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Higher education should serve state’s working class

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-15 17:06

by SANDY STRUNK, Lancaster Online

Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney was quick to respond, “It would be relatively cheap and cowardly to close and merge.” Kenneth Mash, President of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties agreed, stating the RAND report should have suggested more funding so the state system can “truly deliver on (its) legislatively mandated mission to provide a high-quality, affordable education for working-class Pennsylvanians.” In its July 2017 report assessing the viability of PSSHE, the National Center of Higher Education Management Systems described PSSHE’s “bleak fiscal future,” noting if the current trends continue, “it is just a matter of time before all of the universities become financially unsustainable. The report goes on to deliver a scathing indictment of the governance structure, which “stifles effective and strategic leadership.”

https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/columnists/higher-education-should-serve-state-s-working-class/article_26cbde6e-4f05-11e8-b629-eb55fb49d51b.html

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Are Etextbooks Affordable Now? In a bid to gain market share, publishers have slashed the cost of digital textbooks

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-15 17:03

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

New print textbooks can still cost students hundreds of dollars, but the cost of etextbooks is falling fast, according to data from etextbook distribution platforms VitalSource and RedShelf — both of which work with all major publishers. Since 2016, the average price of etextbooks on VitalSource has fallen by 31 percent, from $56.36 in 2016 to $38.65 in 2018. Some areas, such as mathematics, have seen more drastic change, said VitalSource. In 2016, the average math etextbook cost $79. Now it’s $39 — a decrease of almost 50 percent. RedShelf confirmed a similar price drop. In 2015, the average etextbook cost $53.11, the company said. Now it’s $39.24.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/05/01/publishers-race-reduce-costs-digital-textbooks

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Community Colleges Prioritizing Mobile Device Support

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-05-14 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The top technology-related priority for community colleges in the coming year is mobile device and app support, according to a new report. About a third of those institutions have a strategy in place for use of mobile devices, and more than half (51 percent) are piloting the use of devices in the classroom but lack a formal strategy for doing so. Just four in 10 schools (44 percent) provide professional development to help instructors learn how to use mobile apps for instruction, and just one in five train faculty or have policies to follow for protecting student privacy when using apps.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/05/03/community-colleges-prioritizing-mobile-device-support.aspx

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Higher ed embraces the new ‘traditional’ student

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-05-14 17:15

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
The Wall Street Journal profiles the growing culture of making higher education more accessible for adult learners. With 41% of students over the age of 25 and likely trying to balance school, work and family, students are receiving financial support to eliminate gaps in financial need after loans are applied to tuition costs. States like Tennessee and Indiana are using grants tied to workforce development or credential attainment to entice adults to enroll. Tennessee’s Reconnect Scholarship program pays tuition and fees for students enrolled at any public technical or community college or applied technology institution, while Indiana’s Workforce Ready grant funds enrollment in programs for construction, health sciences, manufacturing and other technical trades. Both programs require students to apply for federal financial aid as a prerequisite for receiving the state grants.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-embraces-the-new-traditional-student/522765/

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How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-05-14 17:09

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Universities first opened these offshoots more than 100 years ago, and at the time they were innovative—throwing open the campus gates by offering night classes without any admission requirements.  EdSurge recently sat down with the dean of Harvard’s Extension School, Hunt Lambert, to ask him to sort through all these offerings and give his vision of where his school is headed.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-03-how-harvard-is-trying-to-update-the-extension-school-for-the-mooc-age

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THE PERKS OF DISTANCE LEARNING

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-05-14 17:06

By Victoria Bailey, WCBI

Ashley Jensen is now a Mississippi State University Alum but has never stepped foot on campus till graduation day. “Distance education at Mississippi State is really designed for adult learners, mostly, because we have so many students that have families, that have jobs, and as much as they would love to come to this beautiful campus sometimes you just can’t do that,”said Distance Education Director Dr. Susan Seal. Ashley now has a Masters in Middle Level Education.

