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Accessibility must be more than an add-on to online pedagogy

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-08-28 17:05

by Chelsea Jones, University Affairs (Canada)

If we are serious about accessible online learning, we must talk openly about disability as if it is right here, right now – because it is. As online learning becomes the norm across Canada, faulty conversations about making online learning accessible are cropping up in higher education conferences. These conversations fall short when they fail to uphold standards of inclusivity that are at the heart of basic, proactive Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies – that is, when they do not include gestures of access such as transcripts, live captioning, or American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Or, when they present disabled people in stereotypical ways.

Accessibility must be more than an add-on to online pedagogy

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New program ‘CSU Fully Online’ lets students take classes from other universities

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-08-28 17:03

by Kameron Schmid, the Sacramento State Hornet

If students are having trouble getting into courses they need to finish their degree, here’s a new option: taking online courses at other California State Universities through CSU Fully Online. CSU students currently enrolled full-time at their home university who have completed at least 12 units and have a GPA of at least 2.0 can sign up for one course each semester. More than 3,000 courses are available this semester, and all are entirely online courses offered by campuses in the university chain. The courses are being provided for no additional cost beyond regular tuition, as the CSU tuition model is based on part-time or full-time status during the fall and spring semesters, rather than a per-unit fee. Though campus tuition rates vary, no extra charges are added for signing up for a class through the program.

New program ‘CSU Fully Online’ lets students take classes from other universities

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The Obvious (and not so obvious)

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-08-28 09:25

The Obvious (and not so obvious) Benefits of Online Employee Training and Development
by Nikos Andriotis, eLearning Learning
Interactive whiteboards were big news when they arrived on the training scene because they replaced the old chalk and duster as a key tool for teaching and learning. In the 21st century, the importance of online learning tools might just be making traditional classroom training a thing of the past. Today, the benefits of eLearning in the workplace are taking the world by storm. It’s no wonder, then, that this industry reached over $56 billion in 2015 and is expected to hit $200 billion by 2024. Keen to know more? Well, you’re in luck! Because we’ve put together an all-inclusive list of the benefits of online learning that apply to all organizations and their employees.

http://www.elearninglearning.com/edition/weekly-microlearning-developing-elearning-2018-08-18?open-article-id=8763857&article-title=how-to-incorporate-self-directed-learning-in-your-online-course

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Bots, chatbots, robots, AI!

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-27 17:25

by Emily Alford, ClickZ

Here’s why knowing the difference could set your company apart.  Bots, chatbots, robots, and AI are some of the most buzzed words in the industry right now, but even insiders are sometimes unclear on their differences. We get to the bottom of some common myths around new technologies. So far, 2018 has been all about new technology, and that’s a really good thing. If predictions around the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) are correct, new technology is on track to revolutionize every industry from healthcare to finance. However, while other industries are still imagining future uses for machine learning, the martech industry is currently booming with automated solutions to common problems. As we rush to throw AI at all our pain points, myths and misconceptions abound. Here are some of the most common misconceptions, explained.

Bots, chatbots, robots, AI! Here’s why knowing the difference could set your company apart

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How OER Can Help Overcome the Higher Education Equity Barrier

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-27 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

 

The cornerstone of the American dream is the ability to succeed in life regardless of one’s family of origin. And, for most people, that requires a college education. Unfortunately, recent research shows that the most reliable ticket to the middle class—a college degree—is rather difficult for students from low-income families to obtain. While this problem has many dimensions, open educational resources (known as OER) can help overcome the higher education equity burden.

How OER Can Help Overcome the Higher Education Equity Barrier

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15 More Companies That No Longer Require a Degree—Apply Now

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-27 17:15

by Glassdoor Team

With college tuition soaring nationwide, many Americans don’t have the time or money to earn a college degree. However, that doesn’t mean your job prospects are diminished. Increasingly, there are many companies offering well-paying jobs to those with non-traditional education or a high-school diploma. “When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people,” said Google’s former SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock. “Academic qualifications will still be taken into account and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole, but will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door,” added Maggie Stilwell, Ernst and Young’s managing partner for talent. Google and EY are just two of the champion companies who realize that book smarts don’t necessarily equal strong work ethic, grit and talent.

https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/no-degree-required/

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Touring the haunting ruins of abandoned Second Life university campuses

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-27 17:09

by Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Second Life is many things, but among them is an attempt to build a virtual world that works more like the web (where anyone can add a site or a page) than a finished product that can only be modified by the corporation that manufactured it.  Higher ed institutes around the world built islands in Second Life for virtual instruction, and some of these are still online, seemingly paying $300/month to keep them alive. Splinter’s Patrick Hogan toured the remnants of the higher ed campuses in Second Life, finding them utterly abandoned and haunting — vaulted halls and manicured gardens, and whimsical classrooms in forests or on pirate ships, designed for throngs, empty save for the odd 2D cutout of a person.

