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The Incredible Shrinking Higher Ed Industry

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-10-14 17:12

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Higher education enrollments have been falling for years, a well-documented outcome that can be attributed to some combination of a strong U.S. economy, changes in birth rates and, perhaps, growing doubts about the value of a college degree. Another decline is also unfolding — this one attributable to a mix of economic and political forces: the number of colleges and universities in the United States is at its lowest ebb since at least 1998. Data released by the U.S. Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics Friday included statistics on a range of topics, including total head count of enrolled students through 2017-18 and the number of colleges and universities in the most recent academic year, 2018-19.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/10/14/higher-ed-shrinks-number-colleges-falls-lowest-point-two-decades

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The quality of online higher education must be assured

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-10-14 17:10

Nita Temmerman, University World News

Technology has brought great advantages to the online teaching-learning environment. It has changed how we do teaching and learning and opened up the world of learning and opportunity to those who would not have had such opportunity without it. However, for online education to be successful there has to be commitment and support by governments, institutions, academics and learners. An absolute necessity is providing quality education. That means well-resourced institutions, well-qualified and motivated staff, good and continuous quality assurance mechanisms and supportive leadership.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190917120217325

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AI, ethics and classrooms of the future

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-10-14 17:03

Raconteur

News that Pearson, the world’s largest textbook publisher, is phasing out print publications for higher education to adopt a resolutely digital-first policy may signal an eventual full stop for traditional book learning. But the wealth of technology coming on stream heralds an exciting new chapter for the future. In the view of Mike Buchanan, executive director of HMC, which represents independent school head teachers, digital education will unlock a less rigid approach to classroom-based learning, as well as enable closer collaboration with pupils’ families. Mr Buchanan predicts individual academic achievement will be, rather than by a plethora of exams, and argues that for teachers disenchanted by the current need to “teach to the test”, the freedom to pursue a more rounded curriculum will foster a new optimism.

https://www.raconteur.net/technology/future-classroom-digital-education

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60 Years of Higher Ed — Really?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-13 17:25

Alina Tugend, NY Times

“The real driver of the 60-year curriculum is the job market and length of life,” said Huntington D. Lambert, the dean of the division of continuing education and university extension at Harvard University, who is a leader in the movement. Many continuing education programs already offer some of the elements. For example, the University of Washington Continuum College, which is the continuing education and professional development division of the University of Washington in Seattle, offers 99 certificate programs — most noncredit — as well as 111 graduate degree programs. An entire certificate course, which can take up to nine months part time to complete, runs between $3,600 and $4,500, said Rovy Branon, the college’s vice provost.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/education/learning/60-year-curriculum-higher-education.html

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Liberal arts degree? No degree at all? You are the perfect candidate for a tech job

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-13 17:15

Eric Rosenbaum, CNBC
For the past two years as many as 1 million tech jobs remain unfilled. Tech executives on the CNBC Technology Executive Council say it has become harder to fill tech positions, so candidates with liberal arts degrees, or no college degree, are now being hired. “Tech companies and enterprises who depend on digital technologies to drive their primary mission are in a virtual arms race to hire and retain tech-skilled workers,” one executive told CNBC.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/26/tech-jobs-now-a-fit-for-a-liberal-arts-degree-or-no-degree-at-all.html

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How to secure IoT on campus

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-13 17:13

BY LYSA MYERS, eCampus News
What is a network administrator to do with this invasion of connected, and thus hackable, devices? If you’re paying attention to the development and proliferation of “smart devices,” it can seem like they’re everywhere: internet-connected thermostats, cars, vending machines, surveillance cameras, televisions, fitness devices, and even light bulbs. But the omnipresence of tiny, embedded computers in everyday devices also has a way of making them invisible to most people. What is a network administrator to do with this invasion of connected, and thus hackable, devices?

