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Gen Z Takeover: Could online colleges gain traction with young students?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-04-17 17:15

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

Four-year universities have long encouraged students coming straight from high school to enroll in their campus-based programs while guiding older learners to their online divisions, creating a divide between the two groups. But Generation Z, whose members were born in 1997 or later, may prove to be the force that can break down those barriers. At Western Governors University, an online institution that targets adult learners for self-paced programs that begin each month, students average 37 years old. Yet Gen Zers are the university’s fastest-growing demographic.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/gen-z-takeover-could-online-colleges-gain-traction-with-young-students/575484/

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Udacity And Upwork Partner To Develop Free Course On Managing Remote Teams

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-04-17 17:14

Business World

Udacity has created and released a free course in collaboration with Upwork, the online talent solution, to promote best practices for remote team management as many companies find themselves working with distributed teams for the first time. A one-hour course, Managing Remote Teams with Upwork will help managers and other team leaders learn the tools and develop the skills and strategies needed to hire, manage, and optimize remote teams.

http://bweducation.businessworld.in/article/Udacity-And-Upwork-Partner-To-Develop-Free-Course-On-Managing-Remote-Teams/06-04-2020-188355/

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Need online courses? New university consortium has 1 million openings

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-04-17 17:05

Colin Wood, EdScoop

The Higher Education Course Recovery Consortium, which includes institutions such as Indiana Wesleyan University and Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, is offering “deep discounts,” Manzer wrote, for entry into online courses this year. “More than one million seats are available through the end of 2020 in regionally accredited asynchronous online courses with flexible start times and offered in differing lengths, ranging from introductory, general education to highly specialized topics to meet specific major requirements,” Manzer wrote.

https://edscoop.com/need-online-courses-new-university-consortium-has-1-million-openings/

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Udacity And Upwork Partner To Develop Free Course On Managing Remote Teams

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-04-17 17:02

Business World

Udacity has created and released a free course in collaboration with Upwork, the online talent solution, to promote best practices for remote team management as many companies find themselves working with distributed teams for the first time. A one-hour course, Managing Remote Teams with Upwork will help managers and other team leaders learn the tools and develop the skills and strategies needed to hire, manage, and optimize remote teams.

http://bweducation.businessworld.in/article/Udacity-And-Upwork-Partner-To-Develop-Free-Course-On-Managing-Remote-Teams/06-04-2020-188355/

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Gen Z Takeover: Could online colleges gain traction with young students?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-04-17 17:02

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

Four-year universities have long encouraged students coming straight from high school to enroll in their campus-based programs while guiding older learners to their online divisions, creating a divide between the two groups. But Generation Z, whose members were born in 1997 or later, may prove to be the force that can break down those barriers. At Western Governors University, an online institution that targets adult learners for self-paced programs that begin each month, students average 37 years old. Yet Gen Zers are the university’s fastest-growing demographic.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/gen-z-takeover-could-online-colleges-gain-traction-with-young-students/575484/

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Falwell Focuses on Critics as Coronavirus Cases Near His University Grow

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-04-17 03:50

Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times

Amid those struggles, a Liberty student on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit in a federal court in Virginia, saying that Liberty and Mr. Falwell had “placed students at severe physical risk and refused to refund thousands of dollars in fees owed to them for the Spring 2020 semester,” according to a statement from the law firm filing the suit. The furor in Lynchburg centers on Mr. Falwell’s decision to open the campus to all students and staff at a time when most American universities were closing for fear of spreading the disease. For weeks before that decision, Mr. Falwell had derided other universities’ coronavirus responses as overreactions driven by a desire to harm President Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/us/politics/jerry-falwell-liberty-university-coronavirus.html

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Falwell Focuses on Critics as Coronavirus Cases Near His University Grow

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-04-17 03:49

Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times

Amid those struggles, a Liberty student on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit in a federal court in Virginia, saying that Liberty and Mr. Falwell had “placed students at severe physical risk and refused to refund thousands of dollars in fees owed to them for the Spring 2020 semester,” according to a statement from the law firm filing the suit. The furor in Lynchburg centers on Mr. Falwell’s decision to open the campus to all students and staff at a time when most American universities were closing for fear of spreading the disease. For weeks before that decision, Mr. Falwell had derided other universities’ coronavirus responses as overreactions driven by a desire to harm President Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/us/politics/jerry-falwell-liberty-university-coronavirus.html

