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Harvard Is Offering a Popular Online Architecture Course for Free

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-14 16:15

By Jessica Stewart, Modern Met

Ever wondered what it would be like to take a class at Harvard? If you’re interested in architecture, you’ll be thrilled to hear that Harvard’s Graduate School of Design is offering its popular course, The Architectural Imagination, for free online. From the comfort of your own home, you’ll get the benefit of Harvard’s world-class faculty teaching the fundamentals of architecture. The 10-week course is designed to teach you “how to ‘read’ architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement.” Students can elect to enroll in the online course free of charge or pay $99 to receive a verified certificate upon completion. And, if you are an architect enrolled in the American Institute of Architects, the course can be used toward continuing education credits.

Harvard Is Offering a Popular Online Architecture Course for Free

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Harvard Is Offering a Popular Online Architecture Course for Free

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-14 16:05

By Jessica Stewart, Modern Met

Ever wondered what it would be like to take a class at Harvard? If you’re interested in architecture, you’ll be thrilled to hear that Harvard’s Graduate School of Design is offering its popular course, The Architectural Imagination, for free online. From the comfort of your own home, you’ll get the benefit of Harvard’s world-class faculty teaching the fundamentals of architecture. The 10-week course is designed to teach you “how to ‘read’ architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement.” Students can elect to enroll in the online course free of charge or pay $99 to receive a verified certificate upon completion. And, if you are an architect enrolled in the American Institute of Architects, the course can be used toward continuing education credits.

Harvard Is Offering a Popular Online Architecture Course for Free

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Taking a Free Online Course Makes Sense

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-14 16:02

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Adult learners can take online classes at no cost to keep their job skills up to date and pursue their interests.  Getting an online degree can be a major investment. But there are other ways to learn online without spending a dime. Jonathan Payne, a marketing coordinator at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, has taken several free online classes. His coursework led to certifications in Google Analytics and Adwords, and he has dabbled in programming on websites like Codecademy and edX. When it comes to coding, the 27-year-old says, “It’s just something I’ve always wanted to learn. It helps a little bit in my job but not enough to make me want to pay $8,000 to $10,000 to get a master’s degree or another bachelor’s degree.”

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-02-01/4-times-taking-a-free-online-course-makes-sense

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Studying online: seven ways to stay motivated

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-14 16:01

by Matthew Jenkins, the Guardian

When Linda Eunson started her online degree in psychology at the Open University, she didn’t expect it to take eight years to complete. “During that time I have moved house four times, changed jobs once, and got married,” the 47-year-old explains. The death of her teenage stepson soon after her own mother’s death also meant she was forced to suspend her studies for a year. Now in her final year, Eunson has rolled with the punches, juggling family life with a demanding career as a litigation executive at a law firm. She admits the pressure to squeeze her study into an already jam-packed day was a shock at first. So how can e-learners stay on task?

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/30/studying-online-seven-ways-to-stay-motivated

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Knewton Releases $44 Adaptive Digital Textbooks

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-13 16:26

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Ed tech company Knewton has launched a collection of digital courseware that integrates its adaptive technology with open education resources, with the intention of selling directly to instructors and students. Previously, the company licensed its adaptive functionality to textbook publishers for integration with their course content. Under the new strategy, the company noted, it could own “all aspects of the user experience” and “make a greater impact on outcomes and affordability.” Each title in the new line costs $44 for two years of digital access.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/25/knewton-releases-44-adaptive-digital-textbooks.aspx

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5 ways edtech is democratizing education

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-13 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Technology permeates every aspect of our lives today. So it’s not surprising that these advances are now revolutionizing our educational system, too. The results are more far-reaching than anyone could have predicted. Here are some of the ways in which edtech is levelling the playing field, making quality educational experiences available to all.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-ways-edtech-democratizing-education/

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5 ways to stay motivated when you are distance learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-13 16:15

by Study International
Distance learning is on the rise. But with online learning comes a need for (plenty of) self-motivation. Learning from home comes with many great benefits. You have near-total flexibility over your working hours, you don’t have to change out of your pyjamas if you don’t want to, you can have snacks whenever you want and, more importantly, you can even pursue other ventures like work or travel. But it isn’t without it’s drawbacks too. In the world of online learning you need to be dedicated, focused and committed. So here are five tips to keep yourself in tip-top shape.