The Perks Of Distance Learning

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Before ‘Solo,’ Ron Howard debuts an online directing class

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-05-14 17:03

 

By JAKE COYLE, AP

Howard’s continued exhilaration for the challenges of filmmaking are evident in an online course he developed that debuted Thursday. The class, featuring 32 roughly 10-minute video lessons, is part of the online tutorial series MasterClass, an instructional program that gives paying students access to the advice and teachings of famous experts. (Customers can learn ball-handling from Steph Curry, jazz piano from Herbie Hancock, or screenwriting from Aaron Sorkin.)

http://journaltimes.com/news/national/before-solo-ron-howard-debuts-an-online-class/article_d0895fee-93ce-53f6-9deb-ccdce430cb44.html

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Free tool allows institutions to easily analyze, compare IPEDS data

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-13 17:25

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Data USA, a free-and-open data-visualization platform that launched in April 2016, added profiles on more than 7,300 higher education institutions, with information including tuition costs, demographics, acceptance rates, financial aid and endowments sizes, among other statistics gleaned from U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).  The platform, a collaboration between Deloitte, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Datawheel, lets users observe publicly available data in an integrated, visualized format, according to César Hidalgo, director of MIT’s Collective Learning group, who told Education Dive the resource allows users to do things like “see the data and visualize it and merge points right away.” Hidalgo said users can compare yields, how many of the students are accepted at a university decided to go there, and much more.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/free-tool-allows-institutions-to-easily-analyze-compare-ipeds-data/522688/

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How to Make Your University Network Less Vulnerable

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-13 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Schools and universities are beginning to understand that their security networks are too vulnerable to protect sensitive information. Keeping key documents and student information safe should be a priority for the administration at all universities. However, many schools are struggling to figure out the first steps they need to take in order to make themselves less vulnerable to an attack. Many universities wait until the cyber-attack happens before they implement some much-needed change. With a few well-thought-out shifts in the network, schools might be able to prevent many of these attacks from ever occurring. Consider some of these simple shifts that universities can make in order to reduce the likelihood of falling victim to a major cyber-attack.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-make-your-university-network-less-vulnerable/

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Students want to know textbook prices earlier to help with registration

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-13 17:17

BY MASON CARROLL, Daily Texan
With the school year coming to an end, many students are already looking to next year and next year’s textbooks prices. However, Texas law prevents students from seeing their textbook prices until a month before school begins. State House Bill 33 allows students to see class material and the price of textbooks 30 days before classes start. SB 810 was passed last legislative session and requires professors to submit open education resources course material.

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2018/05/02/students-want-to-know-textbook-prices-earlier-to-help-with-registration

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American Higher Education Hits a Dangerous Milestone

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-13 17:10

by RONALD BROWNSTEIN, the Atlantic

Drawing almost no attention, the nation crossed an ominous milestone last year that threatens more economic polarization and social division: For the first time, public colleges and universities in most states received most of their revenue from tuition rather than government appropriations. This historic shift away from tax dollars funding the bulk of public higher education comes precisely as the nation’s youth population is crossing a succession of milestones to become more racially diverse than ever. As statisticians would say, it’s an open question whether these twin trends represent an example of causation or just correlation. But whether resources are shrinking because diversity is growing, or the two trends are proceeding independently, their convergence is still a dangerous development—not only for higher education, but also for the nation’s economic future.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/american-higher-education-hits-a-dangerous-milestone/559457/

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Higher ed embraces the new ‘traditional’ student

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-13 17:05

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
The Wall Street Journal profiles the growing culture of making higher education more accessible for adult learners. With 41% of students over the age of 25 and likely trying to balance school, work and family, students are receiving financial support to eliminate gaps in financial need after loans are applied to tuition costs. States like Tennessee and Indiana are using grants tied to workforce development or credential attainment to entice adults to enroll. Tennessee’s Reconnect Scholarship program pays tuition and fees for students enrolled at any public technical or community college or applied technology institution, while Indiana’s Workforce Ready grant funds enrollment in programs for construction, health sciences, manufacturing and other technical trades. Both programs require students to apply for federal financial aid as a prerequisite for receiving the state grants.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-embraces-the-new-traditional-student/522765/

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Free tool allows institutions to easily analyze, compare IPEDS data

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-05-13 17:02

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Data USA, a free-and-open data-visualization platform that launched in April 2016, added profiles on more than 7,300 higher education institutions, with information including tuition costs, demographics, acceptance rates, financial aid and endowments sizes, among other statistics gleaned from U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).  The platform, a collaboration between Deloitte, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Datawheel, lets users observe publicly available data in an integrated, visualized format, according to César Hidalgo, director of MIT’s Collective Learning group, who told Education Dive the resource allows users to do things like “see the data and visualize it and merge points right away.” Hidalgo said users can compare yields, how many of the students are accepted at a university decided to go there, and much more.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/free-tool-allows-institutions-to-easily-analyze-compare-ipeds-data/522688/

