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5 innovative strategies to support non-traditional students

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-11-30 16:20

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A previous Barnes and Noble College study of nearly 800 non-traditional students as a whole revealed that nearly twice as many non-traditional students are at risk of dropping out when compared to traditional peers. The report notes that the number of non-traditional students is projected to increase more than twice as fast as traditional students from 2012 to 2022, according to the CLASP Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success. And because non-traditional students are among the fastest-growing student groups, this means schools face retention challenges. Only 37 percent of at-risk students said they feel confident they will accomplish their educational goals, and 33 percent of those at risk participate in extra-curricular activities, compared to 62 percent of non-traditional students who are not at risk of not graduating.

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Digitalization and the American workforce

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-11-30 16:15

by Mark Muro, Sifan Liu, Jacob Whiton, Siddharth Kulkarni, Brookings

In remaking the U.S. economy and the world of work. The “digitalization of everything” has at once increased the potential of individuals, firms, and society while also contributing to a series of troublesome impacts and inequalities, such as worker pay disparities across many demographics, and the divergence of metropolitan economic outcomes. In light of that, this report presents a detailed analysis of changes in the digital content of 545 occupations covering 90 percent of the U.S. workforce in all industries since 2001. The analysis categorizes U.S. occupations into jobs that require high, medium or low digital skills and tracks the impacts of rapid change.

https://www.brookings.edu/research/digitalization-and-the-american-workforce/

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Digitalization and the American workforce

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-11-30 16:05

by Mark Muro, Sifan Liu, Jacob Whiton, Siddharth Kulkarni, Brookings

In remaking the U.S. economy and the world of work. The “digitalization of everything” has at once increased the potential of individuals, firms, and society while also contributing to a series of troublesome impacts and inequalities, such as worker pay disparities across many demographics, and the divergence of metropolitan economic outcomes. In light of that, this report presents a detailed analysis of changes in the digital content of 545 occupations covering 90 percent of the U.S. workforce in all industries since 2001. The analysis categorizes U.S. occupations into jobs that require high, medium or low digital skills and tracks the impacts of rapid change.

https://www.brookings.edu/research/digitalization-and-the-american-workforce/

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6 reasons why course visuals are a must for today’s college students

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-11-30 16:03

BY RYAN EASH, eCampus News

The higher education landscape is shifting and institutions are facing a decline in overall enrollment. Rather than opting for a traditional classroom experience, students today have come to expect greater flexibility in deciding when, where and how to learn. In fact, it is predicted that by 2019 at least 50 percent of all classes will be delivered online and that percentage will only continue to increase. To adjust to student expectations and keep enrollment up, higher education institutions must offer online courses or blended classrooms to compete with other colleges that already have those options. Using technology in the classroom is beneficial as it can serve as a solution for meeting students’ expectations while also keeping enrollment up. For example, instructors can use technology to engage with students through visual communications and learning.

6 reasons why course visuals are a must for today’s college students

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5 innovative strategies to support non-traditional students

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-11-30 16:02

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A previous Barnes and Noble College study of nearly 800 non-traditional students as a whole revealed that nearly twice as many non-traditional students are at risk of dropping out when compared to traditional peers. The report notes that the number of non-traditional students is projected to increase more than twice as fast as traditional students from 2012 to 2022, according to the CLASP Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success. And because non-traditional students are among the fastest-growing student groups, this means schools face retention challenges. Only 37 percent of at-risk students said they feel confident they will accomplish their educational goals, and 33 percent of those at risk participate in extra-curricular activities, compared to 62 percent of non-traditional students who are not at risk of not graduating.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/strategies-non-traditional-student/

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IS E-LEARNING REPLACING FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-11-29 16:25

by Jonathan Symcox, Business Cloud
Organisations are looking for ways to maximise the effectiveness of their training while reducing costs. Samantha Caine, client services director at Business Linked Teams, says e-learning can help firms address the challenge of rolling out desired behaviours and skillsets consistently across global workforces. “Organisations need an approach that can overcome language barriers and cultural differences and help them deliver their global business objectives,” she told BusinessCloud. “It’s possible to train sales teams and future leaders of global organisations with e-learning and the rationale for pursuing this path is clear.

http://www.businesscloud.co.uk/news/is-e-learning-replacing-face-to-face-training

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Technology Is Changing The Way We Learn—And Business Schools Need To Adapt

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-11-29 16:18

by Marco De Novellis, Business Because

Now, more than ever, it’s about having a presence online, and making sure you’re getting your personal brand out there in whatever way you can. Writing articles, sharing content, networking, contributing to communities—all that can elevate your digital footprint and make you look like an expert in your field. As we’re moving into a multigenerational workforce—with millennials in the mix—we’re finding that mindset is becoming as important as skillset. Business school and MBA degrees give you that business mindset.

