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Affordable Degrees-at-Scale Symposium

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-05-01 17:05

Georgia Tech University

What does at-scale mean now that we are all online? How do we support a horizontal scale versus vertical growth? How we do move forward with at-scale and affordable education in crisis? Join Georgia Tech Professional Education for an intensive virtual conversation on the current- and future-state of at-scale programs. Featured speakers include Associate Dean Yakut Gazi of Georgia Tech Professional Education, UPCEA immediate past board president Nelson Baker, and UPCEA board president Rovy Branon.

https://pe.gatech.edu/events/virtual-degrees-at-scale

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How to Look Good on Video Calls

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-05-01 17:03

Chandra Steele, PC Magazine

Everybody was supposed to be famous for 15 minutes in the future, but now you’re appearing on video 15 times a day and you want some anonymity. That’s not going to be the case for a while as social distancing continues, so you might as well make the best of your time in front of the camera. Whether you’re in Zoom meetings with colleagues or having virtual cocktail parties with friends, follow these steps so you can spend more time focusing on others and not anxiously checking how you look in the corner of the screen.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-look-good-on-video-calls

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UPenn is offering an online master’s degree in computer science — for one-third of the on-campus cost

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-30 17:25

Connie Chen, Business Insider

Students who don’t come from a computer science background but want to enter the valuable and lucrative field of computer science can now do so with the help of UPenn’s online Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) program.  The online version of the on-campus graduate-level course, it takes 16 to 40 months to complete, comprises 10 courses, and costs about $26,000 (one-third of the on-campus cost).

https://www.businessinsider.com/university-of-pennsylvania-online-masters-degree-computer-science-coursera

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Librarian Integrated Workflows to Enhance Course Design & Development

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-30 17:20

Erin Brothen, etal; Capella University
As the modes of course development in universities shift to be more team-based, librarians are now contributing core components of course development operations. This article outlines the ways that librarians at Capella University have been integrated systematically into course development. Adding librarians to specific points throughout the course development process has streamlined processes, saved materials costs, and better aligned research skills instruction with student needs. This systematic integration method is novel, compared to traditional models that pair librarians with individual faculty or offer ad hoc, or small pilot project assistance.

https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/spring231/brothen_staley_matson_smock_bennett231.html

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What’s the government done to relieve student loan borrowers of their burden during the corona crisis?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-30 17:15

Caitlin Brandt, Louise Sheiner, and Kadija Yilla, Brookings Institution

Forty-two million Americans, or one in every eight, have student loans, and they owe a total of $1.6 trillion, the second largest pool of consumer credit after mortgages. According to the Federal Reserve, 20 percent of adult borrowers who borrowed for their own educations were behind on their payments in 2018. Of those who are paying their loans, typical monthly payments are between $200 and $299. With unemployment soaring due to the coronavirus pandemic, some people may not be able to make their monthly loan payments. What has the government done to relieve the burden of student loans?

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/04/16/whats-the-government-done-to-relieve-student-loan-borrowers-of-their-burden-during-the-corona-crisis/

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UPenn is offering an online master’s degree in computer science — for one-third of the on-campus cost

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-30 17:07

Connie Chen, Business Insider

Students who don’t come from a computer science background but want to enter the valuable and lucrative field of computer science can now do so with the help of UPenn’s online Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) program.  The online version of the on-campus graduate-level course, it takes 16 to 40 months to complete, comprises 10 courses, and costs about $26,000 (one-third of the on-campus cost).

https://www.businessinsider.com/university-of-pennsylvania-online-masters-degree-computer-science-coursera

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Librarian Integrated Workflows to Enhance Course Design & Development

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-30 17:05

Erin Brothen, etal;  Capella University
As the modes of course development in universities shift to be more team-based, librarians are now contributing core components of course development operations. This article outlines the ways that librarians at Capella University have been integrated systematically into course development. Adding librarians to specific points throughout the course development process has streamlined processes, saved materials costs, and better aligned research skills instruction with student needs. This systematic integration method is novel, compared to traditional models that pair librarians with individual faculty or offer ad hoc, or small pilot project assistance.

