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Navy scraps instructor-led college at sea program as demand falls, costs rise

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-20 17:10

By JOSHUA KARSTEN | STARS AND STRIPES

In just the past year, 80% of sailors chose online and distance education programs over the traditional classroom courses provided by NCPACE IL. “We recognize that sailors are interested in pursuing advanced degrees, and we support their ability to further their personal educational goals,” D’Antonio said. “This change ensures funding remains available to the greatest number of sailors.” The program will be transitioned to a virtual model, to accommodate demand among sailors for online and distance-learning courses, he said.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/navy-scraps-instructor-led-college-at-sea-program-as-demand-falls-costs-rise-1.601232

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Working professionals love online degrees. Here’s why.

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-20 17:05

Study International

Online education, from primary school to PhD, is booming. In the US, government data from 2018 shows that during 2016-17, students enrolling exclusively online grew by 15.4 percent, or about one in six students. More than 6.3 million students took at least one distance education course in the Fall 2016 semester, comprising 31.6 percent of all higher education enrolments, according to an annual survey by the Babson Survey Research Group and the Online Learning Consortium. In the UK, online learning made up eight percent of all taught provision at UK higher education providers.

https://www.studyinternational.com/news/working-professionals-love-online-degrees-heres-why/

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VR and AR: The Ethical Challenges Ahead

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-20 17:02

by Emory Craig and Maya Georgieva, EDUCAUSE Review

VR, AR, and MR are revolutionary developments for higher education and society at large. They will bring new opportunities for learning, research, science, work, and entertainment. As we move toward a future of immersive technologies and artificial intelligence, we need to anticipate new ethical challenges and develop practices and policies for a world of deeply immersive experiences. We’re facing not just a new technology but a new way for people to experience the world and connect with each other. It will be up to us to engage our students in a conversation for a very different world — one that shifts from the Information Age to the Experiential Age.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/4/vr-and-ar-the-ethical-challenges-ahead

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edX Announces Its Eleventh Degree: A Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-19 17:25

IBL News

edX announced on September 30 the launch of its eleventh MOOC-based degree, reaffirming its role as an OPM (Online Program Manager) company. The new degree is top-ranked, as the #5 online graduate engineering program according to U.S. News & World Report. The Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering will cost $22,500, that is, 30 credits at $750 each. The current online master’s program in Purdue costs nearly $40,000. The lower price point was made possible in part due to the support from edX and the ability to offer courses at scale, according to Dimitrios Peroulis, school’s head.

https://iblnews.org/edx-announces-its-eleventh-online-degree-a-masters-in-electrical-and-computer-engineering-from-purdue/

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California’s new online community college to open after months of planning

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-19 17:20

Ashley A. Smith, EdSource

California’s newest two-year institution — the online-only Calbright College — opens on Tuesday and for the first time, and students will be able to register and enroll in programs that are intended to serve an entirely new adult and underemployed population. The new college was created to enroll so-called “stranded” Californians who are underemployed, working multiple part-time jobs or stuck in jobs that don’t pay living wages. The California Community Colleges system estimates about 8 million adults, between 25 and 34, fall into this category.

https://edsource.org/2019/californias-new-online-community-college-opens-after-months-of-planning/618006

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Community Colleges Need to Evolve as Students’ Needs Do

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-19 17:15

Pamela Eddy, Harvard Business Review

Central to the future of community colleges is the ability to build partnerships and collaborations that create efficiencies, while also addressing shared needs. Without this type of reinvention, community colleges run the risk of becoming obsolete. The strong history of community colleges as sites of innovation and nimbleness provides hope for a future in which these institutions will make an impact on communities and, most important, help change the lives of students and their families.

https://hbr.org/2019/09/community-colleges-need-to-evolve-as-students-needs-do

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edX Announces Its Eleventh Degree: A Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-19 17:09

IBL News

edX announced on September 30 the launch of its eleventh MOOC-based degree, reaffirming its role as an OPM (Online Program Manager) company. The new degree is top-ranked, as the #5 online graduate engineering program according to U.S. News & World Report. The Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering will cost $22,500, that is, 30 credits at $750 each. The current online master’s program in Purdue costs nearly $40,000. The lower price point was made possible in part due to the support from edX and the ability to offer courses at scale, according to Dimitrios Peroulis, school’s head.

