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Online and Adult Learners More Satisfied with College Experience than Traditional Students

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-07 16:10

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

According to a new national survey, online and adult students are generally more satisfied with their overall college experience than traditional on-campus students. The 2017 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report from Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a provider of enrollment management, student success and fundraising solutions for higher education, found that 67 percent of adult learners and 74 percent of online students rated their satisfaction level as “satisfied” or “very satisfied,” while only 53 percent of students at four-year public institutions and 54 percent at four-year privates said the same. Students at two-year public institutions and career schools were in the middle, at 64 percent and 66 percent satisfied, respectively.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/28/online-and-adult-learners-more-satisfied-with-college-experience-than-traditional-students.aspx

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Study Uncovers How Ed Tech Decision-Making Works

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-07 16:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Higher education people most often turn to each other when they’re trying to make decisions about education technology. And it’s not uncommon for them to start with a particular technology and then find a problem to solve, vs. identifying a pedagogical need and then looking for the tech tools that would address the challenges.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/29/study-uncovers-how-ed-tech-decision-making-works.aspx

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The top skills career-minded students need in today’s digital workforce

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-07 16:03

BY FRANK CONNOLLY, eCampusNews

Once seen as merely “nice to have,” critical thinking skills have emerged as a flat-out necessity in today’s knowledge-based economy. For soon-to-be college graduates, it’s a tough job market out there–in many fields, perhaps the most competitive ever. To stand out from their peers, tomorrow’s grads will need to show that they have the skill sets that businesses value most. [Read: “World-renowned futurist Michio Kaku: This is what higher ed should be teaching students right now.“] Here are four of the skills that top the wish lists of many major employers:

The top skills career-minded students need in today’s digital workforce

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The top 5 cybersecurity threats for schools

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-12-06 16:25

BY EARL D. LAING, eSchoolNews

If your school hasn’t thought about cybersecurity as a growing concern, it’s time to learn what the threats are and what you should be doing to keep your school, and its data, protected. You’d be hard-pressed today to find a school that doesn’t consider safety a high priority. We go to great lengths to keep those inside school walls safe, running drills and spreading awareness in case of threat. There’s one kind of threat schools often overlook when it comes to safety, however, and that’s cyber attack.

The top 5 cybersecurity threats for schools

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Robot Learning Improves Online Student Engagement

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-12-06 16:20

by Michigan State University

The first-ever study of Michigan State University’s pioneering robot-learning course shows that online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom. Stationed around the class, each robot has a mounted video screen controlled by the remote user that lets the student pan around the room to see and talk with the instructor and fellow students participating in-person. The study, published in Online Learning, found that robot learning generally benefits remote students more than traditional videoconferencing, in which multiple students are displayed on a single screen.

https://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2017/12/robot-learning-improves-online-student-engagement

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10 video games that teach

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-12-06 16:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Video games used were originally used to entertain children, young adults, and even adults. The advent of more platforms paved the way to incorporate educational concepts in video games, injecting fun with the aid of technology in subjects that used to be taught conventionally in schools or at home. Kids do not have just to read books or watch documentaries about math, science, art, music or even sports; video games augment what was initially taught to them by engaging them in activities to apply what they have learned. Here are some video games from across different platforms that allow kids to learn while playing.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-video-games-teach/

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Robot Learning Improves Online Student Engagement

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-12-06 16:10

by Michigan State University

The first-ever study of Michigan State University’s pioneering robot-learning course shows that online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom. Stationed around the class, each robot has a mounted video screen controlled by the remote user that lets the student pan around the room to see and talk with the instructor and fellow students participating in-person. The study, published in Online Learning, found that robot learning generally benefits remote students more than traditional videoconferencing, in which multiple students are displayed on a single screen.

https://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2017/12/robot-learning-improves-online-student-engagement

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5 Tips to Help You Register for Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-12-06 16:04

By Bradley Fuster, US News

After you decide to pursue an online degree, one of your first tasks will be to register for classes. Diligently selecting which online courses to take, with which faculty and in what order will impact your satisfaction with the program and academic success. Many universities provide online students with an academic adviser early on to aid in course selection and registration. While online advisers are excellent resources, here are five tips to help you during the course-selection process.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-12-01/5-tips-to-help-you-register-for-online-courses

