not a book but an online course. Gates, in a recent post on his blog, recommended an course online titled “Big History” by an Australian historian Christian David. Interestingly, unlike most online courses this one is absolutely free. “As the creator of Big History- my favorite course of all time- David is well-suited to write about how we came to be,” he wrote in his blog praising the author.

https://www.indiatoday.in/technology/news/story/bill-gates-wants-everyone-to-take-this-free-online-course-because-it-explains-origin-and-future-of-humans-1247768-2018-06-01

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California Universities and CCs Launch Online Course Finder with 10,000 Classes

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-06-12 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
The California State University and California Community Colleges systems have teamed up to launch a new online course finder that will provide students enrolled at either set of institutions access to more than 10,000 online, transferable classes. The program is live in time for students to take summer 2018 classes. “Finish Faster,” as it’s called, is part of the Online Education Initiative, a collaborative effort among several community colleges in the state to push students to finish their educational goals faster. Besides the online courses, the project incorporates resources to help online students succeed, including counseling, tutoring and access to library services.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/05/31/california-universities-and-ccs-launch-online-course-finder-with-10000-classes.aspx

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What 6 Colleges Learned About Improving Their Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-06-12 17:02

What 6 Colleges Learned About Improving Their Online Courses

Chronicle of Higher Ed

“Making Digital Learning Work: Success Strategies From Six Leading Universities and Community Colleges” wades into those waters with a study of three community colleges and three public research universities, all of which have at least 20,000 students, and enroll significant percentages of Pell-eligible students and students who take online classes. The authors crunched a lot of data to determine how digital technologies affect access, student outcomes, and return on investment. First, the good news. Researchers from Arizona State University and the Boston Consulting Group found that online education can boost retention and graduation rates, while saving students time and money. But — and this is a big one — to be successful, colleges need to develop a variety of delivery models to match students’ needs, and make significant investments in things like instructional design and student support services. In other words, don’t expect a series of videotaped lectures to get the job done.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-6-Colleges-Learned-About/243540

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What 6 Colleges Learned About Improving Their Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-11 17:25

Chronicle of Higher Ed

“Making Digital Learning Work: Success Strategies From Six Leading Universities and Community Colleges” wades into those waters with a study of three community colleges and three public research universities, all of which have at least 20,000 students, and enroll significant percentages of Pell-eligible students and students who take online classes. The authors crunched a lot of data to determine how digital technologies affect access, student outcomes, and return on investment. First, the good news. Researchers from Arizona State University and the Boston Consulting Group found that online education can boost retention and graduation rates, while saving students time and money. But — and this is a big one — to be successful, colleges need to develop a variety of delivery models to match students’ needs, and make significant investments in things like instructional design and student support services. In other words, don’t expect a series of videotaped lectures to get the job done.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-6-Colleges-Learned-About/243540

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The importance of online learning for Hispanic students

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-11 17:20

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) assistant nursing professor Jaime Hannans, Jill Leafstedt, CSU’s executive director of Teaching and Learning Innovations, and Michelle Pacansky-Brock,​ faculty mentor, Digital Innovation for the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative write in EdSurge about the value of online learning as an important element of the school’s mission as a Hispanic Serving Institution. With more than 54% of its student body comprised of first-generation students and more than half having transferred from community colleges, they write about online learning as a tool to defray the invisible college costs of transportation and time away from family and work.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/the-importance-of-online-learning-for-hispanic-students/524559/

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A Tipping Point for OPM?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-11 17:15

by Lindsay MacKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Is a shakeout in the offing? Most analysts and observers say yes, given the number of providers, the lack of differentiation among many of them and growing qualms from some college officials about the industry’s traditional business model of revenue shares and long-term lock-ins. The latter has spawned even more competition, from a new set of companies charging fees for specific services, rather than the bundles that the OPMs have historically used. “I think there is a roll-up coming in the OPM industry,” said Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (and an Inside Higher Ed blogger). “There are just too many players.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/06/04/shakeout-coming-online-program-management-companies

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The importance of online learning for Hispanic students

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-11 17:10

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) assistant nursing professor Jaime Hannans, Jill Leafstedt, CSU’s executive director of Teaching and Learning Innovations, and Michelle Pacansky-Brock,​ faculty mentor, Digital Innovation for the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative write in EdSurge about the value of online learning as an important element of the school’s mission as a Hispanic Serving Institution. With more than 54% of its student body comprised of first-generation students and more than half having transferred from community colleges, they write about online learning as a tool to defray the invisible college costs of transportation and time away from family and work.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/the-importance-of-online-learning-for-hispanic-students/524559/

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370 Online Courses With Real College Credit That You Can Access For Free

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-11 17:07

by Dhawal Shah, Class Central

These days, more and more universities are offering for-credit programs via MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. What started with a small number of degree programs, such as the iMBA from the University of Illinois (Coursera) and Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science (Udacity), has given way to dozens of MOOC-based programs that can confer university credit. Many of these new programs are essentially partial degrees, for example, edX’s MicroMasters, which can result in credit amounting to around one semester of a master’s degree. A small number of courses are also the same courses used by on-campus students.

370 Online Courses With Real College Credit That You Can Access For Free

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A Tipping Point for OPM?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-11 17:02

by Lindsay MacKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Is a shakeout in the offing? Most analysts and observers say yes, given the number of providers, the lack of differentiation among many of them and growing qualms from some college officials about the industry’s traditional business model of revenue shares and long-term lock-ins. The latter has spawned even more competition, from a new set of companies charging fees for specific services, rather than the bundles that the OPMs have historically used. “I think there is a roll-up coming in the OPM industry,” said Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (and an Inside Higher Ed blogger). “There are just too many players.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/06/04/shakeout-coming-online-program-management-companies

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edX CEO Anant Agarwal Announces Ambitious Goals for 2022

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-10 17:25

By Henry Kronk. eLearning Inside

For the most ambitious, Agarwal hopes to attract 100 million learners to edX in five years’ time. The non-profit MOOC provider has, one might argue, remained truest to the original promise of MOOCs (keeping them open and massive) when they exploded in 2011 and 2012. The platform has trained 16 million learners with courses from over 130 different institutions. Using the Open edX platform, a further 18 million + have taken at least one university course, bringing the total number to roughly 35 million.  In addition to a few other goals, Argawal wants to foster a culture in which university credits are more transferable and widely accepted. “Why is it so hard to do?” he asked. He hopes to generate a community in which 25% of edX courses will count anywhere. “Let’s say I want to launch an online masters degree in computer science and I want to teach AI as part of it,” Argawal said.

edX CEO Anant Agarwal Announces Ambitious Goals for 2022

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eLearning in 2018

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-10 17:15

by Karthik Reddy, HR Technologist

eLearning can be described as using electronic technology for any educational activities, and over the past few years, it has steadily grown in popularity, particularly to online course distributors like Udemy. This is especially true for the younger generation who have not only grown up using the internet but also have begun to use technology in schools. There are many different types of eLearning, each coming with various benefits. Everyone has a kind of learning that works best for them, but often it can be the most effective if different methodologies are used in conjunction with each other.

https://www.hrtechnologist.com/articles/learning-development/a-new-type-of-learning/

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