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The best 3D printers for the K-12 classroom

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-05-21 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

3D printing has created many exciting activities for the classroom, and teachers are itching to get their hands on one. And, who can blame them? 3D printers allow teachers to bring lessons to life in a way that students can see. Plus, kids love them! Even better, they are now much more affordable than when they first hit the market making it possible for schools to purchase them for makerspaces or individual classrooms.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/best-3d-printers-for-the-k-12-classroom/

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Online Programs Gain Users in Arkansas

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-05-21 17:16

by Marty Cook, Arkansas Business

LaTonya Cockrell is one of Michael Moore’s favorite success stories. The success, of course, is Cockrell’s, but Moore loves what her story illustrates about the power of online learning. Moore is chief academic and operating officer at eVersity, the University of Arkansas System’s online-only university, and loves to show how the availability of online education can change lives. Cockrell, 43, was working as a server at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton when she decided she wanted to go back to college and earn a degree. Her options were limited; she had two young children at home, limited resources and no desire to sit in a classroom for hours when she could be working or raising her son and daughter. Cockrell, who had attended college in the early 1990s, earned an associate’s degree and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in information technology in December. She won’t be job hunting, though, because the institute hired her in February as an IT associate to help run its myriad conferences and symposiums.

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/121896/online-programs-gain-users-in-arkansas

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How to Teach Digital Literacy in Any Subject

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-05-21 17:10

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

As if teachers didn’t already have enough on their plates, there is an entirely new realm of literacy that students need to master: digital literacy. Perhaps stakeholders have assumed that, since they are digital natives, students already know what they need to know in order to be considered digitally literate. But this is simply not true. According to a recent study by Stanford University, very few students were competent in the very basic aspects of digital literacy, such as distinguishing a paid advertisement from a website’s core content. Obviously, students are in no position to fairly assess the reliability of information that they find online if they are unable to distinguish paid from substantive content.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-teach-digital-literacy-in-any-subject/

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Robot U: The First American A.I. Undergrad Program is Here, and Already Incredibly Elite

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-05-21 17:05

by Foster Kamer, Futurism

As if the point needs belaboring, but sure: The future of technology, no matter how far down the line you trace it, will inevitably run into A.I. at some point. So it’s fitting — if not overdue — that an established, esteemed American university would offer up an undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence. And that school is Carnegie Mellon University, of course. Per the MIT Tech Review, the program will be run out of the college’s School of Computer Science. It’ll involve the social and ethical impacts of A.I. as much as it will computational learning, along with the technical knowhow to have a decent grasp on what the future of A.I. is going to be, and maybe practical work on some of it, too (as a precursor to joining CMU’s top-flight status as the graduate school for A.I.).

Robot U: The First American A.I. Undergrad Program is Here, and Already Incredibly Elite

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What Do These Business School Deans Really Think About The Online MBA?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-05-21 17:02

by Marco De Novellis, Business Because

Online MBA programs have traditionally been seen as secondary to campus-based courses. But now more and more UK business schools are investing in online. Today’s business schools have woken up to the importance of flexible, affordable alternatives to classroom-based study. In the workplace, everything is online. So why shouldn’t business education be too? Still, every business school is different. Some schools offer 100%-online MBA programs; some offer online MBA programs with residential components; some schools don’t offer online MBA programs at all. BusinessBecause caught up with business school deans and MBA directors across the UK—one of the more developed markets for distance-learning—and asked them one simple question: what do you really think about the online MBA?

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/5280/business-school-deans-online-mba

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Stackable degrees could be the future of higher education, experts say

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-20 17:25

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
The alternative credential market is growing and the pace will not slow down, higher education experts said during a Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board briefing last week about the Higher Education Act. One of the panelists, Scott Pulsipher, president of Western Governors University, said that around “two-thirds of jobs are going to require some postsecondary credential, while only about 42% of adults currently have any postsecondary credential of any sort.”  Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor of the California Community Colleges, added to these sentiments during the briefing, noting that she has seen the demand for “booster shot” credentials in the workplace especially as new technologies continue to be introduce. “As we begin to see the economy shift in that direction,’ she said, “people will be building up portfolios and reputations that are beyond how we treat credentials in the current day.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/stackable-degrees-could-be-the-future-of-higher-education-experts-say/

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Columbia College is eliminating book costs, fees for adult students

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-20 17:19

by Ian Nickens, KOMU

Adult classes at Columbia College are now going to cost just one fee for courses, and that fee covers everything. Starting in the 2018 fall semester, evening and online undergraduate students will only pay $375 per credit hour for classes, and that includes books. “We found a way to essentially negotiate in bulk with the publishers,” said Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple. “The college itself is buying the textbooks and we’re passing those savings along to the students.” Columbia College calls this new way of charging tuition “Truition.” The program is meant to give students who are also balancing a job an easier way to afford their education. “Truition applies to all the other students we have across the country who are generally coming part-time and for whom fees and books are significant costs and barriers to going to college,” Dalrymple said.

