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Adaptive Learning Solution for Time-Starved Professionals

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-12 17:05

By Nick Howe, ATD

Doctors are among the most time-pressured, highly educated professionals. After the rigors of medical school and residency, they take on demanding jobs while also preparing for board certification. Throughout their years in practice, doctors must engage in continuing education and lifelong learning to stay current with the latest research, advancements in medical science, and best practices in medicine. And throughout it all, time remains scarce. To address this need, Area9 partnered with NEJM Group (a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society, publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine) to create a first-of-its-kind adaptive learning offering: NEJM Knowledge+. NEJM Knowledge+ was launched in 2014 as a highly efficient, effective way for physicians to prepare for board exams, pursue continuing medical education (CME) and maintenance of certification (MOC), and engage in lifelong learning. Based on the Area9 adaptive learning platform, this smart technology is able to adapt to clinicians’ goals and pace of learning while identifying their knowledge gaps to deliver the specific instruction needed.

https://www.td.org/insights/adaptive-learning-solution-for-time-starved-professionals

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Navigating the Never-Ending Online Course Cycle

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-12 17:03

Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

The Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University has since 2008 launched 351 new online master’s degree courses across 21 programs. Slightly more than 100 of those courses have been redeveloped or refreshed since their inception. At first, the school planned to redevelop courses on a three-year cycle, according to Paul Huckett, assistant dean of learning design and innovation in the engineering school. During a session last Thursday at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s annual conference here, Huckett jokingly called that approach “an absolute lie.” We were never going to complete that. It was impossible,” Huckett said. “We’ve adjusted that a wee bit.” The new process involved establishing a comprehensive database that includes detailed information on each existing course: when it was first developed and launched, how many times it has been offered, who has taught it. The next step was a “redevelopment prioritization list.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/04/03/processes-developing-and-revamping-online-courses-emerge

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Ed-Tech’s Tsunami on Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-11 17:25

Louis Arias, InMotion Daytona State College

New technologies like AI, machine learning, and educational software are sending rigid bell schedules, credit requirements, age-based grade levels and physical specifications to Wikipedia’s “History of Higher Education” page.  With the opening of the high-tech  Gale Lemerand Student Center, DSC President Dr. Thomas LoBasso was asked if the new building was designed with Adaptive Learning in mind. His response was, “This building has just three classrooms, but their design is totally new. The seating can be moved around, they have the latest AV technology and full wall whiteboards. The building also has numerous study rooms designed for collaborative activities. Before we designed it, we brought a student panel together to make sure we were building what students need, not necessarily what we wanted. ”

Ed-Tech’s Tsunami on Higher Education

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Will Give $1.6 Million to Study Educators’ Experiences With Ed Tech

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-11 17:25

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced Monday it is providing more than $1.6 million over two years to the Jefferson Education Exchange, a nonprofit that helps educators nationwide make informed decisions about education technology. The grant will enable the Jefferson Education Exchange to create a system for measuring how various ed tech tools work in different school contexts. Based at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, the Jefferson Education Exchange studies how teachers use education technology to help districts and other educators figure out which ones will be best for their classrooms.

https://www.the74million.org/article/chan-zuckerberg-initiative-will-give-1-6-million-to-study-educators-experiences-with-ed-tech/

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Redesigning IT Governance for Digital Transformation at North Carolina State University

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-11 17:15

by Debbie Carraway and Marc Hoit, EDUCAUSE Review

When we began work on redesigning IT governance, our goal was to bring IT governance into alignment with the university’s mission. Our existing governance process was complex and technology focused, with more than forty committees and subcommittees comprised largely of IT staff at various organizational levels. We reviewed our existing IT governance process to identify its strengths and weaknesses and found several problem areas. There was confusion about committee scope and decision-making authority, as well as deficiencies in communication among the various committees. Subcommittees were making tactical and operational decisions, and strategic issues were not consistently brought forward to governance. However, participants found value in having a forum for communicating with peers and an opportunity to share information about IT issues and initiatives.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/3/redesigning-it-governance-for-digital-transformation-at-north-carolina-state-university

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Aligning the Regulatory Environment with the 21st Century Realities

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-11 17:13

Robert Hansen,  Kathleen Ives, Russ Poulin; EvoLLLution
Despite changing student demographics and technological advancements, the American higher education regulatory infrastructure and related legislation continue to address only the needs of traditional postsecondary students. In this interview, leaders from three associations serving providers of non-traditional higher education—Robert Hansen from UPCEA, Kathleen Ives from OLC and Russ Poulin from WCET—discuss some of the critical reforms needed for federal legislation to better fit the 21st-century model of higher education.

https://evolllution.com/managing-institution/government_legislation/aligning-the-regulatory-environment-with-the-21st-century-realities/

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Redesigning IT Governance for Digital Transformation at North Carolina State University

