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

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-25 17:02

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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College sees digital age learning advancing

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-24 17:25

by Rockel Mundy, Royal Gazette

Bermuda College is offering a convenient way to boost your professional skill set in the digital age by providing short online professional development certificates. The college has seen online cources become increasingly popular with locals. It has been offering the courses for about four years after conducting a survey involving local professionals. “The survey was asking people what they are looking for in regards to courses and most people said that they needed something short, precise and to the point,” said Tawana Flood, director, division of professional and career education. “We found that most people wanted basic office skills such as business writing, Instagram for businesses, PowerPoint and Excel courses,” she added.

http://www.royalgazette.com/business/article/20180816/college-sees-digital-age-learning-advancing

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Amazon to train community college students in cloud computing

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-24 17:05

By James Paterson, Education Dive
Amazon is the latest big tech company to help graduate students with the skills that employers want, training some experts say private firms can most easily and effectively provide, according to the Los Angeles Times. Amazon Web Services is partnering with a group of community colleges in the Los Angeles region to offer a 15-credit certification in the broadening field of cloud computing program. Planners expect the program will be expanded to a two-year degree program soon. A pilot program was offered last year through a local high school and Santa Monica College, which helped write the curriculum. Amazon also has begun offering a cloud computing program at Northern Virginia Community College.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/amazon-to-train-community-college-students-in-cloud-computing/529995/

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Virtual labs to teach in-demand tech skills take shape

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-08-22 17:25

by James Paterson, Education Dive
A consortium for eight California community colleges is experimenting with virtual labs to train students remotely in the latest IT and cyber security skills. The South Central Coast Regional Consortium (SCCRC) Virtual Lab Project is being tested this academic year with hopes it will be made available broadly in 2019. An IT professor at one of the colleges participating in a trial of the project was able to increase his class capacity from 25 students to 40 without adding any lab space or hardware. He estimates that using the lab will eventually reduce his workload by half, though project designers note that instructors may find initially more time is involved. It will be linked to the Canvas learning management system already used by the eight colleges. The project has been backed by a collection or organizations including California Polytechnic State University Digital Transformation Hub, a venture between the university and Amazon intended to offer support for such initiatives.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/virtual-labs-to-teach-in-demand-tech-skills-take-shape/530208/

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Deep Learning in a Digital World of Possibilities

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-08-22 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

While there have likely been many factors contributing to the current state of affairs, an important one is that most edtech tools have not focused on deeper learning. The fact is that it is pretty simple to design edtech that tests students’ recall of material: pretty much anyone can create multiple choice questions on a digital platform. But rote memorization and spitting back facts are not the route to deep learning. Instead, the next generation of edtech needs to focus on deeper learning to be truly impactful. How can this be done? There are a variety of models for what constitutes deeper learning that edtech designers can consult. One classic source is Bloom’s taxonomy, especially the revised version. The tendency to emphasize the lowest levels of the pyramid needs to be avoided. While it is normally easier and cheaper to design digital tools that test students’ ability to remember information simply, this is not deep learning. Instead, edtech can focus on the top of the pyramid and promote instructional materials that encourage students to evaluate and create.

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Artificial intelligence gaining ground as college teaching tool

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-08-22 17:15

by James Paterson, Education Dive
Use of artificial intelligence has become more common in the college classroom, and advocates say it can help with everything from improved writing skills to understanding DNA theory, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Critics charge, however, that AI may be used to gloss over structural problems in higher education and result in formulaic teaching and potential threats to privacy. In a broad look at the use of AI at colleges and universities, the Chronicle of Higher Education notes that it can perhaps fine tune assignments, analyze student writing to see if it is on track and recommend prompts and organize lesson plans, adjusting them according to student understanding. AI systems allow some instructors more time for individual interaction with students giving them more information about their performance as a group and individually. Advanced systems might use machine learning to gather data and, for instance, design a better textbook or provide recommendations to medical students about the right procedure in certain circumstances.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/artificial-intelligence-gaining-ground-as-college-teaching-tool/530038/

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5 Things Universities Want From OPM Providers

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-08-22 17:05

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

What do universities want from online program management providers? I have no idea. Ask me what I want in a potential OPM partner, and I’ll talk your ear off. But search for any research on how universities evaluate the decision to partner with a for-profit company to build, market, launch and run a new online degree program — and you will be mostly searching in vain. The growing phenomenon of nonprofit/for-profit partnerships in postsecondary online learning needs research attention. We need to move OPM analysis out of the world of for-profit consulting companies and higher ed blogs. We need to investigate the changing way in which higher education programs are financed, including the OPM partnership model, involving scholars who are committed to independent and sustained research.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/5-things-universities-want-opm-providers

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Cybergogy to heutagogy: For engaged learning

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-08-22 17:04

by RUPENDRA JOSHI, Himalayan Times
By using cybergogy to heutagogy pedagogical approach, we can teach and prepare our students to survive and thrive in a global economy and help them become capable to apply skills and competence effectively.  The use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) has created a new teaching and learning concept in education pedagogy known as cybergogy. Cybergogy concept/ strategy is a virtual learning environment for the advancement of cognitive, emotional and social learning of the students. Heutagogy is a student-centric teaching and learning strategy where the learning is determined by the learner. A heutagogical learning environment facilitates development of capable learners and emphasises both the development of learner competence as well as the development of the learner’s capability and capacity to learn. It is also a pedagogical approach that could be applied to emerging technologies in distance education.

