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Walking Away From The Job I Loved

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-05-05 17:03

by Carol Scheidenhelm, Forbes

Walking away from the job I love, the career I worked so hard to establish, the obstacles I overcame to get where I am today will be hard. As a woman who has worked in a technology-related teaching field, my career challenges have been abundant. When I started, there were no instructional designers and no technologists with teaching-related interests. We figured out what would work from the tools we had. I started teaching writing in the computer lab before we had effective networking abilities. I wrote webpages in html until Netscape came out with its editor. I taught online courses when technologies were basic and insufficient. I’ve learned the technology, figured out how to apply it to teaching and taught others to use these tools in pedagogically sound ways…. [ed note: To Carol, thank you for all of your contributions to our field – we are grateful]

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2018/04/09/walking-away-from-the-job-i-loved/

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Reducing ‘distance’ is key to online learner success

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-04 17:25

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
Faculty members from the University of Central Florida wrote in Evolllution about the strategies to building engagement for online students. Citing common factors leading to “transactional distance” for students, such as a lack of feedback or unresponsiveness from admissions officers or instructors, poor course design or detachment from campus life, the authors say that building student confidence begins with the school’s readiness to answer questions and to provide support for the online learning process.  Transactional distance is defined as space felt between a faculty member and a student in the learning process, which is exacerbated in distance learning platforms where students are not able to enhance their learning with in-class dialog, in-person exchange, or lack of exposure to campus culture. This distance, the writers say, can lead to students feeling isolated, unsupported and usually precedes a student withdrawing from a course. They suggest using online coaches to encourage students to completion.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/reducing-distance-is-key-to-online-learner-success/521166/

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MIT-Boeing educational collaboration aims to scale learning in additive manufacturing

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-04 17:20

by MIT Open Learning
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3-D printing, is poised to transform product design, manufacturing, and maintenance. However, limited knowledge of the fundamental principles, applications, and business implications of AM is a barrier to its broad and rapid adoption. To help professionals and organizations realize AM’s potential and accelerate its use, MIT and Boeing are collaborating on a new online course for professionals: Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production.

http://news.mit.edu/2018/mit-boeing-collaboration-aims-to-scale-learning-in-additive-manufacturing-0412

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Do Online Courses Really Save Money? A New Study Explores ROI for Colleges and Students

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-04 17:15

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

All of these colleges set up extensive centralized staffs to support online offerings, which the report identifies as a key component to their success. UCF, for example, has a 90-person team “that includes instructional designers, media support resources, faculty professional development staff, and quality assurance staff.” At ASU, a centralized innovation team called EdPlus employs 250 people. With that kind of large-scale and strategic effort, the report suggests that the costs of delivering education can be reduced. “When we compared the overall costs of online courses with average costs at four of the institutions in the study, we found that the savings for online courses ranged from $12 to $66 per credit hour, a difference of from 3 percent to 50 percent of the average credit hour costs,” the report says

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-04-12-do-online-courses-really-save-money-a-new-study-explores-roi-for-colleges-and-students

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Reducing ‘distance’ is key to online learner success

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-04 17:08

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
Faculty members from the University of Central Florida wrote in Evolllution about the strategies to building engagement for online students. Citing common factors leading to “transactional distance” for students, such as a lack of feedback or unresponsiveness from admissions officers or instructors, poor course design or detachment from campus life, the authors say that building student confidence begins with the school’s readiness to answer questions and to provide support for the online learning process.  Transactional distance is defined as space felt between a faculty member and a student in the learning process, which is exacerbated in distance learning platforms where students are not able to enhance their learning with in-class dialog, in-person exchange, or lack of exposure to campus culture. This distance, the writers say, can lead to students feeling isolated, unsupported and usually precedes a student withdrawing from a course. They suggest using online coaches to encourage students to completion.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/reducing-distance-is-key-to-online-learner-success/521166/

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MIT-Boeing educational collaboration aims to scale learning in additive manufacturing

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-04 17:05

by MIT Open Learning
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3-D printing, is poised to transform product design, manufacturing, and maintenance. However, limited knowledge of the fundamental principles, applications, and business implications of AM is a barrier to its broad and rapid adoption. To help professionals and organizations realize AM’s potential and accelerate its use, MIT and Boeing are collaborating on a new online course for professionals: Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production.

http://news.mit.edu/2018/mit-boeing-collaboration-aims-to-scale-learning-in-additive-manufacturing-0412

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Do Online Courses Really Save Money? A New Study Explores ROI for Colleges and Students