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/inside-view-top-jobs/4922/technology-changing-learning-business-schools-adapt

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How Professors Can Bring Culturally-Responsive Teaching to Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-11-29 16:13

By Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

Instructors should make sure students have the opportunity to build their own learning experiences, New Mexico State University Professor Julia Parra argues. She said that one of the ways she implements active participation is through participatory course design in some of her courses, where students take part in brainstorming what the course will look like. She takes the approach of co-designing. After Parra has combined her learning goals and objectives with that of her students, she gives it back to them, and asks them for their ideas for the activities and resources that they could do in the course and assessments. In the end she builds the final syllabus based on their suggestions.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-11-22-how-professors-can-bring-culturally-responsive-teaching-to-online-courses

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IS E-LEARNING REPLACING FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-11-29 16:08

by Jonathan Symcox, Business Cloud
Organisations are looking for ways to maximise the effectiveness of their training while reducing costs. Samantha Caine, client services director at Business Linked Teams, says e-learning can help firms address the challenge of rolling out desired behaviours and skillsets consistently across global workforces. “Organisations need an approach that can overcome language barriers and cultural differences and help them deliver their global business objectives,” she told BusinessCloud. “It’s possible to train sales teams and future leaders of global organisations with e-learning and the rationale for pursuing this path is clear.

http://www.businesscloud.co.uk/news/is-e-learning-replacing-face-to-face-training

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Technology Is Changing The Way We Learn—And Business Schools Need To Adapt

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-11-29 16:04

by Marco De Novellis, Business Because

Now, more than ever, it’s about having a presence online, and making sure you’re getting your personal brand out there in whatever way you can. Writing articles, sharing content, networking, contributing to communities—all that can elevate your digital footprint and make you look like an expert in your field. As we’re moving into a multigenerational workforce—with millennials in the mix—we’re finding that mindset is becoming as important as skillset. Business school and MBA degrees give you that business mindset.

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/inside-view-top-jobs/4922/technology-changing-learning-business-schools-adapt

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How Professors Can Bring Culturally-Responsive Teaching to Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2017-11-29 16:02

By Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

Instructors should make sure students have the opportunity to build their own learning experiences, New Mexico State University Professor Julia Parra argues. She said that one of the ways she implements active participation is through participatory course design in some of her courses, where students take part in brainstorming what the course will look like. She takes the approach of co-designing. After Parra has combined her learning goals and objectives with that of her students, she gives it back to them, and asks them for their ideas for the activities and resources that they could do in the course and assessments. In the end she builds the final syllabus based on their suggestions.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-11-22-how-professors-can-bring-culturally-responsive-teaching-to-online-courses

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New Study Finds that Undergraduates Crave More Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-11-28 16:27

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

There were no major surprises in Educause’s 2017 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology. For four years running, the number of students preferring a blended learning environment that includes “some to mostly online components” has increased and those preferring a face-to-face only learning environment has continued to decline. The report did find, however, that tablets, which were gaining popularity a few years ago, are now on their way out as a device of preference. While by no means the final word on campus-based technology, the annual survey is one of the most comprehensive surveys on educational technologies and offers valuable insights into trends and best practices.

https://news.elearninginside.com/new-study-finds-undergraduates-crave-online-learning/

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UF Offers Online Classes To Displaced Puerto Rico Students

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-11-28 16:20

by WUFT

Tammy Aagard, the associate vice president for enrollment management said the displaced students’ program allows those affected by the hurricanes to take as many online classes as they want from a selected list through UF in spring 2018 and summer 2018 without having to pay tuition and fees. These courses will count toward students’ degrees as long as they are compatible with their school’s requirements. UF requires that students prove they attended one of the 19 partnered institutions for students to enroll and receive credit. This is not the first time that a program like this is being offered to students. After Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans in 2005, universities came together and accepted students from the schools located there.

https://www.wuft.org/news/2017/11/21/uf-provides-opportunity-to-students-displaced-by-hurricanes/

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Making blended learning work in your classroom

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-11-28 16:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

With the importance of technological literacy rising in colleges and workplaces, it’s about time primary and secondary educators took notice. To prepare students for life after high school, we need to start teaching them in a more futuristic fashion. Incorporating technology along with traditional face-to-face interaction is a practice known as blended learning. There are multiple benefits to adopting this relatively new technique. First, the inclusion of various learning models can help students retain information better. As a result, there have been marked improvements in the test scores of students using blended models. You can also experience easier progress tracking, remediation, and student communication. The question is, how can you make this new approach work for your classroom?