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Empowering refugees worldwide by providing tools for social change

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-12 17:25

by Chuck Leddy, MIT Open Learning

The lives of refugees aren’t just disrupted by the loss of a homeland, but also by massive challenges in accessing educational and professional opportunities. A collaboration between the MITx MicroMasters program in data, economics, and development policy (DEDP), the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and the MIT Refugee Action Hub (ReACT) seeks to address these challenges. MIT’s Department of Economics and J-PAL co-developed and launched the MITx MicroMasters Program in DEDP in 2017. The new collaboration will allow refugee learners to receive scholarships for DEDP courses, participate in skills-building workshops, and connect with top organizations and companies in the field of development economics and data analysis.

http://news.mit.edu/2018/empowering-refugees-by-providing-tools-for-social-change-0501

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Online, simulation scenarios ready med students for residency

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-12 17:20

by Brendan Murphy, AMA Wire

What medical students know is only as good as how they apply it. Bridging the gap is key to ensuring a successful transition from medical school to residency. “One of the things that is lacking overall [in medical education] is a way to successfully help students translate their book knowledge to action and taking care of patients,” said Rachel Gordon, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “During medical school, you are either in the classroom or you’re on the wards, but sometimes you need a combination of the two.”

https://wire.ama-assn.org/education/online-simulation-scenarios-ready-med-students-residency

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When Learning Analytics Violate Student Privacy

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-12 17:14

By David Raths, Campus Technology

With education technologies increasingly using analytics to measure and assess student learning, there is a lot of data flying around on higher education campuses. How are institutions establishing principles and polices around the responsible use of that data? So far, few have published clear definitions of learning data or guidelines for how students’ data can be used or shared. One exception is the University of California system, which has created a team to develop UC learning data privacy principles and recommended best practices for its campuses. The issues being addressed involve both student consent as well as university contractual relationships with third-party vendors.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/05/02/when-learning-analytics-violate-student-privacy.aspx

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Online, simulation scenarios ready med students for residency

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-12 17:10

by Brendan Murphy, AMA Wire

What medical students know is only as good as how they apply it. Bridging the gap is key to ensuring a successful transition from medical school to residency. “One of the things that is lacking overall [in medical education] is a way to successfully help students translate their book knowledge to action and taking care of patients,” said Rachel Gordon, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “During medical school, you are either in the classroom or you’re on the wards, but sometimes you need a combination of the two.”

https://wire.ama-assn.org/education/online-simulation-scenarios-ready-med-students-residency

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NZ Universities say online learning will not be the end of degrees

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-12 17:05

by BRAD FLAHIVE, Stuff

A growing cohort of Australian graduates are leaving university environment with more debts and few job prospects, the report says. Up to 40 per cent of existing degrees will become obsolete in Australia, an Ernst and Young report says. Universities need to move towards “lifelong learning”, delivered largely online, in the next five years to survive, according to the firm’s new research paper on the university of the future. However, executive director of Universities New Zealand Chris Whelan said that’s not what the market is indicating in New Zealand.  Chris Whelan, executive director of Universities New Zealand, says Kiwi universities outperform Australian counterparts when it comes to producing graduates that get jobs. “If the assumption that universities and polytechs were simply providing knowledge, they would be right, but that’s not what we provide,” said Whelan.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/103545583/nz-universities-say-online-learning-will-not-be-the-end-of-degrees

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Contra Costa College joins online learning initiative

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-12 17:02

By Anthony Kinney, The Advocate
With the demand of online courses growing throughout the state, Contra Costa College moves to do its part to provide California community college students with a universal online alternative to the traditional classroom setting. CCC was one of 33 community colleges selected to join the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative 2018 online equity cohort. The program is purposed with helping close the state’s growing academic achievement gap by collaborating to ease the process of enrolling in digital classrooms.

College joins online learning initiative

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5 roles university libraries will play in the future

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-11 17:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Universities are seeking ways to innovate and keep up with the changing expectations of students and faculty, and university libraries are no different. As physical space, available funding, and student needs change, university libraries will have to adapt to meet different needs and campus roles. Despite these future changes, the purpose of university libraries remains steady: Academic libraries provide equitable access to information for students to use in their daily lives, whether their purpose is for academic success, to solve problems, or to create new knowledge.

5 roles university libraries will play in the future

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