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Working learners would benefit from new online community college

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-02-08 16:02

by CINDY MILES & PHIL BLAIR, San Diego Union

This new independent online campus will be unlike any other public online education platform in existence. The online college will focus predominantly on sub-associate degree credentials tailored to the needs of working learners who simply cannot attend a traditional school campus but wish to increase their value in the workforce and advance educationally and economically. It will rely more on competency-based learning, in which students are measured by the skills they have learned in addition to tests and grades.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-online-community-college-benefits-20180126-story.html

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School of Design To Offer Free Online Course

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-07 16:20

By NICHOLAS W. SUNDBERG, Harvard Crimson

A new online course from the Graduate School of Design will offer students from around the world the opportunity to study the fundamentals of architecture from Harvard professors for free. The 10-week course, which launches Feb. 28, will explore a variety of topics spanning the history of influences of architecture. Design School professors Erika Naginski, Antoine Picon, and K. Michael Hays, alongside PhD student Lisa Haber-Thomson, produced the lessons. According to a course summary posted online, the purpose of the initiative is to give students a greater understanding of the wider impacts of architecture, as well as the discipline’s influence on technology and history.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/1/26/architecture-online-course/

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EdX Quietly Developing ‘MicroBachelors’ Program

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-07 16:16

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

In December, edX won a $700,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to support the MicroBachelors effort with the organization’s university partners. Officials from edX declined to talk about the project, saying only that it is in the early stages. But at a higher-education innovation summit last month hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, listed the project as part of the group’s long-term vision that began with its MicroMasters program. And the organization has filed a trademark for the term “MicroBachelors” as well.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-01-25-edx-quietly-developing-microbachelors-program

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Makerspace brings high-tech tools to Aptos’ Cabrillo College

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-07 16:15

by Nicholas Ibarra, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Makerspace Director and Art Studio Instructor Payson McNett invokes a quote by the late science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Standing in a workshop with the ability to print, etch and cut an array of materials into almost any imaginable design, it is easy to understand what Clarke meant. “This space is truly cross-disciplinary,” McNett said. “It’s all about breaking down the silos, getting everybody from different areas and showing how interconnected our education really is.”

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20180123/NEWS/180129881

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How to Deepen Online Dialogue

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-07 16:09

By: Rebecca Zambrano, Faculty Focus

Many faculty members express concern that discussion in their online courses is shallow or sparse. What is it that makes meaningful dialogue so elusive in online courses? Some practices in online course design and discussion facilitation can actually encourage superficial dialogue. Faculty grading and feedback that require too much formality of language can scare students into virtual silence, sticking to exactly what the text says or saying what they think the professor wants to hear. Focusing on lower-level writing issues, such as grammar, APA style, or academic language, takes students away from content issues toward format issues. Although faculty might expect students to use formal academic language in their essays and research papers, it is not ideal for discussion.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/deepen-online-dialogue/

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School of Design To Offer Free Online Course

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-07 16:05

By NICHOLAS W. SUNDBERG, Harvard Crimson

A new online course from the Graduate School of Design will offer students from around the world the opportunity to study the fundamentals of architecture from Harvard professors for free. The 10-week course, which launches Feb. 28, will explore a variety of topics spanning the history of influences of architecture. Design School professors Erika Naginski, Antoine Picon, and K. Michael Hays, alongside PhD student Lisa Haber-Thomson, produced the lessons. According to a course summary posted online, the purpose of the initiative is to give students a greater understanding of the wider impacts of architecture, as well as the discipline’s influence on technology and history.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/1/26/architecture-online-course/

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EdX Quietly Developing ‘MicroBachelors’ Program

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-07 16:03

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

In December, edX won a $700,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to support the MicroBachelors effort with the organization’s university partners. Officials from edX declined to talk about the project, saying only that it is in the early stages. But at a higher-education innovation summit last month hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, listed the project as part of the group’s long-term vision that began with its MicroMasters program. And the organization has filed a trademark for the term “MicroBachelors” as well.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-01-25-edx-quietly-developing-microbachelors-program