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/making-blended-learning-work-classroom/

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New Study Finds that Undergraduates Crave More Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-11-28 16:13

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

There were no major surprises in Educause’s 2017 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology. For four years running, the number of students preferring a blended learning environment that includes “some to mostly online components” has increased and those preferring a face-to-face only learning environment has continued to decline. The report did find, however, that tablets, which were gaining popularity a few years ago, are now on their way out as a device of preference. While by no means the final word on campus-based technology, the annual survey is one of the most comprehensive surveys on educational technologies and offers valuable insights into trends and best practices.

https://news.elearninginside.com/new-study-finds-undergraduates-crave-online-learning/

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MOOCs from a Learner’s Perspective: A Conversation with Dhawal Shah, Founder of Class-Central.com

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-11-28 16:08

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Dhawal Shah is the creator of Class-Central.com, the definitive resource on massive online open courses, or MOOCs. He was one of the 160,000 learners who enrolled in former Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun’s artificial intelligence course back in 2011. Since, MOOCs, and the market they have created, have evolved into several new species altogether. I spoke with Shah over the phone to discuss how MOOCs have transformed, what students can take away, what professors can offer, and how they can be improved.

https://news.elearninginside.com/moocs-learners-perspective-conversation-dhawal-shah-founder-class-central-com/

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UF Offers Online Classes To Displaced Puerto Rico Students

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-11-28 16:02

by WUFT

Tammy Aagard, the associate vice president for enrollment management said the displaced students’ program allows those affected by the hurricanes to take as many online classes as they want from a selected list through UF in spring 2018 and summer 2018 without having to pay tuition and fees. These courses will count toward students’ degrees as long as they are compatible with their school’s requirements. UF requires that students prove they attended one of the 19 partnered institutions for students to enroll and receive credit. This is not the first time that a program like this is being offered to students. After Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans in 2005, universities came together and accepted students from the schools located there.

https://www.wuft.org/news/2017/11/21/uf-provides-opportunity-to-students-displaced-by-hurricanes/

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Textbooks optional: What unbundling and BYOD mean for learning technology

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-11-27 16:26

BY MATTHEW GLOTZBACH, eSchool News

The days of overhead projectors and chalkboards are behind us. Today’s educators are looking to Chromebooks, smartphones and maker spaces to enhance their teaching. Other tools going the way of the overhead projector? The traditional textbook and workbook combination, complete with a #2 pencil. As digital natives, today’s students have grown up with technology integrated into every aspect of their lives, and education is no exception. When it comes to middle schools and high schools, the average classroom looks more like a typical startup office than the traditional classroom of the past.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/11/20/textbooks-unbundling-byod/

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Continuum of Learning: Creating life-long learners

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-11-27 16:20

By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane,  AFNS

Keesler Air Force Base’s 336th Training Squadron has begun developing multiple initiatives aimed at improving the learning experience of Airmen who are fresh out of basic military training. Air Education and Training Command’s Continuum of Learning initiative is a shift to better focus how Airmen learn by integrating education, training and experience in ways that allow them to learn anytime, anywhere throughout their careers. The end goal of the continuum is to create a culture of life-long learners. “What this does, is transform our industrial-age pipeline production system into a modern-age, learner-centric model,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, AETC commander. According to Rick Harmon, 336th TRS communications and information flight chief, the squadron is laying the foundation for innovative ways of conducting modulated training that is current and relative at any stage in their career.

http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1377370/continuum-of-learning-creating-life-long-learners/

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Eastern Michigan faculty worry about new online-only degrees

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-11-27 16:15

By Martin Slagter, MLive

Online degrees offered by Eastern Michigan University with marketing help from an out-of-state private firm are drawing criticism from faculty members who believe the program could reduce the quality of education students receive. Leaders of unions representing faculty and full-time and part-time lecturers at EMU announced a print and advertising campaign Wednesday, Nov. 15, calling for a temporary halt to the new marketing partnership with Texas-based firm Academic Partnerships. The unions also created an online petition calling for the university to send its contract with the firm to EMU faculty for a thorough review.

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/11/emu_faculty_critical_of_new_on.html

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