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Worldwide change takes global effort

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-13 16:04

by MIT Open Learning

In keeping with its mission to expand access to affordable education around the world through the innovative use of online learning, MIT Open Learning welcomes an international university that has elected to grant course credits to their students who complete the MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP). The American University in Cairo (AUC) will be the first school in the world to pair with MIT in accepting the DEDP MicroMasters credential to help students embark on their master’s education.

http://news.mit.edu/2018/mit-auc-partnership-masters-credits-mitx-0105

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Gain Skills in Online Courses Requiring Group Work

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-13 16:02

By Marian Stoltz-Loike, US News

Group work in online classes can teach students about working with others remotely and giving virtual presentations.  Many careers today involve collaborating virtually with colleagues who may be located throughout the country or even internationally. To be successful, you will need to develop strong strategies to get the work done – and this can be challenging. Online courses may require students to complete projects virtually in groups, which can teach them critical skills for the fast-paced, rapidly changing, 24/7 global business world. Linked below are four areas where you can develop skills through group work in an online degree program.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-01-05/gain-skills-in-online-courses-requiring-group-work

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Gen Z women want to learn more STEM, innovative tech

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-12 16:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

Female students say they feel less equipped to tackle future careers because they haven’t necessarily learned about the new technologies shaping those future career fields, according to a new survey. The Quizlet survey polled more than 1,000 Americans between the ages of 13 and 24 to ask them about their familiarity with the future of work and how they are learning about it in school. The good news is that 95 percent of students know about the future of work and why it is important and relevant to their learning. But the survey also reveals some troubling differences between what male and female students know and wish they could learn.

Gen Z women want to learn more STEM, innovative tech

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10 education trends for 2018

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-12 16:20

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

From shifts in school choice to student assessments to online learning, the educational landscape is constantly evolving. This coming year, districts will continue to face many challenges and opportunities that will impact students, staff, and school systems as a whole. Below, experts from various areas of the education industry share trends that will help shape K-12 education in 2018.

10 education trends for 2018

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What Online Faculty Can Do to Avoid Burnout

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-12 16:14

By: Edna Murugan, Faculty Focus

With the increase in online classes being offered by higher education institutions and the convenience and flexibility it affords (particularly for adult learners), it is important that institutions hire, train, and retain high-quality, student-centric online faculty. Just like on-ground students, online students need instructors who are passionate, organized, creative, and manage the (virtual) classroom effectively. Unfortunately, from time to time, online faculty can struggle with burnout, which may make them less effective instructors. Although from the outside, it may appear that online instructors have a dream job that allows them to work from home and set their own schedules, many online faculty experience some form of burnout.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/online-faculty-can-avoid-burnout/

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What Online Faculty Can Do to Avoid Burnout #elearning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-12 16:11

By: Edna Murugan, Faculty Focus

With the increase in online classes being offered by higher education institutions and the convenience and flexibility it affords (particularly for adult learners), it is important that institutions hire, train, and retain high-quality, student-centric online faculty. Just like on-ground students, online students need instructors who are passionate, organized, creative, and manage the (virtual) classroom effectively. Unfortunately, from time to time, online faculty can struggle with burnout, which may make them less effective instructors. Although from the outside, it may appear that online instructors have a dream job that allows them to work from home and set their own schedules, many online faculty experience some form of burnout.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/online-faculty-can-avoid-burnout/

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‘Just another day:’ Wake Tech online students attend class on snow day #elearning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-12 16:05

by WRAL

For some Triangle students, the weather had no impact on their courses. Students enrolled in online courses at Wake Technical Community College students went to class Thursday, never setting foot in the snow. For Dr. Chris Roddenberry, a professor at Wake Tech Community College, today was business as usual. He taught a class, while sitting in his Willow Springs home. He even met with multiple students, online, for office hours. “It was just another Thursday for me,” he said. “Classes started, students were registering in my class. I had meetings with different students. Nothing changed for me.” Roddenberry said there are many benefits to online classes, and inclement weather is a classic example.

http://www.wral.com/-just-another-day-wake-tech-online-students-attend-class-on-snowy-day/17234539/

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34th annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference: August 7-9, 2018 #elearning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-12 16:03

