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‘We Need to Design the Learning Ecosystem of the Future’

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-09 16:24

By Michelle R. Weise, EdSurge

Our postsecondary learning system will have to engage students differently than before. Many adults may have no interest in coming back to college. Out of the 37 million Americans with some college and no degree, many have already failed one or twice before and will be wholly uninterested in experiencing more educational trauma.We can’t just say, “Here’s a MOOC, or here’s an online degree, or a 6- to 12-week immersive bootcamp.” We have to do better. Let’s begin seeding the foundational elements of a learning ecosystem of the future—flexible enough for adults to move consistently in and out of learning and work. Enough talk about lifelong learning: Let’s build.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-02-22-michelle-weise-we-need-to-design-the-learning-ecosystem-of-the-future

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Apple confirms it uses Google’s cloud for iCloud

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-09 16:19

by Jordan Novet, CNBC

A file that Apple updated on its website last month provides the first acknowledgment that it’s relying on Google’s public cloud for data storage for its iCloud services. The disclosure is fresh evidence that Google’s cloud has been picking up usage as it looks to catch up with Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud infrastructure business. Some media outlets reported on Google’s iCloud win in 2016, but Apple never provided confirmation.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/26/apple-confirms-it-uses-google-cloud-for-icloud.html

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How schools should prepare the next generation to enter a digital workforce

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-09 16:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Students who graduate from high school nowadays will be entering a workforce that is different from generations past. Because of this, schools must prepare these students for the digital workforce of today and tomorrow. How do school districts accomplish this? What should they be teaching students? Don’t worry; I have you covered. This article describes those digital literacy skills paramount to success in any career.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/schools-prepare-next-generation-enter-digital-workforce/

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The Odd State Out

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-09 16:05

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
California will soon be the only state not joining an agreement that helps colleges offer online education across state lines. Consumer advocates there, concerned about for-profit colleges, hope it will stay that way. When the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement was established in 2013, few would have imagined that just five years later, almost every state in the U.S. would be involved. Despite initial opposition, Massachusetts is expected to become the 49th state to join the agreement later this year. If that happens, California will be the only state that is not a member of SARA — a regulatory framework that makes it simpler for colleges and universities to gain state-level approval to offer online education across the U.S.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/02/28/california-holds-out-state-reciprocity-agreement-online

 

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2 Lawsuits Highlight Pay Gap for Female Administrators

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-09 16:03

By Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Patricia MacCorquodale, a professor of gender and women’s studies at Arizona, alleged in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that she spent almost two decades trying to persuade administrators to pay her on a par with male deans there. Several less-experienced male deans earned tens of thousands of dollars more than she did in the years before she stepped down as dean of the university’s Honors College in 2016, according to the suit. The pay disparity at the heart of MacCorquodale’s claim has long been a problem for women at nearly every level of the academic workplace, including administration. According to a recent research brief on the gender pay gap among administrators, including deans, women earn about eighty cents on each dollar that men in similar positions do. It’s a disparity that has stayed roughly the same for 15 years, according to the brief produced by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The median salary for female deans was $126,057 — $25,000 less than the median for men in the same position.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/2-Lawsuits-Highlight-Pay-Gap/242631

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Information Technology and Its Future Role in Student Success

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-09 16:03

by Kevin Pollock, Celeste Schwartz and David Buck; EDUCAUSE Review

The increased role technology plays on today’s campuses, especially in areas such as data collection, analytics, and predictive modeling, has taken it far beyond a simple support structure. The ability to not only impact student success models but to take leading roles in future success plans requires campus leaders to rethink their IT structures and determine the best ways to maximize IT potential. The ability for IT to be at the forefront of student success models also raises challenges and questions that need to be answered.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/1/information-technology-and-its-future-role-in-student-success

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Weigh Earning a Second Bachelor’s Degree Online

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-08 16:25

By Melissa Marcello, US News

Depending on your prior education and job field, a second bachelor’s may be less expensive than an online graduate degree.  Deciding what type of online degree or certificate is best for a potential career shift can be challenging. Online education offers a flexible and convenient learning approach for working adults, but there’s still the question of whether to pursue a second bachelor’s degree online or a more advanced online credential. Here are three cases when a second undergraduate degree may make the most sense.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-02-23/weigh-earning-a-second-bachelors-degree-online

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‘Z-degree’ gives students textbooks for free

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-08 16:20

by MAURA LERNER, STAR TRIBUNE

At Minnesota state colleges, students spend an average of $1,000 a year on textbooks alone. But in Brainerd, they can earn a two-year degree without paying a penny for books. Central Lakes College has joined a growing national movement to ditch pricey textbooks in favor of material that can be found online for free. This semester, it launched one of the state’s first “Z-degrees,” meaning that all the required readings—in this case, for an associate of arts degree—are available at zero cost to students.

