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What Are the Impacts of Adopting OER?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-05 17:15

LumenLearning
The OER Adoption Impact Calculator helps you understand many of the potential impacts of adopting OER instead of traditionally copyrighted learning materials. The values in the Settings on the left are set to defaults based on the published research referenced below. Change the Settings on the left so that they match the situation at your institution in order to see how replacing traditionally copyrighted materials with OER might benefit your students and institution. The information below will update in real time as you make changes.

https://analytics.lumenlearning.com/impact/

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How workplace learning can reduce employee stress

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-05 17:09

Smart Brief
American employees are under stress. An estimated 1 million American workers are absent every day due to stress, according to The American Institute of Stress. It’s become a chronic issue for employers as they see increasingly poor health, reduced productivity, and low employee morale in their workplaces.   So what can we do? The answer might be easier than we think: Learning.  It turns out that exerting the effort to learn new skills at work can help reduce workplace stress. That’s according to research done by Professor David Mayer of The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, along with co-authors Chen Zhang and Christopher Myers. They discovered that one of the best ways that professionals can relieve stress is to funnel their efforts into education.

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/03/how-workplace-learning-can-reduce-employee-stress

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5 lawsuits that could bring major change to higher ed

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

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
This year is already shaping up to be a momentous one for higher education. In Congress, both parties have indicated reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is a priority. The U.S. Department of Education is underway with regulatory overhauls on how colleges are accredited and how they must handle sexual harassment. And President Donald Trump has made headlines with his recent executive order linking research funding for universities to free speech. Change may also be coming through the third branch of government, the courts. Decisions on several current cases could have far-reaching implications for colleges across the U.S., including whether they can consider race in admissions or penalize students for joining single-gender clubs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-lawsuits-that-could-bring-major-change-to-higher-ed/551238/

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4 Lessons From Moving a Face-to-Face Course Online

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-05 17:02
Kevin Gannon, Chronicle
  • Online learning means increased access to higher education, which is an indisputable social good.
  • Now that online education is “a thing,” institutions with teaching at the heart of their missions are indispensable parties in the conversation. We are now at the online table in larger and larger numbers.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/4-Lessons-From-Moving-a/245926

 

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Stanford’s new AI institute is inadvertently showcasing one of tech’s biggest problems

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

By Dave Gershgorn, Quartz

AI’s “sea of dudes” or”white guy problem” has been well-documented, and awareness of the topic is becoming more and more mainstream. Diversity and inclusion has become boilerplate language for any major industry event, including Stanford’s own literature on the launch of HAI, and the institute was quick to acknowledge the problems with its faculty makeup. “We know we still have a long way to go to reach everyone who can contribute to HAI’s mission and it is our top priority,” a Stanford HAI spokesperson said in a statement to Quartz, noting that the institute will be hiring 20 more faculty members soon. ”

https://qz.com/1578617/stanfords-new-diverse-ai-institute-is-overwhelmingly-white-and-male/

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Microsoft offers free online Artificial Intelligence classes

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-04 17:20

by TechAdvisor UK

Microsoft and INSEAD, an international business school, have launched a package of free online courses to encourage professionals to embrace artificial intelligence (AI).  While the courses are aimed at those in industry, anyone with an interest in the topic can participate in the AI Business School. The course materials feature a host of 10 minute on-demand lectures divided into four subject areas: strategy, culture, responsible AI and technology. Experts at Microsoft will share their own insights and experiences with AI in the lectures.

https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/feature/internet/microsoft-offers-free-online-artificial-intelligence-classes-3694104/

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Mapping the Transforming Role of Continuing Ed on University Campuses

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

Kim Scalzo, Evolllution

The higher education industry is evolving rapidly, requiring colleges and universities to adopt new approaches to serve a shifting audience. The traditional market of 18-year-old high school graduates isn’t disappearing. But this market alone will not sustain the majority of colleges and universities operating in this space. In this interview, Kim Scalzo reflects on the changing postsecondary landscape and shares her thoughts on how continuing and professional education (CE) divisions can take the reins to drive this transformation on their campuses.

https://evolllution.com/managing-institution/higher_ed_business/mapping-the-transforming-role-of-continuing-ed-on-university-campuses/

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Should higher education go digital?