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/09/27/how-to-secure-iot-on-campus/

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60 Years of Higher Ed — Really?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-13 17:10

Alina Tugend, NY Times

“The real driver of the 60-year curriculum is the job market and length of life,” said Huntington D. Lambert, the dean of the division of continuing education and university extension at Harvard University, who is a leader in the movement. Many continuing education programs already offer some of the elements. For example, the University of Washington Continuum College, which is the continuing education and professional development division of the University of Washington in Seattle, offers 99 certificate programs — most noncredit — as well as 111 graduate degree programs. An entire certificate course, which can take up to nine months part time to complete, runs between $3,600 and $4,500, said Rovy Branon, the college’s vice provost.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/education/learning/60-year-curriculum-higher-education.html

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Liberal arts degree? No degree at all? You are the perfect candidate for a tech job

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-13 17:02

 

Eric Rosenbaum, CNBC
For the past two years as many as 1 million tech jobs remain unfilled. Tech executives on the CNBC Technology Executive Council say it has become harder to fill tech positions, so candidates with liberal arts degrees, or no college degree, are now being hired. “Tech companies and enterprises who depend on digital technologies to drive their primary mission are in a virtual arms race to hire and retain tech-skilled workers,” one executive told CNBC.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/26/tech-jobs-now-a-fit-for-a-liberal-arts-degree-or-no-degree-at-all.html

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How to secure IoT on campus

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-13 17:01

BY LYSA MYERS, eCampus News
What is a network administrator to do with this invasion of connected, and thus hackable, devices? If you’re paying attention to the development and proliferation of “smart devices,” it can seem like they’re everywhere: internet-connected thermostats, cars, vending machines, surveillance cameras, televisions, fitness devices, and even light bulbs. But the omnipresence of tiny, embedded computers in everyday devices also has a way of making them invisible to most people. What is a network administrator to do with this invasion of connected, and thus hackable, devices?

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/09/27/how-to-secure-iot-on-campus/

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Training the future workforce for a data-driven society

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-12 17:25

BY JORDAN MORROW, eCampus News
An educational imperative: Our students must know how to live and work in a world that is dictated by data. Our youth are inheriting the future in real time. Over the past decade alone, the explosion in data, automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence has completely transformed the way we interact with the world – and it’s only accelerating. In fact, IDC predicts worldwide spending on AI systems alone will grow to nearly $35.8 billion in 2019 and will more than double to $79.2 billion by 2022. All this means it’s more important than ever that today’s youth — and the newly-emerging workforce — are adequately equipped to work with these evolving technologies.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/09/26/training-the-future-workforce-for-a-data-driven-society/

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Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: Applications, Promise and Perils, and Ethical Questions

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-12 17:25

by Elana Zeide, EDUCAUSE Review

Do not surrender to the robot overlords just yet. Keep in mind that for all the hype and buzz, these AI tools are just computer systems. They can go wrong. They are created by humans. Their values are shaped by companies and institutions. Their data is not neutral but is defined by the historical patterns. Be cautious and thoughtful about what you are doing with artificial intelligence, and remember: it’s not magic.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/8/artificial-intelligence-in-higher-education-applications-promise-and-perils-and-ethical-questions

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Harvard Initiative to Fund Student Ed Tech Ideas

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-12 17:17

By Sara Friedman, Campus Technology

Operation Impact will provide student entrepreneurs with dollars and support to create “impact-focused” startups that focus on issues that educators face around the world. The new initiative, Operation Impact, provides funding, infrastructure and mentorship to student entrepreneurs to create and develop “impact-focused” startups. Over the past year, Operation Impact has funded several projects from student teams in its beta program. Some of those projects include fighting “pervasive burnout” in new educators, improving and promoting access to STEM education across the country, and creating immersive reality experiences for healthcare students to improve relationships with “stigmatized” patients within the healthcare system.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/09/23/harvard-initiative-to-fund-student-ed-tech-ideas.aspx?s=ct_nu_260919&oly_enc_id=2450C6053234D5W

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Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: Applications, Promise and Perils, and Ethical Questions

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-12 17:10

by Elana Zeide, EDUCAUSE Review

Do not surrender to the robot overlords just yet. Keep in mind that for all the hype and buzz, these AI tools are just computer systems. They can go wrong. They are created by humans. Their values are shaped by companies and institutions. Their data is not neutral but is defined by the historical patterns. Be cautious and thoughtful about what you are doing with artificial intelligence, and remember: it’s not magic.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/8/artificial-intelligence-in-higher-education-applications-promise-and-perils-and-ethical-questions

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Training the future workforce for a data-driven society