Touring the haunting ruins of abandoned Second Life university campuses

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5 platforms helping entrepreneurs to be future-ready

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-27 17:06

by Business Standard, New Delhi

In a country with a relatively greater proportion of younger people who aspire to be an entrepreneur, companies are actively working to create ease in the jumbling lives of youth. The millenial generation is so hard at work that they always feed on platform that can add comfort and structure to their future planning’s. This year’s World Entrepreneur Day is the perfect occasion to draw attention to the wide variety of challenges that today’s entrepreneurs face in their daily lives. Here are few platforms that are important for today’s Entrepreneurs to be future ready.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/5-platforms-helping-entrepreneurs-to-be-future-ready-118082100773_1.html

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Online Data Science Training Programs Market Increasing the Growth Worldwide

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-27 17:03

With the slowdown in world economic growth, the Online Data Science Training Programs industry has also suffered a certain impact, but still maintained a relatively optimistic growth, the past four years, Online Data Science Training Programs market size to maintain the average annual growth rate of 13.8% from 380 million $ in 2014 to 560 million $ in 2017, HTF analysts believe that in the next few years, Online Data Science Training Programs market size will be further expanded, we expect that by 2022, The market size of the Online Data Science Training Programs will reach 920 million $.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3904882

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Combining Data from Multiple Digital Learning Tools Produces Better Predictions

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-26 17:24

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
A study undertaken jointly by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and education technology companies Blackboard and VitalSource found that early activity with digital tools is a “strong predictor” of passing a class — even more so than the grade point average a student enters the class with. The organizations used student activity data from the university generated through Blackboard’s learning management system and VitalSource’s digital course materials and combined with the use of the Caliper Analytics standard from IMS Global Learning Consortium. IMS Caliper Analytics enables a variety of learning tools to return data that can be analyzed in aggregate.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/08/09/combining-data-from-multiple-digital-learning-tools-produces-better-predictions.aspx

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FedEx to offer tuition-free online University of Memphis degrees to Memphis hub employees

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-26 17:20

By Chip Williams, WMC
Employees of the FedEx Memphis World Hub can earn a tuition-free online degree through the University of Memphis, the university announced in a press release Saturday. The program–Learning inspired by FedEx, or LiFE–will allow the more than 11,000 hub employees to earn one of the 60-plus graduate and undergraduate online degree programs offered by Memphis.

 

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/38912873/university-of-memphis-to-offer-tuition-free-online-degrees-to-fedex-hub-employees

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7 Signs You Have Malware and How to Get Rid of It

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-26 17:15

by Neil J. Rubenking, PC Mag

When your PC slows down or acts weird, you don’t always know the cause. Most often, it’s probably just a glitch. But it could be an outward and visible sign of an inward and terrible malware infestation. Review the seven warning signs below. If any of them match your experience, malware may well have compromised your system’s security. The fact that you’ve got malware protection installed doesn’t mean you can ignore these warning signs. Software isn’t perfect, and sometimes a brand-new malware attack can slip past your security.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2416788,00.asp

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‘A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College’

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-26 17:09

by Doug Lederman and Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
A Q&A with Ryan Craig, investor and author of a new book about the changing landscape for education and training credentials and the implications for traditional higher education. Six years later,  Craig’s doubts about higher education’s ability to step up to that challenge appear to have grown, to judge by his new book, A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College (BenBella Books). In it, he explores the emergent landscape of new credentials, providers and pathways aimed at helping people find jobs, which he describes as part of a “revolution that will transform — or make obsolete — many colleges and universities.” Language like that might lead some higher ed partisans to dismiss Craig as another latecomer to Clay Christensen’s “disruption” bandwagon, drawing lessons from other industries to write higher education off from the outside as doomed.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/08/22/qa-ryan-craig-author-new-book-faster-cheaper-college

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Bots, chatbots, robots, AI!