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

Jim Ver Steeg, University of Rochester
From smartphones and social media to augmented spaces and virtual reality, digital technologies are changing the ways we connect with each other and interact with our world. Higher education is no exception. Students on today’s college campuses are digital natives and bring with them expectations when it comes to learning and interacting on electronic platforms. But is a “full steam ahead” approach to the digital future a reality for most college campuses? The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published a story about the challenges faced by the University of Texas at Austin when they attempted to redesign their curricula and produce more live online classes. In the end, support and funding for the digital initiatives faltered and backing for the bold move forward all but disappeared.

https://www.rochester.edu/newscenter/should-higher-education-go-digital-368302/

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What Are the Impacts of Adopting OER?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-04 17:02

LumenLearning
The OER Adoption Impact Calculator helps you understand many of the potential impacts of adopting OER instead of traditionally copyrighted learning materials. The values in the Settings on the left are set to defaults based on the published research referenced below. Change the Settings on the left so that they match the situation at your institution in order to see how replacing traditionally copyrighted materials with OER might benefit your students and institution. The information below will update in real time as you make changes.

https://analytics.lumenlearning.com/impact/

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Mapping the Transforming Role of Continuing Ed on University Campuses

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-04 17:02

Kim Scalzo, Evolllution

The higher education industry is evolving rapidly, requiring colleges and universities to adopt new approaches to serve a shifting audience. The traditional market of 18-year-old high school graduates isn’t disappearing. But this market alone will not sustain the majority of colleges and universities operating in this space. In this interview, Kim Scalzo reflects on the changing postsecondary landscape and shares her thoughts on how continuing and professional education (CE) divisions can take the reins to drive this transformation on their campuses.

https://evolllution.com/managing-institution/higher_ed_business/mapping-the-transforming-role-of-continuing-ed-on-university-campuses/

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4 myths about accessibility and online learning

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-03 17:25

BY REBECCA GRAETZ, eCampus News

Online education is supposed to be inclusive; here’s how to ensure that it is. Those who are in higher education are probably tired of hearing about accessibility. But accessibility awareness is the key point to making courses accessible. Bringing this awareness to faculty on how they design a course had been an ongoing charge for those in higher education that work with course design.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/18/4-myths-about-accessibility-online-learning/

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Why online faculty should use a Master Course Shell

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-03 17:20

BY REBECCA GRAETZ, eCampus News

In some online learning programs, there is the concept of a “Master Course Shell.” Faculty in a program or who teach the same course get together and design a Master Course Shell that everyone agrees on. Then, at the beginning of a semester, each faculty member copies the content from the Master Course Shell to their live course shell, tweaking it a bit to personalize the course for their students. They may take out an assignment or two or add a discussion or rubric, but the textbook is the same and students across programs get a similar experience.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/25/online-faculty-use-master-course-shell/

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Coursera’s Global Skills Index: How Does Your Nation And Industry Compare?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-03 17:14

Jon Younger, Forbes

The Coursera Global Skills Index benchmarks 60 countries and 10 industries for Business, Technology, and Data Science skills. As Coursera explained, “Functionally, our competencies and skills come from Coursera’s Skills Graph, which is a set of skills assembled through both open-source taxonomies like Wikipedia as well as crowdsourcing from Coursera educators and learners on what they are teaching/learning on the Coursera platform.” Coursera found the U.S. and Canada to be middle of the pack of the global rankings and not cutting-edge in any of the three domains. Canada ranked ahead of the U.S. in most areas.  As Coursera notes, “Although the current technological boom started in North America, it prompted a wave of innovation around the world to the point where the United States and Canada no longer lead in Technology.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonyounger/2019/03/23/courseras-global-skills-index-how-does-your-nation-and-industry-compare/#44ada72e62b6

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Information (Learning Material) Wants to Be Free

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-03 17:07

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

Information wants to be free — even more so in 2019 than 35 years ago when the phrase was first publicized. Students are on board. Recent studies have begun uncovering the link between OER and engagement, learning outcomes and student success.