Call for Proposals open! Seeking expert and engaging presenters. The DTL conference invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 34th annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, August 7-9, 2018in Madison, Wisconsin. We are looking for quality presentations intended for advanced practitioners in distance, online, or blended education and training. We will also consider some basic/foundational proposals geared toward those newer to the field. All proposals should be grounded in evidence-based practice and/or innovative strategies. Deadline to submit is 4:00 pm (CST) on Tuesday, January 23.

https://dtlconference.wisc.edu/call-for-proposals/

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5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-11 16:26

BY SUZANNE STOLZ, eSchool News

In recent years, general education teachers have joined special education teachers in emphasizing the need for inclusivity in the classroom. By creating inclusive classrooms, educators aim to foster learning environments that are equitable and nurturing to every student. Inclusive educators often use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide students with consistent access to engaging content and effective paths for achieving educational goals in classrooms where they experience a greater sense of belonging. UDL, which is a set of principles for curriculum development that aims to provide all students an equal opportunity to learn, can be used by educators at any grade level or subject area. According to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning, “UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone—not a single, one-size-fits-all solution, but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.”

5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

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OpenStax grows in popularity, but overall awareness of OER remains low

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-11 16:19

By Corinne Lestch, EdScoop
Higher ed faculty are increasingly turning to OpenStax for low-cost, openly licensed printed and digital materials for their students.  The rate of college faculty using and assigning open educational resources (OER) through OpenStax currently rivals that of most commercial textbooks, according to a new report on the advantages and pitfalls of OER in higher education. The rate of adoption of textbooks from OpenStax — a nonprofit OER publisher based out of Rice University — among faculty teaching large-enrollment courses is now at nearly 17 percent, according to the report, “Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in Higher Education 2017.”

http://edscoop.com/openstax-grows-in-popularity-but-overall-awareness-of-oer-remains-low

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As Campuses Move to Embrace OER, College Libraries Become Key Players

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-11 16:13

by Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Textbook publishers typically deploy sales reps to campuses to convince professors to adopt their titles. But who makes the pitch for free or low-cost alternatives to textbooks known as OER, or open educational resources? Increasingly, the answer is the campus library. Take the University of Texas at Arlington, which has a full-time Open Education Librarian, Michelle Reed. One project she led this year involved creating a series of videos promoting “Textbook Heroes,”professors who have replaced commercial textbooks in their courses with OER.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-01-04-as-campuses-move-to-embrace-oer-college-libraries-become-key-players

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5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-11 16:09

BY SUZANNE STOLZ, eSchool News

In recent years, general education teachers have joined special education teachers in emphasizing the need for inclusivity in the classroom. By creating inclusive classrooms, educators aim to foster learning environments that are equitable and nurturing to every student. Inclusive educators often use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide students with consistent access to engaging content and effective paths for achieving educational goals in classrooms where they experience a greater sense of belonging. UDL, which is a set of principles for curriculum development that aims to provide all students an equal opportunity to learn, can be used by educators at any grade level or subject area. According to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning, “UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone—not a single, one-size-fits-all solution, but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.”

5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

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Newsflash: Preparing students for the future workforce is a society-wide effort

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-11 16:04

BY GERALDINE LEE, eSchool News
As technologies and the workforce change, society must help equip students with the skills for success. Today’s jobs are changing, and they are changing at such a rapid pace that many of the jobs our students will hold in the future do not even exist today. But just because we don’t know what those jobs are doesn’t mean we can’t do our best to prepare today’s students, and tomorrow’s work force, for the opportunities awaiting them. A large part of that preparation will rely on equal technology access to all students.

