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Veterans say non-degree credentials pay off

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-11-16 16:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A survey of more than 30,000 military veterans shows that they value non-degree credentials–here are 4 ways to better recognize new credential pathways.  Veterans without degrees are much more likely to hold non-degree credentials than their non-veteran peers, according to a survey.  Those non-degree credentials provide meaningful financial returns: veterans with certificates or certifications earn an average of $10,000 more per year than veterans with no postsecondary credentials.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/10/29/veterans-say-non-degree-credentials-pay-off/

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Improving Online Teaching Through Training and Support

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-11-16 16:20

Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

At Hawaii’s Kapi’olani Community College on the island of Oahu, a growing demand for online courses sparked a need for more faculty training, to help instructors create or convert their courses for online delivery. So when Instructional Designer Helen Torigoe was asked to “do something about training the online faculty,” she looked for a way to scale her experiences at a previous campus working individually with online instructors. When online instructors struggled through building their courses, she recalled, what really helped them was when they could see the course from the perspective of a student.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/10/30/improving-online-teaching-through-training-and-support.aspx

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Editorial: UNI looks forward with partnerships

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-11-16 16:20

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The sands of higher education are shifting, prompting more schools to enter into partnerships and utilize distance learning to attract elusive “place-bound” students. The University of Northern Iowa took a step this month to increase its Des Moines footprint. UNI President Mark Nook and President Rob Denson of Des Moines Area Community College announced a new 2+2 partnership — earning an associate of arts degree on DMACC’s Urban Campus, then completing work through UNI for a bachelor of liberal studies degree. The UNI courses would be offered online initially with staff present to support students, beginning in fall 2020.

https://wcfcourier.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-uni-looks-forward-with-partnerships/article_738885f4-84a2-5562-97eb-4829fa389358.html

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Digital Transformation Signals: Is Your Institution on the Journey?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-11-16 16:15

by Malcolm Brown, Betsy Reinitz and Karen Wetzel, EDUCAUSE Review
Digital transformation is a journey, not a destination. The digital transformation signals listed in this article indicate progress along the way and provide guideposts for the journey. In the context of sweeping social, economic, technological, and demographic changes, digital transformation (Dx) is a series of deep and coordinated culture, workforce, and technology shifts that enable new educational and operating models and transform an institution’s business model, strategic directions, and value proposition. Dx can make institutions more resilient, flexible, and relevant as they face an array of increasingly difficult challenges that include declining student enrollment, increased public skepticism, and skyrocketing student debt.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/10/digital-transformation-signals-is-your-institution-on-the-journey

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Veterans say non-degree credentials pay off

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-11-16 16:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A survey of more than 30,000 military veterans shows that they value non-degree credentials–here are 4 ways to better recognize new credential pathways.  Veterans without degrees are much more likely to hold non-degree credentials than their non-veteran peers, according to a survey.  Those non-degree credentials provide meaningful financial returns: veterans with certificates or certifications earn an average of $10,000 more per year than veterans with no postsecondary credentials.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/10/29/veterans-say-non-degree-credentials-pay-off/

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Improving Online Teaching Through Training and Support

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-11-16 16:05

Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

At Hawaii’s Kapi’olani Community College on the island of Oahu, a growing demand for online courses sparked a need for more faculty training, to help instructors create or convert their courses for online delivery. So when Instructional Designer Helen Torigoe was asked to “do something about training the online faculty,” she looked for a way to scale her experiences at a previous campus working individually with online instructors. When online instructors struggled through building their courses, she recalled, what really helped them was when they could see the course from the perspective of a student.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/10/30/improving-online-teaching-through-training-and-support.aspx

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Digital Transformation Signals: Is Your Institution on the Journey?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-11-16 16:02

by Malcolm Brown, Betsy Reinitz and Karen Wetzel, EDUCAUSE Review
Digital transformation is a journey, not a destination. The digital transformation signals listed in this article indicate progress along the way and provide guideposts for the journey. In the context of sweeping social, economic, technological, and demographic changes, digital transformation (Dx) is a series of deep and coordinated culture, workforce, and technology shifts that enable new educational and operating models and transform an institution’s business model, strategic directions, and value proposition. Dx can make institutions more resilient, flexible, and relevant as they face an array of increasingly difficult challenges that include declining student enrollment, increased public skepticism, and skyrocketing student debt.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/10/digital-transformation-signals-is-your-institution-on-the-journey