5 ways to stay motivated when you are distance learning

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Knewton Releases $44 Adaptive Digital Textbooks

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-13 16:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Ed tech company Knewton has launched a collection of digital courseware that integrates its adaptive technology with open education resources, with the intention of selling directly to instructors and students. Previously, the company licensed its adaptive functionality to textbook publishers for integration with their course content. Under the new strategy, the company noted, it could own “all aspects of the user experience” and “make a greater impact on outcomes and affordability.” Each title in the new line costs $44 for two years of digital access.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/25/knewton-releases-44-adaptive-digital-textbooks.aspx

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5 ways to stay motivated when you are distance learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-13 16:05

by Study International
Distance learning is on the rise. But with online learning comes a need for (plenty of) self-motivation. Learning from home comes with many great benefits. You have near-total flexibility over your working hours, you don’t have to change out of your pyjamas if you don’t want to, you can have snacks whenever you want and, more importantly, you can even pursue other ventures like work or travel. But it isn’t without it’s drawbacks too. In the world of online learning you need to be dedicated, focused and committed. So here are five tips to keep yourself in tip-top shape.

5 ways to stay motivated when you are distance learning

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4 Digital Training Options for Workplace Learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-13 16:02

By Kathy Gurchiek, SHRM

Augmented reality, microlearning, adaptive learning and massive open online courses (MOOCs): Digital learning plays a big role workplace learning.  It’s important to understand what digital learning is and what it is not, said Don Dequette, executive vice president at New York City-based General Physics Learning Solutions Group. “It is not a modality, it is not a type of learning,” he pointed out during a recent webinar.  These four learning trends can help your employees get up to speed, and they use some of the latest technology available for work and play.

https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/organizational-and-employee-development/Pages/4-Digital-Training-Options-for-Workplace-Learning.aspx

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Boot camps saw 50% growth in 2017

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-12 16:25

The boot camp industry shouldn’t be counted out, despite a year plagued by a number of closures and bad press, Inside Higher Ed reports. Estimated growth of the sector topped 50% last year, according to Course Report. Despite some setbacks in 2017, the industry is growing, not shrinking, and still leaving its mark on higher education as a whole — and potentially encroaching on some of the available public and private funding available to provide career and technical training to low-income students. The new Forever GI Bill signed into law by President Donald Trump in August 2017 takes effect this year, and provides for a $75 million experiment to allow nontraditional credential providers — including boot camps — to train veterans for tech careers. The House version of the PROSPER Act also includes proposals to make Pell grants and other funding available to those who want to attend boot camps and other nontraditional programs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/boot-camps-saw-50-growth-in-2017/515990/

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A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-12 16:20

by Dhawal Shah, Class Central

The MOOC landscape has grown to include 9,400 courses, more than 500 MOOC-based credentials, and more than a dozen graduate degrees. The total number of MOOCs available to register for at any point of time is larger than ever, thanks to tweaks in the scheduling policy by MOOC providers. However, for the first time we are seeing a slowdown in the number of new learners, which is a direct result of a shift in priorities towards users who are willing to pay. According to data gathered by Class Central, around 20 million new learners signed up for their first MOOC in 2017. That’s fewer than the 23 million new learners who registered for a MOOC in 2016. The total number of MOOC learners is now 78 million.

A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017

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Navigate an Online Course’s Learning Management System

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-12 16:14

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Online education typically isn’t any easier than learning on a physical campus. Rather, it’s a different type of experience. Instead of attending classes in person, students in online degree programs primarily complete coursework and communicate virtually through a platform referred to as a learning management system. Online students can generally access course materials, contact student services, track their progress in classes and submit assignments, among other things. “The learning management system for an online course is the student’s campus, to a certain extent, or their classroom,” says Karen Ferguson, vice provost at Colorado State University—Global Campus.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-01-29/navigate-an-online-course-learning-management-system-as-a-student

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4 Habits of People Who Are Always Learning New Skills

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-12 16:10

by Mike Kehoe, Harvard Business Review

Working in online learning, I’ve found that every year around this time there’s a burst of sign-ups from workers seeking new skills.   In one survey of more than 50,000 learners who completed MOOCs on Coursera, 72% reported career benefits such as doing their current job more effectively, finding a new job, or receiving a raise. Having worked in HR at a large banking corporation and in strategic HR consulting, I’ve seen the effects of learning and development on career mobility — and what leads people to let it fall by the wayside. Over time, working with users as well as learning experts, I’ve found that four crucial habits can make a tremendous difference.