 

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MOOCs Struggle to Meet Financial Demand of Master’s in Social Work with Varying Success

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-12-06 16:03

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

The Master’s in Social Work (MSW), for example, at the University of Michigan is currently the top-ranked program of its kind in the U.S. 416 students currently matriculate. The annual cost to attend this program currently stands at $25,756 for Michigan residents and $41,272 for out of state students, which is certainly well above average for a MSW program. It is, however, currently the best. Still, a good wage for a social worker currently brings in a $45,000 salary, but professionals with only a degree on their wall and little experience might expect something more like $30,000.

https://news.elearninginside.com/moocs-struggle-meet-financial-demand-masters-social-work-varying-success/

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Why Digitizing Traditional Learning Isn’t Innovation

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-12-05 16:25

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Technology has been hailed by many as the answer to every problem in education. Digital technology is supposed to allow students to learn in entirely new ways, bringing new innovations to every classroom. But this isn’t always the case. In fact, many EdTech programs and tools are simply digitizing traditional teaching—and it isn’t innovation. Instead, teachers should be looking for ways to use technology to get students active. That doesn’t mean physically active, but mentally active. With technology, it’s possible to get students to do more critical thinking, evaluating, and creating. Students can take responsibility for their own learning.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/digitizing-traditional-teaching-isnt-innovation/

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Massachusetts Commits to Digital Education and Lifelong Learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-12-05 16:20

by Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said that he plans to establish a Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning. The intent of the commission is to sound the depths of the current state of employment and the Massachusetts workforce. Baker hopes the commission will provide insight on how to create conditions and incentives for Massachusetts residents to more easily receive education and workforce training in growing fields. The announcement occurred at the recent “Governor’s Online Digital Learning Summit,” which was hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The summit brought together education administrators from the state government along with businesses and education institutions.

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3 ed tech trends transforming higher ed

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-12-05 16:15

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Tech-savvy schools recognizing the world of work is changing dramatically are investing in more tools to better prepare students for employment. In an interview with Microsoft VP for worldwide education Anthony Salcito for Ed Tech Magazine, data collection tools to enhance student retention efforts and artificial intelligence to generate trends and projections with the collected data on student outcomes, as well as create more efficiencies in the management of campus life, were identified as two emerging trends.  Institutions are also investing in collaboration technologies that can close digital skills gaps among students and better prepare them to enter a more technologically entrenched world of work, such as applications that allow students to better collaborate with each other outside of the classroom.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/3-ed-tech-trends-transforming-higher-ed/511938/

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Study Explores Social Media and Mobile Use in Flipped Learning And Help-Seeking

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-12-05 16:10

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Many things have changed since the ‘90s, especially regarding online education and education technology. Some professors have made incredible commitments to online presence, such as Al Filreis who maintains a massive online open course (MOOC) version of his poetry class at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his team respond to students usually within the hour. Professor Ashok Goel at Georgia Tech created a teaching assistant chatbot for his computer science courses. But by and large, these efforts are fantastic anomalies. The issues of isolation for online learners remain today. “[S]tudents suffer isolation when they study in an online environment and this situation is often considered to be unavoidable,” Professor Wen-Li Chyr writes.

https://news.elearninginside.com/study-explores-social-media-mobile-use-flipped-learning-help-seeking/

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Why Digitizing Traditional Learning Isn’t Innovation

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-12-05 16:06

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Technology has been hailed by many as the answer to every problem in education. Digital technology is supposed to allow students to learn in entirely new ways, bringing new innovations to every classroom. But this isn’t always the case. In fact, many EdTech programs and tools are simply digitizing traditional teaching—and it isn’t innovation. Instead, teachers should be looking for ways to use technology to get students active. That doesn’t mean physically active, but mentally active. With technology, it’s possible to get students to do more critical thinking, evaluating, and creating. Students can take responsibility for their own learning.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/digitizing-traditional-teaching-isnt-innovation/

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Massachusetts Commits to Digital Education and Lifelong Learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-12-05 16:02

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said that he plans to establish a Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning. The intent of the commission is to sound the depths of the current state of employment and the Massachusetts workforce. Baker hopes the commission will provide insight on how to create conditions and incentives for Massachusetts residents to more easily receive education and workforce training in growing fields. The announcement occurred at the recent “Governor’s Online Digital Learning Summit,” which was hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The summit brought together education administrators from the state government along with businesses and education institutions.