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UMN College of Biological Sciences looking to add in-demand online biology classes

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-11-15 16:25

By NATALIE CIERZAN, Minnesota Daily

The Center for Online Biology Education would include a website featuring CBS online classes, resources for faculty and a new research program about biology online teaching.  Faculty from the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences are working to fill the demand for online biology classes. They are creating the Center for Online Biology Education, which would include a website that features all available CBS online classes. Faculty said they hope to launch the website by the end of fall semester. The center also includes faculty resources and a mentorship program for instructors looking to teach an online class.

https://www.mndaily.com/article/2019/10/n-umn-college-of-biological-sciences-looking-to-add-in-demand-online-biology-classes

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A Certificate, Then a Degree: Certificate-first programs can help tackle America’s college-completion crisis

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-11-15 16:20

Clark G. Gilbert and Michael B. Horn, Education Next
Helping students earn certificates upfront offers a promising path to address the dropout rate. Postsecondary institutions offer these credentials of student educational attainment in a growing variety of subjects, which run the gamut from auto mechanics to unmanned aircraft systems to finance. Although community colleges have long offered such programs, name-brand institutions also have gotten involved: the extension program at the University of California, Los Angeles, for example, provides certificates in subjects like cybersecurity and interior design, and delivers some of its programs through an app.

https://www.educationnext.org/certificate-then-degree-programs-help-tackle-college-completion-crisis/

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IBM Looks Beyond the College Degree

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-11-15 16:10

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Citing a serious skills gap, the multinational International Business Machines Corporation is looking for different recruiting channels for its workforce of 360,000 employees. IBM’s view is that “new-collar” jobs in cybersecurity, cloud computing and other high-demand fields don’t necessarily require a traditional college degree. The company also has created one of the most developed digital badge portfolios for an employer, which both its workers and those outside IBM can earn, and it is adding more and different apprenticeship opportunities as well launching its own boot camp-style offerings. At the same time, IBM continues to partner with traditional colleges, particularly through its expanded work with community colleges.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/10/29/interview-ibm-official-about-companys-new-collar-push-look

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UMN College of Biological Sciences looking to add in-demand online biology classes

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-11-15 16:10

By NATALIE CIERZAN, Minnesota Daily

The Center for Online Biology Education would include a website featuring CBS online classes, resources for faculty and a new research program about biology online teaching.  Faculty from the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences are working to fill the demand for online biology classes. They are creating the Center for Online Biology Education, which would include a website that features all available CBS online classes. Faculty said they hope to launch the website by the end of fall semester. The center also includes faculty resources and a mentorship program for instructors looking to teach an online class.

https://www.mndaily.com/article/2019/10/n-umn-college-of-biological-sciences-looking-to-add-in-demand-online-biology-classes

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A Certificate, Then a Degree: Certificate-first programs can help tackle America’s college-completion crisis

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-11-15 16:05

Clark G. Gilbert and Michael B. Horn, Education Next

Helping students earn certificates upfront offers a promising path to address the dropout rate. Postsecondary institutions offer these credentials of student educational attainment in a growing variety of subjects, which run the gamut from auto mechanics to unmanned aircraft systems to finance. Although community colleges have long offered such programs, name-brand institutions also have gotten involved: the extension program at the University of California, Los Angeles, for example, provides certificates in subjects like cybersecurity and interior design, and delivers some of its programs through an app.

https://www.educationnext.org/certificate-then-degree-programs-help-tackle-college-completion-crisis/

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IBM Looks Beyond the College Degree

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-11-15 16:03

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Citing a serious skills gap, the multinational International Business Machines Corporation is looking for different recruiting channels for its workforce of 360,000 employees. IBM’s view is that “new-collar” jobs in cybersecurity, cloud computing and other high-demand fields don’t necessarily require a traditional college degree. The company also has created one of the most developed digital badge portfolios for an employer, which both its workers and those outside IBM can earn, and it is adding more and different apprenticeship opportunities as well launching its own boot camp-style offerings. At the same time, IBM continues to partner with traditional colleges, particularly through its expanded work with community colleges.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/10/29/interview-ibm-official-about-companys-new-collar-push-look

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Online learning sees advances for students’ needs