 

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Universities Use Blockchain to Streamline Student Services

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-08-22 17:03

by Nicci Fagan, EdTech

Speculation about the potential uses of blockchains in education has been building for some time, but we’ve now moved squarely into the era of implementation. Blockchains — digital records of individuals’ academic degrees, professional certifications and other official records — are an intriguing concept for institutions that have long relied on transcripts and diplomas to attest to academic achievement. The attraction? Blockchains are tamper-proof, easily accessible and convenient for prospective employers, graduate schools and others that need to verify credentials. Proponents argue that blockchains also put the ownership of credentials back into the hands of individuals, rather than institutions. Users can request their official records just once and then share them whenever and with whomever they choose.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/08/universities-use-blockchain-streamline-student-services

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Small businesses say worker shortage is biggest challenge

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-08-21 17:25

By Ramona Schindelheim, Working Nation

“The July jobs report shows the magnitude of small businesses that are growing and hiring at record levels, creating new jobs and opportunities for the workforce,” says NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan in a statement. The survey also sees a record-high 37 percent of owners say they had an open position in July that they couldn’t fill. The openings were in construction, manufacturing and wholesale trades for both skilled and unskilled labor. New data from the Labor Department put the number of all open jobs in the country at 6.7 million. “Record job openings suggest that the economy can keep up its growth pace over the next few years if the labor shortage can be resolved or mitigated,” adds NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg.

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2018 NMC Horizon Report

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-08-21 17:21

by EDUCAUSE

For more than a decade, EDUCAUSE has partnered with the New Media Consortium (NMC) to publish the annual Horizon Report – Higher Education Edition. Earlier this year, EDUCAUSE acquired the rights to the NMC Horizon project, which identifies and describes the higher education trends, challenges, and developments in educational technology likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. EDUCAUSE is publishing this 15th edition to both honor and work actively with the NMC’s Horizon legacy.

Key Trends Accelerating Higher Education Technology Adoption

Short TermDriving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next one to two years

  • Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
  • Redesigning Learning Spaces

Mid-TermDriving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next three to five years

  • Proliferation of Open Educational Resources
  • The Rise of New Forms of Interdisciplinary Studies

https://library.educause.edu/resources/2018/8/2018-nmc-horizon-report

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Magic Leap shakes the AR industry in 2018. What’s next?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-08-21 17:15

by Tereza Litsa, ClickZ

Microsoft, Google, and Apple seem to agree that AR will revolutionize the way we use technology and they are determined to beat the competition. Facebook is also interested in seizing the AR trend, which makes the AR scene even more exciting. We’ve already seen the power of AR through our phones and it’s only a matter of time until all these tech giants launch their own AR products. Microsoft has already presented HoloLens, the so-called “first self-contained, holographic computer” that enables you to interact with holograms and engage with digital content in real life. The first Magic Leap One reviews talk about a superior quality compared to Microsoft’s HoloLens, but not in an impressive way since Microsoft’s product had been launched two years ago. The biggest struggle for Magic Leap will be to catch up with all these tech giants in understanding the consumer demands and delivering the right product at the right time.

Magic Leap shakes the AR industry in 2018. What’s next?

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Start lifetime learning now

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-08-21 17:10

BY YOKO ISHIKURA, Japan Times

The need to acquire new knowledge and develop new skills throughout life, i.e., lifelong learning, has been recognized and advocated around the world. As jobs undergo transformation and the way we learn and work is affected by new technologies, we cannot assume that the three-phase sequential approach to life — school, work and retirement — will remain efficient and effective in the future. We need to depart from the conventional thinking that a majority of learning takes place when we are young and mainly at school, with little additional learning and development of new skills during the work and retirement phases. With life expectancies increasing in the advanced economies, we need to constantly update and refresh ourselves, keeping up with the changes in the world, in order to have a meaningful life with purpose.