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-12 17:04

BY JORDAN MORROW, eCampus News
An educational imperative: Our students must know how to live and work in a world that is dictated by data. Our youth are inheriting the future in real time. Over the past decade alone, the explosion in data, automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence has completely transformed the way we interact with the world – and it’s only accelerating. In fact, IDC predicts worldwide spending on AI systems alone will grow to nearly $35.8 billion in 2019 and will more than double to $79.2 billion by 2022. All this means it’s more important than ever that today’s youth — and the newly-emerging workforce — are adequately equipped to work with these evolving technologies.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/09/26/training-the-future-workforce-for-a-data-driven-society/

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Harvard Initiative to Fund Student Ed Tech Ideas

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-12 17:03

By Sara Friedman, Campus Technology

Operation Impact will provide student entrepreneurs with dollars and support to create “impact-focused” startups that focus on issues that educators face around the world. The new initiative, Operation Impact, provides funding, infrastructure and mentorship to student entrepreneurs to create and develop “impact-focused” startups. Over the past year, Operation Impact has funded several projects from student teams in its beta program. Some of those projects include fighting “pervasive burnout” in new educators, improving and promoting access to STEM education across the country, and creating immersive reality experiences for healthcare students to improve relationships with “stigmatized” patients within the healthcare system.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/09/23/harvard-initiative-to-fund-student-ed-tech-ideas.aspx?s=ct_nu_260919&oly_enc_id=2450C6053234D5W

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95 percent disabled kids are out-of-school

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-11 17:24

Mitch Rankin, Cryptopolitan

In some of the world’s poorest countries, up to 95% of disabled children are out of school, despite education being a basic human right. In developed countries, this rate is not much lower at 90%. Almost 93 million children are out of school because of a disability. These students are excluded because of discrimination, lack of training in inclusive teaching methods among teachers, and a lack of accessible schools catering to their needs. The internet creates an environment free from discrimination and can level the playing field and allow disabled students an equal opportunity to a good education.

https://www.cryptopolitan.com/95-percent-disabled-kids-are-out-of-school/

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Lifting the Curtain on Student Income-Share Agreements

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-11 17:20

By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed

Income-share agreements are drawing attention from lawmakers, although relatively few students so far have signed up for the loan alternative. Two organizations with markedly different approaches are looking to change that. The contracts obligate students to pay back a portion of their future income for a set number of years rather than take out student loans to cover unmet financial need. The concept was first tested in short-term programs like coding boot camps but increasingly is being pushed as an option for students at traditional colleges as well.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/26/two-emerging-players-isas-deliberate-and-different-approaches

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3 tested ways to increase student access and success

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-11 17:15

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
College officials and researchers share initiatives that institutions can use to help admit and graduate a more diverse student body. College can be a springboard to success, yet its doors often aren’t as easy to open for many low-income and underrepresented minority students. And though many institutions have vowed to increase access, pervasive equity gaps have persisted or even widened. But a handful of efforts have allowed colleges to admit a more diverse class and help them persist. At an event hosted by the Education Writers Association at the University of Michigan’s main campus in Ann Arbor earlier this week, we learned from a handful of college officials and researchers about what initiatives are paying off, and why.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/3-tested-ways-to-increase-student-access-and-success/563719/

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95 percent disabled kids are out-of-school

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-11 17:10

Mitch Rankin, Cryptopolitan

In some of the world’s poorest countries, up to 95% of disabled children are out of school, despite education being a basic human right. In developed countries, this rate is not much lower at 90%. Almost 93 million children are out of school because of a disability. These students are excluded because of discrimination, lack of training in inclusive teaching methods among teachers, and a lack of accessible schools catering to their needs. The internet creates an environment free from discrimination and can level the playing field and allow disabled students an equal opportunity to a good education.

https://www.cryptopolitan.com/95-percent-disabled-kids-are-out-of-school/

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Lifting the Curtain on Student Income-Share Agreements

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-10-11 17:05

By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed

Income-share agreements are drawing attention from lawmakers, although relatively few students so far have signed up for the loan alternative. Two organizations with markedly different approaches are looking to change that. The contracts obligate students to pay back a portion of their future income for a set number of years rather than take out student loans to cover unmet financial need. The concept was first tested in short-term programs like coding boot camps but increasingly is being pushed as an option for students at traditional colleges as well.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/26/two-emerging-players-isas-deliberate-and-different-approaches

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