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Millions of U.S. adults live in education deserts, far from colleges and fast internet

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-28 17:16

by Matt Krupnick, Hechinger Report

Distance and technology hinder the college aspirations of a surprising number of rural Americans. About 3 million adults live more than 25 miles from a college or university and lack the sufficient internet speeds to take online courses, the Urban Institute reported in February. While that’s only 1.3 percent of the nation’s population, nearly 12 percent of Native Americans and indigenous Alaskans live in these so-called education deserts, the institute found. That makes them 16 percentage points less likely to attend college than Americans who live close to college campuses, and even less likely to complete it — by 18 percentage points.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/millions-of-u-s-adults-live-in-education-deserts-far-from-colleges-and-fast-internet

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When Learning Matches Work and Life, Students Appreciate Their Education More

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-28 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Source: “From College to Life: Relevance and the Value of Higher Education” from Strada Education Network and Gallup. In college, relevance matters. A new survey of consumers found that the more tied their college courses are to their work and daily lives, the greater they believe they’ve received a “high-quality education” that was worth the cost. Among respondents to a Strada Education Network and Gallup survey, those who “strongly” agreed that the courses they took are directly relevant to what they do at work and that they learned important skills during their education that come in useful day-to-day were nearly three times more likely to strongly agree that they had received a high-quality education, compared to those who strongly disagreed. And the same group was five and a half times more likely to strongly agree education was worth the cost, compared to those who strongly disagreed.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/04/when-learning-matches-work-and-life-students-appreciate-their-education-more.aspx

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Online Ed Leaders Agree Top 2 Indicators of Program Quality Are Student Success Rates, Student Evaluations

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-28 17:06

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

The majority of online education leaders agree that most relied-upon metrics currently in use by online programs are student retention and graduation rates and student course/program evaluations, according to a recent survey from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. While those two indicators topped the list by far, other quality measures, such as faculty training, summative student assessment, program reputation and external rankings, were less commonly cited by the survey respondents.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/02/online-ed-leaders-agree-top-2-indicators-of-program-quality.aspx

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Millions of U.S. adults live in education deserts, far from colleges and fast internet

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-28 17:02

by Matt Krupnick, Hechinger Report

Distance and technology hinder the college aspirations of a surprising number of rural Americans. About 3 million adults live more than 25 miles from a college or university and lack the sufficient internet speeds to take online courses, the Urban Institute reported in February. While that’s only 1.3 percent of the nation’s population, nearly 12 percent of Native Americans and indigenous Alaskans live in these so-called education deserts, the institute found. That makes them 16 percentage points less likely to attend college than Americans who live close to college campuses, and even less likely to complete it — by 18 percentage points.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/millions-of-u-s-adults-live-in-education-deserts-far-from-colleges-and-fast-internet

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Cherokee Nation, RSU offering Cherokee language classes online

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-27 17:30

by the Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation and Rogers State University are teaming up to connect more Cherokee Nation citizens to the Cherokee language through a new, online learning platform. RSU Public TV’s continuing education and enrichment program, RSU Works, is linking students to the tribe’s online language courses taught by instructor Ed Fields. This is the first time registration for the Cherokee Nation’s free classes is available both through the tribe’s official website www.cherokee.org and through www.RSUworks.org. “This is just the first phase of the partnership with RSU,” said Cherokee Nation Cherokee Language Program Manager Roy Boney. “Our larger goals are to expand our online class offerings, including adding a self-guided online language class that will feature pre-recorded videos and interactive lesson modules.

http://www.cherokee.org/News/Stories/20180405_Cherokee-Nation-RSU-offering-Cherokee-language-classes-online

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Re-examining the Trust We Place in EdTech

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-27 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Tneed to realize that the vetting of edtech products may be minimal to nonexistent. Teacher education programs have not emphasized the factors that should be involved in selecting instructional materials since teachers—especially newer ones—usually relied on well-established textbooks that had been through a thorough review process. But with the rise of websites such as Teachers Pay Teachers, even novice teachers now need to be experts in assessing materials before they, for example, purchase a Google Slide deck created by another teacher to use in their classrooms. In other words, it is long past time to reconsider the trust that most people place in edtech.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/reexamining-the-trust-we-place-in-edtech/

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Strategies for Creating a Successful Online Classroom