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Virtual labs to teach in-demand tech skills take shape

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-08-21 17:05

by James Paterson, Education Dive
A consortium for eight California community colleges is experimenting with virtual labs to train students remotely in the latest IT and cyber security skills. The South Central Coast Regional Consortium (SCCRC) Virtual Lab Project is being tested this academic year with hopes it will be made available broadly in 2019. An IT professor at one of the colleges participating in a trial of the project was able to increase his class capacity from 25 students to 40 without adding any lab space or hardware. He estimates that using the lab will eventually reduce his workload by half, though project designers note that instructors may find initially more time is involved. It will be linked to the Canvas learning management system already used by the eight colleges. The project has been backed by a collection or organizations including California Polytechnic State University Digital Transformation Hub, a venture between the university and Amazon intended to offer support for such initiatives.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/virtual-labs-to-teach-in-demand-tech-skills-take-shape/530208/

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Artificial intelligence gaining ground as college teaching tool

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-08-21 17:02

by James Paterson, Education Dive
Use of artificial intelligence has become more common in the college classroom, and advocates say it can help with everything from improved writing skills to understanding DNA theory, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Critics charge, however, that AI may be used to gloss over structural problems in higher education and result in formulaic teaching and potential threats to privacy. In a broad look at the use of AI at colleges and universities, the Chronicle of Higher Education notes that it can perhaps fine tune assignments, analyze student writing to see if it is on track and recommend prompts and organize lesson plans, adjusting them according to student understanding. AI systems allow some instructors more time for individual interaction with students giving them more information about their performance as a group and individually. Advanced systems might use machine learning to gather data and, for instance, design a better textbook or provide recommendations to medical students about the right procedure in certain circumstances.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/artificial-intelligence-gaining-ground-as-college-teaching-tool/530038/

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Despite Increase in Instructionl Designers, There Is No ‘Universal Profile’ for the Role

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

According to authors Elaine Beirne from Ireland’s Dublin City University and Matthew Romanoski from the University of Arizona, there is “no universal profile” for an instructional designer, and the path to the job may come through teaching in higher ed, working in technology, holding an academic research role or having a graphic design background. Even with this variety, the goal of the job is consistent across the board: to improve student success. In this, collaboration with faculty is the “top challenge.” Oftentimes, instructional designers have to overcome the idea that online learning works “crock pot style” (set it up and “forget it”), or they face instructor concern that a given course will become more mechanized and lose its personal touch in the design process, leaving students adrift as little more than an ID number.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/13/despite-increase-in-instructional-designers-there-is-no-universal-profile-for-the-role.aspx

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Data Analytics and Student Advising: Creating a Culture Shift on Campus

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

A Q&A with Kalpana (Kal) Srinivas, Campus Technology

Student advising has always been considered the linchpin of retention, a critical area for higher education institutions. And our retention gurus have held for years that it’s important that a student’s advisor is one of the key people they build a relationship with. Data analytics may seem to be a more recent phenomenon, but it’s now over 10 years since EDUCAUSE began publishing articles suggesting that if colleges and universities can place more and better information into the hands of a greater number of people, this enables better decision making. These two factors together became the crux of our understanding of how important it is to get critical information into the hands of advisors, so that they can do the holistic student advising we are asking them to do.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/13/data-analytics-and-student-advising-creating-a-culture-shift-on-campus.aspx

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‘Girl powered’ robotics workshop at Google builds skills, confidence

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-20 17:16

By JOSEPH GEHA, Bay Area News Group

This is the second year the Google Girl’s Robotics Workshop has run at the campus. The tech giant sponsors the event and collaborates with the Girl Powered initiative, comprised of members from the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation and VEX Robotics. The goal of the initiative is to get more girls involved in robotics and science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields, at an earlier age. “Girls, by and large, are underrepresented in robotics,” said Vicki Grisanti, the director of marketing for the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation.

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Small businesses say worker shortage is biggest challenge

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

By Ramona Schindelheim, Working Nation

“The July jobs report shows the magnitude of small businesses that are growing and hiring at record levels, creating new jobs and opportunities for the workforce,” says NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan in a statement. The survey also sees a record-high 37 percent of owners say they had an open position in July that they couldn’t fill. The openings were in construction, manufacturing and wholesale trades for both skilled and unskilled labor. New data from the Labor Department put the number of all open jobs in the country at 6.7 million. “Record job openings suggest that the economy can keep up its growth pace over the next few years if the labor shortage can be resolved or mitigated,” adds NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg.

Small businesses say worker shortage is biggest challenge

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2018 NMC Horizon Report

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-20 17:05

by EDUCAUSE

For more than a decade, EDUCAUSE has partnered with the New Media Consortium (NMC) to publish the annual Horizon Report – Higher Education Edition. Earlier this year, EDUCAUSE acquired the rights to the NMC Horizon project, which identifies and describes the higher education trends, challenges, and developments in educational technology likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. EDUCAUSE is publishing this 15th edition to both honor and work actively with the NMC’s Horizon legacy.

Key Trends Accelerating Higher Education Technology Adoption

Short TermDriving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next one to two years

  • Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
  • Redesigning Learning Spaces

Mid-TermDriving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next three to five years

  • Proliferation of Open Educational Resources
  • The Rise of New Forms of Interdisciplinary Studies

https://library.educause.edu/resources/2018/8/2018-nmc-horizon-report

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