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IVY league universities are now offering free online courses

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-28 16:05

By Sajeel Syed, TechJuice

Ivy league schools are now offering free online courses from various fields and subjects and all accessible to students from the comfort of their own home. The courses range from Computer Sciences, Arts to Engineering. These courses are constantly updated every other month and are easily accessible through Coursera. A website which connects you with all the courses on all IVY school’s websites and is also your next classroom. Sign into Coursera and pick your university and course you are interested and get a chance to study in these institutes.

https://www.techjuice.pk/ivy-league-universities-offering-free-online-courses/

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What Does ‘MOOC’ Mean Anymore? The Latest from Class Central

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-28 16:03

By Henry Kronk, e-Learning Inside

MOOCs are beginning to really diversify in terms of form and subject matter. Chabad.org has an offering that teaches the nuances of Jewish prayer. The French political party En Marche put out a MOOC to foster political engagement at the community level. Dublin City University launched a MOOC to reconnect the descendants of the Irish Diaspora. Meanwhile, Udacity is becoming more of a for-profit vocational trainer than a MOOC provider. The number of price points are increasing at several other providers. And still, edX stays more or less true to MOOC form.

What Does ‘MOOC’ Mean Anymore? The Latest from Class Central

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What is a hackathon?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-27 16:24

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Remember back in high school or college when you would drink a bunch of caffeine and stay up all night to prepare for a test? Now imagine a room full of programmers, coders, and creatives doing the same thing for an entire day or even a week. Instead of cramming, they are competing to create prototypes that innovate on a theme or improve upon an existing project. It’s called a hackathon, and it is has become a regular part of how technology companies and organizations do business. In fact, the power of the hackathon has extended beyond the tech industry into many other sectors.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/what-is-a-hackathon/

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On Trend for 2018: Learning and Flexibility

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-27 16:20

by Mariel Tishma, Chief Learning Officer

Darren Shimkus, general manager of online learning provider Udemy for Business, said that when millennial workers are given the choice between better learning opportunities and other incentives like vacation time or higher pay, “The millennial worker today overwhelmingly chooses the chance to build … skills.”  Udemy’s “2018 Learning Index Report,” which analyzed 18 million learners and polled 263 learning and development managers, discusses various key topics to pay attention to this year. According to the report, teams are learning skills across traditional boundaries. Soft skills like communication and public speaking have remained consistently important. “People seek out, at all levels: How do I become better at presenting my point of view?” Shimkus said. Technology teams are accessing content to brush up on soft skills, while those in soft skills positions are pursuing hard tech knowledge to better serve their clients.

http://www.clomedia.com/2018/02/15/trend-2018-learning-flexibility/

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When will technology disrupt higher ed?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-27 16:09

by Kenneth Rogoff, Boston Globe

Universities and colleges are pivotal to the future of our societies. But, given impressive and ongoing advances in technology and artificial intelligence, it is hard to see how they can continue playing this role without reinventing themselves over the next two decades. Education innovation will disrupt academic employment, but the benefits to jobs everywhere else could be enormous. If there were more disruption within the ivory tower, economies just might become more resilient to disruption outside it.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/02/09/when-will-technology-disrupt-higher-education/RDqq0tsJufA0dG2VEiRFgI/story.html

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Higher ed with remote reach

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-27 16:05

by Jodi Helmer, University Business

Most of the 2 million students participating in dual enrollment programs attend classes at their high schools or on higher ed campuses. Colleges in at least 35 states, however, offer students another option—online classes, according to research by the Education Commission of the States. Access is a main aim. Distance learning provides opportunities to students in areas with a lack of local colleges or high school teachers qualified to instruct college classes, notes a 2015 report by ACT, a testing company that also promotes college and career readiness. But it’s not as easy as simply moving content online.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/higher-ed-remote-reach

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On Trend for 2018: Learning and Flexibility

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-27 16:03

by Mariel Tishma, Chief Learning Officer

Darren Shimkus, general manager of online learning provider Udemy for Business, said that when millennial workers are given the choice between better learning opportunities and other incentives like vacation time or higher pay, “The millennial worker today overwhelmingly chooses the chance to build … skills.”  Udemy’s “2018 Learning Index Report,” which analyzed 18 million learners and polled 263 learning and development managers, discusses various key topics to pay attention to this year. According to the report, teams are learning skills across traditional boundaries. Soft skills like communication and public speaking have remained consistently important. “People seek out, at all levels: How do I become better at presenting my point of view?” Shimkus said. Technology teams are accessing content to brush up on soft skills, while those in soft skills positions are pursuing hard tech knowledge to better serve their clients.

http://www.clomedia.com/2018/02/15/trend-2018-learning-flexibility/

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Syracuse Law Gains Approval for (Mostly) Online J.D.

