by Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes
ContributorMark Twain said he never let his schooling interfere with his education. That sentiment feels especially relevant today. In an age when information access enables companies to blossom (or disappear) seemingly overnight, there’s more need than ever to re-examine our approaches to education. Does a university degree automatically open the doors it once did? Is trade school the best bet for many tech-savvy up-and-comers? What role do e-learning and tools like audiobooks and podcasts play in not only preparing people for the workplace but helping them keep pace with rapid change? These and many related questions are addressed in The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed. Authors Kelly Palmer and David Blake represent a rising generation of smart disrupters who are making a mark in multiple industries.Share on Facebook
Lee Maxey, Chief Learning Officer
Being late to the world of online learning has positioned universities to take advantage of technology that’s now far less expensive than it was when originally conceived in the 1990s. All one has to do is compare the array of applications and devices for mobile learning available today with concepts like performance support and clunky, unfriendly software such as learning management systems.Share on Facebook
Online education unicorn Udacity has quietly laid off 5% of staff — at least 25 people — since August
Ingrid Lunden, Tech Crunch
Online education is a $160 billion+ industry today, but as it continues to mature, there are some inevitable ebbs and flows. In the latest development, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Udacity — the $1 billion startup co-founded by Sebastian Thrun that specialises in “nanodegrees” in tech subects that range from AI and coding through to the how-tos of digital marketing — has quietly cut about five percent of its staff since August across multiple offices globally. “Back in August, five percent of our global employees were laid off based on carefully considered, strategic business decisions,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch in an emailed statement. “We are supporting our former and current employees through the transition. Our business continues to grow, with offices in India, China, Germany, Brazil, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to Silicon Valley. We continue to hire for key roles.”
By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
The director of the Esports Lab at the University of Nevada Las Vegas details strategies for teaching students the emerging business model and how other colleges can, too. At 30,000-square-feet, it’s small stakes by Vegas standards, but the Esports Arena at the Luxor shows an industry on the rise. Visitors, many of whom are locals, pay to play at more than 100 PCs and consoles set in rows and clusters throughout the two-level space. They all frame the main event: a raised stage on which players will face off in any number of video games — including popular titles Fortnite, League of Legends and Overwatch — all while their characters’ movements and their own game faces are projected on the 50-foot LED video wall behind them.
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PRAVIN VISAKAN , Daily Bruin
Bruins don’t have an easy time getting ahold of textbooks, with long lines in the Ackerman Student Union bookstore and per-quarter price tags. Textbooks take up money and time in terms of hunting for used book deals or waiting in lines. These issues are only getting worse. According to a 2014 report by The Economist, textbook prices are only getting higher, at three times the rate of inflation since 1970. Class sizes are also climbing, with an increase of enrolled undergraduates at UCLA of more than 4,000 students in the last eight years. The demand for textbooks will likely stay high, and physical distribution of textbooks will likely remain impacted. In other words, acquiring textbooks will only get more difficult. Luckily, you won’t have to fish your grandpa’s old textbook out of the attic. The university has an option that could ease students’ cost and accessibility woes: digital textbooks.Share on Facebook
by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate
Cheating has always been a cultural phenomenon, but today’s digital age makes it easier than ever. It can be tempting to find creative solutions to raise your grades without putting in the work. Papers can be written in minutes and the answers to the final exam are easily found online. Teachers and parents have to be aware of the methods students are using to improve their grades and raise their test scores. High-tech cheating has become more difficult to stop than ever before, but our schools must find a way to put an end to it. What steps can schools take to start preventing high-tech cheating before it even happens? Here are a few guidelines you may want to set in place for your classroom.Share on Facebook
by Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside
“About a year ago, we had a situation where we were going to do an in-person residency in Lebanon, and, at the very last minute, it got canceled,” Rogers said. “As a group of faculty, we were trying to figure out how we would make this residency work. We had a whole bunch of students coming in, there were 12 classes scheduled and 3 days before we were going to leave, we learned that we wouldn’t be able to go. And the students were all ready, they had taken off work, and we wanted to make sure that they still had an engaging experience. So that was the beginning.” Zoom, the videoconferencing application Rogers was already using for the residency, played an instrumental role in the initiative.Share on Facebook
by Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
What happens in the office hour is the same virtually as it is for students who show up in person: Students ask questions about particular problems or topics, and the professor works through them as if he were in front of the class. Shifting to the online whiteboard gives him a “virtual extension” of his office, he says. Stoll has offered online office hours for years, and he says it started out of necessity. “It was hard to find time slots during the week when students are available,” he explains. “Undergrads have very diverse schedules, especially in general-ed courses.”Share on Facebook
by Eli Zimmerman, EdTech
5G, the fifth generation of wireless networks, promises to be the catalyst for a new age of connected technology and network speed. Experts working to develop the new technology have noted three key areas where 5G will improve on the current 4G LTE networks that are used right now: increased device capacity, faster network speed and lower latency. Forecasters expect 5G access to increase more dramatically through 2019, with the number of 5G devices becoming more ubiquitous in 2020. And with the race to 5G in full swing, educators are wondering what this network will mean for them.Share on Facebook
by Wendy McMahon, EdTech
As personalized learning continues to gain momentum across the U.S., more states, districts and schools are moving toward a competency-based education system that focuses on individualized learning and classroom equity. But what exactly is a competency-based education system, and what role does technology play in the design and support of this system? In a recent webinar from the International Association for K–12 Online Learning, titled “Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed,” education consultant Katherine Casey explains the key ways a competency-based system differs from a traditional system.Share on Facebook
By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
In recent months, some colleges have made arrangements with the MOOC platforms they work with to let students and staff get free access to online certificates and microcredentials created by the universities. This year the University of Michigan launched Michigan Online, a portal that lists the dozens of MOOCs the university has developed, and offers links where current students, faculty members and alumni can get full access to the certificates for free. “We want students around campus to take those courses,” says James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation at the University of Michigan.Share on Facebook
Blockchain is reshaping the world as we know it. And we are not talking metaphorically because the new technology is really influencing everything from online security and data management to governance and smart contracting. Statistical reports support these claims. According to the study, the blockchain universe grows by over 40% annually, while almost 70% of banks are already experimenting with this technology. IT experts at the Editing AussieWritings.com Services claim that the potential in this field is almost limitless: “Blockchain offers a myriad of practical possibilities, so you definitely want to get acquainted with it more thoroughly.”
by Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When 13 undergraduate engineering students were booted out of the program at Australia’s Deakin University in May 2016 for taking part in “contract cheating,” it may have looked like just another round in institutional efforts to combat academic dishonesty, akin to reducing plagiarism or stamping out the use of term paper mills. However, some experts view this specific form of deceit as more pernicious because it can be so hard to detect by the usual tools and methods. Contract cheating — the use of essay writing services to manufacture coursework — is on the rise, along with other forms of academic dishonesty. Wendy Sutherland-Smith, a longtime scholar of academic integrity, doesn’t hold back: “Contract cheating companies are really insidious, evil, nasty beasts,” she declared.
By IBL News
Harvard University’s cutting-edge and free 100 courses on edX.org –covering topics from calculus and climate change to Shakespeare and Stravinsky– are a good tool to enrich a face-to-face classroom experience and enhance professional development-oriented skills.Share on Facebook
By Hallie Busta James Paterson, Education Dive
More than 3 million cybersecurity jobs will be unfilled in 2021, a fact that is spurring college investment in education and training opportunities to help students take advantage of job opportunities in the growing field, EdTech reported. So far, relatively few colleges offer undergraduate or graduate cybersecurity degrees, but that could change. Colleges are partnering with the private sector to design new programs and curriculum that meets workforce needs and, in some cases, to help shoulder the cost of expensive training and simulation facilities such as cyber ranges. Colleges investing in cybersecurity programs include Augusta University, Montgomery College of Maryland, Regent University, Texas A&M University, the University of Michigan and Virginia Tech, among others.
By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Two senior U.S. Education Department officials told journalists Monday at an event in Las Vegas that the federal agency under Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to make more and better data available to students considering college, while continuing to prioritize the kind of deregulation that has characterized the current administration’s approach to higher ed governance. “We do not think it’s the role of the federal government to make this decision [of whether a specific college is worth attending] on behalf of students,” said Diane Auer Jones, the department’s top higher ed official, adding that federal student aid, state authorizing bodies and accreditors will continue to be the primary sources of accountability for the industry. She said that in recent years, regulations “have driven [colleges] to a one-size-fits-all model” and that streamlining and clarifying the rules could give institutions that want to explore new learning models the space to do so.
by Philipp Stauffer, Knowledge at Wharton
The open application ecosystems of the internet are dominated by a handful of tech giants today, but crypto technologies could level the foundations of the modern web to establish free and open access to information, connection and exchange, according to this opinion piece by Philipp Stauffer, co-founder and general partner of FYRFLY Venture Partners.Share on Facebook
JILLIAN KLEIN, Higher Learning Advocates
Whether it is in the news and television commercials or cropping up in proposed legislative and regulatory changes, “competency-based education” continues to dominate the conversation around innovation in higher education. And for good reason; there are hundreds of forward-thinking institutions that are offering CBE programs. Many of these programs are offered via the credit hour, while some are offered via direct assessment, which measures progress through the demonstration of competencies instead of the accumulation of credit hours. Either way, these programs are designed to be professionally-relevant, aligned to learning outcomes that employers expect, and often allow students to move at a personalized pace.
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by Stephen Somerville, FE News UK
FutureLearn, the online social learning platform owned by The Open University, has today published new research revealing that employees’ chances of promotion and securing a new role are enhanced by taking an online course. Nearly three quarters (73%) of employers said they thought online courses were either very valuable (33%) or valuable (40%) when considering the promotion of an existing employee. Professional development through online learning also carried favour among employers when hiring. Online learning was a ‘differentiating factor’ when assessing candidates with similar qualifications or experience for a new role. This was especially true for those in mid-management (73%) and junior/entry level roles (71%). It was less decisive in more senior roles, but still more than half of employers (61%) said it could be a differentiating factor at director level.
by Seb Murray, Business Because
While many early online platforms were merely a place to repurpose recorded lectures, Harvard’s HBX has become a fully-fledged part of the historic business school. It has grown rapidly, offering 11 courses, from negotiation mastery to entrepreneurship essentials, enrolling more than 30,000 students in three years. There are plans to launch another strategy course and one on alternative investments such as hedge funds and real estate, according to Patrick.Share on Facebook