Newsflash: Preparing students for the future workforce is a society-wide effort

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As Campuses Move to Embrace OER, College Libraries Become Key Players

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-11 16:02

by Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Textbook publishers typically deploy sales reps to campuses to convince professors to adopt their titles. But who makes the pitch for free or low-cost alternatives to textbooks known as OER, or open educational resources? Increasingly, the answer is the campus library. Take the University of Texas at Arlington, which has a full-time Open Education Librarian, Michelle Reed. One project she led this year involved creating a series of videos promoting “Textbook Heroes,”professors who have replaced commercial textbooks in their courses with OER.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-01-04-as-campuses-move-to-embrace-oer-college-libraries-become-key-players

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Distance Education Offers Alternative Path for Students

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-01-10 16:25

by Wilmington Biz

The first priority of UNCW’s strategic plan is to “attract and retain high-quality, diverse students” by ensuring that “a UNCW education is accessible and affordable to the sons and daughters of North Carolina.” Access to education is always on our minds as we consider new programs and curriculum, because many times accessibility can make all the difference in completing a program or making the decision to pursue an advanced degree. Distance education and online programs are the answer for many students, particularly non-traditional students. Tuition costs, location and professional and personal commitments often derail a student’s educational aspirations, but online programs can be a way to overcome these obstacles.

http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/insights/aswani_volety/distance_education_offers_alternative_path_for_students/1882

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The 4 Learning Hacks Bill Gates Swears By

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-01-10 16:20

by Bill Gates, Time

There’s never been a better time to be alive if you’re curious. When I wanted to learn something outside of school as a kid, cracking open my World Book encyclopedia was the best I could do. Today, all you have to do is go online. There are many good resources out there, but these are a few of my favorite ways to continue learning.

http://time.com/5066247/bill-gates-learning-hacks/

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4 Ways Universities Can Better Engage with Nontraditional Students

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-01-10 16:15

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

Higher education institutions can leverage technologies and data to prepare learners for success. For colleges and universities to succeed today, treating nontraditional students as the norm is becoming quite important. With college enrollment declining over the past five years, looking to engage students who have often struggled in traditional academic settings might be a way for universities to increase their success. Here are four ways universities can make sure they are meeting the needs of these so-called nontraditional learners:

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/01/4-ways-universities-can-better-engage-nontraditional-students

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California Governor Proposes a California Online Community College #elearning

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-01-10 16:10

Governor Jerry Brown’s Plan to Serve Workers Who Need Skills and Credentials to Move Ahead but Cannot Access Traditional College Courses is described by California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley:
“The Californians we seek to reach cannot stop working to get the education they need to get ahead, and many of them juggle multiple jobs to feed their families. As much as we would like to, we cannot will them onto our campuses. We need to rethink traditional delivery models and pedagogies and meet this population where and when they are ready to gain skills and credentials.” Economic insecurity is expected to increase over the next decade. By 2020, 65 percent of jobs in the U.S. will require a college credential, according to estimates by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce. Artificial intelligence, the rise of the gig economy and automation are changing the future of work and the skillsets needed to succeed Millions of Californians would benefit from sub-associate degree credentials or short bursts of additional training to move ahead in today’s economy. However, traditional higher education is not accessible for these working learners.

http://doingwhatmatters.cccco.edu/fullyonlinecommunitycollege.aspx

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State report: Cal State University needs to improve online education

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-01-10 16:05

by Orange County Reporter

Cal State University needs to improve students’ access to online courses and how it reports data, according to a state watchdog report released Wednesday. The California Legislative Analyst’s Office detailed a number of issues in evaluating CSU’s cross-campus online education program, which allows students to register for classes at CSU campuses other than theirs. Finding online courses using the Cal State database is difficult, the chancellor’s office provided “insufficient” information needed to evaluate the university’s registration process, and few students registered for online classes at other campuses, the six-page report says. In 2015, some 80,000 undergraduate students, or 19 percent of those in the CSU system, and 6,600 graduate students, or 12 percent, took at least one course in which all of the work was done online. The university system, the largest in the country, offers about 1,500 online courses that do not require in-class attendance.

 

State report: Cal State University needs to improve online education

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4 Ways Universities Can Better Engage with Nontraditional Students

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-01-10 16:03

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

Higher education institutions can leverage technologies and data to prepare learners for success. For colleges and universities to succeed today, treating nontraditional students as the norm is becoming quite important. With college enrollment declining over the past five years, looking to engage students who have often struggled in traditional academic settings might be a way for universities to increase their success. Here are four ways universities can make sure they are meeting the needs of these so-called nontraditional learners:

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/01/4-ways-universities-can-better-engage-nontraditional-students

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