http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-is-cutting-tuition-for-adult-students

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State of the Commons

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-20 17:15

by Creative Commons
The past few years have been transformative for Creative Commons. In 2015, we set out with an ambitious new strategy to nurture a vibrant, usable Commons powered by collaboration and gratitude. Our ambition is fueled by our technology projects and an energetic and productive global community. Each of CC’s initiatives works in support of this goal, unleashing the potential of the Commons through the work of our committed global communities. In 2017, we hosted our largest Global Summit yet, organized by our community and supported by new sponsors and donors. With your guidance, we redesigned the Creative Commons Global Network in a massive, collaborative, international process, and we built new online infrastructure to support this unprecedented expansion of the movement for sharing. Our new engineering team shipped the CC Search beta and established new partnerships to expand our reach. We launched an exciting certification program, meeting demand for the course from librarians and educators around the world. We fought against the TPP and for copyright reform in Europe, and helped national governments adopt open education policies.

https://stateof.creativecommons.org/

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46 states, 56 countries represented in UI iMBA’s first graduating class

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-20 17:10

by Adalberto Toledo, News Gazette
On Saturday, May 12th, the University of Illinois hosted a graduation ceremony for dozens of MBA students who may have never set foot on campus before. These aren’t your typical MBA students. They’re “iMBA” students, part of an online-only, UI-taught MBA program, and 73 percent of them don’t live in Illinois. Most of these mothers, veterans and first-generation college students have life constraints preventing them from doing traditional coursework on campus. The average student brings 12 years of professional experience and is between 22 and 61 years old.

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-05-09/46-states-56-countries-represented-ui-imbas-first-graduating-class.html

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Online Programs Gain Users in Arkansas

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-20 17:07

by Marty Cook, Arkansas Business

LaTonya Cockrell is one of Michael Moore’s favorite success stories. The success, of course, is Cockrell’s, but Moore loves what her story illustrates about the power of online learning. Moore is chief academic and operating officer at eVersity, the University of Arkansas System’s online-only university, and loves to show how the availability of online education can change lives. Cockrell, 43, was working as a server at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton when she decided she wanted to go back to college and earn a degree. Her options were limited; she had two young children at home, limited resources and no desire to sit in a classroom for hours when she could be working or raising her son and daughter. Cockrell, who had attended college in the early 1990s, earned an associate’s degree and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in information technology in December. She won’t be job hunting, though, because the institute hired her in February as an IT associate to help run its myriad conferences and symposiums.

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/121896/online-programs-gain-users-in-arkansas

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How the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation empowers digital civic engagement

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-20 17:03

by Hollie Russon-Gilman, Brookings
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is scheduled to take effect on May 25. While companies who serve customers in the EU have to adhere, there are numerous applications for civil society, journalists, academia, philanthropy, and the private sector as well. The GDPR represents an important step forward for envisioning a civic life where citizens are empowered not only as data producers but also data owners. Any conversation of leveraging data, technology, or innovation to enhance civic life or governance should seriously consider how such a framework could more deeply empower citizens in the United States.

How the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation empowers digital civic engagement

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2018’s Cities with the Most & Least Student Debt

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-19 17:25

by WalletHub

Student-loan debts are more unsustainable in some places than others. WalletHub therefore compared the median student-loan balance against the median earnings of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree in each of 2,515 U.S. cities to determine where Americans are most overleveraged on their college-related debts. Read on for our findings, expert advice from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

https://wallethub.com/student-loan-calculator/

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It’s time to break silos, look at education as a continuum, leaders say

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-19 17:25

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
A recent Gallup poll revealed that only about one in four adults believe that students who graduate from high school this year are prepared for college or a career, and Lone Star Community College Chancellor Stephen Head agrees. “I really don’t care what your background is, most students are not prepared for college — they’re just not,” Head said to a crowd assembled last month in Washington, D.C. for a Communities In Schools event. “Grades are one thing, but emotionally, they’re just not ready. They need the background of social help behind the scenes … They don’t even know what they don’t know.” “They need job skills,” he added. “We help them with that, but they need to know how to show up on time, how to handle conflict resolution, how to [succeed].”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/its-time-to-break-silos-look-at-education-as-a-continuum-leaders-say/522869/

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Connecticut calls its new Cybersecurity Action Plan a ‘call to arms’

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-19 17:20

by Colin Wood, StateScoop

A document published this week by Connecticut officials represents one of the strongest cybersecurity plans undertaken by any state. The 41-page document, called simply the Cybersecurity Action Plan, highlights a need for increased security, more cross-sector collaboration, and heightened academic focus to help fill a cybersecurity workforce gap. The plan builds on a cybersecurity strategy proposal last year that called for Connecticut to implement dozens of new programs and policies affecting government offices, law enforcement, higher education and local businesses.