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-26 16:25

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Syracuse University College of Law has won approval from the American Bar Association’s accreditation division to offer a J.D. program in which roughly two-thirds of the course work will be completed online — although about half of the credits completed at a distance will be conducted live, in real time, school officials note. The ABA has been cautious in permitting law schools to educate students via the internet, and before Syracuse, the bar association had approved two institutions to offer more than 15 of their credits online, its current limit (though an increase is under review).

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2018/02/15/syracuse-law-gains-approval-mostly-online-jd

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Hacking Real-World Problems with Virtual and Augmented Reality

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-26 16:24

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

Oklahoma State University’s first inaugural “Virtual + Augmented Reality Hackathon” hosted January 26-27 by the Mixed Reality Lab in the university’s College of Human Sciences gave students and the community a chance to tackle real-world problems using augmented and virtual reality tools, while offering researchers a glimpse into the ways teams work with digital media tools. Campus Technology asked Dr. Tilanka Chandrasekera, an assistant professor in the department of Design, Housing and Merchandising at Oklahoma State University about the hackathon and how it fits into the school’s broader goals.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/12/hacking-real-world-problems-with-virtual-and-augmented-reality.aspx

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Online classes help alleviate social anxiety among other perks for students

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-26 16:15

by Elizabeth Kilpatrick, Daily Targum

While most Rutgers students take a bus to class and sit in a lecture hall, others enroll in classes that take place miles away from campus.  Online courses present students who cannot take traditional classes an opportunity to earn their degree. They benefit students with strong writing skills, said Ian Dunham, a doctoral student in the School of Arts and Sciences. “That’s 98 percent of the way I interact with students online,” he said. Considering that all assignments are written submissions in his class, this is a crucial area to do well in, Dunham said. There is also less emphasis on class-like participation, since there is no face-to-face contact.

http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2018/02/online-classes-help-alleviate-social-anxiety-among-other-perks-for-students

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

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-26 16:12

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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Online classes help alleviate social anxiety among other perks for students

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-26 16:09

by Elizabeth Kilpatrick, Daily Targum

While most Rutgers students take a bus to class and sit in a lecture hall, others enroll in classes that take place miles away from campus.  Online courses present students who cannot take traditional classes an opportunity to earn their degree. They benefit students with strong writing skills, said Ian Dunham, a doctoral student in the School of Arts and Sciences. “That’s 98 percent of the way I interact with students online,” he said. Considering that all assignments are written submissions in his class, this is a crucial area to do well in, Dunham said. There is also less emphasis on class-like participation, since there is no face-to-face contact.

http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2018/02/online-classes-help-alleviate-social-anxiety-among-other-perks-for-students

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What Will the LMS of the Future Look Like?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-26 16:06

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In addition to keeping track of student information, the LMS of the future will also be a tool for analysis. It will be able to collect and analyze imperative information helping educators see where students need more help. Through interconnected features, such as state standards, this analysis will prove helpful in planning.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/will-lms-future-look-like/

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What Will the LMS of the Future Look Like?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-25 16:24

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In addition to keeping track of student information, the LMS of the future will also be a tool for analysis. It will be able to collect and analyze imperative information helping educators see where students need more help. Through interconnected features, such as state standards, this analysis will prove helpful in planning.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/will-lms-future-look-like/

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Online writing resource helps students in all areas of study

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-25 16:20

by Purdue University

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab provides students with a guide to help them successfully complete writing assignments not only in writing classes, but also in STEM coursework and multimedia presentations. “As more high school and college students participate in online courses, they are more likely to find OWL helpful,” says Tammy Conard-Salvo, associate director of the Writing Lab. “The same is also true as students are producing non-traditional writing projects.” OWL provides students of all ages with information on the basics of writing, grammar and mechanics, writer’s block, conducting research and more. It also provides students with many subject-specific resources. These resources include presentations on how to write an engineering report, how to write an experimental report in psychology and how to write as a professional nurse. One of the most popular features on the site is the style guides for how to write academic papers.

