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4 Ways to Fine-Tune Academic Innovation in Higher Ed

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-06 17:10

By David Raths, Camus Technology
Getting faculty to try out new technologies can be a challenge. And while many universities have established programs to foster digital innovation campuswide, their efforts are constantly evolving with new developments in teaching and learning and changing mindsets around learning analytics, learning design and more. From internal grant programs to forming communities of practice, here are four ways academic technology leaders are fine-tuning their approaches to working with faculty.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/25/4-ways-to-fine-tune-academic-innovation-in-higher-ed.aspx

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Connect with your virtual teacher

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-06 17:06

by CA Sana Baqai, the Hindu

With the pioneering of digitalisation in India, education sector has taken complete advantage of the opportunity of online education. E-learning in India is not new yet it is, in a way of approaching the students. With the advantages of studying at the comfort of your home, re-watching a video to clarify or revise and studying at a time comfortable for you, e-learning is giving a tough competition to the classrooms.  Not only is it helping students but at the same time it is also a hot job these days for teachers who want to teach from home and do not want the hassles of arranging tuition classes. Not only does it save you time and money it also gets you to reach a far greater number of students than classroom teaching, and that’s what a lot of teachers these days are looking for.

https://www.thehindu.com/education/connect-with-your-virtual-teacher/article24539181.ece

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Top out-of-state colleges prowl San Diego looking for online students

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-06 17:02

by Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune
Its main campus is 2,300 miles away. But Penn State University is on the prowl in San Diego, searching for students willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to earn a degree online. The University of Maryland is doing the same. So are Purdue, Old Dominion, Colorado State, Arizona State, the University of Arizona, Southern New Hampshire University and Grand Canyon University. There’s a feeding frenzy going on in San Diego and other California cities, where big out-of-state schools are trying to capitalize on the promise of online education, largely to offset a huge drop in college enrollment that’s most acute in the Northeast and Midwest.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/sd-me-online-learning-20180715-story.html

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Parker McCurley’s Amazing Journey To Becoming A Blockchain Developer

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-05 17:25

By Adam Lane, Udacity

He got kicked out of high school in Ohio. Today, he’s the co-founder of a blockchain technology firm. His company is making money, and he’s now contributing his subject matter expertise to Udacity’s Blockchain Developer Nanodegree program. In short, life is going really well for Parker. Yet his trajectory could easily have been very different, were it not for his dedication to learning and one unexpected conversation that opened his eyes to a new career. He spent the next few months studying with Udacity, working part-time jobs, and going to school full-time. It was difficult to balance it all, but his interest in programming had grown into a passion, and he wanted to turn it into his career.

Parker McCurley’s Amazing Journey To Becoming A Blockchain Developer

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Don’t assume online students are more likely to cheat. The evidence is murky

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-05 17:20

by Chris Pilgrim And Christopher Scanlon, The Conversation
Don’t assume online students are more likely to cheat. The evidence is murky.  You’d think that studying online would make it easier to cheat. But don’t jump to conclusions.  More university students are choosing to study online rather than face-to-face, prompting concerns about academic integrity. If you’re tempted to cheat in face-to-face courses, even during exams, how much easier would it be to pass off work that isn’t your own when you’re online? But research by us and others shows how university courses are delivered is less important in predicting which students are more likely to cheat. A better predictor is students’ demographic characteristics, particularly their age.

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-dont-assume-online-students-evidence.html

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True or false: Breaking down myths about online classes

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-05 17:15

BY ALLISON COLLINS, the Missourian
Nearly half of all MU students took an online class during the 2016-17 school year, according to the university’s website. They are popular for a variety of reasons. Some students like to free up their daily schedule for work or other activities, while others like the convenience of pacing their work around other deadlines and busy times during the semester. Online classes can even help students graduate faster. Online classes can be a great resource to a busy college student, but misperceptions about them can cause confusion. Successfully completing an online class demands strong study habits and good time management skills.

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/special_section/collegetown/true-or-false-breaking-down-myths-about-online-classes/article_86d3b8fc-7d79-11e8-a16c-07e31dc22113.html

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Survey: Students say textbook costs have ‘big impact’ on finances

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-05 17:10

By James Paterson, Education Dive
A new Morning Consult study shows that 46% of students surveyed believe textbooks and other course materials have a “big impact” on their financial situations, and some experts say the costs heighten stress and force students to make tradeoffs that affect their ability to pay for housing and food, according to Inside Higher Education. About 43% of students surveyed said they skipped meals because of the expense for books, about 70% said they took on a part-time job because of the the added costs and around 30% said they had to take fewer classes. Some respondents even changed their major or opted out of a specific course so they would not have to pay the extra money. The head of the the education technology firm Cengage, which sponsored the survey of more than 1,600 students, said that textbooks and other course materials cost on average $1,200 a year per student, though learners often find other avenues — including renting books or copying what they need — but still pay almost half that.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-students-say-textbook-costs-have-big-impact-on-finances/528744/

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OER is at a tipping point. Here’s how to keep it moving in the right direction.

