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4 key findings about university innovation

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-11 17:20

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Nearly all administrators (91 percent) in a recent survey say innovation is a top strategic or academic priority, but just 40 percent say their institution has a dedicated university innovation budget, according to a new report that explores the drivers and barriers to higher-ed innovation. The State of Innovation in Higher Education: A Survey of Academic Administrators, from The Learning Counsel and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), surveyed more than 100 U.S. academic administrators and seeks to highlight how higher-ed institutions define and employ such innovation.

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Myths, realities and results in today’s classroom

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-11 17:16

by Barnes & Noble College, Education Dive

The core benefits of open educational resources (OER) are decreased costs for students, as well as increased access and engagement. These benefits address some of the central challenges facing higher education. So, why isn’t that translating into more widespread adoption of OER? After thousands of conversations with faculty across the U.S., Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) has pinpointed three central concerns related to OER adoption: awareness, change and choice. The concerns are valid, but OER can provide meaningful answers and solutions for teaching and learning. To dispel some of the OER myths and questions that often arise, here are the realities, based on faculty feedback and results.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/oer-myths-realities-and-results-in-todays-classroom/522532/

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When Learning Analytics Violate Student Privacy

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-11 17:10

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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4 key findings about university innovation

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

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Nearly all administrators (91 percent) in a recent survey say innovation is a top strategic or academic priority, but just 40 percent say their institution has a dedicated university innovation budget, according to a new report that explores the drivers and barriers to higher-ed innovation. The State of Innovation in Higher Education: A Survey of Academic Administrators, from The Learning Counsel and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), surveyed more than 100 U.S. academic administrators and seeks to highlight how higher-ed institutions define and employ such innovation.

4 key findings about university innovation

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Myths, realities and results in today’s classroom

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-11 17:03

by Barnes & Noble College, Education Dive

The core benefits of open educational resources (OER) are decreased costs for students, as well as increased access and engagement. These benefits address some of the central challenges facing higher education. So, why isn’t that translating into more widespread adoption of OER? After thousands of conversations with faculty across the U.S., Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) has pinpointed three central concerns related to OER adoption: awareness, change and choice. The concerns are valid, but OER can provide meaningful answers and solutions for teaching and learning. To dispel some of the OER myths and questions that often arise, here are the realities, based on faculty feedback and results.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/oer-myths-realities-and-results-in-todays-classroom/522532/

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The tax benefits for education don’t increase education

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-10 17:25

by Susan M. Dynarski and Judith Scott-Clayton, Brookings

Economists George Bulman and Caroline Hoxby scoured hundreds of millions of tax returns searching for an effect of the tax credits and tuition deduction on educational outcomes.[1] They inspected anonymized, detailed, individual-level administrative data from the IRS on the population of potential tax filers. The IRS has developed secure mechanisms that allow these data to be analyzed without compromising the privacy of taxpayers.  Bulman and Hoxby use a regression-discontinuity design to estimate the effects of the tuition tax deduction for families around the maximum income cutoff for eligibility.[2] Again, they find no evidence that the deduction increases college enrollment. They also find no effect of the deduction on enrollment intensity, college choice, tuition paid, or student debt.⁠

The tax benefits for education don’t increase education

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Top 10 Websites for Beginner Programmers to Learn Coding

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-10 17:20

by VICKY SINGH RAO, Technotification

If you have a busy life schedule and no time for classes to learn how to program. All roads aren’t close yet, there are various websites on the internet which provides fully guide on how to code. These sites have a very interactive interface. Whenever you have free time, you can just log into these sites and start learning.  In addition, just like any other industry, there are always at-least handfuls of experts who are considered the best on the subject mostly; they have blogs or websites which makes them the most trusted resources in the industry. For beginners to keep up with the latest tech-news, networks as well as discuss projects, they can visits these websites and stay on top of the tech field.