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-27 17:14

By: Jill Alred and Candace Adams, Faculty Focus

Online learning presents new challenges beyond those of a traditional classroom because students must become more responsible for their learning. Many learners are unfamiliar with the online learning environment, which may include unfamiliar technology, isolation from instructors and university staff, and a lack of face-to-face interaction other learners. As online instructors, we must give additional attention to strategies that will keep our learners engaged, create a successful learning environment, and provide a rewarding learning experience where learners feel supported, valued, and connected.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/strategies-for-creating-a-successful-online-classroom/

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What do students want most? To be treated with respect

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-27 17:10

by the Guardian

We wanted to discover what students felt we did well so we could encourage more of the same and celebrate our successes, hoping to improve our scores in the National Student Survey and the teaching excellence framework. The feedback from the 1,000 responses was pleasingly positive in some areas. We felt smug that our students largely appreciated our efforts. But there was an unsettling, underlying narrative in the responses which felt shocking. Students were essentially asking: why don’t academics have more humanity? They highlighted the lack of kindness, integrity and understanding when academic staff were interacting with them. Seemingly these are the things students really want more of – and so they should. We all deserve these in our lives.

https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2018/mar/16/students-want-most-treated-with-respect-academics-anonymous

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Data Science Course For Everyone Now Online

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-27 17:06

by Sue Gee, iProgrammer
Launched on campus in 2015 Foundations of Data Science is Berkeley’s fastest growing program with more than 1,000 students enrolling every semester. Now it is available on edX as a Professional Certificate made up of three 5-week courses. Intended to help students from any major or any background to address questions that interest them, Foundations of Data Science is an introductory stats class taught in a modern hands on way that introduces Python and weaves in issues like data privacy and bias. It gives students a new lens through which to explore the issues and problems that you care about in the world. You will learn the core concepts of inference and computing, while working hands-on with real data including economic data, geographic data and social networks.

http://www.i-programmer.info/news/150-training-a-education/11692-data-science-course-for-everyone-now-online.html

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Strategies for Creating a Successful Online Classroom

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-27 17:02

By: Jill Alred and Candace Adams, Faculty Focus

Online learning presents new challenges beyond those of a traditional classroom because students must become more responsible for their learning. Many learners are unfamiliar with the online learning environment, which may include unfamiliar technology, isolation from instructors and university staff, and a lack of face-to-face interaction other learners. As online instructors, we must give additional attention to strategies that will keep our learners engaged, create a successful learning environment, and provide a rewarding learning experience where learners feel supported, valued, and connected.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/strategies-for-creating-a-successful-online-classroom/

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Middle-Class Families Increasingly Look to Community Colleges

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-26 17:25

By KYLE SPENCER, NY Times

Community colleges have long catered to low-income students who dream of becoming the first in their families to earn a college degree. And for many, that remains their central mission. But as middle- and upper-middle-class families like the Shahverdians face college prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, more of them are looking for ways to spend less for their children’s quality education.  “This is about social norms,” said Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University in Philadelphia. “More middle-class parents are saying, I’m not succumbing to the idea that the only acceptable education is an expensive one.”

 

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Are We Really Ready for Disruption in EdTech?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-26 17:19

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

One of the most recent disruptions in edtech occurred a few years ago when a significant number of US universities began providing full degree programs online for remote learners to access. Though it caused consternation among traditionalists, this change was ultimately a positive one as it widened access to tertiary education and generated a significant amount of additional revenue for universities.  In the case of the online college degrees mentioned above, for example, the new market consisted of remote learners. Artificial intelligence, gamification, and m-learning are predicted to be some of the key disruptors in higher education technology in 2018. So, are we ready for this disruption when it hits us? In an important sense, we can never be fully prepared for disruption. This is because disruption brings with it unforeseen consequences and new horizons. Nevertheless, there are three essential ways that higher education institutions can prepare themselves to make the most of disruption in edtech.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/really-ready-disruption-edtech/

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Rise of the Net-Trainers

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-26 17:15

by Gina Krishnan , Business Today
“Online learning is about lifelong learning,” says Ishan Gupta, Managing Director, Udacity, India. What he means is that the speed of change in the IT industry – and its ripple effect across other industries – requires professionals today to keep upgrading their knowledge and skills throughout their working lives. Those who stop doing so, cease to acquire further qualifications at the right time, risk redundancy, as the current paradox in the IT industry clearly shows – even as experts in Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Blockchain and more are in desperate demand, large numbers of people are being laid off.

https://www.businesstoday.in/magazine/the-hub/rise-of-the-net-trainers/story/273850.html

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Middle-Class Families Increasingly Look to Community Colleges

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-26 17:10

By KYLE SPENCER, NY Times

Community colleges have long catered to low-income students who dream of becoming the first in their families to earn a college degree. And for many, that remains their central mission. But as middle- and upper-middle-class families like the Shahverdians face college prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, more of them are looking for ways to spend less for their children’s quality education.  “This is about social norms,” said Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University in Philadelphia. “More middle-class parents are saying, I’m not succumbing to the idea that the only acceptable education is an expensive one.”