Massachusetts Commits to Digital Education and Lifelong Learning

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This is the smartest robotics company in the world (and soon to be one of the most important)

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-12-04 16:25

by Greg Nichols, ZDNet

Sarcos Robotics, a Salt Lake City-based robotics company, has three new products at market or debuting soon. One is a small robotic snake, useful for industrial tasks such as pipeline inspection or for first responders conducting search & rescue or tactical response operations. Another is a hulking two-armed tele-operated robot that can be used for heavy construction or in nuclear power plants. The third is an exoskeleton suit that allows workers to nimbly perform the functions of a forklift. The technology is cool and worthy of the recent spate of coverage. But the really impressive thing about Sarcos is that its executive team seems to have figured out something that’s eluded countless other robotics developers: A bomb-proof go-to-market strategy.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-is-the-smartest-robotics-company-in-the-world-and-soon-to-be-one-of-the-most-important/

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Why Blended (Learning), Why Now?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-12-04 16:20

by Kathryn E. Linder, Tomorrow’s Professor

Over the past several decades, a wide range of technologies has emerged that are designed to assist in teaching and learning. Technology has changed every aspect of our lives, and the higher education classroom also feels that impact (Collins & Halverson, 2009). Distance education programs at institutions of higher education, which are often seen as a means to broaden enrollment and increase gross margins (e.g., see Parry, 2011), are continuing to grow (Allen & Seaman, 2014). Blended (also referred to as hybrid) courses, in which face-to-face interaction is combined with technology-enhanced or online activities to aid student learning, have also been posed as a possible solution to the question of how best to engage busy students in a cost-effective and learner-centered way. Major (2015) points out that, for some, blended is seen to be “the best of both worlds” (p. 82) because of the way it allows for both face-to-face interaction and online support structures. For many instructors across disciplines, a form of blended learning, termed flipped classrooms, has also gained popularity as a method to increase in-class active learning time by shifting delivery of content to the online environment.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1607

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The Ultimate MOOC Handbook #infographic

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-12-04 16:16

by Accredited Schools Online

MOOCs are online courses available to anyone with a computer and Internet connection. They offer students a way to learn in a setting similar to an online class, but are usually loosely structured and can be accessed without paying tuition or committing to an academic program. Whether a student should sign up for a MOOC will depend on his or her academic and professional goals. To learn just for fun or to get a certificate for a small fee, MOOCs are ideal.

https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/moocs/

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3 ed tech trends transforming higher ed

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-12-04 16:05

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Tech-savvy schools recognizing the world of work is changing dramatically are investing in more tools to better prepare students for employment. In an interview with Microsoft VP for worldwide education Anthony Salcito for Ed Tech Magazine, data collection tools to enhance student retention efforts and artificial intelligence to generate trends and projections with the collected data on student outcomes, as well as create more efficiencies in the management of campus life, were identified as two emerging trends.  Institutions are also investing in collaboration technologies that can close digital skills gaps among students and better prepare them to enter a more technologically entrenched world of work, such as applications that allow students to better collaborate with each other outside of the classroom.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/3-ed-tech-trends-transforming-higher-ed/511938/

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The Ultimate MOOC Handbook #infographic

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-12-04 16:03

by Accredited Schools Online

MOOCs are online courses available to anyone with a computer and Internet connection. They offer students a way to learn in a setting similar to an online class, but are usually loosely structured and can be accessed without paying tuition or committing to an academic program. Whether a student should sign up for a MOOC will depend on his or her academic and professional goals. To learn just for fun or to get a certificate for a small fee, MOOCs are ideal.

https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/moocs/

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