 

Top 10 Websites for Beginner Programmers to Learn Coding

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How artificial intelligence is transforming the world

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-10 17:15

by Darrell M. West and John R. Allen, Brookings

Despite its widespread lack of familiarity, AI is a technology that is transforming every walk of life. It is a wide-ranging tool that enables people to rethink how we integrate information, analyze data, and use the resulting insights to improve decision making. Our hope through this comprehensive overview is to explain AI to an audience of policymakers, opinion leaders, and interested observers, and demonstrate how AI already is altering the world and raising important questions for society, the economy, and governance.

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How artificial intelligence is transforming the world

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-10 17:07

by Darrell M. West and John R. Allen, Brookings

Despite its widespread lack of familiarity, AI is a technology that is transforming every walk of life. It is a wide-ranging tool that enables people to rethink how we integrate information, analyze data, and use the resulting insights to improve decision making. Our hope through this comprehensive overview is to explain AI to an audience of policymakers, opinion leaders, and interested observers, and demonstrate how AI already is altering the world and raising important questions for society, the economy, and governance.

How artificial intelligence is transforming the world

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The tax benefits for education don’t increase education

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-10 17:04

by Susan M. Dynarski and Judith Scott-Clayton, Brookings

Economists George Bulman and Caroline Hoxby scoured hundreds of millions of tax returns searching for an effect of the tax credits and tuition deduction on educational outcomes.[1] They inspected anonymized, detailed, individual-level administrative data from the IRS on the population of potential tax filers. The IRS has developed secure mechanisms that allow these data to be analyzed without compromising the privacy of taxpayers.  Bulman and Hoxby use a regression-discontinuity design to estimate the effects of the tuition tax deduction for families around the maximum income cutoff for eligibility.[2] Again, they find no evidence that the deduction increases college enrollment. They also find no effect of the deduction on enrollment intensity, college choice, tuition paid, or student debt.⁠

The tax benefits for education don’t increase education

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A New Study Found OER to Match and Even Outperform a Commercial Textbook

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-10 17:03

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

A new study conducted by researchers at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada examines the performance of students using open education resources (OER) in both print and digital formats compared to a traditional textbook from a commercial publisher. The study found that students using OER spent less time overall studying for the class while scoring comparably with those who used a commercially published textbook. The news is encouraging considering the cost of educational materials has drastically increased in the past decade. As reported recently by Student PIRGs, it has risen nearly four times the rate of inflation in the U.S. What’s more, as many as 65% of students don’t purchase all of the educational materials assigned by professors because of their high cost.

A New Study Found OER to Match and Even Outperform a Commercial Textbook

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Purdue to Embed Data Science into Every Major

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-09 17:24

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Recognizing that data science is becoming the lingua franca of the 21st century, Purdue University has kicked off a new initiative to embed it in courses, physical spaces and industry collaborations. According to campus officials, the new Integrative Data Science Initiative (IDSI) will make data science education a part of every student’s learning experiences on campus, no matter what field he or she is studying. This follows on the university’s shift in 2013 to strengthen its institutional vision, “Purdue Moves,” in the area of STEM education.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/19/purdue-to-embed-data-science-into-every-major.aspx

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Institutional Innovation: How blockchain could transform student ROI

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-09 17:20

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Now, the relatively new Internet-based innovation — blockchain technology — is gaining popularity, with the long-term potential to transform the way institutions provide value not only to students but also businesses.  Colleges and universities are recognizing that degrees are much like currency. They are sheets of paper that serve as an exchange with employers to signal the graduate has the types of skills that are necessary for the job. The better the degree, the more value a student may have in the workforce. By moving degrees into a form of digital record where the student can own it as a type of currency, rather than the institution holding it, they can put that currency into a massive decentralized network, much like bitcoin. This would allow employers to see students’ records more easily.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/institutional-innovation-how-blockchain-could-transform-student-roi/521540/

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What does a future ready instructional coach look like?