https://iblnews.org/edx-announces-its-eleventh-online-degree-a-masters-in-electrical-and-computer-engineering-from-purdue/

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Community Colleges Need to Evolve as Students’ Needs Do

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-19 17:05

Pamela Eddy, Harvard Business Review

Central to the future of community colleges is the ability to build partnerships and collaborations that create efficiencies, while also addressing shared needs. Without this type of reinvention, community colleges run the risk of becoming obsolete. The strong history of community colleges as sites of innovation and nimbleness provides hope for a future in which these institutions will make an impact on communities and, most important, help change the lives of students and their families.

https://hbr.org/2019/09/community-colleges-need-to-evolve-as-students-needs-do

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California’s new online community college to open after months of planning

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-19 17:03

Ashley A. Smith, EdSource

California’s newest two-year institution — the online-only Calbright College — opens on Tuesday and for the first time, and students will be able to register and enroll in programs that are intended to serve an entirely new adult and underemployed population. The new college was created to enroll so-called “stranded” Californians who are underemployed, working multiple part-time jobs or stuck in jobs that don’t pay living wages. The California Community Colleges system estimates about 8 million adults, between 25 and 34, fall into this category.

https://edsource.org/2019/californias-new-online-community-college-opens-after-months-of-planning/618006

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How colleges adapting for today’s students

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-18 17:25

Register-Herald

Today’s college students bring a wide variety of needs and manage a constant juggle of responsibilities while pursuing a degree. According to the Department of Education, 74 percent of undergraduate students, described as the “new normal,” have at least one nontraditional characteristic such as being a first-generation student, having at least one dependent, or working either full or part time. Further, nearly half of students enrolled today are age 25 or older and are working to complete an unfinished degree, returning to advance their career or re-skill for a new opportunity.

https://www.register-herald.com/how-colleges-adapting-for-today-s-students/article_c1b4127e-6e5f-5fb4-9052-8e38cdc09ad2.html

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Colleges just got a lot more leeway to recruit students

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-18 17:25

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) Assembly voted to remove three provisions from its Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.  The vote during the association’s annual meeting last week was an effort by NACAC to get ahead of a two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division, which found several of the code’s measures limited competition and could lower costs for students if removed. They include banning incentives for early decision applicants and recruiting students who have committed to a college. Admissions experts say the changes will heighten competition for students, particularly among colleges struggling to fill their classes, and could make it harder to determine yields.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-just-got-a-lot-more-leeway-to-recruit-students/564016/

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3 ways that how online training add value to your learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-18 17:20

India Today

Online learning has become a fruitful solution for individuals who prefer knowledge and skills over degrees. As scholars were keenly looking for affordable, accessible, engaging, and interactive learning solutions that can add value to their learning and shape their careers, online learning came for the rescue. Online trainings not only help students retain more information but open a way for interactive learning. Students not just watch videos to passively consume information but they get an equal opportunity to actively immerse into exercises, quizzes, assessment tests, industrial projects and a lot more. While online learning has become a companion for scholars, working professionals are also making huge benefits out of it.

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/jobs-and-careers/story/3-ways-that-how-online-training-add-value-to-your-learning-divd-1604804-2019-09-30

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Experts Urge Congress to Consider Implications of AI Bias and Human-Robot Interactions

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-18 17:15

By BRANDI VINCENT SEPTEMBER, NextGov
It’s all part of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s work to support the development of a national artificial intelligence strategy.  As lawmakers consider the impact artificial intelligence will have on America’s workforce, experts across the government, industry and academia this week urged Congress to confront and prioritize issues around ethics, bias and the increasing interactions between humans and robots.

https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2019/09/experts-urge-congress-consider-implications-ai-bias-and-human-robot-interactions/160227/

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How colleges adapting for today’s students