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Are computers turning into bigots?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-06 16:25

by Josh Naish, the Daily Mail

Machines that learn to think for themselves are revolutionising the workplace. But there’s growing evidence they are acquiring racial and class prejudices too.  Human bank employees are no longer allowed to use common sense to over-rule the robots. Not only are they being used to decide our access to insurance, loans and whether or not we are a decent credit risk, but they may also be influencing our employment prospects, medical treatment and tax affairs. Even more ominously, as I shall explain, such robots may soon be ruling on whether police patrol your area, and if you are a potential criminal.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5310031/Evidence-robots-acquiring-racial-class-prejudices.html

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U Iowa offers first online lab course

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-06 16:20

By Aadit Tambe, Daily Iowan

In the world of augmented reality, instructors are taking the laboratory experience to an online platform using cutting-edge technology. Students get real-time lab exposure for a nanotechnology course online. The University of Iowa nanotechnology & nanofabrication course teaches students how to fabricate structures on a nanoscale. They learn how to make structures that are 10,000 times thinner than a human hair. “We have been teaching this course the traditional way [for several years],” said Adjunct Assistant Professor Aju Jugessur, the director of the UI Microfabrication Facility. “A year ago, I came up with the idea of offering the course to students who are not on campus, or students who are on campus but cannot take this course because of scheduling conflicts.”

http://daily-iowan.com/2018/01/25/ui-offers-first-online-lab-course/

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Bishop Lynch High School having online school Thursday and Friday due to flu outbreak

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-06 16:16

by Dana Branham, Dallas News

Bishop Lynch High School classes will take place online Thursday and Friday due to increased numbers of flu cases at the Dallas school, the principal said. Principal Chad Riley said the school made the decision after advice from Dallas County Health and Human Services. More than 10 percent of the students were absent Wednesday. This year’s brutal flu season has closed schools around the state. Bonham and Gunter school districts announced week-long closures last week to give schools a chance to disinfect their campus spaces. Dallas’ Jesuit College Preparatory School announced closures for Tuesday and Wednesday due to the flu as well.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2018/01/24/bishop-lynch-high-school-online-school-thursday-friday-due-flu-outbreak

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Recasting Leadership in the Open-source Era

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-06 16:10

by Knowledge@Wharton, UPenn

If you look at what technology has done in the last five to six years with the way we live at home and at work, there are two major things. One, ordinary people today are much more empowered than ever before because everybody has a super-computer in their pocket…. Leadership today has to be about a burning desire to create a better future and to not give up in the resistance that you’re going to face when you decide to do something different.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/leadership-age-gig-economy/

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‘Post-traditional’ learners

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-06 16:05

by American Association of Community Colleges

According to a new study by the American Council on Education (ACE), post-traditional learners are individuals with diverse life experiences, defining them as “individuals already in the workforce who lack a postsecondary credential, yet are determined to pursue further knowledge and skills while balancing work, life and education responsibilities.” There are about 98 million people who fit this definition, according to the 2016 Current Population Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau. Post-traditional learners have diverse backgrounds, such as being immigrants, veterans, single mothers, at-risk youth or having limited literacy and
English language skills. About 60 percent of post-traditional learners were enrolled in undergraduate programs, most of whom (53 percent) were likely to attend public two-year institutions

https://www.aacc.nche.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DataPoints_V6_N1_2018.pdf

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U Iowa offers first online lab course

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-06 16:03

By Aadit Tambe, Daily Iowan

In the world of augmented reality, instructors are taking the laboratory experience to an online platform using cutting-edge technology. Students get real-time lab exposure for a nanotechnology course online. The University of Iowa nanotechnology & nanofabrication course teaches students how to fabricate structures on a nanoscale. They learn how to make structures that are 10,000 times thinner than a human hair. “We have been teaching this course the traditional way [for several years],” said Adjunct Assistant Professor Aju Jugessur, the director of the UI Microfabrication Facility. “A year ago, I came up with the idea of offering the course to students who are not on campus, or students who are on campus but cannot take this course because of scheduling conflicts.”

