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Blended, independent learning to expand to middle, high and senior high schools

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-01 17:25

by Kelsey Samuels, Plano Star Courier

Dr. Lisa Tribodeaux of PISD Academic Services and Matt Sipes, assistant director of PISD’s eSchool, discussed new additions to the district’s blended learning program, commonly known as eSchool. Tribodeaux described the blended program as student learning driven by online learning and a personal control over pacing, place, time and path as opposed to a formal, brick-and-mortar education. Through blended learning, students have more targeted individual instruction and agency over their learning experiences. According to a PISD student survey of 30,000 students, 2.4 percent of students don’t have internet access or technology at home, however, Tribodeaux maintains the program seeks to eliminate barriers to child learning, even if students are disadvantaged to technology. Students have access to technology at their school to continue their work, and the district has tools to help students at home as well.

http://starlocalmedia.com/planocourier/blended-independent-learning-to-expand-to-middle-high-and-senior/article_28923972-3db3-11e8-a94b-bfef949a2009.html

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The Cost of Online Tuition: It’s Complicated

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-01 17:20

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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7 Key Considerations for Online and Blended Learning Programs

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-01 17:20

By Debbie Grieve, THE Journal
Building out a successful, technology-driven online/blended learning program for K-12 can be challenging, but planning ahead, involving all key stakeholders, and keeping the student at the center of the conversation can help overcome most, if not all, of the obstacles.  Coordinating and supporting students in multiple online classrooms can present some interesting challenges. For example, our Online Academy Coordinator in India found that some students struggled to get used to deadlines set in an online class: “Our students have many after-school activities: sports or school events. So, sometimes finding the time to finish their assignments within the deadline was challenging,” he said. “The time zone difference can also be a challenge when trying to meet deadlines.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/04/11/7-key-considerations-for-online-blended-learning-programs.aspx

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Don’t Forget, Instructional Design Is About Problem Solving

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-01 17:05

by Camille Dickson-Deane and Tutaleni Asino, EDUCAUSE Review

In this blog we offer a quick refresher on the origins of instructional design, which is especially valuable because the demand for what we do is increasing. As Kyle Peck reminds us, “a ‘perfect storm’ of forces both within and outside education are about to accelerate the evolution of learning and learning design, increasing the demand for well-prepared learning designers, learning-related tool builders, and learning-related researchers.”1  The importance of employing those who design instruction has risen exponentially.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/3/dont-forget-instructional-design-is-about-problem-solving

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How Indian River State College uses analytics to close the online-residential achievement gap

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-01 17:05

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Since launching its virtual campus in 2013, Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida, has tapped into Blackboard’s data analytics tools to close the online-residential achievement gap, seeing a 6 point increase in success rates for online courses from 74% in 2013-14 to 80.1% in 2016-17, as well as an 11% increase in its online baccalaureate success rate. The institution has seen positive results by implementing a master course model for online courses so that all virtual classes have the same user experience and faculty have an easier time developing curriculum. Additionally, the institution utilizes a centralized grade center and produces an aggregate report for deans and faculty to be able to see across an entire division of programs where students may be having difficulties. This allows advisors to step in and intervene if necessary, explained Kendall St. Hilaire, Assistant Dean of the Virtual Campus to Education Dive. https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-indian-river-state-college-uses-analytics-to-close-the-online-residenti/521128/

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An Insider’s Guide to Generation Z and Higher Education 2018

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-01 17:02

by Kelsey Dombrosky, Brett Templeton, Jim Fong, UPCEA Center for Research and Strategy

Generation Z remains a mystery for us, as well as business and industry. Only recently has the media and corporate America invested in better understanding them. In fact, they still argue about their definition and their ages. At UPCEA, we define Generation Z as those born between 1995 and 2005, or those roughly 12 to 22 years of age at the time of this report. Other organizations define Generation Z to be even younger. For greater relevance, we’ve taken the iGeneration segment of them, those age 14 to 22, for this study. We’ve chosen this group because the bulk of them are either in college, choose not to go to college or are in high school.