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-18 17:10

Register-Herald

Today’s college students bring a wide variety of needs and manage a constant juggle of responsibilities while pursuing a degree. According to the Department of Education, 74 percent of undergraduate students, described as the “new normal,” have at least one nontraditional characteristic such as being a first-generation student, having at least one dependent, or working either full or part time. Further, nearly half of students enrolled today are age 25 or older and are working to complete an unfinished degree, returning to advance their career or re-skill for a new opportunity.

https://www.register-herald.com/how-colleges-adapting-for-today-s-students/article_c1b4127e-6e5f-5fb4-9052-8e38cdc09ad2.html

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Experts Urge Congress to Consider Implications of AI Bias and Human-Robot Interactions

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-18 17:03

By BRANDI VINCENT SEPTEMBER, NextGov

It’s all part of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s work to support the development of a national artificial intelligence strategy.  As lawmakers consider the impact artificial intelligence will have on America’s workforce, experts across the government, industry and academia this week urged Congress to confront and prioritize issues around ethics, bias and the increasing interactions between humans and robots.

https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2019/09/experts-urge-congress-consider-implications-ai-bias-and-human-robot-interactions/160227/

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Colleges just got a lot more leeway to recruit students

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-18 17:02

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) Assembly voted to remove three provisions from its Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.  The vote during the association’s annual meeting last week was an effort by NACAC to get ahead of a two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division, which found several of the code’s measures limited competition and could lower costs for students if removed. They include banning incentives for early decision applicants and recruiting students who have committed to a college. Admissions experts say the changes will heighten competition for students, particularly among colleges struggling to fill their classes, and could make it harder to determine yields.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-just-got-a-lot-more-leeway-to-recruit-students/564016/

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White House working group outlines future of universal transcripts

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:25

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
In a new white paper, a workforce policy advisory board established by the Trump administration outlines the steps required to develop and successfully implement interoperable learning records (ILRs), which are compilations of peoples’ traditional and hands-on learning experiences. ILRs are already being piloted as a way to readily and securely share such information with educational institutions and employers by using vendor-agnostic technology that doesn’t require direct coordination or synchronization. The board sees broader potential for ILRs and suggests promoting that growth by creating a public list of pilot projects, developing a plan for implementing ILRs and bringing a basic ILR to market.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/white-house-working-group-outlines-future-of-universal-transcripts/563808/

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4 edutech innovations that will redefine learning habits in 2019

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:20

Nicholas Chew, e27

Technology is changing the way that we learn, information is also more abundant to the masses. Breakthroughs of new technology innovations such as A.I. and Blockchain are giving more opportunities for the Edutech sector to grow. Let’s dig deeper into how Edutech can boost learning in the digital world.

https://e27.co/4-edutech-innovations-that-will-redefine-learning-habits-in-2019-20190928/

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Major challenges facing our young people, graduates and students today

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:15

Patrick Ow, Thrive Global

Just-in-time continuous learning through flexible short courses (online virtual learning and offline bricks and mortar), and continuous on-the-job learning and training will become a norm as new skills are constantly created to keep up with advances in technology, evolving business models, and organizational restructure. The role and relevance of colleges and universities in preparing our future generations for work and employment must be scrutinized and debated. They must respond to the ever-changing need of the demand side of the work equation because graduates are using less than half of what they have learned in universities at work. The half-life of knowledge is also decreasing.

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/major-challenges-facing-our-young-people-graduates-and-students-today/

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3 ways that how online training add value to your learning

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:05

India Today

Online learning has become a fruitful solution for individuals who prefer knowledge and skills over degrees. As scholars were keenly looking for affordable, accessible, engaging, and interactive learning solutions that can add value to their learning and shape their careers, online learning came for the rescue. Online trainings not only help students retain more information but open a way for interactive learning. Students not just watch videos to passively consume information but they get an equal opportunity to actively immerse into exercises, quizzes, assessment tests, industrial projects and a lot more. While online learning has become a companion for scholars, working professionals are also making huge benefits out of it.

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/jobs-and-careers/story/3-ways-that-how-online-training-add-value-to-your-learning-divd-1604804-2019-09-30

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