https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/spring231/brothen_staley_matson_smock_bennett231.html

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What’s the government done to relieve student loan borrowers of their burden during the corona crisis?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-30 17:03

Caitlin Brandt, Louise Sheiner, and Kadija Yilla, Brookings Institution

Forty-two million Americans, or one in every eight, have student loans, and they owe a total of $1.6 trillion, the second largest pool of consumer credit after mortgages. According to the Federal Reserve, 20 percent of adult borrowers who borrowed for their own educations were behind on their payments in 2018. Of those who are paying their loans, typical monthly payments are between $200 and $299. With unemployment soaring due to the coronavirus pandemic, some people may not be able to make their monthly loan payments. What has the government done to relieve the burden of student loans?

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/04/16/whats-the-government-done-to-relieve-student-loan-borrowers-of-their-burden-during-the-corona-crisis/

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Determining Carnegie Units: Student Engagement in Online Courses Without a Residential Equivalent

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-29 17:25

Katherine M. Adler, OJDLA

Carnegie Units (CU) quantify the time spent by students in and out of class in terms of content engagement. The rule states that for every one hour spent in a face-to-face setting, students spend an additional two hours of study time or engagement with the material). For colleges offering both online and residential courses with the same content, equating the time online students spend with course content is not difficult – the Registrar aligns online courses with their residentially offered matches. However, what does a college do when 100% of its courses are offered online, with no onsite match? What follows is a discussion of how one college ensured and quantified engagement in online courses.

https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/spring231/Adler231.html

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South Korea’s Coronavirus-Era Online Learning Hits Snag

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-29 17:20

Tae-jun Kang, the Diplomat

About 5.4 million elementary, middle, and high school students in South Korea are starting an unprecedented school year via distance learning as the country strives to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Both schools and students, however, are already experiencing confusion and difficulties, with many pointing out that the country’s education authorities failed to come up with a concrete plan and measures to carry out online classes effectively.

https://thediplomat.com/2020/04/south-koreas-coronavirus-era-online-learning-hits-snag/

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7 mental health resources to help college students during the coronavirus pandemic

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-29 17:15

LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
The coronavirus has closed campuses across the globe, and many students may need help regulating their mental health and dealing with anxiety. Colleges and universities across the globe have closed campuses and moved instruction online in an attempt to stop community spread of the novel coronavirus. Many students find themselves back home with family, quarantining while their campuses remain physically shut down. Others may be out of work and worrying about finances on top of attending online classes. Still others are international students who might not be able to return home. According to researchers at the University of California, Irvine, many people experience psychological distress resulting from repeated media exposure to the crisis.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/04/14/7-mental-health-resources-to-help-college-students-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

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Determining Carnegie Units: Student Engagement in Online Courses Without a Residential Equivalent

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-29 17:10

Katherine M. Adler, OJDLA

Carnegie Units (CU) quantify the time spent by students in and out of class in terms of content engagement. The rule states that for every one hour spent in a face-to-face setting, students spend an additional two hours of study time or engagement with the material). For colleges offering both online and residential courses with the same content, equating the time online students spend with course content is not difficult – the Registrar aligns online courses with their residentially offered matches. However, what does a college do when 100% of its courses are offered online, with no onsite match? What follows is a discussion of how one college ensured and quantified engagement in online courses.

https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/spring231/Adler231.html

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South Korea’s Coronavirus-Era Online Learning Hits Snag

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-29 17:04

Tae-jun Kang, the Diplomat

About 5.4 million elementary, middle, and high school students in South Korea are starting an unprecedented school year via distance learning as the country strives to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Both schools and students, however, are already experiencing confusion and difficulties, with many pointing out that the country’s education authorities failed to come up with a concrete plan and measures to carry out online classes effectively.

https://thediplomat.com/2020/04/south-koreas-coronavirus-era-online-learning-hits-snag/

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7 mental health resources to help college students during the coronavirus pandemic