In sum, reasons to consider moving to open educational resources:

  • Success in student recruitment and marketing because of lower costs
  • Improved student retention due to more students accessing the required materials
  • Improved student learning outcomes as indicated in recent studies
  • Implicitly finer faculty control and familiarity with resources they produce

 

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/information-learning-material-wants-be-free

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Coursera’s Global Skills Index: How Does Your Nation And Industry Compare?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-03 17:03

Jon Younger, Forbes

The Coursera Global Skills Index benchmarks 60 countries and 10 industries for Business, Technology, and Data Science skills. As Coursera explained, “Functionally, our competencies and skills come from Coursera’s Skills Graph, which is a set of skills assembled through both open-source taxonomies like Wikipedia as well as crowdsourcing from Coursera educators and learners on what they are teaching/learning on the Coursera platform.” Coursera found the U.S. and Canada to be middle of the pack of the global rankings and not cutting-edge in any of the three domains. Canada ranked ahead of the U.S. in most areas.  As Coursera notes, “Although the current technological boom started in North America, it prompted a wave of innovation around the world to the point where the United States and Canada no longer lead in Technology.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonyounger/2019/03/23/courseras-global-skills-index-how-does-your-nation-and-industry-compare/#44ada72e62b6

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Best Sources for Free Digital Textbooks and More

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-03 17:02

 

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

“Open” has become a definite thing. According to the latest public accounting, there were nearly 1.5 billion Creative Commons-licensed works in the world available for use in teaching and learning, including whole courses, textbooks, images, videos, quizzes, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, labs, games and simulations. Given that abundance of materials, it would be no surprise if you were to feel overwhelmed and unsure about where to start your search for free curriculum to use in the courses under your care. To help out, Campus Technology has developed this list of the best sites for obtaining free (and low-cost) digital textbooks.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/03/25/best-sources-for-free-digital-textbooks-and-more.aspx

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Digital Transformation: A Caterpillar or a Butterfly?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-02 17:25

by John O’Brien, EDUCAUSE

The technologies that enable Dx (e.g., analytics, artificial intelligence, the cloud, mobile, consumerization, social networks, and storage capacities) constitute only one of the levers involved. True Dx goes far beyond tools to include cultural and workforce changes in how we teach, learn, enroll, and engage in scholarship and research. At EDUCAUSE, we think that what makes digital transformation, well, transformational is a commitment—made by campus leadership far beyond the IT organization—to the belief that the future of the campus will be an unapologetically digital future.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/3/digital-transformation-a-caterpillar-or-a-butterfly

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5 Ways LMS Forums Can Be Used By Educators

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-02 17:20

Christopher Drew, eLearning Inside

During the process, one question stimulated extensive conversation. This was the question of how and when to use the LMS discussion forums. From that conversation, the team developed a sketch of the ways LMS forums can be used, and to what end. We found the group analysis of the affordances of forum discussion to be incredibly useful. It helped us to clarify our expectations of our students, and indeed our intentions of how they will go about learning. Below are the 5 means of using LMS forums for learning and teaching that the team identified:

https://elearningindustry.com/lms-forums-used-educators-ways

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Are national universities on higher ed’s horizon?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-02 17:15

Laura Ascione, eCampus News

Grant Thornton’s The State of Higher Education in 2019 identifies a handful of trends and issues that are either emerging or expected to emerge in the coming year–and the biggest of those is the idea of national universities. The report urges those in higher ed to “consider the inevitability of national universities.” Those institutions would, logically, operate on a national scale in order to reach more students and meet their needs. While state-funded higher education has established the colleges and universities we know today (and along with it, academic freedoms, innovation, and diverse offerings), it also has resulted in what Grant Thornton principal Matt Unterman notes are institutional inefficiencies, such as a lack of economies of scale and a siloed delivery on educational mission.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/20/are-national-universities-on-higher-eds-horizon/2/?all

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Digital Transformation: A Caterpillar or a Butterfly?

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

by John O’Brien, EDUCAUSE

The technologies that enable Dx (e.g., analytics, artificial intelligence, the cloud, mobile, consumerization, social networks, and storage capacities) constitute only one of the levers involved. True Dx goes far beyond tools to include cultural and workforce changes in how we teach, learn, enroll, and engage in scholarship and research. At EDUCAUSE, we think that what makes digital transformation, well, transformational is a commitment—made by campus leadership far beyond the IT organization—to the belief that the future of the campus will be an unapologetically digital future.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/3/digital-transformation-a-caterpillar-or-a-butterfly

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