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These Washington University faculty had rejected online classes — until coronavirus. Here’s how they made the switch

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-16 17:25

Valerie Strauss and Peter Kastor, Washington Post

This is not the story of how online education — by now a well-established system — is finally taking over the traditional classroom. Rather, it’s a story of how faculty members and administrators are struggling to adapt their courses to an online medium. The response is both individual (as faculty members adjust their courses and students respond to their new circumstances) and institutional (as universities scramble to provide resources and create new policies). And to understand what is happening at so many universities across America begins by looking at those three phenomena: faculty members who are using online education without actually becoming online educators, students who must suddenly take classes online, and universities finding a way to shut down most of their daily campus activities without destroying all that they do.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/04/04/these-washington-university-faculty-had-rejected-online-classes-until-coronavirus-heres-how-they-made-switch/

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The Online Learning World Expands

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-16 17:19

By EDDIE RIVERA, Pasadena Weekender
While it remains to be seen how long it will last, the current world of communication and education no longer exists within hallowed halls. It lives in your phone, or your laptop or iPad. Everything from the classroom to the lab is down the virtual hallway. As this new world grows, so do related educational opportunities like after-school learning centers.

https://www.pasadenanow.com/weekendr/the-online-learning-world-expands/

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Welcome to Zoomsburg! The Transition to Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-16 17:15

By Eva Wozniak, Bloomsburg University Now
“Zoomsburg University” is the new norm for Bloomsburg University students as they transition into online learning. COVID-19 is affecting people worldwide. According to an article by the New York Times, “Nearly four billion people on the planet – half of humanity – found themselves on Friday under some sort of order to stay in their homes.” University students now attend class remotely through different platforms, like Zoom.

https://bunow.com/welcome-to-zoomsburg-the-transition-to-online-learning/

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These Washington University faculty had rejected online classes — until coronavirus. Here’s how they made the switch

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-16 17:10

Valerie Strauss and Peter Kastor, Washington Post

This is not the story of how online education — by now a well-established system — is finally taking over the traditional classroom. Rather, it’s a story of how faculty members and administrators are struggling to adapt their courses to an online medium. The response is both individual (as faculty members adjust their courses and students respond to their new circumstances) and institutional (as universities scramble to provide resources and create new policies). And to understand what is happening at so many universities across America begins by looking at those three phenomena: faculty members who are using online education without actually becoming online educators, students who must suddenly take classes online, and universities finding a way to shut down most of their daily campus activities without destroying all that they do.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/04/04/these-washington-university-faculty-had-rejected-online-classes-until-coronavirus-heres-how-they-made-switch/

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The Online Learning World Expands

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-16 17:05

By EDDIE RIVERA, Pasadena Weekender
While it remains to be seen how long it will last, the current world of communication and education no longer exists within hallowed halls. It lives in your phone, or your laptop or iPad. Everything from the classroom to the lab is down the virtual hallway. As this new world grows, so do related educational opportunities like after-school learning centers.

https://www.pasadenanow.com/weekendr/the-online-learning-world-expands/

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Welcome to Zoomsburg! The Transition to Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-04-16 17:02

By Eva Wozniak, Bloomsburg University Now
“Zoomsburg University” is the new norm for Bloomsburg University students as they transition into online learning. COVID-19 is affecting people worldwide. According to an article by the New York Times, “Nearly four billion people on the planet – half of humanity – found themselves on Friday under some sort of order to stay in their homes.” University students now attend class remotely through different platforms, like Zoom.

https://bunow.com/welcome-to-zoomsburg-the-transition-to-online-learning/

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Rethinking Your Assignments for Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-15 17:25

Steven Mintz, Inside Higher Ed

The current crisis has changed the way we deliver our courses. It should also alter our instructional activities. We need assignments that can’t be completed with a Wikipedia or Google search, and that encourage immersion, engagement, and active processing of information. Our activities should involve research skills, weighing evidence and arguments, critical analysis, and application. In creating your assignments, make sure that your students can complete the activity successfully regardless of their circumstances.  Also, tightly align your activities with your learning objectives.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-gamma/rethinking-your-assignments-online-learning