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Nevada university eyes student success in online schooling

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-08 16:16

by Natalie Bruzda, Nevada Review- Journal

WGU has been educating students in online classrooms since 1998, when the internet was still in its infancy. Even more revolutionary at the time, however, was the school’s competency-based approach to learning.  But Spencer Stewart, chancellor of WGU Nevada — one of eight WGU state affiliates, with WGU Ohio coming on-line this spring — said interest in competency-based education is growing. “What’s fascinating to me is that on a national level, competency-based education is starting to get more and more traction,” Stewart said. “With the Higher Education Act being debated and discussed in Congress, a good portion of that is dedicated to new ways of teaching and learning. WGU really serves as the pioneer in this space.”

Nevada university eyes student success in online schooling

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Weigh Earning a Second Bachelor’s Degree Online

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-08 16:09

By Melissa Marcello, US News

Depending on your prior education and job field, a second bachelor’s may be less expensive than an online graduate degree.  Deciding what type of online degree or certificate is best for a potential career shift can be challenging. Online education offers a flexible and convenient learning approach for working adults, but there’s still the question of whether to pursue a second bachelor’s degree online or a more advanced online credential. Here are three cases when a second undergraduate degree may make the most sense.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-02-23/weigh-earning-a-second-bachelors-degree-online

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‘Z-degree’ gives students textbooks for free

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-08 16:04

BY MAURA LERNER, STAR TRIBUNE

At Minnesota state colleges, students spend an average of $1,000 a year on textbooks alone. But in Brainerd, they can earn a two-year degree without paying a penny for books. Central Lakes College has joined a growing national movement to ditch pricey textbooks in favor of material that can be found online for free. This semester, it launched one of the state’s first “Z-degrees,” meaning that all the required readings—in this case, for an associate of arts degree—are available at zero cost to students.

‘Z-degree’ gives students textbooks for free

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4 Things to Know About Online Executive MBA Programs

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-08 16:01

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Some EMBAs, geared toward experienced professionals, combine online learning with regular on-campus residencies.  I think because you have more senior students, more seasoned students in the room, the conversation is a little bit different in our executive format classes versus our full-time classes – just because people have more life experience and work experience to draw on and to talk about these business cases,” says Brett Twitty, director of admissions for the executive MBA program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where the EMBA is about one-third online. Here are four facts prospective students should know about online EMBAs before they start researching and enrolling in programs.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-02-23/4-things-to-know-about-online-executive-mba-programs

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The free online courses that are putting college in reach

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-07 16:25

By Nicole Freeling, UC

Funded with $4 million from the state, UC Scout has recently expanded its course offerings. It now offers 65 state-of-the-art classes, including a complete catalog of all the “a-g” requirement courses that students need for UC and CSU admission, as well as 26 advanced placement classes.  New additions include an array of lab classes like oceanography and AP physics, and an arts curriculum that includes 3-D design.  Students can access the courses anywhere with an Internet connection — from the school computer lab or local library, to their smart phone, tablet or home computer.

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/free-online-courses-are-putting-college-reach

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The popularity of distance education was the focus during Wednesday’s state Board of Regents meeting in Ames.