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Post-Traditional Perspectives: Understanding the Needs of Adult Learners

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-26 17:05

by Laurie Quinn, Evolllution

In January 2018, Champlain College Online released Adult Viewpoints 2017: Online Learning & the Back To School Decision, a survey that reveals significant new findings on how US adults between the ages of 23 to 55 perceive the value of higher education, the barriers and motivators for them to return to school, and the quality of online learning. In this interview, Dr. Laurie Quinn shares her insights into the survey’s findings and her views on the opportunities and challenges facing online higher education more broadly.

Post-Traditional Perspectives: Understanding the Needs of Adult Learners

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Rise of the Net-Trainers

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-26 17:02

by Gina Krishnan , Business Today
“Online learning is about lifelong learning,” says Ishan Gupta, Managing Director, Udacity, India. What he means is that the speed of change in the IT industry – and its ripple effect across other industries – requires professionals today to keep upgrading their knowledge and skills throughout their working lives. Those who stop doing so, cease to acquire further qualifications at the right time, risk redundancy, as the current paradox in the IT industry clearly shows – even as experts in Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Blockchain and more are in desperate demand, large numbers of people are being laid off.

https://www.businesstoday.in/magazine/the-hub/rise-of-the-net-trainers/story/273850.html

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How AI and machine learning are redefining cybersecurity

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:20

by NEIL C. HUGHES, the Next Web

The stakes are now much higher than a large corporation experiencing a data breach. We have already seen the devastating effects that a cyberattack can have on the aviation industry. Attacks on power grids and even hospitals highlight how everything with an online connection is now a target. The genie is officially out of the bottle, and it has never been easier to learn the tricks of the trade online. Machine-learning software is readily available, and video tutorials are also just a search away. By automating the tailoring of content to a potential victim, cybercriminals can quite quickly wreak havoc on a business or individual.

https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2018/04/05/cybersecurity-ai/

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Virtual reality excites Baylor students, professors for the future

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:16

By PHILLIP ERICKSEN, Waco Tribune

Virtual reality, defined as a computer-generated simulation of an interactive three-dimensional environment, has wide potential, from entertainment to education. VR is already in use for general instruction in some college classrooms, and Baylor officials are exploring its potential. Education by VR is far more relaxing than the nightmarish fantasies some games feature. One application at Baylor lets users take close looks at human anatomy — lungs before and after years of smoking, for instance, or immersive experiences inside of a stomach.

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/higher_education/virtual-reality-excites-baylor-students-professors-for-the-future/article_2552eb05-e81f-5392-9bc5-6955c0673e09.html

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Granite State College Closes Claremont Campus

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:14

by Patrick O’Grady, Valley News

The decision to close the Granite State College campus on Pleasant Street is a reflection of the rapidly changing method of taking courses to earn degrees, college President Mark Rubinstein said this week. Granite State, which opened in the city to great fanfare in 2006, officially moved out of the renovated first floor of the former Odd Fellows building at the end of March, when the lease expired. In a phone interview this week, Rubinstein said more and more students have elected to take courses online rather than in a classroom setting, a shift that led to the decision late last year to close the Claremont campus.

http://www.vnews.com/Granite-state-college-sees-no-need-for-Pleasant-Street-presence-with-more-and-more-students-taking-classes-online-16651079

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Granite State College Closes Claremont Campus

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

by Patrick O’Grady, Valley News

The decision to close the Granite State College campus on Pleasant Street is a reflection of the rapidly changing method of taking courses to earn degrees, college President Mark Rubinstein said this week. Granite State, which opened in the city to great fanfare in 2006, officially moved out of the renovated first floor of the former Odd Fellows building at the end of March, when the lease expired. In a phone interview this week, Rubinstein said more and more students have elected to take courses online rather than in a classroom setting, a shift that led to the decision late last year to close the Claremont campus.

http://www.vnews.com/Granite-state-college-sees-no-need-for-Pleasant-Street-presence-with-more-and-more-students-taking-classes-online-16651079

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