http://daily-iowan.com/2018/01/25/ui-offers-first-online-lab-course/

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Kankakee, Tri-Point participating in online AP classes

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-05 16:25

by  John Dykstra, Daily Journal

Ten Kankakee High School students are getting a look at what the future might hold in Illinois for advanced placement courses. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, who leads the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, announced a pilot program for online AP classes. Kankakee is one of 10 school districts participating in the pilot, which includes 75 students. Tri-Point High School, in Cullom, is the other area school participating. The pilot is part of the Illinois Virtual School, which the Illinois State Board of Education runs. The goal of the program is to expand AP classes to students in rural communities so they can earn college credits.

http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/kankakee-tri-point-participating-in-online-ap-classes/article_eaa9728f-edf7-5d5f-853d-6e727ed0f245.html

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Disney to give $1,000 bonuses to 125,000 employees and create a higher education program

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-05 16:19

By Daniel Miller, LA Times

The new education initiative, which is designed to cover tuition costs for hourly employees, will receive $25 million in annual funding going forward, Disney said in a statement…. Disney, which has about 200,000 employees, is making the higher education program available to nearly 88,000 hourly workers. The company said participants can use the program to pursue higher education or vocational training — and the enrichment can be in fields unrelated to employees’ responsibilities at Disney.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-disney-bonuses-education-20180123-story.html

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10 Ways EdTech Is Reinventing Higher Ed

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-05 16:14

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Can you remember the times when only a notebook and pen were welcome in a college lecture? Taking notes by hand is quickly becoming an obsolete way of keeping up with the class in the face of educational technology. Edtech inspires students to take the things they learn in lecture and apply them to other areas of their daily life. How exactly is this technology reinventing higher education? Take a look at a few of these top ways students are using edtech to improve their education.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-ways-edtech-reinventing-higher-education/

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Educause Steps In to Save New Media Consortium

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-05 16:11

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Educause has submitted a $55,000 offer to acquire the assets of the now defunct New Media Consortium, court documents reveal. The $55,000 offer, if accepted, would see Educause acquire the NMC’s trademarks, website, membership and subscriber lists, as well as its flagship Horizon Project, which produced reports on the future of education technology. The NMC, which abruptly ceased operations at the end of last year, owes more than half a million dollars to its creditors. The nonprofit filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in December.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/02/06/educause-plans-buy-assets-bankrupt-new-media-consortium

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Wayne State Online classes: to take or not to take

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-05 16:05

by Melanie Barnett, Southend

Online classes have existed nearly as long as the Internet itself. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in the fall of 2014, there were over five million college students enrolled in online courses in the U.S. Online classes give students the opportunity to complete courses at home, in addition to saving time and money. Rija Khan, a third year business major and commuter at Wayne State University, found online classes convenient for this reason.

https://www.thesouthend.wayne.edu/features/article_24d8b228-0151-11e8-a8b3-6f6cfce7441c.html

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Disney to give $1,000 bonuses to 125,000 employees and create a higher education program

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-05 16:02

By Daniel Miller, LA Times

The new education initiative, which is designed to cover tuition costs for hourly employees, will receive $25 million in annual funding going forward, Disney said in a statement…. Disney, which has about 200,000 employees, is making the higher education program available to nearly 88,000 hourly workers. The company said participants can use the program to pursue higher education or vocational training — and the enrichment can be in fields unrelated to employees’ responsibilities at Disney.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-disney-bonuses-education-20180123-story.html

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5 ways to get started with OER

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-04 16:25

BY ANDREW MARCINEK, eSchool News

It has been almost three years since the launch of the United States Department of Education’s #GoOpen movement. If you are late to the #GoOpen party, it is the commitment to expand and accelerate the use of openly licensed educational resources in schools across the country. The commitment, in a nutshell, is to replace at least one textbook with open educational resources (OER) within one year, share in a community of practice with other school districts, and share the resources created with a Creative Commons license.

5 ways to get started with OER

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