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

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

There’s one thing that a future ready instructional coach most definitely does not look like: an instructional coach from a decade ago. Today’s instructional coaches need to be aware of the latest edtech tools so that they can incorporate those tools into their materials. This is not a position where a practitioner can perfect her art and then merely reproduce the same thing from year to year. A good coach deploys the latest edtech. One easy way to do this is to use a framework designed to emphasize what students need to be future ready. Instructional coaches will quickly see that their role in curriculum, instruction, and assessment puts them on the front lines of helping prepare students to be future ready. But that’s not all. The framework encourages them to consider these questions:

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/what-does-a-future-ready-instructional-coach-look-like/

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Purdue to Embed Data Science into Every Major

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-09 17:08

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Recognizing that data science is becoming the lingua franca of the 21st century, Purdue University has kicked off a new initiative to embed it in courses, physical spaces and industry collaborations. According to campus officials, the new Integrative Data Science Initiative (IDSI) will make data science education a part of every student’s learning experiences on campus, no matter what field he or she is studying. This follows on the university’s shift in 2013 to strengthen its institutional vision, “Purdue Moves,” in the area of STEM education.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/19/purdue-to-embed-data-science-into-every-major.aspx

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Institutional Innovation: How blockchain could transform student ROI

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-09 17:05

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Now, the relatively new Internet-based innovation — blockchain technology — is gaining popularity, with the long-term potential to transform the way institutions provide value not only to students but also businesses.  Colleges and universities are recognizing that degrees are much like currency. They are sheets of paper that serve as an exchange with employers to signal the graduate has the types of skills that are necessary for the job. The better the degree, the more value a student may have in the workforce. By moving degrees into a form of digital record where the student can own it as a type of currency, rather than the institution holding it, they can put that currency into a massive decentralized network, much like bitcoin. This would allow employers to see students’ records more easily.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/institutional-innovation-how-blockchain-could-transform-student-roi/521540/

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How to Turn Your Exams Into Learning Opportunities

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-09 17:03

by Dan and Beckie, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Exams seem to present an unusually ripe opportunity to foster learning. And, the researchers wrote, two-stage exams “exploit what can be a highly productive learning environment, including high student motivation, high incentives for collaboration and communication, and immediate feedback on individual performance.”

 

https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-to-Turn-Your-Exams-Into/243164

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How Google is Taking over the Classroom

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-08 17:26

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Have you noticed how prevalent Google is in today’s academics? Students from elementary school all the way through high school have taken a part in a monumental shift away from most sought-after products to the variety of apps and devices made by Google. In many ways, Google has made a lasting effort to take over the modern classroom with its variety and cost efficiency. Day by day, students are becoming more entrenched in what Google has to offer them.  If you aren’t sure what your students could be doing in Google on a daily basis, you’ve missed the transformation most often found in the contemporary classroom. Take a look at some of these important ways that Google is taking over.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/google-taking-classroom/

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How Companies Can Instill Mindfulness

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-08 17:20

by Knowledge at Wharton

Mindfulness is a centuries-old idea that has been reinvented to address the challenges of our digital age. In essence, mindfulness describes a state of being present in the moment and leaving behind one’s tendency to judge. It allows one to pause amid the constant inflow of stimuli and consciously decide how to act, rather than react reflexively with ingrained behavior patterns. Mindfulness, therefore, is perfectly suited to counterbalance the digital-age challenges of information overload and constant distraction.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/how-companies-can-instill-mindfulness/

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How to Design Spaces that Amplify Learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-08 17:14

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

First, be flexible. Quality instruction will involve a wide variety of activities, and the classroom should be designed to encourage this. If the arrangement isn’t flexible, it can result in, for example students having to crane their necks to see a presentation because their desk is positioned for small group work or students distracting each other because it is easier for them to see each other than to see a video playing at the front of the room. Second, think outside the box. Having a variety of seating options means that students can choose seating that they find comfortable, which can make it easier for them to focus. Ask for donations, hit up garage sales, and be creative with flexible seating options. Third, keep the clutter to a minimum.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-design-spaces-that-amplify-learning/

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