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-07 16:25

By Emily Wangen, Daily Iowan

With the expansion of distance education at Iowa’s universities, student have more opportunities for flexibility in their education. Increasing reliance on technology has resulted in the evolution of delivery mechanisms, making distance education “a fast-moving aspect of the postsecondary education sector,” according to a report from the state Board of Regents. Over the last five years, enrollment in distance-education courses at the three regent universities has increased by 31.6 percent, rising from 59,542 in 2013-14 to 78,383 in 2016-17. At the University of Iowa, the fall 2016 headcount of students enrolled in these courses was 2,859, up from 2,343 in fall 2014.

http://daily-iowan.com/2018/02/22/university-of-iowa-sees-growth-in-distance-education/

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Extension School Expands Online Course Offerings

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-07 16:20

By ANNA KURITZKES and CINDY H. ZHANG, Harvard Crimson

Responding to an increased number of virtual learners, the Extension School has grown its online course catalog significantly over the past few years, according to the dean of the Division of Continuing Education. Just four years ago, the Extension School offered 200 online courses, a number that has since tripled to 600, according to Huntington D. Lambert, dean of the Division of Continuing Education. The Extension School offers a total of roughly 900 courses and is part of the Division of Continuing Education, which serves roughly 20,000 students annually. “Online education certainly is here to stay, it’s not going away,” said Harry R. Lewis ’67, a Computer Science professor. “And, it creates great opportunities.”

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/2/23/virtual-education-expands/

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Will Artificial Intelligence Disrupt Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-07 16:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Artificial intelligence will disrupt higher education; there’s no doubt of that. Already AI has been assuming some of the more basics tasks in academia, such as grading, data analysis and seeking correlations.  So far these automatic tasks have been within a single university system, but there’s no reason to believe that AI will continue to function in the isolation of the ivory tower. AI will connect academia to other industries, performing elaborate cognitive processes that search for connections between a variety of fields. Think transformation, not disruption!  Change is never easy for anyone, but universities who choose not change may be left behind.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/will-artificial-intelligence-disrupt-higher-education/

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Extension School Expands Online Course Offerings

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-07 16:06

By ANNA KURITZKES and CINDY H. ZHANG, Harvard Crimson

Responding to an increased number of virtual learners, the Extension School has grown its online course catalog significantly over the past few years, according to the dean of the Division of Continuing Education. Just four years ago, the Extension School offered 200 online courses, a number that has since tripled to 600, according to Huntington D. Lambert, dean of the Division of Continuing Education. The Extension School offers a total of roughly 900 courses and is part of the Division of Continuing Education, which serves roughly 20,000 students annually. “Online education certainly is here to stay, it’s not going away,” said Harry R. Lewis ’67, a Computer Science professor. “And, it creates great opportunities.”

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/2/23/virtual-education-expands/

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The free online courses that are putting college in reach

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-07 16:03

By Nicole Freeling, UC

Funded with $4 million from the state, UC Scout has recently expanded its course offerings. It now offers 65 state-of-the-art classes, including a complete catalog of all the “a-g” requirement courses that students need for UC and CSU admission, as well as 26 advanced placement classes.  New additions include an array of lab classes like oceanography and AP physics, and an arts curriculum that includes 3-D design.  Students can access the courses anywhere with an Internet connection — from the school computer lab or local library, to their smart phone, tablet or home computer.

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/free-online-courses-are-putting-college-reach

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Will Artificial Intelligence Disrupt Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-07 16:02

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Artificial intelligence will disrupt higher education; there’s no doubt of that. Already AI has been assuming some of the more basics tasks in academia, such as grading, data analysis and seeking correlations.  So far these automatic tasks have been within a single university system, but there’s no reason to believe that AI will continue to function in the isolation of the ivory tower. AI will connect academia to other industries, performing elaborate cognitive processes that search for connections between a variety of fields. Think transformation, not disruption!  Change is never easy for anyone, but universities who choose not change may be left behind.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/will-artificial-intelligence-disrupt-higher-education/

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Purdue Global’s Arrival

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-07 04:07

by Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Purdue University Global has cleared its third and final regulatory hurdle, with the Higher Learning Commission following state and federal agencies in backing Purdue’s acquisition of the for-profit Kaplan University. Yet questions remain about the final structure of the boundary-pushing Purdue Global, which has drawn both strong praise and criticism. The online university will combine aspects of public, private nonprofit and for-profit higher education after its anticipated launch in April. Also this week, Grand Canyon University, a publicly traded for-profit that enrolls roughly 70,000 students online and has a growing physical location in Phoenix, got a green light from the Higher Learning Commission to convert to a nonprofit. It’s the second attempt for the university, which still needs approval from the feds and state regulators.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/03/07/accreditor-backs-purdue-university-global-more-profits-seek-convert-or-sell

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