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-04 17:03

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

All of these colleges set up extensive centralized staffs to support online offerings, which the report identifies as a key component to their success. UCF, for example, has a 90-person team “that includes instructional designers, media support resources, faculty professional development staff, and quality assurance staff.” At ASU, a centralized innovation team called EdPlus employs 250 people. With that kind of large-scale and strategic effort, the report suggests that the costs of delivering education can be reduced. “When we compared the overall costs of online courses with average costs at four of the institutions in the study, we found that the savings for online courses ranged from $12 to $66 per credit hour, a difference of from 3 percent to 50 percent of the average credit hour costs,” the report says

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-04-12-do-online-courses-really-save-money-a-new-study-explores-roi-for-colleges-and-students

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How to Make Your University Network Less Vulnerable

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-04 04:29

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Schools and universities are beginning to understand that their security networks are too vulnerable to protect sensitive information. Keeping key documents and student information safe should be a priority for the administration at all universities. However, many schools are struggling to figure out the first steps they need to take in order to make themselves less vulnerable to an attack. Many universities wait until the cyber-attack happens before they implement some much-needed change. With a few well-thought-out shifts in the network, schools might be able to prevent many of these attacks from ever occurring. Consider some of these simple shifts that universities can make in order to reduce the likelihood of falling victim to a major cyber-attack.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-make-your-university-network-less-vulnerable/

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Women in EdTech: Find Out Who Is Bridging the Gender Gap in Leadership

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-03 17:26

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

The first part of our investigation focuses on the leadership teams of nine of the largest edtech companies. Our investigation discovered that with few exceptions, the gender gap is still prevalent in edtech. Indeed, with the exception of Coursera, which currently has gender parity on its leadership team, most of the companies we investigated have just as much work left to do as other types of tech companies. As a point of comparison, earlier this week, Recode reported that in terms of leadership roles in tech, women occupy anywhere from 19% (Pinterest) to 36% (Lyft) of positions and on average occupy 22% to 28% of the top positions (this is currently the case at Uber, Google, Amazon, and Facebook). Our investigation discovered that edtech companies are not all that different, but there is at least one notable exception. While at least one company (Coursera) has achieved gender parity on its leadership board, several others report women occupying as low as 10% of their leadership roles.

Women in EdTech: Find Out Who Is Bridging the Gender Gap in Leadership

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Adult workers and postsecondary credentials

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-03 17:20

by American Association of Community Colleges

According to data recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics, most adults in the workforce (58 percent) either have a postsecondary degree or some other form of workforce credential, including postsecondary certificates, occupational licenses or occupational certifications. This is higher than the 45 percent of adult workers with postsecondary credentials using traditional measures that only looked at postsecondary degrees (associate degree or higher). Over one in 10 adult workers (13 percent) indicated that they had no postsecondary degree, but had some form of nondegree credential. Over half (56 percent) of the non-degreed adult workers who had one or more non-degree credentials had an occupational
license; 43 percent had a postsecondary certificate, and 21 percent had an occupational certification. These data provide a better understanding of the diverse training background of the working adult population in the United States.

https://www.aacc.nche.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/DataPoints_April2018_No6.pdf

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California’s online college proposal ignites support among workers and opposition among some lawmakers

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-03 17:15

by MIKHAIL ZINSHTEYN, EdSource

“This is a game changer for workers,” said Rebecca Miller, the political director of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, at a March legislative hearing about Brown’s proposal. Her members are “people who cannot get to the community colleges during the day, and even evenings and weekends,” she said.  The union, with its roughly 100,000 workers, expects the state will need to fill annually 65,000 allied health positions — non-physician jobs like medical assistant, MRI technician and billing coder — through 2024. “That is exactly what I have been looking for, waiting for,” said Tracey McCreey, a licensed vocational nurse since 1998 who wants to earn a college degree as a registered nurse. “I have searched on the internet everywhere for opportunities for me to advance online, because of my schedule.”

California’s online college proposal ignites support among workers and opposition among some lawmakers

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Blockchain for education and skills? A big maybe.

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

by Michael Prebil, New America

Blockchain is a record-keeping system comprised of a continuously growing list of data batches called blocks. The most recent block serves as a ledger of each user’s current resources; the set of all blocks ever written (the blockchain) contains the whole history of transactions made by users. For the moment, possible uses for blockchain in education and employment center on two objectives: increasing the shareability of educational credentials and enabling workforce collaboration between competing employers.

https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/blockchain-for-education-and-skills/

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107 free online courses from the best colleges in the US — including Princeton, Harvard, and Yale

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-03 17:06

by Connie Chen, Business Insider

Thankfully, online learning sites like Coursera and edX are helping to increase access to high-quality education for everyone. Their free and low-priced courses are taught by instructors from the best universities and academic institutions around the world, allowing anyone to advance their education, professional goals, or personal interests. Both Coursera and edX allow you to audit any course for free. You get access to course materials and follow along with the class as it progresses. For an additional $40 to $160 (depending on the course) on edX, you receive a verified certificate that you can include in your resume or on your LinkedIn profile. Meanwhile, expanded access to Coursera courses includes assignments, tests, and a final grade, and costs $29 to $99 per course.