An Insider’s Guide to Generation Z and Higher Education

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Don’t Forget, Instructional Design Is About Problem Solving

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-30 17:26

by Camille Dickson-Deane and Tutaleni Asino, EDUCAUSE Review

In this blog we offer a quick refresher on the origins of instructional design, which is especially valuable because the demand for what we do is increasing. As Kyle Peck reminds us, “a ‘perfect storm’ of forces both within and outside education are about to accelerate the evolution of learning and learning design, increasing the demand for well-prepared learning designers, learning-related tool builders, and learning-related researchers.”1  The importance of employing those who design instruction has risen exponentially.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/3/dont-forget-instructional-design-is-about-problem-solving

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How Indian River State College uses analytics to close the online-residential achievement gap

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-30 17:21

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Since launching its virtual campus in 2013, Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida, has tapped into Blackboard’s data analytics tools to close the online-residential achievement gap, seeing a 6 point increase in success rates for online courses from 74% in 2013-14 to 80.1% in 2016-17, as well as an 11% increase in its online baccalaureate success rate. The institution has seen positive results by implementing a master course model for online courses so that all virtual classes have the same user experience and faculty have an easier time developing curriculum. Additionally, the institution utilizes a centralized grade center and produces an aggregate report for deans and faculty to be able to see across an entire division of programs where students may be having difficulties. This allows advisors to step in and intervene if necessary, explained Kendall St. Hilaire, Assistant Dean of the Virtual Campus to Education Dive. https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-indian-river-state-college-uses-analytics-to-close-the-online-residenti/521128/

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OPM Companies Should Think Like an Industry

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-30 17:15

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

While I am an online learning evangelist, I am also an OPM industry critic. To Pearson’s credit, it is my critique of the OPM industry that largely motivated the company to have me come speak at their online learning event. It is not that I’m against the idea of a partnership model. It is more that I’m concerned about the direction of the OPM industry as a whole. Today, the online programs management industry is fragmented and chaotic. There are few agreed-upon standards of transparency in contracts. We have no independent sources that I know of, aggregating data on both student and institutional outcomes from across all school/company online partnerships.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/opm-companies-should-think-industry

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Digital learning can make high-quality education more affordable and efficient, according to case studies

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-30 17:08

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Authors of a study say their work supports that view. “Making Digital Learning Work,” a wide-ranging new report from the Arizona State University Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group, offers six case studies of prominent online offerings and concludes that strategic digital learning initiatives can pay off for students and institutional planners alike — if they commit to proper steps such as building infrastructure and engaging faculty members. The six spotlighted institutions range from innovative four-year universities (Arizona State University, Georgia State University, the University of Central Florida) to community colleges (Houston Community College, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and Rio Salado Community College). Authors of the study, which was supported by funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, distinguish their efforts from previous research that drew conclusions mainly at the course level, rather than studying the impact of digital learning on an entire institution.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/04/12/online-programs-can-contribute-better-outcomes-lower-costs-and

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The Price of the future

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-30 17:05

ByDuke Chronicle Editorial Board
On Sunday, the Editorial Board held an hour-long interview with President Price. President Price also spoke potently about the future of the University when he addressed the role of technology in education, particularly in regards to online courses. He optimistically noted, “I think Duke is well positioned to a leader in these areas [related to online learning].” Having played an important role in implementing Coursera at Penn, he feels actively that online courses have the ability to fundamentally impact the way faculty members can teach at Duke.

http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2018/04/180411-thepriceofthefuture-edit

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OPM Companies Should Think Like an Industry

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-30 17:02

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

While I am an online learning evangelist, I am also an OPM industry critic. To Pearson’s credit, it is my critique of the OPM industry that largely motivated the company to have me come speak at their online learning event. It is not that I’m against the idea of a partnership model. It is more that I’m concerned about the direction of the OPM industry as a whole. Today, the online programs management industry is fragmented and chaotic. There are few agreed-upon standards of transparency in contracts. We have no independent sources that I know of, aggregating data on both student and institutional outcomes from across all school/company online partnerships.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/opm-companies-should-think-industry

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How to Make Online Learning Work for You

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-29 17:25

by Jenny Sakr, Career Faqs

Online learning has a different set of requirements and can demand more motiviation, self-discipline and a greater level of commitment than heading to class on-campus. On the other hand, if you’re juggling a full-time job and other commitments, online study means greater flexibility. “Students often assume online programs require less work and are easier than on-campus courses. In reality, online classes are designed to be equally as rigorous and demanding as traditional courses. You need to genuinely apply yourself to get through.”

https://www.careerfaqs.com.au/news/news-and-views/make-online-learning-work-for-you

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What works? Evidence-based training programs do

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-29 17:20

by Matt Parke, Working Nation

Solutions tells the stories of three individuals whose lives were changed by the non-profit organization Per Scholas and a manufacturing apprenticeship from Trident Technical College and Cummins Inc. Their pathways to in-demand careers in cybersecurity, information technology and advanced manufacturing may be different, but they are united by a common thread. Each subject is gaining new skills without going the traditional route of a four-year college. With more than 6 million job openings and higher education slowly adapting to the new normal of rapid technological change, getting a better read on skills training is essential to keeping our workers moving forward.