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-05 17:05

By Regina Gong, EdScoop
In his now-classic book “The Tipping Point,” Malcolm Gladwell explains how everything from “Sesame Street” to Airwalk shoes has sky-rocketed in popularity and shaped society. Gladwell posits that when the right elements are in place, a good idea can gain traction, reach a “point of critical mass,” and then spread like wildfire. Open educational resources (OER) are reaching the type of tipping point that Gladwell describes. While the rise of OER — freely available, openly licensed materials that can be downloaded, edited, and shared — has happened gradually over the past decade, these resources are now poised to transform both K-12 and higher education for the better.

https://edscoop.com/oer-is-at-a-tipping-point-heres-how-to-keep-it-moving-in-the-right-direction

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Parker McCurley’s Amazing Journey To Becoming A Blockchain Developer

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-05 17:03

By Adam Lane, Udacity

He got kicked out of high school in Ohio. Today, he’s the co-founder of a blockchain technology firm. His company is making money, and he’s now contributing his subject matter expertise to Udacity’s Blockchain Developer Nanodegree program. In short, life is going really well for Parker. Yet his trajectory could easily have been very different, were it not for his dedication to learning and one unexpected conversation that opened his eyes to a new career. He spent the next few months studying with Udacity, working part-time jobs, and going to school full-time. It was difficult to balance it all, but his interest in programming had grown into a passion, and he wanted to turn it into his career.

Parker McCurley’s Amazing Journey To Becoming A Blockchain Developer

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Transform Your Staff Meetings with Edtech

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-04 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

As necessary as they may be, staff meetings are usually not something most teachers look forward to.  The meetings are often held at the end of the day when teachers are exhausted and likely to disengage from instructional matters. The meetings inevitably turn into informational sessions that could have been better handled through email, and your teachers have lost out on a collaborative opportunity. To transform your staff meetings, use edtech to encourage collaboration among education professionals.

 

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Fewer Americans are making more than their parents did—especially if they grew up in the middle class

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-04 17:19

Richard V. Reeves and Katherine Guyot, Brookings

One of the most striking social science findings of recent years is that only half of today’s 30-year-olds earn more than their parents. Raj Chetty and his coauthors showed that rates of absolute mobility—that is, the share of children with higher inflation-adjusted incomes than their parents—declined from around 90 percent for children born in 1940 to just 50 percent for those born in 1984.  For many people, mobility does consist of doing better than your parents did, in absolute terms. This seems to have become steadily harder to achieve for those born into middle-class families in particular from 1950 onward. The challenge is to learn from these historical trends in order to secure a better future for the middle class.

 

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How Alexa and Siri are changing SEO: AI and Voice Search

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-04 17:15

by Tom Desmond, ClickZ

Alexa, how is AI-assisted voice search changing the SEO landscape? It’s putting more emphasis than ever on conversational content, integration with Google Maps, and dominating the SERPs.  As smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo become more popular and available, people are beginning to use them to conduct searches. Because smart speakers aren’t linked to a screen or display of any kind, users only receive a verbal response to voice searches. That response is often based on a single search result—chosen by the AI assistant in an unseen selection process that takes only a few seconds. A page two or even top five ranking isn’t what it used to be. As voice search gains traction, being number one becomes more important than ever.

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The pros and cons of online classes

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-04 17:09

By Colin_Peterson,  The Triangle
Online courses at universities have become more widely taken advantage of recently, with the quick advancement of technology, which has allowed people to access the internet in the most remote areas. It is largely because those courses work so well if you are busy with various other aspects of life. Taking a course online gives you all kinds of flexibility and freedom to choose when to do your work as long as you get it all completed by the deadline. In general, taking a course online works very well if your living and commuting situations make taking traditional classes difficult. However, if commuting hassles don’t bother you much, you might prefer tradition because you’ll have a more coherent way of communicating.

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True or false: Breaking down myths about online classes

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

BY ALLISON COLLINS, the Missourian
Nearly half of all MU students took an online class during the 2016-17 school year, according to the university’s website. They are popular for a variety of reasons. Some students like to free up their daily schedule for work or other activities, while others like the convenience of pacing their work around other deadlines and busy times during the semester. Online classes can even help students graduate faster. Online classes can be a great resource to a busy college student, but misperceptions about them can cause confusion. Successfully completing an online class demands strong study habits and good time management skills.