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-29 17:03

LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
The coronavirus has closed campuses across the globe, and many students may need help regulating their mental health and dealing with anxiety. Colleges and universities across the globe have closed campuses and moved instruction online in an attempt to stop community spread of the novel coronavirus. Many students find themselves back home with family, quarantining while their campuses remain physically shut down. Others may be out of work and worrying about finances on top of attending online classes. Still others are international students who might not be able to return home. According to researchers at the University of California, Irvine, many people experience psychological distress resulting from repeated media exposure to the crisis.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/04/14/7-mental-health-resources-to-help-college-students-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

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5 Easy Ways to Infuse Learning Science into Remote Teaching

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-04-28 17:25

Andrea Hendricks, Campus Technology

These practices will help engage students and improve outcomes throughout the online learning process. Here are five practices that have transformed the way I engage students and maximize outcomes throughout the learning process, all of which are relevant whether you’re teaching in a traditional classroom environment or remotely.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/04/15/5-easy-ways-to-infuse-learning-science-into-remote-teaching.aspx

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Educators can adjust online classes to fit learning styles

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-04-28 17:20

Shawna De La Rosa, Education Dive

Educators must balance many learning preferences as students adjust to online learning, which will be a good fit for some and difficult for others, District Administration reports. Some students will struggle with change and others will have a hard time dealing with isolation.  A paper by the University of Illinois Springfield lays out four styles of learners and how educators can adapt online curriculum accordingly. The visual/verbal learner, for example, does best when information is presented through visual aids, textbooks and class notes. They prefer to study in quiet environments, and the online environment is particularly well-suited to them.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/educators-can-adjust-online-classes-to-fit-learning-styles/576054/

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What if immunity to covid-19 doesn’t last?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-04-28 17:15

Antonio Regalad, MIT Technology Review

Researchers say people can catch mild, cold-causing coronaviruses twice in the same year. For the coronaviruses “immunity seems to wane quickly,” says Jeffrey Shaman, who carried out the research with Marta Galanti, a postdoctoral researcher. The big question is what this fizzling, short-lived resistance to common cold viruses means for covid-19. Is there a chance the disease will turn into a killer version of the common cold, constantly out there, infecting 10% or 20% of the population each year, but also continuing to kill one in a hundred? If so, it would amount to a plague capable of shaving the current rate of world population growth by a tenth.

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/04/27/1000569/how-long-are-people-immune-to-covid-19/

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5 Easy Ways to Infuse Learning Science into Remote Teaching

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-04-28 17:10

Andrea Hendricks, Campus Technology

These practices will help engage students and improve outcomes throughout the online learning process. Here are five practices that have transformed the way I engage students and maximize outcomes throughout the learning process, all of which are relevant whether you’re teaching in a traditional classroom environment or remotely.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/04/15/5-easy-ways-to-infuse-learning-science-into-remote-teaching.aspx

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Educators can adjust online classes to fit learning styles

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-04-28 17:05

Shawna De La Rosa, Education Dive

Educators must balance many learning preferences as students adjust to online learning, which will be a good fit for some and difficult for others, District Administration reports. Some students will struggle with change and others will have a hard time dealing with isolation.  A paper by the University of Illinois Springfield lays out four styles of learners and how educators can adapt online curriculum accordingly. The visual/verbal learner, for example, does best when information is presented through visual aids, textbooks and class notes. They prefer to study in quiet environments, and the online environment is particularly well-suited to them.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/educators-can-adjust-online-classes-to-fit-learning-styles/576054/

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What if immunity to covid-19 doesn’t last?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-04-28 17:03

Antonio Regalad, MIT Technology Review

Researchers say people can catch mild, cold-causing coronaviruses twice in the same year. For the coronaviruses “immunity seems to wane quickly,” says Jeffrey Shaman, who carried out the research with Marta Galanti, a postdoctoral researcher. The big question is what this fizzling, short-lived resistance to common cold viruses means for covid-19. Is there a chance the disease will turn into a killer version of the common cold, constantly out there, infecting 10% or 20% of the population each year, but also continuing to kill one in a hundred? If so, it would amount to a plague capable of shaving the current rate of world population growth by a tenth.

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/04/27/1000569/how-long-are-people-immune-to-covid-19/

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