What works? Evidence-based training programs do

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Goodbye, Passwords: Future Internet Demands Biometric Readings And Dorky Lanyard Security Keys

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-29 17:12

by Victor Tangermann, Futurism

Not only are passwords obsolete, they in fact pose a huge risk.  Luckily, the FIDO (“Fast IDentity Online”) Alliance is coming to the rescue. The organization developed a brand new standard called “Web Authentication” – WebAuthn, Motherboard reports. Now any web site that uses the application interface could require users to log in with at least two or more steps of authentication, with the ability to use biometric data for one or more of them. Now that basically every recent smartphone is equipped with at least one kind of biometric sensor— fingerprint-readers, facial recognition software in the cameras — the time is finally ripe. WebAuthn is easy enough to use on a smartphone, then, but what about devices that don’t have a fingerprint or face-reading device? This is where things aren’t quite so seamless — they’ll need an external piece of hardware to comply with the WebAuthn standard. Security hardware companies such as Yubico have developed hardware keys that act like a USB-stick-like authenticator.

https://futurism.com/passwords-biometric-security-keys/

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With Its Model Under the Gun, an Online-Education Leader Makes the Case for Mentors

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-29 17:04

By Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Ed
Scott Pulsipher, president of Western Governors U.: The inspector general’s report looked only at how the university’s teaching model matched up with regulations, and “made no effort to evaluate the quality.” An audit last year by an independent arm of the U.S. Education Department questioned whether the teaching model of Western Governors University, built around competency-based learning, ran afoul of a federal law. Western Governors begged to differ. Now it has data, in the form of a new survey by Gallup Inc., to make the case that its mentor-based model produces graduates who are more likely to be “thriving” in work and life than are graduates of other colleges.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/With-Its-Model-Under-the-Gun/243078

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What works? Evidence-based training programs do

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-29 17:03

By Matt Parke, Working Nation

Solutions tells the stories of three individuals whose lives were changed by the non-profit organization Per Scholas and a manufacturing apprenticeship from Trident Technical College and Cummins Inc. Their pathways to in-demand careers in cybersecurity, information technology and advanced manufacturing may be different, but they are united by a common thread. Each subject is gaining new skills without going the traditional route of a four-year college. With more than 6 million job openings and higher education slowly adapting to the new normal of rapid technological change, getting a better read on skills training is essential to keeping our workers moving forward.

What works? Evidence-based training programs do

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Working the Online Crowd: Humor and Teaching with Tech

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-29 17:02

By Joe Barnhart, Campus Technology

Humor is a tough nut to crack. In the face-to-face classroom, it works great to keep the troops awake and actively breathing. Effective techniques include goofy activities, oddball writing assignments and witty comments. Prodding students into a laugh proved to be a viable strategy and I was very successful at it. What really helped was reading the class’s body language: those subtle shifts in attitude where I could deliver one of my dry zingers, producing the desired jovial results. Those experiences proved to me that humor was a dominating factor when creating an interactive classroom. So, moving to the online format was a little disconcerting. Could humor achieve the same responses online as in real life? Well, I’ve come to find out the answer is, “Absolutely!”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/28/working-the-online-crowd-humor-and-teaching-with-tech.aspx

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What You Need to Know About the 3.5 GHz Band on Campus

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-28 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Rare is the campus with total coverage of cellular service. Maybe the problem surfaces for your institution in its basement-level spaces, or that oldest building on campus with walls built to bomb-shelter standards, or the newest, LEED-certified facility that uses energy-efficient glass or other construction materials that block radio frequency. Whatever the site or cause, it’s a big problem. Most mobile traffic originates inside buildings (ABI Research pegs it at more than 80 percent), so people get frustrated when they can’t use their devices to make a phone call — particularly in an emergency.  What’s needed is a service that’s as simple to use as cellular but as pervasive and inexpensive as WiFi. 3.5 gigahertz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) may be the answer. This frequency could provide a cost-effective link between cellular and WiFi.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/05/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-3-5-ghz-band-on-campus.aspx

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New Ag School Both Hands-on And Online

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-28 17:20

By Dan McGowan, Inside Indiana Business
A new charter school in central Indiana plans to blend the teachings of a traditional Hoosier career path with modern technology. The Indiana Agriculture & Technology School is an online public school that is tuition-free, and as part of the learning process, students spend time on a 600-acre farm north of Morgantown. The hands-on opportunities include courses and instruction in animal, plant and soil science, forestry and conservation and farming.

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/37897579/new-ag-school-both-hands-on-and-online

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