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-11-14 16:25

By Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle
Online learning has become a powerhouse for today’s students. Each year improvements in technology and methods enhance the virtual classroom.
The use of interactive media, such as audio, video, and gamification, the use of gaming and gaming technology, are now widely used. Also popular are augmented and virtual reality (VR), where learners in a realistic environment can demonstrate they have mastered the required skills.
“Online learning continues to grow and outpace overall higher education enrollment,” said Dr. Dwight Smith, Lone Star College, vice chancellor of academic success. “Lone Star College has seen a 52 percent increase in distance-learning course enrollments from fall 2015 to fall 2019. Distance learning includes fully online courses and hybrid classes, which are a combination of face-to-face and online learning.”

https://www.chron.com/education/article/Online-learning-sees-advances-for-students-14562566.php

 

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Should Computer Science Be Required?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-11-14 16:20

By Robert Sedgewick, Inside Higher Ed
Every college student needs a computer science course, and most need two or more. More and more educators are beginning to recognize this truth, but we are a long way from meeting the need. Should we require all college students to take a computer science course? That is perhaps debatable. But, without question, we need to make such courses available to all students.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2019/10/28/why-every-student-should-study-computer-science-opinion

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6 Ways to Adapt Your Mobile Learning Strategy to the Needs of Modern Learners

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-11-14 16:15

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Smartphones have been part of our lives for over a decade now. These little computers in our hands have put the world at our fingertips; from the ability to access Google Maps to tracing a health tech company that specializes in finding cures for rare diseases. Your mobile device is also an access point for mobile learning. Mobile learning, defined as education or training conducted using portable computing devices such as smartphones or tablet computers, is only viable if you give the following points serious consideration.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/6-ways-to-adapt-your-mobile-learning-strategy-to-the-needs-of-modern-learners/

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Online learning sees advances for students’ needs

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-11-14 16:10

By Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle
Online learning has become a powerhouse for today’s students. Each year improvements in technology and methods enhance the virtual classroom.
The use of interactive media, such as audio, video, and gamification, the use of gaming and gaming technology, are now widely used. Also popular are augmented and virtual reality (VR), where learners in a realistic environment can demonstrate they have mastered the required skills.
“Online learning continues to grow and outpace overall higher education enrollment,” said Dr. Dwight Smith, Lone Star College, vice chancellor of academic success. “Lone Star College has seen a 52 percent increase in distance-learning course enrollments from fall 2015 to fall 2019. Distance learning includes fully online courses and hybrid classes, which are a combination of face-to-face and online learning.”

https://www.chron.com/education/article/Online-learning-sees-advances-for-students-14562566.php

 

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Should Computer Science Be Required?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-11-14 16:05

By Robert Sedgewick, Inside Higher Ed
Every college student needs a computer science course, and most need two or more. More and more educators are beginning to recognize this truth, but we are a long way from meeting the need. Should we require all college students to take a computer science course? That is perhaps debatable. But, without question, we need to make such courses available to all students.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2019/10/28/why-every-student-should-study-computer-science-opinion

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6 Ways to Adapt Your Mobile Learning Strategy to the Needs of Modern Learners

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-11-14 16:03

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Smartphones have been part of our lives for over a decade now. These little computers in our hands have put the world at our fingertips; from the ability to access Google Maps to tracing a health tech company that specializes in finding cures for rare diseases. Your mobile device is also an access point for mobile learning. Mobile learning, defined as education or training conducted using portable computing devices such as smartphones or tablet computers, is only viable if you give the following points serious consideration.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/6-ways-to-adapt-your-mobile-learning-strategy-to-the-needs-of-modern-learners/

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The role of universities in a highly technological age

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-11-13 16:25

Gerard A Postiglione, University World News

Universities are, however, facing the challenge of how to align their core missions with the rapid emergence of technological innovations such as artificial intelligence, big data and algorithms, facial recognition, biosensors, augmented reality, gamification, blockchain, cloud computing and other yet-to-be-created technological innovations. These can become disruptive, but they can also be tapped for their potential to improve how students are selected, how courses are offered, how student learning is programmed and evaluated, how higher finance is managed, how knowledge networks are organised, accessed and expanded, and how more graduates can be prepared for entrepreneurial jobs, smart cities and sustainable development.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20191023081415452

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