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Are You Ready To Go Online? Key Considerations for New Online Education Initiatives

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-09 17:20

by Aleksandar (Sasha) Tomic, Evolllution

While successes online are fairly well documented, failures are not as public The online space is getting more and more crowded, so you must define what it is that differentiates you. Is it price point? Student engagement? Student outcomes? Placement rate? In other words, why would a student choose your online MBA as opposed to the other 281 programs currently ranked by US News and World Report Online MBA rankings? The same care that goes into differentiating your on-ground programs should go into differentiating the online ones as well. Possibly more, since location might be a differentiator for your on-ground programs but is rendered meaningless in the online space.

Are You Ready To Go Online? Key Considerations for New Online Education Initiatives

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Leading in the Midst of Higher Ed Disruption: Experts Discuss Paths to Innovation

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-09 17:15

by EdTechTimes

Today, higher education is in the midst of a major disruption. Every element of higher ed is changing: the traditional student, classroom models—even expectations for support after graduation. And of course, technology is at the center of many of these changes. New technologies are allowing campuses to have a broader reach, more efficient business practices, and new methods of instruction. But technological innovation brings an entirely new set of challenges to higher ed.

Leading in the Midst of Higher Ed Disruption: Experts Discuss Paths to Innovation

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Canvas Catches, and Maybe Passes, Blackboard

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-09 17:12

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Canvas has unseated Blackboard Learn as the leading LMS at U.S. colleges and universities, according to new data from MindWires Consulting. In a blog post on Monday, Michael Feldstein, partner at MindWires Consulting and co-publisher of the e-Literate blog, wrote that Canvas now has 1,218 installations at U.S. institutions, compared with Blackboard’s 1,216. Although the two-figure difference may seem insignificant — and Blackboard and some of its allies say the data don’t accurately reflect the two companies’ relative reach — most analysts agree that Canvas’s ascent, largely at Blackboard’s expense, is noteworthy.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/07/10/canvas-catches-and-maybe-passes-blackboard-top-learning

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Are You Ready To Go Online? Key Considerations for New Online Education Initiatives

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-09 17:10

by Aleksandar (Sasha) Tomic, Evolllution

While successes online are fairly well documented, failures are not as public The online space is getting more and more crowded, so you must define what it is that differentiates you. Is it price point? Student engagement? Student outcomes? Placement rate? In other words, why would a student choose your online MBA as opposed to the other 281 programs currently ranked by US News and World Report Online MBA rankings? The same care that goes into differentiating your on-ground programs should go into differentiating the online ones as well. Possibly more, since location might be a differentiator for your on-ground programs but is rendered meaningless in the online space.

Are You Ready To Go Online? Key Considerations for New Online Education Initiatives

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Leading in the Midst of Higher Ed Disruption: Experts Discuss Paths to Innovation

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-09 17:05

by EdTechTimes

Today, higher education is in the midst of a major disruption. Every element of higher ed is changing: the traditional student, classroom models—even expectations for support after graduation. And of course, technology is at the center of many of these changes. New technologies are allowing campuses to have a broader reach, more efficient business practices, and new methods of instruction. But technological innovation brings an entirely new set of challenges to higher ed.

Leading in the Midst of Higher Ed Disruption: Experts Discuss Paths to Innovation

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What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Fostering Creativity

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-09 17:05

By Dennis Pierce, THE Journal
Technology is changing how students’ brains are wired, setting expectations for faster, more interactive learning, said neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman. And the most important thing that schools should be teaching students is “cognitive flexibility,” or the ability to be creative and put ideas together in new and innovative ways. Eagleman spoke to a packed audience of educators and school administrators during the opening general session of the 2018 ISTE conference in Chicago. As a neuroscientist, he has studied how the human brain is constantly rewiring itself, a concept known as brain plasticity. He said the brains of today’s students are changing because they are growing up in a digital world. Rather than resisting this change, educators need to embrace it and teach students as they are accustomed to learning outside of school.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/06/25/what-neuroscience-teaches-us-about-fostering-creativity.aspx

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IT Leadership: Key Facts to Advance Ed Tech in America

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-08 17:27

By Keith R. Krueger, THE Journal
In the last few months, there has been no shortage of new data surrounding education. Like the Twitter and news cycle, it’s hard to keep up and make sense of what statistics matter most to help address the needs of districts today. When it comes to advancing 21st-century learning settings, I’m going to catch you up and give you the statistics that you need to know. Earlier this spring, CoSN unveiled the new findings from our 2018 National K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report. Conducted in partnership with Dude Solutions and MDR, the annual survey provides the education community with insights from school system technology leaders on their challenges and priorities.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/06/28/key-facts-to-advance-ed-tech-in-america.aspx

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Leaders zero in on helping nontraditional students succeed