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/special_section/collegetown/true-or-false-breaking-down-myths-about-online-classes/article_86d3b8fc-7d79-11e8-a16c-07e31dc22113.html

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How Udacity Decides What Subjects To Offer Courses In (And Why It Isn’t Doing New University Partnerships)

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-04 17:02

By Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

EdSurge recently sat down with Clarissa Shen, Udacity’s chief operating officer, to learn more about how Udacity selects what will be taught on its platform and its industry-centered education strategy. Here’s an excerpt of the interview, which has been edited and condensed:  With the so-called ‘new collar economy,’ there are a lot of jobs popping up that haven’t existed, and a lot of jobs that do exist that are going away. There’s a little bit of art and science to this. I won’t say we always get it right, but I think we look at not just the number of jobs, but growth for those jobs. Because certainly, there’s a lot of jobs that you could say are out there but they may be actually declining. So, we want to always look at where the options are, that they’re at least growing.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-07-26-how-udacity-decides-what-subjects-to-offer-courses-in-and-why-it-isn-t-doing-new-university-partnerships

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California’s online community college will break new ground in higher ed

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-04 07:55

by Nico Savidge, EdSource

Gov. Jerry Brown envisions the college as a training option for so-called “stranded workers” – the estimated 2.5 million 25- to 34-year-old Californians who don’t have a college education. Once it opens in 2019 it will become a key piece of Brown’s education legacy for California. Brown and the college’s proponents say it will also help fuel the state’s economy — the fifth-largest in the world — and its insatiable need for skilled labor.

 

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Columbia U Opens Research Center Devoted to Blockchain Tech

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-03 17:28

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

A new center at Columbia University will focus on research and innovation in blockchain technology. The institution partnered with IBM to create the Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, which will “combine cross-disciplinary teams from the academic, scientific, business and government communities to explore key issues related to the policy, trust, sharing and consumption of digital data when using blockchain and other privacy-preserving technologies,” according to a news announcement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/23/columbia-u-opens-research-center-devoted-to-blockchain-tech.aspx

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The Next Revolution In Global eLearning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-03 17:20

by  Chris Richardson, Forbes

Online learning is not only for those who want to learn a language or broaden personal skill sets. Businesses, schools and even government organizations have adopted and embraced eLearning models for compliance training, continuing education and certification, as well as higher degree programs. In fact, according to Edgepoint Learning, 40% of Fortune 500 companies use eLearning for professional development with over 72% of American organizations believing eLearning gives them a competitive advantage. Professionals from various industries such as public safety, law and medicine who once had to travel to different conferences, lectures or courses to clock hours for certification can now tune in via webinars and lectures from their home.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/07/25/the-next-revolution-in-global-elearning/

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World Campus researches effectiveness of VR headsets and video in online classes

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-03 17:15

by the Penn State University

Penn State instructional designers are researching whether using virtual reality and 360-degree video can help students in online classes learn more effectively. Designers worked with professors in the College of Nursing to incorporate 360-degree video into Nursing 352, a class on Advanced Health Assessment. Students in the class, offered online through Penn State World Campus, were offered free VR headsets to use with their smartphones to create a more immersive experience while watching the video, which shows safety and health hazards in a patient’s home. Bill Egan, the lead designer for the Penn State World Campus RN to BSN nursing program, said students in the class were surveyed as part of a study approved by the Institutional Review Board and overwhelmingly said that they enjoyed the videos and thought they provided educational value. Eighty percent of the students said they would like to see more immersive content such as 360-degree videos in their online courses, he said.

https://news.psu.edu/story/529049/2018/07/25/research/world-campus-researches-effectiveness-vr-headsets-and-video-online

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Fewer Americans are making more than their parents did—especially if they grew up in the middle class

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-03 17:10

Richard V. Reeves and Katherine Guyot, Brookings

One of the most striking social science findings of recent years is that only half of today’s 30-year-olds earn more than their parents. Raj Chetty and his coauthors showed that rates of absolute mobility—that is, the share of children with higher inflation-adjusted incomes than their parents—declined from around 90 percent for children born in 1940 to just 50 percent for those born in 1984.  For many people, mobility does consist of doing better than your parents did, in absolute terms. This seems to have become steadily harder to achieve for those born into middle-class families in particular from 1950 onward. The challenge is to learn from these historical trends in order to secure a better future for the middle class.

 

Fewer Americans are making more than their parents did—especially if they grew up in the middle class

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