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-11 17:10

by Debbie Carraway and Marc Hoit, EDUCAUSE Review

When we began work on redesigning IT governance, our goal was to bring IT governance into alignment with the university’s mission. Our existing governance process was complex and technology focused, with more than forty committees and subcommittees comprised largely of IT staff at various organizational levels. We reviewed our existing IT governance process to identify its strengths and weaknesses and found several problem areas. There was confusion about committee scope and decision-making authority, as well as deficiencies in communication among the various committees. Subcommittees were making tactical and operational decisions, and strategic issues were not consistently brought forward to governance. However, participants found value in having a forum for communicating with peers and an opportunity to share information about IT issues and initiatives.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/3/redesigning-it-governance-for-digital-transformation-at-north-carolina-state-university

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Blockchain’s Potential for Education

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-11 17:05

By Sara Friedman, THE Journal
While the technology is still in the nascent stages, blockchain-based education systems have the potential to revolutionize how school districts manage student data. At the fundamental level, blockchain is a form of distributed ledger technology that allows parties to share information with each other through a controlled system that manages transactions. Universities started exploring this space over the last few years in academic credentialing. Transcripts, grades, test scores and digital diplomas could be stored in a student’s digital wallet, where the student has control over how the information could be shared. Blockcerts, developed by MIT’s Integrated Learning Initiative and Learning Machine, is one initiative that is helping universities and students take ownership of their data when it comes to digital diplomas. Southern New Hampshire University and Central New Mexico Community College have also taken steps to offer digital diplomas to their graduates.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2019/03/28/blockchains-potential-for-education.aspx

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Understanding cyber liability insurance

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-10 17:25

BY FRED SMITh, eSchool News

Have you read the latest newsflash? School district data breaches are on the rise, and your school district’s student information system (SIS) data could be a prime target for hackers. The SIS contains records of minors, representing an unexploited, potential victim. Identity thieves are sharpening their digital knives for the feast. Let’s explore this topic from a cyber liability insurance perspective.
Keep these questions in mind as we step through this relevant topic.

What is cyber liability insurance and how does it work?
Are there any laws about the management of student and employee records?
How susceptible is my school district to a data breach?
How can my district mitigate the risks of a data breach?

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/04/03/understanding-cyber-liability-insurance/

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3 Keys to Engaging Faculty in Instructional Design

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-10 17:20

By David Raths, Campus Technology
Most instructional designers will tell you their work begins with getting a foot in the door with faculty and building rapport from there. Here are three ways to make that relationship a success. With the growth in hybrid and online courses and the introduction of open educational resources, active learning concepts and new learning spaces, it is an exciting time to be an instructional designer in higher education. More faculty members need help rethinking course activities, materials and assessments. Yet like campus librarians, instructional designers still struggle at times to raise awareness about the variety of services they can offer and to form meaningful partnerships with other stakeholders on campus — in part because some faculty members see them as IT support staff.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/04/03/3-keys-to-engaging-faculty-in-instructional-design.aspx

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New and needed research to understand credentialing needs and continued competence

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-10 17:15

By Roy A. Swift, WorkCred

Credentials can play an important role in helping to close these staffing gaps due to skills mismatch. They can help individuals gain new skills and demonstrate that they have attained competencies needed by industry, and they can help employers understand what an individual knows and can do. However, to maintain their validity, credentials must be aligned with the current skill needs of industry and updated continually as those skill requirements evolve. As highlighted in the research report, aligning competencies with employer needs requires  effective communication and collaboration among employers, credentialing organizations, and education and training providers.

https://rfums-bigtree.s3.amazonaws.com/files/resources/newneededresearchunderstandcredentialingneeds-swif-3.pdf

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Blockchain Deployment Checklist

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-10 17:10

By Sara Friedman, THE Journal
See also: Blockchain’s Potential for Education
When it comes to using blockchain technology, there are several use cases across all sectors that institutions are interested in. However, some considerations need to be taken into account before jumping into the technology in full force. New America’s Blockchain Trust Accelerator has released a checklist for deploying a blockchain-powered solution in the blockchain sector:

https://thejournal.com/articles/2019/03/28/blockchain-deployment-checklist.aspx

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What will next-gen universities look like?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-10 17:10

BY SIR ANTHONY SELDON, Campus Technology

A more international and forward-looking model of university archetypes have been outlined by Glyn Davis, formerly vice chancellor of the University of Melbourne. The “influencer” university is international in perspective, strongly driven by research and tackling the major issues facing each individual country and the world. The “agile” university is rich in AI and digital technology, and dedicated to applied research as well as giving students a competitive advantage. The “consultant” university is focused on the job market and its purpose is to serve organizational clients who buy expert advice, education, and research/innovation to boost their own performance. Finally, the “community” university is less interested in national and international league tables and has its raison d’etre principally in serving local students and business, and in championing them on national stages.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/04/03/what-will-next-gen-universities-look-like/