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-08 17:26

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
Brandman University President Gary Brahm says the needs of nontraditional students are very different than those of traditional students. And though there is some consensus that nontraditional is the new traditional, many institution leaders are still struggling with how to adjust their business models to accommodate this wave of students on traditional campuses. A lot of institutions have leveraged their existing brand in order to deliver a traditional education as well as accommodate nontraditional students.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/leaders-zero-in-on-helping-nontraditional-students-succeed/526910/

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Current Practices of Online Instructor Evaluation in Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-08 17:20

by Jonathan E. Thomas, Charles Graham, and Anthony A. Piña, OJDLA

As enrollment of students in online courses has steadily increased over the last few decades, very little attention has been given to online instructor evaluation. This is an area of online education that needs additional research to better ascertain the current state of online instructor evaluation as well as discover ways to improve its effectiveness. The purpose of this study is to identify how institutions evaluate online instructors and why. Findings indicated that the post-secondary institutions studied utilized many types of evaluation including student evaluations, administrative evaluations, peer evaluations, self-evaluations, and also employed metrics in their evaluations. Recommendations for the use of triangulation, course observation rubrics, formative evaluations, and metrics as part of an online instructor evaluation system are provided.

https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/summer212/thomas_graham_pina212.html

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The single biggest mistake universities make when going online

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-08 17:20

BY FURQAN NAZEERI, eCampus News
Why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.  Every day, we speak to university faculty and administrators who are looking to create an online course or degree program to increase enrollment, expand their revenue base, or reposition their brand. Those conversations usually begin with the same question: “How do we put this course/program online?”  At this point, I look for a diplomatic way to explain that’s not the right question to be asking. The real question is based on a shift in thinking about online learning. You are not simply putting a course online; you are creating an online product. It’s an important distinction. Your product—the program, course, certificate, or degree—has to be unique and very specific to what your market of current and prospective students want. The question that should be asked is: “How do we create a world-class learning experience that’s tailored to our students?”

https://www.ecampusnews.com/eschool-media/the-single-biggest-mistake-universities-make-when-going-online/ 

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Students Feel More Secure About Getting Jobs, But Skills Gaps Persist

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-08 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
College students are showing more confidence in their ability to get jobs in their career areas. More than four in 10 (41 percent) said they were “extremely” or “very” prepared, compared to about three in 10 (29 percent) last year. And far fewer students said they were “slightly” or “not at all” prepared this year than last year (17 percent compared to 31 percent). Men were far more likely to feel prepared than women: 50 percent compared to 36 percent. Also, non-traditional students, those who didn’t enter college within a year of completing high school, were more likely to feel prepared than traditional students (49 percent vs. 34 percent). Students in vocational and technology programs were far more likely to consider themselves extremely prepared for work than any other discipline; for example, while 40 percent of vocational students stated that, for social sciences, the next highest discipline, just 13 percent said the same. These results came from the latest McGraw-Hill Education Future Workforce Survey.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/28/students-feel-more-secure-about-getting-jobs-but-skills-gaps-persist.aspx

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Students’ Perceptions of Quality Across Four Course Development Models

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-08 17:05

by Victoria S. Brown, David Lewis, Mario Toussaint, OLJ

Four course development models were used within a three-year time frame, allowing for an evaluation of the different models based upon students’ perceptions of the integration of the Quality Matters (QM) Standards, course structure, and quality. The study compared (a) faculty training, (b) instructional designer supported, (c) additional QM training course, and (d) no training or support used. Students were randomly selected from online courses from each of the categories to receive a survey to measure their perceptions about the courses. The students were asked about the design of the courses given the integration of the QM Standards, course structure, and quality. Significant results were found across all eight standards, course structure, and quality for the instructional-designer supported course model as compared with the other course design models.

https://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/1213

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Leaders zero in on helping nontraditional students succeed

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-08 17:03

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
Brandman University President Gary Brahm says the needs of nontraditional students are very different than those of traditional students. And though there is some consensus that nontraditional is the new traditional, many institution leaders are still struggling with how to adjust their business models to accommodate this wave of students on traditional campuses. A lot of institutions have leveraged their existing brand in order to deliver a traditional education as well as accommodate nontraditional students.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/leaders-zero-in-on-helping-nontraditional-students-succeed/526910/

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Top 5 Research-Based Online Learning Tips

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-07-07 22:16

by Marianne Stenger, eLearning Industry
How can students be better supported and engaged in online learning programs? Based on the research available, here are 5 ways to make online learning more effective. Some students choose to study online to earn a degree or qualification, while others are primarily looking to further their professional development. Whatever their motivations may be, however, it’s clear that enrolment in online courses is not slowing down. According to the 2017 Distance Education Enrollment report released by the Babson Survey Research Group, enrollment in online courses has increased for the fourteenth straight year. The report shows that 6.3 million students in the U.S. took at least one online course, which is a 5.6% increase from the previous year. Even so, dropout rates in online courses still tend to be higher than in traditional courses. Some of the biggest reasons online students drop out include unrealistic expectations, poor planning, and a lack of engagement and motivation. So how can students be better supported and engaged in online learning programs? Based on the research available, here are five ways to make online learning more effective.