http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q1/online-writing-resource-helps-students-in-all-areas-of-study.html

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Future economy demands workers who can learn online

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-25 16:15

BY ANNE TRUMBORE, the Hill

The New York Times recently published an article entitled Online Courses Are Harming The Students Who Need the Most Help. The piece, by Susan Dynarski, a well-respected professor of education, public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, makes the reasoned, evidence-based case that online courses that are offered with little to no instructor interaction are detrimental to students who struggle in traditional classrooms. Why should we care if learners learn to learn online? Because the future will demand self-directed lifelong learning from a significant portion of the workforce. Current data suggests workers could have have 12 jobs in their lifetimes.  There will be more demand for post-baccalaureate training and education, and it will have to be delivered online. But if we relegate underperforming students to in-person-only instruction, as Dynarski suggests, we risk widening the digital divide, not closing the achievement gap.

http://thehill.com/opinion/education/373644-future-economy-demands-workers-who-can-learn-online

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Hacking Real-World Problems with Virtual and Augmented Reality

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-25 16:08

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

Oklahoma State University’s first inaugural “Virtual + Augmented Reality Hackathon” hosted January 26-27 by the Mixed Reality Lab in the university’s College of Human Sciences gave students and the community a chance to tackle real-world problems using augmented and virtual reality tools, while offering researchers a glimpse into the ways teams work with digital media tools. Campus Technology asked Dr. Tilanka Chandrasekera, an assistant professor in the department of Design, Housing and Merchandising at Oklahoma State University about the hackathon and how it fits into the school’s broader goals.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/12/hacking-real-world-problems-with-virtual-and-augmented-reality.aspx

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Online writing resource helps students in all areas of study

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-25 16:05

by Purdue University

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab provides students with a guide to help them successfully complete writing assignments not only in writing classes, but also in STEM coursework and multimedia presentations. “As more high school and college students participate in online courses, they are more likely to find OWL helpful,” says Tammy Conard-Salvo, associate director of the Writing Lab. “The same is also true as students are producing non-traditional writing projects.” OWL provides students of all ages with information on the basics of writing, grammar and mechanics, writer’s block, conducting research and more. It also provides students with many subject-specific resources. These resources include presentations on how to write an engineering report, how to write an experimental report in psychology and how to write as a professional nurse. One of the most popular features on the site is the style guides for how to write academic papers.

http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q1/online-writing-resource-helps-students-in-all-areas-of-study.html

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How to effectively scale a digital learning model

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-25 16:03

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Lou Pugliese, senior innovation fellow and managing director for the Technology Innovation Action Lab at Arizona State University, and Kate Smith, vice president of academic affairs at Rio Salado College revealed four conclusions of an extensive research project on the topic: take a strategic portfolio approach to digital learning; build capabilities and expertise to design for quality in the digital realm; provide the differential student support to succeed in fully online learning; and engage faculty as true partners, equipping them for success. Smith and Pugliese offered insight into the online learning models of their institutions to discuss some of the key aspects of the ASU report that focuses on three main components, including defining what return on investment in digital learning formats really means and developing common shared metrics for the industry to create benchmarks of comparison.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-to-effectively-scale-a-digital-learning-model/515936/

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How to effectively scale a digital learning model

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-02-24 16:25

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Lou Pugliese, senior innovation fellow and managing director for the Technology Innovation Action Lab at Arizona State University, and Kate Smith, vice president of academic affairs at Rio Salado College revealed four conclusions of an extensive research project on the topic: take a strategic portfolio approach to digital learning; build capabilities and expertise to design for quality in the digital realm; provide the differential student support to succeed in fully online learning; and engage faculty as true partners, equipping them for success. Smith and Pugliese offered insight into the online learning models of their institutions to discuss some of the key aspects of the ASU report that focuses on three main components, including defining what return on investment in digital learning formats really means and developing common shared metrics for the industry to create benchmarks of comparison.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-to-effectively-scale-a-digital-learning-model/515936/

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