https://hbr.org/2018/01/4-habits-of-people-who-are-always-learning-new-skills

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Boot camps saw 50% growth in 2017

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-12 16:05

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
The boot camp industry shouldn’t be counted out, despite a year plagued by a number of closures and bad press, Inside Higher Ed reports. Estimated growth of the sector topped 50% last year, according to Course Report. Despite some setbacks in 2017, the industry is growing, not shrinking, and still leaving its mark on higher education as a whole — and potentially encroaching on some of the available public and private funding available to provide career and technical training to low-income students. The new Forever GI Bill signed into law by President Donald Trump in August 2017 takes effect this year, and provides for a $75 million experiment to allow nontraditional credential providers — including boot camps — to train veterans for tech careers. The House version of the PROSPER Act also includes proposals to make Pell grants and other funding available to those who want to attend boot camps and other nontraditional programs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/boot-camps-saw-50-growth-in-2017/515990/

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A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-12 16:02

by Dhawal Shah, Class Central

The MOOC landscape has grown to include 9,400 courses, more than 500 MOOC-based credentials, and more than a dozen graduate degrees. The total number of MOOCs available to register for at any point of time is larger than ever, thanks to tweaks in the scheduling policy by MOOC providers. However, for the first time we are seeing a slowdown in the number of new learners, which is a direct result of a shift in priorities towards users who are willing to pay. According to data gathered by Class Central, around 20 million new learners signed up for their first MOOC in 2017. That’s fewer than the 23 million new learners who registered for a MOOC in 2016. The total number of MOOC learners is now 78 million.

A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017

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What Role for Higher Ed in an AI World?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-11 16:22

by Grace Bird, Inside Higher Ed

A little more than half of both blue- and white-collar American workers think they’ll need more education to find a similar job if they lose theirs to new technology. However, only 18 percent of employed Americans feel “extremely confident” about securing this additional education. To Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern University, colleges need to adapt to the impending artificial intelligence revolution. This means institutions must teach humans to become “robot-proof” (as the title of Aoun’s book suggests) or in other words, “to do the jobs only humans can do.” “Universities with the audacity to change represent humanity’s best chance to win the jobs of the future,” Aoun wrote.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/01/31/many-americans-feel-positive-about-artificial-intelligence-study-says

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Amazon is quietly becoming its own university

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-11 16:20

by Amy X. Wang, Quartz

A spokesperson told Inside Higher Ed that Candace Thille will work “with our Global Learning Development Team to scale and innovate workplace learning at Amazon”; Thille herself said she is “not really at liberty to discuss” her new project. What could Amazon want with a higher education expert? The company already has footholds in the learning market, running several educational resource platforms. But Thille is famous specifically for her data-driven work, conducted at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon University, on nontraditional ways of learning, teaching, and training—all of which are perfect, perhaps even necessary, for the education of employees. Corporate learning is a freshly lucrative market, estimated to be over $130 billion in size, and still booming.

https://qz.com/1191619/amazon-is-becoming-its-own-university/

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Amazon’s Newest Hire Could Have a Big Impact on Online Open Education Resources

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-11 16:16

By Leigh Buehler-Rappold, In Cyberdefense

In an effort to expand its workforce, Amazon has hired Candace Thille to work with its Global Learning Development Team and create an innovative learning workplace. Thille is a pioneer in learning science and open educational delivery. The details of Thille’s new position are still being worked out, so it is difficult to say exactly what she will do at Amazon. However, considering Amazon’s business relies heavily on data analytics and unremitting experimentation, it makes sense that this giant retailer would look to a learning scientist to advance its workforce training.

https://incyberdefense.com/featured/amazons-newest-hire-big-impact-online-open-education-resources/

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The Cost of Attending For-Profits

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-11 16:12

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
A new analysis finds that students enrolling in certificate programs are more likely to experience economic gains from enrolling in programs at public institutions, generally community colleges, than at for-profit institutions. Further, the analysis finds that people may be better off economically by not pursuing any postsecondary education than by enrolling in a certificate program at a for-profit. The analysis comes amid significant debates over vocationally oriented higher education.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/02/12/study-finds-poor-economic-results-students-who-enroll-certificate-programs-profit

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