http://www.businessinsider.com/free-online-courses-from-the-best-colleges-2018-4

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California’s online college proposal ignites support among workers and opposition among some lawmakers

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-03 17:02

by MIKHAIL ZINSHTEYN, EdSource

“This is a game changer for workers,” said Rebecca Miller, the political director of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, at a March legislative hearing about Brown’s proposal. Her members are “people who cannot get to the community colleges during the day, and even evenings and weekends,” she said.  The union, with its roughly 100,000 workers, expects the state will need to fill annually 65,000 allied health positions — non-physician jobs like medical assistant, MRI technician and billing coder — through 2024. “That is exactly what I have been looking for, waiting for,” said Tracey McCreey, a licensed vocational nurse since 1998 who wants to earn a college degree as a registered nurse. “I have searched on the internet everywhere for opportunities for me to advance online, because of my schedule.”

California’s online college proposal ignites support among workers and opposition among some lawmakers

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How Much Did Professors Earn This Year? Barely Enough to Beat Inflation

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-02 17:25

By Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Ed
A rise in the cost of living chipped away at salary gains by full-time faculty members in the 2017-18 academic year, according to new survey data published on Wednesday by the American Association of University Professors.  Full-time faculty earned an average of 3 percent more than they did in the prior academic year. But that salary increase was cut by nearly two-thirds, to 1.1 percent, after adjusting for inflation. The average salary ranged widely, depending on rank: Full professors earned $104,820, associate professors made $81,274, and assistant professors took in $70,791. The average pay for lecturers was about $57,000 while, for instructors, it was $59,400.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Much-Did-Professors-Earn/243085

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Building the workforce ready generation: Strategic steps higher ed leaders can take

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-02 17:20

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Concerns over employers not being able to fill workforce gaps with qualified graduates has become a growing theme throughout higher education conversations; leaders throughout the U.S. News & World STEM Solutions in Washington, D.C. conference offered constructive solutions for industry leaders seeking to build more strategic, collaborative and meaningful partnerships across education and the workforce and establish pathways into lucrative careers.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/building-the-workforce-ready-generation-strategic-steps-higher-ed-leaders/520931/

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Google Search Tips for Your Students

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-02 17:14

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Decades ago, students would turn to the library’s card catalog in order to track down the information they needed for a research project. The same projects still exist, but most classrooms encourage students to go about finding their information in a much faster way. Searching on Google for the answers provides instant gratification and a smoother research process compared to the old methods. However, we don’t always teach students how to search effectively on Google.  Google has several built-in tools that can help you to find the right information when you need it. Learn how to harness the power of these simple tricks to change the way you and your students search forever.

Google Search Tips Students Should Know About

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How Much Did Professors Earn This Year? Barely Enough to Beat Inflation

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-02 17:12

By Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Ed
A rise in the cost of living chipped away at salary gains by full-time faculty members in the 2017-18 academic year, according to new survey data published on Wednesday by the American Association of University Professors.  Full-time faculty earned an average of 3 percent more than they did in the prior academic year. But that salary increase was cut by nearly two-thirds, to 1.1 percent, after adjusting for inflation. The average salary ranged widely, depending on rank: Full professors earned $104,820, associate professors made $81,274, and assistant professors took in $70,791. The average pay for lecturers was about $57,000 while, for instructors, it was $59,400.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Much-Did-Professors-Earn/243085

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Building the workforce ready generation: Strategic steps higher ed leaders can take

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-02 17:06

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Concerns over employers not being able to fill workforce gaps with qualified graduates has become a growing theme throughout higher education conversations; leaders throughout the U.S. News & World STEM Solutions in Washington, D.C. conference offered constructive solutions for industry leaders seeking to build more strategic, collaborative and meaningful partnerships across education and the workforce and establish pathways into lucrative careers.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/building-the-workforce-ready-generation-strategic-steps-higher-ed-leaders/520931/

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The Cost of Online Tuition: It’s Complicated

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-02 17:03

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

A study published last year by the WICHE Cooperative for Education Technologies (WCET) surveyed nearly 200 educators and administrators who “are on the front lines of offering distance courses.” They found that, “more than half (54.2%) of our respondents report[ed] that distance students pay more than on-campus students when tuition and fees are added. About three-quarters (75.1%) of institutions who completed the study indicated that tuition was the same, but the added fees continue to result in the price to students of distance courses being more.” The survey also looked deeper into the issue of the various costs associated with distance programs. Researchers identified 21 different factors in four general categories: preparing, teaching, assessing students, and supporting faculty and students. When asked about how these match up with the costs of on-campus courses, the results were again counterintuitive.

The Cost of Online Tuition: It’s Complicated

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