https://statescoop.com/in-a-call-to-arms-connecticut-publishes-cybersecurity-action-plan

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Campus network security officials step up fight against cyberattacks

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-19 17:14

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
University of Arizona Chief Information Security Officer Lanita Collette told EdTech Magazine that when it comes to securing the university campus, there is a “tension between our need to provide an open environment where people can collaborate easily and the need to protect private information.”  At Arizona, IT security officials make sure that servers remain updated, there are intense monitoring procedures in place, and the team continuously uses the latest patches to prohibit digital currency mining, which can overload the system — a similar approach that was taken by IT officials at Northwestern University when computer chip malfunctions could have potentially disrupted the institution’s entire network.  University of Wisconsin-Madison CISO Bob Turner told EdTech Magazine that ransomware is high on his monitoring and response list and suggests campuses adapt to better respond, explaining that “in order to deal with risk, you have to deal with the pace of technology, along with the pace of the threats that are coming at your organization,” he said.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/campus-network-security-officials-step-up-fight-against-cyberattacks/522922/

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Stackable degrees could be the future of higher education, experts say

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-19 17:09

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
The alternative credential market is growing and the pace will not slow down, higher education experts said during a Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board briefing last week about the Higher Education Act. One of the panelists, Scott Pulsipher, president of Western Governors University, said that around “two-thirds of jobs are going to require some postsecondary credential, while only about 42% of adults currently have any postsecondary credential of any sort.”  Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor of the California Community Colleges, added to these sentiments during the briefing, noting that she has seen the demand for “booster shot” credentials in the workplace especially as new technologies continue to be introduce. “As we begin to see the economy shift in that direction,’ she said, “people will be building up portfolios and reputations that are beyond how we treat credentials in the current day.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/stackable-degrees-could-be-the-future-of-higher-education-experts-say/

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State of the Commons

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-19 17:07

by Creative Commons
The past few years have been transformative for Creative Commons. In 2015, we set out with an ambitious new strategy to nurture a vibrant, usable Commons powered by collaboration and gratitude. Our ambition is fueled by our technology projects and an energetic and productive global community. Each of CC’s initiatives works in support of this goal, unleashing the potential of the Commons through the work of our committed global communities. In 2017, we hosted our largest Global Summit yet, organized by our community and supported by new sponsors and donors. With your guidance, we redesigned the Creative Commons Global Network in a massive, collaborative, international process, and we built new online infrastructure to support this unprecedented expansion of the movement for sharing. Our new engineering team shipped the CC Search beta and established new partnerships to expand our reach. We launched an exciting certification program, meeting demand for the course from librarians and educators around the world. We fought against the TPP and for copyright reform in Europe, and helped national governments adopt open education policies.

https://stateof.creativecommons.org/

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Free textbooks? Federal government is on track with a pilot program

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-19 17:03

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post
Open-source textbooks have emerged as a cost-effective solution for cash-strapped college students. They can download the material free or print copies for a nominal price.  The federal government’s first major investment in the free use of textbooks remains on track, Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said Monday in a letter examining a pilot program by the Education Department. Congress designated $5 million in the fiscal 2018 budget to support the creation or expansion of open-educational resources: peer-reviewed academic material released under an intellectual property license that permits free use. The money is an outgrowth of legislation Durbin introduced in the fall.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2018/05/08/education-dept-sets-course-for-open-textbook-pilot-program/

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Poll: Americans look to colleges for research innovation

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:25

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
A new study from the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation shows that a majority of Americans look to colleges and universities to drive the nation’s innovation imperatives. According to the survey, 71% of the respondents believe higher education to be a bigger factor in innovation than corporations or government, but they also said that the U.S. is behind other countries in research and development. With a sample size of 1,086 adults representing all 50 states, 61% of participants said that universities play “about the same role they have always played” in the future of innovation, but only 25% said that institutions are “leading the charge more than ever before.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/poll-americans-look-to-colleges-for-research-innovation/522823/

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It’s time to break silos, look at education as a continuum, leaders say

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:20

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
A recent Gallup poll revealed that only about one in four adults believe that students who graduate from high school this year are prepared for college or a career, and Lone Star Community College Chancellor Stephen Head agrees. “I really don’t care what your background is, most students are not prepared for college — they’re just not,” Head said to a crowd assembled last month in Washington, D.C. for a Communities In Schools event. “Grades are one thing, but emotionally, they’re just not ready. They need the background of social help behind the scenes … They don’t even know what they don’t know.” “They need job skills,” he added. “We help them with that, but they need to know how to show up on time, how to handle conflict resolution, how to [succeed].”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/its-time-to-break-silos-look-at-education-as-a-continuum-leaders-say/522869/

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