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How E-Learning Platforms Are Transforming Education In India

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-15 17:19

Rai Sahib Singh Khurana, Business World

In the country, where traditional higher education may not be possible for all due to financial, personal or any other constraints, the e-learning method/platform can act as a support system to the education industry. Today, India has the latest e-learning trends in the education industry that are being used by developed countries from a very long period. Some of them are Distance education (Postal, Radio, TV), E-Learning, Gamification, Open Educational Resources (OER), Cloud-based e-Learning, Big Data in e-Learning, Massive Open Online Courses, Microlearning, Mobile Learning etc.

http://bweducation.businessworld.in/article/Tech-Trends-How-E-Learning-Platform-Are-Transforming-Education-In-India-/05-04-2020-188222/

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Coronavirus Complicates an Already Tricky Balancing Act for Adult Learners

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-15 17:16

Emma Dill, Chronicle of Higher Ed

For adult students working in the medical field or in the military, expecting them to complete coursework alongside their heightened responsibilities due to Covid-19 may be too ambitious, said Matt Bergman, an assistant professor in the University of Louisville’s department of educational leadership, evaluation, and organizational development. “Those frontline workers are dramatically impacted by this and by their ability to balance the competing responsibilities. In some cases, it’s unreasonable to even ask them to do so,” Bergman said. Some of his adult students are considering reducing their course loads or pausing their education until the fall.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Coronavirus-Complicates-an/248406

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Rethinking Your Assignments for Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-15 17:10

Steven Mintz, Inside Higher Ed

The current crisis has changed the way we deliver our courses. It should also alter our instructional activities. We need assignments that can’t be completed with a Wikipedia or Google search, and that encourage immersion, engagement, and active processing of information. Our activities should involve research skills, weighing evidence and arguments, critical analysis, and application. In creating your assignments, make sure that your students can complete the activity successfully regardless of their circumstances.  Also, tightly align your activities with your learning objectives.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-gamma/rethinking-your-assignments-online-learning

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How E-Learning Platforms Are Transforming Education In India

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-15 17:06

Rai Sahib Singh Khurana, Business World

In the country, where traditional higher education may not be possible for all due to financial, personal or any other constraints, the e-learning method/platform can act as a support system to the education industry. Today, India has the latest e-learning trends in the education industry that are being used by developed countries from a very long period. Some of them are Distance education (Postal, Radio, TV), E-Learning, Gamification, Open Educational Resources (OER), Cloud-based e-Learning, Big Data in e-Learning, Massive Open Online Courses, Microlearning, Mobile Learning etc.

http://bweducation.businessworld.in/article/Tech-Trends-How-E-Learning-Platform-Are-Transforming-Education-In-India-/05-04-2020-188222/

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Coronavirus Complicates an Already Tricky Balancing Act for Adult Learners

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-04-15 17:03

Emma Dill, Chronicle of Higher Ed

For adult students working in the medical field or in the military, expecting them to complete coursework alongside their heightened responsibilities due to Covid-19 may be too ambitious, said Matt Bergman, an assistant professor in the University of Louisville’s department of educational leadership, evaluation, and organizational development. “Those frontline workers are dramatically impacted by this and by their ability to balance the competing responsibilities. In some cases, it’s unreasonable to even ask them to do so,” Bergman said. Some of his adult students are considering reducing their course loads or pausing their education until the fall.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Coronavirus-Complicates-an/248406

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The Next Financial Blow

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-04-14 17:26

Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
“Higher education is often considered the balancing wheel of state budgets,” said Harnisch. “And if history is any indication, higher education is going to be at the front lines of the economic fallout from coronavirus.” And higher education is already taking hits from state cuts. Expecting deep losses in revenue, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy last month froze $920 million in state spending for the remainder of the state’s budget year, which ends Sept. 30​, including $122 million for public colleges and universities. The cuts represent half the funding the colleges were supposed to get from the state in the next three months.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/13/public-colleges-face-looming-financial-blow-state-budget-cuts

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