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-26 17:04

by Emily Alford, ClickZ

Here’s why knowing the difference could set your company apart.  Bots, chatbots, robots, and AI are some of the most buzzed words in the industry right now, but even insiders are sometimes unclear on their differences. We get to the bottom of some common myths around new technologies. So far, 2018 has been all about new technology, and that’s a really good thing. If predictions around the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) are correct, new technology is on track to revolutionize every industry from healthcare to finance. However, while other industries are still imagining future uses for machine learning, the martech industry is currently booming with automated solutions to common problems. As we rush to throw AI at all our pain points, myths and misconceptions abound. Here are some of the most common misconceptions, explained.

Bots, chatbots, robots, AI! Here’s why knowing the difference could set your company apart

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15 More Companies That No Longer Require a Degree—Apply Now

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-26 17:02

by Glassdoor Team

With college tuition soaring nationwide, many Americans don’t have the time or money to earn a college degree. However, that doesn’t mean your job prospects are diminished. Increasingly, there are many companies offering well-paying jobs to those with non-traditional education or a high-school diploma. “When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people,” said Google’s former SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock. “Academic qualifications will still be taken into account and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole, but will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door,” added Maggie Stilwell, Ernst and Young’s managing partner for talent. Google and EY are just two of the champion companies who realize that book smarts don’t necessarily equal strong work ethic, grit and talent.

https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/no-degree-required/

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Educators report low confidence in ed-tech research

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-25 17:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
A new survey reveals that vendor research is widely read, but most educators feel they can’t depend on it.  Although many educators rely on vendor-supplied reports for information on education technology tools, most educators have doubts about vendors’ ability to perform reliable research, according to a new survey. Ninety-one percent of educators in the Education Research Perspectives Survey say they rely heavily on general web searches, and almost half of those surveyed say they rely on vendor reports, for information on education technology tools.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2018/08/17/educators-report-low-confidence-in-ed-tech-research/

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Apprenticeships Make People More Job-Ready Than College

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-25 17:20

by American Staffing Associations
A majority of Americans (62%) agree that apprenticeships—or “earn while learning” vocational opportunities—make people more employable than going to college, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll. About seven in 10 U.S. adults say learning a specific trade is better for finding a job than a bachelor’s degree (68%) and that college degrees aren’t worth as much as they used to be (69%). A majority disagree that completing an apprenticeship will limit one’s future employment options (71%) and that earn-while-learning programs generally lead to a lower salary than occupations requiring a college degree (60%).

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The Tech Legend Who Pays Staff To Upskill

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-25 17:15

by Adi Gaskell, Forbes

Sadly, few organizations seem to be adopting MOOCs as a way to provide employees with an easy and affordable way to keep their skills up to date, but one who most definitely are is the tech startup C3 IoT.  The company, which was founded by technology heavyweight Tom Siebel, offers employees over $1,000 for each MOOC they take. The aim is to provide employees who have been recruited in large part because of their desire and their willingness to learn, with the tools they require to keep their knowledge up to date. “In order for us to stay ahead of this, when we interview people we tend to self select for people who are well educated and who are challenged by interesting problems,” Siebel told me recently. “People who have a book in their hand. We like to think of our people as self learners, and this is part of our core values to be inquisitive and always learning.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adigaskell/2018/08/17/the-tech-legend-that-pays-staff-to-upskill/#8e63f697fc34

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Combining Data from Multiple Digital Learning Tools Produces Better Predictions

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-25 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
A study undertaken jointly by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and education technology companies Blackboard and VitalSource found that early activity with digital tools is a “strong predictor” of passing a class — even more so than the grade point average a student enters the class with. The organizations used student activity data from the university generated through Blackboard’s learning management system and VitalSource’s digital course materials and combined with the use of the Caliper Analytics standard from IMS Global Learning Consortium. IMS Caliper Analytics enables a variety of learning tools to return data that can be analyzed in aggregate.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/08/09/combining-data-from-multiple-digital-learning-tools-produces-better-predictions.aspx

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Survey: Employers should prepare workers for lifelong learning

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-25 17:05

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

More than half of respondents (56 percent) participating in a recent survey say they believe today’s employers are not adequately preparing workers with future-forward tech skills. The survey, conducted by Researchscape for Coding Dojo, measures consumer attitudes about technology skills and offers insights into how employers can “upskill” the tech workforce and improve tech literacy. The results come at a time when many colleges and universities have to prove their return on investment for students who are increasingly more eager to learn about cultivating skills and post-graduation career prospects than athletics programs or campus social life.

Survey: Employers should prepare workers for lifelong learning

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