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Exploring Digital Fluency at Penn State University

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-10 17:05

A Q&A with Kyle Bowen by Mary Grush, Campus Technology
At Penn State University, campus conversations once centered on digital literacy. Now, they’re focused on digital fluency. Do these topics sound similar? Here, Penn State’s Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology Kyle Bowen explains why the differences may be greater than you think.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/04/01/exploring-digital-fluency-at-penn-state-university.aspx

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5 ways augmented reality apps are changing the game on college campuses

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-09 17:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Augmented reality (AR) has been one of higher ed’s big buzzwords for a number of years, but it’s not until just fairly recently that institutions have used the technology in practical ways. Most higher-ed AR apps address a variety of things, such as bringing science concepts to life, improving student retention, and offering campus tours or glimpses of historical moments on campus. Here’s how five institutions have harnessed augmented reality apps to address campus needs and take learning to the next level.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/04/02/augmented-reality-apps-changing-game-college-campuses/

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College students of the future could get their career prep from private companies, not universities

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-09 17:20

By Jillian Berman, Market Watch

The college experience means many things to many people — it can be a place to make lifelong friends, expand the mind or learn some of the skills associated with participating in a democracy. Still, over the past few decades, policymakers, employers, parents and students have all coalesced around one goal they believe college should achieve: Preparing students for a decent career. Right now, organizations like TalentPath are working with college graduates to help them fill gaps in their training and land jobs. Recent graduates participate in an immersive training program for 12 weeks and then TalentPath hires them out to companies for roughly 18 months, paying their salary while billing the client for their services. After the 18-month commitment, the company has the option to hire the TalentPath worker as a full-time employee.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/college-students-of-the-future-could-get-their-career-prep-from-private-companies-not-universities-2019-04-01

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Tech giants are seeking help on AI ethics. Where they seek it matters

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-09 17:15

By Dave Gershgorn, Quartz

Tech giants are starting to create mechanisms for outside experts to help them with AI ethics—but not always in the ways ethicists want. Google, for instance, announced the members of its new AI ethics council this week—such boards promise to be a rare opportunity for underrepresented groups to be heard. It faced criticism, however, for selecting Kay Coles James, the president of the conservative Heritage Foundation. James has made statements against the Equality Act, which would protect sexual orientation and gender identity as federally protected classes in the US. Those and other comments would seem to put her at odds with Google’s pitch as being a progressive and inclusive company. (Google declined Quartz’s request for comment.)

https://qz.com/1583989/as-tech-giants-seek-help-on-ai-ethics-where-they-seek-it-matters/

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3 Keys to Engaging Faculty in Instructional Design

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-09 17:10

By David Raths, Campus Technology
Most instructional designers will tell you their work begins with getting a foot in the door with faculty and building rapport from there. Here are three ways to make that relationship a success. With the growth in hybrid and online courses and the introduction of open educational resources, active learning concepts and new learning spaces, it is an exciting time to be an instructional designer in higher education. More faculty members need help rethinking course activities, materials and assessments. Yet like campus librarians, instructional designers still struggle at times to raise awareness about the variety of services they can offer and to form meaningful partnerships with other stakeholders on campus — in part because some faculty members see them as IT support staff.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/04/03/3-keys-to-engaging-faculty-in-instructional-design.aspx

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New and needed research to understand credentialing needs and continued competence

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-09 17:06

By Roy A. Swift, WorkCred

Credentials can play an important role in helping to close these staffing gaps due to skills mismatch. They can help individuals gain new skills and demonstrate that they have attained competencies needed by industry, and they can help employers understand what an individual knows and can do. However, to maintain their validity, credentials must be aligned with the current skill needs of industry and updated continually as those skill requirements evolve. As highlighted in the research report, aligning competencies with employer needs requires  effective communication and collaboration among employers, credentialing organizations, and education and training providers.

https://rfums-bigtree.s3.amazonaws.com/files/resources/newneededresearchunderstandcredentialingneeds-swif-3.pdf

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College students of the future could get their career prep from private companies, not universities

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-09 17:02

By Jillian Berman, Market Watch

The college experience means many things to many people — it can be a place to make lifelong friends, expand the mind or learn some of the skills associated with participating in a democracy. Still, over the past few decades, policymakers, employers, parents and students have all coalesced around one goal they believe college should achieve: Preparing students for a decent career. Right now, organizations like TalentPath are working with college graduates to help them fill gaps in their training and land jobs. Recent graduates participate in an immersive training program for 12 weeks and then TalentPath hires them out to companies for roughly 18 months, paying their salary while billing the client for their services. After the 18-month commitment, the company has the option to hire the TalentPath worker as a full-time employee.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/college-students-of-the-future-could-get-their-career-prep-from-private-companies-not-universities-2019-04-01

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