Top 5 Research-Based Online Learning Tips

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Grappling with IoT Growth on Campus

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-07-07 17:25

By David Raths, Campus Technology
Smart campus efforts take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) to gain efficiencies from automation and analytics, often starting with building systems and energy usage. But as IoT efforts expand to other parts of the university, including student success, some universities are experiencing growing pains working across disciplines to gather and analyze so much data. For instance, a few years into a smart campus initiative called the Integrated Controls and Analytics Program, Stanford University (CA) is finding data quality and data management are raising unforeseen challenges. “Data management is the biggest obstacle we have right now,” said Gerry Hamilton, Stanford’s director of facilities energy management.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/28/grappling-with-iot-growth-on-campus.aspx

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Where is blockchain technology going in the future?

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

by LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

“The implications for the industry are huge: Using blockchain means we can now offer credentials that are unhackable and unfakeable,” contends Alan Heppenstall, co-founder and CTO of the digital credentialing platform Accredible. And “instead of providing paper certificates that are hard to verify, blockchain could help students to compile a complete digital record of all the training courses they’ve completed and certificates they’ve obtained that would exist in the public domain and be accessible on demand,” says Jami Morshed, vice president of global higher education at Unit4.

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The single biggest mistake universities make when going online

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

BY FURQAN NAZEERI, eCampus News
Why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.  Every day, we speak to university faculty and administrators who are looking to create an online course or degree program to increase enrollment, expand their revenue base, or reposition their brand. Those conversations usually begin with the same question: “How do we put this course/program online?”  At this point, I look for a diplomatic way to explain that’s not the right question to be asking. The real question is based on a shift in thinking about online learning. You are not simply putting a course online; you are creating an online product. It’s an important distinction. Your product—the program, course, certificate, or degree—has to be unique and very specific to what your market of current and prospective students want. The question that should be asked is: “How do we create a world-class learning experience that’s tailored to our students?”

https://www.ecampusnews.com/eschool-media/the-single-biggest-mistake-universities-make-when-going-online/ 

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Where is blockchain technology going in the future?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-07-07 17:06

by LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

“The implications for the industry are huge: Using blockchain means we can now offer credentials that are unhackable and unfakeable,” contends Alan Heppenstall, co-founder and CTO of the digital credentialing platform Accredible. And “instead of providing paper certificates that are hard to verify, blockchain could help students to compile a complete digital record of all the training courses they’ve completed and certificates they’ve obtained that would exist in the public domain and be accessible on demand,” says Jami Morshed, vice president of global higher education at Unit4.

Where is blockchain technology going in the future?

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Top 5 Research-Based Online Learning Tips

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-07-07 17:02

by Marianne Stenger, eLearning Industry
How can students be better supported and engaged in online learning programs? Based on the research available, here are 5 ways to make online learning more effective. Some students choose to study online to earn a degree or qualification, while others are primarily looking to further their professional development. Whatever their motivations may be, however, it’s clear that enrolment in online courses is not slowing down. According to the 2017 Distance Education Enrollment report released by the Babson Survey Research Group, enrollment in online courses has increased for the fourteenth straight year. The report shows that 6.3 million students in the U.S. took at least one online course, which is a 5.6% increase from the previous year. Even so, dropout rates in online courses still tend to be higher than in traditional courses. Some of the biggest reasons online students drop out include unrealistic expectations, poor planning, and a lack of engagement and motivation. So how can students be better supported and engaged in online learning programs? Based on the research available, here are five ways to make online learning more effective.

Top 5 Research-Based Online Learning Tips

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Can Online Education Inspire? I Think So

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-07-06 17:25

by Marvin Krislov, Forbes

But perhaps the most inspiring commencement ceremony was for students graduating from our online education programs. These students tend to have families and careers, responsibilities well beyond coursework and exams. But they’re motivated to complete their degrees, and their stories are moving. Several dozen made it to our lower Manhattan campus for their graduation. They came from all over the country, some with children, a few stepping onto a college campus for their first time ever as a student. Their stories remind us of the important role high-quality online education, following a rigorous curriculum and tied to an educational institution, plays in educating underserved communities. And they highlight the importance of finding ways to make education accessible to all students—of all ages, in all locations, on all schedules, to help those who are seeking new skills, transitioning to new careers, or otherwise working hard to make themselves better-prepared employees.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/marvinkrislov/2018/06/28/can-online-education-inspire-i-think-so/

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